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Marvel’s TV Package…

In the last two weeks, reports have begun to appear on websites such as Deadline (http://www.deadline.com/2013/10/marvel-preps-60-episode-package-of-four-series-a-mini-for-vod-cable-networks/) and IGN (http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/10/15/marvel-planning-massive-tv-expansion-that-includes-four-tv-shows-and-a-miniseries), among others. In these reports, they suggest that Marvel Studios is attempting to create a package to shop to VOD (Video-On-Demand) and Cable Outlets, examples being Netflix and Amazon. This package contains four live-action drama series, and a miniseries, all to be sold collectively, for a possible 60 episodes.

With “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” having been given a back 9 episode order, bringing the count up to 22 episodes for the first season, the highest-rated drama debut in just under four years, and solid numbers combined from ratings and DVR gains. With strong numbers after just five episodes, it is unsurprising to see Marvel Studios wanting to capitalise on the current popularity.

One of Marvel’s strengths over Phase One and Phase Two, so far, has been the choice of making sure every film have its own individual thriller. In Phase Two alone, “Iron Man 3” has the feel of a buddy cop movie with Tont Stark and James Rhodes, as written by Shane Black; “Thor: The Dark World” has a fantastical element mixed with war elements’ and finally, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is inspired by 1970’s spy thrillers/conspiracies. Because of this, the proposed TV series’ will likely inhabit different genres to one another.

Now, the choice of 60 episodes would seem a random number at first, until you realise that the current preference for many live-action dramas in the last five-ten years, is to have 13 episodes per season (“Mad Men”, “Breaking Bad”, “Being Human”, “The Shield”, “Spartacus”, etc). If the four live-action dramas all contain 13 episodes, that is a combined 52 episodes, leaving 8 episodes for a possible miniseries.

Now, at the moment, there is no talent attached, and no shows announced, just purely feelers having been sent out, I thought it would be interesting to write some posts on possible shows for this package, as well as shows that would be unlikely. So, over the next few days, there will be several posts dedicated to show options. First, what won’t be likely?

Title: The Imposter

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Director: Bart Layton, in his feature film debut.

Writer (Editor): Andrew Hulme.

Genre: British-American Documentary Film (similar films would be “An Inconvenient Truth”, or Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11”).

Released: 2012.

Seen Before, When, Who With: Never seen before, was recorded off Channel 4 on 33nd August 2013, viewed on 19th October 2013.

Starring: Frédéric Bourdin, Carey Gibson, Beverly Dollarhide for the documentary interviews, Adam O’Brian for drama sequences.

Running Time: 99 minutes.

Thoughts: ”The Imposter” was a documentary film that seemingly erupted out of nowhere, exploding into the movie world at the 2013 Sundance Festival, taking the critics by storm. Achieving a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and grossing just under $2 million at the box office, it was an unquestionable success. As the trailers began to debut on television, and more reviews came flying in, I became even more determined to watch the movie. Obviously, it took a while to actually view it, but now I finally have.

My first thought was that there was an unexpected reminder of a 2003 docudrama I watched, entitled “Touching The Void”. “Touching The Void” was two styles meshed together, one a normal style of having the participants involved sat talking to the camera, and the other style a dramatic reenactment of what occurred. In “Touching The Void”, the reenactment was that of two mountaineers climbing up a mountain, and one of them ending up having to cut the rope of the other; In “The Imposter”, the reenactments were that of Bourdin attempting to outwit and manipulate Spanish officers, FBI agents, and members of the Barclay family. Using these reenactments helped craft a creepy, uncomfortable atmosphere that traversed the murky world we’re inhabiting during this movie. Adam O’Brian, in fact, caught my eye, as he created a wonderful body language that instantly suggested trauma and a conniving criminal.

The actual interviews themselves are contrasting and fascinating. The Barclay family come across as uncertain and desperate for closure in the early stages, before starting to seemingly close ranks as the documentary begins to turn the screws on the families failure to realize Bourdin wasn’t their son. Bourdin, on the other hand, comes across as surprisingly open and candid about his thoughts, plans, motivations, and yet, also completely unemotional at his actions; he feels neither pride, nor remorse. Bourdin purely tells the facts, and it’s an addictive watch to discover to what lengths he went. Bourdin is a larger-than-life story, that leaves you struggling to look away from him.

Layton has created a docudrama that entices mystery, horror and shock, as well as introducing a director whose use of the camera is intelligent and candid. During the dramatic reenactments, Layton demonstrated a fantastic use of patience, slow tracking, and atmosphere. This film definitely left me interested to see what Layton does next. For Bourdin and Barclay, though, I am left unnerved and bewildered at just how strange life can truly be, compared to fiction.

Returning to Tumblr?

