Paddington: Charming and Delightful- 100 Word Review

King’s Paddington, based on the cartoons, recounts the delightful adventures of Paddington Bear. Paddington travels from Peru to London, searching for “home”. Here he befriends the Brown Family, but must avoid kidnap by the evil Taxidermist, Millicent. This uncomplicated plot is brought to life with quirky storytelling and amusing performances. Whishaw’s Paddington is cheerful, sensitive…

Austen Classic Revitalised in Elegant Rom-Com, reviewed in 100 Words

Wright’s take on Austen’s hilarious novel is charming, witty and elegant. Set in the Regency Era, it portrays the lives of the Bennet daughters, principally the vivacious Elizabeth who disregards the loveless economic marriages of her time. Knightley thrives as bold spirited Lizzie, Pike delivers as graceful Jane, Blethyn delights as frivolous Mrs Bennet and…

The Danish Girl: Tender portrayal of Transgender Woman’s quest for Identity- 100 Word Review

Hooper’s latest period piece is a touching yet lengthy depiction of a transperson’s journey from man to woman, based on Ebershoff’s novel. 1926, Dutch painters Einar (Redmayne) and Gerda’s (Vikander) happy marriage begins to breakdown after Einar discovers he identifies more with “Lili” (his character in their playful game of dress-ups) than himself. This quest for identity and the repercussions…

My Top 10 Films of 2015

2015 was an excellent year in film and this belated list will chronicle the best of it. Many potential inclusions have yet to have been seen, therefore this is not definitive. Enjoy!   Mad Max: Fury Road Having never seen a Mad Max before watching this (I’ve since watched the original trilogy), this was unlike anything I’d ever viewed in a…

The Big Short Review: Engaging and Energetic

McKay‘s Oscar nominated dramedy is well made and performed in a thought-provoking story about the men who predicted the 2008 Global Financial Crisis. Gosling is at his charismatic, egotistical best as ambitious banker Jared Vennett. Bale is excellent as the awkward yet cocky genius, Michael Burry. Carrell is good as astute, aggressive banker, Mark Baum,…

Finding Neverland a Beautiful Tale of Imagination and Love-100 Word Review

Forster’s adaption of Knee’s biographical play sensitively describes the whimsical J.M. Barrie, and the family that inspired Peter Pan. A poignant and sentimental story about the power of the imagination brought to life with tender performances, graceful directing and a wistful score. Depp was radiant as Barrie, Winslet charmed as his companion, and the children…

Suffragette is Superb conclusion to 2015 cinema

Gavron’s tribute to the foot-soldiers of the British Suffragettes is gritty yet poignant, backed by a strong female cast and crew. It chronicles Maud’s intense and empowering journey from timid laundress to militant Suffragette in the face of brutal patriarchy. Mulligan humanises the dedicated Maud with righteous indignation, well supported by Duff’s tenacious Violet, Bonham-Carter’s…

Die Hard preserves Explosive Christmas Charm-100 Word Review

McTiernan’s action-packed flick has endured as a gripping holiday classic. When terrorists take over Nakatomi plaza with a Christmas party full of hostages, it’s up to NYPD cop John McClane to save the day. In typical James Bond fashion we despair over the unhelpful meddling of the FBI while routing for the underdog. Willis is…

Latest Star Wars a Tour De Force- reviewed in 100 Words

Abram’s latest addition to the cult heptalogy is an explosive blend of action and heart which, although borrowing heavily from its predecessors, still brings something new. The Resistance’s galactic attempts to defeat the evil First Order are chronicled with stunning special effects, striking production design, Mindel’s noteworthy cinematography and William’s rousing score. Performances have improved…

Spectre reviewed in 100 words

Mendes’ Spectre falls short of Skyfall, however still pleases with stunning action sequences. The series has evolved with the times, featuring audacious females and a surveillance themed plot. The opening perfectly captured Bond’s style, ruthlessness and allure, with decent music by Sam Smith. The stunts were phenomenal, traversing Helicopter, Plane, and Aston Martin, while the…

8 Childhood Movies that taught us valuable life lessons

From the heroines to  wizards, to kids just like us. These movies were there for us when we were little and now, re-watching these classics, can we identify meaningful lessons that can guide us in our adult lives. Here is a collection of some of my favourite childhood films, and what I learnt from them….