Skyline (2010) Movie Review

Skyline – Brilliant Special Effects Sci-Fi Film

Director: Colin Strause, Greg Strause

Writer: Joshua Cordes, Liam O’Donnell (Screenplay)

Starring: Eric Balfour, Scottie Thompson, Brittany Daniel, Crystal Reed, Neil Hopkins, David Zayas, Donald Faison

Plot: Strange lights descend on the city of Los Angeles, drawing people outside like moths to a flame where an extraterrestrial force threatens to swallow the entire human population off the face of the Earth.


Tagline – Soon, our first encounter will become our last stand.

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Skyline starts when Jarrod (Balfour) and his girlfriend Elaine (Thompson) head to LA to celebrate with Jarrod’s buddy Terry (Faison). Jarrod learns that Elaine is pregnant and that Terry is planning on offering him a role in LA, leaving him with a big life choice.

That choice will be put on hold when an alien attack happens, one with beaming lights that start to take control of people, the group must think of a way to escape the aliens, with rising tensions as they looks to solve the problem.

Thoughts on Skyline

Characters & Performances – The characters in this film are pretty thin when we look at them. We have Jarrod who is a brilliant mind that is left in a position of learning he is about to become a father and might need to be moving to start a dream career, who was already facing a hard decision before the alien invasion. He might well be quick thinking in his approach, he seems to be the only character that gets a deeper storyline than, girlfriend. Eric Balfour does well with the role that could have seen him break out more in the action genre. Elaine is the newly pregnant girlfriend that hasn’t seen this side of his life before, she is just dealing with the news herself and what it might mean for her own future too. Scottie Thompson does the best she can in this role without having much to work with. The characters really do take second fiddle in this film, which shines on the special effects.

StoryThe story here follows a group of friends in LA that find themselves in the middle of an alien invasion, one that will see the aliens dominate the major cities of the world, taking the humans, we only follow a few people as they look to survive. This does keep the story simple, with the fight to survive against technologically advanced aliens being all we need to follow. We go through the typical routine of thinking of ideas to survive without getting anything original, but again this is about the special effects.

ThemesSkyline is a sci-fi horror that involves an alien invasion, the strongest part as you might have read already, is the special effects, they look amazing with the unique for the time creations of what the aliens are looking like and attacking. The lighting gives us the blinding feeling of when they are around which elevates this above so many films trying to make an impact in this world.

Skyline is a film that is carried by the excellent special effects, which all look brilliant to witness the creation.

The Man Standing Next – Release News

Blue Finch Film Releasing presents The Man Standing Next in Virtual Cinemas including Curzon Home Cinema 25 June and on Digital Download 5 July

It is 1979, and South Korea has been under the absolute domination of President Park’s dictatorship for 18 long years. Kim Gyu-pyeong (Lee Byung-hun), the director of the Korean Central Intelligence Agency (KCIA), has asserted his loyalty to the president despite having his doubts about the leader’s intentions. When the former director of the KCIA flees to America with a time-bomb of government secrets, Kim is sent on a mission to stop the truth in its tracks.

Dinner in America (2020) Movie Review

Dinner in America – Aggressive Comedy

 

Director: Adam Rehmeier

Writer: Adam Rehmeier (Screenplay)

Starring: Kyle Gallner, Emily Skeggs, Griffin Gluck, Mary Lynn Rajskub, David Yow, Hannah Marks, Lea Thompson

Plot: An on-the-lam punk rocker and a young woman obsessed with his band unexpectedly fall in love and go on an epic journey together through America’s decaying Midwestern suburbs.

Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Dinner in America starts as Simon (Gallner) gets released from a psychiatric hospital getting in the middle of another incident, needing to get into hiding, he will meet Patty (Skeggs) a young woman who is struggling to find direction in her life.

As the two become closer, Simon opens Patty up to more of the world, after learning she is one of his biggest fans of band, he is the secret led singer of.

Thoughts on Dinner in America

Characters & Performances – Simon is a man that is released from a psychiatric hospital, only to find himself drawn back to his dangerous way, before needing to go into hiding. He has a grudge against the world with his punk attitude helping him stand up for himself and Patty. He has a lot of walls built up around him, which people will need to learn to break down to learn who he really is. Kyle Gallner does make this character come off aggressive and as a person that you don’t want to get to know, while managing to show us he does have a vulnerable side to him. Patty is the young woman that is struggling to find her place in the world, she works in a pet shop and doesn’t have any friends, she gets bullied and threatened around town, until she finds Simon and confesses her obsession to a secret band. She gets a chance to open up with someone treating her with respect for the first time in years. Emily Skeggs does give us a character that wants more, she shows us how isolated she is feeling, while showing us just how much a friend would mean to her. When it comes to the supporting cast, we get to see the people that are usually holding the pair back in different levels, people that need addressing.

StoryThe story here follows a punk rocker that befriends a lonely young woman, as they both need to find someone in life that will help them get the direction they both need. This is a story that does have a very aggressive tone about the world being against the characters, they are showing their frustrations in different ways and the idea that someone can walk into your life and change everything is something many people will see happen. This story almost feels like the path way to full adulthood for Patty, as it also has the clear message, do what you enjoy, no matter what people around you think.

ThemesDinner in America is a comedy romance that will have a type of comedy that will hit the right audience, it is an aggressive look at the world style of comedy, with the romance being more about how life can work in mysterious ways.

 

DINNER IN AMERICA is streaming on ARROW and available to buy or rent on all digital platforms in the UK from 1st June, Click Here to head to the Arrow Player

Dinner in America is a hyper aggressive comedy that deep down has a huge heart that will break down the walls built up by the characters.

Plurality – Release News

Signature Entertainment presents Plurality on Digital Platforms from 19th July

Synopsis: Plurality is an action-packed whodunnit cyber thriller. After a bizarre bus accident, Ming Ze awakens from a coma to discover that his mind now shares the consciousness of four fellow passengers – all of them dead; all of them suspects in a serial kidnapping and murder case. To prove his own innocence, Ming evades capture by the police and tries to track down the killer’s only surviving victim. But in order to unmask the murderer’s true identity, Ming must first fight the monster within himself. Written and directed by Aozaru Shiao, with additional writing from Benjamin LinPlurality stars Tony Yo-ning Yang and Sandrine Pinna (The Rookies).