Quickfire Film Review | Happy Death Day, Ant-Man, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, A Wrinkle in Time

Quickfire film reviews, well it’s in the title, isn’t it?
I’m speedily reviewing old releases, re-watches, and films I didn’t particularly enjoy.

Plane edition! All of my reviews here were written on my flight to New Zealand, so some are a little weirder than usual! 

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Happy Death Day (dir. Christopher B. Landon)
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Starring: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine

Happy Death Day may perhaps be my new favourite horror/slasher/thriller film! It doesn’t take itself seriously and the light tone and moments of humour only heighten the suspense as the day draws to a close and the murderer looms! The range of this film and the well-paced storyline that rarely feels too Continue reading

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Quickfire Film Reviews | Bill, The Disaster Artist, About Time

Quickfire film reviews, well it’s in the title, isn’t it?
I’m speedily reviewing old releases, re-watches, and films I didn’t particularly enjoy.

Bill (dir. Richard Bracewell)
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Starring: Matthew Baynton, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick 

What’s in a name?
Well, from the name of this film alone you know not to go into this film expecting any sort of historical accuracy – a surprise from the Horrible Histories gang, but works all the more in their favour. Following the ‘real’ story of William ‘Bill’ Shakespeare’s journey to the London Stage, we see the dramatist getting kicked out of ‘Mortal Coil’ for his spotlight-stealing lute playing, working to promote the ‘Two a Week” vegetable campaign dressed dashingly as a tomato alongside the cucumber Christopher Marlowe, and helping to put a stop to the deviously disguised King Phillip II of Spain from carrying out a Catholic Plot to kill the Queen. Ridiculous in all the right ways.
With a satirical Monty Python feel, ‘Bill’ is a silly laugh-out-loud film brought to life by the wonderfully familiar cast, headed by Continue reading

Following | 1 Minute Restrospective Review

My first 1-minute retrospective review today, all about Christopher Nolan’s first feature Following (and yes, that is a mouthful) to celebrate it’s recently celebrated 20 years anniversary! 🎬


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Director: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Alex Haw, Jeremy Theobald, Lucy Russel, John Nolan

 

 

” You’re developing a taste for it – the violating, the voyeurism… it’s definitely you. “

 

 

 

 


 

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The Shape of Water | 1 Minute Review

Another 1-minute review of another Oscar-worthy film! Guillermo del Toro’s latest, The Shape of Water, plays with a unique voice and is a spectacle to the eye.
Have you seen The Shape of Water yet? What did you think of this fishy fantasy?
Let me know in the comments!

 

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Director: Guillermo del Toro

Starring: Sally Hawkins, Doug Jones, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer

Running time: 123 minutes

“If I spoke about it – if I did – what would I tell you? I wonder. Would I tell you about her? The princess without voice.”

 

 

Lady Bird | 1 Minute Review

Lady Bird is a nostalgic and unapologetically feminist film that explores youth, unsurity, and letting go and I’m reviewing it in 1 minute!
Are you planning on seeing Lady Bird? What did you think of it?
Let me know in the comments!

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Director: Greta Gerwig

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Timothée Chalamet, Lucas Hedges

Running time: 93 minutes

Certification: 15

“We’re afraid that we will never escape our past. We’re afraid of what the future will bring. We’re afraid we won’t be loved, we won’t be liked. And we won’t succeed.”

 

 


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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri | 1 Minute Review

Another one minute review, this time looking at Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri!

Have you seen Three Billboards yet? Are you planning on checking it out? Let me know in the comments! 

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Director: Martin McDonagh

Starring: Frances McDormand, Woody Harelson, Sam Rockwell, John Hawkes, Peter Dinklage

Running time: 115 minutes

Certification: 15

“What’s the law on what ya can and can’t say on a billboard?”

 

 


 

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Spider-Man: Homecoming | A Colourful Character Driven Film

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Director: Jon Watts

Starring: Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr, Michael Keaton, Jacob Batalon

Running time: 133 minutes

Certification: 12A

 

 

“If you’re nothing without the suit, then you shouldn’t have it.”

 

When I first heard that there was going to be another Spider-Man reboot I was very hesitant – the Spidey track record hasn’t been too good – “But” I told myself “Marvel is taking the reigns so it has to be better!”. Then when I heard that this Spider-Man would focus on the nerdy Peter Parker trying to juggle being an unpopular high-school student as well as a “friendly neighbour-hood Spider-Man”, I was both excited and apprehensive. Getting that structural balance right would be difficult but Marvel have done it before; the Guardians of the Galaxy films especially worked well in the mixture of superheroes and comedy. After Homecoming was released and the positive reviews came in I was just very excited to see it, and it did not disappoint…much.

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Spoiler Free Baby Driver Review

 

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SPOILER FREE 

Back again with another film review for you today, this time it’s all about Edgar Wright’s new film Baby Driver! (I bet you didn’t guess that from the title!)
Although I frustratingly couldn’t see this film on the day it was released I was lucky enough to have a couple of days to let the hype start to settle around this film and fortunately it managed not only to meet this exceptionally high level, but exceeded it. So as soon as I got home from the cinema I sat down with my notebook, splurged all my thoughts down, did a quick little bit of research and recorded this video. I wanted it all to be fresh in my mind – I definitely think the buzz of it still shines through despite having to re-record it because I deleted all of my audio!

However I have reflected a bit more on the film and I have to admit that there was one thing that I had a bit of an issue with and that’s the fact that I wish the film had been a little less male-dominated.

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Why you shouldn’t be intimidated by Moonlight | Film Review

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Director: Barry Jenkins

Starring: Alex Hibbert, Mahershala Ali, Ashton Sanders, Trevante Rhodes, Naomie Harris

Running time: 111 minutes

Certification: 15

Based on Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play In Moonlight Black Boys look Blue 

 

 

 

 

“Who is you?”

*A quick preface: this is just going to be a fairly brief review as, rightly so, this film has been everywhere and there are much better reviews to read such as this one by Empire or this one by the New York Times.


I don’t really know where to start in this review because it is such a delicate, moving, and unique film that has caused so many new and exciting conversations – even if some were caused by that Oscars blunder! In fact the reason I decided that I would post a review on the film, despite there already being so many, was because of a conversation about it that I had with my friend in which she said: “I’m not sure if I’ll go see it, it’s kind of intimidating”. 

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Reviewing Beauty and the Beast

 

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I’ve wanted to do some film reviews on my blog for a while now and, as a massive Disney fan, I thought starting with Bill Condon’s live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast would be a lovely place to start. But please do excuse my rambling – I still don’t know what I’m doing!

The Original Beauty and the Beast has always been one of my favourite Disney Classics; not only do I adore the music, French setting, and beastly romance but also I have always seen part of myself in Belle. Continue reading