Plot: A young man in a parachute lands in the middle of a desert. He does not remember who he is or how he got there. As he tries to find his way home, he will come across several people who also seem to wander through this endless wasteland.
Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Mister Limbo starts as a young man (Sousa) wakes up with his parachute landing him in the middle of a desert. He stumbles upon another man with no memory, who decides his name is Craig (Norris). The pair wander around the desert searching for answers, which sees them come across several different people, with different stories.
The further the pair walk, the stranger the encounters become, with nobody else joining them on their journey. This sees them diving deeper into the philosophical meanings of their journey.
Verdict on Mister Limbo
Mister Limbo is a journey movie into and from the unknown. It gives the two characters to reflect on what they have achieved so far in their lives and wonder if they did things right. The odd characters we meet along they give them an extra moment of reflection too.
This movie feels like a lot of inspiration came from ‘Gerry’ with the whole travelling hopeless through the desert. It never feels like the pair are in danger, despite the amount of time they are wandering. This is shown by the random number of people they meet. It never feels like they are that deep into the desert.
The two leads Hugo de Sousa and Vig Norris are both great, being engaging to see what they will do next on the journey.
Final Thoughts – Mister Limbo is an odd movie about discovering yourself in the strangest place.
Plot: On the Montana plains, a frontier woman must protect herself against a ruthless gang of outlaws hell-bent on revenge.
Runtime: 1 Hour 47 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Terror on the Prairie starts on the Montana plains, where Hattie McAllister (Carano) lives with her husband Jeb (Cerrone) and children Will (Becker). They don’t have the best life, with Hattie wanting to return to a previous life.
Hattie finds her homecoming under attack from The Captain (Searcy) and his men, a ruthless gang of outlaws. The Captain is out for revenge and this is his way of finding it.
Verdict onTerror on the Prairie
Hattie McAllister is a wife and mother living on the plains, she is getting tired of the struggle and wants to move back to her home. She spends most of her days in the remote home, trying to help passers-by. Her latest guests prove to be ones she will clash with, as she looks to defend her home against the outlaws. Outnumbered and outgunned, she will do anything to protect her children.
The Captain is the leader of the outlaws, he shows his ruthless nature in the opening sequence. He is a smooth talker, offering himself as a polite stranger to Hattie. Captain has motivation for coming to Hattie’s land, with his sights set on revenge.
In the supporting cast, we have Jeb Hattie’s husband who is away when the first encounter happens. The rest of the supporting cast is the Captain’s men who will do anything to help him, as they live the life of outlaws. None of them sticks out as much as they could do.
Gina Carano takes the leading role, as the typical wife from the plain era. This isn’t one of the strongest performances you will see, but it also isn’t one of the worst.
Nick Searcy as the leader of the gang is the best character to watch because he will show how easily he will snap between characters.
The supporting cast doesn’t get enough time to shine, with most of the men in the outlaw gang feeling interchangeable.
The story follows a wife and mother who needs to take a stand against a group of outlaws who are out for revenge. It will see her looking to defend her home and children, as the outlaws become a bigger threat.
This is a story that feels like it escalates quicker than it suggests. With the open house idea turning quickly, without any cause to. There isn’t a single hint of what the outlaws will do with the family and it takes a long time to get to the point about what they are after.
It all plays out how you would expect, with the large number trying different tricks and not getting very far with them. this offers very little new to a world we have been in many times before.
Terror on the Prairie is an action western set in the open plains of Montana in a post-war era. This creates the remote environment that Hattie finds herself in, one she would like to escape from. The gunfights use the environment to try and create tension. With the one shocking moment the Captain does, not coming back into play later against another victim.
Where to Watch: Signature Entertainment presents Terror on the Prairie on Digital Platforms on 5th September and DVD on 3rd October
Final Thoughts – Terror on the Prairie is a by-the-books western thriller.
Picturehouse Entertainment are excited to announce the release of NITRAM on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital on 19th September.
