Golden Globes 2018: Best & Worst Dressed

Unless you have been living under a rock, you will know that the actors and actresses attending the Golden Globes last night wore black to support the Time’s Up movement. Here are some of my favourite looks of the night.

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Ten films I’m most excited about in 2018

I usually do a monthly movie preview, so this is my bumper yearly edition, in which I go through the films I’m most excited about in 2018.

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Loving Vincent: LFF Film Review

Loving Vincent is an extraordinary visual masterpiece that has to be seen to be believed. It is the first entirely hand painted film, everything you see onscreen is a pencil drawing or an oil painting on canvas in the style of Vincent van Gogh.

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Oscars 2016: Best & Worst Dressed

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We have finally reached the end of the film awards season! It felt like we would never get there but yes, the Oscars, the pinnacle of everything, happened Sunday night. Sure, the prizes are a good talking point but this is ALL about the fashion. This is the biggie – the event everyone saves their best for, and there were some damn good outfits on display.

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Brooklyn: Film Review

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I wanted to watch Brooklyn simply because of Saoirse Ronan and Domhnall Gleeson, who are two actors I always keep an eye on, so having them in a movie together sounded like my dream. As expected, they did not disappoint and Brooklyn is a powerful, emotional drama that also manages to be incredibly funny.

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Top Films for November

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It is that time of the month again and this November, there are some pretty sweet movies on the way as awards season is well and truly upon us. Find out my picks below:

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Lost River: Film Review

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Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut Lost River was panned when it premiered at Cannes so I braced myself for an experimental film that was totally shit. So I was actually surprised that Lost River wasn’t as bad as the media reports had lead us to believe. It needs a lot of work, sure, but it isn’t awful.

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The Grand Budapest Hotel: Review

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I think if you are a fan of Wes Anderson films you will love this because it is as oddball and crazy as his other attempts. I’m not a follower of his work, I haven’t seen any of his films before so I didn’t really know what I was getting myself in for and I think that affected my reaction. To be honest, I only went because of the cast and because it had received great reviews.

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Top Films for October

 

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FILTH

James McAvoy has been praised for his performance by critics so I want to see it purely for this purpose. The content looks quite disgusting. He is a policeman with no moral boundaries and we literally see him, drink, smoke, shag, puke and just be a down-right horrible human being. It will certainly be a shocking movie but the casting of McAvoy has me intrigued. Released: 4th October

HOW I LIVE NOW

I’m almost fed up of the apocalyptic genre but this looks quite good. The trailer has me hooked, as does Saoirse Ronan, who takes the lead in this movie. She is an American sent to the English countryside for a summer and falls in love with Eddie. The world as they know it is totally changed when it is hit with a nuclear blast and they are separated by soldiers. They strive to break free and reunite back at their home. I like the love story edge. Released: 4th October

 

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THANKS FOR SHARING

This comedy-drama has a stellar cast and looks so enjoyable.  It focuses on the lives of three people who suffer from sex addiction and how it affects those around them. Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow, Josh Gad, Pink and Tim Robbins star. Released: 4th October

THE TO DO LIST

This has a basic storyline but I think the comedic performances will make up for that. Aubrey Plaza stars as Brandy, an over-achiever in high school who realises she should get as many sexual experiences under her belt as possible before heading to college. This obviously paves the way for some funny, awkward scenes. I was mostly sold by the support cast of Alia Sawkat, Bill Hader, Rachel Bilson and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Released: 4th October

 

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THE FIFTH ESTATE

Despite being panned by WikiLeaks founders, I think this insight into their 2010/2011 operation of releasing classified information will be very interesting. This thriller sees Benedict Cumberbatch portray the founder Julian Assange. We see the CIA and FBIs reaction when their classified information about Iraqi insurgents gets published in media, thanks to this whistleblower. Released: 11th October

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS

This action movie starring Tom Hanks is based on a true story that happened in 2009. Tom is the captain of a freighter which gets taken hostage by Somali pirates. He then lets himself get taken hostage to save his crew. This looks like really tense stuff and relates to contemporary news, which makes it very interesting. Released: 18th October

The Host: Review

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I had read the book by Stephenie Meyer quite a few years ago but I couldn’t remember what happened. All I could remember was the concept, which I thought would be difficult to recreate on screen. At first, the voiceover is jarring, but you soon get used it. It is a sweet film that is nice to watch but it isn’t overly enjoyable.

I’ll clarify what I mean. Basically, there is nothing terribly wrong with the film yet I came anyway thinking it was good, but not great, amazing etc. This is odd because I loved the book and was really excited about the film. I can’t put my finger on why I simply liked it. The film is generally good but I didn’t really enjoy it and I wouldn’t be bothered about seeing it again. I’m bewildered about why that is.

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Saoirse Ronan stars as Melanie Stryder/Wanderer. Humans have been taken over by “souls”, who inhabit their bodies but sometimes the human memories linger. There are a few pockets of humans left. Melanie is of them. When she is found, a soul (named Wanderer) is implanted inside her to search her memories for clues about the remaining humans. Melanie is tough and she hangs onto her mind, eventually making Wanderer take her side to help her find her friends and family.

It must have been difficult for Saoirse to play two minds in one body. You don’t see it psychically that often. Melanie’s thoughts are said using a voiceover, which can take a lot of getting used to. Once you’ve got over the idea of Melanie’s body arguing with Melanie’s thoughts, it becomes easier to enjoy.

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I don’t think the concept is too difficult because it is explained well, although I would recommend you read the book. The main theme of film though is love, with Wanderer loving one person and Melanie loving another. These complex relationships begin when Melanie discovers her people, who treat her with disgust at first.

I really liked the first introduction of the cave and how the people have learned to live. It was really interesting and the set must have been so complex. Despite her being a “soul”, you really start to like Wanderer more than Melanie and you want her to be happy too.

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There isn’t much in the way of action (except when “seekers” try to hunt Wanderer down, lead by the evil Diane Kruger). It is mainly about evolving relationships within the cave and how the humans learn to accept Wanderer as a soul. It does border on boring occasionally.

I thought Saoirse did a great job but her American accent was inconsistent. We had enough man candy with her boyfriend, Jared (Max Irons), and a Twilight style love triangle (or square) with another human, Ian (Jake Abel), who Wanderer has feelings for.

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It is interesting and I love the concept. It is the same teenage fodder that Twilight is, though perhaps slightly more mature. The ending is really happy, in a sad way, and the cast did a great job but was let down by some cliched dialogue. Overall, it is a nice film which would be more suitable for watching at home with girlfriends.