“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

“Miss Sloane” a Current Topic with a Wicked Performance

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Jessica Chastain gives brilliantly “wicked” performance in the film Miss Sloane as a lobbyist caught in the middle of a Senate Bill debate. She’s so good at projecting the persona of a strong woman that the ladies may even have cop an attitude following the show. Just kidding guys. Or maybe not. Right now she’s in my top picks for an Oscar. Read more

“Manchester by the Sea” Coping with Tragedy

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Dealing with a loss during a period of grief, the film Manchester by the Sea delivers pathos and recovery. Finding ones way in a sea of anguish, the actor’s work on problems of reconciliation, understanding and compromise in this drama that drives two lives caught up in hard decisions. Nicely directed and written it could be in contention for an Oscar. Read more

“The Girl on the Train” a Suspense Filled Mystery

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Captivating and suspenseful the movie The Girl on the Train takes you into the mind of a witness to murder. The intriguing film hooks you from the beginning, tantalizes with possible suspects and then leads you down a path to a deadly finale. Taken from a bestselling novel by Paula Hawkins, the movie gets a Hollywood make over true to the book. Be forewarned the story gets a little contrived, but it doesn’t ruin the overall melodramatic experience. Read more

“Wild Oats” a Ditsy Comedy with Charm

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I enjoyed watching two of my favorite actresses icons Shirley MacLaine and Jessica Lange in the ditsy comedy Wild Oats. Now on DVD and Digital HD the two were perfect as the twilight of their lives characters and brought back many fond memories of films in the 50’s and 60’s for MacLaine and the 70’s and 80’s for Lange. Still going strong they make the comedy escapade work dishing out a style that filmmakers have left behind, but with Wild Oats, not forgotten. Read more

“Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” A Laugh Riot on Blu-ray

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A laugh riot on Blu-ray, the movie Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates shows why it’s at the top of this year’s comedies. The duo of Zac Efron and Adam Devine remind me of Paul Rudd and Seth Rogan in films like Knocked Up and Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn in The Wedding Crashers. Zany, wacky and out and out looney the story hardly ever lets go of the funny bone. Read more

“The People vs Fritz Bauer” Desperately Searching for Adolph Eichmann

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Taking a closer look at the effects of WWII on the German “final solution”, the film The People vs. Fritz Bauer adds another true story for all to see. Intriguing and convincing the film’s not a documentary but more of a biography of a man who helped to insure that his beloved country would never take the despotic road to ruin again. Read more

“The Vessel” a Daunting Look at Grief and Regret

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Moody, brooding and mysterious the film The Vessel takes you on a journey to a town that has stood still. Nicely acted with a fine cast that includes Martin Sheen in a role that’s touching and bold, the movie prods at your heartstrings and digs into your soul. It’s the kind of rare film that offers a skewed look at tragic events. Read more