Movie Reviews

Pixie (2020)

pixie-2020-movie-review-posterDirector: Barnaby Thompson

Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Runtime: 98 Minutes

Main Cast: Olivia Cooke, Ben Hardy, Daryl McCormack, Alec Baldwin, Colm Meaney, Chris Walley, Dylan Moran, Sebastian de Souza

Plot: Pixie (Olivia Cooke) is on a mission to avenge her Mother’s death and flee to San Francisco to start a new life, but to do that she must first team up with a couple of guys (Ben Hardy & Daryl McCormack) to sell the drugs that were stolen from Catholic Priest gangsters.

My Thoughts: Not only was it nice to see trailers for a new movie and then actually get to watch it at the cinema without it being delayed by a year, but I got to see it a week early with my ODEON membership, hurrah! Pixie is one of those extraordinary little movies that my friends outside of the UK have probably never even heard of, but it’s a lot of fun. I can’t help but compare it to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) for a personal reason. I don’t generally like period dramas,or zombie movies, but the two combined was highly enjoyable. It’s the same for Pixie, I don’t love gangster movies and I can count the number of westerns I’ve seen on one hand, but Pixie combines the two genres and it works!

Most of you will know how it ends before it’s even really begun, my husband sure did when I got home. I told him how much I enjoyed it, he guessed how it ended, I fumed at him that he was right and how did he know and he said he’d worked it out from the trailer alone. So if you’re looking for something deep with genuine surprises this isn’t for you but if you’re happy enough to sit and enjoy the ride like I did then it’s definitely worth a watch!

Ireland is such a beautiful country, I’ve only had the pleasure of visiting once but I’d love to go again. This movie is the perfect advertisement for the lesser-known parts of the country. Plus, I don’t know about you but I could listen to the Irish accent all day long, so it was a given I think that I would enjoy Pixie. There was a couple in the room who found every joke so much funnier than the rest of us, and found every gory death much more shocking, it was really wholesome. When this COVID nonsense is over I’d love to watch a movie with them!

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Best Bit: You should never trust small town rumors. When the two lads are gushing over Pixie and get told a rumor about how she loves to take experimental photography in the bedroom, the two of them argue over who should be the one to knock on her door. There are no winners in this game except Pixie, the sooner you learn that, the better.

Worst Bit: I don’t even know if this should go under best bit or worst bit, and I might not even be correct in saying this but Alec Baldwin’s Irish accent was hilarious. The 2020 trifecta of funny accents goes to Alec Baldwin in Pixie, Robert Downey Jr. in Dolittle and Robert Pattinson in The Devil All the Time!

Fun Trivia: As of early 2020, Olivia Cooke and Ben Hardy are in a relationship after meeting on the set of ‘Pixie’. (This is actually the only bit of trivia I would fine I’m afraid…lucky Ben Hardy!)

My Rating: 4 out of 5 guns that Alec Baldwin says…let me try this…”teese gons aren’t going to shoot temselves”!

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Movie Reviews

Kajillionaire (2020)

kajillionaire-movie-review-2020-posterDirector: Miranda July

Genre: Crime, Drama

Runtime: 104 Minutes

Main Cast: Evan Rachel Wood, Gina Rodriguez, Debra Winger, Richard Jenkins, Mark Ivanir, Madeleine Coghlan, Steve Park, Challen Cates

Plot: 26-year-old Old Dolio has been raised by her parents to be a small time, petty criminal, helping to pay the rent by stealing packages from the post office and preying on the generosity of the wealthy to get by. In the middle of a lost baggage claim heist, her parents enlist the help of Melanie (Gina Rodriguez), a stranger they met on the plane, in a last ditch attempt to avoid homelessness.

