Oil Machine – Release News

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IMPORTANT NEW FILM ‘THE OIL MACHINE’ EXPLORES HOW THE DRAMA OF GLOBAL CLIMATE ACTION IS PLAYING OUT IN THE FIGHT OVER NORTH SEA OIL

The Oil Machine

“The Oil Machine” is released worldwide on November 4th 2022

Sonja Henrici Creates is thrilled to announce that its new documentary THE OIL MACHINE, directed by Emma Davie (Becoming Animal, I Am Breathing) and produced by Sonja Henrici (Becoming Animal, Time Trial, Donkeyote, I Am Breathing) will be released worldwide on October 11th 2022

THE OIL MACHINE explores our economic, historical and emotional entanglement with oil by looking at the conflicting imperatives around North Sea oil. This invisible machine at the core of our economy and society is now up for question as activists and investors demand change. Is this the end of oil?

THE OIL MACHINE reveals the hidden infrastructure of oil from the offshore rigs and the buried pipelines to its flow

through the stock markets of London. As the North Sea industry struggles to meet the need to cut carbon emissions, oil workers see their livelihoods under threat, and investors seek to protect their assets. 

Meanwhile, a younger generation of climate activists is catalysed by the signs of impending chaos, and the genuine threat of global sea level rises. 

THE OIL MACHINE explores the complexities of transitioning away from oil and gas as a society and considers how quickly we can do it.

We have five to ten years to control our oil addiction, and yet the licensing of new oil fields continues in direct contradiction with the Paris Climate Agreement. This documentary looks at how global climate action drama plays out in the fight over North Sea oil.

By highlighting the complexities of how oil is embedded in our society – from high finance to cheap consumer goods – THE OIL MACHINE brings together a wide range of voices from oil company executives, economists, young activists, pension fund managers and considers how this machine can be tamed, dismantled, or repurposed.

The film features a fascinating array of voices, including Holly Gillibrand (dubbed “Scotland’s Greta”), Kevin Anderson (Professor of Energy & Climate Change, Manchester University), Emeka Emembolu (Senior VP of BP North Sea), Jake Molloy (Regional Organiser, RMT Union), James Marriott (co-author of Crude Britannia), Mikaela Loach

(Edinburgh medical student), Sir David King (former UK Govt. Chief Scientific Advisor), Deirdre Michie (CEO of Oil & Gas UK), Steve Waygood (Chief Responsible Investor at Aviva Investors), Tessa Khan (climate lawyer from Uplift), Ann Pettifor (economist & author), and others.

Director Emma Davie said: “This documentary was initiated by a sense of the urgency of addressing the issue of the oil in our own backyard. I feel that the huge “elephant in the room” in terms of the UK’s aspiration to be climate change leaders is North Sea Oil. There seemed to be a need to understand how interwoven and embedded oil is in so many fundamental aspects of our lives so we wanted to bring together disparate voices involved in the interlinking worlds of oil, finance, and activism who would typically never dialogue together. 

We wanted to express an emotional as well as analytical look at where we are at with North Sea Oil. Global oil production was barely mentioned in the COP agreement but it is responsible for 60% of emissions. Sir David King points out that we only have 5 years to make big changes – how can we address the crucial question of oil in our own backyard?”

Producer Sonja Henrici said: “Since COP26 the global context of oil has totally changed with more pressure for local production and energy security, but there is still an imperative to shift things to avoid climate disaster. We were not seeking easy answers, but felt that the problems needed to be clearly named and explored for us to move forward. By hearing very different opinions about the future of North Sea Oil, we hope to look at the real complexities of transitioning from oil as a society.“

A  Sonja Henrici Creates Production for BBC Scotland and is supported by The National Lottery through Screen Scotland.

Everyone Will Burn (2021) Movie Review

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Everyone Will Burn – Movie Review

Director: David Hebrero

Writer: David Hebrero, Javier Kiran (Screenplay)

Cast

  • Macarena Gomez
  • Sofia Garcia
  • Rodolfo Sancho
  • Ana Milan
  • Ruben Ochandiano

Plot: In a small village in Leon, Spain, María José prepares to end her life after failing to get over the suicide of her bullied son years before. Everything changes when she receives a visit from Lucía, a strange little girl who could be connected to a local legend about stopping an impending apocalypse. With the enigmatic girl by her side, María José faces the corrupt community, overloaded with sadistic secrets and immoral lies.

Runtime: 2 Hours 5 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Everyone Will Burn starts as Maria Jose (Gomez) is still questioning whether to continue her own life. With her thinking of ending her life, she is visited by a strange girl Lucia (Garcia). Maria Jose takes Lucia in hopes of cleaning her up and taking her to find her parents.

