Lady Bird (2017) Film Review

Lady Bird (Saoirse Ronan) is seventeen and trying to find her place in a world where she doesn’t necessarily have the money or house to fit in. And she’s odd – artistic and dreamy and idealistic. And makes the mistakes of a seventeen-year-old.

I avoided this film because I’d seen the trailers, and I felt like Lady Bird was going to annoy me way too much, and she kind of did. But generally, I really enjoyed this film. It was frustrating and annoying, but in the way that is typical of anything involving teenagers and coming of age.

Hunter Killer (2018) Film Review

Who knew there was a submarine drama in 2018? Starring Gerard Butler and Gary Oldman? (Well, Oldman’s there, but not a lot) Not me. Thank goodness my mate was all over it, and so we did a delightful co-viewing, watching in our different houses on opposite sides of town, but chatting throughout as though we were in the same room.

It’s not Hunt for Red October or Crimson Tide but at the same time, it’s both of these films and every submarine film. There were moments of high excitement and moments of extreme tension and it was exactly what you want from a submarine film.

Horse Girl (2020) Film Review

From the start, I just did not get this. At all. I love watching a film without knowing about it, but had someone told me it was about a woman who was having some kind of a strange psychological break and not having good support… actually, I don’t know that I wouldn’t have watched it. Especially with a cast that included Alison Brie and Molly Shannon. Still, for me, this was odd, weird and… I didn’t like it much at all.

Extraction (2020) Film Review

Tyler (Chris Hemsworth) is a secret ops type military only no-longer military type who works for a secret organisation who take on the job of rescuing the kidnapped son of a wealthy Indian man. Only things are not what they seem.

It’s a bit light on plot, but there are loads of explosions and guns fights and car chases and running and excitement, what’s not to like? And there’s a Hemsworth, so that’s fun.

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) Film Review

I’m not a massive Eurovision fan – I’ve had my moments, certainly back in my share house days we used to get our Eurovision on, but in recent decades I haven’t been that engaged – even when they mysteriously have recently allowed Australia to compete despite being an awful long way away from Europe.

Somehow, this ridiculous film captures the ridiculousness of Eurovision, the mysterious styles and songs that happen year after year. Lars (Will Ferrell) and Sigrit (Rachel McAdams) are neighbours in Iceland who have always dreamt of performing together and winning Eurovision. So when a series of events land them their country’s spot, they are determined to face their fears and win.

It’s so dumb and silly and stupid and stunning and funny and really the perfect film to come out in the middle of a pandemic where the world is still and we need some cheerful stuff amongst the serial killers and the darkness. (Oh, and when I say serial killers, I mean I’m watching and reading a lot of serial killer stuff. As far as I know, serial killers have not been more prevalent in 2020 than any other time.)

Elli and Abbie (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt) (2020) MIFF Review

Ellie (Sophie Hawkshaw) is trying to figure out how to ask her classmate, Abbie (Zoe Terakes) to the school formal When her dead aunt, Tara (Julia Billington) turns up as her fairy godmother to try to help, things start to get confusing.

It’s a delightful love story. Charming, frustrating, and utterly delightful. Plus a fabulous cast (for me, any time Rachel House turns up in anything, I’m happy). Watch it. Just watch it.

Dark City Beneath the Beat (2020) MIFF Review

TT the Artist has made a documentary about the Baltimore club scene. It’s filled with music and dance and hope in a city that is better known for it’s darker side. The music and dance is aggressive but has an uplifting quality, and the film celebrates the city’s community and love.

Bombay Rose (2019) MIFF Review

It’s a story of love within the world of poverty and corruption. Set in Bombay, around the world of flower markets, local gangsters and illegal clubs, it’s a beautiful animation with a theme of hope and survival.

For me, it was a bit long, and while I loved the artwork, I did find myself getting a bit bored at times.

City So Real (2019) – MIFF Review

While the results of the Chicago mayoral election have nothing to do with me in any possible manner, I loved watching this 4-part documentary. Filmmaker Steve James takes us through many parts of Chicago, at times following the many mayoral candidates as they fulfil the bureaucratic steps to be on the ballot and through their campaigns, or going into the corners of everyday life in Chicago.

I found this utterly fascinating. A real snapshot in a time of Black Lives Matter, or governmental and police corruption, of change and history-making.

Carry On Columbus (1992) Film Review

Back in the early nineties, someone had the thought to bring back the carry on films, a tradition of films with bawdy humour that often  played on racist concepts for humour (of it’s time, of course…) and unsurprisingly, it was a disaster. It was a terrible film. I remember seeing this in the cinema, mostly because Rik Mayall was in it (along with many other wonderful British commedians), and even then, it just wasn’t great. And Rik is only in the first scene.

This time, rewatching… it’s just awful. Really, don’t bother. Although… the theme tune is very catchy.