Cloistered Honey (2012)

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Director
: Laura Lewis-Barr

Writer: Laura Lewis-Barr (Screenplay)

Starring: Carrie Lee Patterson, Steve Ratcliff

 

Plot: While trying to avoid a hive of moody bees Abe must convince his runaway wife, Helen, to come home from an empty monastery. ‘Cloistered Honey’ is a mystery, a love story, and an exploration of what we believe and why.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 25 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Wonderful Examination of Relationship

 

Story: Cloistered Honey starts as Abe (Ratcliff) has tracked down his wife Helen (Patterson) who has runaway to random monastery to help care for the bee hives. Abe is trying to figure out what drove Helen to leave him as we follow the two through the scientific, philosophical and emotional discussion to learn what the two scientists now have in different.

 

Thoughts on Cloistered Honey

 

Characters – Abe and Helen are a once happily married couple, who specialise in science, now Helen has turned to religion for answers about where she wants her life next, Abe challenges her new look on life, as he still follows the scientific beliefs. The two are reasonable about their discussion showing both their cards on the situation they are facing, proving to feel like a real couple going through a bump in the road.

PerformancesThis is a performance driven movie, we only have the two stars in Carrie Lee Patterson and Steve Ratcliff, they must work well together for this movie to work and they do deliver through the film.

StoryThe story here follows a couple that have found a bump in the road and must come together to talk about the situation they find themselves in, learn about the mistakes they may have made in the past or face a future apart. The story comes off honest, it doesn’t play into the hands that either one has made a terrible mistake rather than needs to take notice of smaller details. The way the story comes off could easily become a play, because if you want an wilder known example of something similar with different discussion, think Carnage, which is about the performance of a story being told.

Comedy/RomanceThe film does have moments of comedy, which more often than not come from Abe trying to be funny but tackles the romance people will have for each other.

SettingsThe film keeps the singular location which makes sense while the discussion between the two people are making.


Scene of the Movie –
The bee time.

That Moment That Annoyed Me We could have had a slightly more broken look about Abe to start with.

Final ThoughtsThis is a very good look at how relationships can need discussing which feels like a sensible look at how things can be discussed rather than rushing into rash decisions.

 

Overall: Smartly written relationship drama.

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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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Jean-Claude Van Damme Weekend – Dragon Eyes (2012)

Director: John Hyams

Writer: Tim Tori (Screenplay)

Starring: Cung Le, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Johnny Holmes, Peter Weller, Sam Medina

 

Plot: In St. Jude, drug dealers and corrupt cops have destroyed an urban neighborhood. But newcomer, Hong, has the fighting skills and moral vision to save this town from itself.


Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Simple Action Film

 

Story: Dragon Eyes starts as Hong (Le) gets taken under the mentorship of Tiano (Van Damme) while in prison, once released he heads to St Jude, a rough neighbourhood with waring drug dealers who are destroying the lives of the innocent residents in the area.

Creating a war between the two sides, Hong finds himself targeted by the main kingpin between the two Mister V (Weller) who uses him to clean up the messes he has, but Hong wants to bring down the whole system which involves corrupt police and everything.

 

Thoughts on Dragon Eyes

 

Characters – Hong is a mysterious stranger that locates himself in the middle of the St Jude drug war, he rises up the ranks to make an impact on gangs becoming the go to man for Mister V, but he refuses to kill people and has been training for his own form of revenge. Tiano trained Hong in prison, he taught him how to handle himself in conflict which lets him go into battle against the gangs. Mister V runs the drug movement in the area, he has the police under his fingers and is willing to go to all ends to make sure his money continues to come in.

PerformancesCung Le handles the combat side of the film well, never looking out of place, but his dialogue delivery sometimes leaves something to the imagination. Van Damme is barely in the film, he is used in the flashbacks to learn the training. Peter Weller enjoys the villainous role which is the highlight of the storytelling of everything.

StoryThe story here plays out like one man sets to bring down the drug culture in a small town but not everything goes to the plan. The way the story is told does feel messy because it jumps between timelines making us unsure which is the current timeline, until we are well into the film. the story is just like you would expect a film based on the action to turn out like though.

Action/Crime The action in the film is good for entertainment because we have the action that never challenges the audience. The crime world we enter works too because we see how hopeless it feels for the people.

SettingsThe main setting in the film is St Jude, a drug filled crime area of town which needs cleaning up, this isn’t the worst, but it could be anything you want it to be in a location.


Scene of the Movie –
Final showdown.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The way the story is told.

