Eye Without a Face (2021) Movie Review

Eye Without a Face – Creepy Horror

 

Director: Ramin Niami

Writer: Ramin Niami (Screenplay)

Starring: Dakota Shapiro, Luke Cook, Vlada Verevko, Rebecca Berg, Ashley Elyse Rogers, Evangelina Neuhart, Sarah Marie

Plot: An agoraphobic young man (Henry), living with a Youtuber and struggling actor (Eric), hacks the webcams of young women, and suspects that one of them is a serial killer.


Tagline – Alt. Shift. Homicide

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Eye Without a Face starts as we see how agoraphobic young man Henry (Shapiro) goes about his day watching woman Laura (Verevko), Ella (Marie), Tessa (Rogers) and Sky (Neuhart) through their webcams, making up stories of their lives. Henry lives with a YouTuber Eric (Cook) who is always trying to get Henry out of the house, with promises of parties.

When Henry’s voyeurism sees him witness something he didn’t expect to, one of the women murdering their date, he joins forces with his roommate to try and stop her before she takes her next victim.

Thoughts on Eye Without a Face

Characters & Performances – Henry is a young man that has been suffering with agoraphobia, even if he does try to find time to get outside at night, when less people are around, he spends his days hacking into women’s webcams to watch over them, making up stories about their lives. He witnesses what he believes to be a murder by one of the women, leading him to believe they are a serial killer. Finding himself becoming paranoid the woman is coming for him. Dakota Shapiro does give us a great performance, be it the struggles with his health or his concerning approach to who he is watching. Eric is the YouTuber and struggling actor, trying to make a name for himself in the city, trying to help Henry escape his life, he is always pushing Henry to break out of his comfort zone, talking he way out of problems he is facing. Luke Cook does give us a performance that will make us dislike his character, which is by design. When it comes to the women Henry watches they all have their own lives, ones they don’t know they are being watched through, showing their strengths and weaknesses, ones they thought would be behind closed doors.

StoryThe story here follows a young man that spends his days watching over women through their webcams, but when he sees something he believes is a murder, he finds himself being targeted by the woman, hoping he can survive and remain out of the targets. This is a story that will highlight just how someone can be suffering from agoraphobia will be pushed into dramatic ways to make their lives more entertaining, which is creepy to say the least. Jumping on the more famous Rear Window idea of watching something happen and making up their mind for what is happening which might not be everything that seems. This is an interesting story and will leave you wondering just what is going on, with the story going in a strange direction.

ThemesEye Without a Face is a horror thriller that will mix of found footage with voyeurism of watching over unsuspecting victims, with a serial killer on the loose. Having most of the film taking place within the apartment shows how lonely the life has become, while giving us a window into the world of the women, not learning their whole lives along the way.

Final Thoughts Eye Without a Face is a creepy horror which will also keep you wondering what is truly going on.

Geronimo (1962) Movie Review

Director: Arnold Laven

Writer: Par Fielder (Screenplay)

Starring: Chuck Connors, Kamala Devi, Pat Conway, Armando Silvestre, Adam West, Lawrence Dobkin

Plot: In 1880s Arizona, General Crook and his troops are trying to subdue the last tribe of Apache led by Geronimo.


Tagline – The Most Defiant Warrior Of Them All!

Runtime: 1 Hour 41 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Geronimo starts as the great Apache leader Geronimo (Connors) looks to surrender, being offered land, shelter and food by the American military, Captain William Maynard (Conway) looks to keep them under control, but he is quick to go against their agreement, selling the very land given to the Apaches.

Geronimo looks to lead the Apaches away from their captive position, giving them their freedom back, leading to a bigger battle against the American military.

Thoughts on Geronimo

Characters & Performances – Geronimo is the last great Apache leader fighting against the American military, he decides to surrender, hoping for a better future for his people, only what he is offered is nothing like the agreement and he becomes restless with the life he has been given, looking for an easy escape back to the traditions of his people. He leads his people out of the new land back into the battle for a final stand against the men trying to take their land. Chuck Connors does give us a performance where he looks like an above the rest leader, dominating the screen with his presence. Teela is the Apache that is looking to change the way they see the world, looking to bring education and break tradition to bring a future where both sides could work together, clashing with what Geronimo believes. Kamala Devi brings the beauty to a role which shows the shallow side of the Hollywood way, she does got toe to toe with Chuck through the film. Captain William Maynard is the man that was fighting for Apaches for years and now he thinks he can control them and use them, he is everything the Apaches are fighting against, the people who will take everything they have earnt. Pat Conway makes this character everything that we need to hate through the film. The film does contain the loyal fighters to Geronimo as well as the soldiers fight with Maynard, some follow him, others will question his decisions.

StoryThe story here follows the legendary Apache leader Geronimo who was the last one standing against the America military looking to control all their land, he will offer his surrender, only for the terms to be turned on, leading him to lead his men back into battle, just trying to keep their freedom alive. This is a story looking back at how badly the settlers in America treated the natives, how they forced them into following their rules, only to take everything they have earnt away from them. It does show how certain sides will look to change things for the better, but the stubborn blood hungry ones will do anything to stop change happening.

ThemesGeronimo is filled with the combat action between the two sides, seeing how both deal with the problems in battle, getting whatever they want from each other, we get to see the wild west with the open beauty views that the Apache would like to live in compared to the plains they are offered.

 

Geronimo is a western that shows one of the last great battles between Apaches and American settlers trying to take their land, it does fall into the stereotypes of what people imagined instead of learnt about both sides.

