Fugue (2018) Movie Review

Director: Tomas Street

Writer: Tomas Street (Screenplay)

Starring: Jack Foley, Laura Tremblay, Mike Donis, Kristen Da Silva, Michael Lipka

Plot: Amnesic Malcolm struggles to put the pieces of his life back together and begins questioning those closest to him in this puzzle of memory and identity.

Tagline – Who do you think you are?

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Fugue starts when Malcolm (Foley) wakes up without the memories of his life, his wife Helen (Tremblay) helping fill him in with the blanks of their life together, the small stories about them, until that night they get attacked, with Malcolm waking up not remembering anything.

Malcolm starts a new story, leading us to discover that people are trying to get a safe open in his life, with a code he can’t remember.

Thoughts on Fugue

Final Thoughts Fugue is a film that follows one man who is suffering from amnesia and finds himself being forced into giving up a code for a safe, he doesn’t remember each day, which will show from how the story is willing to shuffle to the timeline on everything we see. We do keep going through the different ideas of what might be happening with twists around each scene. The performances through the film are strong with Jack Foley in the leading role, showing us the strength of his character and the uncertainty required. The mystery we are looking to solve does keep us guessing, but we don’t seem to learn enough by the conclusion of the film, leaving a lot of empty loose ends to everything we have been watching.

Most Likely to Murder (2018) Movie Review

Director: Dan Gregor

Writer: Dan Gregor, Doug Mand (Screenplay)

Starring: Adam Pally, Rachel Bloom, Vincent Kartheiser, John Reynolds, Doug Mand, Didi Conn

Plot: A home for the holidays murder-mystery comedy – former high-school hero Billy (Adam Pally) comes back to his hometown expecting things to be like they used to. Instead, he finds all his friends have moved on, and his ex (Rachel Bloom) is dating the former high school outcast (Vincent Kartheiser). So, Billy becomes obsessed with proving the outcast is actually the killer behind a mysterious local death. It’s like Rear Window – for stoners.

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Flat Comedy

Story: Most Likely to Murder starts when Billy Green (Pally) returns home after time in Vegas where work hasn’t gone the way he had hoped, with him looking to come back to his old lifestyle in his small town, where he finds his old-flame married, his high school crush Kara (Bloom) no longer as childish as him and now dating his neighbour Lowell (Kartheiser).

When Billy is drunk, he believes he witnesses Lowell, murder his mother and decides to go in search of answers to prove the man his love is with, it a dangerous man, while the rest of the neighbourhood has great respect for Lowell.

Thoughts on Most Likely to Murder

Characters – Billy is a slacker in life, he had big dreams, but he never took his life seriously and has returned to find everyone he grew up with moved on with their lives, after a night of too many drinks, he believes he has solved a murder, only for this to be the reason why more people turn on him. Kara is the old flame of Billy’s from high school, she has started dating Lowell and does see the good in his behaviour around the town. Lowell is someone that Billy used to pick on through high school, he has built himself a reputation of being a nice guy around town now though, even if he does become the target of Billy’s investigation.

PerformancesAdam Pally does make his character as unlikeable as he could be, which is part of the point of his character. Rachel Bloom and Vincent Kartheiser fill the supporting role well through the film.

StoryThe story here follows a slacker as he returns home, he finds everybody moving on with life, while he is trying to solve a potential murder, only to see more of the town turn on him, as he looks for the truth. This is a movie about trying to relive childhood memories and needing to learn to take life more seriously if you ever want to get the most out of it. We do get the message about not messing with other people’s lives too.

ComedyThe comedy in the film is not the strongest part, with most jokes not working to the highest level.

SettingsThe film uses a small town, which is designed to help bring back memory lane.

Scene of the Movie – The truth.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Billy isn’t likeable in anyway.

Final Thoughts This is a comedy that misses on the comedy more often than it hits, with a story that is trying to play into the Rear Window and misses that idea with a twist.

Overall: Comedy without a punch.

Acquainted (2018) Movie Review

Director: Natty Zavitz

Writer: Natty Zavitz (Screenplay)

Starring: Giacomo Gianniotti, Laysla De Oliveira, Rachel Skarsten, Jonathan Keltz, Adelaide Kane

Plot: After old acquaintances run into each other at a bar, they each begin seeing each other and question their own respective long-term relationships.

Runtime: 1 Hour 41 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Acquainted starts when Drew (Gianniotti) and Emma (Oliveira) meet on a night out, the two were former acquaintances and both are involved in long term relationships, but they have a friendship that sees them wanting to spend time together.

Drew has just bought a home with his girlfriend, looking to decorate it in their own style, while Emma is looking to move to Montreal for her latest part of education, one which might see her moving away from her boyfriend Alex (Ablack), both people’s lives are about to change, now they need to decide what they would like most in their future.

Thoughts on Acquainted

Final Thoughts Acquainted brings us into the modern view of love, seeing how two people could meet at random and believe they are in love, only to have a problem about being together, being involved in a relationship with other people. It shows us how people can be taking the biggest stage of their lives, but someone could make them rethink this decision, even if it is just a spark, that could throw away something they have had for years. It is strange that the characters are not the nicest, as you see how they are so desperately trying to cheat on each other’s partners even if they know it would be wrong. It never offers up enough of the idea that people could be friends, showing that people can throw away something stable for the unknown. The acting through the film is strong with Giacomo Gianniotti and Laysla De Oliveira taking the leading roles well through the film.

