Teen Spirit: Film Review

Max Minghella – who you’ll probably know from The Handmaid’s Tale and The Mindy Project – has made his writing and directing debut with Teen Spirit, which is basically a dramatisation of shows like The X Factor.

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Professor Marston and the Wonder Women: Film Review

I had no idea what to expect from Professor Marston and the Wonder Women when I saw it at the London Film Festival and I came away so impressed that it ended up in my top ten list.

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My top ten films from the BFI London Film Festival (LFF)

The London Film Festival is over for another year! I posted a lot of reviews from LFF over the past two weeks and it’s understandable if you missed some, so I’ve created a handy index with links to all my reviews, starting with my top 10!

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Professor Marston and the Wonder Women: LFF Film Review

With quite a lot of films on the LFF schedule, you know from word of mouth beforehand whether it’s supposed to be good, but there are a small few that take you completely by surprise. Professor Marston and the Wonder Women comes under the latter. I had no idea what to expect and I came away so impressed.

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Christine: Film Review

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I love films which shine a light on incredible stories that you would simply not believe were true because they are so remarkable or insane. Christine is one of those tales, which tell us all about Christine Chubbuck, a 29-year-old news reporter who shot herself in the head during a live TV broadcast in 1974. How has this story not been told onscreen before?!

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Christine: LFF Film Review

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I love films which shine a light on incredible stories that you would simply not believe were true because they are so remarkable or insane. Christine is one of those tales, which tell us all about Christine Chubbuck, a 29-year-old news reporter who shot herself in the head during a live TV broadcast in 1974. How has this story not been told onscreen before?!

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Iron Man 3: Review

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The reason I loved this movie was because it was funny, it had heart and it wasn’t just your standard action movie. There wasn’t constant fighting and it was very dialogue driven. It was clever, witty and hilarious as well as subverting genre expectations for comic effect.

Robert Downey Jr returns as Tony Stark in the third (if not final) instalment in the Iron Man trilogy. He is having nightmares after what happened in the Avengers and is having difficulty coping, so he has put all his energies into refining the iron suit. As you saw in Avengers, he is now with his assistant (now CEO of Stark Industries), Pepper Potts, played by the lovely Gwyneth Paltrow. The military now use an iron suit which is manned by Rhodes (Don Cheadle), called the Iron Patriot.

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Things seem to be going smoothly for Stark until a terrorist starts threatening the US with bomb attacks. The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) seems like his most powerful opponent yet but everything is not as it seems. The reveal is hilarious because the villains in action movies are usually so one-dimensional.

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It is different to the usual action formula, which I love. It seems to be more focused on making Stark look cool (easy job!), having witty dialogue and being incredibly funny. I laughed more at this than I do intentional comedies these days. Stark is a fallible hero and this is evident from the movie- his suit doesn’t always work,  or it is a prototype not fit for fight/flight or it just listens to JARVIS rather than him. There isn’t really a single fight sequence where Stark gets to kick butt with an all singing and dancing suit. Something seems to go wrong every time and while I liked how refreshing that was, proper action nuts would have been craved a serious battle.  

Guy Pearce plays baddie Aldrich Killian

Guy Pearce plays baddie Aldrich Killian

I actually preferred all the down-time moments when we just listen to Tony talk and be all charismatic rather than all the action scenes. I didn’t really like the “evil” Tony faced and while Guy Pearce plays the baddie perfectly, I did think the whole “Extremis” concept was rather crazy. The action scenes got boring after a while, especially as an iron suit versus a red-hot super soldier battle can go on forever.

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I loved that Gwyneth got to don the suit and kick some butt, she definitely has more to do than in the previous films and I think that’s great. Before, Tony used to treat her like crap whereas in this movie, he realises how much she means to him and that’s where the film gets its heart. The best part for me is when Tony is in Tennessee and meets a young boy named Harley. He becomes his sidekick briefly and helps him fix the suit. The dialogue between them is hilarious. Kingsley’s Mandarin character had a brilliant twist which he plays perfectly and Rebecca Hall was frankly underused and poorly defined.

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This is far better than two and I would whole-heartedly recommend it. It is less action focused than the others and focuses more on Tony as a person but I still really enjoyed it. The plot is as sketchy as any action movie but the dialogue, humour and amazing cast make up for it. As a side note, stay until after the credits to see a hilarious scene with the Hulk!

Kate Winslet’s ex dating Rebecca Hall

Kate Winslet’s ex husband Sam Mendes is now dating actress Rebecca Hall, who was considered a reason for Kate and Sam’s divorce earlier this year.

During their divorce, Sam’s friendship with Rebecca was cited as a problem as they were close and were spending a lot of time together. At the time, Sam said the allegations were “untrue and ridiculous.”

A rep for the new couple have confirmed their relationship but did not reveal any extra details.

Kate is now dating Sir Richard Branson’s newphew Ned Rocknroll.

I can’t believe this! It makes you wonder whether there was actually something going on between Sam and Rebecca all along and they have kept it hidden until now. It is definitely very suspicious.