Arctic – Now Available on Amazon Prime

Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal, Doctor Strange) gives a tour de force performance as a pilot whose plane has crashed in a remote corner of the Arctic. Stranded in the wilderness he uses his ingenuity to survive. The tragic turn of events, involving another crash survivor, played by Maria Thelma Smaradottir, forces the pilot to make a perilous choice between the relative safety of his camp and a deadly trek into the unknown. Full of shock turns, moments of horrific injury, polar bear action and tense emotional scenes, Arctic will keep your hands clenched to your chair until its brilliant, breathless conclusion. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Joe Penna (Stowaway). Written by Joe Penna and Ryan Morrison.

Ankle Biters (2021) Movie Review ‘Disturbing’

Ankle Biters – Disturbing

 

Director: Bennet De Brabandere

Writer: Bennet De Brabandere (Screenplay) Zion Forrest Lee (Story)

Starring: Zion Forrest Lee, Lily Gail Reid, Rosalee Reid, Violet Reid, Dahli Reid, Jani Lauzon, Michael Copeman, Marianthi Evans

Plot: Four adorable little girls plot to murder a hockey player after they mistake an act of lovemaking as an attack on their mom.

Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Ankle Biters starts when Sean Chase (Lee) starts dating single mother Laura (Evans) who has four daughters, Lily, Rosalee, Violet and Dahli (Siblings Reid), he looks to take the whole family away for a weekend away at a lake house.

The girls have their own ideas of what to do with Sean and anyone close to him, as they don’t want to let anyone else get close to their mother, not wanting to a new father in their lives.

Thoughts on Ankle Biters

ThoughtsAnkle Biters brings to life the idea that young children might not like a potential new parental role in their lives, when they will take this matter into their own hands. This story will start with the attempted bonding, while we see how the four girls are planning to push Chase away, starting with little ideas, before things start getting a lot worse and out of their control. This will have a calm approach with how the girls are planning, which comes from the natural chemistry the four sisters have from real life. When it comes to what is happening, it will be disturbing at certain parts, along with a moment that is shocking too. This could have dived into the comedy behind everything more, which would have added clever moments in the actions going on.

Final Thoughts Ankle Biters is a disturbing idea, that doesn’t give us enough of the comedy, to embrace the concept.

ABC Film Challenge – Adventure – J – The Blues Brothers (1980) Movie Thoughts

Director: John Landis

Writer: Dan Aykroyd, John Landis (Screenplay)

Starring: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, James Brown, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, Carrie Fisher, Aretha Franklin, Henry Gibson

Plot: Jake Blues, just released from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and his brother Elwood were raised.

Runtime: 2 Hours 13 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Blues Brothers starts when Joliet Jake (Belushi) gets released from prison picked up by his brother Elwood (Aykroyd) as they look to get back to their old ways, only the life of crime has seen the group split up and with the police hot on their tales, they want to put the band back together.

As the pair try to find something new for the band, they are still looking to make money with their music and now they are building up more enemies than before.

Thoughts on The Blues Brothers

ThoughtsThe Blues Brothers follows the two performing brothers and criminals that are always looking to perform and rob, they are always having the police trying to track them down along with a mysterious assassin, as they always find a way to escape. The comedy does seem to miss most of the time, even if the calming approach does add to what is going on. Most of the film does feel like it has dated, while the performances in the film are strong through. Each chase does seem to go on longer than it needs to make it feel like the film is dragging in places, with the idea that each reaction is going well out of control.

Final Thoughts The Blues Brothers is an outdated comedy that misses more than it hits.