Thanks For The Liebster Award Nomination

We’d like to say a big thank you to the lovely Alicja Johnson AKA Reel Red Reviews for nominating JumpCut UK for a Liebster Award. The Liebster Award is an online award passed on from blogger to blogger. By being a part of the Liebster Award process, bloggers can gain recognition for their own work, whilst discovering new and interesting bloggers. 

The rules are simple – answer the 11 questions set by the blogger who nominates you, and then nominate the bloggers you think deserve the award and pose them 11 questions of your own. 


Our editor-in-chief, Jakob, answers Alicja’s questions here:

1.What is your favorite movie from 2015? 
2015 actually turned out to be an amazing year for film releases, with ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’, ‘Ex Machina’ and ‘Sicario’ really impressing me. The best release of 2015 though, was ‘Whiplash’.
2. What are your most anticipated movies for this year?
I’m incredibly excited for all the comic book movies set to be released in 2016, but ‘Batman v Superman’ is a momentous occasion for cinema. Later in the year, Star Wars spin-off ‘Rogue One’ should be amazing too.
3. Biggest Disappointment (movie or TV show) from 2015?
Simply because of my own huge expectations, ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ was kinda disappointing. It was still a decent film, but nowhere near what I had hoped for, and the titular villain was a real letdown.
4. What celebrity do you think you’d get along really well with – who could be your best friend?
There’s lots of people I would love to hang out with. It would be great to spend some time with Margot Robbie, for obvious reasons, but in terms of a best friend, Oscar Isaac seems like a cool guy.
5. Do you have a celebrity lookalike? If not, is there a celebrity you’ve always imagined yourself being like?
I don’t think I look like anyone in particular, but if I could be like anyone, it would have to be Batman. You should always aspire to be Batman.
6. Do you have a travel bucket list? What are the top three places you’d like to visit?
I’m desperate to go and see the Northern Lights, probably in Norway – that’s number one on the list. I would love to relax on a beach in Hawaii too, of course, and maybe somewhere in South America like Brazil.
7. Name your ideal comfort meal.

Pizza. There’s nothing that can’t be fixed with pizza.
8. If you could choose any epic movie death, which way would you go?
I reckon it would be cool to go out in a massive shootout, à la any Quentin Tarantino film.
9. Which fictional town (or school, like Hogwarts) would you choose to live in?
I would love to live in Gotham City and give Batman a helping hand. Plus, it would be cool to meet The Joker.
10. What’s the first movie you remember seeing?
The first movie I remember seeing, at the cinemas at least, was ‘Babe’. You know, the George Miller film about the talking pig. I loved that film when I was little.
11. How long have you been blogging for, and why did you start?
I’ve been blogging for just over a year now. I started writing in January 2015, simply as a way to express my thoughts after watching films, kinda like an online journal. The plan quickly changed though, and I decided to push JumpCut UK to become a much broader venture and put together a team of writers (who are all excellent by the way).

So, we nominate: 

The Movie Guy 14
HC Movie Reviews
The Craggus
Movieblort
Caz AKA Let’s Go To The Movies
Grog’s Movie Blog
The Watcher Blog
A Tale Of Two Dans
Film Carnage
Movierob
and Jay AKA Assholes Watching Movies

Now, please answer these questions for us guys:

1. Which actor would you pick to play the lead in a biopic of your life?
2. What’s your favourite film of all time?
3. What’s the first ever film you remember watching?
4. Do you prefer watching films at home or at the cinema?
5. What is your favourite quote from a film?
6. Who is the coolest film character of all time?
7. Generally speaking, what is your favourite genre of film?
8. If you could interview any actor/actress/filmmaker, who would you pick?
9. Do you want to work in the film industry, and if so, in what capacity?
10. It seems that every film gets a sequel/remake these days, but which one film should never be messed around with?
11. Which 2016 film are you most excited about?

Thanks again to Alicja, and thanks in advance to all of our nominees for joining in and answering our questions. Peace y’all!

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The JumpCut UK Film Awards 2015: The Nominees

After weeks of agonising over the films of 2015, our esteemed panel have finally submitted their picks for the first annual JumpCut UK Film Awards. The votes have been counted and the nominees are…


actors
Best Support Actress
Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina)
Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)
Kristen Stewart (Clouds Of Sils Maria)
Marion Cotillard (Macbeth)
Rooney Mara (Carol)
Best Support Actor
Benicio del Toro (Sicario)
Idris Elba (Beasts Of No Nation)
JK Simmons (Whiplash)
Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina)
Paul Dano (Love & Mercy)
Best Lead Actress
Cate Blanchett (Carol)
Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road)
Emily Blunt (Sicario)
Olivia Cooke (Me And Earl And The Dying Girl)
Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)
Best Lead Actor
Abraham Attah (Beasts Of No Nation)
Jason Segel (The End Of The Tour)
Matt Damon (The Martian)
Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs)
Miles Teller (Whiplash)
Best Breakthrough Actor/Actress
Abraham Attah
Alicia Vikander
Daisy Ridley
O’Shea Jackson Jr
Taron Egerton
Worst Acting Performance
Adam Sandler (Pixels)
Jai Courtney (Terminator Genisys)
Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades Of Grey)
Johnny Depp (Mortdecai)
Vincent D’Onofrio (Jurassic World)

