FILM REVIEW: The Hundred-Foot Journey

The Hundred-Foot Journey (Lasse Hallström, 2014)
THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEYI had lunch right before seeing this movie and also ate a cupcake during, and yet, it still made me hungry! The French food not so much (omelettes: BLURGH, quail: hmmm) but the swirl of the Indian curries, and the bright vibrant colours of the spices – JUST GET ME A MENU. STAT. Unfortunately I already had alternate dinner plans for that night, but the friend I saw it with was inspired to order Indian. Totes jelly.

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FILM REVIEW: Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy (James Gunn, 2014)
clairestbearestreviews_filmreview_guardiansofthegalaxy_guardiansofthegalaxyI can usually take or leave comic book movies. Let’s face it, they’re usually not that great and they’re really just there to please the fans. I wasn’t even going to bother with Guardians of the Galaxy, but I’d heard good things! I’d heard this was different! And the trailer didn’t look too bad. But unfortunately, GOTG turned out to be highly overrated. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Guardians of the Galaxy


The One I Love (Charlie McDowell, 2014)
clairestbearestreviews_filmreview_theoneilove_movieposterThe One I Love is somewhat difficult to review, as audiences are being advised to know as little about it as possible before viewing. I’d agree that you shouldn’t know too much, but don’t buy into all that beguiling mystery stuff, because that always sets you up for disappointment (remember The Loneliest Planet?). Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The One I Love


The Effect (Melbourne Theatre Company, 2014)

Zahra Newman & Nathaniel Dean
Zahra Newman & Nathaniel Dean

A guy and a girl take part in a clinical trial for a new anti-depressant drug and end up falling for each other. Is their love for real or is it simply a side effect? This is the question at the centre of Lucy Prebble’s The Effect, but to be honest the sub-plot is far more intriguing.  Continue reading THEATRE REVIEW: The Effect


And So It Goes (Rob Reiner, 2014)
kinopoisk.ruRob Reiner directs a rom-com for old people. We all know how this is going to fly. A grumpy old man. Diane Keaton. A loveable grand-daughter that brings them together. And so it goes. You could hardly come up with a less inspired title but maybe that’s the point. It’s the same old, same old. No surprises here. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: And So It Goes


Lucy (Luc Besson, 2014)
clairestbearestreviews_filmreview_lucy_scarjoI’m sure scientists the world over cringed when they first saw the trailer for Lucy, which perpetuates the myth that human beings only use 10% of their brains. This myth has long since been discredited, and even director and screenwriter Luc Besson is aware of that fact. But who’s to let that get in the way of a good story? Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Lucy

FILM REVIEW: Life Itself

Life Itself (Steve James, 2014)

Roger Ebert front left & Gene Siskel back right
Roger Ebert front left & Gene Siskel back right

Roger Ebert watched approximately 10,000 films in 25 years, and reviewed 6000 of them. And my friends think I watch too many movies – pfft. But no number is too many when you’re a professional film critic (I yearn for the day), and Ebert was arguably one of the best. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Life Itself

FILM REVIEW: Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer (Joon-ho Bong, 2013)

Chris Evans
Chris Evans

Considering that this was initially released pretty much nowhere in Australia (Thank you Cinema Nova for being the only place to show it in Melbourne), you might assume that Snowpiercer is a wacky, out-there, too-crazy-to-comprehend type of film, but you would be wrong. While it is a little outside of the mainstream, this is decent science-fiction with a relatively easy storyline to follow, with a few known faces thrown in for good measure. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Snowpiercer

FILM REVIEW: These Final Hours

These Final Hours (Zak Hilditch, 2014)
clairestbearestreviews_filmreview_thesefinalhoursI’ve always thought the phrase “Live everyday as if it’s your last” is really pretty stupid advice, because then you’d never show up to work. But what would you do if the world was actually about to be burnt to a crisp? Continue reading FILM REVIEW: These Final Hours

FILM REVIEW: Begin Again

Begin Again (John Carney, 2013)

Mark Ruffalo & Keira Knightley
Mark Ruffalo & Keira Knightley

Director John Carney has referred to Begin Again as “a musical for people who don’t like musicals” which annoyed me a bit when I first read that because THOSE PEOPLE AREN’T IMPORTANT. I was probably also a bit surprised because it didn’t even really occur to me that this was a musical, although it depends on your definition. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Begin Again