Reviews

The Edge of Seventeen (2016)

For the first time in maybe forever, The Edge of Seventeen is a teen comedy that sidesteps cliches. I’ve always had a soft spot for coming-of-age stories and I’m thrilled to say that I very much enjoyed this film. It’s a brilliant little movie that feels like the defining teen flick of this generation. Hailee […]

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Chuck (2017): A Lovable Boxing Biopic

– Chuck Wepner: “…If I can survive the Marines, I can survive Ali.” Here’s the thing: before I watched the trailer for this film, I had never heard of Chuck Wepner. Now, I’m intrigued by him because of his turbulent life. He was a boxer that became the pride of his home town when he […]

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Classic, Reviews

THIS IS ENGLAND (2006)

What can I say about This Is England after all these years … if you have not seen this, then you really are slacking! Set in 1983, this movie is full of tragedy, redemption and coming-of-age. 12-year-old Shaun (Thomas Turgoose) is a bored and aimless kid, who hasn’t had much happiness in his life. His dad died […]

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Smashed (2012)

SMASHED is about Kate (Winstead) and Charlie (Paul), a married couple with a mutual love of alcohol. They live a boozy, care-free life, drinking at their local bar any chance they get. They’re a match made in heaven, so what could go wrong? Kate starts waking up in random places and throwing up at work. Clearly, […]

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Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

Get this – Matthew McConaughey went from lousy rom-coms, like Ghost of Girlfriends Past, to starring in some of the best films of recent times, like Interstellar. He’s become an actor with so many shades, it’s hard to keep track. Dallas Buyers Club was key to McConaughey’s transition away from comedic roles, with many dubbing his change “The McConaissance”. […]

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JACKIE (2017)

So, why do we remember Jackie Kennedy? The mention of her name doesn’t mean that much to me, because she was around before my time, just like many of you reading this. It only takes a quick look at the past to see what an inspirational and iconic figure she was. But I’ll skip the history […]

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Jawbone (2017): An Authentic British Boxing Story

This is another movie that combines personal conflict with tough fighting in the ring. Actor and screenwriter, Johnny Harris plays Jawbone’s main character Jimmy McCabe, and he based this boxing-drama on his own experiences as a homeless ex-boxer in London. As much as I think boxing films are overdone, I keep being drawn back to this genre. […]

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The Place Beyond The Pines (2012)

Luke Glanton (Ryan Gosling) makes bank robbery look like a walk in the park in The Place Beyond The Pines.  Motorcycle stuntman by trade, violent criminal by nature, Gosling’s Luke is a classic anti-hero: you root for him, but you know you shouldn’t. This tattooed, chain-smoking biker discovers he’s the father of two-year-old Jason, son of […]

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The Wrestler (2008)

A wrestling movie that’s not really about wrestling… Streaming now on Netflix, this is an excellent drama, directed by Darren Aronofsky. Randy ‘The Ram’ Robinson (Mickey Rourke) is a pro wrestler, who’s way past his prime. He was a star in the ’80s, but now he’s small-time, only featuring in a handful of matches. He […]

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We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

I’d be lying if I said We Need To Talk About Kevin, is about an innocent boy who grows up to be a tragic villain, like Anakin Skywalker, from the Star Wars prequels. Truth is, Kevin is a monster from the start. He’s presented as a devil child, an omen, a bad seed – you get the picture. […]

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Hector (2015), directed by Jake Gavin

This festive-themed road movie, Hector has the spirit of Ken Loach hanging over it. It’s a social realist drama with Peter Mullan at the centre. He plays the titular Hector, a homeless man from Glasgow, seeking to reconnect with his family. I stumbled across this low budget British film on Netflix and I thoroughly enjoyed the warmth […]

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Classic, Reviews

Requiem for a Dream (2000)

Is Requiem for a Dream the most depressing film ever? It has to rank up there. Seriously, this film is so bleak and hopeless that I would rather watch a dozen cheesy romantic-comedies one after the other, then see Requiem for a Dream ever again. This isn’t to say that I didn’t think it was any good. In fact, […]

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