Videodrome (1983)

Director: David Cronenberg

Writer: David Cronenberg (Screenplay)

Starring: James Woods, Sonja Smits, Debbie Harry, Peter Dvorsky, Leslie Carlson, Jack Creley

 

Plot: A sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a very unusual fashion when he acquires a new kind of programming for his station.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Classic Game Changing Movie

 

Story: Videodrome starts as we get to see cable TV President Max Renn (Woods) as he is looking for the next show for his network which will continue to push the boundaries for his audience. When Max learns from one of his technicians Harlan (Dvorsky) about an extreme torture show known as Videodrome.

Becoming obsessed with Videodrome he shows his new flame, radio presenter Nicki Brand (Harry) who wants to become a contestant on the show but just what is the marketing for this show, is it real or is it well staged?

Diving into the truth of Videodrome we see how Max starts to question his own reality when he starts hallucinating which leads him to find the truth through Bianca O’Blivion (Smits) in what is one of the most shocking outcomes you could imagine.  

 

Thoughts on Videodrome

 

Characters/PerformanceMax Renn is the typical president of a television network, he is always looking for the next show which could give his network the spike they require. He quickly becomes obsessed with learning the truth about Videodrome only to be sucked into the world it has created. Bianca is one of the potential people behind Videodrome while Nicki is a love interest that wants to be on Videodrome.

Performance wise, James Woods was brilliant in this leading role easily become the star of the show with the rest of the cast all doing good jobs throughout.

StoryThe story is one that is well before its time, when you look back now and see how people wanted to find the next level of television shows like we do now this offers up a look at just how far things could go. This story does have plenty of mystery about where everything could end up going and does have moments that make you react as simple as what the hell is going on but they are all worth it when it comes to the final outcome.

Horror/Sci-FiThe horror in this film is filled around the gore effects going on and Max questioning just what is going on. The sci-fi world created shows us an extreme level of where television shows could go.

SettingsThe settings are not the most impactful but do all work for where the story goes.

Special EffectsThis is a practical effects exhibition showing us just what you can do if you know how to use them.

Final ThoughtsThis will always be a true classic on how to push the special effects limits, we get pushed as far as we can with them that are truly amazing for the time.

 

Overall: The violent classic we all know off.

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Fantasy Film Casting – Train to Busan – American

Let’s Recast a Film

You know how us film fans always want to recast a film, well today we play the role of producer and this script has turned up on our desk. The next job is to cast the film as if it the year is 2017, the rules are as simple you can’t use anyone who is in the original film however good or bad you think the film is. So without further ado let’s cast this movie.

Film: Train to Busan (American Version)

Original Cast: Yoo Gong, Yu-mi Jung, Dong-seok Ma, Eui-Sung Kim, Gwi-hwa Choi

New Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Evangeline Lilly, Joel Edgerton, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Josh Stewart

Why I have picked this star: I have only picked these five characters because picking a child actor usually is best to get an unknown and these five adult characters are all the most important to the outcome of the film. I have also decided to avoid anyone actors who have appeared in zombie fighting movies or TV shows or true A-listers for this one and it goes without saying the names will be changed.

Seok-woo – Yoo Gong – Daniel Kaluuya

Seok-woo is a businessman that forgets his daughter’s birthday and to make up for it must escort his daughter to her mother’s house in Busan. We see he is distant from his child but through the film we see the reluctant fighter come out on him in the battle to survive.  I have gone with Daniel Kaluuya here because we need a character that isn’t built to fight and after seeing Get Out this year we get to see a working man entered a horror position where he needs to fight back.       

Seong-kyeong – Yu-mi Jung – Evangeline Lilly

Seong-kyeong is the pregnant wife of Sang-hwa, she becomes the carer for the little girl when the men go off to fight and she is the reason why Sang-hwa is so determined to make it out of the train with their child. Evangeline is a strong actress and hasn’t been afraid to become a supporting character in many different genres.

Sang-hwa – Dong-seok Ma – Joel Edgerton

Sang-hwa is the father-to-be that will pick up any weapon to stop the zombies taking over the train and killing his family. He quickly becomes the favourite character in this film, he does have a stocky build but it shows it is mostly muscle when being shown off in combat. Joel Edgerton is my pick here, we know he can handle combat after Warrior without looking he most muscular and after It Comes at Night we saw him in a desperate to survive situation.

Yon-suk – Eui-sung Kim – Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Yon-suk is the cowardly businessman who manages to get others to work with him to stop our group of survivors reaching certain points in the train, he will also sacrifice anybody, any age to save himself from the zombies. This character is important because he shows the difference between a man who believes has it all compared to the Homeless man’s actions of a man who doesn’t have anything. Nikolaj is most known for being Jamie Lannister in Game of Thrones where he has done twisted things to a mix of victims showing he can pull of the heartless villain looking to keep himself on top.

Homeless Man – Gwi-hwa Choi – Josh Stewart

Homeless Man is joins the train last minute, but he always turns up when one of our characters needs help before showing his moment of heroics to save our young child in danger. Josh Stewart has built up a reputation in horror in recent years and picking him for this small role but also important role would continue to show his range in the horror genre.

How will this change the film: The only changes you would be adding into this film is the location to where the train is heading too, maybe out of New York to the West Coast hoping it starts on one side, the only other change is the names would need to become an English based for the audience to connect with.

