Yes, God, Yes (2019) Movie Review

Director: Karen Maine

Writer: Karen Maine (Screenplay)

Starring: Natalia Dyer, Alisha Boe, Wolfgang Novogratz, Francesca Reale

Plot: After an innocent AOL chat turns racy, a Catholic teenager in the early 00s discovers masturbating and struggles to suppress her new urges in the face of eternal damnation.

Runtime: 1 Hour 18 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Highly Entertaining

Story: Yes, God, Yes starts as we meet Alice (Dyer) a high school student in a Catholic school, who is one of the most innocent, protected girls in the school, she is fully behind the religious side of sex, until after school she finds herself in a chatroom, which opens her eyes to sex for the first time.

While this was a personal moment, her return to school sees the rumour mill spinning that she broke the religious beliefs of her school, seeing even the teachers looking at her differently, even after she decides to go to a religious getaway with her best friend Laura (Reale), only for this to trip to turn disastrous with her friends turning on her, right when she needs them the most.

Thoughts on Yes, God, Yes

Characters – Alice is considered the innocent goodie two shoes in her Catholic school, her best friend always has to explain things to her, things that are coming out in rumours, she finds herself in the middle of her own sexual awakening after being in a chatroom, stuck with rumours about her, needing to prove she isn’t what the rumours are saying, while trying to understand the new feelings, without having anyone to talk to about them. Laura is the best friend that is always the more confident, shielding Alice from things in life more than anything else. Nina is the girl Laura looks up to, she is considered the inspiration to the other girls with her work for the church. We do get to see love interest for Alice, the one that starts the rumours about her, the teachers that judge the students actions without hearing their side of the story too.

PerformancesNatalia Dyer is in the leading role here, she is wonderful to watch, she ooze the innocent nature in her character, looks nervous about what could happen with the impure thoughts. While Natalia is fantastic, the rest of the cast let her shine in the film.

StoryThe story here follows a young lady in a catholic school that has her first sexual awakening and is left with nobody to talk to about it, after being raised in a world where sexual thoughts are considered a sin. This is set in the early 2000s, which helps with the technology we see, AOL Chatrooms, Nokia 3310s and the A/S/L question which only people of the era will understand, it highlights the difficulties people who would have been surrounded by people that never explained sex to them, other than God says it is a sin. Seeing how Alice goes through this alone, becomes interesting, as she does have to deal with the rumour mill, constantly wanting to know what a sexual term that she is meant to have done is, slowly getting more information each time.

SettingsThe film uses the setting to show the catholic school to show us just how the rules are strict and how Alice would never know the safe place for her own discussion.

Scene of the Movie – The first chatroom conversation.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – We don’t really learn too much more about Alice’s friends.

Final Thoughts This is a fun look at how a Catholic school might try to church sex to the students and highlights just how difficult the research would become if they wanted to learn for themselves.

Overall: Entertaining.

ABC Film Challenge – Animation – L – Luis & The Aliens (2018) Movie Review

Director: Christoph Lauenstein, Wolfgang Lauenstein, Sean McCormack

Writer: Christoph Lauenstein, Wolfgang Lauenstein, Sean McCormack (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Callum Maloney, Dermot Magennis, Ian Coppinger, Paul Tylak, Lucy Carolan, Eoin Daly

Plot: An 11-year-old boy befriends three aliens after they crash their spaceship into his house.

Tagline – Extra terrestrial. Extra trouble.

Runtime: 1 Hour 26 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Cute & Serious

Story: Luis & The Aliens starts as we meet Luis a young boy that is struggling to fit in and his father Armin is a UFO nut that everybody in the town sees as crazy, this has led to the principal starting to worry about his safety. Luis is getting tired of his father’s action until one day three aliens Wabo, Mog and Nag visit Earth during their own space cruise.

When the four meet they both work together to help the aliens got off Earth and Luis find a new reason for life, hopefully bringing him closer to his father before being taken away from him.

