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Review: The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

What do you get when you cross a scaredy-cat with a horror movie in a cinema?
That’s what I found out first-hand when my friends convinced me to come along and watch the new Conjuring film in the cinema. It was my first time back in a cinema in over a year, and also my first time ever watching a horror movie in an actual cinema. With no blankets to hide under, I wasn’t feeling confident. Continue reading Review: The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

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Nomadland: Nature, Home and Escaping Corporate Entrapment

When first entering the cinema with my housemate to see Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland, I didn’t really know what to expect. All I knew about this film, aside from that it is based on Jessica Bruder’s non-fiction, Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century, was what I had gathered from posters and advertisements: a rustic, cool-looking Frances McDormand gazing into the distance while wandering against a backdrop of barren, mountainous wastelands and picturesque sunrises. Continue reading Nomadland: Nature, Home and Escaping Corporate Entrapment

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Netflix and the Oscars: How Unconventional Streaming Platforms are Starting to Dominate Awards Season

Streaming service Netflix has amassed 35 nominations for the 2021 Oscars, the third most for a studio since the history of the awards. Towering over major theatrical studios including Universal, Warner Bros and A24, one question remains at the forefront the industry – what is the future of online distribution and the award season? Continue reading Netflix and the Oscars: How Unconventional Streaming Platforms are Starting to Dominate Awards Season

Review: Knives Out

Knives Out (2019) directed by Rian Johnson (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) is one of those films that reminded me of the exquisite quality of modern acting, writing and editing. As a lover of old classics, usually bought second hand at charity shops, my viewing repertoire of late has been sorely limited to scratchy action flicks and cringe-worthy romances, and so it was a breath of fresh air to cuddle up with a coffee and a first-rate murder mystery that left me feeling that maybe there is hope for humanity. Continue reading Review: Knives Out

Review: Emma

Rating: 5 Stars

As a Jane Austen fan, I was thrilled by the prospect of another adaptation of Emma, my favourite of all her novels. The trailer had made Autumn De Wilde’s version look amazing. It did not disappoint. I had been anticipating its release for months, and planning to see it with my mum, another Austen fan, for ages. We planned to go and see it when I came home for reading week.
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First Date Stories: “This is the Moment You’ve Been Waiting For”

*Trigger Warning: unwanted sexual advances*

I distinctly remember getting ready for my first (and worst) date, dispelling any nerves by blaring out Katy Perry’s ‘Teenage Dream’ and heavily applying Maybelline’s Baby Lips! We had decided to go and see The Great Gatsby at our local cinema and after insisting that he paid for our tickets and snacks, brandishing two £20 notes (flashing that cash) that his Dad had given him to “treat” me with we found our seats and the adverts began. As the lights started to dim, I felt his hand on my knee – I thought nothing more of this until he started moving higher and higher up my leg and becoming increasingly more uncomfortable, my 14-year-old self suddenly rushed into action, slapping his hand and quickly hurrying out of the cinema. Naturally, he came speeding after me and as I quickly SOS messaged my Dad to come and collect me, he insisted on waiting. We proceeded to engage in a deeply awkward silence as I glared at him, too cross to speak, until he leaned in towards me with the grotesquely cliché line, “This is the moment you’ve been waiting for”, to which I instantly sprung back and his kiss caught the edge of my ear!!! Fortunately, my Dad’s car emerged around the corner several seconds later. I made my lucky escape and never spoke to Mr ‘Handsy’ again. Continue reading First Date Stories: “This is the Moment You’ve Been Waiting For”

Review: Judy

For a film about a performer, Judy starts with a brilliant apparent break of the fourth wall. I struggle to remember a film with a more apt beginning. The structure of the film is further used to great effect by balancing the enrapturing beginning with an emotive end; it would not surprise me to see the odd tear shed as the lights come up. Continue reading Review: Judy

Review: Downton Abbey

Unsurprisingly, there aren’t many television shows that unite three generations within my family; our separate interests couldn’t be further apart from each other. Yet, the golden exception to this rule, Downton Abbey was watched and adored each week by my grandmother (who loved the history), my mother (who loved the costumes) and myself (who still is utterly in love with Tom Branson)! Naturally, we were all thrilled to discover that our favourite drama had made it to the silver screen and I went to watch it with my grandma on its opening night. Continue reading Review: Downton Abbey

Review: Mary Poppins Returns

Practically Perfect in most ways! The return of this magical nanny to our screens has filled the void of what has been one of the longest gaps between film sequels in cinematic history. Mary Poppins Returns is an energetic sequel which doesn’t try to usurp or compete with the original, very aware that the original is not a force to be reckoned with. Nonetheless, this … Continue reading Review: Mary Poppins Returns

Film Review: The Girl On the Train

Rating: 3/5 Unlike (seemingly) the rest of the world, I had not delved into the phenomenon that is Paula Hawkins’ novel, and consequently knew nothing of the plot when I sat down to watch The Girl on the Train last Sunday. In all honestly, I didn’t read it because as soon as I heard the words ‘unreliable narrator’, I thought ‘Gone Girl’, and one psychological … Continue reading Film Review: The Girl On the Train