All posts by Laura Boyes

I either see films as good or bad. I manage the social media for Ready, Steady, Cut! and design the merchandise

Review – The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

This documentary follows the life and death of Marsha P. Johnson. She was a gay African American who was a leading figure in fighting for gay rights from the beginning of the movement. However, in 1992 she was found dead, floating in the Hudson River.

Although this documentary is enlightening as we follow the life of an extremely powerful voice in the LGBT community, unfortunately, the documentary does not offer the high-quality coverage Marsha P. Johnson deserves.

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Review – The Conjuring 

This review is part of our 31 Days of Horror series. You can check out the other posts by clicking these words.

This review also contains spoilers.

The Conjuring follows paranormal investigators and demonologists Lorraine and Ed Warren to Rhode Island in 1971 to a farmhouse home occupied by Carolyn and Roger Perron and their five daughters. Harrowing paranormal activity escalates which causes the Warrens to get heavily involved to ensure the safety of the family.

First of all, let it be said that I am in no way a fan of anything horror or remotely thriller related. With that being said I am wholeheartedly a fan of this film.

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Review – Dr Foster Season 1

Dr Foster follows the life of what starts off to be the perfect family. We’re introduced to Dr Gemma Foster (Suranne Jones) and Mr. Simon Foster (Bertie Carvel) showing their love for each other in the rawest sense. We are then introduced to their 14-year-old son Tom Foster (Tom Taylor) which altogether paints “the perfect family”.

Throughout the first episode, we follow Gemma Foster (Suranne Jones) as she first begins to suspect her husband of cheating. To begin with, she seems to have what can only be described as the perfect life. The series then quickly propels us into watching Dr Foster’s psychological warfare as she not only finds out her husband is having an affair but comes to shocking revelations about her husband’s secret life. On top of this, her career and personal life unravels just as she does.

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Review – The Crown Season 1

The Crown is a biographical drama which follows our current monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. Season 1 follows Queen Elizabeth as she first comes to the throne after her father’s death in 1947 up until Princess Margaret’s (her sister’s) dissolved engagement to Peter Townsend in 1955.

This season cleverly manages to fit an awful lot in it without leaving you feeling overwhelmed. Not only do you follow Queen Elizabeth during her coronation but you also follow the latter end of Winston Churchill’s reign as Prime Minister. You also see Princess Margaret’s relationship with Peter Townsend, which at the time struggled due to moral implications set by social measures of the time.

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Review – Bleed for This

Bleed for This is a true story account of a local fighter turned world champion ‘Vinny Pazienza’ (Miles Teller) who, after winning two world title fights, is involved in a car accident in which he broke his neck and was told he might never walk again. The film follows Pazienza’s determination to return to boxing.

To start off with I think it’s worth mentioning that Miles Teller is underrated. Although every film he’s been in hasn’t been spectacular I have always enjoyed his performances.

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Opinion – Straight Outta Compton

Straight Outta Compton is a film which follows the emergence and career of the N.W.A group starting from 1986. It mainly follows Andre Young, stage name Dr Dre (Corey Hawkins), Eric Wright or Eazy E (Jason Mitchell) and O’Shea Jackson Sr, otherwise known as Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson Jr.), and their turbulent journey into stardom through political hip-hop and rap.

This film is one of the best depictions of hip-hop artists in a film. We recently reviewed Notorious (2009) and All Eyez on Me (2017) which follow hip-hop/rap artists Notorious B.I.G and Tupac Shakur and we were left underwhelmed, particularly by All Eyes on Me. Everything which was questionable in those movies, such as the casting choices (In fact, Ice Cube’s own son was cast to play his father in this film), the flow of the movies, the way the artists themselves are portrayed, are all excellently done in this film. Whether you are a fan of the group and retrospective artists or not, you will not be left disappointed.

It inevitably portrays the evolution of political hip-hop and rap. Although at this time this particular genre of hip-hop and rap wasn’t by any means new on the scene, it was still mostly performed underground. It was revolutionary that this type of music turned mainstream. Throughout the movie, we see how the group’s music is used to reflect the brutalities of real life that they suffer. A prime example of this is after the whole group is subjected to discriminatory treatment from the police, Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson Jr.) writes the lyrics to “Fuck the Police” which talks about the prejudice of the police force due to the colour of their skin and the way they look alone. As well as this the movie also portrays other elements of the environment which provoke their lyrics, for example at the very start of the movie you hear quotes used from the “War on Drugs” campaign which was introduced in America to reduce the trade of illegal drugs within the country, however it turned into a weapon which law enforcement used against minority groups unfairly to arrest, harass and incriminate. Although not shown in the film, Eazy E (Jason Mitchell) witnessed the death of his cousin in a drug deal, which turned disastrous, and thus would cause the motivation to change his lifestyle and would then lead on to co-find N.W.A.

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Review – Dear White People Season 1

Dear White People is a comedy-drama TV series on Netflix which is based on the 2014 movie of the same name. It mainly follows five black ivy league students who all face stereotyping and prejudice discrimination.

To begin with, I think it’s worth saying that I like this series, I think it has a few minor issues but nothing which dampens how this series is supposed to be viewed.

The main concept of this TV series shows not only how black people suffer from discrimination in a prestigious place, which in this case is a fictional Ivy league school Winchester University, but also how in-depth racism, prejudice and discrimination can be. Not only is there a main point of contention between the black and white students but one within the five students we follow. The first dispute occurs when an extremely offensive blackface party occurs at the start of the series. Although I haven’t seen the movie, I believe this is the point that the series picks up where the movie left off. This party expectedly sparks outrage amongst the black community within the school. When no action is taken from any of the educators at this school the situation worsens, and rightly so. This immediately shows how there are two different battles in situations like this. Even when something as blatant as this happens, so openly racist and discriminatory, there is still the underlying battle between the students and those higher up in the hierarchy within this institution. The dispute which occurs within the main characters is surrounded by how to deal with the racism they’re faced with and have been faced with their whole lives, their parents lives, their grandparents lives and so on. Whereas some, mainly Sam (Logan Browning) and Reggie (Marque Richardson) feel that they need to do something active which won’t get unnoticed whereas others, such as Coco (Antoinette Robertson) feel it’s better to do as much as she can to be seen as an equal which some of the others view as diminishing her own integrity.

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