The horror film Soul to Keep was released in the US on April 2, 2019. A brother and sister inherit their creepy uncle ‘s farm. They invite some friends to spend some time there, but things get strange when they find a grimoire in the basement.
This is your basic demon possession story with a bit of a twist to it. The story was decent, but the director could have shortened the drunken party scene. By the time they get to the demonic stuff, a good forty-five minutes has passed. There was plenty of moments that could have been decent jump scare scenes but by the time they came, I was disinterested. The acting was decent as well as the CGI. One of the characters played a deaf mute, so there were lots of subtitles throughout the movie. These subtitles were well done because there were legible and stayed on screen long enough to read.
This was a disappointment as far as horror movies go. The ending was predictable and the demons were humdrum. The best I can give this movie is 3 stars out of 5
The film Dolphin Kick was released on January 22, 2019. After his mother’s death, Luke(Axle McCoy) quits the swim team in depression. When his father( Travis McCoy) takes him and his sister Skyler (Tyler Nixon) on a tropical island vacation, Luke befriends a lost dolphin.
This is classified as a family film and there is no blood shed. There is a little violence when a local bully accuses his fellow fishermen of cutting his lines. Mr. McCoy, both senior and junior, along with Ms. Nixon were decent enough actors. The dolphin, who Luke names Echo, was well trained and fun. There was an opportunity to make this seem like an ecological “save the environment” film but they managed to avoid this for the most part.
The director did a fair job but the storyline needed to be written better. Normally, I don’t notice inconsistencies during scenes but there were so many that they were hard to ignore. As much as I like dolphins, this film served no “porpoise”. I rate it 3 stars out of 5.
Murder Mystery,14 June 2019 I really liked Adam Sandler in The Cobbler, No not Peach or apple cobbler but as a shoemaker. He was outstanding in that. This movie goes back to his irrelevant sarcasm and ‘jokes’ that most of you will probably love. I did not care for it or any other films he has been in.
Jennifer Aniston was great, great looks and great acting. The premise of the story was, of course, a murder mystery. Which was done well I enjoyed it even with Sandler playing himself. I think this could be one of those movies everyone should see. Great acting, above par photography, and a look at Italy most of us will never see. Some of the opulent mansions (villas to us that know better) were priceless.
I believe Sandler should give up on movie comedy, and stick with great films like The Cobbler, but still, I gave this 4 out of five stars, it was that good.
Always Be My Maybe, 31 May 2019, rated PG-13, Comedy Romance, I thought this film was funny. At least to a certain extent hilarious. Yet something in the back of my mind says this can’t be. A girl that becomes a chef and is about to marry a rich guy. He puts up her restaurants. A match made in heaven.
Of course, there is always something that happens, and her childhood best friend, who together had sex when they were teens show up at her door to fix the air conditioner (not swamp cooler) for those that do not know the difference. He doesn’t even own the business, his dad does.
Poor boy meets rich girl, twenty years later I rate this 4 out of 5 stars, and as I said, I thought it was funny.
The Canadian film Recall was released on June 25, 2019. Mikey (Michael James Regan) talks his stepbrother Dale (Tommy James Murphy) into pulling one last hit. Unfortunately, Mikey is a cocaine addict and their target is the Mafia. There is a backstory about Dale’s girlfriend’s murder which doesn’t do much for the story.
The acting was fairly decent, but everything else was bad. I have a theory: if the lead actor(s) in a movie is/are also a producer, executive producer, writer, editor, and director of a film then I have low expectations for the film. This mainly is true if the actor and/or director are not well known. There are a few, I admit, that does not follow this premise. This film was, thankfully, only 72 minutes long, but it took 25 minutes to get to the crime scene. There were some good action scenes but there was also foul language.
I would not recommend this film to anyone. It needed a lot of work. Some of the actors were good, i.e. the actor who played the Mafia Don was very good. I have to give this only 2 stars out of 5.
