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

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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

FILM REVIEW: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller, 2013)

Ben Stiller directs and stars in this adaptation of James Thurber’s 1939 short story. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty has been adapted for the screen once before, in 1947, however the current version has made considerable changes. Set in the current day, this contemporary reworking sees Walter Mitty (Stiller) daydreaming of a life less ordinary, while he works in the ‘Negative Assets’ department of Life Magazine. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

FILM REVIEW: Frozen

Frozen (Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee, 2013)

I know it’s not always a good idea to give people high expectations BUT… I am not exaggerating when I say: BEST. DISNEY MOVIE. EVER! I was completely spellbound. Based loosely on The Snow Queen, Frozen is the latest Disney animated feature film, featuring two strong female characters. I’m happy to admit I cried. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Frozen

FILM REVIEW: August: Osage County

August: Osage County (John Wells, 2013)

August: Osage County is based on playwright Tracy Letts’ Tony-award winning play about a family who reunite following the death of the family patriarch (Sam Shepard). Meryl Streep stars as matriarch Violet Weston, a complete psycho-bitch of a mother who is battling cancer and is addicted to prescription drugs. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: August: Osage County

Melbourne Theatre 2013 in Review

I haven’t seen a musical in over 2 months (*gasp*!) and I’m waiting for Grease tickets to not be a total rip, so for now I will review the year that was 2013 in the theatre world. Again there’s a fair few to get through so apologies for the length. This list mostly consists of professional musicals along with a couple of Broadway-star concerts, a charity event, and a play. Continue reading Melbourne Theatre 2013 in Review