Vic’s Review – “Extraterrestrial” (2014)

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What’s it About?

A group of friends on a weekend trip to a cabin in the woods find themselves terrorized by alien visitors.

“Extraterrestrial”

Directed by Colin Minihan

By Vic

Director Colin Minihan, who brought us the capable found footage thriller, “Grave Encounters,” (as The Vicious Brothers) once again delivers a modest, if a bit formulaic thriller, in “Extraterrestrial.” It may be intentional, somewhat, in order to try and cash in on both the FF genre again and to reel in fans of movies like “The Cabin in the Woods.” Despite a recent shortage and output of good movies about bad ET’s, (the last being the decent “Dark Skies”) I was ready to dispel and lower my expectations for Minihan’s film.

It will be clearly debated as to what Minihan wants to deliver in his latest film. The film’s set up is tonally much different than the second and third act as Minihan hits all of the predictable marks with both his characters and story. But, I commend his effort in spinning a tale where the antogonists are a bunch of really mean ET’s that have come to do to us, just about every kind of evil violation we can think of. And they do it without huge spaceships blowing up and obliterating major cities. The movie works, instead, like some kind of evil ET slasher film.

The movie is enthusiastic at least and we get the good ole hyperbole and personification during the beginning. Young April (Brittany Allen of All My Children), a talented photographer, has plans for the weekend with her longtime boyfriend Kyle (Freddie Stroma). She is put upon to start preparing her family country cabin for sale. Her estranged Father, is emotionally unprepared for the task. She antcipates a quiet and rather sedate getaway but Kyle has other plans. As soon as they are prepped to go, Minihan begins using rote and almost satirical cliches.

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The first being, the inclusion of another contrasting couple, who are totally diametric of Kyle and April. Kyle’s buddy, Seth (Jess Moss) is the stereotypical party guy that is equally distasteful and vociferous. He’s boorish, loud and obviously the sex crazed dude that is always brought along for the weekend in just about every one of these type of films. Also, Seth brings his more calm and clear-headed girlfriend, Lex, played by Anya Savcic. While not so happy about Kyle bringing his entourage, April tries to make the best of the situation but nearby, in town, there is something going seriously awry. There has been an incident that involves a family out camping, an abduction of a surviving young woman named Nancy (Emily Perkins of Ginger Snaps), and the eventual investigation of said abduction by the Sheriff.

It appears that Sheriff Murphy (Gil Bellows of “Parkland”) is not actually such a disbeliever of the strange UFO related incidents as he may have an emotional stake in what may be happening. Things back at the cabin also go awry between Kyle and April as April has a bomb dropped on her by her boyfriend. As things progress, the gang runs afoul of a very creepy looking ET with a singular purpose. When April actually shoots and maims one of the ET’s , then the rest of the film is relegated into becoming a survival thriller.

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Minihan’s movie may seem a bit more witty and jocular than it really has any right to be and when going through the motions, we get winks and nods to various movies but never feel that Minihan wants “Extraterrestrial” to have it’s own identity and purpose…at least not right away. During the gang’s “survival mode,” we get the obligatory running, chasing and escaping sequences that are done pretty well but always teetering on some kind of self parody. But when Minihan and his cast get tired of trying to be humorous and get serious then the film picks up a bit.

Minihan’s obvious respect for the “Alien Mythology,” from “The X-Files” is present, prolific and evident. In more than one sequence, we are reminded of the ingenuity of the show and of how much of an influence it still has, so many years later. The film hits a high note, though, with the great photography from DP Samy Inayeh, who shot the beautiful looking “The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh.” Inayeh, using a Red Epic with Hawk anamorphic lenses, really uses bold color, compostion and creepy framing to put us right into the situations our protagonists are trapped in. Kudos to his exciting work placing the other-worldly bad guys in a very unique light.

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When the group accidently falls upon the pot smoking, pot growing conspiracy enthusiast and Vet, named Travis (Michael Ironside), the movie onces again picks up a notch and Ironside ‘s clout and rep bring some respectability to Minihan’s movie. His turn in the film is smart, honest and Ironside completely commands the scenes he is in and does it well. He could have easily been any few dozen of characters out of the The X Files and dropped right into the plot of this film. His engaging explanation of what is happening is right out of the brain of Chris Carter. Ironside, hands down, is one of the strong parts of the movie.

