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Possession Diaries (2019)

Director: Juan Frausto

Writer: Juan Frausto, Rich Wealthy (Screenplay)

Starring: Katherine Munroe, James Russo, Johnny Ortiz, Eileen Dietz

 

Plot: The story follows Rebecca Clarkson, suffering from demonic attacks after playing with an Ouija board one night. Fearful people will think she’s crazy, or lying, she documents her experiences in a video blog on her webcam over the course of a week. In a series of escalating events, shadowing figures appearing and disappearing, the creepy factor grows. Soon the supernatural activity becomes violent, and Rebecca is repeatedly attacked by the demonic forces until finally, evil takes possession of her body. Will Rebecca be able to beat the Devil and protect her soul, or will she die, and lose her soul to hell fire?

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Another Forgettable Possession Movie

 

Story: Possession Diaries starts with Rebecca (Munroe) starting her own video diary to explain what she believes is demonic possession, she has tried seeking medical help, religious health and nobody has seen anything wrong with her, she can’t even escape by moving because it follows her.

When the strange events continue to happen, Rebecca fills in the diary after each one, with only her boyfriend Dante’s fleeting visits to support her.

 

Thoughts on Possession Diaries

 

Characters – Rebecca is the young woman that believes she is possessed, she has tried everything from medical and religious sides only to decide to record for the internet the events that follow, she is trying to solve the problems she is facing. She is front and centre in every scene, only she is meant to be an average everyday person, making a point that she isn’t an actress. Aunt Peggy has connections that could help with the supernatural around her life. Father Brien is the man that comes to try and perform an exorcism. Dante is the boyfriend that comes and goes even though he knows Rebecca is struggle, he is a bit of an asshole if we are honest here.

PerformancesKatherine Munroe is our main actor in this film, we need a strong performance from her to make this film work, she does struggle to  make us convinced with her performance, though it is meant to be an everyday person not an actresses which is just as difficult to play. The rest of the performance are an even bigger step back though with most being laughable.

StoryThe story follows a young lady that believes she is being possessed by a demonic force and decides to record the events in an attempt to find help. This should work for found footage because it would make sense if she just left the camera rolling without any cuts, she doesn’t which just confuses because a lot of events happen when she isn’t there or behind her. The possession films have been done to death now anyway, there is only so much you can do to stand out, we get the film trying to go against the rules by just telling the audience what the other films have done before. This does feel like the film is talking down to us to early which only takes away the interesting in caring about Rebecca’s story. the story doesn’t offer anything to the genre and ends up feeling like a largely forgettable story.

HorrorWhen it comes to the horror, well it is possession based, which isn’t always going to get the biggest fear moments.

SettingsThe film does keep the film in one location, Rebecca’s bedroom where she records the events, this would have worked better if we had kept a lot more around the webcam recording instead of jumping to normal camera work.

Special EffectsThe effects are low budget, we can forgive moments of weakness here, we don’t get many and the ones we get work well enough.


Scene of the Movie –
Ummm nope.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Dante, just Dante in general.

Final ThoughtsThis is just another possession movie that gives us nothing new and just ends up feeling bland and boring.

 

Overall: Just another bad possession film.

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ABC Film Challenge – Biopic – P – Patton (1970) Movie Rob’s Pick

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“Now I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.” – Patton

Number of Times Seen – 3 (on video in the 90’s, 7 May 2013 and 14 May 2019)

Link to original review – Here

Brief Synopsis – Biography of the outspoken general who helped lead the US and the Allies to victory in North Africa and Europe during World War II.

My Take on it – This is a film that I saw a few years back and when Darren told me what this month’s theme was, it was my immediate first choice since I was curious to watch and review it again after 6 years.

This is a superb film that is able to show in epic style the way that a military commander can lead his men largely due to him being a tactical genius.

He is able to lead his men through Hell and back again as they strive for victory.

The fact that he wasn’t very politically savvy and always spoke his mind (even to reporters) got him into a lot of trouble during World War II.

In addition, his attempt to make all of his men act in true military fashion and seem heroic also led to some issues because of his very string stance on the subject which lacked sympathy for some of the men.

George C. Scott is superb in this film and was extremely deserving of his Best Actor Oscar for this performance.

It is widely known tho, that he was the very first actor to refuse to accept this honor.

