Fruitvale Station (2013)

fruitDirector: Ryan Coogler

Writer: Ryan Coogler (Screenplay)

Starring: Michael B Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer, Kevin Durand, Chad Michael Murray, Ahna O’Reilly

 

Plot: The story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Hard Hitting Drama

 

Story: Fruitvale Station starts with the start of Oscar Grant’s (Jordan) day disagreements with his girlfriend Sophina (Diaz) but covering it up for their daughter Tatiana (Neal) who he does everything he can to be a wonderful father to. The day is New Year’s Eve and Oscar’s mother’s Wanda (Spencer) birthday that he goes out of his way to make today special for her.

As the day continues we get to see the sort of life Oscar has been living, fresh out of jail but recently losing his job trying to escape a criminal lifestyle which could pay for everything his family needs.

Finishing the parties and everything Oscar joins his friend’s on celebrating the new year stuck on a train but making the most of everything but this is only the beginning of this night for Oscar.

 

Thoughts on Fruitvale Station

 

StoryWhen you look at this true story you will know the outcome of what will hit hard, the story of the day in the life of Oscar a young man whose life has been tough with not everything going smoothly but this day shows how he could be turning the corner and cleaning up his act becoming fully responsible. Now to get into the overall problem with the big incident in the film, which only happens because chaotic scenes after a small scuffle which caused all the protests in the aftermath, if these guys where innocent they should have co-operated and not being all riled up causing the chaotic scenes which followed and then this tragic story would never have happened.

Biography/RomanceShowing the events of this day of Oscar shows how he wasn’t the squeaky-clean character which is important but one whose life decisions has put him on the wrong side of the laws eyes. This is important because we sympathise with the character but also know he hasn’t always walked the straight line.

PerformancesMichael B Jordan gives a truly wow performance here showing he is the star we know he is now, while he is the true star of the film the supporting performance are all brilliant too throughout.

SettingsEach setting shows us just where Oscar was in his life how he didn’t have everything just wanting to make sure his family had a roof over their heads and food on their table which comes through in every single scene.

Final ThoughtsThis is a hard-hitting drama that shows just how difficult the divide between citizens and police is in certain parts of the world.

 

Overall: This is important to see just to see how tragic the story is

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2017 Watched List Part 8

2017 Movie Watched List

Movie Watched list are always interesting to read to see what order people watch films in, over the past two years I have started doing watched lists with two different styles to talk about the over 1000 movies I had seen. This year I decided to mix it up once more. This time I will be listing the films in 10 like before and then picking just my favourites on a couple of subject’s I am picking favourites over best because sometimes the best films are difficult re-watches which is why I like the term favourite.

Here is 71 – 80

1.    Single White Female

2.     Underworld: Blood Wars

3.     The LEGO Batman Movie

4.     Fright Night 2011

5.     Fright Night 2

6.     Frost/Nixon

7.     Presumed Innocent

8.     Dark Circles

9.     Don’t Hang Up

10. Havenhurst

Favourite Film
Frost/Nixonfrostnixon

This is one of the most compelling dramas you will ever see that pulls you in to one of the most important moments in modern American history.

Worst Film
Fright Night 2freight-ngiht-2

This is a sequel that brings back the characters from the first film but they seem to have forgotten the events of the first film which just confused me completely.

Favourite Character
David Frost – Frost/Nixonfrost

David Frost is the real life journalist who went face to face with Richard Nixon to get him to expose the truth about Watergate.

Worst Character
Brady – Don’t Hang Up

Brady is one of the two pranksters who gets the tables turned on themselves for what they did in the past, Brady is the bigger asshole of the two pushes Sam into joining him in the games.

Star Performance
Frank Langella – Frost/Nixonnixon

This is an Oscar nominated performance where Frank full develops himself into the former President Nixon in the aftermath of Watergate.

Any other question you would like to know about the selection feel free to leave a comment and I will answer or maybe even add to future Watched Lists.

THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE coming to Blu-Ray and DVD on 26th June 2017

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THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE

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On EST 19th June 2017

On DVD, Blu-ray & VOD 26th June 2017

“Visceral horror to rival Alien and early Cronenberg. Watch it, but not alone.” Stephen King

“A fun, stylish, beautifully built funhouse of horror!” Guillermo Del Toro

Fast Sell:

An ordinary autopsy turns into a nightmarish ordeal for father and son morticians, played by Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch, in a brilliantly macabre white knuckle horror thriller that’s ‘scary as hell’ (Crave), and ‘not for the squeamish’ (Hollywood Reporter); and none other than the masterof horror himself Stephen King raves “Watch it… but not alone”.

Synopsis:

Experienced coroner Tommy Tilden and his son Austin run a family-owned morgue and crematorium in Virginia. When the local Sheriff brings in an emergency case – an unknown female corpse nicknamed ‘Jane Doe’, found in the basement of a home where a multiple homicide took place – it seems like just another open-and-shut case.

But as the autopsy proceeds, these seasoned professionals are left reeling as each layer of their inspection brings frightening new revelations. Perfectly preserved on the outside, Jane Doe’s insides have been scarred, charred

and dismembered – seemingly the victim of a horrific yet mysterious ritualistic torture. As Tommy and Austin begin to piece together these gruesome discoveries, an unnatural force takes hold of the crematorium. While a violent storm rages above ground, it seems the real horrors lie on the inside…

Key talent:

Brian Cox (Manhunter, Braveheart, RED, The Escapist, Churchill)

Emile Hirsch (Killer Joe, Speedracer, Into The Wild, Lone Survivor)

Ophelia Lovibond (Guardians of the Galaxy, Nowhere Boy, Man Up)

Michael McElhatton (Game of Thrones, The Hallow)

Olwen Kelly as Jane Doe

André Øvredal (Director Trollhunter, Mortal)

Fred Berger (Producer LA LA LAND)

Bonus Features

Q&A with Director André Øvredal on DVD and Blu-ray formats.

We like it because:

“Some things you can’t unsee”

So says Emile Hirsch’s character, a junior mortician, at the start of this nerve-shredding chiller. Be warned – when the the master of horror himself, Stephen King, describes THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE as “visceral horror to rival Alien and early Cronenberg”, you know you’re in for something scary. But what more recommendation could you need if you want to see a gruesome and gripping, flat out frightening thriller?

The award-winning film, “One of the smartest, most gripping horror movies in recent years” (Birth. Movies. Death), is produced by Fred Berger (La La Land), Eric Garcia (Cassandra French’s Finishing School), alongside Ben Pugh and Rory Aitken from UK-based production and management outfit, 42 (The Other Side Of The Door, Welcome to the Punch, Shifty). Director André Øvredal burst onto the scene in 2010 with his extraordinary cult horror comedy Trollhunter. For his follow up, Øvredal has moved into more deliciously dark territory, and doesn’t shy away from the grisly subject matter at hand.

Smartly scripted, with the layers of the story being peeled back as a storm brews and the tension is ratcheted unbearably, THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE is packed with bravura scenes – the introduction to the father and son morticians is gruesomely exhilarating, and the titular autopsy is toe-curling and gut-wrenching. Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild) and Brian Cox (the original Hannibal Lector in Manhunter), play off each other brilliantly here; ably supported by Guardians of the Galaxy star Ophelia Lovibond and Michael McElhatton from Game of Thrones. Special mention to Olwen Kelly as Jane Doe – whose still, wordless presence in every scene is unspeakably unsettling.

From its ominously eerie opening through to downright creepy twists and turns, this is a macabre, unique and pitch-black gem. Like Silence of the Lambs as if it had been written by Stephen King himself, bolstered by a first rate cast and an irresistible concept, THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE will get right into your bones.