ABC’s of Horror – B

The letter “B” of horror as it fits in our longer series “The ABC’s” of Horror.

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These are horror films influenced and/or sponsored by the letter “B” 😉

Enjoy.

The panel in this episode is Damien and Darren

Turbo Kid & Mad Max 2 – Film Club 7 -Damien’s Choice

In this episode, Damien’s choice, the panel discusses 80’s apocalyptic wastelands as seen in these two films. These are two movies that fit the bill. Mad Max fans marvel at the engine revving action of Mel Gibson while more modern adventurists enjoy the comical bmx savages of Turbo Kid. These are great movies, this is an equally great discussion! check it out and drop us a comment. Links to the host and panelists are at the bottom of this post.

Turbo Kid (2015)
Unrated | 1h 33min | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 28 August 2015 (USA)
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In a post-apocalyptic wasteland in 1997, a comic book fan adopts the persona of his favourite hero to save his enthusiastic friend and fight a tyrannical overlord.
Directors: François Simard, Anouk Whissell | 1 more credit »
Writers: François Simard, Anouk Whissell | 1 more credit »
Stars: Munro Chambers, Laurence Leboeuf, Michael Ironside

The Road Warrior (1981)
Mad Max 2 (original title)
R | 1h 34min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 21 May 1982 (USA)
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In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich, community escape a band of bandits.
Director: George Miller
Writers: Terry Hayes (screenplay), George Miller (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Stars: Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Michael Preston

Hosting this week: Damien
Panel: Kira, Darren, & Josh

#61 Angry at Movies

This week the Talking Stars are angry. We’ve all walked out of a theater or thrown our remote down in frustration. For that reason, this is our topic:

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Sometimes we regret it, we see films later in a new way. Other times, these movies remain horrible, awful, terrible, losers, lemons, stinkers, whatever you want to call them. They SUCK! Enjoy our chat as such. And no, Angry Birds were not harmed or even spoken of in this episode, it was just my clever 🙂 idea for a catchy photo. We cover a total of 6 BAD films we are mad about and ones that make us happy at the end.

I have found it helps to talk about it. “Hey there friend, we accept you here, how did that make you FEEEEL.” You can of course write online about it too. We call it a rant! Come join our virtual support group. 😉

In this episode, I Damien your host from Riley on Film and my 2 guest panelists MovieRob, and first time guest Ashleigh of the video site The Movie Oracle also on tumblr join me in a communal rant about movies that drove us up the wall. We are in this episode very much so: Angry at Movies. I hope you find it fun listening!

Please feel free to share with our growing number of enthusiasts a film that drives you bonkers or you can leave a comment about anything at all. WE check out the sites that leave comments, always. Thanks for listening. This is our 61st show and counting.

Wonder Woman

There seems to be general agreement out there that Wonder Woman makes the grade. Darren and I had a chance to sit down and record a conversation about the film. Have a listen and see if you agree with our points. Please feel free to leave us yours in the comments.

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The two blog film critics speaking in this episode are: Darren and Damien

Superman I & II

In this episode MovieRob & Damien (host) discuss the DC character Superman and the first two films beginning in 1978. They also discuss the notorious ‘Donner Cut’ of the sequel that was released in 2006.

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Fans are polarized on this film and the original sequel was released in 1980. Talking Stars hopes to cover other Superman installments in future episodes. Please let us know your feedback. 

Links mentioned: Damien: http://www.rileyonfilm.com/ @rileyonfilm

Rob: http://movierob.wordpress.com/ @realmovierob

Darren and Kira have this week off.

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At the Cinema Friday – It Comes at Night

Ever since we did our podcast episode on Summer’s Most Anticipated Films, I’ve been eager to see this film. Well, I finally saw it in the cinema and it wasn’t worth being eager about, not even in the slightest.

Among many hilarious tweets, these are two notable ones I was able to recall, look up, and embed for your joy:

Now, my review which appeared first on my Riley on Film site.

