Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – 51 (2011)

51Director: Jason Connery

Writer: Kenny Yakkel (Screenplay) Lucy Mukerjee-Brown (Story)

Starring: Vanessa Branch, Bruce Boxleitner, Rachel Miner, Jason London, John Shea

 

Plot: 51 chronicles what happens after political pressure from the American public forces the Air Force to provide a few well-known reporters with limited access to the most secretive base on the planet: Area 51. When one of the base’s hidden ‘long term visitors’ exploits this unprecedented visit as a chance to liberate himself and his fellow alien captives, Area 51 turns from a secure government base to a horrifying destination of terror.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Area 51 Done Well

 

Story: 51 starts when the government are finally going to let people into Area 51 for the first time with Sam Whitaker (Shea) and new blogger Claire (Branch). Colonel Martin (Boxleitner) is showing the guests around the base with the idea of showing just the simple ones rather than the real secrets.

With the tour happening around the base we see how the aliens held there start their own escape. The tour group must work together to survive while the soldiers on the outside also have to deal with the aliens coming up the levels.

51 is a horror sci-fi film set inside Area 51, we actually get to see the idea that aliens have been trapped there for decades and most importantly we get to see different types of aliens. This helps play into the conspiracy side to the story very well. When it comes to the survival side of the story there isn’t too much fresh happening here but it does make you wonder what abilities each of these aliens actually has while the film unfolds.

 

Actor Review

 

Vanessa Branch: Claire is an internet reporter with a reputation of pushing the limits to make sure she breaks the story, she isn’t one of the Colonel’s first choices to be part of the tour but while she is here she will look to break the big story. Vanessa is a solid strong leading lady for this horror film.

Bruce Boxleitner: Col Martin is the man who has to lead the tour group around Area 51, he doesn’t like the idea and will try to make this the simplest tour possible giving away only small amounts of details. Bruce comes off like a normal colonel you would expect to see in thi style of film.

Rachel Miner: Sgt Hanna is on the outside guarding the base she leads the men while having her own troubled past and reputation to live up to. Rachel is solid in this role which feels like a completely different story to the main tour.

Jason London: Aaron ‘Shoes’ Schumacher is a rookie soldier that is under the wing of Sgt Hanna, he wants to see combat but has to deal with not having this chance for now. Jason is solid in this role where we do get a few extra laugh from this film.

Support Cast: 51 has a supporting cast which includes different of soldiers as well as the fellow reporters, each one comes off slightly disposable through the story.

Director Review: Jason ConneryJason gives us a horror that has fresh twists while being the standard survival thriller.

 

Horror: 51 is filled with blood soaked kills throughout the survival horror side of the story.

Sci-Fi: 51 takes us to Area 51 with aliens trying to escape their prisons which heaps all of the sci-fi side of the story involved.

Settings: 51 is set at Area 51 for the whole film which plays into the conspiracy side of the story.
Special Effects
: 51 has low budget effects which work once we see the aliens made with practical effects.

Suggestion: 51 is one I feel the horror fans out there can watch late night on TV and get the enjoyment out of it. (Late Night TV)

 

Best Part: Different types of aliens involved.

Worst Part: Hanna and Shoes storyline seems out of place and almost talking to audience early on.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $1 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Tagline:  The military’s best-kept secret just broke loose.

 

Overall: Simple but enjoyable sci-fi horror film.

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Matthew McConaughey Weekend – Mud (2012)

mudDirector: Jeff Nichols

Writer: Jeff Nichols (Screenplay)

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Sam Shepard, Ray McKinnon, Sarah Paulson, Michael Shannon

 

Plot: Two young boys encounter a fugitive and form a pact to help him evade the vigilantes that are on his trail and to reunite him with his true love.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: ABC Coming Of Age

 

Story: Mud starts when two teenagers Ellis (Sheridan) and Neckbone (Lofland) find a mysterious man hiding out in a wrecked boat in a tree. The man offers them a deal with them bringing him food as Mud (McConaughey) waiting for his lost love Juniper (Witherspoon) to meet him on this random island.

