The quest to find ones identity is thrusted upon Summer (Zoe Renee) and, as is usually the case, it’s a very difficult task for a 17 year old. Complicating matters further is her mother (Simone Missick), a divorced TV weather reporter, who converts to Islam. Continue reading
After a mental breakdown whilst presenting the weather on live TV after a bad break up, Sean (Matt Bomer) is told to take some time off. During this time, he hires Ernesto (Alejandro Patiño) for work labour, but soon begins to pay him to go on excursions and day trips he used to enjoy with his partner. Director John Butler has described Papi Chulo as a comedy about loneliness, but there’s a lot more hidden within the depths of this hugely enjoyable film.
Taking all the fears and anxieties that have come to the forefront in a post-Trump America, Assassination Nation tackles these head on at an unrelenting pace. Presenting us with a wildly unrealistic prospect that an entire town would want to kill four girls, it all sounds like the plot for the next entry in The Purge franchise. However, as the utter chaos unfold, it’s scary how we do start to believe in what’s unfolding and don’t even blink at some of the atrocities being performed.
Winner of Best First Feature at this year’s Independent Spirit Awards, Ingrid Goes West was a film I really wanted to see last year. But, as is always the case with independent films, it wasn’t on at any of my local cinemas. Almost a year later, I finally managed to catch Matt Spicer’s directorial debut. I was very, very impressed.
Any other MCU fans out there still not over …Infinity War? Me neither, but thankfully we’ve got the latest in the ever expanding universe to hold us over. Ant-Man was something of a surprise hit back in 2015, but I was never as sold on it as everyone else. I thought it was a fun but pretty forgettable film and definitely not up to the standard of the rest of the MCU. The sequel sees Hope (Evangeline Lilly) suit up as the titular Wasp (also becoming the first female superhero to be in the title of an MCU film – finally) this time around and, with the help of her Dad (Michael Douglas) and Scott (Paul Rudd), attempt to save her Mother (Michelle Pheiffer) from the Quantum Relm (something set up in the original film). Without a change of director half way through and the need to set up future instalments, AM&TW (as no one is calling it) is an improvment over it’s predeccessor. However, it still feels a lot less audacious than other MCU films.
We’ve been having a bit of a spell recently of sequels coming out YEARS after the original. Some have been well worth the wait (‘Blade Runner 2049’). Others haven’t (‘Independence Day: Resurgence’). ‘The Incredibles’ was a film my generation grew up with so I had a lot of faith riding on this to not let me down. 14 years later and this 21 year old can happily say it was well, well worth the wait.
‘Tully’ received so much buzz when it premiered at Sundance this year and it’s easy to see why. We follow Marlo who has just had her third baby and thanks to complete exhaustion and stress, hires a night nanny to help. This is when the titular Tully comes in and the two quickly form a friendship that allows Marlo to break free from her emotional turmoil. What follows is a honest take on the harsh realities of sleepless nights as well as the joys a parent can get from their newborn baby, whilst showing your life can still change for the better outside of it.
Netflix have so much content that if one of their films hasn’t got big star power in it, it seems to drop with no fanfare at all. That’s exactly what’s happened with their latest release. For the next few days, ‘Happy Anniversary’ will have pride of place near the top of Netflix before being relegated down. And that’s a shame, as it means a lot of people are going to miss this hidden gem.
Teen sex comedies have been going through a rough spell for some time now. Ever since the seemingly 18th ‘American Pie’ film, the copy cat films became lazier and cruder for the sake of it. Also, a lot became increasingly sexist and, rightly so, people began to attack these films for having a “boy’s club” mentality. ‘Blockers’ however, manages to break free of this, embracing the notion that young women can also enjoy embracing their sexuality. What is also great is unlike similar films that came before it, the kids aren’t making increasingly stupid decisions, the interfering parents are.
Right off the bat, I’ll admit the trailer for ‘Gringo’ didn’t do much for me. It seemed like the kind of comedy that wouldn’t make me laugh too much. After seeing it, my initial thoughts were right, I didn’t laugh that much. But, that’s because, despite the trailer suggesting otherwise, this is much more of drama with a story compared to a laugh out loud comedy.