Inside The French Dispatch exhibition

Wes Anderson‘s latest film The French Dispatch comes out on Friday, and to celebrate, the team at 180 Studios have once again created a fantastic exhibition.

If you went to their exhibition for Isle of Dogs, you’ll have some idea of what you’re getting, but this one is significantly bigger and more expansive. I’ve always loved Anderson’s signature style, attention to detail and his eye for production design but this will give you a whole new level of appreciation.

The first space is largely dedicated to general French Dispatch items – sets, miniatures, maps, costumes and so many props. Then the rest of your journey throughout the exhibition is divided into the film’s main three stories – The Concrete Masterpiece, The Private Dining Room of the Police Commissioner and Revisions to a Manifesto.

The strongest sections were probably the second and last – I loved seeing the “concrete masterpiece” in the flesh as well as a prison cell, a miniature plane and so much more (this section has the most content) but then with the last you end up in the actual Le Sans Blague cafe! The yellow and black set has been recreated and is a fully working cafe so you can sit and have tea or coffee and a pastry.

I would personally recommend going to this exhibition after seeing the film as you’ll just understand the context and significance of everything much more.

The French Dispatch exhibition runs until 14th November. Tickets are timed and cost £10. It can be found at 180 The Strand and you literally can’t miss it – the outside also looks like the bright yellow cafe!

Here are some of my highlights –

Oscars 2021: My predictions and the winners

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The Best Picture Oscar nominees

After what seems like an eternity, awards season comes to a close tonight with the Academy Awards! As usual, here’s a list of the main nominees and my predictions: who is likely to win versus who I would personally like to win.

The winners are in bold. Here are the nominees:

Best Picture
“The Father” (Sony Pictures Classics)
“Judas and the Black Messiah” (Warner Bros.)
“Mank” (Netflix)
“Minari” (A24)
“Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures) – WILL WIN
“Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features)
“Sound of Metal” (Amazon Studios)
“The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix) – WANT TO WIN

Best Director
Thomas Vinterberg (“Another Round”)
David Fincher (“Mank”)
Lee Isaac Chung (“Minari”)
Chloé Zhao (“Nomadland”) – WILL WIN/WANT TO WIN
Emerald Fennell (“Promising Young Woman”)

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal”)
Chadwick Boseman (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”) – WILL WIN
Anthony Hopkins (“The Father”) – WANT TO WIN
Gary Oldman (“Mank”)
Steven Yeun (“Minari”)

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Viola Davis (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”) – COULD WIN
Andra Day (“The United States v. Billie Holiday”) – COULD WIN
Vanessa Kirby (“Pieces of a Woman”)
Frances McDormand (“Nomadland”) – COULD WIN
Carey Mulligan (“Promising Young Woman”) – WILL WIN/WANT TO WIN

THE BEST ACTRESS RACE IS RIDICULOUSLY CLOSE THIS YEAR! VERY EXCITING!

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Sacha Baron Cohen (“The Trial of the Chicago 7”)
Daniel Kaluuya (“Judas and the Black Messiah”) – WILL WIN/WANT TO WIN
Leslie Odom Jr. (“One Night in Miami”)
Paul Raci (“Sound of Metal”)
Lakeith Stanfield (“Judas and the Black Messiah”)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Maria Bakalova (‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”)
Glenn Close (“Hillbilly Elegy”)
Olivia Colman (“The Father”) – WANT TO WIN
Amanda Seyfried (“Mank”)
Youn Yuh-jung (“Minari”) – WILL WIN

Best Adapted Screenplay
“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” Peter Baynham, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jena Friedman, Anthony Hines, Lee Kern, Dan Mazer, Nina Pedrad, Erica Rivinoja, Dan Swimer
“The Father,” Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller – WILL WIN/WANT TO WIN
“Nomadland,” Chloé Zhao
“One Night in Miami,” Kemp Powers
“The White Tiger,” Ramin Bahrani

