Rising Star BAFTA Award: Who do I want to win?


Today the shortlist for the public-voted EE Rising Star BAFTA Award was unveiled and the five nominees were (L-R) Anya Taylor-Joy, Lucas Hedges, Ruth Negga, Tom Holland and Laia Costa. Like last year I’m not certain who to vote for, and I explain why below.

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My top 5 natural disaster movies

san andreas

San Andreas was released in cinemas this week (read my review) and it is all about the biggest earthquake ever registered on the Richter scale. It is big, epic and makes full use of CGI technology. Natural disaster movies are tough to crack – they usually end up being very cliched, cheesy with 2D characters. While I’m not saying my following top 5 are immune to these pitfalls, I still love them and I think of them fondly when talk of the genre comes up.

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Top Film Picks for January


The Impossible

I just know that I am going to cry. This film tells a personal account of a Spanish family (although portrayed as English here) and their struggle to get reunited following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Naomi Watts and one son must find Ewan McGregor and their other sons and like the title suggests, it is an impossible task. You know it will have a positive ending but the images of the tsunami will be heartbreaking. Released: 1st



Gangster Squad

Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin star in this gangster movie as two LAPD detectives who are fighting to keep LA free from gangsters during the 1940s and 50s. They have a tough job on their hands when they try to take on Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) and his gang. I like these kind of movies but I’m most attracted to this because I can’t wait to see Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone co-star together again (after Crazy, Stupid, Love). The original release for this was set for last September but was pushed back after the Colorado cinema shooting. Released: 10th



Les Misérables

I cannot wait to see this musical! The story follows Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman), a former prisoner who becomes mayor of a town in France. The police inspector, Javert (Russell Crowe) who released Valjean on parole eight years ago, decides he wants him imprisoned again. On a side note, Jean has agreed to take care of Cosette, the daughter of an impoverished factory worker Fantine (Anne Hathaway).  There is an amazing ensemble cast including Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen. Released: 11th



Django Unchained

This is a Western from Quentin Tarantino- so I’m already sold. The cast is pretty sweet too. Jamie Foxx stars as Django, a freed slave who treks across the country with bounty hunter Christoph Waltz to free his wife from Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), a mean plantation owner. I know that the violence will be mega, the dialogue will be smart and the acting will be kick-ass. I can’t wait. Released: 18th



Movie 43

It is hard to describe this movie because it is so random. It has SO many famous faces in it that I want to see it, but in terms of plot, I have no idea. Basically, it is a ton of interlinking comedy stories but I have a feeling it will be an eclectic mix of scenes that have been bumped together. While I’m dubious about how the movie will fit as a whole, I want to see this because there are SO MANY PEOPLE in it. So you can understand what I mean, I have posted the trailer below. Released: 25th