Reviews

Blue Jay (2016)

What would you do if you ran into an ex-partner at a supermarket? In Blue Jay, Jim (Mark Duplass) and Amanda (Sarah Paulson), two high school sweethearts catch up on old times, after they see each other in a grocery store. It’s clear these two have a troubled history. This film is quick to generate our interest. […]

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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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La La Land (2017) 

After just five minutes into La La Land, I was certain that I was going to hate it. The large ensemble number, titled “Another Day in the Sun” opens the film, with numerous people jumping out of their cars, singing and dancing on a busy L.A freeway. I normally keep my distance from musicals, but I decided to give La […]

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Reviews

The Lobster (2016): An Absurdist Love Story

The Lobster is exactly the type of film that would never get made in Hollywood. It’s disturbingly funny and totally off-beat. I’ve always been drawn to obscure films and I’m more than happy to sit through their head-scratching weirdness. And The Lobster is very strange from start to finish. It’s an absurdist comedy-drama set in an alternate future or […]

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Stuck in Love (2012): Bad Title But Good Film

The feeble title of Josh Boone’s indie romantic-comedy will be enough to turn a lot of people’s heads the other way, but Stuck in Love is a charming story about a family of writers, who experience the different shades of love. Novelist Bill Borgens (Greg Kinnear), is going through a mid-life crisis and still pining after his […]

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Freeheld (2015)

In a time where equal LGBT rights have come so far, Peter Sollett’s Freeheld should have been a more substantial film. It suffers from one-dimensional characters and a lifeless narrative, which undermine the film’s good intentions. The film is based on the real-life story of Laurel Hester and her fight for pension benefits for her partner, Stacie […]

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Reviews

Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)

Romantic Comedies. I generally try and avoid them, but every now and again a good one comes along. Enter Crazy, Stupid Love… Steve Carell plays Cal Weaver, a middle-aged man who learns that his wife (Julianne Moore), wants a divorce after fifteen years of marriage. Shocked and heart-broken, Carl finds himself alone but eager to meet […]

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Classic Movies, Reviews

Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind (2004)

Jim Carrey ditches the goofy faces and plays it straight in this loopy psychological, sci-fi romance story. There are very few films that I cherish more than Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Years on and it’s still one of the best films I’ve seen and in my top five of all time. Writing a review of […]

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