I’ve recently found myself missing Tumblr. Not so much the panic of making sure I regularly update, which I definitely suffered from. I would, in fact, often write up to 15 (seriously) different posts and queue them up over the next week. For some reason, I HAD to blog regularly. I reckon it was because for me, it suggested a creative freedom. Blogging regularly meant I was doing what I love - writing.
But then the love subsided; Tumblr became a chore, not a pleasure. And over the last year, as I struggled with the inability to find work, and the pressure of keeping up a facade of happiness when I felt bleak and pathetic, I forced a self-imposed exile upon myself, removing Tumblr from my favorites and refusing to go back. I would focus on finding work, and finally clearing an overdraft that was threatening to envelop me.
And then in May of this year, I found work, and better yet, a month later, a regular income. Sure, the job was hard and I struggled, but I was no longer reliant on Jobseekers Allowance, I no longer felt ashamed to spend any money. And better yet, I could contribute to the household. My pride began to return, as did my fondness for life. The difference, according to two of my best mates, when they first saw me after starting to regularly work, was immense. I seemed…myself again, no longer down or miserable.
This happiness has gotten better, as this week, I finally got out of my overdraft. It has been a long haul, but I was finally secure, and happy. And it was then, that I thought back to Tumblr, my social media of choice. I no longer have the time to blog like I once did, as I devote 11 hours every day solely to work (including travel). But maybe, just maybe, I can start slowly, small little posts, and try returning to the world that suits me. The world of Game of Thrones, Sherlock, Joss Wed on, Avengers, and more. Maybe one day I shall return to publishing reviews, recommending media, and just taking pleasure out of the emotions that rise out of the viewing of films & tv shows I love.
Maybe, one day, soon…

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500 Films In A Year Challenge - Example of Reviewing Post

500 Films In A Year Challenge: 2013 - Example Post

When reviewing my movies throughout this challenge, I want to keep it to a certain standard and style.

Title: Obviously, this would be the title of the movie, i.e. The Third Man, or The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

Number: This will be whatever number in order I have seen it. So, for example, the movie 300 would be Number Three Hundred.

Director: An important detail for any movie. An example would be Jack Ryan, as directed by Kenneth Branagh.

Writer: Again, an important detail for any movie. An example would be, Moneyball, as written by Aaron Sorkin.

Genre: A simple detail, an example would be The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, would be Fantasy.

Released: The year the movie was released.

Seen Before, When, Who With: An example could be, for the movie Breaking Dawn, Part 1, I would put “Never seen before, watched on DVD, with my friend Sam Renshaw, on January 19th”.

Starring: Pretty simply, a list of the main actors of the movie.

Running Time: The running time of the movie.

Favorite Performance: If I was watching Prometheus, I would most likely put Michael Fassbender as David The Android.

Favorite Line: This could be any line, possibly one that made me laugh the most, or made me feel the most emotional. An example would be if I was reviewing Argo, I would put “Trust me, Sir, this is the best bad idea we have.”

Favorite Moment: Quite simply, the moment I enjoyed most. If I was reviewing The Avengers, it would most likely be the single tracking shot through New York, showing the Avengers working together as a team.

Thoughts: My Review.

500 Films In A Year Challenge - List of Films In Alphabetical Order

  1. 500 Films In A Year Challenge: 2013 - The Alphabet List

There is always a list of movies that I am interested in seeing, but forget about. So, here, will be a list of random movies that I am interested in seeing over the next year. If any movies get recommended to me, here is where they will be listed.

So far, there is 19 movies listed. This includes the Twilight series, and also the Jack Ryan series.

Here is the Alphabet list, with specific notes of where I may be able to see the movie:

