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Film Review: Little Women (2019)
Watching Greta Gerwig’s adaption of Louisa May Alcott’s famous novel Little Women felt like coming home. Between the aesthetics and clothing of 1860s America, the real-life wholesome friendship of actors Saoirse Ronan and Timothee Chalamet, and writer/director Greta Gerwig’s seemingly perfect writing of a story of four sisters, this movie sits up there with those of the Classics.
Film Review: Cruella (2021)
The release of Disney’s newest instalment in re-creating and re-envisioning iconic characters from the Disney / Marvel / Star Wars universes prompted little more than an eye roll and shrug of the shoulders from me. Zeroing in on the backstory of Cruella De Vil with the super-likeable Hollywood gal Emma Stone at the reigns may have conjured the excitement of nostalgia and enthusiasm of newness for some, but the reaction that I just couldn’t shake was the same reaction many of us have had in the past few years or so of an abundant number of adaptions and spin offs, that reaction being: why?
Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975)
Peter Weir’s Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) represents a key moment in Australian cinema because of its help in the resurgence of the Australian film industry and the creation of a now famous Australian folklore. Based on a book of the same name by Joan Lindsay, Weir’s film follows the disappearance of several schoolgirls and their maths teacher during an afternoon spent picnicking at Hanging Rock on St. Valentine’s day in the year 1900.
WHY LOGAN (2017) IS THE BEST SUPERHERO MOVIE OF THE 2010s
Since it’s 2017 release, I’ve heard the odd comment about James Mangold’s latest Wolverine instalment Logan, with both fans and superhero movie-avoidants alike claiming that this film is one of the better ones to grace the Marvel cinematic universe. I’m not super into superhero movies, I’ve gotta say, but I am into movies. And when a film can surpass the expectations that the hundreds of muscled men (and some women) in colourful tights and cheesy names have laid before them with their saving-the-day tropes and out-of-this-world powers, and when this film can venture into just existing as a good film in itself, I’m almost inclined to give it more credit than it deserves.
Film Review: Infernal Affairs
I’d heard little about Infernal Affairs before I decided to finally move it from my to-watch list on Netflix to my watched list on Letterboxd, but what I had heard about the film was that it is the origin story that inspired Martin Scorsese’s 2006 blockbuster The Departed. The 2002 crime action thriller by Hong Kong directors Andrew Lau and Alan Mak may be forever affiliated by western viewers with its proceeding Hollywood adaption, transported from the city of Hong Kong to the streets of Boston, but Infernal Affairs is a film that belongs with its own spotlight.
The Harry Potter Films - RANKED
Another indefinite spur of lockdown in my home city means another indefinite spur of movies to comb-through and tolerate and, if I’m uncharacteristically lucky, enjoy.
Film Review: My First Summer
Last night, my housemate and I sat in front of the TV with just one request, the sort of request that covers many a film in hindsight yet can never seem to be fulfilled on demand: we wanted to watch a good film. It didn’t have to be brilliant, nor Oscar-worthy (if you want to know which films from this year’s Oscars are actually worth seeing, suss my other article out here), we just wanted to put our feet up in front of the telly without having to get up after ten minutes because our choice of movie proved too painful to continue. Look, it’s a low bar. All we wanted was to be, at the very least, entertained.
Which Oscar Winners Are Actually Worth Seeing
It’s that time of year again. Except it’s not. A pandemic-ridden world has shaken up the film industry in more ways than one over the past year and a bit. From world-wide cinema closures, to exclusive online-only releases, to a belated and socially distanced Oscar’s ceremony, the Academy Awards are looking a lil’ bit different this time around the sun. But not to fear! Because we did get there in the end, even if the show did go a fair bit overtime with all the useful fluff and muff of too-long speeches and awkward Zoom call-ins. So out of all the winners of yesterday’s ceremony, here are the ones that are actually worth a watch.