The Houses October Built (2014)

logoDirector: Bobby Roe

Writer: Zack Andrews, Bobby Roe, Jason Zada (Screenplay)

Starring: Brandy Schaefer, Zack Andrews, Bobby Roe, Mike Roe, Jeff Larson

 

Plot: Beneath the fake blood and cheap masks of countless haunted house attractions across the country, there are whispers of truly terrifying alternatives. Looking to find an authentic, blood-curdling good fright for Halloween, five friends set off on a road trip in an RV to track down these underground Haunts. Just when their search seems to reach a dead end, strange and disturbing things start happening and it becomes clear that the Haunt has come to them.

 

Verdict: Shaky Cam Time

 

Story: We start by learning about the history of how in America 2500 Haunted Houses open over Halloween, we also learn about myths behind certain ones can help raise their appeal. We move to meet our five friends who want to go on a road trip to find the best haunted house resort. We see the group set up their cameras and hit the road in their RV. We see how they don’t make any friends at the first house and get a few extra scares by the workers at the house. As they continue their journey the group is continually haunted by the members of the first haunted house. All this leads to the extreme haunt they were questing for, but how much will be real?

This really comes off very confusing, very messy and nearly impossible to watch. Saying that it does touch on an interesting source material, looking at extreme tourism and how people will always look for the next level in scares. It gets shot like a documentary but plays out like a road trip and as for the moments in the ‘haunts’ we just end up watching black screens due to the terrible lighting. It fits into the bog standard found footage idea for a story, that usually all end up the same. It offers nothing new to the genre and is easily forgettable. (3/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Cast: As the whole group play what is meant to be themselves we get the usual bounding and companionship along their journey. We see how they look out for each other during the moments of unexplained material. They all try their best to come off and look like they would all be friends and have enough scare reaction to convince but too many of the scares are just false ones.

 

Director Review: Bobby Roe – I am usually a fan of found footage films, but this was hard to follow and showed poor direction. (3/10)

 

Horror: Too many false jumps and confusing jump shots ruin the ending which could have been strong. (4/10)

Thriller: Because of the false jumps you lose interest in caring what happens to the characters. (3/10)

Settings: Even though the idea of haunted house would make good ideas for setting the lighting ruined any chance of them being used well. (2/10)

Suggestion: This won’t appeal to enough people to suggest to anyone, the camera work is very jumpy and too much is just darkness. (Miss It)

 

Best Part: The Creepy Kid

Worst Part: Camera Work

Improvement Ideas:

  • Dump the found footage
  • Make the ending make more sense, by shooting each character rather than 5 seconds of each jump 5 seconds again and keep jumping between them.
  • Cut the attempted false jump scares down

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

 

Overall: Black Screens and jumpy Camera Disaster

Rating 20

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The Internship (2013)

logoDirector: Shawn Levy

Writer: Vince Vaughn, Jared Stern (Screenplay) Vince Vaughn (Story)

Starring: Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Rose Byrne, Aasif Mandvi, Max Minghella, Josh Brener, Dylan O’Brien, Tiya Sircar

 

Plot: Billy (Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Owen Wilson) are salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital world. Trying to prove they are not obsolete, they defy the odds by talking their way into a coveted internship at Google, along with a battalion of brilliant college students. But, gaining entrance to this utopia is only half the battle. Now they must compete with a group of the nation’s most elite, tech-savvy geniuses to prove that necessity really is the mother of re-invention.

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Verdict: Solid Comedy

 

Story: In the new tech heavy world, this is a good story showing how that the people who never grew up with the tech world could be lost in the world of jobs when they get left behind. Not only this we get to see how a group of misfits can come together to make a team. We see how younger people still think it was ok to treat each other differently because of image or background but as soon as you put that a side people see the real potential in someone. This also encourages people to take a risk that could change their lives forever. On a negative side we get a flimsy romantic angle for Owen Wilson character that doesn’t get enough time to shine and plays out like a carbon copy of the ‘Wedding Crashers’ angle. In the end it really is a film that shows how hard it really is to find out who and what you are meant to be, but with the right people you could find out about yourself. (7/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Vince Vaughn: Billy a top salesman who along with his partner Nick lose their jobs. He also loses he girlfriend and tries to figure out where to go next in his life and career. He discovers about an internship at Google and along with his partner Nick takes a chance there. He doesn’t fit in with the other younger interns but he uses his skills to motivate his team of outcasts to compete and work as a team against the others after a job. Good performance from Vince in a role he will always work in the quick talking man. (8/10)

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Owen Wilson: Nick partner of Billy who after he loses his job lands a salesman job with his brother in law but reluctantly goes along with Billy’s plan at Google. He shines in the position learning the computer skills needed and with the chance meeting with a girl of his dreams Dana he tries to impress her with his new skills. Good performance making a perfect double act with Vince. (8/10)

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Rose Byrne: Dana the successful Google employee that constantly gets followed by Nick as he tries to get to know her, before she agrees to go on a date. Good performance from Rose, but the role isn’t used as much as it should have been. (6/10)

