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The Outsider (2018)

Director: Martin Zandvliet

Writer: Andrew Baldwin (Screenplay) John Linson (Idea)

Starring: Jared Leto, Tadanobu Asano, Kippei Shina, Shioli Kutsuna, Emile Hirsch, Rory Cocharne


Plot: An epic set in post-WWII Japan and centered on an American former G.I. who joins the yakuza.


Runtime: 2 Hours


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Slow Drag


Story: The Outsider starts in 1954 Osaka, Nick Lowell (Leto) fresh out of prison there after helping Yakuza member Kiyoshi (Asano) gets offered a job in the notorious gang, giving him the outsider tag, he becomes an enforcer for them getting his hands dirty whenever they need someone given a message or eliminated.

Watching from within Nick sees how the two rival bosses look to try and stay ahead of each other while taking in the culture.


Thoughts on The Outsider


Characters – Nick Lowell is the outsider, an American in Japan that gets offered a job in the Yakuza to become an enforcer, even though not everyone welcomes him. He is a man of few words which helps him blend in at times being the threat to anyone that crosses the boss. Kiyoshi is the man that brings Nick into the Yakuza, he shows him the ropes keeping him in a position of safety. When it comes to the rest of the characters we are left to see how they react to having an American in the mix.

PerformancesJared Leto does the best he can with the material he has, but never gets to the heights we know he is capable off. The rest of the cast are fine, but are not on the levels needed for a gangster movie.

StoryThe story follows an American and his time in the Yakuza after World War II, we have times he is accepted and others when he is frowned upon, this is going on with the battle for the power of the area in Japan between two rival gangs. The story is incredible slow paced which doesn’t bring us into everything going on and ends up feeling flat for the most part.

Action/CrimeThe action is basic at best, there isn’t any strengths or originality in any of the sequences. We do spend the whole film in the crime world though, so if you are a gangster fan you might get more enjoyment from this side of things.

SettingsWe are set in Japan and the time looks correct, but when it comes to the rest, it is just the generic side of things.

Scene of the Movie –
Typewriter time

That Moment That Annoyed Me The story is boring.

Final ThoughtsThis isn’t the most entertaining movie, it is slow paced which doesn’t help us as an audience and by the end of the film you will not being going back through the film at any time.


Overall: Poor gangster film that just doesn’t interest for long enough.




The Florida Project (2017)

Director: Sean Baker

Writer: Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch (Screenplay)

Starring: Brooklyn Prince, Bria Vinaite, Willem Dafoe, Valeria Cotto, Christopher Rivera, Caleb Landry Jones


Plot: Set over one summer, the film follows precocious six-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Disney World.

Tagline – Welcome to a magical kingdom

Runtime: 1 Hour 51 Minutes


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Powerful Drama


Story: The Florida Project starts as we meet precocious 6-year olds Moonee (Prince), Scooty (Rivera) and Dicky (Malik) that cause problems in a motel next to the new Disney World, they go on their mixed adventures, while Halley (Vinaite) Moonee’s mother struggles to find herself a job.

Hotel manager Bobby (Dafoe) knows families like Halley’s don’t have anywhere else to go, so he allows the to stay long term, but the kids are starting to cause disruptions with the everyday business. We follow the summer vacation the kids have, needing to entertain themselves.


Thoughts on The Florida Project


Characters – Moonee is the 6-year-old girl that along with her friends is getting into mischief for the summer vacation where he mother lives in a motel. She must entertain herself and knows every guest in the motel, the good ones and the bad ones. Halley is the mother of Moonee, she struggles to get enough money to stay in the motel, but does everything she can to make sure that she can enjoy her childhood, letting her have the freedom. She is trying to find a job, but it isn’t as easy as it should be. Bobby is the manager at the hotel, he knows the kids are only keeping themselves entertained which gives them harmless with their behaviour, he supports the poor families that are staying there the best he can, while also making sure they don’t end up getting into illegal trouble.

PerformancesBrooklynn Prince is the Moonee and she gives one of the most genuine performances of the year filled with the innocence that her character is all about during this hard time. Bria Vinaite is fresh on the scene here and she is fantastic over the young mum trying her best while also not being prepared for the everyday job idea. Willem Dafoe is fantastic too being the biggest name in this movie you would expect this from the talent he and he plays this role so perfectly.

StoryThe story tells the struggles a mother and daughter are having to just keep a roof over their heads in Florida. It shows the mischievous adventures Moonee goes on while her mother does whatever it takes to make the money all over the summer vacation as the motel manager tries to do the best he can to support them. This is a story that shows us the struggles a single parent can have with money if they started with nothing, the kindness of people who try to support and the innocent adventures children can go on.

SettingsThe settings show the motel that Halley & Moonee must live in, not the best place to be raising a child, this is good, but the down side is not knowing just how much of a shadow Disney World has on this place without going into researching it ourselves.

Scene of the Movie –
Bobby deals with an unwanted guest.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Not knowing the full scale of the situation between the motel and Disney World

Final ThoughtsThis is such a sweet story that is shot lovely, with two unknowns in the leads that are fantastic and Willem Dafoe shines. This might not be the biggest flowing story, but it does sum up the difficulties of single parenthood.


Overall: Wonderful moving movie




ABC Film Challenge – Random – L – The Lobster (2015)

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos

Writer: Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou (Screenplay)

Starring: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Barden, John C Reilly, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw


Plot: In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Strangely Delightful


Story: The Lobster starts as David’s (Farrell) wife leave him meaning he must attending a hotel to find a new partner. David is welcome to stay for 45 days and if he doesn’t find himself a partner he will be transformed into a beast and sent to the woods, David does keep his brother who is now a dog as company for now ad David’s choice of animal is a lobster.

When David breaks the rules inside the hotel, he finds himself on the run with the other ‘loners’ roaming the forest that he once had to hunt down, here he meets the Short-Sighted Woman (Weisz) and the leader of the loners (Seydoux). This shows David the difference between the worlds as they see just how different the ideas between the two worlds can be.


Thoughts on The Lobster


Characters – David is recently sent to the hotel to find himself a new partner within the 45 days, he struggles to meet someone and ends up breaking the rules and becoming one of the loners hiding in the woods. He sums up what it is like to be grieving and alone in the world. Short-Sighted Woman is telling us the story and is one of the loners in the woods. We have strange group of characters that all interact with David

PerformanceColin Farrell is brilliant in this role which goes against anything we believe him to be able to do, you are kept on edge to learn what he will do next. Rachel Weisz makes for a great supporting performance showing us all the skills we know she is capable off. The rest of the cast all give great supporting performance throughout the film too.

StoryDescribing this story does become very difficult, the words unique, strange and different would be the best ones to use. We have a world where you must be matched up or be doomed to being transformed into an animal or live in loneliness in the woods. This is a strange view on love but it does work perfectly for the world created.

Comedy/RomanceThe comedy is filled with dark comedy that will make you laugh at times with some being about just how crazy the idea is with the romance side of the film being a different world view on romance.

SettingsThe hotel gives us one unique setting for everything happening, with the woods showing the loneliness the characters will face if they don’t match up.

Scene of the Movie – Hide and Seek practice.

The Moment That Annoyed Me While unique in everything I did find that I would have like to have seen more about the transformation process.

Final ThoughtsEasily one of the most unique movies you will ever see, difficult to describe but wonderful to watch.


Overall: Strange, weird and wonderful.