Tag Archives: Brendan Gleeson

Macau Film Festival (IFFAM) Review – Trespass Against Us

Chad Culter (Michael Fassbender) and his family live on a halting site with Chad’s father Colby (Brendan Gleeson) and other members of the extended family. Inherently drawn towards crime, and standing up to those that would “trespass against us”, Chad finally sees that an environment where the police are constantly on their tails is not one that he wants to subject his young children to any more. After one final job for the domineering patriarch of the family, Chad sets about getting away from his father, but soon realises that this is not as easy as it looks. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – In the Heart of the Sea

Novelist Herman Melville (Ben Whishaw) travels to Nantucket, Massachusetts to interview Tom Nickerson (Brendan Gleeson), the last survivor of the whaling ship The Essex which, to all intents and purposes, ran aground many years earlier. Melville suspects that there was more to the story than the inquiry told and, over the course of a long night and several glasses of whiskey, Nickerson finally recounts the tale he has never told anyone, the tale that would go on to inspire the classic novel Moby Dick. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Suffragette

In London of 1912, Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan) finds herself drawn out of her quiet life with her husband and child, and into the struggle of the women campaigning for the vote, and in the process, loses everything. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Song of the Sea

When he was little, and on the day his sister Saoirse was born, Ben’s mother disappeared into the sea. Filled with resentment toward his sister, Ben never warmed to her, and Saoirse spends her days silent. When they are taken to live with their grandmother in Dublin, however, Ben and Saoirse battle to get back to their isolated lighthouse home, with a little help from the faerie folk of Ireland. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Edge of Tomorrow

In the not too distant future, aliens have landed and are decimating Earth. When Bill Cage (Tom Cruise) refuses a mission to go to the frontline, General Brigham (Brendan Gleeson) has him arrested and charged with being a deserter. Cage fins himself on the frontline anyway and, when an ambush goes horribly wrong, he finds himself on the edge of death, with the peculiar talent for repeating the same day over and over again. Continue reading

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JDIFF Review – The Grand Seduction

Tickle Head, a once successful and proud fishing harbour in Newfoundland, has fallen on hard times – much like the rest of the world. When a chemical processing company offers to build a factory in the harbour, it seems that all the residents’ problems are solved until, that is, the company demands the one thing the community doesn’t have, a doctor. Self-appointed mayor and charming rogue Murray (Brendan Gleeson) hatches and elaborate plan to entice doctor Paul Lewis to the island, and an even more elaborate plan to make him want to stay. Continue reading

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JDIFF Review – Calvary

Father James Lavelle (Brendan Gleeson) is a good –natured priest working in a small rural Irish parish. When he is threatened during confession, and given a week to get his house in order, James begins to see his parish, and parishioners, more clearly. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – The Smurfs 2

When Gargamel (Hank Azaria) and his Naughties kidnap Smurfette (Katy Perry), Papa Smurf (Jonathan Winters) rounds up a team of Smurfs to travel to the human world and seeks out Patrick (Neil Patrick Harris) and his family to help them thwart Gargamel’s evil plan. Continue reading

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JDIFF 2012 REVIEW – Albert Nobbs

Albert Nobbs (Glenn Close) works as a butler in a Dublin hotel at the turn of the last century. His life is quiet and his ability to blend in to the background makes him exceedingly good at his job. The arrival of Hubert (Janet McTeer) into the hotel shatters Albert’s carefully ordered world and brings deep secrets to light. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – The Guard

Garda Gerry Boyle (Brendan Gleeson) is not the kind of person that likes change in his life, so when FBI agent Wendell Everett (Don Cheadle) is sent to the wilds of Galway to investigate an international drug smuggling ring, Boyle is less than pleased. Continue reading

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