Will you be going to see this new version of the film?
Who would you rather see in this film?

Disclaimer – This is just for fun with the idea being the film is being released in this year, we are not suggesting a full remake to the idea of the film having a different release date or country.

Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Halloween Horror – The Neighbour (2016)

Director: Marcus Dunstan

Writer: Marcus Dunstan, Patrick Melton (Screenplay)

Starring: Josh Stewart, Bill Engvall, Alex Essoe, Ronnie Gene Blevins, Luke Edwards, Melisa Bolona, Skipp Sudduth

 

Plot: Set in Cutter Mississippi, the film follows a man who discovers the dark truth about his neighbor and the secrets he may be keeping in the cellar.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Good Horror Thriller

 

Story: The Neighbour starts as small time criminal John (Stewart) and his wife Rosie (Essoe) move into a farmhouse, the town shuns him knowing his past and the police heckle him looking to catch him out, but it is their neighbour that interests them in Troy (Engvall) a hunter at heart, that doesn’t like trespassers.

When John’s cover is blown, he rushes home to escape with Rosie only to find out she has gone missing and the clear subject is Troy. John enters his house looking for answers, but what he finds will leave him needing to fight to survive while trying to save Rosie.

 

Thoughts on The Neighbour

 

Characters/PerformanceJohn is a shady criminal, he drifts between towns but now he looks to escape, he must show all his abilities when it comes to sneaky to beat an even deadlier criminal group. Troy is a leader of a group of criminals he has a brilliant enterprise going on that he is the front for. Rosie is the wife of John who ends up being captured and is just a victim in most of this.

Performance wise, Josh Stewart is making a name for himself in this style of horror after the Collector films and he is good in these films. Bill Engvall is a good villain working well for the film with Alex Essoe being a standard female victim for the most part.

StoryThe story of two different sides of the criminal worlds clashing over something out of their hands does make it hard for us to pick a side but we do a good action horror side to this film. if we had a good side and a bad side it would be too easy to cheer for one but having to route for a criminal we do get something good here. The formula is tried and tested and easily left open for a sequel if need be.

Crime/HorrorTwo crime worlds colliding works very well with the horror side being a battle to survive what would be certain death in captured.

SettingsThe film is set over two neighbouring hours which does help the film create what is needed for the secretive side of what is going on.

Special EffectsWe have mostly practical effects for everything that is going on and it all clicks for what happens in the film.

Final ThoughtsThis is a solid horror that is well worth a watch.

 

Overall: Horror fans enjoy this one.

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Evolution (2015)

Director: Lucile Hadzihalilovic

Writer: Lucile Hadzihalilovic, Alante Kavaite (Screenplay)

Starring: Max Brebant, Roxane Duran, Julie-Marie Parmentier, Mathieu Goldfeld, Nissim Renard

 

Plot: The only residents of young Nicholas’ sea-side town are women and boys. When he sees a corpse in the ocean one day, he begins to question his existence and surroundings. Why must he, and all the other boys, be hospitalised?

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Shockingly Strange

 

Story: Evolution starts in a small community filled with women and boys, Nicolas (Brebant) discovers what he believes to be a dead body with his mother (Parmentier) showing him the truth before he is taken away by Stella (Duran) for a night in the hospital with other boys.

With his curiosity rising Nicolas finds himself going through medical procedures but at night he learns of what is going on, well he tries to understand what he sees with only Stella befriending him in the hospital.

 

Thoughts on Evolution

 

Characters/PerformanceNicolas is the curious young boy who in a world with little in it, finds himself questioning each part of it, he is the curious type. Stella is one of the nurses that takes care of Nicolas but finds herself becoming friends with him. La mere is his mother that follows the community’s rules.

Performance wise, Max Brebant is great as the young Nicolas keeping everything simple in this performance with Roxane giving a strong supporting performance. Most of all the performances in this film are done by expressions.

StoryThe story focuses on the mystery the most, and boy is it hard to describe just what is happening. This story is shocking, it does have twists and will leave you thinking about what you have just seen.

Horror/MysteryThe horror comes from just how shocking everything we see is but the truth is this film focuses most on the mystery involved as we are left to wonder just what is going on.

SettingsThe small village does make for a great setting because we don’t know how big the complete world this film takes place in is which again adds more to the mystery as it seems like the characters don’t know of anything else.

Special EffectsThe special effects here are all great when they are needed because they help improve the shock value of the mystery and story.

Final ThoughtsThis is a very strange film that relies on the visuals to tell the story, it will shock you with what you see and only leave you with even more questions.

 

Overall: Well if you want something different this a must watch

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2017 Watched List – Part 31

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 301 – 310

1.    Dante’s Peak

2.    100 Bloody Acres

3.    Joe

4.    Dom Hemingway

5.    Fahrenheit 9/11

6.    Unconscious

7.    Kung Fu Panda

8.    Kung Fu Panda 2

9.    Kung Fu Panda 3

10. Goodfellas

Favourite Film
Dante’s Peak

We all know I like a good disaster film and this one is one of the craziest over the top and fun ones to enjoy which I found myself liking it all.

Worst Film
Kung Fu Panda 2

This film felt like one of the straight to DVD sequels Disney used to throw out, it didn’t capture the magic the first one had.

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.