Ep. 99: Pulp Fiction

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I talk through a plot summary and review of Pulp Fiction.

Pulp Fiction (1994)
R | 2h 34min | Crime, Drama | 14 October 1994 (USA)

The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster’s wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Writers: Quentin Tarantino (stories), Roger Avary (stories) | 1 more credit »
Stars: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson

As usual I’m posting my rough rewatch notes below:

Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer in restaurant.

Casual talk to throw you off.

Taran is really big on the right music

Next scene travolta (Vincent) and Sam Jackson are arguing logic of whats more serious, cuningulus or a foot massage. This mindless, unrelated dialog is meant to throw the iewer off

Jacksons character recites a Bible passage about wrath before he execites people

23 mins into it you have a 3rd scenario. Bruce Willisvand Ving Raimes. Accepting a payoff to throw his fight.

Rosanna Arquette and Eric Stoltz, the heroine dealers

Marcellas wife Mia) Uma Thurman needs a chaperone to take her out. Vincent is chosen for the job.

Their famous dance

Mis finds heroin and snorts it, over doses. Vincent takes her to Stolz and Arquette and they inject adrenaline into her heart.

Willis kills the other boxer in the ring. Bets on homself and leaves town.

Marcella finds Willis character in a pawn shop.

They fall into a dark spiral of gimp hell

Driving around Vincent shoots Marvin in the face

Harvey Keitel is the fixer

Story comes full circle when Vincent and Jules are in the diner as the holdup resumes

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Ep. 98: In Darkness

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A cool new suspense film! (These are just my unedited notes) In Darkness – Notes A blind musician hears a murder committed in the apartment upstairs from hers that sends her down a dark path into London’s gritty criminal underworld.

In Darkness (2018)
1h 50min | Thriller | 25 May 2018 (USA)

A blind musician hears a murder committed in the apartment upstairs from hers that sends her down a dark path into London’s gritty criminal underworld.
Director: Anthony Byrne
Writers: Anthony Byrne, Natalie Dormer
Stars: Natalie Dormer, Emily Ratajkowski, Ed Skrein

Director: Anthony Byrne (Ripper Street, Peaky Blinders, The Last Kingdom) Wow!
His partner is Natalie Dormer, sophia in the film.

Orchestra playing to a movie being made very cool

Sophia is a concert pianist.
Natalie Dormer born 11 February 1982 is an English actress. She is best known for her roles as Anne Boleyn on the Showtime series The Tudors (2007-10), as Margaery Tyrell on the HBO series Game of Thrones (2012-14), Irene Adler on the CBS series Elementary (2013-15), and as Cressida in the science-fiction adventure films The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014) and Part 2 (2015). She has been nominated for Best Performance at the Gemini Awards for her work in The Tudors. She has also been nominated for a Screen Actor’s Guild Award for her performance in Game of Thrones.

her other senses like hearing and feeling touch take over and are in Hanst to compensate for her lack of sight

she talks to a girl in the lobby Veronique who apparently is being abused by her spouse as she’s practicing her piano she begins to hear them fighting

she falls if you fell or if you fall do you lick your blood or do I put on your clothes I think I would wipe it on my clothes

The abused woman Veronique jumps out her window. murder?

Inspector is Mills (Neil Maskell of Kill List and High Rise)

The co conspirators:

Joely Richardson
For Joely, the theatre must be in her genes. Born in Marylebone, London, England, she is the daughter of director Tony Richardson and Vanessa Redgrave, granddaughter of Sir Michael Redgrave, niece of Lynn SRedgrave, and sister of Natasha Richardson. Former husband Tim Bevan is a producer. However the genes were slow – as a child she saw her older sister Natasha interested in acting but she was imagining a career in tennis. Her father put his foot down, and tennis was out. British by birth, she considers herself a sort of honorary Yank, having attended boarding school at Thacher in Ojai, California. Beginning in the ’80s film became her life, from small parts in Wetherby (1985) to BBC dramas such as Lady Chatterley (1993) to today’s Disney studio going to the dogs in 101 Dalmatians (1996).

Ed Krein (Pushed his sister to her death- Father ordered it
Ed Skrein grew up in North London, graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from Central Saint Martins, and is one of the most highly versatile artists of his generation. He was selected by Screen International as one of their “Stars of Tomorrow” in 2013, which showcases the next generation of talent from the UK.

Most recently, Skrein starred as the villain Ajax in Marvel’s and Twentieth Century Fox’s box office hit, Deadpool (2016), directed by Tim Miller and alongside Ryan Reynolds. The film shattered box office records, nearing $500 million worldwide. Deadpool (2016) chronicles the story of Marvel comic book character Deadpool (Reynolds), a former Special Forces operative turned mercenary who adopts an alter ego after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers.

