Funny Cow – Brand New Trailer!

After it’s successful debut at lasts years London Film Festival, comedy, drama Funny Cow is coming to cinema’s nationwide from April 20th. Following the rise of female comedian, known only as ‘Funny Cow’, as she tries to make it in a man’s world.

From a troubled childhood to volatile relationships, Maxine Peake plays Funny Cow, a women who dreams of making people laugh as a stand-up comedian. With doors closed in her face and ridiculed by those around her, she finds the strength to persevere, and turn tragic elements of her life into material on stage. All of this is set against the harsh backdrop and social climate of working class men’s clubs, in 1970’s Britain.

Directed by Adrian Shergold and written by Tony Pitts, (who also stars as violent lover Bob). The film has beautifully recreated the Northern 1970’s setting. Through setting, mood and costumes the audience are transported back in time to see Funny Cow’s journey. Through the relationship with her father, mother, partner Bob and new lover Angus, we see the world through the eyes of a women with a dream.

What stands out most in the trailer has to be the central performance from Peake. Able to portray the humour and confidence of a strong comedian, while also showcasing the dramatic side of her characters life. Both strength and vulnerability shine through in the trailer. This is also helped by an incredible score provided by Richard Hawley.

The film hits cinema’s April 20th and we’re excited. Are you?


The 90th Academy Awards – Live Blog

Keep up to speed with all the gossip from the 90th Academy Awards as we stay up for the whole ceremony!

Award Season

04:42 – Best Picture Goes to…. THE SHAPE OF WATER!

03:20 – We’re bouncing back to the top to  cover some more of the awards. We’ll sort out time line soon.

03:24 – Best Adapted Screenplay goes to James Ivory for Call Me By Your Name!

03:37 – Best Original Screenplay goes to GET OUT!

03:49 – Best Cinematography goes to Roger A Deakins! ABOUT FRICKEN TIME!


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03:55 – Best Original Score goes to…Alexandre Desplat for Best Original Score

04:01 – Best Original Song goes to… Remember Me from Coco!

04:15 – Best Director goes to Guillermo Del Toro!

04:20 –  Best Actor goes to… Gary Oldman!

04:32 – Best Actress goes to….Frances McDormand

02:19 – We’re bouncing back to the top to  cover some more of the awards.

02:21 – Rita Moreno is just incredible.

02:23 – Best Foreign Language Film goes to… A Fantastic Woman!

02:25 – Best Supporting Actress goes to… ALLISON JANNEY

02:33 – Which means with the Janney and Rockwell win…we can start talking about The Way Way Back again, right? RIGHT?

02:39 – Glen Keane and KOBE BRYANT pick up the Best Animated Short for Dear Basketball

02:39 – Best Animated Film goes to CoCo

02:46 – How lovely was Sufjan Steven’s song?

02:54 – Best Visual Effects goes to Blade Runner 2049!

02:56 – Best Film Editing goes to Dunkirk.

02:58 – I mean it is much deserved though.

03:10 – We’ve hated this “look at how blessed you mortals are to be in our presence” segments. It’s excruciating.

Although…Imagine being high in a cinema and Guillermo Del Toro and Lin Manuel Miranda come in with a big ass sub….

03:10 – Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph need to be in a movie together.

03:11 – Best Documentary Short goes to Heaven Is A Traffic Jam on the 405

0315 – Besst Live Action Short Goes to The Silent Child

00:58 – Here we go guys….

01:01 – Ok, this opening is solid.

01:02 – We could’ve totally gone for a different host guys.

01:03 – Tiffany Haddish is RIGHT THERE!

01:05 – This speech…

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01:07 – It’s getting better….

01:10 – Ok, ok we dig it

01:13 – Oh my god Helen Mirren!

01:15 – We love a good montage.

01:16 – And the Best Supporting Actor goes to SAM ROCKWELL!

01:17 – Sam Rockwell dedicating his speeches to late actors is so endearing.

01:23 – Lakeith Stanfield needs to be at all the awards ceremony.

01:25 – And the Best Make-Up & Hairstyling goes to Darkest Hour.

01:28 – Best Costume Design goes to… Mark Bridges for Phantom Thread

01:39 – Best Documentary goes to… Icarus!

01:44 – Icarus AND Strong Island are now available on Netflix and do check them both out.

01:45 – Mary J. Blidge is doing amazing sweetie.

