From the Archives: Calvary (2014)

With apologies for a slight cheat, but some family commitments have got in the way of this week’s planned post, so instead, here is one from the archives – Calvary (2014).

  • Director – John Michael McDonagh 
  • Starring – Bredan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Domhnall Gleeson
  • Writer – John Michael McDonagh
  • Year – 2014
  • Running Time – 101 Minutes

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Right from the very first line of Calvary it is abundantly clear the direction that writer/director John Michael McDonagh (The Guard) is heading. With him, we travel on a short, but eventual trip, to spend eight dark and bleak, though at times hilarious, days in Sligo, a small town in Ireland.

Here we are introduced to Father James Levelle (Brenden Gleeson), the local troubled-priest, who whilst holding confession, hears the chilling news that his confessor plans to kill him the following Sunday, therefore giving him eight days to get his house in order. Whilst this could have been the premise for the latest Taken film, instead what we get is a note-perfect, darkly black and emotive character drama, focusing on the inner workings of a small town Irish community. (more…)

Screen Time: 2014 – A Year in Numbers

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So it’s been a while……but anyway, back to business and welcome to a special 2014 edition of Screen Time which rather than looking at what I have watched since my last update (almost three months ago now – I know, I know), I thought it might be interesting to have a look at some of my viewing stats from the past year. These stats have been compiled from a combination of my own records and the good folks over at Letterboxd, which if you haven’t checked it out then you should, as it’s a must for any lover of film. (more…)

Screen Time: July 2014

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Welcome to the July 2014 edition of Screen Time, which covers and documents the films I have seen on all types of screens over the preceding month split down into the following areas:

Highlights:                            What has stood out for me this month.

Cinema Screenings:             First time watches I have seen in the cinema.

Couch Screenings:                First time watches at home.

Rewatches:                            Any rewatches, either in the cinema, at home or on the move.

TV Shows:                              Any TV Shows I’m currently bingeing on.

Score Sheet:                          The tallies for the year, so far.

So without further ado, here is how July shook down. (more…)

Calvary (2014)

  • Director – John Michael McDonagh
  • Starring – Bredan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Domhnall Gleeson
  • Writer – John Michael McDonagh
  • Year – 2014
  • Running Time – 101 Minutes
Calvary-Gleeson
 

Right from the very first line of Calvary it is abundantly clear the direction that writer/director John Michael McDonagh (The Guard) is heading. With him, we travel on a short, but eventual trip, to spend eight dark and bleak, though at times hilarious, days in Sligo, a small town in Ireland.

Here we are introduced to Father James Levelle (Brenden Gleeson), the local troubled-priest, who whilst holding confession, hears the chilling news that his confessor plans to kill him the following Sunday, therefore giving him eight days to get his house in order. Whilst this could have been the premise for the latest Taken film, instead what we get is a note-perfect, darkly black and emotive character drama, focusing on the inner workings of a small town Irish community. (more…)