So, I need to talk about the ending. It will piss many off and leave some scratching their heads. Upon intially watching it, I did the same but it is indeed unconventional, uncompromising and self assured. It smacks of something George A. Romero would have done in the early days. After all of the survival mayhem, chasing and alien / spaceship shenanigans, the finale is a wake up call and almost feels like a punch in the gut. I’m not sure if I still like it but it was effective and it provoked me which I feel adds a good quality to the movie. While it may appear to take a more pretentious route with the end, the movie may be over-reaching a bit and not really trying to make a statement.

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Extraterrestrial” is not re-inventing the wheel and not going to win any awards but it is humorous, and thrilling with that old school charm and ability. The movie gets hardcore by the second and third act and even though the cliches and familiar machinations may get tiresome, the movie is not a total time waster because it is a good looking flick and has Ironside in it to enjoy.

So, for a quick “bad alien chasing kids around in the woods” kind of flick, you can do much much worse than “Extraterrestrial.” Consider a rental before purchasing or buy used or at a wallet light price.

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Vic’s Review – “Horrible Bosses 2″ (2014)

The Cast of "Horrible Bosses 2"

The Cast of “Horrible Bosses 2″

What’s it About?

Dale, Kurt and Nick decide to start their own business but things don’t go as planned because of a slick investor, prompting the trio to pull off a harebrained and misguided kidnapping scheme.

“Horrible Bosses 2″

Directed by Sean Anders

By Vic

There are times when I question the motivation behind the inclusion of a gag reel at the end credits of some comedies. What does it actually mean or say about the film that precedes it? Wouldn’t a gag reel suffice, say, on the bonus features section of a dvd or blu ray? For example, on the dvd of “Analyze This,” there is a very funny gag reel, in the extras features, that feels like a very cool bonus, since the actual film was hilarious and enjoyable all on it’s own. Sort of an “extra bit” of fun and comedy to add to all of the frivolity.

Then afterwards, we fast forward to other comedies, that all seem to have gag reels during the end credits. It has been quite hit or miss with the majority of them, but unfortunately,  it has become a tired and exhaustive tactic. It usually is a sign, that whatever came before, was just an exercise in “meh.” “Horrible Bosses 2″ is that kind of film.  We end up chuckling and grinning much more during the gag reel than at anything that we witnessed during the film’s actual running time.

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Directed by Sean Anders  (who penned “We’re The Millers”), this  latest film and comedy is the inevitable follow up to the first “Horrible Bosses,” which was directed by Seth Gordon. This go around, HB2 manages to fall deeper into a desperate mire of clunkiness, stupidity and mind numbing goofiness that makes the previous movie seem like a masterpiece in comparison. Granted, the first manages to tap into the zeitgeist of those that can relate to having a boss from hell. But, I am not very sure what this present film is trying to tap into at all.

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The plot is pretty bare bones and I will keep this brief: 3 years later, the fellas (Jason Bateman, Jason Sudekis and Charlie Day), trying to buckle down and get serious, invent a nifty shampoo / shower machine. Looking for backers (after a disastrous appearance on live tv), they are approached by a Gazillionaire Tycoon named Burt (Christoph Waltz of Django Unchained). After blowing the original deal with Burt’s son, Rex (Chris Pine of Star Trek), they finally do business with Burt but eventually get shafted and the rug pulled out from under them by Burt, who had manipulated the deal to fail so he can get his grubby hands on the company that Nick, Dale and Kurt had founded.

Then, throw in a convoluted revenge / kidnapping plot involving Rex,  and we are off to the races. The fellas are definitely energetic here, but the actual jokes and timing are blown by hysterically over the top improv (that has virtually everyone shouting over one another) scenes and generic slapstick antics (the closet / laughing gas scene comes to mind) that merely ignites a chuckle or grin but not importantly, laughs.

The kidnapping plot is just too routine and has been done to death in so many other movies for it to appear or seem fresh or original. Too bad because the movie did have a passable first act with the guys setting up their own company and production factory along with employees. Unfortunately, there is no more fun on the horizon as the movie just sinks into comedic tedium.

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Jennifer Anniston and Jame Foxx return and are pretty much wasted in HB2. Aniston shows some sexy spunkiness and Foxx has that urban bad guy with a soft heart vibe down pat. But it is more of the same as the movies stumbles along trying to remain  hip and fill it’s quota of vulgar, boorish and crude hi-jinks. Too bad that the movie is extremely lazy as it hits every by the book mark.

