The Sisters Brothers: Film Review

I had no idea what to expect from The Sisters Brothers before I saw it at the London Film Festival last year but I was attracted to it thanks to the incredible cast – which includes Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reilly, Riz Ahmed and Jake Gyllenhaal – and I’m pleased to report it was highly entertaining and not your average western.

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The Sisters Brothers: LFF Film Review

I missed the press screening of The Sisters Brothers at the Venice Film Festival and I was gutted because it has the most incredible cast – which includes Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reilly, Riz Ahmed and Jake Gyllenhaal – so I dropped lucky when I managed to snag a ticket to a public LFF screening.

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Mary Magdalene: Film Review

Mary Magdalene is a difficult one to review because it isn’t going to appeal to everyone – and I am definitely not this film’s target market. While it is informative and interesting at times, it is very slow and I can’t say I actively enjoyed it.

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You Were Never Really Here: Film Review

Lynne Ramsay‘s You Were Never Really Here was not at all what I expecting. I went in thinking it would be some action-packed hitman thriller, but it is far more slow-burning and ambiguous so it’s not going to please everyone. [Read more…]

You Were Never Really Here: LFF Film Review

Lynne Ramsay‘s You Were Never Really Here is one of those movies which makes you question if you saw the same film as everyone else. It received a long standing ovation at Cannes and has basically been acclaimed by all the critics, but I came away reeling and thinking, “Was that it?” I was expecting much more.

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Irrational Man: Film Review

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I hoped Irrational Man would restore my faith in Woody Allen, but this is just another one that fails to impress. I thought following the failure of Magic in the Moonlight, he could only do better but this is just as messy and unsatisfying and a total waste of Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone’s talents.

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Cannes Film Festival Round-up: What to see?

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The Cannes Film Festival is over for another year, so to say farewell, here is my rundown of films that I want to see immediately thanks to the buzz they received in France. Some have secured cinema distribution deals so us mortals who weren’t lucky enough to be in Cannes will be able to see them within the next year (which is still far too long away!)

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Her: Film Review

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This had the strangest concept and I wasn’t sure if it should be taken seriously but considering the Best Picture Oscar nomination, I figured it would be a damn good film and it is. I loved it.

Joaquin Phoenix stars as Theodore, a man who is prolonging signing his divorce papers from Catherine (Rooney Mara). He lives a lonely existence until he installs a new operating system which has ‘artificial intelligence’ and is constantly evolving like a human. He begins to shun real-world interactions in favour of ‘Samantha’ (Scarlett Johansson), who he constantly talks to about his day, rather than simply giving her instructions. They soon form a bond and she becomes jealous when he goes on dates and sees his soon-to-be ex-wife. Their relationship solidifies when they have ‘sex’ until Samantha evolves so much she starts to get paranoid and they have real-life arguments. Things don’t end well…that’s all I will say.

Although this is a satire of what life would be like if we aren’t careful, I can totally believe it. The advances in technology are insane these days. It is crazy seeing people passing real people without interacting because they are too busy talking to their OS. It could absolutely happen.

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It is cringe-worthy at times, especially when they have virtual sex and Samantha wants to use a body surrogate, which is just a terrible idea. You feel sorry for Theodore and wish he would just get a traditional relationship. It is even weirder when he tells people and they accept it – he even goes for picnic with friends and ‘Samantha’, who they talk to like she is there! So, so weird.

However, I got invested in their relationship even though it didn’t make sense or seem practical. Samantha just made him so happy and feel good about himself so I was dreading the end. You know that sort of relationship isn’t sustainable. I actually cried at the end. I can’t believe how involved I got. I thought I would watch this at a distance and scoff at such a ludicrous idea.

It is done so well. The dialogue is fully believable and their relationship seems real even though she isn’t there. It can make you happy when Theodoere is smiling and dancing and sad when they fight. The support cast is brilliant too – it includes Amy Adams, Olivia Wilde, Chris Pratt and the voice of Kristen Wiig.

This is a romance drama like any other in terms of how it makes you feel – regardless of how strange the idea is. It will touch you. Seeing Phoenix smile, dance and run around having fun makes it all worth it as well. Highly recommended.

Top Films For February

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Dallas Buyers Club

Judging by the Golden Globe awards the lead actors got for this, I expect it to be amazing. Matthew McConaughey portrays the real-life Ron Woodroof, who is diagnosed with HIV at a time when the medication available in the US is not effective. He smuggles non-FDA approved drugs into the US and sets up a members club for other AIDS sufferers.

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Cuban Fury

I’m sort of scrapping the barrel here but I’m really not bothered about most of the movies out this month. As the ones on offer go, I think this will be pretty funny because I love Nick Frost but would never have placed him in a salsa dancing competition movie. I imagine it will follow the same formula as other dance flicks but the British humour will make it enjoyable nonetheless. It also stars Olivia Colman, Rashida Jones and Chris O’Dowd.

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Her

This looks so different and interesting. Joaquin Phoenix stars as a man who falls in love with his interactive operating system, named Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). Also starring Amy Adams, Olivia Wilde and Rooney Mara.

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Non-Stop

This is another Liam Neeson action vehicle, this time aboard a plane. He plays an air marshal who ends up in a sticky situation when he gets blackmailed – if doesn’t get the feds to transfer a ton of money, a person will be killed every 20 minutes. There are a few twists and turns and it is a major whodunnit- which I love! Also starring Julianne Moore and Lupita Nyong’o.

There are many other movies out this month but they don’t grab me at all: Here’s a list of the big ones- Robocop, The Lego Movie,  The Invisible Woman, Mr Peabody & Sherman, Endless Love, The Monument’s Men, A Winter’s Tale,  The Book Thief and Ride Along.

Pics: The BAFTA after-party

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After the ceremony finished in London’s Covent Garden, some of the celebrities headed to The Weinstein Company after-party at Lou Lous. The event was sponsored by Chopard.

The majority went to the official BAFTA afterparty at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane. The event was sponsored by Disaronno and The Noisettes provided the entertainment. It seemed less of a party atmosphere than the Weinstein party, where celebrities were dancing and chilling on sofa.

I love seeing the celebrities hanging out together while they are having a good time and it shows who are genuine friends with each other.

WEINSTEIN PARTY

Bradley Cooper & Alice Eve

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Bradley Cooper got his dance on with UK TV actress Alice. I didn’t know they knew each other!

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Michael Fassbender, Bradley Cooper & Jennifer Lawrence

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The Weinstein Company and Entertainment Film Distributors Post-BAFTA Party Hosted By Chopard and Grey Goose

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I didn’t know Michael even knew Bradley and now he’s jokingly grabbing his head. Bradley seems to be pals with everyone! This group seemed to have a real laugh with each other- I just love it!

Jeremy Renner, Joaquin Phoenix & Amy Adams

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Jeremy had been hanging out on the sofa with Joaquin which is impressive since Joaquin can be rather moody. Amy had changed into something different for the after party and is clearly into her conversation.

OFFICIAL BAFTA PARTY 

Jessica Chastain & George Clooney

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Jessica was having a laugh with George outside the party in the snow. They are both so attractive!

Anne Hathaway & Samuel L Jackson

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Samuel and Anne seemed to be in deep conversation about her award.