If a film is a thriller, posing as a horror, and being undeniably a mystery, how would I rate it? I think I’d find the most dominant genre and start there. This film works as a thriller but fails completely as a mystery. It has 3 jump scares but to me that doesn’t a horror movie make. It was hard for me to understand what the director tried to do here. This is no feel good night out film, to be sure.

Trey Edward Shults directed this along with Krisha (2015). Krisha is also a heavily depressing and unsatisfying film. Perhaps this could be a trademark in the making. In his other film, we have a woman going to a family reunion with people she hasn’t seen for years because she has been an addict and locked up in rehab. It’s awkward comment after awkward comment and it appears to be filmed on an iphone at a family thanksgiving. We can see from both these film this director foster discomfort on screen. The big question then becomes: “Why?” If you have an answer, please leave it in the comments.

Joel Edgerton is the patriarch male in the house in the woods. He plays the role well but I can’t imagine the purpose of the things he does, gun and/or axe in hand. I enjoyed him in The Gift, where he played a high school friend returning to torture a childhood bully. That was the biggest film I recall seeing him in.

This a story about a family of 3 in the woods who wear gas masks and fear their own infection by unknown outsiders. They join with another couple, forcefully and hash out tense relationships in the house, never going out at night.

We’ve seen the psychopath who demonizes innocent people in Frailty and so many other films of this theme. We’ve seen the “compound” doomsday prepper who is out to protect himself and/or his loved ones like 10 Cloverfield Lane. We’ve also seen much of what we see in this film as far as the woods and creepiness therein in the Walking Dead only this film has no zombies. This film adds nothing to the common theme. Moreover, the mystery in the film is never explained.

Final Thoughts
With so many dark issues facing us as a culture that sees films, why make such a negative, violent film? I’m confused as to the message of the director. I think it might be that if you kill one person, you’ll never be able to stop, but who knows. When the credits rolled, a watcher said, “What the fucking fuck?” I agree completely. As far as the ending of this marginal film goes. It lost points for posing as horror but most of all it lost for not concluding its own mystery. It does ok as a thriller. I don’t recommend this film.

4/10

Netflix Title Tuesday – Somewhere in the Middle

Hey there romance/drama fans: I’ve got a new Netflix title to recommend.

This film is streaming now on Netflix. Why do lovers do what they do? What if you knew what happened ten minutes before a breakup, what would you do differently? The viewer gets that opportunity in several situations in this film and that makes it a compelling, alluring comedy, romance, drama. By splicing in what happened before and a little after scenes, we see the situations twice and we have more insight into the relationships on-screen.

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Somewhere in the Middle
“Four lovers find themselves caught in a tangle of intersecting relationships in this engaging, New York-set…” -IMDB

Cast
David Craig Diaz Worker #1
Johanna Finn Worker #2
Cassandra Freeman Billie
Dennis Rubin Green Nelson

Directed by
Lanre Olabisi

Written by
Lanre Olabisi

Other Info
Comedy, Drama, Romance

2015
90min
IMDB Rating: 8.4

The director, Lanre Olabisi, is not clearly known by name but he does a great job in this independent drama. It’s a delight to find relationship films that really work like this that are in the independent realm. I hope to see more from him.

Charles Miller is the strongest actor in the film. There are also some honorable mentions in the talents of Cassandra Freeman and Marisol Miranda.

In the story, Sofia is a relationship addict and is seeing a therapist in his home office. On her first visit she meets someone in the home who she is not clear the identity of. The brother of the therapist is having troubles with his marriage and appears to be the stalker sort. As more is revealed, initial scenes reveal a truth “somewhere in the middle” about these characters. It’s true to life because sometimes when we know more of the whole story, we realize first impressions are not always the truth.

I liked the characters and the story was well written. Some of the sex scenes are a little brazen and therefore unbelievable but for the most parts, I felt the characters could be real people. I identified with some of the significant parts because they were true to life.

FINAL THOUGHTS
This film is streaming now on Netflix. It’s a gem in the romantic drama genre. If you’re looking for a film to talk about with your wife/husband/spouse, this is a good one for that. It is an independent small budget film with no movie stars but the performances are solid along with the writing (also written by the director). For fans of the genre(s), though there isn’t much comedy here, I recommend this film.

