Churchill (2017)

Director: Jonathan Teplitzky

Writer: Alex von Tunzelmann (Screenplay)

Starring: Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson, John Slattery, Ella Purnell, Julian Wadham, Richard Durden


Plot: 96 hours before the World War II invasion of Normandy, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill struggles with his severe reservations with Operation Overlord and his increasingly marginalized role in the war effort.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Slow Drama


Story: Churchill starts as World War II has been raging on with Operation Overlord about to be actioned, Winston Churchill (Cox) the Prime Minister of England is working with President Dwight Eisenhower (Slattery), but Churchill is questioning the decision knowing that if it fails it would mean defeat.

With D-Day counting down Churchill questions why he is losing power when it comes making decisions in the war with King George VI (Purefoy) and Eisenhower planning the attack, that Churchill constantly sees a problem with as Churchill questions why he can’t lead the men into battle, but Eisenhower refuses to let him knowing if Britain lose Churchill they will lose the order.


Thoughts on Churchill


Characters/Performance – Winston Churchill is considered one if not the greatest Prime Minister Britain has ever had, he came in when no one wanted to lead us to success in defeat the Nazi Germans. This is something we know, this time we watch how he is losing control over the military decisions being made leading up to D-Day the biggest swing in the war. His stubborn behaviour can hold him back but in this moment but it is his humanity to not wanting to sacrifice the men for no guaranteed win that shines through here. Clementine Churchill keeps Winston in line when he is about to lose his mind, make bad decisions and knowing just how important the decision being made are. Eisenhower is the President of the United States, he has been working with the King to plan the attack on the Germans, he does clash with Churchill while understand the same problems he knows that this is the only way.

Performance wise, Brian Cox is great as the great man throughout the film, Miranda Richardson also shines in the supporting role showing how she can keep herself crucial to each scene without stealing it. John Slattery does make for a screen presence here too showing this is an all-around very well performed film.

StoryThe film does circle around just the 96 hours before D-Day and how Churchill didn’t agree with the mission knowing it was a risk. This is an important moment of the war but only shows that moment which isn’t the part that you want to see, the story feels slow in places which does drag it down as you all you want to see if the build-up even if you skip the battle sequence.

Biography/ThrillerThis is a good snippet into the life of Churchill but sadly this isn’t the most interesting as we know his resistance could have given us a very different outcome.

SettingsThe settings all look authentic showing the secret meetings, the world where the leaders would be kept away from the know location for safety while planning.

Final ThoughtsThis isn’t the best Churchill movie you will see, it doesn’t have the impact it needs to show one of the greatest leaders the world has seen at his highest moment.


Overall: Slow throughout.




Opinion Battles Round 18 Favourite High School Film

Opinion Battles Round 18

Favourite High School Film

High School movies are films that we can all relate too, we all went to school and had a mix of good and bad times there, we have seen the changes as the generation have come through new technologies and styles just to fit in. with this we will see just what are the most popular High School movies.

If you want to join the next round of Opinion Battles we will be take on What is your Least Favourite Book Adaptation, to enter email your choice to by Saturday 16th September 2017.

Darren – Movie Reviews 101

10 Things I Hate About You

A subject where I could easily have picked three different films, I went with the one I could just about what the most, for me 10 Things I Hate About has the most going on, we have the new kid learning the school hierarchy while trying to win the girl who isn’t allowed to date until her older sister does. We have a brilliant cast including the late Heath Ledger, with a story that just keeps getting something new in it every time you watch it.


Cinema Parrot Disco

The Breakfast Club

Favorite High School Movie? Well, seeing as one of the biggest & most time-consuming “projects” in my early blogging days was to host a John Hughes Blogathon, I’m clearly a big fan and would be a traitor to all those within my age group if I didn’t choose one of his films for this question. Hughes is THE “high school movie” king of my generation and The Breakfast Club is THE “high school movie” movie of my generation. So that’s my answer. I need to stay true to my teenage Eighties self! 😉


Rob – Movie Rob

The Breakfast Club

The cast was great; Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy and Anthony Michael Hall are all perfectly cast as their alter-egos.