  • Movies beginning with “A”
  1. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
  2. About Cherry (2012)
  3. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across The Eighth Dimension (1984)
  4. Aladdin (1992)
  5. Amélie (2001)
  6. American History X (1998)
  7. American Me (1992)
  8. Amos & Andrew (1993)
  9. Annie Hall (1977)
  10. Arlington Road (1999)
  11. The Assassination Of Richard Nixon (2004)
  12. The Assault On Precinct 13 (1976)
  13. Attack Of The 50 Foot Cheerleader (2012)
  • Movies beginning with “B”
  1. Batman: Under The Red Hood (2010)
  2. Bereavement (2010)
  3. Beyond The Mat (1999)
  4. Blowup (1966)
  5. Blue Valentine (2010)
  6. The Blues Brothers (1980)
  7. Boy A (2007)
  8. Boyz n the Hood (1991)
  9. Brazil (1985)
  10. Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011)
  11. Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012)
  12. Brief Encounter (1945)
  13. The Brothers Grimm (2005)
  • Movies beginning with “C”
  1. The Captains (2011)
  2. Carlito’s Way (1993)
  3. Casablanca (1942)
  4. Celeste & Jesse Forever (2012)
  5. Cell 211 (2009)
  6. Chatroom (2010)
  7. Child’s Play (1972)
  8. Cinderella (1950)
  9. Citizen Kane (1941)
  10. City Of God (2002)
  11. Clear and Present Danger (1994)
  12. Contagion (2011)
  13. The Cooler (2003)
  14. The Crazies (1973)
  15. The Crazies (2010)
  16. Criminal Law (1989)
  17. Cube (1997)
  18. Cube 2: HyperCube (2002)
  19. Cube Zero (2004)
  • Movies beginning with “D”
  1. Dante’s Inferno: An Animated Epic (2010)
  2. Dark City (1998)
  3. Darkman (1990)
  4. The Descent (2005)
  5. Detour (1945)
  6. Dick Tracy (1990)
  7. Disney’s A Christmas Carol (2009)
  8. The Dreamers (2003)
  9. Dumbo (1941)
  • Movies beginning with “E”
  1. Eastern Promises (2007)
  2. Eclipse (2010)
  3. Election (1999)
  4. Elegy (2008)
  5. The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)
  6. End Of Watch (2012)
  7. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)
  8. The Expendables (2010)
  9. The Expendables 2 (2012)
  • Movies beginning with “F”
  1. Fab Five: The Texas Cheerleader Scandal (2008)
  2. Face/Off (1997)
  3. The Fall (2006)
  4. Fatal Attraction (1987)
  5. Feds (1988)
  6. The Fly (1986)
  7. Four Brothers (2005)
  8. The Fox And The Hound (1981)
  9. Frailty (2001)
  • Movies beginning with “G”
  1. G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra (2009)
  2. The Game (1997)
  3. Get Carter (1971)
  4. Ginger Snaps (2000)
  5. Ginger Snaps II: Unleashed (2004)
  6. Ginger Snaps Back (2004)
  7. Gladiator (2000)
  8. Gone Baby Gone (2007)
  9. Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)
  10. Gran Torino (2008)
  11. Green Zone (2010)
  12. The Grey (2011)
  13. The Guard (2011)
  • Movies beginning with “H”
  1. Half Nelson (2010)
  2. Hanna (2011)
  3. Hard Candy (2005)
  4. Hesher (2010)
  5. Highlander: The Search For Vengeance (2007)
  6. The History Boys (2006)
  7. The Hitcher (1986)
  8. Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)
  9. The Host (2006)
  10. Hugo (2011)
  11. The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1996)
  12. The Hunt For Red October (1990)
  • Movies beginning with “I”
  1. I, Anna (2012)
  2. I Saw The Devil (2010)
  3. Igby Goes Down (2002)
  4. The Ides Of March (2011)
  5. In The Company Of Men (1997)
  6. In The Name Of The Father (1993)
  7. Infernal Affairs (2002)
  8. It Could Happen To You (1994)
  • Movies beginning with “J”
  1. Jackie Brown (1997)
  • Movies beginning with “K”
  1. Kalifornia (1993)
  2. The Killing Time (1987)
  3. Knowing (2009)
  4. The Krays (1990)
  • Movies beginning with “L”
  1. Last Night (1998)
  2. Life of Pi (2012)
  3. Lilo & Stitch (2002)
  4. Lincoln (2012)
  5. The Little Mermaid (1989)
  6. Little Otik (2000)
  7. Lolita (1962)
  8. Look (2007)
  9. Look, Up In The Sky: The Amazing Story Of Superman (2006)
  10. Love Crime (2010)
  11. LUV (2013)
  • Movies beginning with “M”
  1. M (1931)
  2. The Machinist (2004)
  3. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
  4. Man On The Moon (1999)
  5. Margin Call (2011)
  6. May (2002)
  7. Midnight In Paris (2011)
  8. Mimic (1997)
  9. Moneyball (2011)
  10. Mongol (2007)
  11. Mulan (1998)
  12. My Little Eye (2002)
  13. Mysterious Skin (2004)
  • Movies beginning with “N”
  1. New Moon (2009)
  2. New Year’s Eve (1924)
  • Movies beginning with “O”
  1. Once (2006)
  2. Orphan (2009)
  • Movies beginning with “P”
  1. P2 (2007)
  2. Patriot Games (1992)
  3. Perfect Blue (1997)
  4. Pinocchio (1940)
  5. Pocahontas (1995)
  6. Pontypool (2009)
  7. Primal Fear (1996)
  8. Pulp Fiction (1994)
  9. Puncture (2011)
  • Movies beginning with “Q”
  • Movies beginning with “R”
  1. Raising Arizona (1987)
  2. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)
  3. Ratatouille (2007)
  4. Reacher (2012)
  5. Red (2008)
  6. Red Eye (2005)
  7. The Road (2009)
  8. Robin Hood (1922)
  9. Robin Hood: Men In Tights (1993)
  10. Romantics Anonymous (2010)
  11. Ronin (1998)
  12. The Room (2003)
  13. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
  14. Ruby Sparks (2012)
  • Movies beginning with “S”
  1. Seven Samurai (1954)
  2. Shadow Of A Doubt (1943)
  3. Shocker (1989)
  4. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
  5. Sleeping Beauty (1959)
  6. Slither (2006)
  7. Sliver (1993)
  8. Spirited Away (2001)
  9. The Station Agent (2003)
  10. The Sum Of All Fears (2002)
  • Movies beginning with “T”
  1. The Talented Mr Ripley (1999)
  2. Tangled (2010)
  3. They Live (1988)
  4. The Third Man (1949)
  5. Thirst (2009)
  6. Tony (2009)
  7. Touch Of Evil (1958)
  8. Trainspotting (1996)
  9. Tucker & Dale vs Evil (2010)
  10. Twelve Monkeys (1995)
  11. Twilight (2008)
  • Movies beginning with “U”
  1. Uncertainty (2008)
  2. Underworld (2003)
  3. Underworld: Evolution (2006)
  4. Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans (2009)
  5. Underworld: Awakening (2012)
  • Movies beginning with “V”
  1. V/H/S (2012)
  2. Venus (2006)
  3. Vera Drake (2004)
  4. Videodrome (1983)
  • Movies beginning with “W”
  1. The Wackness (2008)
  2. Weekend (2011)
  3. When Harry Met Sally (1989)
  4. The Wild One (1953)
  5. The Woman (2011)
  6. Women In Love (1969)
  7. The Woods (2006)
  8. The Woodsman (2004)
  • Movies beginning with “X”
  • Movies beginning with “Y”
  1. Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)
  • Movies beginning with “Z”
  • Movies beginning with “#”
  1. 1st To Die (2003 - TV Movie)
  2. 8MM (1999)
  3. 21 Jump Street (2012)
  4. 50/50 (2011)
  5. 101 Dalmations (1961)

500 Films In A Year Challenge - List of Films In Cinema

500 Films In A Year Challenge: 2013 - The Cinema List

Every year, there is a large collection of movies released in the cinema. There is never a guarantee that I will watch them all, but I have listed them here, out of hope that I shall get to see them all.

