ABC Film Challenge – Random – O – The Overnight (2015)

Director: Patrick Brice

Writer: Patrick Brice (Screenplay)

Starring: Adam Scott, Jason Schwartzman, Taylor Schilling, Judith Godreche

 

Plot: Alex, Emily, and their son, RJ, are new to Los Angeles. A chance meeting at the park introduces them to the mysterious Kurt, Charlotte, and Max. A family “playdate” becomes increasingly interesting as the night goes on.

 

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Verdict: Slightly Awkward Comedy

 

Story: The Overnight starts as married couple Alex (Scott) and Emily (Schilling) move to LA with their son RJ, not knowing anybody Alex takes RJ to the park hoping to make friends for the both and it is the strange Kurt (Schwartzman) that they meet.

Getting invited by Kurt to meet the family with his wife Charlotte (Godreche) as Alex and Emily make new friends, but Kurt and Charlotte offer them a night unlike anything they could have imagined once the drinks and drugs take over.

 

Thoughts on The Overnight

 

Characters/PerformanceAlex and Emily are going through a move to a new city where they want to meet new friends. They have normal married life issues which can get exposed on this crazy night. Kurt and Charlotte are different to the people Alex and Emily know, they like to party and embrace people in their own way.

Performance wise, The four stars all do well but we all know they are capable better but this is slightly awkward to watch in places.

StoryThe story is short and simple two couples spend the night partying together as they learn to discover themselves as they make friends. This doesn’t have too much going on within the story though when you look into bigger picture.

Comedy/MysteryThe comedy is fine but doesn’t hit very often with the mystery only being about what Kurt and Charlotte want from the night.

SettingsThe film is mostly set in one house over the night which keeps the story easy to follow.

Final ThoughtsThis is an awkward to watch film is places, it isn’t one you could sit down and watch with other people.

 

Overall: Awkward is an understatement when you discuss this film.

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Little Evil (2017)

Director: Eli Craig

Writer: Eli Craig (Screenplay)

Starring: Evangeline Lilly, Adam Scott, Clancy Brown, Bridget Everett, Tyler Labine, Donald Faison, Owen Atlas

 

Plot: Gary who has just married Samantha the woman of his dreams, discovers that her six-year-old son may be the Antichrist.

 

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Verdict: Enjoyable Horror Comedy

 

Story: Little Evil starts with Gary (Scott) moving in with his new wife Samantha (Lilly) and her son Lucas (Atlas), Gary sees this new relationship with Lucas as a chance to make up for the lack of a father he has in his childhood. The problem comes with the fact Lucas doesn’t communicate with Gary and he has an awkward evil presence about him.

As the evil enters continue to grow around Lucas, Gary starts looking into the past relationships Samantha where the men have all met with unusual fates, Gary must now find a way to prove whether Lucas is the antichrist or not.

 

Thoughts on Little Evil

 

Characters – Gary is a real estate agent that gets married to a girl of his dreams Samantha, but he barely got a chance to know her son first. He finds it difficult to connect with Lucas and starts to believe he is the antichrist. He mostly sums up what it would be like being a new parent to a step child but to the extremes. Samantha is the woman Gary marries, the mother of Lucas, she just wants to have the two get along, but we don’t learn too much more about her. Lucas is the stepson in question, he is distant like you could imagine and doesn’t like Gary entering his life.

PerformanceAdam Scott is a comedian that can always be the best supporting character in a movie, but I have found he can struggle in leading role but here, he was the best thing in the film. Evangeline Lilly is good but doesn’t have much to do in the film, with Owen Atlas giving us a good performance from a child actor. We do have a mix in supporting performances where I did like Tyler Labine performance but I felt Bridget Everett tried too hard for an extra joke.

StoryThe story adds extra horror to the idea of becoming a step parent, we get to see how it starts with an extreme problem with each other and need to learn to accept each other. We do get plenty of moments which can poke fun at the horror genre following a play book but in the state the obvious feel to everything. the story is easy to follow and fun along the way.

Comedy/HorrorThe comedy is mostly about the idea of being a step parent and it all dives into the horror side of the it being what could have happened if it could be the worst.

SettingsThe small town shows us how the people will come together as step parents work together to improve and give knowledge on being the step parent.

Special EffectsThe effects are only used when needed and all work for the film even if the biggest moment could come off cheesy.

Scene of the Movie – Waterpark.

That Moment That Annoyed Me I feel the opening sequence gives too much away.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun horror comedy that gets the laughs out of the horror we would have seen in other films.

 

Overall: Fun enjoyable horror comedy.

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Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Krampus (2015)

krampusDirector: Michael Dougherty

Writer: Michael Dougherty, Todd Casey, Zach Shields (Screenplay)

Starring: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell, Emjay Anthony, Stefania LaVie Owen, Krista Stadler

 

Plot: A boy who has a bad Christmas ends up accidentally summoning a Christmas demon to his family home.

 

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Verdict: Christmas Cracker Nightmare

 

Story: Krampus starts with the opening credits showing the chaos of Christmas shopping before moving to meet the Engel family father Tom (Scott), mother Sarah (Collette) and children Max (Anthony), Beth (Owen). They are preparing for family visiting Howard (Koechner), Linda (Tolman) along with their children and Aunt Dorothy (Ferrell). What looks like a normal horrendous family holiday together takes a turn when we learn that Max’s letter to Santa is very personal about wanting things to come back to normal.

