The Fanatic (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Fanatic (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Let’s get this out the way first – The Fanatic is pretty bad.  From a baffling but committed central performance from Travolta (who at least is acting for once) to a story that says and does nothing new, The Fanatic is both a terrible look at fan culture and obsession whilst being an even worse dissection of mental health.  It covers similar themes to Joker but without anything that made that film good.  It’s not even THAT nasty, something that could have been it’s saving grace.  Quite frankly The Fanatic is just predictable, low rent and dull tosh.

Best Bit: The bedroom

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid

If You Liked this Try: Joker, The Fan, Fatal Attraction 

 


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Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Rapid Fire Reviews February 2015

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Rapid Fire Reviews February 2015

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Will Strong aka Grosse Point geek, runs his critical eye over a bunch of films he’s recently watched… as always it’s the good, the bad and the ugly.  
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John Wick

Directors: Chad Stahelski and David Leitch.
Actors: Keanu Reeves, Wilem Dafoe, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Ian McShane

Reeves plays the title character, a reformed  super assassin, forced back into action after the son of a Russian mobster beats him up, nicks his classic car and kills the (admittedly extremely cute) puppy his recently dead wife left him. A surprise sleeper hit in the US last year, well made, with some top action (the lengthy night club shootout is excellent) and a good turn from Reeves, Admittedly its isn’t exactly Shakespeare but despite being daft as a brush, proves to be great fun nonetheless.

Recommended

On Region 1 dvd now and soon to be released in cinemas in the UK.

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The Killing Season

Director: Mark Steven Johnson
Robert DeNiro, John Travolta

Travolta is the former Serbian Soldier out for murderous revenge on DeNiro’s retired special forces commando. After befriending him, he then chases him through the woods in some relatively dull action scenes, until a cop out ending grinds the the whole sorry mess to a halt after about 90 minutes.

Safe to say that had this been made two decades ago it would have probably been released at cinemas worldwide and been a massive hit. However due to its two stars now non existent box office clout and the fact that its utter crap to boot, it went straight to dvd last year and can now be found languishing on Netflix. Honestly, don’t bother with this one folks – unless of course you are a massive DeNiro fan and really like the idea of hearing Travolta doing a comedy Euro accent.

On DVD and Netflix now

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Leprechaun Origins

Director: Zach Lipovski
Actors: Dylan “Hornswoggle” Postl, Stephanie Bennett

Four backpacking college students fall foul of a flesh eating Leprechaun that haunts a remote Irish village. Straight to DVD reboot of the never ending Warwick Davies starring horror series (which I’ve never seen) actually isn’tas bad as one would imagine. Featuring a creepy monster, some good scares and the occasional inventive death scene. Being totally honest I wouldn’t exactly recommend this film,  but if you have nothing to do on a wet Wednesday evening and there isn’t anything on the telly then you could do worse.

On DVD and Netflix now

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Under The Skin

Director: Jonathan Glazer
Actors: Scarlett Johansson

Johansson’s nameless Alien drives around Glasgow luring random men to her house, then feeds them to some sort of black liquid………….and that’s about it for the plot of this morbidly depressing arty farty bilge, which successfully manages to be hideously boring and mind numbingly dull all at the same time.  Scarlett is very good but unless you enjoy watching paint dry then id give it a wide berth.

On DVD and Lovefilm now

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Starred Up

Director: David Mackenzie
Actors: Jack O’Connell, Ben Mendelsohn, Rupert Friend.

Excellent film about a violent 19 year old (O’Connell) transferred from a young offenders institution to a maximum security prison, where he meets up with his estranged father (Mendelsohn) who is serving a life sentence. To say the least this incredibly brutal drama isn’t exactly easy to watch but its very well acted (O’Connell is a standout) and superbly directed by David Mackenzie. Be warned though, its very hard going in parts, but if you can stick with it you will see one of the best prison films for years.

Highly recommended

On DVD now

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Author: Will Strong