Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Sunday, April 27, 2014

10 thoughts on...Calvary

  1. This is heartbreaking.
  2. I don't want to hear anything that thinks this film is comedy.
  3. Ireland has a great history of producing powerful tragedies / tragicomedies on stage, but this may be the first one on film.
  4. All of the cast are superb.
  5. I wept. And that isn't a usual occurrence.
  6. Ireland has a lot of pain due to the Catholic Church and society's behaviour towards it / because of its influence. This is an apt portrait of this pain.
  7. It is exciting to think that this film is a mirror to contemporary Ireland that was made by Irish artists, rather than The Wind That Shakes the Barley or The Magdalene Sisters.
  8. I need more time to process this film. 
  9. I will have to watch it again. And again.
  10. Irish cinema is having a very exciting moment. And it seems as if it will continue...

Sunday, April 27, 2014


Friday, April 25, 2014

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014

5 wishes for...Cannes 2014

  1. Mike Leigh once and for all loses his 'kitchen-sink drama' tag with Mr Turner. Although I also hope he doesn't overshadow a fresher filmmaker for the top prize...
  2. ...and it would be incredible if it went to Xavier Dolan, right? Presuming that his Mommy would deserve such recognition.
  3. I hope that the two films above, Sila Maria (all three in the main competition), Lost River and Eleanor Rigby (both in Un Certain Regard) meet my high expectations.
  4. Now that David Cronenberg is working with Julianne Moore, could I actually like his filmmaking style with Maps To The Stars?
  5. Most of all I wish for many great films.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Top of the class. Julianne Moore performances.

10. An Ideal Husband

9. Blindness

8. The Big Lebowski

7. A Single Man

6. The Hours

5. Far From Heaven

4. Magnolia

3. Savage Grace

 2. [safe]

1. Boogie Nights

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Saturday, April 12, 2014

An irresistible statement.

"I don't think you're ready."

Saturday, April 12, 2014

A thumbs up.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

And the winners are...Olivier awards 2014

This is the first time I'll be predicting the awards on this blog. And here's hoping my two years of working within the theatre industry and knowledge of past ceremonies will make me relatively successful...

Best New Musical
Win: The Book of Mormon
Upset: The Scottsboro Boys
Wish: The Scottsboro Boys

Best Actress in a Musical
Win: Rosalie Craig for The Light Princess
Upset: Jenna Russell for Merrily We Roll Along
Wish: Jenna Russell

Best Actor in a Musical
Win: Gavin Creel for The Book of Mormon
Upset: Douglas Hodge for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Wish: Kyle Scatliffe for The Scottsboro Boys

Best Supporting Performance in a Musical
Win: Josefina Gabrielle for Merrily We Roll Along
Upset: Stephen Ashfield for The Book of Mormon
Wish: Josefina Gabrielle

Best Director
Win: Lyndsey Turner for Chimerica
Upset: Richard Eyre for Ghosts
Wish: Maria Friedman for Merrily We Roll Along

Best Musical Revivial
Win: Merrily We Roll Along
Upset: None
Wish: Merrily We Roll Along

Best New Play
Win: Chimerica
Upset: 1984
Wish: The Night Alive

Best Actress
Win: Lesley Manville for Ghosts
Upset: Judi Dench for Peter and Alice
Wish: Lesley Manville
Best Actor
Win: Tom Hiddleston for Coriolanus
Upset: Rory Kinnear for Othello
Wish: Rory Kinnear

Best Supporting Actress
Win: Sharon D Clarke for The Amen Corner
Upset: Sarah Greene for The Cripple of Inishmaan
Wish: Either of the above

Best Supporting Actor
Win: Jack Lowden for Ghosts
Upset: Ardal O'Hanlon for The Weir

Best Revival 
Win: Ghosts
Upset: Othello
Wish: The Amen Corner

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

How do you describe a feeling?

Refusing to listen to advice (to your detriment).

Monday, April 07, 2014


Monday, April 07, 2014

An irresistible statement.

"It's hard, I think, to find people in the world you love more than your family."

