One More Orbit (2020) Movie Review

Director: Terry Virts

Plot: As a tribute to Apollo 11 which took off 50 years ago -former astronaut Col. Terry Virts and crew depart from Cape Canaveral in an attempt to break the round-the-world speed record for any aircraft flying over the North and South Poles.

Runtime: 1 Hour 12 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: One More Orbit starts as we meet former astronaut Col Terry Virts, who is looking to honour the Apollo 11 mission by putting together a team of pilots to try and break the world record for round-the-world speed flying over the North and South poles.

We get to see the plan and follow the crew on their attempt, which will see them having to face different problems along the way.

Thoughts on One More Orbit

Final Thoughts One More Orbit is a documentary that will put focus on the vision of trying to break world records, using the memory of one of the greatest achievements of all time Apollo 11 mission as the motivation to target this mission. The plan is set out, with moments to look at each locations historical impact of the Apollo 11 mission, being part, we have the international crew, proving that working together will be the reason any of this could be achieved, not one country should get the credit for what was trying to be achieved. The biggest problem with the mission, is the fact that everything runs smoothly, it is a record that doesn’t have any major peril moments, it is just a routine attempt to break a record, which isn’t going to be the most thrilling thing we could expect to see. We can’t take away the record itself, it is an incredible achievement, that we could have all watched along during the attempt and is the movie that spends the most time in Mauritius that I have ever seen.

Head over to the website for more information on the journey and check out the movie yourself from 6th October.

 

Occurrence at Mills Creek (2020) Movie Review

Director: Don Swanson

Writer: Don Swanson (Screenplay)

Starring: Ava Psoras, Alexa Mechling, Betsy Lynn George, MaLynda Parker, Carley Ward, Joe Fishel

Plot: Haunted by the death of her sister, a young woman’s reality erodes as she is plagued by a darkness hidden in her family’s past.


Tagline – A family secret is about to surface.

Runtime: 1 Hour 24 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Occurrence at Mills Creek starts as a family reunites after the death of their mother, Clara (Psoras) looks to take responsibility for her younger sister Cassandra (Mechling), only for an accident to take her away from her, leaving Clara guilt ridden by what happened.

When death continues to follow Clara, she turns to the loved ones around her for support, but deep down, she is still seeing things that can’t be explained the way that makes sense.

Thoughts on Occurrence at Mills Creek

Characters – Clara has seen her mother die suddenly, her young sister die in an accident, followed by her father, her distant family member come to comfort her as she needs to fight the guilt she is experiencing everyday to learn the truth about what has been around her. Cassandra is the young sister that passes away in an accident, she still visits Clara, helping drive into Clara not acting like herself. We do meet loved ones who will help and try to guide her in the right directions.

PerformancesAva Psoras in the leading role is the strongest part of the film, with her showing us everything her character is going through, with the rest of the cast being strong throughout the film.

StoryThe story here follows a young woman that finds her life turned upside down by a string of deaths in her life, with the events continuing to haunt her. This is an full feature of a short of the same name, where it builds on the original story of the grief Clara is going through, it looks into the bigger mystery, with the bigger problems, while still keep the core ideas of the story together.

HorrorThe horror in the film comes from seeing how Clara is being haunted with different stages of seeing people from her life.

SettingsThe settings do takes away from the Creek, which is where the major part of the story took place in the short, it does show us where the normal life for Clara goes after the events, but how she is drawn to it.


Scene of the Movie – The truth night.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The Instagram undertaker.

Final Thoughts This is a horror film that does build upon the short story, with a bigger mystery behind the deaths coming through.



ABC Film Challenge – Animation – O – The Oddsockeaters (2016)

Director: Galina Miklinova

Writer: Galina Miklinova (Screenplay) Pavel Srut (Book)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Krystof Hadek, Jan Maxian, David Novotny, Ondrej Trojan, Marek Taclik

 

Plot: The Oddsockeaters are small creatures, who live alongside us humans and are responsible for socks that go missing when we only have one left from a pair – the odd sock. They eat socks, but only one from each pair.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 23 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Little Animation

 

Story: The Oddsockeaters starts as we learn about the creatures known as the Odd Sock Eaters, that live amongst humans in the shadows, they steal and eat just one sock from humans though. Young Hugo sees his grandfather fade away, which means he must travel across town, only to find himself in the house of an inventor who has been hunting them out.

