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Solar Impact Afdah (2020)
Release: November 15, 2019
Afdah Solar Impact
I liked it, I thought it was funny. And said some truth to it. But then again just about every movie has some truth in its name. Especially how Shari was dealing with a pregnancy, and a boyfriend who refused to get married because of being terrified which is really understandable. The relationship between the guys was really strange and amazing. Having that one friend that knows how to push someones buttons until they snap. We all have friends like that. But i have a question, do you know the song that was playing during the scene of Gregory's funeral? it really caught my attention and i want that song now. Any possible way of finding out the name of that song for me? thanks.
Cast: Grace Dixon, Oliver Goodwill, Polly Kilpatrick, Peter Knight, Gary Knowles, Natalie Martins, Oliver Park, Simon Riordan
Mortal Afdah (2020)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Release: February 28, 2020
"Feline Follies" is the first Felix the Cat cartoon, though it isn't exactly the Felix that was popular through the 1920s. The character looks similar and it was brought to the public by the same folks who made the Felix cartoons, though he is more like a real cat in this cartoon and they call him 'Master Tom'.
The film begins with Tom going out for a walk and meeting a cute white female cat. They spend time together--much to the annoyance of everyone but the mice! And, in the end, the ending (which I won't divulge) is very, very dark--and the sort of cartoon parents probably would NOT let their kids see! So dark that I was actually pretty shocked.
While this cartoon is much too normal for my tastes (except for the ending), it is historically important and worth a look if you are an aficionado of the history of cartoons.
Director: André Øvredal
Cast: Nat Wolff, Priyanka Bose, Iben Akerlie, Arthur Hakalahti, Oddrun Valestrand, Ania Nova, Ravdeep Singh Bajwa, Per Egil Aske, Per Frisch, Martin Grid Toennesen, Sunniva Lind H�verstad, Torunn L�demel Stokkeland, Craig Narveson, Inger Berit Gr�terud, Niko Rusakov
Resistance Afdah (2020)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Release: March 27, 2020
When I firast watched this film,I enjoyed it thoroughly. Ironically enough in the advent of John Woo (his american popularity and his imitators) as well as Micheal Bay, Tony Scott, and Jerry Brukhiemer, it is rephreshing to see an action movie, a shoot-out action movie, where the emphasis is on efficiency and control rather than chaos. Unlike the John Woo pilosophy of keeping the guns firing non stop even if they hit nothing, Assassins works on the exact opposite theory of every shot has a purpose and a meaning and no shot is taken wildly even to distract (add on to the fact that in most John Woo movies, and especially Michael Bay movies, the guns are super loud, whereas in Assassins, pretty much every shot thats fired is silenced). I beleive there is only one instance in the film where shots are fired wildly wnd wrecklessly, and that is during the apartment scene where Antonio Banderas' character. Micheal Bein, shoots blindly through a wall at Slyvester Stallone's character, Robert Rath. Other than that, there is not really anytype of panic fire or wild bullet spraying (in fact I dont beleive this film even features automatic rifles of any kind). Strangely enough, this allows for events that move extremly quick: example, the first scene featuring the three title characters in the hotel. We see Antonio Banderas, in the blink of an eye alomst, take out 3 guards, walkinto the room they were guarding and then take out the 4 targets in that room in the same amount of time. In a way, it is very similar to the old Samurai films since their action scenes moved in a similar manner with nothingn then all of a sudden a few quick sword strikes and the conflict is over. That being said, this movie would require a certain type of taste in action movies or is a type of movie you have to be "in the mood" to watch.
sidenote: When I first watched this film, I had no idea it featured the would be superstar Antonio Banderas, nor that it was written by the soon to be Matrix creators. In that sense it is almost a fun movie to watch because it kinda answers the question "what did they do before they were famous?" and now you know.
Director: Jonathan Jakubowicz
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Ed Harris, Edgar Ramírez, Clémence Poésy, Matthias Schweighöfer, Bella Ramsey, Géza Röhrig, Karl Markovics, F�lix Moati, Alicia von Rittberg, Vica Kerekes, Tobias Gareth Elman, Kue Lawrence, Christian Clarke, Aurélie Bancilhon
Peninsula Afdah (2020)
Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller
Release: August 7, 2020
I don't this know if this gives much of anything away, but I'm not sure where the line is, hence the spoiler alert. This review is of the Pilot episode.