Nitram (Caleb Landry-Jones) lives with his mother (Judy Davis) and father (Anthony LaPaglia) in suburban Australia in the Mid 1990s. He lives a life of isolation and frustration at never being able to fit in. That is until he unexpectedly finds a close friend in a reclusive heiress, Helen (Essie Davis). However when that friendship meets its tragic end, and Nitram’s loneliness and anger grow, he begins a slow descent that leads to disaster.
From acclaimed director Justin Kurzel (Macbeth, True History of the Kelly Gang) and featuring outstanding performances from the entire cast, this is a truly unmissable piece of cinema.
The film is brilliant, marking another extraordinary achievement from Kurzel”
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Plot: Follows a young graffiti artist who discovers a shocking secret that would put him and the ones closest to him in danger.
Runtime: 1 Hour 50 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: I Came By starts when graffiti artist Toby (MacKay) has been branding homes with ‘I Came By’ on the rich people’s homes. His best friend Jameel (Ascott) wants to leave this world when his girlfriend gets pregnant.
Toby working alone gets caught up on his latest job involving Sir Hector Blake (Bonneville). Only to discover a secret in the basement. After Toby goes missing, Jameel and Toby’s mother Liz (Macdonald) start searching for answers.
Verdict on I Came By
Hector Blake is a former judge who has connections within the police force. He has become the latest mark for graffiti artists, but he has more security than they are used to. Hector has a secret hidden in his basement, which shows a darker side to his very public persona.
Liz is Toby’s mother, she works in care trying to help people in need and has a strained relationship with her son. When her son goes missing, she does everything she can in search of answers, learning about her son’s secret life.
Toby is the street-smart graffiti artist who has been tagging rich people’s homes. He has become distant from his mum and his friend wanting to step away from life. He is finding himself alone in this world, taking more dangerous lives.
Jameel is Toby’s best friend who used to tag the homes with him. He has a criminal record and wants to step away from this world after his girlfriend gets pregnant. Jameel is left in a difficult situation when Toby gets into trouble, where he doesn’t want to throw his life away but isn’t sure whether to do the right thing.
Hugh Bonneville is truly disturbing in this movie. He has all the charm in the public face, but when he is with victims, his line delivery is psychotic.
Percelle Ascott, Kelly Macdonald and George MacKay are all great in their roles. Each role is connected but seems to have a different spell leading the movie.
The story follows a graffiti artist who picks the wrong house, leading to his friends and family to search for him. This only ends up showing the darker side to the original target who has his own way of getting away with things.
The story is an interesting spin on things like ‘Rear Window’ and ‘Don’t Breathe’ which is a pairing you never imagined hearing together. This is because it sees the person believing there is a crime, and needing to figure it out on their own, while also committing the crime to learn the truth. It is also broken into a strange way, which can see certain parts of the story coming off as more confusing, as we are never left to figure out who the lead is.
The story does do enough to keep us guessing and it doesn’t hold back with any shock value, with plenty that happens surprising the audience.
I Came By is a nice thriller that has a twisted killer and plenty of twists along the way. There is also a social commentary about how different races and wealth levels are treated within the criminal world. The locations used are more terrifying, as the home that Hector lives in is in the middle of the street. Showing he is doing this in plain sight. One of the additions which would have been nice to see more of, was the inclusion of the graffiti world, as we only learn they are part of it.
Where to Watch: I Came By is available on Netflix.
Final Thoughts – I Came By is an intense thriller with plenty of twists, turns and shocking moments.
Plot: In 2003, three mercenaries extracting a drug lord out of Guinea-Bissau are forced to hide in the mystical region of Saloum, Senegal.
Runtime: 1 Hour 24 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Saloum starts as Chaka (Gael), Rafa (Sallah) and Minuit (Ba) extract a drug lord Felix (Farah) from Guinea Bissau. They look to fly over the border but find themselves trapped in the Saloum region in Senegal.
As the group look to adapt to a small village to hide, they learn about evil in the mystical region. The group need to find a way out before they become the latest victims of this creature’s attacks first through their own hearing.
Verdict on Saloum
Saloum is a horror thriller that follows a group of African mercenaries as they take shelter in a small village. It shows how they adapt to the terror which uses our own hearing as a means to attack the victim.
