Director: Stella Tinucci
Writer: Stella Tinucci (Screenplay)
Starring: Josh Margulies, Angelica Quinn, Dezmond Gilla, Stella Tinucci, Terry Bookhart, Kava Jones
Plot: Eddie Fox, a hustling treasure hunter, finds himself forced to embark on a journey into the jungle to prevent a power hungry egomaniac from finding an ancient weapon that could destroy the island.
Runtime: 1 Hour 10 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: The Lost Treasure starts as Eddie Fox (Margulies) a famed treasure hunter located on a small jungle island, where he finds himself needing to work with his newly found team of Tanya (Tinucci) and Maleko (Roehl) as they must stop Charles Wellington (Gilla) and his hench people, Leilani (Bookhart) and Kainoa (Jones) who are after an ancient weapon.
As Eddie learns more about the stakes that will come from Charles getting possession of the weapon, he must use his connection to the island to save the island.
Thoughts on The Lost Treasure
Characters & Performances – Eddie Fox is the treasure hunter on a small island, he has always found a way to locate the treasure and built connections on the island and now he finds himself in the middle of one of the biggest hunts of his career, against a man who wants power, rather than discovery. Eddie as a character does feel like they could have their series of films, with different adventures in each story. Josh Margulies gives us a fun character, one that remains calm and puts the treasure hunting ahead of the conflict abilities. Charles Wellington is the eccentric man that will do anything to get the item, using money to get what he wants, and if that is refused, he will use manipulation or force. Dezmond Gilla makes for an entertaining villain, one that will be the figure you want to see what he will do next. In the supporting characters we have the plucky Tanya, working with Eddie, along with his long term partner in crime Maleko, while Charles is helped by the imposing figure of Kainoa and the fiery Leilani.
Story – The story here follows a treasure hunter that must stop an eccentric man from uncovering a powerful ancient weapon which could be used for evil, while understanding more about his ancestor’s involvement in keeping it safe. This is a story that could easily be seen as an introduction to the character of Eddie Fox, with the idea that he will or has many more adventures to have or to tell. This one does feel like a routine story, but one that is easy to watch and enjoy the ride with the characters involved.
Themes – The Lost Treasure is an adventure movie that focuses on the treasure hunting ways of Eddie Fox, as his small jungle island becomes the key location for a missing artefact. Everywhere we are taken, is what we expect to see in a treasure hunting movie.
Final Thoughts – The Lost Treasure is an enjoyable and easy to watch adventure movie.
Director: Vaughn Stein
Writer: David Murray (Screenplay)
Starring: Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan, Sam Claflin, Veronica Ferres, India Eisley, Emily Alyn Lind
Plot: A psychiatrist, whose client commits suicide, finds his family life disrupted after introducing her surviving brother to his wife and daughter.
Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Every Breath You Take starts as we meet psychiatrist Philip (Affleck), wife Grace (Monaghan) and daughter Lucy (Eisley) who have been through their own traumatic experience in the past. Philip has tried a different approach with one of his patient Daphne (Lind) one he believed had helped her, until she commits suicide suddenly.
Daphne’s brother James (Claflin) arrives to put the affairs in order, which will see him start getting close to Philip’s family, as somebody is trying to ruin his career, can he stop that this before losing everything.
Thoughts on Every Breath You Take
Thoughts – Every Breath You Take is a mystery thriller that will see a psychiatrist have his life turned upside down when one of his patients commits suicide, leading to her brother getting too close his family, looking to slowly tear them apart. This is a mystery that will keep us wondering as to why the man has started to target the family, he doesn’t seem to have done anything wrong, he tried for help the patient with her problems. The character of Lucy does seem like she needs a lot of help which nobody is giving her, showing us just how easily she can be manipulated by someone in her life, while the overall idea the family has been struggling, is key to seeing why certain decisions happen. Most of the film is leading down a path we have seen before, leaving us just with the motivation to work out. The performances in the film are solid, giving us everything we need, without ever hitting the top levels that other such movies have achieved in the past.
Final Thoughts – Every Breath You Take is a by the book thriller that wants to be edgier, only to fall into the standard.
