ABC Film Challenge – Comedy – Z – The Escorts (2016)

This is under Z because of the pimp who hired Guy.

Director: Lisa Addario, Joe Syracuse

Writer: Lisa Addario, Joe Syracuse (Screenplay)

Starring: Jason Biggs, Janet Montgomery, Ashley Tisdale, Bria L Murphy, Jenny Mollen, Steven Weber, Adrian Voo

 

Plot: Guy Carter is an award-winning graduate student of architecture. He’s got a beautiful wife and a baby on the way. The problem? He doesn’t have “his ducks in a row,” which only fuels his doubts about being a good father. Guy has been trying to find work in his field for a year with no luck. At wit’s end, his wife Anne finds him a job as a ‘driver’ on Craigslist. Guy shows up for the interview thinking he’ll be delivering pizzas, but quickly realizes it’s a job driving prostitutes.


Tagline – Every job has pros and cons

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Gets Good Laughs

 

Story: The Escorts starts as Guy (Biggs) an architecture hasn’t managed to find a job in this field, with his pregnant wife Anne (Mollen) is running out of insurance, Anne pushing Guy into answer a Craigslist job as a driver.

Guy gets the job with Zoley (Yarbrough) hiring him to drive Nikki (Montgomery) around, she is a hooker and Guy finds himself working as her driver for a night, which would see him make serious money, in a world that he wouldn’t have even stepped into.

 

Thoughts on The Escorts

 

Characters – Guy is an architecture graduate who has lost his job, he has struggled to find a new job in the same field and with a baby due in weeks, he needs to find a new job before the health insurance runs out. He is talked into taking a job from Craigslist which sees him driving prostitutes around with a potential pay day that could cover everything he needs, he must enter this world even if he isn’t prepared for what comes his way. Nikki is the prostitute that Guy picks up, she isn’t happy having a new driver, but over the night teaches Guy this lifestyle and slowly lets him learn about who she really is. Fallon and Jaxi are two other prostitutes that comes on the night out, they know Nikki is the boss and will do the risker jobs in the show.

PerformancesJason Biggs has made this style of comedy work for him for years now, he works well through the film always looking out of place. Janet Montgomery as the lead of the escorts does a great job, she is filled with confidence even if you can see a different side to her inside. Ashley Tisdale and Bria L Murphy both get to have a lot of fun in their roles without struggling.

StoryThe story follows a father-to-be who must take any job he can find in an attempt to keep the insurance his family requires, the first job he finds means he will be driving prostitutes around. This story does only go over one night which helps see the chaos that Guy finds himself in only adding to the laugh, with the calls from his wife only makes us laugh more. Seeing how the prostitutes act shows how they are in control of everything going on. Mixing everything together we are happy with what happened we have people from different worlds getting the laughs required. The film is based on a true story, it is very difficult to believe this is real in anyway though.

ComedyThe comedy does come from the idea that the two different worlds collide, especially with how out of place Guy looks through the night.

SettingsThe film takes Guy around the city for the night which does show him how life can be very different in the closed doors in city.


Scene of the Movie –
The end of the night.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The comedy won’t be for everyone.

Final ThoughtsThis is a comedy that gets enough laughs to keep us happy with the laughs that has a cast which works for the characters.

 

Overall: Fun comedy.

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Endless (2020) Movie Review

Director: Scott Speer

Writer: Andre Case, Oneil Sharma (Screenplay) Andre Case (Story)

Starring: Alexandra Shipp, Nicholas Hamilton, DeRon Horton, Ian Tracey, Catherine Lough Haggquist

Plot: When madly in love high school graduates Riley and Chris are separated by a tragic car accident, Riley blames herself for her boyfriend’s death while Chris is stranded in limbo. Miraculously, the two find a way to connect.

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Endless starts high school graduates Riley (Shipp) and Chris (Hamilton), they believe they are going to be together forever until Riley gets accepted into a college outside of town, with the pair needing to sort out their future, the drive home will take a tragic turn when they are involved in an accident, with Chris being killed and caught up in limbo, while Riley is left filled with the guilt of what happened.

While Riley is caught up feeling lost and alone after the death, Chris is learning to adapt to limbo with Jordan (Horton) guiding him around, Chris does start to watch over Riley, with a faint connection between the two, could it be more than just a connection.

Thoughts on Endless

Characters – Riley is an art student who is about to get into Georgetown, which will see her need to move into a long distance relationship with the love of her life Chris, only for him to die in a car crash, one where she was driving, left filled with the guilt about the accident, she doesn’t know what to do with her life, until she gets to have the message from Chris, giving him a connection she desperately wants. Chris finds himself stuck in limbo after his death, he wants to watch over Riley, being guided by another man stuck in limbo, he does start to connect with her once again, but it comes at a price, one he isn’t willing to pay. Jordan is guiding Chris around Limbo, he has been there for decades now, with his story about his death being kept away from the Chris until the time it is needed for motivation. We do have the friends of the couple that are trying to support Riley, while having her own problems with what happened, as well as the parents who have seen the shocking incident.

