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Film Journalist, Director, Screenwriter, and Editor in Chief. Marketing Manager of Ritzy Picturehouse She'll excessively talk about Filth, how James McAvoy is the best actor of our generation, and how much she loves drag queen Katya Zamolodchikova.

Booksmart – Brand New Trailer!

Olivia Wilde is making her directorial debut with the fantastic Booksmart.

Starring Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever, it stars as two smart and hard-working girls who regret not having any fun whilst pursuing their academic careers. Now before graduation they aim to do all the things they’ve denied themselves.

This looks amazing and cannot stop laughing. The chemistry and jokes look brilliant and it has already been highly praised following it’s debut at SXSW Festival. What do you think?


Booksmart is out later this year! 

7 Great Films Written By Women

Women! We love women. We especially love women behind the camera. Ladies telling stories, promoting their talents, bringing stories to the big screen. There is nothing better than a woman screenwriter.

So  we’re taking a look at some fantastic films written by female screenwriters.

Sense and Sensibility (1995) – Emma Thompson

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We may know Thompson as an incredible actress, but she is also an Academy Award winning screenwriter.  Her adaptation of Jane Austen’s terrific drama, revolving around betrothed sisters, and secret loves, is considered one of the best period dramas of all time, reinforcing Austen’s elements of feminist satire Directed by Ang Lee, Thompson too stars as the beloved Elinor and with a young Kate Winslet blossoming to a steadfast actress, Sense and Sensibility is a terrific, enjoyable, and deep movie helped by Thompson’s flare for writing.

Persepolis (2013) – Marjane Satrapi

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Recently directing black comedy Ryan Reynolds led film The Voices, Satrapi’s best known work is for the adult animation Persepolis, based on her autobiographical novel of the same name. Co-written and co-directed  with Vincent Paronnaud ,the film revolves around a young girl coming of age during the Iranian Revolution. Winning the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, the movie is both an exhilarating and thrilling yet harrowing and anguish filled, a triumphant movie.

The Limehouse Golem (2017) – Jane Goldman

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Though Jane Goldman’s work consists off Kick-Ass, Stardust, and Kingsman, I have a soft spot for the recently released Victorian murder romp. Yes, there may be detractors to the movie, but the extremely entertaining flick sees Bill Nighy tackle the murky Victorian underground as a killer goes on the romp and a woman is set to hang for her murder of her husband. Full of twists and turns, this is a highly beguiling movie enriched with amusement and that cliched but still ridiculously enjoyable.  Goldman has a flare for the Victorian  macabre.

Gone Girl (2015) – Gillian Flynn

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Adapted from her own novel, Flynn proved that she had might for the big screen (and should probably do some more work for cinema) with this Academy Award nominated script. The intense mystery thriller that led to one of the greatest performance of the year by the outstanding Rosamund Pike is an insatiable and lurid film with so much darkness. The murky elements of the film, matched with the twisting mystery made it David Fincher’s finer pieces and that’s all thanks to Flynn’s script. Even with knowing the book, she revisited Amy Dunne on a big screen with such a fresh beat that even die-hard fans would be impressed.

Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)  – Caroline Thompson

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Did you know Nightmare Before Christmas was written by a woman? Did you? Because I didn’t and I am currently drinking tea from a Jack Skellington mug. I know, this is heinously amiss of me. It is the ultimate festive film revolving around the King of Halloween Town who becomes bored of his life and wishes to steal Christmas to bring some excitement back. This stop–motion epic, directed by Henry Selick and based on characters by Tim Burton, Thompson delights with this hilarious, witty, and at times deeply dark film filled to the brim with holiday cheer.

Juno (2010) – Diablo Cody

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Winning the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, Cody’s terrific and poignant depiction of a teen pregnancy was celebrated across the filled. This is even more amazing considering it was Cody’s debut screenplay. Launching Ellen Paige into the stratosphere, Juno was a humorous depiction of a teenager in a crisis with whip-smart dialogue and endearing, emotional moments within the comedy……home-skillet.

Singin In The Rain  (1952) – Betty Comden

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One of the most incredible and seminal musicals of all time, Singin In The Rain is an enchanting and thrilling piece directed by and starring Gene Kelly. It revolves around two men and a woman trying to make it in showbiz. Featuring some brilliant songs including the titular one and Good Morning, this is a must-see masterpiece. And it was crafted by a woman. Alongside Adolph Green, Betty Comden excelled in producing one of the most memorable and watchable musicals of all time. Part of a performance duo with Green, her work on the stage was essential to bringing Singin In The Rain to life!


What are your favourite films written by women? 

Midsommar – Brand New Trailer!

Ari Aster ruined your sleeping patterns and your life with the utterly brilliant and compulsive horror Midsommar. 

Starring Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, and Will Poulter, the film revolves around a group of students who find themselves at a Scandinavian celebration – but all is not what you think.

The pastel colouring of this trailer makes it look more terrifying. We loved Hereditary so we are so ready for this seeming modern  What do you think?


Midsommar is out later this year! 

Border – Review

Fairy-tales.. They have seeped throughout time and history. Chattered imagination has been whispered in bed-time stories and campfire horrors. For centuries with been spooked by spectres, haunted by horrors, and frightened by fantasies.

In Scandinavia, adults and children have been particularly terrified by their own particular historical creatures. Creatures which Ali Abbasi has spun into a glorious modern yarn.