Skrein also recently starred in the Danish drama, The Model (2016), directed by Mads Matthiesen, who won the “World Cinema – Dramatic” award for his film, Teddy Bear at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The Model (2016) follows an emerging fashion model attempting to enter the Parisian fashion scene who develops a deadly obsession for top fashion photographer Shane White (Skrein). Nordisk Film Distribution released the film in Denmark on February 11th.

This year, Skrein will appear in the comedy crime film, Kill Your Friends (2015), directed by Owen Harris (Black Mirror) and alongside Nicholas Hoult and James Corden. Based on John Niven’s 2008 novel, the film accounts the story of a 27-year-old A&R man working at the height of the Britpop music craze and going to extremes in order to find his next hit. Kill Your Friends (2015) screened at Cannes and was purchased by Well Go USA Entertainment, which will release the film on April 1st.

Last year, Skrein starred in the action crime thriller reboot, The Transporter Refueled (2015), directed by Camille Delamarre and produced by Luc Besson and Mark Gao (Lucy, Taken Trilogy). Skrein portrayed the lead role of Frank Martin, a former special-ops mercenary who now spends his life as a transporter of classified packages for questionable people on the other side of the law.

In 2013, Skrein appeared in the critically-acclaimed and BAFTA and Critics Choice Television Award winning HBO series, Game of Thrones. Skrein portrayed the character Daario Naharis, originally a lieutenant in the “Second Sons,” who takes over the company after killing his superiors and aligns with Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke).

In 2012, Skrein starred in Revolver Entertainment’s critically-acclaimed drama Ill Manors, written and directed by Ben Drew. The film revolves around the lives of eight characters as they struggle to survive on the streets. It takes place over the course of seven days, each story blending into the others, painting a gritty picture of a world on the brink of destruction.

Other film credits include The Sweeney, Tiger House, Piggy, Northmen: A Viking Saga, Sword of Vengeance and Goldfish. Other television credits include The Tunnel.

Ed Skrein currently resides in London.

At the funeral, Upon being taken back to the victim’s father’s apt, Sofia steps on something encased in glass.

After visiting with the brother, Sofia realizes she has the usb. The dead woman put it in her jacket pocket.

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The Dark

Welsh legends and ghost sightings permeate this film. Is the daughter really dead? That is the question. Sean Bean’s character as her father seems to be the stoic sensible one while her mother Maria Bello’s is more desperate to believe anything. Was anyone duped? That’s what we waited to see through the running time of this film.

The Dark (2005)
R | 1h 33min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 26 January 2006 (Germany)

In mourning over the tragic drowning of their daughter Sarah, James and Adèle are visited by Ebrill, a young girl who claims she died 60 years ago – and bears a startling resemblance to Sarah.
Director: John Fawcett
Writers: Simon Maginn (novel), Stephen Massicotte (screenplay)
Stars: Sean Bean, Maria Bello, Sophie Stuckey

The director John Fawcett is also a producer, known for Ginger Snaps (2000), and Orphan Black (2013). Ginger Snaps has achieved cult status and is always a hoot to watch for it’s horror and teen ridiculous nature. Orphan Black is a tv show I really enjoyed, mostly due to the lead actress. Both of these works took enormous chances in doing something different. That’s probably why both were so successful.

Sean Bean and Maria Bello do a good job but since Sean Bean is so eponymous with The Lord Of The Rings, I couldn’t help but expect him to pick up a sword or slay and Orc. He wants his ex to accept their daughter is dead because he is rational, not unfeeling. Bello will not accept this and that’s what takes us into the supernatural portion of this film.

I’d have to say this one is a lot more predictable than Fawcett’s other two works I have mentioned. For that reason, I would recommend it as a light mystery/horror but not one you would clear your schedule to see. It does drag on a bit and doesn’t keep you guessing much with it’s simple story line. Add it to your Amazon Prime “worth watching” list, but maybe not your “must see” one.


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Announcement of New Focus ‘The Damien Riley Podcast’

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Dark Country: Audio Review

My score: 8/10. A horror noir film set in Las Vegas. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and talk a lot in this episode about why it works. I hope you enjoy listening.

Dark Country (2009)
R | 1h 28min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller | 9 October 2009 (USA)

A couple en route from Las Vegas are forced to deal with a body out in the desert making their honeymoon one hellish ride.
Director: Thomas Jane
Writer: Tab Murphy
Stars: Thomas Jane, Lauren German, Ron Perlman

Berberian Sound Studio: audio and written review

My score: 9/10. Sound effects to me are so cool. I’ve always been interested in them. I recall they used to show how they made movie sounds in a pre-trailer ad for the Times. That was awesome, it made me realize that sound effects are cool. “The Berberian Sound Studio” is about sound effects in movies. There is also an underlying story that bridges horror with drama and a psychological twist. As an aside, I have changed my podcast name to “Why This Movie Works.” I explain why as an intro to this podcast. You can listen here.

