Review #12: Emotional Motor Unit

Almost a year ago I reviewed first feature film Little Pieces, directed by Adam Nelson (you can find my review here). This year we’ll be able to watch a new movie from Apple Park Films Production. This time it’s a short sci-fi/drama film, called Emotional Motor Unit, wrote by Xenia Puiggros and directed by Adam Nelson. Starring: Graham Cawte, Francesca Burgoyne, Finnian Nainby-Luxmore and Candice Palladino.

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The film tells the story of very lonely writer, who just got some kind of promotion. In this alternative present day, people are focused on their work and emotions come second. We follow writer, played by Graham Cawte, as he learns what it means to be human through the interaction with a robot E.M.U.

Sounds familiar? Yes, of course, we could watch movies like Ex Machina, where people taught the robot how to be human, how to behave. A robot which will teach you the fellings, you never felt, it’s a completely different story.

This movie shows how relationships and contact with other people are important. It’s also perfectly shows, how fast we can get involved in a relationship, and how much we can get used to another person.

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The script is really well written, it makes the viewer feels like it could be a real story, which can happen anywhere and to anyone in the future. We can see really impressive shots, really calm, which made this film not a typical sci-fi.

Whole cast did a really great job. Graham Cawte as a Writer perfectly showed the sadness of a lonely man, who’s tired of being alone, and try to convince himself, that he’s happy. I think, the hardest work to do had Francesca Burgoyne, who played E.M.U. I can only imagine how hard it is, to play a robot, and make it looks believable. She gave a really good performance.

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Noteworthy is also music, create by Imraan Husain, which keeps viewers in nostalgic feelings of the film. It’s no songs here, we only can hear a calm, kind of dreamy music. This fits fantastic to scenes, which we can see. Music doesn’t disturb to the shots, it helps the viewer to get involved in the story.

I would recommend this movie to anyone who wants to see something different, a completely different point of view for the sci-fi genre than we can see in blockbuster films. It’s sci-fi with the elements of romance. I think that, it’s definitely worth of watching and really deserves attention.

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8/10

Review #11: Antisocial

What will happen when you’ll mix movies like Unfriended, The Pruge and one of the famous tv show? (I don’t want to spoil anything, when you watch this movie, you’ll probably know, about which show I’m talking.) You’ll have a horror called Antisocial.

The movie was released in 2013, wrote and directed by Cody Calahan. Starring: Michelle Mylett, Cody Ray Thompson, Adam Christie, Ana Alic and Romaine Waite.

At the beginning I have to admit, that I have a small problem with this movie. On the one side was good and I liked it, but on the other hand, I didn’t like some elements of it.

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The film tells a story of a group of friends gather at a house party to celebrate the New Year. Unbeknownst to them, an epidemic has erupted outside, causing outbreaks around the world. With nowhere else to turn, they barricade themselves indoors with only their phones, laptops, and other tech devices. They use their devices to research the possible cause of this chaos. Information and videos which they’re collecting on their computers brings them closer to the cause of all of this. As the virus spreads, the mood in the house changes from fear to paranoia. Reality becomes blurred as they slowly discover the source of the virus causing the sickness and there is no going back.

First, I’ll start with what I liked. The idea itself was pretty interesting. Some kind of virus attacks from nowhere. You can say, something like that was already made, but here that virus is somehow connected to social media, and this part is new.

The acting was really good, I’ve never been a fan of acting in horror movies. I can find few horror films where the acting was good, and here cast was really believable, and didn’t make you hate them.

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Another thing I really enjoyed was, music. Really good choice for background music, fits to the scenes. Reminds of music in the movies from 80s.

I was really surprised by cinematography. It’s not often when you can see beautiful, calm shots in this genre. In this movie, especially at the end, we can see really good piece of art.

Now it’s time for things which bothers me. That part when our characters find out how to cure themselves is unreal. I mean the way they have to do this. By a drill… Really? Let’s be serious, the ending was ridiculous. In the last few scenes were too much blood. I think it wasn’t necessary.

 

SOME SPOILERS HERE!!

Drill a hole in your head. Take off a little creature from there, and you’ll be fine. You’ll survive, until one of the sick people attack you. At the last minute of the movie, all those dead people, who were sick, wakes up. Still sick, somehow connected with each other.

END OF THE SPOILERS!!

 

It wasn’t a bad or a good movie. It’s in the middle. As I said, I enjoyed it the most of the time. Those few elements, which bothers me, didn’t destroy the movie, in my opinion. For sure, if the creators would miss those parts would be better, but it’s only my opinion. Anyway, as an entire project, this movie can be enjoyable. I really look forward to watch Antisocial 2.

5,5/10

Trailer reaction #3: Four in the Morning

The new show is coming to television! A few days ago CBC revealed a trailer of a new show called Four in the Morning. Created by producer and writer, Ira Parker. Starring by Mazin Elsadig, Daniel Maslany, Michelle Mylett and Lola Tash.

