Writer: Jamie Jones (Screenplay)
Starring: Marcus Rutherford, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Michael Quartey, Sam Gittins, T’Nia Miller, James Atwell, Taurean Steele
Plot: As London slides towards a time of violent social unrest, on the estates of East London, a young man’s life is torn apart by a love for a girl from a different place.
Runtime: 1 Hour 36 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Verdict: Eye-Opening Drama
Story: Obey starts as we meet Leon (Rutherford) a 19-year-old man living in London, he doesn’t have the education, he spends most of his time getting high and drinking with friends, while causing trouble with other gangs, Leon does train in boxing and is starting to wonder what his life is meant to be.
As the violence in the surrounding neighbourhood, Leon starts to question everything more, as he sees his friends acting out causing bigger problems, while he homelife isn’t getting any better with his alcoholic mother, stopping him from getting a chance to improve himself and the woman he meets Twiggy (Clark) only gives him mixed messages.
Thoughts on Obey
Characters – Leon is the 19-year-old man that was raised in the London, where he has become part of a gang, didn’t get a chance at an education and is left facing a life of uncertainty. Leon is feeling like life is going no where now and he wants to do something about it, this could see him go back into education or continue his training in boxing, but the reality comes with him that he just doesn’t want to get involved in criminal actions going on within London, it is a make or break time for the young man, that we completely understand his position in life. Twiggy is the woman that Leon meets, she has been squatting in London with her boyfriend, though she is a free spirit that isn’t looking for trouble, which makes her different to everybody else in Leon’s life. Anton is her boyfriend that we don’t learn to much about other than he is happy to hang out with whoever and fights for rights. We do get to meet most of the gang Leon is in, though the names are easy to forget, they represent a life of crime he could fall into, Leon’s alcoholic mother and her abusive boyfriend, each character does seem to reflect a life Leon could have.
Performances – Marcus Rutherford easily gives us a standout performance in this film, he will make you understand every single situation his character is going through, which is a delight to watch. Sophie Kennedy Clark is everything she needs to be, with the whole supporting cast making you feel like you are part of this world that Leon is living through.
Story – The story here follows a young man who grew up in London as part of a gang, who isn’t given a chance of a future, until he meets a stranger and is left to decide what he wants for his own future. This story is a true eye opener when it comes to showing us how the gang situation happens, is treated and how hopeless somebody could be if they are trapped within it. We do only follow one person, who is given a few outs, through support, a woman, but is also held back by his lack of education, his gang friends and caring for his addict mother. This does show us how hard the life can be, how the mentality can see the person making the wrong decisions, how the outsiders can see them as wrong, rather than not given a chance. This is an important story for the people of England to see and one that could open up more eyes to what the problems really are, not what they think they are.
Settings – The film is set in London, this does show us just how difficult the life would be for Leon and other young people in this location, if they haven’t been given a chance.
Scene of the Movie – The journey.
Final Thoughts – This is one of the most important eye openers in the world of film, it doesn’t glorify anything, just keeps it feeling realistic throughout the film.
Overall: Important drama.
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Number of Times Seen – 6 (3 Nov 2010, 2011, 2012, 24 Oct 2013, 28 Mar 2016 and 8 Sep 2019)
Brief Synopsis – A group of experts are hired to infiltrate the mind of an executive in order to implant a thought into his mind that will change the way he runs his company.
My Take on it – This is an amazing film that once again is able to prove the genius of writer/director Christopher Nolan.
This story works on so many levels and stays intriguing, interesting and thrilling from start to finish.
The story is presented as an existential one yet they expertly use special effects and dialogue to make things seem even more tangible and relatable which works superbly throughout.
The cats is unbelievable and they all are able to work so well together as a team that it helps make the story move forward at a great pace that moves so fluidly throughout.
Nolan does a splendid job directing this film and is able to create a world that is a mixture of reality and fantasy yet still comes across as plausible and realistic throughout.
