Love, Rosie (2014)

loveDirector: Christian Ditter

Writer: Juliette Towhidi (Screenplay) Cecelia Ahern (Novel)

Starring: Lily Collins, Sam Claflin, Christian Cooke, Jaime Winstone, Suki Waterhouse, Tamsin Egerton

 

Plot: Rosie and Alex have been best friends since they were 5, so they couldn’t possibly be right for one another…or could they? When it comes to love, life and making the right choices, these two are their own worst enemies.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Poor When Harry Met Sally Rehash

 

Story: Love, Rosie starts as we meet Rosie (Collins) on what should be the happiest day of her life, she looks back on her friendship with Alex (Claflin) who she has been friends with since they were 5. We start the flashbacks when they are 18 and the two have a drunken kiss on her birthday before both going their own direction when it comes to the dance.

Alex goes off to America to study at Harvard, while Rosie finds herself pregnant and keeping her baby, keeping that a secret from Alex. When the secret comes out the twos friendship stays strong with Alex living the life of luxury in America while Rosie raises her own daughter Katie back home.

As the years roll by the twos friendship has its up and downs like any relationship before we learn where the two find themselves having separate lives but being the go to friend when they need someone but this could be that they are cover up their own feelings for one another.

 

Thoughts on Love, Rosie

 

Characters/PerformanceThe Rosie character represents people who believed they had the perfect life planned out, only for something to change it in a completely different direction, one they are happy with but not the one they dreamed off. Alex is the best friend who can never announce his love but I do feel we needed to learn more about the life Alex lives other than just the women his dates. Ruby is a scene stealer in the best friend role and every time you see her you know there will be a laugh.

Performance wise I did feel that Lily Collins struggled to start with but she did grow into the role nicely, Sam Claflin is good in these romantic comedies, where he might not be the best at the comedy but knows how to get a laugh. Jaime Winstone does make us laugh the most through the film while the girlfriends Alex have seemed too beautiful to be part of this story.stars

StoryLove is a story we all like to watch unfold and this story filled with almost moments for these two comes along nicely as we have been there with the person we think could be perfect for us when they are not available missing our chance of that love. I did find myself enjoying this movie more than I thought I would.

Comedy/RomanceWe don’t have silly over the top comedy instead we get nice gently nods to comedy which I did like in comedy. The romance is mostly about who you could be with and knowing how you do love someone you can’t be with.

SettingsHere is where I have the biggest negative for this film, I couldn’t put my finger on where the film is set, I got told it is set in Ireland but everyone gets called English, and I also didn’t understand why Alex was always in night when talking to Rosie when it should be the other way around, I think.genre

Final ThoughtsI did like how this looks at miss loved between two people that are clearly meant to be.

 

Overall: I did enjoy this movie but I can see why the fans of the book don’t enjoy it.

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Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Monster Hunter (2014)

Director: Jack Heller

Writer: Tyler Hisel (Screenplay)

Starring: Kevin Durand, Lukas Haas, Bianca Kajlich, Nick Damici, Heath Freeman

 

Plot: An evil is unleashed in a small town when a logging company sets up shop in the neighboring woods.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Good Late Night Horror

 

Story: Monster Hunter starts as Sheriff Paul Shields (Durand) and his latest partner from the big city Donny (Haas) investigating mysterious hoof prints that walk like a man going through the town before vanishing in the woods. Paul and his ex-wife Susan (Kajlich) have been suffering since the accidental death of their son, in what is a religious heavy town.

With the town in fear believing there is some form of devil creature lurking in the town Sheriff Shields looks into American Folklore for answers that could be related to the Jersey Devil myth.

 

Thoughts on Monster Hunter

 

Characters/PerformanceSheriff Paul Shields is a grief filled man who lost a son, this has cost him his marriage but not his role in town, he now must use his skills to search for the mysterious creature lurking in the shadows. Donny Saunders in the new deputy in town, he comes from New York for a fresh start in a quieter town. Susan is the wife of Paul that has found herself being pushed away after the death of their son. The problem with a lot of the characters in this film is they are designed to fit the world but we don’t learn much else about their position in the town.

