Reviews, Recent Movies

20th Century Women (2016)

“Wondering if you’re happy is a great shortcut to being depressed,” is a genius line said by Annette Benning’s Dorethea, in 20th Century Women. You can take this quote how you want, but I see it as the perfect anecdote for this film. Set in the 1970s, 20th Century Women is isn’t about anything specific. […]

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The Basketball Diaries (1995)

Rock bottom. Chances are you’ve heard that phrase a time or two in your life. I hope you’ve never been there, or experienced anything like the struggles of punk rocker and writer, Jim Carroll. A talented but misguided individual he was, The Basketball Diaries chronicles his teenage years when he went from basketball star to […]

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Lists

5 of the Most Badass Women in Movies

If you (like me) can’t get enough of badass women in film, here are five female characters who could take out of even the most menacing villains. There are plenty of strong female protagonists to choose from, but I’ve gone for the most iconic and memorable. Here are my top five picks:

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Reviews

You Need To See Short Term 12

Short Term 12 is so authentic, life-affirming, and grounded in reality that it genuinely makes you feel the power of its message. Rarely can a film be a truthful understatement, tell a profound story, devestate you and lift your spirits all at the same time. For me, the film is stroke of genius, a masterpiece […]

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Reviews

Lars and the Real Girl (2007)

How do you make an on-screen romance between a man and a blow-up doll interesting? You do it with openness, faith, a touch of comedy and with Ryan Gosling playing the lead. There’s no easy way to explain the plot of Lars and the Real Girl, without sounding like a rambling idiot. I can’t imagine what […]

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Reviews

Robert DiNero’s A BRONX TALE (1993)

Among the many classics of the ’90s and the various gangster films we all know and love, A Bronx Tale stands out for its powerful and thought-provoking story. It just happens to be one of the best gangster films I’ve seen. It’s a simple film, but that’s the beauty of it. Set in the 1960s, Robert DiNero […]

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Winter’s Bone (2010)

Directed and written by: Debra Branik Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Garret Dillahunt. As much as I enjoy a good action flick with a badass hero, the films that have the most effect on me are the ones about ordinary people. Let’s face it, regular folk who must rise to the occasion allows for way […]

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Recent Movies, Reviews

Logan (2017) – Review

Director: James Mangold Stars: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen. Logan is brutal, merciless and hellishly entertaining. This is the R-rated Wolverine movie that I have been waiting for! Hardcore fans of the Wolverine character will know that he’s ultra-violent and ruthless with a killer instinct, which to my mind is something we haven’t seen fully realised in […]

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Imperial Dreams (2014): Simple But Powerfully Effective 

Directed and written by: Malik Vitthal Stars: John Boyega, Rotimi Akinosho, Keke Palmer. In Imperial Dreams, John Boyega isn’t a stormtrooper batting heads with Kylo Ren. Instead, the pre-Star Wars Boyega plays an ex-con named Bambi, on route to redemption. Sharing the same name as a certain Disney character, you’d think he wouldn’t stand a […]

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Lists

World Cinema: 6 Must-See Foreign Films

Throughout my movie watching, some of the best films I have seen are in foreign languages. If you don’t already, you should definitely watch foreign films as it’s a great way to expand your worldview. They are worth your time – trust me! If you consider yourself a true cinema fan, then there is no […]

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6 Essential Comedies

Forget about family friendly comedies and anything starring Adam Sandler post-90s. I like the best of the best, so that means comedies that aren’t afraid to push the envelope. I’m talking about films with ballsy humour and those that can make unfunny subjects funny. Say goodbye to PG-rated comedies and watch these instead… This is […]

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Cult Classics, Reviews

No Country for Old Men (2007)

Directed and written by: Coen brothers Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin. No Country for Old Men starts out at like a modern-day western, then it begins to look like a cape thriller before turning into a full-blown bloodbath… which involves a psychopathic killer with a really bad haircut. I expected this film to be a […]

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World’s Greatest Dad (2009)

Stars: Robin Williams, Daryl Sabara, Morgan Murphy Directed and written by: Bobcat Goldthwait Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that Robin Williams is a legend, having left behind a lasting impact. He could do anything, given the right material and platform. I always enjoyed watching his comedies as a kid and his life-affirming dramas […]

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Recent Movies, Reviews

Moonlight (2016)

Directed and written by: Barry Jenkins Stars: Mahershala Ali, Naomi Harris, Ashton Sanders. Let me start by saying this: for a Miami-set film which features drug dealers and rough neighbourhoods, Moonlight isn’t concerned about gang culture and the crime associated with it. Instead, the film is completely committed to showing the troubled life of Chiron, played by three […]

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Bernie (2011)

Directed and written by: Richard Linklater Stars: Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey, Shirley McClaine Pitch-black comedy To my mind, comedy is the toughest genre to make work, especially when you’re dealing with the darker side of the genre. Everyone has their own sense of humour and own level of tolerance, but I always find myself drawn to […]

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Recent Movies, Reviews

Hacksaw Ridge (2017)

Director: Mel Gibson Stars: Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn, Hugo Weaving. The word relentless springs to mind when I think of Hacksaw Ridge. It’s a film that commits completely to capturing the intensity and brutality of war. It does not hold back. Bloods, guts, limbs are on full display and young Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) is at the heart […]

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Cult Classics, Reviews

American History X (1998)

Director: Tony Kaye Main Stars: Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly D’Angelo. Some films make you feel good inside. Some can scare you, make you laugh and others can make you want to fist pump the air. But there are films that can rip you to pieces, tear away at any hope you have, and force you to […]

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Cult Classics, Reviews

American Beauty (1999)

Director: Sam Mendes Stars: Kevin Spacey, Annette Benning, Mena Savari. American Beauty, directed with such an ingenious vision and technical flair, is the ultimate midlife crisis movie. Spacey gives a great performance as forty-something Lester Burnham, an ad executive who’s sick of his job and his life. He is unhappily married to Carolyn (Benning), a neurotic real […]

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Cult Classics, Reviews

Donnie Darko (2001)

Director: Richard Kelly Main Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore. True classics never get old. It was the turn of the millennia when Richard Kelly created sci-fi drama Donnie Darko, which boats one of the most complex and compelling stories of this century. It was also the moment cinema discovered Jake Gyllenhaal who portrays Donnie, a schizophrenic high […]

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