A Review of 2015’s Superhero Movies

By Orla Smith

All three of the year’s superhero movies have now come out, and it’s time to look back and reflect on them. Here’s my ranking of 2015’s superhero movies from best to worst.

  1. Fantastic Four


STARRING: Miles Teller, Michael B Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell, Reg E Cathey, Tim Blake Nelson

SYNOPSIS: Four young outsiders teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe which alters their physical form in shocking ways. The four must learn to harness their new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007): Throwback Review

-By Orla Smith

STARRING: Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Rockwell, Jeremy Renner, Mary Louise Parker, Sam Shepard

DIRECTED BY: Andrew Dominik

WHAT ELSE HAVE THEY DIRECTED: Chopper, Killing Them Softly

GENRE: Biographical, Western, Drama

SYNOPSIS: Robert Ford, who’s idolized Jesse James since childhood, tries hard to join the reforming gang of the Missouri outlaw, but gradually becomes resentful of the bandit leader.

RATING: 8/10


I had heard mixed things about this film before watching it. I’d heard it was a brilliant masterpiece and I’d heard it was boring. I’m going to stick my opinion somewhere in the middle of those two. It’s a film worth seeing, definitely, but it has its flaws.

Most Anticipated Films of Oscar Season

By Orla Smith

I’m beyond excited for this Oscar season. The slate of upcoming films is absolutely fantastic and I’ll be seeing a potential Oscar contender pretty much every week, starting the beginning of September, up to the end of January. That’s why I’m making this list, which includes exactly that: any film that’s being released between September and January. It doesn’t matter if the film doesn’t have a UK release date yet, just as long as I’m pretty sure that’s when it’ll be coming out. This is a top 20 because there’s just so many films I’d like to include that it’d be impossible to make a top 10. I’m already missing out films like Everest, The Martian, The Visit (hopefully the long awaited resurgence of M Night Shymalan), Creed, Spotlight and many, many more.

Shutter Island (2010): Throwback Review


STARRING: Leonardo Dicaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Emily Mortimer, Michelle Williams, Patricia Clarkson, Max Von Sydow

DIRECTED BY: Martin Scorcese

WHAT ELSE HAVE THEY DIRECTED: Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, New York New York, Raging Bull, The King of Comedy, Goodfellas, Casino , Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed, Hugo, The Wolf of Wall Street

GENRE: Mystery, Thriller

SYNOPSIS: A US Marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane.

RATING: 9/10


10 Up and Coming Directors to Look Out For

By Orla Smith

There’s a ton of exciting new talent emerging when it comes to directing , and like my recent list of actors, the rules for who is and isn’t upcoming are shaky. Take someone like Duncan Jones, who made an incredible debut with Moon and is already kind of successful , with his next movie being the big budget Warcraft. Then there’s Charlie Kaufman, who’s one of the most renowned screenwriters in the business but has only directed one feature film (Synecdoche New York), which was extremely well received. There’s also people like Adam Wingard, who I wanted to include, and Joel Egerton who has already received fame from his acting career but recently made an excellent debut with The Gift. Still, I’ve narrowed it down to ten filmmakers whose future prospects really excite me. Who knows, they could be the Spielbergs and Scorceses of tomorrow.

5 Great Music Films

Straight Outta Comtpon PosterBy Orla Smith

In honour of this week’s release of Straight Outta Compton, I decided to compile a list of 5 great films centering around music. This is part of an ongoing series where I’ll take a film being released this week, and on the day of its release publish a post detailing a few recommendations of films with a similar trait to that particular film. Straight Outta Compton follows the rap group NWA, and so music was a perfect theme for this week. Just to be clear, these aren’t necessarily my five favourite music films, just five I feel are worth recommending. These films are in alphabetical order.

Being John Malkovich (1999): Throwback Review

Being John MalkovichBy Orla Smith

STARRING: John Cusack, John Malkovich, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener, Orson Bean, Charlie Sheen

DIRECTED BY: Spike Jonze

WHAT ELSE HAVE THEY DIRECTED: Adaptation, Where the Wild Things Are, Her

GENRE: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

SYNOPSIS: Depressed puppeteer Craig Schwartz discovers a portal into the head of actor John Malkovich on his office floor.

RATING: 8.5/10