The film manages to just slightly appear a bit witty on the surface but instead, Anders’ film succeeds in only banging us over the head with shenanigans and buffoonery right out of some Three Stooges short. Also, the film’s tired dynamics between Pine and Waltz (there is a remote father/son plot) is just an eye rolling annoyance.

For me, what only worked, is that the guys were able to re-unite and that there was a promise of a good movie here but there is are too many blockhead exchanges that go nowhere. There are also way too many scenes of the gang going on bone-headed tirades that take away from the enjoyment as every scene of derision and mockery just falls flat. I am sure, though, that many will find the movie right up their alley, especially if expectations are tempered going in. Fans of the first will most likely enjoy this installment.  (sorry, to the fans, if it seems I am beating up on this one).

Well, it is possible that you may have heard this before, but I must re-iterate that the movie just feels like an overlong  SNL skit that went terribly wrong. I do applaud the cast for keeping their chin up and giving robust and breezy performances in the face of  a laborious and banal plot for a sequel that should have at least repeated (or emulated) some of the dynamics that made the first enjoyable for many.

Honestly, I did laugh a bit here and there and the movie is a time waster in the purest form but I left the movie a bit exhausted after witnessing one to many headache inducing screaming matches.

Oh well, at least there is that gag reel

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Deacon’s Den Top 5: Most Recommended Animated Series

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Hi gang, Vic  here to introduce the latest Contribution for Vic’s Movie’s Den. It is from Eric Jones of “Deacon’s Den.” Eric has kindly written up a very cool post about the Best Animated Shows that he feels you all should be watching and enjoying. I can confidently say that the list is very accurate and pretty varied. I hope you all find one show or more that may interest you!

You can drop by Eric’s very cool page: “Deacon’s Den” HERE

TOP 5 Most Recommended Animated Series –

By Eric Jones

We really are in a “Golden Age of Television.” The quality of various programs on the air now is something we haven’t seen before. One thing that people seem to overlook however are some equally quality animated series. I think the problem that most people have is when discussing programs of this nature is the mere fact that they are animated and thus will  dismiss it simply as a “cartoon.”

Animation simply is a method one tells a story with, it is not a genre. Great animated films such a The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin are examples of this. Not cartoons, just animated films. This is why I wish to present you with some quality example of animated series that are just as engaging, thought-provoking and entertaining as any live action series.

Before I begin however I wish to just let it be known that Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra will not be on this list, it’s not that I don’t think they are good series. I have heard amazing hints about both. I just never watched either that often to generate an opinion on them. Perhaps later I’ll check them both out and revisit this. Please don’t hate me.

The Participants (No Particular Order):

1. Batman: The Animated Series

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Airing in the 1990’s after the release of Tim Burton’s classic film, this was the television Batman I grew up with. It was amazing to see this serious show about the Dark Knight but airing on weekday afternoons and Saturday mornings. I’ll never forget my reactions to seeing the battles Batman faced with his rouges gallery, from the creation of Clayface to witnessing the psychological breakdown of Harvey Dent as he becomes Two-Face. This show is probably the most accurate screen depiction of Batman. And as you watch it in 2014, it still holds up very well and will excite young fans and old.

2. The Spectacular Spider-Man
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I can’t tote on this show enough. A prime case of gone too soon, this adaptation of Marvel’s web-slinger is at least to me, better than all his cinematic outings. The animation style looks very childish at first glance so one may think it’s too “kiddy” but trust me there is more there. Not only to you get a great deal of superhero action, but great character interactions as Peter Parker deals with his high school life as well. It’s these interactions that I find more intriguing than when he swings around New York as Spider-Man.

3. Star Wars: The Clone Wars
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Running for 5 seasons on Cartoon Network and its final season on Netflix, this computer animated series focuses on the campaigns of the Clone Wars which began in Attack of the Clones and concluded with Revenge of the Sith. Although we have familiar faces such as Obi-Wan, Anakin and Yoda, we get to focus on other characters handling different mission during the war.

Supporting characters such as Commanders Rex and Cody give is insight to the troopers and show us that they are not just clones but individuals. We are also introduced to Ahsoka Tano who is Anakin’s apprentice and actually gets character development far beyond what he master gets in the prequel trilogy.

