Indecent Proposal (1993)

indiDirector: Adrian Lyne

Writer: Amy Holden Jones (Screenplay) Jack Engelhard (Novel)

Starring: Robert Redford, Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson, Seymour Cassel, Oliver Platt, Billy Bob Thornton, Rup Taylor, Billy Connolly

 

Plot: A millionaire offers $1,000,000 to a young married couple for a night with the wife.

 

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Verdict: Good Little Drama

 

Story: Indecent Proposal starts as we meet young newlyweds Diana Murphy (Moore) and David Murphy (Harrelson) who have been high school sweethearts who believed everything was going to go their way but once the recession hits they find all their dreams shattered with money becoming the serious problem after they both lose their jobs.

Wanting to make the money quickly they head to Vegas where they learn the good and bad side of gambling industry where they lose their remaining money after making it big. Their fortunes change when they bump into high roller billionaire John Gage (Redford) who shows them the life of luxury.

Gage offers the young couple $1 Million for one night with Diana, this gives the couple an almost impossible choice but we are left wondering just whether they could come to a deal or not. Making the deal we get to see how David and Diana deal with the night and the consequences of this decision.

 

Thoughts on Indecent Proposal

 

StoryThe story does give us one of the ultimate moral questions that any married couple could face to solve their monetary problems. We also get to see how they could become broken once the night is done. We get to see how the love between two people can be tested to the extremes as they need to solve their problems. The major issue I have with this story is that this couple have set an unrealistic dream in the first place putting themselves in the mess they find themselves in which a normal person wouldn’t end up finding themselves in.

Drama/RomanceWhen you look at the romance side of this story you get to see how a married couple with all the love in the world can be led astray by someone catching their eye even if it is the money that draws them apart. We get to see how undying love with always prevail whatever you have been through.

Characters/PerformancesDiana and David are the typical Hollywood couple with their unrealistic attempts to make their life the dream even though their love is all they need. John Gage is a man who believes he can buy anything but must learn that he can’t buy the one thing he wants. When you look to the performances everyone is great here with Woody Harrelson has the broken man, Demi as the naïve women dreaming of more and Robert Redford as the business man who can get all.

SettingsThe settings show us the difference in the lifestyles of the married couple and the billionaire which are used brilliantly as we see how Diana gets to look at a different life.

Final ThoughtsI see this film as one of the interesting films from the past that could be done on so many other levels with new technology but can be enjoyed by all.

 

Overall: Good drama about love, money and decision making.

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Insomnia (1997)

insomniaDirector: Erik Skjoldbjaerg

Writer: Erik Skjoldbjaerg, Nikolaj Frobenius (Screenplay)

Starring: Maria Mathiesen, Stellan Skarsgard, Sverre Anker Ousdal, Giskenn Armand, Kristian Figenschow, Thor Michael Aamodt

 

Plot: In a Norwegian city with a 24-hour daylight cycle a Swedish murder investigator has been brought in on a special case. Sleep deprived, he makes a horrible mistake which is discovered by the killer he has been hunting.

 

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Verdict: Tense Thriller

 

Story: Insomnia starts with the brutal murder of the young woman Tanja (Mathiesen) before we see the Swedish investigator Jonas Engstrom (Skarsgard) arrive in Norway to help solve this crime with his partner Erik Vik (Ousdal). With the first piece of evidence discovered Jonas uses it as bait to hopefully draw the killer out, but with mist covering the area the killer is lost in the mist and Jonas finds himself in a foot race firing his gun randomly at what he thinks is the killer only to discover he has shot his own partner.

Covering up his own crime Jonas returns to look for the killer with the clues leading him to author Jon Holt (Floberg).

Insomnia is the original before Christopher Nolan cast Al Pacino and Robin Williams in the American remake, so going into this one I knew the basic story. I was surprised to see this film being much darker character made out of Jonas who just didn’t seem to want to play by any of the police rules when in the remake we get a cop that breaks the rules to get a conviction only. The killer just doesn’t feel very intense with the interactions just not hitting the true potential.

I can see why this helped inspire the remake and I can see just how it can stand out as one of the better dark thrillers out there.

 

Overall: Dark tense thriller that shows just how to cope with a mistake that can change your life.

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 75

 

The Intern (2015)

internDirector: Nancy Meyers

Writer: Nancy Meyers (Screenplay)

Starring: Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo, Andres Holm, JoJo Kushner, Andrew Rannells, Adam DeVine, Zack Pearlman

 

Plot: 70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin.

 

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Verdict: Delightful Drama

 

Story: The Intern starts as we meet Ben (De Niro) a retired widower who is struggling to find motivation in life even if he is getting to do all the things he never had time. When Ben discovers a flyer asking for Senior Interns he applies to work at an internet company to keep himself busy.

When Ben gets the role as the Intern he gets to work under the owner and founder of online fashion site Jules Ostin (Hathaway). Finding Jules very cold Ben continues to keep himself positive and learns odd jobs around the office becoming popular around the office.

Ben watches and learns about Jules as he sees how she is struggling to keep her company together and find time for family time with her husband Matt (Holm) and daughter Paige (Kushner). The longer the two spend time together Jules learns that Ben could help her with her problems.

The Intern shows just how important respecting all the generation within the work environment can be important with their own experiences be it elder members of the office helping with the getting respect while the young understand all the tech talk. This story shows how strong business woman can be vulnerable and elder business man can find enjoyment from helping the next generation succeed.

