Oscars 2018: Best & Worst Dressed

This awards season, I have been doing the red carpet analysis for all the major awards shows and we’re now at the climax – the Oscars!

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I, Tonya: Film Review

Most people will have heard of the name Tonya Harding and will think they know all about her and what she did – so I, Tonya presents a gripping and interesting look at the figure skater’s life in an unusual biopic style.

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BAFTAs 2018: Best & Worst Dressed

Much like the Golden Globes, the stars took to the BAFTAs red carpet at London’s Royal Albert Hall in black to support the Time’s Up movement – and here are my favourite looks.

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My pictures from the 2018 BAFTAs

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Last night, I had the privilege of attending the BAFTAs and I was on both the red carpet and in the winners’ press conference room, and you can see all the pictures I took below.

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Top Films for February

It’s the start of the month, so you know what time it is – my monthly movie preview! Here are my recommendations for UK cinema releases this February.

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The Girl on the Train: Film Review

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Since the film adaptation of the bestselling murder mystery Gone Girl was such a big hit, it was hardly a surprise when the film rights were snapped up for a similar success story – Paula Hawkins‘ The Girl on a Train. The book was exciting and intense and I read it quicker than usual but it was certainly no Gone Girl. The same can be said for the movie adaptation; it tries to be Gone Girl but it’s not and it’s definitely not as strong as the book.

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Spy: Film Review

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I was not excited about Spy at all because the trailer sucked and I thought ‘this better not be the level of humour’ as the comedy highlights shown weren’t funny to me. So my expectations for this were super low and I was pleasantly surprised. I loved it and it is truly hilarious. I would recommend you all completely ignore the trailer!

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Spy: London premiere coverage

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The stars of upcoming action comedy film Spy graced the red carpet in London’s Leicester Square tonight and considering there is a big comedy cast, the only one remotely entertaining was Jason Statham!

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The Duff

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I love a high school comedy, those are the films are always watch again and again so I felt like The Duff was aimed squarely at people like me. I loved it. I definitely doesn’t break any plot boundaries or reinvent the wheel but the central friendship between Mae Whitman and Robbie Amell was so charming, funny and enjoyable that I had a smile on my face the entire way through.

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Liberal Arts: Review

This is a bittersweet tale of age-gap relationships and I thought it was wonderfully written and cast. Josh Radnor (Ted from How I Met Your Mother) did a brilliant job starring, writing and directing this quaint movie and it leaves you with a smile on your face.

Josh plays 30-year-old Jesse, who returns to his former college to attend a ceremony for his favourite professor (played by Richard Jenkins). While there, he meets student Zibby (Elizabeth Olsen) and they become friends with it gradually growing into something more. Jesse is uncertain and we see him quite tormented over being with her due to her age.

The plot really is as simple as that. There are a few side parts such as Jesse’s relationship with his professor, his old English professor, his local librarian, a college student named Nate (Zac Efron) and with a troubled teenager named Dean. The main focus is with himself and Zibby. They begin simply as friends but it becomes more than that after they become pen pals to cover the distance between them. When they meet face-to-face, it is awkward and you can tell that Jesse isn’t sure whereas Zibby is up for it.

I loved Elizabeth Olsen in this- she is sweet, charming and I just love how she talks. I want to see more of her movies now! I thought her chemistry with Josh was really good and that the topic of age-gap relationship was tackled well. I was disappointed at the ending and because of that; I felt the movie didn’t really go anywhere. It is still an interesting take on the subject.

I find it difficult to take Josh too seriously because I always associate him with Ted from HIMYM but it was nice to see him do something different. Out of his three roles in the movie, I am most impressed with the writing- his dialogue was witty, thought-provoking and really enjoyable. I found the character’s conversations really interesting. The best part for me was Jesse’s after-sex debate with old English literature professor played by Alison Janney, who was on fine form as always. He also has great chats to depressive teenager Dean, who he just meets by chance.

Zibby is definitely the most likeable character in the film. Elizabeth Reaser was underused and the casting of Zac Efron as hippie philosophical student Nate was just bizarre. I couldn’t take it seriously at all and was laughing the entire time.

This film is funny, sweet and you just hope that Jesse will put the age gap aside and be with Zibby. It doesn’t go anywhere but it takes a good look at life and relationships and is well written. I wouldn’t recommend a cinema viewing for this, perhaps just a quiet night in with some girls.