Love Is Strange – DVD Review

(Written for Filmoria)

Directed and co-written by Ira Sachs, alongside writer Mauricio Zacharias, Love Is Strange follows elderly couple Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) who, after nearly four decades living together in lower Manhattan, finally tie the knot.

We’re yet to be bombarded by films scripted around the new laws of same-sex marriage, so it’s wonderful to see that one of the first films to be set around this long-awaited change is a meaningful drama full of depth, and not just a heartless comedy.

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Kingsman: The Secret Service – DVD Review

From Kick-Ass‘ director Matthew Vaughn and based on the comic book The Secret Service, created by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar, Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization, headed by Arthur (Michael Caine) and fronted by Galahad (Colin Firth) and Merlin (Mark Strong). When a global threat emerges from twisted tech genius Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson), the organisation recruit an unrefined but promising street kid, Eggsy (Taron Egerton), into their ultra-competitive training program.

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San Andreas – Film Review

Directed by Brad Peyton, San Andreas is set in the aftermath of a massive earthquake in California, where Ray (Dwayne Johnson), a rescue-chopper pilot, makes a dangerous journey from Los Angeles to San Francisco in order to rescue his ex-wife, Emma (Carla Gugino), and their daughter, Blake (Alexandra Daddario). But their treacherous journey north is only the beginning. And when they think the worst may be over… it’s just getting started.

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Big Hero 6 – DVD Review

The 54th film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams and inspired by the Marvel superhero team of the same name, Big Hero 6 is an action-packed adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada (voiced by Ryan Potter), who learns to harness his skills and ambition – thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney) and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago (Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez), and fanboy Fred (T.J. Miller). When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion – a robot named Baymax (Scott Adsit) – and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery.

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Mad Max: Fury Road – Film Review

The fourth film in the Australian dystopian franchise which began in 1979, and once again directed by George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road is the first film in the franchise in 30 years, which sees Tom Hardy replace Mel Gibson as “Mad” Max Rockatansky. Set in a future desert wasteland where gasoline and water are scarce commodities and where humanity is broken, Max joins forces with Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron), who is looking to make it back to her childhood homeland, as they flee from cult leader Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne) and his army in an armoured tanker truck, leading to an explosive road battle.

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Wild – Book vs. Film Review

“What if I was a liar and a cheat and there was no excuse for what I’d done other than because it was what I wanted and needed to do? What if I was sorry, but if I could go back in time I wouldn’t do anything differently than I had done? What if I’d actually wanted to fuck every one of those men? What if heroin taught me something? What if yes was the right answer instead of no? What if what made me do all those things everyone thought I shouldn’t have done was what also had got me here?”

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Published in 2012, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail is an American New York Times Best Seller biographical memoir written by Cheryl Strayed. Adapted in 2014 by director Jean-Marc Vallée and writer Nick Hornby, the story chronicles one woman’s 1100-mile solo hike across the Pacific Crest Trail. With the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother (Laura Dern), which led to years of reckless, destructive behavior, Cheryl (Reese Witherspoon) makes the rash decision after losing all hope. With absolutely no experience, and driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl sets off on a journey that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her.

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