Looking Glass (2019)

Director: Tim Hunter

Writer: Jerry Rapp (Screenplay)

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Robin Tunney, Marc Blucas, Ernie Lively, Jacque Gray, Kassia Conway


Plot: A couple buy a desert motel where they find that strange, mysterious events occur.

Tagline – Seeing is deceiving.

Runtime: 1 Hour 43 Minutes


There may be spoilers in the rest of the review


Verdict: Anti-Climatic


Story: Looking Glass starts when Ray (Cage) and Maggie (Tunney) take over a small motel to help then get over their own loss. With Ray working on the renovations of the motel, they have a soft opening, which sees them attract their first guests.

When Ray discovers secret corridors with windows into each room, which he becomes interested in watching through, then the mysterious events start happening, starting with a pig dumped in the swimming pool.


Thoughts on Looking Glass


Characters – Ray has just purchased the motel to try and start over with his wife, he is a handy man by trade, using his time to fix up the motel. He learns about secret windows watching through them, he sees strange events happening and wants to get to the bottom of the events going on around his motel. Maggie is the wife of Ray, she is happy to move away from their past, but struggles to trust Ray after his own past. Howard is the local sheriff that keeps visiting searching for the former owner, he is overly friendly too often for the couple. Tommy is a regular that uses the motel for his liaisons while on the road.

PerformancesNicolas Cage is having one of his weaker performances here, he just doesn’t make his character feel like it is one of the own Cage like ones. Robin Tunney does a solid job in the supporting role, as does Marc Blucas and Ernie Lively.

StoryThe story follows a couple that take over a motel only to start dealing with strange events surrounding something that happened before they got there. The story starts off feeling like a mystery about what once happened here which is interesting enough right, well it soon takes a turn down a path where seemingly nothing actually happens here, a woman goes missing, Ray becomes a peeping Tom and a nosey cop gets too involved with the motel, this story seems like a bad soap opera episode because it seems like we get a starting thread of a story only for it to go no where. We seem to just end the story without any real twists or investigations going on, it just felt like a bunch of random stuff happening.

MysteryThe mystery is presented, only we don’t spend any time watching what happens which only ends up leading us rather flat about what we have just watched.

SettingsThe film is mostly set at the motel which shows how you will never know what could happen in a motel.

Scene of the Movie –
The meeting in the desert.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Did you do it, did I do what? This scene lasts an awkward two minutes, it felt like a lifetime.

Final ThoughtsThis is a movie that ended up going in no particular direction and ends up feeling like just a bunch of stuff happens, instead of a storyline.


Overall: Messy, directionless and empty.




ABC Film Challenge – Biopic – M – Mr Turner (2014)

mr-turnerDirector: Mike Leigh

Writer: Mike Leigh (Screenplay)

Starring: Timothy Spall, Paul Jesson, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Baileey, Karl Johnson, Ruth Sheen


Plot: An exploration of the last quarter century of the great, if eccentric, British painter J.M.W. Turner’s life.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Long and Boring


Story: Mr Turner starts as we enter the life of JMW Turner (Spall) a well-respected artist in 1800s England. Mr Turner gets to socialise with the high society as well as living his quiet life where it artwork is popular throughout England.

After his father dies JMW travels for his latest work as he makes relationship around the country to discover the latest pieces of work while dealing with his own grief of his father’s loss.


Thoughts on Mr Turner


Characters/PerformanceMr Turner is a famous painter but I just couldn’t find myself follow just who the other characters in this film were.

Spall is great in this role and everyone is fine it is just too many characters to figure out just who most of these people are portraying.stars

StoryThe story is long and very difficult to follow, we have to deal with such a long-time period that we don’t get a chance to see just how everything unfolds in the real time.

Biography/HistoryThis isn’t how you make a bio-pic, long dull and dealing with a group of characters that you just don’t seem to find interesting enough to want to learn about their history.

SettingsI will say the settings keep us understanding the time period that film is set in.genre

Final ThoughtsThis is way too long, way too dull and too much stuck-up Britishness for nearly 2 and half hours.


Overall: Not interesting enough what so ever.