I Hate New Year’s (2020) Movie Review

Director: Christin Baker

Writer: Kathryn Trammell (Screenplay) Ashley Arnold, Christin Baker, Danielle Jablonski, Kathryn Trammell (Story)

Starring: Dia Frampton, Ashley Argota, Candis Cayne, Andrew Brennen, Kelly Lynn Reiter Tamiko Robinson Steele

Plot: Rising music star Layne heads home to Nashville for New Year’s Eve to break her writer’s block, but sometimes you find inspiration – and love – where you least expect it

Runtime: 1 Hour 18 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: I Hate New Year’s starts when rising music star Layne Price (Frampton) decides to visit home in Nashville for New Years as see her best friend Cassie (Argota) who has been waiting for her to return to home to tell her how she feels about her.

As Layne is looking to find a creative spark, she starts to look at a former love and her old band, while missing what was right on front of her, which will also see her fame continue to rise, with her in-person performances.

Thoughts on I Hate New Year’s

Characters – Layne Price is one of the hottest rising stars in music with her debut year, she is struggling with finding inspiration for a new song, needing to return home to Nashville, where she started her rise to fame in the music industry, she gets to spend time with her best friend, and spend the time trying to find her lost love, only building on her celebrity status with her random appearances performing. Cassie is Layne best friend, they grew up together and is a country singer in her own right. She wants to tell Layne how she feels about her, only she can’t bring up the courage to and decides to help Layne look for her lost love over the night, however much that will hurt her seeing her being left alone. On the journey over the night we meet a overly wise driver that always knows what to say, connections in the music world that have help Layne reach the level she has and her manager who is struggling with the sudden trends about her.

PerformancesDia Frampton and Ashley Argota in the leading role are both great to watch, they both show how down to Earth two musicians can be, how love with haunt them and how hope of love can leave someone wanting more.

StoryThe story here follows a rising musician that returns home for inspiration for new songs by seeing her friends who helped her get to where she is, along with dealing with an old love in her life. This is a story that shows us how musicians will need to take a break to find inspiration and that you could find love from the people closest to you in life. This does everything that makes you feel happy, with music performances, seeing all the positive moments on life and will leave you with a smile.

Comedy/RomanceThe comedy in the film comes from the different moments that are going on through the night, with moments from Cassie flirting often getting a few extra laughs, with the romance being a lot of looking back at what could be, while not taking advantage of the opportunity right on front of you.

SettingsThe film is set in Nashville, which helps us feel like we are in the home of country music, showing us the community will be open to everything positive.


Scene of the Movie – The New Year’s performance.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Nothing.

Final Thoughts I Hate New Year’s is a fun rom com that will get plenty of laughs, delightful musical performances and a love story you want to succeed.



Sister Tempest (2020) Movie Review

Director: Joe Badon

Writer: Joe Badon (Screenplay)

Starring: Kali Russell, Lucas Boffin, Kolly Bonney, Cling Carney, Alex Stage, Linnea Gregg

Plot: Anne Hutchinson’s troubled relationship with her missing sister is under alien tribunal. Meanwhile, her new roommate’s mysterious illness causes her to go on a cannibalistic killing spree.


Tagline – Some roommates are a real nightmare.

Runtime: 2 Hours 1 Minute

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Sister Tempest starts when Anne (Russell) is taken by an alien race to recount her life style, which will see her raise her younger sister Karen (Bonney) who mysteriously goes missing, leaving Anne the art teacher alone in her home, trying to guide the students.

The story includes how Anne took in student Ginger (Gregg), while being caught up in a series of strange events, which will leave her question each part of her life.

Thoughts on Sister Tempest

Final ThoughtsSister Tempest is one of the most unique movies you will see this year, it is filled with a host of seemingly random sequences, that do eventually add up, but seem out of place at times. Sister Tempest does seem to lead you down one path, only to pull the carpet right from under you and send you in a completely different direction, one that is filled with something you wouldn’t have even imagined it going. We have so many different elements going on here, with horror, sci-f, comedy, musical, action, we tackle plenty of genres through the story telling process that will leave us more surprised with what happens, but it would be fair to say this film is one that could have some time trimmed off. This will go down as one of the most unique and strange movies you will see this year and will be one that will leave you scratching your heads, wanting to go back and see it again.



