For the Love of George (2018)

Director: Maria Burton

Writer: Nadia Jordan, Hayley Nolan (Screenplay)

Starring: Nadia Jordan, Rex Lee, Rosanna Arquette, Tate Donovan, Kristen Johnston, Shaun Sipos

 

Plot: Romantic Comedy about a jilted wife who leaves her cheating husband in England and sets off to LA hoping to meet who she believes is the perfect man – George Clooney.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Smile Inducing Rom Com

 

Story: For the Love of George starts in England, where Poppy (Jordan) is preparing for her husband’s birthday, only to learn about his affair, packing her bags and heading to LA to see friend Justin (Lee) and search for George Clooney.

Extending her stay in LA in hope to bump into George as we see how her obsession with finding the perfect man starts to make her question her own decisions as she see Dr Faye Carter (Arquette) and psychic Sara (Johnston) showing the extremes she will go to find her place.

 

Thoughts on For the Love of George

 

Characters – Poppy is the married journalist, she has always tried to look after her husband, but learning of his affair she heads to LA to start a fresh. She sets herself an unrealistic goal in finding a new man and other tasks to keep her mind of her marriage collapse, this is a good character that shows how one person whose life can be shattered by an affair, leaving them lose in the next stage of their life. Justin was the wedding planner for Poppy, he offers her a place to stay in LA, he gives her a new option to how life could go as they are both looking for a dreamy guy.

PerformancesNadia Jordan takes on both the lead role and writing credits here, she is good in this role as her character does go through the emotional changes as the story unfolds. Rex Lee is good because he brings us the fun character that gets laughs through the film. the cast is good through the film, each characters get the laughs needed for the film.

StoryThe story follows one lady whose life is turned upside down after learning of an affair, seeing what she does to recover is interesting as it shows how life could go in a new direction for her making her happy, it shows that if you get the chance you should always take it, but you will need to learn the different between realistic and unrealistic dreams.

Comedy/RomanceWhen it comes to comedies, you need to make the audience laugh, this will make you laugh through the film without any problems. The romance side of the film shows the aftermath of a marriage and what new romantic ideas it could open, ones you want or ones you don’t.

SettingsThe film is set in LA, which seems to make sense when it comes to trying to track down George Clooney, we get plenty of reference to why Poppy could be a fish out of water with the different culture she is entering too.


Scene of the Movie –
Pumpkin drive.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Is it that easy to get a therapist in LA?

Final ThoughtsThis is an enjoyable romantic comedy, it will make you laugh at times and make you think about life when needed. It has a good cast that perform well and will leave you with a smile.

 

Overall: Great romantic comedy

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ABC Film Challenge – Oscar Nomination – F – Full Metal Jacket (1987)

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Writer: Stanley Kubrick, Michael Herr, Gustav Hasford (Screenplay) Gustav Hasford (Novel)

Starring: Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D’Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey, Dorian Harewood, Kevyn Major Howard

 

Plot: A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.


Tagline – An Epic Story of the Vietnam War

Runtime: 1 Hour 58 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: The Epic We Know

 

Story: Full Metal Jacket starts as we follow the Marine training under the brutally strict Gny. Sgt, Hartman (Ermey) who puts the recruits through intense training, Pvt Joker (Modine) is one of these marines, it is Pvt Leonard ‘Gomer Pyle’ Lawrence (D’Onofrio) that takes the highest level of abuse from Hartman. Upon graduation Gomer has reached his limits and is ready to snap, showing just how far the training can drive someone.

Joker goes to Vietnam to be part of the journalist side reporting on the war as a soldier, his unit are meant to be writing stories to inspire the soldiers to continue the fight. Joker takes Rafterman (Howard) to write a story where they end up with Animal Mother (Baldwin) and his unit showing the horrors of war.

