Signature Entertainment presents Daisy Quokka in Cinemas Nationwide 2nd July
Director: Andre Alfa
Writer: Stephen George (Screenplay)
Starring: Ashley Whelan Richie Stephens, Laura Flannery, Brittany Lucio, Bryan McClure, Jonathan Fuller, Terry Milam, Creek Wilson
Plot: One hundred years after being wrongly executed, two black brothers return from the grave to avenge their deaths and reclaim their land.
Tagline – You can’t bury the past
Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Blackstock Boneyard starts when Lyndsy (Whelan) and a group of her friend’s head to the town of Blackstock, to take care of some legal material, which will see her inherit part of a property that has a history of violence. The locals want the land for themselves, with the Rampage family wanting to take the whole lot of Lyndsy’s hands.
Unaware to Lyndsy the rest of the town has a deep dark secret about the land, and now the two brothers who were executed 100 years ago have come back from the grave for revenge.
Thoughts on Blackstock Boneyard
Characters & Performances – Lyndsy is from outside of town and has come to the small town for an inheritance, along with her friends she is a big city woman that isn’t always comfortable in the small town setting. She is unaware of the past events in the town and once she comes under threat, she looks to do the right thing. Ashley Whelan does well in her role through the film, with her performance being the best of the bunch. Jesse is a local that fills in the history for Lyndsy, while offering up the love interest. When we get into the next group of character, we have the generic friends of Lyndsy, who are mostly all pretty forgettable, the locals who want the land, who are a mix of back dated racist figures in a world long time forgotten. Nobody stands out here, with a lot being way over the top with what we get.
Story – The story here follows a young woman who learns she has inherited a piece of property, leading her to travel to a small-town with a big history to claim it, only to find herself just as much of a target for the dead who have come back to reclaim what was taken from them. One paper this did look like a version of Candyman, with the racial tones of what happened in the past, being the motive for the return, only to leave us feeling confused about why everyone seemed to be so wrong in the situation. The story didn’t seem to add on in the way it was intended and by the end you will be left watching a fun enough slasher, without connecting everything together.
Themes – Blackstock Boneyard is a horror slasher with the figure rising from the grave to get revenge, in a host of different bloody ways. If you were to watch it just for the violence in the horror side of things, this is one that can get some enjoyable, with the small-town setting showing us just how backwards certain parts of the world can still be.
Writer: Aaron Katz (Screenplay)
Starring: Lola Kirke, Zoe Kravitz, John Cho, Greta Lee, Ricki Lake, Michelle Forbes
Plot: A heinous crime tests the complex relationship between a tenacious personal assistant and her Hollywood starlet boss. As the assistant unravels the mystery, she must confront her own understanding of friendship, truth and celebrity.
Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Verdict: Stylish Thriller
Story: Gemini starts as we meet celebrity Heather Anderson (Kravitz) who along with her assistant Jill (Kirke) are going through a tough time of dealing with being in the spotlight, Heather is backing out of films after a recent break up, as well as becoming worried about her safety.
Thoughts on Gemini
Characters – Jill is the assistant to celebrity Heather, they have a strong friendship, with Jill being the connection to Heather when people want contact with her, she does become the prime suspect in her murder and must search for the truth. Heather Anderson is the celebrity that is starting to worry about her safety, this leads to her wanting to relax with Jill, only to see herself killed with her murder being investigated. Detective Edward Ahn is trying to get to the bottom of the murder, he is tracking Jill believing she is behind it.
Performances – Lola Kirke in the leading role works well as the one that is left devastated about losing her best friend as well as wanting to learn the truth. Zoe Kravitz as the celebrity that is going through the bad time, Zoe brings this to life well, being in the spotlight makes this easier to understand. John Cho is good as the detective without needing to do to much with his role.
Story – The story here follows a celebrity that was worrying about her own safety that gets killed with her assistant trying to learn who was responsible for it. This is a story that does show the fear celebrities could be facing as they deal with the pressure of the limelight getting to somebody. The investigation does follow one person trying to learn who might have killed Heather, with most conversations leading to new clues, it does have a style to it, which does work very nicely for the film look, but doesn’t improve the story.
Crime/Mystery – The crime side of the film follows the investigation into the murder, though we don’t have many clues to follow, with the mystery about why, which just doesn’t come to the forefront enough during the film.
Settings – The film does use the LA setting through the film to show the spotlight holding people back in life.
Scene of the Movie – The truth.
Final Thoughts – This is a crime thriller that has plenty of style, without having the substance behind the depth of the story, with strong performances throughout.
Overall: All style, no substance.