End of Sentence (2019) Movie Review

End of Sentence – Lovely Journey

Director: Elfar Adalsteins

Writer: Michael Armbruster (Screenplay)

Starring: John Hawkes, Logan Lerman, Sarah Bolger, Andrea Irvine, Olafur Darri Olafsson, Denis Conway

Plot: After being widowed, Frank Fogle reluctantly embarks on a journey to honor his wife’s last wish of spreading her ashes in a remote lake in her native Ireland and a promise of taking his estranged son, Sean, along for the trip. As Sean steps out of prison the last thing on his mind is a foreign road trip with his alienated father. What he needs is a fresh start in California. But when his travel plans collapse he reluctantly accepts his father’s proposal in return for a ticket to the West Coast and a promise that they never have to see each other again. Between a disconcerting Irish wake, the surfacing of an old flame, the pick up of a pretty hitchhiker and plenty of unresolved issues, the journey becomes a little more than father and son had bargained for.

Runtime: 1 Hour 36 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: End of Sentence starts as Frank Fogle (Hawkes) wife passes away, with his son Sean (Lerman) getting released after her death, which will see Frank try his hardest to rebuild the relationship between the pair, as he looks to take Sean to Ireland to bury his wife and Sean’s mother’s ashes.

With the two constantly at each other’s throats, a family get together that reveals a secret from her earlier life and a mysterious woman Jewel (Bolger) turns the journey into an adventure, which will see the pair reconnect like they never imagined.

Thoughts on End of Sentence

Characters & Performances – Frank Fogle has always lived a straight-laced life, though his son ended up in prison and now his wife has passed away. He wants his son to clean up his act and he also wants to follow his wife’s wishes to have her ashes spread in Ireland, this will give him a chance to rebuild the broken relationship he has with his son and learn to show more fight in life. John Hawkes is wonderful in the lead role, giving us the character that needs to feel like a calm everyday person. Sean is the son of Frank that has been in prison, he gets the last visit from his mother before her death and once released he reluctantly agrees to go with his father to Ireland, he needs to learn to be more forgiving, but his newer tough side will help his father come out the box. Logan Lerman is great in his role, continuing to show himself breaking out of the teenage roles again. In the supporting characters we get to meet the different figures from Anna’s life in Ireland that Frank gets to meet for the first time, along with the mysterious woman that comes into the guy’s lives.

StoryThe story here follows a father and son that look to honour their late wife and mother by putting aside their differences and travelling to Ireland. This is a journey about saying goodbye to a loved one, while learning to put aside the problems the pair have with each other, learning more about what has caused problems in life before. The story has a wonderful journey experience as the pair have to overcome different problems along the way, learning more about each other’s strengths too.

ThemesEnd of Sentence use the beautiful Irish countryside for the backdrop, which will be used to show the distance the guys must travel along the basic city locations in Ireland.

End of Sentence is on digital download 10 May from Blue Finch Film Releasing

 

End of Sentence is an enjoyable journey movie about saying goodbye and forgiving family.

Drunk Bus – Release News

Blue Finch Film Releasing presents Drunk Bus on Digital Download 24 May

Michael (Charlie Tahan) is a recent graduate whose post-college plan is derailed when his girlfriend leaves him for a job in New York City. Stuck in Ohio without a new plan of his own, Michael finds himself caught in the endless loop of driving the ‘Drunk Bus’ – the debaucherous late-night campus shuttle that ferries drunk college students from parties to the dorms and back.

When the bus service hires a security guard to watch over the night shift, Michael comes face-to-tattooed-face with Pineapple, a 300-lb punk-rock Samoan who challenges him with a kick in the ass to break the loop and start living or risk driving in circles forever.

ABC Film Challenge – World Cinema – D – Dogman (2018) Movie Review

Director: Matteo Garrone

Writer: Ugo Chiti, Matteo Garrone, Massimo Gaudioso (Screenplay)

Starring: Marcello Fonte, Edoardo Pesce, Nunzie Schiano, Adamo Dionisi, Francesco Acquaroli

Plot: A timid dog groomer living in a poor suburb sells cocaine on the side and stays out of trouble, while trying to deal with his unstable, violent acquaintance who is a menace to the whole neighborhood.


Tagline – Everyone has a breaking point.

Runtime: 1 Hour 43 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Solid Crime Film

Story: Dogman starts as we meet the timid dog groomer Marcello (Fonte) who prides himself on his ability to keep the neighbourhood dogs in good condition, though he also moonlights as a cocaine dealer, with one of his biggest clients Simoncino (Pesce), an aggressive criminal.

When Simoncino forces Marcello into helping him commit a crime on his neighbour, he is left with no choice but to help, seeing his own life spiral out of control.

Thoughts on Dogman

Characters – Marcello is the timid dog groomer, dog lover and will always do everything to make sure animals are safe, he is reluctantly selling drugs to the side, slowly getting himself dragged into a life of crime, which he doesn’t want to, but things just get out of control forcing him to need to finally stand up to the bully criminal. Simoncino is the druggie criminal that is always pushing Marcelle into either supplying for him or helping break the law, he uses his build to intimidate him into committing the crimes.

PerformancesMarcelle Fonte in the leading role is great, we get to understand the struggles he is going through with a bully of a criminal around, which also shines through in his kindness towards the animals. Edoardo Pesce fits the bullying criminal performance well, showing how his presence would use his intimation to get what he wants.

StoryThe story here follows a timid dog groomer that has found himself in the middle of a crime ring after one of his drug dealing clients starts pushing him to his limits, he is torn between what to do and will still always protect his dogs. This is a nice crime drama that shows us just how far somebody might get pushed to fit in or stay out of trouble from the person trying to control the situations. It does show how the poor neighbourhoods will be forced into doing anything to survive, which does give motivation for why Marcello does have to lives.

CrimeThe crime side of the film shows how Marcello is getting pushed into things he is uncomfortable about doing.

SettingsThe film is set in the one small Italian village which shows how the residents do know each other and how things around the city might not know the criminal side of the behaviour.


Scene of the Movie – The cage.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – We don’t learn enough about the supporting characters in the area.

Final Thoughts This is a nice crime drama that shows however much you might push someone, they will be willing to fight back if you push them too hard.

Overall: Nice Drama.