I love photography and also view movies in HD on a 10 foot screen, and this movie is so mesmerizing with it's cinematography, and the way it is shot is so much of the story, that I'm glad I didn't see it on a small screen. An intimate story about grief, guilt and death, a shyster clairvoyant and a man with drinking problems have their lives intertwined by tragedy. The fact that this movie is a real family affair, both behind and in front of the camera is amazing because Toby Poser and John Adams along with their daughter Zelda , have created a very enjoyable little film that is a wonder to behold. While at times I wish there had been more action, the acting is fantastic, and the story pulled me in as I wondered where it was going and how it would end. At times it becomes surreal, but it is never less then interesting and I can not praise the cinematography enough, the saturated colors, the natural lighting in many scenes, the hi-contrast effects, this is one of the most beautifully filmed Indies I have ever seen. While Hollywood spends millions to churn out garbage, this family succeeded in creating a little gem of a movie.
They Reach (2020)Unbearable !!!!!!!
3 June 2020
I give myself credit for lasting 41 minutes and 19 seconds. Even by that point little had happened in this movie that is awful on so many levels it's incredible they could get so much wrong. This is not a horror movie, it's nonsense. The acting is so bad, it's as if in casting they went for the worst possible actors. Characters are not just annoying they are cartoon-ish, as if they went for comedy and failed. The script is juvenile and awkward and the first 41 minutes are filled with scenes that have nothing to do with horror. If they were going for character development , all they produced was boredom. The trailer is completely misleading. How could so many talent-free actors, writers, a director, editors, etc, get together to make whatever this is ? If I had to give anyone any credit, it seems the cameraman knew how to use his camera. Other then that this is a complete waste of time.
Debt Collectors (2020)Very Entertaining
3 June 2020
The screen chemistry between Scott Adkins and Louis Mandylor, the witty, rapid fire dialogue and the action sequences are all the main reasons this film works. I thought the first one was great and this one is just as good, so if you liked the first , this is a must see. Exciting, but also well written, it is genuinely funny at times and Scott is as good at delivering a funny line as he is with his fight scenes. He looks great as always and all his films are a must see for me although I haven't enjoyed some of his recent foreign films as much as I enjoyed this. A must for fans of the excellent Scott Adkins.
Silent Hill (2006)Turned it off after 3 hours..............
31 May 2020
This movie isn't 3 hours long, but as it entered what felt like it's 3rd hour I just gave up, in fact I have no idea why I didn't give up after the first 15 minutes. If you, like me, are someone who doesn't appreciate movies based on video games or comics, avoid this at any cost. I know nothing of the video game it is based on so I can only review it as a horror movie and as horror , this is a cheesefest of bad acting, pathetic childish dialogue, the most fake looking sets I've ever seen, really bad special effects and all of it is over the top. Even the props over-act. I can see it being based on a video game because it looks like one, and one that hasn't aged well in the past 14 years. With as bad as it was, it wasn't even interesting and nothing about it had any depth. Why would someone even bother to make a movie from a video game ? If only I had reached for the remote sooner.
The Vast of Night (2019)Ultimately a Big Bore
30 May 2020
The people behind this deserve credit for the attention to detail in creating atmosphere that sends us back in time , gives us complete characters and there is certainly no lack of dialogue. Unfortunately , this is way way way too talky with very little action or even anything compelling to hold your interest. While watching this, for some reason, I was reminded of the original B&W version of "The Blob"in it's style, which is far superior to this because at least it was exciting. In fact any episode of the Twilight Zone or Outer Limits, both classics this tries to mimic, would be far more interesting then this film. There isn't much more here then very long scenes of conversations, strung together, that had me nodding off. The whole thing came off as a kind of minimalist Sci-Fi experiment in boredom.
7500 (2019)A JGL misfire
30 May 2020
Joseph Gordon Levitt is an excellent actor and the reason I wanted to watch this although I went in knowing little. While he is his usual excellent self, he can not save this wholly unrealistic movie. With a wimpy terrorist on board that we are asked to ultimately feel sorry for and some actions that seem highly improbable, I couldn't wait for this to end. I expected excitement and all I got was JGL in the cockpit, in fact viewers should know going in that the camera doesn't leave the cockpit for the entire movie. Years ago the master, Hitchcock, created a minimalist classic with Lifeboat. This is no classic, it's just contrived and predictable. Unless you need to see JGL and terrorists stuck in a cockpit, this is one to skip. 4 stars only for the acting.
