Category Archives: Films

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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MOVIE REVIEW: It (2017)

Anyone who is a regular reader of this blog will know that horror isn’t really my go-to genre. I don’t revel in being scared and am fairly easily freaked out. I heard a lot about It when it came out last year, mostly positive and I did read the book many, many years ago, not that I can remember much. So when it popped up on my Now TV recommendations recently I thought I might as well give it a go.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

English wizard, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) arries in 1920’s New York with a suitcase full of creatures and a plan to set one of the free in the wild. Of course the best laid plans never go quite as they should and an escape followed by a run in with a No-Maj/Muggle called Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler) leads Newt into hot water and into the path of disgraced Auror, Tina (Katherine Waterson).

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Grinch (2018)

This weekend on the spur of the moment I took Little O to see his first film in the cinema. My friend M, was taking her little Boy, L to see The Grinch and asked if we wanted to come along. L is a little older than Little O and has been to the cinema many times before but I was a little concerned that Little O would not want to sit still. I was very wrong. He spent a full hour absolutely mesmerised and very happy with his tub of popcorn. Then he took advantage of the fact that it was warm and dark to go to sleep until the end of the film. He is most definitely his father’s child.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Wonder Woman (2017)

Diana (Gal Gadot) is an Amazon princess who lives on a hidden island occupied only by warrior women. When an undercover American WWI pilot crash lands on the island, he brings the German forces with him and a fatal battle ensues.

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MOVIE REVIEW: American Animals (2018)

Mr O and I celebrated out seventh wedding anniversary last week and we were lucky enough to have the O Seniors volunteer to babysit Little O overnight so we could go on a date. They also gave us a voucher for our local cinema as a gift so we decided to check out a film. We were actually hoping for Black Klansman but it wasn’t showing anymore and American Animals was our next choice.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Bridget Jones’ Baby (2016)

I have quite mixed feelings about Bridget Jones as a… concept. I read the first and second novels. I liked the first one. The second one was ridiculous. It is much the same with the films and in an unusual turn of events I actually prefer the onscreen incarnation of Bridget to the book version. I think my biggest problem is that I have never really found any of Bridget’s male leads appealing. The most recent film has just landed on UK Netflix so I decided to give it a go. Read more…

MOVIE REVIEW: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

The second outing of The Guardians of the Galaxy franchise sees Peter Quill AKA Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) meet his mysterious father, Ego (Kurt Russell). Having searched for his father his whole life, Peter is fascinated to find out that he possesses god-like genes and keen to find the love that he feels he never had but it soon becomes apparent that Ego might not be quite what he seems.

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Romeo & Juliet Secret Cinema… some pictures

Recently Mr O and I were fortunate enough to attend the Secret Cinema presentation of Baz Luhrman’s Romeo & Juliet. For those who aren’t aware of Secret Cinema, it’s an immersive experience that tries to give you the feeling of being within the film. An environment that to some extent personifies the film is created, scenes are acted out before and alongside the film being shown and you can interact with the characters.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Star Trek: Beyond (2016)

Mr O is an absolutely massive Star Trek fan. He can watch less than 10 seconds of any episode of any series and tell you what it is called and what happens. I honestly think if there was some kind of call for this in the world then we would make millions. Unfortunately there isn’t, so we’ll have to continue life on the ropier end of middle class. Anyway, I digress. This film landed when Little O was extremely small so despite Mr O’s great love of all things Star Trek we did not get to see it until it recently appeared on Netflix.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Black Mass (2015)

Johnny Depp stars as James “Whitey” Bulger, a real life South Boston Irish gang leader who became an FBI informant in order to get ahead of his Italian Mafia rivals.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

Does anyone else have a nightmare trying to pick films to watch. Mr O and I are forever getting stuck in a Netflix loop of not knowing what kind of film we’re in the mood for and then getting stuck and just watching nothing. On Sunday Little O had a madly active day and crashed out before 6pm. We suddenly found ourselves with much more evening to fill than usual so Netflix bingo commenced. The requirement was pretty much for something not to heavy and fast paced so I am not quite sure how we ended up with Zero Dark Thirty… the question is, was it worth the 157 minute time sacrifice?

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