She who dares – Mary Queen of Scots

Two historical figures of great wonder come together in the visually striking Mary Queen of Scots (2019), directed by Josie Rourke. The casting of Saoirse Ronan (Mary Stuart) and Margot Robbie (Queen Elizabeth I) was spot on and the costumes and scenery were breathtaking. I would deem this film a career-defining moment for both actresses... Continue Reading →

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Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Although this wasn't a biopic that I would rush to go and see, Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2019) is a pleasant mix of seriousness and comedy all shaken up with a twist of crime - not a bad cocktail and certainly not boring either. Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, 2011) was a good choice to play... Continue Reading →

Turning the page on Chernobyl Diaries

I happened to watch Chernobyl Diaries (2012) in two parts, picking up from where I left off about six months later. Is it a good scare?  Yes. Is it well structured? Yes, mostly... Why this film works as a horror is down to the geographical setting in the abandoned city of Pripyat, close to the... Continue Reading →

Gone Girl: she was never really there

Gone Girl (2014) has an interesting plot with sinister intentions but I'm not convinced it's a great thriller. This is why I'm about to read the book by Gillian Flynn to see whether the film is the poor relation rather than the storyline itself. There's nothing wrong with the acting; Rosamund Pike (Amy Dunne) and... Continue Reading →

A classic never goes out of fashion

My Fair Lady (1964) is one special film. A stellar cast and the most wonderful musical score. Quite simply, it is a masterpiece. I first watched this film when I was about eight-years-old. Dad took me to see it in the Croydon Clocktower, now known as The David Lean Cinema. What struck me then are... Continue Reading →

Who’s your greatest female character in film?

This popped up on my Twitter newsfeed the other day: The 100 greatest female characters in movies, and it caught my attention because I covered the topic of strong, female fighters in film as part of my university dissertation. So I've had a quick look through the list, and while I'll admit that I haven't... Continue Reading →

It doesn’t chase, It Follows

There's something about the filming of It Follows (2014) which made for addictive viewing without the need for gore or over-the-top chase sequences. Also, the camera wasn't afraid to linger a little longer, particularly in unnerving 'quiet' scenes, which built up the suspense and had me reaching for a cushion to hide behind on more... Continue Reading →

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