The Witches (2020)

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Solos (2021) Miniseries review

Packed with powerful performances by the whole cast, the episodes usually focus on the story of a single character, where you get to see diverse acting and a range of emotions.

Some stories hook you from the start, others take a while to warm up. My favourites were the ones featuring Anne Hathaway, Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman.

Watch it for the dystopia that might await us. Watch it to cherish the present and make all the good memories you can. Watch it to reflect and face whatever feeling or emotion you may have been avoiding.

Modern Love (2019)

Modern Love: A wonderful 8 episode series which cover eight distinct stories of love in the current day. Not necessarily romantic, but beautiful, nuanced relationships which have so much to teach.

Based on true stories with some facts altered, they speak of love that may not fit our ideas but is real and true nonetheless. With a stellar cast and some surprises, be prepared for deep, thoughtful and well-written viewing.

Love and other drugs (2010)

Anne Hathaway plays a free spirit in this erotic romantic comedy drama film, which explores themes of drugs, targets, ambition, success and the one thing that no one prepares for: love.

Jake Gyllenhaal plays a driven sales rep. who falls for Anne and they test their relationship through lust and love.

A raunchy watch.

2/5

Oceans 8 (2018)

Director Gary Ross achieved a great balancing act giving these 8 talents good characters and effective stories.

Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Rihana, Helena Bonham Carter, Awkwafina, Sarah Paulson and Mindy Kaling make a stunning set of criminals!

You never come in between a girl and her diamonds. And when it’s 8 women and a heist of precious and regalia jewellery, you just watch the action and strategy unfold!

3/5

The Intern (2015)

A nuanced and sensitive film, its strength lies in the way it brews. Slowly, full of aroma, it becomes potent over time, establishing connections with the characters in surprising ways.

Anne Hathaway is layered and vulnerable in a way she hasn’t portrayed before. She is every bit her character, Jules, as she expresses her flaws in passing, as well as her ambitions.

Robert De Niro as Ben exudes calm. He is the epitome of patience, understanding and wisdom in the film. All this and more, with little dialogue. His demeanour is solid but soft. He represents perfect balance.

A new take on the concept of an Intern, this film will keep you wanting more. It’s warm and real, showing new insights in professional and personal relationships. Bravo director Nancy Meyers!

3.5/5

Interstellar (2014)

A ruined ecosystem forces humans to look for another planet. We become semi-physicists via the subtle yet detailed theories described in the film. From worm holes to black holes, time space singularity and gravitational time dilation, we get the whole deal and have enough time to process it at 169 minutes.

Director Christopher Nolan does what he does best, combining music, aesthetics and performances to provide a kick ass (pun intended) film. While we can guess what may happen, we cannot fathom how. The way that is explained is the beauty of his direction. It is not an easy or entertaining subject, but he achieves both.

Actors Mathew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain deserve special mention for their efforts, while a few other greats support them. Music by Hans Zimmer is heart moving and thrilling, while the special effects create varying landscapes and almost mythical geographies.

The result is a film which has to be enjoyed on the largest screen possible. A must see for Sci-fi lovers and those who enjoy the genre of space.

4/5

Rio 2 (2014)

We are back in the world of Blu, Jewel, Linda and the gang, where they travel from Rio to the Amazon. While the earlier story was told from a singular point of view, this one was about the entire species and of course, the in-laws (always a funny subject!).

The ‘other’ love story that happens on the side is highly unlikely and perhaps provides more entertainment than the domesticated Gunderson family. Andy Garcia as the father-in-law, Kristin Chenoweth as Gabi, Bruno Mars as Roberto and Philip Lawrence as Felipe add more to the already talented cast.

It has more colour, resonance to current issues, family values, the whole animated experience.

Watch if you are a ‘Rio’ fan.

3/5