James Cameron-Wilson looks at the Golden Globes and wonders whether this year's winners are likely also to triumph at the delayed Oscars in April? He reviews the comic high school drama Moxie, directed by Amy Poehler as well as a visually impressive Anglo-Senegalese movie White Colour Black. Firing up his DVD player, James took the opportunity to revisit The Shape of Water, a strikingly unusual major movie which won 4 of the 13 Oscar nominations it received.
Although UK cinemagoers are still waiting for cinemas to reopen, James Cameron-Wilson describes the extraordinary records being broken in Chinese cinemas. Restricted domestically to streaming services, he reviews the Swedish thriller Red Dot, the controversial movie from Australian singer Sia called Music and the black comedy about a con woman I Care A Lot, starring Rosamund Pike.
James Cameron-Wilson looks at the new Tom Hanks' Western, News of the World, directed by Paul Greengrass and featuring an impressive performance from newcomer Helena Zengel. He reflects on the way in which, despite the period, it reflects on modern life. He tells of the top grossing Westerns of all time (unadjusted for inflation). And he reviews To Olivia, a drama starring Hugh Bonneville and Keeley Hawes as Roald Dahl and Patricia Neal. He also reveals his own embarrassing Roald Dahl anecdote.
In the absence of open UK cinemas, James Cameron-Wilson looks at the top Australian films of all time. He reviews the steamy Franco-Belgian movie Simple Passion and the Danish movie about alcoholism Another Round, starring Mads Mikkelsen. He gives us some of the highlights from The London Film Critics Circle Awards and laments the demise of Christopher Plummer.
With all UK cinemas still closed, James Cameron-Wilson looks at the Australian film Penguin Bloom with Naomi Watts, Spanish thriller Below Zero and The Dig, a true story of the discovery of the Sutton Hoo treasure, starring Carey Mulligan and Ralph Fiennes. He also takes a look at the nominations for the 78th Golden Globes, revealing some of the better choices – and some of the more bizarre ones.
With box office shutters still firmly closed, James Cameron-Wilson looks at the top "proper" musicals of all time. Despite reservations, he feels All In: The Fight For Democracy about being denied the right to vote is a documentary worth watching (Amazon). He had fun with The Vanished, starring Anne Heche and Thomas Jane, even though he feels it's a poor movie (Netflix) He was fascinated and impressed by the Belarus production Persian Lessons, based on a true story about a Jewish man in a concentration camp pretending to be Persian.
With UK cinemas closed, James Cameron-Wilson looks at the worldwide box office numbers so far for 2021. For review, he picks hotly-tipped Netflix documentary Athlete A, about the treatment and abuse of young female American athletes. He admires fresh crime drama I'm Your Woman, starring Rachel Brosnahan. And he is fascinated by futuristic sci-fi thriller Outside The Wire. He also celebrate the restoration of Agatha Christie's favourite cinema, The Paignton Picture House, the first purpose-built cinema in Europe.
With no cinemas open in the UK, James Cameron-Wilson looks at the news that Netflix is to move into movie-making in a big way, announcing a slate of 70 films featuring some major star names. He reviews one of Netflix's big hopes for awards glory, Pieces of a Woman starring our own Vanessa Kirby as well as One Night in Miami, a fictionalised account of an amazing night in American history. He also looks at the nominations for their awards just announced by the London Film Critics Circle.
James Cameron-Wilson runs us through the last box office chart of 2020 before the cinemas were all closed again. With streaming service still providing plenty of new content, he looks at The Midnight Sky, starring and directed by George Clooney, at Pixar's new hotly-tipped animated feature Soul, at Kirsten Johnson's documentary Dick Johnson Is Dead and at Charlies Brooker's Death to 2020.
Revealing the top grossing films of 2020 in the UK, James Cameron-Wilson looks back at what was an extraordinary year, with cinemas not just struggling to fill their seats but for long periods forbidden even to open their doors. James reveals his favoured films (1917, Portrait of a Lady on Fire & I Am Greta) as well as the top acting performances of the year. Although the Oscars have been pushed back, he assesses who the hot contenders for the coveted statuettes are.