New Releases – August 22nd

What If – Medical school dropout Wallace has been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. He meets Chantry, an animator who lives with her longtime boyfriend Ben, and they form an instant connection, striking up a close friendship. Still, there is no denying the chemistry between them, leading the pair to wonder, what if the love of your life is actually your best friend?

what iffMy Guess for Rating – 85%
My Anticipation Rating – 95%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Lucy – A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.

lucyMy Guess for Rating – 70%
My Anticipation Rating – 70%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Deliver us From Evil – NY police officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana), investigates a series of crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest (Edgar Ramirez), schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the possessions that are terrorizing their city.

deliver us from evilMy Guess for Rating – 60%
My Anticipation Rating – 50%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Into the Storm – A group of high school students document the events and aftermath of a devastating tornado.

inot the stormMy Guess for Rating – 80%
My Anticipation Rating – 90%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Newguy’s Pick of the Week – What If

The Loved Ones (2009)

logoDirector: Sean Byrne

Writer: Sean Byrne (Screenplay)

Starring: Xavier Samuel, Robin McLeavy, Victoria Thaine, Jessica McNamee, Richard Wilson, John Brumpton

 

Plot: In order to avoid a ghostly figure in the road, high school senior Brent Mitchell wraps his car around a tree, killing his father. Constantly confronted by his mother’s emotional collapse after the accident, Brent escapes into a marijuana fueled world of loud metal music to block the pain and guilt. Dejected and out of sorts, he has a shot at happiness with his girlfriend Holly, a grounded, caring girl with drop dead good looks, a dream date for the high school prom. But his plans are thwarted by a disturbing series of events that take place under a mirrored disco ball, involving pink satin, glitter, syringes, nails, power drills and a secret admirer. Brent has become the prom king at a macabre, sadistic event where he is the entertainment.

 

Verdict: Teenage Extreme Behaviour

 

Story: The whole torture horror has been done plenty of times, but this one offers a fresh motive behind the action. We get the jilted teenage girl who makes every guy who rejects her pay with her father. We also have a second story going showing how two friends’ prom nights go very differently and how loved ones are worrying about their missing loved ones. Where the captured scenes are not the most original we do get to see a few twists and turns behind the motives and long term plan for the victim. In the end this is a twisted tale that is very much over the top that could get a few laughs if you watch it correctly. (7/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Xavier Samuel: Brent the depressed young man who lives with the nightmare that his accident killed his father, but when prom night comes he gets kidnapped and put through a torturous ordeal from a deranged family. Good victim performance but doesn’t need to do much. (6/10)

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Robin McLeavy: Lola the twisted girl who has history of kidnapping young men, torturing them before disposing of them, she really is jilted in her quest for a perfect night and prince charming. Good performance playing the twisted girl whose mood can change in a blink of an eye. (8/10)

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Director Review: Sean Byrne – Creates a good horror thriller that offers a fresh story if not the action. (7/10)

 

Horror: With the clever camera work so we only see the reaction to the torture rather than being forced to watch it. (7/10)

Thriller: You do get dragged in and you just want to know how far this family will go. (7/10)

Settings: The settings work well, with the prom having everyone busy the victims get isolation to do what they want. (8/10)
Special Effects
: Good special effects to create good real looking after effects of the torture. (8/10)

Suggestion: This is one for all those horror fans out there, and as I have become a fan of Australian horror this really does come off well. (Horror Fans)

 

Best Part: Lola is beautifully twisted.

Worst Part: The side story can look like filler.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 24 Minutes

Tagline: You don’t have to die to go to hell.

 

Overall: Twisted Torture Film

Rating 72

Trailer Alert – The Canel

Film archivist David (Rupert Evans) has been having a rough time lately, as he suspects that his wife Alice (Hannah Hoekstra) has been cheating on him with Alex (Carl Shaaban), one of her work clients. This stress is compounded when David’s work partner Claire (Antonia Campbell-Hughes) gives him a reel of to-be-archived footage that shows that his house was the setting for a brutal murder in 1902. Becoming progressively more unsettled and unhinged, David begins to believe that a spectral presence is in his house and ends up following his wife to a nearby canal, where he discovers that she is indeed having an affair with Alex. When Alice goes missing shortly afterwards, David contacts the police- only to become the prime suspect in her disappearance. As the police grow more convinced that David has murdered his wife, he struggles to find proof of his growing suspicion that something otherworldly was instead responsible.

Release Date: Not Set in UK

Questions:

Ghost story that could deliver?

