A Look At The OSCAR Nominations, With A Glance At The BAFTA Nominations
Feb06

A Look At The OSCAR Nominations, With A Glance At The BAFTA Nominations

The Oscar nominations are, in many ways similar to those put forward by BAFTA. What is particularly interesting is the films that have been omitted from the lists.

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I, Daniel Blake (15)  | Close-Up Film Review
Oct20

I, Daniel Blake (15) | Close-Up Film Review

This film nails both the surreal comedy and poignant tragedy of its situation from the very opening words of dialogue, where Daniel Blake (Johns), a 59 year old Geordie joiner, recovering from a heart attack, is being subjected to a ridiculous verbal benefits test as to whether or not he is fit for work.

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Versus:  The Life and Times of Ken Loach (12A) | Close-Up Film Review
Jun02

Versus:  The Life and Times of Ken Loach (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

Veteran director Ken Loach, who this month celebrates his 80th birthday, was for some a surprise winner for the second time in his career of the Palme d’Or for best picture at this year’s Cannes Film Festival with his latest film “I, Daniel Blake”.

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Ken Loach’s film I, Daniel Blake has won the Palme d’Or
May22

Ken Loach’s film I, Daniel Blake has won the Palme d’Or

It was the 79-year-old’s second award for best picture at the festival after 2006’s The Wind That Shakes the Barley.

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We Are Many (15) | Close-Up Film Review
May19

We Are Many (15) | Close-Up Film Review

  Dir. Amir Amirani, UK, 110 mins, 2015 Contributors: Damon Albarn, Ken Loach, Tony Benn, Brian Eno There’s a danger with any zeitgeist-capturing documentary that it arrives slightly out-of-sync with cultural events, so is little more than a well constructed time-capsule of talking heads and archive footage, beating a drum that has been dulled by the passing of time. Amir Amirani’s retrospective on the biggest demonstration in...

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