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ABC Film Challenge – Romance – U – The Unicorn (2018) Movie Review

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Director: Robert Schwartzman

Writer: Will Elliott, Kirk C Johnson, Nicholas Rutherford (Screenplay) Robert Schwartzman (Story)

Starring: Lauren Lapkus, Nicholas Rutherford, Lucy Hale, Beck Bennett, Dree Hemingway, Beverly D’Angelo

Plot: An indecisive couple facing the fourth year of their engagement finally decides to take the next big step and have a threesome.

Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Unicorn starts as Malory (Lapkus) and Caleb (Rutherford) are on a vacation which will see Caleb re-propose to Malory, only to find they are stuck in routine, they decide to try and spice things up on a night out, only to find themselves draw into try a threesome, first with a woman, then with a man, deciding whether it will help them move on with life.

Thoughts on The Unicorn

ThoughtsThe Unicorn is a film that is about a couple trying to figure out what they want with their future over one night, with their wild night turning into wondering whether they would go through with a threesome or not. This does seem like there is a lot of filler that just seems to be the same thing going over and over, making the discussion that is going on. The acting isn’t bad, the leading pair both bring the quirky figures through the different events, while the supporting cast make the most of their limited scenes. We do get the message about finding someone that loves you to make you happy, but it takes too long to get there.

Final Thoughts The Unicorn is a basic comedy about being in love and following the traditions at your own pace.

ABC Film Challenge – Romance – G – The Competition (2018) Movie Review

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This is under G because of the Gena character in the film.

Director: Harvey Lowry

Writer: Kelsey Tucker (Screenplay)

Starring: Thora Birch, Chris Klein, Claire Coffee, David Blue, Gabrielle Stone, Jason Tobias, Tiffany Fallon

Plot: The main character (Thora Birch) follows the “PIG Theory” and ends relationships after six months in order to avoid heartache until she meets a man (Chris Klein) who wants to disprove her theory.

Runtime: 1 Hour 43 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Competition starts when Calvin’s (Klein) boss Gena (Coffee) challenges him to help her sister Lauren (Birch) shake the pig theory, where relationships should end after 6 months before heartache.

The two do hit it off, while creating a competition between the two, showing that five of Calvin’s friends wouldn’t cheat with temptation around them, if they don’t, Lauren must give up the pig theory blog, if she loses, but if she wins, Calvin has to write a forward for her book.

Thoughts on The Competition

ThoughtsThe Competition is a romantic comedy that will show how people have started to follow trends instead of following their hearts when it comes to love. This does put the competition as an early bonding moment in the relationship between the two, rather than holding it back as part of a game, which is could easily have become. It will show that you don’t always know the people you are closest too, with their actions in life either. The story will follow the generic formula, that was always only going to be going one direction, pushing to make Lauren change her mind about love, almost showing her to be the flawed person, without getting to the reason why she believes in this theory. Thora Birch and Chris Klein are both great in the leading roles, getting plenty of laughs along the way and it is great to see the pair back on the big screen.

Final Thoughts The Competition is a by the book romantic comedy.

Teen Titans GO! to the Movies (2018) Movie Thoughts

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ABC Film Challenge – Animation – T- Teen Titans GO! to the Movies (2018)

Director: Aaron Horvath, Peter Rida Michail

Writer: Michael Jelenic, Aaron Horvath (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Greg Cipes, Scott Menville, Khary Payton, Tara Strong, Hynden Walch, Will Arnett

Plot: A villain’s maniacal plan for world domination sidetracks five teenage superheroes who dream of Hollywood stardom.


Tagline – Because if Aquaman can get a movie, anyone can.

Runtime: 1 Hour 24 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Teen Titans GO! To the Movies starts as we meet the Teen Titans, Robin, Beast Boy, Cyborg, Raven and Starfire. Who are all trying to be taken seriously by the world and the more famous superheroes, including Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman.

As the teens look to find their own arch-nemesis, they are caught up in the middle trying to get their own movie. Which will test their own friendship before finding their own place in the world.

Thoughts on Teen Titans GO! To the Movies

Teen Titans GO! To the Movies is a movie that will bring together plenty of the humour with the target of the younger audience, as well as having plenty of adult humour and winks to the DC universe and even the Marvel. We do get a clever story on how one of the sidekick characters who was desperate to have his own movie, poking fun at the over saturated superhero movie market.

