Immortal (2019) Movie Review

Directors: Tom Colley, Jon Dabach, Danny Isaacs, Rob Margolies

Writer: Jon Dabach (Screenplay)

Starring: Tony Todd, Dylan Baker, Samm Levine, Robin Bartlett, Agnes Bruckner, Lindsay Mushett

Plot: Thrown into the face of death only to emerge unharmed, the characters of Immortal are left staring at eternity in the face with uncertainty and fear like they’ve never imagined. The film follows Chelsea, a high school track star who comes clean about sexual misconduct with her coach only to find out her confession might be too late, Gary and Vanessa, a young, expecting married couple who scheme a morbid solution to their financial issues, Ted, a man filled with sorrow who agrees to euthanize his cancer-ridden wife Mary, and Warren, a young man with little direction in life who is forced to discover his new gifts after a tragic accident.

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

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Story: Immortal starts when high school athlete Chelsea (Mushett) finds herself being targeted by a predatory coach, which sees her being abducted by another teacher Mr Shagis (Baker) who uses his weekends to hunt people, claiming he is immortal and nothing she can do, will stop him entertaining himself, giving her a chance to run for help.

We jump to a new story with couple Vanessa (Bruckner) and Gary (Edwards) who are expecting their first child, when Gary is looking to make money fast and stop struggling through each day.

Mary (Bartlett) and Ted (Todd) are a couple that are being interviewed, looking at the biggest parts of life, when they come face to face with one of the most difficult decisions in life to help a loved one.

Finally we meet Warren (Levine) a man who doesn’t have much direction in his life that is involved in an accident, learning that he seems to heal himself, he starts to look into what could have caused this.

Thoughts on Immortal

Final Thoughts Immortal is four short stories that are looking at immortality, seeing how people will discover or use their known powers to enjoy the world in their own way. If we are to break down each story, the first one titled Chelsea is easily the most interesting, in fact it is left to feel disappointing because we know we have had so much more from the story, because it shocks us. Vanessa and Gary does feel like the weakest one, with most of it showing desperation over hitting hard with the concept. Mary and Ted brings, us the most serious one, tackling a serious question in life, which does take everything in a new direction for somebody who could be immortal. When it comes to Warren’s chapter we get the darkest side coming back into the story which would make it the most intense. These stories bring a lot to the table and could easily be extended to new heights, which is always an important factor with shorts, whether they could become full features or not.

ABC Film Challenge – 80s Movies – F- Frantic (1988) Movie Review

Director: Roman Polanski

Writer: Roman Polanski, Gerard Brach (Screenplay)

Starring: Harrison Ford, Betty Buckley, Emmanuelle Seigner, Djiby Soumare, Dominique Virton, Gerard Klein

Plot: In a hotel room in Paris, a doctor comes out of the shower and finds that his wife has disappeared. He soon finds himself caught up in a world of intrigue, espionage, gangsters, drugs and murder.

Tagline – They’ve taken his wife. Now he’s taking action.

Runtime: 2 Hours

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Verdict: Slow Burning Thriller

Story: Frantic starts when Dr Richard Walker (Ford) and his wife Sondra (Buckley) arrive in Paris for a business trip, only while Richard was in the shower, Sondra disappears, which leads to Richard going in search on the streets of Paris for his wife.

As Richard tries to learn about the truth about what happened to Sondra, he meets a local woman Michelle (Seigner) whose suitcase the couple accidentally take back to the hotel, could she have the answer or is there something bigger going on in Paris.

Thoughts on Frantic

Characters – Dr Richard Walker believes he is in Paris for a conference and holiday with his wife, only for her to disappear and him needing to search the streets of Paris for answer to a mystery he never expected to be involved in. Sondra is the missing wife, we only really see how the two are tighter more than anything, before she goes missing. Michelle is the local woman whose suitcase gets mixed up, she helps Richard get to the bottom of everything, despite being involved in a much bigger criminal world.

