Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again review “Where are we even going?”

Mamma Mia 2 posterABBA. No other word could instil such a feeling of nostalgia, of pure cheesy goodness, of 1970s pizazz. A group of legend, the Swedish quartet took Europe by storm, being featured on every wedding playlist since the dawn of time. When Mamma Mia came out in 2008, the world rediscovered their ABBA fever: how did they do a second time around?

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again follows the same familiar cast as before, only bringing in the backstory of free-spirited Donna after he untimely death just a year before. Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), her daughter, has refurbished Donna’s hotel and is staging a huge re-opening party in honour of her mum. Aw! Continue reading

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool review “A smorgasbord of talent”

Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool posterIn the late 70s, Peter Turner was living in a boarding house in Primrose Hill.  Among his fellow lodgers was Gloria Grahame, a once revered but now fading Hollywood siren, who happened to be playing Sadie in a production of Somerset Maugham’s ‘Rain’ at the Watford Place. This is how they met.

What followed was a two year whirlwind romance that ultimately ended in tragedy. Based on Turner’s memoir of the same name, ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’ is a poignant and intimate portrayal of Gloria’s final days from director Paul McGuigan. Continue reading