Something in the Woods (2022) Movie Review

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Something in the Woods – Movie Review

Director: Alexander T Hwang

Writer: Deanna Gomez (Screenplay)

Cast

  • Nicole Cinaglia (Camp Dread)
  • Robbie Dias
  • Vienna Hayden
  • Dakota Jans

Plot: The creature feature tells of two women who battle a frightening monster in the woods

Runtime: 1 Hour 16 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Something in the Woods starts when reporter Nora (Cinaglia) is planning one of the biggest stories of her career. Carolyn (Hayden) isn’t going to let Nora reveal the story that would expose her father. The pair find themselves walking through the woods when they come under attack from a creature.

Once Nora and Carolyn have been attacked once, they head off in separate directions before taking shelter in a home. The two need t put aside their differences if they are going to make it out of the woods alive.

Verdict on Something in the Woods

Something in the Woods is a horror thriller that sees a woman kidnapped and needing to work with her kidnapper to survive in the woods from a monster.

This is a story that feels a little bit empty and is adapted from a short film. It sadly feels like the short film would have been enough for the creature. The creature design is terrifying and easily the best part of the movie. It will give you nightmares when you get to see what it wants to do. The human characters, on the other hand, are not interesting, they both have selfish plans and it makes zero sense to work together. The location doesn’t feel that deep into the woods either because if this creature was operating in the woods, it would definitely be deeper into them.

Final Thoughts Something in the Woods feels like a missed opportunity to expand the creature frights.

ABC Film Challenge – 2000s Movies – C – Coach Carter (2005) Movie Review

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Director: Thomas Carter

Writer: Mark Schwahn, John Gatins (Screenplay)

Starring: Samuel L Jackson, Rick Gonzalez, Robert Ri’chard, Rob Brown, Nana Gbewonyo, Antwon Tanner, Channing Tatum, Ashanti

Plot: Controversy surrounds high school basketball coach Ken Carter after he benches his entire team for breaking their academic contract with him.

Runtime: 2 Hours 16 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Coach Carter starts when coach Ken Carter (Jackson) accepts the role of basketball coach at a rough school Richmond. Coach carter brings a new strict contract for the players to sign, keep the standards high in school, wearing short and tie to games and improve attitude, meaning the former star player Timo Cruz (Gonzalez) gets axed.

As Coach Carter looks to improve the standards in his team, he teams the players about discipline, with Kenyon Stone (Brown), Junior Battle (Gbewonyo), Worm (Tanner) Jason Lyle (Tatum) and his own son Damien (Ri’chard) needing to accept they need to improve in school to remain in the team. This new discipline will see the team turn their form around this season, preparing the young men for real world after school.

Thoughts on Coach Carter

ThoughtsCoach Carter is the true story behind the controversial decision by a high school coach of a basketball to close the gym until his team had high enough grades to get into college. Like, most sports dramas, we get an important message about an adult figure trying to get the message across to a younger team about doing the right thing for their own futures, at the end of the day it is only a game, one you can be brilliant at, but one that can lead you down paths to a future you might not see available to you. It plays out with the idea that the street kids will need to start moving away from a world which would see them likely end up in jail or even dead, to live a life waiting for them, all with focus. It is important with how everything unfolds, where Samuel L Jackson gives a marvellous performance in the leading role. The younger cast all shine too, each with their characters facing their own problems in life, that this sport gives them an out on.

Final Thoughts Coach Carter is an inspirational sports drama.

Star Focus – Ella-Rae Smith

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Star Focus – Ella-Rae Smith

Film

Biography – Ella-Rae Smith’s latest movie ‘Into the Deep’ has just debuted on Sky Cinema in the UK. The young star only made her big screen debut back in 2017 in ‘Butterfly Kisses’ and has gone from strength to strength through the years.

In 2018, Ella-Rae Smith got to star in three movies, first Jaume Collet-Serra’s The Commuter, co-starring alongside Liam Neeson. Andrew Morahan’s Musical comedy ‘Boogie Man’ and family friend D. James Newton’s 2: Hrs. 2019 was quieter, with the only film role being one of Madame M’s (Eiza Gonzalez) girls in Fast & Furious Hobbs & Shaw. This is the first and only major franchise she has appeared in, to date.

2021 saw Ella-Rae return to film with Marley Morrison’s romantic comedy ‘Sweetheart’. The second film of that year is Simon Barrett’s horror mystery ‘Séance’. Critically 2022 has become a bad year for Ella-Rae. Livia De Paolis’ fantasy ‘The Lost Girls’ has scored her lowest rating across the board. While Kate Cox’s thriller ‘Into the Deep’ seems to have gone relatively unseen by a wider audience.

Film Debut – Butterfly Kisses (2017)

Latest Movie – Into the Deep

Highest Rated on the Following

IMDB – Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw & Butterfly Kisses (6.5)

Rotten Tomatoes – Sweetheart

Metacritic – The Commuter

Lowest Rated on the Following

IMDB – The Lost Girls

Rotten Tomatoes – The Lost Girls

Metacritic – The Lost Girls