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FILM REVIEW: Spotlight

Spotlight (Tom McCarthy, 2015)

It’s apt that on the first day that Cardinal Pell testified via video link as part of the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse in the Catholic church, that Spotlight took home the Oscar for Best Picture. Spotlight takes us back fifteen years to 2001, when the Boston Globe’s ‘Spotlight’ team investigated the cover-up of child sexual abuse by priests in the Boston area.  It’s chilling to watch as the journalists react incredulously to the possibility of there being approximately 90 pedophile priests in the area, given what we know now about how far-reaching these heinous crimes were. The end credits list the cities all over the world to have uncovered further abuse – it is sickening stuff. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Spotlight


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


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

FILM REVIEW: Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas Buyers Club (Jean-Marc Vallée, 2013)

Dallas Buyers Club tells the (loosely) true story of Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey), an apparently homophobic electrician and bull-rider who was diagnosed with AIDS in 1985. The film details Ron’s attempts to access medication which was not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States, and his setting up of the Dallas Buyers Club, whereby he sold memberships to other HIV/AIDS sufferers so that they too could receive medication from outside America. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Dallas Buyers Club

Oscar predictions 2014

The day is almost upon us! Excitement! For those who are interested here are my predictions (and wishes) below. In the interests of full disclosure I have indicated the films I have not seen with asterisks (*)

Best Picture
Nominees: The Wolf of Wall Street, 12 Years a Slave, Captain Phillips, Her, Gravity, Nebraska, Dallas Buyers Club, American Hustle, Philomena

Who will win: 12 Years a Slave. It’s won everything else. Continue reading Oscar predictions 2014

FILM REVIEW: 12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen, 2013)

This is not an easy film to watch. And that is why you need to watch it. 12 Years a Slave chronicles the true story of Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) – a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery. From the outset it is grim – we know that he has a long twelve years ahead of him. Hans Zimmer’s score captures the sense of foreboding and sets up what is ahead as a horror film of sorts. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: 12 Years a Slave