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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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

Christmas 2016 || A Memory of the Holidays

– January 2nd 2017 –

On every turn of the year I find myself amazed at how quickly time goes by. It feels as if my Mum and I were putting up our Christmas tree only yesterday – when in fact we were just slobbing out in front of the TV, having a final full day of relaxation before having to return to the humdrum routine of college and work.

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Halloween Recommendations 2016

I’m always that friend who gets overly excited for Halloween; pumpkins will litter my bedroom throughout the month of October, every detail of my costume will be planned for, and I’ll have a precise template for my pumpkin ready to carve! So I couldn’t wait to share some of my favourite halloween reads and watches.

If you’re looking for some spooky books then check out my video, if you want some ghoulish films and shows to watch then keep on reading!

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My Top 5 Films of 2014

I am crazy about films. Full on obsessive fangirl. I have always adored the art of cinematography. I’m the same with books (perhaps even more insane)! It’s incredible how every single aspect of film production is important; take away the script writers and the actors have nothing to say, take away the composers and the film lacks depth, take away the editors and the audience is left with a jumbled mess of outtakes and awkward cut offs. And then when it’s all done and dusted and playing in front of you there’s something about being dropped into another world, another time even though you know you’re just sat in a red Cineworld chair balancing popcorn precariously on your lap. Anyway I better stop blathering on about my love for the world of films. As I managed to visit the cinema last year rather often and managed to see some incredible films I have summed up my top 5 favourite films of 2014 for us all -with a short review of each.

5. Lucy

Director and Writer: Luc Besson, Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman

A big thing with this film is it’s definitely not for everybody; I went to see it with my Dad and although he didn’t particularly like it but I thoroughly did. At times it almost felt like I was watching a documentary with the shots of animals in the jungle with Prof.Norman (Morgan Freeman) voice over during his lectures. It was very scientific – both in the script and in the way it was filmed – although obviously not accurately. The plot was compelling and really had me on the end of my seat. Full of action and drama.  Little warning though there are a couple gruesome shots so if you’re squeamish watch out!

4. The Lego Movie

Directors: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, Starring: Will Ferrel, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks

Oh god this film was just incredible. Aimed at a younger audience I doubt that anybody -young or old- could not leave the theatre with a smile plastered on their faces. I played with Lego all the time when I was younger so seeing it brand new on the big screen was very nostalgic. The story is very basic but so funny and has a lovely message which anybody can take away: you can achieve anything. It’s very clever – in particular the use of artefacts from the human world, I couldn’t stop laughing at how true it was! I still find it hard to believe that some of the film was made using stop-motion and actual lego. I just loved it.

3.  Begin Again

Director and Writer: John Carney, Starring: Keira Knightly, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine

First things first, I need to take about the music. The songs are absolutely stunning; Keira Knightley’s voice is just incredible and Adam Levine -the lead singer of Maroon 5- is perfect as the egoistic but sincere Dave Khol. Straight after seeing the film I went and bought the Soundtrack because I had to hear the songs again! The story itself is beautiful and uplifting, as you watch these two lost characters as they discover themselves through their love for music you can’t help but feel all warm and happy. There’s a dynamic between the characters that’s lovely to watch. Also the sets and backgrounds are gorgeous: all the alleyways and rooftops of the Big Apple. I really love this film!

2.  Guardians of the Galaxy

Director: James Gunn, Starring: Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan

This film was just brilliant; as a Marvel fan (Marvelite?) when I saw this film had finally made it’s way into cinemas I knew I had to go! I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it was though! It was visually stunning; with Groot, Rocket and all the backgrounds and settings being utterly breathtaking. The film holds on to the crazy style of the comics and definitely brings out the humour. At some moments I couldn’t stop laughing – but then on the other hand the film managed to make me cry! And this comes from a girl who literally never cries! I must mention the soundtrack – utterly awesome. I listen to the album on repeat as I can’t not smile listening to those 70’s/80’s tunes! Favourite quote of the film goes to “pelvic sorcery”! 

1. The Imitation Game

Director: Morten Tyldum, Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightly

I bet you saw this coming; this film was very well received by critics and film fans alike. Including me. Back when this film was in production I remember hearing about the story and thinking ‘Wow that sounds like just my cup of tea’ and then when I found out Benny C was starring as the awkward intellect Turing I knew I’d be booking my ticket in advance. And I was definitely not disappointed!  I cried, I laughed, I fell in love with the endearing protagonist and was angered at how badly we treated a true hero of our country. I could find very few flaws. The soundtrack by Alexandre Desplat was just as beautiful as the scenes themselves. The film was a perfect mix of a fact-based historical drama and WW2 thriller; with heart warming moments of Turing’s past and the introduction of a Russian spy! Both Knightly and Cumberbatch gave incredible performances which as I said moved both me and the majority of the cinema to tears. It was just wonderful.

With so many good films coming out last year I’m extremely excited to see what this year has in store!