Berberian Sound Studio (2012)
Not Rated | 1h 32min | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 31 August 2012 (UK)

A sound engineer’s work for an Italian horror studio becomes a terrifying case of life imitating art.
Director: Peter Strickland
Writer: Peter Strickland
Stars: Toby Jones, Antonio Mancino, Guido Adorni

I see a common theme in this film with “The Shining” where the protagonist is spiraling down into madness. You also see this in the classic lit tale “The Tell Tale Heart” by Edgar Allen Poe. This is common on many horror films. I think we are all worried about it to an extent.

In this film, a guy is hired to come in and do sound effects for film. He doesn’t know much about it. As he goes through his professional duties, we get to see how they make sound effects for movies. It is really cool! Later on in the film, we find out he is trapped there. He decides to take up his responsibility and just do the work.

The video of the film is never shown. We are kept guessing by the audio. It really shows how powerful audio is to movies.

I greatly enjoyed this film and I highly recommend it to you. I give it a 9/10. There is much more detail in the podcast you can listen to right here on this website.

Sami Blood: Audio Film Review

One review I read before watching this movie said, “Open up to this film.” That’s what I did and I am glad. It is beautiful to look at and it contains a timeless tale.

The haves vs the have-nots: one of the most ageless templates of humankind. This is a Swedish film with English subtitles. That’s what’s going on here in “Sami Blood.” Elle Marja is an old woman reflecting on her life as a young woman who is part of the “Sami Blood” or the reindeer farming peasants. After foul treatment at “school” and discovering a general malaise in the life style she was born into, she decides to impersonate someone in the upper echelon. She is desperate, she will do anything to be part of the higher society.

Sami Blood (2016)
Sameblod (original title)
1h 50min | Drama | 2 June 2017 (USA)

NOW STREAMING on Prime Video
A reindeer-breeding Sámi girl who is exposed to the racism of the 1930’s at her boarding school, starts dreaming of another life. But to achieve it, she has to become someone else and break all ties with her family and culture.
Director: Amanda Kernell
Writer: Amanda Kernell
Stars: Lene Cecilia Sparrok, Mia Erika Sparrok, Maj-Doris Rimpi

The Swedish landscapes are incredible and the hardworking director/writer Amanda Kernell makes sure they are in many scenes as background or even just filling the entire frame. These hills tell a story. In interviews she says she had to make decisions similar to this young character. Many of her culture had to decide where they would live. There is a powerful scene where the young woman demands an heirloom from her family so she can continue going to private school under a dead girl’s identity. The mother is torn as to what she should do. The “low people” are like native Americans the way they live. They do need money though so this is a demand that borders on insult.

She falls into a relationship with a young man. At first it appears as if they love each other. The cinematography of them dancing and enchanted time time together is wonderfully mesmerizing. Later though, his parents in whose home they are having their affair question her motives and they force him to turn her out. On her way out, she doesn’t state her love for him, she is desperate. She only pleads, “Tell them I can work here cleaning.” While a sad scene, it goes to show the invisible wall between these two castes of the Swedish countryside.

My daughters are going to “Vid-con” in a few months. We paid for their tickets at Christmas. There, they will see “The Gabby Show” and other of their favorite Youtube stars. These rich famous people are their stars. I couldn’t help but draw a parallel to the lower and upper people in this film. Maybe America hasn’t come very far in its middle class. Still, I am happy my kids have tickets to something they feel excited about.

As the film concludes, we aren’t given a nicely wrapped conclusion. This is one of those films you have to make your own mind up about. For me, it is about the age=old controversy between upper and lower class. The middle class is a new thing America has produced. THrough time people have been either “Haves” or “Have-nots.” Can we judge Elle Marja for wanting something better? Was this her only option? He young sister stayed faithfully with the Sami Blood. At a point near the end, at her sister’s funeral, Elle Marja rips off the casket lid and her sister’s weathered face is revealed. Which lived a truly happier life? This is a longer, historical period piece in a foreign language. It won’t appeal to everyone. As for me, I was deeply touched. It lost one point because several scenes took longer than they should have. Beyond that, it’s excellent. I give this film a 9/10.

Barracuda: My Audio Movie Review

My score: 8/10. Damien Riley’s Audio review of the film “Barracuda” (2017). This is a great thriller! The music was so so but it worked to serve the plot. As a thriller/drama, this film gets 8/10 with me. There is nothing so much fun as a great thriller. There’s also a bit of mystery to figure out as well. Now streaming on Amazon Prime. Listen to my review here.

1h 40min | Drama, Music, Thriller | 11 March 2017 (USA)

With Prime Video
A strange woman comes to Texas to meet her half-sister and stake a claim to the family music legacy-one way or another.
Directors: Jason Cortlund, Julia Halperin
Writer: Jason Cortlund
Stars: Allison Tolman, Sophie Reid, JoBeth Williams