Here is the Cinema List for 2013:

  • January 11th - Gangster Squad, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.
  • January 18th - The Last Stand.
  • February 1st - Bullet To The Head.
  • February 14th - A Good Day To Die Hard.
  • March 1st - Elysium.
  • March 8th - Oz: The Great and Powerful.
  • March 15th - Carrie.
  • March 22nd - Jack The Giant Killer.
  • March 29th - GI Joe: Retaliation.
  • April 12th - Evil Dead.
  • May 3rd - Iron Man 3.
  • May 17th - Star Trek Into Darkness.
  • May 24th - Fast Six.
  • June 7th - After Earth.
  • May 14th - The End Of The World, Man Of Steel.
  • May 21st - Monsters University.
  • May 28th - Kick-Ass 2.
  • July 3rd - Despicable Me 2.
  • May 12th - Pacific Rim.
  • May 19th - R.I.P.D.
  • May 26th - The Wolverine.
  • August 2nd - 300: Rise Of An Empire.
  • August 9th - Robocop.
  • September 13th - The Little Mermaid.
  • September 27th - The Tomb.
  • October 4th - Sin City; A Dame To Kill For.
  • November 8th - Thor: The Dark World.
  • November 22nd - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
  • December 13th - The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug.
  • December 25th - Jack Ryan.

500 Films In A Year Challenge - List of Films For Certain Numbers

500 Films In A Year Challenge: 2013 - The Numbers List

As I am going through the 500 Films In A Year Challenge, obviously the movies will be numbered in order as I go along. In order to give certain numbers more importance, and also to inspire me to watch certain movies, I have related several movies to certain numbers. An obvious example would be that, I want to watch The Third Man by Orson Welles, so I have related that movie to number 3, so it should be the third movie I watch.

So far, there is 19 movies listed here.

Here is the Numbers list:

  • Number 3- The Third Man
  • Number 4 - Four Brothers
  • Number 7 - Seven UP! (1964)
  • Number 8 - 8 Mile
  • Number 10 - 10 Things I Hate About You
  • Number 12 - 12 Monkeys
  • Number 14 - 7 Plus Seven (1970)
  • Number 21 - 21 Up (1977)
  • Number 25 - The 25th Hour
  • Number 28 - 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later, 28 Up (1984)
  • Number 35 - 35 Up (1991)
  • Number 42 - 42 Up (1998)
  • Number 49 - 49 Up (2005)
  • Number 50 - 50/50
  • Number 56 - 56 Up (2012)
  • Number 101 - 101 Dalmations
  • Number 300 - 300

500 Films In A Year Challenge - List of Films On Certain Dates

500 Films In A Year Challenge: 2013 - The Date List

The point of this list, is that there are specific Birthdays of actors or directors that I like, who I want to dedicate a Birthday to. So, for example, I’ve always wanted to watch movies by Orson Welles, so I have decided to dedicate his birthday, May 6th, to watching films of his.

There are also sequels being released in 2013, and I prefer to watch the other movies in the series as well. So, for example, February 14th, Valentines Day, is releasing Die Hard 5, ala A Good Day To Die Hard, so I want to watch at least the classic trilogy on that day, if not also the fourth film.

There is a list of 76 movies here, in total.

Here is the Date list:

  • January 12th - John Lasseter’s Birthday: Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, Up, Toy Story 3, Cars 2, Brave
  • January 28th - Frank Darabont’s Birthday: The Green Mile, The Mist.
  • February 14th - Die Hard, Die Hard 2, Die Hard With A Vengeance.
  • February 26th - Johnny Cash’s Birthday, Walk The Line
  • March 8th - The Wizard Of Oz.
  • March 15th - Carrie.
  • March 29th - G.I. Joe (Animated Film), G.I. Joe (live-action film).
  • April 12th - Evil Dead 1-3.
  • May 6th - Orson Welles’ Birthday, Citizen Kane, Touch Of Evil
  • June 14th - Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz, Superman, Superman II.
  • July 17th - James Cagney’s Birthday, The Public Enemy, Angels With Dirty Faces, White Heat,
  • June 20th - Robert Rodriquez’s Birthday: El Mariachi, Desperado, Once Upon A Time In Mexico
  • June 21st - Monsters Inc,
  • June 22nd - Meryl Streep’s Birthday: Kramer Vs Kramer, Sophie’s Choice, The Iron Lady
  • June 23rd - Joss Whedon’s Birthday: Serenity
  • July 6th - Sylvester Stallone’s Birthday: Rocky series
  • July 13th - Harrison Ford’s Birthday: Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Temple Of Doom, The Last Crusade
  • July 26th - Stanley Kubrick’s Birthday: Lolita, Dr Strangelove, A Clockwork Orange, Room 237
  • July 30th - Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Birthday: Conan The Barbarian, Commando, Predator.
  • August 9th - Robocop Trilogy.
  • August 13th - Alfred Hitchcock’s Birthday: Strangers On A Train, Vertigo, North By Northwest, Hitchcock
  • August 16th: James Cameron’s Birthday - True Lies
  • September 21st - Stephen King’s Birthday: Firestarter.
  • September 23rd - Ray Charles’ Birthday: Ray
  • October 4th: Sin City.
  • October 31st -  Peter Jackson’s Birthday: Heavenly Creatures, The Lovely Bones
  • December 18th - Steven Spielberg’s Birthday: E.T., Jaws.
  • December 25th - The Hunt For Red October, Patriot Games, Clear And Present Danger, The Sum Of All Fears.

