Movies reviews

  • The House of the Devil

    Watched on

    4

    In 1983, financially struggling college student Samantha Hughes takes a strange babysitting job that coincides with a full lunar eclipse. She slowly realizes her clients harbor a terrifying secret, putting her life in mortal danger.

    The House of the Devil

    Review

    Clearly a well-made homage to 70s/80s horror genre. The costume design and makeup are on-point, the camera work is deliberate and the cinematography has that very grainy look. However, like movies of that era, it is woefully slow to its detriment.

    The last twenty minutes felt like a completely different movie.

    Not my type of movie although I can appreciate the craft.

  • Come to Daddy

    Watched on

    7

    A man in his thirties travels to a remote cabin to reconnect with his estranged father.

    Come to Daddy

    Review

    Odd story with odd characters and odd haircuts. Weird setup, bizarre twists and gory flashes. Takes unexpected turn after unexpected turn. It has good cinematography and keeps you guessing throughout. This won’t be to many people’s taste but has qualities that’ll please those who like movies that are unconventional.

  • No One Lives

    Watched on

    7

    A gang of ruthless highway killers kidnap a wealthy couple traveling cross country only to shockingly discover that things are not what they seem.

    No One Lives

    Review

    This felt like an early Alexandre Aja movie, low budget revenge with plenty of gore. The “body suit” scene is something out of a John Carpenter movie!

    The dialogue is straight from a b-movie and so is the budget. That just adds to the craziness of the movie. It’s brutal, gory and crazy.

  • The Last Five Years

    Watched on

    6

    A struggling actress and her novelist lover each illustrate the struggle and deconstruction of their love affair.

    The Last Five Years

    Review

    The movie has an unusual story structure and concept that would’ve worked a lot better if not for a lot of basic mistakes. Regardless of the problems, the story, songs and Anna Kendrick make it watchable.

    The cinematography is so misguided, inconsistent and even jarring in too many places. The style lacks harmony, experimenting with too many different techniques.

    Anna Kendrick steals every scene, belting out the songs and acting rings around everyone else. Jeremy Jordan is fine, but it felt they were acting in different movies; one serious, one jovial.

    It was a song-driven clement version of Blue Valentine.

    I’m normally a sucker for slow, deliberate and almost mechanical camera work, but this technique didn’t fit the opening scene. There was a high degree of dissonance compared with the emotional tone from Anna Kendrick and the piano-driven ballad.

    The second song was much better, upbeat and colourful, with flowing camera movement complementing of the scene. Although the “ex-lovers” segment was a little strange. There was energy and smiles harmonised with the song.

  • Spectral

    Watched on

    6

    A sci-fi/thriller story centered on a special-ops team that is dispatched to fight supernatural beings.

    Spectral

    Review

    There were some really inventive near-future but believable military gear and enough octane-fuelled set piece battles. The enemies were too powerful but interesting character design. The sci-fi movie has plenty of holes but it’s fun enough with impressive visual effects.