The Neighbour (2018)

Director: Aaron Harvey

Writer: Richard Byard, Aaron Harvey (Screenplay)

Starring: William Fichtner, Jessica McNamee, Jean Louisa Kelly, Michael Rosenbaum, Colin Woodell, Erich Anderson


Plot: A middle-aged man in a stagnant marriage finds his life upended when an attractive young woman and her seemingly abusive husband move in next door.

Tagline – Danger lives next door.

Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes


There may be spoilers in the rest of the review


Verdict: Bland & Forgettable


Story: The Neighbour starts when middle-aged married man Mike (Fichtner) gets new neighbours in newlyweds Jenna (McNamee) and Scott (Rosenbaum), it doesn’t take long for Mike to bond with Jenna because of his love of gardening.

With both their spouses working, Mike and Jenna become friends as Mike wants to make sure Jenna is safe after over hearing abusive behaviour in a fight, but does Mike think there is something more between the two.


Thoughts on The Neighbour


Characters – Mike is a middle-aged man who works from home not giving him much interactions outside of his wife and best friend. When a new neighbour arrives on the scene, he gets a new friend, an attractive younger woman who does share an interest of gardening with him. With a new friendship blossoming, he starts to become obsessed with Jenna wanting to make sure she is safe with her seemingly abusive partner, nearly every scene he does seem like he is very lonely in this world. Jenna is the new neighbour that has been forced to push her job aspirations aside for her husband’s plan to start a family, which she hasn’t agreed to. She befriends Mike hiding the potential abuse she might be suffering from her husband. Lisa is Mike’s wife, she is a teacher and doesn’t give Mike the spark he once had. Scott is the car salesman husband of Jenna’s that has a temper when he drinks, she tries to be open and friendly until things aren’t going his way.

PerformancesWilliam Fichtner is one of the only highlight in this film, he does feel uneasy through each scene. Jessica McNamee does have the look of the attractive neighbour, but the biggest problem with this film holds back the actor’s performances.

StoryThe story follows a middle-aged man that believes his new neighbour is being abused by her husband, needing to decide if he is going to help her or not. This story is very thin, we seem to get caught somewhere in the middle of, there is abuse happening and how does a neighbour go about supporting the victim who is in the denial situation about what is happening. I think everything is played out to be focused on not knowing how to support, rather than deciding on how to support, because by the end of the film very little has happened here and everything just feels like we are watching a socially uncomfortable middle-aged man get a crush.

ThrillerThe film tries to be a thriller with a hint of romance, only it just fizzles into what feels like a soap opera story that just doesn’t give us anything to care about.

SettingsThe film keeps the settings around the two houses, which shows us just how Mike’s mindset it being shown with how he sees both houses situation.

Scene of the Movie –
Late night altercation.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Very little seems to happen.

Final ThoughtsThis is a thriller that just doesn’t seem to get going, he has everything needed, it just seems to fizzle lightly before losing all the steam it had created.


Overall: Lacklustre Thriller.




1000 to 1 The Cory Weissman Story (2014)

Director: Michael Levine

Writer: Bob Burris (Screenplay)

Starring: David Henrie, Luke Kleintank, Beau Bridges, Jean Louisa Kelly, Cassi Thomson, Hanna Marks


Plot: Cory Weissman is a college basketball player who suffers a devastating stroke. He perseveres to find new meaning in his life both on, and more importantly, off the court.

Tagline – No odds are too great.

Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Inspirational Story


Story: 1000 to 1 starts as college basketball player Cory Weissman (Henrie) suffers a stroke in the gym, 19-years-old and his dreams shattered, facing first a battle for his life, then a battle to get back into everyday movement. His parents Tina (Kelly) and Marc (Watford) there to support the rehab.

Once out of hospital and rehab Cory must start to look at life a different way, one without his dream of basketball, with his friends moving on and him needing to fight just to go on.


