Gemma Arterton Weekend – 100 Streets (2016)

Director: Jim O’Hanlon

Writer: Leon Butler (Screenplay)

Starring: Idris Elba, Gemma Arterton, Tom Cullen, Kierston Wareing, Ryan Gage, Charlie Creed-Miles, Ken Stott

 

Plot: Three people, three extraordinary stories. All lived out within a hundred London streets.


Tagline – Anybody can take a wrong turn.

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Engaging Drama

 

Story: 100 Streets starts as we meet our characters, troublemaking drug dealing thief Kingsley (Dramah), former rugby player Max (Elba) who is going through a marriage problem after his own affair with his wife Emily (Arterton) who in an act of revenge is dating photographer Jake (Cullen). The final couple we meet are cabbie George (Creed-Miles) and Kathy (Wareing) who are trying to adopt a child, though his past is causing problems in this pursuit.

As the lives cross-paths the people must learn about the mistakes they make to prevent themselves from making any more mistakes.

 

Thoughts on 100 Streets

 

Characters – Max is a former England rugby captain, since retiring he started cheating on his wife and getting caught up with the drugs, seeing his future career going up in smoke, he needs to clean up his own actions in any hope of winning his wife back. Emily is the wife of Max who has been going through the struggles of her husbands action, thinking about getting back into acting and trying to move on with her life. Kingsley is the streetwise drug dealing thief that has been caught up against the law, even though he believes he could go onto something bigger, he receives the guidance required to escape this life. We have a cabbie that makes a terrible mistake and must learn to live with the consequences and a photographer that wants to be part of Emily’s life.

PerformancesIdris Elba, Gemma Arterton are both great in their roles in the film, we know and expect it from them.  Elsewhere we get the less known actors in Franz Drameh and Charlie Creed-Miles that shine in this film.

StoryThe story follows the lives of three people, the problems they are facing and the changes that will define them. We get three different worlds, one is the celebrity world and marriage, where the vices can control someone, the middle-class who just want normal lives which can fall apart from past action and the lower-class that must fight for a chance or face the same circles of crime. The way the three lives cross without interaction shows how people can be going through their own struggles meters away from you. Each life will be changed by the events in the film, which is important to see and we can see how theses moments can do the moments that create a future.

SettingsThe film is set in London with the idea that we are within 100 streets of each other, in a position where lives can cross paves.


Scene of the Movie –
Leaving the gang.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Not sure what will happen with Jake next.

Final ThoughtsThis is a wonderfully engaging drama that shows the lives people are living without you knowing within metres of your own life. Strong performances throughout do help the film stand out too.

 

Overall: Drama well worth watching.

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1000 to 1 The Cory Weissman Story (2014)

Director: Michael Levine

Writer: Bob Burris (Screenplay)

Starring: David Henrie, Luke Kleintank, Beau Bridges, Jean Louisa Kelly, Cassi Thomson, Hanna Marks

 

Plot: Cory Weissman is a college basketball player who suffers a devastating stroke. He perseveres to find new meaning in his life both on, and more importantly, off the court.


Tagline – No odds are too great.

Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Inspirational Story

 

Story: 1000 to 1 starts as college basketball player Cory Weissman (Henrie) suffers a stroke in the gym, 19-years-old and his dreams shattered, facing first a battle for his life, then a battle to get back into everyday movement. His parents Tina (Kelly) and Marc (Watford) there to support the rehab.

Once out of hospital and rehab Cory must start to look at life a different way, one without his dream of basketball, with his friends moving on and him needing to fight just to go on.

 

Thoughts on 1000 to 1

 

Characters – Cory was going to be a star basketball player until he suffered a stroke, he was a good guy working on his college degree. He now faces a new battle to recover to do everyday routine, walking, talking and once he does try to get back to where he was before, college and then back to the court, never wanting to give up. Brendan is the best friend at college that is there for the rehab through college time trying to help him when he requires it. Coach is the one that is willing to let Cory back with the team for his rehab, not playing just taking part in team activities to help him recover. We do get meet other people that help with the rehab of Cory parents, doctors and friends.

PerformancesDavid Henrie in the leading role is wonderful, he shows the emotional levels Cory goes through, the determination he showed to overcome the problem and handles the disability with ease. Beau Bridges is good through the film as are the whole cast away from David.

StoryThe story here follows on college student Cory Weissman who suffers a stroke and spends the next two years of his life trying to get back to where he once was hoping to get back on the court, along the way he becomes an inspiration for his fellow student and his story inspires others who have been through the same. We see the struggles he must overcome to get back, the downs he must face and the patience he must show.

