Sisters (2015) Movie Review

Director: Jason Moore

Writer: Paula Pell (Screenplay)

Starring: Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph, Ike Barinholtz, James Brolin, Dianne West, John Cena, John Leguizamo

Plot: Two sisters decide to throw one last house party before their parents sell their family home.

Tagline – Big sisters don’t always know best. 

Runtime: 1 Hour 58 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Over the Top Comedy

Story: Sisters starts when Maura (Poehler) and Kate (Fey) learn that their parents are looking sell the family home, needing the two to return home to clean out their rooms and they decide to throw one last party before the house is sold, where Maura gets a chance to meet a new neighbour James (Barinholtz), while Kate looks to try and sort out her own life.

As the party unfolds both Maura and Kate get to learn a few life lessons, one about taking more chances, while the other must learn about finding her own place in life, after lacking the responsibility for the most part.

Thoughts on Sisters

Characters – Maura is a divorced nurse that is always trying to help people more, she keeps herself grounded and hasn’t ever let herself go wild, this party will let her unleash everything in one night, letting her become her own sister. Kate is the wild child who has struggled to hold down a job, which has seen her relationship with her daughter become strained, she doesn’t want to see the family home go to a stranger, which sees her arrange a party for Maura to let lose for once. Brinda is an old rival of Kate from school, one which has held the grudge since high school who wants to join the party. James is a neighbour who Maura takes a shine to, which sees them using the party as a chance to get to know each other.

PerformancesAmy Poehler and Tina Fey are both good together, they will always have chemistry on the big screen, though they end up forcing unrealistic comedy into the film, when it comes to the supporting cast, nobody does that good of a job, they play unrealistic characters for the most part.

StoryThe story here follows two sisters that come back to the house they grew up in only to find their parent’s have sold it and end up having one more wild party there. This is a story that is trying to show how life can become more difficult then people want it to be, be it from not taking chances or from being too wild, this does work in parts as we get to see just how important life can be for people. This does however fall into the unrealistic comedy that you wouldn’t find in life, which does drag the story down.

ComedyThe comedy mostly feels forced, it doesn’t feel as natural as everyday life, with most trying to show the routines of the leading actresses.

SettingsThe film is set in the singular location, which is where the party happens, it shows how things can get out of hand.

Scene of the Movie – Sink hole.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The stand-up moments, which just take us out the story.

Final Thoughts This is a comedy that just doesn’t get started or focus long enough on the serious story trying to be applied.

Overall: Disappointing Comedy.

The Curse of Dracula (Valburga) (2019) Movie Thoughts

Director: Tomaz Gorkic

Writer: Tomaz Gorkic (Screenplay)

Starring: Jurij Drevensek, Marko Mandic, Tanja Ribic, Katarina Stegnar, Jonas Znidarsic, Niklas Kvarforth

Plot: Bojan and Marjan organize a tourist scam at a mansion in Valburga meant to have belonged to Count Dracula’s cousin. During the first visit, a mysterious character appears.

Tagline – Horror never remains buried deep enough

Runtime: 1 Hour 22 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Curse of Dracula starts when Marjan (Drevensek) and Bojan (Mandic) look to cash in on tourists with tours of the local mansion in Valburga, Slovenia. With their latest tour they get an extreme tourist in Sven (Kvarforth) who wants to meet real vampires, but when a mysterious figure appears, the body start piling up.

Thoughts on The Curse of Dracula

ThoughtsThe Curse of Dracula follows a scam tourist plan that will see things go in a dark twisted direction, diving into the idea of vampires. The film does add in an extra level of comedy, playing into the wacky people that would dive into the idea of heading to a vampire location in hopes of finding in. when everything starts to unfold, it does become difficult to keep up with who is or isn’t an important character. We do get a lot of blood and gore, which will keep the gore fans happy. The single location of the mansion does offer up many different rooms, with different secrets to reveal.

Final Thoughts The Curse of Dracula is a standard spin on the vampire, that is filled with gore, but lacks the story impact.