Author Archives: Conor Smyth


November 27th, 2015 | by Conor Smyth

“Merry Christmas Eve, bitch!” Sin-Dee Rella is fresh out of a month-long jail stint, and she’s pissed. She meets up …


November 9th, 2015 | by Conor Smyth

Judy Garland shut her eyes and clicked her heels and repeated her spell but she was only half right. There’s no …

The Program

October 19th, 2015 | by Conor Smyth

‘Contains the use of performing-enhancing drugs’ warns the title card of The Program, John Hodge and Stephen Frears’ unpacking of the …


October 9th, 2015 | by Conor Smyth

In recent years, screen adaptations of Macbeth have sought to make an impression by courting relevance. Geoffrey Wright’s 2006 film, starring Sam Worthington …

The Martian

October 2nd, 2015 | by Conor Smyth

Improperly handled, optimism can be unbearable. One of the (many) problems with Chris Nolan’s Interstellar and Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland, two …

The Gift

August 14th, 2015 | by Conor Smyth

Note: The Gift is best enjoyed without the mildest of spoilers. Just to let you know. Even when playing entirely …

Love & Mercy

July 30th, 2015 | by Conor Smyth

The fidelity that musical biopics tend to have towards the chronology of public record – especially when the subject or …

True Story

July 28th, 2015 | by Conor Smyth

The last time James Franco and Jonah Hill were in a movie together, 2013’s This is the End, Hill got a …


July 23rd, 2015 | by Conor Smyth

Ant-Man is a small guy but he comes with a lot of baggage. With the high-profile mid-production replacement of Edgar …

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