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Second Opinion – Blair Witch (2016)

15 September 2016 3:55 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Blair Witch, 2016.

Directed by Adam Wingard.

Starring James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Corbin Reid, Brandon Scott, Wes Robinson and Valorie Curry.

Synopsis:

Set 22 years after the events of The Blair Witch Project, college student James Donahue believes he has found video proof that his sister Heather is still alive. James, along with his documentary filmmaking friend Lisa, and couple Peter and Ashley, seek to find her.

Blair Witch’s opening shot consists of an unidentifiable frightened female rushing through the corridors of a derelict house escaping a pursuing entity. The video is interjected by James (James Allen McCune) as it’s revealed that he’s showing this footage to documentary filmmaking student Lisa (Callie Hernandez) as proof of his sister’s whereabouts. James believes that if they can locate the house depicted in the film, they can save his sister – oh, and it gives Lisa an original project for her college course. »

- Matthew Lee

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Second Opinion – War Dogs (2016)

25 August 2016 10:40 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

War Dogs, 2016.

Directed by Todd Phillips.

Starring Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Ana de Armas, Bradley Cooper and Kevin Pollack.

Synopsis:

During the Iraq War, two twenty-somethings living in Miami exploit the government’s initiative to allow small businesses to bid on Us Military contracts.

The War Dogs prologue, narrated by Miles Teller, will stun audiences in the revelation that modern warfare is less concerned with patriotism, and in defeating the (nondescript) terrorists, but it’s all about money and private contracts. Well, I say ‘stun’ – really, it’s the film that thinks it will stun its audience with this little factoid (one that has been common knowledge for nearly a decade). This conservative shock tactic may startle those born circa 2000, but for its target audience they will roll their eyes, and mumble, “Yes, movie, we know! I’m sure you’re about ‘stun’ us more with the notion that the »

- Matthew Lee

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Movie Review – Demolition (2016)

24 August 2016 12:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Demolition, 2016.

Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée.

Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper, Judah Lewis, Polly Draper, Debra Monk, Heather Lind and C.J. Wilson.

Synopsis

A successful investment banker writes a series of letters to a customer complaints representative following the death of his wife.

Julia Mitchell (Heather Lind), in the driving seat, is talking to her husband Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal), about the leaking fridge. Davis is distant, unaware of the tools he received from a relative two Christmases ago, or even of the leaky fridge. Despite the clearly marked post-it note inside, he retorts in dismissive quips. Suddenly, a car crashes into them and the film goes to black. The unscathed Davis awakens, slumped in the hospital waiting-room, and is approached by father-in-law-cum-firm manager Phil Eastwood (Chris Cooper), as they’re informed of Julia’s passing. Davis numbly reacts with indifference and rises to the vending to purchase a packet of peanut M&Ms. »

- Matthew Lee

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Movie Review – The Intent (2016)

26 July 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Intent, 2016.

Directed by Femi Oyeniran and Kalvadour Peterson.

Starring Femi Oyeniran, Dylan Duffus, Scorcher, Shone Romulus, Jade Asha, Nicky Slimting Walker, Sarah Akokhia, Fredi Nwaka, Michelle Greenidge, and Sharea Samuels.

Synopsis:

An undercover cop infiltrates a London street gang that calls themselves the Tic. Their operations transform from petty drug deals to a string of armed robberies.

Femi Oyeniran writes, directs, and produces this film as well as star as the voice of reason Mitch who chooses to no longer affiliate himself with the Tic. One can definitely see Oyeniran’s influences from his better-known roles in Noel Clarke’s Kidulthood and Adulthood as modern slang and a grime soundtrack that abounds this film. Where those films had a director that would assert some semblance of discipline over their actors, Oyeniran appears to have given his actors the freedom to ad-lib much of the dialogue. Too often a character »

- Matthew Lee

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DVD Review – Messi (2014)

25 July 2016 12:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Messi, 2014.

Directed by Alex de la Iglesia.

Starrng Johan Cruyff, Andres Iniesta, Diego Armando Maradona, Javier Mascherano, and Gerard Pique.

