Archive for June, 2014

Vuguru,

Sterling Beaumon, Raleigh Holmes, Lori Loughlin, Paul James, Morgan Bertsch, Steve Crest

The Gates family are moving into their dream house after it comes on the market. But strange things immediately start to happen as the former owner of the house is hiding in the attic. But he’s looking to take back the house and make the Gates children his own, and he’ll kill anyone who gets in his way. This is a very creepy horror thriller loaded with suspense.

There are a whole bunch of movies out there with Crawlspace in the title. The easiest way to find this one is to note that Lori Loughlin is in this one. We remember Lori from her role as Uncle Jesse’s wife in Full House, and she if a familiar face, but she doesn’t seem to be totally into this film. Her performance is pretty flat and her expression pretty much stays the same throughout. Dad isn’t much better. This has a Lifetime feel to it, and I almost was convinced that it was a made for TV film, except that I can’t find any indication that it was. So don’t expect excellent Hollywood style film work here, but I must admit I found myself drawn into this story. I don’t know what it is, perhaps the fact that I have raised a family and been a homeowner most of my life. I can see how this kind of thing can happen. Whatever the reason, I did find myself invested in the story, and this is a good thing. If you happen to catch this one, I think it’s well worth turning it on and watching it just for the intensity of the story.

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Demarest Films, Lipsync Productions, Number 9 Films,

Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, Sam Riley, Jonny Lee Miller, Daniel Mays, Caleb Landry Jones, Kate Ashfield, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Uri Gavriel, Thure Lindhardt

Two sisters, Elenor (Saoirse Ronan) and Clara (Gemma Arterton) are on the run after committing a gruesome crime and settle on a little seaside hamlet to hide out in. Immediately Clara meets Noel (Daniel Mays) who allows he to stay in his lonely guest house, Byzantium, while Elenor meets Frank (Caleb Landry Jones) and makes a friendship with him where she reveals the truth, that she and Clara are 2000 years old and survive on human blood in this Gothic horror tale.

This movie might suit a certain brand of people who are huge Gothic story fans. It is dark and dreary, slow moving, and filled with the stuff that Gothic tales of horror generally provide. But I really got bored right away with this film and even though I stuck with it, it never improved, nor did it catch my interest. I never really got into either story. This is really two films at once, set in the same town with the same characters. Hastings was once a tiny fishing hamlet, and today it’s a seaside resort town. Performances are decent, it’s just that story lagged too much for me to really get into it. Take a look at the preview and see if it might be for you, but for me, it was a big disappointment. It just didn’t work.

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Original Media, Freight Yard Films, Alchemedia Films,

Naomi Watts, Norman Reedus, William Haze, Matt Dillon, Tess Harper, Antoni Corone, Keith Hudson, Yvonne Gougelet

Melissa (Naomi Watts) and Richie (Matt Dillon) are a Florida couple living in squalor and barely making ends meet. Richie is a quadriplegic and is unemployed while Melissa has a minimum wage job working as a clerk in a mini-mart. They’re just scraping by when Melissa finds out she’s pregnant and things look like they are turning up. But Melissa loses her job and her ex Justin (Norman Reedus) is stalking her and things take a much bigger turn for the worse.

This is a disturbing and depressing film that has some good and some bad. On the good side, the cast is very good. Naomi Watts especially does a splendid job pulling this off. The problem is that it’s really a downer. This is one of those films that take a couple in trouble and just turn on the camera and let it run. There’s not a real point here, other than how pointless it is. Although I suppose it realistic that people in a situation like this are not likely going to get any better. I just tend to dislike movies that have no purpose and just don’t go anywhere. This one doesn’t. There isn’t any reason to hate this movie, but at the same time, there’s not much going for it either. It’s very ordinary. Pass this one by.

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Maven Pictures,

Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Tyrese Gibson, Jacob Latimore, Mary J. Blige, Nas, Jennifer Hudson

Tyson (Tyrese Gibson) is a tough teen, growing up with a single Mom in Baltimore. When she loses her house, she sends Tyson to New York to live with his relatives. But they try to straighten him out and get him back on the right track so he heads back to the streets and learns the hard way about values and the meaning of life. This musical Christmas story is based on a stage play from 1961 by Langston Hughes.

I was not very impressed with this story. It wasn’t very original, nor was there much meat to the story. The music, I felt, took away from the film. Some of the songs come in awkward times that I felt took away from telling the story. In the end, it goes from total chaos to serendipity in a couple minutes and it really felt rushed. I have never been a fan of Jennifer Hudson, an though she screams pretty well, I never thought of her as a very good singer. In fact, when she comes off, I typically change the channel. That’s part of my problem I really enjoy Forest Whitaker, and he’s one of my favorites, and I felt he did a pretty good job in his role as the grandfather figure, a very religious man, and really concerned about his grandson. But he also is a bit flawed, and I felt he pulled that off really well too, and he was really good in this film. It was a Christmas movie, but it really didn’t feel much like it either. To sum it up, I felt let down with this film. I really wanted to catch it during the Christmas theater when it was out, but waited for DVD. I’ve been exited to see what it was all about, but I was sadly disappointed. It is a heartwarming story in the end, and has a place, I suppose, but I can’t widely recommend it because of my disappointment in the end.

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