Category Archives: Films

MOVIE REVIEW: Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)

The pretentious Los Angeles is thrown into tumult when a previously unknown artist’s works come onto the market.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Isn’t it Romantic? (2019)

Junior Architect, Natalie (Rebel Wilson) hates romcoms and isn’t afraid to tell anyone just why she finds them so clichéd, predictable and unrealistic. After all she’s known since she was a child that the kinds of things that happen to girls in romantic comedies don’t happen to girls like her.

Natalie’s belief in herself and her worth is so low that she lets everyone from food cart owners to her colleagues push her around and she’s stuck designing car parks, living in a shit hole and being mistaken for an assistant by her clients.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Leaving Neverland – Part 1 & 2 (2019)

I have never been a Michael Jackson fan. Of course I know many of his songs. He was such a ubiquitous public figure it was almost impossible not to know who he was. I remember when the first child abuse allegations came out and it being a massive media sensation. Although none of the allegations ever actually stuck, I think a lot of people remained deeply suspicious of Michael Jackson and I am not sure his image ever recovered.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Roma (2018)

Roma is a semi-autobiographical look at director Alfonso Cuaron’s upbringing in Mexico City’s Roma neighbourhood in the 1970’s. Seen through the eyes of maid, Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio) it tells the story of a middle class family, which starts to fall apart when the father leaves to be with his mistress.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Lego Movie 2 (2019)

The second Lego Movie kicks off the Dystopian Apolcalypseburg, five years after the events of the first Lego Movie. Following the Duplo invasion the former residents of Bricksburg hav ebeen forced to adapt to a new tougher life that requires constant vigilence and adapting to survive. Of course the one resident who has failed to toughen up and sees nothing but fun and joy in everything is the ever positive, Emmett (voiced by Chris Pratt).

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Breaker Upperers (2018)

Kiwi best mates, Mel (Madeleine Sami) and Jen (Jackie van Beek) have not been successful in love. What they have been successful in is creating a unique business where they’ll break up with your significant other for you for a fee.

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MOVIE REVEW: Abducted in Plain Sight (2017)

They say the truth is stranger than fiction. I can think of no example more apt than the relationship between the Broberg Family and their neighbour Joe Berchtold that is depicted in this Netflix original documentary.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2017)

About five years ago I watched my first episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race and became instantly obsessed with Drag culture. I think the artistry of what female impersonators do is so creative and societally aware in a way that really pushes boundaries while being extremely entertaining. Keen to understand the origins of the culture, I watched Paris is Burning several times. On the most recent viewing Netflix recommended The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson to me. I knew who Marsha was because she is discussed on Drag Race in connection with the Stonewall Riots, which is where the gay liberation movement started.

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MOVIE REVIEW: How to Train Your Dragon – The Hidden World (2019)

If you had told me before I had children that the majority of my cinema trips would be to see animated films, I would have scoffed. Now that Little O is old enough to go to the cinema though, taking him to see something he might enjoy is a lot of fun. Although he doesn’t really get a lot of movie etiquette it’s worth him shouting “this is amazing” at the top of his lungs and letting him eat all my popcorn to see his excitement. Our latest watch was How to Train Your Dragon – The Hidden World… or in Little O’s words “Dragon Movie”.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Contraband (2012)

John Bryce (Mark Wahlberg) used to be a very successful smuggler but he’s turned over a new leaf and is now a security consultant and family man. Unfortunately his brother-in-law, Andy (Caleb Landry Jones) has been carrying on the family business behind John’s back and has crossed, Briggs (Giovanni Ribsi), who is more than a bit of a shit.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Fyre (2019)

I have heard the word “clusterfuck” used to describe things that have gone wrong on numerous occasions but I don’t believe there has ever been any event that quite captures it the way that Fyre Festival did.

Prior to watching this documentary I had never heard of Fyre Festival. Maybe I was living under a rock or maybe it’s because I’m not the target market for a luxury, island festival but I think in many ways my unfamiliarity with this absolute dumpster fire of a project enhanced my viewing.

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What I wore to work this week #42

This week felt like a long week for me, not only because it was my first full week back at work after the Christmas break but also because Little O had a stinking cold and slept very badly, which meant that I too slept very badly and felt like a bit of a zombie all week. Hopefully I don’t look too rough in my pictures!

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Greatest Showman (2017)

I am a bit late to the party with this one but since everyone I follow on Instagram seems to be obsessed with it, I decided I should give it a go. Prior to this viewing I had absolutely no idea what the film was actually about, apart from the circus (?) based on the poster. I also had no idea that Michelle Williams or Zac Efron were in it. Sometimes being a mum of a small child really is like living under a rock.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Justice League (2017)

I feel like I need to take responsibility that it was my idea to watch this film. Mr O and I don’t get loads of time to watch films and we are offered really exhausted in the evenings and not willing to commit to a whole film. On New Years Eve day (not that that is actually a thing) we actually got a day to ourselves. Little O was at nursery from 10 – 3, I was off work and we had no plans so we decided to sit down to a film. I thought Justice League would be fun. I was very wrong.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Dumplin’ (2018)

Dolly Parton obsessed Willowdean Dixon (Danielle Macdonald) comes from a small pagent obsessed town in Texas. And no one is more obsessed than Willowdean’s mother, Rosie (Jennifer Aniston) a former Miss Bluebonnet and current pagent director. Willowdean and Rosie have never quite gotten each other. Willowdean thinks pageants are pointless and Rosie feels disconnected from her overweight daughter.

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2018: A review in collages

Rather than writing an essay about the year that passed, here is a collage of images for each month along with three brief highlights that made the month special.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Bad Santa (2003)

Willie (Billy Bob Thornton) and Marcus (Tony Cox) pull off the same scam every year. Willie takes a job as a department store Santa with Marcus as his elf. Marcus uses his stature to hide and bypass the alarm and then Willie cracks the safe and they make off with all the takings on Christmas Eve.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Christmas Chronicles (2018)

The Pierce family loves Christmas and always has done. Dad, Doug (Oliver Hudson) is at the heart of their traditions, including recording them on his old school camcorder. (The fact that a camcorder is old school makes me feel very old). When Doug dies, mum Claire (Kimberley Williams-Paisley) has to pick up the slack at work and kids Teddy (Judah Lewis) and Kate (Darby Camp) are left somewhat at loose ends.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Love the Coopers (2015)

On Christmas Eve The Coopers prepare to get together for their traditional annual gathering. This year things are not going particularly smoothly though. Matriarch, Charlotte (Diane Keaton) and patriarch, Sam (John Goodman) are on the verge of divorce and in disagreement over whether or not they should tell their children. Their son, Hank (Ed Helms) is still reeling from his recent divorce and Charlotte’s sister, Emma (Marisa Tomei) has been arrested for shoplifting.

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MOVIE REVIEW: A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding (2018)

Some of you might remember last year’s obsession with the Netflix original film A Christmas Prince, an outrageously cheesy festive sugar bomb of clichés and silliness. Of course Netflix spotted an opportunity to keep the action going and there’s a Royal Wedding based sequel. Mr O and I have revisited our commitment to watching a Christmas movie or TV special every day in December so we decided this was a great place to start.

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