Synopsis:

Through a series of informal conversations, archival footage, and reenactments, this film chronicles the rise and the making of the football legend Lionel Messi.

Last year saw the release of the intimate documentary Ronaldo which followed football icon, Cristiano Ronaldo. At the time of the film’s production, the titular Portuguese legend was set to win the FIFA Ballon d’Or, a prestigious award that marks a football player to be the year’s best, and in the years prior there had been much debate between himself and the Argentine legend Lionel Messi. This is more pronounced given that both Ronaldo and Messi play for rivalling football teams Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively. In other words, one could see Ronaldo as a spiritual sequel to Messi.

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Movie Review – The Perfect Husband (2014)

24 July 2016 12:40 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Perfect Husband, 2014.

Directed by Lucas Pavetto.

Starring Gabriella Wright, Bret Roberts, Tania Bambaci, Carl Wharton, Philippe Reinhardt, and Daniel Vivian.

Synopsis:

A young married couple attempt to recover from a past trauma by taking a weekend trip away to a remote cabin but it seems that they cannot escape the demons of the past as paranoia descends into carnage.

The film begins with Viola (Gabrielle Wright) and her husband Nicola (Bret Roberts) packing for their idyllic trip to the countryside but all the while bickering over past issues. It’s a tense opening act with an emotionally distant Nicola dismissing many of Viola’s concerns, and Viola expressing through her body language a discomfort about this trip and of Nicola’s behaviour. This notion soon dissipates when they drive towards the cabin when it becomes abundantly clear that these were not character traits, but poor acting choices.

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Movie Review – Star Trek Beyond (2016)

21 July 2016 4:08 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Star Trek Beyond, 2016.

Directed by Justin Lin.

Starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Idris Elba, and Sofia Boutella.

Synopsis:

The USS Enterprise crew respond to a deceitful distress call and are divided on a barren planet. Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and his crew must reunite to stop Krall’s (Idris Elba) vengeful plan.

Star Trek Beyond begins in the third year of the Enterprise’s five-year mission to “boldly go where no one has gone before”, and Kirk is going through another existential crisis: he’s bored, he reminds himself and others that his initial enrollment at the academy grew from a quasi-joke, and he believes that Spock (Zachary Quinto) would make a formidable captain by contrast. Putting aside this tiresome plot-thread, which, quite frankly, adds very little tension or drama to the story, the film does introduce the personal lives of the crew, »

- Matthew Lee

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Movie Review – Keanu (2016)

13 July 2016 9:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Keanu, 2016.

Directed by Peter Atencio.

Starring Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, Method Man, Tiffany Haddish, Luis Guzman, Nia Long, Will Forte and Jason Mitchell.

Synopsis:

Two nerdy cousins pose as notorious gangsters to infiltrate the criminal underworld in order to retrieve a stolen kitten.

 

The main trio behind this film – the two leads Jordan Peele and Kegan-Michael Key, and its director Peter Atencio – mark their first big-screen collaborative effort here, a significant departure from their previous sketch-off TV outing of Key & Peele, to produce an action comedy that hinges on a silly premise. Keanu may retain the teams chemistry, but their small—screen past cannot mask some of their shortcomings.

In an explosive opening sequence, one that calls back to 90s John Woo action films, the audience witness the efficiency of two long-haired assassins known as the Allentown Boys, who decimate a Mexican drug operation. The Allentown Boys appear to »

- Matthew Lee

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Movie Review – Now You See Me 2 (2016)

4 July 2016 9:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Now You See Me 2, 2016.

Directed by Jon M. Chu.

Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan, Jay Chou, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman.

Synopsis:

The Four Horsemen, now with a new recruit, are taken hostage by a tech wizard who forces them to carry out a seemingly impossible heist.

At the end of the last film, it is revealed that FBI agent Dylan (Mark Ruffalo) was the Fool; the omnipotent being, capable to hatch a convoluted, albeit nonsensical, plan to unite the greatest of Earth’s magician. Dylan had managed to lure in the Four Horseman: Danny (Jesse Eisenberg), Merritt (Woody Harrelson), Jack (Dave Franco), and Henley (Isla Fisher). It was, quite frankly, a tacked on ending that made minimal sense, and created greater plot holes to an already messy story. In other words, it was the daft, blockbuster spectacle that came prior »

- Matthew Lee

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Movie Review – Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016)

1 July 2016 3:30 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, 2016.

Directed by Mandie Fletcher.