Like everyone, I have my favorites, and this movie appeals to many of them. Being older myself, the story is gripping, the idea of having such a glorious second chance.
What I like about its unfoldment is they didn't do a direct transmission of the decrepit and addled character of the old guy into a new skin. Instead they showed a more innocent, early days instinctual way for him to be, infused with the freshness of youth......... And then using that energy in a very focused way, staying true to his calling and family connection...... It blew me away how effortlessly he was focused on solving crime, all the while so devoted to his family. The wizened experience of the old man lending gravitas and insight to his endlessly-capable and driven newly-young self.
To my surprise I found myself thinking of the character of the old man while I was watching his younger self acting thru a strong and capable body - I could see both of these characters at once - which felt both odd and magnificent......... And then seeing on the screen as well as recalling in my own life, the capability that rushes forward when of healthy, vital body, and freshly ambitious, unscarred psyche............ A memory much appreciated at those times when that élan and boisterous optimism seems just out of reach.
And all that was taken to the next level at the end, seeing the cussed determination of the old man, unrepentant, unrelenting, fire in the flash of his gaze. And it was trippy how they altered the old mans voice at the end. God I love present day movies and TV!
Director: Sang-ho Yeon
Cast: Dong-Won Gang, Jung-hyun Lee, John D. Michaels, Re Lee, Hae-hyo Kwon, Milan-Devi LaBrey
Marriage Story Afdah (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Release: December 6, 2019
Afdah Marriage Story
This show is an abomination. Never a funny moment, mostly just feels weird. Like the pretend stand-up routine with the fake brick wall behind him and canned laughter. Don't watch for entertainment unless you enjoy examining and deconstructing a terrible show, because that's all you can do with it. If you look at the positive reviews, they were written around the time the show first came out. Click on the author's name and you'll find that in the 2 years since, that is the only review they've ever written. Hmmm. How curious.
Director: Noah Baumbach
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, Merritt Wever, Laura Dern, Ray Liotta, Julie Hagerty, Mark O'Brien, Wallace Shawn, Alan Alda, Kyle Bornheimer, Mickey Sumner, Azhy Robertson, Matthew Maher, Robert Smigel, Ayden Mayeri
Greyhound Afdah (2020)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Release: July 10, 2020
ased upon the novel "The Good Shepherd" by C S Forester, this is the thrilling story of the leader of an Allied convoy crossing the North Atlantic in 1942 as he faces relentless attack by a Nazi submarine wolf pack. The leader of the convoy's destroyer screen is a US Navy commander making his first Atlantic crossing. The story focuses on the his command responsibility as he fights the cold, the relentless night, the brutal sea and his deep fatigue as he chases down the attacking submarines in the deadly game of cat and mouse. The exciting story, a thrilling ride-along with the beleaguered captain, so deeply portrays the elements of battle command that for a long period of time the book was used as a text at the US Naval Academy.
Director: Aaron Schneider
Cast: Tom Hanks, Stephen Graham, Elisabeth Shue, Michael Benz, Rob Morgan, David Maldonado, Jimi Stanton, Matt Helm, Tom Brittney, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Travis Przybylski, Jeremy Daniel Madden, Devin Druid, Travis Quentin, Will Pullen
The Old Guard Afdah (2020)
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Release: July 10, 2020
Afdah The Old Guard
I found this to be unexpectedly interesting, and was seduced into almost binge watching it on Netflix. Who knew lingerie was a secret affirmation of a woman's essence. Well maybe you did, but I didn't. Many little esoteric philosophical droppings along the way in this otherwise enchanting little story about a girl in a high end lingerie shop. I was quite willing to forgive the lapses into sentimentality. The acting was uniformly excellent although the lead girl was perhaps provided with a somewhat banal and underwritten script. For a westerner it was a nice contrast to see the thought patterns of the Japanese, whose politeness seemed interwoven with surprising directness and honesty. No slang, clichés, double entendres, sleaziness even among the nasty corporate brutes encountered along the way. For me a refreshing change of pace. Highly recommended.
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Cast: Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Matthias Schoenaerts, Marwan Kenzari, Luca Marinelli, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Harry Melling, Van Veronica Ngo, Natacha Karam, Mette Towley, Anamaria Marinca, Micheal Ward, Shala Nyx, Majid Essaidi, Joey Ansah
First Cow Afdah (2020)
Release: July 10, 2020
Afdah First Cow
Many people get the wrong idea about Jesus Christ Superstar. It is NOT a Christian work. It is NOT a rah-rah Jesus piece. It is NOT in any way attempting to be a simple retelling of the biblical story. If that's what you're looking for, you're looking in the wrong place.
