It Follows: Movie Reviewed

By Orla Smith

DIRECTED BY: David Robert Mitchell

WHAT ELSE HAVE THEY DIRECTED: The Myth of the American Sleepover

STARRING: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi, Lili Sepe

GENRE: Horror

SYNOPSIS: A young woman is followed by an unknown supernatural force after getting involved in a sexual encounter.

RATING: 7.5/10

MY REVIEW:

It Follows was released earlier this year, but I’ve only just now gotten around to watching it. Of course, because of its unique concept and critical acclaim, as well as my newfound interest in the horror genre, I was excited to see this one, and while it’s fair to say I was a bit let down, it’s still an impressive and worthwhile film.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part Two

By Orla Smith

DIRECTED BY: Francis Lawrence

WHAT ELSE HAVE THEY DIRECTED: Constantine, I Am Legend, Water for Elephants, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part One

STARRING: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Willow Shields, Sam Claflin, Elizabeth Banks, Jena Malone, Stanley Tucci, Paula Malcomson, Natalie Dormer

GENRE: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Dystopian

SYNOPSIS: As the war of Panem escalates to the destruction of other districts by the Capitol, Katniss Everdeen, the reluctant leader of the rebellion, must bring together an army against President Snow, while all she holds dear hangs in the balance.

2015 Oscar Predictions: November Edition

By Orla Smith

We’re drawing ever closer to the Oscars, and all the big festivals are over. There are only a few unknown entities waiting to join the race: In the Heart of the Sea, Joy, The Revenant and The Hateful Eight, and any one of them could be a major contender for the top prize. As of right now, this is how I see the Oscar race:

BEST PICTURE

Joy

Brooklyn

The Hateful Eight

The Revenant

Spotlight

 

Room

Bridge of Spies

Carol

The Danish Girl

4 Great Dystopian Films

Mockingjay Part 2 Poster

By Orla Smith

This week, in honour of the hotly anticipated release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part Two, my list will cover four great dystopian films. To be perfectly honest, I had a hard time coming up with good suggestions for this one, which is why you’ll find there are less films covered here than usual, but the ones I have picked are pretty great, so I guess that makes up for it. As a disclaimer, these are not necessarily my four favourite dystopian films, just four I felt like recommending.

Children of Men (2006)

Steve Jobs: Movie Reviewed

Steve Jobs

By Orla Smith

DIRECTED BY: Danny Boyle

WHAT ELSE HAVE THEY DIRECTED: Shallow Grave, Trainspotting, The Beach, 28 Days Later, Millions, Sunshine, Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours

STARRING: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbarg, Katherine Waterston, Perla Haney-Jardine, Sarah Snook, John Ortiz, Makenzie Moss, Ripley Sobo

GENRE: Biopic, Drama

SYNOPSIS: Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution, to paint a portrait of the man at its epicentre. The story unfolds backstage at three iconic product launches, ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac.

A Review of the 2015 AFI Film Festival

By Orla Smith

The AFI Film Festival marks the last of Awards Season’s major festivals, and with it came the premiere’s of a few possible Oscar players. Before it started, I covered four of them, and here I’ll be giving a summary of how they played with critics, and what their Oscar chances might end up being.

The 33 (UK Release Date: 29th Jan 2016)

DIRECTED BY: Patricia Riggen

STARRING: Noami Scott, Cote de Pablo, Kate del Castillo, James Brolin, Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche, Gabriel Byrne

7 Great Biopic Films

Steve Jobs PosterBy Orla Smith

This week’s list, in honour of the release of Steve Jobs, one of my most anticipated films of the year, I’m spotlighting seven of the best biopic films out there. It’s a much ridiculed genre, one considered by many to be ‘Oscar Bait’, a term I hate (doesn’t it just mean a film that’s trying to be good?). Here is a list of excellent films, some of the best out there, that will prove naysayers wrong. A biopic, if done right, can be brilliant and artistic and incredibly cinematic. With powerful and grounded stories to back them up, you could even say they have a head start.