Monthly Archives: January 2017

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Movie Trailer – My Cousin Rachel

Category : Movie Trailer

Director: Roger Mitchell

Starring: Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin, Holliday Grainger, Iain Glen

Release: July 14th, 2017

This doesn’t look half bad, as far as period pieces go.  It’s suitably dark & overdramatic & English, and the addition of Rachel Weisz is really exciting; I’ve always been a big fan.  Sam Claflin keeps popping up these days, and I wonder if he’s got the talent to move on from The Hunger Games to become something better.  I’m intrigued at the very least, and I don’t mind a good, brooding, love-on-the-moors tale, so I’m in.


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Movie Review – The Neon Demon

Category : Movie Review

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn

Starring: Elle Fanning, Jena Malone, Abbey Lee

Year: 2016

Films set in L.A. and depicting the various forms of glamorous life there are certainly en vogue right now, as Hollywood pumps out the features featuring, well, itself.  From Cafe Society to La La Land, no time period is off limits, no style too daring, movies about California are selling right now, so get on board or be left behind.  Well, eventually audiences and critics are going to tire of the same set, we’ll all move on, and it’ll be European epics that take center stage, or something else equally random.  But before the trend dwindles, Neon Demon is here to make sure that horror gets its turn.  And in typical horror fashion, its turn will definitely demand our attention.  This is one movie you can’t ignore, and perhaps the only right way to put a lid on the current style.

When Jesse moved to L.A. to pursue a modelling career, she never imagined that her stardom would flare to life so quickly, so violently, or be snuffed out so suddenly.  After a friend takes a few photos, Jesse interviews with an agency, where she is immediately put under contract.  Everyone in the industry who meets her can instantly see a quality that only 1 in every 1000 girls who come through town possess.  But this gift is cursed, as every working girl grows to hate the beauty that Jesse has inherent.  Her only friend in the game is Ruby, a makeup artist who seems somehow above the noise, and who appreciates Jesse’s unique look without wanting to own it.  Shoots will come, fame will grow ever closer, but so will danger, as the bright lights of Hollywood shine down.

For my money, Neon Demon is almost as good as La La Land.  And I say that having enjoyed the latter, though I wouldn’t join the throng of others calling it the best film of the year.  But I did like it, I just think Neon Demon is basically as strong, but by taking a completely different path.  It’s a horror film done in a way that only NWR can pull off, using color and house music and violence in a combination that isn’t always pleasant, but definitely can’t be pushed aside.  This is a very strange movie, let’s just put that out there, and will never have the same appeal as a big-budget, star-studded film, but it has its own strengths.  The cast is pretty great, in small doses: Keanu Reeves, Karl Glusman, Christina Hendricks.  The music is great, ultra-catchy.  The blood boils right under the surface, begging to be released.  And the film turns horror toward the end in a wonderful way, so be prepared.  This is basically an alternative version of the classic L.A. story we’ve seen a hundred times before, and for that deserves our praise.

My rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

 

 


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Movie Trailer – Their Finest

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Director: Lone Scherfig

Starring: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy

Release: March 24th, 2017

Maybe it’s the WWII element, or maybe it’s just Bill Nighy, but I would watch this movie right this second.  Sure, it looks a little cheesy, but what war drama doesn’t, when it comes down to it.  This at least looks like a different viewpoint on events, and I just love the Blitz story line, I think it’s some of the most compelling stuff from the era.  I really hope this film takes off; I think it just might have the power.


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Movie Trailer – I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore

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Director: Macon Blair

Starring: Melanie Lynskey, Elijah Wood, Jane Levy

Release: February 24th, 2017

As weird as this movie looks, Melanie Lynskey (Happy Christmas, The Intervention) is amazing and I will watch it ASAP.  She’s gold, there’s just no denying that, and she can literally do anything.  This role actually fits right into her wheelhouse, so she won’t have to stretch much, but at least we know she’s capable of handling whatever is thrown her way.  And the first thing tossed at her is Elijah Wood, a terrible actor, but someone who just might be a strange enough casting to come off as funny.  Macon Blair (Blue Ruin, Green Room) will make his directorial debut, but he sure knows his modern horror, so I’m hoping that he’ll work some magic in his first attempt.  I don’t know, I’m optimistic.


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Sports – 2016 NFL Year in Review

Category : Sports

Here is my 2016 NFL Year in Review

(9-1 for the postseason, 156-98-2 for the regular season)

 

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NFC Division Winners

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Movie Trailer – The Discovery

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Director: Charlie McDowell

Starring: Jason Segal, Rooney Mara, Robert Redford

Release: March 31st, 2017

Smart trailer, took the 10 Cloverfield Lane approach, very clever.  And I’m willing to bet that the film itself will back up the lofty expectations I have now that I’ve seen this tease.  The plot looks fantastic, a dystopic wonderland of weirdness, like The Lobster but hopefully better.  And the cast, Christ, I trust these guys fully, even Segal, who impressed me so much in The End of the Tour.  I’m all in.  Thank you, Netflix.


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Movie Trailer – The Last Word

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Director: Mark Pellington

Starring: Shirley MacLaine, Amanda Seyfried, Tom Everett Scott

Release: March 3rd, 2017

Oh god, are studios just dumping out their garbage into our laps since Oscar season is about over?  Are they really making enough money from these terrible films to even make & release them?  You & I & assumably they can all tell this movie is a ridiculous waste of time and has no talent to back its awful plot up, so why make it in the first place?


