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MIDSOMMAR (2019): The Things I Liked

Midsommar (2019), Florence Pugh, A24
Midsommar (2019), Florence Pugh, A24

I wanted to watch Midsommar because it came recommended by many. I needed to watch Midsommar because the murals in the very intriguing trailer looked great. I had to watch Midsommar because of its young, talented cast, mainly Florence Pugh and Will Poulter.

Now that I’ve finally seen Midsommar, what I really wouldn’t have done is watch Midsommar; had I remembered that it is, in fact, a horror film.

For those who might be thinking ’How could you not have known?’ Well, in my defence, the trailer I initially saw didn’t scream ‘scary movie,’ and neither did the synopsis, at first.

The original synopsis said something along the lines of ‘Things start to go awry on a summer trip after a young woman reluctantly caves in and goes along with her boyfriend’. Now, doesn’t this sound more like ‘relationship woes’ than ‘increasingly violent and bizarre competition involving a Pagan cult?’

The things that impressed me most about director Ari Aster’s film, in addition to the performances include the story and tension. There’s also the sense of dread and the general unease that never seems to leave, but instead expertly builds and builds until the very dark and scary end. There’s also the memorable vulnerability and intensity in the way the opening scenes are captured.

The main thing I wish wasn’t quite so is how long it took for things to unfold at specific points. For example, approximately fifty minutes in, there’s a ceremony that went on for eternity, before a scary revelation happened. I also found it irksome to watch several of the characters make some extremely poor decisions; the kind that went against every single one of my survival instincts.

For everyone who isn’t a horror fan, including the version of me before watching this movie, ‘Stop right there!’ For the rest of you, enjoy!

Happy Film Loving

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LITTLE WOMEN (2019): The Things I Liked…

Little Women (2019), Saoirse Ronan, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Little Women (2019), Saoirse Ronan, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Little Women is a book I have not read. As such, besides that Friends episode where Rachel spoils the story for Joey, I didn’t really know much beforehand.

Based on Louisa May Alcott’s famous novel about four sisters coming-of-age in America in the aftermath of the Civil War, there are three things that stood out most and in a good way while watching director Greta Gerwig’s remake.

Firstly, the beauty that is the gift of sisterhood. Beauty that is there when you’re happy with your sister, when you’re mad at your sister and when times aren’t so great. I like how accurately and honestly Gerwig captured the magic of these moments.  Second, I’ve always been partial to stories of girls and women who are determined enough to decide on the life they want and go after it; regardless of other’s expectations. An even more impressive move during far less liberated periods in women’s history. 

Lastly, unrequited love. The presence of this theme in Little Women resulted in my favourite and some of the most moving moments in the whole film. Particularly the one that takes place in a field with Timothée Chalamet and Saoirse Ronan’s characters. 

In terms of how I feel about Gerwig’s film overall, it’s very well acted by all involved. I especially enjoyed Chalamet, Ronan and Florence Pugh’s performances. Beyond that and the standout moments I’ve referenced, I can’t say that I love Gerwig’s movie. This is in part because I’m not quite a fan of the editing. The way it jumped back and forth to different time lines proved more annoying than fully necessary. Perhaps the story was to big to tell in the allotted time. Furthermore, I found that Little Women really became most interesting from Meg’s wedding onwards. The unfortunate thing about that is Meg’s wedding doesn’t take place until approximately two thirds into the movie.

Big fans of the book will probably like this film far more than I did. For everyone else, I say follow your curiosities – even if it was a Friends episode that ignited it. 

Happy Film Loving

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BLACK WIDOW (2020): New Trailer From Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour, Rachel Weisz, Florence Pugh…

Black Widow (2020), Scarlett Johansson, Marvel Studios
Black Widow (2020), Scarlett Johansson, Marvel Studios

The long awaited trailer for a stand-alone Black Widow Marvel movie is here.

Starring Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour, Rachel Weisz, Florence Pugh and Robert Downey Jr., the story focuses on Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) in her quests between the films Civil War (2016) and Infinity War (2018).

Directed by Cate Shortland, additional key cast includes William Hurt, Ray Winstone, O-T Fagbenle…

The fight scenes and action look very promising indeed – and as always, we have another well executed Marvel trailer.

I especially love the music that starts at 0:32 seconds; so unexpected and brilliant, it hits me right in the chest / heart area. I can’t wait!

Michelle Lee, Nanna Blondell, Olivier Richters, Ahmed Bakare, Jade Ma, Yolanda Lynes and Shaina West also star.

