Tag: Biography



A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John‘s breakthrough years. Taron Egerton • Jamie Bell • Richard Madden I would happily of swerved this biopic had my friend Helen not been so excited about it. Her anticipation rubbed off on me, what can I say? I’m delighted that she changed my mind. Kingsman hottie Egerton plays Elton in this tribute to … Read More Rocketman



I thought we’d go out with a bang on our last movie because our Based on a True Story Month has had mixed results – and not one, but two appearances by my least favourite Franco brother. I consider this movie to be the Queen of all biographies, a labour of love (in getting the film made) and a remarkable story rolled into one. … Read More Frida


I Am Michael

Two James Franco movies in a row? What the hell is going on in the world? Well, I guess it serves me right for messing up Jillian’s first choice and only being able to find a non-subtitled copy, rendering it useless. This was Plan B. I must admit I was attracted to the story and to Zachary Quinto‘s involvement – and this has been … Read More I Am Michael


The Dirt

April is now officially Biopics (or Based on a True Story) month, which I admit I only suggested so I could shoehorn in this movie this weekend. It’s been getting mixed reviews all over the shop so Lord knows what to expect. If nothing else at least it will be debauchery central up in here. The Dirt (2019) The story of how Mötley Crüe … Read More The Dirt


Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) *Minor spoilers* Things aren’t going great for Lee Israel. Once a lauded writer, her last book – a biography of Estée Lauder – has been a commercial and critical flop. Her agent is avoiding her calls, she’s behind on her rent and she’s just been let go from her job. Struggling to stay afloat and keep her sick … Read More Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Queen of Katwe (Film) Review

I’m not above admitting that sports movies are not the one for me. Especially chess movies. And yet here I am, gasping and weeping and cheering in all the right places as our 14-year-old heroine kicks the arse of a woman twice her age at the beautiful game. GO PHIONA! A fine choice by Jill for Feminist Film Week. *Spoilers* Queen of Katwe (2016) … Read More Queen of Katwe (Film) Review