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May 2015.

Oscars, Oscars everywhere (we refuse to call them the Academy Awards).

Now we don't expect much from the ceremony / show, but wow was this year just an awful one (the host was so poorly served by the amterial that it made us wonder whether there was a writers strike on). Hey ho. We were pleasantly surprised by the nominations (a very good spread of films this year), we were more surprised about the winners. Things were happy about: - Ida winning Best Foreign Language Movie; The Phone Call winning Best Live Action Short; Citizenfour wining Best Documentary Feature; and, well, that's about it. Things we were less happy about: As ever the judging is about as wacky as Eurovision judging; Steve Carell not winning Best Actor; we had Best Actress as a straight battle between Rosamund Pike and Felicity Jones (in the end the wonderful Julianne Moore won in this very strong category); Roger Deakins or Dick Pope should have scooped the Cinematography prize; and Best Picture should have gone to The Grand Budapest Hotel. But hey, that was just what we thought, what do you reckon to the winners and losers this year? I think 2014 was a relatively strong year, we weren't deluged with a raft of superb films, neither were we served up a standout film to sweep everything else aside. What we had was seven or eight really very good films with, in truth, little to choose between them. I think that is probably a very good way to get them.

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Director Guides Ken Loach

Directors: Our ever expanding guide to the top directors in cinema. Includes a biography, filmography, comment about the directors body of work plus individual film reviews and news updates on directors current projects, cinema and DVD releases etc.

We've just added a guide to the life and work of Stanley Kubrick. Other directors currently featured in the guide include Ken Loach, Terry Gilliam, Michael Haneke, Shane Meadows, The Coen brothers, Lindsay Anderson and Mike Leigh.

Film Guides

Haunted House of HorrorFilm Guides: An assortment of different film guides we've put together. Includes the following: Top 100 British movies; Best in World Cinema; and the best USA movies.

Also some interactive movie guides like the Horror Film guide in the guise of a Haunted House, and our Christmas movie guide in the guise of an advent calendar.

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