Crip Camp (2020) REVIEW

Crip Camp (2020) REVIEW

Down the road from Woodstock, a revolution blossomed at a ramshackle summer camp for teenagers with disabilities, transforming their lives and igniting a landmark movement.

(Source: IMDb)

Wow. What an eye opening documentary.

The footage of Willowbrook is devastating, disgusting and will haunt me.

“If you’re a handicapped person and you have a passive nature you are screwed” really resonates with me because I have never been a wall flower

My gran encouraged me to wear bright clothes to give people something to stare at when I was little. I wouldn’t know if people were staring because of my legs etc or because they were admiring my clothes.

I am so happy I saw this amazing documentary.

I am so lucky to have been born when I was and to have the fierce and strong mother that I have.

I am ashamed to say I don’t know enough about access legislation in the UK but I want to learn. I know there’s a lot of things that could be improved but I don’t know how I go about changing things but I promise I will find out..

I am totally inspired


Tradition Series: Easter

Tradition Series: Easter

Every household has their traditions that they do at certain times of year. Who puts the star on the Christmas tree? Do you celebrate Samhain or Halloween? Do you observe Lent? How many units of alcohol do you consume on New Years Eve?

I, unsurprisingly, have a tradition of watching certain films at certain times of year.

Easter: As an atheist this time of year is always a bit awkward. More so than Christmas because in my experience the religiously inclined are never more obnoxious than during this time of year.

Life of Brian is the perfect comedic film. Also the ideal antidote to all the religious things.

Life of Brian (1979)

Born on the original Christmas in the stable next door to Jesus Christ, Brian of Nazareth spends his life being mistaken for a messiah.

(Source: IMDb)

This is definitely my favourite Monty Python film.

The idea of the messiah being misidentified as someone who is totally unremarkable is hilarious.

Every scene in this film is comedic gold.

I adore the theme of the different anti roman groups fighting against each other.

The scene with the aliens is so beautifully random and so Python!

“Crucifixion is a doddle”

The way the huddled masses clinging onto the flimsiest of reasons to think Brian is the messiah is absolutely hilarious and exactly how I imagine religions got started.

“I’m Brian and so is my wife.”

Best ending to a comedy film? Probably

Written by Laura-Rose Smith

Soul (2020) REVIEW

Soul (2020) REVIEW

After landing the gig of a lifetime, a New York jazz pianist suddenly finds himself trapped in a strange land between Earth and the afterlife.

(Source: IMDb)

This film started as a weird concept that I wasn’t sure about.

It became a very good film about passion and purpose

The way Pixar broaches this tricky subject is wonderful. The meaning of life is also very difficult

What Pixar has achieved is a wonderful way of taking children through the journey of the tricky conversations navigating through waters that adults struggle with


Written by Laura-Rose Smith

The Dark Tower: Book to Film (SPOILERS)

The Dark Tower: Book to Film (SPOILERS)

The Dark Tower film is okay as a film. As an adaptation of a book it’s below okay. It combines books one and two and bits of new story. This film is not really true to the books but that’s okay I suppose. It was never going to be a true adaptation of the books for many reasons, one of them was Idris Elba being cast as Roland.

DISCLAIMER I am in no way racist. I hate prejudice and discrimination of all kinds. I am talking here about a film role, nothing else.

In the books Roland is described as a white man with bright blue eyes. If Roland’s race didn’t impact the story line in Book 2 I would love IE to be cast as Roland.

In the second book Roland’s race is very important to a character’s reaction to him (I can’t explain it better than that without describing a lot of the books which are very complicated)

This reaction involves a lot of racial slurs.

There are many other things that were in the film that I have issue with. The biggest thing was everything was compressed or interpreted wrongly. This project should have been a trilogy at least or a 7 film franchise, there’s 7 books after all. To jam the extensive, genre defying world of The Dark Tower into one film was never going to end well.

