I’ve had this one recommended a few times and have some of Robert Eggers other works on my list so, I decided to go back to the beginning with watching the first film that made him A director to watch for. This film set in 1630’s in the New England area follows a family of 6 struggling to survive on the land. When the youngest disappears the other siblings start to blame the oldest sister and claim she is a witch. As the story continues they are tested and sent into chaos as they are picked off one by one. This is a film that’s kind of slow in parts but you can never take your eyes off it. The cinematography look and feel set the stage for a dark, unknown, and sometimes violent story that doesn’t ease up on the tension from start to finish. It leaves you gripped in suspense as this intense but disturbing plot plays out. If your squeamish I would not recommend this movie but if you can handle things like that it’s a excellently shot, written, acted, and edited film that if your a horror fan, is a must see. Yes it has the quintessential elements in every horror film like blood, Gore, even satanic goats but it’s more like if Scorsese directed a horror film. With lots of soundtrack and film tricks similar to classic films in the genre like Suspiria and others. It’s sure to be a new classic for horror fans in the way Dracula or Frankenstein is and With a runtime of a hour and half it’s a quick, impactful, and dark film you will be sure not to forget anytime soon. After watching this I can’t help but to be excited for his other works. I’m giving this film a 10/10. Would watch again and that’s not something I almost ever say. Up next taking it down a notch and cleaning the pallet with some comedies. First Murder Mystery and then Coffee & Kareem.
Back again with another film review. This time we are talking about The Siege of Jadotville. Directed by Richie Smyth(all of U2’s documentaries) and starring Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey series) this film follows the story of the first and only battle experience the Irish army had through the eyes of the small underprepared platoon that tried their hardest to repel enemy forces. This war film takes place in the congo in the 1960’s during an attempt to take over by a warlord and features lots of explosions, shootouts, and all those regular things you would expect from the genre. I do think it has an interesting story and great acting but at times was a bit slow. I would recommend it if your looking to fill a day or just a fan of the genre but other than that it was nothing special or new. I still found it interesting from a historical sense so I’ll give this one a 6/10. Up next is Robert Egger’s The Witch.
As we continue our lockdowns, I decided to go with a survival film for the next pick. Walking Out stars Matt Bomer, Josh Wiggins, and Bill Pullman in one of his last roles. Directed by Alex and Andrew Smith (best known for The Slaughter Rule). This film follows a estranged father and son pair who plan a moose hunting trip in the mountains of Alaska to bond. As he tries to teach his son the things his father taught him about surviving and hunting, the father is injured in A hunting accident, and it’s up to the son to use all of his knowledge and skills he has learned to save him and his father. This film starts off a bit slow but when it kicks off it’s filled with suspense and tension until the end. Any fans of the genre should check out this strong film with beautiful backdrop and tension filled story it makes a fun 1 hour and 35 minute watch. With strong performances it makes it a must see for anyone craving some tension or suspense. I give this one a 8 out of 10, only because of the slow beginnings.
I’m going to be adding to my list of movies to review with some newer additions. If you haven’t seen some of the other films up on my previous list, don’t worry this is just a continuation. Here are some of them:
Hit and Run
The Ballad of Lefty Brown
I lost My Body
A Ghost Story
The Two Pope’s
The Other Side of The Wind.
These will be in no particular order just whenever I can get around to them or if you have any suggestions or want me to hurry up on a certain film just message me.
Kicking off our next review with a film that hits you hard with all the essential elements of a action film. You got your badass, scary, and betrayed main character played by Scott Adkins. If you are into these kind of films you will recognize him from A large amount of other action movies. You will probably recognize the director, Jesse V. Johnson, responsible for many other films in the genre too. You got your story of betrayal by the hands of his own brother. You also have lots of blood and punches too. But the real thing that separates it apart is that it plays out like a Guy Ritchie film with all the wacky characters, sense of humor, and strong story. When a man is set up by his gangster brother and sent to his countries worst prison he must learn to adapt, survive, and prove himself until he can escape to take his revenge on his brother. This is one of the best action films I’ve seen in quite some time and Scott Adkins performance is his best one yet. With a runtime of 1 hour and 30 minutes you’ll be sure to enjoy this action packed film. I think it’s a smart, different, and strong film but if your looking for a real thinker, this isn’t your thing just enjoy the ride. I’m giving it a 8/10.