Christmas in Carolina (2020) Movie Review

Director: Peggy Williams

Writer: Stacie Davis (Screenplay)

Starring: Joslyn Y Hall, Kellie Shanygne Williams, Darius McCrary, Jessi Nicolet, David L Rowell, Terrence Shingler

Plot: Elle, a career driven investment banker, has given up on love until she meets Wesley who invites Elle to his hometown in South Carolina. There she falls in love and finds the spirit of Christmas again.


Tagline – When You Least Expect It, Love Will Find You

Runtime: 1 Hour 16 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Christmas in Carolina starts as workaholic Elle Moore (Hall) has a date with successful businessman Wesley Saxon (Rowell), she continues to show her distant nature to any guy she dates, while Wesley outlast most dates, he has his own problems for Christmas, his mother Charlotte (Williams) wants him to return home for Christmas.

After Elle gets pushed into coming out of her shell more, she accepts the invitation to go home with Wesley for Christmas, to spend time with people for the first time in a long time over the Christmas holiday.

Thoughts on Christmas in Carolina

Characters – Elle Moore is a workaholic, she is always on her phone, barely finding time for dates and when she does, she doesn’t give the guy the time, usually answering her phone to continue working. She strikes fear in her employees at work, with her cousin pushing her into giving Wesley a second chance, putting herself out there. She uses her work to cover up her own loneliness, not having the big close family, but spending time with Wesley and his family she starts to come out of her shell more. Wesley is a high profile sports scout branded the most eligible bachelor in the city by Elle’s cousin, he will help show Elle about family for Christmas, as he will show her his family and how important it is for them all. We do meet Wesley’s brother Ryan who is against the relationship, always looking to stir up problems, Charlotte, Wesley’s mum who is so welcoming to him bringing someone home and Elle cousin Blythe who pushes out of her comfort zone.

PerformancesWhen it comes to the performances, Joslyn Y Hall and David L Rowell are great together, they show the excellent chemistry on the dating montages, making us see the little changes their characters needed to make to find happiness.

StoryThe story here follows a pair of workaholics that start dating over Christmas, finding a spark they didn’t expect, needing to be pushed into following their own hearts to make this relationship happen, with the backdrop of a family Christmas. This is a truly feel good story about love and Christmas, we keep everything simple about the changes, with no need for a great drama about why Elle isn’t as open and why Wesley is willing to let her in, it revolves around family and the importance of being together for Christmas.

Comedy/RomanceThe comedy in the film comes from the supporting cast, who will get the laughs with ease, leaving the romance between Elle and Wesley to be their main focal point, showing us that you can find love, if you are willing to let someone in.

SettingsThe film uses the busy city to show the workaholic lives the pair have, while taking us to the quiet family setting for Christmas, which will bring more joy to the pair’s lives.


Scene of the Movie – The date montages are full of so much happiness.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Nothing.

Final Thoughts Christmas in Carolina is a truly feel-good festival movie, that will leave you with a giant smile on your face.



ABC Film Challenge – Horror – I – In Fabric (2018) Movie Review

Director: Peter Strickland

Writer: Peter Strickland (Screenplay)

Starring: Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Julian Barratt, Steve Oram, Hayley Squires, Gwendoline Christie, Jaygann Ayeh

Plot: In Fabric is a haunting ghost story set against the backdrop of a busy winter sales period in a department store and follows the life of a cursed dress as it passes from person to person, with devastating consequences.

Runtime: 1 Hour 58 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Weird

Story: In Fabric starts as we meet divorced mother Sheila (Jean-Baptiste) who is seeing her son Vince (Ayeh) prepare for college with his muse Gwen (Christie) slowly taking over the house, Sheila is looking for love in the personal ads with her needing to by a brand-new dress.

Soon after wearing the dress for the first time, Sheila notices strange things happening around the house as the tensions between Shelia and Gwen continue to rise. Shelia’s life gets turned upside down, which only escalates the more she investigates the original model of the dress.

Thoughts on In Fabric

Characters – Sheila is a divorced single mother who works as a banker, she is trying to move on with her life, as her son is about to be moving on with his life, she is gets a new dress, which only starts to increase the troubles in her life. Gwen is the older woman dating Sheila’s teenage son, she is slowly taking over the house being very disturbing with the tension filled interaction with Sheila. Reg is on a stage-do which sees him get the dress to wear, he is preparing for his own wedding, starting to see his own life spiral out of control, with Babs being the wife-to-be that is still preparing the wedding.

