FILM REVIEW: Sex Tape

Sex Tape (Jake Kasdan, 2014)
clairestbearestreviews_sextape_filmreview_posterWith a title like that, what could possibly go wrong? Other than everything. Most people assumed Sex Tape would be pretty terrible on the premise alone, but I was willing to give it a chance (and I’d won free tickets). It had a good cast, was co-written by my favourite funny man, Jason Segel, and I’d assumed the whole in-your-face nature of the title and the movie poster was deliberately tongue-in-cheek.  Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Sex Tape

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FILM REVIEW: Ballet Boys (Scandinavian Film Festival)

Ballet Boys (Kenneth Elvebakk, 2014)

Ballet Boys was the only film I managed to see at the Scandinavian film festival, and I’m confident that this was a worthy choice. Ballet Boys is a Norwegian documentary that follows three fourteen year old boys – Lukas, Syvert, and Torgeir – who are interested in pursuing ballet as a career.
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FILM REVIEW: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Matt Reeves, 2014)

Do not mess with me
Do not mess with me

People don’t believe me but this was actually good! Do not let the shittiness of Transformers cloud your judgment – action movies can occasionally be decent. I even shed a tear in this one. For apes. Apes with guns… who ride horses… and talk. I guess it sounds pretty bad, but I AM TELLING YOU it was magnificent! Minus the humans. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

FILM REVIEW: The Two Faces of January

The Two Faces of January (Hossein Amimi, 2014)

Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Isaac & Kirsten Dunst
Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Isaac & Kirsten Dunst

I have no idea what the title means but think The Talented Mr. Ripley and you’ll have a rough idea about what type of movie this is going to be. Based on a book by the same author (Patricia Highsmith), The Two Faces of January follows an American con artist, Rydal (Oscar Isaac) in Athens who gets caught up helping a couple on the run from the law. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Two Faces of January

FILM REVIEW: Calvary

Calvary (John Michael McDonagh, 2014)
clairestbearestreviews_filmreview_calvary_brendangleeson_posterWHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY?! Was my reaction at the end of this film. In regards to various aspects – just WHY?! Calvary was a great film but it left me feeling exasperated at various characters’ choices. They all had their reasons, but their choices were still a bit dumb. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Calvary

FILM REVIEW: Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys (Clint Eastwood, 2014)
clairestbearestreviews_filmreview_jerseyboys_posterJersey Boys is one of Broadway’s greatest success stories. The jukebox musical opened on the Great White Way in 2005 and won four Tony Awards, including best musical and best actor in a musical (John Lloyd Young). Nine years later, it continues to play eight performances a week to packed audiences, making it currently the thirteenth longest running musical on Broadway. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Jersey Boys

FILM REVIEW: Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent (Jalil Lespert, 2014)

Pierre Niney as Yves Saint Laurent
Pierre Niney as Yves Saint Laurent

Most people will be familiar with the YSL logo, but only the true fashionistas among us will probably have much knowledge of the great fashion designer himself. Yves Saint Laurent allows us to peek behind the curtain and gain further insight into this recognisable name. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Yves Saint Laurent