Category Archives: Films

MOVIE REVIEW: Star Wars – The Last Jedi

Last year Mr O got some cinema vouchers as a gift. We have been trying to decide what we were going to see for months but eventually the magic of Star Wars sealed the deal… we are both fans, Mr O of the variety where he can name all the characters and equipment. Me more of the, well this is fun, variety, We had somewhat different takes on the film.

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Christmasathon Day 24: Elf

Buddy (Will Ferrell) is abandoned as a baby and adopted by elves. He grows up at the North Pole, raised by Papa Elf (Bob Newhart) with no inkling that he is human, despite the fact that he is huge and rather useless at elf jobs. When he discovers that his real father is alive and well in New York he decides to go and find him.  Read more…

Christmasathon Day 23: Love Actually

Love Actually follows the stories of a series of interconnected Londoners in the lead up to Christmas as they wrestle with life, love and the festive season.

This is one of the most iconic modern Christmas films and one that we do end up watching pretty much every Christmas. There are lots of reasons why it probably should have endured as well as it did. Some of the storylines are incredibly questionable. The one where Colin (Kris Marshall) goes to Wisconsin to shag American girls and a bunch of women literally fall over legs open, is just awful. Also Mark’s (Andrew Lincoln) behaviour towards Juliet (Keira Knightley) is not romantic, it is very creepy. Read more…

Christmasathon Day 15: A Christmas Prince

After all the hype going around Mr O and I decided we simply has to watch the instant Netflix classic A Christmas Prince. Recently Netflix caused a bit of a furor by tweeting the fact that fifty-three of its users had watched the film for eighteen consecutive days. Some people thought it was hilarious, others were somewhat concerned about how much data Netflix has on its users. I hate to tell them this, but if you exist in any way in modern society, every company knows everything about you. Sorry.

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Christmasathon: Day 5: The Night Before

The fifth day of Christmasathon brings an actual film in the way of 2015 comedy The Night Before. As Christmas films go, this isn’t the usual cuddly, heartwarming fare, which I suppose is to be expected as it stars Seth Rogen.

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Christmasathon

Mr O has somehow convinced me that he and I should endeavour to watch either a Christmas film or Christmas TV special every day of December. This will be in between toddler wrangling, gift shopping and wrapping, all the Christmas baking, various social engagements and my full time job that is currently trying to kill me.  Read more…

MOVIE REVIEW: Rogue One

I am only a year late on this one but I finally got a chance to watch Rogue One last weekend. When it comes to the Star Wars universe I am probably a middle ground fan. I love (most of) the films and characters. I don’t remember every element of the plots at an intricate level, I can’t name all the characters on the Star Wars Dobble cards and I don’t know what any of the ships are called apart from the Millennium Falcon.

Rogue One is the first time I have experienced the Universe outside the sort of “Skywalker” storyline (I have probably also described this incorrectly but y’all know what I mean). Read more…

MOVIE REVIEW: Thor – Ragnarok

As the parent of a small child, I don’t get to go to the cinema very often. In fact I have been twice in the 16.5 months since Little O was born. When Mr O suggested that we go for my birthday (which was on Monday) I jumped at the chance. As it was my birthday treat it was my choice and I really wanted to see something fun and not too taxing. Picking Ragnarok seemed like a bit of a no-brainer.  Read more…

HALLOWEEN MOVIE REVIEW: Final Destination (2000)

In honour of Halloween Mr O and I have been watching cheesy late 90s/early 00’s horror movies. I had a brief flirtation with enjoying horror around this era when I was in my late teens. Back then the films were silly and not actually particularly scary and my expectations were much lower so I didn’t realise how bad they all were. The The Ring came along and scared the crap out of me and I stopped watching horror pretty much altogether. I haven’t reviewed any of the films we’ve watched so far because I have reviewed them in the past as part of Film Friday but it turns out I have never reviewed Final Destination.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Edge of Seventeen

Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld) has always been a bit awkward… okay, a lot awkward, which has been even more highlighted by the fact that her brother, Darian (Blake Jenner) is about the coolest, most popular kid in school. Fortunately, Nadine has her best friend, Krista (Haley Lu Richardson), who hates Darian just as much as she does. Read more…

MOVIE REVIEW: My Scientology Movie (2015)

Mr O and I are big fans of Louis Theroux. We’ve watched all of his documentary series and various of his independent documentaries. His penchant for injecting himself into bizarre scenarios from porn to prisons to plastic surgery and drug addiction and then getting under the skin of what is going on without being judgmental is fascinating. His total unflappability means he often gets answers to questions others would not. Read more…

MOVIE REVIEW: John Wick (2014)

I have decided it’s time for movie reviews to return to this blog. Film Friday is not coming back any time soon because the likelihood of me watching four films in one week these days is somewhere around slim to zero. I think a more realistic target is about one film a fortnight. I have never been a great movie essayist so the reviews will be short, sweet and extremely honest. But let’s stop fannying about and get onto the first review, John Wick. Read more…

BOOK REVIEW: The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle

I became interested in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle because of his most well known character, Sherlock Holmes. I was a big fan of the Guy Richie film and decided to read some of the stories to see how close his interpretation of Holmes was to the original and became hooked. (Spoiler: he’s not far off. Also Watson is my ideal literary husband). Recently I decided to see if the magic was confined just to Holmes by checking out one of Doyle’s other novels. Read more…

Things I have been cooking lately #176: Chocolate, coconut bites 

Recently I have become obsessed with these coconut bite thingies from Pret and bought loads of them. They’re not cheap though and all the habit was costing me a fortune. I’ve always loved coconut and these are kind of like a healthier version of a Bounty. I decided to try and find a recipe to make my own and this is the result and they’re soooo good!

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Film Friday #285

Behind the Candelabra (2013)

Behind the Candelabra chronicles the relationship between animal trainer, Scott Thorson (Matt Damon) and iconic pianist, Liberace (Michael Douglas). When Scott first meets the closeted Liberace, he is repulsed by the aging star but Liberace works away at him with expensive gifts, offers of employment and a lavish lifestyle that he cannot resist until he is completely in his thrall. Things become even more intense as Liberace convinces Scott to undergo plastic surgery to make him resemble himself as a younger man. Read more…

Film Friday #284: Halloween special

I pretty much only watch horror movies once a year because they really aren’t my thing and that’s in the lead-up to Halloween. So here we go… my 4 horror movies for the year.

Hush (2016)

Deaf mute writer, Maddie (Katie Siegel) lives on her own in a remote house in the woods where she is working on her latest novel and struggling with the ending. As she works into the night a masked man (John Gallagher Jr.) stalks her but he’s going to get a lot more than what he bargained for. Read more…

Film Friday #283

How to be Single (2016)

Alice (Dakota Johnson) has been dating Josh (Nicholas Braun) for four years but now she wants to take a break and try out the single life in New York. She has no idea how to behave as a singleton so she teams up with her crazy colleague, Robin (Rebel Wilson), who is very good at being single, drinking, drugging and basically just doing whatever she likes. At the same time Alice’s sister, Meg (Leslie Mann), an oby-gyn who has never wanted children starts to think she might and Alice’s neighbour, Lucy (Alison Brie) struggles to take a chance on anybody. Read more…

Film Friday #282

Room (2015)

Ma (Brie Larson) and her five year old son Jack (Jacob Tremblay) live in a solitary room in the home of Old Nick (Sean Bridgers). Jack has no concept of the outside world. Room is his only reality, that and what he sees in the seemingly fantasy world of the television. Old Nick provides for Ma and Jack’s basic needs and takes what he needs from Ma, who protects Jack from him at all costs, but Ma has a plan, one she hopes will turn the outside world into a reality.

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