Psych: The Movie (2017)

Director: Steve Franks

Writer: James Roday (Screenplay) Steve Franks (Characters)

Starring: James Roday, Dule Hill, Timothy Omundson, Maggie Lawson, Kirsten Nelson, Corbin Bernsen, Zachary Levi, Kurt Fuller

 

Plot: The old gang comes together during the holidays after a mystery assailant targets one of their own.


Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Delightful Fan Service

 

Story: Psych the Movie starts as we see how Shawn (Roday) is now trying to do the detective business in San Francisco where Gus (Hill) has gone to his full-time job. Juliet (Lawson) has a new partner while trying to stop chief Vick’s (Nelson) daughter from falling onto the wrong side of the law.

When Juliet’s partner is attack and left for dead, with Shawn banished from the case by Juliet, this could be Shawn’s first big case in San Francisco. It isn’t long till Shawn finds himself investigating the case which involved Thin White Duke (Levi). When the Duke targets Juliet, she doesn’t want Shawn to be involved in the case, which only leads to the guys bringing back the rest of the gang to solve the case.

 

Thoughts on Psych the Movie

 

Characters – Shawn doesn’t seem to have settled in the new city, he wants to continue with his investigation business even though Gus is busy working to keep the business a float. He still is the slacker that uses his skills of observation to keep himself busy. Gus is the best friend of Shawn who followed him to San Francisco and started a new job to help fund the investigation agency, he still enjoys his food always finding himself eating the most random dish he can get his hands on. Juliet is back in her position of detective, but this time she becomes the target after her partner is killed, she doesn’t want her friends getting involved, wanting to clean up her own mess. Thin White Duke is the man behind the targeting of Juliet, he works well his crew, but is working for someone from their past. We have plenty of appearances from fan favourites from the series.

PerformancesJames Roday was always fantastic in this role, it is like he never left the role that can play for years. Dule Hill gets plenty of laughs with a role he never felt like he left too. The whole of the original cast gets to have fun with, sadly due to health issues we only got a cameo from Timothy Omundson. Zachary Levi does make for a good villain for the film, getting the best dialogue against the regular characters.

StoryThe story brings back our favourite characters from the show, we see how they have got used to their new environment where the TV show finished off. We get a case to solve where we see Shawn and Gus get themselves into more trouble, but it is Juliet needing to figure out who is trying to ruin her career that takes centre stage. If you were a fan of the show, then you will enjoy this story.

Comedy/Crime/Mystery The comedy comes from the problems Shawn and Gus get themselves in because they have fantastic chemistry, we also dive into the light-hearted crime story, that brings in the mystery to who is behind the whole crime.

SettingsThe film being set in San Francisco brings our characters to a new location for a crime story for the first time, as the show ended with them moving there. It works because we see the struggles to get used to this environment.


Scene of the Movie –
Mental home investigation.

That Moment That Annoyed Me We would have like more of Carlton, but it was for medical reasons we didn’t, so can’t complain.

Final ThoughtsThis is a TV movie that will make any fan of the show happy, it keeps the humour flowing and brings back plenty of our favourite characters.

 

Overall: Fans will be left with a smile on their faces.

Rating

 

 

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

kissDirector: Shane Black

Writer: Shane Black (Screenplay) Brett Halliday (Novel)

Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan, Corbin Bernsen, Dash Mihok, Larry Miller, Rockmond Dunbar

 

Plot: A murder mystery brings together a private eye, a struggling actress, and a thief masquerading as an actor.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Good Crime Comedy

 

Story: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang starts as we meet Harry (Downey Jr) who is once a thief but ends up finding himself hired as an actor in LA. We also meet aspiring actress Harmony (Monaghan) and private eye Gay Perry (Kilmer) who are all at the same party in LA. For the role Harry accidently lands himself he has to spend some time with Gay Perry learning how a private investigator works.

When the two find themselves in the middle of a cover up that ended up having to find out who murdered Harmony’s sister.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is a crime comedy that only Shane Black can bring us, we get a unique way of telling the story. we get the almost odd couple having to work together but that is more along the lines of a who dun it which could easily fit in any comedy mystery show. It is the creation of the characters and their interactions which makes for all the laughs throughout the film with the overreaction to things that have happened years before.

Downey Jr and Kilmer are excellent together really getting all of the laughs throughout and Monaghan is great completion to the leading trio. When it comes to the villain side of the story we don’t get very strong characters on this side of the story. this is a fun alternative Christmas comedy mystery film but you will have to be used to the style of Shane Black.