Best Original Screenplay
“Judas and the Black Messiah,” Will Berson, Shaka King, Keith Lucas, Kenneth Lucas
“Minari,” Lee Isaac Chung – COULD WIN
“Promising Young Woman,” Emerald Fennell – COULD WIN/WANT TO WIN
“Sound of Metal,” Abraham Marder, Darius Marder, Derek Cianfrance – COULD WIN
“The Trial of the Chicago 7,” Aaron Sorkin

Best International Feature Film
“Another Round” (Denmark) – WILL WIN/WANT TO WIN
“Better Days” (Hong Kong)
“Collective” (Romania)
“The Man Who Sold His Skin” (Tunisia)
“Quo Vadis, Aida?”(Bosnia and Herzegovina) – COULD WIN

Best Animated Feature Film
“Onward” (Pixar)
“Over the Moon” (Netflix)
“Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon” (Netflix)
“Soul” (Pixar) – WILL WIN
“Wolfwalkers” (Apple TV Plus/GKIDS) – WANT TO WIN

Best Documentary Feature
“Collective” (Magnolia Pictures and Participant) – WANT TO WIN
“Crip Camp” (Netflix) – COULD WIN
“The Mole Agent” (Gravitas Ventures)
“My Octopus Teacher” (Netflix) – COULD WIN
“Time” (Amazon Studios)

Best Original Song
“Fight for You,” (“Judas and the Black Messiah”)
“Hear My Voice,” (“The Trial of the Chicago 7”)
“Húsavík,” (“Eurovision Song Contest”) – WANT TO WIN
“Io Si (Seen),” (“The Life Ahead”)
“Speak Now,” (“One Night in Miami”) – WILL WIN

Best Original Score
“Da 5 Bloods,” Terence Blanchard
“Mank,” Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
“Minari,” Emile Mosseri
“News of the World,” James Newton Howard
“Soul,” Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Jon Batiste – WILL WIN/WANT TO WIN

Best Sound
“Greyhound,” Odin Benitez, Jason King, Christian P. Minkler, Michael Minkler, Jeff Sawyer
“Mank,” Ren Klyce, Jeremy Molod, David Parker, Nathan Nance, Drew Kunin
“News of the World,” John Pritchett, Mike Prestwood Smith, William Miller, Oliver Tarney, Michael Fentum
“Soul,” Coya Elliott, Ren Klyce, David Parker, Vince Caro
“Sound of Metal,” Phillip Bladh, Nicolas Becker, Jaime Baksht, Michelle Couttolenc, Carlos Cortés, Carolina Santana – WILL WIN/WANT TO WIN

Best Cinematography
“Judas and the Black Messiah,” Sean Bobbitt
“Mank,” Erik Messerschmidt
“News of the World,” Dariusz Wolski
“Nomadland,” Joshua James Richards – WILL WIN/WANT TO WIN
“The Trial of the Chicago 7,” Phedon Papamichael

Best Film Editing
“The Father,” Yorgos Lamprinos – WILL WIN/WANT TO WIN
“Nomadland,” Chloé Zhao
“Promising Young Woman,” Frédéric Thoraval
“Sound of Metal,” Mikkel E.G. Nielsen – COULD WIN
“The Trial of the Chicago 7,” Alan Baumgarten

Best Costume Design
“Emma,” Alexandra Byrne – WANT TO WIN
“Mank,” Trish Summerville
“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” Ann Roth – WILL WIN
“Mulan,” Bina Daigeler
“Pinocchio,” Massimo Cantini Parrini

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
“Emma,” Marese Langan
“Hillbilly Elegy,” Eryn Krueger Mekash, Patricia Dehaney, Matthew Mungle
“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” Matiki Anoff, Mia Neal, Larry M. Cherry – WILL WIN/WANT TO WIN
“Mank,” Kimberley Spiteri, Gigi Williams
“Pinocchio,” Dalia Colli, Anna Kieber, Sebastian Lochmann, Stephen Murphy

