Category Archives: Films

MOVIE REVIEW: Venom (2018)

Investigative journalist, Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) is very serious about his principles and exposing the bad guys. His number one target is Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed), a scientist with questionable ethics. Unfortunately Eddie is also a bit of a selfish coward and when he goes too far he ends up losing his job and his relationship with Anne (Michelle Williams).

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019)

As my current movie buddy is not quite three yet, he gets to pick the films we actually go and see in the theatre. “Pets 2”, as he calls it, was his latest pick. He was a big fan of the first Secret Life of Pets movie, which was one of the less annoying films he’s been fixated on so I was happy to take him along to the “cimena” to see the sequel.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri (2017)

Seven months after the brutal rape and murder of her daughter, Ebbing resident, Mildred (Frances McDormand) is still waiting for justice to be done. With the local police department ignoring her pleas, she decides to put up three large billboards on the road into the town plunging the whole area into chaos.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Lady Bird (2017)

Christine “Lady Bird” MacPherson (Saoirse Ronan) is sick of her hometown, Sacramento. She’s sick of her mother (Laurie Metcalfe) telling her what to do and putting her down. She’s sick of feeling less than her wealthy Catholic school classmates. Her grand plan is to get into an East Coast college and become the person she thinks she was always supposed to be.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

Rebellious young Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) joins a band of outlaws stealing stuff on behalf of an organisation called Red Dawn (sounds like far right organisation). His plan is to get back to his beloved Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) who he has been separated from by the Empire. Along the way he meets his lifelong companion, Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) and his favourite frenemy, Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) who join him for the adventure.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Knock Down the House (2019)

In most countries around the world it feels like politics is in a worse place than it has been in a long time. On every side of the fence there are questions of corruption and pandering to the highest bidder meaning that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. No country is more under the spotlight when it comes to this inequality than the USA. This documentary looks at four women involved in a grassroots movement trying to ensure that everyday people are represented by those like themselves, rather than a privileged elite.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Black Panther (2018)

The citizens of African nation, Wakanda, have always kept themselves to themselves. With access to the powerful metal, vibranium they have been able to master massive technological advances, while hiding from the rest of the world and protecting their way of life.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

After the events of Age of Ultron, Peter Parker AKA Spider-Man (Tom Holland) has returned to New York and been told to resume his “normal life” by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr). Essentially he would like Peter to be a friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man, who stays out of trouble and doesn’t draw attention to himself.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Avengers – Infinity War (2018)

With the release of Endgame finally here Mr O and I decided to catch up on all the films leading up to the Avengers grand finale that we missed due to being the parents of a small human. So expect lots of Avengers based reviews… probably full of confusion because they often confuse the fuck out of me.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018)

After being caught in a passionate embrace with her friend, Coley (Quinn Shepherd), Cameron Post’s (Chloe Grace Moretz) sends her to a reeducation camp for teenagers experiencing SSA (Same Sex Attraction).

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MOVIE REVIEW: Unicorn Store (2019)

After failing out of art college, Kit (Brie Larson) has returned home to live with her parents, Gladys (Joan Cusack) and Gene (Bradley Whitford). She’s depressed and aimless, despite the fact that she and everything she owns is spangled with glitter, rainbows and unicorns. Kit feels like a disappointment to her parents and that no one really understands her art.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Ready Player One (2018)

In a dystopian future world human beings escape the drudge of their daily life by entering The Oasis via virtual reality. The Oasis is made up of endless different worlds where you can earn and spend “coins”, to live out your fantasies, upgrade your avatar and go on quests.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Highwaymen (2019)

At the height of the Depression in 1930’s, bank robbers and lovers Bonnie and Clyde ran riot across America. With law enforcement failing to make much headway in catching them two retired Texas Rangers are brought back into the fold.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Suicide Squad (2016)

I didn’t see Suicide Squad when it came out because I was knee deep in nappies and then the reviews were awful. When it recently arrived on Netflix I thought how bad could it possibly be… I mean maybe it will be fun…

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MOVIE REVIEW: Triple Frontier (2019)

After leaving active service, former US Special Forces Operative, Santiago Garcia (Oscar Isaac), has been acting as a consultant tracking Narcos in Brazil. When he spots the opportunity to take down a kingpin and help himself to his money Garcia decides to bring together his former team to do the job.

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TV REVIEW: Russian Doll – Season 1

On the night of her thirty-sixth birthday New Yorker, Nadia Volkova (Natasha Lyonne) is killed in an accident. Then she wakes up her friend, Maxine’s (Greta Lee) bathroom at the start of her birthday party… and it keeps happening over and over with Nadia dying over and over doomed to relive the same day.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Dirt (2019)

When I first moved to the UK myself, my brother and a few friends went through a phase of reading rock star autobiographies. Anthony Kiedis and Slash were popular but the number one book we all loved was The Dirt, which tells the story of Mötley Crüe from the perspective of all four band members. It was raw, brutal, shocking and hilarious. I am not even a
Mötley Crüe fan and I was obsessed. When I found out Netflix was going to make a film about the book I was immediately keen to watch it.

The end result is… interesting. The pacing is all over the shop. Loads of time is invested into Nikki Sixx’s (Douglas Booth) childhood, which makes sense as it explains a lot of his drive and his sink into addiction. After that everything is at breakneck pace. The band goes from playing in an empty basement to filling stadiums in minutes. Everything after Vince Neil rejoining to 2015 is about 4 minutes long. None of the story lines ever get to breathe so a lot of the impact is lost. There is so much made of the band being like a brotherhood but nothing invested into setting up their closeness. It’s mostly just mayhem and tits. I mean don’t get me wrong mayhem and tits is fun but the book wasn’t just fun. It was hard-hitting and really emotionally intense. It strikes me that a mini-series would have been more effective than trying to ram 30 years into two hours.
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TV REVIEW: The Sinner – Season 2

Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) is called back to his home town of Keller, New York to advise the daughter of his childhood friend. It’s Heather’s (Natalie Paul) first case as a detective and it’s a weird one. Two adults have been found poisoned to death and the only suspect is a teenage boy named, Julian.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Get Out (2017)

When Chris’ (Daniel Kaluuya) girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams) invites him to spend a weekend with her family, he’s apprehensive. She’s not told them that he is African American and based on his previous experience, he doesn’t think things are going to go as smoothly as she hopes. But Chris is in love so he reluctantly agrees.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Dirty John, The Dirty Truth (2019)

After watching the Dirty John series on Netflix, I was so fascinated by the true story that was the inspiration behind it, I decided to check out this documentary.  For those who don’t know both the series and the documentary are about a predator called John Meehan who used coercive control to try and take over a woman called Debra Newell’s life.

My hope was to find out more about John’s background and possibly some missing details from the series.

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