My name is Damien Riley and this is my blog of short movie reviews. I also podcast at The DRP.
Category: Movie Reviews
I write movie reviews here, they are are marked when they contain spoilers. I am a big fan of Roger Ebert and the way he talks about a movie while allowing the viewer to keep her/his own impressions. With his reviews as my guide, I seek to post conversation starters about the movies. To see the full list of movies I’ve reviewed click here.
Sex is here! Lot’s of it but that’s not what it’s all about! I just watched this film and it gave me a spring in my step as I take on the trials and travails of being 50 and trying to eek through life.
Just watch it!
Whether you want a turn-on topic machine for you and your partner or if you’re looking for direction in your life, great art like this provides both. This is the director who gave us “Amores Perros,” “Gravity” and a few oter timeless classics. I could argue that Alfonso Cuarón is the best director making films today.
Director Adam Robitel built something fun here. Too bad it’s not more credible. Sometimes in art it’s the limitation of context that makes it entertaining. The games and puzzles here don’t make ligical sense so for me, the movie loses something.
As long as you don’t care a out plausibility or realism, this film is fun. I recommend ot but can’t rTe it very high. Robitel: think Twilight Zone.
I had a lot of fun here talking about this film. As I say in the show, it was an incredible reminder for me that I needed to see it. After all, 2014 was 3 years ago and I somehow missed this action/thriller? Shall we call it a horror? Eh, maybe not but so so good. The monsters are glorious and so much fun to watch. Please check out my recorded podcast!
I know I’m into something grose when my wife covers her face and says “Where do you find these films?” That’s how it was last night watching “Frontier(s)” (2007).
This extreme horror film holds a solid 6.3 on IMDB with over 23,000 user ratings. Frankly I find that astounding. This film has everything taboo in it including eating human flesh, sawing people apart, and everything you”d see in a Texas Chainsaw Massacre film, only it’s more raw, unabated. Gore fans will thrill to this one.
What it’s about: “A gang of young thieves flee Paris during the violent aftermath of a political election, only to hole up at an Inn run by neo-Nazis.” imdb
It drags a little after the initial action Federali protests. Hang in there though because all that is filler. The real story kicks in when the reach the “hotel.”
It reminded me of the Human Centipede the way there is capture/torture/bloody gore. The being held against ones will is a personal fear of mine so I was on the edge of my seat.
There some kind of horror here for everyone as long as you don’t mind subtitles. Last, this film has one of the best endings in any revenge/gore splattered films I’ve yet seen.
There is a scattered and often intriguing plot here with the incredible performance of Jack Raynor, I won’t criticize the plot much. He carries this film and makes it amazing.
1h 33min | Drama | 18 March 2016 (USA)
Set in Dublin, ‘Glassland’ tells the story of a young taxi driver who gets tangled up in the world of human trafficking while trying to save his mother from drug addiction.
Director: Gerard Barrett
Writer: Gerard Barrett
Stars: Toni Collette, Jack Reynor, Will Poulter
My Summary: John is a taxi driver in Dublin. He has no family or girlfriend and has the self-assumed role of taking care of his alcoholic mother, Jean. Through time, John gets frustrated and takes his mother to rehab. At that point is some of the best acting Raynor does in the film. Jean shows little promise of quitting drinking. John has demands on him financially so he enters into an unspeakable side job for his boss.
My take: You may have surmised by now I loved Raynor’s acting in this film. I must warn you it is very slow and not much is revealed ever about what the director wants to say. You come to your own conclusions. Still, it is a very entertaining film despite its plot flaws. If you like Jack Raynor, go see this movie. If you don’t, I am not sure how much you’ll like the film. In my opinion, a film should have more going for it than the talent of the lead actor.
Odd. Reminded me of the sections in Lord of the Rings when the Orcs were born, tearing open their membranes. An exciting action sci-fi. As I have been seeing a lot lately in new movies, probably overstepping to call it horror. It’s worth a watch, nothing spectacular though. Also reminds me of Pandorum.
“I am Mother” was a much needed, pleasant surprise horror from Netflix. It creates suspense and drama in a small location, thus not requiring expensive sets or CGI. There are some really good graphics though. A teenage girl has been raised by a sweet robot named “Mother.” But is mother on her side?
The director is newcomer Grant Sputore. He’s already being questioned as “the next Christopher Nolan.” Ok IMDB, I can live with that, as long as you accept my answer of: “We shall see.” One Netflix film? Come on.
That’s about all I can say without spoilers. I really enjoyed it, it was nearly flawless as sci-fi/horror. The horror is very light. Have you seen it? What are your thoughts on this film?