02:08 – Or maybe we can have Kumail Nanijani host the awards with Tiffany Haddish

01:45 – GUYS –

01:49 – We predict we’re going to cry 30472093947203 times today and it’s all because of Greta Gerwig and Laura Dern

01:55 – These montages are getting us right in the gut. We can’t cope.

01:56 – Best Sound Editing goes to Dunkirk

02:00 – Best Sound Mixing goes too…Dunkirk AGAIN

02:10 – Best Production Design goes to… The Shape of Water

02:18 – The Remember Me performance produced an amazing show.

Red Carpet

Before we start. we’d just like to say that even though Allison Janney seems 100% sweet and polite and humble, we’d pay an extortionate amount of money to have her say “shit” when she wins and then cuss us out

22:36 – It’s Oscar night. Our stomach’s already queasy from the coffee we’ve already consumed. In our pyjamas, late, we’ve already caused a serious amount of stains from failing to land the brown sludge in our face. Chomping down on our fifth bag of Skittles (sponsor us,) we’re about to judge people who happen to be famous walk a red carpet to one of the most prestigious film award ceremonies. Bring it on.

22:45 – We’re expecting Get Out’s Allison Williams to be served solely in milk and fruit loops. Separately.

22:50 – Edgar Wright out here looking like that AV Club nerd who you took a chance on for prom and turned up looking so CUTE.

22:52 – I wonder how many times “From Hollyoaks to Hollywood” have been used for Rachel Shenton and #TheSilentChild

22:59 – Great, it’s that time of the year where we have to flip between Sky Cinema and E! for Red Carpet coverage. Thumbs at the ready…

23:04 – Guys, KELLY TRAN!

23:07 – Allison Janney has arrived! Look at her!

23:09 – And Sam Rockwell!

23:11 – Jordan Peele is here. He’s a massive contender, will he win?

23:13 – We’re big Get Out fans here so we’re rooting for him.

23:14 – Is James Ivory wearing a Timothee Chalamet shirt because…..yes.

23:22 – If Andy Serkis doesn’t win for War For The Planet of the Apes, we’ll go APE!

23:28 – Can we have a Cabin in the Woods reunion with Bradley Whitford and Richard Jenkins?

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23:33 – Just stunned into silence by Jane Fonda!

23:40 – More royalty has graced the Red Carpet. Here’s Agnes Varda.

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23:45 – “And the Best Supporting Actor goes too…I’m sorry…this has never happened before. In a whirlwind of responses, despite not being nominated, Michael Stuhlberg has won.”


23:50 – We want Daniel Kaluuya to win because his speech won’t be as boring as others. Levels, man, Levels.

23:47 – We love this new Oscar presenter. She’s speaking some truths and it’s wonderful.

23:51 – Mary J Blidge killed it with a look in Mudbound. She wouldn’t be a bad win.

23:52 – Tiffany Haddish looks like a literal Queen. Can we please have her host next year?

23:54 – We’ve just found out she is wearing a traditional Ethiopian/Eritrean dress called Abesha Kemis/Zuria.

23:55 –  Do you think every now and then that Daniel Kaluuya sings My Name is Kaluuya when he is getting ready?

00:05 – Daniela Vega looks stunning on the Red Carpet.

00:13 – Viola Davis is wearing Hot Pink and we’ve just lost of breaths.

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00:15 – Someone go up to Chadwick Boseman and scream WHAT ARE THOSE?

00:16 – More Janney from Sky Cinema and she is just glorious.

00:21 – Caleb Landry Jones!

00:25 – We’ve a lot of love for Greta Gerwig and this look is everything.

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00:29 – Agreed.

00:39 – Sally Hawkins is just a delight.

00:41 – The internet’s favourite boyfriends are looking dapper.

00:44  – Can we all just admit we all have so many crushes on Emma Stone?

Independent Spirit Awards 2018 – Winners!

Jordan Peele was the big winner of last night’s Independent Spirit Awards. His impeccable thriller scooped up Best Feature as well as Best Director. People have noted that for four years, everyone who has won these coveted awards in the Indies have then gone on to win Best Picture. This is a glorious and much deserved win for the debut director.

Frances McDormand won Best Female Lead for Three Billboards. It’s a dead cert, now, that her turn as a desperate grieving mother will seeMcDormand scoop up with Academy Award tonight. Timothee Chalamet’s role in Call Me By Your Name scooped up Best Male Lead which caused a see of adulation, with many seeing him as the rightful winner (although, I’m a little bit sad that Robert Pattinson missed out on an award for his work in Good Time. Very underappreciated)

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Other winners (which seem to set in stone the Academy Award winners,) are Sam Rockwell and Alison Janney for their respective Supporting performances. Greta Gerwig and Lady Bird won Best Screenplay for Lady  Ingrid Goes West scooped up an award for Best Debut Feature whilst The Big Sick one First Screenplay Award.

Overall, it was a good night for celebrating “independent talent” and I guess it has shaken up predictions for the Academy Award wins. If anything, I’d happily have these awards for the Oscars as long as Guillermo Del Toro wins for Best Director.

Here’s the full list of winners, what do you think?

Best Featue

Get Out

Best Male Lead

Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name

Best female lead

Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Supporting Male 

Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Allison Janney accepting the best supporting actress award.

Best supporting female

Allison Janney, I, Tonya

Best director

Jordan Peele, Get Out

Best Screenplay

Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird

Best documentary

Faces Places

Best International Film

A Fantastic Woman

Best Editing

Tatiana S Riegel, I, Tonya

Best first feature

Ingrid Goes West

Best First Screenplay 

Emily V Gordon and Kumail Nunjiani, The Big Sick

Robert Altman Award 


John Cassavetes Award

Life and Nothing More

The Bonnie Award

Chloé Zhao

Someone to  Watch Award 

Justin Chon, Gook

Truer than fiction award

Jonathan Olshefski, Quest

Piaget producers award

Summer Shelton


Murder on the Orient Express – Review

Oh Branagh…Professor Lockhart, Benedick and now the fabulous mustache donning Hercule Poirot in this lavish Agatha Christie infused murder mystery. From directing, acting and writing this man’s talent has no end; playing incredible homage to the source material, Murder on the Orient Express has a true ‘whodunit’ classic feel about it.

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Poirot, the world’s most famous detective desperately wants to take a break but it seems the universe won’t grant him his wish. Being called on a case imminently he hitches a ride on the Orient Express with help from friend and charmer Bouc (Tom Bateman) in the hope to rejuvenate on the train until his expertise is required after finding ‘gangster’ Ratchett (Depp) stabbed to death in his cabin.

As the film transforms into a big game of Cluedo minus the candlestick, it’s impossible to refrain from connecting the dots. You suspect everyone and for a split second you even suspect the two fluffy dogs permanently attached to Princess Dragomiroff (Dench), although which one was it? After an unexpected avalanche, these strangers are stranded on a mountain with a murderer on the loose which means only one thing – Poirot needs to solve this case and quickly.

This outstanding cast of such big names work seamlessly on screen together. From the fresh new blood of Daisy Ridley, the familiar face of Depp and Cruz all the way to the queen herself, Dench, everyone above, over and in between mark their territory. Consequently, having such a wealth of actors on screen together it’s hard to devote time to all of them. Successfully providing us with enough backstory to go on for the most part but disappointingly so Olivia Coleman as Dench’s dog groomer was severely under used. This BAFTA winning actress barely has any lines and most of them are in German. Not to mention the list of other actors plastered over posters who are barely in this. Nevertheless, Branagh approaches this role with Peculiarity, eccentricity and OCD in a somewhat Cumberbatch fashion, albeit Branagh owns this, just as Batch owns Sherlock. The man is deliciously funny throughout, so much so that even if you take away the absurd facial hair he would have been just as hilarious.

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Just as he manipulates his version of Poirot, Branagh twists and turns this universe subsequently borrowed from Christie with beyond fluid directing utilising CGI in the best possible manner. The stand-out beautifully flowing scene of our characters embarking upon their journey is sure to make you sigh at all its glory. There’s no escaping how dialogue heavy this especially considering its near 2 hours running time, yet the luxurious steam train setting provides solid ammunition to keep one’s mind on solving the puzzle. Moments of seat shuffling may occur but perhaps that’s just down to the eagerness of wanting to find out who killed Captain Jack, erm Ratchett.

Murder on the Orient Express is undoubtedly a breath of fresh air in amongst regurgitated horrors and action flicks, this is sure to get your Sherlock senses tingling and a chortle in your throat. Ultimately, this is a one hit wonder. Once the big reveal takes place, there leaves little room for the desire of a repeat viewing, no matter how impressive the tash is. Whether you have read the novel or seen the 70’s adaptations, welcome Branagh’s flare with suspecting eyes and let this extravagant tale consume you. Now – if you could just straighten your tie Sir that would be great!

Murder on the Orient Express is out in cinemas today