Film Reviews: The Constant Gardener. The Godfather. Us. Five Feet Apart. Ransom. When I Knew. Return to Sender. The Bourne Legacy. Open Water 3: Cage Dive. Beksinscy: Album Wideofoniczny. An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Stong

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The Constant Gardener

I rewatched it on the 7th of March this year, as I couldn’t stop myself from watching it on Rachel Weisz’s birthday. Happy to report I now own it on DVD. Same thoughts as 14 years ago, I certainly would have preferred if they showed us the murders.

9/10

The Godfather

According to Letterboxd I have now seen 3000 films (that I can remember), and I thought that called for a rewatch of one of the classics. Since all of the Godfathers are leaving HBO Go tomorrow, I thought I’d rewatch Part I. I’ll probably rewatch Part II tomorrow, too.

9/10

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Us

People leaving the cinema said it was creepy, but not scary, and it’s true, but I will never look at scissors the same again. Also fantastic use of the Beach Boys’ Good Vibrations!

8/10

Ransom

No parent would risk their child’s life and do what Mel Gibson does in this thriller directed by Ron Howard.

6/10

Five Feet Apart

Movies usually make me cry, especially the ones I see at the cinema. Heck, sometimes even trailers do. Yet this film, starring Columbus and The Edge of Seventeen’s Haley Lu Richardson, despite being a drama, didn’t. I wasn’t invested in this storyline at all. Also, I’ve never been a fan of Birdy, yet I recognised her voice straight away.

4/10

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When I Knew

All these stories are absolutely beautiful, it’s really sad but also incredible to think that so many generations of gays had to stay in the closet, being afraid of the stigma and what their families and friends would say and the current generation of teenagers seems to have it so much easier, as the stigma of teens being gay today does not seem to be that big, mostly because of how many gay characters we’ve had in films and TV shows. I remember how hard kids had it 10 years ago when I was in school, and I was speaking to one of my friend’s younger sibling who’s been out since they were 15 and learned that they never get funny looks from anyone under 60 and that they actually discuss homosexuality in school and teachers say experimenting is normal. Anyway here are some of my favorite:

‘Maybe one day, when I knew and coming out will be the same thing’.

‘And I don’t want the world to see me, cause I don’t think that they’d understand’

‘She told me that she kissed a boy with her tongue and I burst into tears. Because I just couldn’t image that she could have betrayed me in that way.’- Chrissy Mahan

‘I was 17 years old and I had a best friend that I kept wondering why I was so obsessed with her. I would hang out with her and I would want to kiss her the entire time we were hanging out. I remember sitting and watching The Lost Boys and we took the pillows off the back of the couch and we just like, I think we were that close to kissing and I remember that now just like ahhhh, like it was so forbidden but it was so like exactly what I wanted, but I couldn’t quite have it. And then I was actually driving on the way to her house thinking about us being friends and what not and that Goo Goo Dolls song, it was really big at the time and for some reason it triggered something in me. So many times I tried to  push it down, I didn’t want it to be true, but right then, right there, I had to pull the car over and I started balling and I was like oh my god, I’m not just best friends with her, I’m in love with her.’

‘In the first grade, every time I got the chance to sit next to this is cute little blond girl, I got a funny tingling feeling in my stomach.’

‘I would date women he was done with as a way to be closer to him.’

‘The way other boys were looking at girls, that very same process was occurring for me, but I focused on other boys.’

‘I was introduced to my new teacher. I wanted to do everything I could, to make sure he knew that I was there for him.’

‘I would fantasise about her caressing me and doing whatever.’

‘I was looking at the stars and wondering why I felt so empty, why I couldn’t get over this one girl. I couldn’t understand why friendship, a broken friendship could cause me so much heartache and loss. And then it was kind of like this wave hit me, like duh, you’re being pretty stupid, because you love her. It was like this big relief, and this big excitement at the same time. When you have that moment of discovery, it’s kind of like time stands still, and you feel so good, and then you get so scared, because God, you don’t know how people are gonna respond. When I came out, it was one of the worst days of my life, It was so hateful between my mother and I. My dad said to me if we knew you were gay, we would try to fix you and we hope your son is not gonna be gay.’

