Welcome to Marwen: Film Review

Welcome to Marwen is not doing very well critically, and although I understand where people are coming from, I also can’t deny that I really enjoyed it and was moved by it.

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Blockers: Film Review

I have to be honest, I thought Blockers was gonna suck. I had the lowest expectations for it, so I came away pleasantly surprised by how funny, modern and relevant it was. A teen comedy for the ‘woke’ generation, if you will.

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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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Oscars 2017: Best & Worst Dressed

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Hailee Steinfeld attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

Last night it was OBVIOUSLY the Oscars. I’ve already covered the winners, which you can read here, so it’s time to move onto the red carpet fashion.

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How to be Single: Film Review

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The romcom genre has been saved! Okay, so I probably won’t go QUITE that far but How to Be Single really feels like the best romantic comedy I have seen in a long time as it manages to avoid some of the formulaic and predictable plot points we have come to expect.

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Golden Globes 2016: Best & Worst Dressed

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Now I love me some fashion, and after a sad day like today I need to distract myself by looking through the red carpet outfits from the 2016 Golden Globes Sunday night.

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Top Films for April

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Divergent

I have already seen this and as a fan of the book, I give it a big thumbs-up. It deserves more but it has been lumped into the same boat as The Hunger Games and will not fare as well in comparison. Read my review here. Shailene Woodley stars as Tris in this dystopian world where the inhabitants are split into factions. She doesn’t fit into one, she is divergent, and that makes her dangerous. Released: 4th

The Double

I want to see this purely to see Jesse Eisenberg plays two people – his shy, boring character goes so unnoticed that nobody is aware of the weirdness when his mega-confident doppelganger arrives. This looks so interesting. Released: 4th [Read more…]

This is 40: Review

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If you love Judd Apatow movies, then you will love this. It is written in the same style as his other movies and the dialogue is as witty as its predecessor, Knocked Up.

This “sort-of sequel” focuses on Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann), who are both turning forty within the same week. You may remember their troublesome marriage from Knocked Up as Debbie was Katherine Hiegl’s sister in that movie. They were forever arguing and getting upset with each other, so you can only imagine what they are like a few years down the line. They have day-to-day struggles but the main concern in this film is their age and their financial troubles.

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The first hour was fantastic- I thought the dialogue was so realistic and the scenarios were completely plausible. They had their problems but it was funny, bickering problems. These then get worse and it just becomes a lot of shouting and swearing and gets a bit random in places. It stopped becoming funny because it looked like they may divorce and I just wasn’t enjoying the constant yelling. I would say that it was fine for the first 60-90 mins but then it gets a bit crazy.

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I think I liked this more than Knocked Up because the humour wasn’t through random happenings or characters, it was because their depiction of family life is very accurate. Things did get a bit over the top and random further into the movie, when everything descended into chaos.

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I love Judd’s writing and I think Rudd and Mann had brilliant chemistry. They were brilliant together and it just felt like some of their dialogue was improvised. Their two children were hilarious in their own right- that may be because they were both played by Leslie and Judd’s real-life daughter, Iris and Maude. There were plenty of familiar supporting characters. Jason Segel is barely in it as Debbie’s personal trainer, Megan Fox gets the biggest supporting role as Debbie’s colleague, John Lithgow as Debbie’s dad, Melissa McCarthy as a parent (I didn’t like her part) plus Chris O’ Dowd and Lena Dunham pop up as workers at Pete’s record label. I would have loved to see more of these characters.

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I really did enjoy this, for the most part. It doesn’t really relate to Knocked Up at all and Katherine Heigl makes no appearance despite them being close in that movie and there being family events in this. It did seem a bit strange. There isn’t much of a plot, just several obstacles that need overcoming. It could have been about half hour shorter as 135 minutes is a long time for a comedy. I think the dialogue and characterisation of the central family make up for that- they are spot on. I recommend.

Top Films for February

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Flight

Denzel Washington stars in his Oscar-nominated role of a pilot who manages to land a plane when the system fails. He is hailed a hero until it is discovered that he was under the influence of alcohol during the flight, which is illegal so he has to stand trial. Don Cheadle plays his defence lawyer in what seems like a hard-hitting drama about morals. Released: 1st

 

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Hitchcock

Anthony Hopkins stars as the famous horror director, Alfred Hitchcock, in this look at his life, his work and his marriage during the filming of the classic horror, Psycho. If you have seen the BBC1 drama “The Girl”, which is similar but on the set of The Birds, you will know that Alfred was a weird and creepy man. Helen Mirren has been Oscar nominated for her supporting role as his wife Alma. Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Biel also star. Released: 8th

 

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Wreck-It Ralph

This looks like a quality Disney animation. It is completely original as it set in the world of arcade games meaning there are plenty of pop culture references. Ralph is fed up of being a villain in his game so he escapes and tours other games until he finds where he belongs. The trailer makes it look incredible! John C Reilly voices the lead and is joined by Jane Lynch and Sarah Silverman. Released: 8th

 

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This is 40

I CANNOT wait for this! It been released in the US for ages. This is the “sort of spin-off sequel” of Knocked Up and revolves around the marriage of Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann. If you remember what they were like in the original movie, just imagine how dysfunctional their marriage is now that they are pushing 40. Judd Apatow is a genius, so as long as it is as good as the first one, I’ll be happy. It co-stars Megan Fox, Jason Segel, Chris O’Dowd and Lena Dunham. Released: 14th

 

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Mama

I thought I would throw in a horror to mix it up a bit. This genuinely looks petrifying though AND it stars Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain, so it must be good, right?! Annabel (Chastain) and Lucas take on his young nieces after they had been left alone in a forest for five years. Naturally, they are going to be a bit messed up but it seems they brought something into the house with them… Released: 22nd

 

I have deliberately missed out Hansel & Gretel, A Good Day To Die Hard, Warm Bodies and Cloud Atlas. These are all “big” films for this month but they just look so bad and I have no inclination to see them at all.

Critics Choice Awards: Red Carpet Fashion

More awards ceremonies! It has been a crazy week for nominations and awards! Just one night after the People’s Choice Awards, the celebs headed out to the Critic’s Choice Movie Awards. The biggest winners were Jennifer Lawrence and Ben Affleck. Argo won Best Film and Affleck for director, Jessica Chastain won best actress and Daniel Day-Lewis for best actor. For the full list, see here.

So, like usual, here are my fashion hits and misses:

 

HITS 

Jessica Chastain

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This is simple but elegant and it is compliments her hair.

Nina Dobrev

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I love the colour and the texture. She looks gorgeous.

Naomi Watts

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After a fashion fail last night, Naomi brings it back looking sexy.

Amy Adams

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I love the skirt more than the top half but it’s really nice. Not the best but definitely a hit.

Jennifer Lawrence

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Jen has brought it back after a fashion fail the night before. I don’t really like the random veil-type material hanging down, but the rest is great.

Amanda Seyfried

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I’m not a big fan of the skirt but the top half is gorgeous. So pretty.

MISSES

Leslie Mann

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The colour is sweet but the top looks like wallpaper print and the skirt is too big.

Elle Fanning

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I have never seen this girl wear anything I like. She always dresses YEARS older- she needs to take tips from Chloe Moretz and dress her age.

Famke Janssen

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This is just horrible. There are no redeeming qualities.

Marion Cotillard

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I was undecided on this at first but the reason I don’t like it because of the colour and the amount of flowers embroided. If it were white with less flowers, I would love it.