The story itself is multi layered and this helps make the story feel even more interesting and intriguing as things seem to get more and more complex as they move forward.
It’s imperative to pay close attention to the story because of the fact that it jumps around within the various story levels and if you get distracted, you might miss something quite important because nothing is truly ever as it seems.
Nolan is an amazing writer and this film is further proof of his ability to create unique and original stories for us to savor for all time.
It’s a pity that most films that are made these days aren’t filled with original ideas like this one is.
The story is quite mind blowing and manages to keep surprising the viewer over and over as things move along.
This is one of the very best thrillers ever made and that has much to do with the fact that they are able to create a thriller that actually fits “outside of the box” instead of being something that just recycles old ideas.
Bottom Line – Amazing film that is able to work on so many levels. The story is quite existential yet they use effects and dialogue to help make it feel even more tangible. The cast is superb and they all work so well together as a team in order to help the story constantly move forward. Nolan directs this film amazingly and is able to create a world that is both real and fantasy for us to grasp all that is happening throughout. The story itself is quite layered and that helps make things so much more intriguing and interesting since one needs to constantly try and keep track of what’s going on the entire time because nothing is ever as it truly seems. With this film, Nolan once again proves how adept a writer he can be and is able to give us a very unique and original story that is mind blowing over and over. One of the best thrillers ever made especially since it is truly a story that fits “outside of the box”. Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Writer, producer, and director Christopher Nolan first pitched this movie to Warner Brothers after the completion of his third movie, Insomnia (2002), and was met with approval from the studio. However, it was not yet written at the time, and Nolan determined that rather than writing it as an assignment, it would be more suitable to his working style if he wrote it as a speculation script, and then presented it to the studio whenever it was completed. So he went off to write it, thinking it would take “a couple of months”, but it ultimately took nearly eight years. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
Writer: Stirling Silliphant (Screenplay) John Ball (Novel)
Starring: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates, Lee Grant, Larry Gates, James Patterson William Schallert
Plot: An African-American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town.
Tagline – They’re going to pin something on that smart cop from Philidelphia . . . maybe a medal . . . maybe a murder!
Runtime: 1 Hour 50 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Verdict: One of the Greatest Crime Films of All Time
Story: In the Heat of the Night starts in a small Southern town of Sparta in America, deputy Sam Wood (Oates) discovers a dead body and the department goes in search of suspects, chief Gillespie (Steiger) is running the investigation. Sam arrests the first black man he sees with that being Virgil Tibbs (Poitier).
Virgil just so happens to be Philadelphia’s best homicide detective and once the problem between the two sides get eased, Virgil is forced to help with the murder investigation with Gillespie needing to put aside his racist ways for advice. This case will become one of Virgil’s most difficult not just because of the case, but because of the backwards racist nature of the certain locals.
Thoughts on In the Heat of the Night
Characters – Virgil Tibbs is one of the best homicide detectives in his home city, he has earnt this position with hard work and higher education. He finds himself stuck in a racial divided town that does require his help, but doesn’t want to accept it. Virgil is strong and creates some of the most iconic scenes in film history. Gillespie is the chief that must reluctantly accept Virgil’s help, he is racist, but knows he needs Virgil’s help when it comes to solving this case, he must learn to be accepting of Virgil while being put under pressure by the supremacist that live in he area to rid the town of Virgil. Sam is the deputy that takes an instant dislike to Virgil, but he is mostly just a lowlife cop that gets past doing the basics of the job. The cast is filled the generic racist characters that don’t want to accept a black man helping with the investigation.
Performances – Sidney Poitier gives us one of the most memorable and powerful performances in any crime film, one that has iconic scenes that will forever stand the test of time. Rod Steiger is brilliant to, he shows us just how conflicted his character is to do the right thing and to keep his backwards mind on racial differences. When we look at the rest of the performances, we see good work from the whole cast.
