Elyse (2020) Movie Review

Elyse – Slow

Director: Stella Hopkins

Writer: Stella Hopkins, Audrey Arkins (Screenplay)

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Lisa Pepper, Aaron Tucker, Tara Arroyave, Fran Tucker, Anthony Apel

Plot: Memory and hallucination intertwine to expose a history of trauma, revealing Elyse is Catatonic and institutionalized in a State Hospital.

Tagline – The heart, the wayward heart, is just a wild animal.

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Elyse starts as we meet a woman named Elyse (Pepper) who has been struggling with her life, feeling distant from her husband Steven (Tucker), getting jealous of the maid Carmen (Arroyave) around the house and hating her mother Goldie (Fran Tucker) for visiting. She does seek help in Dr Philip Lewis (Hopkins), before her condition get worse, leaving her in a catatonic state, as her loved ones try to help put her life back together.

Thoughts on Elyse

ThoughtsElyse is a film that is tackling the reality of a family needing to come to grips with the idea that a family member has slowly broken down into a catatonic state, with the difficulties and frustrations of what has happened before the breakdown started. This is a slow paced movie, with the two main parts of the story being broken in two halves, which will show the life falling apart with Elyse, and her condition after an incident. The performances in the film are strong for the most part, even if you want to see Anthony Hopkins, he isn’t going to be a major character in the film.

Final Thoughts Elyse is a slow movie that never seems to get going to the pace it wants too.

Movies coming to the Icon Channel on Amazon Prime On June 1st

It’s no ordinary Sunday at London’s iconic Hackney Marshes, as Lea Valley Rangers prepare for the most important match in club history. Rising tensions are due to more than just the sporting drama however. Long suffering club manager, Nick, attempts to salvage his marriage whilst guiding his team to victory.Troubled teen, Jack, hopes to confront his estranged father, footballer Dave. There’s the club secretary, guilty of embezzling the end of season funds, a referee coming to terms with a parent’s illness, plus the unexpected arrival of professional team scouts. Emotions flare, secrets are laid-bared and relationships are left hanging in the balance as the match moves towards its volatile conclusion. It’s not always such a beautiful game. A unique and action-packed comedy from executive producer Rio Ferdinand, starring Anton Saunders (Luther, EastEnders), Leon Sua (Cuckoo, Street Fighter: Resurrection) and Waleed Akhtar (The Intent 2: The Come Up, Miss You Already, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen).

Determined to confront his anxiety about ‘sounding gay’, journalist David Thorpe embarks on a hilarious and touching journey, exploring the linguistic, cultural and historical origins of the stereotype of the gay voice. Enlisting the frank and often funny perspectives of famous faces including writer David Sedaris, comedian Margaret Cho, actor George Takei and fashion guru Tim Gunn as well as family, friends, and even complete strangers, David learns that people – gay, straight and everything in between – often wish for a different voice. Drawing upon movie and television clips, acting coaches and linguists, Do I Sound Gay? uncovers the broader context of this widely-felt insecurity and illuminates the complexities at playing a highly personal and current issue.

April 1992: South Central Los Angeles. Eli and Daniel, two Korean-American brothers, struggle to keep their late-fathers shoe store in business in the LA neighbourhood of Paramount. Two months behind on rent and indebted to various neighbourhood gangs, the job is only made better by the store’s unofficial third employee, Kamilla, a street wise 11-year-old African American girl with whom the pair have formed an unlikely friendship. Kamilla ditches school, Eli stresses over the shop, and Daniel seemingly has his head in the clouds. It’s just another typical day until the Rodney King verdict is read and riots break out. As chaos moves towards them and tensions escalate, the trio are forced to defend the store, witnessing events that will make them contemplate both the future of their own personal dreams and the true meaning of family.

Directed by and starring Julie Delpy, Lolo premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2015. The course of true love has never run smoothly for Parisian Violette (Delpy), a 40 year old workaholic whose romantic life is continually challenged by possessive teenage son, Lolo. Enjoying a long holiday in Biarritz, fashion exec Violette is surprised to find herself falling for fellow divorcee Jean-Rene (Dany Boon), a clueless but highly persistent local computer programmer. When Jean-Rene announces he’s due to move to Paris for a work opportunity, the unlikely relationship is given a chance to continue. However he must first attempt to win the trust and respect of troublesome 19 year old Lolo, a challenge that the endearingly naïve Jean-Rene is not at all prepared for. When Lolo returns to live with Violette, and his playful schemes evolve into more serious set-ups, Jean-Rene is faced with a decision; is he willing to compete with Lolo’s obsession to remain Violette’s one and only favourite?

Winner of the Best Documentary Award at the Tribeca Film Festival, Point and Shoot follows Matt Van Dyke, a timid 26-year-old with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, who left home in Baltimore in 2006 and set off on a self-described ‘crash course in manhood’.He bought a motorcycle and a video camera and began a multi-year, 35,000-mile motorcycle trip through Northern Africa and the Middle East.While traveling, he struck up an unlikely friendship with a Libyan hippie, and when revolution broke out in Libya, Matt joined his friend in the fight against dictator Muammar Gaddafi. With a gun in one hand and a camera in the other, Matt fought in – and filmed – the war until he was captured by Gaddafi forces and held in solitary confinement for six months. Two-time Academy Award nominated documentary filmmaker Marshall Curry tells this harrowing and sometimes humorous story of a young man’s search for political revolution and personal transformation.

