Thank You Everyone 2014

Thank You

With 2014 coming to an end I would like to say thank you to everyone who has read, liked, commented or taken part in something on Movie Reviews 101. We have introduced new features as the year has gone by with ‘Our Favourite Performance’ coming off very well.

I plan on continuing bring reviews, trailer alerts, top 5s, top 10s, Star Focuses, Studio Focuses, Our Favourite Performances and Friday Night Midnight Horror Film as well as looking to bring in new features. I will be starting the year with a month of awards for best and worst in 2014 and would love to hear you opinions on each category. As always if you want to take part in our features you are more than welcome just send us an email on moviereviews101@yahoo.co.uk

A few people I would like to thank are

Matthew from Horrorville – for letting me guest review on his horror based site.

International Syndicate of Cult Film Critics – for inviting me to take part in a feature.

I was nominated for two awards by Matthew and Miss Emma Wallace which was a great feeling to see people enjoy my work.

I would also like to thank Gary Baxter the man who created a small horror idea and turned into something bigger in just a year, I remember going to Dr Death Cinema Surgery early in the year and now he has turned the event into a shop for all the horror fans out there along with continuing his dreams to make a horror films. Gary is responsible to giving me the idea to look at the Studios making films with very little money.

I would also like to thank the guys and girls who have taken part in any feature on the site

  • Emma
  • Lesley
  • Ian
  • Windle
  • Daniel
  • Lewis
  • Simon
  • Jenna
  • Aled – also thank you for writing a couple of reviews for our feature weekends.

In conclusion I think we had a good year last year and now i want to make 2015 even better.

Magic (1978)

logoDirector: Richard Attenborough

Writer: William Goldman (Screenplay) William Goldman (Novel)

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Ann-Margret, Burgess Meredith, Ed Lauter, E.J. Andre, Jerry Houser, David Ogden Stiers

 

Plot: A ventriloquist is at the mercy of his vicious dummy while he tries to renew a romance with his high school sweetheart.

 

Verdict: Killer Dummy?

 

Story: We start by seeing how a young wanna be magician recounts his tale of how his first attempt at performing goes completely wrong leading him to snap at the audience. One year later everything has changed, he has worked on his act to include a dummy and now he is on the verge of becoming a major sensation. After the network want him to have a medical he decides to spend some time away from the limelight and tries to rekindle a romance with an old love. All this is happening as the dummy starts to take over his life.

This shows how fame could end up breaking someone as we see our hero slowly start to break with his multiple personalities coming through as his dummy. The dummy ends up being his dark side that is almost tired of everything not going his way next to his mild calm good guy. It uses the idea of a creepy dummy really well because even though you know who the voice and who is controlling him it still has that high level or pure creepiness. In the end it comes off as a very interesting look psychological horror that keeps you guessing. (7/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Anthony Hopkins: Corky Withers our young magician turned ventriloquist who is going to hit it big time, but when his dummy starts to take over his life things start to take a sour turn. Anthony shows why he is one of the best in the business by shining from start to finish. (9/10)

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Ann-Margret: Peggy Ann Snow the object of Corky’s affection who he wants to run away but her commitments to her husband could stand in his way. Ann-Margret gives a good performance opposite Hopkins. (7/10)

 

Burgess Meredith: Ben Greene Corky’s agent who is trying to give him a deal of a lifetime and finds him after he runs away, he is the first person to see how Corky is changing and offers help. Burgess gives a solid performance but doesn’t get enough time to shine. (6/10)

 

Ed Lauter: Duke Peggy’s husband who questions both after he returns from a business trip, he gets very suspicious but his curiosity will get the best off him. Ed gives a solid performance but never pulls of anything stand out. (6/10)

 

Support Cast: We only see any support cast early in the film who are mainly other people in the entertainment business or hecklers.

 

Director Review: Richard Attenborough – Richard does a great job directing a truly creepy film starring a pre-Hannibal Lecter Hopkins and he gets the dark side out of him perfectly. (9/10)

 

Horror: It is creepy but never reaches any real horror levels. (7/10)

Settings: After Corky runs away he ends up in an isolated location with no easy escape where he starts to break as the film unfolds. (8/10)

Suggestion: This is one to try, Hopkins gives a brilliant performance but it might not show enough horror for the true horror fans. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Hopkins is brilliant

Worst Part: Lack of real horror.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Awards: Anthony Hopkins was nominated for Golden Globe and BAFTA.

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $7 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 47 Minutes

Tagline: Abracadabra, I sit on his knee. Presto chango, and now he is me. Hocus Pocus, we take her to bed. Magic is fun; we’re dead.

Trivia: Upon seeing Fats for the first time, Anthony Hopkins was allowed to take the doll home to work with it. However, he wound up being so unnerved by it that he called the consulting ventriloquist in the middle of the night, threatening to throw Fats into the canyon if someone didn’t come and get the doll immediately. Richard Attenborough ended up going to Hopkins’ house to calm him down.

 

Overall: Creepy Horror Questioning One Man’s Mind

Rating 71

 

Trailer Alert – To Write Love on Her Arms

Plot – A drama centered around Renee Yohe and her battle with drugs, depression, and other life issues that ultimately leads to the founding of charity group To Write Love on Her Arms.

