Mini Reviews #15

Two Days, One Night (2014) Director: Luc Dardenne, Jean-Pierre Dardenne Starring: Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Catherine Salée Two Days, One Night follows protagonist Sandra for the titled amount of time while she goes door to door amongst the homes of her colleagues to try to persuade them to vote against her redundancy. The film is incredibly…

Mini Reviews #14

Mommie Dearest (1981) Director: Frank Perry Starring: Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid, Mara Hobel A camp, cult and crazy classic of epic proportions. Faye Dunaway devours each piece of scenery for sport in this depiction of the well documented and temultuous relationship between Hollywood legend Joan Crawford and her adopted daughter Christina. Spawning an eternity of…

Mini Reviews #13

Chef (2014) Director: Jon Favreau Starring: Jon Favreau, John Leguizamo, Emjay Anthony A great feel good movie that will give you more food cravings than you have ever had in your life. Jon Favreau stars as a chef who embarks on a culinary road trip with his friend and son to get out of a creative…

Mini Reviews #12

Tammy (2014) Director: Ben Falcone Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Allison Janney A comedy that promises so much and delivers very little. Tammy seemed as though it would be a personal home run for me, starring a handful of my favourite actresses and having Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids mode at the helm, but the movie…

Mini Reviews #11

Mega Python vs. Gatoroid (2011) Director: Mary Lambert Starring: Debbie Gibson, Tiffany, A Martinez An extraordinary case of a film being so bad that it comes full circle to being utterly enjoyable to watch. Debbie Gibson and Tiffany rehash an old eighties pop rivalry as two women fighting both each other and a cast of…

Mini Reviews #10

Pariah (2011) Director: Dee Rees Starring: Adepero Oduye, Kim Wayans, Pernell Walker A gritty and intense drama about the sexual coming of age of a black teenage girl in New York City. A brilliant central performance from Adepero Oduye as a young lesbian who struggles to keep her secret from her overbearing family whilst at…

Mini Reviews #9

Philomena (2013) Director: Stephen Frears Starring: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Anna Maxwell Martin A well crafted and brilliantly paced British drama about the real life search of an Irish pensioner to find the son she was forced to give away in the 1950s. Philomena is both touching and devastating in the all of the right places,…

Mini Reviews #8

Tangled (2010) Director: Nathan Greno, Byron Howard Starring: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy A modern Disney animation to rival all the magic and musical magnificence in the films of the studio’s early nineties period that boasted such hits as Aladdin, Beauty And The Beast and The Lion King. Disney return to their penchant for retelling…

Mini Reviews #6

What I have been watching over the last seven days: Pretty In Pink (1986) Director: John Hughes Starring: Molly Ringwald, Harry Dean Stanton, Jon Cryer A classic coming of age tale filled to the brim with eighties pop culture. Eighteen year old Andie faces a complicated love triangle between an old devoted friend and a…

Mini Reviews #5

What I have been watching over the last seven days: In America (2002) Director: Jim Sheridan Starring: Samantha Morton, Paddy Considine, Sarah Bolger An incredibly emotional tale of an Irish immigrant family who relocate to New York in the 1980s to begin a new life. Though narrated by one of the family’s young daughters, the…