Movie Reviews 101 Halloween Midnight Horror – The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

logoDirector: James DeMonaco

Writer: James DeMonaco (Screenplay)

Starring: Frank Grillo, Carman Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, Zoe Soul, Justina Machado, John Beasley, Jack Conley

Plot: Three groups of people are trying to survive Purge Night, when their stories intertwine and are left stranded in The Purge trying to survive the chaos and violence that occurs.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Better Than Original

Story: The Purge: Anarchy starts by reminding us about the rules of the The Purge and that is will be starting in a couple of hours. We follow couple Shane (Gilford) & Liz (Sanchez) travelling home, Eva (Ejogo) & Cali (Soul) who has been working to make sure her father gets medicine and Sergeant (Grillo) preparing to take part in the Purge. As the Purge approaches we learn about the characters mindset with Shane & Liz looking to get a separation getting caught out in the start of the Purge. Sergeant looking to get revenge on something that caused his life to fall apart and we are off.

The Purge under way and we see all the characters come out to play, we see Cali and Eva taken for Big Daddy (Conley), as Sergeant continues his hunt stopping and before long the five of them find themselves together trying to survive the Purge. As the night continues the five characters learn that the government are up to something looking to take out certain neighbourhoods during the Purge that Carmelo (Williams) had warned

The Purge: Anarchy finally brings us the film we wanted from the idea in this film. The first one only had a family trapped trying to survive which really didn’t work very well at all. This time we get the action on the outside as we watch a small group of survivors make it through the night, this is all we wanted, we get to see the estranged people who enjoy killing after them, we continue to see a range of hunter but the best improvement is the idea that the government is actually involved in the killing and using it as a way to get what they want. This gives us the start of a battle between the good people and the crazed people in the future. This was a dramatic improvement to the first which was much needed. (7/10)

Actor Review

Frank Grillo: Sergeant is a man on a mission to get revenge on a man, what he has done is unknown, going about his night he decides to help some victims only to find himself wondering around the Purge without his car while attracting the attention of two gangs who have targeted the victims he is helping. Frank plays the anti hero really well and shows that all these supporting roles were only to get him to the leading man role. (8/10)sergeant

Carman Ejogo: Eva Sanchez is stuck outside after her home is broken into, she along with her daughter get saved by Sergeant who agrees to help them get to safety. Carman fills the supporting role well but like most of them doesn’t add too much to the film. (6/10)

Zach Gilford: Shane is one part of a dysfunctional couple of the verge of separation he gets caught outside and spends the film on the run with Sergeant trying to stay alive. Zach does a solid job in supporting role but never really does enough to stand out. (5/10)

Kiele Sanchez: Liz is the other part of the separating couple who gets caught out in the Purge, she is constantly worried before hand and rightfully so, because her and Shane attract a gang from before the Purge starts. Kiele like the rest is a standard supporting role that doesn’t do too much. (5/10)

Zoe Soul: Cali gets taken along with her mother Eva but is saved by Sergeant leaving her to start believing in a rebel leader who believes the Purge is a government cover up. Zoe fills the supporting role well but just like the rest doesn’t add too much. (5/10)

Support Cast: The Purge: Anarchy is filled with plenty of characters that come out during the Purge which add to the survival side to the story.

Director Review: James DeMonacoJames steps up what he gave us first time out and this time he brings us a film that makes a lot more sense to the situation. (7/10)

Action: The Purge: Anarchy has plenty of action but mostly gun fire as our good guys try to survive the situation. (7/10)

Horror: The Purge: Anarchy puts use into a horror situation where our characters have to survive unlikely odds against the sickest minds. (8/10)

Sci-Fi: The Purge: Anarchy enters us into a future world with a situation where people kill people for fun. (7/10)

Thriller: The Purge: Anarchy does keep us rooting for our group of heroes as they end up facing the odds to survive. (8/10)

Settings: The Purge: Anarchy brings the action into the city only this time everything is locked and our characters are trapped outside desperately trying to survive. (8/10)
Special Effects: The Purge: Anarchy doesn’t really rely on special effects but one death looked dreadful on effects. (3/10)

Suggestion: The Purge: Anarchy is one to really give a go, you don’t need to see the original as there is no connection and this is far superior. (Try It)

Best Part: Sergeant character.

Worst Part: Lack of depth to the supporting characters in the group.

Action Scene Of The Film: Rich players game.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: NO (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: It could easily have one.

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $71 Million

Budget: $9 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 43 Minutes

Tagline: Welcome to America where one night a year all crime is legal

Overall: A sequel that could be one of the best improvements on the original in years.