The dialogue is amazing. Most writers would have trouble creating a two hour movie that is held together just by its dialogue because besides the interaction between the kids not much else happens and this movie is better off because of it.

It is rumored that it took John Hughes only two days to write the first draft of this movie.

Not many better high school based films that have a real message!


Kim – Tranquil Dreams

Easy A

Easy A is a movie that I easily watch the most. I put it on all the time as a background while I’m working on whatever on the computer or I just sit around on a day that I want to relax. Why is it such a great high school movies? Because its fun and entertaining. Emma Stone plays a great character and all the scenes are fun. There’s so many awesome moments. Honestly, I can go on forever about this one. High school is place of crushes, gossip and a desire to fit in and be noticed.


Tom – Plain Simple Tom Reviews


It’s incredibly rewatchable, really funny and is full of memorable scenes and outrageous characters.

It’s a great high school movie, looking at the potential end of a long term friendship and at the end of the day, the characters really love each other – the times spent at high school truly are the best years of our lives.

So yeah, an insanely fun, easy to watch movie that never gets old.

Everybody now: I am McLovin!!


Rachel – 54 Disney Reviews


My favorite high school movie is Clueless. It came out my freshman year of high school and I remember seeing it, cracking up and then going to high school and recognizing all the cliques and groups that were in the movie. It still makes me laugh with the great script and scenarios I relate too. I love the scene where they go on the freeway. That is hilarious. Maybe it is just being based on Jane Austen but I love Clueless so much.


Drew – Drew’s Movie Reviews

Back to the Future


Back to the Future is one of those films that if you come across it playing on TV, you have to watch it for a little bit.  It is a classic that I don’t think I will ever get tired of watching.  Marty McFly accidentally goes back in time to when his parents met and interrupts their first meeting.  This causes one of the most hilarious situations in a movie ever: Marty’s mother begins to to fall in love with him.  Now Marty has to get his parents to fall in love before he vanishes from history.  It sounds like a bad spin-off of “How I Met My Mother.”  It’s hard to believe that this classic almost stared Eric Stoltz instead of Michael J. Fox, even though I have a hard time picturing anyone else other than Fox as Marty.  Of course, I can’t forget to mention the fantastic score by Alan Silvestri, one of my favorite film composers.  Simply put, everything comes together perfectly.


Milo – Stuff and That

Weird Science

I love Weird Science because it’s both quintessientially 80s but it also has such a unique plot that it’s timeless. The comedy is on point, with the late great Bill Paxton putting in an excellent performance. It’s also one of the ultimate high school movies because it’s John friggin’ Hughes!


Diana – DB Movie Blog


“I love “Heathers” because it is such an unforgettable movie. It showcases teen high school issues and problems, such as school hierarchy and bullying, but also has this almost shocking death/murder twists, which make this film so entertaining and yes, strangely, funny. It may be too dark for some, but no one can really deny its originality. The script is very clever, and Winona Ryder and Christian Slater have excellent on-screen chemistry. A top-notch comedy-noir from the 1980s.”


Emma – Emma Explains It All



This was actually quite a difficult one. There were a few ‘potentials’ and in the end it was between this and Superbad.

In the end I had to go with Clueless, because – 1. It’s DEFINITELY a High School Movie. 2. I’ve been enjoying it for twenty years and imagine I’ll carry on enjoying it for the next twenty years. 3. It’s so 90s (my childhood era) and the soundtrack is too. 4. It has a genuinely funny script and is STILL funny to quote.


And probably loads more reasons too. Basically, I love Clueless. I’ve watched it a ton of times and I still enjoy watching it so much.

S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason

The Breakfast Club

What is my favorite high school movie? I easily could have picked High School Musical or Ferris Bueller’s Day Off for this round, but since I’ve already used both for past rounds, I don’t think I can use them again. Instead, I’m going with a quintessential John Hughes ’80s classic, The Breakfast Club. Few movies capture the angst, worry, desperation, hope, and pressures of being a high schooler like this story of five troubled youths forced together during weekend detention. Students who would normally never associate with one another actually get to know each other, and thanks to Hughes’ expert dialogue, both they and the audience are reminded that “each one of us is a brain and an athlete and a basket case, a princess and a criminal. Does that answer your question?”