Fast Five Review: My Cousin Rachel

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Drama | 2017 | Reviewed by Michelle

Philip is an orphan, raised by his slightly older cousin, Ambrose, who he came to regard as a father. But when Ambrose travels alone to Italy and falls in love with a woman named Rachel, Philip can’t help but feel neglected. Soon, word arrives that Ambrose and Rachel are married – and then, Ambrose’s letters home begin to take a worrying tone. Ambrose is sick, and blames Rachel for his illness. When Ambrose dies in Italy, Philip is furious, and is determined to confront Rachel, who he is convinced is directly responsible for Ambrose’s death. However, upon meeting Rachel – young, beautiful, mysterious Rachel – Philip is suddenly lost for words…

1) Did you like the film?

I really enjoyed My Cousin Rachel, and if literary adaptations, fancy costumes and repressed sexual tension are your jam, then I think you’ll love it too.

mycousinrachel2) Why?

What, fancy costumes and repressed sexual tension aren’t enough to convince you? Okay, fine – from the very first scene, My Cousin Rachel will grab you and won’t let go until its thrilling conclusion. If you’re looking for something romantic – say, along the lines of Pride and Prejudice, you’re going to be sorely disappointed. This isn’t a love story. My Cousin Rachel is dark and twisted and dripping with drama.

3) You’ll enjoy this movie if…

I’ll say it again – My Cousin Rachel is a literary adaptation (based on the book by Daphne du Maurier, the author of Rebecca), it has fancy costumes galore, the repressed sexual tension will fog up your television screen…and did I forgot to mention Game of Thrones’ Ser Jorah Mormont is in it?

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(…All the other actors are A+ too.)

4) This film made me think about…

I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t read the book. I need to fix that…where’s the nearest library?

5) Overall rating?

4.5-stars

 

Top Ten November New Releases

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We know we say this every month, but choosing just ten DVDs to feature in this month’s New Releases post was next to impossible. Seriously. With so many brilliant new films out, we wanted to share everything…but sadly, we call our monthly new releases posts a “top ten”, so it kind of stands to reason that we’ll only feature ten titles every month. The rules are the rules. Sigh…

Wondering what’s hot this month? As always, we have the answers. Just remember, our Top Ten post isn’t in any particular order (after all, we had enough trouble just choosing ten titles. Having to rank them would likely cause a riot) and this is just the tip of the iceberg. We’ll namedrop a few titles we had to leave out at the end of this post.

Enjoy our DVD picks for November!

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Top Ten October New Releases

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October’s already here (hello, warmer weather – we’ve missed you!) and we’re excited, because there’s a whole heap of amazing titles ready and raring to hit library shelves across Australia!

It’s a big, biiiig month for young adult titles, with the first season of Riverdale coming out in just a couple of days, as well as Descendants 2, and the latest season of Adventure Time – which is a hit with younger kids too…and even adults! Plus, there’s the new Spider-Man film, Homecoming, in which Peter Parker has to keep New York safe…while attending high school.

We’ve also got two hotly anticpated drama titles coming out really soon – My Cousin Rachel, based on the Daphne du Maurier novel, as well as The Beguiled, which stars Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning and more. Plus, just in time for Halloween, there’s a new Chucky film to scare the absolute socks off a whole new generation of fans.

As always, choosing just ten titles to feature wasn’t the easiest of tasks – but nonetheless, here are our Top Ten for October, in no particular order… Continue reading

Fast Five Review: Wonder Woman

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Wonder Woman
Action | 2017
Reviewed by Michelle

Diana is the daughter of the Queen of the Amazons. She grows up on a peaceful island of female warriors; a paradise hidden away from the rest of the world. With the arrival of an American pilot – the first man she’s ever seen – with the news of a terrible war, Diana decides she must act, and leaves her home for the first time, determined to bring peace to the world. Along the way, she discovers the truth about her identity, teams up with a group of unlikely heroes – and falls in love for the first time.

1) Did you like the film?

Confession: I usually avoid comic book movies. But after watching Wonder Woman, I decided to check out a few online reviews, and the general consensus is that, as far as comic book films go, this is one of the best around. However, as a viewer with not much to compare this film with, that seems like a really low bar. I liked this film, but I’d have loved it if its storytelling choices were anywhere near as bold and brave as its main character.

2) Why?

The best thing about this movie is Gal Gadot as Diana. In fact, she’s so compelling that she makes pretty much all the other characters in the film seem incidental. Yes, even Chris Pine (who co-stars as the spy who crashes on Diana’s island and later accompanies her on her quest to end the war) looks like a goofy caricature next to her sheer energy and charm.

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Another thing I liked about Wonder Woman? There’s also a plot twist that is the film’s smartest, most interesting moment. But I’m not going to say a thing about that – you’ll need to watch the film yourself to find out more. Sorry, not sorry…

3) You’ll enjoy this movie if…

You’re a fan of fast-paced action. The action sequences in Wonder Woman are many and frequent – and with the odd exception, not overly violent, which makes a nice change (yes you, Logan). They’re also very video-gamey, frequently slowing down to fully capture Diana’s gravity-defying flips and leaps. Personally, it’s a technique that drove me around the twist after the film’s first ten minutes, but if that’s your thing, you’re going to be in heaven watching this film.

4) This film made me think about…

Wonder Woman is the first blockbuster superhero film starring a woman since 2005. It’s also the first female-directed live action film to have a budget in excess of $100 million. While this particular movie mightn’t have been to my taste, it smashed records around the world. So can we all agree to make more female-led, female-directed and generally female-forward films? And not just action movies. Comedies, thrillers, animated films…anything goes. More women in film can only be a good thing.

5) Overall rating?

3.5-stars

Twelve Boredom-Busting School Holiday Hits Kids Will Love!

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As far as school holidays go, the third term holidays are pretty much the worst of the lot. Not only are they frustratingly close to the end of the year, but the weather’s still a little too unpredictable for making plans outside.

Librarians, we know you’re superheroes all year round, but here’s your chance to save the day yet again for busy parents and bored kids. We’re declaring these school holidays a boredom-free zone – and we’ve selected twelve of our most popular movies and TV shows, just for kids.  Continue reading