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Brooklyn (John Crowley, 2015)

There’s usually always at least one British period piece nominated for Best Picture. And it’s normally nice, quaint, but often just there because that sort of film is expected to be. This year that place was filled by Brooklyn, based on the novel by Colm Toibin, adapted for the screen by Nick Hornby, and directed by John Crowley. It follows young Eilis (Saoirse Ronan) as she emigrates from Ireland to America in the 1950s. The posh English accents are out, and something slightly different from the norm is in. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Brooklyn

FILM REVIEW: The Revenant

The Revenant (Alejandro G. Iñárritu, 2015)

If Leo doesn’t win his Oscar next month people will collectively lose their shit. After his sensational work in The Wolf of Wall Street he goes all out in The Revenant. Battling freezing temperatures and hazardous terrain during filming, he carries a 2.5 hour film without much in the way of dialogue. It’s no mean feat. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Revenant


Ex Machina (Alex Garland, 2015)

Ex Machina is one of the best films of the year thus far: smart, thought-provoking, brilliantly acted and well-crafted. But thinking about it for too long may cause your brain to implode. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Ex Machina


Unbroken (Angelina Jolie, 2014)

"And... action!"
“And… action!”

A-list movie star, mother of six, humanitarian, and director. Is there anything Angelina Jolie can’t do? In her first English-language feature film, she proves yet again that she’s more than just those lips and that leg. She is a force to be reckoned with! And it’s no surprise that she’s gone with a story that showcases the fighting human spirit. Unbroken tells the true tale of Olympic runner Louis Zamperini (Jack O’Connell), who was taken prisoner of war by the Japanese Navy. Coming in at 137 minutes, it’s a hard going slog, but ultimately inspiring and satisfying. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Unbroken


Calvary (John Michael McDonagh, 2014)
clairestbearestreviews_filmreview_calvary_brendangleeson_posterWHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY?! Was my reaction at the end of this film. In regards to various aspects – just WHY?! Calvary was a great film but it left me feeling exasperated at various characters’ choices. They all had their reasons, but their choices were still a bit dumb. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Calvary


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