Amusement and being moved emotionally; these were my hopes for Greg Kinnear’s directorial debut Phil. A drama / comedy about a depressed dentist who’s in the midst of a mid life crisis when his happiest patient suddenly commits suicide. After learning of this tragic news, Phil dedicates himself – in a far from reasonable way to finding out why his favourite patient ended things.
Also starring Bradley Whitford, Taylor Schilling and Emily Mortimer, the phrase ‘this is surprisingly good’ is unfortunately not where my mind went as Kinnear’s movie played. Instead, my mind was busy saying ‘Phil… Phil… Phil, Phil, Phil’.
The reason for all the Phils is this, there’s a certain simplicity to Kinnear’s script and general execution that meant pretty early on in the movie, I was barely engaged. Even though I didn’t hate Bradley Whitford’s performance, liked Jay Duplass’s character and I believed Kinnear’s Phil to be truly miserable, what I didn’t believe is several of the decisions made by certain people in the story. And perhaps even more crucially, I didn’t believe that anyone should have been convinced of Phil as a native of Greece. The fact that several key characters appeared to be convinced is a truth that only made the whole experience of Phil feel even more ludicrous.
I’m clearly not going to recommend watching this one, except of course, if you really, definitely, absolutely, life depends on it must must.
From writer / director Laura Steinel, Family is the story of Kate.
Kate enjoys her life as a career-focused woman. That is until out of the blue, her estranged brother calls her for help with babysitting his tween daughter for one night. Kate reluctantly agrees but then one night becomes a week…
I’m looking forward to seeing Schilling do well in a role that seems to fit her well. It helps that I have one or two things in common with her character, Kate.
Jessie Ennis, Matt Walsh, Eric Edelstein, Karan Kendrick, Suehyla El-Attar and Heather McMahanalso star.
In new horror / thriller The Prodigy, Taylor Schilling is a mother worried about her son’s increasingly disturbing behaviour and suspects the supernatural…
Directed by Nicholas McCarthy; other key cast includes Brittany Allen, Colm Feore, Jackson Robert Scott, Olunike Adeliyi…
This trailer is certainly more intriguing than the teaser trailer released a little earlier.
I’m curious about which thriller will be better, The Prodigy or The Hole In The Ground (2019). You know, since both seem quite similar. Both movies seem to be calling for an exorcist. The Prodigy especially reminds me of a movie I never should have seen at age 12… The Omen (1976).
Starring Sam Worthington, Taylor Schilling and Tom Wilkinson, The Titan is a sci-fi film about a military family who agree to take part in a ground-breaking experiment of genetic evolution and space exploration.
My experience of director Lennart Ruff’s film, similarly to other recent Netflix films I’ve seen can be characterised by disappointment. What intrigued me most about the film in the first place was the subject matter, definitely more sothan the actors. Sadly though, when the thing I’d been waiting for all along, namely the physical manifestation of the genetic evolution began to show in Worthington’s character’s body, instead of thinking ‘wow that’s pretty impressive,’ I instead found it and the film as a whole to be very basic. Perhaps a higher budget could have helped. To that I say, ‘sure’ as long as a sizeable chunk of the money went into producing a more well thought out story that is actually exciting.
Is it possible that I’ve just been expecting too much from Netflix movies? Is that my real problem? I’m certainly starting to think so. On the other hand, who can blame me really when the first Netflix movie I ever saw was Cary Joji Fukunaga’s memorable and rather impressiveBeasts Of No Nation (2015)?
Watch The Titan if you must but only if you you absolutely must.
In director Lennart Ruff’s Titan, Sam Worthington is part of a military family that agrees to take part in a ground-breaking experiment of genetic evolution and space exploration.
Taylor Schilling and Tom Wilkinson also star…
I’ve never been an early adopter where new technology is concerned – and genetic evolution / space exploration is likely no exception. Fingers crossed that this movie will be as entertaining as its quite promising trailer. I’ve been waiting for another surprise sci-fi hit ever since the excellence that was Ex Machina (2014).
In new comedy Take Me which stars Taylor Schilling, Pat Healy (also the director) and Alycia Delmore, a fledgling entrepreneur who specialises in high-end simulated abductions is hired. The mysterious client wants a weekend kidnapping, offers a handsome payday but…
I sure hope the twist isn’t that the victim has a twin sister. That would most certainly be too obvious and obviously bad.