Written / directed by Leigh Whannell and set in the not to distant future, Upgrade is the action / sci-fi story of Grey. Grey is a self-identified technophobe whose only hope to set things right after his world is turned upside down is an experimental implant called Stem.
Starring Logan Marshall-Green, Upgrade isn’t bad but I didn’t exactly love it either. What I did love were specific impressive moments in the film. Moments of well delivered dialogue, my favourite of which happens at the very end. Said dialogue is even more impressive considering the very cool last shot. I enjoyed the fight choreography. For example some of the moves and the way Marshall-Green was able to remain expressionless at certain points whilst looking like he was applying all his strength.
As for why I’m not in love with this movie, there’s a certain quality to Upgrade that made it feel like something was not as right as it could have been. Perhaps it’s the the writing / structure and how it didn’t have me feeling as connected to the protagonist or any of the characters as I needed to be. Maybe it’s it the film being set near enough entirely during night time. I just know that instead of making me want to fully sing it’s praises, Upgrade randomly brought to mind other movies I absolutely love. In no particular order: Blade Runner 2049 ( because of the fight choreography), Ex Machina (because of the A.I. element) and Locke (something to do with the night time setting and colours, probably.)
No one in Whannell’s film performed especially badly. I hadn’t really heard of Marshall-Green until this movie. I’m now quite certain I’m going to remember him moving forward and I admit that the bass in his voice has a little something to do with it.
In the latest comedy / horror movie from Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Michael Sheen; a mysterious sinkhole appears at a fracking site near an illustrious British boarding school – turning the school into quite the bloody battleground.
Directed and co-written by Crispian Mills; Hermione Corfield, Asa Butterfield and Jamie Blackley also star….
It looks like this may amuse me somewhat. I’m drawn to it in part because it reminds me of the fun ‘posh school’ sketches in Little Britain.
In new M. Night Shyamalan horror / mystery, Glass, James McAvoy is Kevin Wendell Crumb, a disturbed man who has twenty personalities and Bruce Willis plays the security guard who uses his supernatural abilities to track Crumb down…
The cast and the hope of seeing a well executed story that features key characters from Unbreakable (2000) and Split (2016) come together… that’s why I’m in.
Anya Taylor-Joy, Sarah Paulson, Luke Kirby, Charlayne Woodard, Spencer Treat Clark and Rob Yang also star.
Directed by Marc Meyers and based on the novel by Derf Backderf, My Friend Dahmer is the story of a teenage Jeffrey Dahmer, the American serial killer.
It’s mainly the hope that Ross Lynch would do a mesmerising job of playing Dahmer that’s a key reason for why I saw this movie. Lynch certainly presented well physically which made him stand out as a convincingly odd yet intriguing character. However, I wouldn’t say that ‘mesmerising’ is quite the word. I also wanted to satisfy my curiosity about how similar Dahmer’s childhood was compared to other serial killers I’d heard of. I’d say the answer is ‘not too different’.
What Meyers really shows us in this movie is young Dahmer’s struggle to belong in high school, his less than ideal home life and some of the early signs of who he was likely to become in the not too distant future. The thing we don’t get to learn much about is Dahmer’s psychological state. His journey from ‘not quite carefree teenager’ to full blown serial killer felt incomplete in parts because I wanted to know more about young Dahmer. He seemed distressed but he never cried, nor did he do much talking. This may be the reason I didn’t feel as though I connected to his human side much. At least not as fully as I could have
Overall, My Friend Dahmer is an OK film. Anne Heche, Alex Wolff, Dallas Roberts and the rest of the cast performed well. I guess I just wanted a deeper understanding of Dahmer instead of what felt like a glimpse into part of his teenage years. There’s a part of me that also wanted to feel terrified, I wanted to believe the darkness in Dahmer’s soul more. I wasn’t really scared in this movie until towards the end, in the scene without lights.
What’s suddenly become clear to me is that I should probably watch a documentary about Dahmer, or a movie that starts from his first murder in order to get all the information I want.
Watch it if you’re very curious. Otherwise, maybe find a documentary or wait for Zac Efron’s turn as another infamous American serial killer, Ted Bundy in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.
Set in the summer of 1947, Dr Faraday, a respectable country doctor is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall where his mother once worked. Little does Faraday know that he’s about to find out just how closely and terrifyingly the family of his new patient’s story is about to become entwined with his own.
From director Lenny Abrahamson, The Little Stranger is based on the novel by Lucinda Coxon and Sarah Waters. Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Charlotte Rampling and Will Poulter star…
The mystery intrigues me. Yet it’s mainly Poulter and his character that have me most interested.
A world-renowned dance company is the setting and the story is about a darkness that swirls at its centre. One that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist.
Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton and Mia Goth star while Luca Guadagnino directs…
The slight Black Swan (2010) vibes help; however it’s really Swinton and my curiosity for seeing Johnson doing well in a film outside of the Fifty Shades of Grey movies; these are my reasons for watching.
Lutz Ebersdorf, Angela Winkler, Ingrid Caven and Elena Fokina also star.