"Kill Bill Vol 1" (2003)

Rating: R:18 Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense Directed By: Quentin Tarantino Written By: Quentin Tarantino In Theatres: Oct 10th, 2003 Runtime: 111 minutes Studio: Miramax Films
Summary: A former assassin, known simply as The Bride (Uma Thurman), wakes from a coma four years after her jealous ex-lover Bill (David Carradine) attempts to murder her on her wedding day. Fuelled by an insatiable desire for revenge, she vows to get even with every person who contributed to the loss of her unborn child, her entire wedding party, and four years of her life. After devising a hit list, The Bride sets off on her quest, enduring unspeakable injury and unscrupulous enemies.
Review: We watched a scene from this in college recently. I’d heard a lot about it but never watched it so my curiosity was peaked enough to give it a go. And as revenge stories go, this is a good one.
Well we are left with no uncertainty as to what to expect from this film following the opening scene. Uma Thurman …

"Waitress" (2007)

Rating: PG-13 Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance Directed By: Adrienne Shelly Written By: Adrienne Shelly In Theatres: Aug 10th, 2007 Runtime: 107 minutes Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Summary: Jenna (Keri Russell) works in a diner in a small Southern town and is a genius at creating luscious desserts, but her marriage to an overbearing lout (Jeremy Sisto) makes happiness impossible. When she discovers she is pregnant, she makes plans to skip town before her condition is obvious. However, she begins an affair with the new town doctor (Nathan Fillion), who is the only one who knows her secret. 
Review: This is a nice quirky little film. It’s cute and although fairly predictable fairly early on, enjoyable nonetheless. The characters, particularly our lead, Jenna, are really sweet and homely. It reminds me a lot of “Doc Hollywood” …the small country town where everybody seems to know everything about everyone kind of setting – as well as the strong southern accent I guess! 

While I said it was fa…

"License To Drive" (1988)

Rating: PG-13 Genre: Comedy, Romance Directed By: Greg Beeman Written By: Neil Tolkin, Michael Tolkin, Frank Deese Runtime: 90 minutes Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Summary: Teenager Les Anderson (Corey Haim) thinks his life can't get any worse after he flunks his driver's exam, but he's wrong. Even though he didn't receive his license, Les refuses to break his date with the cool Mercedes Lane (Heather Graham), and he decides to lift his family's prize luxury car for the occasion. Unfortunately, Mercedes sneaks some booze along and passes out drunk, and a confused Les makes the bad decision of enlisting his rebellious friend, Dean (Corey Feldman), to help.
Review: This isn’t the worst movie ever made, but there’s not a lot is to be said about it. It’s at the very pretentious and contrived side of 80s teen movies. The characters are one dimensional and completely predictable. All they care about is their ability to drive, their popularity, and their ab…

"Big" (1988)

Rating: PG Genre: Comedy, Kids & Family Directed By: Penny Marshall Written By: Anne Spielberg, Gary Ross Released: June 3rd, 1988 Runtime: 98 minutes Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Summary: After a wish turns 12-year-old Josh Baskin (David Moscow) into a 30-year-old man (Tom Hanks), he heads to New York City and gets a low-level job at MacMillen Toy Company. A chance encounter with the owner (Robert Loggia) of the company leads to a promotion testing new toys. Soon a fellow employee, Susan Lawrence (Elizabeth Perkins), takes a romantic interest in Josh. However, the pressure of living as an adult begins to overwhelm him, and he longs to return to his simple, former life as a boy.
Review: This film is a big bundle of joy. Although the concept of the story is as old as time, it’s a very sweet story we can re-watch again and again. 

Tom Hanks can portray a very childlike quality better than many actors I’ve watched onscreen. I couldn’t have thought of a better lead. The f…

"Little Miss Sunshine" (2006)

Rating: R Genre: Comedy Directed By: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris Written By: Michael Arndt In Theatres: Sept 8th, 2006 Runtime: 110 minutes Studio: Fox Searchlight
Summary: The Hoover family -- a man (Greg Kinnear), his wife (Toni Collette), an uncle (Steve Carell), a brother (Paul Dano) and a grandfather (Alan Arkin) -- puts the fun back in dysfunctional by piling into a VW bus and heading to California to support a daughter (Abigail Breslin) in her bid to win the Little Miss Sunshine Contest. The sanity of everyone involved is stretched to the limit as the group's quirks cause epic problems as they travel along their interstate route.
Review: This film is a ray of sunshine. The plot is simple, carried through by a wonderful array of lovable characters. It has a positive and light-hearted feel throughout, despite dealing with some tougher topics. A feel-good watch for sure, with quite an unforgettable twist! 