BiopicThe story of what Cory goes through first with the stroke and then after with his rehab process can inspire anyone that wants to be part of a sport they love or just continue their life after an event.

SettingsThe college setting shows us this could happen to anybody from any field of any athletic background, the settings show us just where people will be through recovery and how everyday life can help just as much.


Scene of the Movie –
The last game.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The times lapse is hard to figure out.

Final ThoughtsThis is a wonderfully inspirational movie that shows what you can achieve against the odds with the passion needed to succeed.

 

Overall: Wonderfully inspirational movie.

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The 6th Friend (2018)

Director: Letia Clouston

Writer: Letia Clouston, Jamie Bernadette (Screenplay)

Starring: Jamie Bernadette, Chantelle Albers, Dominique Swain, Jessica Morris, Tania Nolan, David Villada, Monique Rosario

 

Plot: Six college best friends throw their own private graduation party that goes terribly wrong when an uninvited guest arrives. Five years later, the girls gather once again and endure a night of far more horror and bloodshed.


Tagline – how far would you go for your best friend?

Runtime: 1 Hour 25 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Horror Fans Enjoy the Slasher

 

Story: The 6th Friend starts when six college friends Joey (Bernadette), Melissa (Albers), Heather (Swain), Katie (Morris), Sahara (Nolan) and Becca (Rosario) who have reunited after a traumatic experience while high on drugs, the group come back together to help each other move on with their lives, only for them all to be suffering with their own problems.

The night takes a dramatic turn when the past comes back to haunt the women and they must now fight to survive against a masked killer, one they believe to be waiting them since the original traumatic night.

 

Thoughts on The 6th Friend

 

Characters – Joey is one of the six women, she is the least interested in the reunion because has dealt with the night in her own way, never wanting to face the reality of that night she is forced to when a killer comes back for the friends. She takes charge while others panic and her decision seems to be the one the friends lean towards. Melissa is the one that bought the friends back together, she has become a celebrity because of the previous events, it is her family home where the women are spending the weekend, though she is the first to lose control once they face the killer. The remaining four women are Heather, Katie, Sahara and Becca each have their own traits to make them be their own characters even if they do fall into the generic supporting figures.

PerformancesWhen it comes to the performances our lead is Jamie Bernadette who also co-wrote the screenplay, we see Jamie deliver another strong leading performance fitting in the final girl figure that we have gotten to know in the slasher genre. Chantelle Albers as the arranger of the big reunion is strong too because of the range she must show, playing the figure that is used to the spotlight. The remain women are solid in their roles and show good chemistry for the friendship between the women.

StoryThe story follows six friends that head out for a reunion five years after a traumatic night it soon turns sour when a masked killer from their past arrives and they must fight to survive. This does fit the slasher genre well for a story line, it is the additions which do give this story another edge, because we get to see how after the first event the women have raised to celebrity status, which reflects how the modern world is treating the victims. This is a horror so, imagine we would get twists and this is full of them, even if certain moments of the film you feel you are about to put your finger on what is going on things take a change.

HorrorThe slasher genre is one of the easiest to watch in the horror sub-genre, it has a generic formula which this film does follow, until the final act which needs to be different to make the film stand out.

SettingsThe film is set in a cabin in the woods, with no where to run and with the cars disabled, we get isolation for the characters involved.

Special EffectsThe effects used are strong for the most part, I liked how the killer’s appearance comes off, even if certain injuries are not at the strongest level.


Scene of the Movie –
The final act.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The goodnight process.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good fun slasher, that offers a twist you won’t see coming, even if certain moments can feel like you have seen before.

 

Overall: Slasher film you can enjoy.

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8 Remains (2018)

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Director
: Juliane Block

Writer: Laura Sommer (Screenplay)

Starring: Maja-Celine Probst, Gregory B Waldis, Priscilla Wittman, Hanna Schmidt-Fob, Anne Alexander Sieder, Kevin Leslie

 

Plot: Preceding her death a young woman relives her life in a mirror world, giving her the chance to fight her killer.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 20 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Mind Bending Mystery

 

Story: 8 Remains starts when Talli (Probst) is on her latest date with Damian (Waldis) only for it to take a twist, as he murders her, instantly spawning next to the crime, Talli must navigate through a mirror world, which will see her confront her past, present and future as she must figure out how to save herself from the killer.

