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Monday, September 25, 2017

Movie Review: Morning After (2017)

I recently screened a film that was inspired by true events called Morning After, which won the Flicker’s Ambassador Award (Rhode Island Int’l Film Festival (Providence, RI, USA). The film is a fifteen minute short about sexual fluidity amongst Millennials. The "No Label" generation. The film was directed by Patricia Chica and written by Kristian Hodko.

Films like this one are hard to write about. Mainly because while there was some dialogue, the short really relies on visuals to tell the story. Like during one scene the main character starts thinking about something and they have it take a physical form in the scene as he's processing it, which was a great visual and made a good impact on the scene. It's just hard to talk about a film that has so much going on with visuals without spoiling the story for others.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Movie Review: Goodnight, Gracie (2017)

I caught this four-minute short called Goodnight Gracie, which was
written and directed by Stellan Kendrick. Come to find out, Goodnight, Gracie's world premiere will be at the Sitges 2017 Film Festival, which runs from October 5th to October 15th. Then Goodnight, Gracie is off to be the opening film at the San Antonio Horrific Film Festival in Texas (October 20th) and after that, it will be presented at the NYC Horror Film Festival (October 29th).

Gracie, an eight-year-old little girl, hears her parents fighting downstairs, which is nothing new. It's when Gracie hears her mother's blood-curdling scream that she decides to go take a look. Looking down the stairs, Gracie sees her mother... chopped to bits and her stepdad covered in blood and holding an ax. Quickly, Gracie runs to her room to hide and starts praying to Jesus to save her.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Movie Review: Latched (2017)

I recently had the opportunity to screen a short film called Latched, which was the opening film at the TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) Short Cuts 06 Program this year (2017). Latched is a seventeen-minute fantasy/horror film that was directed by Justin Harding and Rob Brunner.

Latched centers around a woman named Alana and her fourteen-month-old son Bowen. Alana is a dance choreographer that's looking for some inspiration. So, Alana decides that she and Bowen are going to go stay at an island cottage. Since it's in the offseason Alana only has to share the island with her neighbor Peter, a nice, but rather strange older man. Least, that's everyone Alana thought was on the island.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Movie Review: Wonder Woman (2017)

As far as Wonder Woman goes I can't say I'm a mega fan that knows everything about her, but I am a fan. I grew up reading some of her comics and watching her on television (the Wonder Woman television series (1975) starring Lynda and different cartoons over time). So, I can easily say I'm familiar with the character that William Moulton Marston created. I've always thought Wonder Woman was cool. She has the lasso of truth, can deflect bullets, super strong, had an invisible jet, which never made sense, but as a kid, I thought it was cool! When I heard Wonder Woman was getting her own movie I thought it was stoked, but I wasn't going to get my hopes up due to the fact that I haven't really liked the last round of DC films (Batman vs Superman, Suicide Squad) that have come out. I don't know if it was Zack Snyder's story writing, Patty Jenkins's directing, or maybe both, but Wonder Woman is easily the best DC film to come out, so far.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Movie Review: Unleashed (2017)

When I got the e-mail asking me if I wanted to screen a movie called Unleashed my mind started wondering. I immediately started thinking of all the action or horror sicarios Unleashed could be about. So, I opened the e-mail to find out more about it. After reading everything about what Unleased was about, I have to say I was a bit surprised and oddly interested in screening it. As it turns out, Unleashed wasn't a horror or action flick, but a comedy about love and relationships with a fun spin to it.

Unleashed is a ninety-six-minute unrated comedy that goes a little something like this. Emma, an awkward app designer, decides she needs a new start in life after having her heart seriously stomped on by her boyfriend. So, Emma grabs up her two best friends, Summit and Ajax, and heads to San Francisco. After what her boyfriend did to her, Emma isn't exactly in a trusting place when it comes

Friday, September 8, 2017

Movie Review: Spider-Man: Homcoming (2017)

Alright, so I finally got to see Spider-Man: Homecoming, which I had been looking forward to since the been Captain America: Civil War (2016) teaser spot when we first saw (the new) Spider-Man. Even during his brief appearance in Civil War, I saw a lot of potential for the newest version of the web-slinger. Now, I know for some people Spider-Man is kind of a sore spot because it's another reboot. For some people (like me) it's a time to rejoice because yes it's the second reboot of Spidey, but(!) Homecoming is also the sixteenth film of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). So, you ask? Sony has had the rights to Spider-Man for... well a long time and companies usually don't work together, which meant fans would never see Spidey running along side some of the other Marvel heroes. So, when Sony and Marvel (Disney) actually struck a deal that would make that happen the world (of comic fans) cried tears of joy. Ok, so I'm not sure if anyone actually cried, but a lot of people were like seriously happy!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Movie Review: Patient 62 (2016)

Who remembers a movie called Scanners (1981), which was about people with telekinetic and telepathic powers? If you don't, no stress, it's an old film sci-fi film from back in the day. The only reason I even started thing about Scanners was that I screened the film Patient 62 recently and it had a cool Scanners vibe to it. Patient 62 is a sci-fi/thriller about a man getting telekinetic powers through a drug and what he does with those powers to serve up some justice.

Patient 62 was written by Rick Anthony and here's what it's about. During a conversation with his mother, Lucas finds out his sister Angela has gone missing. Since Lucas isn't on the best of terms with his sister he writes it off to Angela has gone off to party somewhere and she'll be back. Lucas's mother doesn't think that's true because she's been having the same nightmare again and again about