Grindstone Road (2008)

logoDirector: Melanie Orr

Writer: Paul Germann (Screenplay)

Starring: Fairuza Balk, Greg Bryk, Walter Learning, Joan Gregson, Dylan Authors, Matt Gordan, Zachary Bennett

 

Plot: A few months ago Hannah Sloan (Fairuza Balk) was in a horrible car accident, leaving her son Daniel in an extended coma. With hopes of putting their recent tragedy behind them Hannah and her husband Graham (Greg Bryk), move into their recently purchased farm home. Suffering extreme feelings of guilt and responsibility for her son’s condition, Hannah turns to her prescribed anti-depressants to bring her comfort. Soon after moving in to their new home Hannah begins witnessing strange and mysterious occurrences causing Graham to become increasingly concerned with the quantity of medications that Hannah is taking. Is Hannah losing her mind, or are there supernatural forces at work?

 

Verdict: Simple Ghost Story

 

Story: A couple moves to get over a family tragedy in this case an accident that leaves their son in a coma. The wife feels guiltier as she was driving and struggles with her own sanity. The husband is trying to get on with life and support his wife but is getting tired of it. Everything has been built up for a basic drama but this is a horror. As the wife is more vulnerable she starts getting visited by a ghost child, which does the usual scares her first but in reality wants her help to discover what happened to him. The story tries to throw in a few twists and turns but with very limited characters introduced it struggles to really surprise us. It is a simple ghost story that is easy to watch but really isn’t anything standing out. (5/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Fairuza Balk: Hannah who has been involved in an accident leaving her son in a coma, she is stuck suffering for what happened but she starts getting visited by a ghostly figure of a young boy. Once she realizes the house they moved into might be haunted she tries to figure out about its history only to discover the boy was murdered in the house. Good performance in the simple investigator role. (6/10)

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Greg Bryk: Graham husband to Hannah who is trying to put the life back together and accepting their son will not wake up from his coma. He struggles to cope with everything that is happening with his wife but tries to support the best he can. Simple supporting performance. (4/10)

 

Walter Learning: Ted a neighbour who helps with the renovation of the house, but reluctant to tell much about the history of the house. Basic supporting performance. (5/10)

 

Joan Gregson: Linda partner of the neighbour who tries to make them all feel welcome, but also reluctant to talk about the houses history. Another basic supporting performance. (5/10)

 

Director Review: Melanie Orr – Simple ghost story created with the ABC moments for the character to go through. (5/10)

 

Horror: No real scares used at all, but the basic ghost story told. (4/10)

Settings: New house good setting for ghost story but otherwise nothing used that is that special. (7/10)

Suggestion: If you are bored and this is on one night give it a try otherwise this isn’t one to be going out of your way to see. (Late Night TV)

 

Best Part: Creepy Toy?

Worst Part: No real thrills of scares.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

Tagline: There goes the neighbourhood

 

Overall: Ghost Story without scares

Rating 50

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New Releases – 28th November

Horrible Bosses 2 – Dale, Kurt and Nick decide to start their own business but things don’t go as planned because of a slick investor, prompting the trio to pull off a harebrained and misguided kidnapping scheme.

bossesMy Guess for Rating – 40%
My Anticipation Rating – 20%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Paddington – A young English boy befriends a talking bear he finds at a London train station. A live-action feature based on the series of popular children’s books by Michael Bond.

paddingtonMy Guess for Rating – 50%
My Anticipation Rating – 30%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Newguy’s Pick of the Week – DVD weekend

Odd Thomas (2013)

logoDirector: Stephen Sommers

Writer: Stephen Sommers (Screenplay) Dean R Koontz (Novel ‘Odd Thomas’)

Starring: Anton Yelchin, Addison Timlin, Willem Dafoe, Leonor Varela, Matthew Page, Nico Tortorella, Kyle McKeever, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Patton Oswalt, Shuler Hensley

 

Plot: In a California desert town, a short-order cook with clairvoyant abilities encounters a mysterious man with a link to dark, threatening forces.

