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“Widows” Just Short of a Masterpiece

November 18th, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by Gino Sassani

Steve McQueen has established himself as a rather talented director. 12 Years A Slave was one of the better films of 2013 and one of the few times I happened to agree with the Oscars’ choice for Best Picture. When he tackled the heist format I expected something unique, and I wasn’t at all disappointed. McQueen managed to put a clever spin on a tired genre and provide us with a superior and inspired cast. It wasn’t all completely his idea, of course. The film is based on a Canadian miniseries that goes back to the 1980’s. That doesn’t mean he hasn’t found a way to imprint the material with his own style and bold choices. There’s a lot to love about Widows, but I have pretty low expectations for this film at the box office. More on that later. Let’s get down to it, shall we? Read more…

“Skate Kitchen” Where Girls are King

August 23rd, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

Very worrisome at times, the movie Skate Kitchen opens the door wide concerning the growing habits of teens in New York. I would like to believe that the film doesn’t really represent a huge number of teens, but the way writer Crystal Moselle depicts a group of skaters that throw caution to the winds in both their skateboarding and their personal life reveals them as sex crazed, pot smoking and alcohol swilling youngsters. Read more…

“Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get That Far on Foot” Film Review & Trailer

July 27th, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

Far and few between the performances in the film Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, are generous and provoking. Meant in a good way however, it’s rare that you would find the emotion and candidness of the subject matter so brilliantly depicted. If you see one independent movie this year choose this true story, you will not be disappointed. Read more…

“Acrimony” Romance and Retribution

June 26th, 2018 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

The first hour of Tyler Perry’s Acrimony plays out with a very inviting storyline, then it starts to slip into the depths of the “ordinary” making the film clichéd. That said, the direction, soundtrack, and acting are very good and cinematography above average, lending the film the helping hand to make it a box office winner. Now on DVD and Blu-ray, Tyler Perry’s fan base and drama lovers should enjoy the effort in the comfort of their living room. Read more…

“HAPPY DEATH DAY” (WRITTEN Review & Trailer)

October 12th, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

Up front I’ll tell you that the movie Happy Death Day has so many twists and turns that you would think you were on a wild ride at Universal Studios. The fun, but deadly storyline is a cross between Scary Movie and Groundhog Day and the maze of thrills will have you spooked out until the very end. Or what you think is the end, so don’t get up out of your seat until it’s ALL over. Again! and Again! Read more…

Nerve (Written Review & Trailer)

July 28th, 2016 No comments

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Review by John Delia

Targeted at teens the movie Nerve sets up a very dangerous game that involves taking huge chances and cheating death. The film has adequate acting and able direction, but the storyline does have elements of the impossible. While it’s just a movie to create thrills and suspense, it’s kind of fun to watch, especially the risky scenes involving the dares. Read more…

The Boss (Film Review and Trailer)

April 8th, 2016 No comments

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Review by John Delia

Not a classic but a very funny and bawdy Melissa McCarthy turns up the heat in The Boss. She’s way over the top in this parody on making it to the highest level of the business ladder. Filled with a lot of sight gags, rude wisecracks and off color language it’s a wild and witty nonstop laugh-a-thon. McCarthy’s at her best much like her performance in Spy, but this time it’s taking down her adversary in the business world. Read more…

Silent House, Film Review by John Delia

March 9th, 2012 No comments

HORROR

TURNS TO

TERROR

FLICK

SILENT HOUSE

 

Review by John Delia

What starts out as a horror flick turns into a terrifying mind-bender in the movie Silent House.  Not a very good script and a bit too sophisticated for most fans of the genres, there’s little doubt that it will not last at the box office.   

Set in a northern rural lake area, Sarah (Elizabeth Olsen) has returned to her childhood retreat for one last time to gather her personal belongings due to the pending sale of the property.  When they arrive John (Adam Trese), her father realizes that the electricity has not been turned on, but still wants to pursue closing the house.  Accompanying them is John’s brother Peter (Eric Sheffer Stevens) to help lend a hand.

From the opening shot we see that Sarah has not been well and seems to have harsh feelings about the whole ordeal of moving.  Inside the house it’s very dark and all the windows have been boarded so battery operated lamps and flashlights are being used to complete their tasks. Needing supplies John sends Peter to town to get them while he orders Sarah to her room to box up her stuff. 

Sarah hears a rap at the front door and when her father doesn’t respond she opens it to find Sophia (Julia Taylor Ross) whom Sarah does not recognize, but accepts the fact that they were friends as children.  When she reenters the house and locks the door behind her however, unexplainable strange things start to happen.

 

Elizabeth Olsen plays Sarah in Silent House

The ‘noises in the dark’ factor makes things disturbing in this film with spookiness around every corner.  Directors Chris Kentis and Laura Lau do their best to drag out the thinly plotted film with a dark and gloomy tour of the several bedrooms while Sarah looks for her father and tries to avoid intruders who may be on the property. It’s their loss, however that the lack of character build-up doesn’t allow much empathy for Sarah when she faces the horror making her anguish little concern.

The cinematographer uses available light to create a spooky feeling

Keeping their camera lenses wide open to gather necessary light from the lamps, we can barely see Sarah and where she’s moving, but it’s a good technique used to ramp up the eerie feeling necessary to provide the scary factor.  But, unfortunately it gets excessively repetitious, delays the inevitable and creates a different film that the outcome intends. 

Although her acting ability is head and shoulders above her famous twin sisters, Elizabeth Olsen does her level best to make her character work as she stumbles around the dark lake house acting out the mystery of her captivity. But the payoff to this thriller can be seen coming early on and no matter how absorbing her performance she can do nothing to save the film. Much like Woman In Black’s script failed with the likes of Daniel Radcliff, it’s the storyline here that puts Olsen in a position to fail as well.

Silent House has been rated R by the MPAA for disturbing violent content and terror.  It also shows scenes of suggested sexual content.

 

FINAL ANALYSIS: Not the best horror flick, but if you understand early on where it is going you actually may enjoy it more. (D)

 

Additional Information:

  • Cast: Elizabeth Olsen, Adam Trese, Eric Sheffer Stevens and Julia Taylor Ross
  • Directed by: Chris Kentis and Laura Lau
  • MPAA Rating: Rated R for disturbing violent content and terror
  • Genre: Horror, Thriller,
  • Running Time: 1 hr 25 min
  • Opening Date: March 9, 2012
  • Distributed by: LD Entertainment, Open Road

 

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