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Brendan Gleeson stares in the bleak, but at times very funny, Calvary (2014). He portrays a priest, Father James, in a remote Irish village who has to cope with a depressive, suicidal daughter and a vendetta against him from someone in the local community. 257 more words


Calvary - ★ ★ ★ ★ DVD Review

I found Calvary to be an incredibly well done film!  Boasting an award winning performance by Brendan Gleeson (Best Lead Actor: Boston Online Film Critics Association, British Independent Film Awards and Irish Film and Television Awards) and award worthy performances by the supporting cast; it was a riveting story, with just enough humour to soften the darkness of it, and just enough darkness to elevate the drama of it. 694 more words

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A role to play: Detachment in "Calvary" (2014)

People join monastic orders for many reasons, but in art a major reason appears to be the desire for solitude. In “Calvary,” writer-director John Michael McDonagh picks the Catholic priesthood as a staging ground for a kind of passion play in miniature–the examination of one man, Father James Lavelle (Brendan Gleeson), as he treads the strange, solitary boards of priesthood. 1,151 more words

Puffball (UK/Ireland/Canada 2007)

Nic Roeg was the subject of an interesting BBC 4 Arena documentary a few weeks ago and it seems like a good time to look at one of his films. 990 more words

British Cinema

Review #11 | Essay | "Pride and Prejudice" (2005)

As I’ve been studying various sources, reading reviews, “watching and learning” from people who write reviews for a living, and developing my own style, I have tried to maintain a subjective point of view. 2,212 more words

TV Show Review: True Detective Season 2

I guess lightning doesn’t strike twice. The second season of True Detective is over and I can’t help but feel “meh” about it.

I just don’t care about the story or the characters. 198 more words


Film Review: Calvary

Calvary (also Golgotha) was, according to the Gospels, a site immediately outside Jerusalem’s walls where Jesus was crucified.

This film is beautifully acted, with an unforgettable performance by Brendan Gleeson, and thematically rich, exploring guilt, revenge, morality, compassion, forgiveness, acceptance, fear of death, and the nature of faith.

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