Cruel Summer (2016) Review

This title was recommended to me for viewing and I am glad this came in my direction. Coming from the UK, this harrowing thriller shows what can happen when someone with intense rage mixed with mistaken identity can be deadly and in this case unforgivable. Judging from the poster, this looks like a classic slasher film that takes place in the woods but don’t be fooled by the appearance. This is much more than that. From Writer and Directors Phillip Escott and Craig Newman, Cruel Summer, based on true events, is a dramatic and unfortunate story involving teens whose circumstances shows how, lack for a better word, cruel the world can be.

This story currently on VOD as of 2/27, involves a young autistic teen named Danny, who has been granted to go on a solitude camping trip by his two loving parents overnight. That sense of serenity changes when he runs into three other teens, Nick, Julia, and Calvin. Each with their own reason to target Danny suffers the teen set out to torture Danny by any means necessary.

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Best and Worst Entertaining Movies of 2016

Moviegeeks, it’s that time of year again where I rank all of the movies I saw in 2016. This list consists of both movies at the theatre as well as at home through DVD/Blu-ray, or Netflix etc.

Of course I didn’t see everything that was released this year but this list has all the movies that I found interesting enough to watch and anything not on this list is probably because I didn’t have the time or money to see it yet.

A reminder of how I rate the movies I see, check this out. Movies in bold are movies watched at home.

Here we go, the best and worst entertaining movies of 2016 starting with the worst listed in order to my favorite movie of 2016.

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Movie Review: The Girl on the Train

Girl on the Train has some great moments to keep your attention but falls flat once everything is wrapped together.

the-girl-on-the-train-e1469049250303Emily Blunt(Devil Wears Prada) leads the cast in this dark, gritty, and seductive mystery as a woman named Rachel Watson who recently had a divorce from her former husband Tom played by Justin Theroux (HBO’s The Leftovers, a.k.a. the jogger in the grey sweatpants). Since the divorce you can say that Rachel has hit almost rock bottom by drinking any chance she gets and creating an obsession with two other women. While she is riding on the train every day she passes by slowly enough to be able to get a good look at two homes neighboring each other. In one home she sees the perfect couple, a couple that everyone would want to be in. In the other is her former husband shacked up with a new wife and they now have a child together. This voyeurism leads to obsession than stalking which unravels in a mystery that she is hellbent on solving while dealing with her own inner demons and past behaviors.

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Movie Reviews: Horror/Suspense Jan-Apr 2016

Horror has become an interesting topic among moviegoers in the past few months. One discussion in particular is what elements make a horror movie. More specifically, a movie that doesn’t scare you isn’t a horror movie. Many people would say that a movie with jump scares is what a horror movie is supposed to be like.  Jump scares are those moments of surprise with loud music or sounds to give you that jolt of excitement when something pops on screen. That is the typical version of a horror movie that people have been accustomed to. These past couple of months I have seen a couple of horror and suspense thrillers that don’t necessarily follow under that category and some that do.

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