Official Secrets 2019 Review


Official Secrets Review 2019

Official Secrets is a new true life story brought to us by our friends at IFC Films and features a career best Keira Knightly as Katherine Gun also a top notch Ralph Finnes as Ben Emmerson and a scene stealing Matt Smith as Martin Bright. The plot is a difficult one but a satisfying feeling when it pays off and for its endgame it’s phenomenal. Gavin Hood also directs his masterpiece here.

If you’re not familiar of what the official secret act is this is a description of it The Official Secrets Act (Cap. 213, 2012 Rev. Ed.) prohibits the disclosure of official documents and information. The Act was first introduced to Singapore in 1935 as the Official Secrets Ordinance. Section 5 of the Act prohibits the wrongful communication of information that is considered sensitive by the government.

As Katharine Gun receives a memo from the NSA with a shocking directive: the United States is enlisting Britain’s help in collecting compromising information on U.N. Security Council members to blackmail them into voting in favor of an invasion of Iraq. She unravels at this revelation and is unable to just stand by and this is where it’s a cat and mouse game where the movie is at its best and is constantly great whereas some movies with this kind of story struggle per example “The Day Shall Come”.

If you’re also interested in what the movie is based on here it is : The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War; by Marcia & Thomas Mitchell.

Final notes:

This movie features powerhouse performances from all of its cast including a career best from Keira Knightley and an Oscar worthy Ralph Fiennes.

Grade:

