Girls Trip | Review

★★★

If you can stomach a graphic demonstration the grapefruit technique with a banana you can handle anything. You can also have fun with Girls Trip. If you have to Google the term for understanding, your position is 50/50. That’s your watermark.

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Andrew Garrison | The Princess Bride

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Chances are as a cinephile you have a feel-good movie in your collection. A film you turn to whenever you have the blues or need to soothe tattered nerves.   They may be guilty pleasure films that critics weep over to this day, or they may be a film masterpiece fitting of a museum.   A feel-good film knows no boundaries and never should.

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Dunkirk | Review

★★★★

Very occasionally, history offers epochal anecdotes so cinematic in their telling that it is hard not to imagine the real event as having been written and produced by Hollywood itself. The May to June evacuation of the British Army from the beaches at Dunkirk in the second year of the Second World War is exactly one such moment. Indeed, an unlikely tale of heroism in which underdogs overcome all odds to seize victory from the grasps of defeat, the story of Dunkirk has gifted, in many ways, a exemplary template for decades of cinematic offerings.

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The Big Sick | Review

★★★★

When Judd Apatow wants ‘the big conversation’ it’s not just the comic-addressee who should get excited. Previous convos, with Steve Carell, Kirsten Wiig and Amy Schumer, in which the producer asked each talent: ‘have you any ideas?’ led to The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Bridesmaids and Trainwreck. His is an impressive eye for potential and one with an extraordinarily surefooted track record. Now Apatow has unearthed The Big Sick, the funniest rom-com of recent years, by mining the experience and skill of Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon. He knows how to pick ‘em alright.

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Seven Days a Cinephile | A Poem

SEVEN DAYS A CINEPHILE

I’m seven days cinephile,

I watch films every day.

On Mondays I choose fantasies,

The work-day get-away.

 

On Tuesday I watch horror films,

Which never leave me scared.

I’ve seen so many jump-scare flicks,

I think I’m too prepared.

 

Wednesday’s animation day,

Bursts of creative glee,

And if I see the two-fifteen,

I see them youngster-free!

 

Thursday is the arthouse pick,

A higher brow endeavour.

God only knows what it’s about,

But gosh it does look clever.

 

Fridays are for blockbusters,

A more expensive ticket!

So when they say ‘It’s in 3D’,

I tell them where to stick it.

 

Saturday’s my favourite day,

I catch the the indie stuff.

All crafted on a budget,

By the frugalist film buff.

 

Last are Senior Sundays,

For shows they serve with tea.

Attendees call films pictures,

Ah, c’est la vie for me!

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