Film Reviews

Five Things That Surprised Me On Rewatching the Harry Potter Films.

Last weekend, we headed into Oxford for the day. Those of you who are Harry Potter fans will know that a number of the locations used in the films are there. It's a beautiful city, with it's university and architecture that largely hasn't changed in the last 500 years. It inspired us (my partner and… Continue reading Five Things That Surprised Me On Rewatching the Harry Potter Films.

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Film Reviews

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

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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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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Nine Lives (2016)

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner, Christopher Walken Director: Barry Sonenfeld This film is definitely for all of you out there who watch cat videos on YouTube! It's a really odd little film, but rewarding, if you're willing to just go with it. A wealthy businessman (Spacey) has been so caught up his work that his… Continue reading Nine Lives (2016)

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Tale Of Tales (2015)

Starring: Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones, John C Reilly Director: Matteo Garrone When you think of fairy tales, stories for children spring to mind: princesses, fairies, heroes. But it's easy to forget how dark those stories were in their original incarnations. In this retelling of stories from Giambattista Basile, who wrote them sometime in… Continue reading Tale Of Tales (2015)

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Teen Witch (1989)

An unpopular teen finds she has inherited magical powers that could help her make her dreams come true,  but magic is not always easy to control!  Starring: Robyn Lively, Dan Gaulthier, Dick Sargeant. Director: Dorian Walker I came across this whilst looking for something similar to say... Kiki's Delivery Service or Sabrina the Teenage Witch, which… Continue reading Teen Witch (1989)