After We Collided Review – A Sequel That Mistakes Gratuity For Maturity

So, if you don’t spend an awful lot of time on Twitter, or you aren’t a fifteen year old girl, you may not be sure what film I’m talking about today – I envy you that. A sequel to the film After, which I watched on Netflix over lockdown in a moment of quarantine based malaise, After We Collided is a literary adaptation of the … Continue reading After We Collided Review – A Sequel That Mistakes Gratuity For Maturity

The Kissing Booth 2 Review – It’s All Too Much

Prior to watching The Kissing Booth 2, I wasn’t sure whether it was possible to feel nostalgia for something that you hated and still do hate. But I was proven wrong – in retrospect, the original Kissing Booth actually means a surprising amount to my career as a film critic. It was the first film I reviewed for a site other than my own, the first … Continue reading The Kissing Booth 2 Review – It’s All Too Much

The Half Of It Review: Lonely, Intelligent Romance That Could Have Been Sharper

Among the sci-fi TV dramas and reality shows, Netflix has become known for teen romcoms – for better or worse. At their best, you get sweet, easy to watch movies like To All The Boys I Loved Before; at their worst, you end up with ill-thought-through, misogynistic tripe like The Kissing Booth. Putting The Half of It, a slow-burning teen dramedy from fresh new filmmaker … Continue reading The Half Of It Review: Lonely, Intelligent Romance That Could Have Been Sharper

Tall Girl Review – A Film As Vapid As It Seemed (Rating: 2/10)

I was willing to give it the benefit of the doubt, despite the widespread pre-release criticism. Even at their worst, I usually manage to find the good in rom-coms targeted at teenage girls – we’ve all been there, and I like to think that the current set of 13 year olds are getting some decent movies. But sadly, Tall Girl was everything the brutally mocked trailer suggested … Continue reading Tall Girl Review – A Film As Vapid As It Seemed (Rating: 2/10)

Yesterday Review – A Silly, Scattered, Sincere Rom-Com (Rating: 8/10)

Danny Boyle is a director with a bizarrely diverse filmography. Starting with the black humour and aggression of movies like Trainspotting and 28 Days Later, he eventually moved into more crowd-pleasing work like his Oscar-winning (though now often maligned) Slumdog Millionaire, and the biopic Steve Jobs. This isn’t to say he doesn’t have certain hallmarks; an optimistic humanism is present in even the bleakest of his films, and he is consistently … Continue reading Yesterday Review – A Silly, Scattered, Sincere Rom-Com (Rating: 8/10)

Always Be My Maybe Review – Hilarious, Down To Earth, And Everything Else That Makes A Rom-Com Shine (Rating: 8/10)

As far as Netflix comedy specials go, three figures dominate in my eyes: John Mulaney, with endearingly awkward takes on his own lameness; Hannah Gadsby, one of the most daring performers working today; and Ali Wong, the raunchy focus of today’s review. These three could hardly be more different as performers, but the successes brought on by their stand-up specials for the streaming site have … Continue reading Always Be My Maybe Review – Hilarious, Down To Earth, And Everything Else That Makes A Rom-Com Shine (Rating: 8/10)

Crazy Rich Asians Review – Enjoyable Romcom With A Difference (Rating: 8/10)

This month has been unusually good for Asian representation in widely seen movies. Searching reached number two in the US box office featuring an East Asian father looking for his missing daughter through her online activity. What nabbed the number one spot, though, was Crazy Rich Asians, which features an entirely Asian lead cast, is set mostly in Singapore, and focuses on Chinese identity from the perspective of … Continue reading Crazy Rich Asians Review – Enjoyable Romcom With A Difference (Rating: 8/10)