What it is, really, is a very agnostic piece. Not atheist, but agnostic. It is asking questions, not providing answers. And the questions are those of a modern person looking back on the Jesus story and wondering "What happened here?"
The whole question of the divinity of Jesus is kept delicately ambivalent throughout. On the one hand, those closest to him, those who know him best-- Mary Magdalene and Judas-- repeatedly assert that he's "just a man". Herod is completely willing to be won over to Jesus if he'll merely perform a miracle or two, but Jesus' only reply is seemingly impotent silence. Similarly, he refuses to perform any miracles to help the beggars ("The Temple"). Indeed, we don't see him perform a single miracle throughout the show.
On the other hand, many are firmly convinced that he *can* perform miracles; where did they get that idea from? And no explanation is offered for the way that Jesus accurately foretells Peter's triple denial. Most interesting is the song "Gethsemane", where it certainly *feels* like Jesus is talking to God (or is it just a delusion?).
But if Jesus *is* divine, does the story make sense? I think this is hard for believers to see, but to those who aren't believing Christians, the Jesus story is... shall we say, curious. And so we have Jesus Christ Superstar, a work from the perspective not of a believer, not of a *dis*believer, but from a questioner. From someone looking at it all and trying to make sense of it.
And so, at the very climax of the story, when Jesus is sentenced to death, the whole story freezes, and the authors step out from behind the curtain to speak directly to us, through the voice of Judas, speaking to us from beyond the grave, speaking to us today, in the modern present. Speaking to us to ask the questions at the root of this opera, as if to say "Ok, here was the story, what do you make of it?" And so he sings the key lyrics, those that embody the entire meaning and message of the production:
Every time I look at you, I don't understand why you let the things you did get so out of hand. You'd've managed better if you'd had it planned; why'd you choose such a backwards time and such a strange land? If you'd come today you would have reached a whole nation. Israel in 4 BC had no mass communication. I only want to know: Jesus Christ, who are you? What have you sacrificed? Do you think you're what they say you are?
This is it. This is the core. THIS is what the show is about. Not a glorification of Jesus but an inquiry into him. If you're a person of faith, there is enough there for you, yes. But if you are an unbeliever (as am I), there's something there for you too. And this is a big reason that Jesus Christ Superstar has always been a personal favorite.
And oh yeah, about the movie itself... :)
Well, I wrote an extensive review of the film itself, but sadly this thing is complaining about a 1000 word limit, so I just deleted it all. So in a nutshell, there are weak points and strong points. Weak points: Neely looks the part of Jesus but can't sing at all, Caiaphas on the album has a much better bass voice, the instrumental tracks are mixed way too soft relative to the vocals, and the lyrics have been changed in places to water down the ambivalence and avoid offending Christians ("HEAL YOURSELVES!"). Strong points: some added verses and two extra songs that aren't on the original album ("Oh this is new! Respect for Caesar!"), the visuals, the mixing in of modern markers to help tell the ancient story. And I leave my original final paragraph:
And finally, there's the closing shot, of Carl Anderson (now no longer Judas), looking back at the set that they are leaving, and peering at the still-standing cross. His searching, questioning expression seems to ask "What happened there?" and beautifully summarizes the whole opera. Because Jesus Christ Superstar is about questions, not answers.
Director: Kelly Reichardt
Cast: John Magaro, Orion Lee, Rene Auberjonois, Toby Jones, Ewen Bremner, Scott Shepherd, Gary Farmer, Lily Gladstone, Alia Shawkat, John Keating, Dylan Smith, Manuel Rodriguez, Clayton Nemrow, Jared Kasowski, Jeb Berrier
Palm Springs Afdah (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Release: July 10, 2020
Afdah Palm Springs
While stuck at a wedding in Palm Springs, Nyles (Andy Samberg) meets Sarah (Cristin Milioti), the maid of honor and family black sheep. After he rescues her from a disastrous toast, Sarah becomes drawn to Nyles and his offbeat nihilism. But when their impromptu tryst is thwarted by a surreal interruption, Sarah must join Nyles in embracing the idea that nothing really matters, and they begin wreaking spirited havoc on the wedding celebration.