Sunday, April 06, 2014

10 thoughts on...Noah

  1. This is a brave, faithful (as far as I'm aware) adaptation of a powerful story from The Bible. How else would we see a blockbuster where the final conflict revolves around the murder of two babies by the hero?
  2. When a director reaches a certain level of success and an increase in budget they tend to become a bit indulgent, which I would argue is the case here. The film this most resembles in Darren Aronofsky's career is The Fountain which could have easily felt bloated, in terms of its pace/structure and excess of themes, if it had been made post-Black Swan. Sadly this good film never feels like a great film because of the undisciplined pace. There are great examples of Biblical epics being translated for film without this issue (The Prince of Egypt) which makes it doubly disappointing from such a strong filmmaker.
  3. It's surprising how little focus and screen time is given to the animals. I'm also confused about how they would survive without food for such a long period of time. And I'm not sure I saw any giraffes.
  4. Clint Mansell's score is perfect. As always with Aronofsky. 
  5. Perhaps the most moving and memorable moment is when the first of The Watchers are attacked and rise back to the heavens. In fact, I could watch a whole film about The Watchers voice by Frank Langella.
  6. Douglas Booth can't act. And he's too pretty, in an unattractive way. I'd prefer not to see him on the big screen again please.
  7. Will the success of Noah result in a surge of Biblical stories on screen? If they were done with such passion as Aronofsky has obviously invested in this then we would be in for a treat...
  8. ...as long as the general swipe against meat-eating capitalists doesn't remain so strong throughout. There was a moment where I felt guilt for relying on meat in my meals. 
  9. Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connolly and Emma Watson are terrific. The latter in particular continues to showcase a surprising talent, and no doubt will be soon cast in a role that will position her as Britain's answer to Jennifer Lawrence.
  10. Oscars? I doubt it would build momentum towards nominations in key categories but certainly this will feature in the technical competitions.

Sunday, April 06, 2014


Saturday, April 05, 2014

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

10 thoughts on...Under the Skin

  1. Jonathan Glazer is going to be an important filmmaker, this feels like the type of film that will open doors for other filmmakers and for his own directing style to be embraced by a wider audience. Essentially this a successful combination of high art video installation with cinema, and it felt as if an exciting new voice that had been hinted at before (particularly the first half of Birth) became a reality. I can't wait to see what he does next.
  2. I also loved the combination of different styles of cinematography, from the documentary feel of the shopping centre to the impeccably glossy shots of her home (would you call it that?).
  3. I'm not sure I want to visit Glasgow again.
  4. The image of the young child on the shore in distress will be forever burned into my memory.
  5. Scarlett Johansson does an impressive job with very subtle alterations in her behaviour as the story progresses. And she is incredible to watch on screen.
  6. I feel as if I was hypnotised by the film. And I'm not sure that I've been released from its hold yet.
  7. If The Elephant Man, Monster, A Clockwork Orange, E.T. and The Silence of the Lambs were merged into a film I think you'd have this.
  8. The soundscape is incredible. I can't remember the last film that so successfully utilised the sound and music to create such a vivid world with or without the visuals, it's not just about the emotion (which so much music is in film).
  9. White vans are scary.
  10. There should be more filmmakers that are pushing the boundaries of cinema can tell stories in different ways. There is a heavy reliance on what has become the norm but films like this show what is possible when a filmmaker breaks out of the box.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

And the nominees are...April Fool's predictions for the Oscars 2015

Here I go again after predicting 15 out of the 30 nominees last year (as I did the previously year also!) and there's more than a few people that I would personally love to see on the nomination list for 2015...

Best Picture
A Most Violent Year
Big Eyes
Gone Girl
The Hundred-Foot Journey
The Imitation Game
Inherent Vice
Into the Woods
Suite Francois

Best Director
Paul Thomas Anderson for Inherent Vice
Tim Burton for Big Eyes
J.C. Chandor for A Most Violent Year
David Fincher for Gone Girl
Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher

Best Actor
Ben Affleck in Gone Girl
Steve Carrell in Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game
Oscar Isaac in A Most Violent Year
Joaquin Pheonix in Inherent Vice

Best Actress
Amy Adams in Big Eyes
Emily Blunt in Into the Woods
Rosamond Pike in Gone Girl
Michelle Williams in Suite Francoise
Reese Witherspoon in Wild

Best Supporting Actor
Josh Brolin in Inherent Vice
Albert Brooks in A Most Violent Year
James Corden in Into the Woods
Matthias Schoenaerts in Suite Francois
Christoph Waltz in Big Eyes

Best Supporting Actress
Carrie Coon in Gone Girl
Anna Kendrick in Into the Woods
Keira Knightley in The Imitation Game
Kristin Scott Thomas in Suite Francois
Meryl Streep in Into the Woods