Showing posts from March, 2019

Lakeview Terrace | Film Review

This is a movie that I found on Netflix, watched once on a whim and decided that I had to review it. I always feel the need to review a film when I see that the 'Rotten Tomatoes' rating is a lot lower than I think the film deserves.

This film is about an interracial couple called Chris (Patrick Wilson) and Lisa (Kerry Washington). When they move into their new home, they meet their new neighbour, a policeman called Abel Turner (Samuel L. Jackson). The three get off on the wrong foot, and from there, their friendship is fraught and uncomfortable. But is Abel really angered by their interracial relationship? And just how far will he go to demonstrate his anger?

This is one of the first films based on a true story that I've ever seen where I knew about the story before I knew anything about the film. Months before I found this on Netflix, I watched a show called 'Neighbours From Hell' and became completely engrossed in the story of John and Mellaine Hamilton, who wer…

Boy Erased | Film Review

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This was a film that had been on my 'to watch' list since last year. Not only did it have one of my favourite actors, Lucas Hedges, but it was about an issue that I didn't know that much about, but definitely wanted to learn more - Conversion Therapy.

Jared Eamons has extremely religious parents (including a Pastor father), so when he is outed as gay, his parents have to connect the son that they love with the religion that they've spent their whole lives following. Their solution to this problem? Sending their son into a Conversion Therapy program.

As much as I enjoyed this film (and I really did enjoy it), I have to say that it's a lot more distressing than I was expecting.

First of all, it's extremely heavy from it's first second on screen.This sets the tone for the rest of the film, and kind of hammers into you over and over again that it's not for the purpose of entertainment or escapism. So keep this in mind before going to see it! As …

Captain Marvel | Film Review

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If you know my blog, then you know how huge a fan I am of all superhero movies, but particularly Marvel and the MCU - so this review was inevitable, if slightly late!

Vers (Brie Larson) is a Kree/alien warrior who finds herself in a battle between her own people, and Skrulls (shape-shifting aliens). But, dealing with the fact that she has no memories proves too much for Vers, who wants to know exactly who she was before she became who she is. So when she lands on Earth, and begins to have flashbacks, she uses the help of S.H.I.E.L.D agent Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to put together the mystery of her past, while also discovering how to beat the Skrulls for good.

I have to say, one of my least favourite things about writing film reviews is that it's impossible to go back and change your opinion when you see the film later in life. And because of that, I wasn't going to review this film, because I feel like if I see it maybe in a year, my mind might change. But for…

Ben Is Back | Film Review

I had been waiting for this movie to come out for such a long time (I'm a HUGE fan of Lucas Hedges) and it's finally out in the UK! Go see this in the cinema if you get the chance.

It's Christmas Eve when Ben Burns (Lucas Hedges) returns to his family home after being in rehab. His mum, Holly (Julia Roberts), is extremely happy to see him, but due to the concerns of the rest of the family, decides that he is only allowed to stay in the family home for 24 hours, before going back to rehab the next day. However, for the 24 hours that Ben is home, nothing is simple. Holly does everything she can to offer her son unconditional love and support, while also trying to keep him off drugs. But when success could result in Ben hating her, and failure could result in his death, will this mother with no more options make the right choices?

I really enjoyed this film.

As mentioned in my description, the first thing you notice about the film is the unconditional love of a mother. Even …

Isn't It Romantic | Film Review

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This is the latest Netflix original movie, and it's one that's been talked about because it has a really great cast and an original plot.

Natalie (Rebel Wilson) hates romantic comedies. They're unrealistic - in what world do people actually get happy endings? Not the one that she lives in, where everyone ignores her and her co-workers treat her like the coffee girl. But when she gets knocked out and finds herself living in the most cliche romantic comedy ever, she discovers that, maybe it's possible for everyone to get their happy ending.

When Natalie first found herself in the PG-13 rom-com world, I didn't know how to take it. Was anything really happening? Should we be laughing? Should we feel sorry for her? Because I did all of these things. I felt like some parts were really real, I was laughing at some parts, and at other parts, I felt sorry for her. Not because she was stuck in a romantic comedy, but the way that she was reacting to having people …

Review #60: You by Caroline Kepnes

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I'm pretty sure that most people have watched this show by now, and even if you haven't watched it, you've probably heard of it. However, you might not know that the captivating story of Joe and Beck was actually a book (and a series on 'Lifetime') before it made its way to Netflix.

Joe Goldberg is in love with Guinevere Beck. Does it matter that he's only met her once? Or that she has a boyfriend? No, because Joe loves her, and he knows that she loves him too. But Joe's love quickly turns into obsession, and before either of them know it, things have spiralled out of control. But when Joe's obsession turns deadly, will Beck discover the truth behind the smile of this bookstore clerk before it's too late?

If you've seen the series, then it's impossible not to have it in your head while you're reading this book. The benefit of this is that you feel like you know these characters before you even open the book - and because so m…

Serenity | Film Review

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This is a Sky Cinema original movie, and after hearing the description of the film, and knowing who starred in it, I was so interested and excited to see it.

Fisherman Baker Dill (Matthew McConaughey) lives an idyllic life. That is, until his ex-wife, Karen (Anne Hathaway) finds him and give him a proposition - 10 million dollars to kill the man who is putting her and their son in danger. Suddenly, Baker Dill's idyllic life plunges into darkness, and he has to decide how much he is willing to sacrifice for the people he loves.

I was so disappointed while watching it, and that disappointment has hit me all over again as I relive what I thought would be a really good film.

Before I get into the bad things, though, I have to say that visually, the film is stunning. The locations, cinematography, everything about it in this sense is beautiful.

In addition to that, there are some really good moments of tension. Some moments genuinely have you on the edge of your seat becaus…

February Favourites | 2019

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It's the second 'Favourites' post of the year, let's get into it!

Favourite Film: Bad Samaritan

I've already written a review of this film,which you can read HERE. But if you get the chance to see this film, definitely watch it because it's so great, and so underrated!

Favourite TV Show (1): It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia

I'm binge-watching this right now, as I write a few blog posts. It's on Netflix, and I go through phases of loving it and then not really watching it. But every time I put it on, I fall in love with it all over again. It's the best type of comedy, where the characters have no morals and are actively as offensive as they can be - which is refreshing when a lot of TV shows try to do the opposite. All the current seasons are on Netflix so definitely watch the first season and see what you think!

Favourite TV Show (2): Grey's Anatomy

I am obsessed with this show! I always am, but particularly right now. It's on A…

Bad Samaritan | Film Review

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Awards season is officially over, and as sad as I am about that, I'm glad that I get to go back to reviewing non-critically acclaimed movies - particularly ones like this that deserve a lot more attention!

A petty criminal (Robert Sheehan) breaks into a house and discovers the dark secrets of the home's owner (David Tennant). After going to the police, he becomes the target for the homeowner's rage. But can he convince the police to believe him before it's too late?

This is a criminally underrated film that I think a lot of people should definitely watch. I watched it on a whim when it appeared on the 'Sky Movies' channels because the plot seemed interesting and original - and the plot is one of the best things about the film.

Even though the main character and his friend are criminals, they are endearing enough that you root for them from the beginning, even if you don't agree with their decisions.

The trope of small criminal vs bigger and badd…