Release Date: Non Set for UK

Stars:

  • Kat Dennings (2 Broke Girls)

Director: Nathan Frankowski (No Saints No Sinners)

Highlight of the Trailer: Dennings performance

What Looks Good? Dealing with such a sensitive subject and doing it well looks like the strong point for this film.

What Looks Bad? It won’t be for everyone.

Summary: This look at dealing with the depression and overcoming it to start something will be a powerful watch but this will end up going under the radar because it isn’t going to be something for the casual audience.

Questions:

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 70%

My Guess Rating – 80%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Scary or Die (2012)

logoDirector: Bob Badway, Michael Emanuel, Igor Meglic

Writer: Bob Badway, Michael Emanuel (Screenplay)

Starring: Domiziano Arcangeli, Corbin Bleu, Shannon Bobo, Bob Bouchard, Andrew Caldwell, Alexandra Choi, Charles Rahi Chun, Erik Contreras, Christopher Darga, Xavier Davis

 

Plot: The creation of filmmaker Michael Emanuel, SCARY OR DIE tells five interwoven horror stories that take place in and around the “City of Angels”. A flesh-eating clown desperately trying to protect the person he craves the most, A dirty cop and a hit gone wrong with a vengeful Necromancer, a beautiful but mysterious woman and a lonely man looking for love in all the wrong places, a gruesome blood splattered uprising of Illegal Mexican Zombies, and a Cajun conjure grandfather whose gift of never ending love goes terribly awry…SCARY OR DIE is unique experience in horror filmmaking certain to fulfill all your twisted horror film experience needs.

 

Verdict: Short and Sweet Horrors

 

Story Review

 

I am going to look at each chapter in the short stories as there is only a small connection and that is of a strange figure watching all the stories on a computer.

 

Clowned: This is the longest of all stories and it focuses on a family man drug dealer who gets bitten by a clown and slowly starts to turn into a flesh hungry clown. This sounds a little bit stupid but it also is the best of the lot here, we have good character development for a short story a character with questionable morals and a real test against what is happening to him. (9/10)

 

Tajeun Lament: This story follows a grieving widower as he looks around the city for answers only to become a hero for a young lady, but there is a twist in store. This was my second favourite as it full of beautiful shots and the overall idea of one man questioning his own existence after losing a loved one. (8/10)

 

RE-Membered: We follow a hit man who has done a job and while disposing of the body he starts getting a knocking coming from the trunk of his car. This is built on the suspense and questioning the sanity of the hit man, it builds up nicely but I feel it ends a bit too soon. (7/10)

 

With the good always comes the bad, so let’s be honest here there is always a bad one or two in this short stories ideas and theses two are these.

 

The Crossing: We follow two red necks and a young lady who travel towards the border between America and Mexico. The red necks are handing out their own deportation methods but once they kill two honest Mexicans the bodies of the dead start to rise for revenge. It is sad this is the first chapter of the series as this one nearly made me switch it off as it is just about terrible to watch. (3/10)

 

Love Come Back: Following a dead lover set out on a journey across the city to find the man who murdered her for revenge, it is a nice finish to the series but struggles to live up to the previous stories.(5/10)

 

Director Review: Bob Badway, Michael Emanuel, Igor Meglic – With some very good chapter next to some very bad these men show they can handle a mixture of different types of horrors. (7/10)

 

Horror: Mixing up nearly every type of horror we get a little of each to enjoy. (8/10)

Settings: With each setting used well to make every story feel like it could be happening in any town gives the stories some more creditability. (8/10)
Special Effects
: Good special effects throughout but good camera work make the effects more off camera. (8/10)

Suggestion: This is one for the horror fans to try, if you were a fan of the V/H/S series of films you should like and understand not everyone will be good. (Horror Fans Try)

 

Best Part: Clowned

Worst Part: The Crossing

Funniest Scene: ‘You got bitten by a clown?’

Kill Of The Film: The red necks in the Crossing are violent.

Scariest Scene: The dream sequences in Clowned.

Believability: Though the actual horror stories are not the most believable the settings give the ideas a chance to have been real. (5/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: It could but I doubt it will.

Post Credits Scene: During the credits scene.

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 34 Minutes

 

Overall: The Good The Bad And The Ugly in Short Stories

Rating 70

Trailer Alert – Devil May Call

Plot – Terror strikes a suicide hot-line when an obsessive caller turns out to be a sadistic serial killer. A young, blind woman’s last night working the phones becomes a desperate fight for survival when she’s his next victim.

Release Date: Non set for UK

Stars:

  • Tyler Mane (Halloween)
  • Corri English (Runaway Jury)

Director: Jason Cuadrado

Highlight of the Trailer: Tyler Mane’s screen presence

What Looks Good? Tyler Mane makes for an imposing serial killer

What Looks Bad? It has a large wait for release so maybe it isn’t as good as it looks.

Summary: I am always going to be a fan of a horror film where it is just a crazed serial killer and this looks like it will be that. The blind angle might not work for the genre though.

Questions:

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 60%

My Guess Rating – 60%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – No