Dirt Music (2019) Movie Review

Dirt Music – Nice Romance

Director: Gregor Jordan

Writer: Jack Thorne (Screenplay) Tim Winton (Novel)

Starring: Kelly Macdonald, Garrett Hedlund, David Wenham, Aaron Pedersen, Dan Wyllie, Chris Haywood

Plot: The stunning landscape of Western Australia is the backdrop for an impassioned tale of love and grief in Gregor Jordan’s adaptation of the acclaimed novel by Tim Winton.

Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Dirt Music starts as we meet lonely former nurse and housewife Georgie (Macdonald) who is known for going off from her fisherman husband Jim (Wenham), this time she meets Lu Fox (Hedlund) a poacher who fishes the same waters as Jim.

As Georgie starts to get closer to Lu, she starts to think of another life, while Lu is filled with his own haunting memories of a family he once had.

Thoughts on Dirt Music

Characters & Performances – Georgie is a housewife that sees her life feeling empty and routine, needing to find something new, she gets caught up in the attention of a poacher who she sees something fresh in, wanting to spend time with him, putting her own marriage on the line for a guy she barely knows. Kelly Macdonald does give us a grounded performance, which will show us just how difficult certain stages of life can be. Lu Fox is the man Georgie meets, he is poacher off the shore of her home and the two strike up a connection, he does have a dark past, one which will see him filled with regret, pain and loneliness. He does need to find himself before he can move on with his life, something Georige offers him, if he lets her in. Garrett Hedlund is great in his role here, he shows how his character wants to move into the isolation from the world and just how important it is for his character. Jim is the husband of Georgie who is a fisherman that has seen her have her own times away from him before, he is calm about it, knowing she will come back no matter what, he ends up helping her in the search for him.

StoryThe story here follows a housewife that is finding her life feeling empty which will see her turn to a stranger who is lost in his own life, giving the pair a chance for something new in life, whatever the risk might be. This is a story that will show just how difficult life will become for people and sometimes you can meet people someone that will change everything. We do get everything you would expect to push the people to each of these limits, personal tragedy that needs healing. We do have to say the film does feel slightly longer than it needs to with how it handles certain aspects of the story being dragged out more than they need to.

ThemesDirt Music is a romance movie that uses the ideas of finding a new person in life can help turn life around, with the beauty of the Australian backdrop for the film adding everything to a dream world.

Dirt Music will be available on Digital Download from 19th July

Final Thoughts Dirt Music is a nice enjoyable romance movie.

Occupation: Rainfall (2020) Movie Review

Director: Luke Sparke

Writer: Luke Sparke (Screenplay)

Starring: Dan Ewing, Temuera Morrison, Daniel Gillies, Lawrence Makoare, Zac Garred, Jet Tranter, Jason Isaacs

Plot: Two years after aliens land on Earth, survivors from Sydney, Australia, fight in a desperate war as the number of casualties continue to grow.

Runtime: 2 Hours 8 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Occupation: Rainfall starts in the aftermath of the alien invasion two years ago, survivors have built up a resistance base in Sydney, Australia. Matt Simmons (Ewing) must put his differences aside from friendly alien Garry (Makoare) to go on a mission to make sure the human race can continue.

With Simmons on his mission, Amelia (Tranter) learns what Wing Commander Hayes (Gillies) has been up to in the resistance base, proving to everything one thing will remain the same in the battle for the planet.

Thoughts on Occupation: Rainfall

ThoughtsOccupation: Rainfall is the sequel to Occupation which showed us the invasion happening, we pick up in the aftermath as we see how Earth has changed with the resistance looking to fight back with aliens on their side. This will have the big battles with the aliens having the big advantage with their weapons and technology. We see two main stories going on, one a secret mission with, while the other is preparing for the next big attack, even though both sides could see a peace between them. You can see other big brands have been borrowed from other invasion films, but does do enough to make sure it is an original idea. The film does have special effects with will keep everything in the world we know, with the creatures looking great despite having the CGI feel about them.

Signature Entertainment presents Occupation Rainfall in Cinemas and on Digital from 9 July

Final Thoughts Occupation: Rainfall is a strong sequel, it will have moments of fun, over the top action and a message about acceptance in a world changing.

ABC Film Challenge – Comedy – E – Eat Locals (2017) Movie Review

Director: Jason Flemyng

Writer: Danny King (Screenplay)

Starring: Charlie Cox, Mackenzie Crook, Tony Curran, Vincent Regan, Freema Agyeman, Eve Myles

Plot: Facing difficult times and with their glory days long gone, the eight undisputed British vampire overlords gather up for their semi-centennial meeting. However, before the break of dawn, there will be blood. And corpses. Lots of them.


Tagline – Feeding Starts 25 May.

Runtime: 1 Hour 34 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Enjoyable

Story: Eat Locals starts as eight vampires including Henry (Cox), Peter (Curran), Angel (Agyeman) and Alice (Crosbie) are having their meeting to focus on the next 50-years, with quotas being broken, rations wanting to be increased and a new member to be decided, with Sebastian (Cook) being the selection, though not the one that is picked by them all.

The vampires discover they have been hunted down by the military, who have them cornered, waiting to finally end the terror they have created through the British Isles.

Thoughts on Eat Locals

Characters – Sebastian is a young man that has travelled to the small village for a booty call, he doesn’t know he has been selected to become one of the vampires if they group agree on him, which they don’t, he must use his street smarts to try and stay alive, discovering more secrets in the farmhouse he is trapped in. Henry is one of the vampires that is the calmest about how the group operate, he eats the least and will play the rules well, challenge others who break them or want more. Peter is the member of the vampires that wants more, he will ask for it in the right way, but he doesn’t want a new member and is always looking to gain more power. We have all the typical military figures, who know what they are doing when it comes to hunting vampires down, as well as the different vampires trying to keep their cover.

PerformancesBilly Cook does get the most laughs, with his typical streetwise performance, that shows confidence in every word he says. Charlie Cox is entertaining as the leader of the group, with Tony Curran being good as the conflicted character against anything being said. We do have a cast that gets plenty of laughs throughout the film.

StoryThe story here follows a group of vampires having their meeting, they want to discuss a few things, only to discover they are being hunted by the military that have them cornered ready to make pay for the lives they have been taking. This does give a nice spin to the vampire genre, we have always seen the established group before with no issues about how they go around their business, but having a military operation hunting them down is different than the typical rogue vampire hunters. Having the film set over one night helps because we do know that daylight will be the end for the vampire side of things.

Action/Comedy/HorrorThe action comes from the fights between the two sides, it is mostly bullets flying and both sides trying to get the upper hand, with the comedy coming from different reactions, mostly Sebastian to everything he discovers through the night, while the horror isn’t scary, but does include the threats vampires could give humans.

SettingsThe film has a small village as its setting, this keeps the action feeling contained, with both sides waiting for the other to make a move.


Scene of the Movie – The fridge.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – It doesn’t have the highest bloodshed level which it could easily have had.

Final Thoughts This is a fun vampire movie to watch, it will get laughs, has plenty of action and can be enjoyed by the fans of the genre.

Overall: Fun Vampire Movie.

Werewolves Within (2021) Movie Review

Werewolves Within – Laugh Out Loud Funny

 

Director: Josh Ruben

Writer: Mishna Wolff (Screenplay)

Starring: Sam Richardson, Milana Vayntrub, George Basil, Sarah Burns, Michael Chernus, Catherine Curtin, Wayne Duvall

Plot: Feature adaptation of the video game where werewolves attack a small town.

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Werewolves Within starts when Finn Wheeler (Richardson) takes a new post as a ranger in the remote town of Beaverfield, where mail person Cecily (Vayntrub) shows him around the town, letting him meet the locals he will need to be dealing with.

Within Finn’s first few days, he learns about a creature that has been hunting down the locals and with the generators damaged, the town must come together to stay safe, taking shelter in the local bed and breakfast, only the truth is that one of the people inside the building could be the danger they are hiding from.

Thoughts on Werewolves Within

Characters & Performances – Finn Wheeler is a kind-natured park ranger that is looking to start a new life in a quiet town, where his nice guy attitude gets treated with different levels of respect upon meeting everyone. He will need to bring the people together in the town to try and stop them turning on each other to make sure they are safe against an unseen threat. Sam Richardson is excellent to watch in the leading role, his performance makes us want him to get through this ordeal. Cecily Moore is the local mail person that is also from out of town, she looks to help show Finn around getting close to him, being the person, he first starts to trust in the town. Milana Vayntrub brings us the bubbly character that is the positive one in this world. When we dive into the rest of the characters, we meet all of the different expect town’s locals that have their quirks and end up looking over their shoulders. The performances from the supporting cast work well, getting their laughs when needed, never feeling like they are filler in the cast.

StoryThe story here follows a new park ranger who has moved to a quiet remote town that finds himself needing to try and keep the community together when an animal attack occurs, leading the town starting to turn on each other to survive. This story is based on a video game, which is hard for myself to compare, as I have never played it, so this is just looking at the idea of a town pushed to its limits to try and keep themselves safe from an unknown creature. We do get plenty of mystery about who it might well be, which will keep us guessing, with each clue pointing heavily in one person’s direction, only for the next scene to move onto somebody else. We get to experience this mostly through Finn’s eyes, with him being the newcomer to the town, where he learns little details about each of the locals.

ThemesWerewolves Within is a horror comedy that will give us plenty to work with when it comes to the events in the town, the locals will all have quirks, Finn and Cecily often feel like the outsiders, along with the overreaction to certain events, will all gain laughs through the film. The location will be key, as it will add to the horror we go through, seeing how the characters deal with the isolation from the world.

Signature Entertainment presents Werewolves Within on Digital Platforms and DVD from 19th July.

Final Thoughts Werewolves Within is a fun horror comedy that mixes 30 Days of Night with Knives Out.