“The Square” a Bizarre Farce with a Message

The dark comedy The Square delivers a message not unfamiliar considering today’s upheaval involving the brotherhood of man. In the Ruben Ostlund’s film, that takes place in Sweden, a statement is made to the meaning of  “The Square” an exhibit at a museum. It states simply “The Square is a sanctuary of trust and caring. Within its boundaries we all share equal rights and obligations.” So sets the tone for this bizarre look into society’s relationships with each other and the division of wealth that fuels the fire.

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“Red Christmas” Terror, Bloody Terror

If you are just starting out the horror month, then you may want to make this terror film your first as it has all the elements of a gruesome ghoulish nightmare that you’ll remember beyond the big “H” day. A weird name for a film, Red Christmas certainly wreaks havoc on that holiday. Choosing Christmas for the film setting turns out the best way to get this family together so the goings could get bloody. Now on Blu-ray and DVD it’s a good choice for your opening season fright party. Read more

“The Mountain Between Us” a Slippery Slope

Sometimes it’s very hard to get it right, especially if you are filming under excruciating circumstances. That seems to be the fate of The Mountain Between Us a survival film that depends on getting the right shot and mood in order to create a chemistry between two opposites. The movie starts with a trite beginning, takes on a difficult situation and then tries to bring a couple together in spite of the ordeal they have to overcome. Read more

“Vikings” a Mesmerizing Adventure into Norse Lore

You don’t have to be a follower of Vikings, the action packed series on the History Channel, just wanting to visualize the era or even one who likes their adventure rough and raw. The second half of season 4 has just been released on Blu-ray/DVD and it has cauldrons of thrills with a lot of dark, character driven stories that will have you hooked on the show.  Of course if you are already a fan, then catching up or reliving the trials of early history can be a good thing too. Read more

“Good Time” a Hypnotic Adrenaline Rush

A powerful, captivating, thrilling, jaw dropper, the exciting film Good Time showcases a fine performance by Robert Pattinson and a creative script by Roland Bronstein and Josh Safdie. The crime story works its way into your head as Patterson’s protagonist finds himself caught up in a paradox created by wrong decisions. Decisions that will decide the fate of himself and his mentally challenged brother. It’s a hypnotic non-stop adrenaline rush from start to finish. Read more

“Girls” a Fond Farewell

Very entertaining, the sixth and final season of Girls is available on Blu-ray/DVD. The show vacillates between comedy, drama and painful situations during the 10 thirty uninterrupted minute episodes. Its millennials do “Sex and the City” with more problematic relationships in a modern day society filled with unfulfilled dreams. Nicely acted by a cohesive cast and with a script that has all the elements for a winning show. Read more

“The Shadow Effect” an Assassin Cocktail with a Twist

 

Putting a twist on an assassin thriller, the movie The Shadow Effect comes to DVD and I found the story a bit incredible yet entertaining. It’s a cross between The Bourne Identity and the The Edge of Tomorrow with a bit of originality added to make it different. This film takes the ideas from the two films and turns it into an assassination plot with shades of The Manchurian Candidate. While the filmmakers do a good job with their set up, their finale leaves you cold. Read more

“I, Olga Hepnarova” Powerfully Poignant and Tragic

 

 

One of the strangest biographies ever to be made into a film, I, Olga (Já, Olga Hepnarová) tells the true tale of revenge. Nicely paced and presented, the movie plays out like a diary told from Olga’s letters and notes. Sometimes humans are calling for help and no one is listening. This is a story of one of those times. Not to be missed, it powerfully poignant.

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“Dig Two Graves” a Bizarre Suspense Thriller

 

Turning a simple plot into a dramatic thunderstorm, Director Hunter Adams makes his supernatural thriller Dig Two Graves wicked, suspenseful and compelling. Having very few film credits under his belt doesn’t show with this professional production that targets the adult teens to twenties. What makes it different from other films of the genre is the storytelling using seamless weaving of the past into present. If you are a fan of the preternatural and occult than this film should be on your list for the weekend. Read more

“Bloodrunners” and “Slasher.com” now on home video

Two wicked films were released on DVD and Blu-ray this past week and if you are into vampires and serial killers than read on. The first one called Slasher.com is available on DVD only and most retailers should have enough copies to go around. The film has some very good acting, but the low budget does show through. The story has a few twists that you won’t see coming and the director opens a crack in the door of online dating before putting you in the forest for a visit to a backwoods family. Read more

“A Cure for Wellness” a Twisted Thriller

 

Oddly enough the film A Cure for Wellness actually makes a lot of sense. The two hour and a half film delves into the psyche of a man who tries to make contact with the boss of his company. The mystery thriller takes a few twists and turns on its way to providing closure while leading the viewer through a suspense filled labyrinth of deception. Read more

“Quarry” a Gut-wrenching Series of Murder and Mayhem

 

Wow! comes to mind after watching Showtime’s Quarry on DVD. When you sit to watch the first episode it’s like a good book, you can’t put it down, or in this case you can’t turn it off. It had me hooked with its exciting characters, compelling story, and surprising twists. It’s not your ordinary crime drama, even though you may have seen comparable on cable TV, this one gets as gritty as they come. Read more

“20th Century Women” an Oscar Contender

 

The coming of age movie 20th Century Women takes a look at life askew in the late 70’s for a single mother of a teenage boy. Nicely written the film features very good performances directed by a filmmaker that has lived the age of the boy during the time period. Unsuccessful for two Golden Globes, it’s now in the hands of those who may make 20th Century Women an Oscar winner. Read more

“Doobious Sources” A Stoner Movie That Gets Too High

 

Weird and silly the stoner film Doobious Sources has been released on Digital HD and VOD. The film makes a stab at being like the movie Up in Smoke, but without Cheech and Chong it just doesn’t make the grade. That said, if you like wacky movies that exaggerate situations for the comedy value, then this little gem is right for you. Read more