ACQUAINTED (VOD/DVD Release 12/8/20)

Bigger (2018) Movie Review

Director: George Gallo

Writer: Andy Weiss, George Gallo, Brad Furman, Ellen Furman (Screenplay)

Starring: Tyler Hoechlin, Julianne Hough, Kevin Durand, Victoria Justice, DJ Qualls, Aneurin Barnard

Plot: The inspirational tale of the grandfathers of fitness as we now know it, Joe and Ben Weider. Facing anti-Semitism and extreme poverty, the brothers beat all odds to build an empire and inspire future generations.

Tagline – He Created Fitness As We Know It, Together They Changed the World

Runtime: 1 Hour 47 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Bigger starts as we learn how Joe Weider (Hoechlin) and his brother Ben (Barnard) have turned to learning about fitness, with Joe wanting to make his own magazine to help people have a healthy body, not just one that has muscles like magazine tycoon Bill Hauk (Durand) has been running for years.

As Joe continues to face Anti-Semitism from the rivals, he continues to build an empire, one that will see the pair become the most iconic names in the world of fitness.

Thoughts on Bigger

Characters – Joe Weider grew up with his brother in poverty, in his childhood he will find himself getting into trouble, before learning about fitness, looking to help create a healthy living not just for the naturally gifted, but for everyone who wants to improve their fitness. He creates a magazine, one that is meant to be looking for the positives, despite having competition that is looking to use dirty tactics to bring him down. Betty is the beautiful model that sees what Joe is trying to create, becoming his wife and muse with his creation. Bill Hauk is the rival muscles and fitness publisher, he does it for the wrong reason, looking to cash in on people’s looks over their fitness, he tries to use every trick in the book to bring down Joe. Ben is the brother of Joe, he will think more along the lines of making money from his ideas, often keeping his brother’s ideas grounded. We do get to meet different icons of the industry through the film too, which will help us understand how much Joe did to make it a bigger, more iconic event.

PerformancesTyler Hoechlin in the leading role is great, this is easily his strongest performance of his career to date, showing the uncomfortable social skills Joe had. Julianne Hough looks the part, not making her character fit into the brackets you might imagine, while Kevin Durand is great as the villainous rival.

StoryThe story here follows a poor boy that grew up loving and studying fitness, before coming up with his own ideas on how important it is, how anyone can do it, breaking ideas put in people’s heads to try and bring the art of bodybuilding to centre stage, while not looking down on people that just want to get into better shape. This is an interesting look at one man who wouldn’t stop looking into his dream, not for the stardom, but for the better of everyone else, with his theories now being part of the major culture, we get to see how two people would be against each other when it comes to being the most popular, and how one focuses on the work, over the greed. This will help prove how keep plugging away will be the thing that would help you achieve something more from your dreams.

BiopicJoe Weider helped shape fitness for the generations to come, this puts the spotlight on how hard he worked, how much he sacrificed and risked making his dream a reality.

SettingsThe film does take us over most of his professional life, which will see us taken to plenty of different settings, each one showed us the next step in his career.

Scene of the Movie – Meeting Arnold Schwarzenegger.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – We could have seen more from Ben’s side of the rise.

Final Thoughts This is a movie that will put the spotlight on one of the more unknown genius behind making bodybuilding more popular and showing us it was for more than just his own gain.

Signature Entertainment presents Bigger on Digital HD 26th October

ABC Film Challenge – P – Horror – Piercing (2018) Movie Review

Director: Nicolas Pesce

Writer: Nicolas Pesce (Screenplay) Ryu Murakami (Novel)

Starring: Christopher Abbott, Mia Wasikowska, Laia Costa, Maria Dizzia, Olivia Bond, Wendell Pierce

Plot: A man kisses his wife and baby goodbye and seemingly heads away on business, with a plan to check into a hotel, call an escort service, and kill an unsuspecting prostitute.

Tagline – Practice Doesn’t Always Make Perfect

Runtime: 1 Hour 21 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Falls Short

Story: Piercing starts when Reed (Abbott) leaves his wife Mona (Costa) and baby daughter for work, checking into a hotel room, he is planning on killing a random prostitute, when she arrives, he has the whole technique planned out to work perfectly. The prostitute he receives is Jackie (Wasikowska) who goes through what they could do, which soon sees her stabbing herself, giving Reed his chance to complete his murder.

When the night takes another twist, Reed isn’t prepared for what Jackie has planned for him, something that will completely shock him.

Thoughts on Piercing

Characters – Reed is a businessman, husband and wife that has been hearing a voice telling him who to kill, his latest is a prostitute, he has planned everything, only to find himself struggling when things go wrong. Jackie is the prostitute that has been called for the night with Reed, she has her own vices, which ruin the plans for Reed, she self-harms, which sees her needing help through the night. Mona is the wife of Reed who has seen her husband go off to work, while she looks after their baby.

PerformancesChristopher Abbott and Mia Wasikowska are both solid enough through the film without needing to do that much more in the film, it relies on the weird over anything else.

StoryThe story here follows a man that hires a prostitute with plans to kill her, only for the night to take a dramatic twist. Now with this story, things do come off very strange, it seems like it is going one direction, only for it to go another and leave us feeling kind of empty with everything that happens, this is a story that wants to explode, only it just seems to fizzle out to nothing.

Horror/MysteryThe horror in this film is more about what could happen, rather than anything happening, with a mystery about who is talking to Reed, which never seems to get answered.

SettingsThe film uses the hotel rooms mostly for the settings, which show how the murder could happen, learning the environment, only for nothing else to come from this.

Special EffectsThe effects in the film are more about almost seeing violence, only it doesn’t seem to be a strong as it should be.

Scene of the Movie – The preparation.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The final act.

Final Thoughts This is a horror mystery that starts so promisingly, only for it to end up not doing much once it gets going.

Overall: Fizzles Out.