Endless (2020) Movie Review

Director: Scott Speer

Writer: Andre Case, Oneil Sharma (Screenplay) Andre Case (Story)

Starring: Alexandra Shipp, Nicholas Hamilton, DeRon Horton, Ian Tracey, Catherine Lough Haggquist

Plot: When madly in love high school graduates Riley and Chris are separated by a tragic car accident, Riley blames herself for her boyfriend’s death while Chris is stranded in limbo. Miraculously, the two find a way to connect.

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Endless starts high school graduates Riley (Shipp) and Chris (Hamilton), they believe they are going to be together forever until Riley gets accepted into a college outside of town, with the pair needing to sort out their future, the drive home will take a tragic turn when they are involved in an accident, with Chris being killed and caught up in limbo, while Riley is left filled with the guilt of what happened.

While Riley is caught up feeling lost and alone after the death, Chris is learning to adapt to limbo with Jordan (Horton) guiding him around, Chris does start to watch over Riley, with a faint connection between the two, could it be more than just a connection.

Thoughts on Endless

Characters – Riley is an art student who is about to get into Georgetown, which will see her need to move into a long distance relationship with the love of her life Chris, only for him to die in a car crash, one where she was driving, left filled with the guilt about the accident, she doesn’t know what to do with her life, until she gets to have the message from Chris, giving him a connection she desperately wants. Chris finds himself stuck in limbo after his death, he wants to watch over Riley, being guided by another man stuck in limbo, he does start to connect with her once again, but it comes at a price, one he isn’t willing to pay. Jordan is guiding Chris around Limbo, he has been there for decades now, with his story about his death being kept away from the Chris until the time it is needed for motivation. We do have the friends of the couple that are trying to support Riley, while having her own problems with what happened, as well as the parents who have seen the shocking incident.

PerformancesAlexandra Shipp is wonderful in the leading role, showing us all the pain, she is going through after coming off filled with life before the accident. Nicholas Hamilton does work well with Alexandra in their scenes, but not always the best in the solo sequences. The rest of the cast do work well through the film.

StoryThe story here follows a couple that get separated after a car accident, one left with guilt, with the other stuck in limbo, the pair look to reconnect, but this connection would come at price. This is a look at just how difficult losing a loved one would be, first on the survivor of an accident, filled with guilt, while the one stuck in limbo doesn’t know how to say goodbye, we get moments that do feel like ghost, but deep down we are trying to pull on the heartstrings more than anything else. The story will want to be emotional impact on the audience.

RomanceThe romance in film shows how a couple who are separated by death will be left being drawn together again, despite being away from each other.

SettingsThe film uses a lake setting as one of the most important for the connection, while the home life shows how the lives have been changed.

Scene of the Movie – The first lake meeting.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Not enough about why Jordan is still in limbo after all these years.

Final Thoughts Endless shows us how love will last forever in the right minds and lovers will be drawn together even in the afterlife.

Endless will be available on Digital Download from 23rd November and can be a pre-ordered here

Blood from Stone (2020) Movie Review

Director: Geoff Ryan

Writer: Geoff Ryan (Screenplay)

Starring: Vanja Kapetanovic, Gabriella Toth, Nike Khitrova, Eric Cotti, J Michael Silver, Aaron Castillo,

Plot: Darya has escaped life as a vampire bride to a desert town of bright lights and casinos but Jure tracks her down and makes himself at home amongst the gamblers and drunks. As the bodies pile up, the law comes for them, forcing a clash of modern forces against immortals from a dying era.

Runtime: 1 Hour 56 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Blood from Stone starts as we meet the two vampires, Jure (Kapetanovic) and his bride Darya (Toth) who are roaming the desert town filled with casinos and out of towners, Jure looks to pick off passer-by, while Darya knows they need a smarter approach, making a connection to supply the blood lust needs.

As the two split, Jure gets caught up inside a new rampage, catching the eyes of the news, while Darya looks for her own way out, while leaving her own string of bodies behind.

Thoughts on Blood from Stone

Characters – Jure stumbles through the night life of the city where he is looking for tourists to pick off for his own feeding purposes, which will see him get caught in his own rampage, spiralling out of control, drawing attention to their way of life. Darya wants away from Jure, she has a connection who supplies her blood, but her new relationship sees her dating a doctor, while picking off strangers to feed the blood lust. We meet the victims the pair both line up, as well as the people that could help both of them escape this world for good.

