Review: Baby Driver

Baby-Driver
Not (as its title would suggest) a film about an infant chauffeur

Imagine a musical where nobody sings – sounds impossible, right? Well, I guess that means Edgar Wright has achieved the impossible, as his latest outing, Baby Driver, is exactly that.

In typically stylish fashion, the director has crafted a high-octane car chase flick built entirely around a killer soundtrack – a sing-along affair, just without the actual sing-along part.

The end result is a fresh, funny and kinetic romp of a film, that is unlike any blockbuster film you’ve seen in years.

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Review: Baby Driver

Soapbox: Five Amazing Irish Films For (Almost) Any Mood

TheBoxer
You cannot have an Irish films list and not include Daniel Day-Lewis – FACT

It’s St. Patrick’s Day this Friday, which provides us with a great excuse to take a look at some of the finest films to ever come out of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Whilst this list is by no means exhaustive (I could – and almost certainly will – do a follow-up listnext year!), what is does have going for it is that, regardless of how you’re feeling, it’s got you covered.

So whether you’re in the mood for romance, confrontation, inspiration, laughter or dragons (totally a thing), read on to find the perfect Irish movie for you!

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Soapbox: Five Amazing Irish Films For (Almost) Any Mood

Review: La La Land

LaLaLand
There’s balancing contests, and then there’s these guys…

It’s becoming something of a dubious tradition for me to post outrageously postponed reviews in January, a custom only further perpetuated by the decidedly late arrival of this look at La La Land.

Now as then, the reason for this delay isn’t procrastination (well, the main reason anyway…), but rather it comes as the result of me mulling over my initial, complex reactions to what I had seen.

Because for all that Damien Chazelle’s musical has wowed audiences and critics alike – just this week it received a record-equaling 14 Oscar nominations – I have to admit that I had (and still have) mixed feelings on La La Land, even as I can’t deny the incredible craft that lies at the heart of the film.

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Review: La La Land

Soapbox: What A Glorious Feeling! – Why Singin’ In The Rain Is The Greatest Big Screen Musical Of All Time

Singin-in-the-Rain
It may improve your mood, but singing in the rain is actually a pretty great way to get pneumonia…

With the tragic news of Debbie Reynold’s death last week, film fans around the globe have been celebrating her life by looking back at her amazing career. Of all the films Ms Reynolds starred in, perhaps the most beloved is 1952 classic Singin’ in the Rain.

A breezy comedy-musical charting the struggles of a 1920s film studio to transition from silent movies to “talkies”, Singin’ in the Rain is one of the most iconic flicks in cinema history, and – thanks to its strong cast, influence on the genre, eye-catching visuals, timelessness and charm – it’s arguably the greatest big screen musical ever made.

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Soapbox: What A Glorious Feeling! – Why Singin’ In The Rain Is The Greatest Big Screen Musical Of All Time