Author: John Reynolds

Phantom Thread | Film Review

(Featured image credit: nybooks.com) In what is allegedly his final role, Daniel Day-Lewis stars as Reynolds Woodcock – a world famous fashion designer – who falls in love with Alma, a young waitress who is played by Vicky Krieps. The trailer doesn’t reveal much about the story which is important as it allows the audience to go in without knowing what to expect. Granted, the story of an older man falling in love with a younger woman has been done plenty of times before, but Phantom Thread manages to be unique for a number of different reasons. Initially, like...

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A Clockwork Orange | Theatre Review

“But maybe it is better to choose evil than to have good forced upon you?” This quote constitutes the main premise of A Clockwork Orange (originally  a novel written by Anthony Burgess in 1962 and later adapted into a film by Stanley Kubrick in 1971), that gained notoriety upon its release due to its controversial subject matter. In fact, the film was banned in the UK for many years due to death threats made towards Kubrick. Since then it has become a cult classic and is considered by many as one of the most influential films of all time. A...

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The Shape of Water: A Review

(Featured image credit: http://radiolasithi.gr) The Shape of Water tells the story of a sea creature that is captured and brought to a top-secret government base in 1960s Cold War America to be tortured and experimented on. A mute janitor called Elisa, played by Sally Hawkins, enters the forbidden area and begins to interact with the creature which leads to her forming a unique relationship with it. When the leader of the operation, played by Michael Shannon, suspects that something suspicious is happening, Elisa must do everything she can to protect herself and the creature. Despite the bizarre nature of the...

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All The Money In The World: A Review

(Featured image credit: vice.com) All The Money In The World was sadly overshadowed by the director Ridley Scott’s decision to re-shoot a large portion of the film, replacing the disgraced Kevin Spacey with 88-year old Christopher Plummer, who filmed all his scenes in just eight days. Unfortunately, that’s why the film was marketed as “the most talked about movie of the year” and why people will remember All The Money In The World for years to come. But aside from that, this was a brilliant film, and exceeded my expectations, after hearing of its fairly average critical consensus before...

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri: A Review

(Featured image credit: THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI: © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved) I first saw the trailer for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri during a screening of The Disaster Artist (which I recommend). The trailer was like nothing I’d ever seen before – it was hilarious, thrilling and extremely quotable from just a few minutes of footage. I became intrigued by the concept of a war between a woman, Mildred (played by Francis McDormand) and the local police department. To refresh your memory: Mildred’s daughter was raped and murdered eight months prior to when the...

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