Thursday, November 28, 2013

An irresistible question.

"Would it be alright if I show the children the whoring bed?"

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Monday, November 25, 2013

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Saturday, November 23, 2013

10 thoughts on...Hunger Games: Catching Fire

  1. What an incredible cast for this film! Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jena Malone, Donald Sutherland, Stanley Tucci, Toby Jones and Jeffrey Wright!?
  2. Jennifer Lawrence is a wonderful movie star.
  3. I've never been so frightened of monkeys.
  4. The costumes in this film are absolutely nuts. Why exactly does Elizabeth Banks' character wear such elaborate outfits?! In fact I'm such sure I'm convinced by her characterisation at all.
  5. Josh Hutcherson is a very handsome man. And a very watchable actor, I wonder what his career has in store...
  6. This is much better and more complex than the Twilight series.
  7. Philip Seymour Hoffman is effortless, right? I find it too easy to bemoan his huge success but he completely deserves it. 
  8. I look forward to the third.
  9. Lenny Kravitz is not an actor.
  10. I may be fooling myself but I think this is another sign that filmmakers are making more complex, mature films for cinema audiences who are hungry for more than just fluff.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Subtitled wisdom.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Smile.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Smile.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

How do you describe a feeling?

Monday, November 18, 2013

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Saturday, November 16, 2013

An irresistible question.

"I just wondered if he [my son] might have been bi-curious?"

Friday, November 15, 2013

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

An image to treasure.

I'm not convinced this is going to be a great film, but Maleficent definitely looks like good camp fun. And it can't be so bad that it damages my glorious memories of Sleeping Beauty, right?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Kiss.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Monday, November 11, 2013

Smile.

Monday, November 11, 2013

10 thoughts on...Gravity

  1. Space is scary.
  2. Sandra Bullock deserves to be treasured. How many actresses have struggled to continue a successful career post-Oscar win? Particularly when that win was frowned upon by many people who love film? This and The Heat are two very different and good films which rest heavily on Bullock's shoulders. I don't know many actors who could do that, particularly in a year that has seen many of the mighty actors fall (Tom Cruise, Will Smith).
  3. This isn't a great film, but it is an exceptionally beautiful one that is completely engrossing. The downfall is the weak plot that won't have countless film studies pondering it for years to come like the great sci-fi films such as Alien or Blade Runner.
  4. The music by Steven Price is beautiful.
  5. Emmanuel Lubezki deserves particular praise for his outstanding work to create this world without gravity. 
  6. It's wonderful that a film as sparse, (relatively) slow-paced and starring a woman has done so well at the box-office. And I hope this continues to awards success too.
  7. Visionary directors shouldn't write their own scripts too...
  8. ...although that is probably the only criticism you could throw at Alfonso Cuaron. He's done a wonderful job here.
  9. George Clooney is the definition of charming.
  10. I wonder how people will think of this film in years to come.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Smile.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Kiss.

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Pause.

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Top of the class. Disney songs.

To celebrate the solid reviews for Disney's upcoming fairytale musical Frozen, I thought I'd share my favourite songs from their 50 animated films. As I suspect is the case with many Disney fans I have a soft spot for musical yearnings of the protagonist as well as the villain embracing their ways in their full (and scary) campness.

10. 'Be Prepared' from The Lion King

9. 'Heaven's Light / Hellsfire from The Hunchback of Notre Dame

8. 'You'll Be in My Heart' from Tarzan

7. 'One Jump Ahead (Reprise)' from Aladdin

6. 'Mother Knows Best' from Tarzan

5. 'What's This?' from The Nightmare Before Christmas

4. 'When You Wish upon a Star' from Pinocchio

3. 'Part of Your World (Reprise)' from The Little Mermaid

2. 'Belle' from Beauty and the Beast

1. 'I Won't Say (I'm in Love)' from Hercules

Honourable mentions: 'Poor Unfortunate Souls' from The Little Mermaid, 'Circle of Life' from The Lion King, 'Go the Distance' from Hercules, 'Perfect is Me' from Oliver and Company, 'He's a Tramp' from Lady and the Tramp

Thursday, November 07, 2013

10 thoughts on...Philomena

  1. I wish films that are focused on Irish stories, issues and characters were made with Irish creatives involved...
  2. ...although it is hard to fault to fault this genuinely entertaining film that manages to give a complex portrait of Catholic Ireland. It's not the greatest film ever made on the subject but it's probably the most enjoyable one.
  3. Judi Dench is Philomena. This isn't an overstatement. She is fantastic.
  4. I wish the film had dealt with current issues around women's rights in Ireland as it feels that this is something that the country must address itself. Yes, the film suggests that times have changed, homosexuality is accepted and the laundry is closed but the fact that abortion is sill illegal is an outrage and one that is intricately tied to the Church.
  5. Stephen Frears makes great films about Ireland (this, The Snapper, The Van).
  6. Will this feature in the awards race in any category other than Best Actress? I'm assuming its attention for screenplay was some kind of fluke at Venice at its one of the weaker aspects of the film, if you ask me.
  7. Anna Maxwell Martin is innately annoying...
  8. ...and Sophie Kennedy Clark was enchanting as the young Philomena. 
  9. As I said before with Le Week-end, intelligent filmmaking is back and is being celebrated. Long may this continue!
  10. I want to see more and varied films about these issues in Ireland. There's so much scope for them.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

An irresistible statement.

"Save the speech rummy. She's fucked, I'm ready, and the goddamn show must go on. So let's get cracking, shall we?"