9/10

Return to Sender

This may as well have been a sequel to Gone Girl and we all know it. A much weaker sequel, but aren’t they always? I loved the father-daughter relationship and hated the psycho vibe between the rapist and the vicitm. As much as I love rape and revenge genre, You don’t create this sicko pseudo relationship with your rapist to maybe eventually get your revenge. What is this, Elle?

5/10

The Bourne Legacy

There was material in his department that indicates he had an unusual fixation with you. Photographs, journal entries, they found several articles of clothing.

Who can blame him, have you seen Rachel?

5/10

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Open Water 3: Cage Dive

43 Meters Down had more cage action than this. Much more. The kids in Cage Dive, also known as Open Water 3 are only in the titled cage for 5 minutes. I liked the first film and the fun ridiculousness of the second one much more than this tiny budget found footage one. And you’re telling me the shark didn’t try to swallow that tiny camera, because, what? It didn’t fit in its jaw?

4/10

Beksinscy: Album Wideofoniczny

Beksinski was one of my favorite artists and his murder shocked me. This video diary brought tears to my eyes and I have spent the last 7 years thinking of life’s fragility, and this documentary really made me realize how short life is.

9/10

An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Stong

The end credits song ruined this very average family movie, which is just a primary school version of The Odd Girl Out. I’ve seen 4 American Girl films, and I’m only ashamed of watching one of them, and it’s not this one. The ones starring pre-teen AnnaSophia Robb and Abigail Breslin were alright for a kids film as well. Good film for a weekly family viewing at my household. My dad would have hated it, my mom sort of loved it.

4/10

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Film Reviews: Jackie. Maniac. The Butterfly Effect. Halloween. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. A Family Divided. Christiane F. Strangled. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

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Jackie

This is the 550th new film I watched this year, and I’m really happy it’s this one. Natalie Portman gave a great performance in this aftermath after John Kennedy’s shooting. She sounded very much like Jackie. Emma Stone really snatched that Oscar from her. The shooting scene was very life-like and may be not be for those with a weak stomach.

4/10

Maniac

Speaking of Emma Stone, here’s a Netflix original series she starred it. It also stars Jonah Hill and the girl from Ozark. I watched it for Sally Field. Sad to report I hated every single one of those alternative universes. And all this nonsense for such a ‘normal’ conclusion? Someone once told me I sound just like Jonah Hill, but I don’t see it? My accent does sound American, thanks to 20 years of watching American films and TV Shows, but I don’t think I sound like him. Congrats to Jonah on his massive weight loss. I know how hard it is to change your lifestyle and never look back. I am currently too scared of loose skin to actually lose the weight.

4/10

The Butterfly Effect

I could watch 2 hours of the first 25 minutes of this film, actually I could watch a whole mini series with these kids from Ashton Kutcher’s charater’s flashbacks.

8/10

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Halloween

It was bloody amazing! We’ve waited so long to see Jamie Lee do another Halloween, and she’s back at it again, 40 years since the first one and 16 years since Resurrection. The most important thing? They completely ignored events from Halloween 20 yrs Later and the ridiculous Resurrection that dared to kill Jamie Lee’s character off. My favorite part of this sequel must be Laurie closing the roller shutters after checking every single room. See you in 10 years?

9/10

Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald

These films are ruining the Harry Potter franchise. At least we got to see Hogwarts. How old was Dumbledore supposed to be in Harry Potter? In 1927, he’s in his 40s. If that wasn’t enough, Professor McGonagall is here too, and she’s in her 30s. Rating would be lower had I not seen it in 3D. Johnny Depp’s acting has gone down hill since the 90s, it’s a shame. He is never getting that Oscar now.

6/10

A Family Divided

I really miss those 90s TV movies about rape that saw a mother or a survivor fight for justice against everyone trying to silence them. Knowing Stephen Collins has been a pedophile his entire adult life ruined my experience with this film. I probably would have liked this film more, had I watched it before 2014. I definitely would not have been so sceptical and angry at the 7th Heaven star. Here he’s covering up his son’s crime. Actually all three men in that family are vile people. As always, Faye Dunaway gives a great perforance and you just route for her the entire film.

