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Movie Review: Last Night in Soho (2021)
Synopsis: Ellie, an aspiring fashion designer attending school in London, has a 6th sense that allows her to sometimes see her deceased mother. Bullied by the other women in her dorm, Ellie decides to rent a room from the elderly Ms. Collins and, while sleeping, begins to have visions of Sandy, a singer and former tenant from the 1960s. Inspired by Sandy's seemingly glamorous life, Ellie changes her appearance to look like her and uses Sandy as her inspiration when designing her clothes. However, as her visions continue, she realizes Sandy's life wasn't what it first seemed and, as the apparitions seem to follow her throughout London, she becomes convinced Sandy was murdered and her killer is still out there.
Review: I came across this movie at our local library last week and, even though I had heard of it, didn't know a whole lot about it. I decided to check it out and my wife and I finally watched it last night. It ended up being a whole lot better than I thought it would be.
As I've said multiple times before, I love a good mystery and this movie fit perfectly into that genre. Not only did the movie make me wonder what happened to Sandy (Taylor-Joy) and the man who sold her into prostitution (Smith), Ellie's (McKenzie) visions made me wonder if there wasn't something more going on. After all, there were some clues, ranging from the hickey on her neck to her being recognized by random people on the street, that seemed to indicate she wasn't just witnessing history, she might have actually traveled back in time.
The fact her deceased mother suffered from mental illness also played a role in this film. Was Ellie really seeing visions of the past, or was she suffering from the same issues that led to her mother's suicide? At minimum, her mental state from constantly seeing spirits did add a bit of a wild card, especially when she started to turn a bit violent and almost killed a classmate.
My wife and I both loved the surprise twist at the end of this movie, which was not at all what we were expecting. It was an amazing reveal followed by quite a bit of action and suspense and was a great way to end what had been a fun film to watch, though it might have been slightly better if the movie would have shown how she explained all of it to the authorities.
Final Opinion: This is a surprisingly good movie with some memorable, artistic, filmmaking and a great plot/mystery. It's worth taking the time to watch it.
We have two cats in our house and they seem to go through a ton of cat food, to the point I feel like I'm constantly having to buy more. Adding to this is the fact my cats are apparently very picky about the food they eat and, even though they will occasionally eat Friskies canned food (my preference because it is cheaper and comes in bigger cans), they aren't overly thrilled with it and, instead, seem to have a preference for Fancy Feast (which is, of course, more expensive and comes in smaller cans). Having been a cat parent long enough to know the whole "let them go hungry until they eat it" trick doesn't work, at least if I don't want my cats keeping me up all night or getting on the counters/in the garbage, I have mostly just given up and purchased the more expensive cans of food for them. However, when I was at the grocery store last night (once again, for the sole purpose of buying cat food), I noticed the store added this brand to the shelf. Thi
My wife and I didn't have solid dinner plans last night so, as is usually the case when that happens, I wound up stopping at the grocery store on my way home and picking up a couple frozen pizzas for dinner. Since my daughters just like cheese pizza, I wound up getting them a cheap brand. But, I was in the mood to try something a little different so, after some consideration, I purchased the Pep's Drafthaus Prohibition Special for my wife and I. At $8.99, this pizza was more expensive than I would normally prefer to spend on a frozen pizza and, because of that, I did have some second thoughts about my purchase. However, cooking this pizza on our pizza oven last night and giving it a try, I do have to say I was very impressed with it. One of the reasons I took a chance on this brand when I saw it in the freezer was it looked like it had quite a few toppings on it. This included a lot of cheese, sausage, mushrooms, pepperoni, peppers and onions. Since lack of topping
Synopsis: Dorrie Ambler comes to Perry Mason with an unusual request. She needs both him and Paul Drake to examine her appendix scar so they can make a positive identification because she believes someone is trying to set her up as a patsy for Minerva Minden, an heiress that bears a striking resemblance to her. Minerva, however, has a different story - Dorrie is trying to blackmail her. When Dorrie is apparently kidnapped and a body is later found, Minerva is charged with murder and Mason decides to defend her. Review : I've read quite a few Perry Mason novels and some are more memorable than others. This one was definitely one of the more unusual ones. I think the thing I found most interesting about this book was the way it was unclear which of Mason's clients was the one telling the truth. Both told tales that seemed plausible but also a bit untruthful and it was difficult to figure out which was trying to pull the wool over Mason's eyes and why. I also liked how this b
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