3 Generations (2015) Movie Review

Director: Gaby Dellal

Writer: Nikole Beckwith, Gaby Dellel (Screenplay)

Starring: Elle Fanning, Linda Emond, Susan Sarandon, Naomi Watts, Andrew Polk, Marcos A Gonzalez

Plot: After Ray decides to transition from female to male, Ray’s mother, Maggie, must come to terms with the decision while tracking down Ray’s biological father to get his legal consent.

Tagline – In this family change is relative

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Important

Story: 3 Generations starts as we meet the three generations of women, Dolly (Sarandon), her daughter Maggie (Watts) and Maggie’s daughter Ray (Fanning) living in one apartment in New York City, Ray is starting her transition into a man, which sees Maggie willing to support the decision, Dolly struggling to understand it, while the biggest problem comes, from tracking down Ray’s father who must agree to the decision.

Thoughts on 3 Generations

Characters – Ray was born a woman, that wants to become a man, she has started the treatment, but must wait for parental consent to go through the procedure, he wants to start a new school, to have a new life as a man, which isn’t going to be easy for the rest of the family. Maggie is Ray’s mother who is trying to make the right decision, she has the fears and questions about how she raised Ray, thinking it could have been her fault and is worried he might change his mind, she will say yes to helping though it means going into her past to ask for help. Dolly and Frances are the women that raised Maggie and are trying to help even if they are not the most understanding of the situation, with Dolly usually saying the wrong thing.

PerformancesElle Fanning is brilliant in the leading role of the film, balancing the last stages of being a woman and first steps to being a man, showing the struggles she is facing. Naomi Watts shows the conflict she is facing through the film with ease, with Susan Sarandon adding moments of comedy to the serious side of the film.

StoryThe story here follows a teenage girl that is looking to go through the transition to become a man, with only the support of the women in her life, as we follow the family struggling to come to terms with the decisions being made. This story does show the difficulties in family’s that are going to go through this process, the complications if the family isn’t together still and the emotional damage it can do to the person who wants the change. Outside of this, we do look at the relationship between the generations involved, seeing how they do have their own problems to get through too.

SettingsThe film is set in New York City, which always is a wonderful place to have a backdrop for life stories.

Scene of the Movie – Family dinner.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Certain moments are overly complicated for no reason.

Final Thoughts This is an important look at the transitional process for a teenage girl, we get to see how families could always be fixed and how coming together can change things in life.

Overall: Importantly Well Acted Story.

ABC Film Challenge – Sci-Fi – F – Freaks of Nature (2015) Movie Review

Director: Robbie Pickering

Writer: Oren Uziel (Screenplay)

Starring: Nicholas Braun, Mackenzie Davis, Josh Fadem, Denis Leary, Ed Westwick, Vanessa Hudgens, Keegan-Michael Key

Plot: In the town of Dillford, humans, vampires and zombies were all living in peace – until the alien apocalypse arrived. Now three teenagers – one human, one vampire, and one zombie – have to team up to figure out how to get rid of the visitors.

Tagline – “I think I’m having brain withdrawals.”

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Silly Sci-Fi Horror Comedy

Story: Freaks of Nature starts as we head to Dillford, where humans, vampires and zombies leave side by side, we follow three high school students, Dag (Braun) who doesn’t want to follow in his father’s footsteps, Petra (Davis) that has been crushing a vampire, hoping to get turned into one herself and Ned (Fadem) a school geek that is destiny for better things, but is tired of his parents dreams in his brother, deciding he wants to become a vampire.

When aliens arrive in the town, the vampires and zombies go on a feeding craze, where Dag, Petra and Ned, must stand together in an attempt to survive the alien invasion even if they are different species now, they must put these difference behind them to survive.

Thoughts on Freaks of Nature

Characters – Dag comes from a normal family that sees him being in the middle of the high school hierarchy, he gets picked on by the jocks and just wants to be something more, waiting for the day he can be with his dream girl. Petra is dreaming of a vampire party, which sees her getting turned into one, looking for a chance to learn about her new blood lust. She hasn’t always fitted in, which has never bothered her. Ned is the smartest kid in school, his parents are more interested in their jock son, which sees them ignoring him more often than not, making him want to become dumber like the zombies. We do meet a host of other characters that are different a mix of humans, vampires and zombies each with their own stigma.

PerformancesNicholas Braun, Mackenzie Davis and Josh Fadem in the leading roles do bring out the colourful side of their characters even if they fit the generic types for a high school movie. We do have some big name comic actors that get their moments to shine too.

