IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes Top 100 Films

It’s tough to decide what the best movies are and where to rank them in the grand scheme of things. For most people, they base their opinion on their own thoughts as well as ratings given by IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes. When deciding what to watch I find that Rotten Tomatoes is often the bet indicator as to whether I will enjoy the movie or not. IMDb ratings can often be misleading and unreliable. However, I have also found that the IMDb Top 250 is a relatively strong list of the best movies ever made and the Rotten Tomatoes Top 100 is not a good guide. Continue reading

Women In Film

It’s International Women’s Today and there has been such active publications, social media posts, radio news and just plain praise for women in the air today. Although I am not one to go around celebrating being a woman it is quite nice to see. Women deserve to be appreciated and admired for their work and talent. Continue reading

Oscars 2016 In Pictures

The Oscars are over, all the controversy and debates are finished and we are left with small memories to delight, amuse and annoy us for the next 365 days. It was heavily joked upon that there were no black nominees and Chris Rock did his best to make this funny and significant at the same time. So here are some of the best moments (in no particular order) from this year Academy Awards. Enjoy! Continue reading

Brooklyn: Movie Review

Nostalgic. That’s the first thing I heard before I watched Brooklyn. It really is the best descriptor for this movie. Of course this is more appropriate if you are Irish or of Irish decent. Even in these times when so many young people travelled to Australia and America during the recession. Everyone knows what it’s like to live away from the ones they love the most and how conflicting a feeling it is to want them to do well abroad yet there is always a sense of resentment for leaving home. An involuntary feeling to be sure but perhaps it is imbedded in our blood since our ancestors had to leave home so many years ago.

The relationships, both family and romantic, depicted in this movie are relatable and realistic, a rarity in film these days. This is the true gold for this movie in that it is not trying to be great, it is not pushing the audience dream about something unimaginable it is pulling at heart strings and memories or stories that we all know and feel.

John Crowley, an Irish director had the perfect vision for this story. Although most of his experience is in Theatre he has directed some notables works such as ‘Intermission’ and ‘True Detective’ season 2. The eye for detail in how the characters interact with one another is sincere and engaging. The director lends himself to all sides of this story and allows for the American and Italian voices to be heard through the mass influx of Irish.

Saoirse Ronan has had a steady stream of good roles to which she plays excellently. First making her Hollywood debut in ‘Atonement’ she stunned people with her performance beyond her years. Again Ronan brings hers raw talent to playing Ailish, a character that so many can empathise with, both men and women. Ronan is playing a role that means something to Irish people at home and abroad. She had the toughest job playing this role and potentially put herself up for so much scrutiny yet she completely succumbs to this character.

Standing side-by-side with her ‘Italian’ counterpart Emory Cohen the two have a beautiful on-screen chemistry that grips viewers. It is somewhat idealistic in the beginning but so are most relationships starting off. The hard truths that make them go through real-life pain are what you hold on to. Coming up against yet another relationship Ronan meets Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina, The Revenant) a hard-standing, charming Irish Rugby player. Conveying a person to be rousing and enticing even for a woman in love, Gleeson has an easy part to play. This is not to dismiss the performance but merely he has the capacity to play this role with ease and grandeur.

It has to be said that Ronan and Cohen steal the show and you do not reflect vastly on the supporting cast although they are to be commended. Both of these characters are bound by family and commitments. Most people, perhaps Irish people in particular, have a tendency to make decisions and live their lives to make their family happy. Irish that emigrate feel tied by their family and are conflicted by doing what makes them happy and what makes their family happy. These relationships and thought processes are displayed superbly in ‘Brooklyn’ and there is no moment where you don’t battle in your own mind what you would do or how you would feel. The ultimate question here is should we live our lives for our families or for ourselves?

This question gets answered by Ronan in the end. There will be no spoilers here but the strength that Ailish has and the choices she makes are her own, for herself, to live with no regrets. It’s inspiring and heart-breaking, such is life.

Speaking from the point of view  of a Best Picture nominees it is well deserved, however for me not the winner. Although the winner is clear (The Revenant), it stands up in its own right and deserves to be applauded for the beautiful depiction of the past and now the present. ‘Brooklyn’ has been rated very highly receiving a critics score of 98% and 89% viewers score on Rotten Tomatoes.