For the third year running, the New Year brings us another terrific film centred on a teenage girl. Last year it was Saoirse Ronan in Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird, in 2017 it was Hailee Steinfeld in Kelly Fremon Craig’s The Edge of Seventeen. In 2019 it’s Bo Burham’s Eighth Grade. And that a man has managed to capture the awkwardness of a teenage girl so brilliantly is astounding. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Eighth Grade (2018)
The Edge of Seventeen (Kelly Fremon Craig, 2016)
Teen films are often guilty pleasures. They tend to tick the boxes of every cliché, and while they often have an audience willing to eat them all up, they are rarely critically acclaimed. Occasionally there are exceptions; Tina Fey’s Mean Girls – based on the parenting book, Queen Bees and Wannabes – tore down the very real destructive girl clans that exist in every school; 2013’s The Spectacular Now focused on the misery behind the bravado of a popular guy and the influence of parenting on emotional development. Now we have another to rival them all with The Edge of Seventeen. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Edge of Seventeen
Begin Again (John Carney, 2013)
Director John Carney has referred to Begin Again as “a musical for people who don’t like musicals” which annoyed me a bit when I first read that because THOSE PEOPLE AREN’T IMPORTANT. I was probably also a bit surprised because it didn’t even really occur to me that this was a musical, although it depends on your definition. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Begin Again
Romeo and Juliet (Carlo Carlei, 2013)
From a director we’ve never heard of, comes the most recent adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, starring a bunch of actors we sorta know, including Chuck Bass and Nick Brody (I mean, Ed Westwick and Damian Lewis). Many of the cast and crew have their roots in television, which may partly explain why this version of Romeo and Juliet wasn’t too crash hot.