ABC Film Challenge – Sports Movies – D – A League of Their Own (1992) Movie Review

A League of Their Own – Outstanding

This is under D because of the star player Dottie Hinson.

Director: Penny Marshall

Writer: Lowell Ganz, Babaloo Mandel (Screenplay) Kim Wilson, Kelly Candaele (Story)

Starring: Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell, Megan Cavanagh, David Strathairn, Garry Marshall, Jon Lovitz, Bill Pullman

Plot: Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry.


Tagline – To achieve the incredible you have to attempt the impossible.

Runtime: 2 Hour 8 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: A League of Their Own starts as World War II is raging on the owner of the Major Baseball teams back on the road, turning their attention to making a women’s league, this sees the scouts travelling America to find the best talent, sadly not only the best players, but the best looking.

Dottie Hinson (Davis) and her sister Kit Keller (Petty) are two of the women selected and joined by Mae Mordabito (Madonna), Doris Murphy (O’Donnell), Marla Hooch (Cavanagh) and many more, they end up on the Rockford Peaches, being managed by washed up alcoholic legend Jimmy Dugan (Hanks). While Jimmy has no interesting in taking part, Dottie takes charge to make sure the women make the impact that will keep them in the game they love.

Thoughts on A League of Their Own

Characters & Performances – Dottie Hinson is dairy farmer that is content with her life, with her husband at war, she doesn’t expect want much from her life, in her spare time she plays baseball, which catches the eye of a scout and recruited to join the women’s baseball league. She only agrees to join if her sister can try out and it isn’t long before she becomes the star of the league, taking control of the team and helping the league gain the attention it needs. Geena Davis is brilliant in the leading role, which is going to be said about most of this cast in the film. Kit Keller is the younger sister of Dottie, that has always lived in the shadow of Dottie, she is determined to get out of the hometown with the baseball opportunity being the first and best option for her. Jimmy Dugan is the former legendary player who saw his career taken from him by his alcoholic ways, which got him injured, unable to play or fight in the war, his name could help draw eyes on the league, he doesn’t want anything but the pay day, but soon gets invested in making his team the best, looking to finally battle his own demons. Tom Hanks gives us one of his very few unlikable characters for large parts of the film, while he doesn’t take away the fact that his character is on just as an important arc as the rest. We do get to meet a host of other players, each one with different characteristics to bring humour and reality to the situation of the time the film is taking place.

StoryThe story here follows the creation of the first women’s baseball league to help keep people entertained during World War II, it shows how the women came from around the country to play in a league which wasn’t only about the sport, but about the image, they wanted pretty girls to turn heads and put a positive spin on the world, we follow one team as they overcome the problems to make it to the world series. This story shows how that even over time, the sexism in sport will still stick, to be the best here, you didn’t need to be the best player, but the best looking, which is tragic to see, but it ended up being the building blocks to get the more serious side of the sport of the ground. The story balances the character well for the most part, putting the main focus on the sisters, but the only negative side of this film does come from the fact they made a big point about Marla, first being brilliant both handed, then not being pretty enough for the league, getting her in the league, but not making a big point of anything she achieved in the league.

ThemesA League of Their Own brings us a sports drama that gets plenty of baseball in (even though I still don’t understand the game), with the hits, catches and outs along the way, showing the tactical side of trying to prepare each player for what they are facing, which is balance perfectly with the comedy, mostly from Rosie O’Donnell and Madonna, holding the series side of the film, for the big moment, which captures you attention in fear, when one of the women is going to learn about their death of their husband at war. The Settings are used to show different backgrounds the women come from, the rich owners life of luxury, the crowds coming into the game getting the attention the sport deserved and the most important side, the locker room, where the bonding needed to happen for the players to achieve what they did.

A League of Their Own an amazing sports drama, highlight the efforts of the first Women’s Baseball League and how they defined expectations to build their own legacy.

The Pey (2021) Short Movie Review

The Pey – Is Going to Go Viral

 

Director: Ramone Menon

Writer: Ramone Menon (Screenplay)

Starring: Katie Leszynski, Noelle Miller, Daniele Manzin

Plot: After sharing a mysterious GIF online, a social media obsessed Teenager is hunted by a terrifying monster known as The Pey


Tagline – Do You Believe in The Pey?

Runtime: 9 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Pey starts when social media obsessed teenager Ophelia (Leszynski) gets a message with a GIF, one asking is she believes in the Pey, asking to be shared in return for followers. Once Ophelia shares the GIF on her social media, her follow count starts to skyrocket, but at a price, a presence around her home, getting closer as the count goes up.

Thoughts on The Pey

ThoughtsThe Pey is a short horror movie from director Ramone Menon who previous bought us ‘The Black Tape’. In The Pey we get to dive into the world of social media and how desperate people can be follows, showing how people will share things without thinking about what they are about. We get a GIF that is horror related, that will slowly start to change, becoming a warning towards the person that has shared it. This is a strong use of the idea of consequences for sharing the wrong thing on social media, while this might be down the supernatural lines, we have seen other consequences in real life for similar things before. This will play into what we have seen with technology use being used to transport an evil form, most notably with The Ring, which even evolved past the video tape idea, leaving this the first to move into the GIF idea. The creature itself is something you would never want to meet, something we could only be asking for more from. The one question I always like to ask about short films is, ‘could we see more?’ The answer for this one is yes, the idea could go in so many different directions, just from the hints we see from the comments sections on screen, leaving this short horror in the same position as ‘Lights Out’ it will pull you in, scare you and leave you wanting more encounters.

Final Thoughts The Pey is the next short horror film that should be going viral.