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FILM REVIEW: The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)

The Nutcracker ballet has long been a staple of children’s Christmas entertainment, offering a world of dolls, mice, and best of all, dancing sweets. With E.T.A. Hoffman’s 1816 story, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, acting as the original source material, the ballet is based on Alexander Dumas’ adaptation, The Story of the Nutcracker. With numerous ballet productions performed over the years, it’s a story that often differs in its retelling, with the Disney live action film, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms the latest take on the classic. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)

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FILM REVIEW: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Burr Steers, 2016)

Studying Pride and Prejudice in high school made me want to convulse on the floor, while the BBC miniseries made me want to poke my eyes out. It was something about Jennifer Ehle’s “oh ha ha ha aren’t I witty?” demeanour that made me really hate Elizabeth Bennet, one of the most treasured heroines in classic literature. And I never understood why Darcy was so revered when he really seemed like a bit of an uptight dick. The 2005 Keira Knightley-headed version was bearable, and I’m always open to a unique take on a traditional story. Enter Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The Bennet sisters are now trained in martial arts and shoot zombies’ brains out. How could it NOT be a vast improvement? Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

FILM REVIEW: Everest

Everest (Baltasar Kormakur, 2015)

Based on the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, during which eight climbers were killed attempting to reach the summit, Everest is possibly the most depressing film of the year, and is accompanied by a pervasive sense of dread. Rob Hall (Jason Clarke) is the head of Adventure Consultants, an expedition company that leads high-paying clients to the top of Everest. Among his clients are Doug Hansen (John Hawkes), who had failed to reach the summit one year prior; John Beck (Josh Brolin), a wealthy doctor who used his climbs as an escape from his depression; Yasuko Namba (Naoko Mori), a woman attempting to reach the last of the world’s seven summits; and journalist Jon Krakauer (Michael Kelly). Over the course of their journey they team up with another company, Mountain Madness, led by Scott Fischer (Jake Gyllenhaal). Meanwhile back at base, Helen Wilton (Emily Watson) checks in via radio, and Hall’s pregnant wife Jan (Keira Knightley) anxiously awaits his return back home. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Everest

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 Imitation Game

The Imitation Game (Morten Tyldum, 2014)

The Imitation Game begins with Benedict Cumberbatch telling us to pay attention, listen carefully, because he will only say this once. Well if this is anything like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy I’m screwed, but thanks for the warning, babe. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Imitation Game

FILM REVIEW: Begin Again

Begin Again (John Carney, 2013)

Mark Ruffalo & Keira Knightley
Mark Ruffalo & Keira Knightley

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