This is my audio review of The Village (2004). Directed by M. Night Shyamalan. With Sigourney Weaver, William Hurt, Joaquin Phoenix, Bryce Dallas Howard. A series of events tests the beliefs of a small isolated countryside village.
It is a much loved film by me and select few others. It didn’t do amazingly at the box office but I find this spooky film mesmerizing and profound. Have a listen and find out why. I welcome your comments here on the site or on my twitter @thedrpodcast NOTE: This is film #24 in my current podcast series I call “Damien’s Top 20 Spooky Horror Films.” Tune in next week when I cover #23 “Head Count (2018).”
R | 120 min | Biography, Crime, Drama 7 9 58 Metascore
A destitute young man, raised by racist skinheads and notorious among white supremacists, turns his back on hatred and violence to transform his life, with the help of a black activist and the woman he loves.
Cat’s Eye is an awesome anthology horror written by Stephen King. It has a star cast of actors as well including James Woods. I also preview Donnie Darko and 3 more films: Wer, Borderland, and Copycat. I present them without spoilers as “previews” so have no fear there.
07/14/2019 What I’ve Been Watching – Dogman, Yesterday. Dog grooming is a tough, thankless job, and so is dealing coke. Speaking of coke, what if the drink never existed, nor the Beatles?
I review 2 movies in this episode: Dogman and Yesterday.
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Dog grooming is a tough, thankless job, and so is dealing coke.
Dealing coke wih Daughter there. At least he makes an attept to keep her innocent
He scores for his team players. We never see him takng drugs, their deslings are strictly for economic survival.
He’s a single part time dad.touching scenes with his daughter.
Simone robs mac’s neighbor, The police want marc to turn him in
does the time for Simone.
A good man can be taken fown so easily.
He’s changed after jail
His friends shun him publicly
The bully keeps on keeping on. Is he weak to turn the other cheek?
When must you fight back?
Thid guy spent a year in jail protecting a guy who doesn’t care if he lives or dies
Getsattacked whole taking in dig boarder
Now he’s with his daughter. Scuba diving Is she in danger.
Lovely shot holding his daughter on a boat.
I love how he got Simone to pit himself into the cage.
Lowering bed contraption ingenious
Chokes him to death
Burns the body
Has he gone crazy?
Carries Simone twice his size
Showing the guys in the yard what he’s dome
Miving the body all ariund
In the end, it’s wuiet. Me alone with my hoicrs.
he lead actor in this is definitely boosted by his manager Lily James’ performance. There’s a lot here not to tell about them because it’s fun to see the spoilers come out.
How odd it would be if household names like The Beatles or Coca Cola were suddenly removed in a sort of alternative universe. What if you were the only one who remembered them?
A dead end singer/songwriter find himself in that position. He decides to put the songs out as his ow and it’s quite a ride from there. The Beatles’ songs have the same effect on a 2019 listening public that they did from the 4 lads themselves.
We see a frustrated guy about to go back and be a teacher because he just can’t get people interested in his songs. Lily James plays his manager and lifelong friend. As I said, their chemistry is great and makes this film work at the high level it does.
I had issues with so much Beatles music being played in the film by the cryptic unknown singer. No one will be rushing out to buy his versions as they did with Mamma Mia, Rock of Ages, or Sing Street. Still, it’s not that kind of a movie.
What we have here is a bohemian back-to-my-roots movie where one learns values about fame. In that way, there is a lot of Notting Hill here. Our singer even travels with a childhood friend with verbal diarrhea spouting just as the similar character in Hugh Grant’s flat did.
I guess that’s another gripe I have. It doesn’t try to make any sense. I like Sc-Fi that comes together, this sprawled everywhere, The plot does end well though and it seems the right lesson was learned about love and focus in ones life. I plan to see it again, I recommend it.
Ari Aster has given us a second horror film and he calls it “Midsommar.” Did I like it? Eh, not really. Maybe more than Hereditary, his first horror film. The visuals were brighter and the black comedy more prevalent. I’ll call it part of his formula. Let me explain that, he researches horror from the 70’s and transfers the tropes into his new horror films. Hereditary was heavily influenced by Rosemary’s Baby; Midsommar is a very near kin to The Wicker Man.
I guess he’s growing on me. If we were talking about oldies music and someone imitating that sound, I might see that as cool and talented thing to do. Harry Connick Junior imitates Frank Sinatra old blue eyes. Daft Punk sometimes imitate old Disco sounds … this can be a good policy for an artist. In Midsommar we have a definite wink at the Wicker Man and layers that feel like Coachella acid trips by wayward college students. The jury is still out on Ari Aster as horror director. He may become something huger than now. My hope is he will try something new but that might not be what he’s interested in doing. As an artist I say: follow your bliss and for these two initial horrors of this, that bliss is using horror movie tropes and themes from the 70’s. Midsommar’s strengths are its wide open colorful spaces, and the ethereal quality of going to a faroff place. As far as the story? Eh, it’s pretty weak but I think the movie is meant to be a vacation for the senses instead of a thought provoking grid for discussion. It is a dreamy hallucination, and at times it’s very relaxing and enjoyable. Other times it seems to not know where it’s going or what it’s doing. One thing is sure though, it looks amazing and the cultic folk music is very good.
I had a lot of fun here talking about this film. As I say in the show, it was an incredible reminder for me that I needed to see it. After all, 2014 was 3 years ago and I somehow missed this action/thriller? Shall we call it a horror? Eh, maybe not but so so good. The monsters are glorious and so much fun to watch. Please check out my recorded podcast!
There is a scattered and often intriguing plot here with the incredible performance of Jack Raynor, I won’t criticize the plot much. He carries this film and makes it amazing.
1h 33min | Drama | 18 March 2016 (USA)
Set in Dublin, ‘Glassland’ tells the story of a young taxi driver who gets tangled up in the world of human trafficking while trying to save his mother from drug addiction.
Director: Gerard Barrett
Writer: Gerard Barrett
Stars: Toni Collette, Jack Reynor, Will Poulter
My Summary: John is a taxi driver in Dublin. He has no family or girlfriend and has the self-assumed role of taking care of his alcoholic mother, Jean. Through time, John gets frustrated and takes his mother to rehab. At that point is some of the best acting Raynor does in the film. Jean shows little promise of quitting drinking. John has demands on him financially so he enters into an unspeakable side job for his boss.
My take: You may have surmised by now I loved Raynor’s acting in this film. I must warn you it is very slow and not much is revealed ever about what the director wants to say. You come to your own conclusions. Still, it is a very entertaining film despite its plot flaws. If you like Jack Raynor, go see this movie. If you don’t, I am not sure how much you’ll like the film. In my opinion, a film should have more going for it than the talent of the lead actor.