 

Overall: Enjoy comedy that will only work if you are prepared for the style of comedy being used.

Ratingcard

 

 

Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Halloween Horror – Dead Air (2009)

dead airDirector: Corbin Bernsen

Writer: Kenny Yakkel (Screenplay)

Starring: Bill Moseley, David Moscow, Larry Drake, Corbin Bernsen, Patricia Tallman, Navid Negahban, Joshua Feinman

 

Plot: Logan Burnhardt is the ego-king of the airwaves, but his unflappable persona is put to the test when a terrorist bio-attack unleashes a plague of flesh-ripping maniacs on Los Angeles.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Strong Horror Thriller

 

Story: Dead Air starts as we meet our radio presenter Logan (Moseley) who is one of the most listened to men on the air and hosting a show about paranoia. Logan along with his co-host Gil (Moscow) shot down most of the callers as being idiots.

The show takes a turn when Logan receives call about some sort of attack on the city turning his team Gil, Burt (Feinman) and Lucy (Tallman) into the means of communication to the listeners. As the story unfolds we learn that this not just a riot but a zombie attack. Logan must keep his listeners updated to what is going on while finding a way to save his own family.

Dead Air came out at a very similar time as Pontypool so it is going to very difficult to not compare the two. First off the idea that we follow just the radio host works really well because sometimes horror is better if we don’t see what is happening. The issue with this is we do see events happening on the outside but saying this there is a saving grace by having a separate twist on the outbreak which I can’t give away here. Overall this isn’t as strong as Pontypool but still a good contender for horror film.

 

Actor Review

 

Bill Moseley: Logan is the number one radio host in the city that is hosting a show on paranoia when America finds itself under attack by a zombie outbreak. He is the ears hearing the stories about what is happening and spreading the word to any survivors listening to his show. Bill is great in this leading role showing how he can play the good guy in what is one of his strongest performances to date.

Patricia Tallman: Lucy is the producer of the show and ex-wife of Logan who has to keep him in line on air but now she sees this as a chance to increase the audience even more joining the pair on the air. Patricia is good in this role showing strength when needed.

Joshua Feinman: Burt is the technician on the radio show that adds in the sound effects and picks and choices the callers, he investigates what is going on within the building when things first start happening. Joshua is solid in this supporting role.

David Moscow: Gil is the co-host of the show who has always been second fiddle to Logan but his act of bravery will show Logan just how much he respects Logan for giving him his chance. David is good in this supporting role.

Support Cast: Dead Air has a supporting cast that fills us in with the information of what is happening as well as following the terrorists making this attack a bigger message.

Director Review: Corbin BernsenCorbin gives us a very good spin on the zombie genre that is filled with twists along the way.

 

Horror: Dead Air gives us a horror side to the story where we don’t see everything happening instead we listen to the events unfolding.

Sci-Fi: Dead Air adds in the sci-fi side of the story as we see the world coming to a standstill because of the outbreak happening.

Thriller: Dead Air keeps us on edge throughout as we wait to see just where this attack will leave our characters.

Settings: Dead Air keeps a large amount of the story inside the radio station but where this film misses the trick Pontypool has by having scenes outside of the studio.
Special Effects
: Dead Air has the basic effects used inside the zombie genre without needing them too often.

Suggestion: Dead Air is one I would suggest the horror fans out there to give a go to, it has a strong twist on the genre. (Horror Fans Give It A Go)

 

Best Part: Concept with extra twist.

Worst Part: Leaving the station.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Pontypool

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Tagline: Spreading nationwide Winter 2008

 

Overall: Good horror with nice spin.

Ratingcasting card

 

 

Psych the Musical (2013)

logoDirector: Steve Franks

Writer: Steve Franks (Screenplay)

Starring: Maggie Lawson, Ally Sheedy, Jimmi Simpson, Dule Hill, James Roday, Barry Bostwick, Timothy Omundson, Anthony Rapp, Corbin Bernsen, Kurt Fuller, Kirsten Nelson

 

Plot: When committed murdered Z (Rapp) escapes from a mental institute it is up to Shawn (Roday) to use his gifts to find him before he kills again. Shawn teams up with an old enemy Yang (Sheedy) a fellow patient and friend of Z to help catch him before he takes his revenge. Z is targeting people involved in the musical he wrote after they try to resurrect the musical again without his name attached, but was Z innocent of the murder he has been getting punished for?

 group

Verdict: A delightful take on a beloved TV detective show

Story: A good story mixed with songs to make a change to the usual straight forward crime fighting story. A few of the old favourite cast members return with Yang, Mary Lightly having funny parts. (9/10)

