105 Must See Films

105 Must See Films: Monsoon Wedding (2001)

Starring: Naseeruddin Shah, Lillete Dubey, Shefali Shetty Director: Mira Nair Vibrant and large, Monsoon Wedding is the story of the events leading up to and surrounding an arranged marriage in a middle class family in India. It has a little bit of everything: romance, drama, family secrets, tears and laughter. There's quite a large cast… Continue reading 105 Must See Films: Monsoon Wedding (2001)

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Nocturnal Animals (2016)

Starring: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Armie Hammer, Laura Linney, Director: Tom Ford Some people said that it was crazy that Tom Ford, the fashion designer and makeup mogul, wanted to make films too. And then he made A Single Man, and everyone sat up and took notice. Here he… Continue reading Nocturnal Animals (2016)

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Uncertain (2016)

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by Hermione Flavia 

I’m not always a huge fan of documentaries. I like the cinematic imagery of the bigger budget films, I’m shallow like that. But I do love the kind of insight you get into other places and lives, bigger truths, that you sometimes get in a decent documentary, as long as they’re not preaching at you. (I’m shallow like that too) What I love about Uncertain is that although it’s a documentary, it has beautiful imagery, it’s a very cinematic film. It’s very accessible and very entertaining.

Image result for uncertain filmUncertain is a film about a tiny place, a small town on the border of Texas and Louisiana, with a population of only 94 people. It’s a place that often doesn’t appear on maps, and that people tend to only stumble across if they’re lost, or if they’re trying to hide or run from something. It explores the lives and stories…

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A Monster Calls (2016)

Starring: Lewis MacDougall, Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Liam Neeson Director: J A Bayona A story about grief and grieving for kids sounds like a hard sell, but this adaptation of a popular book by Patrick Ness focuses on deeper life truths to avoid the trite and mawkish. Conor (MacDougall) is a kid who has grown… Continue reading A Monster Calls (2016)

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The Love Witch (2016)

A review of The Love Witch, that I wrote for We Make Movies On Weekends

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If you’ve ever wanted to get revenge on an ex, this is the film for you.

OK, so I say that with tongue in cheek, a little bit. This is the story of a woman who just wants to find love, but her magic spells all go awry. Sound a little bit like Bewitched or Bell, Book and Candle? Well, it’s kind of like those, but when Elaine (Robinson) casts a love spell, people tend to die.

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The best part about this film is that I can’t decide whether it’s incredible or awful, just that I really got a kick out of watching it. The attention to detail, the sets, costumes, the way it’s shot, this film could be from the 60’s or 70’s. It’s veins bleed retro. It often feels stylised, like the scenes in a women’s tea room, where everyone wears pink, or the opening sequences where…

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Secret In Their Eyes (2015)

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Chiwetel Ejiofor Director: Billy Ray In any given year there are many thrillers that come out and largely, they're not very thrilling. I heard good things about this one, but it also partly seemed to go under the radar with me, so I was glad to come across it and… Continue reading Secret In Their Eyes (2015)

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Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (2016)

Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell, Katharine Waterston, Alison Sudol Director: David Yates Harry Potter for an older generation, perhaps? This film opens in 20's New York, where Newt Scamander (Redmayne) has arrived with a suitcase full of trouble. As he bumbles through the city, he manages to embroil a muggle, a magical secret agent and… Continue reading Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (2016)

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Manchester By The Sea (2016)

Starring: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler Director: Kenneth Lonergan Kenneth Lonergan, the writer of Gangs Of New York and Analyze This, gets to showcase his directing chops too in this drama about a man drowning in loss, who is surprised to become the guardian of his nephew when his brother suffers from a heart… Continue reading Manchester By The Sea (2016)

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Morgan (2016)

Starring: Kate Mara, Anya Taylor-Joy, Rose Leslie, Michelle Yeoh, Toby Jones. Director: Luke Scott One of the most forgettable films of the year, this is the story of a girl called Morgan, a genetically engineered person whose case comes under investigation by the company that funded her creation after she turns violently on her handler.… Continue reading Morgan (2016)

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Room (2015)

Starring: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allan, William H Macy, Sean Bridgers Director: Lenny Abrahamson Adapted from the best selling novel by Emma Donoghue, Room is the story of a 5 year old boy, who lives in a room with his mother. Since this is the only world he knows, he cannot know that something… Continue reading Room (2015)