500 Films In A Year Challenge - Attempt Two.

500 Films A Year Challenge: 2013 - The Info

For the next year, I shall be attempting to watch 500 Films, in one calender year.

The objective is to watch a movie, and then review it upon this website.

To make it easier, I am going to start this attempt on January 1st 2013.

I will not count any films I see more than once, so if for example, I watched The Shawshank Redemption twice, it would still only count for one. Another example, last year I watched The Avengers in the cinema four times, but I would only review it once.

I shall also keep a set style in the review, which I will do an example of in a follow-up post.

If anyone has any film recommendations, please, by all means, recommend to me.

I shall include several film ideas in a future post as well.

Title: Domestic Disturbance
Number: Two Hundred and Fifty-Seven
Director: Harold Becker
Writer: Lewis Colick, William S. Comanor & Gary Drucker
Genre: Thriller
Released: 2001
Seen On: Sky Movies
Seen Before: Never.
Starring: John Travolta, Vince Vaughn, Teri Polo, Matt O’Leary, Steve Buscemi
Running Time: 89 minutes
Favorite Line: "He doesn’t lie to me."
Thoughts: I remember when I was about 11 years old, my Mum had Sky on the TV. Sky Box Office, specifically channel 700, would have previews and interviews for every movie that joined the Box Office per week. I would go on that channel and watch previews, usually every couple of days, to see what new films were coming up. Because I did this for about a year, two years, I have it every now and again where I randomly remember movies that had been previewed. Domestic Disturbance was one of them. I remember the premise always interesting me, what would it be like, if a kid was forced to live with his Mum and Stepfather, knowing that his stepfather had just killed someone in cold blood. I didn’t know much about Vince Vaughn, or John Travolta, and certainly couldn’t name Teri Polo or Steve Buscemi, but I was still interested. And now, 11 years later, I finally got to watch that film I’d been so interested in!
Urgh, what a waste of 89 minutes. You sometimes have it in your life, where you watch a film, and you can tell where it is going, before it does. These are the sort of films where at the end, you have a slightly happy response because the hero prevails, but really, the film was completely forgettable and telegraphed. Unfortunately, that was one of those films.
John Travolta can make a good protagonist, at times, but here, he seems to be mainly sleepwalking through the role, not really stretching himself, instead keeping it simple and pedestrian. There was times I was hoping he would push himself a bit more, but he mainly stuck to grimacing with frustration. That was a slight let-down.
Also, Vince Vaughn was still in the midst of trying to show he can be a great dramatic actor, following his ‘performance’ in Psycho, he followed it up with a similar performance in this movie. The problem, is that he’s supposed to be a cold-blooded killer, but instead, he just comes across as a creepy child molester, which is probably worse. There was one scene late on in a garage where I actually was worried he was going to turn into a pedophile. Whilst this is unnerving to watch, it does mean his performance doesn’t gel, in scenes where he should be calm and collected, terrifying the audience, instead he projects an image of wanting to touch the child protagonist, which just leaves you creeped out, rather than terrified.
Steve Buscemi had a good small role, as well, he did okay with the minimum he was given, but even he seemed to be sleepwalking for several scenes. The actor I felt did best was actually Teri Polo, who could have had a very unthankful task as the mother, but was actually noticeable instead of just a caricature.
The film is very unmemorable, and will really only ever be the sort of film that you happen to catch by accident at 1am in the morning during a sleepless night. Don’t bother going out of your way to watch it, unless you’re a huge John Travolta fan, or you think Vince Vaughn is a fantastic actor in the role of a villain. For me, I wouldn’t have missed anything if I hadn’t recorded it.
Thumbs Down, 4 out of 10.

Title: Domestic Disturbance

Number: Two Hundred and Fifty-Seven

Director: Harold Becker

Writer: Lewis Colick, William S. Comanor & Gary Drucker

Genre: Thriller

Released: 2001

Seen On: Sky Movies

Seen Before: Never.

Starring: John Travolta, Vince Vaughn, Teri Polo, Matt O’Leary, Steve Buscemi

Running Time: 89 minutes

Favorite Line: "He doesn’t lie to me."

Thoughts: I remember when I was about 11 years old, my Mum had Sky on the TV. Sky Box Office, specifically channel 700, would have previews and interviews for every movie that joined the Box Office per week. I would go on that channel and watch previews, usually every couple of days, to see what new films were coming up. Because I did this for about a year, two years, I have it every now and again where I randomly remember movies that had been previewed. Domestic Disturbance was one of them. I remember the premise always interesting me, what would it be like, if a kid was forced to live with his Mum and Stepfather, knowing that his stepfather had just killed someone in cold blood. I didn’t know much about Vince Vaughn, or John Travolta, and certainly couldn’t name Teri Polo or Steve Buscemi, but I was still interested. And now, 11 years later, I finally got to watch that film I’d been so interested in!

Urgh, what a waste of 89 minutes. You sometimes have it in your life, where you watch a film, and you can tell where it is going, before it does. These are the sort of films where at the end, you have a slightly happy response because the hero prevails, but really, the film was completely forgettable and telegraphed. Unfortunately, that was one of those films.

John Travolta can make a good protagonist, at times, but here, he seems to be mainly sleepwalking through the role, not really stretching himself, instead keeping it simple and pedestrian. There was times I was hoping he would push himself a bit more, but he mainly stuck to grimacing with frustration. That was a slight let-down.

