My latest venture to the cinema was to watch John Crowley’s immigrant drama BROOKLYN based on the novel by Colm Tóibín and starring a young lady that in my opinion is the Best Young Actress of her generation Saoirse Ronan
“Brooklyn tells the story of Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish immigrant who leaves her home town, to live in 1950s Brooklyn. After the initial shackles of homesickness Eilis begins to find her feet, she starts a new job, an exciting education and falls into a romance with a boy from the city. But soon, her new life is disrupted by her past, and Eilis must choose between the two countries and the lives that exist within”
It’s fair to say my draw to watching Brooklyn on the big screen was Saoirse Ronan, I’d not read Tóibín‘s book and the director Crowley’s previous movies have not caught my imagination and to be truly honest I thought them average at best. But it was an actress I have been following since 2007’s Atonement, the American born but raised in Ireland Saoirse Ronan that drew to me to watching Brooklyn at the cinema, and boy she’d didn’t disappoint either – Ronan doesn’t have to say much to convey the pain or joy she is feeling during the movie, her emotions can be found in her eyes & face, the power she wields with her expressions tells you more than a thousand words – but in fairness Brooklyn has some other really good performances, Emory Cohen who plays the young dreamy Italian Tony is fabulous, he’s a delightful young actor who’s mannerism’s & appearance suck you in allowing you to believe in the romance between himself and Ronan’s Eilis, their chemistry is gorgeous to watch – also deserving of a mention is the magnificent Julie Walters who plays Mrs. Kehoe the landlady in Brooklyn who’s house Eilis stays in, although Walter’s screen time is limited her character gives necessary warmth & humor to the overall film.
Overall: At its finale Brooklyn leaves you feeling elated, its a film you want to re-watch and one you wish to tell all & sundry about, it’s a simple story of life, family & finding ones home and although it’s early in his career I feel this could be John Crowley’s masterpiece – due it’s fabulous screenplay by Nick Hornby the movie is full of every emotion, a lump in my throat during one scene, laughing at Julia Walters in the next, the film really does give you this emotional roller coaster ride as you join Eilis Lacey on her journey of self discovery – I know some people are put off by watching this style of movie at the cinema but trust me Yves Bélanger’s gorgeous photography and an acting masterclass by Saoirse Ronan are reason enough to visit Brooklyn on the big screen – it’s memorable, well acted & well directed by Crowley give it a go, you won’t be disappointed ★★★★½
Zhang Ziyi looks set to join Warner Bros’ sequel Godzilla: King Of The Monsters – the film already boasts an impressive cast including Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga & Millie Bobby Brown
SAD NEWS one of my favorite actresses Glenne Headly who appeared with Steve Martin & Michael Caine in the wonderful Dirty Rotten Scoundrels has died aged 63
One of the great Cinematographer’s has died – Fred J. Koenekamp won an Oscar for his work on The Towering Inferno and his more notable work included The Amityville Horror, Papillon and Fun With Dick and Jane
John Gallagher Jr. has joined Kristen Stewart and Iron Fist actress Jessica Henwick in William Eubank’s action movie UNDERWATER
JUDE LAW will play a young Albus Dumbledore in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel….
JOSH BROLIN will play CABLE in DEADPOOL 2
the GREAT cinematographer Michael Ballhaus (1935-2017) has died – Michael photographed some of the modern great movies including Gangs of New York, Broadcast News, Goodfellas and The Departed….
Fede Alvarez will direct a #labyrinth sequel….
the PERFECT Eva Green in talks to join TIM BURTON’s live action DUMBO movie for Disney….
LOGAN star Hugh Jackman is in talks to play Enzo Ferrari in Michael Mann’s “Ferrari” with Noomi Rapace to play his estranged wife….
PULP FICTION’s Samuel L. Jackson has joined Sebastian Stan, Christopher Plummer, William Hurt and Diane Ladd in writer/director Todd Robinson’s latest drama The Last Full Measure….
Uma Thurman Joins Matt Dillon in Lars von Trier’s serial killer film ‘The House That Jack Built’….
TABOO the superb TV series from Chips & Tom Hardy gets a 2nd season renewal – well deserved !!
Twin Peaks and Robocop actor Miguel Ferrer (1955-2017) #RIP to a wonderful character actor taken too soon….
EDWARD NORTON joins MERYL STREEP in lending their vocal talents to Chinese Animated movie THE GUARDIAN BROTHERS….
