MOONLIGHT | fivethreeninety

I just want to say before we start that this film deserved every single bit of that Best Picture Academy Award & that I am in love with it.

It’s written & directed by Barry Jenkins, starring Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders & Trevante Rhodes as main character Chiron, also with Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Janelle Monáe, Jharrel Jerome & André Holland.

Moonlight follows Chiron, the son of a crack whore & a boy trying to find his way in life through three separate stages of his life; as a child, a teenager & an adult.
Chiron is an beautifully complex character, & each actor that plays him does so with such individuality that’s brought together seamlessly through Jenkin’s direction.

Alex Hibbert makes his film debut as nine year old “Little” Chiron. He is quiet & unsure & quietly scared all the time. He’s a little boy living a life no boy should live, yet he doesn’t seem helpless. 
Ashton Sanders is teenage Chiron, & he perfectly balances the teenage angst with a major internal sadness. He’s conflicted about himself & those around him, & goes through a number of things that ultimately shape adult Chiron forever. Sanders is really something special, & in this difficult role is stunning.
Finally, older Chiron – “Black” is Travante Rhodes. And he is phenomenal. He is every bit the stereotype of who he has shaped himself to be on the outside: grills in his teeth, car to be envious of, huge beefy body. He’s worked to create this exterior to gain respect, & live his life free from control from anyone else but inside he is so so vulnerable – & Rhodes has this way of showing this that is incomprehensible to me months on from seeing the film.
Director Barry Jenkins said in an interview that these three actors who play Chiron never met during production – intentionally. He wanted each of them to create their own version of Chiron during the respective moments of his life, with no influence from the other two actors. The same technique was used with the actors who play Kevin. 

There’s four other main characters in the film: 

Paula, Chiron’s mother. She’s always been troubled, but spirals fast in the film’s progression. Troubled by her addictions which make her cruel beyond words, she’s not an amazing mother yet you can understand Chiron’s unconditional love for her. Naomi Harris is utterly jaw dropping as her, the only actor to feature in all three segments & though she is vastly different in each, she provides an amazing sense of continuity & fluidity to the story as Chiron keeps returning to her.

Juan is Chiron’s mentor. They found each other by complete chance at the right time, & become an unlikely pair of friends. He, with his partner, becomes the role model Chiron needs. Mahershala Ali gives such a tenderness to this respected drug dealer, & beautiful understanding to the character. He is respected because he can fight if needed, but all he is ever seen as is kind & nurturing. Bearing in mind this story is told through Chiron’s perspective, & seeing him as the solace for a nine year old is wonderful.

Juan’s partner is Teresa, who’s played by Janelle Monáe. She is everything Paula is not: kind, gentle, sweet & loving. She gives it straight & cares for Chiron as her own whilst never letting him forget about his real mother. I am so impressed by Monáe’s performance – both so natural & so precise at the same time.

Kevin is Chiron’s lifelong friend. He’s the ever present but increasingly distant person in Chiron’s life, & shapes him through the tiniest things he’s probably unaware of (i.e. adult Chiron goes by the nickname fifteen year old Kevin presented him with despite the two not being in touch in years). All three actors play him with such each & self assurance – these being Jaden Piner, Jharrel Jerome & André Holland.

The tension between whichever two actors playing Kevin & Chiron is more than tangible to anybody – this whole film is just casting at it’s finest.

The story & writing is so beautifully effortless – it isn’t a thriller by any means but it does keep you in a tense state you weren’t aware you were in until the end when you relax. It’s split into three segments, of three segments of Chiron’s life; him at nine, fifteen & thirty, but carried with the same flow through all that it’s never unconvincing. Each segment is also so absorbing you completely forget that it’s only one third of the story, so when the next Chiron comes along it’s a little shocking but not in a bad way.

I don’t need to tell you the power of an all black,LGBT film being this huge. Representing race & homosexuality together is huge, in an industry where people who aren’t straight & white are often omitted. 

It’s the first LGBT film, & the first film featuring an all black cast, to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. Plus, Mahershala Ali being recognised for his role & being awarded Best Supporting Actor makes him the first ever Muslim actor to win an Oscar for acting. Seeing it being so publicly recognised on the level it has been is amazing.

