Review: Stowaway

Director: Joe Penna Stars: Anna Kendrick, Toni Collette, Daniel Dae Kim I recently watched Al Reinert's extraordinary 1989 documentary For All Mankind, which makes exceptional use of actual video diaries from NASA's astronauts as they make a pioneering journey out of our gravity on a mission to the moon. Landmark moments are captured with the … Continue reading Review: Stowaway

Review: A Simple Favour

Director: Paul Feig Stars: Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding We can always count on trashy movies hitting the multiplexes year in and year out, but goddamn, few recently have been as gloriously knowing and deliciously entertaining as the latest from Paul Feig, the man behind the beloved Bridesmaids and the besmirched Ghostbusters reboot. Whatever you make … Continue reading Review: A Simple Favour

Review: Pitch Perfect 3

Director: Trish Sie Stars: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow There's a moment during the obligatory mid-film montage in Pitch Perfect 3 in which director Trish Sie openly recalls the musical number geometry of Busby Berkeley in the 1930s. It's a fond cine-literate homage that lifts up this sprightly paced collage of passing time, yet it … Continue reading Review: Pitch Perfect 3

Review: The Accountant

Director: Gavin O'Connor Stars: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons The Accountant is a bad film. Which is a rather concise, damning statement. But wait. Because at the same time, it's one of the most watchable films of the year. That rare breed of peculiar which is exactly the right amount of crazy, stupid and misguided … Continue reading Review: The Accountant

Review: Pitch Perfect 2

I'd like to start off today by telling you a little story from my experience of watching this film, but in order to do so you have to understand something. In the cinema I'm one of those spoilsports who can't relax unless the rules of the cinema are being obeyed. You sit in your assigned … Continue reading Review: Pitch Perfect 2

Review: The Voices

***Contains potential spoilers*** The Voices is a movie starring Ryan Reynolds where his cat and dog talk to him. Yeah, the red flags are waving already, right? In the long, regrettable history of anthropomorphised animals, no one success story particularly lingers in the mind, artistically speaking (man, Babe sure raked in the money though, didn't it?).  Yet … Continue reading Review: The Voices

Review: Happy Christmas

I'm not a responsible person. I don't have any dependants. I live in rented accommodation. Like Greta Gerwig in Frances Ha, I have the sneaking suspicion that everyone around me has figured out how to be an adult ahead of me. And I'm in my thirties now. At some point, I suspect, being an adult … Continue reading Review: Happy Christmas

Pretty Vacancy: Watching The Entire Twilight Saga Back-To-Back Part 2

Forging ahead because I feel like if I take any kind of significant break here, I'll simply give up and go back to sleep for the day, I've got three Twilight movies to squeeze in to the remainder of this hungover Sunday. Timewise, I'm well on track to get this done, but New Moon especially has dampened … Continue reading Pretty Vacancy: Watching The Entire Twilight Saga Back-To-Back Part 2

Pretty Vacancy: Watching The Entire Twilight Saga Back-To Back Part 1

First there was Fast & Furious. Then there was Step Up. Now, for some stupid reason, I'm going to watch the entire Twilight saga back to back in a single day. 10 hours and 8 minutes of, well, whatever it is. Something about vampires and werewolves maybe? The truth is, as derided as these films are... I've never seen … Continue reading Pretty Vacancy: Watching The Entire Twilight Saga Back-To Back Part 1