5/10

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Christiane F

Just thought of this film out of nowhere for the first time in almost 15 years. Both the book ‘Kids from the Zoo station’ and film were a major hit among kids my age, bigger than Requiem for a Dream. Everyone seemed to be fascinated with it and there was a high demand for the book both in the school and local libraries. It’s a great film too.

8/10

Strangled

This reminded me of that time when the bank sent me on a First Aid course and someone mentioned narcolepsy and this other bloke in his late 60s said ‘that’s when you do it with dead people’ and everyone laughed.

Anyway, this was a pretty good thriller based on a true story.

6/10

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Very average and Keira Knightley’s squicky voice was so annoying.

4/10

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Adventures in Public School

Netflix’s worst original right here. Really bad, until the last 10 seconds. The last 10 seconds were sweet. Highly unlikely, but sweet.

3/10

Wreck-It Ralph

When Shut Up and Drive started playing halfway through the film. Also, I recongised Jack McBrayer’s voice straight away, even though I’ve only seen him on The Middle.

6/10

Ralph Breaks the Internet

I thought it was quite good, until Ralph broke the Internet and the film got so boring I fell asleep. Good old Odeon handed out these magnet Instagram photo frames for fridge.

6/10

Film Reviews: Bohemian Rhapsody. American Animals. Tom Sawyer. Almost Friends. The Grinch. Swept From the Sea. The Favor. My Blueberry Nights. Freaky Friday. The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Rad. Return to Nim’s Island

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Bohemian Rhapsody

Lucy Boynton upgraded from being a groupie for some made up Irish group in Sing Street, to a groupie for Queen. The two hour wait till We Are the Champions was worth it, but they never showed us how they came up with this anthem. Saw it once and then took my dad to see it with me. If you never got to experience Queen live, then seeing Bohemian Rhapsody at the cinema is close enough. If you love Queen, you’ll love the film, if you don’t care for Queen, you will not find the film special.

8/10

American Animals

Never seen thieves with such guilty conscience. The heist went so very badly you will cringe throughout the last thirty minutes. I’m so happy I got to see it on the big screen

8/10

Tom Sawyer

All the breathtaking shots of that gorgeous steamboat are what makes this film beautiful. There is something familiar in the scene where Jodie and Tom get engaged. The way little Jodie tilts her head, says her line, then smiles awkwardly. We’ve all seen grown up Jodie do that charming head tilt and smirk in many of her films and interviews. These two things were enough for me to enjoy this film, despite never being a big fan of Tom Sawyer’s. I honestly couldn’t tell you whether my year read this book in school or not.

7.5/10

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Almost Friends

This coming of age drama was just what I needed on this sunny day. I could easily relate to Freddie’s character, putting his life on hold for a few years, everyone asking him if he’s depressed and the toxic relationship he had with a parent who loved him, but was stealing from the family on the side. It actually encouraged me to leave the house and go for a walk which never happens.

‘You okay?’
‘Yeah, I was just taking a breath.’

‘You know, I’m starting to think I might be depressed.’

‘You’re a strange guy, Charlie, you know that?’
‘Not so strange, maybe just a little different.’

7.5/10

Swept From the Sea

This film was shot over 20 years before Brexit, and yet the appauling way some of the British villagers treated the Ukranian and his family in this film mirrors the xenophopia part of Brexit so accurately, it’s scary.

6/10

The Grinch

Unnecessary and no singing? Absolutely nothing happened until he got to the girl’s house an hour into the film.

4/10

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The Favor

The husband did her the biggest favor by not divorcing her for all the shit she had pulled throughout the film.

6/10

My Blueberry Nights

I’ve owned this on DVD since 2008 and only watched it 11 years later. I liked the two smaller storylines so much more than the main love story.