In the house Hugo meets his Uncle the Big Boss a fear Sock Eater, with his own kids Tulamor and Ramses. Hugo must learn the methods to survivor the big world which only sees Big Bos’s past come back to haunt him in Spike Riser.

 

Thoughts on The Oddsockeaters

 

Characters – Hugo is a young innocent Odd Sock Eater that must travel across town to meet his family who will teach him the ruthless world of hunting and rival gangs, he will need to prove his worth to his Uncle to stay in his household. Big Boss is his Uncle that has set the strict rules about not stealing both socks. Spike Riser is the rival that used to be part of the gang, he broke the rules and now has his own gang known as the Blades. Bladette is the female sock eater who just becomes the damsel in distress. We have twin brothers in Tulamor and Ramses who are always out to impress their father.

StoryThe story follows the creatures known as Sockeaters that steal the human socks to eat, they are invisible to people, we follow an innocent young sockeater that gets caught in the battle between two gangs that want control of the city. Here we learn how biter rivals can cost family’s and how greed can consume any creature. The gangs creature do feel generic, but it is still a lot of fun to watch this story.

Adventure/FamilyThe adventure side of this film takes Hugo a young sockeater across the city to learn about what the others in town do when they eat socks, this shows him entering the big world, which is like how the family side of the film comes along, by seeing how the creatures work as a family, make mistakes and get the odd bit of slapstick for the humour needed.

SettingsThe film is set in a city, not sure which one, but we get to see the different locations they hide out in being an apartment or under a bridge.

AnimationThe animation does have its own unique look which does make this film feel that extra little bit enjoyable.


Scene of the Movie –
The rescue.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The story does feel very busy at times, which could put the young audience off.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun animation that could get a laugh from most of the audience, it has a nice meaning and pokes fun at a real issue, losing socks.

 

Overall: Fun and enjoyable.

Rating

 

 

ABC Film Challenge – Romance – O – Once Upon at Time in the Midlands (2002)

Director: Shane Meadows

Writer: Paul Fraser, Shane Meadows (Screenplay)

Starring: Robert Carlyle, Shirley Henderson, Ricky Tomlinson, Kathy Burke, Rhys Ifans, Finn Atkins

 

Plot: After seeing his ex-girlfriend (Henderson) turn down a nationally televised marriage proposal, a small-time crook (Carlyle) returns to his hometown to try and win back her heart.


Tagline – A tinned spaghetti western

Runtime: 1 Hour 44 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Nice Little English Rom Com

 

Story: Once Upon a Time in the Midlands starts when a dysfunctional family Charlie (Tomlinson) and Carol (Burke) appear on a national TV show to try address their problems and are joined by her friend Shirley (Henderson), she gets a surprise when her boyfriend Dek (Ifans) proposes to her on national TV, leading to her saying no.

This appearance grabs the attention of her ex Jimmy (Carlyle) a criminal now living in Scotland to return to try and win her heart again. With Jimmy’s return the street is thrown into chaos with friendships being tested and relationships pushed to the limits.

 

Thoughts on Once Upon a Time in the Midlands

 

Characters – Jimmy is a criminal living in Scotland, when his latest job gives him a chance to return to the Midlands to try and win back his ex and his daughter, he has a reputation of being violent, but does he deserve another chance or not, is he a changed man or not. Shirley is the woman caught in the middle of everything, she is living with Dek, she had a child with Jimmy, she loves both men and isn’t sure where she wants her heart to go, even if Jimmy is wrong for her in every way. Dek is the new partner of Shirley who has helped raise her child, he has his own business and is always out to make sure they have everything they need in life, he becomes threatened by Jimmy’s return making him act out of character. Charlie and Carol are both caught in the middle of this knowing they have a past with Jimmy, but see the positives Dek has bought to the family for Shirley.

PerformancesRobert Carlyle as the bad boy criminal is a perfect casting choice, it is a role he made famous in Trainspotting and he does bring a calmer version to us here, which is everything needed for the film. Shirley Henderson is a delight to watch, we believe the hard times she has been through and the difficulties she has been facing in life. Rhys Ifans is funny to watch in his role, where he brings us a more clean cut father figure in Shirley’s life. The supporting cast is great to watch with plenty of laughs coming from them.

