Emma is either my favourite or second-favourite Jane Austen book (there’s a constant battle between it and Northanger Abbey), and after watching the trailer I wasn’t sure what to make of this new iteration. It didn’t particularly excite me, and I was so in love with the Romola Garai mini-series that I thought it would surely fall short.
I had hopes for Birds of Prey. Not high hopes, because I have a history of being underwhelmed by DC movies, but HOPES.
And the film did not disappoint.
2019 was a year of Little Women love for me. My sister was in a production of the musical in Sydney, and I flew down twice to see the show three times. SOBS GALORE because I absolutely adore this story. So when I was contacted with the opportunity to attend a special preview screening, there was a tiny bit of screaming on my part.
There have been so many Little Women adaptations recently, and I was prepared for a run-of-the-mill look at the story and characters I’d come to adore. But Greta Gerwig’s vision brought something new and fresh to the classic, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it for weeks.
Sometimes you just really need a classic action-comedy to make you smile.
I didn’t know much about 1917 before attending the preview screening. Promotional details told me it was an “immersive cinematic triumph”, but everyone likes to think of their movie as a triumph, right? So that acclaim washed over me and, to be honest, I was mostly excited to treat myself to some good-old cinema popcorn.
From the first time I saw the trailer for Joker, I’ve been filled with nervous anticipation. Would Joaquin Phoenix live up to Heath Ledger’s legacy?
My brother has been a big fan of Godzilla for most of his life. When we were living in the Solomon Islands as kids, there was one video rental store (which I’m pretty sure just had pirated movies) and a lot of its catalogue was comprised of old black-and-white Godzilla films. So when I received an invite for the media preview of Godzilla: King of the Monsters, I decided to take Matthew along because I am a GOOD SISTER.
Disney seems committed to creating live-action counterparts of all its most iconic movies. Some have floundered, creating overly long and detailed subplots in attempts to bring unnecessary depth to children’s stories. Others have worked well, with some sparing modern updates to the classic stories that further the characters’ developments in a way that seems authentic and believable.