Disobedience (2017)

Director: Sebastian Lelio

Writer: Sebastian Lelio, Rebecca Lenkiewicz (Screenplay) Naomi Alderman (Novel)

Starring: Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola, Bernice Stegers

 

Plot: A woman returns to her Orthodox Jewish community that shunned her for her attraction to a female childhood friend. Once back, their passions reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality.


Tagline – Love is an act of defiance

Runtime: 1 Hour 54 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Long and Dull

 

Story: Disobedience starts when photographer Ronit Krushka (Weisz) returns to her Orthodox Jewish community after her father’s death, she isn’t remembered by the community after her past, she stays with Dovid Kuperman (Nivola) and his wife Esti (McAdams) as they experience the grieving process together.

Once back together Ronit and Esti’s love is reignited their position in the community as Esti is now in respected member of the community, teaching the next generation, following the rules of the faith, can they be together or not.

 

Thoughts on Disobedience

 

Characters – Ronit is a photographer that was shunned by her religion because of her attraction to a woman, she returns after her father dies and sparks between her and Esti start again, she hasn’t followed the traditions like Esti and doesn’t mind being out of place with the rest. Esti settled down and started following the rules of the faith, the return of Ronit lets her experience a love she hasn’t dealt with in years. Dovid is the husband of Esti, one of the most respected of all of the community, he is strictly following all the rules of the faith.

PerformancesWhile he performances are good for the most part with Weisz and McAdams being the true stars, even if they don’t make us become fully engaged with their characters.

StoryThe story here follows two women who are in love, one has been banished from the community, while the other put her love aside to follow the traditional faith of everything. we follow how they get a second chance and how the lives will be thrown upside down for going against their religion. Sure this is a solid enough story about going against the normal, but the pacing is so slow and not much truly goes one through the film

RomanceThe romance of this film shows us just how difficult falling in love can be, if it is against the faith others will judge you, this is important to see how it is dealt with but not the most interesting when it comes to actual romance.

SettingsThe film shows us the settings that the community would be in and how together the people would be in everyday life.


Scene of the Movie –
Nearly getting caught.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The pacing.

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the films which I feel with split the audience down the middle, some people will say it is important others will say it is boring, like myself.

 

Overall: Too long and not interesting enough.

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ABC Film Challenge – Comedy – D – Deathgasm (2015)

Director: Jason Lei Howden

Writer: Jason Lei Howden, Sarah Howden (Screenplay)

Starring: Milo Cawthorne, James Blake, Kimberly Crossman, Sam Berkley, Daniel Cresswell

 

Plot: Two teenage boys unwittingly summon an ancient evil entity known as The Blind One by delving into black magic while trying to escape their mundane lives.


Tagline –  Evil is coming

Runtime: 1 Hour 26 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Heavy Metal Mayhem

 

Story: Deathgasm starts as high school student Brodie (Cawthorne) is moved to live with his uncle in a small town of Greypoint. Brodie is a metal fan which goes completely against his Christian Uncle, we get the high school dynamics with Medina (Crossman) being the beautiful girl Brodie takes a shine towards, Dion (Berkley), Giles (Cresswell) being the only friends Brodie makes and his Cousin David being the school bully. It is in a metal shop Brodie meets Zakk (Blake) that gives him the instant click.

When the two find some older written music, they decide to learn the song for their band Deathgasm. When the lyrics get translated it ends up summoning a demon that Brodie must defeat to save the town.

 

Thoughts on Deathgasm

 

Characters – Brodie is the new kid in town, he helps us have a reason to meet everyone in the town. Brodie is a metal head that makes new friends who are also metal fans with his band playing lyrics that will bring demons to Earth, he must step up to save the world. Zakk is the metal head that starts a bad with Brodie, but soon we see how selfish he can be even if he is the only hope Brodie has of defeating the demons. Medina is the beautiful class mate that Brodie takes a shine too, she is currently with the jock but also sees something in Brodie. We do have the rest of the generic high school types in here too.

PerformancesMilo Cawthorne is good in the leading role filling the high school outsider very nicely. James Blake does enjoy his role as the bad example to Brodie. While Kimberley Crossman look beautiful and gives us a good performance through the film.

StoryThe story follows a select group that must work together using their strengths to defeat the evil running rampant through their town. This time we focus on heavy metal fans who play too which gives us the new creative lead figures for the film with the demon being summoned through music, this is original and must be appalled because it brings a new style to movie.

