American Exorcism (2017)

Director: Tripp Weathers

Writer: Tripp Weathers (Screenplay)

Starring: Braxton Davis, Michael Filipowich, Sicily Fontaine, Kate Tumanova, William McKinney

 

Plot: Damon Richter thought he left the world of possessions, exorcisms, and evil behind until an old friend arrives with frightening information about his estranged daughter knowing that only his otherworldly skills can save her.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Brand New Look at the Exorcism Movie

 

Story: American Exorcism starts as we meet Damon (Filipowich) a possessed father of one that uses his possession to fight other possessions for Father Padre (McKinney) but as his daughter is growing his wife Janelle (Morris) pushes him to leave that world behind him but his own personal tragedy gives him a reason to leave.

10 years later, Damon forced to leave Caroline (Tumanova) to go through the foster system but with her 18th birthday coming up Padre returns to Damon since the tragedy to work together to make sure she doesn’t possess the same inner demons her father does.

Damon must use his abilities to save his daughter from the same demon that took his wife from him before she finds herself killing too many people.

 

Thoughts on American Exorcism

 

Characters/PerformanceDamon is a possessed man who can control the demon that lives inside him, he uses this to fight other demons that have possessed the innocent and now must fight against one that has made it personal. Padre is the former father that worked with Damon before the tragic events but now he has returned to save Damon’s daughter. Caroline is the daughter of Damon who is now becoming possessed but she doesn’t know that Damon is her father.

Performance wise, Michael Filipowich doesn’t have the look of the leading man, he isn’t clean cut and this works for the because it needs an edge, McKinney is good but doesn’t get the time Michael or Kate get. Kate is good in the rebellious possessed daughter.

StoryI can safely say I do find the ABC exorcism movies boring, because they never push the boundaries keeping everything inside one house but this story feels fresh all over. The biggest plus points here are that we have a battle between the demon which isn’t just a priest but a film that does into the darker side of the battle, much like what we have seen from werewolf or vampire movies.

HorrorThe horror side of this film is good as we do see a different look at exorcisms but doesn’t come off a true terror.

SettingsI usually like my horror all in one location but this film benefits from going outside the tight surrounds because it makes it feel fresh.

Special EffectsThe special effects are consistent through the film, with the first look coming off weak but then it does seem to add to the film in the way the effects are used to show the demons.

Final ThoughtsI did like the fresh approach to the exorcism movie, I know some people will not enjoy this style but it does feel like the first time we have a battle between demons who are possessing bodies rather than good versus evil.

 

Overall: Great, fresh addition to the exorcism genre.

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The Simpsons Challenge – Season 2 – Episode 10 – Bart Gets Hit by a Car

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Season 2

Episode 10 – Bart Gets Hit by a Car

Couch Gag – This time the family all fall off leaving Homer to spread himself out on the couch.

Plot SynopsisWhile skateboarding down the street, Bart is hit by a car driven by Mr. Burns. Homer turns down Mr. Burns’ token offer of $100, and instead hires ambulance-chaser Lionel Hutz to bring an outrageous lawsuit against the millionaire.

What is going on reallyWe start this episode with Bart skating around town only to find himself hit by a car, Mr Burns car putting him on an out of body experience heading to heaven.

When Lionel Hutz chases down the ambulance he wants to take Mr Burns for large sum of money while Mr Burns shows his ruthless nature by only offering Homer $100.

The case gets taken to court where Lionel Hutz takes Mr Burns attempting to take 1 million dollars but it is Marge who loses the case with her honest as the injury isn’t as bad as they claimed it was.

Star Character

Bartcar

Final ThoughtsI think this episode is slightly before it’s time because people have been taking advantage of the through the courts to get money they don’t deserve. But this episode does drag in places.

Rating 2/5

Maverick (1994)

maverDirector: Richard Donner

Writer: William Goldman (Screenplay) Roy Huggins (TV Show)

Starring: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, James Garner, Graham Greene, Alfred Molina, James Coburn, Dub Taylor

 

Plot: Bret Maverick, needing money for a poker tournament, faces various comic mishaps and challenges, including a charming woman thief.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Tiresome Comedy

 

Story: Maverick starts as Bret Maverick (Gibson) finds himself at the end of noose recounting what left him in this awkward predicament. Maverick looking to enter a poker tournament and goes on a string of miss-adventures as he finds himself constantly in trouble to make this happen.