The Golem February 5, 2019, Horror. A red-headed Jewish girl in the late 1670’s Lithuania, can’t be a good sign for a movie called The Golem, in the midst of the plague. Let me clarify, to me this movie did not make sense. The traditional Jewish people in it, for the most part, did not look like the traditional Jewish people of today, even though their hair and other things make you believe they were traditional Jews.
I have no idea whether part of the movie was true or it was all fiction. I have a hard time believing there were red-headed Jews in a small Jewish village at the time. In the fifteen through seventeen hundred, red-heads were burnt at the stake or worse as witches and demons. Unless they were in Scotland or some other Celtic (Pronounced Keltic) village. Even the Catholic and Protestant churches dealt harshly with them. Personally, I think it was just bad writing by some redhead!
This story wants you to believe that the Jews were peace-loving and would die before striking anyone, however, their Torah tells a different story throughout history to the present day. Could this Torah be where we get the idea that Golems did exist? I have no clue so someone out there help me with this.
We imagine Golems as big monsters, yet in this movie, it is a little boy. With all my reservations about the historical validity of the movie, I still rate it 5 out of 5 stars, it was that good.
The TV-movie Staged Killer was released on June 25, 2019. Jake Everett and Naomi Spencer had a college talk show which ended when Jake is accused of murdering a football player. Ten years later, Naomi is married and has a different co-host on a podcast. Jake returns and befriends Naomi, her husband, and the show’s producer. Unfortunately, not everything goes well.
The acting was good for the most part. The actress playing Naomi was not very good. The storyline could have done with some improvement, but I tend to blame the director for these faults. The main problem seemed to be that it was obvious who was going to be killed, it was a matter of how. Also, when they die, I didn’t really feel any sympathy for them. The photography also made the film seem more like the style of a soap opera.
Over all, this just barely made it from being a terrible movie to a decent movie. I give it 3 stars out of 5. I wouldn’t watch it again, though.
The Korean film Svaha: The Sixth Finger was released on February 20, 2019. Pastor Park investigates cults and finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation while investigating a local cult. There is also a story about twin sisters born in a village where one sister is considered evil and locked away in a shed, while the other sister has a normal life.
If this was considered a horror movie, it totally failed. This spent more time attempting to catch a killer of middle-aged girls and discussing the fine points of Buddhism. The acting was decent, but not much else was. The directing and storyline were all over the place. The film was 2 hours and 3 minutes long which was too long to hold my interest.
I was a bit disappointed with this film. I thought that it would be more of a horror story, but it failed. I can only rate this 2.5 stars out of 5. Save your time and watch something else.
Maria, 27 March 2019 rated TV-MA, this Philippine film has all the action of a Hollywood film. There is nothing new here. A retired, in hiding girl, hit woman comes out of retirement to avenge her family. Many deaths, some blood, no real gore.
I have a lot of feelings about movies, I had none in this one.
I won’t say this was a waste of my time but it sure seemed like a movie that has been done many times. I rate it 3 out of 5 if you just need an action flick, watch it!
The French military drama The Wolf’s Call was released on February 20, 2019. Chanteraide (Francois Civil) has incredible hearing which he uses as a radar man on a submarine. His ability propels him and his captain (Reda Cateb) to be transferred to France’s top nuclear submarine. Unfortunately, he is exiled from the sub when his drug test comes back positive. When a Russian sub fires a nuclear missile towards France, Chanteraide sneaks into a bunker and offers his services to the admiral.
There were plenty of tense moments in this movie. The acting and directing were excellent. There was, of course, a lot of technical naval jargon used but what else could you expect? The storyline was very well done and I was happy to see they did not rely on the cliche of stopping tragedy with one second left to go. Omar Sy (who was a writer on Jurassic World), as Grandchamp’s executive officer and promoted to Captain of another sub, Paula Beer as Civil’s love interest, also were excellent in their characterizations.
I admit that I couldn’t really find anything negative to say about this movie. The technical jargon may have thrown some people off, but I felt it enhanced the film’s authenticity. I definitely recommend this film and give it 5 stars.