Welcome to Me

Greetings Internet! I have been wanting to enter the world of blogging for a while now. I used to write reviews for a student magazine and I miss the days of receiving adulation from my fans (because that definitely happened…all the time). I am also hoping that blogging will help distract me from the barren…

Inside Out Review

Pixar’s latest film, Inside Out, focuses on an 11-year-old girl, Riley (Kaitlyn Dias). Or rather, the film focuses on what is going on inside Riley’s head. We are introduced to the headquarters of Riley’s mind, run by personified emotions – Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust – that control everything Riley feels. It’s been easy…

Cinderella Review

Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh, is the first in an upcoming series of re-imaginings of classic Disney animations (Beauty and the Beast and Mulan are up next). Although, perhaps re-imagining isn’t the right word, given that this live-action version is pretty much indistinguishable from the animated original, even down to Cinderella’s affinity with mice. Given…

#OscarsSoWhite: Selma and 12 Years a Slave

The 87th Academy Awards: the Oscars that spawned the hashtag #oscarssowhite. The tag took Twitter by storm after it was revealed that 100% of acting nominees this year are white, for only the second time in twenty years. The lack of diversity wasn’t limited to the acting categories either: the Telegraph has shared statistics that…

Still Life Review

John May (played by the ever-excellent Eddie Marsan) is the man at the centre of this gentle meditation on life (and death) from Italian director Uberto Pasolini. John’s existence revolves around his job, which is to arrange funerals for people without friends or family. He painstakingly picks out details from a person’s life – a…

The Theory of Everything Review

The Theory of Everything tells the story of the relationship between Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane, beginning with their first meeting, and continuing on as Stephen finds fame and fortune, but his health deteriorates as motor-neurone disease takes hold. This biopic is making a splash in awards season, Eddie Redmayne having already won a…

The Drop Review

The Drop. The title of new crime drama from director Michaël R. Roskam, is referring to a “drop bar” – a bar where illegal money discreetly changes hands. The film’s hero, Bob (played by Tom Hardy), is a bartender at one of these “drop bars”, figure-headed by Cousin Marv (James Gandolfini’s final role), but really…

Looper Review

Time travel – it’s a tricky thing to master in cinema. How much does it have to make sense? Completely, at all? “This time-travel stuff fries your brain”, Jeff Daniels’s mob boss Abe says towards the start of the film. So how does director Rian Johnson solve this problem? By asking the audience not to…