PerformancesAlexandra Shipp is wonderful in the leading role, showing us all the pain, she is going through after coming off filled with life before the accident. Nicholas Hamilton does work well with Alexandra in their scenes, but not always the best in the solo sequences. The rest of the cast do work well through the film.

StoryThe story here follows a couple that get separated after a car accident, one left with guilt, with the other stuck in limbo, the pair look to reconnect, but this connection would come at price. This is a look at just how difficult losing a loved one would be, first on the survivor of an accident, filled with guilt, while the one stuck in limbo doesn’t know how to say goodbye, we get moments that do feel like ghost, but deep down we are trying to pull on the heartstrings more than anything else. The story will want to be emotional impact on the audience.

RomanceThe romance in film shows how a couple who are separated by death will be left being drawn together again, despite being away from each other.

SettingsThe film uses a lake setting as one of the most important for the connection, while the home life shows how the lives have been changed.


Scene of the Movie – The first lake meeting.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Not enough about why Jordan is still in limbo after all these years.

Final Thoughts Endless shows us how love will last forever in the right minds and lovers will be drawn together even in the afterlife.

Endless will be available on Digital Download from 23rd November and can be a pre-ordered here



ABC Film Challenge – Comedy – E – Election (1999)

Director: Alexander Payne

Writer: Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor (Screenplay) Tom Perrotta (Novel)

Starring: Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Klein, Jessica Campbell, Mark Harelik, Phil Reeves, Molly Hagan

Plot: A high school teacher’s personal life becomes complicated as he works with students during the school elections, particularly with an obsessive overachiever determined to become student body president.


Tagline – Reading, Writing, Revenge.

Runtime: 1 Hour 43 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Wonderful Comedy

Story: Election starts when we head to the high school, with teacher Jim McAllister (Broderick) who is watching over the student body presidency race, with the favourite being hard working goodie to shoes Tracy Flick (Witherspoon), who had also gotten his best friend fired after an affair. Jim pushes injured high school jock Paul Metzler (Klein) to run for presidency, which only ends up bringing his younger sister Tammy (Campbell) into the race too.

With the race well and truly underway, the candidates must campaign for the victory, knowing how well they can appeal to the rest of the students involved in the race, until Jim gets involved in the final result, showing even a student presidency is filled with twists and turns.

Thoughts on Election

Characters – Jim McAllister is the teacher at the high school, he is used to the routine, married and involved with how the school operates, he is involved in the school body presidency race and has seen his best friend get caught having an affair with a student. He tries to remain professional and decides to go out of his way to bring down Tracy. Tracy Flick is the goodie to shoes student that is running for student body presidency unopposed, she does everything in the school to make sure she gets extra attention, believing it will help her in life, though he weakness was an affair with a teacher, she isn’t happy about having competition and will try to talk her way out of any sticky situations. Paul Metzler is the dim witted high school football star, he suffered a broken leg skiing, leaving him feeling empty, he gets pushed into running for president because of how the students look up to him and his honest kind nature goes against everything a high school jock would have been shown in high school. Tammy is the younger sister of Paul, she is still wondering about her own sexuality and when her love interest leaves her for her brother, she wants to run for president to get back at her, her style is to be rebellious gets extra praise within the student body.

PerformancesMatthew Broderick is wonderful in this leading role, he plays the role so calmly through his struggles and when he snaps you believe him feeling the effects of his life’s problems. Reese Witherspoon gives her best performance of her early career here, showing just how capable of being both pleasing on the outside and how calculated she can be too. Chris Klein is great to see too showing he was going to go onto bigger things in his career, with Jessica Campbell impressing throughout the film too.

StoryThe story here follows a high school presidency run that is filled with twists and turns along the way with one of the teachers getting involved in outcome to try and make a difference in people’s lives. This is a story that is trying to show how mistakes in lives can reinvent or destroy your life, each character has been through or caused a mistake and has to change their lives, we also get to tackle a few early high school problems and willing accept the change in traditions of high school characters. This story does feel before its time with how the certain moments unfold that have been elevated in life nowadays.

Comedy/RomanceThe comedy in this film comes from just how each event unfolds, it will get laughs with just how dry certain parts of the film are too, the romance of the film is showing how love can make people will make mistakes which will change their lives forever.

SettingsThis movie does have a high school setting, it does feel like a natural high school without anything making it stand out in any other way, making us feel like this could be real life.


Scene of the Movie – The election day.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Why did he pick a banana, when apples are his favourite food?

Final Thoughts This is an entertaining comedy that does feel well before its time, it has wonderful performance and will make you laugh through the film.

Overall: Laugh Along Funny.

Every Time I Die (2019) Movie Review

Director: Robi Michael

Writer: Gal Katzir, Robi Michael (Screenplay)

Starring: Drew Fonteiro, Marc Menchaca, Melissa Macedo, Tyler Fleming, Michelle Macedo

Plot: When Sam is murdered in a remote lake, his consciousness begins to travel through the bodies of his friends in an effort to protect them from his killer. This dark passage leads him on a greater journey – discovering his own true identity.