Director: Max Barbakow
Cast: Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti, J.K. Simmons, Peter Gallagher, Meredith Hagner, Camila Mendes, Tyler Hoechlin, Chris Pang, Jacqueline Obradors, June Squibb, Tongayi Chirisa, Dale Dickey, Conner O'Malley, Jena Friedman, Brian Duffy
Relic Afdah (2020)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Release: July 10, 2020
When elderly mother Edna inexplicably vanishes, her daughter Kay and granddaughter Sam rush to their family's decaying country home, finding clues of her increasing dementia scattered around the house in her absence. After Edna returns just as mysteriously as she disappeared, Kay's concern that her mother seems unwilling or unable to say where she's been clashes with Sam's unabashed enthusiasm to have her grandma back. As Edna's behavior turns increasingly volatile, both begin to sense that an insidious presence in the house might be taking control of her. With RELIC, first-time writer/director Natalie Erika James crafts an unforgettable new spin on the haunted-house movie.
Director: Natalie Erika James
Cast: Emily Mortimer, Robyn Nevin, Bella Heathcote, Jeremy Stanford, Chris Bunton, Christina O'Neill, Catherine Glavicic, Steve Rodgers, John Browning, Robin Northover
Hamilton Afdah (2020)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Musical
Release: July 03, 2020
When i saw Beowulf in the TV listings, i immediately hoped that a decent drama had been created, based on the historical poem, and produced to a high standard. I was quickly disappointed.
Although the story is very loosely based on the old English poem about a Scandinavian monster terrorising a Danish King, that is pretty much where the similarity ends. You are very quickly introduced to CGI trolls working a in human village in place of oxen, turning a wheel. It is at this point you realise the slant is farther toward the fantasy realm drama than the historical realm drama.
In terms of the characters, they are rather cliché and lacked depth. The sets are OK in parts and in others look like cheap fantasy set pieces. They also seem inconsistent as great halls with cast relief gates in bronze are hardly likely to be the product of a 20 person village. The grandeur of some of the buildings is far out of whack with the population size and any semblance of industry or agriculture.
Casting, and cast diversity - within minutes you are introduced to characters that are obviously Indian Asian, and also Black (African). There are quite a few characters with diverse ethnic origins. Again, if you were expecting something akin to the fantastic 'Vikings' or even the Stars productions like 'Spartacus' forget it.There is no attempt at historical, cultural, or geographic realism as a backdrop for this show.
A Black male actor appears in Arabic dress who speaks with a solid south England accent. I totally get diversity in a modern TV show about modern society, or even in culturally mixed locations like Rome, but in something apparently 'based' on an AngloScandinavian tale/poem it hardly fits. This reality works in both directions, if i were watching a show about the rise of a chieftain in Africa in 300BC, then i'd hardly expect to see the cast featuring heavily with Chinese and white Australian sounding actors (it just drags you out of the show). It's another element that constantly reminds the viewer that there is no historic setting for this and it is little more than a uber low budget Lord of The Rings rip off merged merged with the title Beowulf.
If this show were targeting adults, one has to ask, who watches stuff like this? The script, acting, story seems quite immature. It does feel more like a teen show, however it is on UK TV in a late evening slot. For this reason i suspect it won't pick up the viewers, and won't make a second season.
Director: Thomas Kail
Cast: Daveed Diggs, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Jonathan Groff, Chris Jackson, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr., Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, Phillipa Soo, Carleigh Bettiol, Ariana DeBose, Hope Easterbrook, Sydney James Harcourt, Sasha Hutchings
The Outpost Afdah (2020)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Release: July 03, 2020
Afdah The Outpost
Yes folks! Sit down and let's check off the sins of this particular, by-the-numbers show.
1. Brooding, perpetually angry looking hero...check! 2. Call it a scifi show but actually have very little scifi to show...check! 3. Annoying and superfluous family drama that dominates the runtime...check! 4. Glacial pacing to ensure that nothing actually ever happens...check! 5. Constantly suggest something more interesting will happen, but never actually get to it...check! 6. Annoyingly try to make human politics interesting...check! 7. Make as many of the show's characters as annoying as possible...check! 8. Have obligatory teen angst and drama tacked on...check!
I could go on, but you probably get the idea. The family drama just never lets up and overshadows the occupation setting horribly. I still don't get why it is felt necessary to shoehorn this dynamic into shows that really don't require it.
If you were hoping this show would be a stirring tale of the rise of the resistance and fighting back against alien oppressors, then think again.
