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: 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 5: Mean Girls Quotes

Fetch. Fugly. The mathletes. Grool. Mean Girls created its own language, and in doing so it gossiped to one of the most likeable, enduring films of the noughties. It meme’d before memes were a thing, largely down Tina Fey’s sparkling, savvy adaptation of Rosalind Wiseman’s book ‘Queen Bees and Wannabes’. So in case anyone asks you…

Top 5: Tom Hardy

Although he is better known to clickbait sites for his quizzical expressions at press conferences (see here and here), Tom Hardy is in fact a well-respected actor. What better time than his birthday to recount 5 of his top roles so far? Well, no better time, it would appear. Hardy is currently starring in Brian Helgeland’s Legend as…

Top 5: Screen kisses for NationalKissingDay

Everyone does it. Your mum, your boss, the ticket-collector on the train. It is only fair that kissing should have its own day. There is some contention over the date (June 19th & July 6th both macking strong claims), but kissing has always been a pivotal movie gesture. So to pay lip service to this carnal…

Top 5: Most Wes Anderson moments in the films of Wes Anderson

Film4 is showing Wes Anderson’s tale of young love Moonrise Kingdom tonight at 9pm (Freeview channel 15, Sky 315, Virgin 428). In honour of this quirky classic, here are 5 of the most ‘Wes Anderson’ moments from the oeuvre of one of cinema’s most cherished eccentrics. 5. Herman Blume takes the plunge What do you do…