Do You Like Scary Movies?

By Orla Smith

I’ve been seriously into watching movies for over 2 years now, but in that expanse of time I’ve never gotten into the horror genre. It’s not that I thought I wouldn’t like it, on the contrary I got the feeling that I’d love it. The kind of movies I love are ones that provoke strong emotions or reactions out of me, and horror films are great at doing just that. The reason I didn’t watch them was because I was apprehensive. I’d never really experienced horror and thus I didn’t know what to expect. Recently though, I’ve decided to change that.

5 Great Foreign Films

By Orla Smith

In terms of cinema release schedules, this week is rather empty/uninteresting. However, one film that has caught my attention was Taxi Tehran, which has been picking up rave reviews on the festival circuit. Unfortunately it won’t be getting a wide cinema release as it’s a foreign documentary, so I won’t be able to see it for a while, however I decided to make this week’s list one focussing on great foreign films that you may have missed, seeing as international cinema is way underappreciated in English speaking countries. These aren’t necessarily my five favourite foreign films, just five I felt like recommending.

Spectre: Movie Reviewed

By Orla Smith

DIRECTED BY: Sam Mendes

WHAT ELSE HAVE THEY DIRECTED: American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Jarhead, Revolutionary Road, Away We Go, Skyfall

STARRING: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Monica Bellucci, Lea Seydoux, Dave Bautista, Andrew Scott, Noamie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear

GENRE: Action, Adventure, Spy

SYNOPSIS: A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind Spectre.

RATING: 7.5/10

Mississippi Grind: Movie Reviewed

Mississippi GrindBy Orla Smith

DIRECTED BY: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

WHAT ELSE HAVE THEY DIRECTED : Sugar, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, Half Nelson

STARRING: Ben Mendelsohn, Ryan Reynolds, Sienna Miller

GENRE: Drama

SYNOPSIS: Down on his luck and facing financial hardship, Gerry teams up with younger charismatic poker player, Curtis, in an attempt to change his luck. The two set off on a road trip through the South with visions of winning back what’s been lost.

RATING: 7/10

MY REVIEW:

Incendies (2010): Throwback Review

IncendiesBy Orla Smith

DIRECTED BY: Denis Villeneuve

WHAT ELSE HAVE THEY DIRECTED: Polytechnique, Prisoners, Enemy, Sicario

STARRING: Lubna Azabal, Melissa Desormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette

GENRE: Drama, War, Mystery

SYNOPSIS: Twins journey to the Middle East to discover their family’s history, and fulfil their mother’s last wishes.

RATING: 9.5/10

MY REVIEW:

I went into Incendies expecting something special, after all the good things I’d heard about it and the fact that I was already a big fan of Denis Villeneuve’s work. I was happy to find, then, that it was something very special, just as I’d imagined, and it’s a film that cements its director as one of the best working today. It’s epic and sweeping in scale and feel, but at the same time it effectively tells the intimate story of one family’s struggles.

5 Great Travel Films

Mississippi Grind PosterBy Orla Smith

In honour of today’s release of Mississippi Grind, which centres on a road trip, this week’s list will be highlighting five great film about travelling. These aren’t necessarily my five favourite travel films, just five I felt 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.