Olive is a wonderful character. She’s still at an innocent age througho…

"High School USA" (1983)

Rating: PG Genre: Comedy, Television Directed By: Rodney Amateau, Rod Amateau Written By: Larry Mintz, Alan Eisenstock Runtime: 96 minutes Studio: Hill-Mandelker Films
Summary: TV movie starring Michael J. Fox as the average high-schooler JJ Manners who must compete with popular snobbish student Beau Middleton (Anthony Edwards) for the affections of the lovely Beth Franklin (Nancy McKeon). Major shenanigans ensue, including a destructive robot and more than one wild car race.
Review: This is a surprisingly entertaining movie! It’s actually really good. There are a lot of characters. And a lot of little storylines being built up throughout, some intertwining…This is why I think it could have made a fab TV Show, as well as being a fab movie. There was potential there – I think, at least! 

There are also a few familiar faces. Most namely, Anthony Edwards, Crispin Glover, and Michael J Fox. This pre-Back To The Future film teamed up Michael J Fox and Crispin Glover in much the same dynamic as in…

"One Hundred and One Dalmatians" (1961)

Rating: G Genre: Animation, Kids & Family Directed By: Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton S. Luske, Wolfgang Reitherman, Hamilton Luske Written By: Bill Peet In Theatres: Jan 25th, 1961 Runtime: 79 minutes Studio: Buena Vista
Summary: In a Disney animation classic, Dalmatian Pongo is tired of his bachelor-dog life. He spies lovely Perdita and maneuvers his master, Roger, into meeting Perdita's owner, Anita. The owners fall in love and marry, keeping Pongo and Perdita together too. After Perdita gives birth to a litter of 15 puppies, Anita's old school friend Cruella De Vil wants to buy them all. Roger declines her offer, so Cruella hires the criminal Badun brothers to steal them -- so she can have a fur coat.
Review: This is a great family film. It’s played a lot around Christmas time (from my experience at least) even though it’s not a Christmas film per say. But I’ve learned to associate it with Christmas. Maybe it’s the colours of the animation. I can see why it is played – perfect film…

"The Perks of Being A Wallflower" (2012)

Rating: PG-13   Genre: Drama Directed By: Stephen Chbosky Written By: Stephen Chbosky In Theatres: Sep 21st, 2012  Runtime: 103 minutes Studio: Lionsgate Films
Summary: Here we have a fantastic coming of age story revolved around the friendships between a wonderful bunch of characters. You will laugh with them, cry with them, but most of all, have fun with them. Socially awkward teen Charlie (Logan Lerman) is a wallflower, always watching life from the side lines, until two charismatic students become his mentors. Free-spirited Sam (Emma Watson) and her stepbrother Patrick (Ezra Miller) help Charlie discover the joys of friendship, first love, music and more, while a teacher sparks Charlie's dreams of becoming a writer. However, as his new friends prepare to leave for college, Charlie's inner sadness threatens to shatter his newfound confidence.
Review: This film and the book mean a lot to me. Mostly because reading the book I remember thinking “this character, he thinks the same way…

"Brooklyn" (2015)

Rating: PG-13 Genre: Drama Directed By: John Crowley Written By: Nick Hornby In Theatres: Nov 6th, 2015 Runtime: 111 minutes Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Summary: Young Irish immigrant Eilis Lace (Saoirse Ronan) navigates her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother's home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her past disrupts her new vivacity, and Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.
Review: I really enjoyed this movie! The story is relatively simple which is always a pro. The performances all around were superb. And it was shot beautifully.
Having been impressing audiences on the big screen since her Oscar winning performance at the age of just 13, in “Atonement”, she continues to do so with her lead role in “Brooklyn”. I loved the romance between…

"To The Bone" (2017)

Rating:  R Genre: Drama Directed By: Marti Noxon Written By: Marti Noxon In Theatres: July 14th, 2017 Runtime: 107 minutes Studio: Netflix
Summary: Ellen is an unruly 20-year-old anorexic girl who spent the better part of her teenage years being shepherded through various recovery programs, only to find herself several pounds lighter every time. Determined to find a solution, her dysfunctional family agrees to send her to a group home for youths, which is led by a non-traditional doctor. Surprised by the unusual rules, Ellen must discover for herself how to confront her addiction and attempt self-acceptance.
Review: I came across this film while browsing through Netflix fairly recently and decided to press play fairly randomly. I don’t know if “enjoy” is the right word to use for this movie given the subject matter is quite tough. But I got into it and I liked it. 

All the performances were great. Lily Collins is a talented actress and very likable. There is a very likable bunch of charact…