4/5 stars

Nightmare Film Festival announces lineup

FEATURE FILMS

The Lodge       

Swallow

The Girl on the Third Floor     

VFW

Nekromantik   

Eat, Brains, Love         

Daniel Isn’t Real

She Never Died

Blood Machines

A Nun’s Curse

Reckoning

Antrum            

1BR 

To Your Last Death     

Making Monsters

Z          

Beyond Horror            

Slaughterhouse Slumber Party

Ghost Killers vs Bloody Mary

The Obsessed

Scare Package

29 Needles

Puppet Killer   

Lake Michigan Monster

SHORT SCREENPLAY FINALISTS

Bathwater – Kevin Talley

Demon Inside Me – Brandon Rutherford

Gender Reveal Party – Alison Parker

Hush Little Baby – Ricardo Bravo

Cave of Tits – Stephen Stull

Vuorwro – Ron Riekki

Boogeyman Bait – Kay Phillips

Field Test – Chris Hicks

Love as a Practice for Dying – Shayna Connellly

Mary, Dispossessed – Kristy Walsh

The Garden – Guillermo Ortiz

The Squirrels in the Attic – Rachel Thomas-Medwid

Who Wants Dessert? – Venita Ozols-Graham

FEATURE SCREENPLAY FINALISTS

Night People – Søren Budge

Mom Died – Michael Klug

The Chamber – Sergio Pinheiro

Timmy Cooke: A Cannibal Love Story – Aaron Barrocas

Persona – Jeffrey Howe

The Mothman – Jackson Murray

No Overnight Parking – Meg Swertlow

Serial Killers Anonymous – Robert Forsberg

Daughters of Virtue – Michael Escobedo, Greg Sisco

Third Date – Avishai Weinberger

He Brings The Night – Kevin Donner

Monger – David Axe

Girl Trouble – Devi Snively

HORROR SHORTS

Boo

Trust Me

Melody

In Sound, We Live Forever

The Tattooist

To Enter You Must

Off Fleek

Atomic Ed

Steve And The Dead Girl

Creaker

She Must Vanish

Inferno

Piggy

Lippy

A-Symmetry

The Burden

Destroyer of Worlds

Room 106

The Vicious

Water Horse

How To Be Alone

Night Crawl

Nest

Plainsong

Tick

Twig

Portraits of Fright

Z-GOAT: First Bleat

Asian She – Competitive Mourning

The Third Hand

She Fell

Songs My Mother Taught Me

Attention

MJ

Tagged

Ferine

A Doll Distorted

I Learned How to Drive at the End of the World

Limbo

Headcleaner

Check

The Orchestra

THRILLER SHORTS

Feeder

Nineteen Ninety Nine

Cassandra

Lili

Gaslight

The Taste of Blood

A Clown’s Tale

Man in the Corner

Prefigured

It Came Nameless in Spring

Mutiny

The Housesitters

We Die Alone

September

Maggie May

Communication is Key

Broadside

SICK

Chickens

One Bad Night

The Automaton

A Noise That Carries

Lock and Key

Buffalo & Trout

The Itch

Playtime’s over

Catfight

MIDNIGHT SHORTS

VR Food

Adams

Hot Dog

Existential Donut

Bennifer

Valerio’s Day Out

Demons

Cured

Together

Malacostraca

The Program

Herman

Mannequins

Changeling

Stucco

Little Willy

The Outsider

Farsight

Five Course Meal

The Animator

Imagine a World

Sasquatch

Breathe

The Guy

The Contract

Unholy ‘Mole

Diddie Wa Diddie

Daughter of Dismay

I See Through You

A Night Without

Dad

Jackie

HORROR COMEDY SHORTS

Killer Date

Dead Teenager Séance

Bad Fun

OverKill

Exhibit Man

NeckFace

Inflatio

Possessions

Zebra

We Got a Monkey’s Paw

Half-Cocked

We Follow You

Ghost Turd

Reunion

SHHHH

Blow Out

Scary Stories: Bloody Mary

Sleep Tight

OHIO SHORTS

Winter’s Blood

Forgive Me

Look Twice

Where The Shadows Fall

Drainage

Unknown Number

Madness’ by Black Liquid

Tea Time for Lions

Wake Up Mark

The Coffin

Benito’s Brew

The End of the World: An Update

Tethered

Weight

The Things With The Glowing Green Eyes

Lake Michigan Monster GenreBlast 2019 Review

Lake Michigan Monster GenreBlast 2019 Review

Synopsis:

An eccentric ship captain and a crew of specialists plot revenge against the most mysterious creature of the deep — the Lake Michigan Monster.

Review:

Lake Michigan Monster is a hell of funny and quirky film that ranks up there with Cannibal The Musical and the other Troma greats I wouldn’t be surprised if they held inspiration for this film which unlike anything you have ever seen after winning the Fantasia award for audience award it’s going to be on everyone’s radar sooner or later. The comedy in this is so spot on it makes you wonder if it can get any crazier and it does. What Ryland Brickson Cole Tews does as the director writer and star is just phenomenal it doesn’t happen often especially in the independent game we see it backfire more times than not but he really brings us something our die hard Troma fans would love and hopefully one day I hope Lloyd Kaufman will see this and tell us his thoughts.

5/5

The Reckoning 2019 GenreBlast review

The Reckoning 2019 GenreBlast Review

Synopsis:

After the disappearance of her husband, a struggling farmer in an isolated Appalachian community fights to save her son when the cold-hearted matriarch of the oldest family on the mountain demands payment of a debt that could destroy a decade’s old truce.

Review:

The Reckoning is by far one of my favorite horror film from any festival I’ve covered this year and I’ve covered Fantasia! That should tell you something of how great this southern horror tale is beyond exquisite. The acting is so powerful it can bring you to tears which is so hard for a horror film to do but this is much more about your typical horror film. Danielle Deadwyler deserves a damn Oscar! There’s not enough you can say about her electrifying performance. The pacing of the film is excellent so fast paced and tight moving the story perfectly. There’s something to this small film that makes it feel like 90 minute long version of Midsommar it’s just that well made. This is one movie that will blow you away.

5/5

Killer Sofa review

Killer Sofa Review-Infamous Movies

The next big thing in cult cinema is here! Killer Sofa has the perfect niche that The Room has. It’s that batshit crazy of a plot that you will show to your friends like “Have you heard of Killer Sofa?” It’s about a Sofa that gets possessed and starts killing people!!! Yes as far fetched as the story seems the film plays off it magically it’s something to behold. I’ve seen a lot of uncorked entertainment releases this is by far one of the best I’ve seen! I usually would tear movies like this apart because they don’t know their audience but Killer Sofa gets it. This would be the perfect double billing with the previous mentioned “The Room”. I can’t wait for people to start appreciating this film there will be non stop hate at first but man, this movie is special I can’t say enough good things about it. Even the campy acting throws in for a tailspin of nostalgia from the early 70s for example One Dark Night. This is a perfect midnight movie for you and your group of friends will enjoy for years to come!

