Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – Film Review

I wasn’t the biggest fan of the first Fantastic Beasts so I wasn’t excited for The Crimes of Grindelwald and I had pretty low expectations – and that feeling was accurate because the film is just a bit meh.

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My favourite performances of 2017

This is the first time I have done a ‘favourite performances’ end-of-year list, and that’s because there are many which deserve a shoutout. Obviously some have achieved recognition at the awards, but there are plenty which won’t get a look in and I think they should get an honourable mention too.

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Justice League: Film Review

I was not a fan of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice so I thought Justice League would be just as rubbish, especially after the reviews came out and they were really bad. My expectations were incredibly low and I think that helped because I actually thought it was fine.

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Top Films for November

It’s the start of November, which means it’s movie preview time! We’re slowly getting into awards season, with a lot of London Film Festival favourites hitting general release, but that doesn’t mean the blockbusters have disappeared. Here’s my recommendations for November:

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Film Review


I wasn’t a big Harry Potter nerd but I liked and enjoyed the films so was interested to see how Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them would connect to that world. Like the franchise, it is entertaining and magical but it just lacked a certain something for me. I expect fans to loved it wholeheartedly but I thought it was just good.

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Eddie Redmayne and J.K. Rowling at the Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them premiere


Tonight the stars of the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hit the blue carpet for the massive two-cinema premiere in London’s Leicester Square including Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Carmen Ejogo, producer David Heyman, director David Yates and of course J.K. Rowling.

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Justice League cast make surprise appearance at Suicide Squad premiere

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I haven’t been to a London premiere this exciting and spectacular in ages and it couldn’t have come at a better time – Suicide Squad really needed a big event like this to lift fans’ spirits following the critical mauling the film has received and the cast made sure it was a lot of fun – and things got even crazier when the Justice League showed up announced! AMAZING!

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The Stanford Prison Experiment: Film Review


Now I am a psychology nerd, I did it at A-level and it was absolutely fascinating, so obviously I was going to check out the latest film reenactment of the infamous 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment by Philip Zimbardo. I know this case well, it is one of the most memorable studies (besides Milgram), so I was keen to see it onscreen after a disappointing recreation with Adrien Brody and Forest Whitaker in 2010’s The Experiment.

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Madame Bovary: LFF Film Review


As a huge fan of Mia Wasikowska, I simply had to go and see Madame Bovary at the London Film Festival. She is superb in it, like the rest of the cast, in this adaptation of Flaubert’s classic novel.

Wasikowska stars as Emma Bovary, a woman who has just married a small-town doctor and moved to a rural village in 19th Century France. She soon becomes disappointed in her life and embarks on affairs to advance her social status. She also buys expensive goods beyond her means and her lavish lifestyle soon brings the Bovarys into debt which they cannot repay.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Review

I have to give this film credit for being far better than it looked in its clips and trailers. I wasn’t planning on seeing it but went along with a friend who wanted to and I’m so glad I did. It is SUCH a good film and I found it inspiring and moving. It is definitely a gem and far better than expected.

It stars Logan Lerman as Charlie, a freshman in high school who is complete loner. He is pretty depressive and socially awkward. He makes friends with a senior, Patrick (Ezra Miller) and his group of friends which include his step-sister Sam (Emma Watson), who Charlie falls in love with. He grows up, learns about love, drugs and parties and starts to have a positive outlook on life.

That sums up the plot in a very basic way. It doesn’t have a plot progression as such but more a progression through the Charlie character. It just takes a look at his freshmen year, how he deals with loss, social situations and finding himself inspired and in love for the first time. It is coming-of-age tale so don’t expect huge plot twists and turns but subtle changes in the way Charlie thinks.

Lerman is really good as Charlie and believably awkward. He is emotional and you get behind him and hope he’s going to be okay. You always want Sam to realise how much Charlie loves her. I felt for his character way more than I imagined and I almost teared up towards the end when I thought something bad was going to happen to him. I haven’t read the book so I had no idea what to expect. I would have liked a more satisfactory ending but it wasn’t bad. It just made me a bit sad.

Emma Watson was great as Sam in the fact that the character was so different to what we’ve seen her do before. She is wild, carefree and emotionally vulnerable and I thought Emma did that well. Her American accent wasn’t bad but at times, I wasn’t sure if she had said something properly. The star of the film for me is Ezra Miller as Patrick, the flamboyant homosexual who everyone knows and is a bucket of fun. He, like Sam, has a dark, tortured side so while Charlie thinks they’re so happy and fun, it turns out they’re quite similar to him, they just hide it better. Their secrets are devastating and can change the mood of the film so quickly.

What I like about this film is that it is quirky and fun and can flip to being super serious and sad really quickly, before taking you back to the fun side again. It takes you on a ride and Charlie’s journey is a fascinating one.  Also, the music used in this is amazing! I really recommend it- keep an eye out for Patrick and Sam’s high school dance!