Author Archive | Joel Mayward

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Top 6 Films From the First Half of 2018

The year 2018 will be my first full year living in Scotland, and I have recognized that film culture and releases differ here. Films like Lady Bird and Phantom Thread are technically 2018 releases in the UK, and both would certainly top my list (Lady Bird might have been my #1 from 2017 had I […]

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Transpositions – Motion Pictures, Mary Magdalene, and #MeToo

For Transpositions, I recently wrote on Garth Davis’ 2018 film Mary Magdalene, the #MeToo movement, and the filmic depictions of Mary Magdalene throughout cinematic history: I find it sadly ironic that Garth Davis’s exquisite 2018 film Mary Magdalene became an unexpected victim in the #MeToo movement which emerged following the New York Times article on movie producer Harvey Weinstein’s […]

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The 2018 Cinemayward Oscars

Every year, the Academy Awards get some things wonderfully right (La La Land! Moonlight!) and some things horribly wrong (La La Land? No, Moonlight!). Though Crash beating Brokeback Mountain in 2006 is often the most cited Worst Best Picture win of recent years, I am still reeling from Terrence Malick and The Tree of Life losing […]

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Top 20 Films of 2017

For many, 2017 was a stressful and anxious year due to the person presently in the Oval Office and all the political divisions and frustrations this has both caused and brought into the light. I share those anxieties and frustrations, although I won’t allow myself to be consumed by them. Tom Hardy’s pilot from Dunkirk […]

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Top 17 Favorite Scenes from 2017

My top films of 2017 list will arrive after Christmas; for now, here are 17 scenes which stood out for me from cinema over the past year, listed in alphabetical order of film title: A Quiet Passion – The Time Lapse Photo. In Terence Davies’ filmic depiction of Emily Dickinson’s life and poetry, there is […]

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