Marathon Man (1976)

marathongDirector: John Schlesinger

Writer: William Goldman (Screenplay)

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Roy Schieder, William Devane, Marthe Keller, Fritz Weaver, Richard Bright

 

Plot: A graduate history student is unwittingly caught in the middle of an international conspiracy involving stolen diamonds, an exiled Nazi war criminal, and a rogue government agent.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: True Thriller

 

Story: Marathon Man starts as we see infamous Nazi criminal living in New York involved in a car accident even though he has long been thought dead, we go on to meet student Babe (Hoffman) who spends his time studying and running. We go on to meet Doc (Scheider) who is on a government mission working for Janeway (Devane).

The story takes a twist when we learn that Doc is the big brother of Babe but his mission brings the Szell (Olivier) back to New York and a reunion of brother’s brings us into a position where Babe can learn the truth about his brother.

Babe finds himself in the middle of a conspiracy where it is his own brother that drags him into the mess and he has to deal with the consequences and threat that Szell offers.

Marathon Man is a crime thriller that mixes our innocent everyday student into a world of international war criminals and a diamond heist. All of these elements come into the film to work perfectly to create the tension and twists needed for the style of the film. There really won’t be much else to say fresh that people haven’t already said about this film.

 

Actor Review

 

Dustin Hoffman: Babe is just a student living in New York City, he meets a girl while dreaming of being able to take part in a marathon. When his brother returns Babe finds himself being tortured by Szell for information. Dustin is great in this leading role having to deal with just not knowing anything throughout.

Laurence Olivier: Szell is a former Nazi war criminal that has information on all the hiding war criminals but when his brother dies he wants his diamonds back and he will do anything to get them back using all of his torture techniques on Babe. Laurence is deadly calm while being equally terrifying throughout.

Roy Scheider: Doc is a secret agent dealing with all the problems the rest of the government don’t want to get involved in. He is the big brother to Babe and his latest mission leaves him brother’s life at risk. Roy is good in what comes off like a cocky James Bond like figure.

William Devane: Janeway is the partner of Doc working on his latest job but when we learn his true colours we get an extra person for Babe to dodge for his freedom. William is good in this role where we get to see this corrupt character running through the film.

Support Cast: Marathon Man has a supporting cast which does includes Elsa the love interest of Babe while the rest are just henchmen. The smaller cast helps the film focus on our main characters more.

Director Review: John SchlesingerJohn gives us a tension filled thriller that plays on paranoia as well as the idea of not knowing the truth about one’s own family

 

Crime: Marathon Man puts us into the middle of a crime world where international war criminals are trying to get freedom.

Thriller: Marathon Man keeps us on throughout the film as we see the innocent Babe try to outsmart the criminals.

Settings: Marathon Man keeps most of the settings very simple not taking away from the performances of the actors in the process.
Special Effects
: Marathon Man has good practical effects when needed for the kills and fights.

Suggestion: Marathon Man is one I do think everyone should see at least once because it shows how to make a real thriller. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Hoffman’s character shows real development unlike most thrillers.

Worst Part: You may not want to attend the dentist for a while.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Nominated for Best Supporting Actor

Budget: $6.5 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 5 Minutes

 

Overall: One of the best tension filled thrillers ever put to film.

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Into the Grizzly Maze (2015)

grizzyDirector: David Hackl

Writer: Guy Moshe, J.R. Reher (Screenplay) J.R. Reher (Story)

Starring: James Marsden, Thomas Jane, Piper Perabo, Scott Glenn, Michaela McManus, Billy Bob Thornton, Adam Beach

 

Plot: Two estranged brothers reunite at their childhood home in the Alaskan wild. They set out on a two-day hike and are stalked by an unrelenting grizzly bear.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Monster Movie

 

Story: Into the Grizzly Maze starts when Rowan (Marsden) returns to his home town to search for someone believed to be lost in the famous Grizzly Maze. He gets a chance to make amends with his estranged brother Beckett (Jane) who just so happens to be one of the sheriffs in town along with Sully (Glenn). When the hunting teams have been illegally hunting bears, but one bear has been taking humans out in the most violent ways possible.

Douglass (Thornton) a bear expert wants to go and hunt this killer bear while Beckett is against this he needs to go and protect his wife Michelle (Perabo) who is in the maze and his brother but who will make it out the maze alive?

Into the Grizzly Maze really does come to the simple concept of man against nature as we have our small group of survivors trying to get away from a killer bear. The story does come off as a way to try and campaign against hunting which I know I wrong in its own right. I found myself actually cheering for the bear because the most of the human characters are the reason why the bear is acting the way it is. I personally found this an easy watch with the story but found myself getting slightly annoyed with the way the bear only attacks the disposable characters and letting our main characters getting enough time to react.

 

Actor Review

 

James Marsden: Rowan returns to town to find a guide who had been helping poachers that has gone missing in the woods, he knows the woods better than most people but having to spend time with his estranged brother Beckett shows the different mind-set both have about the bears. Rowan wants to get into town and out before anyone he knows, knows he is back in town. James is solid in this role but is never the most convincing in the character’s actions.

Thomas Jane: Beckett is the deputy in town that has been going out of his way to make sure the bears are tagged and protected from hunters. He remained in the town while his brother left, but when the bears start attacking people he must find his wife and brother in the maze and stop the killer bear. Thomas is an actor who has battled sharks but this time he is just the sheriff in the town nothing special.

Piper Perabo: Michelle is the deaf wife of Beckett, she spends plenty of time in the woods trying to stop hunters plans but this is a bad day for here when we learn the killer bear is fighting back. She must use her experience to survive with the rest, but for some reason she reacts to sounds. Piper does ok but sometimes seems to forget her character is deaf as she reacts to the sounds.

