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The One I Love (Charlie McDowell, 2014)
clairestbearestreviews_filmreview_theoneilove_movieposterThe One I Love is somewhat difficult to review, as audiences are being advised to know as little about it as possible before viewing. I’d agree that you shouldn’t know too much, but don’t buy into all that beguiling mystery stuff, because that always sets you up for disappointment (remember The Loneliest Planet?). Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The One I Love

FILM REVIEW: Begin Again

Begin Again (John Carney, 2013)

Mark Ruffalo & Keira Knightley
Mark Ruffalo & Keira Knightley

Director John Carney has referred to Begin Again as “a musical for people who don’t like musicals” which annoyed me a bit when I first read that because THOSE PEOPLE AREN’T IMPORTANT. I was probably also a bit surprised because it didn’t even really occur to me that this was a musical, although it depends on your definition. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Begin Again

FILM REVIEW: 52 Tuesdays

52 Tuesdays (Sophie Hyde, 2013)
friendsThis film was born out of a pretty cool concept, which was to follow two characters that meet up one day a week for a year. The next creative decision was to actually only film on Tuesdays for one year, and no, 52 Tuesdays is not a documentary (the description confused me into thinking it might be). Director Sophie Hyde and screenwriter Matthew Cormack wrote the weekly script just one week ahead of each filming day, meaning the film’s evolution was quite unique. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: 52 Tuesdays

FILM REVIEW: The Other Woman

The Other Woman (Nick Cassavetes, 2014)

Champagne! Woooooo!
Champagne! Woooooo!

It’s been a while since I’ve seen a good old-fashioned decent chick flick, and The Other Woman thankfully delivers. Sunny New York, blonde babes, a one-dimensional wanker of a man, and cocktails in the Bahamas. Sign me up! Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Other Woman

FILM REVIEW: Chinese Puzzle

Chinese Puzzle (Cédric Klapisch, 2013)
4 mainsI was so looking forward to this. After seeing so many great French films at the French film festival I had high hopes for a film that was getting its own cinematic release in Australia and that was starring the likes of Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris. But I was disappointed. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Chinese Puzzle

FILM REVIEW: The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, 2014)

Welcome to the Grand Budapest Hotel...
Welcome to the Grand Budapest Hotel… Ralph Fiennes as M. Gustave H

This isn’t really a movie that you can trust a reviewer on. Or so my Dad found out when he trusted Margaret and David’s 5 and 4.5 star reviews and then hated it. Wes Anderson is certainly not to everyone’s tastes. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Films to watch out for in 2014

There are plenty of great movies scheduled to be released this year, and this list will no doubt be missing some of them – mainly because some films are shrouded in secrecy and we don’t yet know much about them. For this reason, this list mostly consists of films that already have trailers, plus a few that I know for (almost) sure will be awesome. For now, here’s my list: Continue reading Films to watch out for in 2014


Wadjda (Haifaa Al-Mansour, 2012)
wadjda runnersWadjda is a ground-breaking film, in that it is the first feature length film to be shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and the first film made by a female Saudi director (Haifaa Al-Mansour). Due to Saudi Arabia’s restrictions on women, Al-Mansour was not allowed to interact with the male crew members, meaning she directed some scenes from a van and used a walkie-talkie for others. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Wadjda

FILM REVIEW: Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet (Carlo Carlei, 2013)
r&JFrom a director we’ve never heard of, comes the most recent adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, starring a bunch of actors we sorta know, including Chuck Bass and Nick Brody (I mean, Ed Westwick and Damian Lewis). Many of the cast and crew have their roots in television, which may partly explain why this version of Romeo and Juliet wasn’t too crash hot.

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