I totally understand why the film studio didn’t want to make a true adaptation. That’s probably why they merged bits of books 1 and 2 with their own bits. That’s why I think the film is okay. It’s okay as a stand alone film but I as a massive Dark Tower fan want a true adaptation.

A HBO TV series would be the best solution because:

1. A series is best way to tackle a huge book series spanning different genres and times

I sincerely hope my fellow Constant Readers that a true adaptation is on the horizon

Written by Laura-Rose Smith

Shark Films

Shark Films

WARNING! Contains more spoilers than Amnity has floats!



Jaws (1975)

When a killer shark unleashes chaos on a beach community, it’s up to a local sheriff, a marine biologist, and an old seafarer to hunt the beast down.

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Anyone stupid enough to go skinny dipping after dark deserves to be eaten by a shark.

Two notes and you have a villain, John Williams is an absolute genius of film scores.

The mayor reminds me of Donald Trump so much. Profits above public safety.

When the punctured yellow float washes up on shore there’s no doubting what they all saw.

Quint’s nails on the chalkboard, iconic.

A huge turning point in the production of this film was the malfunction of the model shark for a lot of the filming. This meant that they had to find a way of depicting the sharks movement without actually showing the shark. This is why they use barrels, rubber rings etc. I think the film wouldn’t have the same impact if the audience didn’t have to use their imagination to think about what is going on underneath the water. It adds a certain horror element.

I love the mayor’s anchor jack. He is a terrible man but he has style.

At least he shows some remorse after the shark gets into the “pond” and eats another victim.

I love Hooper and Quint’s relationship.

The scar comparison that becomes Quint’s haunting tale of the Indianapolis is beautiful and haunting.

This film is the first in Spielberg’s illustrious career but it is still one of his best, if not the best. The young director crafted a masterpiece when he made this.

When Quint asks Hooper for help, it’s a lovely moment showing respect.

I love the cage! Even after seeing this film a lot I would still love to go in one!

Armed with a pistol and an oxygen tank in the shark’s mouth to aim at Brody says the wonderful line “Smile, you son of a bitch.”


Deep Blue Sea (1999)

Searching for a cure to Alzheimer’s disease, a group of scientists on an isolated research facility become the prey, as a trio of intelligent sharks fight back.

(Source: IMDb)

Even when I originally saw this film at 10ish I didn’t think a shark would confuse red wine for blood.

I have witnessed Alzheimer’s first hand, awful disease.

A floppy disc drive, nostalgia.

Speaking of nostalgia, LL Cool J!

When the sharks swim backwards after recognising the gun they should have run! Oh the hubris of man!

I would have put a belt tourniquet on his arm rather than risk evacuation in a serious storm. So much could have been avoided with a decent first aider 😂

“She screwed with the sharks and now the sharks are screwing with us.”

I love when Samuel L Jackson makes his speech then completely unexpectedly gets eaten by a shark!

I always remember Scoggs leg kicking.

I have to hand it to the Doc, she took a shark out by electrocution, nice!

If I was LL Cool J I would have put wrestling with a shark in my contract.

I adore this film. I never get bored of it. It’s one of those films I can watch over and over.


The Meg (2018)

A group of scientists exploring the Mariana Trench encounter the largest marine predator that has ever existed – the Megalodon.

(Source: IMDb)

I went to the cinema to see this with my darling Millie

If I was a billionaire, an underwater research lab is exactly the kind of thing I would invest in.

I am SUPER jealous of the little girls light up shoes

That is a brave little girl, not screaming when she saw the “monster” only when it bit the glass


I love that the director uses the Meg to serve justice to poachers and sends an important environmental message


Even seeing the cage get swallowed doesn’t put me off wanting to do it one day

When the real Megladon pops up it’s jaw dropping moment

The billionaire is a huge ass!

Beach full of tourists + killer shark sounds familiar.

Oh the dog 😂

I want to go in one of those bubble ball things, looks so fun

The shot with all the floats, breathtaking scale

How many of them peed/pooped in the sea with fear of getting so close to getting eaten?