4. Thundercats (2011 version)
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The original Thundercats show will always be special to me. It was my favorite show growing up. However when you watch it now it is clearly a show of the 80s and as much as early episodes don’t hold up, later episodes really don’t hold up. To introduce the characters to a new generation, they were reinvented in 2011. 

In place of the pretty static characters of the original we have some cool dynamics for the main cast. Lion-O is a young prince thrusted in to leading. Tygra his adopted brother who resents losing the throne. Cheetara we discover looks for a place of belonging. And Panthro dealing with betrayal. Another example of gone too soon. I would have loved for this show to get another season.

5. Young Justice
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Much like Spectacular Spider-Man, this series focuses on a team of young superheroes rather than an individual. This show like a fair amount of other good animated series was cancelled too soon. But what we got was a very mature storyline and great interaction between the team members.

These are characters with personality not just superpowers and not even all of them have powers which adds to the dynamics even more. The superb animation gives weight to the action that we see on screen and gives us that comic book feel which is still important in series like this.

So there you have it. 5 Animated Series I would recommend to anyone. I would say check these out even if you have no fan loyalty to any of the characters or brands. These are great shows regardless of how it is told. Live Action or animated. If you have any suggestions please let me know. I would love to hear them!

Eric Jones of "Deacon's Den"

Eric Jones of “Deacon’s Den”

Many Thanks, Eric, for taking the time to help out with another amazing contribution!

Can’t wait for your next post!

Vic

ENJOY THE CLIPS BELOW!

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Vic’s Review – “Don’t Look Back” (2014)

 

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“Don’t Look Back”

What’s it About?

Nora Clark is a children’s book writer whose life is at a crossroads. After moving back into the house she inherited from her grandmother, Nora comes to grips with the traumatic memories from her childhood.

Don’t Look Back”

Directed by William Dickerson

By Vic

What’s a Sputnik?”

Director William Dickerson (Detour, The Mirror) opens his latest film with a subtle and uncomplicated title opening sequence. The classic white on black. He then immediately establishes an abrupt mood and uses a wooden stick-house prop and a young girl playing in the woods, to propel obscurity and mystification right out of the frame.

Before the Title is flashed we get a close up of a small girl’s eye through an opening of said stick house. With this, Dickerson already reels you in with solemn music, fluid photography and starts a perplexing mystery with his latest movie, “Don’t Look Back.”

Lucy Griffiths (True Blood, Robin Hood, The Numbers Station) plays Nora Clark, a successful children’s book author. As she confides in her therapist, played by the wonderful Kate Burton (Big Trouble in Little China and Grimm), she is brought back to her early childhood memories. Nora and Dr. Barnes (Burton) discuss the recent inheritance that nora was left from her deceased Grandmother, a large home with a past that Nora must now come to grips with.

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Feeling urged to go back to the home to write, Nora tells her therapist that she feels the house wants her to return. Once she arrives at the home, she sets up her desk and begins to write on her laptop. But, it doesn’t take long before she appears to have a bit of writer’s block and shuts down her computer. She then begins to roam about the house. As she begins to get comfortable in the old digs, she has her reverie interrupted by someone looking to enter her abode.

Actress Cassidy Freeman (Smallville, Longmire) plays Peyton Lake, who is Named after Bears Football player, Walton Payton, we soon find out. Peyton is an alluring, beautiful young woman and photographer, seeking a room for rent at Nora’s home. but she arrives at the wrong house for some curious reason that Is not immediately made clear.

Nora also re-connects with an old friend named Jack Tresler (Tyler Jacob Moore of Criminal Minds and Revenge) who has become a Trooper and “Looks official these days” according to Nora. The moment is awkward at first but Nora agrees to have some coffee with him sometime. As Nora sits and struggles to write (“Veronica Goes to Mars” being a very witty title for her Tome), she decides to head into town.

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Nora learns the hard way, eventually, that her memories are hard to reconcile, as she goes through the motions in town and back at her home. Another old friend, Kelly, a persistent real estate agent (and “Nemesis), shows up and provides compliments that Nora seems uncomfortable accepting. Dickerson shows us her vulnerability very easily as Griffiths handles the dynamics well.

Dickerson and writers Michael Testa and Dwight Moody (who also worked on Dickerson’s enjoyable “Detour”), smartly secure and constitute dread, aversion and trepidation through the eccentric characters that are introduced into the story.

