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MOVIE REVIEW: Happy Death Day (2017)

On the morning of her birthday, college student Tree (Jessica Rothe) wakes up in a stranger’s dorm room. She can’t remember much from the night before but that’s not unusual for her. So she heads back to her sorority, snubs her roommate’s attempts to celebrate her birthday and continues her illicit affair with her professor. Unfortunately her birthday party doesn’t quite go to plan and she is murdered by someone in a mask. Not such a happy birthday.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Slaughterhouse Rulez (2018)

As it’s October and Halloween season, Mr O and I have decided to watch a few “scary” movies. It’s not our usual favourite genre but we both love Halloween so we thought, why not? Our first pick was British horror comedy, Slaughterhouse Rulez.

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MOVIE REVIEW: John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

All former elite assassin, John Wick (Keanu Reeves) wants to do is retire in peace with his dog and his car and reminisce about his lost past with his late wife. Unfortunately Camarro leader, Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio ) has called in a chip that must be satisfied if John will have any chance of a future.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Wonder (2017)

Wonder follows a year in the life of the Pullman family as youngest child, Auggie (Jacob Tremblay) attends school for the first time. Up until fifth grade Auggie has been homeschooled by his mother, Isabel (Julia Roberts) because he was born with a genetic facial deformity that has resulted in multiple surgeries and looking different from other children.

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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: 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: 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: 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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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: 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: 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: Green Room (2015)

After their gig is cancelled a struggling punk band reluctantly agrees to play at a neo-Nazi skinhead bar. When they accidentally witness a murder they are forced to fight their way out or face certain death.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Deadpool 2

I made no secret of the fact that I liked but did not love the first Deadpool film. However when Mr O and I recently got the rare opportunity to go to the cinema I decided more Deadpool was a better option than Solo, which was the other option Mr O gave me.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Star Wars – The Last Jedi

Last year Mr O got some cinema vouchers as a gift. We have been trying to decide what we were going to see for months but eventually the magic of Star Wars sealed the deal… we are both fans, Mr O of the variety where he can name all the characters and equipment. Me more of the, well this is fun, variety, We had somewhat different takes on the film.

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Christmasathon Day 23: Love Actually

Love Actually follows the stories of a series of interconnected Londoners in the lead up to Christmas as they wrestle with life, love and the festive season.

This is one of the most iconic modern Christmas films and one that we do end up watching pretty much every Christmas. There are lots of reasons why it probably should have endured as well as it did. Some of the storylines are incredibly questionable. The one where Colin (Kris Marshall) goes to Wisconsin to shag American girls and a bunch of women literally fall over legs open, is just awful. Also Mark’s (Andrew Lincoln) behaviour towards Juliet (Keira Knightley) is not romantic, it is very creepy. Read more…

Film Friday #243

Trainwreck (2015)

Amy (Amy Schumer) is a self-confessed trainwreck. She doesn’t do dating as much as she does wild sexual abandon, she works for a magazine that makes Vice look sensitive and she’s more than happy to abuse whatever substances take her fancy. Essentially she’s the antithesis of her happily married sister, Kim (Brie Larson), aligning herself more with her serial philandering father, Gordon (Colin Quinn). Read more…

Film Study… week 64

An Affair To Remember

Back to the classics with this one. During an ocean cruise, Terry McKay (Deborah Kerr) meets famous man-about-town, Nickie Ferrante (Cary Grant). Although neither of them is available, they fall in love and agree to meet six months later at the top of the Empire State Building, but something prevents Terry from arriving and their burgeoning romance is put under threat.  I know this film is supposed to be the height of romance but I was a bit puzzled by the fact that the spanner in the works appears to be mostly around a woman’s fear that a man will reject her because she is disabled… which I just couldn’t get my head around.

Look, darling, I know I had the garlic last night but can we please at least sit at the same table!

St Elmo’s Fire

This Brat Pack classic follows the lives of a group of friends as they leave college and struggle to come to terms with the real world. The themes are pretty broad in this one… drug addiction, infidelity, bizarre obsessions with virtual strangers, sex and sexuality… some bits are great and some bits are a bit predictable… but if you’re a fan of the 80’s you’ll enjoy it… especially if you like a bit of Andrew McCarthy… woof!

The 80's... when bad hair happened to good people

Crazy, Stupid, Love

When suburban dad, Cal’s (Steve Carrell) marriage breaks down, he seeks advice from serial seducer, Jacob (Ryan Gosling) but Jacob is not immune to the lure of real love and Cal can’t quite suppress the inner dorky dad lurking between his new smooth exterior. This film is charming but a bit forgettable. There are really funny bits, particularly the abortive one night stand between Jacob and reluctant conquest, Hannah (Emma Stone).

So what do you think? Is it a pimple or just a freckle?

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

In this second instalment of Guy Ritchie’s reboot of the Sherlock Holmes adventures, Holmes (Robert Downey Jnr) and his faithful sidekick, Watson (Jude Law… who should never, ever remove his moustache) face their most challenging foe yet, elusive career criminal, Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris), a maniac hell bent on causing a world war for the sake of profit. I won’t deny that round two is full of blistering action, loads of laughs and enough of Holmes’ odd quirks to keep anyone entertained… it’s just not quite as good as the first one. Not that that should prevent you from seeing it, since it’s still better than most other things out there. Oh, and for the naysayers who say that Ritchie has turned Holmes from an academic into an action hero… I’d suggest that you actually read some Arthur Conan Doyle… he was always an action hero!

Holmes suddenly wondered if replacing hair gel with gunpowder was a good idea...