For the most part, the aliens remain unseen and aloof, only sending in their hovering drones when absolutely necessary. Which is fine, but it leaves most of the antagonist work to be done by humans. This sounds good in theory, but in reality...
Remember all those old films an TV shows, where they didn't have the money to show aliens, so they used the plot device of "they can look like us!" as a cop out to have aliens, without having aliens?
Well, Colony feels like that. Except, they aren't aliens that look like us. They are us! We're the aliens in this scifi drama. It may be that this was the intent all along... to show how much scumbaggery we are capable of to our fellow man, but it just seems cheap.
If the story was better, or actually had a plot that progressed from week to week (a la The Expanse) then I might forgive this lack of scifi and aliens. But it doesn't. It just plods along with all the alacrity of a comatose snail.
Think I'm being unkind? Well, how is this... I'm on episode 10 of season 2 and all that has happened since the beginning of season 1 is...
The family recovered a son and (gasp in surprise!) they have discovered the aliens (which haven't been seen yet) have an ulterior motive in rounding up the human population.
That is literally all that has happened of any consequence since day 1 of the series. Beyond that, all that happens is a lot of hand-wringing over decisions that never amount to anything and the ongoing, utterly mind-numbing, never-ending family drama.
It's scifi, for people who don't watch scifi.
SUMMARY: Plot that never moves along, annoying characters, tiresome family drama. The show's conclusion will undoubtedly vie with the heat-death of the universe for the most long-awaited event that no one will ever see.
Director: Rod Lurie
Cast: Orlando Bloom, Scott Eastwood, Caleb Landry Jones, Milo Gibson, Bobby Lockwood, Jacob Scipio, Jack Kesy, Celina Sinden, Taylor John Smith, Alexander Arnold, Cory Hardrict, James Jagger, Will Attenborough, Kwame Patterson, Fahim Fazli
Luce Afdah (2019)
Release: August 2, 2019
Go into this knowing nothing. You will thank me later. Its better that way. I will comment around this film so as to make you see it. I won't give away spoilers but I will tell you that you must think out of the box. This film will not be spoon fed to you like other studio films and that's a good thing. Sometimes in order to get thought life, its best done with a smile, no matter what your situation or specially if your are in constant survival mode. You do what you have to do to win. In this film winning does not necessarily mean coming in first. It means getting what you want the way you want it. Kind of like running presidential campaigns and saying anything and doing anything to attain the desired result - to wrap people around you as a means to create followers and disciples. Because if your story is credible enough, convincing enough, so much so that your opponent is destroyed, you win. life is a like game of chess. You've got your allies working for you in your favor, and working to keep your adversaries at bay. Then you go in for the kill. And when you go in for the kill, always make sure people think it was all done for the greater good. Its all part of the strategy for survival of the fittest. Yes, the film is that good! And as another reviewer said correctly, it's Oscar worthy. This film seems like the first entry into what is sure to be a competitive awards season. The film is a total mental workout. By the time it's done, you're exhausted, yet satisfied.
Director: Julius Onah
Cast: Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Tim Roth, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Norbert Leo Butz, Andrea Bang, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Omar Shariff Brunson Jr., Noah Gaynor, Astro, Christopher Mann, Hannah Cabell, Colton Osorio, Ian Unterman, Souleymane Sy Savane
Release: February 28, 2020
Afdah Impractical Jokers: The Movie
Wow, what an original and interesting parable on greed. Even more interesting was the animation. This is the first time I've seen objects on the screen written out, identified, as it were, naming what it was even if obvious. It was different and the drawings of the kids and animals were almost like something you'd see in an educational book if you were in kindergarten or first grade.
Story-wise, two greedy and sadistic cruel-to-animals kids, a British boy and girl, slice open a rabbit and find a small golden "idol." The latter likes to eat but when he does, the food attracts flies or wasps. The little golden idol immediate transforms those annoying insects into jewels, features and ink. The kids are no dummies; they see this and go to work to produce more insect-attracting food. Things escalate beyond belief and......well, suffice to say justice is served, but in a grisly manner.
These animated shorts of late, especially those on these "Animation Show" collections of them on DVD, seem to all feature dark, dark humor. Some people see them as "sick," but I find, as in this effort, that the black humor works.
Written and directed by a man named Run Wrake. Now there's an odd name. The animated short was nominated for two BAFTA awards. This is the only "cartoon" Wrake has done, which is a pity because this was fascinating and shows great imagination.