It is an effective feat on their part. Nora’s character is of one woman on the outside looking in. A woman who has returned home and needs to exorcise her demons there. Eventually, At Nora’s behest, Peyton moves in with her, And fancies herself Nora’s new muse and inspiration. Interwoven in all of this are some arresting images that Dickerson implements as a result of Nora’s dream state and he gives us just a little bit at a time In tried and true fashion.

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“Hello, Popsicle.”

Then, as a very pleasant surprise, Dickerson unleashes the incredible Roddy Piper as Nora’s grandmother’s old flame, Eddie Stark. Piper (They Live) has that indelible gleam in his eye and every line etched in his face tells a story. He turns in a strong, amicable but low key performance the benefits the pace and theme of the story well. all in all Dickerson puts his impressive cast to great use in his film.

But at about the half hour point in the movie, things take a funky turn towards the bizarre when Peyton confronts Kelly in the grocery store and threatens her with bodily harm while accusing her of being cliché and using tropes to badger Nora into selling her home.

Dickerson and Moody ratch up the tension in a very capable and Hitchcockian manner. There is enough fear through-out the movie with some well placed jumps to boot. But “Don’t Look Back” is about the psychological effects and never turns into a self deprecating horror affair.

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Dickerson’s film disentagles and uncoils scarily as we become privy to what lies beneath the free spirit exterior of Peyton and in one glaring and useful sequence, Dickerson uses the actresses during an outside photo shoot to act off each-other in a disturbing but profound manner (the photography and mirror motif is a very useful tool in the movie).

Using his supporting cast, like Burton and Piper (who steals every scene he is in), as well as un-gimmicky abtrusness, Dickerson achieves a kind of cinematic puzzle. All the pieces and clues are there and if not caught or intercepted the first time you may find yourself wanting to go back and piece it all together again. Kudos to Dickerson and Moody for making it work with a small budget and admirable ambition.

Nora and Jack get close (jack is forced to investigate a crime involving Kelly while we get a creepy glance from Cassidy) and Peyton continues to act very strange. As the film progresses, some may feel as if in familiar territory and many may see the ending telegraphed a bit but it is never distracting or cliché.

It is rather boldly told and when we witness the fate of Peyton, Nora, Eddie and Jack we can conclude that everyone involved in the movie has spun a creepy and independent yarn with all of the colorful characters.

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With graceful photography, chilling music and bravura performances from the female leads, “Don’t Look Back” is a breezy, engaging thriller that, despite having a short running time, is worth a watch for it’s suspenseful pallette and slick character twists. It comes full circle as Nora eventually confronts those demons and while coming out on the other end, is a victim of her own strange catharsis.

But in a telling and well placed moment at the end we watch a very warm exchange between a young and troubled Nora and the person who would go on to become her guardian angel…or devil.

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Don’t Look Back” from Director William Dickerson comes very recommended and you can currently catch the film on these platforms:

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/tv-season/dont-look-back/id905543703


Amazon Instant Video: http://www.amazon.com/Dont-Look-Back-Lucy-Griffiths/dp/B00NBD067A


VUDU: http://www.vudu.com/movies/#!content/554110/Dont-Look-Back


Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/movies/details/Don_t_Look_Back?id=SXpz_D_TcaI


Vimeo On Demand: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/20579

Enjoy!

Netflix and Amazon Prime Streaming Alert / November 2014 Additions

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Hey everyone! Vic here with a new Netflix and Amazon Prime Streaming Alert for November, 2014. Netflix and Amazon have made available a bunch of really great titles.  I hope you all find something worthy to check out.

Some titles will be available in “High Definition” for those who have a High Def TV and High Speed Internet.  Amazon Prime is a streaming service which provides members with many new and old Movies, TV shows and Documentaries.

If you find anything notable while browsing that I may have missed, just give me a shout and I will add it to the list!

So, sit back and check out what’s new and enjoy the list and some trailers!

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Transparent

24: Live another Day

Gortimer Gibbons: Life on Normal Street

Sons of Anarchy Season 6

Downton Abbey Season 4

The Ex

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Defiance

Airplane!

Under the Skin

Kingpin

Hours

Bram Stoker’s Dracula

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Bad Grandpa

Nebraska

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Marvel’s Agents of Shield

Batman (1989)

Batman Returns (1992)

Helix

You’ve Got Mail

Phenomenon

Stretch

Dumb and Dumber

Total Recall

Se7en

Snowpiercer

The Cabinet of Dr Caligari

Last Passenger

Altman

Firestorm

Still Mine

Thanks for stopping by, everyone! I hope you all find something you may enjoy or love on the list of films and shows.

