Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny: Movie Reviewed

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Sword of DestinyBy Orla Smith

DIRECTED BY: Woo-Ping Yuen

WHAT ELSE HAVE THEY DIRECTED: Tai-Chi Master, Wing Chun, Tai Chi II, True Legend

STARRING: Donnie Yen, Michelle Yeoh, Harry Shum Jr, Jason Scott Lee

GENRE: Action, Adventure

SYNOPSIS: A story of lost love, young love, a legendary sword and one last opportunity at redemption.

RATING: 2/10


March Film Preview

By Orla Smith

March is looking to be a really interesting and varied month, at least when it comes to UK releases, and every week brings with it multiple bright spots, unlike February, which held only a few gems. My five most anticipated films of the month is a very exclusive list, and so it’s left out multiple exciting films I still can’t wait to see, films like Truth, Goodnight Mommy, Allegiant (yes, I know, but I’m a fan of the books and actually didn’t think the last two were that bad), Kung Fu Panda 3, High-Rise, Zootopia and Eddie the Eagle.

6 Great Revenge Films

Secret in Their Eyes PosterBy Orla Smith

This week’s list is in honour of Secret in Their Eyes, an American remake of the recent Argentinean film of almost the same name (just add a the at the beginning and you’re good). That film doesn’t seem too promising, but here are six films about revenge that are certainly worth your time. The following films aren’t necessarily my six favourite revenge films, just six I felt like recommending.

Carrie (1976)

DIRECTED BY: Brian De Palma

STARRING: Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, John Travolta, William Katt, Nancy Allen, Betty Buckley

Releases of the Week – 26/02/2016

By Orla Smith

This by far the most lacklustre week of February in terms of releases, so your best bet is probably catching something released earlier in the month, something like Deadpool, Trumbo or Bone Tomahawk. Nevertheless, here are the four films being released in UK cinemas this week.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny

DIRECTED BY: Woo-Ping Yuen

STARRING: Donnie Yen, Michelle Yeoh, Harry Shum Jr, Jason Scott Lee

SYNOPSIS: A story of lost love, young love, a legendary sword and one last opportunity at redemption.


A Review of Jason Reitman

Jason ReitmanBy Orla Smith

Jason Reitman is an interesting filmmaker. He’s made six films, and by no means do I love them all, but the very best of his work is truly excellent. He’s one of our most talented directors when it comes to exploring the human condition in a funny but also poignant way, or at the very least, he was in the prime of his still ongoing career. I’ve seen all of his films now and so I’ve ranked them here in order of preference.

  1. Thank You for Smoking (2005)

My Final 2015 Oscar Predictions

SpotlightBy Orla Smith

The Oscars, one of my favourite events of the year, are coming next Sunday, and I’m very excited, if not a little less excited than I was last year. I’ve just found that there haven’t been a ton of contenders this year that I’m really passionate about. In fact out of the Best Picture nominees, while there’s a lot of very good films, there’s only maybe one (Room) that I can say I truly loved, whereas last year I could say that about Birdman, Whiplash, The Imitation Game and Boyhood. However, it’s a solid year, and I’ve seen a lot of the nominated films, so here’s my opinion on who will win and who should win.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Movie Reviewed

Pride and Prejudice and ZombiesBy Orla Smith

DIRECTED BY: Burr Steers

WHAT ELSE HAVE THEY DIRECTED: Igby Goes Down, 17 Again, The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud

STARRING: Lily James, Lena Headey, Douglas Booth, Matt Smith, Jack Huston, Aisling Loftus, Charles Dance, Sam Riley

GENRE: Action, Horror, Romance

SYNOPSIS: Jane Austen’s classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England is faced with a new challenge – an army of undead zombies.

RATING: 4/10