‘Battle Of The Sexes’ Is Highly Entertaining |Movie Review

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Battle Of The Sexes is a 2017 Biography/Comedy/Drama film that is starring Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Elisabeth Shue, Andrea Riseborough, Natalie Morales and Sarah Silverman. It is directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (both of them are known for directing Little Miss Sunshine and Ruby Sparks). A synopsis for this film via IMDb reads: “The true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs”.

This is based on a true story that helped change women’s rights in sports and jump start the sexual revolution-at the time, women were being paid about 1/8th of what men were.It took place in 1973 in the Houston Astrodome. Emma plays Billie Jean King-at 29 years old-the reigning women’s tennis champion. Steve-at 55 years old-is the chauvinistic men’s champ that makes big spectacles when he is on the tennis court-dresses in costumes and makes remarks like ‘Women belong in the kitchen and the bedroom!’. Steve brags that he can beat Emma and gets his chance on national TV to put his racket where his mouth is.

The movie also goes into the personal lives of both players, one is a gambling addict and the other is dealing with sexual identity issues. Battle Of The Sexes is an old fashioned, sensitive, crowd pleasing film that never feels outdated. When I watched this film I had a feeling that it was a documentary. Battle Of The Sexes isn’t just about tennis, but the universal fight to be freed from the shackles of outdated societal values. Despite the sport movie clichés, the filmmakers manage to find space for moments of real sensitivity; Billy Jean’s self-exploration or Bobby consoling his wife, the tension is felt on both sides.

Considering how many high-profile male politicians and public figures have been rightly criticized for their attitude towards women, the film could’ve taken a step to make Bobby Riggs a real chauvinistic monster. Credit to Carrell and Beaufoy for not descending Riggs into a caricature; he’s clown, showman and compulsive gambler who you may perversely believe that he helped Women’s Tennis Association in stature. I thought the script was brilliant, having some memorable lines and the acting of the main actors, Stone and Carrell was high class. I really appreciated also the performances of Sarah Silverman and Andrea Riseborough, who played an important role in the development of the story.

Battle Of The Sexes is a film that is highly entertaining. It will make you laugh and reflect on some aspects of life. Towards the end of the movie you will be cheering for Billie Jean King and become attached to this character.The 70s soundtrack was a great addition to the otherwise great score. The screenplay was fine, although it was a bit too straight forward at times as was the direction, but at least very effective. There were some slow moments but maybe only for someone who is not really into tennis (though the match scenes were really exciting due to the drama).

I think that Battle Of The Sexes is a film not to be missed. If I were to give it a mark it would be an 8 out of 10. I believe everyone will enjoy this movie. Battle Of The Sexes is out in cinemas everywhere ! Here’s a preview of what you can expect:

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Taylor Swift- ‘Ready For It?’ Is Here! Listen To Taylor’s New Song !

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If you know me personally, then you have an idea of how big of a fan of Taylor Swift am I. So, before writing this article I was thinking to write a post about her new video ‘Look What You Made Me Do?’, but then I read online just moments ago that Taylor has dropped a NEW SONG today !!! It’s called ‘Ready For It?‘ and you can listen to it below:

The song is part of her upcoming album Reputation, which comes out on November 10. I am really excited to listen to new stuff by Taylor and I hope this album will be as best as her previous one, 1989, which is one of the best albums I’ve ever listened to.

What do you think about Ready For It? Do you like Taylor Swift’s new sound? Let me know in the comments section.

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Table 19 | Movie Review

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Table 19 is a 87 minute Comedy/Drama that is starring Anna Kendrick, Lisa Kudrow, Craig Robinson, Tony Revolori, Stephen Merchant and June Squibb. It is directed by Jeffrey Blitzmostly known for the TV show The Office (2006-2013)A synopsis reads: “Eloise, having been relieved of maid of honor duties after being unceremoniously dumped by the best man via text, decides to attend the wedding anyway, only to find herself seated with five fellow unwanted guests at the dreaded Table 19″.

What I like about this film is the fact that the story is simple, charming and it presents the raw reality and sometimes awkwardness of relationships. There are two main relationships that are depicted, and both of them have its complications: the relationship between Eloise and Teddy and the one between Bina and Jerry Kepp. Besides this, we have a young man, Rezno,  who is struggling with his confidence in asking someone to dance with him.

