Adopt a Highway 2019 Review

Adopt A Highway 2019 review

Adopt a highway is the new movie from Jason Blum. It starts Ethan Hawke as an ex convict it is surreal to see Ethan Hawke in this role it is his performance of a lifetime. It is so heartwarming as it is depressing and tragic all at the same time it’s really hard to pull a movie like this off button cast and crew of adopt a highway really signs in this production it has a short runtime of 75 minutes as well and for them to tell a story with that little time as impactful as this is, is just masterful. If this movie does not get a whole lot of award nominations I would be very surprised. This is just a showcase of Ethan Hawke’s talents that hasn’t been this good since Training Day. This probably won’t get a huge to get recognized by the Oscars but I’m sure the Golden Globes won’t shy away from this movie.

Synopsis:

When an ex-convict finds an abandoned baby in a dumpster, he gains a new lease on life, deciding to dedicate himself to making sure the child has a good life.

Final grade:

5/5

Inherit The Viper January 10th release

Starring Josh Hartnett and Bruce Dern Inherit The Viper is getting a of demand and digital release January 10th 2020. It also boosters a cast featuring Chandler Riggs Margarita Levieva and Owen Teague.

For siblings Kip (Josh Hartnett) and Josie (Margarita Levieva), dealing opioids isn’t just their family business—it’s their only means of survival. When a deal goes fatally wrong, Kip decides he wants out. But Kip’s attempt to escape his family’s legacy ignites a powder keg of violence and betrayal, imperiling Kip, Josie, and their younger brother, Boots (Owen Teague), in this searing crime-thriller that builds to a shattering conclusion.

Directed by Anthony Jerjen and written by Andrew Crabtree.

On Demand / Digital – January 10, 2020

Red Letter Day 2019 Review

Red Letter Day 2019 Review

Red Letter Day is a new movie brought to us by Dread Central who knocks it out of the park with a look inside of an exclusive Purge what would you do if you got a red letter and were forced to kill someone? Would you do it? Could you do it? How would you react?

Those are the many questions answered in this film that is a mix of “The Purge”, “The Oath” and “Assassination Nation” that will be every genre fans wet dream mixed into one hardcore horror smoothie that will go down smoother than a mixed drink.

The performances are what help this movie elevate its premise that has been tried and true for the past five years in cinemas ever since The Purge has been released. It is really nice to see a fresh and low budget take on the tale however and see it executed(no pun intended) to high thrills and a great time.

Synopsis:

While adjusting to a new life in a quiet suburban community, a recently divorced mother and her two teenage children receive mysterious red letters instructing them each to kill or be killed.

Final grade:

3.5/5

Paradise Hills 2019 Review

Paradise Hills 2019 Review

Paradise Hills is a doozy of a film that stars Emma Roberts in a commanding role and she delivers in a huge way. This is in the vein of films like Midsommar and The Wickerman all mixed in with the classic tv show The Prisoner.

Awkwafina is a scene stealer and a pure knockout in her part that will for sure possibly get her more horror and psychological parts. The most surprising actress in this movie is Milla Jovovich coming hot off the universally hated Hellboy reboot just dominates every piece of dialogue she’s given even with the occasional scenery chewing she’s fantastic and demented as ever in my opinion she needs to stick to roles like this.

The synopsis of the film is Young women must band together to escape from a seemingly idyllic island that holds a sinister secret.

It pays off very quickly it doesn’t waste a lot of time and is a hell of a film that will make my top 10 independent horror films of the year at some point of the year

Final grade:

5/5

Daughter of Dismay short film review

Daughter of Dismay short film review

James Quinn is now a certified director everyone should keep an eye on. His latest short film Daughter of Dismay is an exhilarating exercise in tense and spine tingling atmosphere it a tight runtime that is jaw dropping and awe inspiring. He is showing this on select IMAX screens which is the way to see this masterpiece if you’re near any film festivals that are showing this in large format do yourself a favor and see this on the big screen I watched it at home on my 75” QLED and Dolby Atmos surround sound system but I can only imagine the scenery and stunning cinematography on the IMAX screen. Watching short films some seem to drag this one goes by so quickly and keeps you wanting more one day I hope we can see this as a feature length film someday soon.

AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE AND KOREAN CULTURAL CENTER, LOS ANGELES PRESENT A GENRE OF ONE: THE CINEMA OF BONG JOON HO

A COMPLETE FEATURE RETROSPECTIVE OF BONG JOON HO’S WORK TWO DECADES IN THE MAKING

LA is gearing up to have a complete retrospective of legendary filmmaker Bong Joon Ho after his record breaking release of Parasite in theaters now and still expanding with enormous per screen numbers that tied LA LA Land’s numbers which is staggering.

American Cinematheque is proud to present A GENRE OF ONE: THE CINEMA OF BONG JOON HOa complete feature retrospective of BONG JOON HO’s work two decades in the making.  The series will take place at both the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood and the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2, 2019.  Co-presented with the Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles, as it celebrates 100 years of Korean cinema, the internationally renowned writer/director will showcase his work and participate in an in-person Q&A at both venues.  Films to be featured include THE HOST, OKJA, SNOWPIERCER, BARKING DOGS NEVER BITE, MEMORIES OF MURDER, MOTHER and the critically acclaimed PARASITE (99% on Rotten Tomatoes).

PARASITE is the perfect hallmark to celebrate 100 years of Korean filmmaking and we are thrilled to host a full retrospective of BONG JOON HO’s masterful 20 years of cinema,” said Grant Moninger, American Cinematheque Film Programmer.

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Trick 2019 Review

Trick is a 2019 horror film that in many ways is a throwback to the 70s and 80s from the director of My Bloody Valentine 3D and Drive Angry 3D comes another knockout film with a star studded cast that absolutely shines and a wonderful Tom Atkins. If you love 70s and 80s horror films you’re going to easily fall in love with the atmosphere of this film as it features very little jump scare and just builds off tension. Even Jamie Kennedy is a blast here and I haven’t really seen him in much since the Scream franchise. Omar Epps is as cool as ever here and should be noted for his performance. Patrick Lussier has probably given us his best directed film yet he showed us what he was capable of in My Bloody Valentine which I absolutely loved and gave us one of Nicholas Cage’s top five performances with Drive Angry and now I’m really excited for what else he brings us. I wouldn’t be opposed of him rebooting another franchise like Hellraiser in the near future or if he worked with Blumhouse it can something really special for us horror fans. I do really recommend this movie for hardcore slasher fans.

3.5/5 stars.

Hearts of Darkness Jason goes to Hell Doc is on the way

Thanks to our great friends over at the Hearts of Darkness the making of the final Friday page their indiegogo page is now live with amazing perks for fans of the film.

Over the past few years the film has had a sort of renaissance amongst the horror community and Adam Marcus has seen his film do a 180 and now have a legendary cult status that’s the brilliance of social media sometimes that in can help a once dismissed horror film find its audience and bring people together.

If you don’t remember Jason Goes To Hell I’d recommend giving it a visit soon to prepare for the documentary. One thing Adam Marcus wanted to make clear this documentary is not a fluff piece it will make him cringe in some moments.

Here is the link for the indiegogo

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/hearts-of-darkness-the-making-of-the-final-friday#/

Harpoon Review

Harpoon review

Harpoon is the perfect example of a three cast member movie paying off to great effect it’s the most suspenseful of its kind since Gus Vas Sants Gerry. Harpoon tells the story of a love triangle on the edge of a collapse. Munro Chambers gives a powerhouse performance as Jonah. Emily Tyra as Sasha was dominant and the chemistry they had were eye popping.

Christopher Gray as Richard who is dating Sasha has to find out the hard way that Sasha and Jonah are having an affair behind his back and this is where the performances really get great. If you like dark comedies with great suspense and great acting this is for you. It’s not a flashy movie it’s shot on a low budget but it is a phenomenal ride to take.

Art of the Dead Review

Art of The Dead Review

Art of the dead is simply put The Amityville Horror with paintings in an often suspenseful and equally sexy setting. Featuring a knockout cameo from Richard Grieco who knocks it out of the park and an excellent Tara Reid who has one of the best campy performances of her career now keep in mind this movie could be destined for a cult classic audience especially with its over the top B movie visual effects which is pure gold to someone like me.

The story is a little ridiculous but I think the writers knew that going in and just wanted to make a fun entertaining movie which they made phenomenal it follows a group of paintings that are the 7 deadly sins greed, envy, gluttony, lust, sloth, pride, and wrath.

Now keeping all this in mind the movie is an underground cult classic that needs to be seen to be believed you will not be disappointed with it.

Final grade:

5/5 stars

Final notes:

The perfect horror movie that could bring back skinimax