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FILM REVIEW: A Simple Favour (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)

FILM REVIEW: La La Land

La La Land (Damien Chazelle, 2016)

Writer/director Damien Chazelle first came to our attention with Whiplash in 2014. That film, about a jazz student’s sacrifices in the pursuit of success, was my favourite film of the last five, if not ten, years. I’m yet to come across someone who did not like it (and if that person does exist, what the hell is wrong with you?) With similar themes to Whiplash, La La Land follows struggling actress Mia (Emma Stone) and struggling jazz artist Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) as they find love and try to follow their dreams. But with ambition comes sacrifice, and underneath the surface of 1950s-inspired fantasy is 2016’s reality (no, not the disastrous political situation but the average LA artist’s reality). Continue reading FILM REVIEW: La La Land

FILM REVIEW: Aloha

Aloha (Cameron Crowe, 2015)

Signs were never good for Cameron Crowe’s Aloha. When Sony’s emails were leaked last year it was revealed that co-chairman of Sony, Amy Pascal, had the following things to say about the film: the story makes “no sense”, “the script is ridiculous”, and “it never not even once ever works”. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Aloha

Oscar 2015 Predictions

Oscars on Monday! (or Sunday for Americans). Same as last year – I’m giving you my predictions and wishes. Films I haven’t seen are marked with an asterisk (*). Who’s going to get the gold? Continue reading Oscar 2015 Predictions

FILM REVIEW: Birdman

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (Alejandro González Iñárritu, 2014)

From Batman to Birdman. It seems apt that in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Michael Keaton plays a washed up actor best known for his earlier success as the star of a superhero franchise, who now just wants to be taken seriously. Unfortunately, – and this is my only criticism of the whole film – despite Birdman’s voice sounding extremely similar to Batman’s, Keaton never does utter the words “I’m Birdman”. This is a massive missed opportunity, but I’m holding out hope that he’ll say it in his Oscar speech, should he win. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Birdman

FILM REVIEW: Magic in the Moonlight

Magic in the Moonlight (Woody Allen, 2014)

Emma Stone & Colin Firth
Emma Stone & Colin Firth

To see a Woody Allen film, or not to see a Woody Allen film? That is the question. His films tend to be hit and miss, and then there’s the question marks around his character following accusations of child abuse. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Magic in the Moonlight

FILM REVIEW: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro (Marc Webb, 2014)

Nawww... young love. But now I gtg save some peeps.
Nawww… young love. But now I gotta go save some peeps.

Spiderman (and I WILL spell it that way because it just seems right) is my favourite superhero. When I expressed this on Facebook last week I was told by a friend of a friend that they felt sorry for my “deprived life and sheltered worldview” where I was “forced to grow up believing that Spiderman is the best superhero or that he even is a superhero”. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Amazing Spider-Man 2