The Blackout (2019)Epic
24 May 2020
The Blackout is an epic Sci-FI extravaganza , with top notch CGI , an excellent cast who perform well and an interesting story. Suited well for the big screen, it's at times a marvel to behold. If you enjoy apocalyptic cinema , this is a must see. I would suggest seeing it in Russian with subtitles. Although the movie is over 2 hours long, it certainly didn't feel it and I was never bored. Better then most Hollywood big budget Sci-fi I've seen lately.
The Dark Red (2018)Interesting and well-acted
23 May 2020
While this is not a 10 star movie by any means, It certainly is well written and exceptionally well-acted. The mystery of it draws you in as the characters play off each other because there is an actual script, something so many movies today seem to lack. I was never bored . April Billingsley in the lead ,as a woman with mental health issues, and Kelsey Scott as the social worker trying to understand her keep their scenes alive and realistic as the story unfolds in flashbacks. They are both completely believable and excellent actresses. The story also came across as original and kept me guessing. A good mystery/thriller for an afternoon watch.
Calm with Horses (2019)Another bleak Irish Film
22 May 2020
If you've seen one bleak Irish film with gangsters, you've seen them all, and this is just another one. Cosmo Jarvis is an ex-boxer working as a thug for some bad people but for some reason it was decided he should play the role as some type of caricature of a mentally challenged adult. It's very distracting to see him with his face screwed up in a way as if he'd be too stupid to dress himself. He does redeem himself in an excellent scene near the end which includes dialogue but leading up to that are too many scenes where he is just asked to stand there and look completely bewildered. The movie packs no punch, there are no surprises, but is held together by some excellent acting from the supporting players and a few good scenes. Unless you are in the mood for another bleak Irish film , this isn't worth watching and as an American, the dialogue in this film is a bit hard to understand.
Inheritance (2020)Only worth it for Lily
22 May 2020
Lily Collins is a good actress and gorgeous, so I wanted to like this, watched it because of her and just came away disappointed. The plot is preposterous, and so much so, that I just concentrated on how spectacular she looked in the various fashions and the mansion setting is equally fabulous. I didn't realize I was watching Simon Pegg till the movie was almost over. In 2020 it's hard to believe someone would think to write this script as some type of a thriller. There are twists and turns in the story and I guessed everyone well in advance of their reveal which gives you an idea of how poorly this is put together. Lily deserves better then this but she is the only reason I even give this 5 stars.
Becoming (I) (2020)Drama ? Sci-fi ? Horror ?
20 May 2020
I like Toby Kebbell and he is the reason I watched this, but this is a bland kind of horror movie filmed by someone who has no idea of how to do horror. More of a drama with sci-fi horror elements thrown it , it fails at whatever it was going for. There are angles to the story that are never explained and some that I have no idea why they were even in the movie. The entire film has a very disjointed feel as if in editing they had no idea what they were going for so they just haphazardly pieced it together. Extremely disappointing since at it's base it had an interesting idea (think Body Snatchers) but then completely dropped the ball and made whatever this is. Not even worth watching once unless you love Toby.
We Die Young (2019)Shaky Camera Supreme
19 May 2020
This movie is so awful I was rooting for the bad guys. In fact David Castaneda, who plays one of the bad guys, is the only reason at all to watch this garbage as he rises above the rest of the cast and all that is wrong here. The story is the usual preposterous Hollywood drug running garbage ,made worse by how badly it is filmed and recorded. Not just shaky camera, but twirly camera, they must have tied the camera to a rope and just started swinging it back and forth. Quick cuts in editing of 1 second snippets add nothing. At least half the dialogue in the film is unintelligible although some of that blame falls on actors who seem to be talking with marbles in their mouths. The teen and child actors in this are truly, amazingly beyond bad and ruin every scene they are in and they are in most of it. Jean-Claude has no dialogue and actually isn't that bad in his role, but this movie is close to being unwatchable. The shaky camera style needs to end.
Haze (I) (2016)Headache Inducing
14 May 2020
Because of the many fake 10 star reviews on here , I hesitated in watching this and now that I have a throbbing headache, I realized my original hunch to skip this was correct. With an appealing cast and what could have been an interesting story, the real failure here lies with the people behind the scenes who have zero talent at film-making , cinematography or writing. With little in the way of dialogue, at least 90% of this movie is nothing more then thousands of quick 2 second edits strung together with blaring music like the longest worst music video ever. How many scenes of people drinking, barfing and partying can you chop up and splice together and call it a movie ? The few instances where the movie does slow down to allow the characters to interact and have a conversation are so poorly written that you understand why there aren't actual scenes in this movie. Out of control "shaky camera" does not take the place of real emotion and expert direction. There is no character development. While watching a movie about the tortures of hazing, I felt like I was being tortured. To be honest the only interesting thing about the movie was the male erotic content.