Starring Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Kate Moss, Julia Sawalha, Jane Horrocks, June Whitfield, Kathy Burke, Celia Imrie, Graham Norton, Jeremy Paxman, Jon Hamm, Janette Tough and Robert Webb.

Synopsis:

Two self-indulgent ladies find themselves at the centre of a media storm as one of them, a PR spokesperson, is accused of the murder of a highly sought after model.

Its confession time: this humble reviewer seldom ever watched the original show. Now, before you extradite me for the heretic that I clearly am, I wish to add that the moments I did glimpse did in fact entertain me. So this review will be from a non-fans perspective. Therefore, the burning question is, could a casual film-goer watch and enjoy this film? Yes. But, I must stress, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie also does a great service to the fans of the original.

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- Matthew Lee

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Movie Review – The Colony (2015)

30 June 2016 1:25 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Colony, 2015.

Directed by Florian Gallenberger.

Starring Daniel Brühl, Emma Watson, Richenda Carey, Vicky Krieps, Michael Nyqvist, Jeanne Werner, Martin Wuttke and August Zirner.

Synopsis:

After the 1973 Chilean coup d’état against President Salvador Allende, a young German political activist is kidnapped, and deported to the sealed-off hamlet ‘Colonia Dignidad.’ His wife voluntarily enters the village to rescue her husband, and discover it’s a cult ruled by malevolent fanatics.

Any film proclaiming to be based on a true story had best to do a just service to those affected, or to produce a highly subjective piece for a more visceral experience. Besides a proclamation of this ilk the film will have aficionados questioning the films legitimacy – either on its facts or on its ability to translate factoids to the cinematic medium. In short, filmmakers are wise to do their research. In the case of The Colony, this reviewer is »

- Matthew Lee

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Movie Review – Brahman Naman (2016)

29 June 2016 3:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Brahman Naman, 2016.

Directed by Qaushiq Mukherjee.

Starring Shashank Arora, Tanmay Dhanania, Vaishwath Shankar, Subholina Sen, Sindhu Sreenivasa Murthy, Anula Shirish Navlekar and Denzil Smith.

Synopsis:

A college quiz team travel across India to become the national champions, and to lose their virginities.

 

It’s 1980s India: a band of intelligent yet arrogant male students spend their days pining after the hot girls, consume more alcohol then many of the older kids at college, and tell tall tales of conquering the ladies. Leading this band of misfits is the bossy Naman (Shashank Arora) who belittles those around him: notably towards Ash (Sindhu Sreenivasa Murthy), a spotted-face fellow quasi-quiz team member, who desires Naman, but she doesn’t live up to Naman’s ideal model girlfriend. In fact, Naman has his eyes set on Rita (Subholina Sen) but is too shy to make real contact, and resorts to awkward, anxious phone calls. »

- Matthew Lee

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Blu-ray Review – That Cold Day in the Park (1969)

20 June 2016 12:10 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

That Cold Day in the Park, 1969.

Directed by Robert Altman.

Starring Sandy Dennis, Michael Burns and Lauana Anders.

Synopsis:

A lonely middle-aged woman sees a homeless young man sitting in the park opposite her apartment, and in a moment of pity invites him in.

Many would consider the late Robert Altman’s first recognised masterpiece to be the 1970 Palme d’Or winning film Mash – the satirical black war comedy about the Korean war, which was really a subtext on the contemporary Vietnam War – but That Cold Day in the Park was released a year prior, and it’s as tonally as different as one can expect.