The adult film industry by the mid 90s had undergone a profound cultural shift, rising to total acceptance in society’s eyes, with an exclusive network of stars making more money than they ever imagined. A family of rejects and rebels living a dream life. An endless hedonistic party culminating in their own Film Festival, the Cannes Hot D’Or. But it was a dream world that was about to come crashing down when five of the most successful female performers succumbed to the deadly new illness, AIDS. In a desperate race against time, key figures in the industry began an investigation to find the elusive Patient Zero who was eluding the testing protocols, drawing them into a spider web of betrayal, cover-up and tragedy. Featuring original and exclusive interviews from adult film performers Ron Jeremy, Ginger Lynn, Marc Wallice and Tricia Devereaux, as well as industry experts including Bill Margold, Mark Cromer and Mark Kernes, this gritty, intimate, murder-mystery expose explores a deadly outbreak that posed a threat to the industry’s very existence.

From  acclaimed   director   Stefano   Sollima   (Gomorrah, Romanzo  Criminale, Sicario 2: Soldado) Suburra takes place over seven days leading up to an ‘Apocalypse’ as a crime  boss,  known  as ‘Samurai’,  is instructed  by the Mafia to use his influence to help turn the waterfront of Rome into a new leisure district. As  the  countdown to the ‘Apocalypse’ draws to a close, secrets are quickly unravelled as dangerous and powerful  gangsters  become  caught  in  the  crossfire.  As  the  city  begins  to crumble, all those involved must choose to sink or swim by betraying those closest to them. Inspired by the real-life Mafia Capital investigation in Italy, Suburra has since spawned a Netflix TV series, Suburra: Blood on Rome.

At the edge of adolescence, Medina Mason (Maika Monroe) attempts to find her place in a volatile family dynamic and a new school in the affluent beach community of Palos Verdes, California. As her parents’ marriage disintegrates, the relationship with her neurotic mother (Jennifer Garner) is tested and her beloved brother (Cody Fern) struggles with the temptation of drugs, Medina surfs to survive, finding solace in the rough comfort of the waves. Based on the best selling novel of the same name, The Tribes of Palos Verdes is a brave and intensely emotional story of one girl’s journey to discover where she truly belongs. 

Human No More (2021) Movie Review

Director: Christopher Alan Broadstone

Writer: Christopher Alan Broadstone (Screenplay)

Starring: Tony Simmons, Gabriel Sigal, Lora Martinez-Cunningham, Lisa Montague, Eve Blaack, Rick Wildridge

Plot: Nemo, a private detective consumed by an irreconcilable murder case, revisits the HAB–a transgressive warehouse-nightclub complex–where he re-evaluates the details of his confrontations with the Mirror Murders Killer, the man that would take everything from him. With each flashback more bizarre stories unfold, more embittered philosophies, more dark details, and all nuances of truth that lead to an ultimate revelation that drives Detective Nemo back into his caustic underworld one last time. There he must face the blind eye of Heaven, the hunger of Hell, and the relentless ambiguity of his own humanity. Detective Nemo will commit an impossible act upon himself, all in effort to seek vengeance and chase down the diabolical presence that the Mirror Murders Killer has become–Mr. Blight.

Runtime: 2 Hours 4 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Human No More starts as Detective Nemo (Simmons) starts looking into a series of murders, discussing it with a bartender that will let him look at the different ideas that could run through his mind, as he looks to deal with the different truths of what happened on each crime scene.

The deeper Nemo looks into the truth, the darker the reality will become for him, leading him to question everything he already thought he knew.

Thoughts on Human No More

ThoughtsHuman No More is a horror thriller that revolves around a detective trying to get to the bottom of a series of murders. The story is told with flashbacks to different crimes, each one becoming more twisted than the last, but slowly starting to show a connection. This is an interesting way to show the story unfold, because it does look to turn everything you would expect to see from the characters around. This is however a story that you could find yourself getting lost in, with the amount of details going on, with the 2 hour runtime getting filled with moments that are filled with a few too many conversation moments that don’t go very far, or uncomfortable moments that could have been shortened. The acting is strong through the film, with the effects adding to the horror we get to experience being brutal.

Full release details here.


Human No More is a film that will ask plenty of questions as you dive into the dark subject matter for a disturbing reality.

Witch Hunt – Release News

Signature Entertainment presents Witch Hunt on DVD and Digital Platforms 5th July

Synopsis: Hunted. Persecuted. Executed. The witch trials come to life in modern day America and no one is safe from the persecution or execution. Claire (Gideon Adlon – The Craft: Legacy) and her mother (Elizabeth Mitchell – The Expanse, The Purge: Election Year) are part of an underground movement in charge of ferrying women accused of witchcraft to safety. All is well in their world until a new charge brings the witch hunters to their door. Will they escape with their lives or will they also be charged with the ungodly crime of being a witch? Let the WITCH HUNT begin.