Mind you, I work in a cinema & I can tell you numerous people straight up walked out mid way through (majority were older people). But it feels like progress is being made. Compared to mass problems people are experiencing worldwide, it is only a small victory, but a step nonetheless. A film made almost solely by black people winning Best Picture is huge, & about bloody time.

The cinematography by James Laxton is breathtaking. The framing! The sweeping shots! The colours! It made me want to weep!

That one long, long shot of teenage Chiron walking into school (you’ll know which time when you see it) is BRILLIANT. Literally one of the best long sequence shots in history of film I think. It is so clear what’s happening, though without words, which is a true testament to both the actors & film crew. It’s definitely one of those film moments that will stick with for as long as I live.
Roughly eighty percent of the film was shot on location in Liberty City, Miami, where both director Barry Jenkins & writer Tarell Alvin McCraney grew up. It feels familiar, like a home in the way it’s presented & I think the two really achieved that homage to their childhood.

The score is so interesting, with modern blended with orchestral to create something really unique to Chiron’s story. There’s also little references, like the song Cucurrucucu Paloma being used as a personal homage to the 1997 Kar-Wai Wong film Happy Together (1997), which deals with the same subject matter.
Moonlight was one of those films where I was sucked completely away into a dreamlike state where nothing was real except the film in front of me. It makes you feel that quiet sort of contentment, with a little bit of sadness. Happysad. 

It is beautiful. If you haven’t seen it, make yourself see it. And if you don’t like it, consider the possibility that it wasn’t made for you.

Moonlight is out on DVD in the U.K. today.

BAYWATCH | fivethreeninety

Everything I know about the original Baywatch I learnt through my Mum, & through Joey & Chandler watching it in Friends. But everyone knows the basics – a good trashy show about a group of crime fighting lifeguards who are all gorgeous & run in slow motion. 
So to hear a remake was happening was a little bit intriguing, & to hear who it was going to be fronted by was EXCITING.

Seth Gordon directs dream team Dwayne Johnson & Zac Efron as the male leads, with the amazing Priyanka Chopra as the bad guy up against the Baywatch team; made up of Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Ruhrbach, Ilfenesh Hadera & Jon Bass.
It’s a reboot of the classic television series, reincarnating some old characters as well as introducing new ones: 

Mitch Buchannon is reincarnated in the form of Dwayne Johnson, who brings the same level of charming cockiness

Matt Brody is a once beloved American champion who’s had a massive downfall. Zac Efron plays him excellently – his comic timing is really brilliant actually. “I’m caucasian” is one of the funniest lines in it & he delivers it perfectly (in context it’s brilliant).

Priyanka Chopra needs to play a Bond villain & stat. She is gorgeously evil as Victoria Leeds, sassy & seductive & downright scary at times. Chopra stated in an interview that the role was written for a man, but director Seth Gordon changed his mind upon meeting her. YES.

The rest of the Baywatch squad consists of:

Stephanie – the boss. She’s the beautiful, vulnerable yet fierce & strong female that you will love. She’s not given nearly enough screen time but still every character insists she’s the best at the job, so you win some you lose some. Ilfenesh Hadera is totally convincing, really gorgeous & brilliant to watch.

CJ – this woman is the epitome of Baywatch Babe. She’s blonde with big boobs & a great butt & can swish her hair perfectly. She’s CJ from Baywatch. But this CJ has a lot more heart to her, & a more fleshed out character than Pamela Anderson’s who I hate to say, was a tad bit ‘dumb blonde’. She’s beautiful & knows it, but has a total heart of gold & Kelly Rohrbach balances it really well.

Summer – this is the woman you can relate too, who is still learning & isn’t an intimidating Baywatch babe. I really like Alexandria Daddario & think she was great in this role, & will definitely be keeping my eye out for her in the future.

Ronnie – like Summer, Ronnie is the relatable guy who doesn’t have a six pack & massive arms. He is treated a little hit as the joke for the expense of laughs, but throughout all the other characters draw on his strengths which is nice. Jon Bass is actually really heartwarming in an annoying sort of way as him.

There’s also minor roles from Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Hannibal Buress, Rob Huebel & Oscar Nuñez (who are all good, obviously). 

