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A Look Back at March 2021

Although things continue to be slow, I can’t help but notice the pace of high-profile releases is picking up once more. Following the much-anticipated release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, a few more films are starting to emerge from the woodwork. Not so much over here in the U.K. where the cinemas remain closed, but…

MFR Hall of Fame Inductee: John Williams

Category: Composer Years Active: 1957-Present Honours: (Strap Yourselves In, There’s A LOT!) Academy Awards: 5 wins (Best Scoring: Adaptation and Original Song Score for Fiddler on the Roof, Best Original Score for Jaws, Star Wars, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and Schindler’s List), 52 nominations. Holds the record for most nominations for a living person. Second-most nominated…

A Look Back at February 2021

Is it just me, or have these past two months just felt like one long January? It’s still dark and miserable, and I still can’t leave my flat. It feels like being stuck in Groundhog Day, but instead of constantly giving the same new report, I’m just always sat in my living room, sometimes watching…

MFR Hall of Fame Inductee: Martin Scorsese

Category: Director Active: 1963-Present Honours: Academy Awards: 2 wins (Best Picture & Best Director for The Departed), 15 nominations BAFTA Awards: 3 wins (Best Film, Best Direction, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Goodfellas), 14 nominations Directors Guild of America Awards: 2 wins (Outstanding Directing – Feature Film for The Departed, and Outstanding Directing – Drama…

Introducing the Major Film Reviews Hall of Fame!

I’m always looking for ways to diversify my output on this site, and while new releases are quiet, I thought now was the best time to celebrate those iconic figures from cinema. This is an idea I’ve been playing with for some time; I sometimes find myself wanting to write more about a particular director…

A Look Back at January 2021

I’ve long thought that ‘Blue Monday’ and the concept of January being a depressing month was a self-fulfilling prophecy. It’s a belief I’ve found wavering this month however, while I sit at home, in lockdown, with the future uncertain. I don’t mind admitting that I’ve found motivation hard to come by this month. First I…

A Look Back at December 2020

So, we say goodbye to the final month of the year that was. Christmas has come and gone and the New Year brings us a certain amount of hope that this year might be better, as realistically, it couldn’t get much worse. It’s also the time of the year when wide-eyed dreamers declare their ‘New…

Major Film Reviews Christmas Playlist

December is here! Deck the halls and ring whatever bells you have to hand! I’ll be dedicating this month to reviewing festive favourites, but before I launch into the reviews for the month, I thought I’d share with you all my film recommendations for if you want to feel holly and/or jolly. I’ll be reviewing…

A Look Back at November 2020

So we say goodbye to the penultimate month of this hellish year. The end is now in sight, and there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel. I’m just hoping that, given our luck, it isn’t an oncoming train. With the pandemic still looming large over our everyday lives, the UK was…