The Greatest Showman review “All the fun of the circus”

The Greatest Showman posterAh, the movie musical. Once the choice of matinee viewings and Saturday nights in front of the TV, they’ve evolved over the last decade into something completely mainstream. From the ridiculously good remake of Hairspray in 2007, to the vibrant Mamma Mia, which gets its very own sequel Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again this year, musicals have become the ultimate in escapism.

Following on from his exceptional role in the deeply depressing Les Miserables, everyone’s favourite Australian actor, Hugh Jackman returns to the genre with The Greatest Showman. But is it worth you warming up your vocal chords for? Continue reading

When We First Met review “A lost cause”

When We First Met posterThe romantic comedy. No other movie genre has come so far, seen so much and produced so little in terms of good films. The latest Netflix release, When We First Met, is no exception to this.

The film follows Noah (Adam Devine) who is in love with Avery (Alexandra Daddario). However, shockingly, Avery doesn’t love Noah, but Noah loves Avery. Many rom-com cliches later, Noah ends up in a photo booth that can travel in time. He utilises this discovery in order to make Avery fall in love with him, instead of her amazingly perfect boyfriend Ethan (Robbie Amell). Continue reading

Black Panther review “Is the MCU all out of surprises?”

Black Panther posterThe Marvel Cinematic Universe has become one of the most successful movie franchises ever made, and it’s easy to see why. Featuring incredible actors, up-and-coming directors and that trademark sense of humour, each film in the MCU has something to offer.

That doesn’t mean they’re perfect however. The MCU has a distinct lack of decent villains, strong female characters and characters from ethnic minorities. In the run-up to this year’s Infinity War, Black Panther aims to turn what we know about Marvel on its head. But has it succeeded? Continue reading

Jennifer Aniston Performances: Top 5

Jennifer Aniston Top 5 rolesToday, February 11th 2018, the wonderful Jennifer Aniston turns 49. On our screens since, wait for it, 1988 and her performance in Mac & Me, the American actress has been a household name, arguably from her breakthrough role as Rachel Green in the US sitcom, Friends, which ended in 2004 – I know, I can’t believe it either.

Since then, she has starred in no less than 25 films. That’s an incredible achievement for any actress and while quite a lot of those haven’t been critical darlings, some have been given cult status and found Aniston in roles that perhaps she wouldn’t have chosen early on in her career. With that in mind, and to celebrate her 49th birthday, I’ve chosen 5 roles that showcase what a talent she actually is and to prove once and for all she isn’t relegated to terrible rom-coms. Read on to find out which are the best Jennifer Aniston movies. Continue reading

The Shape of Water review “Strangely beautiful, but bonkers”

When looking at directors with their own unique style you think of Tim Burton and his take on the Gothic, Edger Wright and the way he portrays action, but when you look at Guillermo del Toro’s work you realise that nobody could copy his style. Making the audience look at the supernatural with beauty as well as the terrifying and the Shape of Water is truly his love letter to classic monster movies, particularly The Creature from the Black Lagoon.

The film follows Elisa Esposita (Sally Hawkins), a cleaner at a top secret USA facility during the 1960s. Elisa creates a bond with an amphibious creature who is being held captive by the US government, being guarded and tortured by the very cruel Richard Strickland (Michael Shannon). Continue reading