100 Word Review – Be Kind Rewind (2008)

For all of you who have experienced the joy of a “sweded” video and those of you haven’t, Jack Black and Mos Def have a film just for you.

When they accidentally erase all of the tapes in the video rental shop they work in, two friends (Black and Def) decide to reshoot them themselves.

Written/directed by the magnificent Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), it’s quirky, funny and sweet.

Gondry’s underlying passion for cinema and filmmaking is prevalent throughout and adds an almost nostalgic atmosphere as the two leads try to recreate classic scenes on a $0 budget.

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100 Word Review – Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)

This is one of those films that I’ll be talking about for months.

Greg (Thomas Mann) is forced by his mother (Connie Britton) and father (Nick Offerman) to hang out with his classmate Rachel (Olivia Cooke) after they find out she has leukaemia.

RJ Clyer is wonderful asĀ Greg’s fellow filmmaker, the dead-pan Earl of the title.

Funny and moving in a way which is reminiscent of Little Miss Sunshine.

Adapted from the novel by its author Jesse Andrews, it is a wonderful exploration of friendship and loss of innocence splattered with enough filmic references for the most devout cinephile.