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Every Time I Die starts when Sam (Fonterio) gets to go on a weekend retreat with his ex-girlfriend Mia (Melissa Macedo), her new boyfriend Tyler (Fleming) and Sam’s best friends Jay (Menchaca) and Poppy (Michelle Macedo), only he is haunted by the death of his little sister, until Tyler confronts him and murders him.

Sam’s mind wakes up in the body of Jay’s as he looks to stop the killer from hurting the rest of his friends.

Thoughts on Every Time I Die

Characters – Sam is the man that sees the love of his life moving on with her own, while living with the regret that he never managed to save his little sister, when he gets into a fight, he is murdered, leading him to transport into the body of one of his friends to try and capture his murderer. Jay is the friend that Sam returns inside, where he is the best friend that welcomes Sam to the time away. Mia is the ex-girlfriend that Sam is still in love with, she has her own new boyfriend while still have feelings for Sam. Tyler is new boyfriend that doesn’t take too kindly to Sam being around, or the returns.

PerformancesThe performances in the film are strong with each actor bringing the change required when it comes to having Sam take over their body.

StoryThe story here follows a young man that finds himself murdered, only to wake up in a friends body, needing to prove who killed him before they go after his friends. This is an interesting idea for a story, because it dives deep into the ideas of reincarnation and protection of friends, while showing difficult it could be to convince someone of a bigger problem of a murderer going around. It keeps us guessing into who Sam will return into and why there is such a big plot point around what happened to his younger sister. You will be kept guessing and it will ask bigger questions about life too.

ThrillerThe thrilling side of the film does keep us guessing to what will happen and how the truth could come out.

SettingsMost of the film does remain inside the retreat location, which will offer different perspectives of the characters.


Scene of the Movie – Sam’s true identity.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – It does bring us a slower start, with everything taking longer to get into the mystery.

Final ThoughtsEvery Time I Die is an interesting thriller that will keep us guessing, with strong performances throughout, only it does take a while to get going.

Every Time I Die will be available across all major streaming and Digital Platforms from 26th October

ABC Film Challenge – Horror – E – The Evil in Us (2016)

Director: Jason William Lee

Writer: Jason William Lee (Screenplay)

Starring: Debs Howard, Danny Zaporozan, Behtash Fazlali, Ian Collins, Kylee Bush, Marina Pasqua, Tatyana Forrest

 

Plot: While on a fourth of July holiday, six best friends fall victim to the insidious plan of a mysterious organization when they are unknowingly transformed into bloodthirsty cannibals.


Tagline – Worst. Trip. Ever.

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Blood Splatter Fans

 

Story: The Evil in Us starts when six friends Brie (Howard), Steve (Zaporozan), Bash (Fazlali), John (Collins), Trish (Bush) and Roxanne (Pasqua) head to a family holiday home for the 4th July celebrations, while the young people have fun, the police are busy investigating a series of murders which has left the one victim still alive.

When John starts acting strange, we learn that he did have a connection to the murders and the cult around the vacation home keeping people locked up only leaves us waiting to see what will happen when everything gets unleashed.

 

Thoughts on The Evil in Us

 

Characters – Brie is the newest member of the friends, she is the girlfriend to Steve and this vacation is the chance for her to meet his friends for the first time, she is in the position where she needs to be on the friendly side of things compared to the banter heavy friendship between the rest. Steve is the one that brings his girlfriend to meet his friends for the celebrations, this will be a problem for most of the friends, we barely learn anything about who they are, Bash is the one whose return they are celebrating while John is the one with the connection to the previous incident. The other two woman are slutty one and the one we barely even learn their name.

PerformancesThe friends do have good chemistry together which is important for the film and the actors only make this happen, they don’t have too much else to do which does hold back certain parts of their performances.

StoryThe story follows six friends dealing with something that turns them into cannibalistic crazed humans willing to eat their own friends as the problem spreads. Now this is an interesting enough idea, it works, the problems come from watching the police investigate the previous incident which shows us the aftermath of what could happen and showing the group behind what is happen conducting their experiments. We are given too much information for what should be a bloody horror with elements that could be bought into the story much later to give us a shocking reveal.

HorrorThe horror comes from what happens to the characters when they become raged looking for blood which see us get the blood required to make this shocking when friends are the ones which turn.

SettingsThe film keeps us in a couple of settings, the remote vacation home gives us the isolation needed for the characters, while the group with the experiments shows us how secretive they must be.

Special EffectsThe effects in the film are wonderful, we get to see the full brutality of the wounds inflicted upon the characters through the film.


Scene of the Movie –
Unleashed first moment between friends.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Too many side stories not connecting.

Final ThoughtsThis is a bloody filled horror that has plenty of positive points, the problem start when we are forced to focus on too many subplots which drags us away from the main action.

 

Overall: Bloody horror delight

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