The Artist has recently leapt into the spotlight as the front runner for the best picture Oscar. But is it a good film? Before seeing The Artist I knew it was a French film, a melodrama, and that was made in the tradition of the silent films of the 1920s era. Beyond that I knew little, yet somehow I have been very much looking forward to seeing it. Was it simply its novelty that was capturing my interest? This is dangerous territory considering that a good film is so much more than a few simple circus tricks, and I was hoping not to be disappointed. You can read the rest of my review here.