IF Review

With spring finally in full bloom here in the UK, it's time for a May half-term movie. This year's pre-summer hit is IF (Directed by John Krasinski). I'll admit they first time I heard the title of this film, I initially concluded it was a horror film, but IF actually stands for Imaginary Friend and it is certainly not a horror film - what a relief! Thanks to Paramount Pictures UK I attended a preview screening of IF over the weekend and cannot wait to share my review with you all. IF is a must watch at the cinema this spring, read on to see why in this spoiler free review. Check out my Disney Summer Watchlist HERE The narrative revolves around young teen girl Bea (Cailey Fleming), who is going through a pretty turbulent time when she suddenly crossing paths with an imaginary friend named Blossom (Voiced by Phoebe Waller-Bridge). Seeing Blossom leads to Bea meeting Cal (Ryan Reynolds) a man that lives in Bea's Grandmothers (Fiona Shaw) building, who is trying to re-home

2023 Just Another Film Blog Awards

It’s once again time for the Oscars. In 2019 I decided to start my own film awards the JAFB Awards and I received an overwhelming response! So, I am very happy to share with you the winners of The JABF Awards 2023. You should probably know that I my issue with the Oscars is their lack of diversity not just in gender, race and background but in genre - I give awards to the films I enjoyed over the past year, most of which are popular movies. 


2023 was a huge year for film, the first year post covid where all films scheduled to release at the cinema did so. It was a huge year for franchises and superhero movies however this success is not reflected in the Oscar nominations - not that I'm surprised. Diversity wise the Oscars is making no huge moves to change, with most nominations and awards going to white males in general - the majority of the best picture nominations feature male leads and no female directors have been nominated. The Oscars year on year highlight the lack of equality in the film industry as a whole and it is time for change.  

So, without further ado let's get to the winners of The JAFB Awards:  

Best Film: Top Gun: Maverick 

For me Top Gun: Maverick was a faultless film, a perfect mix of thrills and tension. 

Best Animated film: Lightyear

Lightyear was a beautifully animated film, full of stunning visuals, texture and style. Check out my review by Clicking here!

 Best Cinematography: The Batman

As Scary as The Batman is, it is equally as beautifully shot. Each moment is captured in a way that conveys the narrative and the emotions of characters. Check out my The Batman review by Clicking here!

Best Visual Effects: Avatar: The Way of Water

Avatar: The Way of Water is a showcase of the very best CGI in the industry, a perfect show of new technology. The film feels realistic, immersive and is just really pretty. 

Best Hair and Makeup: Hocus Pocus 2 

Winning alone for the recreation of the Sanderson sisters hairstyles. Nearly 30 years later and the hair and makeup is still on point! Check of my review by Clicking here!

Best Costume: Downtown Abbey: A New Era

The attention of detail that goes into creating the costumes we see in Downton Abbey is outstanding. Each piece is time accurate and well researched. I love the costumes so so much! 

Best Set: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

There's nothing quite as wonderful as a large scale set. Sometimes CGI can get a little to much and great sets are needed. The sets built for Wakanda Forever were huge in scale, and added a layer of realism to the films overall look. 

Best Props: Fantastic Beasts The Secrets of Dumbledore 

Overall, this film was really disappointing but there is nothing like the props created for a Wizarding World movie.

Best Score: The Batman 

Michael Giacchino created a mesmerising score for The Batman, giving each character their own soundtrack. I have been listening to the soundtrack on repeat since I first saw the film at the cinema. 

Best Song: I Ain’t Worried - One Republic 

One Republic song I Ain’t Worried from Top Gun Maverick is catchy, fun and makes me think of summer. There’s a reason it hung around in the music charts for so long. 

Best Actress: Michelle Yeoh - Everything Everywhere All At Once

Best Actor: Austin Butler - Elvis 

Check out my Elvis review by Clicking here! 

Best Supporting Actress: Angela Bassett - Black Panther: Wakanda Forever 

Best Supporting Actor: Barry Keoghan - The Banshees of Inisherin

Most Heartwarming film: The Railway Children Return

The Railway Children Return is a heartwarming family film that left a smile on my face for hours. Check out my review by Clicking here!

Notable Film: Do Revenge

Do Revenge is simply iconic - yet so few people have seen it! It’s on Netflix so make sure you give it a watch!


Congratulations to all of the winners!!

I hope you enjoyed my winners and this post. Please let me know what you think of the Oscars in the comments below. Thank you to my friends at Future of the Force for helping to create this list. 

Thank you for reading xx

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