Performance wise, Kevin Durand in the leading role is a delight to see as he is always great in supporting roles and now he can step out on his own leading a film which he does a good job throughout. Lukas Haas is good in the supporting role through the film but doesn’t get enough screen time and Bianca just does feel out of place at times.

StorySmall town needing to defend themselves from an unknown creature, this works because it plays into folklore building on a mystery that has never been solved ‘The Devil’s Footprints’. It also shows us how the community would come together for safety putting aside their differences to fight a bigger threat. It may well be by the book stuff but if you like a horror then it is one to watch.

HorrorThe horror comes in the form of a creature feature style monster lurking around a small town in search of food which works for the horror side because the tension is picked up when needed but also willing to give the audience a breath when needed.

SettingsThe small town setting plays heavily into the direction of the film which becomes all the more enjoyable as we know it is the small community needing to fight back.

Special EffectsThe effects are good with the creature creation which we only seen in moments instead of just throwing it towards us early on, as we learn more we discover more of its design.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good creature feature that has one of the better final acts in the genre which keeps you on edge through each moment.

 

Overall: Good and enjoyable creature feature.

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Swelter (2014)

Director: Keith Palmer

Writer: Keith Palmer (Screenplay)

Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Alfred Molina, Mindy Robinson, Josh Henderson, Lennie James

 

Plot: Ten years after their casino heist, four escaped convicts trace their former partner to a desert town, where he is now a lawman with no memory of his criminal past.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Very Slow Thriller

 

Story: Swelter starts as we see how Bishop (James), Stillman (Van Damme), Boyd (Henderson), Cole (Bowler) who all tried to pull a Vegas robbery, Bishop escapes but loses his memory the rest spend time behind bars, 10 years later they are all free looking for Bishop who has become the Sheriff of a small town called Baker.

Stillman leading the way in search for Bishop to retrieve the money that was taken, causing chaos in the town, but when they learn of Bishop’s state they find themselves needing to find another way to find their money.

 

Thoughts on Swelter

 

Characters/PerformanceBishop is the former casino robber turned sheriff because of the memory loss he suffered on his last job, he does suffer nightmares about his past but never understands them, he must now save his town from his past. Stillman is part of the original casino team but now he wants it back, we don’t see what he is capable off early on in this film. Doc is the local doctor who does have a connection to Bishop’s past. The rest of the characters are what you expect for this genre and setting.

Performance wise, Lennie James is good but mostly like a Morgan we have known before, Molina is fine in his supporting role giving us what we know he can do. Jean-Claude Van Damme is the mystery in this because most of his role is sitting and watching what is going on.

StoryThis story does follow the traditional idea of the one lone member of a gang doesn’t do time for a robbery and once the rest are released they come back to get what they think is theirs’. This does have a slight twist on that idea because the free one has lost their memory and the returning group know that violence isn’t going to be the answer. The reality is most of this film feel very slow moving.

Action/CrimeThe action is fine mostly fights but nothing fancy with the crime story mostly being about the characters involved.

SettingsThe small town does help for the story and help build the town of small town people through the generic side of things.

EffectsThe small effects needed are all fine and never over complicate anything.

Final ThoughtsThis is a thriller that just lacks that punch needed and completely wastes having Jean-Claude Van Damme.

 

Overall: Lacklustre disappointing thriller.

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Chef (2014)

Director: Jon Favreau

Writer: Jon Favreau (Screenplay)

Starring: Jon Favreau, Sofia Vergara, John Lequizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Oliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Downey Jr

 

Plot: A head chef quits his restaurant job and buys a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Food Adventure

 

Story: Chef starts as we meet a once hotly tipped chef Carl Casper (Favreau) working for Riva (Hoffman) in his high-class restaurant. When a critic is due to attend, Carl wants to go big but gets talked down by Riva, this leaves him with a negative review. Carl finds himself becoming an internet sensation with this review by Ramsey Michel (Platt) going viral.

Carl finds himself out of a job but with a chance of big money, but his ex-wife Inez (Vergara) pushes him join her and their son Percy (Anthony) on a trip to Miami hoping to see Carl recapture his love for cooking. Looking to reclaim his reputation Carl gets a food truck to bring his flavours around Miami and this brings him closer to his own son and his true passion cooking.