Story – The story here follows a black detective forced into helping solve a murder in Mississippi while the racial hate between the two whites and blacks still comes off strong. There is two ways to look at this story, first we see how crime takes place and must get solved, which is interesting to keep us guessing throughout because of the large number of potential suspects. That however, isn’t the main story here, the racial divide between the people of town makes this more interesting because seeing how different characters interact with Virgil, some with open smiles, some with gritted smiles and some with pure hate. This shows us how we must witness how America was still filled racial hate in certain states that can point fingers before solving the crimes.
Crime/Mystery – The crime in this movie is murder, though trying to solve this opens up plenty of smaller crimes and deals with the racial hate still going on at the time in Mississippi, the mystery keeps us guessing to just who was the one the committed the crime in the first place.
Settings – The film takes place in Mississippi which for the time was still facing the divide between black and whites, this ups the tension for Virgil trying to solve the crime while also showing us the smaller crimes going on through the town.
Final Thoughts – This is one of the greatest crime movies you will ever see, it keeps you guessing from start to finish and deals with the racial hatred that was still going strong in the 1960s America.
Overall: Must watch crime mystery.
Writer: John Hoernschemeyer, Raine McCormack (Screenplay)
Starring: Richard Hope, Rebecca Johnson, Therese Bradley, Phill Martin, Robert Vernon, Sidney Kean, Beth Park,
Plot: Every village, every person, has a secret…none more so than the inhabitants of this isolated, murky village whose fate relies on the luring of two unsuspecting pawns to satisfy their appetite and determine their being.
Runtime: 1 Hour 22 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Verdict: Atmospheric Horror
Story: The Village in the Woods starts when a couple Nicky (Park) and Jason (Vernon) breakdown on a remote country road, as they search for the pub they are looking to move into as returning residents of the village , with the locals believing Nicky is actually an old resident Rebecca, Charles (Hope), Maddy (Bradley), Vince (Harker) and Emily (Johnson) welcome the couple in to their little village as the new pub landlords.
Thoughts on The Village in the Woods
Characters – Nicky is the woman that is pretending to be the long lost daughter of the former pub landlord, she is seen as Rebecca to the locals, who start to question her own identity, she is uneasy being in the village and wants to get out before it is too late, but her partner is reluctant to leave. Jason is Nicky’s partner that is willing to go along with the idea of taking over the pub, he sees it as a new start to for the couple and easy money, he doesn’t see as much strange behaviour from the rest of the villagers. Charles is the head of the village, starting being welcoming to anybody coming to village, including Rebecca, he is somebody that will always be friendly to strangers, like his wife Maddy who will always be welcoming to the rest of the villagers.
Performances – Beth Park does give us an innocent performance, which is needed for her role, walking into a location that is unknown to her, Robert Vernon does give us the strong performance as the partner that is not willing to believing everything else going on, while Richard Hope and Therese Bradley are the true scene stealers with their performances in the film.
Story – The story follows a couple that inherit a remote country pub in a small village in the woods only to find that the villagers have their own plans for the new residents. This is a story that is willing to show how the main couple Nicky and Jason aren’t everything they are pretending to be to the villagers, which is important to everything going on. We do go in direction of not seeing everything early on, while everything does add up by the end, it will keep you feeling uneasy for the most part because you will be left guessing to just what will happen next and what the villagers big plan would be.
Horror/Mystery – The horror side of the film does keep us wondering just what the villagers what with the new couple, we have moments of unease to help create the scary atmosphere, with the mystery adding to the horror in the film.
Settings – The setting of the village in the woods is the absolute highlight of this film, by seeing the murky environment, the quiet which the villagers live in, reminds us of what location can be everything for a horror movie.
Special Effects – The effects in the film are used to create the atmosphere, we get taken into the murky, fog covered woods, which only helps us feel uneasy.
Scene of the Movie – Escape to the woods.
Final Thoughts – This is a wonderfully atmospheric horror that just gives you a feeling of unease throughout the duration, with creepy performances from Richard Hope and Therese Bradley.
Overall: Creepy & Atmospheric