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The Master (2012): “I am a writer, a doctor, a nuclear physicist, a theoretical philosopher, but, above all, I am a man.”

Generally known for its parallels with Scientology, Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master (2012) is a fine film. A story of a wandering and tempestuous man searching for a purpose, The Master follows Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix) as he is pulled in by the charm and charisma of the leader of a special group entitled The […]

The Virgin Suicides (1999): “In the end we had pieces of the puzzle, but no matter how we put them together, gaps remained.”

Based on the amazing book by Jeffrey Eugenides, The Virgin Suicides (1999) is director Sofia Coppola’s feature film debut. It tells the story of a group of young men who have become obsessed with the five beautiful Lisbon sisters who present as withdrawn and secretive, with highly complex private lives. The young boys watch as […]

Repulsion (1965): “I must get this crack mended.”

The first of Roman Polanski’s ‘apartment trilogy’, Repulsion (1965) is a film where one woman’s past history of trauma and resulting damaged psyche have a measured impact on her ability to function in daily life. Carole Ledoux, played to perfection by Catherine Deneuve, is a beautiful and young manicurist living in London, who seems to […]

The Begorrathon: The Secret of Kells (2009)

Another amazing blogathon takes place this March: Reading Ireland Month, or, the Begorrathon – a celebration of all things Ireland in literature and cinema. I’ve been loving all the posts so far, which have ranged from excellent book and film reviews to irresistably shoddy accents. For my contribution to the Begorrathon, I wanted to watch […]

The Road (2009): “There were warnings.”

Based on the amazing book by Cormac McCarthy, The Road (2009, dir. John Hillcoat) is a post-apocalyptic drama that follows a man (Viggo Mortensen) and his son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) as they attempt to survive after a mysterious cataclysmic event that has killed most plant and animal life. The man and his son are travelling south […]

Suspiria (1977): “Do you know anything about… witches?”

Sometimes all you need in your film-watching life is a cheesy and gory horror film by a classic Italian director. Suspiria (1977) was directed by Dario Argento and is one of the staples of the giallo genre – defined as a murder mystery style of film, generally Italian-made, which contains a lot of blood, guts, […]

The Social Network (2010): “You are probably going to be a very successful computer person.”

Facebook has forever changed the way people socialise, for better or worse. The Social Network (2010), directed by David Fincher, tells the story of Facebook’s humble beginnings – with Mark Zuckerberg (played by Jesse Eisenberg) and his college friend Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield) setting up the site, along with notorious entrepreneur Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake) […]

Blue is the Warmest Colour (2013): “Existence precedes essence.”

Based on a graphic novel of the same name by Julie Maroh, Blue is the Warmest Colour (2013, dir. Abdellatif Kechiche) tells the story of Adèle, a high school student who is blossoming into adulthood. Adèle has a fairly regular life, she enjoys studying and has some good friends and a potential boyfriend. One day, […]

Marie Antoinette (2006): “Letting everyone down would be my greatest unhappiness.”

Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette (2006) focuses on a controversial figure in France’s history; a Queen who at the end of her life was judged by public opinion rather than by her own actions. The film is a re-telling of her life from age 15 to 33, from Marie Antoinette’s betrothal to Louis XVI, to her […]

The Prestige (2006): “Are you watching closely?”

One of acclaimed director Christopher Nolan’s best films, The Prestige (2006) is a feat of excellence in both its storytelling and cinematography. Set in turn of the century London, the story follows two rival magicians, Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Christian Bale), as they compete with one another to perform the greatest trick […]