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FILM REVIEW: The Danish Girl

The Danish Girl (Tom Hooper, 2015)

Something smells like Oscar bait. Or maybe it’s just Tom Hooper. The Danish Girl has more than a whiff of Hooper’s usual winning formula which has previously resulted in Oscar glory for The King’s Speech (which won awards for best picture, director, original screenplay, and actor), and Les Misérables (wins in smaller categories, with further nominations including best picture). His latest effort is arguably of the same quality, however Hooper and the film have missed out on directing and picture nominations this year. Is that because the Academy know his game all too well now, or because they aren’t sold on the subject matter? Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Danish Girl

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FILM REVIEW: Inside Out

Inside Out (Pete Docter & Ronaldo Del Carmen, 2015)

Ever since Pixar announced the concept for Inside Out I’ve been waiting with bated breath. I get excited for almost every Pixar film regardless because THEY’RE PIXAR, HELLO! (Toy Story! Cars! Finding Nemo!), but given my work as a school counsellor, I was even more pumped than usual. Because it has ALL THE FEELS! Or at least five of the big ones. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Inside Out

Oscar 2015 Predictions

Oscars on Monday! (or Sunday for Americans). Same as last year – I’m giving you my predictions and wishes. Films I haven’t seen are marked with an asterisk (*). Who’s going to get the gold? Continue reading Oscar 2015 Predictions

FILM REVIEW: Foxcatcher

Foxcatcher (Bennett Miller, 2014)

Ignore the title – this has nothing to do with foxes. And don’t be turned off when you hear this is a film about wrestlers. Foxcatcher is a captivating film based on a true story about a disturbed philanthropist, made by a very talented director and featuring some phenomenal performances – all boxes ticked! Bring it! Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Foxcatcher

FILM REVIEW: American Sniper

American Sniper (Clint Eastwood, 2014)

I told my friend with a sigh that I’d heard this was really pro-America and pro-guns. She responded: “Well it is called American Sniper”. So I guess I walked into that one. As someone who identifies as anti-war and anti-guns, I went into this film tentatively. Obviously I wasn’t going to miss it because it’s nominated for best picture at the Oscars, stars B-Coop, and is directed by Clint Eastwood (he may be a Republican but he makes great movies). Though some have accused the film of a pro-war stance, it wasn’t the right-wing bullshit that I’d feared. Then again, maybe it was just that good I got totally sucked in without even realising it. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: American Sniper

FILM REVIEW: Wild

Wild (Jean-Marc Vallée, 2014)

Back in 1995, long before FitBits existed, Cheryl Strayed hiked 1770 kilometres along the Pacific Coast Trail (PCT) in a journey of self-discovery and redemption. Following the death of her mother a few years earlier, she had plummeted into a downward spiral of adultery and drug addiction, with no visible way out. By chance she learnt of the PCT and decided a helluva long walk might just be her saving grace. Hey, it sounds better than becoming a CrossFitter. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Wild

FILM REVIEW: Birdman

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (Alejandro González Iñárritu, 2014)

From Batman to Birdman. It seems apt that in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Michael Keaton plays a washed up actor best known for his earlier success as the star of a superhero franchise, who now just wants to be taken seriously. Unfortunately, – and this is my only criticism of the whole film – despite Birdman’s voice sounding extremely similar to Batman’s, Keaton never does utter the words “I’m Birdman”. This is a massive missed opportunity, but I’m holding out hope that he’ll say it in his Oscar speech, should he win. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Birdman