4/5

Beyond Fest announces its line up.

Beyond Fest announces its line up with 39 features including West Coast premieres of PARASITE, JOJO RABBIT, DOLEMITE IS MY NAME, COLOR OUT OF SPACE, THE LODGE, the world premiere of MISTER AMERICA, and reunion anniversary screenings of NATURAL BORN KILLERS and JENNIFER’S BODY.

BEYOND FEST 2019 PROGRAM

EGYPTIAN THEATRE

BLISS
Director: Joe Begos
Country: USA
Runtime: 80 min.
Year: 2019
GUESTS: Director Joe Begos and cast in person

COLOR OUT OF SPACE
West Coast Premiere
Director: Richard Stanley
Country: USA
Runtime: 111 min.
Year: 2019
GUESTS: Director Richard Stanley and Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah, Josh Waller in person

COME TO DADDY
West Coast Premiere
Director: Ant Timpson
Country: Canada | New Zealand | Ireland | USA
Runtime: 93 min.
Year: 2019
GUESTS: Director Ant Timpson and Elijah Wood in person

DANIEL ISN’T REAL
West Coast Premiere
Director: Adam Egypt Mortimer
Country: USA
Runtime: 96 min.
Year: 2019
GUESTS: Director Adam Egypt Mortimer and Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah, Josh Waller in person

DOLEMITE IS MY NAME
West Coast Premiere
Director: Craig Brewer
Country: USA
Runtime: 118 min.
Year: 2019
GUESTS: Writers Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander in person

DOLEMITE
Director: D’Urville Martin
Country: USA
Runtime: 90 min.
Year: 1975

THE EVIL DEAD: REIMAGINED 4K Restoration
West Coast Premiere
Director: Sam Raimi
Country: USA
Runtime: 85 min.
Year: 1981
GUESTS: Featuring live performance from Joe LoDuca

THE EXORCIST Director’s Cut
Director: William Friedkin
Country: USA
Runtime: 128 min.
Year: 1973
GUESTS: Director William Friedkin in person

THE FOG
Director: John Carpenter
Country: USA
Runtime: 89 min.
Year: 1980
GUESTS: Tom Atkins in person

GIRL ON THE THIRD FLOOR
West Coast Premiere
Director: Travis Stevens
Country: USA
Runtime: 93 min.
Year: 2019
GUESTS: Writer/Director Travis Stevens, Phil Brooks and Elissa Dowling in person

HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH
Director: Tommy Lee Wallace
Country: USA
Runtime: 98 min.
Year: 1982
GUESTS: Tom Atkins in person

IN SEARCH OF DARKNESS
World Premiere
Director: David A. Weiner
Country: UK
Runtime: 240 minutes
Year: 2019
GUESTS: To be announced

JENNIFER’S BODY
Director: Karyn Kusama
Country: USA
Runtime: 102 min.
Year: 2009
GUESTS: Director Karyn Kusama and Megan Fox in Person

JOE BOB BRIGGS’ “HOW REDNECKS SAVED HOLLYWOOD”
Special Event
Country: USA
Runtime: 120 min.
Year: 2019
GUESTS: Joe Bob Briggs in Person

JOJO RABBIT
West Coast Premiere
Director: Taika Waititi
Country: Germany | USA
Runtime: 108 min.
Year: 2019

LITTLE MONSTERS
West Coast Premiere
Director: Abe Forsythe
Country: Australia | UK | USA
Runtime: 94 min.
Year: 2019

THE LIVING DEAD AT MANCHESTER MORGUE 4K Restoration
West Coast Premiere
Director: Jorge Grau
Country: Spain | Italy
Runtime: 93 min.
Year: 1974

THE LODGE
West Coast Premiere
Director: Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz
Country: UK | USA
Runtime: 100 min.
Year: 2019

