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Still Alice (2014)

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A movie about Alzheimers doesn’t seem like it would set Hollywood alight. But last year Julianne Moore won the Best Actress Oscar for her role in drama Still Alice. But is the film itself a memorable piece of work?

Alice (Julianne Moore) a linguistics professor at Columbia Univeristy is dianosied with a rare Alzhimers disease at the age of 50. As she struggles to deal with the changes in her life, her husband John (Alec Baldwin) and her three children (Kate Bosworth, Hunter Parrish and Kristen Stewart) also have to adapt.

This is one of those films where it’s all about the performance. The film lives or dies by the central performance of Alice. In lesser hands the role could be overly-sentimental or melodramatic. However Moore makes Alice a believeable, sympathetic and three dimensional character. She brings to life Alice’s struggle, that not only is she losing her words and her memory, she is losing her identity, her intellect and her independance. Seeing Alice’s decline to the disease is heartbreaking, even more so when you remember that this is not a rare occurance and is something people suffer from everyday, though rarely as early as Alice.

The film’s co directors and writers Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland keep a potentially overwhelmingly sad story and keep it simple and restrianed. There’s emotions here, but no hysterics. With Glatzer having suffered from ALS during the making of the movie (and sadly died of complictaions of ALS in March 2015), it’s more than likely the directors were consious of making a more honest movie and tried to avoid more obvious cliches.

While the rest of the supporting cast are fine they struggle to be as rounded characters as Alice, only Kristen Stewart as the youngest daughter Lydia manages to bring weight and depth to her role. However this movie is really all about Moore, proving why after four Academy Award Nominations it was fifth time lucky for the talented Julianne Moore.

Rating 4/5 – sad, emotional and a great performance from Julianne Moore

 

 

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Static (2012)

Sometimes you go into a film blind knowing nothing or very little about what you’re going to see. You have no idea if the movie has been reviewed as a complete dud or a hidden gem. Being bored one evening I stumbled across Static and decided to take a trip into the unknown.

A distraught couple are coping badly after the death of their young son. One evening a stranger arrives at their door claiming that some men are after her.  Can she be trusted? Will the men come after them?

I am so bored of mediocre horror films. The ones that can’t even be bothered to be properly awful and instead just float along on other films’ cliches. Unfortunately Static is one of those movies.

It starts off promising. Leads Milo Ventimiglia and Sarah Shahi, while not always likebale, were convincing as the grieving parents taking their misery out on each other. The arrival of Kate Bosworth’s Rachel into their home was intreaging. Is she telling the truth about why she’s there? Why does she know so much about Jonathan? The tension is building up during these early scenes and when the shit hits the fan you really start worrying for this couple.

However this is one of those films that lives or dies on its ending, with everything being based around the final ‘twist’. Here the ending was a complete let down. The movie leads you to think it will be one type of horror cliche then has the ending of another. However this change is not successful, and the resulting twist end ups not being original, scary or make any sense. You’re more likely to finish the film thinking really was that it? That was the reason for all this?

Can Hollywood please come up with some new ‘twists’ instead of recycling old ones. Is that too much to ask? Probably. Lets hope 2014 gives us more orginal-and scary-horror films.

Rating-2/5 A creepy beginning gives way to a cliched ending

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Black Rock

Black Rock is a 2012 American horror-thriller film about three women who take a trip to a remote island where they use to go as children. But things go terribly wrong when three men turn up and a nasty accident turns the trip on its head.

As far as Black Rock’s plot goes this isn’t exactly original material and the script doesn’t offer much to subvert the expectations of the audience. It also isn’t as gory as fans of these type of films would normally expect and despite giving the baddies a bit of backstory as Iraqi war veterans they mostly come across as cardboard cutout villains. There is also the same old clichés that come into play-the island is mostly deserted and there’s no cell phone reception, what a shock! Honestly why does anyone ever go camping anymore-haven’t they seen The Blair Witch Project?

However I liked the fact that the women were three-dimensional characters. They didn’t fit typically into the female stereotypes for horror films. The tensions between the women felt believable and it wasn’t obvious who was meant to be the heroine of the film (or the Final Girl if you will). The actresses work well together, with Lake Bell (Lou) impressing the most. As peacemaker Sarah, Kate Bosworth gives one of her better performances. Meanwhile Katie Aselton-who also directs and came up with the story-is also strong as the reluctant Abby.

Its clear the girls aren’t as strong or as tactical as the men who are chasing them, so they have to use their own strengths to try to survive. Their advantages are that they know this island as children and have strong survival instincts, doing what it takes to survive. Aselton does making the chase scenes tense as the girls have to hide all through the forest of the island and have to hope the men don’t know the island as well as they do. It’s just a shame that the negatives outweighs the positives, a few good twists would have made the film much better.

Rating-2.5/5-good performances from the actresses aside this film doesn’t have enough twists or chills to match up to the better horror films of recent years

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