Aran Donnelly

Aran Donnelly

17 year-old Irish film connoisseur. He/him.

Favorite films

  • There Will Be Blood
  • Gangs of New York
  • Synecdoche, New York
  • Punch-Drunk Love

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  • Chinatown

    ★★★★★

  • Never Let Me Go

    ★★½

  • The Deer Hunter

    ★★★★★

  • Heaven's Gate

    ★★★★★

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  • Chinatown

    Chinatown

    ★★★★★

    A bleak and powerful masterpiece on the never-ending saga of corporate greed and corruption in America. A chilling tale of how the rich and powerful will always use their influence to get away with their heinous crimes, whether it be abusing women or depriving local citizens of their basic human needs in order to further solidify their own power. Still though, fuck Polanski.

  • The Deer Hunter

    The Deer Hunter

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Michael Cimino’s ‘The Deer Hunter’ is one of my favourite films of all time. It is a stunningly acted, sensitively directed, beautifully shot and emotionally shattering film on the horrors of the Vietnam War, and how the war shattered an entire working-class community in the process. In this essay, I will explore the film’s exploration of war, horror, friendship, melancholy and the nature of life.

    ‘The Deer Hunter’ centres around a small working-class community in a Pennsylvania steel town, with…

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  • Once Upon a Time in America

    Once Upon a Time in America

    ★★★★★

    “Once Upon a Time in America” is one of my favourite films of all time. It’s a deeply moving, elegiac and boldly poetic yet brutal tale of crime, gangsters, politics and history, as it tells the tale of two childhood friends David “Noodles” Aaronson (played by Robert De Niro), and Maximilian “Max” Bercovicz (played by James Woods) who rise to power during the Prohibition era and amidst the rise of gangsters and organised crime in America.

    The film has everything that…

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    What should a great work of art do? Should it have a significant message? Should it be ambitious in scope? Should it have a broad and sweeping statement on the significance of humanity and our existence in the greater meaning of the universe? A great work of art, to me, should challenge the viewer, and offer a thesis on humanity, existence and the greater meaning of the universe, and no film to me fully utilises these existentialist and philosophical theories…