[Review] Casablanca

Casablanca has an emotive plot, set against World War II and the impact it had on refugees and the ability to travel. The eclectic, multinational clientele of Rick's Bar reveals German officers rubbing shoulders with petty criminals and gamblers. After knowing the iconic lines "Here's looking at you, kid" and "Of all the gin joints in... Continue Reading →

[Review] Pieces of a Woman

Watch film - open Letterboxd app - log and rate film. After sleeping on it, I decided to change my initial four star review of Pieces of a Woman to three and a half stars. Those three stars belong to Vanessa Kirby thanks to her powerhouse performance as Martha, the young woman at the centre of... Continue Reading →

[Review] High Society

High Society (1956) Director: Charles Walters Starring: Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra Socialite Tracy Lord (Kelly) is getting married, however her first husband, C. K. Dexter (Crosby), is still in love with her and when a journalist (Sinatra) arrives to cover the nuptials, Tracy suddenly has more than one suitor vying for her attention.... Continue Reading →

2020: The Year in Review

2020 has been an extraordinary and unforgettable year. The COVID-19 pandemic saw communities rally together as the virus took millions of lives worldwide while healthcare and other frontline workers knuckled down and continued to provide their vital services. A myriad industries and businesses were affected. In the entertainment industry film productions were halted and when... Continue Reading →

Christmas 2020

2020 has undoubtedly set many new records. We've all probably smashed our personal records for the most hours spent at home in a week or the amount of times you've washed your hands in one day. After adding up the amount of seasonal films watched during Christmases past, it might come as no surprise that... Continue Reading →

[Review] Brief Encounter

Brief Encounter (1945) Director: David Lean Starring: Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard Protagonists Laura Jesson and Dr Alec Harvey repeatedly meet by chance and, although married to other people, embark on a short affair that neither one of them will ever forget. Winner of the Grand Prize of the Festival at the Cannes Film Festival (1946) Nominated... Continue Reading →

[Movies of the Month] November

November NEW RELEASES Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them- It is brilliant to be back in the Potterverse. This first offering in the Beasts series is an effective combination of light-hearted fantasy with dark themes that relate to modern culture and history. ★★★★ 1ST TIMERS Hunt for the Wilderpeople - Funny, touching and with a great... Continue Reading →

[Movies of the Month] October

October 1ST TIMERS Midnight Special - Interesting concept but slow to get going. ★★★ Bad Moms - A handful of laugh-out-loud moments but mostly thinly-veiled sexism, in my opinion. ★★ X-Men: Apocalypse - Great to explore the historical side of the X-Men canon.  ★★★★ Underworld: Evolution - Very disappointing; completely OTT. ★★½ REWATCHES World War Z - A good addition to the... Continue Reading →

[Movies of the Month] September

September NEW RELEASES The Secret Life of Pets - Not quite as clever or humorous as I was hoping for but certainly a good kids flick. ★★★½ 1ST TIMERS The Reef - This Australian independent certainly tries but fails through weak acting, unengaging characters and by being hugely predictable. ★★ Below - Interesting idea but poorly executed. ★★½... Continue Reading →

[Movies of the Month] August

August 1ST TIMERS Into the Woods - Shot well, with great turns by Blunt, Corden and Streep, but the mish-mash of accents is very irritating. ★★★ Rogue - Tense Australian indie that's let down slightly by poor CGI and some wooden acting. ★★★½ The Nice Guys - Crowe and Gosling are the perfect pairing! Plenty of laugh-out-loud moments... Continue Reading →

[Movies of the Month] July

July 1ST TIMERS Miss You Already - Emotional engaging from start to finish; very well put together. ★★★★ The Monuments Men - An interesting story with some poignant moments coupled with comedic ones. Isn’t particularly standout, though, considering its all-star cast. ★★★½ Mr. Holmes - This captures the infamous Holmes at a different point in his life. McKellen delivers a... Continue Reading →

[Movies of the Month] June

June 1ST TIMERS 4th Man Out - Quite entertaining but ultimately forgettable. ★★½ Rain Man - Uplifting and thoughtful, I can see why this is considered a classic. ★★★★ L!fe Happens - Amusing and thoughtful in places. However, the stars go to Bosworth's fantastic, bolshie character. ★★★½ Hackers - Entertaining and completely of its time. Is this ripe for... Continue Reading →

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