Looking at the Ghostface Killers Motivations in Scream
With the new Scream movie coming out in just under a week, I have re-visited the franchise to look at the different motivations the killers have had through the franchise. We have had a full range of motivations through the films and I personally can not wait to see where the new one will go for the franchise.
Scream – 1996
Scream gave us two killers, which fast became the trend for the series, Scream will have the closest of the two killers, with two best friends behind it all. Strangely enough Scream is the only film in the franchise where a victim does remove a mask, letting them know who killed them before they took their final breath.
Billy is Sidney’s boyfriend who has been patiently waiting for their first time together, between friends he is getting frustrated and instantly becomes one of the first suspects, even though he gets out. Billy will reveal his motivation later in the film, using Sidney’s mother’s affair with his father for causing him to snap, as it saw his parent’s marriage to fall apart. When it comes to his motivation to get revenge for his parent’s marriage falling apart, you can understand why he was behind Sidney’s mother’s death, but going after Sidney and her friends, does making things come off strange, almost like he enjoyed it too much and has finally lost it. He has however made a plan to make himself and his partner look like the heroes that survived a vengeful attack by Sidney’s father. He is clearly the brains between the two, having the plan down exactly how he wants things to unfold.
Stu is one of Billy’s best friends, he is a bit of a goofball, right down to his lack of motivation, willing to go along with the Peer Pressure motivation, despite showing regret for what he finds himself getting involved in, feeling like he has let down his parents. Stu does seem to be a character that comes off more unstable than the film presents him, as we have one moment where he is funny love, then regretful, then rage fuelled, going through everything in a matter of moments.
Scream 2 – 1997
Scream 2 kept with the trend of the franchise by having two killers again, which is used for the miss-direction the franchise likes to create when it comes to having one of the killers on the screen, when Ghostface is around. Scream 2 also struggled with the planned ending, after the script leaks forced a change along the way.
Debbie Salt is an overly nosey reporting trying to get close to Gail, always around the stories as they are breaking, never being afraid to cross the line like her idol Gail Weathers. Debbie does have a different side, which is why she is kept away from Sidney for the whole film, with the final reveal, showing her to be Billy’s mother. She has come for revenge on the Sidney for killing her son, and everything the Prescott family has done to her in the most recent years. She recruits Mickey, needing someone who is eagerly willing to get involved in a killing spree.
Mickey is one of the fellow film studies student whose knowledge of movies is above the rest of the class, he will use it to point fingers at different classmates, never looking like a suspect after being similar to Randy in the first film, having the movie fanatic not looking like a threat. Mickey wants to blame everything on the violence in movies, looking forward and enjoying killing people, making him the biggest psychopath created in the franchise yet.
Scream 3 – 2000
Scream 3 broke the mould of the franchise by only have one killer, despite having the largest cast, with the biggest list of potential suspects, misleading us once again with the final reveal.
Roman is the director of the third Stab movie, with this being a chance to break into the industry, he is feeling the stress because of the production being delayed, with the killer leaving pictures of Sidney’s mother at each murder. Roman has used his position in the film industry to get more information about Sidney’s mother, his own mother that abandoned him and never wanted anything to do with him. This has fuelled his anger for his lifetime, which saw him guide Billy in the original film to get revenge on the family he was never welcomed too.
Scream 4 – 2011
Scream 4 returned to the two killers, using the story to make the clearer points that when it comes to reboots, there are new rules and that anyone could be killed off, being a franchise that has always made the clear points for it position in the franchise, while poking fun at the idea that horror will continue to cash in on making more. Right down to having the ‘Stab’ movies already being at 7 within the movie world.
Jill is the cousin of Sidney’s she has always lived in the shadow of her growing up in Woodsboro. She finds herself being targeted by the killer this time around, always making sure she is the victim, creating the narrative that she is being stalked by her ex-boyfriend Trevor. She does reveal her plan being about how she has always hated Sidney for living in her shadow, wanting to become the lone survivor of a vicious attack from a jilted lover, like Billy was to Sidney, setting up a framing plan on Trevor. She will leave the bodies laying around the home, before injuring herself to show how much she has been through. Jill will get the extra scene to react to news that Sidney survivors, which will break her cover and leave her plan, nothing more than a crazed person desperate for fame.