What I watched: February

1ST TIMERS Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018) - Action-packed, entertaining and with a healthy dollop of humour. ★★★★ Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) - Powerhouse acting from McDormand, Rockwell and Harrelson: intriguing plot and worth all of its accolades. ★★★★ Greenland (2020) - A nice addition to an already packed genre of disaster films that... Continue Reading →

[Review] I Care a Lot

Films have the ability to transport us to a myriad real-life and fictional cities, countries and continents as well as showcasing situations and scenarios that may not have crossed our minds before. I Care a Lot focuses on Marla Grayson, a savvy, smart businesswoman who is exploiting America's legal system for her own benefit. She... Continue Reading →

[Review] The Edge of Seventeen

It's not often that I can relate to someone half my age, but in the case of the lead character in The Edge of Seventeen, played by Hailee Steinfeld, I felt myself agreeing with her and feeling empathy on multiple occasions. The Edge of Seventeen focuses on Nadine, an awkward high school junior who has one... Continue Reading →

[Review] To Catch a Thief

Cary Grant and Grace Kelly are a dream pairing, but when you add diamonds, burglary and the French Riviera into the mix, you suddenly have a hefty amount of glamour and intrigue. To Catch a Thief, released in 1955 and directed by Alfred Hitchcock, sees Grant's John Robie, a retired cat burglar, accused of a... Continue Reading →

[Review] Timbuktu

Set around 2012 and inspired by the real-life occupation of Timbuktu, Mali by Ansar Dine (a militant Islamist group), Timbuktu feels in some ways more of a fly-on-the-wall documentary than a feature film: you feel as though you are observing ordinary people as they go about their day-to-day lives as there is a naturalness -- a... Continue Reading →

Ranking the Mission: Impossible films

It's been 40 years since Tom Cruise made his big screen debut (he had a minor role in the 1981 romantic drama Endless Love). Over the last four decades he has brought to life such infamous characters as Lt. Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell, Jerry Maguire and Ethan Hunt. Cruise has played Ethan -- the charismatic Impossible... Continue Reading →

What I watched: January

1ST TIMERS Casablanca (1942) - A great film worthy of its acclaim. Read my review. ★★★★ Demolition Man (1993) - Very daft, but actually quite witty in places. Almost feels like a spoof. ★★½ Wild Target (2010) - Very British humour: likeable cast headed up by Nighy and Blunt, and laugh out loud funny in... Continue Reading →

[Review] Ponyo

When I posted about my Top 10 Films Not in the English Language I was touched that so many people left their personal recommendations. One of those people was Table 9 Mutant from Cinema Parrot Disco. As you can see from the comments she left, Table 9 Mutant is a big fan of anime. She... Continue Reading →

[Review] The Dig

Set on the eve of World War II in rural Suffolk. The Dig is inspired by the real life archaeological exploration of Sutton Hoo resulting in a significant discovery of Anglo-Saxon treasure. Ralph Fiennes and Carey Mulligan take the lead as excavator Basil Brown and wealthy landowner Edith Pretty respectively, and they're ably supported by Ken Stott,... Continue Reading →

Hearts Want: short film review

Directed by Jason P. Schumacher and written by Ruth Maramis -- more well known around these parts as the founder of FlixChatter -- Hearts Want is an award-winning short film that sees two former classmates from drama school reunite years later on the stage. Coming in at just under 15 minutes, it soon becomes clear that... Continue Reading →

[Review] The White Tiger

India holds a special place in my heart. Having worked for an Indian company for just over three years, I visited the country around five-six times. While The White Tiger is mostly set in Dhanbad and Delhi, in the east and north of India respectively, the ways of life portrayed had many similarities with my beloved Mumbai,... Continue Reading →

Top 10 Films Not in the English Language

When it comes to films recorded in a dialogue that isn't your native language, are you put off completely or are you still open and willing to watch it? In my experience there are several different groups of people when it comes to international films: some won't watch any film unless it is recorded in... Continue Reading →

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