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Fatale | Film Review

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  I watched this late one Friday night just after this came out. It sounded like a lot of movies I've seen before, but I still wanted to see if it would be offering anything new. When married sports agent Derrick (Michael Ealy) has a one-night stand with Valerie (Hilary Swank), he soon finds that his life has been turned upside down. I kept the description vague so as not to spoil anything, but to be honest this story isn't that different to the 100 other movies with similar plots. Yes, there are more unique plot twists, but ultimately it's the same story. I found that the film didn't spend enough time with Derrick's wife, Tracie (Damaris Lewis). We never really know her, so it's harder to sympathise with her. And in a similar vein, there are many times when the film puts emphasis on the wrong things. Either it shows too much of Derrick's business and not enough of his relationship(s), or it sets things up that then aren't mentioned again. The pacing was

The Queen's Gambit | TV Show Review

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I had no interest in watching this show when it first came out. I didn't know what it was about, I had other shows to watch, and it never really appealed to me. However, I was recommended it by a co-worker, who completely raved about it, so I thought I'd see what it was all about. Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy) is a Chess prodigy who aspires to be the best player in the world - despite her dark past and harrowing addictions. I went back and forth with this show. There were some episodes I loved, and others that I couldn't get into. But as I really liked the vast majority of the (7) episodes, I'm gonna say that I really enjoyed the overall show. For a start, it does this really interesting thing of making sure that the viewer doesn't need to be interested in Chess, but also forcing the viewer to be interested in Chess. Before this show, I had no interest in Chess, but I actually found myself trying to learn more about it. I found the show really compelling from the fi

3 Month Favourites! | January - March 2021

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My first Favourites post of 2021! I'll be honest, I'm rushing to get this written and uploaded before April because this month has gone so quickly! I can't believe a quarter of the year is already over. But anyway, here are my January - March favourites! Favourite Movie (1): The Prom To be honest, I haven't seen a huge amount of amazing movies so far this year. So as The Prom has been one of my favourites, it had to go at the top of the list. I reviewed it HERE , and as you can tell from the review, I absolutely loved it. Favourite Movie (2): Yes Day I definitely have a soft spot for movies like this. I didn't end up reviewing it, but I adored it. I ended up watching it two days in a row because I loved it so much. It's about, as you can imagine, two parents who give their children a 'Yes Day', where they have to say yes to doing whatever their children want. It's not winning awards or anything like that, but it's a simple story told in a interes

Review #84: Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

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I had been looking forward to reading this book for a really long time. Not only because of the great premise, but because of how well-received it was. The story follows two women, one of which is Emira, who is accused one night of kidnapping the white child she is babysitting. The other is Alix, Emira's boss, who will do anything to make the situation right. But the incident sparks a chain of events that will challenge and change the lives of everyone involved. Reading this book, something that I've learnt that I've never considered is the fact that, not being able to put a book down doesn't necessarily mean that you loved it. Because that's how I felt about the book. I couldn't put it down for the 5 days that I was reading it, but once I got to the end, I realised that I didn't love it as much as I thought I did. However, I thought the first chapter was incredible. My heart was pounding, I felt like I was in that supermarket with Emira, and I just couldn&#

Life in a Year | Film Review

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  I heard nothing about this film before it came out, which was really surprising because it had such a good cast. But even though I'm starting to feel the cancer-movie fatigue, I thought I'd give this one a go. When Daryn (Jaden Smith) finds out that his girlfriend Isabelle (Cara Delevingne) is dying of cancer, he decides to pack a lifetime of memories into the year she has left. I enjoyed this film more than I thought I would. I was surprised at how little this film was promoted, especially because, as I've said, it had a really good cast.    Normally with stories like this, the beginning of the film feels unnecessary because you're waiting to get to the main plot. But with this one, even the backstory was really interesting, and definitely didn't feel unnecessary. I loved the characters, particularly Daryn who is a really great character. But all of these characters have their own stories and lives, and they all feel really well written and thought-out. The relat

February Post Round-Up

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  I did this last month and really enjoyed seeing a comprehensive list of my posts, so I'm definitely going to keep doing it! Here are my February posts! Sightless | Film Review - This was my first film review of February. I liked the premise, but felt let down by the end result. The Rental | Film Review - Again, I liked the premise of the film, but I really didn't like the film itself. Malcolm & Marie | Film Review - This film was highly anticipated by a lot of people before it came out. I wasn't a huge fan. The King of Staten Island | Film Review - I had been waiting to see this film for a long time and it definitely didn't disappoint! The Prom | Film Review  - This is my favourite film of February. I completely loved it, and have had the soundtrack on repeat ever since! Sex Education (S1&2) | TV Show Review  - And this is my favourite show of February! I loved it so much I watched it twice, and I can't wait for the next season. To All the Boys: Always

Zack Snyder's Justice League | Film Review

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When I heard that this was coming out, I went back and read my review for the first version of this movie, the original Justice League. I actually liked it, and saw it purely as entertainment. However, after seeing this one, my opinion about the first has completely changed!    Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) and Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) assemble a team to take down a new enemy, Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds). But will this group of heroes save the planet before it's too late? And can they do it without Superman (Henry Cavill)? Okay, so I loved this film! So much more than the first one. In fact, it was so good that it made the first one look bad. For a start, one of my problems with the original movie was that I didn't understand, or even like, the villain Steppenwolf.  The first thing this film does is set up the villain really well. We get more of an understanding into his motivations, and that in turn makes the film make a lot more sense. This is partly because we spend a lot more ti