RICHARD ARMITAGE joins Oceans 8 cast the female led movie that stars Sandra Bullock….
loosing Debbie Reynolds so close to her daughter Carrie Fisher is agonizing news – both of them screen idols….
GREAT hearing of MEL GIBSON the recipient of this years DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR award at the Capri Hollywood Fest….
KEVIN COSTNER is working on a 10hr Western – damn COUNT ME in when that final comes off – Costner is the master of the genre….
such a shame Timothy Dalton didn’t get the chance to add to his 2 Bond outings, I loved the darkness that surrounded both movies plus he always carried himself well as 007….
a new season of TWIN PEAKS returns to our screens on showtime MAY 21st – excited much? HELL YEAH….
the wonderful PAUL DANO signs up for 7500 a drama that takes place only in the cockpit of a plane that is being taken over by terrorists….
Woody Harrelson signs up to mentor Han Solo in the upcoming Star Wars project that stars Alden Ehrenreich….
Humphrey Bogart - by George Hurrell c1938-39. Scanned by jane for Dr. Macro's High Quality Movie Scans website: http://www.doctormacro.com. Enjoy!
FILE - JULY 08: Oscar-winning actor Ernest Borgnine has died at age 95. American actor Ernest Borgnine stars as Lieutenant Commander Quinton McHale in the television series and spin-off film 'McHale's Navy', circa 1964.
KEVIN COSTNER stars in DRAFT DAY
SCIFI Movie Quotes
“M.I. does the dying. Fleet just does the flying” – Starship Troopers (1997)
“Are you telling me you built a time machine… out of a Delorean?” – Back to the Future (1985)
“E.T. phone home.” – E.T. The Extraterrestrial (1982)
“I’ll be back.” – The Terminator (1984)
“Get away from her, you bitch!” – Aliens (1986)
“There is no spoon” – The Matrix (1999)
“I’m sorry, Dave, I’m afraid I cant do that” – 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
“Do or do not, There is no try.” – Empire Strikes Back (1980)
“I'm a mog - half man, half dog. I'm my own best friend” - Spaceballs (1987)
“I once stole a pornographic book that was printed in Braille. I used to rub the dirty parts” - Bananas (1971)
“Roses are red, violets are blue, I'm a schizophrenic and so am I” - What About Bob? (1991)
“Yeah I called her up, she gave me a bunch of crap about me not listening to her, or something, I don't know, I wasn't really paying attention” - Dumb and Dumber (1994)
“Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son” - Animal House (1978)
“Like a midget at a urinal, I was going to have to stay on my toes” - Naked Gun 33 ½ : The Final Insult (1994)
"Yes, it's true. This man has no dick" - Ghost Busters (1984)
"I have nipples, Greg. Could you milk me?" - Meet the Parents (2000)
"They called him 'Fast Eddie'... He was a winner... He was a loser... He was a hustler" - THE HUSTLER (1961)
"For Three Men The Civil War Wasn't Hell. It Was Practice!" - THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE UGLY (1966)
"The night HE came home" - HALLOWEEN (1978)
"All the power on earth can't change destiny" - THE GODFATHER PART III
"In space, no one can hear you scream" - ALIEN (1979)
"Be afraid. Be very afraid" - THE FLY (1986)
"Cruise like Thunder" - DAYS OF THUNDER (1990)
"Same Make. Same Model. New Mission." - TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY (1991)
"Houston, we have a problem" - APOLLO 13 (1995)
"The greatest fairy tale never told" - SHREK (2001)
"We've Sensed It. We've Seen The Signs. Now... It's Happening." - THE HAPPENING (2008)
DJANGO UNCHAINED is the first time in 16 years that Leonardo DiCaprio didn't get the top billing
In John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN Michael Myers' mask is actually a Captain Kirk mask which was altered for the film
On the set of 1982's THE THING the whole cast and crew was male
BLAZING SADDLES was shot on the same MOVIE set as Yul Bryner's WESTWORLD
The first TWILIGHT movie is the only film in the saga to not receive any Razzie Award nominations
In a deleted scene from James Cameron's ALIENS Ripley's (Sigourney Weaver) daughter was played by Elizabeth Inglis, Sigourney Weaver's real-life mother
Prints of the movie INCEPTION were shipped to theaters under the name "Hour Glass"
The Dude from the superb THE BIG LEBOWSKI says "man" 147 times in the movie