The Best of 2014 in Film

It’s almost one year on since I started this blog, and I am thankful for a great year in film. The clairestbearest awards go to: Continue reading The Best of 2014 in Film

FILM REVIEW: Annie

Annie (Will Gluck, 2014)

Music teachers the world over probably met the news of the latest Annie film release with trepidation. WILL WE NEVER STOP HEARING THAT SONG ABOUT TOMORROW? And musical theatre lovers like me feared for the worst because Will Smith was producing and threatening to make it ‘contemporary’, which seems to be code for ‘we are going to shit all over this classic in an effort to appeal to Gen Z-ers who don’t know better’. It threatened to be heinously unbearable, but luckily it wasn’t all bad. But it certainly had its flaws. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Annie

FILM REVIEW: Big Hero 6

Big Hero 6 (Don Hall & Chris Williams, 2014)

This year’s obligatory Boxing Day animated release is Disney’s Big Hero 6, based on the Marvel comic of the same name. Upping the cute factor, Directors Don Hall and Chris Williams (Winnie the Pooh and Bolt, respectively) have delivered us a kid-friendly adaptation of its source material, while still pulling on the heartstrings of its older audience members. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Big Hero 6

FILM REVIEW: Mr Turner

Mr Turner (Mike Leigh, 2014)

We’ve got a grunter! You will either laugh or cringe at Timothy Spall’s portrayal of British painter, J.M.W. Turner. Though he’s our protagonist, he is a rather disgusting man on the outer. He grunts endlessly, occasionally even throwing in the odd snort while he bangs someone against a bookcase. At that point I threw up in my mouth a little. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Mr Turner

FILM REVIEW: Horrible Bosses 2

Horrible Bosses 2 (Sean Anders, 2014)

Why would they make a Horrible Bosses 2 you ask? When the first one wasn’t even that good? Well, we could certainly do a lot worse. And as far as recent comedies go, Horrible Bosses is probably one of the better ones. In a similar vein to The Hangover and Jump Street franchises that have gone before, Horrible Bosses 2 sticks almost entirely to the plot of the original, but it’s still good enough fun, and it’s better than a Transformers movie. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Horrible Bosses 2

FILM REVIEW: Folies Bergére

Folies Bergére (Marc Fitoussi, 2014)

If romanticised infidelity floats your boat, get right on this. But if you don’t quite get that blasé attitude to monogamy, then Folies Bergére may irk you just a tad. Brigitte (Isabelle Huppert) and Xavier (Jean-Pierre Darroussin) are recent empty nesters, running a cattle farm in Normandy. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Folies Bergére

FILM REVIEW: The Captive

The Captive (Atom Egoyan, 2014)

The Captive involves every parent’s worst nightmare, and if you have young kids I would advise skipping this one unless you like to embrace paranoia. Abducted when she is only nine years old, Cass (played initially by Peyton Kennedy and then Alexia Fast) remains locked away in a pedophile’s basement eight years later. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Captive

FILM REVIEW: Exodus: Gods & Kings

Exodus: Gods & Kings (Ridley Scott, 2014)

Moses supposes his toes are roses, but Moses supposes erroneously. Oh what a better film that was than this one! But we can’t spend all day singin’ in the rain. Occasionally we need a big religious epic with plenty of eyeliner. It’s just a shame that was the best aspect of this one. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Exodus: Gods & Kings

FILM REVIEW: Paddington

Paddington (Paul King, 2014)

After more than fifty years, Michael Bond’s beloved children’s book character comes to life, and he is one adorable bear. Seemingly sticking quite close to the original story – though not quite enough according to the diehards – Paddington ventures from darkest Peru to the hustle and bustle of London town.

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FILM REVIEW: Men, Women & Children

Men, Women & Children (Jason Reitman, 2014)

Oooooh what do people get up to behind closed doors with their mobiles and Facebook and video games and porn? This is the premise for apparently risqué and daring new drama, Men, Women & Children but it doesn’t end up breaking any new ground. It’s relatively tame for the most part, and we’ve seen most of this before, except this time social media is involved.

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