‘He was so crazy about me, I couldn’t breathe. So we tried drinking our way back into love, but it never made sense in the morning. So I ran. And every time I came back, he was here. And he was still crazy about me.’

6/10

Freaky Friday

I’ve seen the original film starring little Jodie Foster and the remake with Jamie Lee Curtis many times. I’ve been looking for this made for TV version starring young Gaby Hoffmann and Shelley Young for 20 years and finally got to see it today. I’m happy to report It was everything I thought it would be.

7/10

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The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Should have seen it on the big screen, in 3D, otherwise the rating can’t be any higher.

5/10

Rad

I liked the main song more than the film itself. This is the 500th new film I watched this year.

4/10

Return to Nim’s Island

I love the Irwins, but was the first film this boring and I never noticed it, because of Jodie Foster and her character’s OCD?

3/10

Film Reviews: Sophie’s Choice. Instant Family. Happy Death Day 2 U. Chain Reaction. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween. Nativity Rocks! The Sweet Life. Beware the Slenderman. Bacherolette

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Sophie’s Choice

This has always been one of my three most favorite Meryl performaces, the other two being Sikwood and Out of Africa. Sophie’s Choice could only be better if the ratio between the present and flashbacks was reversed, but the heartbreaking ending still takes my breath away.

9.5/10

Instant Family

I cried, I laughed and then I cried some more. Whether you considered fostering or adopting, or not, I promise this brilliant and heartwarming film is for you.

This was one of the best cinema experiences I’ve had in a while, nothing distracted me, not even for a second.

8/10

Happy Death Day 2 U

If you ignore the Back to the Future nonsense, you’ll find the sequel to be more fun than the first film, even though it did not feel like a horror at all. Sadly all suicide deaths were already shown in the trailer.

Still no sign of 50 Cent’s In Da Club though.

5/10

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Chain Reaction

I’m not a scientist, but that did not make much sense to me. I loved all the running and chasing, especially all the scenes on ice, in the snow and in that icy water.

6/10

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

Halloween decorations come to life! R.L. Stine has a 5 second cameo in the second film based on creatures from his best selling children book series, just like in the first one. Goosebumps books and TV show were a big part of my childhood in the 90s, and I always thought Slappy from the TV series was creepier than Chucky. This film is a watered-down version of one of the most fun children shows, but the Halloween decorations, costumes and gummy bears were amazing!

6/10

Nativity Rocks!

Coventry, recently named City of Culture 2021 waited years to come out of Birmingham’s shadow. Yes, the city centre is half of Bham’s size, architecture isn’t that impressive, thanks to the Blitz (featured in Navity Rocks) and Coventrians are getting annoyed with the Cov becoming a university town. But we have a Costco, an Ikea and now they’re building us an indoor water park right in the city centre. I like how Nativity Rocks managed to put 3 shots of that monument which’s move everyone has been opposing into the film. I wish they put more of Coventry’s businesses (Coventry Building Society would be a good one), a shot of Lady Godiva statue etc. They did include more of Coventry than in previous Navities. Coventry is a wonderful and inclusive city and I would be saying that even if I wasn’t a Coventrian.

Did anyone ask Celia Imrie how she liked Coventry? Is so, what’d she say?

6/10

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The Sweet Life

‘What do we do now?’
‘Everything.’

I liked ‘A Long Way Down’ better, but this has the Golden Gate bridge in it, a heartbreaking destination of many souls.

6/10

Beware the Slenderman

So this is the case that SVU episode starring Oana Laurence was based on, wow.

8/10

Bachelorette

The only value this film has was that bulimic storyline.

3/10

 

Film Reviews: Birdbox. Eyes Wide Shut. Miss Meadows. The Miseducation of Cameron Post. Christmas Pen Pals. Smart House. Bumblebee. Angela’s Christmas. Escape Room

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Birdbox

I’m happy she found a way around that Sophie’s Choice. I haven’t read the book, but the film was everything I wanted it to be.

8.5/10

Eyes Wide Shut

Now that I’ve read about the conspiracy Illuminati theories, the film makes a lot more sense. I don’t think Kubrick wanted to end this film with Nicole saying ‘Fuck’.