Ooooh right in the eyeball

Circle of life moment when the sharks swarm the Meg carcass


The Meg is slightly ridiculous and far fetched but it’s also very watchable and the effects are brilliant.

It’s a must see for any fin fan


Sharks are my absolute favourite animal. I love their power and think they are beautiful. The following films are very responsible for the way sharks are viewed, Jaws most of all. These beautiful, majestic creatures are portrayed as monsters. It’s very much a double edged sword. Without these films in popular culture sharks wouldn’t be as known to people and the interest wouldn’t be there in preserving their habitat.


News of the World (2021) REVIEW

News of the World (2021) REVIEW

A Civil War veteran agrees to deliver a girl, taken by the Kiowa people years ago, to her aunt and uncle, against her will. They travel hundreds of miles and face grave dangers as they search for a place that either can call home.

(Source: IMDb)

I adore the idea of a job going from town to town reading from newspapers, I hope that’s true.

A heart warming and endearing story of two people who are in every way different but they forge a bond.

The journey they go on is arduous and enthralling.

Tom Hank is magnificent as always. The unknown actress who plays Johanna, Helena Zengel, is also brilliant. Starring along Hanks must have been daunting but it doesn’t show in her performance.

Netflix continues on producing brilliant original content.


Vita and Virginia (2018) REVIEW

Vita and Virginia (2018) REVIEW

It’s the fascinating true story about the love affair between socialite and popular author Vita Sackville-West and literary icon Virginia Woolf.

(Source: IMDb)



An exquisite exploration of love of several kinds.

Not simply focusing on homosexuality but also on the love and duty of heterosexual marriage when being used to disguise homosexuality and promiscuity.

I totally understand Virginia needing Leonard to remain grounded.

I didn’t really know what to expect, I am not familiar with Virginia Woolf’s work or life so I can’t give an opinion on how accurate it is. I have a copy of Mrs Dalloway I intend to read next. I am inspired and intrigued by this genius who was in every way brilliant and imposing.

I like Vita. Part of me is furious with her for betraying Virginia with Mary but I suppose it’s understandable because Virginia was so difficult to love and couldn’t commit in the way Vita needed.


It’s A Sin

It’s A Sin



Russell T Davies you beautiful human!

When I sat down to watch it I was expecting a fun, lighthearted show about Gay men in London. I got a raw, immensely intense drama. Laughing out loud then sobbing.

What a beautiful, heartbreaking, tear jerker. Truly phenomenal piece of TV

The best portrayal of the AIDS crisis including Philadelphia.

Yazoo – Only You is definitely in my Top 10 songs favourite ever.

When Colin said “Mammy,I don’t want to die” my heart broke.

As soon as Colin said “football top” I knew he must mean the son of the woman he lodged with.

I can’t remember the last time I hated a character as much as Mrs Tozer. The fact that Ritchie, the life and soul of the party, died alone is horrendous. Especially when his friends were so near.

It’s extremely rare that something leaves me so utterly broken that I have to turn everything off and sit in the dark for a while. I intend to watch this show over and over again. I am fighting the urge to start straight away because I want these characters back, I want more. Ritchie deserved more. Colin deserved more. Gregory deserved more.I think it’s the ultimate message. That life is too short.

I don’t feel like fives stars is enough so imagine 5 rainbow, glittery comets


How to Build a Girl (2019) REVIEW

How to Build a Girl (2019) REVIEW

A teenager living with her working-class family on a council estate in Wolverhampton, England, grows up to become a popular but conflicted music journalist.

(Source: IMDb)

Hilarious, insightful, unique

A film unequal in it’s exploration of the turbulent world of the adolescent female.

It’s extremely rare for a film about teenage dreams to be set in the UK.

It was brutal, real and honest

Every character felt fleshed out and very real

A must see for every woman, especially teenage girls!

5 stars