Film – Midsommer

I have said it before... I went to see the remake of "The Wickerman" just to see Nicholas Cage burn at the end.  I appreciate it is a brash statement, and actually, I don't wish the guy any harm (just in case he stumbles across this one day and thinks I am the one that... Continue Reading →

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Pet Sematary – Film

I loved Stephen King books when I was growing up.  I was devouring his books from about the age of 10, which looking back, may well have been a little young, but they were better than Nancy Drew so... Reflecting on it now, I realise it is because the stories were exciting but the writing... Continue Reading →

As Above, So Below – Film

Hear what I thought about this abomination of a film.

Film – Serenity

If you have been a long time reader of mine, you will know I started out by ranting about really bad films.  Well I am reviving the Cranky in my name to write about this abomination of a film.  Let us not get this confused with the sci-fi 2005 film written by Joss Whedon, no... Continue Reading →

Film – Suspiria

Back in 1977 the original "Suspiria" was released by Dario Argento, it was a stylised nightmare of a horror film based on the use of something so self indulgent (ballet) to feed an evil coven of witches, the cinematography was garishly coloured, the music by Goblin dramatic and the story line never truly explained.  It... Continue Reading →

Film – Lawrence of Arabia

I was never a huge film fan growing up, in fact I would read a book over watching a film 9 times out of 10, it was only as I got older that I started to really get in to film culture.  Now this has its ups and downs... the ups are that I read... Continue Reading →

Film – Mandy

There have been a lot of “artsy” films that have come out recently, which is great for me as it gives me more to write about on here and is equally something that is totally accessible to anyone who is an avid reader, as you can go away and watch them, rather than having to... Continue Reading →

Film – The House that Jack Built

There are some films which incorporate a theme so seamlessly that they leave you astounded.  This film is one of those.  Some have said that it is a totally self indulgent piece of work, but I think that this could be that either the person watching it had no in depth knowledge of the "Divine... Continue Reading →

Film – The Favourite

How would you fancy being the favourite to royalty?  Being their advisor and bestowed special treatment from the monarch?  Ok it probably doesn't mean that much now, but back when the monarchy ruled the country and made the decisions this would have been a prime spot! Highly sort after and a cut throat game to... Continue Reading →

Film – Possum

What do you fear the most? Is it something physical? Spiders, balloons, fire, drowning? Or something more psychological? Abandonment, solitude, misunderstanding? Matthew Holness, creator of "Garth Merenghi's Darkplace" smashes in to his cinema debut in a way unlike any other. If you have watched "The Babadook" or "Ghost Stories" you can probably get onboard films... Continue Reading →

Bohemian Rhapsody

Do you know, if you asked me yesterday who my favourite band was, I probably wouldn't have said Queen, but some of my earliest memories are of my brothers LPs of Queen (and the Sex Pistols - and I was petrified of The News of The World album cover, as well as the Who Killed... Continue Reading →

Grey Gardens

There are things that are sometimes just so off the wall that you can't believe you have missed out on them for so long. It's a bit like discovering hidden treasure, or finding out that you do really like gin... just not Gordon's. Grey Gardens is one of those hidden treasures for me. If you're... Continue Reading →

The Killing of a Sacred Deer – Film Review

There are films that are so strikingly odd that you end up remembering them and returning back to them again and again. I found that with "The Lobster". This was the first film in English by Yorgos Lanthimos, and on first watching I honestly thought to myself "what the hell was that?" This obviously made... Continue Reading →

Film Review – The Limehouse Golem

When I first heard about this film, I didn’t have high expectations of it.  The trailer just had lots of people saying the term “The Limehouse Golem” a lot, and if your script requires you to repeat the same phrase repeatedly to remind your audience what the film is about, then it is on a... Continue Reading →

Film – Hereditary

It's been an age since I have written about a film, so obviously I am jumping at the chance to tell you all about this little gem, hopefully I will do a better job that 'The Independent' writer, who wrote such an appalling article about the film, that I felt compelled to tell them either... Continue Reading →