Director: Chris Henchy
Cast: Brian Quinn, Joe Gatto, James Murray, Sal Vulcano, Paula Abdul, Athena Akers, Andrea Andrade, Guilherme Apollonio, Madison Bailey, Andrew Bechtold, Evan Castelloe, Hunter Deno, Joey Fatone, Tiago Ferreira, Will Ferrell
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Release: January 24, 2020
Afdah The Personal History of David Copperfield
I personally love this show so much! It took about five episodes to get above just decent, I'd rate the first five episodes a C- or 5.5/10 but after episode 5 I give the show a B+ or 8/10! Clace finally get a bit of chemistry in episode 7, Alec is perfect, the script gets slightly better with every episode I promise! The plot deviates from the books but that just keeps it interesting! The key points and incidents are definitely still there though. Malec is my favourite part of the show. I'm honestly so obsessed with this now and seriously hope it gets renewed for a season 2! That's when the storyline and character development would really get brilliant in my opinion. The cast are getting better every week and the only thing I have against it now really is the CGI/special effects but I get that they're on a low budget so I forgive that. Script still needs work but already seeing improvements as I said. If you are a fan of the books, movie or supernatural fantasy dramas you'll love this!
Director: Armando Iannucci
Cast: Fisayo Akinade, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Albie Atkinson, Aneurin Barnard, Tuwaine Barrett, Nigel Betts, Ruby Bentall, Darren Boyd, Peter Capaldi, Gwendoline Christie, Morfydd Clark, Daisy May Cooper, Matthew Cottle, Faisal Dacosta, Glen Davies
Artemis Fowl Afdah (2020)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Release: June 12, 2020
Afdah Artemis Fowl
This movie is truly a classic. I know that some of the actor's skills are a bit suspect, but some of them, like Keira Knightly, had began to show some of their true talent in this film. Also, the script is incredibly witty in some places, and incredibly meaningful in the next. And finally, the idea behind the movie is excellent. 10/10 for me...a TV classic
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Cast: Michael Rouse, Racheal Ofori, Josh Gad, Ferdia Shaw, Simone Kirby, Joe O'Grady, Finian Duff Lennon, Grace Fincham, Toby Eden, Gerard Horan, Colin Farrell, Nonso Anozie, Emily Brockmann, Jessica Rhodes, Charlie Cameron
The Blackout Afdah (2019)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Release: November 21, 2019
Afdah The Blackout
This is one of the worst films that I have ever seen. It could only be barely watchable with a strong intake of alcohol and drugs. It is a seventies porn film but without any nudity. Everything about this film is horrible - the acting sucks, the effects poor, the script bad, the direction dull, there aren't enough words for how bad this is. There are one or two moments of bad brilliance that save this film from total damnation and those bits are the funny bits of the bloke who looks like a bird to other people in the school smoking and drinking; the scene where he is invoking the 'spell'; and the scene where the camera rotates and he does stuff although you can kind of see him running around just off camera. So bad it is good but only for some brief moments of genius.
Director: Egor Baranov, Nathalia Hencker
Cast: Maksim Artamonov, Filipp Avdeev, Yuriy Borisov, Oleg Boyko, Aleksey Chadov, Oleg Chugunov, Simon Dobravets, Maksim Emelyanov, Sergey Ershov, Artyom Eshkin, Maksim Evseev, Pyotr Fyodorov, Beso Gataev, Artem Gaydukov, Sergey Godin
The Invisible Man Afdah (2020)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Release: February 28, 2020
Afdah The Invisible Man
Swiss Conspiracy opens with a screen of text, explaining that Switzerland has always been the perfect place for people to stash their money, acquired legally or not. How ironic it is that as I am watching this in July 2008, the State Department in Washington DC is formally requesting that the larger Swiss banks provide banking records to the IRS and to the Dept of Homeland Security here in the US. Swiss Conspiracy stars David Janssen, probably best known as the "Fugitive" and "Harry O" and Ray Milland ( Lost Weekend, and all those black & white movies from the 1930s and 1940s). Costars John Ireland, Elke Sommer, John Saxon, and a whole mess of bit parts. Janssen, as David Christopher, must figure out to keep the bank's clients from having their names and secrets exposed by a blackmailer. Has some cussing and violence, including a shoot- em- up right from the beginning scenes. No real big surprises in this one, but its an interesting What-If ... especially now that the U.S. is cracking down on its citizens moving money overseas. An hour and a half well spent. and some interesting photography of Switzerland to boot. Could have done without the silly "Sloop John B" euro re-make, which plays while Christopher is waiting for Denise to get dressed.
