Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle review “Humans and tigers and bears – oh my!”

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle posterEveryone knows the story of The Jungle Book. Everyone has watched a small boy float down a river on the belly of an amiable bear, all whilst singing upbeat tunes. However, what most people don’t know is the darker side of the story. Netflix’s newest release, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, is far from the cartoon jollity of Disney’s 1967 version. But, it doesn’t necessarily mean that that’s a bad thing.

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle follows Mowgli (obviously), an orphaned child who is taken in by a wolf pack after his mother is killed by the tiger, Shere Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch). He is educated by Bagheera (Christian Bale) and Baloo (Andy Serkis) as he navigates his way around the jungle as a man-cub. Continue reading

Cam review “An Empty Conversation”

Cam movie posterAdvancements in technologies in film are more often than not depicted as evil and wicked to the human race. Shows like Westworld and Black Mirror reinforce this idea that humans struggle to adapt to new shiny toys. Technology is ever evolving and because we have a difficult time keeping up in the real world literature and film have a field day with this unknown. This is where Netflix’s Cam comes into play. In the era of live streaming one’s personal life online, Cam tackles issues of internet safety and identity on and off the internet, but how well?

The movie follows an up and coming cam girl, Alice (Madeline Brewer), as she performs in front of webcams for a prestigious number one spot. She partakes in everything from erotic showcasing to “self-harm”, almost anything to get her rank up in the leaderboards. Just as her popularity spikes a mysterious doppelgänger steals her account and online identity. Continue reading

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