Also, Vince Vaughn was still in the midst of trying to show he can be a great dramatic actor, following his ‘performance’ in Psycho, he followed it up with a similar performance in this movie. The problem, is that he’s supposed to be a cold-blooded killer, but instead, he just comes across as a creepy child molester, which is probably worse. There was one scene late on in a garage where I actually was worried he was going to turn into a pedophile. Whilst this is unnerving to watch, it does mean his performance doesn’t gel, in scenes where he should be calm and collected, terrifying the audience, instead he projects an image of wanting to touch the child protagonist, which just leaves you creeped out, rather than terrified.

Steve Buscemi had a good small role, as well, he did okay with the minimum he was given, but even he seemed to be sleepwalking for several scenes. The actor I felt did best was actually Teri Polo, who could have had a very unthankful task as the mother, but was actually noticeable instead of just a caricature.

The film is very unmemorable, and will really only ever be the sort of film that you happen to catch by accident at 1am in the morning during a sleepless night. Don’t bother going out of your way to watch it, unless you’re a huge John Travolta fan, or you think Vince Vaughn is a fantastic actor in the role of a villain. For me, I wouldn’t have missed anything if I hadn’t recorded it.

Thumbs Down, 4 out of 10.

Title: Sinister
Number: Two Hundred and Forty-Eight
Director: Scott Derrickson
Writer: Scott Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill
Genre: Supernatural Horror.
Released: 2012
Seen On: Cinema
Seen Before: Never.
Running Time: 110 minutes
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, Clare Foley, Michael Hall D’Addario, Fred Thompson, James Ransone, Vincent D’Onofrio
Favorite Moment: The argument scene between Ellison and Tracy.
Thoughts: It may not surprise you to hear that I am not a fan of the current wave of horror films. I enjoyed Paranormal Activity and the first sequel, I also enjoyed the Saw movies for their plot, but didn’t find them scary. A lot of horror movies, I struggle to care for. I watched The Woman In Black, and felt it relied on too many jump scares at times. Jump scares, are when something jumps out at the screen, which is a brief scare for the audience, i.e. a cat jumps out of a cupboard. This is lazy and generic, an attitude that showcases a writer and director unable to create a true horror film. So, when I heard that Sinister was getting critically acclaimed reviews, my interest was piqued.
First of all, a refreshing change was the choice of leading actor. Ethan Hawke is an Award-nominated  actor who is renowned for his performances in Dead Poet’s Society, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Training Day. I myself had been blown away by his performances in Before Sunrise and Before Sunset. Here, he gives a weathered levity to his character, Ellison Oswalt, his actions hinting at the impact that his lifestyle takes on him. He presents a excited attitude, mixed with a minimal desperation, to the people around him, but, when by himself, his shoulders sag, his hands gripe for a whiskey glass, and his eyes droop with tiredness, eyes that seem to have seen too much already. His desperation to achieve success that he once had a taste of gives his character an understanding of, that allows the audience to believe in. When he makes a decision, whilst we may question the intelligence of it, we can understand why he would make THAT decision. Because we can understand Ellison’s mentality, as well as his gradual developing belief in what is occurring, the film works better. At times, we don’t need to see what happens, we can use his reactions as an indication of what is occurring.
The supporting cast is quite strong as well, Ellison’s relationship with Tracy, played by Juliet Rylance, is established early on, they love each other and Tracey supports him, but underneath the surface is a struggle to live, a weight of Ellison’s determination leaving their personal lives on a knife-edge. This leads to probably the best scene in the film, which isn’t a horror scene, but a scene purely between Ellison and Tracey where the emotion of what they have experienced has finally landed on them, and they argue with one another. It’s a rawer scene that relies on the human emotional that exists within them, and it impacts because we have seen elements of their characters in the build-up. The family side makes the audience care about them.
The horror side, now is two mixes. We have the build-up tension, where Ellison investigates the house he has moved into his family, a house that had several murders committed in years beforehand. He hears noises, looks outside, inside, and in the attic. As he investigates, the scene cranks up in tension, and the audience becomes on edge. Now and again, it turns out to be a jump scare, but other times, it turns out to be something real. Because the jump scares are infrequent, it feels better placed, allowing the audience a moment to breathe, as well as making the actual scares, that much more terrifying. On the other hand, we have the more violent scenes, the playing of several Super 8 footage, where Ellison discovers footage of people being killed. What helps these scenes is that, blood and gore is only hinted at, we rarely see the actual deaths, we see the build-up to the deaths, as well as the victims existing beforehand, in everyday circumstances. This allows the audience to equate these victims as true, everyday people, before seeing the shocking murders. This mix of horror allows each to have its own level of impact, as well attacking multi-facets of horror, not relying on one style. I enjoyed this style, as it gave the film a feel of a three-ring circus, i.e. if you don’t like the clowns, you can have the lion tamer. Here, we get the lion-tamer and the clowns, as opposed to just 90 minutes of a clown.
Whilst the tension builds up well, and the gore horrifies the audience, there is a negative: the villain. Oh, the methods it utilizes for its murders is fantastic, and when you briefly glimpse the villain, it’s creepy. When it’s in the background, it’s terrifying and uncomfortable. But when you see the villain properly…the design was questionable. There were some mild snickering at my cinema at the design of the killer, which definitely wasn’t the aim of the creators. It should have gone the way of Alien, where you never see the proper Xenomorph properly, just briefly in the shadows.  For the first 80% of the movie, you only get glimpses of it, which works brilliantly, but the 20% at the end, subverts the terror of the villain. Thankfully, the final 10 minutes of the film makes up for this, leaving the audience rigid in fear.
I would also like to give special mention to the soundtrack. Some of the best soundtracks instantly make a movie better. With Horror films, you have Halloween, Jaws, The Exorcist. My first thoughts when hearing the soundtrack was that it reminded me of the TV show American Horror Story, which would have sound effects in the background to accentuate the creep factor. At times, there could be nothing happening, and the music would have you on edge, waiting for something to happen! This is an example of a soundtrack giving weight to a movie, as instead of something forgettable in the background, it taps into your subconscious, so your mind is left waiting for something terrifying to occur. I was impressed by the soundtrack, and would recommend it to anyone who wants to scare someone else for Halloween.
Overall, as a horror film, whilst the story doesn’t contain anything new, it does create something different, putting a polished spin on a script that could have ended up with an unimaginative hack job. Here, Derrickson and Cargill reach for a better standard of horror, and instantly puts pressure on Paranormal Activity 4 to better it.
Rating (Horror genre): 8 out of 10.