THE LONG GOODBYE
Director: Robert Altman
Country: USA
Runtime: 113 min.
Year: 1973
GUESTS: Elliott Gould in Person

MISTER AMERICA
World Premiere
Director: Eric Notarnicola
Country: USA
Runtime: 90 min.
Year: 2019
GUESTS: Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington in person

NATURAL BORN KILLERS (Closing Night)
Director: Oliver Stone
Country: USA
Runtime: 118 min.
Year: 1994
GUESTS: Director Oliver Stone, Juliette Lewis, Woody Harrelson and Don Murphy in person

NIGHT OF THE CREEPS
Director: Fred Dekker
Country: USA
Runtime: 88 min.
Year: 1986
GUESTS: Tom Atkins in person

PARASITE
West Coast Premiere
Director: Bong Joon-ho
Country: South Korea
Runtime: 132 min.
Year: 2019
GUESTS: Director Bong Joon-ho in person

SAMURAI MARATHON 1855
West Coast Premiere
Director: Bernard Rose
Country: Japan | UK
Runtime: 103 min.
Year: 2019
GUESTS: Director Bernard Rose and actor Danny Huston in person

TAMMY AND THE T-REX
West Coast Premiere
Director: Stewart Raffill
Country: USA
Runtime: 82 min.
Year: 1994
GUESTS: Director Stewart Raffill, producer Diane Kirman and actor John Goff in person

VFW
West Coast Premiere
Director: Joe Begos
Country: USA
Runtime: 92 min.
Year: 2019
GUESTS: Director Joe Begos, William Sadler and Stephen Lang in person

SECOND SCREEN – SPIELBERG THEATRE

1BR (Free Screening)
US Premiere
Director: David Marmor
Country: USA
Runtime: 90 min.
Year: 2019
GUESTS: Director David Marmor and Producer Alok Mishra

BLOOD & FLESH: THE REEL LIFE AND GHASTLY DEATH OF AL ADAMSON (Free Screening)
US Premiere
Director: David Gregory
Country: USA
Runtime: 100 min.
Year: 2019
GUESTS: Director David Gregory in person, Director of Photography Jim Kunz and Producer Nicole Mikuzis in person

DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN (Free Screening)
Director: Al Adamson
Country: USA
Runtime: 91 min.
Year: 1971
GUESTS:Actor Zandor Vorkov, Actor/Producer/Stuntman Gary Kent, Actor/Producer/Stuntman Jon ‘Bud’ Carson, Actor/Producer Ken Osborne and Cinematographer Mike Ferris in person

JUDY & PUNCH (Free Screening)
West Coast Premiere
Director: Mirrah Foulkes
Country: Australia
Runtime: 105 min.
Year: 2019

KILLER CROCODILE (Free Screening)
Director: Fabrizio De Angelis
Country: Italy
Runtime: 90 min.
Year: 1989

MADMAN (Free Screening)
Director: Joe Giannone
Country: USA
Runtime: 88 min.
Year: 1981

MARY (Free Screening)
Special Screening
Director: Michael Goi
Country: USA
Runtime: 84 min.
Year: 2019

MEMORY: THE ORIGINS OF ALIEN (Free Screening)
LA Premiere
Director: Alexandre O. Philippe
Country: USA
Runtime: 95 min.
Year: 2019

MOOCH GOES TO HOLLYWOOD (Free Screening)
Theatrical Premiere
Director: Richard Erdman
Country: USA
Runtime: 51 min.
Year: 1971

PAGANINI HORROR (Free Screening)
Director: Luigi Cozzi
Country: Italy
Runtime: 88 min.
Year: 1989

PORTALS (Free Screening)
World Premiere
Director: Gregg Hale, Liam O’Donnell, Eduardo Sánchez, Timo Tjahjanto
Country: USA
Runtime: 85 min.
Year: 2019

SWALLOW (Free Screening)
West Coast Premiere
Director: Carlo Mirabella-Davis
Country: USA | France
Runtime: 94 min.
Year: 2019

THE VAST OF NIGHT (Free Screening)
West Coast Premiere
Director: Andrew Patterson
Country: USA
Runtime: 89 min.
Year: 2019