My Thoughts: This is the kind of movie I’ve been waiting all year for. I would happily push all of this years and next years blockbusters into 2022 if it meant getting to watch movies like Kajillionaire. Sadly the cinema industry wouldn’t survive, so for now I’ll watch whatever I can and sit through the Bond trailer in silent rage. Kajillionaire is a heist movie like no other I’ve ever seen. Imagine Ocean’s Eleven was actually a Sundance movie, and that’s what you get. Evan Rachel Wood is completely unrecognizable as Old Dolio, with her over-sized tracksuit and gruff voice.

We’re thrown straight into this family’s life straight away, watching them wait for an opening outside the post office. And you have to think, a family this hard done by must be so close at the very least? But it couldn’t be farther from the truth. Old Dolio and her parents are business partners who split everything 3-ways, they don’t do love, or hugs. And really, that’s all Old Dolio has ever known until Melanie comes into their lives. Melanie is a ray of sunshine in a world of darkness, and the whole family is smitten by her. That’s when things really become strained.

I tried to explain the basics of the movie to my husband when I got home as I usually do, and it was so difficult. Kajillionaire is funny, shocking, and heart warming all at the same time, and my husbands response was, “Is it like that movie you love where Willem Dafoe looks after that Motel near Disney World?” He’s talking about The Florida Project (2017) if you hadn’t worked it out, and he is so right. These kind of movies were made for me.

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Best Bit: *SPOILERS* When the gang were at the old gentleman’s home and they made Old Dolio wait in his bedroom for him to die so they can take his chequebook. He’s clearly in pain and waiting to pass and it’s such a tender moment watching her help him through it. To then find out he was still alive was such a funny shock.

Worst Bit: It wasn’t a bad moment in terms of the quality of the movie, but when we find out why her parents even called her Old Dolio is just broke my heart, poor girl never stood a chance.

Fun Trivia: I can’t seem to find anything fun to share with you, but from the looks of it, the movie will be released digitally on Friday 16th October so please give it a watch if you aren’t able or comfortable to go to the cinema!

My Rating: 4 and a half buckets that you’ll need to scoop up those bubbles leaking from the wall every afternoon.

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What I Watched: September 2020

How are we in the final quarter of this awful and weird year? Remember when we all thought things would be back to normal by Christmas? Ahh, sweet optimism. My little girl turns 3 this month. THREE. Does that mean the terrible two’s are coming to an end, because I’m not sure who has the most meltdowns now between me and her. She’s ace though, she talks fully and my goodness, she doesn’t stop.

In between a lot of movies, my husband and I have started watching a TV show together for the first time in literally years. We’ve been watching an episode of The Boys most evenings and we are LOVING it. That show is absolutely bonkers and Karl Urban is an absolute show-stealer. Every line he says has me laughing. I’ve also finally jumped onto the Schitt’s Creek bandwagon and it’s a delightful little comedy show.

But anyway, here’s what I watched but never blogged about last month…

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Class Action Park (2020)

I made the terrible mistake of watching this documentary a couple of days before going to a theme park myself. I knew nothing about Action Park before watching this but it’s an in-depth look at a water park in New Jersey that was hugely popular in the 1980’s and notorious for how dangerous it was. I’m not one for documentaries usually but this was as hilarious as it was shocking and chilling.

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Cosmopolis (2012)

No, the Robert Pattinson binging hasn’t come to an end yet. In Cosmopolis he plays a businessman travelling around in a limo but stuck in hellish traffic because of a political event taking place in the city. That’s um…all I really have to say about it I’m afraid.

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After (2019)

You might have seen I watched After We Collided (2020) at the cinema, and I had to watch the original so I knew what I was getting into. I hated the sequel but I really quite enjoyed the first one! It’s full of every cliche in the book but it’s an enemies to lovers kind of romance and you know I’m a sucker for those.

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Maps to the Stars (2014)

So next in the Robert Pattinson saga we have a movie where he plays a limo driver, rather than a passenger this time. This is one of those movies with many characters whose lives all intertwine towards the end of the movie. It was alright at the time but it’s quite forgettable to be honest.

