Category Archives: Films

MOVIE REVIEW: Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020)

I love Eurovision. I know it is absolute silly trash but that is why I love it. It’s simultaneously ridiculous and awesome and camp and over the top and I live for it. I guess it’s the same reason I live for Drag. This year because of Coronavirus there was no Eurovision Song Contest and hence I was sad. Roll on Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, there to fill the gap for everyone who missed out on seeing Moldovans in crazy hats singing about cheese while glitter canons went off this May.

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MOVIE REVIEW: LA 92 (2017)

In 1992, a Black Los Angeles resident named Rodney King was brutally beaten by white police officers during an arrest. The attack by the officers was recorded and the video was viewed far and wide. The officers were tried but found innocent, highlighting the insidious systemic racism within the Los Angeles police force even in the face of incontrovertible evidence. This ignited a fury amongst Black Angelenos that lead to 6 days of violent rioting and looting.

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MOVIE REVIEW: 13th (2016)

In my ongoing education about systemic racism, I recently watched 13th a documentary directed by award winning director, Ava DuVernay. In this film DuVernay explores the 13th Amendment to the US constitution and its impact on the Black community in the USA.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Kinky Boots (2007)

Charlie Price (Joel Edgerton) dreams of leaving the small Northern town he grew up in with his fiancee, Nicola (Jemima Rooper). His plans to escape the family shoe factory and move to London are dashed though when his father dies unexpectedly. Now Charlie will have to find a way to pull the artisan shoe factory out of financial ruin in the face of much cheaper competition.

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Some resources for white people who want to be actively anti-racist

While much of the world reels in shock at what is happening in the USA right now after the shameful murder of an innocent black man called George Floyd, I am sad to say that I am not shocked at all. Systemic racism is an insidious and every present monster not only in the USA but very much in the UK and all over the Western World.

If you are white and want to be actively part of a change that must happen but have no idea where to start, here are some things you can do.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Hustlers (2019)

At the height of the financial services boom, Destiny/Dorothy (Constance Wu) starts her stripping career to help support her ageing grandmother. She’s a bit unsure of what she is doing at first, but veteran, Ramona (Jennifer Lopez) takes her under her wing. Together the two make a fortune out of idiot city boys who like tits and have unlimited disposable income.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Booksmart (2019)

Molly (Beanie Feldstein) and Amy (Kaitlyn Devers) have been best friends their whole lives. Lives they have dedicated to intensive study in the pursuit of being accepted into their dream Ivy League colleges, eschewing parties, frivolity and just general teenage behaviour. On the eve of graduation they discover that their sacrifice has made very little difference and that many of their “lazy” classmates have been just as successful has they have. Now Molly is hellbent on the idea that they should have one massive night out before they set off on their futures. The only problem is, they don’t have the address of the big party pre-graduation party and Amy doesn’t really want to go.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Marriage Story (2019)

New York Theatre director, Charlie Barber (Adam Driver) and his actress wife Nicole (Scarlett Johansson) have been married for several years. However their once strong love has turned to resentment and the two have decided to split. Nicole returns to her native Los Angeles with their son Henry (Azhy Robertson) to pursue a TV pilot, which is the catalyst for a brutal custody battle that will suck in Nicole’s family and their friends and test them both to their limits.

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TV REVIEW: Girls – Season 6

Season 6 of Girls sees Hannah (Lena Dunham) take on a whole new challenge when she unexpectedly falls pregnant during a one night stand. Her decision to keep the baby and who she tells becomes one of the core issues driving the narrative throughout the season.

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MOVIE REVIEW: 1917 (2019)

Mr O and I don’t get to see loads of films in the cinema but after seeing a trailer for 1917 and reading all the hype surrounding it, we decided it was worth drumming up some babysitting. Mr O is a bit of a war buff and it is a genre we both enjoy so it seemed like a good choice.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Skin (2018)

Skin follows the story of Bryon Widner (Jamie Bell), a skinhead who tries to escape his fascist gang with the help of a black Antifa member. Having met Julie (Danielle MacDonald), a single mum who herself has escaped the white supremacist lifestyle, Bryon dreams of a new life but his “family” is not going to let him go so easily and he finds himself trapped and fearing for his life.

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MOVIE REVIEW: A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019)

It has been some time since I took Little O to the cinema. A few months ago I look him to see a film (I forget which) and they played a Lion King trailer. It scared the absolute bejesus out of him. Since then we’ve gotten as far as purchasing tickets and getting to the entrance of the theatre and then he’s refused point blank to go in. Recently I discovered that our local cinema does cheap family tickets early on weekend mornings so we decided to give it another go and at least not spend a fortune if he refused again. I picked A A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon because it is aimed at the littlest of humans and hopefully devoid of any scary bits. And it was a winner

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MOVIE REVIEW: Avengers: Endgame (2019)

And onto the final film in our Avengers marathon…

It’s been five years since the snap when Thanos (Josh Brolin) disappeared half of all living creatures out of existence and for most of The Avengers and the world things are not looking great. Some are vigilante-ing, some are drinking, some are healing and some are trying very hard to move on. That is until Scott Lang/Ant-Man reappears from the Quantum Realm where his suit retreated for safe-keeping and suggests time travel might be a viable proposition.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018)

Onto the second film in our Avengers marathon!

When inventor Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and his daughter, Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) become aware that Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) – Hank’s wife and Hope’s mother – may be trapped in the quantum realm, they have no choice but to turn to Scott Lang (Paul Rudd).

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MOVIE REVIEW: Captain Marvel (2019)

Back in the day before Little O arrived Mr O and I used to do New Year’s Eve movie marathons since going out on New Year’s Eve was never really our jam. Since we had Little O it has been a bit harder to get into a marathon but this year as New Year’s Eve fell on one of his nursery days and he now sleeps better we decided to close down the Avengers series, starting with Captain Marvel.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

Mr O and I were lucky to have one day over the Christmas break with no family commitments and where Little O’s nursery was open so we decided to sneak off and see the latest Star Wars film.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Doctor Strange (2016)

Dr Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is a brilliant neurosurgeon. He is also a bit of an arrogant dickhead. After a terrible car crash he loses the use of his hands and plunges into a dark depression, until he hears about a man who was healed from near total paralysis. Dr Strange decides to travel to Kamar-Taj to meet with a group of mystics who may be able to help him.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Four Christmases (2008)

Kate (Reese Witherspoon) and Brad (Vince Vaughan) have focused their whole relationship on fun. They don’t have heavy conversations, marriage and kids are off the table and they avoid their dysfunctional families at Christmas at all costs. But when the two are spotted on TV trapped in San Francisco after a spate of flight cancellations they are forced to reconsider. Now they’ll have to fit in four different Christmases with their divorced parents and hope their relationship survives the day.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Bad Santa 2 (2016)

Thirteen years have passed since the happenings of Bad Santa but Willie Soke’s (Billy Bob Thornton) behaviour and outlook on life have in no way changed. He’s still the same miserable drunk and any semblance of personal improvement has long ago vanished. When his former sidekick, Marcus (Tony Cox) approaches him, full of apparent remorse and with a new scheme, he accepts reluctantly even though it means getting back into the Santa suit.

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MOVIE REVIEW: A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby (2019)

I have this horrible obsession with finishing things I started. Possibly because every personality test I have taken says that it should be something I struggle with. I can only blame this obsession for the reason I decided to watch the third Christmas Prince film on Netflix as part of Mr O and my third annual Christmas watchathon.

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