Stairs (II) (2019)Felt 4 hours long
8 May 2020
Picture what it would be like to climb 10,000 flights of stairs. By the end you'd feel worn out and tired and it would take forever. Well that sums up this movie. I'm sure Tom Paton who wrote and directed this felt he was making some deep and meaningful statement on warfare and the difference between right and wrong but this is just a muddled mess of ideas, poorly executed. The dialogue is so simplistic it's as if a child wrote it. The movie is set-up in such a way as to use the same footage over and over and over again. On top of it, the cast is largely unappealing. Even the actual staircase is a bore. Bad Sci-fi, very little horror , repetitive action scenes, and an over abundance of poor acting.
Villains (I) (2019)What a mess.
8 May 2020
I like all the actors in this and they are certainly giving it their all, but this movie is all over the place. The trailer is completely misleading and led me to believe this might be interesting with some horror twists. Instead it's just nonsense, with a poor script that is neither funny nor makes any sense. There are certain things that happen in the film that go unexplained, and the entire film seems as if they were writing it as they went along, or decided to go in one direction and then changed their mind. There is such a thing as trying too hard. Not funny, not a thriller, not amusing, not entertaining in the least. What a waste of good actors.
Artik (2019)A Shameful Waste
4 May 2020
The entire time I watched this movie I just kept thinking how great it could've been and just wasn't. The cinematography , the lighting and use of colors along with the sound effects were all excellent. The trailer made it look interesting and at it's core the story could've been interesting had it been fleshed out. Instead the script is so poorly written, the move so talky with long boring sequences of mumbling dialogue that it just fails to interest. Most of the cast is fine and Chase Williamson, who was outstanding in Greenlight, does his best with the garbage dialogue he is called on to deliver but a large part of this movie is devoted to the main character, Artik, played by Jerry G Angelo and he is AWFUL. I couldn't understand half of what he was saying. Characters carried on in ways that would have required them to be psychic . There isn't even much to the movie, as if they ran out of money while making it. I will continue to seek out movies starring Chase Williamson but Mr Angelo needs to find another line of work, he alone is about 50% of the reason this movie stinks.
The Journey: Absolution (1997)Flawless
4 May 2020
This movie can be described as Flawless, well not the movie itself, but the men in it and the 2 lone female cast members. The movie itself is a pile of stinking nonsense but it is at times laugh out loud funny with campy lines and lots of half naked men on display. There are entire scenes of sweaty men working out and guys on parade in their underwear. Jaime Pressly, looking pretty spectacular has a nude scene although I doubt the audience for this is going to care. Mario Lopez looks adorable and his pectoral muscles seem larger then everyone else's which is probably why he got the lead since not even one cast member can act. When everyone is this pretty, what does it matter ? Richard Grieco, hamming it up, is the cherry on top. No reason to watch this for the plot or special effects because they are nonexistent and it was even hard to understand some of the dialogue at times because it was not well recorded, but if you're in the mood for gorgeous men and silliness this is worth watching.
The Wretched (2019)Somewhat Wretched
2 May 2020
I had high hopes for this film because it started off well. It wasn't too long though before I was asking myself, did a 12 year old write this ? Why is there minor nudity and some curse words in a movie aimed at children ? It is aimed at children , I assume ? Was this made in Canada because they are known for their mediocre film making ? It could have been a good movie if it just weren't all over the place, with too many characters, too many unexplained and never explained happenings , shots that didn't make sense, entire scenes that were nothing more then filler. I can understand character development and John-Paul Howard is excellent in the lead, but he's given so many nonsense and non-essential scenes to work with that it just kills what's suppose to be a horror movie. On so many levels this movie just does not work. Everything about it is "generic horror movie" in the worst possible way. It's 2020 and this movie plays like made for TV horror from 1972.
Z (I) (2019)Great acting, too little horror.
