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!
Director: Martin McDonagh
Starring: Frances McDormand, Woody Harelson, Sam Rockwell, John Hawkes, Peter Dinklage
Running time: 115 minutes
“What’s the law on what ya can and can’t say on a billboard?”
I’m reviewing Pixar’s latest original movie Coco and in 1 minute!
Director: Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina
Starring: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Renée Victor
Running time: 109 minutes
“Know that I’m with you
The only way that I can be
Until you’re in my arms again
Ben Whishaw, David Calder, Michelle Fairley, and David Morrissey star in Nicholas Hytner’s immersive production of Julius Caesar at the Bridge Theatre, blending Shakespeare with Scandi noir and updates togas to Trump.
Friends, Romans, countrymen, in this production of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, you will be asked to lend more than just your ear. Hytner, in his second show at the recently opened Bridge Theatre, creates much more than a show, he creates an experience that overwhelms the senses; wind rushes past you, security members ( so often carrying set pieces) elbow through the crowd of 400 standing spectators, and the sounds and smells of gunfire strike you from all around as ash falls from the imagined sky. Partnered with the in-the-round staging and various configurations of the rising platforms which make up the stage, this continually moving production brings to life the ever-changing world of politics and patriotism.
“Tears running down my face. Tears and snot. Same as always.
Why me? Why me every time?
Tonight was supposed to be different.
But I messed up…
I did this…”
This volume leapt onto every comic-book fans radar when the news came that Bryan Lee O’Malley – the graphic novelist famed for creating Scott Pilgrim – would be bringing out his first monthly comic which would later turn into this beautiful volume. And believe me, it is beautiful, despite being full to the brim with blood, snot and tears!
However, aesthetics aside, this volume is messy, but perhaps uses this to its advantage.
Merry Christmas, everyone!
So the presents have been unwrapped, dinners have been eaten, and the candles are burning low as the Christmas lights twinkle in the strangely empty trees. That means one thing: Christmas day is very nearly over. Me and my family will likely now be arguing over what movie to watch to tie up this lovely, yet long, day. (Hopefully, I’ll get my way and we’ll put our feet up to Rogue One!) It seems that it’s a very common tradition to end this special day with a movie, whether it’s the latest release or a Christmas classic; so I thought it would be fitting to share seven of the most Christmassy scenes in Christmas movies to round it all off – not that I won’t be watching these all year long, yes, even Continue reading
Image from Walker Books
“It’s hard to focus on the future when the past is so distracting”
Although I am always reading there are surprisingly few authors whom I follow religiously; stopping my mindless scrolling to check out their latest Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube posts. But, as you might have guessed by now, Lauren James is one of those people. When I was offered her latest book, The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, I snatched it up before you could say “YA SCI-FI”. Once it had slid into my letterbox I began reading it straight away, immediately falling for the main (and almost only) character Romy. I finished the rest of it off on one train journey to London: this is testament to the brilliance of the book since I was suffering from motion sickness but refused to give up and put the book down!
“I could tell I was standing too still and breathing too silently. I prayed she didn’t notice, but she must have, she was so close to me.”
I was sent this book by Walker Books a couple of months ago and I was immediately intrigued by the the idea of it as a ‘Graphic Memoir’. I know that this isn’t the first graphic memoir, in fact there are many that I’d love to get my hands on, but this is actually the first one I have ever read and boy did I enjoy it! If I had read this a while ago it most certainly would be on my list of Top 5 Graphic Novels. It has everything you would want from a graphic memoir; a compelling and moving story, beautiful artwork, and hilarious writing. Let’s briefly sum up the story:
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.
Director: Barry Jenkins
Starring: Alex Hibbert, Mahershala Ali, Ashton Sanders, Trevante Rhodes, Naomie Harris
Running time: 111 minutes
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”.
Easter is finally here, after what seems like an awfully long Winter period, but all I can think about are my exams. I can hear families walking their bouncing dogs outside and can see the river glistening, whenever it isn’t raining, and yet I’m just sat inside making notes and doing past papers over and over again. I generally love revision. For me there’s something really satisfying about it; but when you add in the pressure of having to work hard enough to achieve the right grades to get into the university of your dreams you never really become satisfied. My mind goes: “Yes, you finished off your notes and did a Latin translation, but you could’ve done two translations and maybe even started another English essay”.
However, I’ve tried not to let that get in the way of reading. My reading habits always tend to slip when I have exams (or anything that makes me stressed really!) but I’ve been trying to make a conscience effort to keep up with it this time. Of course with a tired brain there’s only so many pages I can flick through before I give up and switch over to the TV or Netflix (my current recommendations definitely being Clique on BBC Three, Line of Duty BBC One, and the new season of iZombie on Netflix!!). So I thought I’d talk a little bit about what books I’m currently reading – however slowly my pace might be!
Let me know what books and and TV shows you’ve been enjoying recently, I always love getting new recommendations!