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Border revolves around Tina, a woman who has an “ugly” facial structure, who works for the Swedish Border Agency that screens people coming off ships. Tina has a special ability at sniffing out people’s guilt and shame. Living off the grid in a woodland area and with dog-breeder Roland, she spends her time walking the forests nearby or caring for her ailing father. When she comes across a man, Vore, who she can’t sniff out and looks like her, she becomes drawn to him. It becomes apparent that he might be uncover secrets about who she is and the pair become closer…

Border is a subversive and mysterious drama that unravels in a glorious manner. Iranian director Abbasi, whose work includes the much acclaimed Shelley, implements an intriguing modern fairy-tale. The film is an enchantment in some scenes, ghoulish in others, but utterly captivating from start to finish. The film works greatly with these tonal shifts. Offering up some impeccable sequences, including one frivolous and endearing frolic through the sun-streaked trees, the film can be a romantic story one second then horror to ponder the next.

There is also an undercurrent of social commentary here. When the film digs deeper into how we treat those who are different and especially those we deem as “ugly.” The film asks you to shift your perception through graphic sexual scenes or simply Tina being. It also gender-bends throughout and it’s non-conforming ideals make it a magnificent watch.

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The whole of the film wouldn’t work if it weren’t for Eva Melander as Tina. My god is she breath-taking here. Though unrecognisable due to her prominent prosthetics, this doesn’t sop her convey earnest and intimate emotions. Tina is a sympathetic character but doesn’t require pity. She is determined, strong, with an upstanding set of morals whilst also being vulnerable, sweet, and funny. As this film is all about her becoming, Melander beautifully develops Tina and makes a truly cinematic heroine.

Opposite her is Eero Milonoff as Vore. The pair have an instant chemistry with one another the minute they meet but Milonoff keeps his character as mysterious as possible, revealing bit by bit. Though this is Melander’s film, Milonoff is also as expressive and great as Vore, balancing between love interest and possible villain, the actor is unexpectedly alluring.

Border is a brooding film that will stay with you long after watching. That may be because of the graphic sequences and detail, but it’s also because of the soulfulness . The mood and tone matched with some gorgeous imagery are truly affecting, haunting even. There’s also a soulful and mournful message about nature and finding who you are, against the backdrop of an isolating and brutal society. Blending fantasy with social commentary, Border is a riveting and redolent affair.


Border is out 8th March

World Book Day: Best Films About Books

Who hasn’t grown up without books in their lives? Not filmmakers, anyway, as Hollywood has been plunging into old texts and pulling out blockbuster movies or series. In fact, it has become the staple of movie makers these days, especially with an abundance of young adult fiction getting translated into young adult movies to please the young adult audiences everywhere. Almost weekly a book becomes a film. But what about films that revolve around books; the core plot point pivoting around the pages, the stories and the characters you usually find locked up in libraries.

Films like these:

The Pagemaster  (1994)

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In nineties land, you’d think that this movie would be an instant success. It had all the right arts to make it a success; Macaulay Culkin, Whoopi Goldberg and the fail safe live action and cartoon combination. But on first release it bombed, hard. Nevertheless, thanks to repeats on television and video sales, it has become one of childhood’s much loved movies. It centres on a boy named Richard who is bored with life. In an upcoming storm, he finds shelter in a library. But a freak accident causes him to get washed into illustrations and is sent into the colourful world of fiction. Along the way, he meets Romance, Adventure and Horror, genres of books set to help him on his quest. This is a lovely little movie that heralds a lot of the great classic books, translating them well for children.

 

The NeverEnding Story (1986)

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NeverEnding Story was one of the most fantastical movies that caught wild imagination within the bustling dreams of children everywhere. The film revolves around Bastian, a shy child who is suddenly immersed into the Fantasty world of Fantasia which is plagued by The Nothing. With trusted Atreyu trying to stop the devastation, Bastian finds he is crucial to the unfolding events.  True, it had marvellously cheesy moments (Moonchild. For Christ Sake. Moonchild.) but, nevertheless, the story about escaping within a book to escape the bullies or the world around you resonates with any child and fully grown adults how found solace within the written word. But let’s not mention Artax, shall we?

 

The Princess Bride (1987)

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Possibly one of the most quotable films of all time that has acquired a large fan-base that still adores this movie now. The Princess Bride is meta as hell, a book about a book that is quite self-aware (although, not as self-aware as The Never Ending Story, moonchild). Told by Columbo’s Peter Falk to his grandson in present day eighties, it tells the medieval tale of stable boy Wesley and his love Buttercup. When Wesley disappears, murdered by the dreaded Pirate Roberts, the masked crusader comes to battle his wits against obstacles for Buttercup. It’s fairy tale with gusto, hilarity and wit. This cult classic is a treat. Altogether now; “my name is Inigo Montoya..”

 

Stranger Than Fiction (2003)

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One of the very few Will Ferrell films where he doesn’t play overdone, obnoxious and dislikeable characters, Stranger Than Fictionsees him take the quirky indie route. He stars as Harold Crick, a pretty average guy who finds one day, a voice has started to narrate his life. Feeling dismayed, he is told that he may be a character in a book and he needs to find out the ending before it is too late. Endearingly enough, this movie deals with an interesting and fun twist on the romance fare that asks writers; if you met the character of the book you’re writing, what would you do to them? It also has the best romantic scene where a baker receives a lovely array of ‘flours’ for a gift.

 

The Evil Dead

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I feel like I shouldn’t even been making you read this as we talk about that damned book in Sam Raimi’s masterpiece horror movie The Evil Dead. Frankly, I am a little bit scared writing about it. Because the insane events that happen in the middle of the forest that fateful night all come about due to some stupid teenagers and Ash Campbell reading from the evil Necronomicon Ex Mortis. The book itself is like the Devil’s personal spell book that sees demons and hell raised on Earth, causing a lot of messed up nonsense to happen to the those meddling kids (yes, that was a Scooby Doo reference about The Evil Dead.) Proof that any book with a long Latin title shouldn’t be read, The Evil Dead is one of those films that anti-reading advocators will lap up.


Happy World Book Day!
What do you think?