Do you think it will be scarier?

Will it just be a investigating a supernatural case?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 75%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

By Darren Lucas Posted in Preview

5 Films Everyone Loves That I Don’t

I am going to do something different today, I am going to look at some of the most popular films that everyone I meet seems to rave over that I simply just don’t like. This doesn’t mean I think the acting is bad or the direction is bad, I just don’t understand the hype behind them. I am not going to number them just list five films. I do ask the question to you all though, do you think people get swayed into liking a film because other people say it is good?

The Godfather (1972)godfather

I did watch this when I was younger and I do believe the performances are great, but it is so much talking I just think it would be nearly impossible to watch this film again.

Spiderman 2 (2004)spiderman 2

The web-slinging hero that faces Doc Ock in what many people considered the best of the original franchise. Like most films on this list I found this very boring and I don’t understand that at the time it was considered one of the best superhero films of its time.

Shaun of the Dead (2004)shuan

Where do I start with this one, the jokes are lazy the attempts to make such whatever attitude to the zombie outbreak is awful. I am a big zombie film fan and I also like the right type of comedy involving them (Zombieland, Cockneys vs Zombies). I always say it will be one to miss but everyone else thinks its great.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)lord

The final chapter of the epic story, I did enjoy the first film in the series, but after watching two and three I questioned the point in them both, they are both the same film with a huge battle where you really can’t tell who was who with so many CGI characters you lose track of what is going on.

Pulp Fiction (1994)pulp

Now for the truly controversial choice, I respect Tarantino I think he is amazing but after watching this a early teenager I really didn’t enjoy it and don’t understand why people think this is his best work.

What would you pick as the films that everyone loves that you just don’t like?

By Darren Lucas Posted in Top 5

Trailer Alert – Ouija

A girl is mysteriously killed after recording herself playing with an ancient Ouija Board, which leads to a close group of friends to investigate this board. They later find out that some things aren’t meant to be played with, especially the ‘other side’.

Olivia Cooke continuing her horror film run here with what looks like a jump filled scarefest.

Release Date:  Not Set for UK

Questions:

After the disappointment of ‘The Quiet Ones’ can Olivia Cooke star in a top horror?

How many jumps and are they going to be good ones?

Will you now play with a Ouija Board?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 90%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Trailer Alert – A Good Marriage

After 25 years of a good marriage, what will Darcy do once she discovers her husband’s sinister secret?

Written by Stephen King and starring Joan Allen this thriller looks like it has plenty of tension.

Release Date: Not Set for UK

Questions:

Stephen King sells it for me, will you watch because of him?

How scary will this be?

I think this could be good, do you?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 80%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)

logoDirector: Hayao Miyazaki

Writer: Hayao Miyazaki (Screenplay) Eiko Kadono (Novel)

 

Plot: This is the story of a young witch, named Kiki who is now thirteen years old. But she is still a little green and plenty headstrong, but also resourceful, imaginative, and determined. With her trusty wisp of a talking cat named Jiji by her side she’s ready to take on the world, or at least the quaintly European seaside village she’s chosen as her new home.

 

Verdict: Beautifully Told Story

 

Story: Being a much simpler story than many of the Studio Ghibili tells this one focuses on believing on who you are, finding the faith you lose for a passion and treating people with respect. Our heroine Kiki struggles in the new city but when someone gives her a chance she gives everyone a chance, but too many people took things for granted an amazing foreshadowing for today’s world. The story does seem to end abruptly which is my only negative with it. (8/10)

 

Character Review

 

Kiki: the young witch who enters a new city trying to find a place in a need of a witch, she struggles when she first gets there due to everyone being too busy for their own good but once she starts her deliver business she discovers the good and bad in the people in the city. (9/10)

 kiki

Ursula: An artist who like Kiki struggled with her talent development and a loss of passion but she teaches Kiki how to re-find that lost passion. (8/10)

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Jiji: Kiki’s sarcastic cat who has plenty of funny lines, he is also wise in communicating with other species. (9/10)

 

Tombo: A young boy who takes an instant shine to Kiki and puts in the extra effort to get to know her better. (7/10)

 

Osono: A baker who took a chance on Kiki who gives Kiki a chance to work for her in return for room a board and a chance to start her own business. (8/10)

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Director Review: Hayao Miyazaki – The master of animation who can do no wrong in the animated film world. (9/10)

 

Adventure: The adventure young Kiki goes on is beyond belief for someone her age. (8/10)

Animation: Brilliant animation from the master. (10/10)

Settings: Beautiful city created to show the difference in culture between the world Kiki comes from and goes too. (9/10)

Suggestion: This has to be another I think people should be watching it is so beautiful told and can eclipse most Disney films. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Kiki’s first delivery.

