To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before review “An ode to John Hughes”

To All the Boys I've Loved Before posterNetflix have produced their fair share of teenage rom-coms. From The Kissing Booth to Alex Strangelove, it’s undeniable that their range is diverse, but lacking imagination. So, when Netflix’s latest release, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, popped up under recently added, I didn’t expect a lot from it. I can safely say, I was pleasantly surprised.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before follows Lara-Jean (Lana Condor), a teenage girl who has never been in a relationship before. She is invisible at high school and, when her older sister Margot (Janel Parrish) moves away to attend university, she is left friendless too. However, over the years, Lara-Jean has written a love letter to every boy she has ever had a crush on and has kept them in a box, hidden away. Then, somehow: they are sent to all of the boys she has ever been in love with. Continue reading

6 Balloons review “Raw, tense and real”

6 Balloons movie posterDave Franco and Abbi Jacobson are two actors who aren’t typically associated with serious dramas. After Franco’s stint in the Bad Neighbours films and Abbi’s amazing work on Broad City, comedy is generally where these actors fortes will lie. However, 6 Balloons is a welcome foray for these two into the world of drama, showing the versatility of these two already talented actors.

6 Balloons follows Katie (Jacobson) as she navigates how to cope with her brother Seth’s (Franco) addiction to heroin whilst on a brutal drive to a detox centre as well as juggling her own life. Continue reading

A Futile and Stupid Gesture review “Who is Douglas C. Kenney?”

A Futile and Stupid Gesture posterIt is likely that not many people know who Doug Kenney is. It is likely that, especially today, not many people know what The National Lampoon franchise is. It is likely that Doug Kenney was one of the most successful writers of the 20th century. Netflix has recently paid homage to this unsung comedy hero by showing A Futile and Stupid Gesture –  a film about the short-lived life of Douglas C. Kenney, that has recently aired at Sundance.

As the mastermind behind Animal House, Caddyshack and the co-creator of The National Lampoon magazine, Kenney himself was a comedic legend, creating some of the most successful comedy films to date. However, when he took his life in 1980, it was obvious that this success had taken its toll. Continue reading