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)

Booksmart Review – Wilde’s Shining Debut Is A Breezy Teen Delight (Rating: 9/10)

When looking online at lists of the best teen movies of all time, you’ll likely notice that the 1980s and early 1990s tend to dominate. While John Hughes often leads with classics like The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – as well as films that have aged far worse like Sixteen Candles – Amy Heckerling’s Clueless can be found topping many a list, as can 10 Things … Continue reading Booksmart Review – Wilde’s Shining Debut Is A Breezy Teen Delight (Rating: 9/10)

The Perfect Date Review – By The Numbers, As Expected Netflix Romcom (Rating: 5/10)

Much like A24’s ownership of Lucas Hedges and Timothee Chalamet, I feel as though Netflix has decided that Noah Centineo is simply too profitable to let escape their virtual clutches. Since starring in the surprisingly decent To All The Boys I Loved Before, the 22-year-old has become a genuine teen heartthrob, thirsted after by enough people to have gathered over 16 million Instagram followers. It’s understandable … Continue reading The Perfect Date Review – By The Numbers, As Expected Netflix Romcom (Rating: 5/10)

Revisiting The Twilight Saga: A Lukewarm Defence

Without sounding too sad, instead of going out clubbing with friends, I often prefer to invite them over for bad film watching. It’s always better in a group; you have people to bounce your inevitably aggressive or incredulous opinions off of. I have found during the many times that I’ve done this that the most fun is had from a film you have genuine affection … Continue reading Revisiting The Twilight Saga: A Lukewarm Defence

Guilty Pleasures, and Enjoying Them Without Guilt

Sydney White, Curious George, and Dark Shadows. These are all films that I hugely enjoy and that have also received average to poor reviews, apparently making them some of my ‘guilty pleasures’. I honestly can’t say I’ve ever felt particularly guilty watching them. Guilty pleasures of all kinds are defined on the finest wealth of information on the internet (Urban Dictionary) as ‘something that you shouldn’t like, … Continue reading Guilty Pleasures, and Enjoying Them Without Guilt

Love, Simon Review – Charming, Desperately Needed Normalcy (Rating: 9/10)

It seems as though Love, Simon should have been released years ago, yet here we are. An LGBT friend recently vented to me about how he feels shortchanged by films predominantly about gay characters ‘always ending with someone dying of AIDS’, and he is clearly not alone. Whilst the AIDS crisis is a hugely important topic to cinematically investigate, it has reached the point for many … Continue reading Love, Simon Review – Charming, Desperately Needed Normalcy (Rating: 9/10)