Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Monday, May 26, 2014

10 thoughts on...X-Men: Days of Future Past

  1. I'm sure I thought this before sitting down in the cinema but this is a hugely ambitious story to adapt for the big screen. It isn't the best in the series (more on that somewhere below) yet it is impossible not to admire the many successes and sheer scale of the film. 
  2. I may have a crush on Michael Fassbender. In fact, the whole world of X-Men seems to be populated with handsome men.
  3. The strength of the first two, and best, films in the series is its focus on the ordinariness of the characters despite their mutant abilities. They were the minority group that we could identify with. In this latest film there is too little time devoted to this and we are too quick to be in the midst of an action-packed fight which showcases this group as superheroes, and that the enemy are now a bunch of machines rather than society itself. Maybe I'm alone in this opinion but I prefer the smaller scale before heading into the action.
  4. That baseball/football/whatever stadium really didn't need to be lifted to surround the White House.
  5. The X-Men are easily my favourite comic book superheroes, with Magneto and Mystique being the most interesting in the film series. 
  6. Halle Berry seems to have pulled the short straw, in a role that has not one memorable moment. Even the few seconds of screen time Anna Paquin gets is more interesting. She needs to talk to her agent...
  7. ...which it seems Ellen Page did as she had got a plump role reprised from something much smaller in the third X-Men film.
  8. *Potential spoiler* How exciting was it to see Famke Janseen back?!
  9. Why can't we all just get along?
  10. I can't wait to watch the next one.

Monday, May 26, 2014


Monday, May 26, 2014

10 thoughts on...Cannes 2014

  1. This is the first year in three years that I wrote absolutely nothing about the festival. This is due to work rather than a lack of interest, I've eagerly followed the events and films as usual. 
  2. I'm looking forward to: Eleanor Rigby, Maps To The Stars, Mommy and Mr Turner.
  3. What will Ryan Gosling go on to do next? 
  4. The list of Best Actress winners at Cannes may be better than the Oscar list. Brenda Blethyn, Bette Davis (for All About Eve), Kirsten Dunst and Isabelle Huppert are just a handful of reasons why.
  5. It was incredibly moving to watch as Xavier Dolan did as everyone expected and impressed critics, audiences and the jury with his next feature that has established him as a key contemporary filmmaker. Hoorah.
  6. Uma Thurman is a goddess.
  7. I want to be there one year.
  8. It was a genuine surprise to hear Julianne Moore's name called for Best Actress as the reviews for the film weren't focused on her performance but this made the moment all the sweeter. She deserves recognition for her talent.
  9. I wish I could see Eleanor Rigby now.
  10. Nicole Kidman needs better movies.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Monday, May 19, 2014

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Essential cinema.

My expectations weren't incredibly high for Richard Linktaker's Boyhood, especially as the trailer tells us it is making cinema history. Whether or not it's doing the latter is irrelevant. This is powerful film that celebrates, documents and examines childhood in a naturalistic style that will make you feel as you did through those early years. A beautiful, impressive film.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Sunday, May 11, 2014

10 thoughts on...Frank

  1. What an exciting departure for Lenny Abrahamson. This isn't quite the comedy that many had claimed it to be (although it's definitely not without its many laughs!) but it is definitely a world away from the tragic tone of his previous feature films. He's a fascinating filmmaker. 
  2. Domhnall Gleeson is a star. And Star Wars is a deserved recognition of this. Lets just hope he doesn't forget to balance that work with films of this nature too.
  3. The music by Stephen Rennicks is pitch perfect in its strange, unhinged quality.
  4. Is this an Irish film? (I'd say yes.)
  5. How many actors would be so impressive with a large mask covering their whole face? Michael Fassbender (as usual) does good. 
  6. Maggie Gyllenhaal gives her best performance with a role that could have seemed stereotypical in its aloof kookiness. Which makes me think...
  7. ...Abrahamson has such a good eye for casting and talent with actors.
  8. I can't wait for Room.
  9. I'm less inclined to use social media now.
  10. What a beautiful ending. No?

Sunday, May 11, 2014


Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Monday, May 05, 2014

10 thoughts on...Stranger by the Lake

  1. This is a beautiful film to watch. Almost hypnotising. 
  2. I want to be at a beach.
  3. There is a definite sense that while the film isn't focused in the sex, it definitely it's uninterested. It is portrayed as an attractive/enjoyable activity, unlike other films that have focused on sex (Nymphomaniac and Eyes Wide Shut spring to mind). And unlike Blue is the Warmest Colour this film doesn't feature it in a manner that you could call gratuitous. It happens, it's fun but it's not what the film is about. 
  4. Why did the film need the murder storyline? There would have been a much better film if it had focused on the array of characters rather than the mysterious murdering femme fatale.
  5. Patrick d'Assumcoa's performance is terrific. It'll stay with me.
  6. The UK poster is probably my favourite thing about the film. Like the film, it's a rather pleasant yet unnerving thing.
  7. It's surprising that this film has been so widely embraced by audiences, heterosexual and homosexual, as it doesn't strike me as a great piece of cinema which foreign-language films usually have to be in order to have crossover appeal. 
  8. This could have easily been set in Ireland or the UK. And that isn't something I can usually say about French films. 
  9. Can someone please make the film I wish this was (see point 4).
  10. I need a holiday.

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Friday, May 02, 2014