movie reviews

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women


Professor Marston and the Wonder Women is a witty biographical film, about psychology professor William Moulton Marston (Luke Evans), creator of the Wonder Woman comic books.  Mostly set in 1940s, the  plot centers around the polyamorous relationship between Marston, his wife Elizabeth (Rebecca Hall) and a woman named Olive Byrne (Bella Heathcote).  It is also the story of the creation Wonder Woman and the public perception of the comics at the time.

I enjoyed the characters  in this movie and learning the story behind Wonder Woman. The movie is witty, sharp, sexy








































































































and well executed.  The “what happened to them” and photographs at the end credits made me cry.

This movie will make you want to read comic books.

Cast includes: Connie Britton, JJ Field and Oliver Platt.
Director & Screenplay: Angela Robinson
Running time: 1h 48min
Rated: R
Release: 2017 (USA)



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Drive (2011)


A  nameless Hollywood stunt driver (Ryan Gosling) who also works as getaway driver. He meets his neighbour, Irene (Carrey Mulligan), a woman who has a young son, and instantly finds himself falling for her. When Irene’s ex-con husband Standard (Oscar Isaac) returns from prison the driver finds himself getting drawn into a violent world of crime. In order to protect Irene and her little boy from dangerous gangsters who Standard has a score to settle with,  the driver agrees to be part of a heist.

Drive is a violent, dark, action-packed thriller with a romantic twist. The cool soundtrack features a beautiful song called “Real Hero” by College & Electric Youth.

The cast includes: Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks, Christina Hendricks and Ron Perlman.


Director:  Nicolas Winding Refn (Bleeder)
Screenplay: Hossein Amini  (The Four Feathers , Snow White and the Huntsman, 47 Ronin)    – Based on the book by James Sallis .
Running time:  1h40 min
Release: 2011 (USA)
Rated: R 

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi


General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) is dealing with losses and commanding the Resistance. Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), with BB-8 by his side, is out fighting in Resistance and meets up with Finn (John Boyega).  Rey (Daisy Ridley) is training with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamil) and learning to use her abilities.  Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) is full of bitterness and Snoke (Andy Serkis) is trying to unleash the full potential of his young apprentice. Things are about to get real.

The cast also includes: Lupita Nyong’o,  Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, Justin Theroux, Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Daniels and Frank Oz (voice of Yoda)… among many others.

I like these new sequel trilogy characters. There are so many strong female characters as well (I love Rey, Rose and Leia). The Last Jedi has many awesome little moments. There was a moment where  I actually found myself saying “Oh yes.”, aloud. There are many laughs, especially a cute little scene involving Chewbacca.

The Last Jedi is packed with: Some of your old favourite characters, some great new characters,  creatures,  people with serious issues, droids, girl power,  friendship, betrayal and also love.  You can also see:  Space. Lots of action and adventure. Magnificent scenery, space ships, battles and light saber fights. The film has a great score which includes the familiar Star Wars fanfare.

It was also svery touching to see the dedication to the late Carrie Fisher (who plays Leia in the franchise) in the credits.

See it in cinema? Yes.

Writer and Director: Rian Johnson
Based on characters by George Lucas.
Running Time: 2 h 32 min
Release: 2017 (USA)
Rating PG-13



movie reviews

Baby Driver (2017)


The eponymous character Baby (Ansel Elgort) is a young getaway driver who listens to music all the time to drown out his tinnitus. He is a sweet guy who due to circumstance gets sucked into a life of crime. He meets, Debora (Lily James) a waitress in a diner and they immediately hit it off. Baby tries to get out of the getaway driver business and tells himself he is just going to do one more job…

I’d describe this movie as sleek, action-packed (with a good dose of violence and some awesome driving scenes), funny, a little sexy and with a sweet hipster love story.Fantastic editing.  The soundtrack is brilliant and suits the vibe of the movie beautifully. The screenplay is well written, with great dialogue.  The amazing cast includes:  Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm, Kevin Spacey, Micah Howard,  Eliza González and Jamie Foxx.

Director and  Writer:  Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The World’s End)

Running Time:1 h 52 min 

Rating: R

Release 2017 (USA)

(c) 2017

movie reviews

Rebel in the Rye (2017)

Rating: PG-13.  Release: 2017 (USA)


Rebel in the Rye is an biographical film based on the biography “JD Salinger: A Life” by Kenneth Slawenski.  The plot follows the life and career of American author, JD Salinger, especially his iconic novel The Cather in the Rye.  Sharp, witty and with a jazzy vibe, the plot deals with Salinger’s struggles with getting published, his romantic failures and his sense of detachment. Director Danny Strong did an excellent job bring this story to life and wrote the screenplay, which is pretty great.

The movie is well-cast and stars Nicholas Hoult  (About a Boy, Skins) as J.D. Salinger and Kevin Spacey as his writing professor and mentor Whit Burnett. The cast includes Sarah Paulson, Zooey Deutch and Hope Davis.

Like countless readers could see themselves as Holden Caufield  (the main character of Catcher in The Rye), I think many a writer will find themselves identifying with Salinger.  Of all the films I’ve seen recently, Rebel in the Rye resonated the most with me. It made me want to reread Catcher in the Rye.  I’d recommend it to anyone who has ever for five minutes fancied themselves a writer.