Best Production Design
“The Father,” Peter Francis, Cathy Featherstone
“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” Mark Ricker, Karen O’Hara, Diana Stoughton
“Mank,” Donald Graham Burt, Jan Pascale – WILL WIN/WANT TO WIN
“News of the World,” David Crank, Elizabeth Keenan
“Tenet,” Nathan Crowley, Kathy Lucas

Best Visual Effects
“Love and Monsters,” Genevieve Camailleri, Brian Cox, Matt Everitt and Matt Sloan
“The Midnight Sky,” Matt Kasmir, Chris Lawrence, Dave Watkins, Max Solomon
“Mulan,” Sean Faden, Anders Langlands, Seth Maury, Steve Ingram
“The One and Only Ivan,” Nick Davis, Greg Fisher, Ben Jones, Santiago Colomo Martinez
“Tenet,” Andrew Jackson, Andrew Lockley, Scott R. Fisher, Mike Chambers – WILL WIN/WANT TO WIN

Golden Globes 2021: My Predictions & The Winners

Slightly later this year due to the pandemic, awards season well and truly kicks off tonight with the Golden Globes, and as per tradition, here’s my annual predictions post.

Sure, the past year hasn’t been great for cinema but film has still been thriving and the absence of blockbusters has enabled some indies that would normally fly under the radar get some more exposure and these nominations contain some fantastic films and TV shows to check out if you haven’t already.

Without further ado, here’s the full list of nominations and who I want to win vs who is likely to win. I have updated this post with the winners (in bold).

Best motion picture – drama
The Father
Mank
Nomadland – LIKELY TO WIN
Promising Young Woman
The Trial of the Chicago 7 – LIKELY TO WIN/WANT TO WIN

Best actress in a motion picture – drama
Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday
Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman
Frances McDormand, Nomadland – LIKELY TO WIN
Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman – WANT TO WIN

Best actor in a motion picture – drama
Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – LIKELY TO WIN
Anthony Hopkins, The Father – LIKELY TO WIN/WANT TO WIN
Gary Oldman, Mank
Tahar Rahim, The Mauritanian

Best motion picture – musical or comedy
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Hamilton – LIKELY TO WIN (even though it’s not a film!!!!!!)
Music
Palm Springs – WANT TO WIN
The Prom

Best actress in a motion picture – musical or comedy
Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm – LIKELY TO WIN/WANT TO WIN
Kate Hudson, Music
Michelle Pfeiffer, French Exit
Rosamund Pike, I Care A Lot – WANT TO WIN
Anya Taylor-Joy, Emma

Best actor in a motion picture – musical or comedy
Sacha Baron Cohen, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm – WANT TO WIN
James Corden, The Prom
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton – LIKELY TO WIN
Dev Patel, The Personal History of David Copperfield
Andy Samberg, Palm Springs

Best actress in a supporting role in any motion picture
Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy – LIKELY TO WIN
Olivia Colman, The Father – WANT TO WIN
Jodie Foster, The Mauritanian
Amanda Seyfried, Mank – HAPPY WITH THIS WIN
Helena Zengel, News of the World

Best actor in a supporting role in any motion picture
Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7 – COULD HAPPEN
Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah – LIKELY TO WIN/WANT TO WIN
Jared Leto, The Little Things
Bill Murray, On the Rocks
Leslie Odom Jr, One Night in Miami

Best director – motion picture
David Fincher, Mank
Regina King, One Night in Miami
Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7
Chloe Zhao, Nomadland – LIKELY TO WIN/WANT TO WIN
Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman

Best screenplay – motion picture
The Father
Mank
Nomadland
Promising Young Woman
The Trial of the Chicago 7 – LIKELY TO WIN/WANT TO WIN

Best motion picture – animated
The Croods: A New Age
Onward
Over the Moon
Soul – LIKELY TO WIN
Wolfwalkers – WANT TO WIN

Best motion picture – foreign language
Another Round (Denmark) – WANT TO WIN
La Llorona (Guatemala)
The Life Ahead (Italy)
Minari (USA) – LIKELY TO WIN
Two of Us (France)