Director: Leigh Whannell
Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Harriet Dyer, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, Michael Dorman, Benedict Hardie, Renee Lim, Brian Meegan, Nick Kici, Vivienne Greer, Nicholas Hope, Cleave Williams, Cardwell Lynch, Sam Smith
Brahms: The Boy II Afdah (2020)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Release: February 27, 2020
Afdah Brahms: The Boy II
Tom Trimble (Dennis Dugan) is an oddball scientist for NASA. Very clever but somewhat clumsy, he builds a robot named Hermes who looks just like him. Its NASA's wish to send Hermes on an experimental flight where, if all goes as planned, the rocket will travel faster than light and go back to the days of Camelot. However, as Tom is readying Hermes for the journey, the rocket blasts off and both of them go back in time. Once there, a pretty maid name Alisande takes Tom to see King Arthur while Hermes stays with the ship. Mordred (Jim Dale) takes an instant disliking to Tom but the young scientist captivates the King with tales of the history of the world, including his own time period. However, after a long listen, the King sends him to the dungeon anyway. It'll be up to Hermes to rescue Tom and change the King's view in their favor. In addition, can Alisande truly prefer Hermes to Tom himself? This funny take on Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court is a pleasure to watch. Dugan is quite a charming and kooky performer and rest of the cast is great. Kids and families will love the re- created Camelot's scenery and costumes as well as the new gadgets Tom brings with him. No, its not the greatest thing since sliced bread but it is bound to bring smiles to young and old faces!
Director: William Brent Bell
Cast: Katie Holmes, Owain Yeoman, Christopher Convery, Ralph Ineson, Anjali Jay, Oliver Rice, Natalie Moon, Daphne Hoskins, Joely Collins, Ellie King, Joanne Kimm
Onward Afdah (2020)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Release: March 04, 2020
This hilariously inept Italian movie was obviously, uh, inspired by the German art film "Christiane F", which was about a young teenage junkie and prostitute. If you like "Christiane F.", you will probably hate this though because it's almost an unintentional parody of that film. On the other hand, if you find the German film rather heavy-handed, moralistic, and depressing, this is frankly a lot more fun.
"Hanna D." is played by Ana-Gisel Glass, who looks too old to be a young teenager (she was actually about twenty) and too healthy to be a junkie. This is no doubt for the best, however, since she spends a lot of her screen-time butt-naked and/or engaged in various sexual situations. Glass surprisingly went on to a long career in Germany, but her only previous credit was as one of David Hamilton's barely-legal model/actresses in "First Desires". 'Hannah's" booze-soaked mother meanwhile is played by veteran European sex star Karin Schubert (who ironically later dove into hardcore porn to support her own drug habit). Schubert, and the woman who dubbed her here, should have shared some kind of special alternate Academy Award for this hilariously overwrought performance. There's plenty of sordid stuff here--prostitution, anal drug smuggling, murders, gratuitous sex, gratuitous showers, topless dancing, prison scenes, shooting up, ad infinitum--but it's hard to take any of this seriously. From the opening scene featuring a school-uniform-seduction-on-a-commuter-train (which I imagine went over like gang-busters in Japan), to a ridiculous scene where "Hanna" gets in a fight with her pimp and then goes into the next room and takes all her clothes off for no apparent reason, to the laughable finale containing the most unconvincing drowning in the history of the dramatic arts, it's 90 minutes of sheer cinematic ineptitude.
The incredibly generic plot has "Hanna" torn between her brutal pimp and a nice guy she falls in love with. Although credited to "Axel Berg" this was actually written and directed by the infamous Italian Rino DiSivestri, who gave the world "Werewolf Woman" and "Deported Women of the SS". I actually liked his first film "Woman in Cellblock 7", however, and I understand he actually received letters of thanks from real prostitutes for his movie "Red Light Girls". I can't imagine ANYBODY recognizing themselves in this movie though even if it was allegedly inspired by "real events". But what a hoot!
Director: Dan Scanlon
Cast: Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Octavia Spencer, Mel Rodriguez, Kyle Bornheimer, Lena Waithe, Ali Wong, Grey Griffin, Tracey Ullman, Wilmer Valderrama, George Psarras, John Ratzenberger
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