PerformancesVanja Kapetanovic as the spiralling out of control drunk reckless vampire is entertaining to watch, you see the loose cannon side of his character through the film. Gabriella Toth brings the more innocent approach to her role, with the goodness at times, but the blood hungry side when needed too, showing how she isn’t always in control.

StoryThe story here follows a pair of vampire lovers that start to go their own separate ways, leaving their own path of destruction as they look to run the next stage of their lives. This story shows the two having new attempts at separate lives, like a vampire break up, where they look for new partners, while getting caught up in their blood lusted filled ways, showing us how even vampires when they break up can go down strange paths. Certain decision does end up getting caught up in the repeating action to what the pair both end up doing.

SettingsWe are set in a casino filled town, similar to Vegas, but not on the same size, with the smaller scale helping the vampires get away with things.

Scene of the Movie – The cinema screening.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The repetitive hunts.

Final Thoughts Blood from Stone is a nice spin on the vampire genre, bringing them into the everyday world, where the vampires have adapted to the night life of the casino world.

I Hate New Year’s (2020) Movie Review

Director: Christin Baker

Writer: Kathryn Trammell (Screenplay) Ashley Arnold, Christin Baker, Danielle Jablonski, Kathryn Trammell (Story)

Starring: Dia Frampton, Ashley Argota, Candis Cayne, Andrew Brennen, Kelly Lynn Reiter Tamiko Robinson Steele

Plot: Rising music star Layne heads home to Nashville for New Year’s Eve to break her writer’s block, but sometimes you find inspiration – and love – where you least expect it

Runtime: 1 Hour 18 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: I Hate New Year’s starts when rising music star Layne Price (Frampton) decides to visit home in Nashville for New Years as see her best friend Cassie (Argota) who has been waiting for her to return to home to tell her how she feels about her.

As Layne is looking to find a creative spark, she starts to look at a former love and her old band, while missing what was right on front of her, which will also see her fame continue to rise, with her in-person performances.

Thoughts on I Hate New Year’s

Characters – Layne Price is one of the hottest rising stars in music with her debut year, she is struggling with finding inspiration for a new song, needing to return home to Nashville, where she started her rise to fame in the music industry, she gets to spend time with her best friend, and spend the time trying to find her lost love, only building on her celebrity status with her random appearances performing. Cassie is Layne best friend, they grew up together and is a country singer in her own right. She wants to tell Layne how she feels about her, only she can’t bring up the courage to and decides to help Layne look for her lost love over the night, however much that will hurt her seeing her being left alone. On the journey over the night we meet a overly wise driver that always knows what to say, connections in the music world that have help Layne reach the level she has and her manager who is struggling with the sudden trends about her.

PerformancesDia Frampton and Ashley Argota in the leading role are both great to watch, they both show how down to Earth two musicians can be, how love with haunt them and how hope of love can leave someone wanting more.

StoryThe story here follows a rising musician that returns home for inspiration for new songs by seeing her friends who helped her get to where she is, along with dealing with an old love in her life. This is a story that shows us how musicians will need to take a break to find inspiration and that you could find love from the people closest to you in life. This does everything that makes you feel happy, with music performances, seeing all the positive moments on life and will leave you with a smile.

Comedy/RomanceThe comedy in the film comes from the different moments that are going on through the night, with moments from Cassie flirting often getting a few extra laughs, with the romance being a lot of looking back at what could be, while not taking advantage of the opportunity right on front of you.

SettingsThe film is set in Nashville, which helps us feel like we are in the home of country music, showing us the community will be open to everything positive.

Scene of the Movie – The New Year’s performance.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Nothing.

Final Thoughts I Hate New Year’s is a fun rom com that will get plenty of laughs, delightful musical performances and a love story you want to succeed.

Ammonite (2020) London Film Festival Movie Review

Director: Francis Lee

Writer: Francis Lee (Screenplay)

Starring: Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan, Fiona Shaw, Gemma Jones, James McArdle, Alec Secareanu

Plot: 1840s England, acclaimed but overlooked fossil hunter Mary Anning and a young woman sent to convalesce by the sea develop an intense relationship, altering both of their lives forever

Runtime: 2 Hours

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Ammonite starts as we see the fossil hunter Mary Anning (Winslet) living off the coast where she searches for the fossil, with her mother Molly (Jones), they are seen as the outsiders in the village, until a scientist Roderick Murchison (McArdle) and his wife Charlotte (Ronan) arrive in town looking to learn off her.

When Roderick goes on his own expedition, he asks Mary to watch of Charlotte, as she is recovering from her own illness, leading to the two reluctantly spending time together, changing both of their lives.

