Hollywood romances are super popular, but not always truthful depictions of what really happens in love. Here are 10 realistic movies about love… well, as realistic as Hollywood can be anyway.
Love can be such a complicated and layered topic at times. Even moreso when it’s your own love life you’re looking at. It can be much easier to critique or explore the issues of love when you’re looking at someone else’s life.
And even if it’s not a real life, but a fictional one – watching someone else’s drama can be an escape from your own. Or perhaps more healthily, it can be used as an opportunity to evaluate and explore your own experiences.
Now you might have read this title and gone, “Matt you’ve gone insane, Hollywood romance isn’t realistic at all”. And I would concede your point, slightly. There are a ton of terrible depictions of love out there, my least favourite being the “hey I just met you and this is crazy but here’s my number so marry me in 10 minutes after meeting me” type.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, but a lot of holiday movies deserve a lump of coal. Here are 10 Christmas movies that are actually great.
We watched the new Lego Star Wars Holiday Special last night and it was a decently amusing love letter to Star Wars. Of course, it’s also 3000 times better than the original Star Wars Holiday Special which even George Lucas may or may not have said he would take a hammer and destroy every last copy of it. That said, the original did actually give us Boba Fett and result in the events leading to the creation of the currently brilliant The Mandalorian, so good job, Star Wars Holiday Special. You get a Baby Yoda toy for Christmas this year.
The world of anime has brought us some bizarre, over-the-top, and absolutely awesome entertainment. Here are 15 amazing shows from Japan.
Growing up in Australia there was an old show called CheezTV. If you were under 15 anywhere in the country, you were probably up in the mornings before school getting introduced to this whole new world of TV from The Land Of The Rising Sun thanks to this show. And then something amazing happened – Cartoon Network launched Toonami, their bold venture in exposing the Western world to a lot of the animation that no one else had seen before, and our worlds were never the same.
I really try to avoid hating on things, but with #CancelNetflix and Cuties trending like mad around this film and after seeing in more detail why, I really need to say something. Here is my response to #CancelNetflix and Cuties.
Mature written content warning
Foreign film Cuties stirred a lot of controversy on original screening and even moreso when Netflix released a poster seen to be hyper sexualising children. After a brave reviewer shared a 90 second clip from the movie this morning, I’ve gotta say…
The old poster is really tame in comparison, and the true problem with that controversial poster is this: it’s actually from the movie. I was wondering how a marketing department could misrepresent something in such great detail, and now I see that the image was missing the true extent of the gratuitous depiction of young children that’s actually on display. If they used another shot you may have thought you just saw a child’s genitals by accident.
This review was inevitable. On the way to being the highest grossing film ever made, the arrival of Thanos is sending the world wild. Does Avengers: Endgame live up to the hype? Here’s my spoiler review for Avengers: Endgame.
It’s been a little while! I was tossing up between doing this one and writing about some of our great experiences across New Zealand last year for all the travel bloggers out there, but having just seen the movie for the second time with the in-laws last night, I thought it would be worth doing a review of Avengers: Endgame. The New Zealand one will be coming soon!
Hakuna Matata and eating bugs accompanied by utter devastation. Here’s why Timon and Pumbaa are the true villains of The Lion King… and of the lives of many of us.
I had the awesome privilege of getting to witness the Aladdin musical featuring The Genie from Broadway last week. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. You get the point. It was stupendous. The sets, the songs, the costumes (!!!) were all top notch. Yes, I did cry… but it was from laughing so hard during the song High Adventure. People missed Abu but his replacements are quite hilarious. And the set they used for The Cave Of Wonders is something I won’t soon forget!
Unfortunately, I have yet to see The Lion King on stage yet, but definitely one for the list. What a timeless story that one is. Full of adventure, family, love, friends, conquering evil…
Oh yeah, and some of the most devastating villains in cinema history. Continue reading
The first one, Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle was one the lady and I thought would be a bit of a fun night out. Little did I know it would be one of the funniest and most memorable comedies in recent years.
The other, The Greatest Showman, is gunning for awards, and could possibly be in the upper echelon of musicals put to film.
Why am I comparing these two movies to Star Wars? Simply because Star Wars, especially as a big fan, was the movie in this holiday season I was expecting to enjoy the most. Now after seeing these two other films, I have been really looking forward to writing about them, and putting in a strong recommendation for each as they aren’t getting the press they deserve.
There was a third movie that I saw over in the last few weeks that absolutely took my breath away and that I’ve really wanted to write about too, so I thought I’d add it into the list. That is the award winning anime movie, Your Name, released in 2016.
So here’s my triple review of three movies better than Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and really, just an excuse to talk about these movies that I enjoyed in the last few weeks. With all these movies, there wasn’t much I didn’t like about them, so I’m pretty much going to just list the things I really enjoyed. Hard to do a triple review without blowing out a word count that will bore you if I listed negatives, plus to be honest I really didn’t have much of a problem with anything in these movies. Continue reading
Feeling old yet? Here are 10 things in our lifetime that have already been replaced.
Hide The Pain Harold knows what I’m talking about here
I recently celebrated my 29th birthday, meaning the big 3-0 is right around the corner. People dread their 30s arriving with fear, as its the years when life usually hits you and very sternly asks you what you’ve been doing for the past three decades or so. But I’m actually looking forward to the 30s. Bring it on.
The last little while, I’ve been thinking about all the things that use to exist that I remember seeing introduced in my lifetime, or around the time I was born, and now seeing those things as being redundant or distant memories. People older than me might be surprised to think of someone my age as having things I’ve seen replaced, but there’s actually a whole heap of things that used to be part of daily life that are no longer with us. Here are 10 things in our lifetime that have already been replaced. Continue reading