Ready or Not is a dark comedy horror starring Australian actress #SamaraWeaving. Weaving is an ex Home and Away star who seems to be making a bit of a break into Hollywood now. It’s rare you would talk about someone’s performance in a movie of this genre, but without her at the centre I feel this could have gone quite south.
The film is certainly fun and entertaining. The #ReadyorNot premise surrounds the classic tale of the elites hunting the less fortunate. It’s very Get Out without the smarts. In this case a family who has made their fortune from the games industry have an initiation game for any newcomers to the family. The game could be Checkers or Chess, but it could also be a deadly version of Hide and Seek. I think we all know which card Grace picks to the terrifying disappointment of her newly wed, Alex.
While the film is fun there’s quite a bit here that doesn’t quite work. A lot of the comedy doesn’t stick well. Like a blunt axe welded through a forest it makes a few marks but doesn’t nearly cut through. I’m also really not sure Andie MacDowell wanted to be part of this game, as she gives a performance so wooden it wood make a lumberjack jealous.
As I say though, Weaving is fabulous and that combined with a truly awesome finale I was definitely content by the end.
Reviewed by Josh
A bride's wedding night takes a sinister turn when her eccentric new in-laws force her to take part in a terrifying game.
Cluedo on Crack! Knives Out see's writer director Rian Johnson back in the seat where he thrives. A dark comedic caper, film noir, slapstick spattered extravaganza. With exquisite writing, wonderful dialogue and stellar performances across the board, Knives Out is Johnson back on top form. He is a master of redefining a genre by giving it a fresh and vibrant update.
Brick was one of my favourite films of 2005. It was actually one of my most anticipated films that year, and when I got to see it in the cinema it blew me away. It was like nothing I had ever seen before. A film noir set in a high school, with it's own made up language throughout. Sounds like a bit of a train wreck I know, but somehow, he and Joseph Gordon-Levitt made it work, and work extremely well. If you haven't seen it, I urge you to source it out.
After a slightly mediocre second film, in The Brothers Bloom, it was Looper that really got everyone to sit up and notice Johnson. Again, implementing those film noir traits but this time with a Sci Fi background. I'm sure you've all seen it, but another MUST SEE film.
In Knives Out, Johnson breathes new life into the Christie-Style Whodunnit and gives it a dysfunctional shove into the 21st century. The first and obvious method is to put together an incredible ensemble cast. It doesn't get much better. Daniel Craig, Christopher Plummer, Toni Collette, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Chris Evans, Don Johnson, LaKeith Stanfield and Ana de Armas. If that doesn't get you in...
Out of all the wonderful performances (There's not one mediocre one) Daniel Craig is a delight in this very refreshing role as a Deep Southern American 'Kentucky Fried' version of Hercule Poirot. Ana de Armas honestly blows this out of the water! She's perfect, nailing every scene with high and heartfelt emotion. I also loved Collette and Don Johnson, and also Noah Segan (who as been in every RJ film) is really great as the fanboy detective. But a film is only as good as it's script, and this a banger! Twists, turns, witty dialogue, and 100% pure entertainment.
Knives Out is utterly dysfunctional, entirely surprising, and outright hilarious!
Roope Says (PurgatoryFlicks)
An unapologetic, damn surprising, ensemble casted & risky spoofy whodunnit murder mystery from Rian Johnson who always has something fresh to add, whether you like or hate his work. The movie is extremely funny, downright hilarious.
When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan's dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan's untimely death.
What if every memory could be erased? What if something truly horrific had happened to you and the person who loves you most could wipe that from your mind? Would you want them to? This is the story of twin brothers, one of them who lost his memory in a motorbike accident, who puts his fate in the only person he remembers besides himself, his brother.
Tell Me Who I Am is a documentary I stumbled upon when scrolling Netflix. The production and the execution is pretty much flawless. I went in completely blind without knowing anything about the events. The way it starts, the story feels like an inspirational tale of one brother helping another to recall his memories from before the accident. What the documentary develops into, honestly destroyed me. After a few grim facts and gut wrenching reveals I realized the film was far more dark and monstrous than I had imagined.
It’s one of the most heartbreaking documentary films i’ve ever had to endure, last time a doco had this much of an emotional impact on me was back when i watched Dear Zachary for the first time. ”Tell Me Who I Am” is genuinely saddening, poignant, raw, disturbing, absorbing and shocking. The few moments of happiness in this one are worth cherishing, and the rest.. Well, some might be overwhelming but i’m glad i managed to finish it. A must-watch.
How did this all happen in middle-class Britain without anyone finding out? There are still far too many monsters in the world getting away with so horrific things.
Reviewed by Roope
You’ll be amazed, you’ll be shocked and you will cry, but it’s a beautifully intimate story of loss, tragedy & terror, but in the end, unconditional love.
In this documentary, Alex trusts his twin, Marcus, to tell him about his past after he loses his memory. But Marcus is hiding a dark family secret.
#SiennaMiller gives a tour de force and career defining performance. From the outside #AmericanWoman looks like your standard unsolved disappearance film, but that takes a minor role, in what is ultimately a tale of a woman’s redemption, in the face of adversity.
Jake ‘son of Ridley’ Scott directs and Out of the Furnace’s, Brad Ingelsby pens this bleak yet powerful story, which is elevated by Miller’s stunning portrayal.
The cast including Christina Hendricks, Aaron Paul, Amy Madigan, Sky Ferreira and Will Sasso are all excellent in their roles. The film is cast very well, and the film has a very authentic and real life feel. Hendricks and Miller have great chemistry as sisters, as does Miller with love interest, Aaron Paul.
I definitely recommend seeing this. For Sienna Miller’s brave performance alone, that could possibly garner her some nominations this awards season. The story is heartfelt and enthralling, and will have you shedding some tears along the way.
Reviewed by Josh
Available on iTunes USA, Canada.
A young grandmother in a small Pennsylvania town raises her daughter's child after the girl disappears. All the while, a desperate search for her continues.
Under the Silver Lake won't be for everyone, but given the chance, it could be for you. Following up 'It Follows', director David Robert Mitchell has created a fresh feeling film noir, that is steeped in nostalgic throwbacks of Hitchcock and Lynch. Like the array of old movie posters covering the walls of Sams (Andrew Garfield) apartment, you're given scene after scene that transports you to these classic films.
It feels like Mitchell has put The Big Lebowski, Rear Window, Mulholland Drive and Brick in a blender, and with a superb performance from Garfield, it's hugely entertaining.
If you're not one for unresolved endings, this could be frustrating. It was a little for me. I am keen to re-watch this and look for more hidden messages.
Young and disenchanted Sam meets a mysterious and beautiful woman who's swimming in his building's pool one night. When she suddenly vanishes the next morning, Sam embarks on a surreal quest across Los Angeles to decode the secret behind her disappearance, leading him into the murkiest depths of mystery, scandal and conspiracy.
When an insidious supernatural force edges its way into a seemingly straightforward investigation into the gruesome murder of a young boy, it leads a seasoned cop and an unorthodox investigator to question everything they believe in.
Quick Bite-sized Review
Stylistically, Motherless Brooklyn fits the 'crime-noir' genre well. It's got the brooding voice-over, the production design is vintage 60s and Norton's direction leans heavily into making the movie feel like the crime films of it's time.
It definitely feels like a first time directorial efforts. There is a mix-match of tones when it comes to certain shots, editing and song choices. And the film drags on a lot with its 140 minute run time.
This movie isn't great, but it's made me interested in what Norton could do next.
Reviewed by Nick (NicksFlicksFix)
Lionel Essrog, a private detective living with Tourette syndrome, ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and best friend — a mystery that carries him from the gin-soaked jazz clubs of Harlem to the slums of Brooklyn to the gilded halls of New York's power brokers.