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Against the Clock (2019)
In the Brain of a Coma Victim
I didn't find this film confusing except in a good way. The basic plot is very clear, and the acting is excellent. If you've ever had a dream where you felt panicky since it was so hard to wake up, you'll probably understand this film better. The fear of a spy in a coma with the need to wake up and prevent international terrorists is very suspenseful. The direction is powerful in conveying the spy's upset, fear and dream state confusion of what he really remembers and what is from his sub-conscious. The wife is courageously fighting the CIA to keep her husband alive when even her own father turns against her. Wonderful ending!
American Weapon (2014)
Powerful horror film
Some powerful women actresses in this film shot mainly in a cabin in the forest. Excellent acting from the men too. Lots of action and also thoughtful insight on America in war.
Loved acting and theme
Watching "Fences" worried me that it would be another bleak, realistic life drama. I don't enjoy watching those kinds of films since real life is hard enough. Because I appreciate Denzel Washington as a positive person and talented actor, I viewed it to the end. The ending was so worth it. Love is redemption. I so agree that love makes life worth it. Acting was amazing! Viola Davis and Denzel Washington well deserve all acting awards. Washington sympathetically portrayed a flawed character who despite seeming like a really hard man was so much better a father than his father was. Viola Davis's characterization really touched my heart. So many times I wish I could have hugged her. She brilliantly portrayed how difficult it is to be everything for the man you love and yet try to carve out a place in your life to realize your separate dreams too.
Frozen Kiss (2009)
Young lovers fight to survive in frozen mountains while being chased.
Because this movie was based on a true story, it's especially poignant. The snowy mountain setting is beautiful and yet dangerous to kids on hallucinogenic drugs. Mimi Rogers is so believable and yet such a complex character. You ought to dislike her for her selfishness as a mother, and yet you emphasize and care about her too. The young leads are so intense in their emotions, and you identify with them so that the suspense builds. The party going kids change into menacing threats as they chase the young lovers in the extreme coldness of the night.
Wonderful direction in a movie that makes you care and think about life's choices.
Passing Darkness (2005)
enigmatic film - talented director
I was privileged to view Passing Darkness at the Big Bear International Film Festival recently. I also enjoyed discussing this film afterwards with the passionate, talented director, Kenneth Mader. It amazed me how much action and mystery was packed into a short. Its enigmatic, although well foreshadowed ending, totally surprised me because of the many plot twists. The acting of Debra Hopkins, especially, was so dramatic but realistic, that I was totally shocked by how I'd been misled as to what the plot was really about. The thrill-building music score by Alan Derian increased the suspense. The writer/director brought out the best possible performances in the memorable actors, created an eerie mood in the cinematography and edited it with increasingly swifter cuts that brought the audience's senses reeling by the movie's end.