One thing you may not know about me is quite how much I love films. My 'films you should see' posts always go down well and film reviews are something I've been wanting to incorporate into my blog a little more often, so... here goes. As always feel free to leave me any recommendations in the comments, too!
The Ides of March (2011)
I can't believe how long it took me to finally sit and watch this film. It's been on my radar for a while now (not just because the Gosling is in it, but it helps) and I'm happy to report that I thought it was well worth the wait. It's a political drama that genuinely keeps you guessing and has a lot more to it than I expected it to. It tells the story of Stephen, the assistant of a presidential candidate and his experiences along the campaign trail; although I definitely wouldn't say you need to be clued up on the ins and outs of the US political system to enjoy it. It's a story of loyalty, betrayal and a little bit of romance and I absolutely loved it.
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
There's so few directors that are instantly recognisable from the films they make, but Wes Anderson is one of them. I'm in love with his style and creativity - I'm just not that mad about the actual the films themselves. The Grand Budapest Hotel tells the story of a one-time hotel lobby boy in a kind of flashback style, which actually takes up the vast majority of the time in itself. It's not a bad storyline, it's just not really my thing and I must confess to falling asleep half way through the first time I watched this (oops!) For the artistic merit I'm giving it a couple of stars at least; it really is beautifully made and nobody goes to see a Wes Anderson film for the storyline after all. If you do, you might be a tad disappointed.
Seven Psychopaths (2012)
Definitely not my usual style, but there's something about this film that I really do enjoy and means I could watch it time and time again. Colin Farrell plays the lead as a struggling screen writer who encounters 7 criminal 'psychopaths' as he writes his new script. It sounds lame, but in reality it's just so good. I also love Christopher Walken, so that's a plus. And the film features a really cute dog... ALL GOOD THINGS. It twists and turns a fair amount but it's fun and entertaining and definitely one to go and watch if you haven't already - it's also not remotely scary as the title might suggest!