PerformancesHarrison Ford is mostly the only good thing about this movie, he does have the everyday man about him as he is struggle to learn the truth. Emmanuelle Seigner is strong, while the rest of the cast just doesn’t get enough time to do that much.

StoryThe story here follows an American whose wife goes missing in Paris and must try and learn the truth before it is too late, only to find himself in the middle of a much bigger conspiracy going on. This is a story that doesn’t seem to really get going despite having an idea of what it wants to tell us, it shows us just how out a place a tourist could be when a family member goes missing and helpless they might well be when looking for help. We do seem to get plenty of ideas of where the story could go, only it ends up just going at a snails pace.

Crime/MysteryThe crime side of the film shows the world that Richard is thrown into and how he doesn’t know who to trust, which does help the mystery, only it doesn’t seem come to any level where it could be filled with peril.

SettingsParis does make for a lovely backdrop for the film, though we don’t seem to hit enough of the iconic locations.

Scene of the Movie – Rooftop sneaking.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – It is just slow.

Final Thoughts This is a slow thriller that just doesn’t get going despite having Harrison Ford in the leading role.

Overall: Just doesn’t get going.

The Last Laugh (2020) Movie Review

Director: Jeremy Berg

Writer: Jeremy Berg (Screenplay)

Starring: Steve Vanderzee, Eric Stone, Lowell Deo, Angela DiMarco, Meranda Long, Marcus Leppard

Plot: A stand-up comedian on the verge of breakout success must make a terrible choice when he discovers a murderer on the loose in the theater where he’s about to perform his biggest show.

Runtime: 1 Hour 21 Minutes

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Story: The Last Laugh starts as stand-up comedian Myles (Vanderzee) is about to get his first big show, opening for the bigger comedian Reggie Ray (Deo), the pressure is on for Myles, but his medication is starting to wear off and when he finds a dead body in his dressing room, he is left with a big decision.

Preparing for the show however Myles meets the different employees of the theatre, but after a second death, he starts to think there is a killer in the theatre and is left wanting to know what is more important to him, the show or human life.

Thoughts on The Last Laugh

Characters – Myles is a stand-up comedian, he has been grinding the small shows for years now, with tonight being his big break, opening for a popular comedian. Myles does have a troubled past which sees him struggling with the loss of his partner, though it isn’t clear whether she left him or passed away, which sees him needing medication to keep his head in the game, he is left with a big question, whether to complete the show or report the dead bodies he finds. Nelson is the manager of Myles, he got him this gig and looks to keep him focused for this show, which he knows could make him a lot of money too. Reggie Ray is the main act of the show tonight, a famous comedian that has been coming down on the success trail, but demands to be respected, despite not being as funny as he once was. Donna is the theatre owner that has her own dreams of making it big in the industry, that also knows the pressure of the world they are in. we do get to meet the whole crew, with the killer lurking in the shadows looking for their latest victims.

PerformancesSteve Vanderzee in the leading role does show us the dark mind of a comedian, one that is filled with tragedy that uses comedy to escape. When we look at the rest of the cast everyone makes us feel like they are natural within the theatre industry.

StoryThe story here follows a comedian on the verge of a big break only for him to discovery a dead body in his dressing room and it isn’t long before other people start getting killed of behind the scenes, leaving him wondering if this is a good idea to go through with or not. This is a horror slasher that does bring a different direction to everything, with only one person knowing about the kills, while the rest of the characters continuing on their day, it works to that level because we are left wondering as to who the killer is, with the suspect list seemingly getting longer as night goes on, mixed in with Myles own mental state. The story also highlights the fine line between success and the right thing, as people might risk more than they should for success.

HorrorThe horror side of this film comes from seeing how the killer is killing people, the kills do feel like they have been taken from a slasher on the style of them.

SettingsThe film keeps everything inside a theatre, which shows us more of the behind the scenes behaviour of the staff and performers, while a killer lurks around.

Scene of the Movie – The stars.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – It doesn’t capture the tension of a killer.

Final Thoughts This is a fun slasher horror that does everything to bring something new to the table by only have one character know about the killer, while balance mental illness with a potential serial killer.