A big question for many (myself included), was how sexualised was it going to be? I can tell you that though yes, it is Baywatch & there is sexualisation, all of said sexualisation is consented by the characters – either carried out by themselves or at least acknowledged by them. CJ’s butt slap featured in the trailer is one of these. 

At the end of the day yes it’s the whole Baywatch Babes idea but these are driven women with a believable purpose. It does give the idea a little bit more sustenance: & of course there is a lot of nudity from the men too.

The extras on the other hand are almost exclusively hot skinny women in bikinis – there are no average looking people on Miami beaches according to Baywatch. And yes – there are cameos from David Hasselhoff & Pamela Anderson.

The film is not good, but somehow you can’t help but enjoy it? It’s a pretty simple storyline that isn’t boring, & makes fun of the fact that these lifeguards think they’re the police.

The first twenty minutes or so was too prioritised with trying to make sure everyone knew it was going to be funny. There was a joke every two seconds, less than half of which were actually worth laughing at.

The rest of the story fleshes out okay & solves itself pretty smoothly. It doesn’t put too much into it & it all neatly & conveniently ties together by the end. It’s easy to watch for sure.

Actually a tiny shoutout to the costume department too – they maintained the now famous ‘Baywatch’ look of the tiny red swimsuits but actually made them a bit more wearable & actually more appropriate & wearable for a lifeguard. Big fan of the additions of long sleeve zip ups that Stephanie wears a lot. 

In summary – will this film win any Oscars? No. Will you laugh at every single joke? No. But you will have a semi-decent time. At least I did – & that’s not just because there’s a lot of shirtless Dwayne Johnson.

It is my lowest ranked film of the year so far, but I enjoyed it because it wasn’t anything other than I was expecting, meaning no disappointment. It was just a silly, fun film to entertain you (& make you want to work out & go save lives at the beach).

Baywatch is in cinemas worldwide now.

WONDER WOMAN | fivethreeninety

I left the cinema yesterday BURSTING with JOY at how INCREDIBLE THAT FILM WAS. I’m not joking – Wonder Woman is sensational.

After the train wrecks that were Batman vs. Superman & Suicide Squad, I was praying that the please made this one at least a bit good. No need to worry though, because it exceeded all expectations & more, & made me straight up emotional at how fantastic it was.

 

Gal Gadot reprises the titular role after her part being the best bit about Batman vs Superman, & stars in her stand alone film alongside Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Lucy Davis with Patty Jenkins as director. Yes, that’s a FEMALE DIRECTOR OF A HUGE BLOCKBUSTER FILM. About bloody time.

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Can I just say that Patty Jenkins has done an outstanding job of this too. Her passion for this project is tangible in every element of the film & I long to see more of her work. 

It’s not your typical superhero origin story, because she’s not your typical superhero.

The first twenty minutes is entirely free of male characters & it really is a joy to watch this incredible island of strong & amazing women uninterrupted for so long – I want an entire film just about them. We hear their stories & their legends then enter Chris Pine as Captain Steve Trevor, who crash lands onto the hidden island & is rescued by Diana in a very Little Mermaid style fashion. He tells her about the war ongoing in the world, & Diana, sure she knows how to help, leaves with him to fight.

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The film introduces a lot of characters & all of them are great.

Diana is the epitome of a hero. She cared about every single person & doesn’t ignore them to focus on the bigger picture of her missions.  Gadot described her as having “many strengths and powers, but at the end of the day she’s a woman with a lot of emotional intelligence” & that is very true.

Yes she is the sole woman in her squad, but she is the leader undoubtedly & unquestionably. Where Black Widow is the one thrown into the group for female representation, Wonder Woman is the reason the group is there & they know she’s the one with power.

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I’ve seen a lot of… not criticism, but ‘honesty’ shared about Gal Gadot’s performance & in truth, while she isn’t Oscar worthy she is Wonder Woman down to the core. She was born for this role & wears it like a glove, in every scene, emotion & moment.

Her presense is amazing & you are drawn to her in every shot. She is utterly captivating & plays every aspect of Diana perfectly; her strength, passion, vulnerability, confusion, humbleness, curiosity & downright fearlessness.

