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method in the madness: marlon brando

by Cormac O   “There is before Brando, and there is after Brando. And they are like different worlds”  -Rick Lyman (New York Times)   He has been lauded as the most influential screen actor of the twentieth century. He […]

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the 3 b’s: booze, broads & baseball – everybody wants some!! review

by Cormac O   Richard Linklater received the most universal praise of his career with the ambitious Boyhood. A heartwarming tale of motherhood, family dysfunction and the evolution of popular culture in the noughties. And how does Linklater respond to […]

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don’t believe the hype – captain america: civil war

by Cormac O Don’t believe the hype. Captain America: Civil War opened last Friday to rave reviews. A consensus that has me utterly perplexed. The superhero movie over the past five years or so has become Hollywood’s biggest cash cow. The genre […]

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#tbt review – mean streets (1973)

by Cormac O On the surface, Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets is a crime film about New York hoods. But at its core, it’s so much more than that. It’s heaven and hell, good and evil, sin and redemption. Mean Streets is Scorsese’s first big […]

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#tbt review – before midnight

by Cormac O   I have never seen Richard Linklater’s first two installments of his romantic trilogy. Even though I admire the director’s other work, particularly the cult, coming of age Dazed and Confused (1993), it seemed a tall order […]

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#tbt review – the trip

by Cormac O Tuesday was the 90th birthday of indie film messiah, Roger Corman a.k.a “The Pope of Pop Cinema”. Corman wasn’t a perfectionist, but a filmmaker, who knew how to work with the bare minimum. As a producer his […]

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incoherent entertainment – batman v superman: dawn of justice review

by Cormac O What a mess. What an incoherent display of storytelling and character development. Too long, too loud, too visual. All these criticisms of Zack Snyder’s mind-blowing (good or bad), superhero epic Batman v Superman are correct. However, all these critiques […]

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classic review – the long good friday

by Cormac O It’s Good Friday, the Christian religious holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Christ. In secular terms it’s a day that leant its name to one of the greatest British films ever made, The Long Good Friday. American is the home […]

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top 5 rebellion films (fiction)

by Cormac O In light of The 1916 Rising Centenary I began thinking about rebellions and their depictions in cinema. The difficulty with portraying historical events on the big screen is that film in one way or another becomes limited. […]

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a decadent jungle – wolf of wall street review

by Cormac O After witnessing Martin Scorsese’s Wolf of Wall Street, you’ll need to pop a Valium to wind down from it’s elevated portrayal of mass excess. A Scorsese picture can be recognised by many factors and one of these […]

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