 

Verdict: The Pilot for a great show?

 

Story: We start by meeting our hero Odd and yes that is his name. We see how he solves mysteries from the dead people visiting him. We see how he solves cases without worrying about consequences. He is in good with the police so what he does can come off on his good side. We see how he lives a normal life when he is working as a cook and with his girlfriend who he is meant to be together forever with, he tries to live a normal life. When Bodachs (Demons who sense impending chaos) show up he knows something bad is about to happen in his small town. He uncovers what he thinks might be about to happen, but can he stop it and save the town in time?

When it comes to teen/young adult detective stories they all usually come off very generic, where the solve something the cop can’t with a gift that gives them an extra hand and this follows that very nicely. We need a slightly odd character and just to name him that makes it have an inside laugh. I do feel the trailer kind of misleads the idea behind the film because we think he will be facing demons but it is all about a human villain which makes it better because we don’t need to see him face off against demons. The story also offers plenty of twists that will keep you shocked by what happens. I feel this was one film that really slipped past which really should have been given a better chance, the story is good and it has franchise qualities. (8/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Anton Yelchin: Odd Thomas our hero who sees dead people and tries to help them pass on by helping solve their murders. When something bigger that he has never faced before comes to town he must use all his abilities to save his town. Anton gives a great performance in the lead role playing the slightly odd character perfectly. (9/10)

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Willem Dafoe: Chief Wyatt Porter friend of Odd’s who appreciates the help when it helps solve murders and will listen to ideas that he comes up as he has a good track record for being right. Willem gives a good performance in what is a supporting role. (7/10)

 

Addison Timlin: Stormy Llewellyn girlfriend of Odd who supports him in every case he goes on even if it puts her own life in danger. She is Odd’s reason to carry on a normal life all while saving the lost souls and offers him someone to love who is a naturally good. Addison gives a great performance with great chemistry with Anton. (8/10)

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Support Cast: Friends, cops and suspects fill up the supporting cast each one offers something to what will happening and we get to see how Odd interacts with all of them.

 

Director Review: Stephen Sommers – As I am a fan of Stephen’s work I think he does a great job with this making it entertaining, shocking and enjoyable. (8/10)

 

Fantasy: With the ideas that Odd can see dead people and demons we get solid fantasy elements used throughout. (9/10)

Mystery: Keeps you wondering who is involved all the way through. (10/10)

Thriller: You want to know what will happen next once the mystery starts to unfold. (9/10)

Chemistry: The chemistry between Odd and Stormy actually makes you think that they have been together for years, brilliant from both the stars to create this. (9/10)

Settings: The small town setting works as it shows the community feeling between the characters. (9/10)
Special Effects
: The Bodachs creation is very good as they flow through the real world without notice but the final action scene slips into poor CGI effects. (7/10)

Suggestion: I think this could be a real hidden gem of a film, I think most people will enjoy this and it is well worth a watch. (Hidden Gem)

 

Best Part: Bodachs flowing through the crowds.

Worst Part: The fact no one saw it.

What Could Have Been Better? – Marketing campaign.

Oh My God Moment: The End

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: Could have a few (3/10)

Chances of Sequel: It could, but due to it failing to make an impact at cinemas it would be unlikely.

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: The Frighteners mixed with Sixth Sense

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $27 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes

Tagline: Seeing the dead is the least of his problems

 

Overall: Under Appreciated Mystery Thriller

Rating 88

Trailer Alert – Pan

Plot – The story of an orphan who is spirited away to the magical Neverland. There, he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny — to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.

Release Date:  17th July 2015

Questions:

Are we ready for yet another prequel film?

This will be a hit but how popular will it be?

Can Hugh Jackman be seen as a villain?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 65%

My Guess Rating – 80%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Trailer Alert – Strange Magic

Plot – A fairy tale of goblins, fairies and imps meeting for the first time and the consequent confusions and conflicts the culture clash causes.

Release Date:  11 February 2015

Questions:

Isn’t this just Epic all over again?

Will the kids like this?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 30%

My Guess Rating – 50%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – No