Sunday, December 16, 2018

My Review Of "City Of Gold"


Harry Locke's "City Of Gold" is an action adventure fantasy. The film stars Vernon Wells, Christopher Atkins, John Charles Meyer, Adrienne Whitney Papp, Riley Dandy, Robbie Allen and Jennifer Rikert Wolski. The movie spins a graphic novel attitude into classic adventure fanfare, at times feeling organic and ambitious while other scenes show more mimicry than imagination.

An anguished media magnate, Jonathan Davenport, accompanies his estranged lover to the Peruvian Amazon in pursuit of a reclusive artist living in rebel occupation. Despite their philanthropic intentions, the mission proves to be the harbinger of something dark and ominous rooted deep within Jonathan.

The story begins with almost experimental indie fervere, and raises an eyebrow of interest from the start. The acting is blended, some moments read smoothly while others come off contrived or over-stated. Still, Locke maintains control enough to create an interesting enough story, and the scenes are rich with melodrama and theatrics. There isn'tmuch originality present but the almost graphic novel style of story telling adds a better quality to "City Of Gold.

The special effects are mixed bag choices, cheap CGI and some practical choices create enough thrills to help get the film to action adventure lecels. Budget restrains are obvious and Locke's film pushes the limit with effectiveness. Still all things considered the action and effects scenes work. The real winner is the locations and cinematography. Overall "City Of Gold" is an okay film, just don't go in with blockbuster expectations. (3/5)




Saturday, December 15, 2018

My Review Of "Number 37"


Directed by Nosipho Dumisa, "Number 37" is a dark homage to both the noir of a Hitchcockian era and the 90's gritty crime thriller. The film stars Irshaad Ally, Monique Rockman, Ephraim Gordon, Sandi Schultz, Danny Ross, David Manuel, Elton Landrew, and Deon Lotz. It is a clever and sharp introduction to the shady, gangster life in urban Cape Town. 

Set in a rough section of Cape Town, Number 37 follows Randal Hendricks, a small-time crook who becomes wheelchair-bound in a drug deal gone wrong, and his hard-working girlfriend Pam Ismael. To distract Randal during his homebound days of limited mobility, Pam gives him a pair of binoculars. While idly surveying his block, he accidentally witnesses a dirty cop being executed by his gangster neighbor Lawyer. With a loan shark breathing down his neck, Randal decides to blackmail Lawyer, and enlists the help of both his girlfriend and his friend Warren. When the plan goes horribly awry, Randal’s options get more and more restricted—and not even local detective Gail February, investigating the death of her partner, may be able to help him.

The story is a stark crime story that plays on suspenseful thrusts of drama and intense characters. The cast give varied but  strong performances. At times scenes feel forced against conflicting backdrops but inevitably that slight aspect seems as intentional as Hitchcock's "Rear Window". Dumisa shows a brilliance in this ability to mirror obvious influence of western filmmakers while never coming off as mimicry.

"Number 37" performs as a dark, off-quilter slow burner where action is concerned. There are moments when the suspense builds into actual thrills. However a lot of the violence and bloodshed acts more as aesthetic instead of pressure points in the film. Still enough thriller elements exist to really tease a Tarantino quality. Overall "Number 37" is a strong, contemporary crime thriller worth the watch. (3/5)

My Review Of "Scarecrows"


"Scarecrows" is a contemporary horror story that takes a classic trope and spins into a macabre tableau. The film is directed by Stu Stone and stars Mike Taylor, Hannah Gordon, Umed Amin, and Maaor Ziv. It is described as a stoner horror throwback.

While on a hike to find a secret lagoon, a group of friends have no choice but to pass through an ominous cornfield. Unbeknownst to them, the farm owner despises trespassers and has vowed to kill anyone who crosses his land by turning them into living scarecrows, leaving them to rot in his fields. Once one goes up... it never comes down.

"Scarecrows" is a straightforward story that incorporates recognizable tropes. The young, dumb kids on a quest, and the psycho killer. Add to it the macabre fascination of a creepy, yet familiar rural mainstay - the scarecrow. It lacks originality but that doesn't stop it from being entertainment. 

The cast is great at creating likeable characters that add both canon fodder for the killer and protagonists that you root for. The acting is acceptable, although there is some recognized moments of inconsistencies in scene delivery. But still, the quality is good and the suspense is captivating. 

The special effects are equally quality work. Practical, visceral moments of blood and horror create an almost "Wolf Creek" atmosphere. My only complaint is that the violence and horror seemed restrained a bit too much.  I would have liked a little more gruesome and gore. Still the film does more than enough to entertain on that level as well.

Overall,  "Scarecrows" is a cool, entertaining horror movie with slasher level thrills. The cinematography is excellent,  the antagonist is dominating and intimidating. There are a few minor flaws,  but nothing that hurts the experience that Stone offers up to horror fans. Check it out. (3.5/5)

Bizarre Mannequin Movie "AGALMATOPHILIA" Released


Finally we get to see this years highly anticipated film that’s undeniably unlike any other film you’ve seen before. Just in time for the holidays . . . the latest and greatest film from Frolic Pictures . . . Agalmatophilia, is now available! Find it on Amazon Prime and order the DVD or VHS now, to graciously stuff the stocking of your favorite friend, family member or unusual lover.

What critics are saying:
 
“Guy (Jared Masters), a lonely and numbers-obsessed office clerk who does "the numbers" for his clients (it's never explained in full), one day realizes he needs a secretary - and pretty much hires the first applicant, Iesha Stayput, who just happens to be a living, breathing mannequin (voiced by Brittany Ballantyne) - and at first he's only taken in by her professionalism, but soon he starts to have feelings for her as well (thus the title, ‘Agalmatophilia,’ a paraphilia involving sexual attraction to a statue, doll, mannequin), and he, who has so far mostly been tied to his desk, starts to go out with her and stuff. But there's his client, Veronique (Brittany Ballantyne, in the flesh), who at first only gets friendly with Guy as she's not able to pay her invoices on time, but before long she starts getting interested in him as a man, too - and even if she's got some weird fetishes on her own for sure, she eventually notices there's something not 100% right with Guy.... Now this is most certainly a very unusual film, an extremely weird, twisted romance between a man and a shop window mannequin, done very much in a way as if it was a very natural thing, with a minimum of special effects, and without any fantasy or horror motives or even vastly simplified psychology tagged on - and especially for these reasons it works, it just tells its story, doesn't lose steam in long-winded explanations or fancy effects, just lets us see the world through Guy's and later also Veronique's eyes - but with an extra shot of irony (rather than moronic humour). If you're into the slightly bizarre, you'll get lots of enjoyment out of this.” - Mike Haberfelner, SearchMyTrash.com
 

The publishers of this announcement have nothing to gain, or to lose, by your anticipatory entertainment. A show fantastically and strategically composed. It may frighten some of you. It may startle the very nerves that cause your neck to tingle. It is up to you to decide. Let us explore the deepest desires in every one of us. Let’s come out. See us balloon into our true selves.
 
Don’t let the star rating fool you! Why let an anonymous individual dictate your thoughts? You are a freethinking individual. Self-respect sold separately. Batteries not included. What works for you will confuse another. Your mother is unamused. Your ignorant community will ostracize you. Let the film speak for itself. Do not merely support the names you are familiar with and giant ads you read, take yourself on the best date ever. Give art a chance. Discover a life changing moment, again, and again in . . . Agalmatophilia (in glorious black and white).


 See . . . The Prince of Hollywood, Jared Masters, in his feature film debut in a leading role. Also, introducing the fierce and captivating triple threat, Brittany Ballantyne (the quasi-sensational starlet who came all way from Iowa to cash in on her instincts . . . and charm).
 

So don’t wait! Cuddle up with your favorite inanimate object . . . and watch . . . Agalmatophilia. It will titillate and shock the very tentacles of your heart, repeatedly. Find the DVD online (wherever DVDs are sold). Snatch up a very rare, limited edition (only 1,000 copies made) VHS on eBay, while supplies last. Stream it instantly online, for free (with an Amazon Prime one month trial). The reason why you can’t think of your favorite movie when asked is because . . . you have yet to see Agalmatophilia, a Frolic Picture.



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Friday, December 14, 2018

Psycho Thriller "Braid" Coming In February


Mitzi Peirone's psycho-thriller BRAID hits theaters and On Demand via Blue Fox Entertainment February 1st. The film stars Madeline Brewer, Imogen Waterhouse, Sarah Hay, and Scott Cohen. Check out the red band trailer below.

Two wanted women decide to rob their wealthy yet mentally unstable friend who lives in a fantasy world they all created as children. To take her money, the girls must take part in a deadly and perverse game of make-believe throughout a sprawling yet decaying estate. As things become increasingly violent and hallucinatory, they realize that obtaining the money may be the least of their concerns.

Check Out Paranormal Comedy "Ruined: A Hipster Ghost Story"


Lily Smith is a UK based writer/director has released  "Ruined – A Hipster Ghost Story", a comedy web series that tells the tale of a duo and their haunted apartment. The series stars Chris Polick as Owen and the aforementioned series creator Lily Smith as Lucy. The entire web series, all six episodes, is available on YouTube. Click here to check it out.

Best friends Lucy and Owen have just bought their dream flat – but the resident ghost makes their new lives a nightmare. 



Indie Horror "The Appearance" Now Available To Own Or Rent


Kurt Knight’s period horror film The Appearance is  available now on VUDU, iTunes, and Amazon Prime Video to rent and own. The film comes courtesy of Gravitas Ventures and stars Jake Stormoen,  Kristian Nairn, Adam Johnson, Michael Flynn, and Baylee Self. Check the trailer below.

Mateho the Inquisitor and his comrade are summoned to a monastery to investigate a series of mysterious murders and the alleged ‘witch’ accused of the horrific crimes. It soon becomes clear that something evil haunts the church and Mateho must act quickly to stop the dark vengeance from destroying everything in its path.

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