TitleSinister

Number: Two Hundred and Forty-Eight

Director: Scott Derrickson

WriterScott Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill

GenreSupernatural Horror.

Released2012

Seen On: Cinema

Seen Before: Never.

Running Time110 minutes

StarringEthan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, Clare Foley, Michael Hall D’Addario, Fred Thompson, James Ransone, Vincent D’Onofrio

Favorite Moment: The argument scene between Ellison and Tracy.

Thoughts: It may not surprise you to hear that I am not a fan of the current wave of horror films. I enjoyed Paranormal Activity and the first sequel, I also enjoyed the Saw movies for their plot, but didn’t find them scary. A lot of horror movies, I struggle to care for. I watched The Woman In Black, and felt it relied on too many jump scares at times. Jump scares, are when something jumps out at the screen, which is a brief scare for the audience, i.e. a cat jumps out of a cupboard. This is lazy and generic, an attitude that showcases a writer and director unable to create a true horror film. So, when I heard that Sinister was getting critically acclaimed reviews, my interest was piqued.

First of all, a refreshing change was the choice of leading actor. Ethan Hawke is an Award-nominated  actor who is renowned for his performances in Dead Poet’s Society, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Training Day. I myself had been blown away by his performances in Before Sunrise and Before Sunset. Here, he gives a weathered levity to his character, Ellison Oswalt, his actions hinting at the impact that his lifestyle takes on him. He presents a excited attitude, mixed with a minimal desperation, to the people around him, but, when by himself, his shoulders sag, his hands gripe for a whiskey glass, and his eyes droop with tiredness, eyes that seem to have seen too much already. His desperation to achieve success that he once had a taste of gives his character an understanding of, that allows the audience to believe in. When he makes a decision, whilst we may question the intelligence of it, we can understand why he would make THAT decision. Because we can understand Ellison’s mentality, as well as his gradual developing belief in what is occurring, the film works better. At times, we don’t need to see what happens, we can use his reactions as an indication of what is occurring.

The supporting cast is quite strong as well, Ellison’s relationship with Tracy, played by Juliet Rylance, is established early on, they love each other and Tracey supports him, but underneath the surface is a struggle to live, a weight of Ellison’s determination leaving their personal lives on a knife-edge. This leads to probably the best scene in the film, which isn’t a horror scene, but a scene purely between Ellison and Tracey where the emotion of what they have experienced has finally landed on them, and they argue with one another. It’s a rawer scene that relies on the human emotional that exists within them, and it impacts because we have seen elements of their characters in the build-up. The family side makes the audience care about them.

The horror side, now is two mixes. We have the build-up tension, where Ellison investigates the house he has moved into his family, a house that had several murders committed in years beforehand. He hears noises, looks outside, inside, and in the attic. As he investigates, the scene cranks up in tension, and the audience becomes on edge. Now and again, it turns out to be a jump scare, but other times, it turns out to be something real. Because the jump scares are infrequent, it feels better placed, allowing the audience a moment to breathe, as well as making the actual scares, that much more terrifying. On the other hand, we have the more violent scenes, the playing of several Super 8 footage, where Ellison discovers footage of people being killed. What helps these scenes is that, blood and gore is only hinted at, we rarely see the actual deaths, we see the build-up to the deaths, as well as the victims existing beforehand, in everyday circumstances. This allows the audience to equate these victims as true, everyday people, before seeing the shocking murders. This mix of horror allows each to have its own level of impact, as well attacking multi-facets of horror, not relying on one style. I enjoyed this style, as it gave the film a feel of a three-ring circus, i.e. if you don’t like the clowns, you can have the lion tamer. Here, we get the lion-tamer and the clowns, as opposed to just 90 minutes of a clown.

Whilst the tension builds up well, and the gore horrifies the audience, there is a negative: the villain. Oh, the methods it utilizes for its murders is fantastic, and when you briefly glimpse the villain, it’s creepy. When it’s in the background, it’s terrifying and uncomfortable. But when you see the villain properly…the design was questionable. There were some mild snickering at my cinema at the design of the killer, which definitely wasn’t the aim of the creators. It should have gone the way of Alien, where you never see the proper Xenomorph properly, just briefly in the shadows.  For the first 80% of the movie, you only get glimpses of it, which works brilliantly, but the 20% at the end, subverts the terror of the villain. Thankfully, the final 10 minutes of the film makes up for this, leaving the audience rigid in fear.