 

technical

Best Director
Alex Garland (Ex Machina)
Damien Chazelle (Whiplash)
Denis Villeneuve (Sicario)
George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road)
Ridley Scott (The Martian)
Best Original Story
Ex Machina
Inside Out
The Gift
The Lobster
Whiplash
Best Adaptation
American Sniper
Macbeth
Me And Earl And The Dying Girl
Steve Jobs
The Martian
Best Cinematography
American Sniper
Macbeth
Mad Max: Fury Road
Sicario
The Martian

 

Best Editing
Birdman
Mad Max: Fury Road
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Whiplash
Best Soundtrack/Score
Dope
Inside Out
Mad Max: Fury Road
Sicario
Whiplash
Best Visual Effects
Ex Machina
Jurassic World
Mad Max: Fury Road
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Martian

genre

Best Action Film
American Sniper
Avengers: Age Of Ultron
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Mad Max: Fury Road
Sicario
Best Comedy Film
Inside Out
Spy
The Lobster
The Night Before
Trainwreck
Best Drama Film
Carol
Me And Earl And The Dying Girl
Straight Outta Compton
Whiplash
White God
Best Horror Film
Crimson Peak
Insidious: Chapter 3
It Follows
The Gift
Best Sci-Fi Film
Ex Machina
Jurassic World
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Martian

 

Best Documentary, Foreign, Indie or Short Film
Cobain: Montage Of Heck
The End Of The Tour
Kung Fury
The Lobster
World Of Tomorrow
Worst Sequel/Reboot
Fantastic Four
Hot Tub Time Machine 2
Taken 3
Terminator Genisys
Vacation
Worst Film
Hot Tub Time Machine 2
Pan
Paul Blart 2
Pixels
Vacation
Best Film
Ex Machina
Mad Max: Fury Road
Sicario
The Martian
Whiplash

miscellaneous

The “Guilty Pleasure” Award
American Ultra
Focus
San Andreas
Ted 2
The Interview

 

 

 

 



So there you have it – 24 categories with lots of films and individuals to celebrate. We will be opening up the voting to the public for the following categories: Best Breakthrough Actor/Actress, Worst Film and Best Trailer, and you can cast your vote here (voting closes 31st December). The rest of the categories will be decided by the JumpCut UK team, our official partners and a handful of expert guests, with all the winners announced on our special YouTube Awards Show at the end of January. 

TV Killed The Movie Star

Written by Chris Winterbottom 
THE DYING RACE OF CINEMAGOERS

From the beginning of the 20th century, the film industry has fascinated, surprised and thrilled audiences with revolutionary technology which allowed talented storytellers to tell their tales, through the miracle of sight. Early classics, such as ‘Metropolis’ helped ignite the worlds imagination, allowing both filmmakers and audiences alike to wonder at what was possible in the way we tell stories. The film industry has had few competitors over its existence, and despite some rough periods in its history, no other medium of storytelling has evolved, re-evolved and revolutionised itself as much as the Hollywood film industry has. Stories told through moving images, sound and colour was a reality few could ponder in the early 1900’s. Yet here we are, about a century later taking for granted the very thing that inspired so many before.

Why do we take it for granted? It’s a big question. I have never lost my love for cinema. Not even after watching great movies and being disturbed by the inconsiderate, or even after watching The Godfatherterrible movies, praying the inconsiderate would chirp up to provide a welcome distraction. Cinema was my first true love and I shall never betray her beauty, wonder and magic – even if they did another series of ‘Breaking Bad’. However, I understand that not everyone feels this way about films; and certainly not about the cinematic experience. I get it. It’s expensive, and more often than not, the film is not worth the price of admission. But cinema has been the go-to medium of storytelling for decades. Books have always been considered the intellectual’s pursuit, but I defy anyone who would claim that ‘The Godfather’ is not as profound as ‘Great Expectations’. 

Cinema attendances have fallen over the last decade or so, and you don’t have to be a genius to figure out why. In 2002, 176 million people visited the cinema. In 2014, the same statistic read 157 million. 19 million people fewer in a decade. That might not seem like much, but for cinema to lose that level of audience sets a frightening precedent for the future. There are many aspects to blame for this fall, but none more culpable than the notoriously high ticket prices for the average filmgoer, which is why the big budget films do so well. Audiences find a certain necessity to see ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ on the big screen rather than at home, because it is an event movie. The same cannot be said for smaller films like the recent ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’. Clearly, audiences reserve a cinema trip for special occasions. Cinemas are forced into charging these astronomical prices due to the one-sided agreement in place with many film distribution companies, where theatres, on occasion, take as little as 10% away from ticket sales. Film distribution companies are literally holding theatres to ransom. But the domino effect of this short profit margin is that families, and more importantly children, the future audience for cinema, are being priced out of visiting. The proof is in the popcorn; the theatre favourite is the most profitable commodity in the world. A truly terrifying and revealing fact. And adverts? That half an hour you’re sat there waiting for the movie to start – the key to a theatre’s success. I don’t have the heart to tell you just how much EE pay to get those Kevin Bacon adverts up on the silver screen every time.