Billy Bob Thornton: Douglass is a hunter that has been hunting bears for years, he knows how to track them and stay out of trouble. He hunts for the killer bear with just his horse and gun. He isn’t afraid to kill anything that gets in his way. Billy is good as we only see him in spells because of the nature of his character.

Support Cast: Into the Grizzly Maze has a supporting cast which mostly are disposable with Kaley being there just so the better known actors don’t get hurt early on.

Director Review: David HacklDavid gives us an easy to watch action horror that isn’t the most challenging but simple.

 

Action: Into the Grizzly Maze uses the action side of this for the bear attacks which all come off quite realistic throughout.

Horror: Into the Grizzly Maze puts our characters in the battle for their lives which is the horror side of the story.

Thriller: Into the Grizzly Maze does keep us guessing to wonder what will happen next.

Settings: Into the Grizzly Maze puts us into the middle of the woods which is a great setting for this to take place in.
Special Effects
: Into the Grizzly Maze has average effects, the basic attacks all look good but when we see the kills the CGI is clear.

Suggestion: Into the Grizzly Maze is one to try, it is an easy watch that could be enjoyed by all. (Try IT)

 

Best Part: The bear.

Worst Part: CGI

Action Scene Of The Film: Final act.

Kill Of The Film: Final one.

 

Believability: Parts could happen even though this goes onto a bigger story.

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $10 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 34 Minutes

Tagline: Hunt or be hunted.

 

Overall: Easy to watch monster creature feature that keeps you on edge till the end.

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2016 Watched List Part 31

2016 Watched List

I did a watched list last year and now I have decided to make a slight twist on it all, I will continue to do a list of the order I watched them all but I will also rank the 10 films from worst to best. So here is the list, what do you think and how do you rate this films.

Here is 301 – 310

1.       Good Will Hunting

2.       Promised Land

3.       Deadpool

4.       Independents’ Day

5.       Green Room

6.       Marathon Man

7.       Reckless

8.       Me Before You

9.       Attack the Block

10.   The Plague

This is how I rate these films from worst to best.

10) The Plague plague

Standard Horror that offers nothing new.


9) Independents’ Dayindep

Rip off from the original Independence Day.


8) Reckless reckless

Political dark side thriller about affairs.


7) Promised Land promised land

Fracking campaign film.


6) Attack the Block attack

Great alien creation that works very well.


5) Green Room grrren

Great horror even though it isn’t my favourite sub-genre of horror.


4) Marathon Manmarathong

Timeless classic thriller.


3) Me Before You me

The romantic film of the year?


2) Deadpool deadpool

This isn’t number one you saw that right even though I love this film.


1) Good Will Hunting god

Brilliant inspirational and motivating film.

 

Halloween Party (2016)

hallowenDirector: Linda Palmer

Writer: Linda Palmer (Screenplay) Mark Cardone, Betsy Morris, Linda Palmer (Story)

Starring: Chris Pentzell, Christine Blackburn, Elle Newlands, Frank Gangarossa, David Banks, Andrea Leithe, Danny Pardo, Skyler Cooper, Jennifer Popagain, Elina Madison

 

Plot: Ben and Julie’s annual Halloween Party is about to go off the Richter scale, when their single, high maintenance girlfriend drags in a homeless guy, thinking he’s a party goer, because SHE needs an escort. Not only has she dated everyone there; unbeknownst to her, Ben has invited her lame ex-boyfriend in hopes of reuniting them. As she spends the night avoiding her ex, and the other undesirable guys in attendance, she interacts with a colorful assortment of party peeps. Between disappearing fortune tellers and over crowded jacuzzis, she questions if real love is even possible. The irony; the only person she’s the least bit attracted to, is the homeless man!

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Good Social Commentary

 

Story: Halloween Party starts as we see Ben (Pentzell) and Julie (Blackburn) planning their famous Halloween party. One of their most important guests is Erin (Newlands) who they want to help meet a guy in a party which is mostly couples and we watch how the party unfolds and see how everyone acts at this social occasion.

We get to see how Ben and Julie use their hidden cameras to learn all of their friend’s secrets and behaviour at their party while all dealing with personal problems.

Halloween Party gives us a good social commentary on how different people at different stages of their lives deal with the party scene and even though we get to deal costumes hiding their true identities. The story works for comedy because we get to see how everyone can act differently as they get older and not having all the characters in the early twenties shows us just how everyone can enjoy themselves in the right party. I will say this film won’t be one of the most memorable but it does everything you need it to do.

 

Overall: Fun social commentary that is an easy watch.

Rating60

 

 

Opinion Battles Results Favourite Pixar Movie

Opinion Battles Results

We have had a nice selection of Pixar movies for this round but what were the most popular answers?results

2nd – We have a tie between Toy Story 2, The Incredibles and Wall-E giving us split points 4.5 for Cinema Parrot Disco, Richard, Damienwall ets 2incred

1st – Toy Story selected by Drew, Tom, Emma each getting 12 pointsts 1

If you want to take part in the next round we are looking at favourite Zombie movie and send you choices to moviereviews101@yahoo.co.uk.

Here is the table, (Drew – Drew’s Movie Reviews, Kim – Tranquil Dreams, J – Film & Nuance, Cinema Parrot Disco, Rob – Movie Rob, Damien Riley – Riley Central, Summer – Serendipitous Anachronisms, Daniel – A Tale of Two Dans, Emma – Emma Explains It All, S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason, Richard – The Humpo Show, Paul – Return to the 80s, Rachel – 54 Disney Reviews, Daniel – Dellens 456 , Tom – Plain Simple Tom Reviews) can anyone take this league by storm like last year?table