Tag Archives: drama

Blindspot 2016: Magnolia (1999)

Magnolia (1999, dir. P. T. Anderson) is probably the film that I have been most looking forward to seeing out of my Blindspot list this year. I love and adore P. T. Anderson (also known as Paul Thomas Anderson), and I adored watching Boogie Nights (1997) for my Blindspot challenge last year. Will Magnolia match […]

Short Term 12 (2013): “Why are you so nice to me?”

Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, Short Term 12 is a 2013 drama film starring Brie Larson as Grace, a staff member at a residential group home for children and adolescents; a home which is meant to house the young people for a short period of time between foster homes, however the reality is that many […]

Thoughts on… Showgirls (1995)

Two and a bit years of writing a film blog, and it’s finally come to this. Showgirls (1995), directed by Paul Verhoeven, is one sloppy, greasy, glittery mess of a film. Telling the story of Nomi Malone (Elizabeth Berkley), a drifter with a talent for dance, Showgirls is about drive and passion, and clawing your […]

“Is it worth paying for a ticket?”: Spotlight (2015)

Let’s be honest – Spotlight (2015, dir. Tom McCarthy), now being an Oscar winner for Best Picture, is a film you’re probably going to see at the cinema regardless of what any Joe Bloggs film reviewer is going to suggest. It has received a solid amount of acclaim and various golden trophies. But is it […]

“Is it worth paying for a ticket?”: Joy (2015)

David O. Russell’s latest directorial effort is Joy (2015) – the story of inventor Joy Mangano, a divorced mother of two with a complex family situation, who is in the throes of developing her newest idea, the Miracle Mop. Led by Jennifer Lawrence as the titular Joy, and with an ensemble cast of many and […]

The Remembering Barbara Stanwyck Blogathon: Clash By Night (1952)

A drama with film noir elements set in the fishing village of Monterey, California, Clash By Night (1952) is one of Austrian-German director Fritz Lang’s later films; Lang mainly being known for his earlier films such as Metropolis (1927) and M (1931). Clash By Night tells the story of Mae Doyle (Barbara Stanwyck), who has […]

Blindspot 2015: The Night of the Hunter (1955)

The final film in my 2015 Blindspot series! I have been wanting to watch The Night of the Hunter (1955, dir. Charles Laughton) for a very long time indeed. Did it meet my expectations? Read on! Its synopsis is as follows: A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell […]

Lars and the Real Girl (2007): Quick-shot review!

Originally posted on FILM GRIMOIRE:
Starring the beautiful Ryan Gosling, before his famous “hey girl” internet meme, Lars and the Real Girl (2007) is a compelling character drama about the titular Lars – a shy, anti-social, but sweet young man who lives in his brother’s garage. Lars has a fairly insular life and barely interacts…

Tokyo! (2008): Transformation, anarchy, rebirth.

Originally posted on FILM GRIMOIRE:
Tokyo! (2008) is a collection of three short films, tied together by their location and surreal overtones. Three visionary directors team up for this bewildering film, each needing no introduction whatsoever – Michel Gondry, Leos Carax, and Bong Joon-ho. Each of the three short films has its own visual quirks,…

Argumentative August: To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

All throughout the month of August there has been a really excellent blogathon happening over at Movierob and Ten Stars Or Less – a blogathon called Argumentative August, all about highlighting the fifty best courtroom drama films (according to GamesRadar). I chose to rewatch and review the classic To Kill A Mockingbird (1962). Be sure […]