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The show tells story of four friends in their twenties as they navigate life at the unpredictable, emotional, but the illuminative hour of 4 a.m. Dealing with themes of life and death, love and heartbreak, friendship and betrayal, it’s a series about self-discovery, disappointment, and clawing after dreams that always feel out of reach.

On IMDB we can read that, it’s gonna be 8 episodes, I hope it’ll be more episodes or seasons.

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The trailer is only a one minute clip, so we don’t see much. But what I can say, it’s funny, really good sense of humor. Looks really promising. It feels like a mix of Woody Allen’s humor and show Friends. I don’t remember if we had, in the last few years, a comedy show about a group of friends. Of course we have, for example Broad City, but it’s little different, there main characters were girls.

I think many young people will identify with those characters. They’re ordinary young people with real problems, up’s and downs in their lives. It’s so great that someone wants to create that kind of show, about ordinary people that the joy of life.

The trailer looks amazing, and I can’t wait to watch this show!

Four in the Morning premieres August 26th on CBC!

What do you think about this trailer?🙂

 

Review #10: Into the Forest

Did you ever think, what would you do when the electricity went off, also no gas on gas stations, and no food in the stores? Would you survive this? For years Hollywood has given us so many post-apocalyptic movies. There were zombies, future world after rebellion where people live like in Orwell’s 1984, and many others. I finally found something different, the Canadian idea for that kind of scenario. I’m talking here about Into the Forest, directed by Patricia Rozema, screenplay based on Jean Hegland’s novel.

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The movie is set in the near future, follows the story of two sisters, Nell (Ellen Page) and Eva (Evan Rachel Wood) who’s living, in a house hidden away in the woods, with their father, Robert. Nell is focused on her studies and Eva is training to be a dancer, not a survival type of girls. All of that changes one day when the power mysteriously goes out. At first, this seems to be just a minor annoyance, but not only does it never come back on. Whereas at first the family bond together and try to make the most of their difficult circumstances, as time goes on, the challenges become more serious. The sisters must work together in order to survive in their increasingly treacherous new world.

Of course, director introduce a couple of other characters. It’s Eli, Nell’s boyfriend and Stan, a weird guy from the store, whose latter appearance is unwelcome. But Rozema focus on sisters, they still want to satisfy their wants as individuals, even though they have to make sacrifices in order to survive as a unit.

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The story itself is really powerful, it’s made you think what would you do in that kind of situation, would you fight, would you give up? Adding to the power of the story are the performances from Page and Wood. Those two actresses playing to their strengths, Ellen, who’s pose as a strong and pragmatic Nell while Evan is the dreamer and not that strong Eva, but as the story progresses and circumstances change, they find new dimensions to the characters. Page brings an unexpected vulnerability to Nell without sacrificing her strength while Wood, gives Eva the determination, which would hardly expect from her.

I really enjoyed the dynamic of this movie, it was slow visual style, which gives harms to the film. We can see beautiful shots, beauty of the nature. It’s also great chosen music, which matches perfectly to the scenes.

I’m waiting for more of post-apocalyptic movies from Canada. It’s a great alternative to those huge, Hollywood movies with tons of special effects. Rozema showed, that you don’t need so much money to do such an amazing movie. Give Into the Forest a shot, it’s the kind of film that will not only stick with you, it will even make you think.

7/10

Trailer reaction #2: Two Lovers and A Bear

The day has come! Yesterday we could watch, for the first time, the trailer of a new Kim Nguyen’s movie, called Two Lovers and a Bear. I’ve been waiting for this trailer for so long. The movie already has a premier, on the festival in Cannes this year.

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As we can read on IMDB, the movie tells story of Roman (Dane DeHaan) and Lucy (Tatiana Maslany), two burning souls who come together to make a leap for life and inner peace. The story’s set in a small town near the North Pole where roads lead to nowhere.

The trailer is amazing. It has that thing itself, I can’t explain this, but as fast as I saw those 2 minutes I immediately fall in love with this. Maybe it’s a photography, maybe it’s a cast or story, I don’t know. The only thing I know is that I have to watch this as soon as possible!

In this short trailer we can see beautiful locations of Northern Canada. As much as we can see, it’s not only a beauty of locations but also camera movement. I’m really curious about the plot. In my opinion, it’s really good, that we know not that much about the movie, it’s more interesting to watch a movie you know nothing about. It’s always the element of surprise.

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The genre is drama and romance, but we can see there will be some elements of a thriller. We can see for sure, the really intimate relationship between two main characters. I’m really curious about Dane, I didn’t see much of his work, but he seems to be a great actor. I’m familiar with Tatiana’s work, but it’s always good to see something new with her.

I’m not sure if this bear we can see is some kind of metaphor or something else, but looks like a real one.

It’s no official release date, yet. I only hope it’ll be really soon. The trailer looks amazing, and I can’t wait to watch this movie!

