You know what really grinds my gears? (My Pet Hates in Film)

There are a few reoccurring issues that come up in film which really grind my gears. I’m aware that directors/producers/screenwriters have their reasons for many of these factors, but just for fun, I have compiled a selection below: Continue reading You know what really grinds my gears? (My Pet Hates in Film)

FILM REVIEW: American Hustle

American Hustle (David O’Russell, 2013)

Are great performances and interesting characters all you need to make a good film? This is the question I grappled with. I feel like something was missing from this film, but I am still yet to figure out what that was. The acting was top-notch (one of the few years where a film has nominees in all four acting categories of the Oscars) and the characters were certainly enthralling. I also enjoyed the groovy 70s soundtrack which included classics like ‘Live and Let Die’, ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’, and ‘How Can You Mend a Broken Heart’ and found myself bopping along. It was also pretty funny and the costumes were good. So what (if anything) was missing??? I feel like this is a mystery I’ll never crack. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: American Hustle

FILM REVIEW: The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese, 2013)

Despite clocking in at 3 hours, I would have been happy for The Wolf of Wall Street to keep going. It was a fascinating insight into the world of greed and excess, and it was funny as hell. Although I didn’t realise it until the end, Wolf is based on the true story of Jordan Belfort (played here by Leonardo DiCaprio), fraudulent stockbroker and founder of Stratton Oakmont. I think I just assumed it was fictional because his life was just so ridiculous. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Wolf of Wall Street

5 reasons why it doesn’t make sense to say you hate musicals

One thing that really grinds my gears (alongside bigots, arrogance, and people who stand on the wrong side of the escalator) is when people make the massive generalisation that they “hate musicals”. I understand when people say that musicals aren’t really their thing – I’m the same way with action movies and epics. But I would never say “I hate action movies” because a) I don’t see enough of them to really have much of an opinion on the genre, and b) on rare occasions I have enjoyed certain action films. If you were to say you hated A particular musical, then fine. But saying you hate ALL musical theatre is an ignorant comment. Here are five reasons why: Continue reading 5 reasons why it doesn’t make sense to say you hate musicals

FILM REVIEW: The Book Thief

The Book Thief (Brian Percival, 2013)

You may have seen the trailer for The Book Thief which practically screams “GIVE US AN OSCAR! THERE’S NAZI GERMANY, PROMISES OF INSPIRATION, A JOHN WILLIAMS SCORE, AND GEOFFREY RUSH! WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT?!” (In the end its only nomination was for best original score – after all, it is John Williams). The Book Thief looks and sounds beautiful, but ultimately I was a little disappointed with the end result. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Book Thief


Her (Spike Jonze, 2013)

Be afraid. Be very afraid. No this isn’t a horror movie, but when you think about it, the prospect of artificial intelligence becoming crazily advanced is a bit worrying. Operating systems could kill us all! That’s not actually what this movie is about but it is an implication. No, what Her is really about is recent divorcé Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) and how he falls for his artificially intelligent operating system, Samantha (Scarlett Johansson). Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Her

FILM REVIEW: Inside Llewyn Davis

Inside Llewyn Davis (Ethan & Joel Coen, 2013)

I probably should have known I wasn’t going to enjoy this. I am yet to actually like a Coen brothers film. It’s not that they make bad films, they’re just not my cup of tea at all. They tend to be pretty drab, and from memory, not a lot happens. I’m not actually sure because I’ve forgotten what most of them were about. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Inside Llewyn Davis

FILM REVIEW: Saving Mr. Banks

Saving Mr. Banks (John Lee Hancock, 2013)

Saving Mr. Banks is based on the true story of how Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) finally convinced author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) to hand over the film rights to her book, Mary Poppins. Most people will be familiar with the 1964 film, even if they have not watched it in its entirety. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Saving Mr. Banks

MUSICAL REVIEW: Rent (Next Step Productions)

Rent (Next Step Productions, 2014)
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People who know me well might be aware that I have a bad habit of getting personally offended when someone criticises something I love. One of those things is Rent – my favourite musical. When my boyfriend told me he didn’t think it was that great I may have told him he didn’t have a soul, which didn’t go down that well. But I think I’ve figured out some of the reasons why people might not like Rent:

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FILM REVIEW: The Spectacular Now

The Spectacular Now (James Ponsoldt, 2013)

It can be easy to write off the teen movie genre, especially when thought of in terms of the horribly-written Twilight series, as well as the plethora of Lindsay Lohan/ Hilary Duff/ Amanda Bynes movies that I was brought up on. I’m referring to the ones where a stunningly attractive girl is somehow meant to pass as the uncool protagonist who has to vie against straight-out bitches for the affections of the high school jock who usually has a name like Jake or Brett. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Spectacular Now