When the boys learn that Mud is in fact a wanted man they still decide to help once they hear his story as Ellis learns a valuable lesson about growing up as his parents want to move him to a new town away from his friends.

Mud is a coming of age movie that checks off all the essentials needed to be a great one, we get the boy who has to learn change before he is really ready for the change to happen. He learns from someone who shouldn’t be a role model but has a way of thinking that he could learn more from than his parents could ever teach him. The crime side to the story is fine but doesn’t hit the impact that the learning curve Ellis goes on really. It does have slow moments but in the end is one of the good coming of age tales out there.

 

Actor Review

 

Matthew McConaughey: Mud is an estranged man living in an abandoned boat when he befriends two teenage boys. We learn that he is wanted for murder and it is his love the Juniper which has caused all of his problems. Matthew is great and in a role that showed the beginning of the next step of his career.

Reese Witherspoon: Juniper is the reason why Mud has been waiting and is the reason for everything Mud has ever done. She comes off as the girl that leads a man astray. Reese is great in this supporting performance.

Tye Sheridan: Ellis is one of the two teenagers that find Mud and wants to help him. As he is helping Mud he learns life lessons on love which will help him in the future. Tye gives us a great early career performance.

Support Cast: Mud has a supporting cast filled with star names that all take a back seat to the main story being told.

Director Review: Jeff NicholsJeff gives us a good drama which has coming of age elements going on throughout the serious storyline.

 

Drama: Mud is a drama that really is a coming of age tale for Ellis who has to learn about love through the miss-adventures of Mud.

Settings: Mud keep everything looking like the small town these boys live in which shows how tough the families have it.
Suggestion
: Mud is one I think should be watch but I will say you need to be in the mood for a slow moving drama. (Watch)

 

Best Part: The performances from Matthew an Tye Sheridan.

Worst Part: Slightly slow.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $10 Million

Runtime: 2 Hour 10 Minutes

 

Overall: Beautiful coming of age movie with powerhouse performances.

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Divine Tragedies gets name change to BLOOD BROTHERS; gets theatrical release in December

Divine Tragedies gets name change to BLOOD BROTHERS; gets theatrical release in December

Critically-acclaimed festival favorite THE DIVINE TRAGEDIES, from writer-director Jose Prendes, will be distributed in the US by Uncork’d Entertainment under new title BLOOD BROTHERS.

The first feature from Dual Visions, the company headed up by Jon and James Kondelik, has been called “a dangerous and perfect little nightmare that needs to be seen” (Aint it Cool News) and “simply divine” (Dread Central).

Due for a theatrical/VOD release December 2, it tells of two brothers that fulfill their murderous fantasies, but doing so derails their relationship with horrifying results. Rising star Hannah Levien, from TV’s The Magicians, genre favorite Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator), Ken Foree (The Devil’s Rejects), Graham Denman and Lynn Lowry (The Crazies) star.

Uncork’d Entertainment President Keith Leopard says he’s excited to be working with the Kondelik’s on the well-received film.

“I immediately fell in love with BLOOD BROTHERS – it’s as captivating and frightening as it is visually stunning. Prendes has crafted a masterwork of horror here. We’re excited to be teaming with Dual Visions to bring the film to the masses.”

Producer Jon Kondelik says, “We are thrilled to have Uncork’d Entertainment release Jose Prendes’ psychological thriller to the masses. BLOOD BROTHERS is our first of many films and couldn’t ask for a better start for our company.”

“It’s one of those films that is super soaked in color, blood, and a butt load of imagery to warp your mind”, says producer James Kondelik. “Who wouldn’t be excited for this release?”

Blood Brothers is set for a theatrical/digital release on 12/2 and a DVD release 2/14/2017.