Best original score – motion picture
Mank – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
The Midnight Sky – Alexandre Desplat
News of the World – James Newton Howard
Soul – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Jon Batiste – LIKELY TO WIN/WANT TO WIN
Tenet – Ludwig Göransson

Best original song – motion picture
Fight for You – Judas and the Black Messiah
Hear My Voice – The Trial of the Chicago 7
Io Si (Seen) – The Life Ahead
Speak Now – One Night in Miami – LIKELY TO WIN
Tigress & Tweed – The United State vs Billie Holiday

I HAVE NO “WANT TO WINS” HERE ‘CAUSE OVER THE MOON WASN’T NOMINATED!

Best TV series – drama
The Crown– LIKELY TO WIN
Lovecraft Country
The Mandalorian – WANT TO WIN
Ozark
Ratched

Best actress in a drama series
Emma Corrin, The Crown – LIKELY TO WIN/WANT TO WIN
Olivia Colman, The Crown
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Laura Linney, Ozark
Sarah Paulson, Ratched

Best actor in a drama series
Jason Bateman, Ozark – LIKELY TO WIN
Josh O’Connor, The Crown – WANT TO WIN
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Al Pacino, Hunters
Matthew Rhys, Perry Mason

Best TV series – musical or comedy
Emily in Paris (LOL)
The Flight Attendant
Schitt’s Creek – LIKELY TO WIN
The Great
Ted Lasso – WANT TO WIN

Best actress in a TV series – musical or comedy
Lily Collins, Emily in Paris
Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant
Elle Fanning, The Great – WANT TO WIN
Jane Levy, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist
Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek – LIKELY TO WIN

Best actor in a TV series – musical or comedy
Don Cheadle, Black Monday
Nicholas Hoult, The Great
Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek – LIKELY TO WIN
Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso – WANT TO WIN
Ramy Youssef, Ramy

Best limited series or TV movie
Normal People – WANT TO WIN
The Queen’s Gambit
Small Axe – COULD DO IT
The Undoing
Unorthodox

Best actress in a limited series or TV movie
Cate Blanchett, Mrs America – LIKELY TO WIN
Daisy Edgar-Jones, Normal People – WANT TO WIN
Shira Haas, Unorthodox – WANT TO WIN
Nicole Kidman, The Undoing
Anya Taylor-Joy, The Queen’s Gambit – COULD DO IT

WHAT A STRONG CATEGORY!!

Best actor in a limited series or TV movie
Bryan Cranston, Your Honor
Jeff Daniels, The Comey Rule
Hugh Grant, The Undoing
Ethan Hawke, The Good Lord Bird
Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much Is True – LIKELY TO WIN/WANT TO WIN

Best actress in a supporting role in a series, limited series or TV movie
Gillian Anderson, The Crown – LIKELY TO WIN/WANT TO WIN
Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown
Julia Garner, Ozark
Cynthia Nixon, Ratched
Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek

Best actor in a supporting role in a series, limited series or TV movie
John Boyega, Small Axe
Brendan Gleeson, The Comey Rule
Dan Levy, Schitt’s Creek – LIKELY TO WIN/WANT TO WIN
Jim Parsons, Hollywood
Donald Sutherland, The Undoing

My top ten new film releases of 2020

Many people like to publish their end of year lists near the start of December but I always think that’s unfair on December releases! I have been working on this list for a while and I’ve finally settled on a top ten (for now, this feels subject to change!) and have waited until the last day of the year to drop my round-up.

2020 hasn’t been a great year for blockbusters and cinema, given all the closures and film postponements due to Covid, but there have still been a bunch of releases I really enjoyed this year. Admittedly, I didn’t give out too many five stars, but that could be down to watching them on a laptop at home rather than in a cinema/screening room.

As ever, this list is for UK release dates, so some movies I saw in 2019 (like Parasite) are included, while some I’ve seen this year but aren’t out here yet (like Another Round and Supernova) have been discounted and may make an appearance on next year’s list.