Rating 72


Tim Robbins Weekend – The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

logoDirector: Frank Darabont

Writer: Frank Darabont (Screenplay) Stephen King (Short Story)

Starring: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler, Clancy Brown, Gil Bellows, Mark Rolston, James Whitmore, Jeffrey DeMunn

Plot: Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Masterpiece

Story: The Shawshank Redemption starts with Andy Dufresne (Robbins) telling his story about what happened when his ex-wife and new lover have been murdered, a crime he is found guilty of and sentenced to 2 life sentences. Next we meet Red (Freeman) who is up for parole after twenty years of his life sentence which gets rejected.

We see how Red guides Andy around the prison teaching him the ropes, as Andy tries to survive the vicious prison scene with Captain Hadley (Brown) throwing of beatings for fun. As his time continues Andy becomes popular with the guards from not just this prison but others as he helps them all with their finances. All this is his plan for his escape but he has to be patient.

The Shawshank Redemption is a film that really doesn’t need me too explain too much, we know how good this film is and anything I say about the story has already been said. The story includes the corruption within prison and the push for hope even when everything is against you. This is a story that you simply have to have seen once in your life. (10/10)

Actor Review

Tim Robbins: Andy Dufresne is the man wrongly convicted of murder, which leads to him being locked up for back to back life sentences. He has to navigate prison life before becoming popular with the inmates and guards alike. He decides to plan his own escape without letting anyone else know. Tim gives a great performance that is easily one of the basic performance that the character is always thinking. (10/10)andy

Morgan Freeman: Red is the go to guy within the prison that helps Andy get what he wants, he also becomes best friends with Andy over the years helping each other through the problems of prison life. Morgan gives one of his best performances and in this role we learn just how amazing his voice is in a narration tone. (10/10)red

Bob Gunton: Warden Norton takes advantage of all the hard work Andy does to help generate more money for himself rather than helping the inmates out. Bob gives a great performance as the warden who is out to make himself rich. (8/10)

Support Cast: The Shawshank Redemption has a large supporting cast that all help either Andy or the Warden we get clear sides of the fight to get through the prison life.

Director Review: Frank DarabontFrank gives us a masterpiece that will live long in the memory and will always get talked about. (10/10)

Drama: The Shawshank Redemption manages to show all of the human factors of surviving in the prison system and how careful planning could change a few things. (10/10)

Settings: The Shawshank Redemption has the most part the prison as its setting which makes full sense as we see how untie the inmates can become. (10/10)

Suggestion: The Shawshank Redemption is a film that everyone should see once, it has to be watched to see not only how great the story is but how amazing Stephen King can write none horror. (WATCH)

Best Part: Red’s final parole hearing.

Worst Part: Let’s be picky here, what if Andy wasn’t in the end cell?

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: Nominated for 7 Oscars, won none.

Box Office: $2.3 Million

Budget: $25 Million

Runtime: 2 Hour 22 Minutes

Tagline: Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free.

Trivia: Rob Reiner loved Frank Darabont‘s script so much that he offered $2.5 million for the rights to the script so he could direct it. Darabont seriously considered Reiner’s offer but ultimately decided that it was his “chance to do something really great” by directing the movie himself. Reiner wanted Harrison Ford and Tom Cruise to play Red and Andy respectively.

Overall: A masterpiece that will live long in the memory of all film fans out there.


New Releases – 16th October 2015

The Lobster obster In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.

My Guess for Rating – 75%
My Anticipation Rating – 65%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Pan pan 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.

My Guess for Rating – 60%
My Anticipation Rating – 50%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – Yes

Hotel Transylvania 2 hotel Dracula and his friends try to bring out the monster in his half human, half vampire grandson in order to keep Mavis from leaving the hotel.

My Guess for Rating – 30%
My Anticipation Rating – 10%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Crimson Peak crimson In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds…and remembers.

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

Beast of No Nation beastA drama based on the experiences of Agu, a child soldier fighting in the civil war of an unnamed African country.

My Guess for Rating – 70%
My Anticipation Rating – 50%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

The Program program An Irish sports journalist becomes convinced that Lance Armstrong’s performances during the Tour de France victories are fueled by banned substances. With this conviction, he starts hunting for evidence that will expose Armstrong.

My Guess for Rating – 76%
My Anticipation Rating – 50%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Movie Reviews 101 Pick of the Week – Crimson Peak

Halloween Kingathon – Firestarter (1984)

Banner-2logoDirector: Mark L Lester

Writer: Stanley Mann (Screenplay) Stephen King (Novel)

Starring: David Keith, Drew Barrymore, Freddie Jones, Heather Locklear, Martin Sheen, George C Scott, Art Carney, Louise Fletcher, Moses Gunn

Plot: A couple who participated in a potent medical experiment gain telekinetic ability and then have a child who is pyrokinetic.

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Verdict: Nicely Paced Horror Thriller

Story: Firestarter starts Andy McGee (Keith) trying to take his daughter Charlie (Barrymore) away from a group of authority figures. We flash back to the experiment being performed on ten people, five get water the other five get a special treatment where Andy took place in and met Vicky (Locklear). We see how the two learn they have telekinetic powers the rest of the experiment went horribly wrong.

