100 Word Review – The Great Gatsby (2013)

All the glitz and glam of 1920s New York with a twist of the modern day? It must be Baz Luhrmann (Strictly Ballroom, Romeo + Juliet).

Nick Carraway (Toby Maguire) is trying to make his fortune on Wall Street when he becomes entangled in the romantic lives of his cousin Daisy (Carey Mulligan) and her husband (Joel Edgerton). And then, of course, there is Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio).

Adapted from F Scott Fitzgerald’s most famous novel, it is not realistic or truthful to the time in which it is set. But it captures is a feeling, a sense that anything is possible.

100 Word Review – Whiplash (2014)

I came out of this feeling like the skin on a snare drum that had been steadily tightened. Tense doesn’t even begin to cover it.

Andrew (Miles Teller) is a keen drummer in his first year at elite music school Schaeffer, determined to make a name for himself. When he is chosen for The Studio Jazz Band by acclaimed conductor Fletcher (JK Simmons) he this he’s on his way. Little does he know his fight is just beginning.

The relationship between these two actors is mesmerising. It is no surprise that Simmons won an Oscar for his role. He’s breathtaking.