Despite Frances’ (Sandy Dennis) affluence she finds no solace or fulfilment; she numbly passes the time by socialising with the elder elite of contemporary society. Upon one such visit from these patrons she looks out her window to see a young homeless man (Michael Burns »

- Matthew Lee

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Movie Review – Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016)

17 June 2016 1:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Barbershop: The Next Cut (a.k.a. Barbershop: A Fresh Cut) (2016)

Directed by Malcolm D. Lee

Starring Ice Cube, Robert Teitel, Cedric the Entertainer, Regina Hall, Sean Patrick Thomas, Eve, Anthony Anderson, Jazsmin Lewis-Kelley, Common, Nicki Minaj, Margot Bingham, Lamorne Morris, Deon Cole, Reggie Brown, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Tyga, J.B. Smoove, Deon Cole

Synopsis

Employees at the barbershop look to solve the gang-related violence that has taken its hold on the local community.

It’s been 12 years since the last outing of the Barbershop franchise (11 if you want to include its spin-off), and it’s nice to see many of them return as well as the arrival of some new faces. As these films have gained greater recognition and a growing fan-base over years, one glaring concern would be that of quality: could they recapture the magic and chemistry given the time-lapse? Could the director of Scary Movie 5 live up to such standards? »

- Matthew Lee

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Movie Review – Lilith’s Awakening (2016)

14 June 2016 10:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Lilith’s Awakening, 2016.

Directed by Monica Demes.

Starring Steven Kennevan, Sam Garles, Sophia Woodward, Barbara Eugenia, Matthew Lloyd Wilcox.

Synopsis:

A sexually repressed service station employee is bored of her marriage and seeks to embrace her dark side.

Lucy (Sophia Woodward) finds marital life with husband Jonathon (Sam Garles) to be unfulfilling and monotonous. Jonathon’s demanding domestic chores, like purchasing the beers for the arrival of his boss that evening, causes her to retreat, and to seek excitement elsewhere. Cue underachiever co-worker Arthur (Matthew Lloyd Wilcox) whose aggressive alpha-masculine approaches appear to partially fulfil this void in Lucy.

Shot in a black & white colour scheme, with snippets of other colours of the spectrum, the film elicits a dreamlike quality that gives it the licence to push, and to blur the boundaries between fantasy and reality.

Filmmaker Monica Demes pits these opposing male types to compete for Lucy’s affection. Jonathon explains the importance of Lucy’s domestic duties: “My boss and his wife are coming to dinner.” This dialogue is a composite of gendered stereotypes of how “men” speak; in other words, this is how Lucy feels about Jonathon’s dialogue, and not necessarily how he actually speaks. Furthermore, his demand does become a leitmotif to emphaise Lucy’s isolative state.

The film is much about Lucy’s understanding of her desire, and a necessity to break from the patriarchal rule that dominates her milieu. In one notable scene, somebody asks her where her husband is; in a 2016 film, this is an odd request, but it is there, much like Jonathon’s dialogue, for emphasis on Lucy’s psychosis. Does she feel like a shadow of her former-self?

Looking into the darkness Lucy senses an evil presence is lurking. Lucy’s senses aren’t wrong as a vampiric being named Lilith (Barbara Eugenia) comes to personify the power that Lucy is lacking; Lilith is essentially Lucy’s doppelganger. I shan’t go into too much detail for fear of spoilers, but needless to say it’s a subversion of gender roles on the Dracula myth.

Lilith’s Awakening is laden with Lynchian fingerprints as Monica Demes foregrounds her influences. It’s an atmospheric psychological thriller that only loses its way in the final act.

Flickering Myth Rating  – Film: ★ ★ ★ ★ / Movie: ★ ★ ★

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Michael Moore films ranked from worst to best

10 June 2016 8:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Matthew Lee ranks Michael Moore’s films from worst to best…

Where to Invade Next? opens up in UK theatres today [read our review here]. Here at Flickering Myth I thought it’d be worthwhile to look back on the controversial filmmakers work to see if Michael Moore’s sentiment still holds up. Did some of his warnings come to fruition, or was it all sensationalism? Does Moore warrant such backlashes? And how sentimental is he truly? In short, below is the man’s list.

8 – Slacker Uprising

This will be brief entry for his most forgettable to-date film (I also bet some of you have never heard of this film), as I shall highlight why this is also Michael Moore’s worst.

