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I Kill Giants (2017) Movie Review By Steven Wilkins

I Kill Giants Review

Director: Anders Walter
Writers: Joe Kelly (screenplay by), Joe Kelly (based on the Man of Action graphic novel “I Kill Giants” created by)
Stars: Madison Wolfe, Zoe Saldana, Imogen Poots

From the start just given the title alone, you’re drawn in to the why’s of the main character Barbara, a young girl who has set out to destroy giants that have invaded her small town. Through her personal journey we find that not everything is as it seems and as the underlying nature of the story unfolds, you’re taken on a somber yet heartwarming journey relatable to many across the world.  A drama story with a sprinkle of action, I Kill Giants is a great view for the family to sit and enjoy.

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Frank & Lola (2016) Movie Review by Darrin Gauthier

FRANK AND LOLA

Director: Matthew Ross
Writer: Matthew Ross
Stars: Michael Shannon, Imogen Poots, Justin Long

Plot:  A psychosexual noir love story, set in Las Vegas and Paris, about love, obsession, sex, betrayal, revenge and, ultimately, the search for redemption.
Running Time: 88 minutes
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics 67%    Audience 39%

Why I watched it: The cast, easy answer.

Random Thoughts: I love seeing good actors get to do new things and here is a prime example, Michael Shannon gets to play a romantic like lead, it’s as close as he’s going to get.  Also I think Poots is a very underrated and underused actress.

What I liked: The main reason to watch this movie is for Shannon and Poots, both are very good.  Going in you would think Shannon would act circles around her but she holds her won. Her work here and in The Green Room has really shown her range. Michael Shannon is a different cat that’s for sure, even when he’s playing a good guy you’re scared of him.  Watching this he reminded me of a young James Woods, he’s intense and at times very charming and liable but you never trust him 100%.  He gets to do something here that’s different and he runs with it.

Really this film is about a toxic relationship, two people who are damaged/a tad off but are drawn to each other.
The plot tries to get you to think this is a thriller but really it’s a story about two people and the drama they cause.  It’s intense and I will say I never truly knew where it was going.

What I didn’t like: This film left me baffled, it’s a bit of a mess, the film is way too short for the story it’s telling, things just seemed left out, random scenes are thrown together and you honestly have no idea what this movie is about.
There has to be stuff left out but I can’t review what I think should have been in it so I have to go with the film I was watching and for me the story doesn’t hold together.

The plot holes and the jumps in logic make your head spin.  I honestly believe that Justin Long’s character is a fairy godmother, Poots meets him in a bar and he hits on her and then he’s like what do you do for a living, oh really I can help you with that I own a company.  Oh your boyfriend is a chef my dad helps people with restaurants and we know a famous chef who wants to open a restaurant in Vegas, but he’s in France so I’ll pay for air fare and a hotel for you to cook for him.  Really?  Then it so happens that a man Poots says raped her also lives in France and Shannon googles him and finds his address and goes to get revenge.

At this point you think this might be a joke but no they’re dead serious. I will say this the main thing about this damaged couple is interesting and yes it has sex and real emotion and tension to it but we don’t know who they are, we’re thrown into this without seeing the love built up, they do have chemistry but I throw that to the actors.  The story really wastes what could have been a gut punch movie or even about people trying to fix themselves and trying to be happy but what we get is a mess.

Final Thoughts: I liked the two leads a lot but I disliked the story they were in.

Rating: 5/10

Green Room (2015) Movie Review by John Walsh

GREEN ROOM

Director: Jeremy Saulnier
Writer: Jeremy Saulnier
Stars: Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat

Green Room is a turbulent, violent, siege thriller from Jeremy Saulnier. It follows the Ain’t Rights, a downtrodden punk band that unintentionally witness the murder of a young woman and subsequently find themselves trapped within a remote Oregon roadhouse, surrounded by a murderous group of skinheads that want them dead.

The film opens in a cornfield with the band awakening in their van. Evidently empty on gas, the fragile nature of their day to day existence is perfectly illustrated by their need to syphon fuel in order to continue on to a pre-arranged podcast interview. Upon arriving, they answer the usual inane questions, before things take an awkward turn for the worse when a promised gig falls through. The interviewer, probably fearing a beating, offers them a short set that earns them a whopping $25 and some takeaway food scraps consisting of rice and beans. The same mohican wearing interviewer later tells them of a bigger opportunity at an out of town roadhouse and so off they go chasing the cash.

