Sasquatch Among Wildmen (2020) Movie Review

Director: Darcy Weir

Plot: Following the success of Darcy Weir’s explosively popular Bigfoot documentary, The Unwonted Sasquatch, he is back with a follow up feature to flesh out the history of this creature and it’s possible Relic Hominid cousins internationally.

Runtime: 1 Hour 13 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Sasquatch Among Wildmen starts as we learn the basic history of the Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Wildmen of the world, seeing how there could be a large number of different species around the world, see how in China there has been searches for different species, that came up with no results.

Thoughts on Sasquatch Among Wildmen

Final Thoughts Sasquatch Among Wildmen is the latest in the search for the unknown through the different names that have been going through the countries for decades, Bigfoot, Skunk Ape, Yeti just to mention a few. While some of the technology might well be new in the search, which does have moments of interest, we don’t seem to get into any new true evidence either way, with many of the stories being another version of one we might well have heard before. With everything being interesting, it doesn’t seem to have the most complete feel to the information, like we would see on the documentary channels, which make us feel like we are watching information, over seeing information being presented to us on camera.



His House (2020) Netflix Movie Review

Director: Remi Weekes

Writer: Felicity Evans, Roby Venables, Remi Weekes (Screenplay)

Starring: Sope Dirisu, Wunmi Mosaku, Malaika Wakoli-Abigaba, Javier Botet, Matt Smith

Plot: A refugee couple makes a harrowing escape from war-torn South Sudan, but then they struggle to adjust to their new life in an English town that has an evil lurking beneath the surface.

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: His House starts as we see the harrowing escape from South Sudan by Bol (Birisu) and Rial (Mosaku) who lost a daughter along the way, now in England they are being removed from the detention centre and placed into a home in an estate in London.

As the pair try to adjust to the new life in London, they find the nights filled with a horror inside the home, has the witch followed them to England or is this a new sinister presence haunting them or just the trauma of their escape from South Sudan.

Thoughts on His House

Characters – Bol is still suffering from what happened in his escape from South Sudan, he is trying to put together a normal life in England, going through the system, wanting to keep his head down. He starts seeing things around the new home, but he wants to fight it because he knows what it will mean to leave this home. Rial has come with Bol from South Sudan with her own traumatic past, they stick together through the troubles of trying to start a new life, she isn’t afraid of what might be in the house, because she has seen worse before. We do get to see the social workers that are trying to keep things together for the couple, seeing they are good, even if they are struggling with things.

PerformancesSope Dirisu is brilliant in the leading role, showing us the horrors of what he experienced with the horrors that a new life could bring him. Wunmi Mosaku is great too, with the leads doing an excellent job through the film.

StoryThe story here follows two refugees from South Sudan looking to start a new life in England, but they start to believe a witch has followed them and wants something from them. This is a new twist on the haunted house, by first having the targets knowing they simply can’t leave, knowing what will happen if they don’t stay there, secondly having a mystery about what happened on their escape in the first place and third playing into the culture where they know what is haunting them and know what it means. This all adds up to more intense story that is filled with emotion and desperation.

HorrorThe horror in the film comes from the haunting visits that Bol goes through, seeing just what he is going through and went through.

SettingsThe film is unique with the setting because we are in a haunted house in a council estate, but easily escaping us to what the two could have once lived in.


Scene of the Movie – Dinner on the river.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – No one seems to notice the noise being made.

Final Thoughts His House is a unique haunted house movie that shows us the desperation for a new life against the cultural horrors that could follow people, with excellent performance from Sope Dirisu and Wunmi Mosaku.



ABC Film Challenge – Comedy – A – Action Point (2018) Movie Rob’s Pick

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Back then, there was a little thing called personal responsibility. If you screwed up and got hurt, you didn’t call no lawyer or the media. You just dusted yourself off and bragged about it to your dumb little buddies..” – D.C.

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Nov 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A man reminisces with his granddaughter about his glory days as the owner of a dangerous amusement park in the late 70’s.

My Take on it – Johnny Knoxville is known for his crazy daredevil stunts and this film is full of them.

Unfortunately, they have very little connective tissue to the story being told and they all seem to have been included just to try and make things fun despite not helping the story at all.

The plot is extremely silly and fails to be engaging at all.

Th stunts are actually fun at the beginning, but they get far too over the top quite quickly and take so much away from the enjoyment of everything that happens.

