As if it’s never been said before, this is a must for horror fans. It took me way too long to see it due to false ratings and skewed reviewers. This is the creepy kibd of film I look for. It’s not gory but the scenes make you squirm.
Margot Kidder and James Brolin are the parents in a family that just mo ed in. Brolin is truly good, especially in the latter half where he really owns a tough part as good as any Nicholson could.
I noticed one of the child actors, K.C. Martel, was in E.T. Also, the area priest who comes down to hear the story is the Real Estate boss in Poltergeist. Finally, take it for what it’s worth but the harbor town in Jaws is called “Amity?” Could there be something here?
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This is my audio review of The Village (2004). Directed by M. Night Shyamalan. With Sigourney Weaver, William Hurt, Joaquin Phoenix, Bryce Dallas Howard. A series of events tests the beliefs of a small isolated countryside village.
It is a much loved film by me and select few others. It didn’t do amazingly at the box office but I find this spooky film mesmerizing and profound. Have a listen and find out why. I welcome your comments here on the site or on my twitter @thedrpodcast NOTE: This is film #24 in my current podcast series I call “Damien’s Top 20 Spooky Horror Films.” Tune in next week when I cover #23 “Head Count (2018).”
R | 120 min | Biography, Crime, Drama 7 9 58 Metascore
A destitute young man, raised by racist skinheads and notorious among white supremacists, turns his back on hatred and violence to transform his life, with the help of a black activist and the woman he loves.
I’ll be up front about this film being dated. Still, I was very drawn in right away. It would seem this guy needs relationship skills. The woman takes on all the work in planning for their “getaway.” They are going camping. I think there are very few women who would find that romantic.
Human vs Nature is the theme here. It’s as if nature is seeking revenge. The end is unpredicatble and this film is highly entertaining. It is a bit too much of a slow burn but it only loses one point with me for that. Getting to the end is worth it.
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Jen McGowan directs this crime thriller with amazing dexterity. This is just what feminism needs in this genre today. You will recall the highly recognized film “Boys Don’t Cry” and its graphic scenes. This one has them too but with a lighter subject: A college valedictorian lost and kidnapped in the woods. Strong men have the upper hand but McGowan is showing us even strong men had better “Choose their prey carefully.”
I loved the cinematography in the woods. The meth subplot is a bit canned but she made it all into something original and powerful. This is a revenge thriller and I was highly satisfied with the ending. Everyone should have a memento to share on Thanksgiving. That’s a quip, a wink, no spoilers here. Watch this film!!!
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This is an entertaining horror. As is common with Mexican and Spanish directors, much care and art was given to the music and the settings of the piece. The story is a little hard to grasp so I just let it wash over me with very good emotive results. It’s not full of jump scares but takes you on a lovely dark journey.
The basic story is: “An adopted woman returns to her home country and the family home that she never knew and must face the mystery that lies there.” (IMDB)
I don’t think the director means for you to figure it out, he rather wants you to have a personal experience with this film. Though it’s been his last work since 2006, I still hope for another feature film from him. His name is Nacho Cerdà. If you know him, let him know I think he is amazing!
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Ruby Sparks is a romantic comedy written by Zoe Kazan. Ruby is a fictional character thought up in the movie by a successful writer in his early twenties played by Paul Dano.
Audio commentary from ‘The Damien Riley Podcast’ episode: Ruby Sparks
Much to his surprise, one day Ruby comes to life and takes on the role of his real life girlfriend. After that a roller coaster of emotions and love lessons ensue. For me, the strongest message in the movie is about the power we try to exert over each other in relationships. It has a truly all-star cast including Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas, Elliot Gould, and many more. Though the film started slow for me, it picked up in the middle and became a very fun and emotion-filled ride. I read online while watching the movie that the actress playing Ruby, Zoe Kazan, is the actual writer of the movie. For this reason, the audience gets the perspective of a woman being invented and controlled by an actual woman writer. I was impressed by Miss Kazan and will look for more from her in the future.
Final Thought: Relationships are often funny but more often perplexing. This movie uses metaphor and satire in the form of this invented woman to address some of those difficult issues. Paul Dano does a very nice job as a young writer trying to figure out life and love. He has definite ideas about what Ruby should be and he writes them clearly. I felt a real-life connection to what he was doing when he “wrote Ruby.” I thought at one point, “How would I ‘write’ my wife if I had the magic typewriter?” Through most of the movie I knew I would not rewrite her one iota. I think that is the message of the movie. We want “the perfect spouse” but in reality, we don’t know what that is for us. Better to let our spouse have her/his imperfections than try to craft them into something “perfect.” If those themes sound interesting, you’ll love this romantic comedy. I give it 5/5 stars. In some ways for me it was a perfect film experience.