There is a big heart about staying close to friends over one’s own success, each character is full of delightful entertainment, that will play into everything we have seen, getting laughs and showing a different side to characters we might have seen before.

Final Thoughts Teen Titans GO! To the Movies is a fun animation that gets to poke fun at the superhero movies of today.

 

Racetime (2018) Movie Review

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ABC Film Challenge – Animation – R – Racetime (2018)

Director: Benoit Godbout, Jean-Francois Pouliot, Francois Brisson

Writer: Claude Landry, Maxime Landry, Paul Risacher, Lienne Sawatsky, Daniel Williams (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Lucinda Davis, Dawn Ford, Don W Shepherd, Tod Fennell, Angela Galuppo, Sonja Ball

Plot: Ready, Set, Snow. Frankie and Sophie challenge newcomers Zac and Charlie to an epic sled race, only to break down right before the finish line. Convinced that Zac cheated, Frankie demands a rematch and raises the stakes by betting his team’s clubhouse. Frankie and the gang build a spectacular new race track and the stage is set for the biggest race of the season.

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Racetime starts as we meet a community of young snow sled racers. Frankie being the best designer and Sophie being the best driver. They have a clubhouse which will see all the kids in the community come together for entertainment to make and compete friendly with each other.

When new kids Zac and Charlie arrive in town, they get challenged by Frankie and much to Frankie’s surprise. Winning leaving Frankie investigating what happened, believing Zac cheated. Frankie challenges Zac to another race, one with bigger stakes, the clubhouse.

Thoughts on Racetime

Characters

Frankie spends his time designing sleds to use in races, he prides himself on being the best working with the community, even with his short temper. His competitive side will always get the best of him, putting his friendships on the line.

Zac is the new kid in town that has been working on trying to make an impact in the town. He does use cheating tactics, but he is filled with a loneliness that only one of the other kids gets to learn about.

Sophie and Charlie are the hotshot racers that often have the guys around the town doing anything for them. The supporting cast is filled with many different supporting characters. Each one will have their place in group, showing their importance to the friendship between the people in the town.

Story

The story follows a group of snow sled racers that have friendly competitions between each other. Until a new kid comes to town and offers up a new challenge. One that will push one kid Frankie to the limit of what he is willing to do to become the best in town.

This is a story that shows the importance of friendship while growing up. Showing people will make mistakes that can cause pain to each other. It is learning to adapt to mistakes that brings people together. We do also get the message that cheating never prosper. It is told in a nice way that will appeal to a younger audience, while still having a few adult jokes along the way.

Themes

Racetime is a family animated movie that has a wonderful design to make this enjoyable to watch. The different racecourses being involved in the races. Different character designs that will show the importance of friendship and understanding other people’s hardships. It does have something for everyone, even if it is targeted to the younger audience.

Racetime is a fun animated movie that family can all enjoy.

Blood Brother (2018) Movie Review

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Blood Brother is an intense thriller that will show the broken bond between friends

Director: John Pogue

Writer: Michael Finch, Karl Gajdusek (Screenplay)

Starring: Trey Songz, Jack Kesy, China Anne McClain, Hassan Johnson, Fetty Wap, Tanee McCall

Plot: The lives of two best friends take different paths when Jake goes to prison to protect his friends, and Chris turns things around to become a police officer. Released after 15 years, Jake seeks revenge against his friends.

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Blood Brother starts as we see how close Sonny and Jake were as youths. Before an incident sees their paths go down very different paths. Sonny (Songz) grew up to become a cop, with connections around neighbourhood. Jake (Kesy) serves time for murder.

Whan Jake gets released from prison he returns to the neighbourhood. Setting out on a mission to get revenge on Jake for what happened 15 years ago. Leading to Sonny needing to clear his name.

Thoughts on Blood Brother

Blood Brother is an action thriller that will see former friends going head to head after falling on different sides of the law after an incident in their past. This will have a nice pace about how everything unfolds. Showing the intense race across the town to stop the recently released criminal from committing more crimes. Exposing the truth about the young version of the cops involvement in the same incident.

The story is kept tight, while never seemingly letting more of the story breath, leading to the same interactions between the characters. Which do take away from the bigger picture that could come from the truth. The performances are good from the whole cast, nobody looks out of place in this one, they will give us the believable amount of resentment for what has happened too.