Comedy/Horror/MusicThe comedy is looking at how the world doesn’t completely work for the idea poking fun at the ideas going on in the film. the horror is demons, gore and plenty of blood. We also have plenty of heavy metal music going on through the film.

SettingsThe small-town setting shows how everything can go wrong if demons are unleashed upon the town. It works and we get the introduction to who the people are with the new kid in town.

Special EffectsThe effects are great throughout, the blood and gore is way over the top which adds to the comedy and even the moments of CGI work for the tone of the film.


Scene of the Movie –
Ploughing through the enemies.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The high school is too generic.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun horror movie with plenty of gore and crazy metal music

 

Overall: Mad, Crazy enjoyable horror comedy.

Rating

 

 

ABC Film Challenge – Horror – D – Don’t Blink (2014)

Director: Travis Oates

Writer: Travis Oates (Screenplay)

Starring: Mena Suvari, Brian Austin Green, Joanne Kelly, Robert Picardo, Fiona Gubelmann, Zack Ward

 

Plot: Ten people arrive at a secluded mountain resort to find it completely deserted. With no gas for the return trip, the visitors are forced to stay and investigate the mystery surrounding the abandoned lodge.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Good Mystery, Not Solved

 

Story: Don’t Blink starts as our group of friends including Tracy (Suravi), Jack (Green), Claire (Kelly) and Alex (Ward) arrive at the ‘Last Stop’ lodge during the off season in a remote mountain top location, but the lodge is abandoned, food left on the table in a condition where it looks like everyone just vanished.

When the friends start disappearing from right under the noses they try to remain together but things only continue to get worse as the friends start to turn on themselves as the answer just continue to add to the mystery.

 

Thoughts on Don’t Blink

 

Characters – Tracy is the partner of Jack, she wants to use the weekend to announce big personal news as well as enjoying her time with friends. Jack is the partner of Tracy he also has an ex on the trip and must take control of the group keeping them calm when the friends start going missing. Claire provides the brains behind the logical side of everything going on as she understands what could have caused the problems. Alex is the loose cannon of the group being the panic side of everything, while the rest all fit the generic decisions that don’t go down well.

PerformanceMena Suvari is arguable the biggest name in the movie, she gives us a solid performance but doesn’t reach the levels we know of her, Joanne Kelly is most famous for her work in Warehouse 13 and this film doesn’t show her in the best light following the strong female lead from that show. Brian Austin Green is solid too and does bring the calm when needed.

StoryThe story revolves around the ten friends who find themselves in an abandoned lodge where they get picked off one by one as they just vanish. The story does test the friendships as everything unfolds and the pasts bring up moments that can have fingers pointed in all directions but it could be fair to say if you want a full answer you might not be satisfied by the end.

Horror/MysteryThe horror side of the film comes from seeing you friends just vanish from literally under your nose, the mystery about it does point in one direction but we don’t learn the truth.

SettingsThe whole film is set in and around the lodge, they have no petrol which does create the isolation needed for the film.

Scene of the Movie – Amelia’s disappearance is sudden and shocking.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Casting Mena Suvari only to get rid of her within the first 20 minutes.

Final ThoughtsThis is a very good mystery film but doesn’t give enough answers to what has been going on.

 

Overall: Good mystery that needed to be solved.

Rating

 

 

Don’t Kill It (2016)

Director: Mike Mendez

Writer: Dan Berk, Robert Olsen (Screenplay)

Starring: Dolph Lundgren, Kristina Klede, Tony Bentley, James Chalke, Miles Doleac, Toby Bronson

 

Plot: An ancient demon terrorizes a tiny Mississippi town.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 23 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Action Fantasy Horror

 

Story: Don’t Kill It starts as with number of domestic homicides start happening in a small Mississippi town, demon hunter Jebediah Woodley (Lundgren) heads to the town, just as FBI agent Evelyn Pierce (Klebe) returns to her home town to investigate the murders.

The two must team up to track down who the demon has possessed next because if you kill the host, you will become the demon, meaning they must capture the demon alive.

 

Thoughts on Don’t Kill It

 

Characters – Jebediah Woodley is a demon hunter, he has been hunting demons his whole life, he is used to being chased out of towns before being called back to rescue them. Agent Evelyn Pierce has returned to her home town to investigate the goings on, she must put a side her beliefs to help the demon hunter save the people. We have the generic town’s folk which include the sheriff and religious leader that don’t believe everything going on.