PerformancesMarianne Jean-Baptiste is great for her part of the film, this is mainly because the film is split into two stories with eh dress, Marianne has the first one and shows the struggles she would be experiencing. When it comes to the rest of the cast, it does feel too late into the movie to get truly invested in the second set of actors story.

StoryThe story here follows two different people that come in contact with a mysterious dress that has its own abilities to ruin their lives, we are left to guess just what is causing the pain to happen and why this dress is acting the same way around people. This story is flat out weird to follow, mostly because we have two different stories that might well be connected, they are separate enough to leave us with different ideas for each family to deal with. The story doesn’t seem to give us enough answers about the dress itself and with on fleeting images of the store it came from, which only ends up leaving us feel like we could have had more from the story.

Comedy/HorrorThe comedy in the film comes from just how outside the box the idea is, while the horror comes from seeing how the dress acts and what it causes to people’s lives.

SettingsThe film tries to keep the locations down to everyday ones, be it the two homes, the store or the employment locations, it shows how the weird events of the characters lives happen without anything needing to come from outside the box.

Special EffectsThe effects are used well through the film as they show different levels of damage being caused.


Scene of the Movie – The fight.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Not enough behind the mystery of the dress.

Final Thoughts This is a horror that can be described with one key world, weird, it is filled with strange moments that only leave us with more questions than answers.

Overall: Very Strange.

ABC Film Challenge – Horror – A – Another WolfCop (2017)

Director: Lowell Dean

Writer: Lowell Dean (Screenplay)

Starring: Leo Fafard, Yannick Bisson, Amy Matysio, Jonathan Cherry, Serena Miller, Devery Jacobs

 

Plot: Alcoholic werewolf cop Lou Garou springs into action when an eccentric businessman with evil intentions seduces Woodhaven’s residents with a new brewery and hockey team in this outrageous horror-comedy sequel.


Tagline – The hairy arm of the law.

Runtime: 1 Hour 22 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Complete Bonkers

 

Story: Another WolfCop starts as we return to Woodhaven as business man Sydney Swallows (Bisson) looks to bring the brewery back into business with his brand of beer ‘Chicken Milk’, he has other plans though. Meanwhile Tina (Matysio) is trying to control alcoholic cop Lou Garou (Fafard) who on a full moon turns into WolfCop and when returning from the grave Willie Higgins (Cherry) learns he has an extra part.

With Swallows plan in full effect, it is up to Lou and Tina to work together to stop his plan which will see the town come under even more hard times.

 

Thoughts on Another WolfCop

 

Characters – Lou Garou is the WolfCop, he is still being the cop when the moon isn’t full, though he does have a drinking problem and while in wolf form, he does like to fight the crime with his strengths. Swallows in the new businessman in town, he plans to help bring the town back to the top with the re-opening of the brewery. He has his own plan for the town which comes from what is inside his Chicken Milk beer. Tina is the chief of police that must keep the rookies under control, while keep Lou under control, it isn’t long before she must lead the take down on Swallows. Willie has returned from the dead, only now he has an extra body part that talks to him, he will be the first to have one, which will bring him into the fight against Swallows.

PerformancesThe performances from the actors shows the understanding of the wildly over the top nature of the film, which is important, Leo Fafard gets to enjoy the WolfCop style, while Amy Matysio is great as the leading cop authority figure, Yannick Bisson as the main villain works wonders because we get somebody over the top.

StoryThe story must be watched with the love and respect of the 80’s horror, the story sees a new evil business man that wants to take over the town that has a werewolf cop. This is the core of the story, the story feels full on 80s cheese and is filled with complete bonkers material which has to be take with a pinch of salt. While the story doesn’t reinvent anything new it does feel like an easy watch with clear lines between good and evil.

Comedy/Horror The comedy in the film comes from the complete over the top style being used through the film, it works for extra laughs even if certain moments could be considered offensive. The horror while not scary does include moments that are uncomfortable which include the final dealings with what the villain wants to do.

SettingsThe film is set in a small town which explains why it was easy for a businessman to take advantage of the community and how the WolfCop legend has turns into merchandise.

Special EffectsThe effects for the film are good, we get practical ones that show the full effects of certain moments in the film which will shock which is what we like to see.


Scene of the Movie –
Transformation.

That Moment That Annoyed Me I feel you do need to have seen the first one.

Final ThoughtsThis is another bonkers horror comedy that you can sit through and smile if you watch with the right frame of mind.

 

Overall: 80s Fans please watch.

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