Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil & Vile (2019)

Director: Joe Berlinger

Writer: Michael Werwie (Screenplay) Elizabeth Kendall (Book)

Starring: Lily Collins, Zac Efron, Kaya Scodelario, John Malkovich, Jim Parsons, Jeffrey Donovan, Haley Joel Osment, Angela Sarafyan

 

Plot: A chronicle of the crimes of Ted Bundy, from the perspective of his longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer, who refused to believe the truth about him for years.


Tagline – The Story Behind America’s Most Notorious Serial Killer

Runtime: 1 Hour 50 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fantastically Tense

 

Story: Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile starts as we see Liz (Collins) visiting Ted (Efron) in prison, this leads to her flashing back to how the two first met in Seattle, the two have continued to grow a family, in the shadow of the mysterious killings of young woman in and around the local states.

When Ted first gets arrested for jumping stop signs, it soon spirals into attempted kidnapping before Ted gets charged with the murder of the girls on the university compass, with escapes mounting charges, can Ted continue to convince Liz that he is innocent.

 

Thoughts on Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

 

Characters – Liz Kendall is the single mother that starts dating Ted, she loves how he accepts her child and is accepted by her child. She is never going to accept that Ted has committed the crimes he once did, she is blinded by the love and charm Ted offers her. Ted Bundy is the most notorious serial of the last century, he used he good looks and charms to trick his victims, though we never see this on camera, we follow Ted as he convinces Liz he isn’t the killer, while using his charm and intelligence to stay ahead of the court cases he is facing, this version of Ted is one that played to the media that got the following and people interested in the case about his life. Carole Anne Boone is the woman that starts following Ted through his trial, she is just like the rest of the women, who is easily seduced by his charm. Judge Edward D Cowart is the Judge in the Florida trial, he must deal with Ted taking the trial into a media circus while remaining neutral through the case.

PerformancesLily Collins is the woman that was in love with Ted, in her performance we get to see how she is dealing with the guilt of not knowing or wanting to know the truth about Ted. Zac Efron has just shown the world that he is a major player in the acting field, this is easily the strongest performance of his career that is filled with the charm his character requires and the disturbing look behind his eyes. John Malkovich brings the much-needed calm presence for a judge. Kaya Scodelario is great to breaking away from the typical roles we are used to seeing her in.

StoryThe story here instantly gets the talking points, first any film that shows us the events of a known serial killer shouldn’t be put front and centre of a story, they don’t deserve to be the ones remembered over their victims. Away from that point, we get to follow most of the court cases involving Ted, this is refreshing as we don’t have to watch his horrible actions, just see how the cases are trying to prove whether he was the one behind the murders. The story does become interesting to see unfold because we are left to almost see why it was so hard to believe he was the killer by the way he handled himself trying to prove his innocence. This is easily the best way to look at the Ted Bundy story because it doesn’t glorify the violence he caused and showed us just how determined the authorities were to bring him down.

Biopic/CrimeThe biopic side of the film showed us just how Liz Kendall was involved in the life of Ted Bundy, how her love made it hard for her to believe he was this evil, we do see how Ted Bundy was determined to prove he was never guilty of the crimes, which leads into the world the crimes that have been committed.

SettingsA lot of the film is set in and around the courtrooms showing how the case is being broken down.


Scene of the Movie –
The verdict speech.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It does seem to skip out a lot of the timeline of the murders.

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the best performances from Zac Efron that brings to life the serial killer Ted Bundy, showing how he would use his natural talents to charm and intelligence to attempt to get off everything he is being charged for.

 

Overall: Must Watch biopic.

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Tusk (2014)

tuskDirector: Kevin Smith

Writer: Kevin Smith (Screenplay)

Starring: Michael Parks, Justin Long, Genesis Rodriguez, Haley Joel Osment, Johnny Depp, Harley Morenstein, Ralph Garman

 

Plot: When podcaster Wallace Bryton goes missing in the backwoods of Manitoba while interviewing a mysterious seafarer named Howard Howe, his best friend Teddy and girlfriend Allison team with an ex-cop to look for him.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Very Unique Horror

 

Story: Tusk starts by introducing us to podcasting partners Wallace Bryton (Long) and Teddy Craft (Osment) who travel around for looking for the most interesting stories where Wallace travels while Teddy stays home. On the latest story Wallace finds out the case has taken a turn for the worse and they have no story.

Finding a new story Wallace heads of to meet the mysterious Howard Howe (Parks) who is filled with stories of his adventures at sea. Wallace finds himself drugged by Howard who has the desire to do something very twisted indeed and turn Wallace into a walrus. The only people that can save Wallace are Teddy and girlfriend Ally (Rodriguez) who both question the morale choice Wallace has been making in his life. Are you prepared to see the final outcome of this project that is the question?