Until next time, keep streaming!

- Vic

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Stanley Kubrick Inspired Artwork: Gallery One

By Phillip Elering

By Phillip Elering

Welcome to Gallery One of The Den’s Tribute to Artwork inspired by The Films of Stanley Kubrick. Each piece of artwork has the name of the Artist below, who, of course, deserve all of the credit and kudos for their fantastic artistry. Thanks to each and everyone of them! Enjoy!

Vic

Epyon 5

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Sam Gilby

Sam Gilby

Nicole Gustafsson

Nicole Gustafsson

Tracie Ching

Tracie Ching

Ivonna Buenrostro

Ivonna Buenrostro

Hope you all enjoyed the Gallery! These images were found online and on various Tumblr pages dedicated to Movie Art. Do you have a favorite? Which one? Sound off below!

Vic

“THE SHINING” Trailer

“2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY” Trailer

Vic’s Review – “FEAR” (Short) (2014) What are YOU afraid of?

Jesse Rabideau in Steve Kahn's "FEAR"

Jesse Rabideau in Steve Kahn’s “FEAR”

What’s it About?

A woman struggles with little things that build to mammoth proportions.

“FEAR” 

Written and Directed by Steve Kahn

By Vic

FEAR / noun
1. a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc.,whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid.

“Fear” from writer and director Steve Kahn, is a tight and effective short that is full of mood and ingenuity. Kahn’s film, if not seen as overtly horror, is easily a work of psychological proportions since he deftly explores what the emotion of fear may really be. Kahn propels us into a very off kilter and nightmarish story that is examined by very commendable film techniques.

His main lead actress, the very pretty Jesse Rabideau (who has great eyes), carries the short in it’s entirety and does so, for the most part, with serious intent and equanimity. Her composure, while preparing to take a bath in a sterile looking and very bright bathroom, does not hold up as she begins to experience some strange things. Or are they strange at all? Could she just be the nervous type? Does she react with fear when certain things, that we see as mundane, occur? These are questions that are explored as the short progresses.

Kahn smartly interjects very nifty and calculating things into the 14 minute short. He establishes claustrophobia with the tiny confines of the bathroom. He sets up isolation with his lead by having her home alone, taking a bath, with only her small dog nearby. He cuts in shots of leaky faucets, drains, mirrors and a small black radio to build the suspense.

While Rabideau undresses and begins to bath and shave her legs, Kahn begins his manipulations and causes her to begin to show and express fear, doubt and uncertainty. He manuevers around the bathroom using cues right out of a Hitchcock film (Psycho being the one we immediately think of), Rabideau herself, is reminiscent of the ill fated Marion Crane. A curtain, a woman un-dressing, blood going down a drain and even facial close up’s of our lead actress all are made alarmingly and convincingly substantial.

Well, things escalate and Rabideau finds herself suffering from a very spooky time trying to take a bath. Even as Tears for Fears’ reverential song, “Pale Shelter” plays on her radio, it is apparent that she is very uncomfortable with the situation, yet nothing apparently manifests itself. Even as she looks into the mirror (as this point we hear bits of the opening overture of Kubrick’s “The Shining”), we expect to see something that will frighten us. But for Kahn’s film, it is what we do not see and how our protagonist reacts to that. As she tries to bath she still sees and hears things like radio static and whispering. (gotta gives kudos to playing “Hurricane” from MS MR, too)

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Kahn frenetically wraps up the short as Rabideau ventures outside the bathroom into a house that is right out of a nightmare. It is dark and only lit up by sporadic bursts of lightning. Here, Kahn puts Rabideau through her paces as she crawls in utter despair around the light deprived dwelling. The short continues to explore what this all means by not handing us a play by play breakdown but by leaving all of these things to our imagination. Is she alone in the house? Is she hallucinating? Why is she so terrified?

Rabideau, who falls a bit flat with some line delivery, still shows us how well she can emote and express fear. Kahn handles everything in the short with commendable capability and when the lines blur he shows us that not everything can be explained and wrapped up tidily.

“Fear” is an impressive short with big ideas and it is slick looking and edited with the the right running length to tell it’s simple story about one woman’s night of manifesting that raw and primal emotion that is always within our psyche: Fear.

Enjoy the Trailer Below!

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