Director: Marcel Walz
Writer: Joe Knetter (Screenplay)
Starring: Sarah French, Jed Rowen, Caroline Williams, Tyler Gallant, Thomas Haley, Ben Kaplan
Plot: Faye, a former actress that lost her vision due to botched laser eye surgery, struggles to put her life back together while living alone in her dream house in the Hollywood Hills. Supported by her friend Sophia, she starts opening up to Luke, a personal trainer who is mute and can only communicate through his cell phone. When a masked stranger named Pretty Boy shows up, Faye will realize that she isn’t as alone as she thinks.
Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes
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Story: Blind starts as we meet Faye (French) a recently blinded actress that is still coming to grips with the changes in her life, her best friend Sophia (Williams) is also blind and is around to try and help with the transition, along with their personal trainer Luke (Gallant) who happens to be a mute.
When Faye is needing a day to herself, a new masked killer starts targeting the blind women, with Faye not being aware of his appearance inside her own home.
Thoughts on Blind
Characters – Faye was once a big name actress, but after a botched surgery, she is left blind, needing to readjust to her new life, something that has had moments which have come easier than other, but her time in the spotlight has started to fade. She is involved in support groups, trying to keep herself occupied to recover, with this night, she finds herself being stalked, only she doesn’t know this. Pretty Boy is the mysterious killer that is stalker Faye, the masked gives us the blank expression which will add to the fear of this ruthless killer. Sophia the best friend and support that Faye has through her transitions, she has been through it for longer and is ready to help her friend deal the changes she has experienced herself. Luke is the mute personally trainer that uses his phone to communicate, while being in the middle of a potential love story with Faye.
Performances – Sarah French in the leading role does bring to life the difficulties a once famous star trying to continue their lives with a massive change, with Caroline Williams being the louder member of the cast, which is needed to try and bring Sarah French’s character out of her shell.
Story – The story here follows a newly blind actress that is coming to deal with the new changes in her life, ones that will make things very different for her, one that will see a new problem, a killer coming to stalk her. This story does try to show how life can change suddenly for someone and shows how needing to adjust can be difficult, though we don’t get to see just how long Faye has been recovering. When it comes to the killer, we don’t seem to get any motivation, which could add to the horror, but in reality we needed more shock value behind a former horror star being stalked, this side of the story does need a lot more explanation.
Horror – The horror does have a moments of slasher horror, but most is stalking side of everything.
Settings – We have the Hollywood home of Faye for the main setting, which shows how a big home being empty with nobody else around.
Scene of the Movie – Stalker shots.
Final Thoughts – Blind is an interesting mix of the slasher and stalker genres, without getting the tension, but having the haunting shots.
FrightFest Presents and Signature Entertainment present Blind on Digital HD from November 16th
Writer: Lake Bell (Screenplay)
Starring: Lake Bell, Ed Helms, Mary Steenburgen, Paul Reiser, Amber Heard, Wyatt Cenac, Dolly Wells
Plot: An ensemble comedy about the meaning of matrimony.
Tagline – Happily Ever After Is a Lot to Ask
Runtime: 1 Hour 46 Minutes
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Verdict: Basic Relationship Comedy
Story: I Do… Until I Don’t starts as we meet Vivian (Wells) who is trying to make a documentary about relationship believing people should have the option to opt out of a marriage after seven years, she needs couples to make this, which leads us to follow Alic (Bell) and Noah (Helms) who are trying for their first child, Cybil (Steenburgen) and Harvey (Reiser) that has been together for 30 plus years and Fanny (Heard) and Zander (Cenac) who have children and an open relationship.
As the documentary comes together we get to see the problems the couple are going through in everyday life and how they look to overcome them or whether these problems could be the end of their relationships.
Thoughts on I Do… Until I Don’t
Characters – Alice is at the stage of her marriage where she is thinking about children, while balancing the regrets of not following through with her life’s dreams, she is asking herself the big questions, while dealing with the sister that has a child, while still living the wild way. Noah is Alice’s husband who has been struggling to keep the family business together, while trying to support his wife in preparing to plan for a baby. Cybil is part of the older couple that has been waiting for the spark to come back to her life, with this documentary giving her new visions on life. Harvey has been going through the mid-life crisis with Cybil, getting a motorbike and trying new things outside the normal.
Performances – Lake Bell does take the role as one of the couples, while also handling writing and directing duties, she does fit her role well, which is going to go for most of the cast here. Ed Helms is never let off his leash like you would like to see from him. Mary Steenburgen gives us the performance we have seen her make her own in this type of role, with Paul Reiser rounding off the main cast. One of the biggest problems with the performances is that we just don’t let the cast get long enough to shine.
Story – The story here follows three different couples at different stages of their relationships, each being documented by a filmmaker, we see the ups and downs the couples go through along with the connections to each other’s lives. The idea of following couples isn’t the most original, but this story doesn’t break the strongest parts of this idea either. The way to stories connect is clever as we see how each person first gets to interact with each other. The story is one of the most average one you will see though, we can pick out where things will be going without them looking out of place.
Comedy – The comedy isn’t too heavy, it does have its moments which will get a laugh or two through the film.
Settings – The film takes us to the everyday locations of the couple without making them feel iconic, though they do feel lived in locations.
Final Thoughts – This is a relationship comedy that does get a laugh or two, but ends up feeling too serious to be enjoyable enough.
Overall: Relationship film 101.