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FILM REVIEW: Carol

Carol (Todd Haynes, 2015)

Patricia Highsmith (author of The Talented Mr Ripley and The Two Faces of January) wrote The Price of Salt under a pseudonym back in 1952, based loosely on her own experiences. In 1990 the book was republished under her real name, and retitled Carol at her request. Screenwriter Phyllis Nagy – who has only previously written one other screenplay, Mrs. Harris – wrote the first draft of the screenplay twenty years ago. Now after eleven years in development Carol has finally made it to the big screen under the very capable direction of Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven). Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Carol

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FILM REVIEW: Truth

Truth (James Vanderbilt, 2015)

Cate Blanchett nails it yet again as journalist and CBS news producer, Mary Mapes in Truth. Based on the Killian documents controversy, Truth details the downfall of Mapes and 60 Minutes news anchor, Dan Rather (Robert Redford), following their airing of a story prior to the 2004 election which called into question George W. Bush’s fulfilment of his military service during the Vietnam War. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Truth

FILM REVIEW: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Peter Jackson, 2014)

Let me preface this by saying: I have only ever seen the first Lord of the Rings film, I found it boring, I watched the first two Hobbit films half-heartedly on television/DVD, and I still maintain that Peter Jackson’s best movie is King Kong (2005), followed by The Lovely Bones. In other words, I am not a Tolkien fan girl by any stretch. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

FILM REVIEW: The Monuments Men

The Monuments Men (George Clooney, 2014)

The Men
The Men

It’s definitely the names that sell this one: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman, and JEAN DUJARDIN. The film certainly wouldn’t be much without them. It was interesting enough, but not overly. The Monuments Men is based on the true story of a team of art experts assembled to recover stolen artworks during World War II. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Monuments Men