Edge of Isolation (2018) Movie Review

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Edge of Isolation – Tries Hard to be Edgy

Director: Jeff Houkal

Writer: Jeff Houkal (Screenplay)

Cast: Michael Marcel, Marem Hassler, Alexandra Peters, Monte Markham, Judi Barton, Diana Elizabeth Jordan

Plot: Stranded deep in the woods, a young married couple is taken in by an isolationist family, one that lives off the blood and plunder from lost hikers, and they want the couple to stay for the rest of their lives.

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Edge of Isolation starts when couple Lance (Marcel) and Kendra (Hassler) look for a remote getaway in the woods. Getting back to nature, a place where they can be alone and away from work.

When the pair have an accident, they find an overly friendly family. Mary (Barton), Ivan (Markham) and Vlad (Houkal) offering them shelter. It doesn’t take long before they learn they are in danger. Fellow captive Caitlin (Peters) offers to help them escape.

Thoughts on Edge of Isolation

Edge of Isolation is a horror thriller. One that will dive into the idea that people in remote locations have twisted nature. We see the couple who become trapped in a society that they can’t survive in. facing off against a loyal family that will do anything for family. Putting us into this environment, we see the survival battle. Using similar ideas that we saw in Wrong Turn. We get to see how becoming outnumbered will leave the couple needing to be smart. Going against what they know from the city life they have been living for years. It doesn’t seem to offer much new to the style of horror.

You can watch the movie HERE

Final ThoughtsEdge of Isolation is a standard horror, bringing little new to the table.

The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2018) Movie Review

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ABC Film Challenge – Sci-Fi – M – The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2018)

The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot is a very strange movie

Director: Robert D Krzykowski

Writer: Robert D Krzykowski (Screenplay)

Starring: Sam Elliott, Aidan Turner, Ron Livingston, Caitlin FitzGerald, Sean bridges, Ella Coltrane, Larry Miller

Plot: A legendary American war veteran is recruited to hunt a mythical creature.


Tagline – An American myth

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Strange Film

Story: The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot starts as an older Calvin Barr (Elliott) spends his time around town. The former war hero, dives into his memories where his younger soldier self (Turner) was involved in killing Hitler. While back home he started a life with his love Maxine (FitzGerald).

When Calvin gets a visit from local authorities, Flag Pin (Livingston) wants him to help investigate the mysterious murders happening up the country in the woodland area. With the belief it is a bigfoot, asking him to use his tracking skills to locate the creature.

Thoughts on The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot

Characters

Calvin Barr has lived an incredible life, he is looking back at his time in the war,.Where he used his tracking skills to kill Hitler, now in his later years. His government turns to him to hunt down a new threat on their own soil and while he continues to live with the pain of murdering a man. This lets him take his mind off things. Flag Pin is the government agent that turns to Calvin for help after hearing the legendary stories about the great man. Maxine is the woman a younger Calvin feel in love with. A teacher that brings new meaning to his life, only she isn’t around in his older life.

Performances: Sam Elliott in the leading role is the true star of the show, he shows a man living in a world a regret and sadness. Remembering the moments that made his life great. The rest of the cast is solid, letting Sam take centre stage.

Story

The story here follows a war veteran that is asked to go and hunt down a bigfoot that has been hunting down people in the wilderness. While he remembers his time in the war, where he hunted down Hitler. This is an interesting story because we get to see how an older man will look back at his life. Feeling different emotions including regret and loss, while still having pride for what he did. The title is mostly misleading because we don’t get enough time to focus on either the hunting of Hitler or Bigfoot.

Adventure/Sci-FiThe adventure does show the different locations that Calvin has had, be it during his war time and tacking bigfoot.

SettingsThe film uses the settings to show the different times in Calvin’s life, each one shows the different emotion he is going through.


Scene of the Movie – The hunting for Bigfoot.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – It doesn’t live up to the title.

Final Thoughts This is a strange film relies on the title, even though it dives more into the emotional factors rather than any of the hunting side of the film.

Overall: Too Strange.

 

The Amityville Murders (2018) Movie Review

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The Amityville Murders is an interesting look at the beginning of the Amityville Horror.