Thoughts on 1000 to 1


Characters – Cory was going to be a star basketball player until he suffered a stroke, he was a good guy working on his college degree. He now faces a new battle to recover to do everyday routine, walking, talking and once he does try to get back to where he was before, college and then back to the court, never wanting to give up. Brendan is the best friend at college that is there for the rehab through college time trying to help him when he requires it. Coach is the one that is willing to let Cory back with the team for his rehab, not playing just taking part in team activities to help him recover. We do get meet other people that help with the rehab of Cory parents, doctors and friends.

PerformancesDavid Henrie in the leading role is wonderful, he shows the emotional levels Cory goes through, the determination he showed to overcome the problem and handles the disability with ease. Beau Bridges is good through the film as are the whole cast away from David.

StoryThe story here follows on college student Cory Weissman who suffers a stroke and spends the next two years of his life trying to get back to where he once was hoping to get back on the court, along the way he becomes an inspiration for his fellow student and his story inspires others who have been through the same. We see the struggles he must overcome to get back, the downs he must face and the patience he must show.

BiopicThe story of what Cory goes through first with the stroke and then after with his rehab process can inspire anyone that wants to be part of a sport they love or just continue their life after an event.

SettingsThe college setting shows us this could happen to anybody from any field of any athletic background, the settings show us just where people will be through recovery and how everyday life can help just as much.

Scene of the Movie –
The last game.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The times lapse is hard to figure out.

Final ThoughtsThis is a wonderfully inspirational movie that shows what you can achieve against the odds with the passion needed to succeed.


Overall: Wonderfully inspirational movie.




ABC Film Challenge – Comedy – U – Uncle Buck (1989)

Director: John Hughes

Writer: John Hughes (Screenplay)

Starring: John Candy, Jean Louisa Kelly, Gaby Hoffman, Macaulay Culkin, Amy Madigan, Elaine Bromka, Garrrett M Brown


Plot: Bachelor and all round slob, Buck, babysits his brother’s rebellious teenage daughter and her cute younger brother and sister.

Tagline – He’s crude. He’s crass. He’s family.

Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Great Comedy


Story: Uncle Buck starts when Cindy (Bromka) and Bob Russell (Brown) must rush out of town, the only option is to turn to Bob’s brother Buck (Candy) to look after their three kids, eldest Tia (Kelly), Maizy (Hoffman) and Miles (Culkin), they know it is a risk, but it is their only option.

We follow how Buck always keep a happy face on the situation regardless of how people are treating him, with the laughs coming from the misfortunes.


Thoughts on Uncle Buck


Characters – Buck Russell is the unreliable brother to Bob, he struggles to keep a job, stay in a relationship, but in his time of need Buck comes to babysit his nieces and nephew, his methods do offer more love than the kids are normal even if the eldest doesn’t like the attention. Tia is the teenage daughter that believes she could have looked after her young siblings, she doesn’t like having Buck around and would rather be off partying with her boyfriend. Miles is the son that takes a shine to Buck because he is willing to play along with his games. Maizy is the younger daughter who needs the attention, she misses her mother and Buck does the best to comfort her.

PerformancesJohn Candy is brilliant in this leading role, he gets moments where he gets to show his comedy style, while also handling the serious side to his character. Jean Louisa Kelly is good in her role because you instantly don’t like her even though she is playing the typical moody teenager. The two youngster Culkin and Hoffman both give us good performances for their age, Culkin does get a lot of the better funny scenes of the two.

StoryThe story here follows the unwanted uncle forced to look after his nieces and nephews as a last resort. We see how he gives everything to make sure they are kept safe even if not everything is going well with household chores. This story does get to focus on certain family relationship that could be strained through time, even if the person means well with their actions. It does play into the unlikely person being the most important person in a child’s life when they need them most.

Comedy The comedy in the film lets John Candy handle his style, show how Culkin was going to be a mega star with how cute kid routine which steals nearly every scene.

SettingsThe film takes us to a suburban neighbourhood where the family lives to keep the story flowing with the heart and soul is needs.

Scene of the Movie –
Quick questions between Miles and Buck.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Miles and Maizy do take the back burner for the second half of the film.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun comedy that lets the star show his skills and gets laughs every time it goes for.


Overall: Laugh out loud moment.