PerformancesDolph Lundgren is fun in this leading role, he gets to be the mysterious stranger turned demon hunter about everything he does in this film. Kristina Klebe is good too in her role which does show us how a returning figure would act.

StoryThe story follows a demon hunter trying to save a town from a demon that is terrorising the town, he does need to work with FBI agent who doesn’t believe and will need to learn to believe. This sounds by the book which is fine that is what we know works and this could easily be the start of a franchise around the demon hunter. This is fun to watch and wildly over the top giving us a tone which would work for any future films.

Action/Comedy/FantasyThe action is big because we have bodies flying everywhere in this film, there is a comic tone but it just doesn’t work that often, the fantasy side of things comes from the demon in the world.

SettingsWe are in a small Mississippi town which is fine, we could have been in any small town because it shows how shocked the people would be in the town if a murder happened.

Special EffectsThe effects are a mixed bag, we have good kills while also having bad one you can see are fake.


Scene of the Movie –
The meeting.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Some effects you can see are models.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun fantasy horror, you can enjoy this if you are a fan of the genre and should be looking forward to seeing the next adventure.

 

Overall: Fantasy Horror for al to enjoy, like My Name is Bruce

Rating

 

 

Dusty & Me (2018)

Director: Betsan Morris Evans

Writer: Rob Isted (Screenplay)

Starring: Luke Newberry, Genevieve Gaunt, Ian Hart, Lesley Sharp, Lee Ross, Ben Batt, Iain Glen

 

Plot: A feel-good, heart-warming film set in Yorkshire in 1977 about an adolescent boy’s big summer after leaving school. It’s about a boy and a dog, class and ambition, first love, and above all, family.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 34 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Delightful Coming of Age Film

 

Story: Dusty and Me starts when Dusty (Newberry) just turns 18 and finishes school on the same day with his brother Little Eddie (Batt) taking him for his first pint, meeting a greyhound that local trainer Mickey the Bubble (Glen) can’t train, he offers to walk and train while waiting for his results.

As the days turn into weeks Dusty starts getting involved with Chrissie (Gaunt) who becomes his first love as he continues to try and help Slapper the greyhound reach his potential.

 

Thoughts on Dusty and Me

 

Characters – Derek better know as Dusty to everyone else has been in private school, he has just hit 18 and is now returning home while waiting to receive his results. In this break he befriends a greyhound and meets a girl for the vital time in his life where he can find his place in life. Chrissie is the local girl that Dusty falls for, she has helps him come out of his shell, while we never learn where she wants her life to go. Big Eddie is the father of Derek, he spends his time down the pub wanting to be proud of his kids in his own way. Mickey the Bubble is the local greyhound trainer, he is known for his awful wigs and we see how he helps Dusty get the most out of Slapper, we do have the rest of the family with overprotective mum and fast-talking brother Little Eddie who gets all the laughs.

PerformancesLuke Newberry in the leading role is great, we see how he feels as innocent as he is meant to be at the earl stages of film before becoming more open as the film unfolds. Genevieve Gaunt keeps her performance a joy to watch, her ever positive character just makes us smile. Ben Batt will get the most laughs in the film as a character that wouldn’t feel out of place in ‘Only Fools and Horses’. When we see the bigger names Iain Glen and Ian Hart are both great in their roles too.

StoryThe story here is a coming-of-age tale about young Dusty an 18-year-old that has never has the chance of life experiences, the two months we watch we see him make new friends, both human and a dog and see just how much his family cares about him even if they don’t always show it. We go through a check list of coming of age movie which has sweet moments and shows the ups and downs in life which will only help make Dusty a stronger character for the world once he is finished.

Comedy/FamilyThe movie does have plenty of comedy in it, the funniest moments come from Little Eddie as he is the guy that seems to be able to get anything and the moments while he is away in postcard form telling Dusty what to do are funny. This is one that the whole family could enjoy even if all the characters are adult age ranged.

SettingsThe film is set in Yorkshire, England in the 1977, we get the sense of community because of this, we do get football references to show which part they are from too with them being Leeds United fans, this little bit will help the English fans of the film understand certain jokes more than non-football fans.


Scene of the Movie –
The race day.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The villains are slightly too comical.

Final ThoughtsThis is a nice sweet coming of age movie, we have likeable characters and the simple story idea for Dusty to grow.

 

Overall: Coming of Age fans watch.

Rating