Driven 2019 Fright Fest review

Driven Fright Fest 2019 review

With Fright Fest from Arrow Videos now going strong we’ve gotten our hands on a hidden gem from the festival called “Driven” which basically is a supernatural romp with an Uber while the Uber story in a film is being used to its core in movies over the past few years, with big films like Stuber and The Big Sick we now have an Uber like style film with a supernatural element starring Richard Speight Jr.(TV’s Supernatural). Richard does something special here. I usually see him in bit parts if not I see him on Supernatural. He really does an excellent job carrying the film and keeping it grounded. Which is difficult to do with many low budget supernatural movies which could come across as over the top or silly. The cast here keeps it at a steady and comedic pace as well if barely stumbles and when it does the veteran cast does a great job with picking it back

Synopsis:

Final grade:

3.5/5

The Perished FrighFest 2019 review

The Perished is a unique indie horror film that is just dripping of amazing atmosphere and ambiance that is reminiscent of The Witch and It Comes at Night. In this day and age it’s tough to watch movies that deal with tragedy knowing that the word is in a tailspin right now. You can’t escape it. What Paddy Murphy does here is simply in a word breathtaking. This is the first piece of work I’ve seen from him and also the first time I’ve spoken to him he’s got a real knack for film and acknowledges what psychological drama thrillers came before him which is incredible and it shows in his work. This is reminiscent of early Scorsese and Stanley Kubricks sense of dread this film is not to be missed. If you’re at Fright Fest I’d highly recommend seeing this one it’s one of the best films along with Troma films Mutant Blast playing.

Final grade:

3.5/5 stars

Synopsis:

Sarah Dekker is dealing with the trauma of an Abortion. Shunned by her mother and dumped by her boyfriend, she recovers at an old parochial house. Unbeknownst to her the house is the site of a mass baby grave – They need a mother.

The Fanatic Review

The Fanatic shows us a side of the talented actor John Travolta that we have never seen before I wouldn’t necessarily classify this as a flat out horror film even though it’s one of the better psychological independent thrillers of the year giving us John Travolta his best performance in years. As a crazed fan after Hunter Dunbar(Devon Sawa. Final Destination, Idle Hands)a popular young actor. I mean Moose(John Travolta. Battlefield Earth) is OBSESSED WITH HUNTER is a huge understatement I’ve dealt with being obsessed with someone like this and it isn’t healthy I’m glad that part of my life is over. I didn’t really care for Hunter Dunbar’s character in this film even though Fred Durst is notorious for giving us uneven characters some we care and some we flat out despise. Which in some cases work but here he falters amongst that line again. I once had someone on my friends list try to take credit for the character portrayed by John Travolta if that is the case I don’t really want to meet him. Overall however this a bright spot in John Travolta’s twilight of his VOD releases and this is on his upper scale of his recent films.

Synopsis:
Moose is a rabid movie fan who is obsessed with his favourite celebrity action hero, Hunter Dunbar. When he is cheated out of his opportunity to finally meet Hunter, Moose gets a little help from his friend Leah, a well-connected paparazzi photographer, who knows how to find celebrity homes. Moose turns to stalking to get the celebrity interaction he feels he deserves, and while harmless at first, Moose’s actions begin to take a dark turn as his obsession grows stronger. As the visits continue to escalate, Hunter Dunbar finds himself in increasing danger.

Final grade:

3/5

Gwen Review

RLJE Films has partnered with Shudder, AMC Networks’ streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural, to bring the highly anticipated thriller Gwen to theaters, VOD and Digital HD on August 16, 

GWEN is another homer run from RJLE and Shudder who’s last major hit was “Mandy” this however is a perfect folklore in horror in which I had an interview with the director and he said how big he was on to folklore and building atmosphere and avoiding jump scares. It shows here the atmosphere is dripping in ominous dread and is on par with classics such as The Witchfinder General.

Gwen started shocking audiences in TIFF and now that it’s released on VOD I hope it finds the audience it deserves especially when it hits Shudder this is one you’ll need to watch at night with the lights off. It’s unrelentingly suspenseful.

Final grade 5/5