As Talli travels through doors, she must confront her own past, leaving her questioning each decision she has made, while trying to out to escape the circle she has become trapped in.

 

Thoughts on 8 Remains

 

Characters – Talli is a young woman starting a relationship with the older, richer Damian, her latest getaway to one of his castles will change everything, she must navigate through a mirror world which will force her to face her past, one that hasn’t been easy for her, if she wants a future she must survive this maze and confront her murderer. Damian is the killer that takes Talli’s life, only to continue to haunt her in the afterlife as she searches for answers. He is controlling everything and enjoying leaving the women tortured in this world he has created. Josephine is another woman with a connection to Damian trapped in this world, she advises Talli how to get out of this world.

PerformancesThe performance from Maja-Celine Probst is the highlight of the performers, she must take her character through the largest range of emotions and see makes each believable through the journey. Gregory B Waldis as the villainous figure works very well too, he makes you hate him which is the most important part of this performance. The supporting cast do everything asked of them without stealing the spotlight too.

StoryThe story is one that starts instantly by surprising us, it then becomes one that takes us on a journey that will be connected once everything has been seen, you will need to make sure you notice the smallest details to add the dots together. This story does remind me of another film that only I seem to have heard off ‘Left in Darkness’ which focuses on a victim tackling a killer after their death, only this one deals with the idea that she could escape this world. if you want to watch a story that will make you stop and think about everything you see, you will enjoy this one a lot.

MysteryA Mystery film that continues to make you think even when you think you know what is happening, this is something we all want right? This doesn’t let you down.

SettingsThe film keeps the settings simple, they are important locations in the life of Talli which explains why she is visiting them, they are used to help with the journey.

Special EffectsThe effects are used when needed, we focus on the idea of the mirror world having walls Talli can’t get through.


Scene of the Movie –
Taking control.

That Moment That Annoyed Me This is a blink and you might miss something movie.

Final ThoughtsThis is a mystery thriller that will keep you guessing, it will pull you in as you want to help Talli on her journey and it is anchored by a strong leading performance from Maja-Celine Probst.

 

Overall: Mystery film that keeps you guessing.

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9/11 (2017)

Director: Martin Guigui

Writer: Steven James Golebiowski, Martin Guigui (Screenplay) Patrick James Carson (Play)

Starring: Charlie Sheen, Whoopi Goldberg, Gina Gershon, Luis Guzman, Wood Harris, Olga Fonda, Bruce Davison

 

Plot: A group of five people find themselves trapped in an elevator in the World Trade Center’s North Tower on 9/11. They work together, never giving up hope, to try to escape before the unthinkable happens.


Tagline – The world watched it, they lived it.

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Tasteless Thriller

 

Story: 9/11 starts as we meet our characters who work in the World Trade Centre, impending divorcing couple Jeffrey (Sheen), Eve (Gershon), janitor Eddie (Guzman), deliveryman Michael (Harris) and Tina (Fonda) who are in an elevator when the 9/11 attacks happen. Metzie (Goldberg) keeps an eye on the elevators and must use her skills to keep the people calm during the panic, leaving us to wonder if they will survive.

 

Thoughts on 9/11

 

Characters – Jeffrey was once a wall street wizard, now he faces divorce and weekends with his kid. He is one of the people trapped in the elevator, he becomes the voice of reason and calmness between the five. Eve is the wife soon to be ex-wife of Jeffrey, his work built their strain and she needs out of it now. Eddie is the janitor that knows the building but not the elevator. Metzie is trying to find a way out of the elevator for the survivors using as much knowledge as she can find.

Performances – Charlie Sheen in the leading role is very difficult to watch because we just can’t take him seriously anymore, while he does an ok job in the role we know we will never see the 80s Sheen again. The rest of the cast do seem like needed a pay day and are never believable in their roles.

StoryThe story is fictional and focuses on one of the darkest days in modern history, this makes the film difficult to watch because we do know thousands died in the event, watching a group try to figure out how to escape is a problem because it has been done before in horror, on a better level which makes this feel like it doesn’t need to be told in such a basic and poor manor.

ActionThe action mixed with drama doesn’t work on any level for the film.

SettingsThe film takes place for the most part in the elevator which should work, but every time we jump out we lose the sense we should have.


Scene of the Movie –
There isn’t one.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Charlie Sheen in the leading role.

Final ThoughtsThis is a tasteless movie that only seems to cause offence to the people who did die in the tragedy.

 

Overall: Poor unwatchable

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