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The Rover (David Michôd, 2014)
clairestbearestreviews_TheRover_filmreview_ericreyBagging Australian cinema seems to be a national pastime in our country. This country, which prides itself on being patriotic (though often in embarrassing, racist ways) has a tendency to shun local films in favour of the bigger, brighter Hollywood fare, myself included. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Rover


Frank (Lenny Abrahamson, 2014)
clairestbearestreviews_filmreview_frank_frankfrolicsSick of the same old shit being released at the cinemas? Want to curl up in the foetal position and rock from side to side when you hear that the latest Transformers movie has made $100 million in its opening week? Do you want to see something ORIGINAL? Then look no further, Frank is here. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Frank


The Double (Richard Ayoade, 2013)


In a word, this film is WEIRD. But I mean that in the best possible way. It may not be for everyone but it certainly offers up a unique and engaging cinematic experience. Based on Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s 1846 novella of the same name, The Double follows Simon James (Jesse Eisenberg), a rather pathetic, almost invisible man for whom things rarely seem to go right.

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FILM REVIEW: Grace of Monaco

Grace of Monaco (Olivier Dahan, 2014)

Close-up hell
Close-up hell

When  the closing credits of Grace of Monaco rolled, a woman in my audience let out a fairly quiet but rather prolonged fart. This somewhat echoed the critics in Cannes who shat all over the film when it premiered, but I feel a light fart is more justified. It wasn’t as crap as they had suggested, but it had a bit of a pretentious waft. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Grace of Monaco

FILM REVIEW: A Million Ways to Die in the West

A Million Ways to Die in the West (Seth MacFarlane, 2014)
Not everyone is a fan of animated TV hit Family Guy, but I certainly am. It’s not at all PC but it gets away with it. It’s funny, it’s random, and every now and then they have a fully-fledged musical number so I’m TOTALLY ON BOARD.  Continue reading FILM REVIEW: A Million Ways to Die in the West

FILM REVIEW: Maleficent

Maleficent (Robert Stromberg, 2014)
clairestbearestreviews_filmreview_maleficent_auroraThere are often good moral lessons to be learnt in fairy tales. For example: be wary of strangers (Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel), don’t tell lies (Pinocchio, The Boy Who Cried Wolf), it’s what’s on the inside that counts (The Ugly Duckling), don’t be a cocky wanker (The Tortoise and the Hare, The Gingerbread Man), and sometimes it’s better to just invite bitches to parties to save yourself from added drama (Sleeping Beauty). Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Maleficent


For all the awesome people who love musical theatre, I thought I’d do a wrap-up of the best awards show of the year – the TONYS!

Neil Patrick Harris is king
Neil Patrick Harris is king

There were no less than 13 musical performances from current and future musicals on Broadway, as well as a few other potentially questionable numbers. Continue reading TONYS Wrap Up