Tusk is a horror comedy that I did enjoy for the first two thirds of the story because it all works in a twisted horror story as well works as a comedy. The moment that really took away all the atmosphere created is ruined by the weird Johnny Depp detective that ends up being just like most of his recent characters. This really is one unique horror that will stick with you for a long time after this.

 

Actor Review

 

Michael Parks: Howard Howe is the man filled with stories, he comes off as a man of the world with a slightly uncomfortable love for walruses. He welcomes Wallace into his house only to make him the latest victim in his attempts to turn a human into a walrus. Michael is great in this role where he gets to be completely over the top.howard

Justin Long: Wallace Bryton is one part of a podcasting partnership that does the travelling side of the investigation, he comes off very brash and offensive to whoever he meets including cheating on his girlfriend. On his latest journey he goes to Canada and meets Howard Howe who gives him wild stories only to find out he is the latest victim in wanting to turn him into a walrus. Justin is good in this role where he makes himself unlikely in the good guy role.wallace

Genesis Rodriguez: Ally Leon is the girlfriend of Wallace who doesn’t want him to go on the journey, she is dealing with him being unfaithful and only has Teddy to talk to, when he goes missing the two must travel the Canada to find him. Genesis gives us a solid performance in the supporting role but doesn’t get enough screen time for my liking.

Haley Joel Osment: Teddy Craft is the podcasting partner of Wallace, he doesn’t like to travel so he stays behind on the adventure. When Wallace goes missing he has to put his fear of travelling away to rescue him. Haley is good in this role showing he is continuing to make his comeback.

Support Cast: Tusk has a small supporting cast with Johnny Depp being the main supporting character.

Director Review: Kevin SmithKevin gives us his unique touch to the horror comedy which will stick with you.

 

Comedy: Tusk has good comical moments with how the film is styled.

Horror: Tusk puts us into the body horror film that will leave us shocked.

Settings: Tusk leaves our leading character in a location where he doesn’t have anyone available to help him.
Special Effects
: Tusk has good effects to create the walrus.

Suggestion: Tusk is one to try for all horror fans as it will shock in places. (Try It)

 

Best Part: First look at walrus.

Worst Part: Johnny Depp feels very forced character.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: Commentary from podcast Kevin Smith does.

Similar Too: Human Centipede

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $2.8 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 42 Minutes

Tagline: Let me tell you a story…

 

Overall: Body shock horror that will stick with you for days.

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2015 Watched List Part 8

Over the past year I have seen an incredible amount of films and I have decided to share with you all which ones I have seen in what order. I am going to be doing these in groups of ten, where I will pick my favourite of the bunch and the worst of the bunch. I am also offering just for fun a chance for you all to guess which actor/actress I have seen the most films off.

So without further ramblings here we go with 81 – 90:

1. Digging Up the Marrow logo A documentary exploring genre based monster art takes an odd turn when the filmmakers are contacted by a man who claims he can prove that monsters are indeed real. A good mockumentary style horror.

2. Scanners logo A scientist sends a man with extraordinary psychic powers to hunt others like him. Classic horror that will blow your mind.

3. Boy Next Door boy A recently cheated on married woman falls for a younger man who has moved in next door, but their torrid affair soon takes a dangerous turn. A weak steamy thriller.

4. Fury logo April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened Army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and his five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered, out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany. Brilliant war time story.

5. Walking Tall logo A former U.S. soldier returns to his hometown to find it overrun by crime and corruption, which prompts him to clean house. Simply action thriller.

6. Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters logoHansel & Gretel are bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world. As the fabled Blood Moon approaches, the siblings encounter a new form of evil that might hold a secret to their past. Lacklustre horror thriller.

7. When the Lights Went OutPoltergeists attack a family in Yorkshire during the 1974 nationwide blackouts. A dull ghostly experience.

8. Knights of Badassdomlogo Live-action role players conjure up a demon from Hell by mistake and they must deal with the consequences. An action comedy that got taken out the director’s hands.

9. Catch .44logo For Tes (Akerman) and her two cohorts Kara (Nikki Reed) and Dawn (Deborah Ann Woll), the job sounded simple enough: intercept a double-cross drug shipment for their crime boss Mel (Willis) at an isolated diner. But when an unstoppable chain of events unfolds, everyone soon realizes no one is who they seem and the job may be something other than eliminating the competition. What started as simple instructions has now turned into a deadly cat-and-mouse game – with large guns pointed at everyone. Poor, eyes hurt now.

10. Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death woman in black 2 40 years after the first haunting at Eel Marsh House, a group of children evacuated from WWII London arrive, awakening the house’s darkest inhabitant.

The Best – Furylogo

The Worst – Catch .44logo

Star leading the way – Bruce Willis, Chris Tucker, Forest Whitaker, Gemma Arterton, Haley Joel Osment, Jackie Chan, Peter Stormare, all with 3 films each.

Secondhand Lions (2003)

logoDirector: Tim McCanlies

Writer: Tim McCanlies (Screenplay)

Starring: Michael Caine, Robert Duvall, Haley Joel Osment, Kyra Sedgwick, Nicky Katt, Josh Lucas, Michael O’Neill

 

Plot: A coming-of-age story about a shy, young boy sent by his irresponsible mother to spend the summer with his wealthy, eccentric uncles in Texas.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Wonderful Coming of age tale

 

Story: Secondhand Lions starts by with Garth (Caine) and Hub (Duvall) flying their plane around the countryside before a grown up Walter (Lucas) receiving a phone call about this. Walter goes into flashback mode to when he was pre-teen boy (Osment), Walter gets left with Garth and Hub by his mother Mae (Sedgwick) while she chases her dreams. She does have an alternative motive because rumour is that they have a lot of money hidden away.

The ranch the men live on is filled with farm animals and constantly pestered by salesmen who each receive warning shots. Walter tries to learn more about his great uncles but they are very secretive, after Walter learns that his mother has actually lied about her location he is left with the men who keep him around because other relatives don’t like him there. Hub has a habit of sleep walking which gives Garth a chance to tell the stories to Walter about their journeys involving lost love and untold riches.

Between the parts of the story we learn about the bonding between the three as they continue to invest in random products including a second hand lion which becomes a part of the ranch. When the time finally comes for Walter to leave after he learns about his Uncle’s secret he is left wanting to stay with them, Garth and Hub also want him to stay because of the attachment they have got over the time. Walter gets his wish and stays with his Uncle’s to become his own success but he always wondered about the stories being true until the day they died.

Secondhand Lions puts us into a coming of age tale that is really something very simple to follow but also very effective. It shows that you don’t need something fantasy driven you just need to teach a kid how to live correctly, fight for what is right and believe in true love. A lot of these types of stories end up coming off a dark moment changing the life but this almost reverse the idea of the dark entry into the friendship turning into a blossoming realisation that you could achieve anything, if you believe. I did like how the tales are told to make you wonder what is true or not, but I didn’t like how the end is too obvious. (8/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Michael Caine: Garth the friendlier of the two brothers who tells the story about who they were as younger men. He is also the smarter of the two who knows when to let Hub do what he wants but also protect when needed. Michael gives a good performance showing that he will always have the mentoring side to his skills. (7/10)

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Robert Duvall: Hub the tougher brother who was once known as a great warrior in Africa while trying to save his princess, now in his old age he is bitter to everyone who come near his life but he grows fond of Walter. Robert gives a good performance in a role that you could see a lot of conflict heroes feeling in their old age. (7/10)

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Haley Joel Osment: Walter young boy who is dumped of at his estranged uncles house while his mother tries to follow a career, he finds out he has been abandoned there but the longer he spends there the more loved he feels for the first time in his life. Haley continued to show what a talented actor he was with his performance. (8/10)

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Support Cast: Secondhand Lions has a supporting cast of travelling salesmen, family that keep pestering the Uncles and the people from the stories that are bought to life through the tales of Garth but adventures of Hub.

 

Director Review: Tim McCanlies – Tim gives us one of the best coming of age tales in recent years and one that will stick with you for years. (8/10)

 

Comedy: Secondhand Lions isn’t a full blown comedy it will have plenty of moments that will make you laugh, most because of Hub’s reaction to anything. (8/10)

Family: Secondhand Lions is one that the whole family could enjoy because it is told in a simple way and could easily be followed. (8/10)

Settings: Secondhand Lions creates to main settings the ranch where Walter grows up and the land that young Garth and Hub had their own adventure. They both work to show how far you can go in life. (9/10)

Suggestion: Secondhand Lions is one that I would suggest to anyone to watch this one. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Keeping the lion.

Worst Part: The new boyfriend.

Funniest Scene: The fight between Hub and some teenagers.

 

Believability: While the coming of age on the farm could well be true the story behind it isn’t. (5/10)

Chances of Tears: You might have a few by the end. (4/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $48 Million

Budget: $30 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 47 Minutes

 

Overall: A coming of age tale that shows just how easy life can be when you are fighting for love, honour and respect.

Rating 83