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Antiope is the cool Aunt everyone wants. She’s sister to the Queen & leader of the army & is the greatest warrior on the island. Robin Wright is literally flawless & amazing in the role. 

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Diana’s mother & Queen of Themyscira, is Hippolyta. She’s a loving mother & leader who tends to deny harsh truths & is a little bit ‘tough love’, but her heart is in the right place.I admit I’ve never seen Connie Nielsen in anything before but I will be looking out for her again because she played strong Queen perfectly.

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Steve Trevor is my new favourite love interest. He’s treated like a good Bond girl whilst still being a hero – he’s naked within his first ten minutes of screen time. Steve is a bit of rebel, but only for what he believes is right. Chris Pine is the only man for the job – he’s charming, gorgeous & totally respects that this film is not about him.
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Lucy Davis is wonderfully sweet as Trevor’s secretary, Etta Candy. She’s not in it for much but then she couldn’t really logistically, but she is perfect & would steal the scenes totally if she weren’t alongside such greats. I love her to bits.
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Then there’s Diana’s soldier squad: Sameer, Charlie & Chief. They’re all allies of Steve’s that he already knows are a) good at what they do & b) stupid enough to join him. 

  • Saïd Taghmaoui plays Sameer, a secret agent who is a master of disguise with a passion for acting. 
  • Ewen Bremner is Charlie, a sharpshooter who suffers from PTSD, who’s a bit of a drinker with a lovely voice.
  • Eugene Brave Rock is Chief, a guy who trades with both sides of the war & knows how to get people across the front lines.

Their blessing is given by Sir Patrick Morgan, a speaker for peace on the Imperial War Cabinet, played by David Thewlis. He’s really cool & mysterious.

The bad guys inevitably are evil German soldiers. The head honcho is General Ludendorff played by Danny Huston. He’s typical bad guy German General, but I found his associate Doctor Isabel Maru (affectionately known to the enemy as Doctor Poison) way cooler. She’s a classic bad guy trope, with a burnt face & porcelain mask to cover it, but she’s fleshed out in a really intriguing way –  I think that’s more due to Elena Anaya’s performance than the writing. I do wish they’d given more time to her character, & making her more of an individual than just a devoted follower of Ludendorff.

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There is one more bad guy: Ares. He’s the one Diana searches for, following her culture’s stories of all evil being his cause. I won’t go too much into him to save the spoilers, but what happens isn’t expected.
Lets talk about this diversity: obviously yes, it is a female fronted film (yay!); there is a full island of powerful women & a cool female sidekick in the real world; but what’s great is the diversity in ethnicities. The Amazonian’s are played by an amazing group of women that range from boxers to models, including Mayling Ng, Florence Kasumba, Madeleine Vall Beijner, Ann Wolfe, Doutzen Kroes & Samantha Jo.
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The main squad of lads even consist of a Scottish guy, a Moroccan guy, a Native American guy & ONE WHITE AMERICAN DUDE. They even address the fact that Native Americans were slaughtered by white people.
The writing is really good. It feels taken seriously, & there is this underlying tone of importance beneath everything. There’s a lot of comedy alongside the sincerity which feels genuine, not forced. It also comes from everyone, not just the one comedic relief character with a couple of one liners every now & then. Diana herself has some brilliantly funny moments, most notably her frankness discussing her knowledge of sexual pleasure & men’s role in it towards the start (spoiler, they’re not necessary).
The greatest thing is that it’s consistent – there’s no scenes that feel out of place. Any that feel a little bit questionable are more than likely ones taken directly from moments in the comics.

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The cinematography is really gorgeous. The colouring is all bright, beautiful & crisp in  Themyscira, then as soon as Diana hits the ‘real’ world it’s grey & dull, with her as this bright & powerful woman right in the middle of it as it’s ray of hope. There are some excellent wide shots, particularly on the island that you could frame & hang in your house, & then loads of stunning slow motion shots of the Amazon women (Diana included) doing amazing stunts in battle.
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The costumes are stunning & I want them all. They’re designed by Lindy Hemming, who’s career spans three decades & includes DC’s greatest trilogy series The Dark Knight (2005-2012). There’s gorgeous costuming for all the characters that show individuality whilst maintaining the era’s dress, but really it’s the Amazon’s that showcase Hemming’s extraordinary talents. The costumes are strong but feminine, armor & attire that gives the wearer freedom to move – this means a lot of thigh high leg slits & it looks incredible. What I really like is how Diana just looks like another Amazon – they all, like her, have arm cuffs & the like. Hello to all those Amazonian hairstyles too – I’m now going to grow my hair out really long & alternate between braids & big natural curls everyday.