2 May 2020
This is a surprising little movie, in that it has Oscar worthy acting and a great script in what is suppose to be a horror movie. Keegan Connor Tracy is outstanding as the mother of a young boy with an imaginary friend, but everyone is excellent in the cast. Stephen McHattie is always good , although his part is tiny. Other then the acting, what amazed me is that characters behaved exactly as you would expect someone to behave in real life, it's obvious an actual adult wrote the script. The problem is, it is suppose to be a horror movie, and there just wasn't enough horror to it, plenty of atmosphere, a sense of dread, the correct dark tones to the plot and a few shocking occurrences , but the movie was as much drama as it was horror. The plot needed to be expanded and fleshed out. Still it was interesting and is worth a watch.
The Lodge (2019)A Dark Feast
28 April 2020
If you are a fan of Riley Keough (Love her and the reason I watched it)), great cinematography and the horror genre , this is a must see. More psychological horror then your average horror movie, with impressive dialogue and an actual fleshed-out plot that rivets you, the acting from the entire cast is top-notch. The movie is haunting, with shot after beautifully framed shot , that builds slowly and pulls you in. If you like your movies fast-paced, this is not the film for you, but for the rest of us, this film is a dark feast for the eyes and mind. On so many levels , this was done correctly, right up until the final frames.
Bit (2019)Not a vampire movie for the masses
25 April 2020
In general I love vampire themed movies and prefer them to the now all too common, zombie films. With that in mind , but not much else , I sat down to watch this and boy I shouldn't have bothered. This is not any typical kind of vampire movie and I suggest you do 1 or both of these 2 things before you watch it. Read a synopsis of the plot or better yet, watch the trailer. On one hand there are going to be people who find this offensive , and I did, and I didn't even finish it. On the other hand , the acting is in an offensive category all it's own. I didn't watch the trailer till after I attempted to watch this and if I had, I never would have bothered. Did they hand the script to the "actors" (calling them actors is a stretch) just seconds before a scene was shot ? I know this is ultra low budget, it looked it, but I've seen some phenomenal acting in low budget indies and in this case I can only assume the film makers used friends with no talent at all. Not even worth it in quarantine with nothing else to do.
19 April 2020
I have seen this movie several times and when it comes to disaster movies feel it's one of the under-rated ones. In fact I prefer it to the original, because this one keeps it suspenseful and the action and terror of it all is non-stop. The special effects are top notch and the catastrophe that opens the movie is breathtaking and spectacular. Yes the dialogue is cheesy and the characters kind of laughable, but who cares, the real stars of this movie are the first rate disasters the cast has to overcome. It genuinely looks like it was quite grueling to shoot. Don't let the bad reviews put you off, if you love disaster films, this is one of the best !
Killer Sofa (2019)a Waste of Time
17 April 2020
The premise of this movie, a possessed recliner, sounded so absurd I figured the people behind it had to be playing it just for laughs. The trailer makes it look outlandishly ridiculous, but sad to say it isn't all that funny. Had they played it as a farce, it might have worked. It is so stupid and off the wall at times that I did laugh, but in between those few laughs, this is just a terrible bore. The strangest part is, it seems that in some ways they were seriously going for something suspenseful and scary and it was never either of those things. I was nodding off. If you are going to watch this thinking it will be so bad it's funny, you are wasting your time.
Butt Boy (2019)Original and Well Done !
14 April 2020
If ever a movie were destined to become a cult classic, this is it. Off the wall original, surreal, shocking and at times LOL funny, this is a movie you will not soon forget. Not giving any of the plot away, but what is there to say about the story of a man and his butt ? Of course it's about so much more, but this really must be seen to be believed. Never boring. The performances are excellent from everyone but although writer/director/star ,Tyler Cornack, has second billing as Chip, his understated performance steals the movie. For originality this is a 10. I do think it could have used a bit more dialogue and polish, it relies a bit too much at times on slow motion, but not in a distracting way. Maybe a bit more action but Mr Cornack is to be applauded for churning out something interesting and a MUST-SEE in Indie Cinema.
Sea Fever (2019)One you can skip.............
12 April 2020
I had high hopes for this because of the trailer and some good reviews. Instead this was a huge letdown for what I assume was suppose to be a horror movie. There is very little horror to it , and no real suspense. All the actors were excellent, but this came across as so poorly written , they just didn't have much to work with. Comparing this to "Alien" is an insult to that movie. Have you ever watched a movie , waiting for it to pick up and get good ? Well I kept waiting and even when I thought it was going to pick up in action, it just kind of died down again. It also didn't help that the lead is written as a fairly unlikable character. Unless you have some love for the sea and like your horror movies bland and forgettable, there is no reason to watch this.