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DVD Review – Road to the Well

Category : DVD Review

Director: Jon Cvack

Starring: Laurence Fuller, Micah Parker, Rosalie McIntire

Year: 2016

Road to the Well carries the feeling of five films wrapped into one, and never coalesces into something steady enough to stand upright while it’s being pulled in a star of directions.  It’s a horror movie, a comedy, suspense, bizarre drama, an indie project, everything rolled into 100 minutes with no apologies given for the mess that is the final product.  Jon Cvack definitely has an original idea, brings something darkly wacky to the screen, but ultimately fails to wrap it all up in order to fit it into one package.  Some mistakes from a low-budget team are to be expected, but too many ruin whatever was the intended aim, a goal that I still can’t identify.

The Movie

Frank is moderately happy, though nowhere near the life he had envisioned for himself back in his younger days, when he and his carefree friends used to picture the future, when anything was possible.  He works in an office, has a nice girlfriend, doesn’t really talk to his old pals anymore, and is slowly becoming everything he never wanted to be.  But multiple events in a short amount of time will shake up his boring existence, until his new life resembles his old life not at all.  First, his buddy Jack calls out of nowhere, says he’s in town, wants a ride.  Reuniting with Jack, who is still unfettered, brings a rush of rebellion back into Frank’s life, and when he, that very night, finds his girlfriend cheating on him, the time might be ripe for a change.

The two friends head out for some drinks to shake off the depression of finding your boss’ face buried between your girlfriend’s legs, and, luckily for Frank, a beautiful woman just happens to be at the bar.  They talk, connect, have sex, and then she winds up dead.  Wait, wait, what?  And that’s exactly how Frank feels, as his life suddenly spins out of control.  On Jack’s advice, the two begin a journey to take care of the body, wash their hands of the guilt, and forget the entire experience ever happened.  But all is not as it seems, it’s not that easy to dispose of a corpse unnoticed, and these two buds might not see exactly eye to eye when it comes to the morals of hiding one murder with more.

Road to the Well is definitely an unpolished piece of film noir, an attempt at bringing some darkness into our lives but a ‘good try’ rather than a great final product.  Jon Cvack, who also wrote the screenplay, just didn’t have the magic touch when it comes to making death fascinating, making man’s natural evil appear on screen in a way we want to watch.  The film did get a little better over time, as the action picked up, as the music kept pumping, as the story became weirder and weirder until it crossed some unseen boundary between amateur and audacious.  By the end, I had begun to enjoy the oddity of the story, but by then perhaps it was too late to jump on board.

The characters were at once very skit and somehow almost likeable, like you understood there wasn’t a ton of talent involved but you kinda liked it anyway.  Laurence Fuller as Frank was appreciatively pathetic, but won’t be winning any acting awards any time soon.  Micah Parker as Jack had the brooding look going for him and an air of nonchalance, but can’t support a film entirely on his own shoulders.  Perhaps by favorite actor in the film was Barak Hardley as their friend Chris, a guy who brought some comic relief and who I could see popping up in other films if anyone happens to take notice of this one.  It’s almost worth it, it’s right on the border, but probably can’t be called “quality” and won’t ever get a large audience.

The DVD

Video – With an aspect ratio of 16×9 and shot using an Arri Alexa camera, the video quality of Road to the Well is nothing to write home about.  Much of the movie is done in the dark, and so the visuals are never very dynamic.  The picture is as good as you would expect from a low-budget, indie film, and won’t attract much attention.  It can be forgiven, but it can’t really be appreciated.

Audio – Done in 5.1 Surround, the audio quality of the disc is about as unremarkable as the video.  There are no audio options or language features on the disc, and, actually, there is no menu on the DVD at all, the film plays straightaway.  The balance between dialogue and background noise was pretty poor, and I kept having to adjust the volume for every different scene, but the music was fairly strong.

Extras – There are no special features on the DVD.

Final Thoughts

Rent It.  Ultimately, Road to the Well is a watchable thriller, but not much else.  It starts out bad, improves, and ends as only OK, so don’t expect much out of this dark drama other than a story that gets better as the action progresses, but never really becomes anything wonderful.  It’s an amateur attempt at, well, something, although it’s difficult to determine exactly what.  A little funny, a bit edgy, featuring a couple well-acted scenes; you won’t hear me heaping compliments on this film, but I also can’t tear it to shreds.  The video was throwaway, as was the audio, and there aren’t any extras on the disc, so look elsewhere for outstanding technical aspects.  Watch if you’re intrigued, but don’t get too excited.

☆ ☆ – Content

☆ ☆ – Video

☆ ☆ – Audio

☆ – Extras

☆ ☆ – Replay

 

 

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Movie Trailer – Bitter Harvest

Category : Movie Trailer

Director: George Mendeluk

Starring: Max Irons, Samantha Barks, Gary Oliver

Release: February 24th, 2017

Holy cheese ball!  The literal only good thing about this film is that Eponine is in it.  Besides that, nothin’.  It’s like they took every war/drama/romance film ever made and rolled it into one stinky package.  God, did no one realize what they were creating?


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Movie Trailer – Raw

Category : Movie Trailer

Director: Julia Ducournau

Starring: Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella

Release: March 10th, 2017

This red band trailer is not for the faint of heart, so be warned.  It’s like a much more horrific version of The Neon Demon, with veterinarians instead of models, or a nod to The Green Inferno.  There’s definitely an Eli Roth feel to this film, with a foreign twist, and it doesn’t look half bad.  I’m just not sure my stomach can take this movie, or that I really need to see it.