Movie Review: Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile (2019)

Wicked Vile posterThe title of the movie is a direct quote from the prosecuting judge

Stars: Lily Collins, Zac Efron, Angela Sarafyan, Haley Joel Osment
Director: 
Joe Berlinger

Synopsis: Based on the true story of the capture and conviction of serial killer Ted Bundy (Zac Efron) and the affects he had on those around him including his innocent and long suffering ex-fiancé Liz (Lily Collins). Continue reading Movie Review: Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile (2019)

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Movie Review: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019)

Wind posterBased on a true story

Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Maxwell Simba, Felix Lemburo
Director: 
Chiwetel Ejiofor

Synopsis: Based on the true story of 13-year-old Wiliam Kamkwamba (Maxwell Simba) who was from a small village in Malawi which In 2001 was thrust into famine when global, political and environmental events all begin to collide.  After reading a science book in his school library, William figured out how to build and use a windmill to create power and help save the crops and his village. Continue reading Movie Review: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019)

Movie Review: Green Book (2018)

Green Book posterIt’s not often a movie can make me crave KFC, but here we are.

Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini 
Director: 
Peter Farrelly

Synopsis: Set in 1960s America, this is the story of Italian-American rough tough bouncer guy Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen) who is employed to be the driver of African-American classical pianist Dr. Donald Shirley (Mahershala Ali) on his tour of the southern states of America. Armed with the ‘Negro Motorist Green Book’ and two very different personalities, a strange but beautiful friendship is formed. Continue reading Movie Review: Green Book (2018)

Movie Review: Welcome To Marwen (2018)

Marwen posterDamn, Steve Carell looks better in heels than I do.

Stars: Steve Carell, Falk Hentschel, Matt O’Leary, Leslie Mann
Director: 
Robert Zemeckis

Synopsis: After a vicious beating/hate crime that nearly took his life and stole the ability to draw away from artist Mark Hogancamp (Steve Carell) he changed his form from drawing to photography. The subject he chose were dolls and through his art he was also able to create a world and a story that worked as a kind of therapy to help him heal emotionally. Continue reading Movie Review: Welcome To Marwen (2018)

Documentary Review: 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 Documentary Review: Abducted in Plain Sight (2017)

Movie Review: 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 Movie Review: My Friend Dahmer (2017)