The Amusement Park (2019) Movie Review

Director: George A Romero

Writer: Wally Cook (Screenplay)

Starring: Lincoln Maazel, Harry Albacker, Phyllis Casterwiler, Pete Chovan, Marion Cook, Sally Erwin

Plot: An elderly gentleman goes for what he assumes will be an ordinary day at the amusement park, only to find himself in the middle of a hellish nightmare instead.

Runtime: 52 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Amusement Park starts as we meet the elderly gentleman who has seen how the world has changed, with the warning about the elderly being ignored by loved ones, despite them knowing they will one day be old.

The man spends the day at an amusement park, which will quickly become a metaphor for the aging process, seeing how people will slowly start to leave the generation behind.

Thoughts on The Amusement Park

ThoughtsThe Amusement Park is one of the lost George A Romero movies that has been restored and once again showed us that he was a director with a vision to show a message in an unusual way. Here, the idea is that the elderly are getting ignored by the younger generation, mostly because of time and that not everything it what people still expect. This is a film that starred more volunteers, as we learn from the opening monologue, which gives us the full message of what we will see. This might well be a shorter than normal film, but the meaning is strong and the importance of the message will become clear for everyone to see.

The Amusement Park is coming to Shudder on the 8th of June.

The Amusement Park showed us just how before his time with his messages George A Romero truly was, with this brilliant low-budget effort.

ABC Film Challenge – Thriller – A – Atomic Blonde (2016) Movie Rob’s Pick

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“You know those movies where the picture just starts to slow down… and melt? Then catch fire? Well, that’s Berlin.” – Lorraine Broughton

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Jun 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A British agent is sent undercover into Cold War Berlin during the mid-1980’s in order to recover a stolen list of deep cover operatives.

My Take on it – Movie with great action sequences that feels a bit too unoriginal in the way that the plot and story play out.

Charlize Theron once again proves that she is the female Keanu Reeves and can hold her own in any kind of battle on screen and she does is so effectively here.

The story is fast paced and moves along swiftly in order to keep things flowing the whole way through.

Theron is helped here by a fun supporting cats that includes James MacAvoy, John Goodman, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan and Sofia Boutella.

The overall premise of a secret list of deep cover operatives getting stolen has been used and used and reused so many times that it’s about time that someone would think of a more original back story for spy thrillers that sounds just as plausible.

Theron’s acting skills are great here because she allows her character to take on so many different kind of roles and personas along the way that helps keep things so enjoyable to watch unfold.

The twists and turns are also great and help add to the suspense of the story especially when they throw a few nice surprises at the audience along the way to help keep things a bit more ambiguous as it all progresses.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The key fight sequence that unfolds in a real Berlin building lasts for almost 10 minutes in what appears to be an unbroken take when, in fact, the sequence comprises almost 40 separate shots seamlessly stitched together. Though filmed chronologically from start to finish, nearly half the splices needed some degree of CGI assistance. Swish-pans provided the simplest solutions for smooth cuts and door frames provided vertical seams for smoothly bridging some segments. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

ABC Film Challenge – Thriller – A – American Fable (2016) Movie Review

Director: Anne Hamilton

Writer: Anne Hamilton (Screenplay)

Starring: Peyton Kennedy, Richard Schiff, Kip Pardue, Marci Miller, Gavin MacIntosh, Zuleikha Robinson

Plot: After 11-year-old Gitty discovers a man who can grant wishes hiding in her family’s silo, she is forced to choose between saving the man’s life and protecting her family.

Runtime: 1 Hour 36 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Thriller That Lacks the Punch

Story: American Fable starts as we meet the sweet nature 11-year-old Gitty (Kennedy) who never wants to hurt any animals on her farm with her family father Abe (Pardue), mother Sarah (Miller) and brother Martin (MacIntosh) who teases her about hurting the animals.

When Gitty discovers a man Jonathan (Schiff) under the silo on the farm, she is offered a deal to help him and after her father has an accident, she is offered a chance to save the man in exchange for fixing her father, only there is something else going on within her family.

Thoughts on American Fable

Characters – Gitty is the sweet natured young girl, she wouldn’t hurt a fly always wanting to protect injured animals, despite what is happening in her family, she sees somebody in need of help she will try to help, which leaves her in a position of helping somebody who isn’t a good person, she just doesn’t know. Jonathan is the man under the silo, he askes for help from Gitty and comes off friendly, he wants help, though the rest of the family have more to say about him. Abe is the father of the house, he always makes sure Gitty is happy, until he gets injured, with Sarah being stricter than her husband, but always wanting the best for Gitty.

PerformancesPeyton Kennedy is wonderful in the leading role, she shows all the innocence about her character to make us want to see her get the best out of her character’s life. Richard Schiff is great to watch, always being interesting to see, while the rest of the cast is strong through the film.

StoryThe story here follows a young girl living on a farm that discovers a man trapped under the silo and must decide whether to help him or not, with her family having other ideas about why he is there. This is a story that shows how a child could get caught up in the middle of something bigger, it shows how they will use the naturally good nature in them to try and help people in need, while something bigger is going on, outside of their control. This side of the story is great, once we get into what is happening, which we only really learn the same as Gitty, it is left a bit too open for its own good, leaving us asking more than we get.

ThrillerThis is a film that tries to keep us guessing to the bigger picture, which is nice, only it doesn’t seem to deliver a strong enough conclusion.

SettingsThe film is set completely on the farm, it shows that this is Gitty strongest environment and it plays into the bigger picture of the events.

Scene of the Movie – Chess.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – It leaves too much open.

Final Thoughts This is an interesting idea that does keep us guessing, it just doesn’t nail the landing, leaving us asking more than it answers.

Overall: Interesting Thriller.