Maria learns the truth about Lucia and the powers she possesses. Leaving Maria to become a guardian to the little girl that will use her powers to get revenge on anyone who upsets her, in the most painful way possible.

Verdict on Everyone Will Burn

Everyone Will Burn follows a depressed woman who gets an unusual meeting with a young girl. The girl has certain powers which she uses to get revenge on anyone that threatens her and the town doesn’t accept her being around.

This does play out like a witch hunt while using elements of ‘The Omen’ about the girl. It creates terror in a town which sees the town want to clean up a threat they can’t explain. This creates moments of pure horror, as Lucia completes certain tasks, each one more disturbing than the last one.

The performances in the movie are wonderful with Macarena Gomez and Sofia Garcia being the standout of the remarkable cast. When it comes to certain things that happen, it is disturbing but you can’t take your eyes off what is happening.

Final Thoughts Everyone Will Burn is a disturbing and twisted tale.

The Amusement Park – Home Release News

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From the master of horror himself George A. Romero, comes his long-lost masterpiece… the critically acclaimed and truly terrifying thrill-ride The Amusement Park.

 

Discovered and restored some 46 years after its completion this haunting tour-de-force from the maestro who brought us seminal greats Night Of The Living DeadDawn Of The Dead and Day Of The Dead, to name a few, was finally released in cinemas in 2019 and now this Shudder Exclusive gets its UK Blu-ray, DVD and digital release this Autumn.

The film, which has been certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, makes its home entertainment bow on 17 October 2022 from Acorn Media International and comes complete with stunning artwork and a host of brand-new special features. These include audio commentary with Michael Gornick, separate interviews with Suzanne Desrocher-RomeroBonnie Hinzman and Ryan Carr and a fascinating panel interview. There’s also the official brochure, the script and behind-the-scenes photos, please see full list below, making this Shudder Exclusive the must-have release this Halloween.

An elderly man (Lincoln Maazel – Martin) goes for what he assumes will be an ordinary day at the amusement park, only to find himself in the middle of a hellish nightmare. Amid the rollercoasters and chaotic crowds, he becomes increasingly disoriented and isolated; as the pain, tragedies and humiliations of ageing in America are played out before him… 

Perhaps Romero‘s wildest and most imaginative creation – an alarming and absurd allegory about the nightmares of growing older The Amusement Park provides a fascinating insight into the legendary filmmakers early artistic vision and is not to be missed.

Ingenuous and undeniably nightmarish – strap in for one unrelenting rollercoaster ride you’ll never forget.

Special features include:

  • Audio commentary with Michael Gornick
  • ‘Re-opening The Park’ with Suzanne Desrocher-Romero
  • ‘Bill & Bonnie’s Excellent Adventure’ with Bonnie Hinzman
  • ‘For Your Amusement’ with artist Ryan Carr
  • Panel interview with Suzanne Desrocher-Romero, Sandra Schulberg, Greg Nicotero and Daniel Kraus, moderated by Shudder’s Samuel Zimmerman
  • The Amusement Park official brochure
  • The Amusement Park script
  • Behind-the-scenes photo gallery

The Mystery Spot – Release News

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The Mystery Spot releases on digital and VOD October 7 worldwide from Terror Films.

From director Mel House, and starring Graham Skipper (Re-Animator: The Musical), Lisa Wilcox (A Nightmare on Elm Street 45), and scream queen Debbie Rochon, experience the terror of The Mystery Spot this October.

A number of lost souls find refuge in a small motel in the middle of nowhere, its only distinguishing characteristic being the ruins of an old Mystery Spot—a long-dead roadside attraction with strange metaphysical powers. Nathan and Rachel find solace in one another, both attempting to escape dark pasts that seem to be using the Mystery Spot to go from being painful shadows of their lives to very real entities of the present. Everyone at the Mystery Spot will be affected by its unique properties, but only some will survive its reality-shattering implications.

The Walking Dead: World Beyond Season 1 Review

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The Walking Dead: World Beyond Season 1

In 2020 the third spin-off for The Walking Dead follows on from Fear the Walking Dead that followed the first days of the outbreak. World Beyond took us to a place where the world has adapted, and society has moved on behind walls.

Series 1 Introduction

World Beyond follows two teenage sisters Iris (Aliyah Royale) and Hope (Alexa Mansour) who want to travel to another community where their father is. They believe the person running it Elizabeth Kublek (Julia Ormond) has her own motives for taking their father. The sisters make a plan to travel across America to their father, joined by Silas (Hal Cumpston) and Elton (Nicolas Cantu).

Iris and Hope’s guardian angels Felix (Nico Tortorella) and Huck (Annet Mahendru) go in search of them outside the walls. It isn’t long before they all meet up and continue on the journey. As the journey unfolds, we get to learn more about what happened to the characters before the community.

