8 Great Sci-Fi Films

The MartianBy Orla Smith

In honour of today’s release of The Martian, a film I can’t wait to see, here’s my pick of 8 great sci-fi films. These aren’t necessarily my 8 favourite, just 8 I felt like recommending. The following films are in alphabetical order.

A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)

DIRECTED BY: Steven Spielberg

STARRING: Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, Frances O’Connor, Sam Robards, William Hurt

SYNOPSIS: A highly advanced robotic boy longs to become ‘real’ so that he can regain the love of his human mother.

Thoughts on Modern Cinema

By Orla Smith

This is another short article in the ‘Thoughts On’ series, the second one I’ve done so far, and as a result I’m still kind of feeling my way through writing this, and working on making my thoughts tangible.

I was originally going to title this post ‘Thoughts On Classic Film Elitism’, but that felt a bit too cutting. It could have been construed that I somehow had something against any movie made before 1970, which is far from the case. I will admit that I haven’t seen nearly as many classics as I would like, but that’s not for lack of trying. The fact is I see most of my films through TV showings, and modern film get a much wider play there.

99 Homes: Movie Reviewed

99 HomesBy Orla Smith

DIRECTED BY: Ramin Bahrani

WHAT ELSE HAVE THEY DIRECTED: Strangers, Man Push Cart, Chop Shop, Goodbye Solo, At Any Price

STARRING: Andrew Garfield,  Michael Shannon, Laura Dern

GENRE: Drama

SYNOPSIS: A father struggles to get back the home the his family was evicted from by working for the greedy real estate broker whos the source of his frustration

RATING: 6.5/10


Better Call Saul S1 (2015): Series Review

Better Call SaulBy Orla Smith

STARRING: Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian, Michael Mando, Michael McKean

CREATED BY: Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould

WHAT ELSE HAVE THEY CREATED: Breaking Bad, Battle Creek

GENRE: Drama, Crime

SYNOPSIS: The trials and tribulations of criminal lawyer, Saul Goodman, in the time leading up to establishing his strip-mall law office in Alburquerque, New Mexico, as seen in the TV show Breaking Bad.

NUMBER OF SERIES: 1 (10 episodes, 45 minutes per episode).



Enemy: Movie Reviewed

EnemyBy Orla Smith

DIRECTED BY: Denis Villeneuve


STARRING: Jake Gyllenhaal, Sarah Gadon, Isabella Rossellini

GENRE: Mystery, Thriller

SYNOPSIS: A man seeks out his exact look-alike after spotting him in a movie.

RATING: 8/10


At least in the UK, Enemy was released on the 1st of January, and so, like Birdman, it just qualifies as a 2015 film. Therefore, I’ll count it when making my best of the year list. Now, there’s many amazing looking films coming up, but I wouldn’t shocked if Enemy made my top 20. It’s a strange film, by all accounts, but it also has the power of originality and extreme intelligence on its side.

5 Great Sundance Films

By Orla Smith

In honour of this today’s release of 99 Homes, this week’s list will be of five of my favourite films to come out of the Sundance film festival. Remember, these aren’t necessarily my five favourite Sundance films, just five I feel like recommending. the following films are in alphabetical order.

Before Sunrise (1995)

DIRECTED BY: Richard Linklater

STARRING: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy

SYNOPSIS: A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together.