The Equalizer 2 | 1 Minute Review

‘ I’m going to kill each and every one of them.
And the only disappointment is that I only get to do it once.

Its messy narrative and unduly violence undercut the brilliance of Washington’s performance and the opportunity for heart-pounding action set pieces. It’s only the leading man’s charm and the films stylish aesthetic that keeps this sequel interesting!
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Director: Antoine Fuqua

Starring: Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Melissa Leo, Ashton Sanders

Runtime: 2 hours

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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Score Spotlight | The Best Song from The Shape of Water

Welcome to The Score Spotlight, the sporadic series about my favourite songs from soundtracks both old and new.  Want to keep up to date with what I’m listening to? Then check out my Spotify playlist!

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If I spoke about it – if I did – what would I tell you? I wonder. Would I tell you about the melodies? It played them out with the sense of rolling waves, it seems. Inspired by the beauty and danger of the deep. Or would I tell you about the orchestra? A big group, but with the sound of one distant harmony. Or, I don’t know… Would I tell you about him? The composer fascinated by the water.

Well, that’s exactly what I’m going to tell you about today;  we’re going back to my favourite film so far this year and its Best Soundtrack winning score. Let’s talk The Shape of Water! (You can find my review for it here!)

The Shape of Water – Alexandre Desplat
(go on, give it a play!)

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The Bookshop | 1 Minute Review

 

‘Surely you have to succeed if you give everything you have.’

Is it a page-turner? Not exactly, but Isabel Coixet’s subtle drama The Bookshop will appeal to lovers of literature with its stunning landscapes and classical tragedies.
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⭐⭐.5

Director: Isabel Coixet

Starring: Emily Mortimer, Patricia Clarkson, Bill Nighy

Runtime: 1 hour 53 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Hang Ups Episode 1 |A Sluggish Start to an Intriguing New Sitcom

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Stephen Mangan, this time in partnership with Robert Delaware, is back on our screens for the third time this year with new comedy show Hang Ups – loosely based on Lisa Kudrow’s series Web Therapy (2008 – 2014) – that will have you out of breath, though not entirely from laughter.

With Mangan in the leading role as Richard Pitts, a debt-ridden psychiatrist who’s turned to holding online sessions from the (dis)comforts of his own home to get a hold on things again, other A-listers follow in his supporting cast: Katherine Parkinson is Karen, Richard’s strait-laced business woman wife, Charles Dance is his father Jeremy Pitt, and Richard E. Grant is Leonard Conrad, Richard’s own oddball therapist whose comedic chemistry with Mangan is sheer brilliance. And it doesn’t end there.

Dedicating the majority of its runtime to short snippets of Richard’s sessions with clients, hilariously improvised for full absurdity, its no surprise how many cameos they can fit in, with each client sporting a big name. We see Sarah Hadland,  Lolly Adefope, Monica Dolan, David Bradley, Alice Lowe, Jo Joyner, Darren Boyd in this episode alone and can expect David Tennant, Kevin Eldon, Celia Imrie, and more in episodes to come.

It’s through these interactions that we see the state of Richard’s life, namely a mess. As a therapist, we might expect him to be the voice of reason, the calm within the storm that life can be, but he isn’t shown that way in the slightest. A ‘typical-messy-father’ he misses his son’s Career meeting, forgets to restock the fridge, and tells his kids to keep shut about it all from their mother. It’s funny, but then it is well-worn territory for comedy shows. There’s even a gritty debt-collector (Steve Oram), portrayed in the most laughable of fashions with dark red curtains behind him and a deep blue lighting his face as if he were intentionally imitating Saw’s Billy the puppet, that adds another layer to the returning storyline of the Pitts family. With this storyline, Channel 4 has promised themes such as homosexuality, failure, and growing up in addition to the theme of mental health. In episode 1, however, its hard to see any evidence of this.