Worst Part: Ends quickly.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 43 Minutes

Tagline: I was feeling blue, but I’m better now.

 

Overall: Beautiful Animated Film

Rating 83

Trailer Alert – The Damned

A family are involved in an accident and take refuge in a secluded inn, where they free a girl locked in a basement without knowing she’s an ancient evil.

Release Date: Not set in UK

Questions:

Possession horror with shades of the Evil Dead, do you agree?

How many and how good will the jump scares be?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 70%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

By Darren Lucas Posted in Preview

Unstoppable (2004)

logoDirector: David Carson

Writer: Tom Vaughn (Screenplay)

Starring: Wesley Snipes, Jaqueline Obradors, Stuart Wilson, Kim Coates, Mark Sheppard, Adewale Akinnuote-Agbaje

 

Plot: The deranged military and former CIA agent Dean Cage (Snipes) is in rehab program, trying to forget the traumatic loss of his best friend Scott in Bosnia. When he dates with his girlfriend and Scott’s sister Detective Amy Knight (Obradors), in a dining restaurant he is mistakenly taken as being the CIA agent that is investigating the robbery of the military experiment XE by a man called Sullivan (Wilson). He is injected with the drug and abducted by the thieves. Amy has six hours to find the also stolen antidote and save Dean’s life.

 

Verdict: A fun straight to DVD action film

Story: When you see a straight to DVD film you don’t expect too much and what little you do expect you usually get. With this you think Snipes is just gonna kick ass and build up a body count. This time you get the kick ass but you also have to see him put in some acting with a lead character that can be exposed to different truths depending on who  tells them what. With plenty of different people after Dean we are left to wonder who the good guys are and who the bad guys are. (8/10)

 

Actor Review: Wesley Snipes – Dean Cage ex solider haunted by the death of his best friend, who is the wrong guy in the wrong place falling into a war between illegal drug s sale and the CIA. Good performance by Wesley and he looks like he had a lot of fun with it. (8/10)

 snipes

Actor Review: Jacqueline Obradors – Det Amy Knight who is looking for her boyfriend Dean while the CIA are refusing to help her. Good tough cop performance who is driven. (7/10)

amy

Actor Review: Stuart Wilson – Sullivan the sales man testing the drugs before selling them onto the black market. Good performance but offers nothing new to the idea in the character. (6/10)

 sullivan

Actor Review: Kim Coates – Peterson one of the two bumbling hit men who Cage keeps getting the better off. Good performance adding a small bit of comedy to the role. (7/10)

 

Actor Review: Mark Sheppard – Leitch the other bumbling hit man that cage out smarts. Good performance that tries to be the smart one of the two henchmen. (7/10)

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Actor Review: Adewale Akinnuote-Agbaje – Agent Junod the guy the hit men are actually after who then has to track down the deal before it is too late. Standard performance playing the suit role well. (6/10)

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Director Review: David Carson – Good direction to create a fun action without taking away too much of the serious side to it. (8/10)

 

Action: Good fight scenes and explosions. (7/10)

Thriller: Good thriller but never really excels. (7/10)

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Settings: Each setting is used well the mental home is used well for the confusion scenes for Cage. (7/10)

 

Suggestion: This is one of those Relaction films I enjoy watching and could easily be picked up at any stage of the film. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Escaping the mental home.

Worst Part: Would have like a more twisted villain.

Action Scene Of The Film: The final meeting.

Funniest Scene: While escaping the mental home Cage thinks it is on fire and releases all the patients.

Oscar Chances: No

Chances of Sequel: No

 

Overall: Sit Back Enjoy

Rating 72

Trailer Alert – White Settlers

It’s Ed and Sarah’s first night at their new home – an isolated farmhouse on the Scottish borders. This should be a new beginning away from their stressful London lives. And at first it is; come sunset they fall in love all over again on a wander in the woods. But as darkness falls, Sarah suspects they’re not alone, Ed goes to investigate and quickly, the evening becomes a nightmare. It suddenly dawns on them; they do not belong here. And they certainly aren’t welcome either.

Release Date:  None Set

Questions:

Home invasion films are always short and intense, will this reach that level?

Is this going to much the same as what we have seen before?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 55%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No