 

Actor Review: James Roday – Shawn the smart talking psychic who helps solve the crimes, Very funny throughout as always uses his charm to get into situations and always gets the upper hand of Lassie. (9/10)

 shawn

Actor Review: Dule Hill – Gus who usually gets a random name when being introduced by Shawn. Always a great sidekick to Shawn but also has plenty of solo funny bits in this episode. (9/10)

Actor Review: Anthony Rapp – Z the brilliant musical composer who just wants his show to be seen but has to go to all sorts of odds to make it happen. One of the bet singers in the film and with his back ground you wouldn’t expect anything less. (9/10)

 

Actor Review: Ally Sheedy – Yang the over the top off her rocker serial killer who helps with the investigation. Very good performance that ends up stealing most scenes she is in. (9/10)

 

Director Review: Steve Franks – Great direction that makes you laugh and stay involved all the way to the end. (9/10)

 

Comedy: The comedy is very similar to normal which is funny but not laugh out loud. (8/10)

Crime: Light hearted take on crime but still solves the case very well. (8/10)

Music: Some very catchy songs that all fit the scenes well. (9/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Settings: The use of the theatres makes the all singing all dancing come off very well. (8/10)

Suggestion: I would suggest this, I have always rated this show and the light hearted nature and simple comedy make it a great watch for all. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Shawn makes a singing phone call before realising he is on stage on front of a crowd.

Funniest Scene: Woody’s song

Chances of Sequel: Special two part before the TV series continues.

 

Overall: Funny, musical well worth a watch

 

Rating 85

The Dentist (1996)

logoDirector: Brian Yuzna

Writer: Dennis Paoli, Stuart Gordon, Charles Finch (Screenplay)

Starring: Corbin Bernsen, Linda Hoffman, Michael Stadvec, Ken Foree, Tony Noakes, Molly Hagen, Patty Toy, Jan Hoag, Mark Ruffalo, Virginya Keehne, Earl Boen, Christa Sauls

 

Story: Doctor Alan Feinstone (Bernsen) is a successful dentist with a very successful practise, beautiful wife Brook (Hoffman) and seemingly perfect life. Things start to come crumbling down in his life after he finds out his wife is cheating on him with the pool guy Matt (Stadvec). Alan starts living each day with a mix of fantasy and revenged filled day dreams

 

Wife & Pool Boy

Wife & Pool Boy

Verdict: A twisted tale of how someone we have to trust can turn out to be the person we must fear the most.

Story: A seriously well assembled story that pushes limits to a character who just wants a normal life before finally breaking after realising that he cannot have it anymore. Alan reaction to what is happening is terrifying and carries the story.  (8/10)

 

Actor Review: Corbin Bernsen – The dentist who has been pushed to too many limits for his own good. This is a brilliant performance from Corbin who single handle carries this film to a new level a more average performance would have left it in. Star Performance Award, Scariest Character Award (10/10)

 dentist

Actor Review: Ken Foree – Cop trying to figure out if it was a burglar who killed and dog before learning the truth. Routine cop performance who doesn’t know what is going on until too late. (7/10)

 cop

Actor Review: Linda Hoffman – The cheating wife who pushes Alan over the edge. Average performance as an un-loyal wife, does have some shocking torture scenes. (8/10)

 

Director Review:  Brian Yuzna – Does a good job creating a terrifying scenario with such a limited budget, prove you don’t need a mega budget to make something scary. (9/10)

 

Horror: being put in that position where you are meant to feel safe but end up being in danger can be one of the most terrifying things in life, this does this very well. (9/10)

Thriller: Sitting and waiting to see who will be his next victim and what will the dentist do to them. (8/10)

Believability: It is scary that this could happen; it doesn’t go on over time so one day a dentist could snap and do this. (8/10)

Chances Of Tears: NO (0/10)

Settings: Is meant to be a safe zone turned into a horrifying because of the Dentist actions. Turning a safe place into something scary adds something to all horrors so this is a great setting. (9/10)
Oscar Chances
: No

Chances of Sequel: There is a sequel.

Suggestion: I am always up for suggesting a smaller horror film that people may have missed. This will be one I suggest as it will satisfy enough fans of horror to get the recognition it deserves. If you have a fear of the dentist DO NOT WATCH. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Bernsen performance.

Worst Part: Would have been nice to see how the dentist acted before he broke.

 

Overall: Terrifying story that will make you question going back to the dentist again

Rating 82%