Mini Film Reviews Volume 11

Mum’s List

A woman dying of incurable breast cancer creates a list of memories and lessons for the husband and sons she is about to leave behind. This should be poignancy and moving that you would connect to with these characters but it sort of like one of those film that could easily be made for a one off television  programmed, the acting is okay but nothing special and overall it doesn’t have that impact on you, despite it got a good story to this film.


After shoplifting from a store, Osamu and his son run into a little homeless girl shivering with cold, Osamu’s wife is not quite keen to take her under the wing, but she eventually feels sorry for her. Despite eking a living from shoplifting the family is happy until an unforeseen incident unveils a secret that puts their bond to the test. On paper this would be devasting and uplifting at the same time, but it ended up like an offbeat comedy mixed in a crime thriller and the acting is average, it is definitely a massive letdown but the premise is a good one.


An airline pilot saves almost all his passengers on his malfunctioning airliner which eventually crashed, but an investigation into the accident reveals something troubling. I really wanted to like this film and it has got a really good story to this film. It got too many inconsistently like why he would giving up very easily, why would you let John Goodman star in a drama as he like a comedy star, then keep focus on an addict young girl. It should be focused on Denzel Washington characters, as he is totally wasted in this film.


In a suburban fantasy world, there are two elves brothers embark on a quest to bring their father back for one day. Too be honest with you this is not the best PIXAR film but it still really entertaining and superb comic timing, it has got a good message of family is family and brothers for life with special memories and I can connect with that aspect of this film and it is well made but it has got a emotional core to this film, it can be a tad predictable but it certainly made up with a great storytelling to this film.

12 Years A Slaves

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. This is a well made film with an all star cast that bring you into a terrible world, it can be tad excessive with the violence in this film as it should uses the sound edit as we can imagine what would it be like of being whipped on their bodies but it shows how terrible life was. In general, the filmmaking is superb but they could used the location and the cinematography a bit more and some of the characters can be underused.

Only Yesterday

A twenty-seven-year-old office worker travels to the countryside while reminiscing about her childhood in Tokyo. A beautiful and a soulful film that would touch your heart and it is certainly a heart – warming type of film, the storytelling is brilliant with a poignancy ending to this film as everyone would connect to this story with beautiful animation. 

Wisper Of The Heart

A love story between a girl who loves reading books, and a boy who has previously checked out all of the library books she chooses. This film just melts my heart as it is a soulful, beautiful and a marvelous film, that brim with a with a real story and you would connect with these characters and you actually care about them. The cinematography is gorgeous to watch and it is one of those film that you would rewatch over and over again.

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