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Justice League (2017)


I didn’t grow up reading comic books (though I was a regular viewer of  Batman: The Animated Series )…  and I still don’t read comic books (though thanks to the recent Wonder Woman movie as well as the biopic Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, I w will) … but I do love super hero movies. Okay, let’s just move a long.

Justice League is based on DC comics characters Batman (Ben Affleck),  Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), the Flash (Ezra Miller),  Aqua Man (Jason Samoa),  Cyborg (Ray Fisher)  and Superman (Henry Cavil) .

Steppenwolf (voiced by Ciarán Hinds) , a supernatural super-villain, is threatening life on planet earth.  An aging millionaire, Bruce Wayne (aka Batman), decides to assemble a team of with special abilities.  There is a slight problem though… Superman is dead.

Like with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, I kind of liked it. (Though like I said, I’m not a purist). It’s a violent spectacle of super-hero action,  best enjoyed on the big screen.

The theme song rendition of The Beatles’ “Come Together”  by Gary Clark Jr. & Junkie XL will probably be stuck in your head for a few days at least.

Cast includes:  Diane Lane, Amy Adams Jeremy Irons, Connie Nielson, Amber Heard, Joe Morton and  J.K. Simmons.
Director:  Zack Snyder

Screenplay: Chris Terrio & Joss Whedon  (see for full story & character credits)
Running Time: 2 hours

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Lars and the Real Girl (2007)


A weird young man has a sex doll for a girlfriend –  at a glance it seems like a crazy gross-out comedy, but it’s not.

Lars( Ryan Gosling) is an award introvert living in a a  small town. He stays alone in a cottage on the property where his brother and sister-in-law ( Emily Mortimer) reside.  After several several inquiries about his romantic life from townspeople, he orders a realistic looking sex doll online and introduces her to his family as Bianca, his girlfriend.Concerned they take him to a doctor/psychologist, Dagmar  (Patricia Clarkson), who recommends that they all go along with his delusion, until he is able to work things out for himself. The whole town plays along and accepts Bianca as his girlfriend.and as part of their town.

Lars and the Real Girl is a beautiful and quirky portrait of love, family, friendship and community. This movie is so well crafted and is brilliantly scripted. It is boasts an amazing cast, with  stellar performances from Gosling and Mortimer.
Rnning time: 106 min
Rated: PG-13
Writer: Nancy Oliver
Director; Craig Gillespie 
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book reviews

Silver Linings Playbook – Book Review

Silver Linings Playbook is a novel by Matthew Quick which has spawned a 2012 film adaption staring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. I have seen the movie a few years ago and have only read the novel recently.

Silver Linings Playbook is a first person account of Pat Peoples a man who has moved back into his parents house after being released from a mental health facility.  He is obsessed with getting his life on track and improving his physical fitness with the hopes of reconciling with his estranged ex wife, Nikki. It becomes clearly that he was hospitalised for longer than he realised and a large chunk of his memory is missing. He attends a lot of football matches with his hometown friends and family and tries to connect with his emotionally cold father. He also goes to therapy. He meets an attractive, but troubled young widow called Tiffany who immediately takes an interest in him.

The books gets you into the mind-set of Pat much more than, I feel, the movie does. You are plunged into Pat’s thinking patterns and obsessive thoughts. I found that I could relate to Pat. Although he is pretty one-track minded, I found the character to be complex.  The narrative is easy to read and follow.  In the book he gives his thoughts on several literary classic he had read, which are probably spoilers but even if you haven’t read these books you probably have an idea of there plots already anyway. This is a story of mental illness, but it is also a story of hope, recovery, relationships and love.

I would greatly recommend this book.
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Wonder Woman (2017)

Based on the DC Comic book,  Wonder Woman, created by William Moulton Marston. Diana (Gal Gadot),  daughter of Hippolyta, the Amazon Queen,  lives among the Amazons (a special race created by Zeus to protect mankind from the god of war, Aries)  in a world populated only by women.

One day Diana rescues Steve (Chris Pine), an American soldier, from the ocean after his plane was shot down by Germans.  After learning about the terrible world war Diana decides to leave her home to put a stop to the destruction. Steve needs to stop the evil German commander Ludendorff (Danny Huston)  from destroying the the world.  With Steve  and their band of misfits by her side, she finds herself drawn into a the war and assumes her identity as warrior princess, Wonder Women.

The movie is packed with action, special effects, epic battle scenes and a bit of romance. I’ve never read any of the Wonder Women comic books I really enjoyed watching the movie.  Gal Gadot did an amazing job as Wonder Woman and the chemistry between her and Chris Pine is pretty good.

See it if you like action movies, comic book adaptations or seeing women kick butt. I’d recommend seeing this film on the big screen.

Cast also includes:   Connie Nielson, Robin Wright, Ewan Bremmer, Elena Anaya, Saïd Taghmaoui, David Thewlis,  etc

Director:  Patty Jenkins
Screenplay: Allan Heinberg

Story:  Zack Snyder,  Allan Heinberg,  Jason Fuchs

Running time: 141 mins
Rated: PG-13

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