The Cured (2017)

the cured posterZombie virus horror without zombies…for the most part.

Stars: Ellen Page, Sam Keeley, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor
Director: 
David Freyne

Synopsis: The Maze virus, a zombie like infection, has had a cure developed with one draw back being that people remember everything they did while being infected. As they re-join society, the uninfected citizens start protesting and rioting and demanding that it not happen for fear of re-infection which in turn causes rebel groups of cured to rise against them. Following the paths of recently cured Senen (Sam Keely), who goes to live with his sister-in-law (Ellen Page) and her son, and Conor (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor) we see that while they may be cured, the impact on what has happed affects them each in very different ways. Continue reading “The Cured (2017)”

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Storm Boy (2019)

Storm Boy poster

Mr Percival!!!

Stars: Jai Courtney, Geoffrey Rush, Finn Little, Trevor Jamieson, Morgana Davies, Erik Thomson
Director: Shawn Seet

Synopsis: On the eve of a serious business deal that he must take part in, Michael Kingley (Geoffrey Rush) begins to see visions of people and moments from his childhood. To help acknowledge and process memories he’d not thought of in many years, he tells the story of his childhood to his granddaughter (Morgana Davies) which revolved around moving with his father to a small hut on an isolated strip of beach land and saving/raising some baby pelicans after hunters kill their parents.

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Abducted in Plain Sight (2017)

abducter posterFascinating, frustrating, horrifying!

Stars: Jan Broberg, Mary Ann Broberg, Bob Broberg 
Director: 
Skye Borgman

Synopsis: A true story about the kidnapping and subsequent brain washing bye pedophile Joe Berchtold of 12-year-old Jan Broberg. Through interviews, photos and dramatizations, we see the path that led from an innocent life to one taken over by a predator who everyone thought was a close family friend. Continue reading “Abducted in Plain Sight (2017)”

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018)

mowgli posterThe kid who plays Mowgli is fantastic!

Stars: Rohan Chand, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch
Director: 
Andy Serkis

Synopsis: After the Tiger Shere Khan kills his family, a ‘man-cub’ is taken in by a pack of wolves, a bear & a panther to raise in the jungle as one of their own. Years pass and the tiger once again threatens the now boy, Mowgli’s life as well as the entire wolf pack. He flees to the nearby human village where he learns what it is to be just a boy before realising that the hunter in the village isn’t just there to kill the Tiger. Mowgli must now be neither only man or wolf and stand up against the Tiger & the Hunter to protect the rest of the jungle. Continue reading “Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018)”

Roma (2018)

Roma

Incredible, amazing, beautiful!

Stars: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey
Director: Alfonso Cuarón

Synopsis: Following the events spanning a year in the life of Cleo, the live-in maid of a middle-class family in Mexico City. While a year doesn’t seem like a lot of time, this film shows us how much can truly happen in 12 months all while also exploring the behaviours and actions of the people that Cleo interacts with during that time.

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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

buster scruggsThe greatest collection of short stories you didn’t know you had been missing.

Stars: Tim Blake Nelson, Clancy Brown, James Franco, Liam Neeson, Tom Waits
Directors: 
Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Synopsis: A collection of 6 short stories, all based in the Old West, each focusing on a vastly different situation. Including a Singer, a bank robber, a gold miner, a touring artist, a wagon train and a collection of people in a stage coach. Continue reading “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)”

My Friend Dahmer (2017)

My friend Dahmer 1Director:  Marc Meyers
Writers:  Marc Meyers, John Backderf (based on the book My Friend Dahmer by)
Stars:  Ross Lynch, Alex Wolff, Anne Heche

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Please Note: The Following May Contain Spoilers (But I Tried Hard Not To)

Wow, this was genuinely difficult to watch. Okay that sounds like I’m being negative about the film but I am absolutely not. It is brilliant and as a viewer I was left feeling extremely uncomfortable and slightly unnerved watching the portrayal of a known serial killer leading up to his first actual kill, so I think the movie absolutely nailed it.

The casting as a whole is really strong but oh man….Ross Lynch’s portrayal of Jeffrey Dahmer is outstanding! Seriously, to be able to bring so much to this character allowing you to see the soon to be killer peeking out from behind this horribly awkward lonely kid who knows his obsession with dead animals is kind of weird, but it fascinates him and separates him from the broken/troubled family life. Continue reading “My Friend Dahmer (2017)”