The Super (2018)

Director: Stephen Rick

Writer: John J McLaughlin (Screenplay)

Starring: Patrick John Flueger, Val Kilmer, Louisa Krause, Mattea Conforti, Taylor Richardson, Paul Ben-Victor, Yul Vazquez

 

Plot: A man becomes the superintendent of a large New York City apartment building where people mysteriously go missing.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Saved by a Shocking Twist

 

Story: The Super starts when Phil Lodge (Flueger) takes a job as a new building super after giving up his career in the police force to raise his two daughters Rose (Conforti) and Violet (Richardson). We see quickly that there is a killer in the building that is killing tenants in their own apartments.

With Phil getting to know the fellow supers Julio (Vazquez) and the strange Walter (Kilmer), the number of people who are disappearing is raising to alarming numbers, this forces Phil to put his police hate back on to learn the truth about this building.

 

Thoughts on The Super

 

Characters – Phil Lodge was a police officer, after his wife’s death he must give this life up to work in a safer field for his daughters. He becomes a super for an apartment building, but soon he must put his detective hat back on to figure out who is making the tenants disappear around the building before his family becomes the latest target. Walter is the strange super that the people believe is weird believing in his voodoo religion, he keeps to himself for a reason and is the easy first suspect behind the disappearances. Beverly is one of the tenants in the building, one that takes a shine to Phil, the two get on as even friendship would help he settle in. Rose is the youngest daughter than does have a habit of going on wonders around the apartment in search of people, learning things she shouldn’t, seeing things she shouldn’t.

PerformancesPatrick John Flueger in the leading role is good, he starts slow being the basic figure, but grows into the role as the film continues. Val Kilmer gives us a creepy role which is what we need from his performance. Louisa Krause struggles to make an impact compared to the rest in this of the cast in the leading roles. Mattea Conforti and Taylor Richardson as the two girls both work well for what we would imagine for the ages to be acting like.

StoryThe story here follows a father that takes a new job as a super in an apartment who must start to figure out what is going on with the disappearances in the apartment which is starting to become alarming high. This does the usual and points the figures clearly at one person while giving us a couple of shady people that could be the killer. This follows the normal traditions of this storyline, though it is surprising to just where everything goes, surprising, great and even confusing when you stop and think back at things. The twist does save the film from become too mediocre for the genre.

ThrillerThis does keep us on edge as we wait to see just where the movie will take things, who is the killer and why, anything film that can keep us guessing is all we want as an audience.

SettingsThe film does take place in the apartment building throughout, which is all we need to keep us interested in just where things can go wrong.


Scene of the Movie –
The final act.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The kills just seem random early on.

Final ThoughtsThis is a thriller that will keep you guessing throughout, but it is the final twist which will save the film from being too average.

 

Overall: Thriller that keeps us edge after a slower start.

Rating

 

 

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Parker (2013)

logoDirector: Taylor Hackford

Writer: John J. McLaughlin (Screenplay) Donald E. Westlake (Novel)

Starring: Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Chiklis, Wendell Pierce, Clifton Collins Jr, Bobby Cannavale, Patti LuPone, Nick Nolte, Emma Booth

 

Plot: A thief with a unique code of professional ethics is double-crossed by his crew and left for dead. Assuming a new disguise and forming an unlikely alliance with a woman on the inside, he looks to hijack the score of the crew’s latest heist.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Solid Revenge Heist

 

Story: Parker starts by introducing our protagonist Parker (Statham) as he and his men as they an elaborated heist on a bookie at a race track. Parker plans by the simple rules of only stealing from people who can afford it and never hurting anybody who doesn’t deserve it. The heist has a slight hiccup but all things go down well, enough to let Melander (Chiklis) want to Parker into the next job worth but after resisting they shoot him and leave him for dead.

Parker is a quick healer and gets straight back on the horse setting out on revenge for the people who left him for dead. The people Parker is after send a message to him by going after his wife Claire (Booth) and father in law Hurley (Nolte). Part of the plan is to buy a house in Palm Springs Florida which brings into the story struggling real estate agent Leslie Rodgers (Lopez). Leslie joins Parker in figuring out the plan and the two plan to get revenge together.

Parker is one of heist revenge films that follows a very generic storyline. We have the typical good guy criminal who goes up against the greedy guys who have no morals, add in the mix of the down on their luck assistant who really doesn’t know the world they are entering into. All this gives us what we expect and this doesn’t let us down. There is nothing original about this story and the other bad thing about this is that we don’t get the most convincing bad guy not that the actors do a bad job it just doesn’t really develop one. In conclusion this is a safe story that will keep you happy if you know what you like. (6/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Jason Statham: Parker strict by the rules criminal who only steals from people who have too much and doesn’t hurt anyone who doesn’t deserve it. After he gets double crossed he sets out on a revenge mission against the people who left him for dead. Jason does what you expect from him but that Texans accent well that is for a different discussion. (7/10)

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Jennifer Lopez: Leslie Rodgers real estate agent who has gone through a messy divorce leaving her living with her mother and struggling to make anything out of her life. She joins in the plan with Parker to get revenge. Jennifer does a solid job but never really shines. (6/10)

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Support Cast: Parker has a support cast who doesn’t get enough development as we get the generic bad guys who will be forgotten, this was designed for the two leads to shine in the end.

