Category Archives: Films

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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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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