Look Away (2019)
Jason Isaacs of 'Star Trek Discovery', Mira Sorvino and India Eisley star in this tale of a friendless girl (Eisley) who has no social life or confidence, just an eating disorder. Her father (Isaacs) judges. The father's impatience with his daughter's lack of excellence and grace is palpable. There is a reflection that is wrong and nobody is affable.
This starts out interesting but turns mediocre. There is no integrity or dignified demenour. There is brazen dishonesty, chronic parental ineptitude and no deep concern from anyone for the bullied unhappy child. Serious harm is done to her by her irresponsible idiot classmates. This was simultaneously compelling and mind-numbingly boring.
The father is a creepy cosmetic surgeon and he has a large negative effect. He instils shame in his wife and child. There are no essential social morals and no calm dignity. There is a disavowal of sense and the father has detachment and the daughter is constantly menaced. This is a story of abuse and its emotional legacy. This is a shame of our age and is a grim spectre.
The girl wants her grievances heard. There is a lack of accountability and justice. What did the father do to the girl's twin? There is no personal credibility and this was without dignity or ideas. There were just hostile relationships.
“Blossom to what?”
Deadly Scholars (2018)
Sheryl Lee is the only name in this cheap looking inadequate 'horror'. There is a scholarship and murders and bad acting. The lead character is vile. Was this a failed pilot? It was full of over-dramatic idiots and it was pretty dodgy.
“Afraid of our future.”
“Last girl standing.”
“Entitled pretentious whore.”
“She just had to go.”
“Plays comatose really well.”
“Death by peanut butter.”
“A girl died in your driveway. Where are your parents?”
“Hostility disguised as humour.”
“Plant knives in the lockers of close friends.”
Project Almanac (2015)
Idiot teens find a time machine. This was miserable with no relief in sight. There is a bitter destiny, a selfish git and this was an unnecessary misery.
“Terminators 1 thru 4.”
Hell Fest (2018)
Bex Taylor-Klaus of 'Arrow' and the 'Scream' tv show stars alongside Tony Todd in this horror. Sadly this film is undermined by a badly cast & badly chosen Final Girl who is so vile and hateful and boring she ruins the film. Taylor-Klaus should have been the Final Girl instead she is a quirky sidekick.
There is mention of a murder years ago at a funfair and how the body was mistaken for a prop. This backstory is spewed as the gang of 'friends' head to a horror themed funfair. A killer lurks. There are bitches, nefarious business and the Final Girl 'heroine' who is obvious from minute 1 is such a dumb bully bitch you hate her on sight.
This causes apathty and this was not rapturously received and this was not accomplished or brilliant. There is mumbling. The 'heroine' has toxic responses and is a bully to Taylor-Klaus. What could possibly go wrong with this film? Absolutely everything. This was unscary and appallingly staged.
Goodwill is squandered. The 'heroine' who is selfish and excluding and whiny causes this film to go downhill. Suspence is entirely eschewed in favour of distracting awfulness. The 'heroine' is a shrew. This was banal and it has no oblique disquiet. There are no feelings of unease. There is a sequel hook. Sigh.
“That is just awful.”
“Thanks for not killing us!”