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FILM REVIEW: A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls (J.A. Bayona, 2016)

A Monster Calls
begins with the explanation that its story starts “with a boy too old to be a kid, too young to be a man”. This is apt, given that the film is not clearly aimed at children or adults, but perhaps sits in some limbo area in-between. Initially conceived as a story by Siobhan Dowd, the novel was written by Patrick Ness after Dowd’s death from a terminal illness. Ness adapts his novel for the screen, with director J.A. Bayona (The Impossible) at the helm. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: A Monster Calls

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Short ‘n’ Sweet Reviews: Rogue One, A United Kingdom & Rosalie Blum

This week’s Short ‘n’ Sweet includes a big franchise film, a wannabe Oscar contender and a French delight. Continue reading Short ‘n’ Sweet Reviews: Rogue One, A United Kingdom & Rosalie Blum

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: The Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything (James Marsh, 2014)

Well gosh darn jolly hockey sticks old chap! Here comes a brilliant British Oscar contender that isn’t falling over itself to be as pompous as possible. Many commentators have decried the influx of clichéd white male genius biopics at Oscar season which may not really deserve to be there. But they’re British! And they’re about white male geniuses! So of course they’re going to be there – have you learnt nothing about the demographic of Academy voters? But unlike the overrated The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything is, well, EVERYTHING. This is the first biopic in yonks that is utterly compelling and heart-wrenching. And Eddie Redmayne deserves every award he gets. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Theory of Everything

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

FILM REVIEW: The Invisible Woman

The Invisible Woman (Ralph Fiennes, 2013)
charityIn his second directorial outing, Ralph Fiennes brings his adaptation of Claire Tomalin’s book The Invisible Woman to the screen. The title character is eighteen year old Nelly Ternan (Felicity Jones), who has an affair with literary great, Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes). Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Invisible Woman