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FILM REVIEW: Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

Few can deny the timeless appeal of the original Mary Poppins. Led by the legendary Julie Andrews in her feature debut, the 1964 classic boasted a much-loved soundtrack by the Sherman brothers, some of the most memorable dance sequences ever seen on screen, and of course, animated dancing penguins. As portrayed in 2013’s Saving Mr Banks, Poppins’ creator, P.L. Travers, was pursued by Walt Disney for the rights to the film for over twenty years, and was not at all happy with the end product when it did eventually come to fruition. Travers rejected the concept for a film sequel in the 1980s, and acquiesced to the stage musical adaptation (which premiered in 2004, eight years after her death) on the grounds that no one from the original film – the Sherman Brothers in particular – be involved. Fast forward to 2018, a whopping fifty-four years since the original magic, and Poppins is back on screen. The sequel was approved by Travers’ estate but one can only assume she would not be thrilled; the penguins are back and they’re dancing on her grave. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

FILM REVIEW: Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Beauty and the Beast (Bill Condon, 2017)

It’s finally here. The live Disney musical we’ve all been waiting for. Twenty-six years after the animated original (one of the few animated films with an Oscar nomination for Best Picture), the live adaptation of Beauty and the Beast graces our screens. While it’s not the first live action adaptation of a much loved Disney animated classic – following Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book – it is the first to retain its most crucial element: the music. Does that then mean it’s simply an unnecessary rehash? It’s depends on your level of pessimism, your fondness for nostalgia, and possibly how much you value animation. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Top 30 Films of 2015

And so another year comes to a close, and it’s been a great one for film. From solid dramas to compelling science fiction, to well-made biopics, dark comedies, animation, smart female comedy, blockbusters that were actually good, a few musicals, and some excellent local film, 2015 has had it all. The following list is obviously based on personal tastes, and may conflict with other movie lovers, so please just remember, this is only one opinion. Counting down from 30 we have: Continue reading Top 30 Films of 2015

FILM REVIEW: The Last Five Years

The Last Five Years (Richard LaGravenese, 2015)

After what seems like an eternity, musical theatre fans finally have the chance to see the long-awaited film adaptation of the Off-Broadway hit, The Last Five Years. After playing a very limited release in the US, it arrives in Australia almost five months later with little fanfare. Only the most devout fans will even be aware of its existence, but maybe that’s for the best. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Last Five Years

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

The Oscar Noms: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

I’ve said before that there are many things wrong with the Oscars, but they get me excited nonetheless. I had a few strong reactions to the nominees last night so I thought I would share my feelings about what was wrong and what was right. Continue reading The Oscar Noms: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

FILM REVIEW: Into the Woods

Into the Woods (Rob Marshall, 2014)

Musical lovers, rejoice! At long last Into the Woods is here (a full two bloody weeks after the US I might add) and it is as exquisite as we could have hoped. There are a few changes from the stage musical though these seem to be minor. As I’ve only ever seen an average university production of the musical which I have tried to forget, I wasn’t too bothered by these changes, though I can’t speak for its biggest fans. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Into the Woods