 

Thoughts on Full Metal Jacket

 

Characters – Private Joker is the one telling us the story, from training to the front in Vietnam as a journalist soldier, he barely sees combat until his latest story where he final gets to experience the war first hand. Animal Mother is one of the marines that Joker meets along the way, he doesn’t like the happy-go-lucky personality that Joker shows because he knows the true horror of war. Private Leonard ‘Gomer Pyle’ Lawrence is the biggest victim of the abuse from the drill instructor, he gets alienated from the rest of the trainees reaching his limit before snapping, showing us that the training methods can destroy a soldier before he even steps foot in war. Gny Sgt Hartman is the drill instructor for the marines, he is brutal in his techniques which causes Leonard to go too far. He does possess some of the greatest insults in any military movies.

PerformancesMatthew Modine is great in this role, he shows the light-hearted attitude towards war as well as the horror when he ends up in the middle of it. Adam Baldwin does a good job as thee soldier ha wants the highest body count. Vincent D’Onofrio is truly brilliant in his role, you feel like you are understanding his emotional evolution during the film. R Lee Ermey stuns dominating the screen with every single scene he is in, making a big impact on the genre.

StoryThe story shows the intense training before heading into Vietnam, it goes onto show how the soldiers would need to learn to think on their feet, while remaining united against the enemies ahead during the horrors of war. The training side of the film is the highlight of everything because it is a non-stop intense display of how the training happens. Once in Vietnam it does feel just like most war dramas, following the unit through the different war scenarios they must deal with. The story will remain up there with the very best without a doubt.

War The genre is always a difficult watch, we know the war was real, we know millions lost their lives in conflict which ever war we talk about, this was Vietnam and was just like the rest shocking and disturbing to the people in the middle of it as well as fighting in it.

SettingsThe settings put us in the middle of the war and the training, you can’t fault the settings which come off perfectly.


Scene of the Movie –
Leonard pushed too far.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Is there one? No.

Final ThoughtsThis is considered one of the greatest movies of all time and you can see why, it is flawless in how every scene unfolds, has the most brutal training regime you will ever see and shows the horrors of war.

 

Overall: Powerful Masterpiece from the master.

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Flay (2018)

Director: Eric Pham

Writer: Matthew Daley (Screenplay)

Starring: Elle LaMont, Violett Beane, A Michael Baldwin Johnny Walter, Dalton E Gray

 

Plot: After the death of her mother, an estranged daughter struggles to save her brother, and those around her from a malevolent faceless spirit.


Runtime: 1 Hour 34 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Suspenseful Horror Mystery

 

Story: Flay starts as we learn the legend about a Native American that put a curse on a chain before being murdered by the incoming Americans. Move to present day and Moon (LaMont) returns home after the mysterious death of her mother, needing to rebuild her relationship with her young brother River (Gray).

Back in her family home, Moon starts to experience strange visions after making contact with the chain and soon she must find a way to stop the curse from spreading through her family.

 

Thoughts on Flay

 

Characters – Moon left her family home at a young age after a damaged relationship with her mother, not she must return to help after her mother’s death, only to find herself needing to battle against a spirit desperate for vengeance from beyond the grave. River is the younger brother of Moon, he had to remain at home to take care of his mother through her own demons, he hands around stoners that are dopey idiots and for the first half of this film you will hate this character. Billy is the neighbour, family friend and one of the only people Moon knows when she returns.

PerformancesElle LaMont in the leading role is good, she is everything we would come to expect in a leading lady on horror, able to play the broken while looking beautiful at the same time. Dalton E Gray does a good job to make us hate his character, but understand why he is acting the way he is, this can be hard to get right, he gets it just right. The rest of the cast are good for their own parts without needing to do too much with their characters.

StoryThe story follows a family that must reunite after a death in the family only to find themselves being haunted by an ancient spirit who is out to kill people in an act of vengeance. The rebuilding of the family is by the book stuff, the siblings that clash is an arc which works for horror, being explained about the spirit in the opening sequence works too. Where some of the story goes missing is the characters never getting to learn about the curse and the spirits motives. The final act does feel rushed after a build up which has played out at a different pace too.