De Niro is brilliant in this role where he plays the role so calmly and effortless, Hathaway also gives us a great performance and when it comes to the supporting cast they get most of the laughs without Adam Devine going too over the top with his comedy either.

 

Overall: Brilliant comedy drama that hits all the marks with brilliant performances and story.

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Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Inanimate (2015)

inanimateDirector: Alec Gillis

Writer: Alec Gillis (Screenplay)

Starring: Lance Henriksen, Matt Winston, Camille Balsamo, Giovonnie Samuels, Mick Ignis Winston James Francis

 

Plot: A group of grad students have booked passage on the crabbing boat Harbinger to study the effects of global warming on a pod of Belugas in the Bering Sea. When the ship’s crew dredges up a recently thawed piece of old Soviet space wreckage, things get downright deadly. It seems that the Russians experimented with tardigrades, tiny resilient animals able to withstand the extremes of space radiation. The creatures survived, but not without mutation. Now the crew is exposed to aggressively mutating organisms. And after being locked in ice for 3 decades, the creatures aren’t about to give up the warmth of human companionship.

 

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Verdict: The Thing Rip Off

 

Story: Inanimate starts when Sadie (Balsamo), Stephen (Winston) and Ronelle (Samuels) join Sadie’s grandfathers Graff (Henriksen) crabbing ship as they look to work on tag whales for their research. What the team finds is a crashed Soviet space craft with dead astronauts.

As the team investigate the find in greater detail they discover that certain parts of the bodies have led to mutations. The group on the ship find themselves trapped on the ship with a parasite that can get into anything leaving us in the middle of what feels like The Thing on water.

Inanimate brings us what can only be called The Thing on Water because the concept is all about finding something from space that is frozen only for it to get defrosted and being able to shapeshift into anything to kill or take over anyone on board. We keep meeting different human villains that all come and go before we really get to see enough of them to truly hate them with their decision making. The parasite shapeshifting creature is a very good creation but we see what it is very early which will take away the suspense of not knowing fully what they are up against. This really doesn’t give us enough for what it is meant to be giving us.

 

Actor Review

 

Lance Henriksen: Graff is the captain of the ship who brings his grand-daughter onto the ship for her college research. When they discover an object in the ocean he allows it to be bought on-board where the team investigate what it is only to find themselves having to face a monstrous parasite searching for food. Lance gives us the performance you would expect without being stand out.

Matt Winston: Stephen is the professor with the research team, he lets them do their thing until they make the discovery only for him to want to use his name to become famous, he fast becomes the human villain of the film. Matt does a good job making us hate his character early on.

Camille Balsamo: Sadie is the grand-daughter that joins the ship to help her research at college, she finds the object, brings it on board and researches what has been discovered. She is the one that learns about the parasite and just what it is capable off. Camille is good but doesn’t become the dominate character you need here to be.

Reid Collums: Bowman is the trusted member of the team that takes a shine to Sadie as he helps her with her research, he becomes the gunslinger with the only protection against the parasites. Reid gives us a safe supporting performance that just doesn’t make the impact needed.

Support Cast: Inanimate has the generic supporting disposable characters who really don’t get time to make an impact in the story.

Director Review: Alec GillisAlec gives us a thriller that just doesn’t capture the tension required for the subject involved.

 

Horror: Inanimate has good horror elements but just isn’t scary when it comes to the final product.

Sci-Fi: Inanimate has the idea of a sci-fi film with where the object and creature has come from but that is it really.

Settings: Inanimate keeps all the action on the ship making our characters feel trapped with nowhere to run.
Special Effects
: Inanimate has good special effects at times with the creature creations but then we do have a couple of bad moments too.

Suggestion: Inanimate is one to try, it is short which makes it an easy watch but it doesn’t reach the tension levels needed. (Try It)

 

Best Part: It is short.

Worst Part: ‘We’re gonna need a bigger bucket’

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: The Thing, Thaw

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 22 Minutes

Tagline: Terror is just beneath the surface.

 

Overall: Disappointing thriller that just doesn’t capture our attention.

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Idle Hands (1999)

idleDirector: Rodman Flender

Writer: Terri Hughes, Ron Milbauer (Screenplay)

Starring: Devon Sawa, Seth Green, Elden Hensen, Jessica Alba, Vivica A Fox, Christopher Hart, Jack Noseworthy

 

Plot: A teenage slacker’s right hand becomes possessed with murderous intent.

 

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Verdict: Dull Lacklustre Comedy Horror

 

Story: Idle Hands starts as we meet three stoner teenagers Anton (Sawa), Mick (Green) and Pnub (Henson) who live in a small town that is in the middle of a serial killer rampage. With his parents gone missing Anton thinks nothing of this before coming to the shocking conclusion the killer is inside his house.

The killer is actually his own hand which he no longer has control over and goes on to kill his best friends. Anton must find a way to defeat his own evil possessed hand get the girl Molly (Alba) and stop demon hunter Debi (Fox) from killing him.

Idle Hands is a horror comedy that plays into the simplest levels of comedy that might have worked at the time but has dated now. The whole idea of having the evil hand can’t help but make us feel like we have seen it before at a higher level in the Evil Dead 2. Nothing about this film really does come of original or memorable which disappoints throughout.

The cast are all very much over the top with the three guys being the normal nonsense teenagers while Jessica Alba is left to be the overly sexualised female lead. As for the supporting cast, we barely get to meet most of them for long enough to make an impact.

 

Overall: Horror Comedy more like horror sleep fest

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