StoryThe story here follows three high school kids growing up in a world of humans, vampires and zombies when aliens visit causing chaos as the three unlikely friends must come together to save themselves and the town. This is meant to be more of a parody, more than a serious story, which for the most part is fine, it plays out like a zombie survival story when the outbreak just starts, finding a hiding place before figuring out what to do, while trying to deal with high school problems the three are facing. It isn’t as clever of a story as it thinks, which does leave parts of it feeling flat by the end.

Comedy/Horror/Sci-FiThe comedy is meant to be more parody, which tries to poke fun at the invasion genre, while the horror is meant to be about the creatures in horror, rather than being scary in anyway, with the aliens being the sci-fi side of the film, which is the biggest threat, but not focused on enough.

SettingsThe film is set in a small town which does bring the characters together through the problems they will be facing, how certain stories around town bring them together.

Scene of the Movie – Opening attack.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Doesn’t get enough laughs for a comedy.

Final Thoughts This is a comedy that just doesn’t get enough laughs and ends up feeling flat by the end of the film.

Overall: Flat Comedy.

Interview with Gabriella Pastore

Interview with Gabriella Pastore

We were lucky enough to be able to talk to one of the stars of Hidden Orchard Mysteries: The Case of the Air B & B Robbery, Gabriella Pastore. I want to send out a personal thank you for giving us the time to discuss the upcoming movie.

Without further ado, here is the interview:

As a fan of detective movies that have a lot of fun along the way, I enjoyed Hidden Orchard Mysteries, bringing back the memories of Scooby Doo, Psych and Jonathan Creek.

Q1) What drew you to want to star in Hidden Orchard Mysteries and how much of Gabby, do you see in yourself?

A1) I knew I wanted to star in Hidden Orchard Mysteries because I had worked with Ms. Joyce and Mr. Brian a couple of times prior and I absolutely loved working with them. When they presented the idea of HOM to me, I thought the story and the characters were amazing and I knew I wanted to be a part of this wonderful film. I really liked how diverse the cast is. My character is actually very similar to me. For starters, we have the same name. I can be a bit of a perfectionist, especially when my heart is set on something. Like Gabby, I’m also not a very impulsive person, I like to think through all the details and make my decisions from that.

Q2) You have excellent chemistry with Ja’ness. How natural did the friendship come between the two of you?

A2) Thank you! It actually came very naturally, which was really nice. They had us video chat before meeting each other in person, and we mostly talked about our interests and HOM. We seemed to click pretty quickly from when we first met. It felt like we’d been friends for years.

Q3) Do you have any favorite sleuth detectives you looked to for inspiration in the role?

A3) Yes actually! I love detective shows, I used to watch them all the time with my mom when I was younger. Two of the detective shows I looked to for inspiration was Monk and Psych. Both shows had the mystery element that’s characteristic with all detective shows, but they also had many moments of comedy and community among the characters. I also was inspired by Elementary, for the more serious parts of HOM.

Q4) Who are the people you look to as inspiration in the world of acting?

A4) I have many actors and actresses I look up to for inspiration. Two of them being Zendaya and Rachel McAdams. I love how they display a wide variety of characters in their works and they do an amazing job at displaying each of these diverse characters.

Q5) In the past you worked on voiced a character in a Resident Evil Game, would you ever like to revisit the franchise in the future, be it game, live-action or animated movie?

A5) Ooh great question! Yes, to all three! I loved voicing my character, it was an amazing experience working for Capcom. It was an honor being a part of the Resident Evil series, especially from playing their games when I was younger. I’ve had a few people message me to tell me they really liked my work in Resident Evil, which was so sweet. Some have actually said they wanted to watch HOM when I posted about it, so shout out to them for being amazing!

Q6) Which genres of movie would you most like to star in next?

A6) I would love to star in a sci-fi movie or a drama movie! I’ve always been a big fan of the sci-fi genre, both in acting and viewing. As much as I like doing comedy, I’ve also always enjoyed doing dramatic scenes.

Q7) One of the key locations in Hidden Orchard Mysteries, is the cupcake shop, which leads to the important question, what is your favorite flavored cupcake?

A7) Oooh I love this question! I would say anything with chocolate and sprinkles. We actually got some cupcakes from the location we filmed at to enjoy after filming. I got this one with a chocolate batter, chocolate filling, and chocolate icing with a piece of chocolate on top. I was in sugar heaven!

Thank you for taking the time to answer the questions and I hope people get to enjoy Hidden Orchard Mysteries: The Case of the Air B&B Robbery, for themselves.

Thank you so much for asking me your questions! It was an honor!

If you would like to see more of Gabriella Pastore’s work, check out there IMDB.

I would like to thank Gabriella Pastore one more time for giving us the time to talk about Hidden Orchard Mysteries: The Case of the Air B & B Robbery. Read the review here.