The Guest (2014) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

The Guest (2014) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Guest is rather good.  Actually it’s excellent.  Which is a good thing because at times you’re not quite sure whether this film will end up being as bold as it sets out.  With a winning central performance by Dan Stevens, some top notch directing from Wingard and enough bat shit mental moments to reference for a long time to come, The Guard is truly one of the most unique films of the year.

Best Bit: Stevens central performance.

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Rent

If You Liked this Try: Drive, You’re Next, The Purge

 

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Blog: It Follows – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: It Follows – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
It Follows has a great central idea that is let down by inconsistent internal logic that does little to help the film narratively make sense.  It’s direction is fine, the film has a few scares and the music is amazing but the film just can’t make sense of what it wants to be.  Can this thing go through doors? Sometimes yes.  Sometimes no. It seem stop walk then rush.  It can’t touch you then it can.  You end up spending more time trying to work out the rules of the game here than playing which in the end kills the films tension.  Not terrible but a let down.

Best Bit: The music

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Ring, Sinister, The Babadook

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Rapid Fire Reviews (It Follows, See No Evil, Project Almanac & more)

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Rapid Fire Reviews (It Follows, See No Evil, Project Almanac & more)

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Grosse Point Geek once again turns his attention’s to the latest bundle of films he’s watched as he presents his Rapid Fire Reviews for March 2015…

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The Theory Of Everything

Director: James Marsh
Actors: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, David Thewlis.
Based on the book Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, by Jayne Wilde Hawking, this amazing film tells the story of Professor Stephen Hawking, his battle with motor neuron disease and his triumphant theorem about black holes and their role in the creation of the universe.  Eddie Redmayne deservedly won the best actor Oscar for his utterly flawless performance in the lead role, however high praise must also go to Felicity Jones who is superb as his long suffering first wife Jayne and Thewlis who is excellent in the small but pivotal role as Dennis Sciama, Hawking’s mentor and friend. To be honest there really isn’t much i can say to criticize this film – I’ll admit it isn’t for everyone and some scenes are quite hard to watch – but if you want to see a movie that features two of the best on screen performances in years then look no further.
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Project Almanac
Director: Dean Isralite
Actors: Jonny Weston, Sofia Black D’elia.
A high school teenager discovers his dead fathers time machine in the basement of his house, puts it together with the help of his mates (as you do) and then uses it to win the lottery, go to a massive rock concert, successfully woo the girl of his dreams etc etc  – until of course it all goes pear shaped when various disasters occur and the lads realize that they have inadvertently  messed around with the very fabric of time.  This is another one of those found footage films, produced by Michael Bay (but don’t let that put you off), not bad of its type, fairly entertaining and well acted by the young cast. However there are way too many gaping plot holes and to be honest it would have made for a better story had the time machine been used to go back far more than just 10 years into past. Still not the worst thing vie ever seen  – but if I were you id wait for the dvd.
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It Follows
Director: David Robert Mitchell
Actors: Maika Monroe, Kier Gilchrist
After her boyfriend reveals  that he has deliberately passed on a curse – a young girl finds herself being pursued by some sort of malevolent supernatural entity that appears in various guises, seemingly hell bent on killing her. Low budget horror, but very effective nonetheless (the use of the Carpenter-esque synth score is extremely clever), well directed, damned creepy in parts and very reminiscent of the works of MR James  – in particular his short story  – ‘Oh Whistle and I’ll come to you my lad’. Well worth a look – just don’t sleep with the lights off!
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See No Evil

 

Director: Gregory Dark
Actors: Kane, Samantha Noble

Recorded this off the telly the other day – god-awful horror, featuring WWE superstar Kane as an escaped nutter holed up in an abandoned hotel, who proceeds to kill off a bunch of obnoxious juvenile delinquents in a various gruesome ways. No idea why i bothered watching this but safe to say that if you are a moron with no taste in films you will thoroughly enjoy it  – however if you have half a brain cell then avoid it like the plague.

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Blog: The Guest – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Guest is rather good.  Actually it’s excellent.  Which is a good thing because at times you’re not quite sure whether this film will end up being as bold as it sets out.  With a winning central performance by Dan Stevens, some top notch directing from Wingard and enough bat shit mental moments to reference for a long time to come, The Guard is truly one of the most unique films of the year.

Best Bit: Stevens central performance.

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Rent

If You Liked this Try: Drive, You’re Next, The Purge

 

Author: Phil Hobden