This is such an original and unique threat when it comes to evil in horror. It feels more like the opposite of ‘Bird Box’ where if you can hear it can’t attack. The effects are used extremely well to create the creature we see, as they would be genuinely terrifying to run into.
As for the performances, they are all great throughout the film, where the characters must work together to overcome the problems they face. This is a horror that will stick with you because of the horrors we are put through.
Where to Watch: Saloum is available on Shudder.
Final Thoughts – Saloum is a great horror with terrifying creatures.
Signature Entertainment presents The Last Victim on Digital Platforms 10th October.
In this stylised western thriller, a group of modern-day outlaws and their terrifying leader are pursued by a local sheriff, played by Ron Perlman (Hellboy), after committing a horrific crime in a desolate southwest town. When a professor and her husband cross paths with the criminals, everyone is drawn into a spiral of violence and retribution where morality becomes ambiguous, and survival is the only option. The Last Victim also stars Ali Larter (Heroes) and Ralph Ineson (Game of Thrones) and is directed by Naveen A. Chathapuram (Brown Nation).
THE INCLUSIVE FILM FESTIVAL CREATED BYGENESIS CINEMA RETURNS FOR ITS 2ND EDITION
Opening preview THE WOMAN KING starring Viola Davis, closing gala PURE GRIT, Black History Month reggae gala, UK premieres & screenings of diverse films from the international festival circuit.
Sept 29th – Oct 2nd, Genesis Cinema, 93-95 Mile End Road, London E1 4UJ Click Here for more details.
Voted #1 in Time Out’s Best Cinema’s In London 2021, the Genesis Cinema screens everything from huge blockbusters to small indie films, cult classics to modern hidden gems, as well as hosting numerous film festivals, Q&As, premieres and talks – and in 2019 as part of the cinema’s 20th anniversary year, the Genesis team created and programmed Fragments, their very own film festival. Recognising that there is a general lack of diversity in many film festivals, Fragments was intentionally conceived as a platform for underrepresented filmmakers to exhibit their work: a showcase of films with unique individuals and minority groups as their focus.
The second Fragments Festival runs over the weekend of September 29 – October 2 with a programme of premieres and special previews of visionary new films. Some are big studio titles, some have been lauded on the international film festival circuit, some are undiscovered gems you may not yet have heard of – and they all have women, non-binary, ethnically diverse, disabled, disadvantaged and LGBTQIA+ individuals at their forefront. The result is a range of stories that celebrate the scope and possibilities of cinema.
“Cinema has always attracted diverse audiences, but the films themselves haven’t always reflected that diversity,” says Tyrone Walker-Hebborn, owner of the Genesis Cinema. “The industry is trying to change, but more needs to be done – and we all have a part to play. I’m thrilled that Fragments Festival is returning to the Genesis Cinema for its second edition.”
OPENING AND CLOSING FILMS
Fragments Festival opens on September 29 with a special preview screening of THE WOMAN KING (dir: Gina Prince-Bythewood, USA/Can), following its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Inspired by true events, it’s the remarkable story of the Agojie, the all-female warrior unit who protected the African kingdom of Dahomey in the 1800s. It follows the emotionally epic journey of General Nanisca as she trains the next generation of recruits and readies them for battle against an enemy determined to destroy their way of life. The film stars Oscar® winner Viola Davis as Nanisca alongside Thuso Mbedu, Lashana Lynch, Sheila Atim, Hero Fiennes Tiffin and John Boyega.
The festival closes on October 2 with the UK Premiere of PURE GRIT (dir: Kim Bartley, Ireland/USA), both a thrilling tale of extreme bareback horse racing and an intimate love story. Documenting three years in the life of a young Native American bareback horse racer, it chronicles former champion Sharmaine who quit racing to care for her sister after she was paralysed in a catastrophic accident on the track. Now, supported by her new girlfriend, she’s once again determined to ride and win.