What’s most interesting about Hang Ups is the way it’s filmed; almost the entirety of the episode is portrayed through screens – Skype calls, desktops, tablets, phones. Any household communicating device you can think of, it’ll be there. Much like Channel 4’s popular Peep Show, this method of filming helps to create POV’s that are so recognisable in our modern society and is simply done through the use of GoPro cameras. But, unlike the shows’ inspiration Web Therapy, the show does move away from the devices. The brief scenes filmed in a more traditional way appear rather randomly in the series debut, taking you out of their technological setting for no reason other than ‘there’s no laptop in this room’.  Nevertheless, it feels as though these real-world deviations will expand as the show goes on and the story develops.

Hang Ups is setting itself up as a thoroughly entertaining new comedy series; taking the 10pm slot on Channel 4, the show is as bawdy as you might expect and it uses this to its advantage. Hopefully, it can stand its ground with the development of its returning storyline rather than relying on its plethora of star-studded cameos, however hilarious, and stressful, they might be.

 


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Teen Titans Go! To the Movies | 1 Minute Review

‘Nah, I’m pretty sure you’re Deadpool. Look into the camera and say something inappropriate!

Release your inner child with the unashamedly silly Teen Titans Go! To the Movies – with non-stop self-aware humour, indecently upbeat musical numbers, and more colours than a Pick n’ Mix you’ll struggle not to laugh along, despite it falling into well-worn narratives.

Are you going to see Teen Titans Go! To the Movies and let your inner child out?
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Director: Peter Rida Michail & Aaron Horvath

Starring: Tara Strong, Will Arnett, Hynden Walch, Greg Cipes, Scott Menville

Runtime: 1 hour 32 minutes

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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Isle of Dogs | 1 Minute Review

‘Nobody’s giving up around here, and don’t you forget it, ever.
We’re a pack of scary indestructible alpha dogs.

To celebrate the DVD and Blu-Ray release of Wes Anderson’s weird and wonderful Isle of Dogs I thought I’d finally share my take on the doggie adventure that is a spectacle to behold and really a love letter to mans best friend!  (I mean, say the title aloud – do you hear it?) 🐕

Have you seen Isle of Dogs? Did you like it?
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Director: Wes Anderson

Starring: Bryan Cranston, Scarlett Johansson, Koyu Rankin, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum

Running time:  1 hour 45 minutes

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again | 1 Minute Review

 

‘I just want to be upfront and say that I visually enjoy you.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is a jukebox musical as fun and as colourful as any ABBA costume – and just a joy to watch!

Have you seen Here We Go Again yet? What was your favourite song?
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⭐⭐⭐.5

Director: Ol Parker

Starring: Lily James, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Alexa Davies, et al.

Running time:  1hr 54mins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Mission: Impossible – Fallout | 1 Minute Review

‘Oh you know, same ol’ Ethan

Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise are showing themselves to be the best of partners in crime – upping the antics as well as the emotionality in the sixth Mission: Impossible film, and McQuarrie’s second, Mission: Impossible – Fallout!

Have you seen Fallout yet? Did you like it?
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Director: Christopher McQuarrie

Starring: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg

Running time:  148 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

 


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The Femme Five | Agnès Varda & the Best Scene from Cléo de 5 à 7

‘I always think everyone’s looking at me,
but I only look at myself’

Here’s something new that I am very excited about: The Femme Five series, looking at female filmmakers and today, we’re talking all about Agnès Varda’s Cléo from 5 to 7!

You can find the Screen Queens’ list of women directors mentioned here!
Read about the Top 5 Agnès Varda films I want to watch! 

Do you like Agnès Varda’s work or Cléo from 5 to 7?
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Cargo | 1 Minute Review

 

‘I don’t think normal’s on the horizon.’

A zombie-apocalypse set in the Aussie outback and starring Dr John Watso- I mean Martin Freeman. Yep, sounds good to me too! So check out my one minute review of Yolanda Ramke and Ben Howling’s Cargo!

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Director: Yolanda Ramke and Ben Howling

Starring: Martin Freeman, Natasha Wanganeen, Anthony Hayes

Running time:  105 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

 


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