Fantasy/Horror/MysteryThe fantasy helps with the horror as we learn about the spirit that has come for our victims, which does only add to the mystery for the characters over the audience as we know what is going on,

SettingsThe settings used keep us contained with the small town, where everyone seems to know everyone, which increases the worry about the deaths.

Special EffectsThe effects are a mixed bag, there was one moment which look fantastic, but other moments don’t seem as strong.


Scene of the Movie –
The spirit strikes the friends.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The kids are so stupid and seemingly don’t have parents.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good horror that does have plenty of positives, we have a villainous character that would look frightening if it came for you. We do have a by the book character arc and a rushed finished, but the build up is the highlight of the film.

 

Overall: Good horror for the horror fans to enjoy.

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Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – The Facility (2012)

Director: Ian Clark

Writer: Ian Clark (Screenplay)

Starring: Aneurin Bardnard, Alex Reid, Chris Larkin, Amit Shah, Jack Doolan, Steve Evets

 

Plot: Seven volunteers find themselves fighting for their lives when a drug trial goes horribly wrong.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Missed Opportunity Here

 

Story: The Facility starts as seven volunteers Adam (Barnard), Joni (Reid), Arif (Shah), Morty (Evets) Carmen (Lourie), Katie (Roberts) and Jeb (Coleman) where they get a drug known as Pro9 with Dr Mansell (Larkin) conducting the experiment.

When something goes wrong, the subjects must now wait to see how they will be effected by the drug as each person gets different effects and who has been given the real drug or a placebo.

 

Thoughts on The Facility

 

Characters/PerformanceAdam is the post-grad student looking for a quick fix on cash, we follow his journey to the facility but otherwise learn little about him, this is going to be the case for all the characters. Joni is a young woman that has been going through different experiments so she knows the protocol, much like Morty, we also have a journalist, a student, a jock and Arif who could have been used better. The characters are easy to place in this film but not many get enough or any back story.

Performance wise, we have average at best performance through the film, nobody stands out or gets enough time to develop which is a shame but just not enough going on here.

StoryHere is the pitch, let’s lock seven people in a building, giving them a drug and see what happens as they start to go crazy, this sounds interesting it really does for a horror film, but in the end it just turns into a film that is desperate to find new ways to try and kill the victims without us needing or wanting to care about any of the subjects involved.

HorrorThe horror is there in idea but not in execution because everything just turns out to be flat when it comes to scares.

SettingsThe film is set inside one building but there is an easy escape which only disappoints because you don’t feel this is the experiment that can be contained.

Special EffectsThe effects are about how badly this film wants to have the extra gore kills but only fail while doing them.

Final ThoughtsThis is a bland horror that missed the marks, it has awful editing which just jumps around all over the place not making any sense to certain sequences either, the acting isn’t that good either and in the end you will forget this horror.

 

Overall: Poor horror that missed a chance to be great.

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Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

Director: Michael Moore

Writer: Michael Moore (Screenplay)

 

Plot: Michael Moore’s view on what happened to the United States after September 11; and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Interesting Documentary

 

Story: Fahrenheit 9/11 starts as Michael Moore considers how the early days of George W Bush presidential days, how his approval rating crashed and he went on holiday to avoid the storm, that change on September the 11th 2001 when the terrorist attack happened. Now Moore looks at first how Bush reacted to the news and secondly how he was able to fund his campaign believing the money came from Saudi Arabia.

We continue to learn how Moore believes the aftermath of 9/11 was kept working in favour of Bush as he used the war in Afghanistan to gain profit in the oil industry, this film is a documentary looking at what certain people do believe, which is worrying because we are left to wonder just what could be true.

 

Thoughts on Fahrenheit 9/11

 

Final ThoughtsAs time has passed since this movie was released, new parts of the story have been revealed. This does give us a one-sided discussion to what happened which is designed to open the doors to the controversial leader in Bush but it mostly just looking at how the war was fabricated over looking at the events of 9/11.

 

Overall: Watch for a one-sided history lesson

Rating 8/10