2018 wasn’t the greatest year for film but there were still a few worthwhile watches in the mix. As reported over on Film Blerg here are my top 10 for the year, along with some special mentions. Continue reading TOP 10 of 2018
Based on the book of the same name by Darcey Bell, A Simple Favour sees Stephanie Smothers (Anna Kendrick), a mummy blogger, trying to raise her young son (Joshua Satine) on her own while keeping up an Energiser bunny-like enthusiasm. Despite her willingness to get involved she hasn’t made many friends, and quickly becomes enamoured by one of the other mothers, the mysterious Emily Nelson (Blake Lively). After sharing a series of playdates where they drink cocktails and exchange secrets, Emily asks Stephanie for a simple favour while her husband (Henry Golding) is away: to pick up her son (Ian Ho) from school. A few days later, there’s still no sign of Emily. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: A Simple Favour (2018)
John Cho takes Facebook stalking to a whole new level in Aneesh Chaganty’s feature debut, Searching. When his daughter Margot (Michelle La) goes missing, David (Cho) goes looking for answers online.
Standing apart from your typical thriller, Searching takes place entirely on a mock computer screen. We see David make video calls, visit websites, check his messages and emails, watch the news, and even film his interactions through the use of spy-cams. Initially it feels like this style of film might be draining – just watching mouse click after mouse click on a screen. Surprisingly enough, it becomes incredibly tense. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Searching (2018)
There’s rich and then there’s crazy rich.
Based on the 2013 book of the same name by Kevin Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians is adapted for the screen by Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim, and directed by Jon M. Chu. At the film’s core is Rachel (Constance Wu), an economics professor in New York who is invited to Singapore by her boyfriend, Nick (Henry Golding), to meet his family. Unbeknownst to Rachel, Nick belongs to one of the wealthiest families in Asia. As they all prepare for Nick’s best friend Colin’s (Chris Pang) wedding to the vivacious Araminta (Sonoya Mizuno), Rachel realises she may be in over her head. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Crazy Rich Asians (2018)