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FILM REVIEW: Truth or Dare (2018)

What better game to play when you’re a young drunk college student than an old-fashioned game of Truth or Dare? But don’t think the dares will be solely related to sex, nudity or general humiliation, and the truths about little more than crushes. It’s time to GO HARD OR GO HOME. And by that I mean die. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Truth or Dare (2018)

THE CLAIRESTBEAREST AWARDS a.k.a. A Very Subjective Best of 2016 in Cinema

It’s time for the annual (but not really seeing as I didn’t do it last year) clairestbearest awards. Entirely subjective of course, and I didn’t see everything but nevertheless, here goes: Continue reading THE CLAIRESTBEAREST AWARDS a.k.a. A Very Subjective Best of 2016 in Cinema


La La Land (Damien Chazelle, 2016)

Writer/director Damien Chazelle first came to our attention with Whiplash in 2014. That film, about a jazz student’s sacrifices in the pursuit of success, was my favourite film of the last five, if not ten, years. I’m yet to come across someone who did not like it (and if that person does exist, what the hell is wrong with you?) With similar themes to Whiplash, La La Land follows struggling actress Mia (Emma Stone) and struggling jazz artist Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) as they find love and try to follow their dreams. But with ambition comes sacrifice, and underneath the surface of 1950s-inspired fantasy is 2016’s reality (no, not the disastrous political situation but the average LA artist’s reality). Continue reading FILM REVIEW: La La Land

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

The Oscar Noms: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

I’ve said before that there are many things wrong with the Oscars, but they get me excited nonetheless. I had a few strong reactions to the nominees last night so I thought I would share my feelings about what was wrong and what was right. Continue reading The Oscar Noms: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The Best of 2014 in Film

It’s almost one year on since I started this blog, and I am thankful for a great year in film. The clairestbearest awards go to: Continue reading The Best of 2014 in Film


Whiplash (Damien Chazelle, 2014)

I look back fondly on my days in the school concert band, where I did a pretty average job playing clarinet. My friends and I spent more time gossiping and laughing than we did actually playing the right notes. Luckily we didn’t have a cut-throat teacher like the one in this film – but that might partially be because the majority of us were too bad to respond to such motivation.

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