Amy | 23 | Oxford, UK

Mini Reviews #11

snake

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…

View On WordPress

How To Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

How To Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

how-to-train-your-dragon-image-how-to-train-your-dragon

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…

View On WordPress

Walking On Sunshine (2014)

Walking On Sunshine (2014)

Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 11.43.19

Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 11.43.19

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…

View On WordPress

The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

Screen Shot 2014-06-26 at 15.11.26

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…

View On WordPress

Jersey Boys (2014)

Screen Shot 2014-06-23 at 19.50.35

Screen Shot 2014-06-23 at 19.50.35

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…

View On WordPress

Grace Of Monaco (2014)

Grace Of Monaco (2014)

Screen Shot 2014-06-20 at 14.39.48

Screen Shot 2014-06-20 at 14.39.48

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…

View On WordPress

22 Jump Street (2014)

22 Jump Street (2014)

Screen Shot 2014-06-10 at 19.38.30

Screen Shot 2014-06-10 at 19.38.30It has been two years since the cinematic remake of nineteen eighties police procedural 21 Jump Streethit the big screen and surprised everybody with its glorious self awareness and unreserved comic satire. The film really hit the sweet spot in terms of nostalgia, reverence for the source material and struck gold with the chemistry of the on screen partnership between leading men Jonah Hill and…

View On WordPress

Edge Of Tomorrow (2014)

Edge Of Tomorrow (2014)

Screen Shot 2014-06-10 at 19.43.42

Screen Shot 2014-06-10 at 19.43.42

In the days leading up to my visit to the cinema to see Edge of Tomorrow, there was one phrase that kept appearing everywhere I looked, “Groundhog Day meets Aliens“. Being a big fan of both of those films, the prospect of a star studded, big budget mash up seemed very appealing. In what is turning out to be the norm lately, I went in with almost no knowledge of plot, but the genre cliche laden…

View On WordPress

Fruitvale Station (2013)

Screen Shot 2014-06-08 at 10.54.27

Screen Shot 2014-06-08 at 10.52.57

It has been a long time since Fruitvale Stationgarnered universal acclaim at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival to win both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for U.S. Dramatic Film. Forward to June 2014 and the picture, a first time feature length directorial effort by Ryan Coogler, has finally made its way across the pond in the form of a UK theatrical release. The film is a…

View On WordPress

A Million Ways To Die In The West (2014)

A Million Ways To Die In The West (2014)

a-million-ways-to-die-in-the-west01

a-million-ways-to-die-in-the-west01

Let me being by stating that I am a huge fan of the majority of Seth MacFarlane’s work, from Family Guy to American Dad to The Cleveland Show. His special talent for pop culture referencing and outwardly base yet inwardly intelligent humour is something that appeals to me and is prevalent in all of his successful animated works. Jump to 2012 and the release of Ted, MacFarlane’s first real…

View On WordPress

Godzilla (2014)

Screen Shot 2014-06-03 at 20.09.20

Screen Shot 2014-06-03 at 20.09.20

A little to the party as usual, but today was the day I finally caught up with Godzilla, Gareth Edwards leap in to big time after garnering widespread acclaim for his small budget science fiction picture Monstersin 2010. Something many critics praised Edwards for in this first feature was his conviction for focusing on strength of character alongside the bangs and flashes of the special…

View On WordPress

Maleficent (2014)

male

male

My first contact with Maleficentcame in the form of the trailer, which I have to say was one of the most exciting and intriguing trailers I have seen for a long time. The sinister atmosphere that was conveyed combined with the new melancholy take on Once Upon A Dream by Lana Del Rey gave the promise of something substantially better than Disney’s other recent ‘retelling’ narrative, the rather…

View On WordPress

Mini Reviews #10

Screen Shot 2014-05-14 at 23.21.21

pariahPariah (2011)
Director: Dee Rees
Starring: Adepero Oduye, Kim Wayans, Pernell Walker

A gritty and intense drama about the sexual coming of age of a black teenage girl in New York City. A brilliant central performance from Adepero Oduyo as a young lesbian who struggles to keep her secret from her overbearing family whilst at the same time attempting to form romantic attachments. Bleak at times but…

View On WordPress

Touchy Feely (2013)

Screen Shot 2014-05-18 at 12.06.58

Screen Shot 2014-05-18 at 12.06.58Touchy Feely, written and directed by Lynn Shelton, premiered last January at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The film, telling the story of a successful massage therapist who suddenly develops a phobia of human contact, received mixed reviews upon initial viewing and has continued to do so since in most of its limited releases. Finally making its way to the shores of Britain, the deal sealer…

View On WordPress

YOOOO my peeps! As some of you know, my new employers are Podarok.co.uk, and they have let me set up a cool Twitter giveaway for five pairs of these awesome tea pot earrings. If you fancy a pair just follow and retweet THIS TWEET and I will pick five random winners on Weds 21st!

View in High Quality →

YOOOO my peeps! As some of you know, my new employers are Podarok.co.uk, and they have let me set up a cool Twitter giveaway for five pairs of these awesome tea pot earrings. If you fancy a pair just follow and retweet THIS TWEET and I will pick five random winners on Weds 21st!