Review – The Founder

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The Founder, directed by John Lee Hancock, is a film that by the end of it, I felt defeated and completely detached from all that happened. The film’s main focus is a person who is utterly reprehensible. I had no want to see him succeed and as his success grew, I only became more and more disconnected from the film – soon wishing it to just end, so that I could go on with my day. My review will be unkind but fair, so let’s get to it. Read more

The 2017 Oscars – Best Picture Nominations: Watched, Reviewed and Ranked

In my opinion, this is the best selection of films nominated for ‘Best Picture’ in quite a few years. That’s not to say that the previous years have been lacking, as there have been some outstanding films nominated. It’s just that this year is near enough a clean sweep in terms of the overall deservingness and quality, when all the films are considered.

But let’s stop waffling on about the quality of the overall list, and actually talk about each film individually – giving them the time and the praise they deserve. I’ll be ranking these films from my least favourite one to the one that I thought was the best. But if I’m being honest, only 1 of the films on this list is out-of-place when compared to the rest – anyway, on with the list. Read more

Review – Moonlight

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Moonlight, written and directed by Barry Jenkins, is raw, real and human. I was instantly pulled into this film; the characters and their stories was something that I just wanted to watch, and become a part of their journey. Jenkins achieves a lot in this film – it’s actually kind of unbelievable the feelings this film elicits. I was stunned by the characters and the performances behind them, and I was in awe of just how upfront and honest the film was in its filming and overall approach to its subject. I’m looking forward to writing this review, as there is much to say, so let’s get to it. Read more

Review – Hidden Figures

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Hidden Figures, directed by Theodore Melfi, does a good job in telling the stories of some remarkable women, whose stories have gone unseen. But other than that the film itself is pretty unremarkable; making no real effort to standout from any other biographical film. I actually feel that other than its three main characters, it seems to want to gloss over and demean the work accomplished by everyone at NASA during the time. This review will be an interesting one, as I feel my opinions on the film aren’t going to match up with what many people are touting this film to be. So let’s get to it. Read more

Review – Fences

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Fences, directed by Denzel Washington, is a brilliantly focused look on some truly honest and damaged individuals who all bring so much of their lives to the table. The film is limited in what it offers, but what it offers is just so commanding that you almost never notice. I was engrossed in the meaty, real feeling dialogue, and I genuinely became connected to the lives of the characters. So much so that I almost wanted to stand up and start shouting at some of them. But people may struggle with the length of the film (due to how limited in scope it is). I know I found many things to love, but is it enough to make this film worth seeing? Well, let’s get this review underway and see. Read more

Review – Hacksaw Ridge

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Hacksaw Ridge, directed by Mel Gibson, is a rousing film that is very giving, in terms of the time it offers the audience to understand and connect with its main character. But it is also a film that is completely unflinching in its depiction of the battle that took place on Hacksaw Ridge. It was in that generous amount of time with the main character, that the film finds its footing, which later on makes the experience all the more poignant. So there is much to take in when watching the film, which is good for me as that makes for a review with much to say. So let’s get to it. Read more

Review – T2 Trainspotting

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T2 Trainspotting, directed by Danny Boyle, does the seemingly impossible, it returns to a well-known and beloved film with a sequel, and somehow is able to both be its own film, while still paying respecting the original. Now, the film isn’t perfect – one or two flaws do standout – but the film is able to add to the characters in a way that feels meaningful, and doesn’t ever feel like it is tarnishing the legacy of a film phenomenon; like the original Trainspotting was. So let’s make our way into the fuller review, to see just what the film is able to achieve. Read more

Review – Jackie

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Jackie, directed by Pablo Larraín, is a hauntingly, distressing film, with an incredible lead performance from Natalie Portman. From its very first shot, to its very last shot, I was nearly in continuous awe of this film. It is one of those experiences that almost makes you uncomfortable in how unflinching it is. The approach that the film takes is one that doesn’t shy away from the bleak honesty of a situation that is unimaginable. This is one of those reviews were I don’t think I’m talented enough to do the film justice, but I’m going to try. So here we go. Read more