Iris and Hope saw their mother killed in the panic, where Hope killed the pregnant woman who killed their mother. Elton was protected by his parents, he still has hopes his mother and unborn baby sister are alive, not knowing what happened with the sisters. Silas killed his father before the outbreak and has been taken in to help society as he learns about his rage problems. Felix on the other hand got kicked out by his family before the outbreak and his boyfriend joined the sister’s father on the journey.

Verdict on The Walking Dead: World Beyond Series 1

The series follows the six on their journey, as they look to face human problems that they have faced. Each episode uses the current events in the episode to help unfold something from the past of different characters. Most episodes follow a typical trend of seeing the group need to locate something and face a new risk. Usually involved a bigger contained environment that offers more risks for a bigger reward. The use of the term ‘Empties’ to describe the undead is a nice touch.

Where this series does feel flatter than the original is by having the same reckless mistakes. There seems to be no training involved in preparing anyone to fight back against the undead. The decision-making process learns more heavily in splitting up for no reason, instead of working in teams.

This series never makes us feel like we are in an experienced world that has been dealing with the undead. Nobody is making rational decisions and we don’t learn enough about Elizabeth Kublek’s plans. We get minor glimpses throughout the series but no focus on her, despite it being clear she has her own motives.

My rating 3/5

National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007) Movie Review

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ABC Film Challenge – 2000s Movies – N – National Treasure: Book of Secrets – Movie Review

Director: Jon Turteltaub

Writer: Marianne Wibberley, Cormac Wibberley (Screenplay)

Writer: Gregory Poirier, Marianne Wibberley, Cormac Wibberley, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio (Story)

Cast

Plot: Benjamin Gates must follow a clue left in John Wilkes Booth’s diary to prove his ancestor’s innocence in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

Runtime: 2 Hours 4 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: National Treasure: Book of Secrets starts when a new discovery in Thomas Gates is included of working with John Wilkes Booth in the Lincoln assassination. Ben Gates (Cage) isn’t going to accept this new theory thrown out by Mitch Wilkinson (Harris).

Ben goes in search of the truth about his Great-Grandfather after it starts tearing up his father Patrick (Voight). He reluctantly works with Abigail (Kruger) and his best friend Riley (Bartha) in another series of clues to solve a moment in history.

Verdict on National Treasure: Book of Secrets

National Treasure: Book of Secrets is the second chapter in the Benjamin Gates adventures. This time Ben wants to clear his family name which has been thrown into ruin after a document reveals this ancestor’s involvement in the Lincoln assassination.

The adventure treasure hunting side of the movie is great fun, keeping up with the original in the series. The ability to mix a treasure hunt and conspiracy theories adds to the entertainment movie. For an adventure movie that has something for everyone.

Nicolas Cage as Ben Gates is wonderful to watch as Ben Gates. Justin Bartha gets the funny moments to lighten up the scenes in the movie. Ed Harris makes the villain stand out without being too cheesy in his role. The supporting cast is great too, giving an all-around strong series of performances from everyone involved.

Final ThoughtsNational Treasure: Book of Secrets is a great entertaining adventure movie.

Broad Peak (2022) Movie Review

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Broad Peak – Movie Review

Director: Leszek Dawid

Writer: Lukasz Ludkowski (Screenplay)

Cast

  • Ireneusz Czop
  • Piotr Glowacki
  • Maja Ostaszewski
  • Maciej Kulig
  • Dawid Ogrodnik

Plot: After climbing Broad Peak mountain, Maciej Berbeka learns his journey to the summit is incomplete. 25 years later, he sets out to finish what he started.

Runtime: 1 Hour 41 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Broad Peak starts as Maciej Berbeka (Czop) and his team Aleksander (Glowacki), Andrzej (Sapryk) and Krzysztof (Simlat) are climbing the summit of Broad Peak. When complications occur, Maciej does what he can to remain alive and believes he made it to the peak.

Making national news Maciej enjoys the fame and storytelling he can give people about his achievement. Months after, Maciej learns he never made the summit and his reputation is ruined. 25-years-later he looks to complete the journey he started all those years ago.

Verdict on Broad Peak

Broad Peak is the journey of a mountain climber who believes he completed one of the most difficult climbs in history. Being the first to do so, only to learn he never completed it. It shows how his life got consumed by never completing his famous climb and sets out years later to make amend the error.

This movie does show the struggles that climbing can present, with the most experienced climbers even finding it hard at times. The movie has amazing climbing sequences to start and finish the movie, while the drama in the middle tackles the issues being faced.

This is a very interesting movie that shows how much is at risk to complete one of the hardest climbs in human history. The performances are strong throughout and the movie looks beautiful with the mountain climbing sequences.

Where to Watch: Broad Peak is available on Netflix.

Final Thoughts Broad Peak is a brilliant reflective challenging experience in climbing.