5. Life Is What Happens to You When You’re Busy Making Other Plans (or the Joy of Fitting In)

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New from Wes Anderson

‘Tis a beautiful thing to fit in

to feel welcomed like the warm embrace of your bed

to feel your cheeks ache with uninterrupted smiles

work is work as it always will be

but the little joys of easy conversation help the time fly by’ Continue reading

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La La Land Review: A Masterpiece of Music, Magic and Melancholy

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Sometime in 2011 a little Rom-Com called ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love’ came out. It’s perhaps been both overrated and underrated in the years since, whilst it may be clunky and cliched, it also had a fantastic cast, a great script and some great scenes that subverted certain tropes.

What it’s perhaps best known for now is a tender scene in a bedroom where the hot guy and girl end up talking all night instead of bonking their gorgeous brains out. It’s a touching scene that, despite being dressed in Hollywood sheen, feels more relatable than the majority of romantic comedies. Continue reading

Silence Review: Pray for Silence and Great Hair

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I expected Silence to be this years ‘The Revenant’. A tale of faith and courage against the background of a harsh wilderness and harsher people. I expected Scorsese, of all people, to make a film that made 2 hours and 40 minutes feel brisk. I expected that the great reviews the film was getting were on to something, pointing to the appearance of a new classic.

Nope. Nothing like that. Continue reading

Top 25 Films of 2016 – Part Four (10-6)

Continuing my top 25 films of 2016 list.

10. Star Trek: Beyond

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I was not a big fan of Into Darkness and the trailers for this didn’t exactly excite me. Yet, with new writers and a new director, Beyond went back to its roots. Trading a cacophony of action for intelligence, well-drawn characters and fan-pleasing details. It didn’t mean the action scenes it did have weren’t spectacular as the destruction of the Enterprise and the Swarm were both emotional and joyous. Continue reading

Top 25 Films of 2016 – Part Three (15-11)

Continuing my top 25 films of 2016 list.

15. Fantastic Beasts

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Johnny Depp aside, Fantastic Beasts was actually better than I expected it to be based on its mediocre reviews. I really enjoyed these new characters, the added darkness and the rich world building. The finale is thrilling and the performances are all hugely engaging. It mainly gets this high up the list because of the nostalgia factor and the New York local but it holds its own.

Highlight: Creedence Rampages Continue reading

Top 25 Films of 2016 – Part One (25-21)

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For a brief period during the summer it seemed like 2016 at the cinema would be a write-off. A steady stream of disappointing to terrible blockbusters had left everyone feeling the sting of franchise fatigue and apart from a few high points here and there, it was a hopeless time to be a movie fan.

Months later, we were all proven wrong. Since then there have been countless great films, ranging from beautiful animations to smart sci-fi’s and there’s still countless other critical hits that I haven’t been able to see. Continue reading