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Director Review: Taylor Hackford – Taylor does a solid job directing a safe and steady revenge heist film, but fails to push the idea into a different direction. (5/10)

 

Action: Parker has a couple of fight scenes but builds these up nicely and never goes too far over the top. (8/10)

Crime: Parker uses the crime aspect very well to show the different nature of our characters in a criminal world. (7/10)

Thriller: Parker doesn’t pull you in as much as it should. (5/10)

Settings: Parker uses the beautiful settings of the Palm Springs to show the amount we might be seeing stolen. (7/10)

Suggestion: Parker is one for the action fans to try but this might not be for all. (Action Fans Try)

 

Best Part: Statham takes no prisoners

Worst Part: Statham’s attempt at Texan accent.

Action Scene Of The Film: Hotel Fight

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $46 Million

Budget: $35 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 58 Minutes

Tagline: To get away clean, you have to play dirty.

 

Overall: Standard Revenge Heist with Statham

Rating 59

Hitchcock (2012)

ogoDirector: Sacha Gervasi

Writer: John J. McLaughlin (Screenplay) Stephen Rebello (Book)

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Danny Huston, Toni Collette, Michael Stuhlbarg, Michael Wincott, Jessica Biel, James D’Arcy

 

Plot: In 1959, Alfred Hitchcock and his wife, Alma, are at the top of their creative game as filmmakers amid disquieting insinuations about it being time to retire. To recapture his youth’s artistic daring, Alfred decides his next film will adapt the lurid horror novel, Psycho, over everyone’s misgivings. Unfortunately, as Alfred self-finances and labours on this film, Alma finally loses patience with his roving eye and controlling habits with his actresses. When an ambitious friend lures her to collaborate on a work of their own, the resulting marital tension colours Alfred’s work even as the novel’s inspiration haunts his dreams.

 

Verdict: Great Mind

 

Story: With Hitchcock arguable the greatest director Hollywood has seen with all his classic films we get to see how he broke all traditions to make the now classic ‘Psycho’. His choose went against every studio and no one wanted to touch the project. We see how he risked a large amount of money he had earned to make this picture and see how he got his inspiration for the picture.

The film only follows the difficulties Hitchcock struggled with the picture and his personally life which is very good to see instead of watching something that followed his whole career. Psycho could easily be considered his most well-known film which also helps showing how much of a fight it was to make such an iconic film. (8/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Anthony Hopkins: Alfred Hitchcock the great director who is fresh off the back of ‘North by Northwest’ he has no inspiration for his next picture. He has offers coming in all over the place but little to no interest in making these pictures. He finds out no one is interested in a book known as Psycho so he makes this his next project. We see how he gives up his usual style to make the film as an independent picture, he has to keep up his usual high standards while battling his own personal problems. Great performance from Anthony give a performance the great man would be proud off. (10/10)

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Helen Mirren: Alma Reville Hitchcock’s wife who has been working with him and supporting him for decades. She starts becoming over friendly with a writer Whitfield but discovers that he has alternative plans. Great performance from Mirren but when doesn’t she give excellent performances? (9/10)

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Scarlett Johansson: Janet Leigh actress of choice for the leading role in the picture, she has never worked with Hitchcock but finds out he is a true gentlemen who can get the very best out of the actress. Good supporting performance that fits in perfectly with the bigger names. (8/10)

 

Danny Huston: Whitfield Cook writer who wants to have his work turned into a Hitchcock film and tries to charm Alma into working with him. Good performance as the seedy character trying to get what he wants at any means. (8/10)

 

Director Review: Sacha Gervasi – Great direction to show how a great director got his masterpiece completed. (9/10)

 

Biography: Brilliant look at how one of the greatest horror films ever was made. (10/10)

Drama: Great use of the drama storyline showing how simple things in life can be overreacted with consequences that never need to happy. (9/10)

Settings: Brilliantly recreated settings to stay with the time period in question. (10/10)

Suggestion: This is a film to be watching, it has a couple of laughs but most importantly it tells how one of the greatest films ever made was made. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Hopkins as Hitchcock is brilliant

Worst Part: I personally didn’t like the final scene with him looking for inspiration for his next film.

Funniest Scene: Trying to get a certificate for the film.

Favourite Quote: Hitchcock ‘She won’t be nude, she’ll be wearing a shower cap’

Believability: It is how Psycho was made. (10/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Nominated for one Oscar for Best Achievement in Makeup and Hair

Box Office: $23 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

Tagline: Behind every Psycho is a great woman

 

Overall: Brilliant Story About Brilliance

Rating 90