A champion at many film festivals including Toronto and Marrakech, and a multi-award winner at the Africa Movie Academy Awards, THE GRAVEDIGGER’S WIFE (dir: Khadar Ahmed, Djibouti) is a poetic, moving portrayal of a loving family who are facing difficult times, and must push themselves to the limits to find a way out.
An enigmatic, jungle-set mystery exploring gender and self-discovery, the UK Premiere of TO KILL THE BEAST (dir: Agustina San Martín, Argentina) follows a teenage girl on the hunt for her long-missing brother. This leads her to a remote hostel owned by her aunt on the Argentina/Brazil border, where local myths tell of a dangerous shape-shifting beast. Followed by a recorded Q&A.
A winner at Sundance Film Festival, FRAMING AGNES (dir: Chase Joynt, Canada/USA) adopts a talk show format to explore six previously unknown stories from the archives of the UCLA Gender Clinic in the 1950s. Chase Joynt combines re-enactments with an all-star cast of transgender artists and performers including Jen Richards, Zackary Drucker and Pose star Angelica Ross, along with archive footage featuring the likes of Laverne Cox, Carmen Carrera, and Joan Rivers. Followed by a recorded Q&A.
Nominated at SXSW for a Grand Jury Award, the UK Premiere of MAMA BEARS (dir: Daresha Kyi, USA) is an intimate, thought-provoking story of women whose profound love for their LGBTQIA+ children has turned them into fierce advocates for the entire queer community – joining thousands of other mothers who call themselves “mama bears” as they fight to make the world kinder and safer for all LGBTQIA+ people. Followed by a recorded Q&A.
The UK Premiere of IT WORKS II (dir: Fridolin Schönwiese, Austria) tells the story of Gerald, Valentin and Michael. The film documents their will to create and accomplish something, and reach out for their dreams with determination. It’s an absorbing testament to living full lives regardless of disabilities.
Committed to uplifting and amplifying the voices of all female directors, CINESISTERS collaborate with Genesis Cinema for the special Fragments event CINESISTERS x Genesis Cinema present BODY OF WATER (dir: Lucy Brydon, UK). The film is a frank and resolute story of a woman with an eating disorder, trying to balance her relationship with her mother and her teenage daughter, with a cast including Sian Brooke and award-winning Silent Witness star Amanda Burton. Afterwards, an industry panel will explore how this powerful debut feature secured UK distribution.
In celebration of Jamaica’s 60th Year Independence Anniversary, Kush Films in association with Genesis Cinema present a special Black History Month gala screening ofSTUDIO 17: THE LOST REGGAE TAPES (dir: Mark James, UK) plus Q&A and reggae party featuring a guest live performance. The film tells the remarkable story of the Chins, the Chinese-Jamaican family behind the legendary Studio 17 recording studio in Kingston, Jamaica – an integral part of the music revolution that began after Jamaican independence from Great Britain in 1962. Including interviews with Jimmy Cliff, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Dave Stewart, Sly Dunbar, Levi Roots, Maxi Priest and many more.
With gender-bending and queerness at its core, By Royal Appointment: A movie-themed Drag King Life Drawing is an evening of mingling, drink and film-themed life drawing at Genesis Cinema’s Bar Paragon. Drag Kings invite us to question our relationship to gender expression, showing us the myriad of ways masculinity and femininity can be twisted, turned, changed. Includes a complimentary glass of wine, beer or soft drink.
From the cities of Northern Iran to the suburbs of Birmingham, BRAVING IT is a programme of short films showcasing resilience, spirit and the diversity of our struggles. The short films in LONDON BELONGS TO US illustrate the power of love and community, as well as the problems we face together. WHO YOU ARE looks within ourselves: our identity, the body, and the way we perceive each other. Altogether, 88% of these short filmmakers are female-identifying, non-binary, LGBTQIA+, low income, or from ethnic minority backgrounds.