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The Social Dilemma (2020)

Two documentaries in one month, Allie? This one is on Netflix and anyone with a Facebook account should give it a watch. There are some huge names in the social media industry speaking in this documentary and although it might be every so slightly dramatized, it’s shockingly insightful and makes me really quite terrified as a parent.

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The Babysitter: Killer Queen (2020)

Where did this movie even come from?! I watched The Babysitter (2017) last year after falling in love with Samara Weaving in Ready or Not (2019) and had no idea a sequel was even in the works until BAM, there it is on Netflix. The sequel is just as good as the original and a lot funnier, it doesn’t take itself seriously at all.

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High Life (2018)

So after this I took a little Robert Pattinson break, because WOW he loves being in weird movies. Thisis what I get for not even watching a trailer first. How to describe High Life? It’s like Interstellar (2014)…with criminals…and a lot of semen samples? Bonus points for Pattinson being an awesome space Dad though.

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#Alive (2020)

Do we really need movies about being trapped in your own home due to a pandemic in 2020? I think not, but at least with #Alive you can watch it tell yourself, well it could be worse…

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Unpregnant (2020)

I know everyone is saying to watch Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) instead of this but I haven’t yet, and I adored Unpregnant (2020). It doesn’t take a genius to work out what happens in this movie but I think it’s so great that we have movies like this, normalising something that must be terrifying to go through. It has Booksmart (2019) vibes to it and I enjoyed it a lot.

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23 Walks (2020)

You want to know how desperate I am to keep visiting my cinema in fear of it closing again? Last week I watched a little British movie about a pair of single people in their 60’s who meet whilst walking their dogs. You read that right. It actually was a decent watch regardless of be being half the target audience’s age. Something VERY SAD happens though and I didn’t expect to find myself ugly crying that night.

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Saw (2004)

Fun fact – I’ve never seen a Saw movie until now. What’s the general consensus on these movies you guys? I feel like with a critic hat on they’re mostly garbage, but for gore fans they’re actually a lot of fun? I liked the mystery and the escape room-ness to it, but didn’t care for the rest.

In case you missed any of my full reviews from last month, here they are again:

Tenet (2020)
I’m Thinking of Ending Things (2020)
Mulan (2020)
The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020)
After We Collided (2020)
Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020)
The Devil All the Time (2020)
Antebellum (2020)
Enola Holmes (2020) 

Movie Reviews

Enola Holmes (2020)

enola-holmes-movie-review-2020-posterDirector: Harry Bradbeer

Genre: Adventure, Mystery, Drama, Crime

Runtime: 123 Minutes

Main Cast: Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, Sam Claflin, Helena Bonham Carter, Louis Partridge, Burn Gorman, Adeel Akhtar, Frances de la Tour, Fiona Shaw

Plot: Enola Holmes (Millie Bobby Brown) is the young sister of Sherlock (Henry Cavill) and Mycroft (Sam Claflin) Holmes. When their Mother (Helena Bonham Carter) goes missing, Enola follows in the footsteps of her family and starts to track her down, whilst Mycroft is set on enrolling her into an all-girls school to learn how to become a ‘proper’ lady.

My Thoughts: While the cinemas are getting barely any new movies at the moment (last night I watched a British romance about a pair of 60+ year olds who meet whilst walking their dogs), Netflix is treating us for sure. Never have I ever been so happy to part with £5.99 every month. I adored the BBC’s Sherlock show and Millie Bobby Brown is one of the best things about Stranger Things so I was so excited for Enola Holmes! On the whole I had a lot of fun watching it and I think it’ll be a great family movie for many.

We see the story through Enola’s eyes and it’s easy to follow with her character breaking the fourth wall constantly to keep us in the loop. Some might find it irritating but I’ve always enjoyed fourth wall breaks. You can just tell that Millie Bobby Brown is having the time of her life playing this character and rightfully so, with the elaborate costumes, energetic fight scenes and a fine sense of adventure. I love a good mystery and a shocking reveal but this was too simple for me and not anything like I got used to with BBC’s Sherlock. Which is, ultimately, unfair, because I don’t think the target audiences are the same.

