Melody has written 718 reviews for films during 2019.

  • Little Women

    Little Women


    "I’m so sick of being told that love is the only thing women are good for …but I’m so alone."

    Sorry, limbo week is not the best time for me to have seen this while my head's like a bouncy ball but I just had to squeeze it in before the year is out and I'm glad I did even though this review will suck, I'll just try to spit things out in a way at least I will understand…

  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory


    "There’s gonna be a lot of garbage today."

    Not quite the same as my Chitty experience but similar, for a long time I've leaned toward the Tim Burton version just 'cos my main thing for this whole story was always the Violet part which Burton's did so much better visually speaking, even though as a child I crushed way hard on Denise Nickerson, a love I've been reliving all this year watching her in Dark Shadows - she was so…

  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang


    (Boxing Day reviews incoming, I'm falling asleep so sorry for the shortness lol). I nitpick about recent movie musicals cutting and shortening and everything else for modern attention spans but I'm really just as bad with things like this that treat an obvious children's story as something to be stretched as long as possible to make a whole evening's entertainment. This ain't The Sound of Music but they absolutely think it is somehow? They took this to the stage and…

  • Eloise at Christmastime

    Eloise at Christmastime


    "Once, she took me to a fashion show in Milan and I threw up on Coco Chanel…"

    Just to clarify this is still the best of the two 'cos it leans so much more into the musical numbers etc and just the Christmas theme always automatically lets my guard down more, and that mom hug at the end is everything 'cos it's like, even this spoiled little bitch (look I love her but it's true) needs and deserves her mom……

  • Eloise at the Plaza

    Eloise at the Plaza


    Rated this a 4 last time just 'cos it's not "at Christmastime" but I really can't watch them separately, it's just one epic 3 hour Disney TV movie to me and I love it so much. If you put the two together they're so closely tied with Disney's Annie for best TV movie ever for me it hurts. "The door?" "The chair?" is honestly a contender for funniest moment of all time for me, it guts me.

  • Our Christmas Love Song

    Our Christmas Love Song


    "What do you think?"
    "Looks like Christmas."
    "Well that's what I was going for."

    "I've missed this."
    "You know what would be a perfect distraction from this whole song controversy?"
    "Tell me."
    "Write a new christmas song."

    Watched for Alicia but I was almost gonna skip it till she tweeted about her character being called Melody! Also a songwriter! How could I resist that? The unabashed self-awareness of these movies kinda gets more endearing year after year even though…

  • Catch Me If You Can

    Catch Me If You Can


    "You always told me that an honest man has nothing to fear, so I'm trying my best not to be afraid."

    Another occasion where I thought I had a lot new to say but kinda said it all in my older review, so mainly just another new fave line (above) and a few brainfarts… being as the world has changed a lot this decade and I couldn't help be a little wary of the way this movie portrays women but…

  • 'Twas the Night

    'Twas the Night


    "Danny… stay away from the eggnog."

    Sort of the boys version of The Ultimate Christmas Present with the little time-freezing/teleporting/shrinking gizmo plus a big chunk of The Santa Clause (real Santa gets put out of commission, bad influence uncle has to deliver the presents with his nephew) but I really didn't see the first act break coming and was just way along for the ride after that. Just as much fun (if not quite as polished) as you'd expect from…

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker


    "I’m every voice that has ever been in your head."

    "Rey! Finn!"
    "You… didn’t say my name sir, but I’m okay… is this the afterlife? are droids allowed here?"

    "Dad -"
    "I know."

    "What are you most afraid of?"

    "They win by making you feel alone. There are more of us."

    "It’s not a navy. It’s just people."

    First off - it's too soon to say. Please for the love of god just tell yourself that going into this…

  • Basquiat



    "You gotta do your work all the time when you're not doing that. But I'm talking about the same kind of work, the same style... so people can recognize it and don't get confused, you know? Then once you're famous... airborne, you know... you gotta keep doin' it in the same way...
    even after it's boring... unless you want people to really get mad at you, which they will anyway."

    “Babies with you?"
    "What’s wrong with me?"
    "You’re your own…

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi


    "We are what they grow beyond. That is the true burden of all masters."

    I'm still getting to grips with this one, to be honest, though that's exactly as it should be. It's by far the boldest and wackiest in the franchise after and possibly even above Revenge of the Sith. All I know for sure is that anyone who can look at this and flat out dismiss it in terms like "they ruined it" etc (sorry, fell into a…

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens


    It's December 17th and I'm already passing out at random during things like it's Christmas afternoon, that said, this dips and soars but plays like an absolute classic already. It's all about the moments and the endings. It's gone down in my estimation since the the first time (a whole lifetime and world ago) but nowhere near as much as I thought it would.