What do you think guys?🙂

Review #9: The Wave

This Norwegian movie was a candidate to Oscar this year, directed by Roara Uthauga surprisingly efficiently and full of tension and dramaturgy, which can compare to Hollywood super production.

The point of exit is a genuine tragedy, which had place over 100 years ago. The big part of a fallen cliff has evoked powerful wave, which has caused death of many people. Experts are convicted, that similar situation behind case of natural process of erosion sooner or later will be repeated. There is attempt of showing how it could look.

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The Wave it’s very modest catastrophic cinema, I can even say, that this is the simplest private spectacle in the comparison to the impressive, usually immeasurably pathetic and crammed with special effects pictures from Hollywood. Production is concentrated on the performance of small fate, beauty of the localities of touristic, situated above the bewitching Geiranger fiord, shows to tourists uncommon beauty, but also hiding a deadly mystery. Events which we look at, are shown from the point of view Kristian and his family. Kristian is geologist whom just finishes work on interesting monitoring of erosive processes in the cliff of Geiranger fiord. Man received employment in the private sector and together with his family is packing and planning of the removal. Exactly then the readings from the machines of measuring, begins to show the anomaly.

By the first half of the movie, creators trying to create the thread of understanding between the viewers and previously mentioned characters, and arousing among the spectators of sympathy . We are getting to know family members’s dreams and their systems of values.

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In contrast to the majority of catastrophic production, here we deal with mere, loving family, with which everyone without the problem will identify, but as a consequence of on the own skin we can feel the emotions and feelings during occurring ten-minute nightmare, but this, how non-difficultly to get it, once and for all in small village Geiranger, the fate will change. If someone’s waiting for the effects like, from The Day After Tomorrow, will be a little disappointed. The Norwegian creator in this movie put above all on the tension and playwriting. The catastrophe concerns a only small locality, in which all inhabitants are known undoubtedly from childhood and meet every day they. We observe the drama of a narrow group of people. Thanks to that we start to care about the lives of people in the little village Geiranger.

The undeniable quality of this part is the increasing tension which assures spectators the appropriate injection of adrenaline. From the moment, when the main character, places stop-watch on time of 10 minutes, the rate of work drastically grows up, but viewers with bated breath await arrivals of 85 a meter wave.

In the film you will find several attractive scenes, which are connected with the falling of the fiord, which brings rising wave of the tsunami which with the uncommon lightness conquers succeeding meters inevitably approaching to a small locality. It is necessary to admit, that this sight makes both impressive, and terrifying sensation. In these several scenes creators succeeds to be shown the true might of nature, the man or his knowledge and technology can’t face a nature.

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Perhaps the film is lacking characteristic for Hollywood the impetus, but the full story told by the screenwriters, is playwriting and holds in the tension to the end of the movie, and the capable actors took care of the creation of an emotional attachment with the viewers, which gives a satisfying performance. The picture will surprise accomplishment the viewers, but besides that, it proves, that Europeans with the large success will be able to create, the standing on the most suitable level catastrophic cinema, which could be better in certain respects than movies from behind large water.

 

8/10

TV (web) series #5: That’s My DJ (season 2)

It’s been a year since I found out about That’s My DJ series. Now we finally can watch season two of this epic little show about DJs. Leave your tv shows and Netfix for a while and check this out!

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The show is created and directed by D.W. Waterson, also known as Hey! dw, written with Kaveh Mohebbi. Starring Emily Piggford, Dayle McLeod, Jade Hassouné, Kelly Cormack and Kristian Bruun. Like, in the first season, the series has 8 episodes, each between 3-8 minutes long.

 

This season we can see the story of Meagan (Emily Piggford), we know her from season one. She’s not a DJ. She really loves music, she’s also tired of spent so much money for music events in big clubs. Meagan and her friend Sam (Jade Hassouné) wants to create their own event and place for local DJs. Meantime girl meets Hannah (Dayle McLeod), who’s a beginner DJ. When they met something happened between them. Love, attraction? That wasn’t be a problem if Hannah wouldn’t have a boyfriend. If you want to know what happen, you have to watch.

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The way, of how some scenes where shot and edited, can remind you of a music video. Add to this music and a great cast, which played fantastic. Everyone presents their character very realistically and believable. Besides music and parties we can also see elements of everyday drama, when you put it together in a good way it’ll create amazing show. The viewer can easily indentify with the characters, they’re young people who want to create something completely new. This series shows that, if you want ant have right people around you, you can do a lot of great things.

Music is a huge part of the show. As on the first season tracke are well chosen. You’ll hear songs like: All that I need by Wolf Saga, You and Just Yet by For Esme, Noahplause’s Runnin, Give a Little from Featurette and many, many more!

As I said in previous review, the idea for a series is interesting and amazing. It’s comepletely different from what television gives us. We need more this kind of series, about ordinary people who wants to do something with their lives, who believe in their dreams. It’s one of my favorite web series! Check out That’s My DJ as soon as possible!

Season one and two are available here: http://www.thatsmydjseries.com/

 

9/10