Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Echoes (2014)

echoesDirector: Nils Timm

Writer: Nils Timm (Screenplay)

Starring: Kate French, Steven Brand, Steve Hanks, Billy Wirth, Caroline Whitney Smith, Kevin Brewerton

 

Plot: Struggling with horrifying, sleep-paralysis induced visions, a young writer retreats with her boyfriend to an isolated desert house. As the visions intensify, she finds herself on the verge of losing her mind…or uncovering a life-threatening secret.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Simple Horror

 

Story: Echoes starts as we see Anna Parker (French) who has been suffering from sleep paralysis during the night and while trying to get her screenplay looked at past her agent Paul (Brand) during the day even if he is her boyfriend outside the office.

Looking to escape from the busy life the couple head out to a remote cabin to relax and focus on their relationship and work. When Paul must return to the city Anna finds herself alone in the cabin and it isn’t long before she starts getting haunted by a strange ghostly figure during her sleep paralysis. As the pieces come together we learn the truth about what happened to the ghostly figure haunting that home.

Echoes turns out to be just like most ghost investigation story where we have a ghost trying to get revenge on the people who were responsible for their death. There are not many scares going on during this film with most parts of the film just being designed to try and hide what is the most obvious conclusion of the story.

Kate does a solid job in the leading role while Brand is good in this role. The rest of the cast are just used as tools to help learn more about the bigger picture with none of them getting enough time to really make the impact on the overall story. this really is a simple horror film that doesn’t get any surprises along the way.

 

Overall: Horror investigation 101, nothing new, nothing fresh

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Sunshine Cleaning (2008)

sunshineDirector: Christine Jeffs

Writer: Megan Holley (Screenplay)

Starring: Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Alan Arkin, Jason Spevack, Steve Zahn, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Clifton Collins Jr

 

Plot: In order to raise the tuition to send her young son to private school, a mom starts an unusual business — a biohazard removal/crime scene clean-up service — with her unreliable sister.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Charmingly Delightful Comedy Drama

 

Story: Sunshine Cleaning starts as we follow single mother Rose (Adams) who works as a cleaner just to make sure her son Oscar (Spevack) gets everything he needs while dealing with the teachers telling her he needs special attention.

Needing to put her son into a private school Rose works with police officer Mac (Zahn) who sets her up with a job cleaning up crime scenes with her slacker sister Norah (Blunt) and the two-start seeing the money fly in as Sunshine Cleaning business is born.

 

Thoughts on Sunshine Cleaning

 

StoryThe story being told here is a story that shows that people out there will work hard to make the life they want they may need to go through difficult stages of life to reach it. We see two sisters whose lives clearly haven’t gone the way they had planned them out both feeling like they are just grinding to make ends meet rather than having their chance to live. The story is put together perfectly to tell what is needed from the story that can be enjoyed by all.

Comedy/Drama The comedy drama mixes together to make light of the serious side of the story where we can get the laughs coming from everyday life rather than forced life situations. This story will make you laugh, smile and cry with the characters.

Characters/PerformanceThe characters of Rose and Norah are great examples of two sisters struggling through the whole story, we get good laughs from their father looking after Rose’s son but otherwise all the characters do end up feeling like they could all be everyday people. When you look at the performances Adams and Blunt are brilliant as the sister with chemistry to burn between them proving they are two of Hollywood’s heavyweights.

SettingsEach setting is a different crime scene in need of cleaning which is where our characters get to see just the different lives people have lived. The settings are just as important as the two relationship between the sisters which shows the struggles the girls are both going through.

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the sweetest and nicest dramas you will see, it is filled with real life struggles everyday people go through.

 

Overall: Brilliant drama that people should go out there way to see.

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NEW FILM ‘DYING LAUGHING’ FEATURING COMEDY ICONS TO BE RELEASED IN UK CINEMAS AND ON DEMAND FROM 16th JUNE

NEW FILM ‘DYING LAUGHING’ FEATURING COMEDY ICONS TO BE RELEASED IN UK CINEMAS AND ON DEMAND FROM 16th JUNE

The Definitive In-Depth Look at Stand-Up Comedy by Legends of the Industry

cid:image002.jpg@01D2C987.DCF57F10UK, London: Thursday 11th May 2017 – Stand-up comedy icons Jerry Seinfeld, Amy Schumer, Kevin Hart, Jamie Foxx, Billy Connolly, Steve Coogan, Eddie Izzard, Jerry Lewis, Chris Rock, Sarah Silverman, Frank Skinner, Jo Brand, Frankie Boyle, John Thomson and the late Garry Shandling and Victoria Wood among many others, feature in the new critically acclaimed film Dying Laughing which will be released in UK cinemas and On Demand from 16th June 2017.

Directed by Paul Toogood & Lloyd Stanton and distributed by Gravitas Ventures,Dying Laughing received glowing reviews when it premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival before going on to a hugely successful release in the US, seeing it sustain the #1 position on the US iTunes chart.

A stand-up comedian is mostly his or her own writer, director and star performer. Unlike any other art form, there is no safety net and no private rehearsal. In its singular realisation, stand-up comedy only works live on a stage – in front of often hostile audiences. For most people baring their soul and being heckled would be a life-changing trauma, for stand-ups it’s a nightly hazard.

Directors Paul Toogood & Lloyd Stanton achieve a startling level of intimacy in a series of riveting interviews with many masters of the comedy universe, allowing in-depth access to the emotional and psychological highs and lows of answering the call to become a stand-up comedian.

Over two years, as the film began to emerge from the thousands of miles traveled and hundreds of hours or interviews, we learned about the physical and emotional dedication that it takes to become a stand-up comedian, and that the prospect of failure haunts even the most experienced and celebrated practitioners, said co-directors Toogood and StantonWe hope that the audience will find the final piece as touching, thought-provoking, inspirational, and as funny, as we do.

It’s rare that we, as fans, get such transparency into this industry from such amazing comedy legends,” said Nolan Gallagher, Founder and CEO of Gravitas Ventures. This compelling documentary evokes not just laugher, but truly runs the gamut of emotion for the viewer.”

Directors Paul Toogood & Lloyd Stanton are fascinated by the creative process and are behind projects including, ‘Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap’, ‘Songbook’, ‘The Great Songwriters’, and award-winning documentaries and films on subjects from football and video gaming to Monty Python.

The duo produced the film alongside producer Suli McCullough and co-producers Samantha Phillips and Daphne Wayans who all helped to secure talent. Keith Haviland, Adam Longworth and John Thomson Executive Produced.