We jump back to the present and the father, daughter escape where we learn that Charlie has the ability to start a fire and control an attack on someone. We continue to flash between what happened to put Andy and Charlie on the run and Doctor Joseph Wanless (Jones) working with Captain Hollister (Sheen) who are trying to bring them in before Charlie becomes to dangerous, but to do so he has to turn to the unorthodoxy John Rainbird (Scott) to get through to Charlie.

Firestarter is a classic horror film that is perfectly paced to show how difficult it will be for our young girl as she deals with these new powers. We see how three different sides of the battle are trying to either help or hinder her. We get too see the usual military side of the story who wants to have a new weapon while we also get to see how a father will do anything for his child. While this does explore the normal ideas of dealing with powers this ends up being very engaging as you want to know where and how powerful Charlie could become. (8/10)

Actor Review

David Keith: Andrew McGee is the father of Charlie who has telekinetic powers, he is on the run with Charlie from the government, he will do anything to protect her from being part of any experiment, but his abilities to stop her getting out of control are growing weak. David does a good job as the concerned protective father. (7/10)

Drew Barrymore: Charlene McGee is the daughter of Andy and Vicky, born with the power to start fires, she is being taught how to control her powers but this is becoming ever increasingly difficult as the government close in on her. Drew showed she was a star in the making with this performance. (8/10)

Martin Sheen: Captain Hollister is the military man who is tracking Andy and Charlie down so he could use Charlie as a weapon against the advice of Wanless. Martin showed us that he was always going to make both a good villain and military figure. (7/10)

Support Cast: Firestarter has a supporting cast that includes Heather Locklear as the mother of Charlie, George C Scott as the man who gets things done.

Director Review: Mark L Lester Mark does a great job with this film pacing the story perfectly and giving us a slow build to learn how powerful Charlie really is. (8/10)

Horror: Firestarter shows how dangerous messing with powers you can’t control could be for people who don’t understand them. (8/10)

Thriller: Firestarter keeps you guessing to what will happen to the characters as the story unfolds. (8/10)

Settings: Firestarter brings us the traditional locations for people on the run mixed with the area where the government would conduct experiments. (8/10)
Special Effects: Firestarter uses practical effects to create the fire that Charlie causes. (9/10)

Suggestion: Firestarter is one for all the horror fans to watch and will be enjoyed by all. (Horror Fans Watch)

Best Part: Farm firestarter.

Worst Part: I feel we needed a little bit more from the backstory.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has one.

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $15.1 Million

Budget: $15 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 54 Minutes

Tagline: Charlie McGee is a happy, healthy eight-year-old little girl. Normal in every way but one. She has the power to set objects afire with just one glance. It’s a power she does not want. It’s a power she can’t control. And, each night, Charlie prays to be just like every other child. But there are those who will do everything in their power to find her… or destroy her.

Overall: A burning bright horror film.

Rating 80

2015 Watched List Part 18

Over the past year I have seen an incredible amount of films and I have decided to share with you all which ones I have seen in what order. I am going to be doing these in groups of ten, where I will pick my favourite of the bunch and the worst of the bunch.

So without further ramblings here we go with 181 – 190:

1. The Guest logo This horror action thriller following David as he goes from protector to obsessed stalker. We have great scenes throughout this film and a kick ass sound track a must watch from the year.

2. 247 degrees ogo A simple horror here following three friends who get trapped in a sauna with no way of turning the temperature down. It does everything right for a horror film like this but won’t be one to stick with you for long.

3. Ex-Machina logo One man wins a chance to work with genius scientist on his latest project which brings us the latest look at where technology could be going in the future. This is such a perfect sci-fi film that could be up for Oscars by the end of the year.

4. Dead Man Down logo An action thriller that follows one man who wants to take down his boss but his plan get changed. This is a standard action film that won’t live too long in the memory.

5. Savaged logoA deaf girl gets attack and murdered by a group of thugs but a Native American brings her back to take out the gang once and for all. A good revenge thriller well worth a watch.

6. Last Chance Harvey logo A romantic comedy about taking the last chance starring Dustin Hoffman. This one didn’t tick enough god marks for me.

7. Rain Man logo The classic film with Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise as brothers who never knew about each other until the money runs out for Hoffman’s care. In what is considered one of the best performance from both the stars we do have to tip our hats to the performances.

8. Mad Max Fury Road logo This is easily going to be the best popcorn film of the year, nothing will come close this year.

9. Pernicious logo A low budget horror follow three friends who move into a house with a golden statue but things start happening leading to a body count. A good little horror well worth a watch

10. American Heist logo An action thriller with a touch of family drama in the lacklustre film.

The Best – All I say is wow this is hard 4 of these films could win most rounds but I am going to go with one of the best complete films – Ex-Machinalogo

The Worst – American Heistlogo