The iconic Wonder Woman costume is similar to, if not the same as the one seen in last year’s Batman vs Superman which I have always loved. It’s like a real version of the one from the comics that actually looks like something a warrior would wear. There was lots of complaint when it was originally released that it lacked the classic bright red, blue & gold colouring but come on – why was an Amazon who originated in Greece even dressed in the colours of the American flag in the first place.

And those complaining that Wonder Woman isn’t really feminist because she wears a revealing outfit: get over it. Most people have legs, it’s really not a secret – & Diana fights with her. She’s a warrior.

And in relation to the direction & the cinematography – the camera doesn’t ever linger over Diana’s exposed skin – which is bad we have to celebrate that, but progress nonetheless.

The stunt choreography is amazing. There’s 126 people in total who helped make the stunts come to life & it really payed off because they are stunning, the precision of them, especially those from Amazon’s (on horseback might I add) is incredible.
The music is great, very atmospheric & empowering but of course the best bit is the Wonder Woman theme “Is She With You?” from her introduction in Batman vs Superman.
The only downsides? They don’t actually ever call her Wonder Woman, which is a bit weird. But then that also sets her aside from other superheros; there isn’t a big reveal moment when ‘Wonder Woman’ is born – because it’s just Diana doing what she does.

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The most important thing though is what this represents. This is the first major stand alone female superhero blockbuster movie, & it’s ridiculous that it took this long. But having it here now is incredible.

And people watching this – from little girls to old men, will see that difference.

In a world where women’s rights are being obliterated & violated every single day even by world leaders, this film makes it feel like we can win.

Wonder Woman is in cinemas worldwide now.


MAY MOVIE CHALLENGE #30: LEAST FAVOURITE MOVIE

I have to say, I’m a little disappointed to be having to end this challenge on a sour note. I do find it difficult to hate films, but I’m actually okay with this as my answer:

Hostel



I was this close to choosing The Green Inferno – a film I disliked so much I vowed to swear off Eli Roth films all together. But at least Green Inferno has some sort of political message about it, even if it is as horrific as female genital mutilation. Plus, it had the dude from Spy Kids in it. 

But I’m talking about the first Hostel today – the second actually has some level of plot & cool female characters that make up for seeing Lily from The Princess Diaries being strung up naked & murdered. The first Hostel is just plain gore, without a major storyline or characters & is essentially just 94 minutes of watching people be tortured.

Basically it’s about this organisation of people so rich they pay to torture backpackers staying in hostels. That’s it.

I can stomach gore when it’s part of a story, but when it’s senseless it all just feels a little too sadistic & fetishised. 

It’s gross. I’m worried about Eli Roth.

That marks the end of my May movie challenge! It’s been a challenge for sure, & im sure you’ve all seen the days where I’ve posted at 11.30pm & just made the cut. But I did it! Thirty consecutive days of blogging, with some additional posts thrown in as well! 
I admit I was starting to get a bit stuck on blogging but this has made me not stress about it – I’m back to loving it.
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MAY MOVIE CHALLENGE #29: A MOVIE THAT CHANGED YOUR OPINION ABOUT SOMETHING

Jackie

I’m British, & while we’re taught that a few US Presidents were assassinated we aren’t really told more than that. Everything I know about JFK is what I’ve seen in films; most memorably James Marsden in The Butler. I know very little about America’s 35th President other than the basic facts.

And I knew even littler about his wife, Jackie – the most I knew about her was through Andy Warhol’s depictions of her & Lana Del Rey reciting her letter about her husband in the music video for her song National Anthem.

I did know that she must have been an incredibly strong woman – to have her husband murdered in her arms so very publicly is a horrifying thought.

I saw this film quite late into the game but it was truly like nothing else I’d ever seen before.

Natalie Portman is astonishing, nothing short of it. She is eerily accurate as the former First Lady, capturing every part of her personality and really showcasing all different sides to her. She does so well that though you know you watching Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman, it’s impossible to not see Jackie in front of you. With the costume, the way she holds herself & especially her voice, it’s scarily powerful. I think this is Portman at her absolute best.

Pablo Larraín is a director I long to see more of. He is so unique in his work & it works gorgeously – & I think it worked to have a non-American directing it, as an onlooker to the story. We all know America is very patriotic, which is by no means a bad thing & instead quite admirable but it also means stories like this have a tendency to be portrayed through a rose tinted lense. Larraín’s film is respectful yet in a way that doesn’t sugar coat the truth, & you admire this woman even more so by the end.
Producer Scott Frankling says it best: 

“We wanted to be true to the events yet also sensitive. Kennedy’s death was truly violent and grisly, but I think Pablo did a great job of walking the line. He recreates it in a way that is almost lyrical and very respectful.”

The cinematography is gorgeous – blunt, long & focused shots on the titular character are common & make you feel almost uncomfortable watching that long. Seeing her face & her emotions will stay in your mind for years to come, but the most powerful shot of all comes from a Birdseye view of Jackie cradling her dead husband in her lap in the back of the car spreading away with security & her white gloved hands desperately trying to keep his brains inside his skull. It is gruesome & shocking & terrible & perfect – it’s the truth. And that image will never leave your mind.

It was nominated for three Academy Awards, each of which would well have deserved to win; Best Actress; Best Achievement in Costume Design & Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score).

The costume design by Madeline Fontaine really is gorgeous. It features all the iconic outfits even I know Jackie wore, & when worn by Natalie Portman it is near impossible to not only see Jackie. But Fontaine makes them feel tangible, lived in & scarily real – the iconic blood stained skirt suit is forever changed in my mind now I’ve seen Natalie walking around for 24 hours in it.

The score is unreal. I’m not just using that word as a simile for ‘really good’ – I mean literally unreal & other worldly. It is haunting & moving & emotional & painful. It is the absolute encapsulation of the reeling shock of grief Jackie experienced & it is beautifully executed – Mica Levi is truly unreal.
This is truly a biopic to remember. It’s a powerful & real tribute to a woman full of strength in a time of tragedy & I have never experienced anything like it before.

Jackie changed my opinion about the woman herself. I only knew her as an image, a face that represented a historic event. But this film has enlightened me into the woman she actually was, & I am eternally in awe of her now.

Jackie is released on DVD & Blu-ray in the U.K. today on what have been John F. Kennedy’s 100th birthday. 

MAY MOVIE CHALLENGE #28: MOVIE WITH THE BEST SOUNDTRACK

There are far too many movies to this list – I even wrote a big blog post about my favourites back in August. 

But in honour of my vow to not repeat blog posts, I’m going to say something new:

The Great Gatsby (2013)



This soundtrack is GENIUS. It’s all modern songs put against the twenties backdrop specifically designed to give the viewers the same feeling of fresh exciting music that the twenties did bring. 

On the other side of this is modern songs sung in a twenties style: from Beyoncé to Amy Winehouse these really are amazing. 

Then the middle ground – original songs that are modern but blended with twenties style – best example is Will.I.Am’s Bang Bang (which I’m actually obsessed with).

And then there’s the stunning track written & performed for the film from Lana Del Rey in Young & Beautiful. It’s iconic & gorgeous & she just suits the aesthetics of the film so well – it was the perfect pairing.

Bad Luhrman’s choice in music played a big part in his vision for the film, made it fresh & exciting yet not out of place for the era. It was a ballsy move but it really paid off.

MAY MOVIE CHALLENGE #27: FAVOURITE CLASSIC MOVIE 

Come on. There’s no question.

Singin’ in the Rain

This is the first classic film I ever watched, & though I’ve seen a lot since this will always be my favourite.

The story, the characters, the musical numbers, the dancing – it’s all incredible. Gene Kelly is wonderful, Donald O’Connor is genius & Debbie Reynolds is just charming. It’s one of the best film trios of all time.

Cosmo Brown is one of my favourite characters of all time, & Make ‘Em Laugh gets me every single time. It’s a brilliant performance with comedy at its absolute essence & Donald O’Connor just lives & breathes it.

But it’s Debbie Reynolds as Kathy that I adore – she was only nineteen when they filmed it & famously said it was one of the two hardest things she ever did, the other being childbirth. She is wonderful & I’m still in awe of her today. 

The Good Mornin’ number is my favourite – not only is visually stunning with it’s near incomprehensible choreography; so well acted & totally iconic, but it’s also the song my mum used to wake my sister & I up with in the mornings (she changed “we talked the whole night through” to “slept the whole night through”).

And we can’t forget Lina Lamont – literally one of the greatest characters ever to be written in the history of film & Jean Hagen is BRILLIANT.

It made me interested in classic Hollywood – the glitz & the glamour when it all felt truly exciting & fresh. And of course I love any film that’s about making a film.
It is perfect in every way. I love love love it & know it like the back of my hand.

MAY MOVIE CHALLENGE #26: GUILTY PLEASURE

I’ll save you from that whole spiel that if you take pleasure in something harmless then you shouldn’t be guilty about it & just answer the question:

Fired Up!

First thing you should know about me: I am a sucker for cheerleader movies & have seen quite a lot. Secondly, you should know that nothing will ever top Bring it On because that is genuinely a brilliant film. 

Basically it’s about two footballers, both notorious for being massive players & getting all the ladies. They find out about a cheer camp, realise it’s a place full of hot cheerleaders for weeks in the summer & decide to trade football for cheerleading.

The reason I love Fired Up! so much is that it is fully aware that it is ridiculous, & it doesn’t try to be anything it’s not. It is however funny, heartwarming, romantic, laddy & cheesy all in one go.

They’re also more than aware that Bring it On is a cheerleader movie that will never be topped – there’s a scene at the camp where everyone is watching it & quoting along to every word.

I have in the past watched it twice in a row immediately after the first viewing. For my nineteenth, my sister made me a Fired Up! card. 

I just really like it.

MAY MOVIE CHALLENGE #25: A MOVIE NOBODY WOULD EXPECT ME TO LOVE

This may come as a but of a shock:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Yes – the original movie from 1992.

It’s so terrible!! I love it!!

The vampires don’t turn to dust they just sort of fall over – they also have fangs & can fly.

There’s a training montage & a lot of ridiculous outfits – & the love interest is called PIKE. 

The sole cool thing about it is Donald Sutherland as Buffy’s watcher, Merrick.

It’s so laughable that I love it – & of course love it for being the origins of my favourite thing ever (the television show).

You have to go into it knowing it will be terrible, but then you’ll have a great time.
Maybe.

MAY MOVIE CHALLENGE #24: FAVOURITE DOCUMENTARY 

I love documentaries, both films & series. Nature ones fascinate me, history ones astound me & ones about people just really 

I love how a documentary can give you all the information about one thing in a normally unbiased way – by the end of it you know so much about a topic you may not have even been interested in beforehand.

I’m so interested in people & stories about them, so it’s no surprise that my favourite documentary is:

Twinsters



I cannot remember how I found out about this documentary, but I do know that I as soon as I did I had to hunt it down & watch it (luckily it was added to Netflix almost immediately after its release so I didn’t have to hunt hard).

It’s about two women, Sam & Anaïse, from different countries & different backgrounds finding each other & discovering they’re twins.

Each was adopted separately as a child without each set of adoptive parents knowing they even had siblings. 

It wasn’t until Sam – an actress, featured in a short film that circulated online was seen by Anaïs’s friends in 2013 that they discovered each other.

The documentary was started by Sam, completed by both her & Anaïs & follows the whole crazy journey of them finding each other, meeting each other & trying to figure out what happened to make them separated all in real time.

It’s so creatively & passionately put together – vlogging is merged with professionally recorded footage, live chats of text conversations & even animation. Every bit feels as exciting & as terrifying as it did to everyone involved.

It’s a really amazing story, really amazingly put together. I highly recommend you watch it.