It is always interesting to watch a film about a person you didn’t even know existed. The biopic has earned a place in our hearts, choosing to tackle subjects from the writing of Winnie the Pooh, to the inspiration behind Rocky Balboa. So when Netflix released The Most Hated Woman In America, it is safe to say that I was intrigued.
The Most Hated Woman in America follows the life story of Madalyn Murray O’Hair, the outspoken activist and founder of the American Atheists. It depicts her first triumph over prayer in Baltimore schools, all the way until her kidnapping and eventual murder in 1995. Continue reading →
Oscar season is upon us and January is the time when the contenders start coming to the big screen. Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri by Martin McDonagh deserves the recognition it is getting from the Academy if not for the best picture nomination, for the breath-taking performances from Frances McDormand alone puts this film in high standing.
The film follows McDormand character Mildred, who has had enough of the local police forces ineffectiveness to find her daughters murderer. So she erects three billboards, showing her disdain for the lack of work done. This causes a lot a controversy in the local town, causing the dismay of Woody Harrelson’s police chief Willoughby and officer Dixon played by Sam Rockwell. Continue reading →
Crafting sequels is never easy, but creating a fitting sequel to 2015’s biggest movie and one of the world’s biggest franchises is no easy feat. Not only do you have to make a film that moves the game on from The Force Awakens, but one that also meets the incredibly high expectations of fans across the globe.
Who took on this ridiculous job I hear you cry? Well Looper’s Rian Johnson takes over directorial duties from J.J. Abrams and the result is The Last Jedi. But is this a fitting sequel or a lacklustre affair? Continue reading →
It’s been 22 years since Joe Johnston thrilled cinemagoers with a little film called Jumanji. Starring the late, great Robin Williams, it has amassed a huge following over the years and has become nearly as loved as its leading star.
What’s surprising given the film’s success is the lack of a sequel. For over 20 years the non-franchise stayed completely dormant until now. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle sees Columbia Pictures resurrect this classic property for a high-action, CGI-filled blockbuster. But is it actually any good? Continue reading →
In 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 →