Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Population 436 (2006)

populationDirector: Michelle MacLaren

Writer: Michelle MacLaren (Screenplay)

Starring: Jeremy Sisto, Fred Durst, Charlotte Sullivan, Peter Outerbridge

 

Plot: A census-taker (Sisto) is sent to investigate why a certain small town has had the same population — 436 residents — for the last 100 years.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Interesting Mystery Thriller

 

Story: Population 436 starts as we see a desperate race to a hospital for a mother to be only for her car to be involved in an accident, luckily the baby is rescued. We got on to meet Steve Kady (Sisto) who has been looking for Rockwell Falls, upon arriving he damages his car before Deputy Bobby Caine (Durst) brings him back to town once he discovers that Steve is from the census department.

The town’s people welcome Steve with open arms giving him a roof over his head with the beautiful Courtney Lovett (Sullivan) as we see the town preparing for an annual festival. Steve is investigating why the town has had the same population 436 for nearly 100 years.

As Steve spends more time in the town he starts to find himself wondering what is going on in the town when strange action and words come from their mouths of the locals as well as getting in the middle of the relationship between Courtney and Bobby. Steve also discovers there is a mystery fever going around the town that puts the escape from the town an impossible task.

Population 436 brings us into a cult like environment as we follow one man who enters into the world of this one town and its belief that they are being guarded by God. We get to see how everything comes off welcoming and this tries to put Steve at ease but we get a lot of foreshadowing through this film. This does keep us guessing and after that one moment of shock really is the only part of the film that reaches true horror levels.

 

Actor Review

 

Jeremy Sisto: Steve Kady works for the census department who is sent to Rockwell Falls to take up on why the town has had the same population for almost a century. Once in the town he starts to find himself known by everyone in the town but ends up finding out not everything is what it seems. Jeremy is solid in this role but like most of the film is slightly lacklustre.

Fred Durst: Deputy Bobby Caine is the man that brings Steve to the town, he has grown up in the town and with Courtney who he one days wants to ask to marry him. He comes off as the friend of Steve through his time there but that will change in time. Fred is solid in this role which is good early steps into acting career

Charlotte Sullivan: Courtney Lovett is the beautiful lady in the town, she has a desire to leave the town but keeps it hidden from the community. She sees Steve as her way out but how much is she willing to risk. Charlotte is good but I feel we could have seen a lot more from her.

Peter Outerbridge: Deputy Christian Hecker is the partner of Bobby who is against Steve from first sight, he comes off very shady through the film. Peter is basic in this supporting role but we don’t see his character enough.

Support Cast: Population 436 has a very basic supporting cast that really doesn’t stand out as anything special.

Director Review: Michelle MacLarenMichelle does a good job directing without make the real shock moments needed.

 

Horror: Population 436 has one brilliant horror scene without using the idea the film has enough.

Mystery: Population 436 does keep us wondering on where everything is going on.

Thriller: Population 436 has a small sense of tension throughout the film.

Settings: Population 436 keeps nearly all the setting are in this small town with very little place to escape.
Special Effects
: Population 436 has very basic effects with how certain moments.

Suggestion: Population 436 is one for the horror fans to try out. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Festival.

Worst Part: Not enough shock.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

Tagline: The residents of Rockwell Falls are dying for you to visit.

 

Overall: Solid little horror film that really has good moments but not enough.

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Jersey Boys (2014)

jerseyDirector: Clint Eastwood

Writer: Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice (Screenplay)

Starring: Vincent Piazza, John Lloyd Young, Steve Schirripa, Christopher Walken, Kathrine Narducci, Lou Volpe, Johnny Cannizzaro, Michael Patrick McGill, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda

 

Plot: The story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Sensational Musical Experience

 

Story: Jersey Boys starts as we meet Tommy DeVito (Piazza) and Frankie Valli (Young) two young men who grow up in New Jersey where there is only three ways out, jail, army or become famous but for now they work for local crime boss Gyp DeCarlo (Walken).

Tommy along with his brother and Nick Massi (Lomenda) are in a band but Tommy makes the decision to make Frankie the new lead singer of the band between the prison spells. Tommy, Nick and Frankie bring in new talented musician Bob Gaudio (Bergen) as the group look to make their break and Bob Crewe (Doyle) offers them the first steps into the music world and The Four Seasons are born. The story goes on to show the rise and fall of the one of the most popular bands of the 60s.

Jersey Boys shows the rise and fall of the Four Seasons, four young men from Jersey trying to make their way in the musical world. This shows how management for small bands wasn’t at the level it was for the time they appeared as we see how they find themselves in trouble both with money and personal life. The story handles both the fame and the personal lives with a perfect balance which is always the hard part of one of these films.

 

Actor Review

 

Vincent Piazza: Tommy DeVito is a true Jersey boy always wanting to make a quick buck, Tommy builds the group as well as dealing with the financial side of the band but doesn’t want to let anyone else take control of this part of the band. Vincent is good in this role and I believe is the only one of the four not from the stage version.

John Lloyd Young: Frankie Valli is the voice of the group, he has being cycled by Tommy and Nick’s criminal past but having local crime boss Gyp DeCarlo supporting him giving him all the time needed. He gets married staying away from the party side of the group and even starts getting involved Bob in their own venture. John steps away from stage and gives a great performance in this role.

Erich Bergen: Bob Gaudio gets bought in from outside the main Jersey click because he has all the music writing skills. He is a better business man but has to deal with Tommy making finance mistakes while he tries to pull up his own deal on the side with Frankie. Erich is good in this role stepping away from the stage version.  

Support Cast: Jersey Boys has a large supporting cast with a mix of stage stars and actors all blend into the story perfectly without over shadowing the main band.

Director Review: Clint EastwoodClint does a good job bring this musical to the bring screen putting together the dynamic between the band members and putting together the shows very well.

 

Biographical: Jersey Boys shows us how this band rose to the top only to crumble from within.

Music: Jersey Boys handles the performances the band puts on very well to make us feel like it could be the first time we have seen them.

Settings: Jersey Boys uses the settings to keep us in the time period the story is set in.
Suggestion
: Jersey Boys is one I do think fans of the music world should watch showing just how the behind the scenes can work with the band. (Music Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Songs.

Worst Part: Slightly long.

 

Believability: Based on the real band.

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 2 Hour 14 Minutes

Tagline: Everybody remembers it how they need to.

 

Overall: Good look at an iconic band.

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