Thoughts on Luis & the Aliens

Characters – Luis is a typical school child on the outside, but he does struggle to fit in, he has been dealing with the loss of his mother, which has seen him become distant from his father. He is sinking into a depression that will see him being taken away from his father. He befriends the aliens for an adventure he never imagined that could turn his life around. Wabo, Mog and Nag are the aliens who carelessly visit Earth who just want to get home with a television channel shop. They get themselves into all sorts of troubles during their adventure on Earth.

StoryThe story here follows a young boy that has become distant from his own father after the death of his mother, that gets a visit from aliens who could finally bring him closer to his father once again. This story does have a surprisingly serious side to everything going on, it shows us how people need to make time for the loved ones and kids need to learn how to treat each other, sure we do get the silly fun with the aliens activities, but the rest has a bigger message which could be important to many people to see. The story is also easy to follow which would make it a joy for the younger audience too.

Adventure/ComedyThe adventure side of this film shows us where the aliens have come from in a world that haven’t been to before, while Luis’ life finally gets some excitement. The comedy in the film comes from the aliens, who will get the most laughs through the film.

SettingsThe film takes us to a small town location which shows how the local kid would know how to avoid troubles when it comes to getting away from the people after them.

AnimationThe animation is lower quality than the bigger studios, but still works for the story it is trying to tell.

Scene of the Movie – The chase.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The comedy can get a little too silly.

Final Thoughts This is a cute film that the younger audience will enjoy, it does have a family message which is always important to have.

Overall: Fun and cute.

Last Shot (2020) Movie Review

Director: Terrence Arlyn

Writer: Terrence Arlyn (Screenplay)

Starring: Robert Dobson, Cody N Carter, Melanie DiPiero, Dominic King, Anthony Wilcox, Terrence Arlyn

Plot: A young man is released from prison with a chance to turn his life around. But the streets haven’t changed since he left and the same hate, regret, and fear waits for him on the other side of the wall. Can he ever really be free?

Tagline – Freedom is more important the pride, and that’s one hell of a thing to live for.

Runtime: 1 Hour 24 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Redemption 101

Story: Last Shot starts when Nick Heirs (Carter) gets released from prison after his mistakes in his younger life, he wants to go straight with his choices, only he finds himself in the middle of the same neighbourhood, which sees him catching the eye of his parole officer Aries Parker (Dobson).

When Nick starts gets caught in the middle of a bigger rivalry in the area under Smack Williams (Cream), which leads to two detectives Hana (DiPiero) and Casey (King) investigating, with their own different opinions on how to deal with the law.

Thoughts on Last Shot

Characters – Nick Heirs has been released from prison, he knows the mistakes he made, he wants to make up for the errors and start a fresh, turning his life around, he turns to friends for a home, a job and a chance, which sees him struggling to deal with the changes on the outside, becoming a prime suspect in a series of murders. Aries is the strict parole officer that has seen men come out of prison only to waste their chance, he doesn’t have much hope in Nick in anyway. We have the two detectives that are on opposite theories on how to deal with the crimes in the area. We also have the people that have helped Nick get back on his feet and the ones that could have caused him problems in the past.

PerformancesCody N Carter does a good job in leading role, with the whole cast doing a solid enough job bringing their characters to life without shining on the levels they could.

StoryThe story here follows an ex-con trying to put his life back together where he gets a chance of new career, relationship and friendships, only for things to not go as planned as somebody has started to go on a killing spree, making him the prime suspect. This is a story that we have seen before, one where an ex-con is looking to improve his life after previous mistakes, only for things to not go to plan, showing that your mistakes could always catch up with you no matter how hard you try to fix them. Everything is kept simple, though we do get the big mystery about who is behind the murders, only we don’t get as much attention on that, to the levels we could do.

SettingsThe film takes us from behind prison, as Nick tries to get on with his life, in the same neighbourhood, where he ended up getting caught up in trouble before.

Scene of the Movie – The club fight.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Not enough mystery about the murder.

Final ThoughtsThis is a strong look at redemption, it does show us just how important making up for mistakes is important, no matter how difficult it is to change for the better.

Overall: One Redemption Film We Have Seen Before.