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Reasonable Doubt | Film Review

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Every so often when I'm bored and on Netflix, I read the descriptions of random films and add them to my list when they sound remotely interesting. Then usually I just forget about them for months. But this film's description is one that stayed with me, and while I was watching it, I decided that I'd review it.

District Attorney Mitch Brockden (Dominic Cooper) commits a fatal hit-and-run, before going to work the next day and discovering that someone else has been arrested for his crime. But when he does everything in his power to exonerate Clinton Davis (Samuel L. Jackson), he discovers that Davis isn't as innocent as he seems.

As I already mentioned, I was attracted to the initial concept of the film. It seemed extremely original, and there were a lot of places that the film could go.

Because we don't have a lot of time to get to know Mitch Brockden before he commits the crime, the reason that he flees the scene has to be a good one so that we begin t…

January Favourites | 2019

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Welcome to the first 'Favourites' post of 2019! This has been a month filled with a lot of stuff, including many movies and TV shows, so let's get into it!

Favourite Movie (1): The Favourite


I've already reviewed this, and you can check out my review HERE, but I am so happy that this film has been nominated for 10 Oscars, because it deserves every single one of those nominations, and I hope that it wins as many as possible because it's a really amazing film!

Favourite Movie (2): A Simple Favor

BlacKkKlansman | Film Review

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Here's one for Awards Season. It's already been nominated for Golden Globes and BAFTAs, and on Tuesday it was announced that it has received quite a few Oscar nominations, including Director (Spike Lee), Supporting Actor (Adam Driver) and Best Picture.

This is the true story of Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), the first black detective in the Colorado Springs PD, who decides to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), with the help of his white (albeit Jewish) colleague Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver). Together, they create a character that goes against everything they both believe in to bring down and expose one of the most extreme, hate-filled groups in 1970s America.

The film gets off to a slow start. You know exactly what the film is about, so you're kind of waiting for it to get to the main plot. Of course, this slow start is necessary in terms of setting up these characters, but there are parts that feel like they could have been shorter, and some shorter p…

Glass | Film Review

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I went to see the movie 'Split' when it first came out (on opening weekend, if I remember rightly) because of the intriguing concept, not knowing that it was connected to a movie that I hadn't yet seen. When I heard that 'Glass' was being made, I bought a copy of Unbreakable (because yes, I still watch DVDs when I can) and decided to watch it just before seeing the new one. So last night, I spent the night and early morning watching Unbreakable and Split back-to-back in preparation for Glass - and if you're gonna go and see Glass, I highly recommend that you do the same thing.

Following on from both the previous movies, the story picks up three weeks after the events of 'Split'. David Dunn (Bruce Willis) is still taking revenge against petty criminals and finds his next target in Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy), who he discovers has kidnapped four teenage girls. However, when Dunn and one of Crumb's 24 personalities come face-to-face,…

10x10 | Film Review

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This is a film that I'd been waiting a while for. I remember reading the description so long ago, and being really excited for it. But then it never had a cinematic release (that I can remember), so I forgot about it until it came onto the Sky movie channels.

Lewis (Luke Evans) is an ordinary man that is hiding a secret - made evident when he kidnaps Cathy (Kelly Reilly) and holds her in a 10x10 soundproof room. But as time goes on, it seems Lewis isn't the only one hiding a secret...

First of all, while the premise of the film is extremely interesting, and centres around this abduction, the abduction scene in the film seemed a bit unrealistic. Not that people can't be abducted in broad daylight, but at the time she had just exited a quite full yoga class, there were cars and people around, and Evans' character didn't seem like he was trying to hide. It felt like if anything had happened slightly differently, he wouldn't have been able to take her. …

A Simple Favor | Film Review

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Creed II | Film Review

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I saw this last year, but decided to wait until the new year to put it up because I was reviewing a lot of other movies at the time for Blogmas, but either way, better late than never!

Many years before, Apollo Creed was killed in a boxing match against Ivan Drago, an event that has affected Adonis Johnson/Creed (Michael B Jordan) since his birth. So when he's challenged to a fight with Ivan Drago's son Viktor (Florian Munteanu), it feels like more than just a fight. And the prospect of going toe to toe with a Drago becomes an obsession for Donnie. But this time around, Donnie has a lot more to fight for. And this fighting can't be done in a ring.

I really enjoyed this film, almost as much as I enjoyed the first one.

The film begins on an epic high for Adonis, emphasising the fact that, the higher you are, the further you have to fall. In addition, the stakes are so high from the very beginning, that you as the audience are thrust right into the action.

This is…

The Favourite | Film Review

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With the Golden Globes taking place last Sunday, 'Awards Season' is officially beginning, and I for one could not be more excited. I genuinely think this is my favourite time of year - forget Christmas and every other holiday, awards season is where it's at! And while I have no idea if this film will be nominated for an Oscar or not (though I suspect it might be) I thought it was the perfect movie to kick off the season, and the new year, with.

Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) is on the throne, and while she enjoys ruling, the day-to-day tasks are delegated to her close friend and lady-in-waiting, Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz), who is relied on by Queen Anne for almost everything. So when Lady Sarah's cousin Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, in need of a job, Sarah takes pity on her, and allows her to help with some of the queen's duties. However, when Queen Anne begins to take a shine to Abigail, Lady Sarah is filled with jealousy and rage. But is Lady Sarah's p…

Life Itself | Film Review

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I went into this film completely blind. All I knew was that it was a 'Sky Cinema Original', which meant that it came on the Sky 'Premiere' channel on the same day that it was supposed to be released in the cinema, so I thought I'd take the opportunity to see it on the day that it came out (Friday 4th). And I have to say, I'm really glad I did that.

I think this film works best if you don't know too much about it, so I'm not going to say much here, but it's about the way that one single event can cause a ripple effect that can change lives around the world without even knowing it.

I thought this film was amazing.

First of all, the opening. It's a story written within a story that immediately pulls you in. I don't know what I was expecting, but I certainly wasn't expecting it to begin that way. It's one of the most original beginnings to a film that I've seen in a while.

The film is filled with heartwarming interactions…

Bird Box | Film Review

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Welcome to my first post of 2019 - I hope you had a great Christmas/New Years celebration!

So, for my first review of the year, I thought I'd start with a film that everyone has been talking about lately, and that's Bird Box - one of the latest Netflix originals.

The film is about an unknown entity that's causing people all over the world to kill themselves. But one thing is clear - if you see it, you die. After living behind the cover of a blindfold for 5 years, Malorie Hayes (Sandra Bullock) and her two children have to battle the outside world in order to get to safety. But with no one to turn to, nowhere safe in sight, and a group who will do whatever possible to make everyone look, can Malorie get herself and the children to safety before it's too late?

I enjoyed this film a lot.

It was categorised as a horror, which I don't think should be the case because the idea of living in this world is a lot more scary than the execution of the film, but it&…