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FILM REVIEW: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (Francis Lawrence, 2015)

I may be scorned for saying that The Hunger Games is my favourite trilogy, but give me teenagers fighting to the death over Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, or The Godfather any day. The first two films – The Hunger Games and Catching Fire – set a high bar for the dystopian future teen genre, with nothing yet coming close in quality. The first film instalment of the third book, Mockingjay, was somewhat underwhelming in comparison, serving merely as a set-up for the final showdown. But with Mockingjay Part 2 there’s a return to form, in what is the most thought-provoking film of the bunch. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2


Freeheld (Peter Sollett, 2015)

It’s easy to criticise the US what with its ridiculous gun laws, extreme conservatives, and woeful healthcare system, but Freeheld reminds us of something that they have finally managed to get right, while Australia languishes embarrassingly behind. Based on Cynthia Wade’s 2007 Oscar winning short documentary of the same name, Freeheld concerns a key moment in the road to marriage equality, with an individual focus. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Freeheld

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

FILM REVIEW: Still Alice

Still Alice (Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland, 2014)

If you’re one of those people who doesn’t like to watch depressing films, I recommend that you RUN AS FAR AS YOU CAN away from Still Alice. But, if like me, you like to see films that yank at your heartstrings and possibly even leave you crying in the toilets afterwards, it is well worth a look. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Still Alice

FILM REVIEW: Maps to the Stars

Maps to the Stars (David Cronenberg, 2014)

If you thought Gone Girl was screwed up, then buckle your seatbelts, kids! For this is Cronenberg we’re dealing with, and he never does horror by halves. He’s the guy who made Jeff Goldblum into The Fly, and gave James Woods an all-consuming slit in his abdomen in the horror Videodrome (What could that possibly represent? Let’s do a psychoanalytic reading!) Maps to the Stars doesn’t quite reach these levels of horror – it’s technically a drama, and it’s toned it down to an MA15+ rating – but it is disturbing nevertheless. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Maps to the Stars

FILM REVIEW: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (Francis Lawrence, 2014)
clairestbearestreviews_filmreview_hungergames_mockingjay_jenniferlawrence_posterAs exciting as the release of a new Hunger Games instalment can be, I had some reservations about Mockingjay – Part 1. Despite being the shortest book in the trilogy (by a few pages) its filmmakers are following in the footsteps of Harry Potter and the Twilight series and splitting the final novel in two – ah, that old chestnut.  Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1


Don Jon (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 2013)

Don Jon marks Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial and screenwriting debut. He seems like a pretty awesome guy so I was interested to see what he would offer up in his first film. However, my expectations weren’t super high considering it was a straight-to-DVD release in Australia. The film starts with Jon introducing himself over voiceover, and the few things he really cares about: his body, his pad, his car, his family, his church, his boys (friends) his ‘girls’ (read: one-night stands), and his porn. And that’s pretty much what the film is about: his porn addiction. Continue reading DVD REVIEW: Don Jon