The Willoughbys review “A childhood fever dream”

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Animated kids films have, over the years, gone from strength to strength. With franchises like Toy Story and Frozen, and indie animations like 2019’s Klaus, it’s clear to see that children are hardly deprived of top-notch filmmaking. Netflix’s latest foray into the cartoon business is The Willoughbys: an energetic, colourful, and plain weird take on family life, based on the book by Lois Lowry.

The Willoughbys follows the Willoughby family: a red haired, spectacularly moustachioed cohort that are known, throughout history, for doing creative and courageous things. However, Mother and Father Willoughby are more interested in each other than their four children, leaving them to live with no food, no fun, and no love. After a child is left on their doorstep one night, the Willoughby children hatch a plan to become orphans themselves – but it doesn’t quite go how they were planning.

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Netflix films perfect for Lockdown: Top 5

Netflix films for lockdownAs we are all well and truly in lockdown mode both in the UK and across the majority of the globe right now we don’t need to feel guilty about missing that party or turning up late to the pub for Friday night drinks, and can simply, Netflix and chill.

Here is a list I have put together of some compelling films currently available to watch on the streaming service, Netflix. There isn’t a particular theme here, but I have tried to cover all bases with the choices I have made. That being said you could say this list goes from darkest to lightest. Continue reading

The Platform review “It may make you think of a COVID-19 world, but we’re not all that bad”

 

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Like something from American Psycho (Mary Harron, 2000) and the film’s clever opening credits in which we see raspberry coulis dripping on a white dinner plate, looking a lot like blood. The Platform in a similar sense shows decadent cuisine that represents class structures and the violence that will prevail around these tiers. In its opening, e witness a high-class banquet preparation which is then contrasted by the people below, the ones who are imprisoned in a hole.

The hole is a strange high tech concept that is like solitary confinement but with changing inmates. We meet the main newcomer Goreng (Ivan Massagué) and an older grisly man, Trimagasi (Zorion Eguileor) who has nearly completed his journey and is no stranger to this setup. However, this is not a prison system as such, and we learn that Goreng has chosen to be here. As it is explained by the company’s Imoguiri, the familiar Spanish actor Antonia San Juan (All About My Mother), it is a “Vertical Self- Management Center”. Continue reading

Klaus review “Christmas came early”

Klaus movie posterAh, Christmas. A time of joy, of family, of eating way too much food. Christmas movies are one of life’s simple pleasures, and even though you only get to watch them once a year, there’s a definite space in everyone’s heart for their favourite one. Netflix has well and truly jumped on the Christmas bandwagon, releasing their first movie in mid November. Named Klaus, it’s a testament to the origin of that infamous character we all know and love: Santa Claus.

Although it does ignore the religious aspects of Christmas, Klaus takes a darker turn. When a spoiled, rich postman arrives on the tiny island of Smeerensburg after a challenge set by his father, the luxuries he has become accustomed to are no longer within his reach. The island is split in two – two warring families rule the land, and it’s people are equally as hostile and violent. However, when he ventures north of the main town, he finds a cabin full of toys, and a strange man with a long white beard. Continue reading

The Irishman review “Scorsese treads no new ground”

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Scorsese is back! But wait, it gets better… Following a 13-year hiatus from the gangster genre, he returns to the fold with a 3.5 hour-long epic starring all your favourite wise guys from the 80s and 90s. The Irishman, also titled I Heard You Paint Houses in the opening credits (there must have been some sort of mix-up in the marketing department), sees Robert De Niro return to Scorsese’s roll call as real-life gangster Frank Sheeran, a lorry driver turned crook made infamous by his association with the Bufalino crime family.

I must admit, after seeing the cast, the trailer and the reviews that followed, I was very excited as I sat down to watch The Irishman. Not only do we get a Scorsese gangster film, but we get a Scorsese gangster film with Harvey Keitel, we get Joe Pesci back from retirement and, to top it all off, we get De Niro and Pacino, two of Hollywood’s greatest actors, sharing screen time for only the third time in cinema history. Continue reading