Director: Daniel Farrands

Writer: Daniel Farrands (Screenplay)

Starring: John Robinson, Chelsea Ricketts, Paul Ben-Victor, Diane Franklin, Lainie Kazan, Burt Young

Plot: On the night of November 13, 1974, Ronald DeFeo, Jr. took a high-powered rifle and murdered his entire family as they slept. At his trial, DeFeo claimed that “voices” in the house commanded him to kill. This is their story.

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Amityville Murders starts as we meet the DeFeo family mobster figure Ronnie (Ben-Victor), wife Louise (Franklin), eldest Butch (Robinson), Dawn (Ricketts) and youngest members Marc (Austin) and Allison (Brenner). Butch is planning on moving away to college, away from his abusive father.

As Butch starts seeing things around the home, as well as hearing noises. He starts to act strange, but he isn’t the only family member having unusual experiences in the home.

Thoughts on The Amityville Murders

Characters & Performances

Butch is the eldest son of the family, he is waiting for his chance to leave. His father piles pressure on him, while he is trying to figure out what to do with his life. Butch gets hit around by his father, which will see him suffering from what is going on around him. He will start hearing voices and noises around the home, leaving him questioning his own sanity.

Dawn is the eldest sister who often invites her friends over to the home. She doesn’t get blamed as often as Butch for any problems. Leaving her trapped in the home, without her father wanting her to mingle. She is very close to Butch, as they both want to move away.

Ronnie Sr is the father of the home, working for a mobster. He is very aggressive towards his family, controlling them whenever he can. His temper has caused the tension within the family, even if his cowers under his own boss. Even if he is family, most of the family are sick of the abuse he puts them through.

Completing the family is the mother Louise, who has been witnessing the abuse and wanting it to stop. We also have the younger children who don’t get as much abuse from their family.

The performance from John Robinson in the leading role is haunting. One performance that will show the pain and abuse he has suffered, mixed with the possession the house is known for. Paul Ben-Victor will make you hate his father figure, with his attitude towards his family. Chelsea Ricketts takes the eldest daughter role, which will see her taking what looks more like a final girl role in the movie.

Story

The story here follows the Defeo family who were the family killed in the Amityville home, before the most famous incident. The story will show the abuse suffered by the siblings in the home by their father. This is a strange story to follow, because we know how it is going to end. The journey getting to this outcome will throw in some half-assed supernatural tale. One we tend to get more focus on with the actual original Amityville Horror. Having seen most of Daniel Farrands other movies about real-life murders, this does come off as his best with ease.

Themes

The Amityville Murders is a horror thriller that will dive into the history of the Amityville. There will be a couple of low built-up tension filled moments, through the home. When we look at the location, it is the iconic Amityville home. The tension created doesn’t feel like it achieves enough though. This is because we already know the outcome and the horror involved. The movie can be found here

Surfer Teen Confronts Fear (2018) Movie Review

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Surfer Teen Confronts Fear is a flat drama that never feels finished.

Director: Douglas Burke

Writer: Douglas Burke (Screenplay)

Starring: Sage Burke, Douglas Burke, Gerald James, Analia Lenchantin

Plot: Surfing since as young as he can remember, at the age of 13, Sage is crippled by fear after suffering a wipeout on a huge wave. The wave slammed him to the bottom and held him pinned there without air until he nearly died. With his whole life still ahead of him yet now paralyzed by fear, Sage no longer surfs the waves. But unable to ignore the mystical and powerful pull of the ocean, he fishes in the surf, and finds more than he bargained for.

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Surfer: Teen Confronts Fear starts as a teenage Surfer finds himself scared to return to the water after an accident which saw a wave nearly crush him. The Surfer gets a visit from the ghost of his Father who tries to teach him about what to do next in his life and where it can take him, if he overcomes his fears.

This will send the Surfer on a journey to meet people who could help him recover his confidence to get back in the water.

Thoughts on Surfer: Teen Confronts Fear

Surfer Teen Confronts Fear is a drama that will end up falling very short on doing anything it is setting out to do. From the long opening speech between the pair, which sees the father figure stumble over his lines for the most part. No editing to correct anything, just correctly them on the fly.

This is meant to be a story that is looking to create inspiration to find confidence to overcome problems. This does seem like a personal project that you have to respect. It just doesn’t feel finished by the end of the movie, feeling flat and incomplete.