Birds of Prey review “A psychedelic headache”

Birds of Prey movie posterDC seems to have been getting into the swing of things of late. After trying (and failing) to out Marvel the MCU with catastrophic flops like Justice League and Suicide Squad, they decided to switch things up a little and stop taking themselves too seriously.

From then on, we’ve had AquamanShazam! and last year’s fabulous, Oscar-nominated Joker. But let’s rewind just a tad. You see, while Suicide Squad was a hot mess of a film, it had one redeeming feature: Margot Robbie.

Film execs down at DC cottoned on to the fact that Robbie’s Harley Quinn was by far the best part of the movie and decided to give the character her very own picture. How nice. But is the resulting film a corker? Or are we looking at another bargain basement comic-book adaptation? Continue reading

Celluloid Clash: Frozen v Tangled

Frozen vs TangledIn my job of handling finances and food distribution at a multi-billion dollar conglomerate (A concessions worker at a Regal movie theatre), I work with several people of varying beliefs and movie tastes, so when Frozen II came out, a debate sparked. Which early 2010s Disney animated film featuring a girl with magical powers (And/or her sister) leaving her confined castle and teaming up with a charming blue collar worker, a horse, and another peculiar sidekick against a villain who pretends to love the hero only to betray them to win power is better, Frozen or Tangled.

This is a question you hear asked a lot, and for the reason of bringing this argument to a close, I opted to rewatch both of these films (because it’s still shorter than watching The Irishman) to finally figure it out. I did have to make one or two changes to the criteria for this installment though, mainly due to the fact that I thought the songs were more important in this comparison than the voice acting was. So, without any more delays, let’s dive right into the third installment of Celluloid Clash.  Continue reading

Uncut Gems review “A 20 carat experience”

Uncut Gems posterGoing into this movie, I was torn. Because while I love so many things about this premise, a dark comedy about crime and basketball, starring one of my favorite NBA players of all time, Kevin Garnett, but it also has Adam Sandler, who has only ever been in one movie that I enjoy, and that’s surprisingly Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation.

So I was somewhat dreading seeing Uncut Gems, so when I finally got a chance to see it, I was pretty cautiously optimistic, knowing that I have been burned by 2019 releases with great reviews many times. (Thinking of you Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, for the first time in months) Anyway, after all sitting through the film, I can say without a doubt, that it not only lives up to the hype, but is also such an insanely odd movie, that it’s impossible to not understand why someone wouldn’t like it. So let’s get into Uncut Gems. Continue reading

Little Women review “Lightning in a bottle”

Little Women posterLittle Women is one of those stories that doesn’t age. It’s heartfelt, heartwrenching, and outright gorgeous. Even when the first feature length version was released back in 1994, it brought to life the sense of sisterhood that burns so brightly in the book. However, when Greta Gerwig announced her rendition of the beloved novel, complete with all-star cast, amazing composer and an Oscar-nominated director (herself), it’s not hard to see why people could barely contain their excitement.

If you haven’t read the book, please do. But if you don’t have time before you read this review, hereby commences the whistlestop tour of Little Women. It focuses around four sisters: Meg, the eldest; Jo, the most ‘boyish’; Beth, the most perfect; and Amy, the youngest and most divisive. It tracks their journey from youth to adulthood, along with their romances, heartbreaks, and tragedies. It’s one of those books that lingers like ink on your finger, like the smell of smoke after you blow out a candle. It sticks. Continue reading

1917 review “A flawless masterpiece”

1917 movie posterI really wasn’t all that interested in 1917 during the build up to its release. Even following the successful pre-release screenings on the 4th of December, I couldn’t muster up any interest in what looked to be yet another generic war film. Sure, the trailer was solid, and the film had a swathe of big names attached to it, but nobody I had spoken to was particularly excited about actually seeing it.

My interest piqued however when reviews started rolling in, the film was being both praised critically and received well commercially. Still, I had my reservations. Historical war films tend to garner a lot of interest due to the sentimental themes and shocking imagery they portray. So what if it has 10 Oscar nominations? Once Upon A Time In Hollywood does too, and that was a self-indulgent bore fest. Continue reading