Ghost Stories

I absolutely love a horror film, from the very bad ones to the amazingly haunting ones, but I find that usually the end is a little lack lustre. It usually revolves around the story having a happy ending and the demon, murderer, ghost or psycho getting their just desserts and everyone getting on with their... Continue Reading →

Downsizing

There are days where I simply wonder what I am doing with my life. Other people have children and seem to have their lives so together, and I am still bumbling about, not really sure if I am adulting correctly, then a film like this comes along, and I realise I am doing far better... Continue Reading →

I, Tonya

Passion is a funny thing. I am passionate about a lot of things, and it is an ever increasing circle for me, I like to add to the things I am passionate about, learn new skills, understand how things work, in fact you could say I am just passionate about understanding as much as I... Continue Reading →

Film – Lost Highway

If you have ever watched 'Twin Peaks' the original or the revival, you will know that David Lynch as a certain style which can leave his viewers completely bemused.  Granted he has a unique artistic style which elevates his films to cult classics, but he also likes to present his audiences with an almost unsolvable... Continue Reading →

Film – 3 Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Sometimes you hear about films and the title just sounds dull. I mean what could be exciting about 3 billboards really? If I hadn't seen the trailer for this film, I probably wouldn't have looked in to it and just passed it off as some twee drama (a bit like I have done for "Phantom... Continue Reading →

Film – The Shape of Water

You may have figured out, if you have read my blog before, that I am not a chic flick kind of girl. I don't relish quirky women, finding their match, and having some sort of issue, only for a happy ending to ensue. I don't like the twee comedy and the awkwardness that comes with... Continue Reading →

The Greatest Showman

I hate circuses.  Can't stand the over enthusiastic acts and forced frivolity, but I do have an appreciation for what they have brought to performance art.  I also do understand that when they first started up, it was the only way some of the acts could make money, so while I don't like watching a... Continue Reading →

Star Wars – The Last Jedi

I have left writing this review for a little while as I appreciate that the new Star Wars film is a little bit like Marmite (veggie mite or any other Bovril type substance that you may be accustomed with).  While I am a bit of a Star Wars fan, I obviously didn’t appreciate the deep... Continue Reading →

Suburbicon

It's so easy to make life look perfect from the outside, especially in Suburicon, sadly this film delivered a less than perfect viewing experience and had even less entertainment value. I always find the Coen brother's films a bit samey. With contrite plot twists and kitch cinematography, and then we see George Clooney throwing his... Continue Reading →

Justice League

I am a Marvel girl through and through. Nothing has brought this home more than spending two hours of my life watching the impoverish efforts of six DC heroes, well 5 apparent heroes and one guy with a lot of money. Many, many franchises have followed the adventures of Batman and Superman and we have... Continue Reading →

The Double Life of Veronique

Don't you hate it when you settle down to watch a film which has had great reviews, only to find it is terrible?  It's the worst, as you watch the gibberish of a story line unfold to no high point.  This film is one of those. Views who felt compelled to comment on IMDB about... Continue Reading →

Murder on the Orient Express

I have particularly fond memories of watching the escapades of Hercule Poirot, played by David Suchet with my grandmother.  Curled up in an arm chair as a child in the warmth of her living room watching an odd man with an exacting manner solve the unsolvable crimes created by Agatha Christie made for many a... Continue Reading →

Blade Runner 2049

So why is a blade runner called a blade runner? Despite my theory of Mr Snuggles not really hitting the bill, there are several streams of thought, one that the life of a blade runner is a series of moments lived in a knife edge, some say that replicants were revered to as ‘Blades’ in... Continue Reading →

Nailbiter

Sometime there are films that are so bad that they swing back around again to good, simply because they miss the mark of what they are intended for so dramatically. I love films like that, and this just happens to be one of those. This is a real work of cinematic genius, if you like... Continue Reading →

Nana – Édouard Manet

I find, when applying make up, candle light is not the best. It leads to over applying, and leaving the house looking a little like Pennywise. Manet, another of the Parisian cronies of the 1800’s, captures a woman applying her male up in a mirror with two extinguished candles either side of it. She is... Continue Reading →

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