Brigsby Bear (2017)

Director: Dave McCary

Writer: Kevin Costello, Kyle Mooney (Screenplay)

Starring: Kyle Mooney, Claire Danes, Mark Hamill, Greg Kinnear, Matt Walsh, Micheala Watkins, Jane Adams


Plot: Brigsby Bear Adventures is a children’s TV show produced for an audience of one: James. When the show abruptly ends, James’s life changes forever, and he sets out to finish the story himself.

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes


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Verdict: Delightful Charming


Story: Brigsby Bear starts as we meet James (Mooney) a young man living in an underground bunker with his parents Ted (Hamill) & April (Adams), he is learning advance maths with his only entertainment coming from a children’s show Brigsby Bear.

This world comes crashing down when the police invade the compound rescuing James who doesn’t even know the truth about his life, Detective Vogel (Kinnear) had been leading the investigation, but he must let James’s real parents Greg (Walsh) & Louise (Watkins) guide him in the real world. In the real world Brigsby Bear doesn’t exist though, making James the only person to have ever seen the show.

James decides to try and continue the story of Brigsby Bear by introducing him to the world as he searches for his place in the world that he has never experienced before.


Thoughts on Brigsby Bear


Characters – James was raised in an underground bunker away from the world with only one show to keep him occupied. James learns the world for the first time as a young adult, he only wants to continue the show which gains a cult following on the internet, learning to be part of the world is the hardest part for James. Greg and Louise are the parents that spent 25-years looking for James and must adapt to the fact he has only known one life growing up. Ted is the man that kept James in the bunker, he and his wife kidnapped a baby of James raising him for themselves. Emily is the doctor that is trying to help James through his problems, she tries to push him to escape his illusion of that world. Detective Vogel is the lead investigator on the case and is open to accepting the problems in James’ views of the world.

PerformancesKyle Mooney is fantastic in this leading role, he has the innocence about his character with the idea of not knowing where he should be in the world too. Greg Kinnear is good as the detective with a heart and no backstory too. The rest of the cast are good as they never take the spotlight of Mooney’s performance.

StoryThe story follows one young man thrown into the world after years of being kept captive by a couple learning everything he did know was in fact fake. The only way James can continue in this new world would be to continue the Brigsby story because he simply isn’t prepared for what the world has to offer. This shows how people can focus on one thing in life to make sure they can get through times of need and just how important the creative process is.

ComedyThe comedy in this movie is charming and entertaining throughout working with the dramatic side of the story.

SettingsThe film doesn’t have any iconic settings but the places we find the story unfolding are hugely entertaining and important to James learning the world.

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That Moment That Annoyed Me The help James gets seems almost non-existent.

Final ThoughtsThis is a delightfully charming movie that entertains throughout. We have a story that does keep us happy throughout.


Overall: Must watch delight.




Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Poltergeist (2015)

logoDirector: Gil Kenan

Writer: David Lindsay-Abairre (Screenplay) Steven Spielberg, Michael Grais, Mark Victor (Original Screenplay)

Starring: Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Saxon Sharbino, Kyle Catlett, Kennedi Clements, Jared Harris, Jane Adams, Susan Heyward, Nicholas Braun

Plot: A family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces must come together to rescue their youngest daughter after apparitions take her captive.

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Verdict: Unnecessary Remake

Story: Poltergeist starts with Bowen family Eric (Rockwell), Amy (DeWitt), Kendra (Sharbino), Griffin (Catlett) and Madison (Clements) moving into their new home in a new neighbourhood. Madison makes new friends with an invisible person, friend or ghost, what ever only Griffin notices. On the night in the house strange electrical occurrence happen in the house just your basic flashing lights and static enough to only effect the kids.

When the iconic scene from the original with the television happens and ‘they are here’. Griffin seems to be the one that gets haunted while the adults seem to miss everything and Madison seems to interact with them. When the haunting become aggressive the family has their youngest daughter Madison taken by them leaving them to turn to super natural investigator Dr Brooke Powell (Adams) and her team to figure out where Madison went. Powell has to turn to Carrigan Burke (Harris) for the final part of the rescue Madison.

Poltergeist gives us a remake that we really don’t need, but I don’t see the point in just slamming the remake issue. As a horror film it all work with the haunted house idea nicely but going with the remake makes the idea unoriginal. We do try to change how things end up and embracing the new technology which works well. It builds on what the original source material offered because we enter into the parallel universe but this doesn’t work because it is hugely CGI. It does keep you attention which I was surprise to see because we should know what happens. (6/10)

Actor Review

Sam Rockwell: Eric Bowen is the recently out of work father of the family, he wants to get back into work but it finding it difficult. Eric comes off as the fun parent but will not let his family suffer even if money is problem. Sam gets one of these pay day performance awards I was desperate to give out and now I can with his standard performance because we know Sam is an excellent actor. (6/10)rockwell

Rosemarie DeWitt: Amy Bowen is the mother of the family who doesn’t want to see her family have to go through money troubles, she is the stricter of the parents but also the comfort one when it comes to easing the nightmares. Rosemarie does a solid job but doesn’t get enough out of her character. (6/10)

Saxon Sharbino: Kendra Bowen is the sulky teenager who doesn’t want to move, leave her phone or not talk to her besties. Saxon does a basic job in the role that never really ends up getting enough time. (4/10)

Kyle Catlett: Griffin Bowen is the middle child who has the highest level of fear, haunted by trees and clowns but desperately wants to be the big brother to Madison. Kyle gives us a good character even if his performance isn’t to a level that would be considered high quality. (6/10)mic book ame

Kennedi Clements: Madison Bowen is the youngest daughter of the family who feels no fear when it comes to making a new friend but ends up getting taken into the other dimension but the spirits. Kennedi does a solid job but it is unfair to criticise her. (6/10)tv talking

Jared Harris: Carrigan Burke is the best supernatural investigator around and he ends up coming to the family to help finally get Madison back. Jared brings us the best performance even if he is only in a supporting role. (7/10)carrigan

Jane Adams: Dr Brooke Powell is the paranormal investigator that the family turns to to help find Madison, she brings the expertise into the film even if only to find the one person that could solve the problem. Jane does a solid job with her quirky role. (6/10)

Support Cast: Poltergeist only has a couple of supporting characters that end up making us not like these characters and only offer a little extra story.

Director Review: Gil KenanGil does a solid job but doesn’t build enough for the scares and relies on the CGI to much. (5/10)

Horror: Poltergeist builds up scares only to go with the easy execution of them that really doesn’t work enough for a film that once create horror in nearly every scene. (4/10)

Thriller: Poltergeist does end up making the tension levels high because we don’t know what will happen next as the film unfolds. (7/10)

Settings: Poltergeist keeps nearly all the action inside the house which makes attempts to make us feel attached the family. (7/10)
Special Effects: Poltergeist uses horrible CGI effects instead of the effects that make anything feel real. (2/10)

Suggestion: Poltergeist is one for the horror fans to try because I know some fans will enjoy it but I don’t know why. (Horror Fans Try)

Best Part: Comic book statue.

Worst Part: CGI

Funniest Scene: Time lapse camera boasting.

Favourite Quote: Madison Our last closet ate me

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: It might have one.

Post Credits Scene: Yeah

Similar Too: Insidious

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $73 Million

Budget: $62 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

Tagline: They know what scares you

Overall: A Remake no one wanted that just doesn’t reach the levels need for the franchise.