The 2017 Oscars – Best Picture Nominations: Watched, Reviewed and Ranked

In my opinion, this is the best selection of films nominated for ‘Best Picture’ in quite a few years. That’s not to say that the previous years have been lacking, as there have been some outstanding films nominated. It’s just that this year is near enough a clean sweep in terms of the overall deservingness and quality, when all the films are considered.

But let’s stop waffling on about the quality of the overall list, and actually talk about each film individually – giving them the time and the praise they deserve. I’ll be ranking these films from my least favourite one to the one that I thought was the best. But if I’m being honest, only 1 of the films on this list is out-of-place when compared to the rest – anyway, on with the list. Read more

Review – Lion

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Lion, directed by Garth Davis, pulls you in with its endearing character and its powerful story, and then takes you on a journey that is human in its every facet. What we get with this film is something that is very concise in its approach, but it is also so giving, in terms of the time and the space that it allows its characters and its story to get comfortable and find its rhythm. Through some perfect pacing and difficult choices (which could have sent the film spiralling off in the wrong direction), Lion is able to explore and deliver something that is heart-breaking, in how beautiful it is. I’m eager to get into the full review, so let’s get this underway. Read more