Final ThoughtsThis is a solid enough action movie, it ticks the boxes needed but never ends up looking as polished as it could have been.

 

Overall: Easy to watch.

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Frankenweenie (2012)

frankDirector: Tim Burton

Writer: John August (Screenplay) Leonard Ripps (Original Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Winona Ryder, Robert Capron

 

Plot: Young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences.

 

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Verdict: Charming Animated Film

 

Story: Frankenweenie starts as we see the movies Victor makes for his family with his loveable dog Sparky, Victor makes remakes classic films with his toys that show his loneliness of the world he lives in. when the science project comes around Victor’s father does him a deal, try sport and you can enter the project.

Victor agrees but Sparky always the playful character chases after the ball running in the road being killed, breaking Victor’s heart. Victor inspired by his teacher decides to work on his next project, bring Sparky back to life using the power of electricity.

When the other students learn about Victor’s project they turn to him to help them bring their pet back from the dead but things soon get out of hand in the town.

 

Thoughts on Frankenweenie

 

StoryThe story being told is one of the most difficult situation people and especially children must go through, the loss of a pet. The spin comes with the idea of being able to bring them back to life which all works as the desire for more time with a lost pet will always come through. I do think this story works very well with plenty of references to classic horror stories with the dawn of horror and dealing with losing pets.

Animated/Comedy/FamilyThe animation being used is the trademark of Tim Burton and works to keep it unique to the industry. The comedy comes from poking light hearted fun at the classic horror films with the family element coming from the persona situation these children would have to go through, each one compliments the others perfectly.

Characters The characters are all believable for the world created where they all create and are named after famous characters from other films that are all moulded to be. I liked and understood all the characters through the film as they all work to continue the telling.

SettingsThe settings created make us feel like we are in a beautifully created world that only these characters would live in making gothic horror world come to life.

Final ThoughtsThis is a charming tale giving us the most important life lesson as a pet owner, you will outlive your pet no matter what you do.

 

Overall: Enjoyable animated film that is full of Tim Burton’s quirk.

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Franchise Weekend – The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption (2012)

Director: Roel Reine

Writer: Brendan Cowles, Shane Kuhn (Screenplay) Randall McCormick (Story)

Starring: Victor Webster, Billy Zane, Ron Perlman, Selina Lo, Dave Bautista, Krystal Vee

 

Plot: Since his rise to power, Mathayus’ kingdom has fallen. Now an assassin for hire, he must defend a kingdom from an evil tyrant and his ghost warriors for the chance to regain the power and glory he once knew.

 

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Verdict: Funnier Sequel

 

Story: The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption starts where a disgraced Mathayus (Webster) is in search of a worthy death not that he has lost his kingdom and love, now he fights for money and honour with Horus (Perlman) hiring him to take out his brother Talus (Zane) a man trying to conquer the land. Mathayus is sent with European warrior Olaf (Christopher) who helps save a princess Silda (Vee) for King Ramusan (Morrison).

But this easy looking adventure takes a turn in the search for Cobra before Mathayus must come up against ghost warriors in Argomael (Bautista), Zulu Kondo (Ferguson), Tsukai (Lo) to free the kingdom from war.

 

Thoughts on The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption

 

Characters/PerformanceMathayus is now older which is good because now this is a sequel to the original as we see how he has fallen from grace but is still a brilliant warrior. Silda is the plucky warrior woman starting her own revolution against the evil ruler. With Talus being the over the top cowardly ruler that will never get his hands dirty. Olaf adds most of the laughs in this film with the ghost warriors all have a great look about them.

Performance wise, Victor Webster is solid in the leading role being an improvement on the last outing but never reaching Johnson level. Krystal Vee makes for yet another beautiful warrior but Billy Zane is way to over the top for this role. The early role for Dave Bautista does show how far he has come though. If you are looking to see a lot of Ron Perlman you will be disappointed.

StoryThe story follows what happens once Mathayus has fallen from the top returning to his warrior ways for money. Finding him stuck between two sides in the battle also works and it could be argued that this is the best story yet from a Scorpion King film.

Action/AdventureThe action is almost painfully choregraphed with the adventure side of the film going the wrong direction. The fantasy side does work in places with the ghost warriors.

SettingsThe settings once more could have just been anywhere with no location sticking out.

Special EffectsThe special effects are fine as the film cuts back on them mostly returning just to hand to hand combat.

Final ThoughtsThis story is good but the poorly directed action, poor acting and repetitive action gets tiresome quickly.

 

Overall: Another part of this franchise where you don’t need to see anything else beforehand.

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