THE THRIVING RACE OF COUCH POTATOES

A lot of industry voices have attributed this decline in film attendance on film piracy, and while this is obviously a problem for cinema in general, it does not cut to the core of what the real issue is. The real, indisputable cause behind the slow death of cinema, is the rise of a competitor; a competitor half the age of cinema and yet now, undoubtedly outshining it. For a long time, it was the shadowy pretender to film’s throne. Now it is arguably the king of storytelling. I am talking, of course, about television. Ever since ‘The Sopranos’ first aired in 1999, TV has had a rapid rise in popularity. The latest ‘Avengers’ movie was recently released, yet all I hear being talked about is the new series of ‘Game Of Thrones’. Game Of ThronesThere are still people today who are only just committing themselves to their first ‘Breaking Bad’ binge watch. Television has never been so popular, and I say “congratulations”.

So why is TV taking over as the preferred medium of storytelling? The first reason is that it is addictive. TV shows are written in such a way that each episode creeps under your skin and grabs you before you realise it. I am a long-term fan of ‘Entourage’, a rather lightweight series in comparison to something like ‘The Wire’. Yet, at 30 minute an episode, I can fly through a series; no problem. Also, the simple time frame to a TV series, the infinite number of episodes; it all allows characters to breathe and develop, which allows the audience to form bonds with their on screen heroes (or bad guys, your call). The rise of legal streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime have afforded story seekers an alternative and, let’s be honest, preferable way of watching both TV and film. The key is a combination of convenience and cost. A Netflix subscription gives you a month of unlimited viewing of anything you want (from their selection), for the measly sum of just £7 a month. If you watch a movie in IMAX and 3D, you may have just blown two months’ worth of Netflix.

Audiences are getting more for their money, and don’t need to leave the house to get it. Hell, they don’t even have to get dressed. This sort of viewing is revolutionising the way TV studios, and now film studios are targeting their audience. Some TV shows are made in house; Amazon Prime have produced their own shows like ‘Extant’, and Netflix have produced ‘House Of Cards’ and ‘Orange Is The New Black’. You only have to whisper the name Frank Underwood, and you will be drawn into a deep discussion on the malignant politician. Even if you don’t immediately pick one of these winners, with home streaming, the viewer can quickly choose something else at no extra cost.

THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL

Hollywood is afraid. Film studios are afraid of losing that golden crown that once sat unchallenged on the head of the silver screen. As a result, they do not take risks. On the other hand, almost every TV show made these days is littered with risky gambles – not least those coming out of America. ‘Game Of Thrones’ is a great example of this. HBO have taken a rich and intricate series of fantasy books, and adapted it for the small screen. There is nothing small about its budget, nor the level of violence and sex in its episodes. On paper this could easily have been a monumental failure, and yet it is now one of the most talked about and loved franchises out there.

Cinema is caught in a vicious cycle of quick-fixes and sure fire sellers; releasing content with a built-in fan base who are guaranteed to invest the first time, who won’t enjoy the experience (either because of the film’s lack of quality, or someone else has spoiled the experience) and then choose to stay at home next time. From time to time, you get great films released like the works of Christopher Nolan, films which capture the imaginations of audiences, even in this fastidious age. It is films like ‘Inception’ which prove that audiences still respond to challenging and entertaining films. The problem is that there are simply not enough of them made.

The Marvel cinematic universe is another example of how some projects have developed an increasingly popular product for the masses. DaredevilIn the same way the ‘Harry Potter’ books encouraged the young to read again, Marvel Studios have brought back some sort of audience to cinemas. But even now, I can feel the gentle tug of boredom looming in the distance, as Marvel start to run out of ideas and scrape the barrel for their most niche character’s origin story. Marvel is in danger of recruiting an overwhelming amount of heroes to their world and turn it stagnant. The studios most exciting prospect right now is none other than ‘Daredevil’, and where can you find him? Netflix of course, and you get the whole first series available to you right away.

Regardless, more needs to be done in Hollywood. They have to take a leaf out of television’s hefty tome and take more risks. They have to try and find more mavericks like Christopher Nolan, and stop worrying about fact and figures. There is nothing more important than quality, create something great and the audiences will find it. More can be done at cinemas too, where the focus needs to shift from retail products and go back to basics; showing movies. Ultimately, a conversation needs to be had between the cinemas and film studios, to renegotiate ticket price percentages. That way, the movie theatre might find more breathing room in their wallets and begin to fix what has put people off for so long. For now, I live in hope.