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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 […]

Last Year At Marienbad (1961): “Stairs, steps. Steps, one after the other. Glass objects, objects still intact, empty glasses.”

At once a mystery, a surrealist exploration of the nature of truth, and one of the most mindblowingly confounding films made, Last Year At Marienbad (1961, dir. Alain Resnais) tells the ambiguous story of a man and woman who may or may not have met before. It sounds like such a simple premise – two […]

Yi Yi: A One and A Two (2000): “Why is the world so different from what we thought it was?”

This film is an example of cinema at its finest. Cinema that makes you consider heavy existential themes, but with a tone that can range from darkly honest, to light and heartwarming; cinema that you think about for days after you’ve finished watching. Yi Yi: A One and A Two (2000, dir. Edward Yang) is […]

Ordet (1955): “Why is there not one among these believers who believe?”

Based on a play by Kaj Munk of the same name, Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Ordet (1955) tells the story of the Borgen family, who are farmers living in the Denmark countryside. The film focuses on three sons: Mikkel, whose wife Inger is pregnant; Anders, who seeks the hand of local tailor’s daughter Anne; and Johannes, […]

The Holy Mountain (1973): “Real life awaits us.”

1973 was a pretty good year for films. You’ve got The Exorcist, Soylent Green, my second favourite Bond film Live and Let Die, among many other amazing films. Most importantly, you’ve got The Holy Mountain, directed by the one and only Alejandro Jodorowsky. I’m going to borrow a synopsis from IMDb for this one, since […]