Category: The Movies

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Child’s Play

A mother gives her 13-year-old son a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature. Aubrey Plaza • Mark Hamill • Gabriel Bateman • Brian Tyree Henry Friends to the End. *Minor spoilers* This is one of my most anticipated films of the year and I’m delighted to report that it was heaps of fun and I was not disappointed at … Read More Child’s Play

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Brightburn

What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister? Elizabeth Banks • David Denman • Jackson A. Dunn He’s Not Here To Save The World. *Minor spoilers* Brightburn is essentially the Superman origin story, had Supes not been the earnest jobsworth that he is – and had been bad … Read More Brightburn

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Always Be My Maybe

I’ll be quite honest, I suggested this film just so I could watch THE VERY SPECIAL CELEBRITY CAMEO segment again – it is pure perfection. But more on that momentarily. The film itself is pretty standard fare but its depiction of American-Asian culture is joyous. These details are not shown nearly enough on the big screen and I’m here for it. We’ve done the … Read More Always Be My Maybe

Horror Remakes I Can Get Behind

Remakes seldom live up to the originals, that’s always been a given. Obviously there are exceptions. Not everybody would agree with me but I would say Evil Dead (2013) is a good example of that. Not better that its 1982/1987 parents by any stretch but as good and with enough of its own individuality to make it feel fresh. I have high hopes for … Read More Horror Remakes I Can Get Behind

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I’m Not Crying…

I love to cry. I find it the most cathartic exercise. I don’t think a day goes that I don’t have a little blub – for any number of reasons. Nostalgia, joy, a stubbed toe – all that and more can threaten my mascara on the daily and I’ve become notorious for wearing my emotion on my sleeve. Over the last few months it … Read More I’m Not Crying…

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Hairspray (2007)

We head to Baltimore this week to hang out with Tracy and Edna Turnblad, take on segregation and get off with Zac Efron. Yes, it’s the wonderful remake of The Sultan of Sleaze’s seminal classic Hairspray and everything is right with the world. Except the fact Divine is no longer with us. That bit sucks. Pleasantly plump teenager Tracy Turnblad teaches 1962 Baltimore a … Read More Hairspray (2007)

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Cool Breeze Over the Mountains: Keanu’s Year

Keanu was my first love. Honestly, when I first clapped eyes on his sultry good looks, he stirred something in me that wasn’t completely innocent or holy – he made me curious about the opposite sex. Parenthood was my jam in particular and when I think about it even now, I get a little tingle. I haven’t stopped loving him since and if we’re … Read More Cool Breeze Over the Mountains: Keanu’s Year

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Double Bill: Godzilla: King of the Monsters & Late Night

A couple of movies I’ve seen recently, in bite-sized chunks. One gargantuan monster, one late night talk show host. I think the question we’re all now asking ourselves is: who would win in a fight between these two leads? My money’s on Emma Thompson. *Minor spoilers* The crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides … Read More Double Bill: Godzilla: King of the Monsters & Late Night

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B&W Dreams

One of my colleagues asked me yesterday about my favourite black & white movies – and it got me to thinking about how many vintage movies I truly love and admire. I struggled a bit with picking an all-time fave but of course it’s King Kong, the first movie I remember making me cry. It is wholly responsible for my adult obsession with giant … Read More B&W Dreams

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Peelers

I sort of panic chose this movie because I’m disgustingly disorganised and I thought: strippers fighting tooth and nail against the infected? What’s not to love? Well… I should also DISCLAIMER this and say I got distracted a couple of times so this review might not be fully accurate. A small town strip club owner must defend her bar, her strippers and her life … Read More Peelers

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Ma

A lonely woman befriends a group of teenagers and decides to let them party at her house. Just when the kids think their luck couldn’t get any better, things start happening that make them question the intention of their host. Octavia Spencer • Diana Silvers • Juliette Lewis Jesus. I think the main thing I took away from this film is that Ma and … Read More Ma

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The Perfection

Ummmmmmmmmm. I have A LOT of thoughts about this movie, though it will be really hard to explain it – because it is one of the weirdest rides I’ve ever been on. I think maybe going into the movie with no idea what you’re in for would be the best way to enjoy it – so maybe hold off this review until you’ve seen … Read More The Perfection