Trailer Alert – Don’t Look

“Don’t Look”, the first feature film for Latina directorLuciana Faulhaber, has been acquired by Wild Eye Releasing.

In “Don’t Look” – a slasher horror feature with touches of dark humor – newcomer Faulhaber injects current events into the traditional horror genre tropes.

“It was important for me to create work that shows the female characters as they are in real life – none of us are waiting to be saved by some prince charming”, said film director and co-producer Luciana Faulhaber, who also plays a role in the film.

“Don’t Look” centers on five New York City Millennials who escape the big city for a rustic Thanksgiving weekend in country. But as will happen in horror, something threatens to shatter their peaceful getaway and they are targeted for murder.

Javier E. Gomez, a co-producer of “Don’t Look” and co founder with Luciana of Enuff Productions, said: “I am thankful to Wild Eye Releasing for believing in ‘Don’t Look’, and introducing our work to audiences across the globe through traditional and digital platforms.  We are very proud to become part of the WER family and we look forward to working with the company in the rolling out the plan to bring ‘Don’t Look’ directly to audiences.”

“Don’t Look” will have its Los Angeles premiere next month at North Hollywood CineFestand its Latin American premiere will take place in April, at the Rock Horror Film Festival inRio de Janeiro.  The film is scheduled for VOD release in late 2018.  More details about the VOD release and other forms of digital and traditional showings will be announced in upcoming months.  The producers are Luciana Faulhaber, Javier E. Gomez, Lindsay Eshelman, Daniel Shaw and Jessica Boucher, who is also one of the film’s writers.

Meanwhile, Luciana and Javier, who started their production partnership over ten years ago producing for the New York stage, are already working on their next projects: a comedy pilot about a young reporter coming to terms with his identity and gay sexuality, in a dying Latino newspaper in NYC – to be shot in 2018- and a film adaptation of a best-selling Latin American novel.

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Strong Island (2017)

Director: Yance Ford

 

Plot: Examining the violent death of the filmmaker’s brother and the judicial system that allowed his killer to go free, this documentary interrogates murderous fear and racialized perception, and re-imagines the wreckage in catastrophe’s wake, challenging us to change.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 47 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Strong Documentary

 

Thoughts on Strong Island

 

ThoughtsFollowing the Ford family before and after the murder, we learn how they ended up in the neighbourhood they did, the barriers they crossed that their parents never could, and the life William was going to be having. We learn about the incident which led to the murder and how the justice system tried to reflect the crime to be William’s own fault with the man responsible for the crime let walk free. Now we see how the family continued to search for answers to why the murderer was let free, this examines this as the siblings were going through their own issues at the same time. We mostly only see how the family believe this is the wrong outcome in the Secret Jury case, but as things unfold we get to learn more about what was presented to make this become the outcome, which however hard things can be to see and hear, this feels like a case which will only be going in one direction.

 

Overall: This is a look at the justice system once again, we have another case which hasn’t been treated the way the family of the victim had planned, now we get plenty of these documentaries of late, each piece of evidence we get presented does seem to follow the correct path, but the fact we never saw a true trial means people will not be happy with the outcome. This fits in the idea of criminal cases not always being treated fairly and ends up just coming off like the family wanted more from the case.

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ABC Film Challenge – Oscar Nominations – Z – Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

Director: Kathryn Bigelow

Writer: Mark Boal (Screenplay)

Starring: Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Ehle, Mark Strong

 

Plot: A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L.s Team 6 in May 2011.


Tagline – For ten years one woman never stopped searching for the most wanted man in history

Runtime: 2 Hours 37 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Intense Thriller

 

Story: Zero Dark Thirty starts as we see how Maya (Chastain) joins an interrogation unit ran by Dan (Clarke) who is looking for answers to the location of Osama Bin Laden, the man behind the 9/11 attacks.

As the information gathers, so does her desperation to catch and kill Osama, this shows on how she goes against any orders to follow leads, as well as risking her life to get to the moment in history where Osama Bin Laden was killed by a Navy SEAL team.

 

Thoughts on Zero Dark Thirty

 

Characters – Maya is the lady we are following through this whole film, she is determined to use the intelligence gathered to kill Osama Bin Laden, she stands up to authority and never backs down from a lead. We get to meet a whole host of other people that either taught, worked with or tried to stop Maya along the way.

PerformancesJessica Chastain is brilliant in the leading role, she once again shows us all the talent she has when it comes to being in a leading role. We have a host of actors that went onto become leading men here too including Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton and Chris Pratt showing that once again Bigelow knows how to select the next big things.

StoryThe story follows the manhunt for Osama bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks, we follow the 10-year pursuit for the terrorist as we follow one lady who would never give up on finding the man, using the information gathered to bring this man down. This showed us just how many people took a part in the biggest manhunt known to man. The story unfolds in order as we see each lead set the people in the right direction they need to take to bring down the terrorist.

ThrillerThis does keep you on the edge of your seat as you see the mission unfold, even if we do know the end of this story.

SettingsThe settings take us to the events of the terrorist attacks, and the locations the mission would have taken place in.


Scene of the Movie –
Night mission.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It is too long in places.

Final ThoughtsThis is an excellent look at how Bin Laden was taken down, the people who gave up time in their own lives to bring down the terrorist.

 

Overall: A must watch for the thriller fans out there.

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