Tag Archives: Films

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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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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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: 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: 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…

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: 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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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: Ghostbusters (2016)

Recently Mr O and I have actually watched some films in the evening after Little O has gone to bed. Something, we’ve not really had the mental energy for since he was born. We’re both big Ghostbusters fans so this was one of our first picks.

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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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Christmasathon Day 24: Elf

Buddy (Will Ferrell) is abandoned as a baby and adopted by elves. He grows up at the North Pole, raised by Papa Elf (Bob Newhart) with no inkling that he is human, despite the fact that he is huge and rather useless at elf jobs. When he discovers that his real father is alive and well in New York he decides to go and find him.  Read more…

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…