Plot: Michael Moore travels across the country to various college and university campuses to get the slacking youth off of their sofas, and into the voting booths to get George W. Bush out of office. »

- Matthew Lee

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Movie Review – Race (2016)

2 June 2016 1:01 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Race (2016)

Directed by Stephan James

Starring Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis, Jeremy Irons, Carice van Houten, William Hurt, Eli Goree, Shanice Banton, Barnaby Metschurat, Glynn Turman, Amanda Crew, Adam Zwicker.

Synopsis

This biopic retells the historic moment where a young African-American athlete Jesse Owens came to defy the Nazi’s Aryan ideology.

Anybody familiar with their history will be full acquainted with the athletic icon Jesse Owens (portrayed here by director Stephan James), and what he came to define – in the 1936 Berlin Olympics he had participated in three track and field games, and successfully undermined the Nazi’s the Aryan supremacy by winning the gold. This rhetoric was one that Adolf Hitler and the Reich’s propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels (Barnaby Metschurat) tried to aggressively propagate to the world. Now filmmaker Stephan James is confident that the audience will come into this picture with that in mind (the marketing does emphasise »

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Blu-ray Review – It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958)

29 May 2016 5:30 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It! The Terror from Beyond Space, 1958.

Directed by Edward L. Cahn.

Starring, Marshall Thompson, Shirley Paterson, Kim Spalding, Ann Doran, Dabbs Greer, Paul Langton, Robert Bice, Richard Benedict, Richard Harvey, Thom Carney, Ray Corrigan.

Synopsis:

An alien only known as It terrorises the first manned expedition to Mars.

1973: Col. Edward Carruthers (Marshall Thompson) is the only surviving member of the expedition to Mars, and he is accused of murdering his crew. A rescuing ship arrives to escort Carruthers back to Earth to stand trial. Carruthers denies this allegation, but Commander Col. Van Heusen (Kim Spalding) does not believe him and insists a member of the crew is always watching him. In fact, nobody from Heusen’s crew believes Carruthers as they openly espouse suspicion of their prisoner. In this setup one can already detect the McCarthy context of the film. Allowing Carruthers to roam freely on the spacecraft may make minimal plot sense (honestly, »

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DVD Review – Yakuza Apocalypse (2015)

2 May 2016 5:35 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Yakuza Apocalypse, 2015.

Directed by Takashi Miike.

Starring Denden, Lily Franky, Hayato Ichihara, Yoshiyuki Morishita, Masanori Mimoto, Riko Narumi, Yayan Ruhian, and Raiko Takashima.

 

Synopsis:

A Yakuza Vampire boss is betrayed by members of his clan, and is consequently killed; the duty befalls onto his most loyal protégé to take revenge, and to comply with the vampiric-lore.

Bursting from the opening shot there unfolds a gory bloodbath of torsos slashed violently by the vampiric crime lord himself Kamiura (Lily Frankie). Once the massacre has ceased, the film may separate the audience into two camps: aficionados of Miike’s oeuvre will highly appreciate this introduction, and newcomers may be stunned in paralysis, uncertain if they picked up the right Blu-ray. Those in the latter camp needn’t fret, for the film does calm down for a bit afterwards.

Kageyama (Hayato Ichihara) admires the Yakuza lifestyle, and is convinced this will grant him the pathway to manhood. »

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WWE: This Week in Review (Raw/Smackdown/Nxt)

1 May 2016 2:38 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

We are quickly approaching WWE Payback, and this week will be the “final sell” before the PPV. Let’s see what WWE can offer to get us to watch their annual May event.

Raw (25th April 2016) Results: Aj Styles pinned Sheamus Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows beat The Uso’s in their Raw debut Sami Zayn beat Rusev Apollo Crews defeated Stardust Natalya beat Emma Baron Corbin and Damien Sandow went to a no-contest Roman Reigns defeated Alberto Del Rio

After some solid shows recently, Raw seems to be in a transitional stage, like something bigger is planned and they are waiting it out. This episode of Raw wasn’t as solid in the ring compared to some recent episodes, and the promos didn’t really make any real explosions to sell Payback, but there is enough going on to make things interesting as we head into the PPV on Sunday. »

- Chris Cummings

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