8/10

Miss Meadows

Mediocre Dexter wannabe.

6/10

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The Miseducation of Cameron Post

I liked the concept, but the execution was not all there. The film was too short, felt like a half of a full movie.

7/10

Christmas Pen Pals

‘Even if he does occasionally forget that it’s ‘i’ before ‘e’ except after ‘c’.

Christmas Pen Pals easily wins Best Christmas film of 2018. I loved the letter writing and the last 15 minutes were amazing.

7/10

Smart House

I loved Married with Children, but I didn’t like Peggy Bundy in this.

4/10

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Bumblebee

I certainly liked all the non-Transformers parts when the film felt more like a new Garbi installment than a Transformers one. If you’re in the UK, make sure you see it at Odeon cinemas this week to grab an activity book for kids which includes three A5 posters.

6/10

Angela’s Christmas

Angela’s the cutest! And she looks a lot like little Anna from Frozen, so that’s a plus.

4/10

Escape Room

I grabbed an A1 poster for this film by accident last year and now I will chuck it in the bin. Also, I feel personally offended by that diss at The Teddy Bears’ Picnic song.

2/10

 

Film Reviews: Disobedience. The Old Man and the Gun. Stan and Ollie. The Land Girls. The Money Pit. Four Weddings and a Funeral. Hell Fest. A Dog’s Way Home. Abducted in Plain Sight

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Disobedience

‘Do you still only fancy women?’

Beautiful film. It’s made it’s way to my top 10. The first kiss Ronit and Esti share is the prettiest kiss I’ve ever seen on screen, partially because Ronit’s eyes are open through a big part of it.

It’s sad that Disobedience was shot in London and yet it didn’t get a proper national cinema release. Is this because only <0.5% of British population is Jewish or because of the LGBT aspect of the film?

‘I used to think about your life in New York. I tried to imagine your room. I kept track of the time difference, so I knew when you were awake and when you were asleep.

‘I wanted it to happen. And when we were girls… Even then, it was the same. It’s always been this way! I have always wanted it.

‘Why did you get married, Esti? Why didn’t you just leave? So everything was all right when I left?’
‘No. I was ill.’
‘What sort of ill?’
‘In my head.’
‘If I had to sleep with a man, why not with our best friend?’
‘Oh, Esti…’
‘It hasn’t been a complete disaster.’
‘And that’s enough?! Do you have to have sex every Friday?’
‘It’s expected.’
‘It’s medieval. What happened to you?’
‘Nothing. You happened to me. And then I started teaching and that became important. I give them ambition.’
‘To do what? Push out seven babies and be a good wife?’
‘Don’t. Don’t. I help them to value themselves.’
‘Okay, but what about you?’
‘That is me. And you? Are you happy?’
‘Yes, I am.’
‘Have you been with other women?’
‘No. Not really. And you?’
‘No.’
‘But, Esti… Do you still
only fancy women?’

10/10

The Old Man and the Gun

Story of Forrest Tucker, a criminal best known for escaping from prison 18 times. This film starring Robert Redford in what he claims to be his last role, shows Tucker’s addiction to the thrill and focuses on his innability to stop robbing banks. I really hope this isn’t Redford’s last role. Stong redhead game though, I’ve counted three actors with red hair.

7.5/10


Stan and Ollie

Wonderful performances from leading and supporting actors. My parents used to love watching reruns of Stanley and Oliver’s films when they were kids 50 years ago. I am happy there’s a film about S&O’s lives after the peak of their careers and that I spent the last 30 minutes of it sobbing.

7/10

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The Land Girls

I wish this was more about female friendship like the poster suggests and less about all three of them being sexually or romantically linked to this village idiot who was a sex addict and never got called out for cheating. Were any of the conversations the girls had not about men and sex?

6/10

The Money Pit

A colleague recommended this to me and it’s honestly the best recommendation I’ve gotten in years! Both Tom Hanks and the film are hilarious!

‘Always a bridesmaid, never a bride!’

‘How long will it take?’
‘2 weeks.’

