BROOKLYN – REVIEW – Soarisie Rohoonan and Domnonanhall Gleeson star with Emory… Sorry I’ll start again.

Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters (cut and paste from Wikipedia!) star in Brooklyn, scripted by novelist Nick Hornby, from Colm Tóibín’s book: Brooklyn. Saoirse plays Aish… A… an Irish girl who has decided to emigrate to America because Ireland is full of the bitches, none more so than her boss at the haberdashery Miss Kelly. Her nice sister Rose has arranged everything and she befriends a nice lady on the ship who tells her how to behave in the America, when she gets there. Once settled in the Brooklyn of the title, Eilis (pronounced Ay-lish, [thanks Wikipedia again]) meets up with nice Julie Walters her landlady and the other young ladies, who at first appear to be bitches but are actually nice once you get to know them. A nice priest (Jim Broadbent) helps her out, even paying for her to go to night classes and study to be a book keeper. She meets a nice Italian boy, who quickly falls in love with her, but following a family tragedy she must return to Ireland where she discovers there are more opportunities for her than there once were. Which is nice.

No one gets raped, there’s no sexual abuse of any sort, no violence, nothing gets stolen, nothing blows up, and no one is hurt by falling masonry, there’s hardly even a cross word. Brooklyn is so nice, it’s almost radical in its niceness. Punk!  The past is posited as a better time, when men were chivalrous and priests kindly, and independent young girls with a modicum of spunk could make it. A time when you could use the word spunk without raising an eyebrow! I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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HOLLYWOOD – It was revealed today that Domhnall Gleeson was not in Creed and this is thought to be the reason that it was nominated for fewer Oscars than had been expected.

Domhnall Gleeson is not in Creed, it was revealed today and many are saying that this is the reason that Ryan Coogler’s boxing drama did not pick up as many Academy award nominations as expected. Michael B. Jordan plays the son of Apollo Creed who follows in his father’s footsteps and into the boxing ring, seeking tutelage from his father’s old opponent and friend Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone who picked up a supporting actor nomination). Sylvester Stallone spoke about the lack of Domhnall Gleeson in the film and how it might have hurt the award prospects:

We did actually have a role for Domhnall but then at the last minute the role got cut. He was going to play my grandson but the scene felt extraneous and there were a lot of scheduling problems and so in the end we cut it before we even went into production. What we didn’t know is that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts has this new rule that every film needs to have Domhnall Gleeson if it is to be a contender. Brooklyn, The Revenant, Ex Machina all passed the test but Creed regrettably didn’t. I think we should have shot the scene, but that’s with retrospect. I know that we’ve already hired Domhnall for the sequel Drago.

However, the Academy have denied that such a clause exists in the rules, stating that it is merely a coincidence that so many films have Domnhall in them this year.

Awards analyst Bertram Shrank told the Studio Exec:

It happens sometimes that one of these actors just seems to be everywhere all of a sudden. They’re cheap, they’re fresh and they have a great agent. Jessica Chastain did the same thing five years ago. And having Domhnall is no guarantee of Academy largess. Look at The Force Awakens which only managed to get technical nominations despite plenty of Domhnall Gleeson action.

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