The characters and situations are all one dimensional and superficial and don’t help make the viewer care about anything that happens here.

The plot itself is quite simple and boring and truly limps along most of the way.

It fails to find a way to be more entertaining or engaging which makes this film a real chore to try and get through even with the way some of these stunts are presented.

Bottom Line – Really silly film that doesn’t work at all. Like with most of Knoxville’s films, this one also has lots of crazy stunts that seem to be included just for the fun of instead of having a real meaning in the story. The characters are all one dimensional and superficial and don’t help to make things any more interesting or enjoyable to watch. The plot limps along the whole way through and doesn’t manage to find a way to stay engaging even with the various stunts along the way.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film is loosely inspired on the now defunct Action Park in Vernon, New Jersey that first opened in 1979. The park was considered by many to be one of the most dangerous theme parks in the United States. At least six people were known to have died as a result of incidents that occurred within the original park. The park closed in 1996 and later reopened, under new ownership, as Mountain Creek. After yet another ownership change, the park briefly changed its name back to Action Park for the 2014 and 2015 seasons before reverting back to Mountain Creek in 2016, in order to disassociate itself from the former park’s infamous reputation. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (2/10)

ABC Film Challenge – Comedy – A – A Walk in the Woods (2015)

Director: Ken Kwapis

Writer: Michael Arndt, Bill Holderman (Screenplay) Bill Bryson (Book)

Starring: Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson, Mary Steenburgen, Nick Offerman, Kristen Schaal, R. Keith Harris

 

Plot: After spending two decades in England, Bill Bryson returns to the U.S., where he decides the best way to connect with his homeland is to hike the Appalachian Trail with one of his oldest friends.


Tagline – When you push yourself to the edge, the real fun begins.

Runtime: 1 Hour 44 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Never Captures the Sense of Adventure

 

Story: A Walk in the Woods starts when author Bill Bryson (Redford) returns to America after years of travel books, where he has never written about his homeland. Bill wants to walk the Appalachian Trail, over 2000miles, his wife Catherine (Thompson) isn’t happy with this decision forcing him to go with somebody, which sees him reconnect with an old friend Stephen Katz (Nolte).

Even though Stephen isn’t in the best shape for this hike, he is the only person that accepts the offer and the two set out on the 6-month long hike, hoping to create his next best seller, while reconnecting with an old friend.

 

Thoughts on A Walk in the Woods

 

Characters – Bill Bryson is a travel author that has been  writing about hiking trails all over the world, only he has never written about America, he wants to change this, hoping to give himself a chance to experience the American walking trail of the Appalachian Trail, one of the most challenging hikes in the country. Stephen Katz is the only person that is willing to join Bill on his adventure, the two have had their differences in the past, he isn’t in the best shape for this adventure and sees it as a chance to reconnect with an old friend. Catherine is the wife of Bill that doesn’t want Bill to go on this hike, she is worried about everything that could happen, forcing him to go with somebody on the trip. Jeannie is one of the ladies that they guys meet on the journey, she is one of the many people they meet along the way.

PerformancesRobert Redford and Nick Nolte are wonderful together in the leading role, you get to believe their friendship has been through the ups and downs life has to offer, only to let them get their solo moments when needed for the film. when we get to the supporting cast Emma Thompson does get her chance to shine without getting too much screen time.

StoryThe story here follows an author who sets out on a new adventure travelling the Appalachian Trail, first for himself and secondly for his latest book, he reconnects with an old friend to join him on this adventure. This story does have a big difference from the book which sees a big age change, which does change the story, which is more focused on the older generation that are seeing their friends die and wanting to do another adventure before it is too late. The trip itself never gets shown in distance scale either, we know how far it is, but we don’t seem to learn where it starts and finishes or what locations we go through.

Adventure/Biopic/ComedyThe adventure side of the film does take the men on with a location that will be one of the highlights of the film, the biopic side of the film does use the real names, but not the real ages which does change the dynamic of the story completely. The comedy will give you a couple of laughs along the way, without it being a full-blown comedy.

SettingsThe settings in the film do give us a couple of beautiful shots, though we don’t get to feel the distance being travelled.


Scene of the Movie –
Mary Ellen.

That Moment That Annoyed Me We never feel the distance they are traveling through the film.

Final ThoughtsThis is an adventure film that doesn’t give us the sense of adventure that it could have, we do get great performances, but the story never draws us in the way it could.

 

Overall: Disappointing adventure.

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