Maverick is joined by thief Annabelle Bransford (Foster) and Marshal Zane Cooper (Garner) but also finds himself having a bounty on is head. Will Maverick make it to the game on time along with finding the money to enter the poker tournament

 

Thoughts on Maverick

 

StoryThis story just seems to be a repeating formula of Maverick finding himself in trouble only to be coning everyone involved. The film actually feel like a series of short episodes after all it is based off a television show but in the end just doesn’t strike all the points it needs to.

Action/Comedy/WesternThe action is based from the comedy going on in the film which is a rinse repeat formula all set to the western backdrop.

Characters/PerformanceMaverick feels like a true con-artists like character that always just escapes from what he finds himself in. Annabelle is made to be a clumsy woman which gets boring after a while with the rest of the characters just seemingly being involved in the wild adventures Maverick finds himself in. when you look at the performances they are all fine but they all get tiresome after a while.

SettingsEach setting throws us back to the old west in a bright colourful way for once as we see all the different locations that Maverick finds himself in. They all help push the film into the direction it is needed for the final game.

Final ThoughtsWe have seen this in other genres and in this one we seem to get the same gag over and over while there is a twist in nearly every scene too.

 

Overall: Not the best and could easily be better.

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The Simpsons Challenge – Season 2 – Episode 9 – Itchy and Scratchy and Marge

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Season 2

Episode 9 – Itchy and Scratchy and Marge

Couch Gag – This time the couch is gone.

Plot SynopsisMarge becomes a crusader against cartoon violence after watching The Itchy and Scratchy Show.

What is going on reallyWhen Homer wants to build Marge a spice rack he shows just how of a builder he is only for Maggie to hit him with a mallet in the basement.

When Marge learns that Maggie is learning from Itchy and Scratchy she bans the show in house leading to Bart and Lisa going to friends’ homes to watch the show, while Marge studies the show to see just how violent the show is.

Marge gets shot down by the study and starts protesting with the family with the rest of the town starting to join her crusade against Itchy and Scratchy.

When Marge wins, she gets hired as an advisor for the show to make it more family friendly making the children enjoy the outside once again and away from the television.

Star Character

Margeitchy

Final ThoughtsIn the end this show we get to many people who want to scream their opinions at you when they a have different opinions which can cause many different beliefs from the big screen.

Rating 4/5

Blue Ruin (2013)

blieDirector: Jeremy Saulnier

Writer: Jeremy Saulnier (Screenplay)

Starring: Macon Blair, Devin Ratray, Amy Hargreaves, Kevin Kolack, Eve Plumb, David W Thompson

 

Plot: A mysterious outsider’s quiet life is turned upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Proving himself an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Tension Filled Thriller

 

Story: Blue Ruin starts as we see homeless outside Dwight (Blair) doing all he can to get by breaking into houses for baths and searching bins for food while sleeping in his abandoned car. Dwight’s life is turned upside down when he learns about Wade Cleland release from prison, the man who killed his parents.

Dwight turns everything he has into a method of transport in his car to travel to get vengeance on Wade for what he did, leaving him dead in a bar bathroom.

When the murder isn’t reported on any news outlets Dwight must get his sister Sam’s (Hargreaves) family to safety as he waits for the Cleland family to come for their own form of justice against him. Dwight must use all his connection to stop the people who are after him and it isn’t long before we learn that Dwight is just as deadly as the men after him.

 

Thoughts on Blue Ruin

 

StoryThe story of vengeance shines through here where we get such a simplistic tale of one man’s quest to kill the man responsible for killing his parents. Each scene is filled with tension as we must see the whole story coming from the expression and action of Dwight. The story shows that you can have a simple revenge story that draws you in from start to finish.

Crime/ThrillerThe crime in this film is the path that Dwight leaves for in his vengeance mission and this helps the thrilling side of the story which is just full blown tension filled throughout.

Characters/PerformancesDwight is the strongest written character here and we see him in every single scene as he tells the story with next to no words. The rest of the cast only have a couple of scenes which doesn’t give us enough time to see these characters develop.

SettingsEach setting shows the bleaker side of America as we see the darker side to the country even if none of the locations can be clashed as memorable but they all look amazing.

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the most intense crime thrillers that is carried by one of the best performances of the year of release.

 

Overall: Brilliantly tense thriller that is a must for the fans of the genre.

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