Thoughts on Ammonite

Characters – Mary Anning is a fossil hunter that has been living her life away from the traditions for her whole life, she is famous in the community for her work, living with just her mother off the coast, where she finds the most fossils, she doesn’t communicate too much with the rest of the town and doesn’t have people skill, preferring to work alone than with people. She reluctantly agrees to watch over Charlotte, while her husband is away, leading to an unlikely friendship between the two. Charlotte Murchison is the wife of Roderick, the pair have suffered their own loss of a child, leading to Charlotte losing the sparkly she once had, she needs to recover with the time on the coast being the medicine prescribed to her. She does start to come back out of her shell, once she spends more time with Mary. We don’t meet too many more characters, we have the husband Roderick who is trying to help bring his wife out of her depression, Dr Lieberson who helps when Charlotte gets ill and Molly Anning the mother of Mary who is stuck in her own ways.

PerformancesKate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan are both wonderful in the leading roles, showing the pain in life they have both been through, as well as the hope they bring each other.

StoryThe story follows a lonely fossil hunter that is asked to look after the wife of a fellow scientist with the two slowly starting to spend time with each other and falling in love, opening their eyes to what could come from life. The story does follow the formula you would expect it too, it does show us the everyday almost boring to film routines the characters go through, holding back the excitement from life, highlighting the slump both women are going through. We do get to lean more into the forbidden love for the time and era, but otherwise we have seen the story unfold before.

Biopic/RomanceWe don’t learn that much about Mary Anning from a true professional stand point, which is more disappointing, with the romance side of everything being what we have seen before from the love involved.

SettingsThe small coastal town makes us see the type of life that Mary wants, away from the world, close to her work.

Scene of the Movie – The fossil hunt.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Nothing new.

Final Thoughts Ammonite has brilliant performance, a well crafted world inside a tried and tested story that doesn’t do anything wrong.

Christmas with a Crown (2020) Movie Review

Director: Dylan Pearce

Writer: Michael Varrati (Screenplay)

Starring: Lisa Durupt, Marcus Rosner, Michael Lazarovitch, John Treleaven

Plot: When a successful woman returns to her hometown to revive her family’s Christmas festival, she meets a dashing stranger who is volunteered to help organize the event. Sparks begin to fly between them, but little does she know that he is really a prince in disguise, longing to find the true spirit of the holidays. It will take a Christmas miracle of royal proportions for their hearts to meet as one.

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Christmas with a Crown starts when New Yorker Cassie (Durupt) returns home for Christmas to celebrate with her father Walt (Treleaven) only to learn that the Christmas Festival her mother started isn’t being followed through this year, she wants to use it to help fundraise for the local library. Prince Nicolas (Rosner) has escape from his palace to go on one of his adventures where his royalty isn’t known about.

Cassie must reluctantly accept help from Nicolas who wants to experience the festival and over the time preparing the festival, the two get to learn more about each other, including Nicolas’ big secret.

Thoughts on Christmas with a Crown

Characters – Cassie has been living in New York, her career is about to take off, she is in a stable relationship and is looking forward to returning home to see her father. She wants to bring back the Christmas Festival that her mother started only to find the problems with planning until a stranger helps her, giving her a new look at her life. Prince Nicolas has spent his whole life living in the royal spotlight, he has escaped this to go in search for the meaning of Christmas, from a story he read from his mother’s notes, he keeps his true identity secret from the town, as he helps out in the town, looking to escape the future he could be facing. Walt is Cassie’s father that is here to support her life choices, he has looked to continue his life after losing his wife too.

PerformancesLisa Durupt and Marcus Rosner are both wonderful in the leading role, they show what Christmas means to them from the different backgrounds. The supporting cast will bring moments of comedy in the film which will lighten the mood at times.

StoryThe story here follows a woman that wants to leave the big city and try and return a Christmas festival, only to get help from a mysterious stranger that is looking to escape his own life commitments in a royal family. This is a story about getting to know somebody for who they are inside, over getting to know them because of who are in status. We have the Christmas feeling about coming together for the greater good throughout the film.

RomanceThe romance in the film comes from seeing how Cassie and Nicolas have chemistry from the moment they meet, seeing the blossoming romance unfold.

SettingsThe film has glimpse of the New York and kingdom the two are both from, but most of the movie is set in the small town where the festival happens.

Scene of the Movie – The Christmas Festival.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – We could have seen more of the original Christmas Festival to show just how magical it was always meant to be.

Final Thoughts This is a fairy-tale like magical Christmas romance that will give us laughs and reflections on life.

DVD/VOD Release Date:12/1/20