StoryThe story here follows an everyday group of friends including couples living in the midlands, whose lives get turned upside down by the return of the disruptive influence that wants to make up for his past mistakes. This does show us how the lives of the people in the working class Midlands is, they support each other, but will stay loyal to loved ones, only for this to put everybody in a difficult decision spot when Jimmy return. We do see how people can seem like they were always trying to do the right thing only for them to not have changed and been selfish. Everything flows nicely for the story to unfold, which does help connect everything together too.

Comedy/RomanceThe comedy mostly comes from the supporting characters, we get plenty on how the people react to everything going on, the romance shows us just how difficult the life of Shirley has become with the man she once loved returning to compete against the man who has loved her and put her life in order.

SettingsThe film is set in the Midlands, this helps us understand how the people involved live and how they are making the most of their everyday lives.


Scene of the Movie –
The knockout punch.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It seems to forget one part of the story.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun British comedy that has an excellent cast and a realistic look at how relationships can be complicated.

 

Overall: Funny moments throughout.

Rating

 

 

Open 24 Hours (2018) Movie Review

Director: Padraig Reynolds

Writer: Padraig Reynolds (Screenplay)

Starring: Vanessa Grasse, Brendan Fletcher, Cole Vigue, Emily Tennant, Daniel O’Meara

Plot: After setting her serial killer boyfriend on fire, a paranoid delusional woman gets a job at an all-night gas station.

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Thriller Keeps You Guessing

Story: Open 24 Hours starts when recently paroled Mary (Grasse) is looking to get a job, with her finding one in a nightshift in an all-night garage, she is suffering from visions of her past, which we only learn small amounts about, with her parole officer Tom Doogan (O’Meara) trying to put her back on the right path and her best friend Debbie (Tennant) supporting her on her first night.

As her first night starts, a storm hits, alone in the market, she starts to feel the uneasy with someone watching her, with the typical late night traffic coming through. Is Mary being stalked, or is she just seeing her nightmares come to life again.

Thoughts on Open 24 Hours

Characters – Mary is on parole after setting her boyfriend on fire, after learning about his true identity, she is trying to put her life back together, starting with just a job, only she is constantly haunted be the actions she witnessed, she simply can’t shake the feeling of being haunted, followed and stalked by the victims. Bobby is the fellow employee that checks up on Mary through the night, offers friendship in the new role, giving her someone to talk to about the problems in her life. James is the boyfriend that has been haunting Mary for years after the incident between the two, his actions led to Mary’s breakdown and now she doesn’t know what is real or not.

PerformancesVanessa Grasse as the leading lady does show us a performance that is filled with paranoia and fear, never letting us truly believe which side of the events are real. Brendan Fletcher, Emily Tennant and Daniel O’Meara fill the support cast up well, with Cole Vigue being the ex that isn’t letting Mary go, he feels disturbing through the whole film, no matter whether he is here or not.

StoryThe story here follows a young woman who is trying to put her life back together after her time in prison, only to continue to be haunted by the man that drove her to commit the crime in the first place, we see her first night on a job, when she gets a visit from an unwanted guest. This is a story that does try to keep us guessing to whether Mary is seeing things or whether James has returned to continue his killing spree with Mary being forced to watch. We get a fine balance between the two ideas, with us guessing well, only we have a couple of glimpses that don’t give away enough towards one of the direction. The fact this all happens over one night doesn’t help, because you would have thought a serial killer would have played things out smarter, if he is as calculated as it is implied he is or was and if it is just in her head, certain acts don’t make sense. While certain parts might not make complete sense, if you just watch for a story that does keep you guessing, you will enjoy this one.

HorrorThe horror in this film is the highlight, the brutal side of the actions of the killer brings buckets of blood, with uncomfortable scenes when it comes to his torturous actions.

SettingsThe film does use one main setting, the all-night gas station, being night it means the visitors are few and far between, it does created an isolated feeling and has the shadows for the killer to be haunting.

Special EffectsThe effects are very strong, with the kills looking as brutal as they are meant to be, not shying away from showing the full effect in action.


Scene of the Movie – First day drop off.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The final scene.

Final Thoughts This is a nice horror thriller that does keep us guessing, even if we do get one too much attempts to spin what is truly happening.

Overall: Interesting Thriller.

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