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Author Archive: Brendan Bellavia

My name is Brendan Bellavia and I’m a film blogger, but most importantly a film fanatic. For as long as I can remember, I have adored films. I have spent a great portion of my life watching any movie I can put my hands on and researching about how films are made and the history of film. I have a cool website where I review films and make lists. So check it out!

Spoiler Free Review for Lady Bird

Title: Lady Bird Date: 2017 MPAA: Rated R for language, sexual content, brief graphic nudity and teen partying Director: Greta Gerwig Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Lucas Hedges, and Timothée Chalamet Synopsis: The adventures of a young woman living in Sacramento, as she attempts to finish high…
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Spoiler Review for Inside Llewyn Davis

Sometimes to truly find out if someone is a noble person, you have to see how they behave in terrible conditions. It’s easy to be a good person when things are going your way. You’re happy, positive, and want to…
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Spoiler Free Review for The Big Sick

Title: The Big Sick Year: 2017 MPAA: Rated R for language including some sexual references Director: Michael Showalter Starring: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano Synopsis: Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Emily Gardner fall in love but struggle as their…
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Spoiler Free Review for Blue Jay

Title: Blue Jay Date: 2016 Director:  Alex Lehmann Starring: Mark Duplass & Sarah Paulson For my latest indie pick, I have decided to choose Alex Lehmann’s 2016 film Blue Jay, which is written by and starring Mark Duplass. Duplass plays a…
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Before Sunset: One of the Great Endings in Cinematic History

*SPOILERS, obviously* The reason why Richard Linklater’s Before Sunset might have one of, if not the greatest, movie endings of all time is simple. It’s not just because of how delightful it is to finally see our two leads begin…
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Spoiler Free Review for mother!

Title: mother! Date: 2017 MPAA: Rated R for strong disturbing violent content, some sexuality, nudity and language Director: Darren Aronofsky Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer Synopsis: A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil…
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Why Adam Driver’s Paterson is a Great Film Hero

Jim Jarmusch’s excellent 2016 indie film, Paterson, stars Adam Driver as a young bus driver named Paterson. The film documents an ordinary week in the life of the young man as he goes to work, writes poems about simple, mundane…
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Top 25 Movies of the 1950s: Part 2 (15-1)

Just in case you missed it: Part 1 15. Roman Holiday (1953) Why? The first American film to be made in its entirety in Italy, Roman Holiday made a star out of the great Audrey Hepburn, and is widely considered one of the…
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Top 25 Movies of the 1950s: Part 1 (25-16)

Let me take you back 60 years to a much simpler time in America. Americans were wealthy again, post-WWII. There was a rise in the middle-class. Things like television sets and cars were becoming more of necessities than luxuries. Rock…
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Classic Film Review: The Night of the Hunter

“Ah, little lad, you’re staring at my fingers. Would you like me to tell you the little story of right-hand/left-hand? The story of good and evil?” Most actors are seen on-screen portraying a character to the best of their ability,…
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