Without further ado, here is my top ten list of 2020. If you want to read the full review, click on the title.

  1. Parasite

I didn’t want to put this top because I first saw it in 2019 but nothing has beaten it this year. Parasite winning Best Picture at the Oscars is one of the few good things to come out of 2020. I don’t re-watch films very often but I have seen Parasite three times, which says A LOT about how much I love it. Bong Joon-Ho‘s movie starts off like a simple domestic drama but then, bam, all of a sudden, it’s not! I urge you all to check this out if you haven’t already.

2. The Trial of the Chicago 7

I see a lot of people dunking on Aaron Sorkin‘s legal drama on social media but I absolutely loved it. It told an incredibly fascinating story, the screenplay had me hooked, the structure made it more interesting, and the star-studded cast was fantastic, with my particular favourites being Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (always got so much love for JGL!)

3. Host

The success story of Host is so, so deserved. It debuted on niche streaming service Shudder in the summer but thanks to word-of-mouth it ended up with a cinema release (where possible) in December. It tells the story of a group of friends who take part in a seance via Zoom with devastating consequences. It is truly terrifying and I think about certain imagery when I’m trying (and failing) to sleep, and considering this was made during the lockdown in accordance with the social distancing rules, it’s super inventive and clever.

4. Saint Maud

Keeping with the horror theme, I give you Saint Maud, which stars the terrific and creepy Morfydd Clark as Maud, a newly devout hospice nurse who moves into a dying dancer’s home. It takes its time setting up the characters and the situation but then it goes full throttle towards a heart-pounding ending. I literally gasped out loud at one point. A sensational debut from Rose Glass.

5. The Broken Hearts Gallery

I doubt this will appear on many end of year lists but I’m a sucker for a romcom and I think Geraldine Viswanathan is simply brilliant. This was the first film I saw in a cinema after the original lockdown and I came away with a huge smile on my face. Sure, it’s predictable as hell (what romcoms aren’t?!) but it made me feel good and put a spring in my step. If that’s not the mark of a great movie, I don’t know what is.

6. Wolfwalkers

I know Pixar has brought out two movies this year and Soul has been particularly popular but I would love for this hand-drawn animation to win the Best Animated Feature prize. It looks gorgeous, has a terrific voice cast (featuring Sean Bean), and tells a fascinating story about a girl who can become a wolf when she sleeps.

7. Birds of Prey

I love Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and it was so so good seeing her lead her own movie along with the likes of Jurnee Smollett and Rosie Perez. Cathy Yan‘s movie is a lot of fun; the funhouse fight sequence is amazing and the egg sandwich scene is so relatable and hilarious. I want more!

8. The Invisible Man

I didn’t have high hopes for Leigh Whannell‘s horror at first but it was so smart, scary, and had a strong lead performance from Elisabeth Moss. This film contains the single most out-of-nowhere shocking moment in 2020 cinema – if you know, you know – and I was so tense basically the whole time.

9. Jojo Rabbit

A lot of people seem to be dunking on Taika Waititi‘s ‘anti-hate satire’ and I totally see why it’s a divisive piece of cinema, but I enjoyed it a lot. I saw it in 2019 and it has managed to stay on my list. I’ve seen it twice and I appreciated it even more the second time around. Waititi is hilarious as Hitler but my personal favourite was Archie Yates as Yorkie – he was just brilliant – and it still manages to pack an emotional punch.

10. Bad Education

It’s a shame this movie ended up premiering on Sky Atlantic over here as it probably slipped under the radar. It’s definitely worth checking out. The film depicts the largest public school embezzlement in American history and Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney have never been better as the masterminds behind the scandal, swindling the books to scam their school district out of millions. It’s shocking stuff!

Other honourable mentions – Rocks, Never Rarely Sometimes Always, The Old Guard, The Assistant, The Boys in the Band, and 1917.

All the movie releases that have been affected by the coronavirus

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