7/10

Four Weddings and a Funeral

Even though I didn’t like the main relationship that much, the film has many fun smaller plots. My favourite storyline was with the girl that picked up a little bit of sign language because the lad she was into, but hadn’t even been introduced to, was deaf. I know this was made in 1993, but that joke about Lady Di did not sit well with me.

8/10

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Hell Fest

My favorite kind of fest. The film is quite realistic, and I am the kind of person who would have volunteered for the beheading too. I especially liked it when the decapitation didn’t work, so the killer tried again.

7/10

A Dog’s Way Home

A cheap version of Homeward Bound, sadly as bad as Homeward Bound 2.

3/10

Abducted in Plain Sight

Devestating documentary. The parents failed this kid so badly. They didn’t know pedophiles exisited, they literally let the sex offender sleep in the girl’s bed for years and on top of all, they were both in love with him and ended up having affairs with him! The alien story makes it all even more shocking!

7/10

 

 

Film Reviews: The Favourite. Green Book. Vice. Side Effects. Enemy at the Gates. Copenhagen. Escape Room. Agora. Going All the Way. The Deep Blue Sea. A Date for Mad Mary. Dad in Training

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The Favourite

‘She saved me my whole life. Without her, I’m nothing.’

I went to see it again today, as it’s nearly perfect and I’ve had a stressful week. It’s even better the second time, and even though the audience I saw it with sounded disappointed, I couldn’t stop smiling at the screen. It was impossible to route for Abigail, seeing how annoying she was. Yorgos Lanthimos streches history to squeeze that alledged romantic story line in there, which ends up being the only part that actually makes sense. Olivia Coleman and Rachel Weisz give beautiful performances. The music score is wonderfully chilling, the cinematography, in big part focused in Anne’s room is breathtaking. The costumes are amazing, epecially everything they gave Rachel Weisz to wear. And I completely missed that About A Boy reunion the first time I watched it. The Favourite is quickly becoming one of my new favourites and I may watch it again next week.

And no one in their right mind would ever choose Emma Stone over Rachel Weisz.

‘I am not food, you cannot just eat and eat.’

‘You sent for Abigail to try and make me jealous, I think.’

‘How good to see you’ve returned from…’
‘Hell. I’m sure you shall pass through it one day.’

10/10

Green Book

Viggo Mortensen is fantastic as the chauffeur. I still don’t understand why Viggo wasn’t offered more groundbreaking roles after The History of Violence, so I am over the moon about his role in Green Book.

9/10

Vice

The first half was too long and so boring, I fell asleep. Now how about that tiny Naomi Watts cameo?

5/10

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Side Effects

I have been on my share of antidepressants, and I remember being put on this particular one at 16, just before I did this play, and it gave me the craziest side effects, including never ending dryness in my mouth. Needless to say I stopped taking it after opening night, cause it made me feel too uncomfortable.

Even though I didn’t like how the story unfolded, for once I liked Catherine Zeta-Jones’s character, so that’s something.

7.5/10

Enemy at the Gates

What a ride. I watched it twice today. Also, don’t tell me that this was not one of the films that inspired that disturbing underground sex scene in ‘In Darkness’.

‘On the train coming here, we were in the same cart, I saw you, you were reading and you feel asleep. I didn’t dare to look at you, you were so beautiful, it was scary. Afterwards, I couldn’t stop thinking about you. It made me smile. Then I thought of all the men who would get to hold you, who’d make you laugh. How lucky they were. And now I’m the one lying next to you’.

8/10

Copenhagen

Just as wonderful as You & Me Forever.

7.5/10

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Escape Room

Am I supposed to route for someone who said ‘Downtown’ is elevator music? This felt very much like Cabin in the Woods, but not that good and not gory at all.

This is the 100th film watched with my Odeon Limitless pass.

5/10

Agora

Imagine if Amenabar showed us or even mentioned exactly what they’d done to Hypatia, instead of this PG 13 mercy killing. We would have been traumatised.

8/10

Going All the Way

These two hate women but expect sex from them. The film also laughs at suicide, no person would ever try to off themselves cause they couldn’t get it up. What an awful film.