Black Widow Release Dates: November 6th, 2020 (US)…

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LITTLE WOMEN (2019): New Trailer From Meryl Streep, Florence Pugh, Emma Watson, Timothée Chalamet, Saoirse Ronan…

Little Women (2019), Meryl Streep, Florence Pugh, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Little Women (2019), Meryl Streep, Florence Pugh, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Little Women (2019).


The time has come for a remake of the classic Little Women story of four sisters who come of age in America in the aftermath of the Civil War.

Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott, Greta Gerwig directs Florence Pugh, Timothée Chalamet, Emma Watson, Meryl Streep, Saoirse Ronan…

Hello wonderful cast! Greetings promising trailer! Well, well, well, delightful dialogue! I simply cannot wait to see this one. Looks like miss Gerwig is in Fantastic form. I’m of course completely ready for every word that comes out of Streep’s character’s mouth.

Laura Dern, James Norton, Chris Cooper, Bob Odenkirk, Eliza Scanlen, Louis Garrel, Abby Quinn, Sasha Frolova, Eowyn Young and Jamie Ghazarian also star.

Little Women Release Dates: December 25th, 2019 (US); January 17th, 2020 (UK)…

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MIDSOMMAR (2019): New Trailer From Florence Pugh, Will Poulter, William Jackson Harper, Jack Reynor…

Midsommar (2019), Will Poulter, A24
Midsommar (2019), Will Poulter, A24

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Midsommar (2019).


From writer / director Ari Aster, Midsommar is a new horror / mystery starring  Florence Pugh, Will Poulter, William Jackson Harper and Jack Reynor. 

Things start to go awry on a summer trip after a young woman reluctantly caves in and goes along with her boyfriend…

First of all, I really rather like the illustrations in this trailer. I’m also interested because of the cast and my curiosity about the young woman’s initial reluctance. Clearly sometimes, if not all the time, one really ought to trust one’s instincts.

Archie Madekwe, Julia Ragnarsson, Björn Andrésen, Anna Åström and Henrik Norlén also star.

Midsommar Release Dates: August 9th, 2019 (US), August 16th, 2019 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving

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FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY (2019): New Trailer From Dwayne Johnson, Florence Pugh, Vince Vaughn, Nick Frost…

Fighting With My Family (2019), Florence Pugh
Fighting With My Family (2019), Florence Pugh

In Fighting With My Family, a former wrestler whose kids dream of joining World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) are given the opportunity of a lifetime.

Written/ directed by Stephen Merchant, this is the true story of  Saraya-Jade Bevis a.k.a former WWE wrestler Paige.

Key cast includes Dwayne Johnson, Florence Pugh, Vince Vaughn, Nick Frost…

At first I wasn’t sure about this, but then the humour came and I realised that Dwayne was playing himself. Another element I’m drawn to is the sister’s journey after she gets picked. Lastly, I’m quite curious about Merchant as a feature film director.

Hannah Rae, Paul Wight, Kim Matula, Jack Lowden and Stephen Merchant also star.

Fighting My Family Release Dates: March 1st, 2019 (UK & US)…

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G

OUTLAW KING (2018): New Trailer From Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chris Pine, Florence Pugh, Billy Howle…

Outlaw King (2018), Chris Pine
Outlaw King (2018), Chris Pine

Outlaw King is a new David Mackenzie directed historical drama about Robert the Bruce, the great 14th Century Scottish figure whose bravery and cunning defeated and repelled the much larger and better equipped occupying English army.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chris Pine, Florence Pugh and Billy Howle are among the key cast…

I’m interested because of Pine and Taylor-Johnson. I’m intrigued by Robert the Bruce’s story as well as being partial to a Scottish accent.

Tony Curran, Alastair Mackenzie, Duncan Lacroix and Stephen Dillane also star.

Outlaw King Release Dates: November 9th, 2018 (US)…

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LADY MACBETH (2016): New Trailer From Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis and Christopher Fairbank…

Lady Macbeth (2017), Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis
Lady Macbeth (2017), Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis

Lady Macbeth is a new 19th century period drama about a young bride who’s sold into marriage to a middle-aged man. Directed by William Oldroyd and starring Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis and Christopher Fairbank, the film is based on the book Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk by Nikolai Leskov…

If anything is going to bring out ‘the Lady Macbeth’ in anyone, being sold into marriage to a much older man will certainly increase the likelihood.

I like this trailer because it’s unlike most. I love it because a woman is taking charge of her destiny. I also feel as though I’m going to adore this film because of the dialogue.

Florence Pugh is pretty much ‘Lady Pugh’ in my mind after this point. It’s a title I wish to bestow upon her for she shows much promise; talented and arresting as are my other favourites… Kate Winslet, Viola Davis, Charlize Theron, to list just a few.

Lady Macbeth Release Dates: June 2nd, 2017 (US)…

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