Upstate Story (2018)

Director: Shaun Rose

Writer: Shaun Rose, Bruce Rose Sr, Andrea Stangle (Screenplay)

Starring: Shaun Rose, Kendra Moshere, Adrianna Rose, Keenan Rose, Bruce Rose Sr


Plot: Ellis Martin works for a cleaning service and continues to seek new employment, but to no avail. He yearns for the innocence and ease of his past, while also anticipating his weekends. However, getting to this point is no easy task.


Runtime: 1 Hour 5 Minutes


There may be spoilers in the rest of the review


Verdict: Realistic Look at the Dead-End Jobbers


Story: Upstate Story starts as we meet Elis Martin (Rose) who spends his alone time trying new drinks, waiting for Monday to arrive to go to the job he hates as a cleaner, he has hopes of a new job opportunity in the future, he is left wondering where his future once went because growing up he had creative abilities, now he barely has an original thought.

We continue to follow Ellis’s week unfold as he shows us just how difficult life can be when you need to work a dead end job and the only positive things from your life have gone.


Thoughts on Upstate Story


Characters – Ellis Martin lives a mundane ordinary life where he works a dead-end job Monday to Friday, hoping to get out of the circle, he has just broken up with his girlfriend and targets the weekend which are his highlights of the week. Ellis is narrating his thoughts and just where he wants to go. Any other characters we meet are only parts of the week, be it co-workers, friends and family, nobody get s a chance to say too much in the story.

PerformancesShaun Rose stars, directs, writes, produces this film, we see how he makes his character is filled with his loneliness, depression, desperation of better and excitement for his characters time of happiness.

StoryThe story follows the normal life of Ellis Martin, a man that lives a life that he isn’t enjoying the circle apart from one moment a week which will give him hope even through the depressing moments of nothingness in his life. This story shows how people that are working the dead-end jobs just to make ends meet process their week for their own moment of joy from it. We can relate to this story because of how we have nearly all been through, questioning where our next big boost will come.

SettingsThe film keeps the settings simple by making us feel like we are living the life with Ellis.

Scene of the Movie –
Friday night.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Certain parts of the Saturday feel rushed, even if they are met to show just fast the best moments can go.

Final ThoughtsThis is a wonderful look at everyday life and how difficult it could be.


Overall: Wonderful drama




ABC Film Challenge – Oscar Nominations – U – The Untouchables (1987)

Director: Brian De Palma

Writer: David Mamet (Screenplay) Oscar Fraley, Eliot Ness (Book)

Starring: Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Charles Martin Smith, Andy Garcia, Robert De Niro, Richard Bradford, Jack Kehoe


Plot: During the era of Prohibition in the United States, federal agent Eliot Ness sets out to stop ruthless Chicago gangster Al Capone, and because of rampant corruption, assembles a small, hand-picked team to help him.

Tagline – The Chicago Dream is that big 

Runtime: 1 Hour 59 Minutes


There may be spoilers in the rest of the review


Verdict: Crime Classic


Story: The Untouchables starts in the prohibition era America, Al Capone (De Niro) has risen to the top of Chicago controlling everything, even with a war between the gangs going on. Eliot Ness (Costner) a federal officer bought into try and tackle the problems.

Learning quickly, he can’t trust anyone on the force, he must make his own team with experienced beat cop Jim Malone (Connery), accountant Oscar Wallace (Smith) and straight out of the academy George Stone (Garcia) fill this roles, as the team look like they have started to put the pressure on Al Capone.


Thoughts on The Untouchables


Characters – Eliot Ness is from the Federal treasury office to try and tackle the illegal affairs involving alcohol being bought into Chicago. He puts together his own team knowing who he can trust, but he also puts his own family’s lives at risk. Jim Malone is the seasoned veteran that is still just an honest beat cop, he gets recruited to the team because Eliot sees him as one of the few he could trust on the force. He knows the ins and outs of what is going on, using his information to help with the investigation. Oscar is an accountant that joins the team, he knows the best way to get Capone would be to investigate his finances. George Stone comes straight out of the academy to join the team, they know they can trust him because he hasn’t been put in a position to become corrupted yet. Al Capone is the legendry gangster ruling over Chicago with his alcohol trafficking, he will do anything to stay on top in this business, killing anyone that gets in his way.

PerformancesWe have an amazing cast here, with Kevin Costner in the leading role shining through the film, Sean Connery taking the supporting role comes up with one of his career best performances. Andy Garcia showed everything the talent he had with his role in the film and Robert De Niro was still in the prime of his career as one of the best, if not the best gangster character actors in the industry.

StoryThe story follows the events of the prohibition era America when agent Eliot Ness attempts to take down Al Capone and his organisation. We see how the police force must overcome their own corruption to try and stay ahead of the bootleggers and how Capone will just pull the trigger on eliminating anybody that tries to stop his business. We do learn from how the four man team have all come from different backgrounds and will be risking their lives to take down Capone. This does fit into learning about the history of the events and how people will always be looking to profit from somebody else.

CrimeThe crime world we enter sees how the prohibition era America became one of the most dangerous with gangs at war trying to gain control of the situation, how the cops tried to take them down and just how far they would go to keep business booming.

SettingsThe film is set in Chicago with the recreation of the 1930s looking wonderful and like we are part of each and every scene.

Scene of the Movie –
The lobby scene.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Crash landing is a cheesy scene.

Final ThoughtsThis is a brilliant crime classic that will still be the one getting talked about in the modern era of cinema as one of the best.


Overall: Must watch crime classic.