Amy | 23 | Oxford, UK

Pride (2014)

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As a Brit who was born in the late eighties, my early childhood was surrounded by the tail end and aftermath of the Margaret Thatcher administration, a period in modern British history that could be argued to have been the most divisive in the last fifty years. Perhaps the most defining aspect of the Thatcher years was her commitment to reducing the power of the country’s trade unions, and this…

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Sex Tape (2014)

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Screen Shot 2014-09-11 at 20.20.45Along with horror, comedies (particularly Hollywood made and aimed at a teenage and young adult audience) generally rank among the genres that I spend the least amount of time watching at the cinema. This isn’t because I dislike the genres as a whole, but more because, to be honest, more than any other genres horror and teen oriented comedy are the most likely to produce films that divide opinion…

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Before I Go To Sleep (2014)

Before I Go To Sleep (2014)

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The last time I went to the cinema to watch Nicole Kidman was back in May for the sleep inducing, not even memorable enough to be a classed as a car crash, Grace Of Monaco. Still a fan of the Oscar winning Australian though through the strength of works such as The Hours and, perhaps more nostalgically, Moulin Rouge! and Practical Magic, I decided it was time to forgive and forget and move…

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Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

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Screen Shot 2014-09-01 at 23.49.10When Sin Citycame out in 2005, the big screen adaptation of Frank Miller’s comic strip received pretty much universal praise. The film was lauded for its impressive and unique visual style, coming as close to the look of a real comic book as any film ever had, but the picture’s revolutionary aesthetic was also backed up by an impressive cast list and engaging group of stories that were gritty,…

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Lucy (2014)

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Lucy, the latest offering from acclaimed French director Luc Besson is a cerebral science-fiction thriller starring Scarlett Johansson that explores the myth that humans only use ten percent of their brain capacity, and the consequences that might occur should further percentage use be unlocked. My relationship with sci-fi in cinema is very much routed in the classics, preferring the Stars Wars

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Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)

Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)

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Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 19.48.12I have a confession to make. I have never, ever, seen a Marvel film. For years I have nodded along in quiet agreement with anybody who preached the wonders of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, The Avengers and so on, never having seen a single second of any of them. There was something about Marvel’s latest offering, however, that pricked my interest. I had heard nothing but solid praise for the…

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Robin Williams: 1951-2014

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Screen Shot 2014-08-12 at 15.04.08This morning, I awoke to a three word text from a friend that shook the sleep from my eyes and put a knot in my stomach, “RIP Robin Williams”. In the hour that followed I watched the news channel piece together what has to be the saddest Hollywood death in recent memory. Contemplating the apparent suicide of Robin Williams is a most bitter pill to swallow. To think that a man who brought such…

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Hercules (2014)

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Hercules

As a child growing up in the 1990s, back when wrestling was still the WWF than WWE, The Rock was pretty much the coolest person on the planet. Way before I had any idea of who ‘Dwayne Johnson’ was, The Rock was strolling around giving everybody the people’s elbow and generally being a world class bad ass. Move forward to 2001 and Johnson begins a film career that has been noted for it’s…

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Earth To Echo (2014)

Earth To Echo (2014)

Earth To Echo

Earth To Echo

As we approach the time of the year that is solely dedicated to huge budget blockbusters and animated talking animals, it becomes increasingly harder to find a film that I really want to see at the cinema. Thankfully, amidst the hairy apes and shiny Transformers is a science fiction film whose trailer pricked my interest. Like many people between the ages of twenty and thirty, E.T.sits proudly…

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Mini Reviews #11

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megaMega Python vs. Gatoroid (2011)
Director: Mary Lambert
Starring: Debbie Gibson, Tiffany, A Martinez

An extraordinary case of a film being so bad that it comes full circle to being utterly enjoyable to watch. Debbie Gibson and Tiffany rehash an old eighties pop rivalry as two women fighting both each other and a cast of hilariously bad CGI snakes and alligators. Remnants of a plot to do with…

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How To Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

How To Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

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how-to-train-your-dragon-image-how-to-train-your-dragonIt’s been four long years since we were introduced to Hiccup, the young Viking boy who bucked the trend of his blood thirsty village and befriended the mysterious Night Fury dragon he named Toothless. Together the pair, and the film, became an instant classic, with How To Train Your Dragon, in my mind, joining the ranks of modern animated masterpieces such Wall-E and Up. Thankfully, rather than…

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Walking On Sunshine (2014)

Walking On Sunshine (2014)

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Remember a couple of weeks back when at the very beginning of my review for Jersey Boys I reiterated my undying love for musicals? Cut to two days ago and it seems that God, if there is such a being, has heard of my penchant and sent a film to earth to test my love of this particular genre to the very limit. The trailer for Walking On Sunshinewas first placed in front of my face during the…

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The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

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Screen Shot 2014-06-26 at 15.11.26In the run up to the release of The Fault In Our Stars, I felt very much as though I was the only person on the planet who had not read John Green’s 2012 best selling novel. Even when I was one myself, young adult fiction never really found a place in my reading preferences and the genre always seemed somewhat contrived in its attempts to be ‘down with kids’ on a manipulatively emotional and…

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Jersey Boys (2014)

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It has been well documented on this blog over the years that, to quote a previous article, “I am a bastard for a musical”. Whereas some might cringe and recoil at the prospect of characters spontaneously bursting in to song, there is very little in the cinematic and theatrical universe that gives me more pleasure. Jersey Boys, the Broadway and West End smash hit documenting the story of Frankie…

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Grace Of Monaco (2014)

Grace Of Monaco (2014)

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Long time readers of Oh! That Film Blog will remember the fateful day last September when I, for the love of film criticism, forced myself to endure the cinematic car crash that was 2013′s poorly judged and even poorly received Diana. Nightmares of the utterly cringeworthy event are still had to this day, and just as I was beginning to get over it, it seems another Australian actress has decided…

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