© A blog about movies...by Saj 

After the horrible reviews of Suicide Squad, a movie featuring Harley Quinn was met with a bit of trepidation. However, as a lot of movie fans and Hollywood love Margot Robbie (for now), we were forgiving about the idea. So over a year from this point,we get Birds of Prey. The trailer promised a film that seemed quite psychotic with a bunch of female leads. A lot of people who I spoke to who were fans of the franchise seemed quite disinterested by the concept. However, as it is an all female led film, I decided to give this a go. 

My thoughts: the story was very well told, the performances were fantastic, however there was something about this movie that was not right. I will put this down to the directing and the script. In a way, it seeme...

Of course this got bad reviews from critics. The remarkably talented Salma Hayek (A Hispanic female and not Robert DeNiro) plays the CEO of an empire! Tiffany Hadish and Rose  Byrne play business partners whose main focus is their business and not men. There is nothing in this story that is about men. So of course, a fun story where no men are the focus? How are the critics going to like it? The Bechdel Test is passed on a High Distinction level -oh my! Of course a lot of the privileged are disgruntled! I mean, minorities have had to watch endless hours of Saving Private Ryan, Shawshank Rede..whatever the hell that was, and Expendables - cause that is just "awesome." But when things are flipped, it's negatively reviewed (Seriously!) Anyway - wa...

For once, I didn't watch the trailer, look at the cast or know too much about the film. It was featured at the Golden Globe awards and I wanted to give this film a go because I wanted to diversify my viewing portfolio. Okay! Oh boy.. so it's a story of a bloke that has to get a message across to someone else to stop a major disaster from happening. On the way he meets Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Madden and Andrew Scott. So yes - it's all World War I and I guess I need to like it cause was an awful time. However, just because it is a war movie doesn't mean it needs to be liked by all. Further to that -  a movie that features straight white men and barely any diversity has no interest to me. Add a boring story and a film that is a...

After the success of Lady Bird, fans of Greta Gerwig were anticipating what her next project would be. When Little Women was announced, I did not know what to expect. I was hoping she would be involved with something a bit more feminist, but I was still hopeful. As the casting calls rolled in, I believe it was the mix of Emma Watson and Saorise Ronan that made me hopeful. Both being feminist icons of the millennial and Gen Z generation, who tend to pick projects well. 

So we get 2019's Little Women - a movie that has been given a massive and brilliant feminist face lift.

The movie begins with Jo March (played by Ronan), negotiating with a publisher to get her story she has written, published! We are soon reminded how little power women had in the...

Oh dear, this film is a challenge to review!

Let's start with the stage musical - Cats the stage musical has a very mixed fan base. There are those who hate it, love it and those in-between. I fall into the in-between one. The music is great, the staging is simple, it's just a weird story and humans in cat make-up is a bit odd, but still passable. So in summary, it's a strange stage musical to begin with. 

So we watched the film - from start to finish, and I didn't find any need to walk out. The CGI - human/cat morph is weird- but sadly, that is what I expected from a Cats musical. They have just replaced the make up they would usually use on stage with CGI! But given its $ 100 Million budget, the CGI is taken to the next (unnecessary) level. It...

I believe it is fair to say that the trailer for this film had a few people (like me) think "WTF!" I was not sure how one can administer a comical take on the Nazi party and then to have Taika Waititi play Hitler was another entire "WTF!" moment. 

So - how was this movie after-all? So perhaps a couple of years from now, we may look back and think this film was absolutely fucked up and it was male privilege that got this made. However, from a 2019 lens of "this is where things are at now," - it was an amazing and fun movie. 

Thanks to Waititi's creativity - he manages to bring a story that has never been covered before in Hollywood.

The premise is simple - we have a kid named Jojo who joins the Nazi party and finds out his Mum is hiding a Jewish gi...

If the trailer for this film didn't make you want to watch this film, you probably were not the target audience for this. For those of us, who pretty much went "YES!" when we saw the teaser, you will not be disappointed.

The movie starts off with the Megyn Kelly getting prepared for the Republican debate of 2016. As the movie unfolds, we get to meet Gretchen Carlson and eventually Kayla - played by Margot Robbie. The three leads are unique and powerful in their own right, and while they barely share any screen time together, their individual stories on the take down of the evil Roger Ailes is engaging and fascinating. Each character bringing in their own experiences with Ailes, depicts the corrupt nature of power and its impact on three women at...

The announcement of yet another Charlie's Angels had a lot of fans rolling their eyes with discontent. After a slightly disappointing sequel in 2003, and a failed (and terrible) reboot series in 2011, the brand of the Angels seemed dead! So after a lot of negative ambiance, it was hard to have faith in this reboot. However, if there's anyone who could bring something back to life it is the talented Elizabeth Banks. Written and directed by her, Banks thankfully gives us a fresh take on Charlie's Angels, reviving the franchise and yes, it was awesome, and I would gladly watch the next chapter (if there is one!)

By 2019, we have seen a few films with women (mainly white) kick ass on screen (Atomic Blonde for example), or do it collectively wit...

There were a few aspects to this film that made this a promising Holiday movie of 2019. The trailers seemed to rave about this film being closely connected to the songs of George Michael, it brought back Henry Golding and Michelle Yeoh, it has Emilia Clarke and Emma Thompson in it and it's directed by Paul Feig. Perhaps, it seemed a bit too good to be true. The outcome is one absolute face palm worthy movie that is one big false promotion. While the premise seems straightforward and romantic, the movie transpires to be something else totally different. It is pretty much a melodrama that had me laughing when the mystery was solved. While Emilia Clarke does shine in the lead role, her talents are wasted in trash like this. Michelle Yeoh certainly...

When news about Renée Zellweger playing Judy Garland hit the press last year, a lot of movie fans were very sceptical around how this would turn out. Firstly, did we need another Judy Garland story? And what had Zellweger been doing the last few years? So after a year of waiting, we now get Judy. A story that focuses on the last few years of an icon's life when she lived in London during the last leg of her career. 
If I was to describe how this film made me feel, I would say 'very very sad.' Partly because what we see in the film is Judy struggling to make ends meet while keeping her kids at heart, and secondly is the treatment of an icon to a melodramatic mess of a film. Yes - the film itself is cringeworthy and the material that Renee is wor...

So, what was the purpose of making this film? Was it to capitalise on a popular super-villain? Was it to give Joaquin Phoenix a chance to act again? Who knows? Well the outcome of whatever reason for making this is, Joker is a 2 hour movie that sort of seems quite worthless, except for showcasing that an actor in Hollywood can actually act when they try.  With a duration of 2 hours, the first hour is a drag. I sat there wondering where in the world is this film heading, and why did I decide to buy a ticket to this. I started to change my mind in the last 40 minutes of the film when the film took a very dark turn. To be honest, I feel as if audiences would have liked this tone for the entire film.  Anyway, it is a very dramatic and climactic end...

When the trailers hit YouTube a couple of months ago, it completely grabbed my interest. The premise looked interesting, and the cast was outstanding. While it is easy for films to never live up to your expectations, I am so happy to say this film does - in fact it exceeded my expectations. So let's talk about what is so great about it - 

The Story 

The events in the film did happen. A bunch of smart New York women who were employed as strippers decided to take down the white collar wall street men. Why? Because they screwed over the world and caused the financial crisis from 2008. 

The script and directing

In the past, films that were heavily female centric were always given the 'poor cousin' treatment. Bad scripts, and poor direction, cause Holly...

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