Top 5: Sundance 2018

There’s nothing quite like walking along Main Street, Park City on the first morning of Sundance. The crisp sunshine, the excited chatter, the boundless promise of cinematic adventures, the fact the snow hasn’t seeped into your boots yet… With the 2018 festival now upon us, here are five selections from the ever-fresh programme that the…

Top 10: Films of 2017

Top films of the year lists are like Christmas selection boxes. Not because they include a carefully chosen selection of favourites guaranteed to please, but because everyone’s got one and you’re sick of them by the 2nd week of January. With that in mind, here is the Depends on the Dream Top 10 films of…

London Film Festival 2017: Catch them first

You can’t start Christmas festivities until Halloween is out the way. But when can you start the Halloween fun? For me it’s after the preceding major event is done, and that’s London Film Festival. The 2017 edition is almost upon us; some of you may not have selected your cinematic gifts, whether for your nearest…

Top 5: #BFIBlackStar performances

What is your favourite performance by a black actor? This is the question posed by the BFI & Independent Cinema Office ahead of #BFIBlackStar, a celebration of the most memorable black characters from film and TV. Its a tough one – so many powerful roles to choose from, right? Or perhaps it’s easy for you…

Top 5: Animations at #LFF

Animations: they’re not just for kids. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the programme of the 60th London Film Festival, which includes some of the most progressive, fascinating hand and computer-generated films in recent years. Here are 5 of the top animated movies showing at this year’s festival – with a few child-friendly picks…

Top 5: Returning heroes at #LFF

In its 60th edition and boasting 18 different sections, the London Film Festival is the perfect platform for filmmakers to develop their voice. The festival holds a heritage and reputation that promotes those involved, and a range of categories that allows directors to express their stories on almost any topic. Many have come back several…

Top 5: Features by women at #LFF 2016

The BFI London Film Festival is almost upon us again! It seems like moments since last year’s festival preview, but another group of films are straining at the leash, desperate to be set free upon a public pining for silver-screen adventure. The long-standing injustice of the under-representation of women both in front of and behind the…

Top 5: Leonardo DiCaprio

Well you know what they say – sixth time lucky! On Sunday the Academy satisfied a meme that began before memes were a thing, by awarding Leonardo DiCaprio the Best Actor award for his performance as frontiersman Hugh Glass in Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s revenge drama The Revenant. Whether or not he deserved it this year…

Top 5: Making A Murderer

Unless you’ve been living under a rock in 2016 – which given the weather, Jeremy Hunt and untimely deaths of rock/movie legends would be understandable – you’ll have heard of Making A Murderer. This 10-part, true crime documentary has millions across the globe glued to Netflix (for the rock dwellers, spoilers abound, so proceed at your…

Top 5: David Bowie Songs In Films

My oh my. Like I imagine quite a few of you, I’m rather shaken. The death of David Bowie is too sudden and too sad to comprehend. Amongst all the sadness, though, there is a distinct joy. A celebration of an utterly unique figure who gave his whole life to good things. To the creation of…

Top 10: Films of 2015

A bionic renegade leads the charge against a masked warlord. A stunning jazz singer burns all too brightly, a man falls for a machine and a much-loved franchise makes a nostalgic return. And Minions; minions, everywhere. There was so much to see on screen in 2015, but what were the 10 best films of the…

Top 5: Peep Show

Sahara-dry humour that induces spasms of laughter. Free of catchphrases, yet the most quotable comedy of the millennium. Starring two often unpleasant loners, who we and all our friends recognise as ourselves. Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain’s Peep Show overflows with contradictions, right up to it being a cult show that is loved by millions in the UK and worldwide. Tonight…