‘Wildling’ is the next debut of filmmaker Fritz Böhm, and the telling of an age-old tale in a brand new way, because, who doesn’t love a good werewolf story?
Wildling starts off strong, with plenty of build and solid base for the backstory of Anna, who was taken at birth and raised by “Daddy”, who keeps her locked up (with electric door handles to boot) and heavily medicated to prevent her from being eaten by the Wildling.
Daddy, who also happens to be the sheriff, tells Anna that the Widling has eaten all the children and she is the last one left, an effort to justify his actions to her.
As time goes on, Anna eventually ventures into becoming a woman and upon her first period, Daddy starts injecting her with something to help slow down the process.
This starts to unravel the secure environment that Daddy has built for Anna and it eventually comes crashing down, leaving both Daddy and Anna in the hospital.
With Daddy recovering in the hospital, Anna ends up in the care of another sheriff, played by Liv Tyler whose horrendous “acting” derails mostly every scene she is involved in.
I cannot stress how BAD Tyler was in this. Monotone. Unemotional. Expressionless. It was a terrible performance all the way around.
Anna is now in the home with the new sheriff and her high-school brother who she befriends and, eventually, develops a romantic relationship with.
But, Anna starts to change, becoming more like an animal.
Anna and her housemate attend a party where a class bully attempts to rape her, but Anna kills him, so now, the whole town is after her.
This is where the movie takes a nosedive.
Suddenly, Daddy is back, and despite the fact he was illegally harboring and imprisoning a child, he apparently stills holds his position and wields authority.
Despite evidence of rape, the bully is now the victim of a heinous murder, something that just doesn’t sit right with you in terms of the story playing out.
Also, if you’re a sheriff in this town, not only can you avoid jailtime for imprisoning a child and injecting her with crude medicines that constitute abuse, but you can also direct a forest fire that nearly burns down the entire forest, all so you can kill that little girl.
REVIEW: Velvet Buzzsaw
According to the synopsis: “After paintings by an unknown artist are discovered, a supernatural force enacts revenge on those who have allowed their greed to get in the way of art.”
Gyllenhaal excels in his role of art critic Morf Vandewalt and the support of performances from his fellow cast mates make this movie watchable, at the very least.
Unfortunately, it takes far too long to get to any real meaty parts, leaving the overall movie kind of hollow.
However, there are enough visually-appealing scenes that will hold your interest to the very end, even if the plot doesn’t do enough to reel you in.
We all know the age-old rhyme; “Lizzie Borden took an axe…”, you know how it goes, but the story is always the same from rhymes, to songs, to films and so on.
Which is why ‘Lizzie’ was so refreshing, because it took a new approach at telling the legendary murder “mystery” story of Lizzie Borden and the murder of her father, and step-mother.
‘Lizzie’ which stars Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart, and produced by Sevigny, Elizabeth Destro, and Naomi Despres, takes a different approach at telling the story of the infamous murders.
” In 1892 Lizzie Borden lives a quiet life in Massachusetts under the strict rules established by her father. Lizzie finds a kindred spirit in the live-in maid, Bridget, and friendship soon blossoms into a secret romance. But tension mounts in the Borden household, leading to a violent breaking point.”
The movie is well paced, with plenty of tense moments and the proper build up to lay the foundation of motive for the murders, but brilliantly opening up the possibility that someone other than Lizzie committed the crime.
Sevigny shines as Lizzie, and her stoic approach with hints of mental illness capture the audience. Her tense relationship with her parents is beautifully rolled out.
Stewart also nails a homerun with her portrayal of Bridget Sullivan, and her budding friendship that developed with Lizzie that spiraled out of control, of sorts.
Lizzie is the perfect re-telling of the 1892 murders, if you’re looking for a fresh take, and packs plenty of emotion, foreshadowing, and pacing to present a refreshing take on one of America’s greatest, real-life, murder stories.
REVIEW: The Dark
I had been waiting quite some time to check out Justin P. Lange and Klemens Hufnagl’s ‘The Dark’, and I finally got my chance to do it this past weekend.
‘The Dark’ tells the story of “A murderous, undead girl haunts the remote stretch of woods where she was killed decades earlier. One night she discovers a blind boy hiding in the trunk of one of her victim’s cars. Her decision to let the boy live throws her solitary existence into upheaval, and ultimately forces her to re-examine just how much of her humanity her murderer was able to destroy.
Nadia Alexander stars a Mina, a half-dead/undead girl who is feasting on victims in an abandoned house in the woods.
Mina has “survived” by feasting on the flesh of those she traps, and she has trapped wanted criminal Josef (Karl Markovics) who is on the run from the law for the abduction of a boy, Alex (Toby Nichols).
After Mina murders Josef, she comes across Alex,who is blind from his eyes being burned shut by Josef, and is amazingly good spirits, lacking any hate for Josef.
Mina and Alex slowly build a bond, as they both flee the law, and Mina’s mercy on his life has led her to now be her caretaker.
The movie hits a lot of elements out of the park, including the tragic story of Mina’s passing, and it delivers one of the better takes on a “zombie” film that I have seen in 2018, with strong cast performances, and proper pacing.
The only issue I had with the film is Mina, and the unknown about what she is. Is she dead? Alive? Undead? Half dead? That question lingers even after the credits roll, but it doesn’t anchor the movie down.
All in all, a strong film that has depth and emotion, that is worth a watch, again and again.
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