 

Thoughts on Chef

 

Characters/PerformanceCarl is a chef that had a reputation of being edgy and brilliant but over time he has fallen into a normal routine in a restaurant, he now needs to prove he is still edgy and a food truck will help prove this. Inez is the ex-wife that still supports Carl in his decisions and understanding his problems. Martin is the loyal friend of Carl that gives up his job to follow him on the food trip. The rest of the characters include the boss who is more interested in money that fresh food, the film critic, the son that is feeling left out and the other people that help Carl redeem himself.

Performance wise, Favreau is good in this leading role as well as being great of director, John Leguizamo is always great in supporting roles and this is no different. Emjay Anthony is good in what is an all-star cast to. The cast are all good through the whole film.

StoryThe story shows how one man can lose his reputation but regain it by returning to his routes, so basically like any actor or director in Hollywood. There is obviously more to this film too as we get a father and son bond growing after years of a distant relationship but the food element shows if you are passionate about anything you can enjoy it from any position.

ComedyThe comedy is light and when needed as the film is more of a road trip adventure drama.

SettingsWe get plenty of iconic locations through the film as we learn the different foods that make different parts of America famous.

Final ThoughtsThis is an enjoyable food based road trip learning about different famous dishes from around America.

 

Overall: One that is enjoyable for all.

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Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – The Joker (2014)

Director: Greg Francis

Writer: Doug Buchanan, Greg Francis (Screenplay)

Starring: Beau Mirchoff, Ron Perlman, Giancarlo Esposito, Titus Welliver, Michael Eklund, Ron Eldard, Halston Sage

 

Plot: When you become a detective in Warsaw Indiana – you go to Poker Night, where you play against some of the best cops in the business. They tell you stories about their time on the job – their successes and failures. When new Detective Stan Jeter leaves the game, he is caught by a vicious psychopath and locked in a basement. Using the stories he heard at Poker Night, he must match wits against his captor – and save not only himself, but the young girl trapped in the basement with him. Like Seven and Usual Suspect, Poker Night combines thrills and twists and turns that will leave you guessing till the very end.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Complicated Crime Horror

 

Story: The Joker starts as Stan Jeter (Mirchoff) recounts what has happened after a poker night, where the shit hit the fan. The poker game is played between the biggest cops in town, Calabrese (Perlman), Bernard (Esposito), Maxwell (Welliver), Cunningham (Eldard) and Davis (Large). These cops trade stories about their biggest busts as Stan the rookie gets to learn lessons from the other cops.

Stan finds himself being abducted by a masked killer that has two rules, have sex with little girls and kill anyone who gets in the way. As Stan looks to survive his situation he always remembers the stories told by the rest of the cops.

 

Thoughts on The Joker

 

Characters/PerformanceStan Jeter is the rookie cop recently becoming a hero cop, which has gotten him to the high ranking cops poker night to learn their stories. He also must look for his own safety as he finds himself one of the latest victims of a serial killer. Calabrese, Bernard, Maxwell, Cunningham and Davis are the cops telling the stories and are all good characters.

Performance wise, Beau Mirchoff does struggle in this leading role against the bigger named supporting cast but mostly just because his character is stuck in three different stories and times. The rest of the cast does what they need to without being anything special.

StoryThe story here finds us going through plenty of stories as the rookie hears all about veteran cops best stories while needing to fight a serial killer. The problem here is we have too many stories going on as we hope they do all connect by the final act, the way this is told is mostly a mess though.

Action/Crime/HorrorWe have moments of action with the weak fight sequences or chases, this does help with the crime side of the story too and if we had focuses on just one part of it all we could have been sucked in, the horror is mostly about a serial killer do what he wants.

SettingsThe settings are not anything special with random basement or poker game.

Special EffectsThe effects are used well when needed but we don’t end up having too much going on with them.

Final ThoughtsThis is a messy film that just spends too much time trying to get to the interesting part of the story.

 

Overall: Plain crime horror movie.

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