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THIS WEEK ON MONSOONVISION
Movie: Highway to Hell (1991)
“An eloping bride is taken into Hell, and her fiancé must pursue.”
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MOVIES WATCHED THIS WEEK
The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2018)
“A former cop-turned-militia man investigates a shooting at a police funeral.”
This was a decent closed-room thiller. It built some tension in a whodunit scenario but it wasn’t anything that gipped me the entire time. It held my attention for the most part and the characters were believable. Overall, it never got above average for me and is nothing memorable. I think it failed mainly on the paranoia level that it was trying to reach. I could never buy into it. (3.25/5)
Color Out of Space (2019)
“A secluded farm is struck by a strange meteorite which has apocalyptic consequences for the family living there and possibly the world.”
Lovecraft is a tough nut to crack given how weird and out there these stories are but this is one of the better attempts. Add in some crazy Cage and gorgeous colors with some legitimate creepy imagery and you have a winner here. If you like weird and creepy fun, this for you. There a part that will haunt you after you finish watching. (4/5)
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
“After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.”
I haven’t watched this since I first saw it when it came out in theaters. I don’t know about anyone else, but on a second watch, it is rare for my reaction to the movie to play out the same way as it did during the first watch. What does that mean? Usually, on a second watch, I either love or dislike the movie more, find it funnier or less funny etc. SLP played out the same way as my first watch.
I did not like the beginning of this film. Bradley Cooper and really everyone was annoying and it seemed silly but once it settles in, I really enjoyed it again. The biggest difference this time was how much it made me miss this JLaw. She is all over the place in the best way. She slipped in and out of anger, in control, and vulnerable seamlessly. She seems to be best at conveying anger. Very believable. (4.25/5)
The Invitation (2015)
“A man accepts an invitation to a dinner party hosted by his ex-wife, an unsettling affair that reopens old wounds and creates new tensions.”
Now, this is how you do a slow-burn closed room thriller that builds effective tension and paranoia. Solid acting, great dialogue, and director Karyn Kusama absolutely owned this film. She unravels the story effectively enough where you are unsure about what direction it is going to go at times. Once you think you know, there is something introduced to make you question everything. It grabs you by the throat early and doesn’t let go till the final climactic shot. (4.5/5)
“Disturbing and mysterious things begin to happen to a bartender in New Orleans after he picks up a phone left behind at his bar.”
There are no words for how awful this is. Nothing engaging, nothing to make you care about what or why any of it is happening. It’s not as deep as it tries to be and the acting is very subpar, but then again look at who are the leads. The ending that is somewhat decent is worth having to sit through the mess that precedes it. The best thing about this film is that it has Zazie Beetz. (1/5)
“Natives of a small isolated town defend themselves against strange underground creatures which are killing them one by one.”
If you weren’t there, then you missed a good time. (6/5)
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