Brooklyn.

Eilis Lacey is a bright-eyed and fresh-faced young Irish girl, working in a village food store, when we first meet her. It’s apparent from the off-set that, although devoted to her family and home, Eilis longs for greater things beyond her country’s borders. We join her on her voyage across the sea to a new … Continue reading

Macbeth.

It hardly needed to be confirmed, but Australian director Justin Kurzel’s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth reestablishes both Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard as two of Western cinema’s most powerful, talented actors. Combined, they form a mighty duo – here as the Lady and Lord of sin and death. Kurzel’s adaptation opens with the death … Continue reading

Blade Runner: A Timeless Soul.

Arguably Ridley Scott’s most detailed and textured movie – Blade Runner, in all of its ‘Final Cut’ glory, remains American cinema’s most spiritual science fiction film. White doves, operatic synthesizers and heavy rain make up most of our memories of seeing Blade Runner for the first time. Set against the neon backdrop of a futuristic … Continue reading

Suite Française.

Based on the 2004 novel of the same name, Suite Française is the story of a French woman’s love affair with a Nazi lieutenant during the German occupation of France. As well as its central romance, the film also looks at the lives of several members of a small village and the strains placed upon them … Continue reading

Wild.

What has to happen in a person’s life in order for them to feel the need to walk 1000 miles in search of redemption, forgiveness and understanding? In 1995, Cheryl Strayed put herself through this gruelling ordeal in order to repent and recover from the miserable experiences she’d had, and the choices and mistakes she’d … Continue reading

Paddington.

With Disney now owning our beloved Winnie the Pooh and the horrifying memories of Postman Pat: The Movie still haunting the British public’s nightmares, it is safe to say we greet Paddington with not only open arms but with trepidation. Everyone who’s asked me about it has done so with a particular look in their eyes, … Continue reading

Maleficent.

Maleficent has been a long time coming. After numerous re-shoots and re-workings of the script, the re-imagining of one of Disney’s most iconic fairy-tale adaptations always seemed, to an extent, doomed from the start. With Oz the Great and Powerful receiving terrible reviews there seemed little hope for a film like Maleficent that was evidently following in its footsteps. Since … Continue reading

Godzilla.

As a child of the late nineties and early noughties, my younger years were full of car-crash blockbusters that failed to impress critics but made a lot of money. As a result of this, a small percentage of my recent years have been spent rediscovering the truth about these films. Movies that enthralled me at … Continue reading

Lolita. (1997)

Lolita is the story of a British professor, Humbert, and his infatuation with his teenage step-daughter. We watch their love affair begin and quickly unravel around them as Humbert desperately tries to keep them together. Stanley Kubrick had major issues with censorship when he adapted Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov’s novel, to the screen. On reflection, the director stated that if … Continue reading