Nobody beautiful, rich or influential is at table 19. It turns out they are all at a turning point in their lives and the story evolves about their various crisis. These people are all amazing and their stories are interesting. I believe the soundtrack is well chosen and the spark of sensuality provided when Huck and Eloise dance is well done. I discovered a new song in this film that I now love- Roses by The Chainsmokers and ROZES

Stepehen Merchant’s character, Walter, will definitely make you laugh with his funny and awkward way of being and the way he talks. Nanny Jo is also an interesting character that gives the story a plus.This film is a combination of funny and sad moments, but I feel that it works well for its viewers. On the whole, Table 19 is a feel-good film that is definitely worth watching. If I were to rate this film I would give it a 7 out of 10.

Table 19 is out in cinemas everywhere !

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Dreaming in a ‘La La Land’ | Movie Review

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La La Land is a 128 minutes musical that I had the pleasure to watch a few days ago. It is directed by Damien Chazelle, mostly known for Whiplash (2014). La La Land is starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. A synopsis reads: “Mia, an aspiring actress, serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions and Sebastian, a jazz musician, scrapes by playing cocktail party gigs in dingy bars, but as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart“.

It is worth mentioning that this film is nominated for 7 Golden Globes. Watching it, I had the feeling of being transported to another world, where everyone is happy and sings catchy songs. The opening sequence took my breath away and the rest of the film didn’t disappoint either. The end of the film is built beautifully and it makes you wishing for the story not to end. I must say La La Land is a beautiful cinematic piece with soul, wit, charm, style and love.By watching it, you get a good feeling from the beginning till the end!

The chemistry between Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling is undeniable and their acting is top class. I can’t think of any other actors that could have played their roles. This is to show how much they were suitable for their parts. I can’t remember the last time I saw a musical, but I felt La La Land could define this genre. The soundtrack is brilliant in my opinion, especially the tracks Mia & Sebastian’s Theme and City Of Stars. If you want to listen to the soundtrack of this film you can do so on Spotify. I highly recommend this film and I’ll give it a 8.5 rating out of 10.

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Watch Trailer For ‘Snowden’

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Snowden is a biography that is going to hit cinemas on 16 September 2016. The film is starring Shailene Woodley, Scott Eastwood, Nicolas Cage and Joseph Gordon-Levitt among others. It is directed by Oliver Stone, director with 3 Oscars won, mostly known for films like Natural Born Killers (1994) and Any Given Sunday (1999). A synopsis for Snowden reads: “CIA employee Edward Snowden leaks thousands of classified documents to the press”.

You can watch the trailer for Snowden below:

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‘Brooklyn’ – A Simple, Touching Story | Movie Review

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[Contains some spoilers]

Set in the 1950s, a young Irish woman, named Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), emigrates to New York for a life with better prospects. Initially she misses home but gradually adapts to her new lifestyle and falls in love with Tony (Emory Cohen), an Italian plumber. When an unexpected event hits her family, Lacey decides to come back to Ireland for a short visit. Although she’s not planning to stay, she begins to settle back into her previous Irish life.

She reacquaints herself with old friends and a new love interest, played by Domhnall Gleeson, appears in her life. She is faced with the decision of a lifetime: to stay in Ireland where everything is so familiar or go back to Brooklyn, where her first love and a different life await her?

What I loved about this film is the fact that the chemistry between Eilis and Tony is natural, they actually look like a couple you might know in real life. The moments that show the journey Eilis takes to New York, then the advice she gets from a fellow traveler, are brilliant in my opinion, because they are raw, they present a reality.

Saoirse Ronan’s acting is first class: her delicate and sincere portrayal makes you think about all of Eilis’s struggles, wishing her pain will somehow ease. All in all, this film is a sweet, charming drama, with wonderful acting and plenty of touching moments. It is a splendid reminder that great stories can be told without using excessive twists and effects.

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Ladies, ‘The Perfect Guy’ Doesn’t Exist | Movie Review

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I went to see The Perfect Guy based on the trailers I’ve seen beforehand. I am a huge fan of thrillers, having seen hundreds. The plot is not extraordinary, but it is well executed. Starring in it is Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy and Morris Chestnut. I was surprised to see how well Ealy played the role of the psychopath Carter, having seen him in many films as the good guy.

I felt the actor mix is perfect and, even though some parts are predictable, I still enjoyed the film. I liked the main trio and their performances. Plus Sanaa Lathan looks amazing. This film can be considered a life lesson about trust and making choices in life, because you can never know what a person hides under a pretty face. Watch until the end, there are some interesting twists.

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