2/10

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The Deep Blue Sea

It’s based on a play by Terence Rattigan of the same name. The lighting seemed overexposed at times and I did not especially like that there were only 2 or 3 locations, but I loved the theatre feel, while all the suicide bits and talks and post Blitz London scenery were mesmerising. Falling head over heels for someone who doesn’t love you back can be devastating. I used to know a girl who drove herself mad, because someone a few years older did not want her. She ended up in therapy and is now happy with someone else.

7/10

A Date for Mad Mary

Another great little film I watched on HBO Go.

7.5/10

Dad in Training

As wonderful as it’s poster. Awful title translation.

7.5/10

 

 

TV Shows of 2018

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Yet another year is coming to an end. It was a year rich in TV Shows. The below is a list of shows I followed and cared about this year. I haven’t done weekly episode reviews all year, so below is a little sum up of what I thought of each show. There were honestly so many of them, I just couldn’t find time for weekly posts.

  1. Greys

I miss Jessica Capshaw and Sarah Drew. No bigger mistake has ever been made on Greys than writers getting rid of Arizona. I am happy Geena Davis’s character came back for her and offered her a job. They brought one of my favorite characters, Teddy, back just to ruin her life. New season welcomed Chris McCormick, Nashville alum and the first half of the season entirely revolved around Meredith’s love life.

  1. SVU

I honestly hope SVU never ends, because these cases will never lose its importance and I will gladly follow Mariska chasing rapists in her 60s and 70s.

  1. Shameless

This season wasn’t shameless at all. Carl’s wife was annoying, but I cannot believe they killed her off and no one is bothered. I’m glad they brought Courteney Cox for an episode, and Peggy Bundy for a few. I really hope Katey Segal is coming back in January. Speaking of the Bundys, I feel like watching some Married with Children reruns.

  1. Fuller House

Netflix made us wait a full year for season 4 and then they didn’t promote the show at all. I didn’t even get an email notification about new episodes being up. I love everything the Fuller-Tanner-Gibbler family does. I love all their games and special events. I will never be a parent, but it’s my dream to be DJ Tanner and organise all these fun events and days out with people I love. I love how DJ is always on her 100 percent, a perfectionist, always nicely dressed and ready for an adventure. It’s exactly how my mom is, I could never wear makeup and nice clothes every day, especially on my days off. Maybe it has something to do with being a parent or actually being around people.

  1. The Middle

One of my favorite family shows ended, but it looks like Eden Sher has been given a spin-off. I hope they get Patricia Heaton to visit her a lot.

  1. American Horror Story

I liked this season, but then again I will always be happy with this show as long as Sarah Paulson is still doing it.

  1. The Goldbergs

Speaking of spin offs, The Goldbergs is getting one, Schooled will premiere next year and it will revolve around Lanie. I was not happy that they recast Adam’s girlfriend, instead of getting him a new one. I hope Barry and Lanie do get married.

  1. How to Get Away with Murder

I hated season 4, because it revolved around Laurel and her messed up family, that did not bring anything to the storyline, but season 5 focuses on Bonnie and I’ve been enjoying it a lot.

  1. Sharp Objects

Incredible series about self-harm based on an amazing book. It’s rarely ever that self-harm addiction is shown that realistically. Sharp Objects is one of the most relatable things I’ve come across and I wish this series was around when I was fifteen. It also has a jaw dropping twist in the very last 5 seconds.

  1. Killing Eve

My dad cannot stop saying that Cristina Yang lied to us when she said she’s moving to Switzerland, and moved to London to join MI5 instead. This series starring Thirteen’s Jodie Colmer is a ‘killer’.

  1. Ozark

A money laundering show starring Laura Linney, yes please! My dad loves this show.

  1. Good Girls

Another show my dad loved. And It’s about money laundering as well. I never cared much for Mad Men, I liked it, but it was too ‘manly’ for me, but Christina Hendricks is amazing in this and Mae Whitman also stars.