The story is neatly tied up at the end and the whole thing feels very wholesome. I almost wish that the overall mystery hadn’t been solved because I’d quite like a sequel to be honest!

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Best Bit: Just the overall vibe of the movie is what makes it so great. It has this certain charm about it that just makes you smile, you know? This is the kind of movie we need in a year like this.

Worst Bit: Henry Cavill is NOT my Sherlock. I’m sorry Henry, I love you, I really do, and you won me over as Geralt in The Witcher, but your Sherlock pales in comparison in Benedict Cumberbatch’s. Cavill’s Sherlock has way too much heart about him and whilst it might keep in tone with the rest of the movie, it doesn’t sit well with me.

Fun Trivia: No reference to a younger sister was ever made in the original Doyle stories. Some readers have speculated that there could be another Holmes sibling, citing the fact that Sherlock never mentioned that he had a brother (Mycroft) until he showed up at Baker Street.

My Rating: 3 and a half newspapers in which I have hidden several riddles for you to solve…just kidding, I’m not that smart. Or am I?

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Movie Reviews

Antebellum (2020)

antebellum-movie-review-poster-2020Director: Gerard Bush, Christopher Renz

Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery

Runtime: 105 Minutes

Main Cast: Janelle Monae, Eric Lange, Jena Malone, Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons, Gabourey Sidibe, Marque Richardson, Robert Aramayo, Lily Cowles

Plot: Eden (Janelle Monae) finds herself trapped on a plantation, working as a slave in the cotton fields and is biding her time, waiting for the perfect moment to escape. Veronica (also Janelle Monae) is a hugely successful business woman and black rights activist but is finding herself being stalked by an unsettling woman with questionable motives. Eden and Veronica’s stories are entwined…but how?

My Thoughts: I’m the biggest sucker for marketing, and I know it, which makes it worse. I was so glad Antebellum got a VoD release rather than be pushed back in cinemas. Why? Because my dumb-ass read “The Producer of Get Out and US” and translated that as Antebellum being Jordan Peele’s latest horror. Antebellum WISHES is could be Jordan Peele’s latest horror. My biggest gripe is that the entire movie is already there in the trailer, plot twist and all. WHY?! Give me the software and I’ll edit you a trailer for it. It might not be good but it’ll at least not spoil the entire movie. Let’s say the trailer for Sixth Sense (1999) included a clip of Bruce Willis’s character being murdered, that’s how revealing it is.

Anyway, it’s not all bad and I’m not here solely to rant. Janelle Monae is incredible and brings so much energy into this movie. Jena Malone plays a very over the top character but she’s fun to watch, at least. The story itself is interesting and kept me engaged throughout, but I guess I was waiting for a twist that wouldn’t happen because without knowing, I already knew it. I realise I’m back to ranting again. I promise I enjoyed parts of this! The scenes at the plantation were the strongest and the opening to the movie was particularly strong and unsettling. See? I can be positive.

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But it always brings me back to the ending. Sure, there’s a bit more to the twist that I didn’t see coming but it winds up feeling anti climatic because we’re never given a why. What was the point in it all? What was the antagonist’s motive? There’s a moment of clarity and then bam! Credits. Oh.

Best Bit:  The shot of Eden walking away with the torch held high was nothing short of awesome. Just like in Birds of Prey (2020) and Ready or Not (2019), I feel like every movie needs a scene wherein a bad ass woman walks away slowly from a burning building.

Worst Bit: Did we ever get an explanation for the creepy little girl following Veronica around in the hotel?!

Fun Trivia: Gerard Bush got the idea from a nightmare he once had. He initially thought it would be a good basis for a short story, but he later developed it with co-director Christopher Renz into a screenplay for a feature film.

My Rating: 2 out of 5 bold lipsticks that I definitely think I could pull off.

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