7/10

Film Club – Out of the Furnace (2013) – Kira’s Pick

Hosting this week: Kira from Film and TV Reviews 101
Panel: Damien and Darren

Out of the Furnace (2013)
R | 1h 56min | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 6 December 2013 (USA)
Available from $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

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When Rodney Baze mysteriously disappears and law enforcement doesn’t follow through fast enough, his older brother, Russell, takes matters into his own hands to find justice.
Director: Scott Cooper
Writers: Brad Ingelsby, Scott Cooper
Stars: Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana

Show outline:

INTRO –
Who’s here etc

First impressions –
Film in a sentence

Main part (full spoilers) –
Performances: Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson (any others?)
Story

Final thoughts/recommendations? To include twitter things

Game – Woody Harrelson film
Round 1 – Storyline
Round 2 – Cast & characters
Round 3 – Why not to see the others?

What we’ve been watching.

Over and out.

A-Z Thriller Challenge – Con Air

A freshly paroled former US Ranger finds himself trapped on-board a prison airplane that gets hijacked by the criminals it is carrying.

After a drunken brawl leaves a man dead, ex-US Ranger Cameron Poe (Nicolas Cage) is charged with manslaughter and is sent to jail three months before his daughter is born. Years later, he is eligible for parole and it finally looks like he’ll get to meet his little girl in person. His ride home is a prison plane that transfers convicts between prisons in different states, and unfortunately for Cameron, he boards the plane that happens to get hijacked by the criminally insane but highly intelligent Cyrus ‘The Virus’ Grissom (John Malkovich) and a few other cons who contributed to the plan. With the authorities remaining one step behind the convicts for quite some time, it is up to Cameron to make sure that his reunion with his family doesn’t have to wait any longer than it already has, while doing everything he can to help those who also hadn’t planned on their trip panning out this way either.

I first watched Con Air a couple of years ago, and I have to say I enjoyed it just as much now as I did then, although it has to be said that it is little more than Die Hard on a plane – Nicolas Cage even has the matching vest! While it may not be the most earth-shattering film ever to be made, nor the best film of either of the three main actor’s careers, it certainly has it’s plus points that make it a fun watch.

This film contains perhaps one of the best, and definitely the most quoted Nicolas Cage line of all time. I can’t imagine anyone else saying ‘Put the bunny back in the box,’ quite like he did. This is one of my favourite roles of his and I think quite a few people feel the same way. Cage channelled his inner John McClane as Cameron, and no matter how many times I found his dialect borderline ridiculous, I couldn’t help but find myself rooting for him to ground that plane and get himself home.

John Malkovich is the main reason I rewatched this film recently. He certainly is an actor who has shown us how wide his range of abilities truly is. As Cyrus ‘The Virus’, he took on the role of the ultimate menace to society, and I have to say that he was a very good villain. If you don’t know by now, I am someone who really enjoys seeing an intelligent person doing bad things on-screen (and I don’t mean good actors starring in bad films when I say that). Criminal masterminds are up there with some of my favourite movie villains, and I thought Malkovich and Cage both complimented each other quite well with their approaches to their characters, which is maybe why Con Air works as well as it should for me.

As I’ve said, the plot for this film could be mistaken for being the instalment of the Die Hard franchise that took place on a plane that they couldn’t get Bruce Willis to sign on for. However, I wouldn’t say I’m a film snob and so I love a run-of-the-mill action flick as much as anyone else. It’s quite easy-going and doesn’t require too much brainpower, so while it may be quite conventional as far as action thrillers go, it provides a couple of hours’ worth of fun explosions and decent characters that make it worth your time.

On the whole, I would say that Con Air certainly isn’t ground-breaking, but is worth seeing if you’re a fan of anyone in it, or if you just have nothing else to do. There’s plenty of action, some big explosions, a few laughs (not entirely sure if all are intentional) and a little bit of the lovey-dovey stuff for the hopeless romantic in all of us. It’s a solid film that I would say everyone should check out at some point.

This review was first posted on Film And TV 101