  1. Thirteen Reasons Why

Say what you want, this season was almost as good as the first one, and it wasn’t too explicit. I’m not sure where I stand on how they ended this season, but I do agree that the shooting would have been too traumatizing for teenagers. I didn’t like that Hannah had a boyfriend prior to what happened in the bath tub in season one. They portrayed her as this innocent, never-had-a-boyfriend type in season one and then they ruined it in season two. Clay was supposed to be the only person that loved her, and there was someone else. I liked her boyfriend though, and I got used to the relationship, and thought it was cute by the end, so I guess it evens itself out.

  1. This is Us

In a way I lost interest the minute we learned how Jack died. It was quite brutal and I honestly don’t think there’s anything else there left to tell. I loved how they showed Tess and what she ends up doing with her life in the future.

  1. 911

Can Connie just relax and stick to one show? I loved her on Nashville and Friday Night Lights, and AHS Murder House as well, so I was happy when she joined 911, starring opposite Parenthood and Six Feet Under’s Peter Krause. I am not enjoying this season as much, but the first one was amazing.

  1. The Resident

Revenge, Brothers and Sisters and Everwood’s Emily VanCamp stars next to Gilmore Girls and The Good Wife’s Matt Chuchry in this medical drama. I am disappointed that many of the cases look like they were copied straight off Grey’s Anatomy. In season one Emily’s character Nick, was trying to bring an abusive doctor down, season 2 lacks this leading plot. Jenna Dewan joined the cast and every time I see her on the screen, my mind authomatically goes to Step Up.

  1. Crikey it’s the Irwins

I just love this show. I have followed the Irwins since late 90s, back when Crocodile Hunter was on TV. Steve Irwin’s death broke my heart. The Irwins live in Steve’s dad’s Australia Zoo and continue his legacy as wildlife conservationists.

  1. When Calls the Heart

What a year it was for the Hearties. Daniel Lissing has been absent through most of season 5 and then quit altogether, so they had to kill him off. The winter episode didn’t lack the usual sweetness of the show, but It wasn’t as good as previous episodes.

  1. Modern Family

Everything after season 3 has been mediocre, but I’m still sticking with it.

  1. For the People

I have been following Britt Robertson’s career for 8 years now, while Girlboss wasn’t her big break, neither will this be. I still love this Shondaland show and can’t wait for season 2.

  1. Scandal

I just hated what happened to David, it ruined the series for me.

  1. Riverdale

Season one was amazing, season two was average, but ended well, and I really hope season 3 will have an actual killer, and it will not go all supernatural on us. I like the darker, illuminati vibe, but now that we’ve seen Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, we don’t need it anymore.

  1. The Simpsons

I honestly hope The Simpsons has 60 seasons, I love the school and family episodes, and hate all the sci-fi. I wish they only stuck to those.

  1. The Good Fight

Season 2 was all over the place, are we even getting a third season?

  1. The Good Place

Everyone seems to be loving this show and I find it average and haven’t even been following this season.

  1. The Good Doctor

Same as with The Resident, we’ve seen all this on Greys and some cases are coincidentaly similiar. I haven’t caught up with season two yet.

  1. Hollywood Darlings

It’s fun, but I don’t think it’ll be getting a third season. You never know though, as they’ve added it on Netflix earlier this month.

  1. F For Family

Not as good as previous seasons, but it’s still a nice way to spend 6 hours.

  1. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

I do like the darker bits and Miranda Otto’s character.

30. Nashville

I miss it already, sadly it was never the same after Connie left. Lennon Stella now has a music career, and I still wish the Stella sisters continued as a duo.

31. Station 19

I love this one, it’s not brilliant, but I have the exact stable opinion on it every single week.

32. Younger

I loved Sex and the city and it’s been 20 years that I’ve wanted to live in New York, so it’s always a blast to see a little more of city life, even though it’s clearly gone to poop. I still like the same characters and hate the ones I hated in season 1. I am so happy about Liza and Charles, they should be together.

33. The Handmaid’s Tale

I liked the first season more.

34. One Day At a Time

I love this show, Elena’s story is amazing and I love all characters.