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...

With a runtime of 2 hours and 50 minutes, it's a hard sell for someone to watch this at the cinemas without a break in the middle. However, with a fantastic start like the first film, you can't help but want to sit through a sequel. Like the first film, what makes this movie work is the ensemble of Hollywood's talented actors, that bring a passionate A-game that makes this sequel work.  There is some scene stealing work by Bill Hader and Jessica Chastain, that will have audiences loving every scene they are in. While Chastain is clearly the most refined out of the rest of them, her work in this film stands out as the most mature. Bill Hader who's comedic work is prominent in his career, stands second in line to Chastain as he provides some well...

Powerful, profound and important are possibly three ways to describe this movie. Receiving significant acclaim at Sundance, this movie is now making its way to mainstream showings and I hope this does amazingly well. The Farewell tells the story of Billi who decides to travel to China to see her dying Nai Nai (Grandma). Nai Nai does not know she is dying as her family has decided to keep it a secret from her. While the premise of the film itself is heartbreaking enough, it is surprisingly hilarious. While its intentions are not to be funny, the use of death as humour works incredibly well. The dynamics of family drama and family politics are scripted outstandingly and made a lot of the family situations very relatable. A lot of this amazing wor...

After 2 hours and 45 minutes, hasn't Quentin Tarantino learned just to reduce his film time, especially when the story he is trying to tell is just mundane and unnecessary?  Probably not, because he could probably recreate a shot for shot remake of Glitter with Mariah Carey and critics will love it cause his name's attached to it. So let's have a look at this abomination of the movie that a lot of alpha men are going to absolutely applaud at. There is no plot. The stories are all over the place. In the end we have something that is barely worth a cent of the entry price.  Leonardo DiCaprio (let's face it - is so bloody overrated) plays a bloke and Brad Pitt (who only got places cause he was once good looking) also plays a bloke. As it is set in...

Kids from the 90's I know were quite 'wowed' by the news of a live-action Lion King back in 2017. The cast of actors left everyone very impressed.  And I am quite certain it was the casting of Beyoncé that had people acknowledging that this project was going to be a big deal. Fast forward two years later, after the hype is at its peak and every 90's kid in the English speaking world is probably watching this movie and is excited about it - how does it all live up? Critics are divided, and some have considered this to be unnecessary. However - take note from a 90's kid - it will never live up to the memory of the original, but this is still an awesome movie. You may wonder how they transpose the emotions of an animal from the cartoon to a CGI di...

As a superhero skeptic, I was once again unsure of how this film will turn out. Having grown up on the Tobey Maguire franchise and then being baffled seeing the Andrew Garfield one in 2012, this Tom Holland franchise was nearly a 'are you fucking kidding me?' moment for Hollywood. However, on being told that Zendaya was cast as MJ, it did tweak my interest a bit. Throw in the awesome the Maria Tomei as Aunt May, I thought maybe this could be good. So here's my issue - regardless of how much you want to spin a superhero story, the timeless trope of a straight man saving the day makes me cringe! So I do not watch it for Spider-Man, I watch it for the supporting characters that bring out his character. So how does that work in Far From Home? I was...

There has been a lot of mixed views on the need for another Men in Black film, especially with no Will Smith or Tommy Lee Jones. So is this film worth it? With the poorly received MIB 3,  the franchise was left in a bad place and  some form of proper closure was needed. So this is our closure - MIB International. Boasting an amazing cast with Emma Thompson, Rebecca Ferguson and even Liam Neeson, the movie is not amazing, but it certainly was fun. Telling us a different story, we meet Molly - played by the amazing Tessa Thompson going back to her childhood where she sees the Men in Black for the first time. Fast forward 20 years later, she is now part of the force, partnered up with Agent H, played by Chris Hemsworth. Hemsworth reminds us that h...

After an abysmal 'Apocalypse' - I was ready to give up on the X-Men franchise. However, after seeing the trailer to The Dark Phoenix, I decided to give this franchise a  second chance. I was very pleasantly surprised at how this film turned out, and I would rate it the second best to the rebooted franchise (The First Class - still taking the lead in quality). The film begins with the introduction of a young Jean Grey and how Professor X adopts her. The story transitions into her new found power and the lack of control around it. She is the lead in this film and so are some of the other female mutants. They lead the film intelligently and in a way that is not tacky. They even stand up to Professor X and almost write him as a bad person. Alpha-ma...

With the success of Bohemian Rhapsody, rock biopics are a hot commodity. They didn't take long to announce the release of Rocketman, and the casting of Taron Egerton seemed to be the perfect choice. So when you have all your ducks lined up, how does the movie play out? In the case of Rocketman, exceptionally well. The movie starts with Elton John crashing into an AA meeting and telling his life story. Using his music, the story unravels. We end up getting a beautiful story of a drug using, talented dickhead that gave us some of the most famous songs in the English speaking world. This biopic can be called 'unconventional' - and this is a positive for this movie. While making it part musical, and part use of story to show a song performance, the...

For some reason, this film feels as if it was cursed from the beginning. From the moment Disney released news about the live action Aladdin, I feel as if it was not met with the best reception. So letting go of all preconceived ideas, how does Aladdin stand up to be? Well let's explore what was good about it first. Actress Naomi Scott as Jasmin and SNL's Nasim Pedrad as Dalia stole the entire film for me. Pedrad was more funny than Will Smith and her comedic timing was impeccable. Let's now explore what was wrong with it. The first problem was that the setting and the story was just tacky! Absolutely tacky. This will always be the problematic element of trying to do a live adaptation shot for shot remake of a cartoon. It is a huge risk, and unl...

Let's begin by setting my Pokémon fan status - it is zilch! I have never watched an episode of their tv show, played the game or ever even participated in Pokémon Go! Having absolutely no interest in the franchise, I decided to diversify my taste in film by giving this a go. The lead actor was a person of color - Justice Smith and the secondary actor was a female - Big Little Lies' Kathryn Newton. Ryan Reynolds was voicing Pikachu, and if you find him funny, you will love his take on this cute fur ball. It all seemed like a good formula. Seeing the trailer and seeing how cute the Pokémon looked in live action made me slightly interested. What made me commit was the series of reviews that all gave it a positive rating. While majority of these cr...

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