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Into the Dark: Pure (2019)
Who can you trust when nothing is ever what it seems?
A story about the pitfalls of trust and purity are analyzed in this fantasy/horror film. When Shay is reunited with her father after many years, she hopes that it will be the chance to get to know him. He invites his daughters (Shay and Jo) to a religious Purity Retreat in hopes that it will bring them close together. Once they arrive there, Shay starts to feel out of sorts. As her half-sister Jo starts to introduce her to some friends, she starts to feel like she belongs. One night they sneak away so they can perform a secret ritual to bring "Lilith" ( a supernatural entity) back to life. Once the ritual is performed they start to experience some strange phenomenon they can't explain. The only question they must figure out is what is more dangerous; the demon that has been unleashed or the stress they feel from their controlling fathers? As part of Hulu's "Into the Dark" anthology series, Writer and Director Hannah Macpherson brings to life a tale of trust gone wrong. Even though the story will keep you connected, it takes to long to prove it's point. As a genre film, it does not identify with any specific one; not horror, not fantasy, not drama. While the film is slow and unusual for the most part, it's not completely bad. The story, the performances and the direction of the film will have you mesmerized. It will just feel like a very long trip down the road to your destination.
She's in the Army Now (1981)
To Watch or Not To Watch???
"She's in the Army Now" is an early 80's TV movie with an all star cast that looks like a blend between "Reform School Girls" and "Private Benjamin". Released a year after the Goldie Hawn classic, this TV film tries to capture the success of women in the military. With early performances by a young Jamie Lee Curtis and Melanie Griffith, it shows seven weeks of basic training in the army of a group of very different women. While it does have a cross of comedic and dramatic undertones, it falls very short of it being a drama or a comedy. Most of the subject matter it portrays (i.e. Suicide to bullying) has a very adult mannerisms in how they approach it for a TV movie. Most people who are fans of the cast and/or fans of military movies will be drawn to this film. However, things are not all what they appear to be. Proceed with caution!!!!
The Little Mermaid Live! (2019)
Seeing is Believing????
How do you celebrate one of Disney's most beloved animated films? By doing it in true Disney fashion and making it live. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Little Mermaid, Disney decided to turn the film into a live interactive event. Staged in front of a live audience, the production was a mixed mash of the animated movie fused with live performances of the songs with the audience helping recreate the scenes. The overall premise for the production was a great idea but it lacked steam for it being a live event. Fans should be very hesitant in watching this if they are expecting something along the lines of Broadway's version of The Lion King...they are two very different experiences. There are many mixed feelings about the production for whatever reasons. However taking in the account of it being a Disney film aimed at little kids, they will love the interactive experience of their favorite songs being played out against a film they like. So if seeing is truly believing, grab the little ones and take a trip 'Under the Sea' with Ariel and her friends.
Lost in "Paradise"!
To laugh or cry, that is the question? Most films that deal with heavy subject material with a comedic overtone, are very hard to contemplate. Writer Diablo Cody's directorial debut sets forth answering some very deep philosophical questions in a very whimsical manner.
Set in a very conservative and Christian community, young Lamb Mannerheim is recovering from a plane crash that left her fiancé dead and her body badly burned. Trying to cope with her feelings with what had happened, she denounces God in front of her entire church and decides to leave town in search of earthly pleasures in the most wildest places she can think of...Las Vegas. Once there, she befriends 2 residents who take her under their wings to show her what life has to offer. And in the course of one night, friendships are made and many lives are changed.
The film walks a very thin line between comedy and drama. Overall the plot of the movie is very interesting but it keeps you some what twisted in what it is trying to accomplish. The cast does a great job trying to flush out the essence of their characters but it does make it hard trying to connect with them.
As a film in whole, the comedic and dramatic timing of the movie will draw you in. But once you reach "Paradise", you will be lost in the meaning of it all. Proceed with caution!!!
Gilda Live (1980)
A Comedic Gem!!!
As one of the first female performers for "Saturday Night Live" back when it premiered in 1975, Gilda Radner help shape the face of comedy. "Gilda Live" is a nostalgic look back on comedienne Gilda Radner live show from 1980.
Bringing to life many of the characters she made famous on SNL, Gilda Radner's performance on stage is highlighted by the fact that it's live and uncensored. Many fans have noted that even with it's R rating at the time of it's release, the mostly "Adult" oriented performance was way more refreshing than watching it on TV.
Many film critics in 1980, did not care for the movie at the time. However, after many years later...the film has become a true attestment of it's time in comedy. Though the material may seem some what dated and old, fans of the actress look back on it with such fond memories.
"Gilda Live" is such a precious treasure of a film showing the late comedienne at her best both on and off the stage. A must watch for die hard fans!!!!!