This movie won a total of 7 Oscars that year.

In addition to Best Actor, it won Best Sound, Best Editing, Best Screenplay, Best Art Direction, Best Director and most deservingly, Best Picture.

This film is nearly 3 hours long, but it is presented in such a fashion, that it is easy to get lost in the epic nature of the film that one doesn’t even notice the time going by.

This is not the most comprehensive and bloody epic war film ever made, but they still do a wondrous job showing us things from the epic perspective of this military commander.

This is one of the best films of its kind, if not THE best.

Bottom Line – Amazing film that manages to show in epic style how a military leader can be such a great tactician and lead his men to victory despite his lack of ability to deal with the politics around him or be more sensitive to his men while trying to make them heroes.  Scott is superb in the lead role here and towers high above every other actor in this film, just as it should be and was clearly the best choice for the Oscar for Best Actor that year.  This movie very deservingly won 7 Oscars including Best Picture, Director, Art Direction, Screenplay, Editing, sound and Actor (as mentioned earlier). The film is almost 3 hours longs, yet it doesn’t drag at all as it tells this epic story from this leader’s perspective.  This is far from being the most comprehensive and jarring war film ever made but it clearly is one of the best, if not THE best film to show things from the perspective of a military leader in epic proportions.  Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Francis Ford Coppola says in the DVD commentary that he wrote a draft screenplay in 1966 and was fired from the film, in large part because Fox objected to opening the movie with Patton’s speech. When the film finally went into production, Coppola’s draft was dusted off and most of it used in the final film. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)

ABC Film Challenge – Biopic – P – Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017)

Director: Angela Robinson

Writer: Angela Robinson (Screenplay)

Starring: Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote, Connie Britton, Monica Giordano, JJ Field, Oliver Platt

 

Plot: The story of psychologist William Moulton Marston, and his polyamorous relationship with his wife and their mistress who would inspire his creation of the superheroine, Wonder Woman.


Tagline – Ever wonder?

Runtime: 1 Hour 48 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Lots of Science, Not Enough Wonder Woman

 

Story: Professor Marston and the Wonder Woman starts as Professor William Marston (Evans) is explaining the motivation behind the Wonder Woman character to Josette Frank (Britton) and the rest of the board. We dive back to 1928 where William a Harvard professor along with his wife Elizabeth (Hall) who selects Olive Byrne (Heathcote) to help with the latest research project.

The research includes studying relationships and social commentary with the idea to help create the lie-detector and only ends up help create the comic book character we know after going for a forbidden relationship.

 

Thoughts on Professor Marston and the Wonder Woman

 

Characters – Professor William Marston is telling the story about his creation of the Wonder Woman character which takes us back to his time at Harvard where he was creating the lie-detector, he has a wonderful relationship with his wife that the two often search for more in love. Elizabeth Marston is just as educated at William, but doesn’t get the accredited title, she is fighting for this right while exploring the research they are working on together. Olive Byrne is the student the two take a liking to, they invite her into their research before getting involved in an even more complicated and forbidden relationship.

PerformancesLuke Evans in the leading role as the storyteller going on to show us just how desperate he is to succeed in his field. Rebecca Hall as the movement supporter shows strength throughout too while Bella Heathcote is great too turning from innocent to forward thinking woman as the story progresses.

StoryThe story follows William Marston, the man who created the Wonder Woman character and his unconventional relationship with his wife and mistress. The story here does have serious pacing issues because we spend well over half the film focusing on the build up to the relationship between the three and not enough time focusing on the creation of Wonder Woman, sure parts of the film are surrounding the ideas of Wonder Woman, but watching the fight to create and continuing publishing the comic book icon would have been a lot more interesting to watch.

BiopicThe biopic side of this film does show how William Marston went from Harvard professor to comic book creator of one of the most iconic characters in comic book history.

SettingsThe settings used in the film show us the different time period from the late 20’s to the mid 40’s, nothing looks out of place for what we are telling, though we do jump the timeline quickly.


Scene of the Movie –
The Rise of Wonder Woman.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Too much time building the relationship.

Final ThoughtsThis is a biopic that shows us just how the character of Wonder Woman came to life, it shows the unconventional relationship the creator had with his wife and lover which saw them shunted in life but did end up bring the strongest female comic book figure to life.

 

Overall: Strong but misguided biopic.

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