ACCESSIBLE TO ALL
Fragments Festival is not only about inclusivity on screen and behind the camera – it’s also about inclusivity in the cinema auditorium. Fragments will welcome diverse audiences by being as accessible as possible. All films will be shown in wheelchair accessible screens. All films supplied with subtitles will be shown in the subtitled format. Gender-neutral toilet facilities will be available. To encourage further dialogue, Q&As will follow many of the screenings, including accessible recorded Q&As. To keep the festival accessible to all, including low-income households, Opening, Closing and Reggae Gala screenings are £10, and all other screenings are £6. An allocation of free tickets for those who can’t afford to attend will also be made available – more details announced soon.
Writer: Sophia Cacciola, Brian W Smith (Additional Material)
Michael St Michaels
Plot: In 1970, Mikey and William both portrayed football cannibal Smash-Mouth in the influential cult hit, End Zone 2. Now, 50 years later, only one can wear the mask.
Runtime: 1 Hour 23 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: The Once and Future Smash starts as a horror convention is preparing to announce the long-awaited reboot of the ‘End Zone’ franchise. This brings together horror directors or stars from the generations after the infamous ‘End Zone 2’ to discuss the inspiration the movie gave them.
Meanwhile, at the convention is having the two actors who claim to have played Smash-Mouth, Mikey Smash (Michael), and William Mouth (Weeden). As they believe they get announced for the new movie.
Verdict onThe Once and Future Smash
The Once and Future Smash is a comedy documentary that looks at the fandom behind a cult classic movie. It gives other cult favourite directors and stars to talk about their inspiration from the movie. As the movie unfolds, we get to see how fandom can reach extremes. As well as the idea that stories become legends behind cult films.
When it comes to actor rivalries, there is an ongoing joke between the two who believe they should be Smash-Mouth. There are so many smart ideas, that take the film beyond what it presents itself as. This is a movie that must be watched in the right mindset because if you don’t you won’t appreciate the genius behind the movie.
Final Thoughts – The Once and Future Smash is one of the smartest comedy documentaries you will see.
Plot: Follows a country music duo who seek out the private mansion of their idol and end up in a twisted series of horrors that force them to confront the limits they’d go for their dreams.
Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Torn Hearts starts as up-and-coming country music duo Jordan (Quinn) and Leigh (Lemire) are on the verge of breaking out. The pair are offered a chance to open for a bigger star Caleb Crawford (Fernandez) who knows their idol.
They are desperate to meet their idol Harper Dutch (Sagal) one half the sister act in the 90s. After begging for her address, the act meet Harper and learn that she isn’t everything she first comes off as. She starts testing the girl’s friendship to see if they can make it in the music world.
Verdict on Torn Hearts
Harper Dutch was part of a popular country music double act with her sister. After her sister’s death, Harper became a recluse from the world, despite her music standing the test of time. She welcomes the girls into her home, where she wants to see if they have what it takes to make it. Harper has a secret from the world and it doesn’t take it long before she starts to turn the girls against each other.
Jordan is one half of the band; she writes the songs. She learns about Harper’s address, encouraging Leigh to join her in visiting their idol. Leigh has had success before Jordan, she is the lead of the pair, being the better performer of the pair. The pair have been together for a couple of years and want to make it to the next level in the music industry.
Katey Sagal is wonderful as a reclusive musician, she makes it clear something isn’t right with her character. She gives us a performance where we want to see how far she will go. Abby Quinn and Alexxis Lemire are great as the country music act. They show the different emotions they have been through in their attempts to make it in the industry as well as the conflict they have between themselves.
The story follows a country music double act that are about to have a big break when they get a chance to meet their idol. Their time with their idol sees them tested to see if they can make it together in the industry.
This is a story that delves into the desperate attempts to remain famous and reach stardom. It shows how added pressure can change everything that people thought was safe between friends. The story is presented in a way that shows how meeting your idol can be dangerous, as they might not be everything you are expecting.
Torn Hearts is a horror movie that sees how unstable a former star can become, despite people still idolising them. Most of the movie is set in the home of the reclusive music star, which is filled with memorabilia. It creates a museum feel, as a false sense of love despite people not talking about them as much as they want. When it comes to pure horror, it holds back from the bigger moments for a bigger showdown.
Final Thoughts – Torn Hearts is a fun horror, with the warning of not meeting your idols.