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Aasif Mandvi: Mr. Chetty the head of the training program who reluctantly accepts Billy & Nick into the program. He takes an instant dislike to them and clearly sees they don’t fit in with the rest of the programs. He is strict but he wants the best for the job roles. Good performance showing a good authority figure for the competition. (7/10)

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Max Minghella: Graham a cocky English intern who thinks he has the job in the bag, he treats his team badly because he thinks he is the best and always trying to put Nick & Billy’s team down. Good villain performance but also been there seen that. (6/10)

 

Josh Brener: Lyle the team leader for the misfit team who discovers just as much about himself working with Billy & Nick than the rest of the team. He is still trying to prove his leadership skills and after this experience he has learnt a lot. Good performance playing the typical shy guy with brains. (7/10)

 

Dylan O’Brien, Tiya Sircar, Tobit Raphael: Stuart, Nehe, Yo-Yo the rest of the team who all have difference but come together to work on getting their dream jobs thanks to Billy & Nick’s leadership and life skills. All three give performances fitting into their own individual problems and overcoming them. (7/10)

 

Director Review: Shawn Levy – Good direction to create a good comedy about how fast life has changed for different generations with the technology. (8/10)

 

Comedy: Good comedy that has a number of laughs but doesn’t go over the top. (7/10)

Chemistry: After Wedding Crashers I said Vince and Own had great chemistry and this has continued to show that. (9/10)

Settings: Good setting using the Google headquarters for certain scenes. (8/10)

Suggestion: I think this will be popular with the comedy fans it does come off funny and charming without being stupid comedy. (Comedy Fans)

 

Best Part: Wilson and Vaughn’s chemistry

Worst Part: Standard Villain character.

Funniest Scene: The first sports event.

Believability: The characters could all be real going through these problems, but the final outcome maybe not so. (8/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $93 Million

Budget: $58 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 59 Minutes

Tagline: They just can’t click with the younger generation

 

Overall: Solid Comedy About Change

Rating 72

New Releases – 7th November

Interstellar – A group of explorers make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.

interMy Guess for Rating – 95%
My Anticipation Rating – 100%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – Yes

The November Man – An ex-CIA operative is brought back in on a very personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former pupil in a deadly game involving high level CIA officials and the Russian president-elect.

novMy Guess for Rating – 80%
My Anticipation Rating – 70%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Set Fire to the Stars – An aspiring poet in 1950s New York has his ordered world shaken when he embarks on a week-long retreat to save his hell raising hero, Dylan Thomas.

set fireMy Guess for Rating – 75%
My Anticipation Rating – 40%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Say When – In the throes of a quarter-life crisis, Megan panics when her boyfriend proposes, then, taking an opportunity to escape for a week, hides out in the home of her new friend, 16-year-old Annika, who lives with her world-weary single dad.

say whenMy Guess for Rating – 60%
My Anticipation Rating – 30%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

The Skeleton Twins – Having both coincidentally cheated death on the same day, estranged twins reunite with the possibility of mending their relationship.

twinsMy Guess for Rating – 70%
My Anticipation Rating – 30%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Newguy’s Pick of the Week – Interstellar

West of Memphis (2012)

llogoDirector: Amy Berg

Writer: Amy Berg, Billy McMillin

 

Plot: An examination of a failure of justice in the case against the West Memphis Three.

 

Verdict: Will we ever get the truth?

 

Story: We follow the case of the West Memphis Three and how the case showed they were guilty. We then start to look at how things were not as they seemed and that the three were in fact innocent, we meet the people involved in the case and mixed together with real footage. We see how a massive group of people built a support group to prove that the boys were innocent. We also look at how new evidence that continually got dismissed and the case missed key evidence that would have looked at other suspects. We are left to see how this case is still talked about today.

After watching ‘The Devil’s Knot’ I was suggested this film by ‘White on Film’ as it shows more to the story. What this manages to do is show how the case was so poorly put together we do get to see how many people’s lives were affected by the outcome of the case. The mix of interviews with the people involved and real footage works really well to help us turn into supporters of the truth. Sadly we still don’t get the truth due to the poorly run law system in Arkansas. This is put together really well to help the story be told and it is one that should be heard by everyone. (9/10)

 

Director Review: Amy Berg – Amy does a great job mixing the interviews and achieves footage to tell the story that managed to shock a nation. (9/10)

 

Documentary: As the story has never been solved it is brilliantly put together to show how the whole case was put together so badly. (10/10)

Suggestion: This is a must watch as it gives us the audience a chance to see more about the case that people needed to see. (Watch)

 

Believability: This is a mix between the real footage and interviews that tells the true story of a mishandled case. (10/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Awards: Nominated for a BAFTA

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 2 Hours 27 Minutes

 

Overall: A Must Watch Documentary

Rating 90

Trailer Alert – Into the Woods

Plot – A witch conspires to teach important lessons to various characters of popular children’s stories including Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel.

Release Date:  9th January 2015

Questions:

With such an all-star cast will James Cordon fit in?

Will this be dark enough for the fans?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating –60%

My Guess Rating – 80%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – Yes