Part 4 coming at you now with a rather different take. This time we are taking a closer look at Joe Hill and Stephen King’s (son and father team) “In The Tall Grass”. This film pairs up not only with veteran writers in the genre but also a veteran horror star in Patrick Wilson and legendary director Vincenzo Natalie (Cube, Splice, and Westworld). It lives up to it’s weight with A terrifying performance from Patrick Wilson, excellent camerawork and angles, and a interesting story. The only down side to this film, is A upside if your A King fan, and that is it’s A little hard to follow in some of the story’s twists and turns. There’s A lot of time travel and ancient aliens type stuff going on. The story though takes place in A corn field that lures you in with cries for help and once your in everything is a maze. It’s up to our group of assorted people from different eras of time to come together so they can find A way to escape back into the real world. It’s a very interesting story with some hints of Gore but mostly a psychological horror film. If you’re a fan of other classics like the cell, cube, or any of the type of movie, you will love this movie. It’s A quick but tension filled and engaging 1 hour and 41 minute run that will be sure to leave you questioning things. I give this one a 8 out of 10.
First of all let me clarify this is not the awake from the 2000’s. This movie is quite different but in a good way. Setting itself apart from other crime drama/murder mystery with a somewhat fresh twist. This movie stars Johnathan Rhys Meyers and Francesca Eastwood. The first plays a man involved In a car accident with a woman’s body in his trunk, and the second an unwilling hostage turned friend. When he awakens he can’t remember anything and must escape to find his identity and prove his innocence. After the cops try to pin a spree of local women’s murders on him he must find the real killer. Johnathan Rhys Meyers gives a ironically memorable performance in this murder mystery that keeps you guessing as it goes.This film also features some interesting camera tricks and a good supporting cast. For fans of crime dramas or just A good mystery I would suggest this 1 hour and 32 minute movie with it’s dark and amnesic story that ends like you won’t expect. I give this film A 8 out of 10.
Part two of coronavirus moviefest. We go down to the dirty south of Mississippi during WW2, two boys from different races are sent to war and come back changed men. They put their differences aside and become the best of friends but can their families? A tale of two different worlds in each other’s backyards. It’s filled with so many emotions ranging from sadness, grief, anger, heartbreak, and glimpses of happiness. With excellent performances from Jason Clarke, Mary J. Blige, and rising star Garrett Hedlund and an amazing but tragic story this is A film you will remember for a lifetime. Well worth it’s 2 hour and 15 minute runtime. Giving A accurate and unflinching portrayal of life in wartime Mississippi it’s sure to leave you affected. I would recommend it a million times over and that’s why I’m giving it my first 10/10. Up next is Awake.
With this Covid-19 scare and recent temporary layoffs because of it, I find myself with the time I need to devote to catching up on some movies in my queue. This is the first of a series of daily posts coming up. When I first picked this movie I expected a dark, gritty action movie but, what I got was a fun buddy corrupt cop action comedy. With a cast of two excellent leading men in Alexander Skarsgard and Michael Pena and directed by John Michael Mcdonaugh it’s a rather lower budget movie but the acting chemistry of the two buddy cops is the real star of this film. The story is about two corrupt partners in the police who have their money stolen during a deal gone wrong and come after everyone until they get it back. Sounds like a grungy kick-ass action movie but it’s filled with lots of NSFW humor and great acting. Although I really do think if it was any other actors the film wouldn’t have been as entertaining as it was. So I have to give this quick 1 hour and 38 minute film a 7/10 for lack of story and poor editing but still entertaining for a one time watch. Up next will be Mudbound.
Sorry for the break everyone. I had some service issues but back to it. This time I’ve got a quirky little murder mystery. With Matt Shakman (GOT, The Boys, Fargo) in the directors chair and a stellar cast featuring Liam Hemsworth, Billy Bob Thornton, and John Malkovich. This movie had a lot to live up to. I think it meets every point though with more twists and turns than a small town road it keeps your eyes glued to the screen throughout it’s 1 hour and 30 minute run. The first murder occurs in small town Cut Bank, Montana and the truth leads everyone down a dark and unexpectedly violent path. With a madman on a murder spree and a group of locals running a scam things quickly get out of hand. Coming from the near perfect production company A24, it lives up to their other films. I give it a 8 out of 10.