When a blizzard hits the family find themselves with no hot water increasing tensions and Beth leaving the house finds out that something terrifying is lurking outside their house. When Beth never returns Tom and Howard go searching and find themselves having to fight Krampus and all of his demons of Christmas to protect their own families.

Krampus is a horror fantasy comedy that is set at Christmas much like Gremlins did back in the 80’s. We get to see how a family Christmas is really just like normal with different parts of family coming together. I did like how this took a Christmas wish idea and take a twisted looking at how you need to be careful what you wish for. We get to see things happen we wouldn’t normal see in a Christmas film because the only characters we meet are the family making any victims being close to home. I really didn’t know where it was going which is always good in a horror movie making this one to add to the list of horror Christmas films.

 

Actor Review

 

Adam Scott: Tom Engel is the father of the household, he does spend a lot of his time travelling but this year has promised to stay home with his family. He doesn’t get along with Howard but deals with him to make Christmas work. He must step up when his own daughter Beth disappears and they have to fight Krampus and his helpers. Adam is good in this leading role even a slightly generic father character.tom

Toni Collette: Sarah Engel is the mother of the household, she is a neat freak and has to deal with her sister’s untidy family at Christmas. She will do anything to protect her son after her daughter goes missing. Toni makes for a good supporting character as always.sarh

David Koechner: Howard is the brother in law who is very loud and gun happy. He has never really seen eye to eye with Tom but the events of this night bring them closer than they have ever been. David gives what is the trademark supporting performance you get from him.howard

Allison Tolman: Linda is Sarah’s sister who has bought her family to stay for Christmas, she comes off soft as she deals with what is happening with everything before the events of that night. She comes off as the push over parent compared to the over the top husband Howard. Allison is good as the supporting character.

Support Cast: Krampus has a big supporting cast that is only family which helps add the peril side of the story.

Director Review: Michael DoughertyMichael continues to take over the holiday horror scene with this addition to Christmas horrors.

 

Comedy: Krampus has good comic moment through the film without turning to it every time.

Fantasy: Krampus puts us into a world of fantasy creatures that all come off original with the terror through the film.

Horror: Krampus brings us a new Christmas horror that could easily stand next to Gremlins.

Settings: Krampus keeps us in a small setting with everything in and around the house.
Special Effects
: Krampus uses great special effects to create the demons terrorising the family.

Suggestion: Krampus is one for all the horror fans to enjoy. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Attic scene.

Worst Part: Not much.

Funniest Scene: Gingerbread time.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Yeah

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Gremlins

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $42.5 Million

Budget: $15 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

Tagline: He sees you when you’re sleeping. He knows when you’re awake. He knows if you’ve been bad or good. So be good for goodness’s sake.

 

Overall: Christmas Horror Comedy that is one of the best in recent years.

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The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)

logoDirector: Ben Stiller

Writer: Steve Conrad (Screenplay) James Thurber (Short Story)

Starring: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Jon Daly, Kathryn Hahn, Terence Bernie Hines, Adam Scott, Paul Fitzgerald, Grace Rex, Sean Bean, Patton Oswalt

 

Plot: A day-dreamer Walter Mitty (Stiller) escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-workers are threatened, he takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined. All by trying to track down the final negative for the final copy of the magazine taken by Sean O’Connell (Penn)

 

Verdict: A daydreamer’s adventure

 

Story: Being a day dreamer I would find that this could be something I could relate to, but this is not as much as I thought, I do believe the sense of adventure makes this a good film and the meaning of taking the chance while you still have it works well. Everything works out to be a fun adventure but not as adventurous as I would have liked even though it is a believable adventure. (7/10)

 

Actor Reviews

 

Ben Stiller: Walter the day dreamer who gets pushed to finally take his own adventure to find a missing slide for the final edition of the magazine while everyone around him is being laid off by the new management for an internet magazine. Stiller is good in the lead role and apart from some of the daft day-dreams gives a very believable performance. (8/10)

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Kristen Wiig: Cheryl a potential love interest and co-worker of Walter, who helps him on his adventure. Kristen offers a good supporting role to Walter’s adventure. (7/10)

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Adam Scott: Ted the new man in charge of the company who takes an instant dislike to Walter, he is the typical business man who never learns about the company before changing things. Good performance creating a regular businessman you instantly dislike. (8/10)

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Director Review: Ben Stiller – Good direction from Stiller who creates some beautiful scenes to go with a great story. (8/10)

 

Adventure: Good sense of adventure from start to finish. (8/10)

Settings: Each setting works wonderfully well and each location adds a beauty to the scene. (9/10)
Special Effects
: Good special effects in some of the dream sequences as well as the real events on the adventure. (8/10)

Suggestion: I would only be suggesting trying this, it was quite what I thought but still enjoyable. (Try it)

 

Best Part: The adventure

Worst Part: First few day dreams

Action Scene Of The Film: Volcano

Believability: Tries to relate to people who don’t take chances that could. (5/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Stranger Than Fiction

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $187,360,535

Budget: $90 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 54 Minutes

Tagline: Stop Dreaming, Start Living.

 

Overall: Dreaming of Adventure, Start One

Rating 78