Isle of Dogs: Too Much Quirk, Not Enough Substance

Wes Anderson, king of quirk, has long been gathering a liege of dedicated cinephiles who drool over his every film. And, I confess, I am one of his long-time fans. Especially considering the incredibly high expectations set by his previous film, 2014’s multi-Oscar winning The Grand Budapest Hotel. However, if you go into the cinema…

My Top Ten Films of 2017

Surprise! My review of the best of 2017 managed to only be a whole month late! (Hey, it’s better than 2016’s April release). My problem, admittedly, is once I start writing about the films I love, it’s hard for me to stop. Please enjoy my ‘Best of 2017’ list, and comment below what you think…

PADDINGTON 2: A Warm, Furry Hug Of A Movie

In 2014, Paddington Bear walked off the pages of his cartoon, on to Paddington station and into our cinemas. It soon became an unlikely family favourite. It showcased some of Britain’s best actors – from Hugh Bonneville’s lovingly exasperated patriarch, to Sally Hawkins’ eccentric yet caring mother, and Julie Waters as the comic relief housekeeper. At the film’s soft, furry heart is Paddington, cheerfully…

Review: Their Finest

For those interested in historical drama or comedy, ‘Their Finest’ is a new film set in World War II, England during height of the Blitz. It’s about a government propaganda department tasked with creating ‘morale boosting’ films for the public. When the film opens, the male-only ministry has hired Catrin (Gemma Arterton) to write the trashy…

Top 3 Movies to keep you in the Christmas Spirit

I’m admittedly too late for the ‘Top 3 Christmas Movies to get you in the Holiday spirit’ post. However, I realised, there’s no reason why the gift that is the wealth of holiday Christmas movies can’t keep on giving throughout December and into January. These three are my favourite films set at Christmas time, but…

Blazing Saddles fizzles out- 100 Word Review

Mel Brooks’ 1974 satire of the wild wild west is tasteless and unamusing. A corrupt politician with interest in the railway business hires a black sheriff in the hope of driving the townspeople out of town. To everyone’s surprise, the sheriff is actually good at his job and manages to eventually win over the town….

The Thief Lord- 100 Word Review

The Thief Lord is a tale of two orphan brothers who escape to Venice and befriend a gang of street children. Based on the book by Cornelia Funke (author of Inkheart), the movie is a fun fantasy adventure about family, youth and magic. The young cast work well together, although let down by Scipio, a whiny…

Blood Diamond Reviewed in 100 Words

Zwick’s 2006 thriller is a compelling and jarring look at the illegal diamond trade within civil war Sierra Leone. A fisherman and a smuggler unite to recover a priceless diamond and escape war-torn Africa. The pace is tense as the pair often narrowly escape confrontation with military and rebel fighters, featuring explosive action scenes. The…

The BFG- a Sweet and Faithful Adaption

Spielberg’s take on Dahl’s childhood classic is a faithful adaption with magical special effects. Young orphan Sophie is snatched by the BFG and taken to giant-country, where they become friends and form a plan to defeat the evil man-eating giants. Barnhill’s Sophie is sweet and lively, while Rylance’s BFG perfectly captures the endearing tongue-tied hero…

Shakespeare in Love reviewed

Shakespeare in Love is a delightfully funny look into the Bard’s fictitious inspiration for his most famous love story. Bereft of ideas for his new play, Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter, Will (Fiennes) meets the beautiful theatre-loving Viola (Paltrow). Their love affair inspires the famous tragedy of the star-crossed lovers that we know today….

Shawshank Redeemed in 100 Words

Darabont’s celebrated adaption of King’s beloved story is rightfully hailed as one of the greatest films of all time. The heartfelt tale of an unlikely friendship forged in an unforgiving jail has both impeccable writing and profound performances. Like Cuckoo’s Nest, it highlights the power of friendship and the resilience of the oppressed individual. Robbin’s resourcefulness…