Now at the roadhouse, the band then humorously chose to begin their gig with a Dead Kennedy’s cover of ‘Nazi Punks Fuck Off’. Perhaps not the best of song choices in a venue, where I think even dear Adolf himself would’ve blushed at the sheer amount of Nazi paraphernalia on show. SS lightning bolts and all manner of other neo-Nazi symbolism adorning just about every free surface. The bands less than subtle displeasure at the audiences ideologies earns them a few thrown bottles, finger flicks and looks of disgust, but the majority appreciate the ballsiness and mosh along regardless. The film then cuts to end of their gig, with the band walking backstage towards the dressing room, only to be told of a change of plan and hurriedly ushered away. Sam (Alia Shawcat); the drummer, suddenly remembering that she’s left her phone, asks Pat (Anton Yelchin); the bassist, to retrieve it. Sneaking away, he hurriedly enters the dressing room and stumbles upon a murder scene. Lying on the floor, with a knife protruding from her temple is a young woman. Of course, in a panic and with her friend screaming at him to call the cops, Pat rushes from the room and rings 911, but only has time to speak a few brief words before it’s ripped from his grasp and the band are forced into the room again.

It’s at this point really that the film begins. The band are locked inside the room with the bearded brute of a man, Big Justin (Eric Edelstein) and left to stew a little while, whilst Gabe (Macon Blair), who’s had to concoct a story, runs off and explains the mess to his superior. He then picks two loyal members of the group and has them stab each other in order to get rid of the nuisance cops. Darcy (Patrick Stewart) the leader of the organised, skinhead, crime network, mostly dealing heroin and dabbling with fight dogs, then arrives on the scene clearly meaning business. Initially, he masquerades as a reasonable man who’s trying to resolve the situation amicably, whilst in the background he’s already coordinating a plan to have them killed. Speaking softly through the door to the trapped musicians, he attempts to reassure them that everything will be fine. That is until things go south in the dressing room and the band overpower Big Justin, taking him down with a choke manoeuvre and relieving him of his gun. “You’re trapped. That’s not a threat, that’s just fact” he tells them as the facade begins to slip.

What follows is a pretty traditional horror style film if truth be told. The musicians and the dead girls friend, Amber (Imogen Poots) begin frantically trying to find a means of escaping from within and they do actually discover a bunker underneath the dressing room, but their hopes of escape are dashed when they discover the sole exit is locked from above. And so, when Pat has his arm grotesquely sliced open by the ‘red lace’ machete wielding lunatics, after attempting to hand over the gun to Darcy, it becomes apparent that there’s only one option left. That option being to try and fight their way out. In the usual fashion of these type of films, there’s several failed attempts at escaping, with the groups numbers slowly dwindled down as the film progresses. There’s plenty of shocking moments, including a couple with a particularly blood thirsty fight-dog, not to mention some brutally realistic gore. It’s wasn’t all serious either with some good use of dark humour throughout. The running joke about the desert island bands was particularly good. It’s reemergence, and punch line if you like, in the final shot was genuinely well worked and funny.

The film features some pretty solid acting from the cast as a whole, with even smaller supporting characters putting in very decent performances. I was particularly impressed with the dialogue and interaction between most of the characters, which felt very natural. With that in mind, I can’t really go into full detail with each and every one of them. The three that really stood out to me however were Anton Yelchin as Pat, Imogen Poots as Amber and Patrick Stewart as Darcy. The latter really impressing as something of a mastermind villain, methodically issuing orders out, whilst spearheading an elaborate cover story, that would see the band take the fall for the deaths at the roadhouse. It was the earlier encounters though that were a firm favourite of mine. His soft, dulcet tones, carrying the most subtle of American twang. Yelchin and Poots meanwhile, I thought had great chemistry in their scenes together and both delivered impressive, believable performances that effectively carried the film from around the mid way point through to the end.

I enjoyed this film. It was a simple enough story, but was very well executed. It had a good mixture of tension, action and properly shocking moments. I would have no hesitation recommending this film.