I would also like to give special mention to the soundtrack. Some of the best soundtracks instantly make a movie better. With Horror films, you have HalloweenJawsThe ExorcistMy first thoughts when hearing the soundtrack was that it reminded me of the TV show American Horror Storywhich would have sound effects in the background to accentuate the creep factor. At times, there could be nothing happening, and the music would have you on edge, waiting for something to happen! This is an example of a soundtrack giving weight to a movie, as instead of something forgettable in the background, it taps into your subconscious, so your mind is left waiting for something terrifying to occur. I was impressed by the soundtrack, and would recommend it to anyone who wants to scare someone else for Halloween.

Overall, as a horror film, whilst the story doesn’t contain anything new, it does create something different, putting a polished spin on a script that could have ended up with an unimaginative hack job. Here, Derrickson and Cargill reach for a better standard of horror, and instantly puts pressure on Paranormal Activity 4 to better it.

Rating (Horror genre): 8 out of 10.

Title: Storage 24
Number: One Hundred And Ninety-Four 
Directer: Johannes Roberts
Writers: Noel Clarke, David Fairbanks, Marc Small
Genre: Science-fiction Horror.
Released: 2012.
Seen on: Cinema.
Seen Before: Never before.
Starring: Noel Clarke, Colin O’Donoghue, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Laura Haddock, Jamie Thomas King, Alex Price, Ned Dennehy
Running Time: 87 minutes.
Favorite Line: "What’s he going to do, Nik, brush you to death?"
Thoughts: This was a random movie that I ended up going cinema with a friend of mine for Orange Wednesday. Because of this, technically, we paid half price from usual, which is a good thing. This is not a film I would usually be tempted to see in the cinema. However, I do have a soft spot for Noel Clarke. He’s a young, intelligent creative talent who can act, write, and direct, and I always keep an eye out for what he does. This seems to be his attempt at a Horror film.
Noel Clarke only co-wrote this script, so it may explain some of the problems. At times, it feels like entire scenes have been lifted out of the film, important scenes, ones that would show characters being abducted or such. This leads to the film feeling unfinished, taking you out of the proceedings. There are some good moments dedicated to building up tension, and whilst the characters don’t have a LOT of characterization, their initial interpretations of cliches are slightly turned on their heads, meaning they do become mildly more interesting than before. The only problem with this is that, unfortunately it also means they become slightly more dickish in their actions, meaning you like them less.
The alien creature that appears, is refreshingly, not CGI. Instead, the creators seemed to utilize stock-motion and make-up, to create the alien, which I really got into. It also spent the first half of the film hidden completely in the shadows, with the second half of the film showing minor glimpses, apart from several money shots, where its face appeared. I liked that, and found it a slightly redeeming factor for the movie.
I think the ending, was slightly ruinous for the movie, the creators seemed so determined to end the film on a money shot that it negates the rest of the movie. This film isn’t that memorable, but for a late night movie, it would be fine. The only interesting thing about the movie, is that it was by Noel Clarke, if not for that, it probably wouldn’t be that interesting for audiences. Watch it, online, or on TV, but don’t bother buying or renting it.
Thumbs Up, 4 out of 10

Title: Storage 24

Number: One Hundred And Ninety-Four 

Directer: Johannes Roberts

Writers: Noel Clarke, David Fairbanks, Marc Small

Genre: Science-fiction Horror.

Released: 2012.

Seen on: Cinema.

Seen Before: Never before.

Starring: Noel Clarke, Colin O’Donoghue, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Laura Haddock, Jamie Thomas King, Alex Price, Ned Dennehy

Running Time: 87 minutes.

Favorite Line: "What’s he going to do, Nik, brush you to death?"

ThoughtsThis was a random movie that I ended up going cinema with a friend of mine for Orange Wednesday. Because of this, technically, we paid half price from usual, which is a good thing. This is not a film I would usually be tempted to see in the cinema. However, I do have a soft spot for Noel Clarke. He’s a young, intelligent creative talent who can act, write, and direct, and I always keep an eye out for what he does. This seems to be his attempt at a Horror film.

Noel Clarke only co-wrote this script, so it may explain some of the problems. At times, it feels like entire scenes have been lifted out of the film, important scenes, ones that would show characters being abducted or such. This leads to the film feeling unfinished, taking you out of the proceedings. There are some good moments dedicated to building up tension, and whilst the characters don’t have a LOT of characterization, their initial interpretations of cliches are slightly turned on their heads, meaning they do become mildly more interesting than before. The only problem with this is that, unfortunately it also means they become slightly more dickish in their actions, meaning you like them less.

The alien creature that appears, is refreshingly, not CGI. Instead, the creators seemed to utilize stock-motion and make-up, to create the alien, which I really got into. It also spent the first half of the film hidden completely in the shadows, with the second half of the film showing minor glimpses, apart from several money shots, where its face appeared. I liked that, and found it a slightly redeeming factor for the movie.

I think the ending, was slightly ruinous for the movie, the creators seemed so determined to end the film on a money shot that it negates the rest of the movie. This film isn’t that memorable, but for a late night movie, it would be fine. The only interesting thing about the movie, is that it was by Noel Clarke, if not for that, it probably wouldn’t be that interesting for audiences. Watch it, online, or on TV, but don’t bother buying or renting it.

Thumbs Up, 4 out of 10