The House on Pine Street (2015)

pineDirector: Austin Keeling, Aaron Keeling

Writer: Austin Keeling, Aaron Keeling, Natalie Jones (Screenplay)

Starring: Emily Goss, Taylor Bottles, Cathy Barnett, Jim Korinke, Natalie Pellegrini, Tisha Swart-Entwistle, Keegon Ellison, Daniel Shirley

 

Plot: A psychological horror about a young woman coping with an unwanted pregnancy after moving into a seemingly haunted house.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Capturing The Babadook’s Suspense

 

Story: The House on Pine Street starts when couple Jennifer (Goss) and Luke (Bottles) move away from the big city of Chicago while Jennifer is expecting their first child. With Jennifer not interested in this move in the first place we see how she is being pushed into decision by her overprotective mother Meredith (Barnett), to make matters worse she has left all her trust friends behind.

It isn’t long before Jennifer becomes the target of a paranormal visit that starts off with small hauntings including doors opening or sounds of knocking. Lauren (Pellegrini) Jennifer’s best friend visits with her child which only intensifies the hauntings with neither believing her story as they both see similarities in her actions after a previous unknown moment in Chicago which led to them moving. Just what is real, what is it after or is it all in Jennifer’s head that is the questions being asked.

The House on Pine Street is one of the most suspense filled horrors of this year, it follows how one lady is being haunted but we are left wondering is the haunting real or just in her head. This all taps into where the Babadook went with us seeing the woman have the break down because of a potential haunting. Even with this being a lengthy film for horror we do get drawn into every scene as our victim. The balance between potential paranormal and real potential break works so well but my only negative I could say is that I would have liked at least one person to help any paranormal compared to the only idea that it being in her head.

 

Actor Review

 

Emily Goss: Jennifer is the heavily pregnant wife of Luke’s who has had a form of incident back in Chicago which has led to her moving to a quiet neighbourhood for the child’s birth. She starts getting haunted by a presence in the new home leading her to question her own sanity while the people closest to her haven’t been believing her. Emily is great in this performance showing genuine fear throughout.

Taylor Bottles: Luke is the husband of Jennifer’s who gives up his life in the city to make things happen in the quieter neighbourhood. He starts a new job where he works long hours only for him not to believe anything supernatural happening to his wife. He wants to have this baby and tries his hardest to make sure everything goes to plan for the pregnancy. Taylor does a good job in this role without really shinning.

Cathy Barnett: Meredith is Jennifer’s overprotective mother who is trying to run her life with the baby coming. She wants the life to go back to normal how it was when she raised Jennifer. Cathy does a good job in tis supporting role.

Jim Korinke: Walter is a man that Jennifer meets at a party, he has the ability to pick up on energies making him the first person Jennifer turns to for any sort or paranormal activity. Jim does a solid job in this role but doesn’t get enough time on camera.

Support Cast: The House on Pine Street doesn’t have too big of a supporting cast as we only watch the friends of the family witnessing the situation.

Director Review: Austin Keeling, Aaron KeelingAustin and Aaron bring us a very suspense filled horror that has good scares and makes you think.

 

Horror: The House on Pine Street has great moments of horror when we watch Jennifer deal with the issues in the haunting going on in the house.

Settings: The House on Pine Street uses the house for the horror as we see how isolated Jennifer feels stuck in the house in a new town alone.
Special Effects
: The House on Pine Street uses good effects when needed and doesn’t turn to them until we need them for horror elements of the story.

Suggestion: The House on Pine Street is one for the horror fans to watch. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Basement investigation.

Worst Part: I would have liked slight more paranormal investigation going on.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: The Babadook

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 51 Minutes

Trivia: The “haunted” house was found on Craigslist.

 

Overall: Brilliant suspense filled horror

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New Release – Daisy

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UK Release Date: 1st December 2015

 

Stars: Max Brown, Hattie Gotobed, Lucy Russell

Genres: Drama

 

Plot: Daisy depicts the last days of a thirteen-year-old girl Daisy (Hattie Gotobed), who suffers from sever Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) and by chance meets Stinky aka Peter (Max Brown), a British Iraq war veteran who suffers from drug addiction. Like Peter Pan, Stinky is stuck in Neverland and like Wendy; Daisy inspires him to change his ways. She helps him learn to appreciate life, find home, but most importantly find love, something that she will never experience.

Anticipation Rating 6/10

 

Guess Rating 9/10

The Sting (1973)

rob challengeRob’s picked for me to watch is the multi Oscar winning The Sting, let’s see what I thought.

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Director: George Roy Hill

Writer: David S Ward (Screenplay)

Starring: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Charles Durning, Ray Walston, Harold Gould, Eileen Brennan

 

Plot: In Chicago in September 1936, a young con man seeking revenge for his murdered partner teams up with a master of the big con to win a fortune from a criminal banker.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Bit of a Drag

 

Story: The Sting starts when young con artist Johnny Hooker (Redford) steals from the mob leading to his long-time partner and mentor to be killed. Johnny has to turn to experienced Henry Gondorff (Newman) to work the one big con against ruthless crime boss Doyle Lonnegan (Shaw).

We follow as the bog con unfolds and Henry and Johnny put together a team on fellow con artists for the bigger score of their lives.

The Sting is a heist movie that follows just one long play against one man in an act of revenge, just think it pretty much does what Ocean’s Eleven does by walking us through the whole con step by step. I will have to say the film does go on for too long for my liking and it all seems to just repeat itself with each tip given to Lonnegan. Add in the hapless police officer trying to catch Johnny and it all just seems to come off too long, repetitive and lacks the impact in the final pay off.

 

Actor Review

 

Paul Newman: Henry is the experienced con artist who Johnny turns to when he wants revenge for a friend’s death, he ends up putting the con together to make it al happen with his smooth talking style. Paul gives us a good performance in the role where he out smarts the villain.

 

Robert Redford: Johnny is the slick young con artist who ends up biting off more than he can chew when he takes money from a gangster. He must avenge his partner’s death with the help of the best in the business. Robert gives us a good performance from start to finish and is the star of the show.

 

Robert Shaw: Doyle is the mobster running the town and when he has money stolen from him he needs to make up for it but ends up becoming the target of the con artist who are out for their own form of revenge. Robert does a good job in this role shining against the flair characters.

 

Charles Durning: LT Snyder is the hapless detective trying to track down Johnny but always seems to lose him just when he thought he had him caught. Charles is the only remotely funny character in this film.

 

Support Cast: The Sting has a large supporting cast that all show the different side of the con people are and how ready each member is to deal with the consequences.

 

Director Review: George Roy HillGeorge does a good job directing this film that will be remember for years to come as it paved the way for the heist movie.

 

Comedy: The Sting doesn’t really have many laughs and it leaves me wondering how it is considered a comedy.

Crime: The Sting has a great heist element filling in the crime side of the story nicely.

Settings: The Sting has good settings being used making everything look like it would be the underworld of crime.

Suggestion: The Sting is on to try but if you don’t like older films you will struggle to enjoy this one. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Poker game.

Worst Part: Too long

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Won 7 Oscars

Box Office: $159 Million

Budget: $5.5 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 9 Minutes

Tagline: all it takes is a little Confidence.

Trivia: The movie was filmed on the backlot of Universal studios and the diner in which Hooker meets Lonnegan is the same diner interior used in Back to the Future (1985) in which Marty McFly first meets his father and calls Doc Brown.

 

Overall: Long heist film that all shows basic storytelling with the one heist going on.

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