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Begin Again – Film Review

Directed by John Carney, Begin Again follows the encounter of a disgraced music-business executive, Dan (Mark Ruffalo), and a young singer-songwriter, Gretta (Keira Knightley). When Gretta and her long-term boyfriend and song-writing partner, Dave (Adam Levine), break up after recently moving to New York when Dave lands a major label deals, lovelorn Gretta is left to face the city on her own. But her world takes a turn for the better when Dan stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent.

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The Fault In Our Stars – Book vs. Film Review

(Written for Rife)

“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”


The New York Times’ No.1 Best Seller The Fault In Our Stars is the fifth novel by author John Green. Originally published in 2012, the story follows sixteen-year-old cancer patient Hazel who, forced by her parents to attend a cancer support group, meets and subsequently falls in love with the witty seventeen-year-old Augustus Waters, an ex-basketball player and amputee. Recently adapted by director Josh Boone and scribes Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, the film adaptation explores the highs and lows of being in love, but more importantly the extravagant highs and frequented lows of being in love and having cancer. With Shailene Woodley playing Hazel and Ansel Elgort playing Gus, The Fault In Our Stars is one of the most bitter-sweet romances of 2014.

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Letterboxd Reviews: June 2014

My Letterboxd account documents what films I am watching, usually films for the first time but occasionally a film I haven’t logged before. Here’s a summary of the films I have watched this month, including a rating and short review for each.

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Devil’s Knot – Film Review

Directed by Atom Egoyan and based on a true story, and in turn on Mara Leveritt‘s novel Devil’s Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three, Devil’s Knot explores the savage murders of three eight-year-old boys in the small working class community of West Memphis, Arkansas, in 1993. At the time, the murders sparked a controversial trial of three teenagers – Damien Echols (James Hamrick), Jessie Misskelley Jr. (Kristopher Higgins), and Jason Baldwin (Seth Meriwether) – known as the West Memphis Three, who are accused of killing the kids as part of a satanic ritual and subsequently sentenced to life in prison. But the truth may be scarier as a mother (Reese Witherspoon) and investigator (Colin Firth) suspect all is not as it appears.

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