Writer: Brandon Slagle (Screenplay)
Starring: Ryan Kiser, Devanny Pinn, Reid Warner, Chirss Anglin, Serena Lorien, Erin Marie Hogan, Julie Rose
Plot: An unflinching chronicle of Charles Manson’s life leading up to the orchestration of the Tate and LaBianca murders..
Tagline – The Dawn of Aquarius
Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes
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Verdict: Dull & Boring
Story: Manson starts as we see Charles Manson (Kiser) arrested for the conspiracy to commit murder, he now tells his life story where he was in and out of jail, but embraced the hippie lifestyle. As the years role by we see how Manson created his own following with mostly lost young women who got to a level of being willing to die for him and soon, kill for him.
We go on to see the crimes this Manson family went on to commit, starting with small petty crimes before the horrific murders they have become famous for.
Thoughts on Manson
Characters – Charles Manson is a man from history that many people would want to delete, his action were horrendous, and his followers deluded, that is my personal opinion, so I don’t understand why you would want to make a film to try and make us sympathise with his mindset. This version of the man doesn’t seem to have the true charisma I was expecting to see while the followers do seem to be very interchangeable.
Story – the story is most of what we know, it offers nothing new to the story in fact takes away the more complex chapters of the story. if you want to learn the real story it would be better just to watch a documentary version of this film because it gets into how the police had to deal with the outcome of the Mansion family actions.
Crime/Thriller – This is a real crime story, one of the worst crimes recorded too, but it just doesn’t keep you on edge because we know the outcome.
Settings – None of the locations make you feel like you are being drawn into the story and each place could just be random room or house.
Final Thoughts – This is a very weak real life crime thriller, it is dull throughout, nothing makes us know anything we didn’t know already and by the end we just want to stop the film.
Overall: Dull and Pointless look at the real crimes.
Writer: Joe Swanberg (Screenplay)
Starring: Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, Ron Livingston, Ti West, Jason Sudeikis
Plot: Luke and Kate are coworkers at a brewery who spend their nights drinking and flirting heavily. One weekend away together with their significant others proves who really belongs together and who doesn’t.
Tagline – A comedy about knowing when to say when.
Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
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Verdict: Comedy Goes on Too Long
Story: Drinking Buddies starts as we meet the co-workers from the brewery Kate (Wilde) and Luke (Johnson) who get along in and out of work, they enjoy a drink together, but both have their own relationship, Luke with teacher Jill (Kendrick) and Kate with Chris (Livingston).
The two couple decide to go away for a weekend together where the relationships will be tested and we get to see just who has feelings for who between the four.
Thoughts on Drinking Buddies
Characters – Kate is the PR woman at the brewery, she hangs out with the guys drinking after work, she is in the early stages of a relationship but doesn’t have much planned from it. Luke is the co-worker that is closest to Kate, he has been in a long-term relationship but avoiding the marriage conversation. Jill is Luke’s partner, a teacher that doesn’t enjoy drinking as much as Luke and wonders what could have been from her life.
Performances – Olivia Wilde is good in this role, she can play the free spirit that is needed well and work well with Jake Johnson that handles the comic moments well. Anna Kendrick is good as the girlfriend, you believe her in the more serious situation of the film.
Story – The story focuses on two co-workers that enjoy drinking but have their own relationship, we see how when time goes by the relationships become strained and their own feelings become much clearer, there isn’t too much more in this story, it is trying to show us everyday problems that everyday people might have.
Comedy/Romance – The comedy comes off well for the most part, with most part being improv that relies on the actor’s abilities.
Settings – The film keeps us looking in the everyday locations which shows us how lives can change so quickly.
Final Thoughts – This is a comedy that uses the idea of everyday life with relationship both romantic and with co-workers, argument can cause problems, but friends will always find a way to make up.
Overall: Simple comedy that isn’t the most inspiring.