Movie Review: Sweet Virginia (2017)

Not sure what to say here really. I can usually come up with some pseudo-clever intro for these relating back to the movie. But right now I got jack shi- Hey look, it’s Punisher!

Ladies and gents… “Sweet Virginia”.

Sam (Jon Bernthal) is a former rodeo star who now runs a motel. One day a young man (Christopher Abbott) checks in and the two strike up a friendship. But what Sam doesn’t know is that this young man is a drifter who recently committed a triple homicide. So now we have our little thriller movie. And while it seems like I might’ve spoiled the movie, I only told you what happened in the beginning. I gave you what you needed to know. And is this plot any good? Yes and no. Let’s start with negatives… the pacing in this movie is weird. And by weird I mean that it drags at times, which is weird because it’s a 90-minute movie. And while I have no problem with a slower pace, it really dragged at times and wasn’t necessarily the most interesting in those parts. Now for the positives. In the parts where the pacing isn’t weird, the plot is tense and has some quite interesting aspects to it. And in those parts it does embrace the more thriller-y sides of this thriller, and it makes those parts suspenseful and pretty entertaining. Overall the plot here is… fine.

The characters her range from really interesting to… just being there. Jon Bernthal plays Sam, our protagonist. While he’s moved on from his old life, you can tell that he’s still slightly troubled by those times, making him a bit more of an interesting character. And Bernthal is of course great in the role. Christopher Abbott plays Elwood, the young and troubled man that Sam befriends. He can seem like an okay dude at first, but has a propensity for violence, and I found his character to be quite interesting in that way. And Abbott really impressed me here, I thought he was great. Then we have Imogen Poots as a woman named Lila, and while Poots gave a really good performance, the character wasn’t great. You can tell that the seed for her character was planted, but it had not fully grown yet. Then you have Rosemarie DeWitt as a character named Bernadetta. Same as with Poots, her performance is really solid, but the character could’ve used a bit more work. So in summary, the characters here are inconsistent in quality, but at least the performances are great.

The score for the movie was composed by Brooke & Will Blair, and they did a good job with it. Sure, the score doesn’t do anything unique, as it has similarities to other thriller scores, but it’s still really good and it does help to elevate some of the scenes throughout the movie.

The movie was directed by Jamie M. Dagg and I think he did a good job with it. It’s tightly directed, and shots have a nice flow to them. He also manages to get a lot of good tension out of multiple scenes. The dude really impressed me in that sense. And the cinematography by Jessica Lee Gagné was really good.

This movie has gotten some mixed reception. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 78% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 72/10. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,2/10.

While flawed, I still think “Sweet Virginia” is a really good movie. It has a fine plot, mixed characters, great performances, really good music, and really good directing/cinematography. My flaws, as previously mentioned, are that the plot drags quite a bit at times, and that a good amount of the characters are kind of uninteresting. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “Sweet Virginia” is an 8,45/10. While flawed, I still think that it’s definitely worth a rental.

My review of “Sweet Virginia” is now completed.

Country roads, take me home
To the place I belong
Sweet Virginia…

Movie Review: Filth (2013)

I honestly don’t know what to say here. I can usually write something that somehow relates back to the movie. Problem is that this movie is so… itself. It doesn’t have any aspect that I can focus on for the intro, and that’s rare for a movie. Well done, you filthy fuck.

Ladies and gents… “Filth”.

Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy) is a Detective Sergeant in Scotland. He’s looking to get a promotion, and he’s willing to manipulate anybody to get it. So we follow his misadventures as he tries to get this promotion while also battling with a lot of his inner demons. So now we have our plot. And I’d say that it’s quite an interesting one. Seeing the journey of this horrible man is both fascinating and entertaining as he’s not your typical protagonist, but also because it takes some really interesting turns throughout. My only complaint about the plot is that it at one point makes quite a drastic change in tone. It goes from fun and really dark comedy into a really serious and harrowing drama. Now, I actually kind of understand why the filmmakers did that, it’s just that the change in tone felt a little bit sudden and took me out of the story a bit. Overall the plot was really solid, but was brought down a bit for me with that shift in tone.

The characters in this thing are all kind of troubled and flawed, but that’s also what makes them interesting and quite entertaining. Bruce Robertson is one of the most corrupt asshole cops that I’ve ever seen on a screen. He’s foul-mouthed, a junkie, a bigot, he basically just ticks all the boxes for “total fucking asshole”. But he does also battle a lot of demons, which makes him a more compelling character. And James McAvoy is fantastic in the role, giving a fearless and incredibly layered performance. Jamie Bell plays one of his colleagues who’s pretty much the rookie of the gang, and he’s also mildly corrupt, but not as much as Robertson. And Bell is great in the role. Imogen Poots plays another one of Robertson’s colleagues, and she’s probably the least corrupt of them all. And Poots is great in the role. Eddie Marsan plays Robertson’s dorky friend who gets brought along on some of Robertson’s misadventures. And Marsan is great in the role. John Sessions plays Robertson’s superior office, and he’s great in the role. Really, it is overall a very well acted movie.

The score for the movie was composed by Clint Mansell and it’s really good. It’s dark, dramatic, funny, and just overall well composed, fitting the movie very well. There were also a whole bunch of licensed tracks throughout, and they were all very well implemented into the movie. So yeah, there’s some really good music here.

This movie was directed by Jon S. Baird and was based on a novel by Irvine Welsh (you know, the “Trainspotting” guy, which explains a lot about “Filth”). Now, I haven’t read the book, but I’d still say that Baird did a really good job bringing it to the screen. His directing is very tight and made me feel a bit uneasy from first frame. It’s a filthy world that this movie explores, and that is conveyed very well by Baird’s directing. There’s also a lot of comedy in this movie and I found it quite funny… that said, the comedy here is quite dark, which some people might not be very fond of. But it made me laugh, and that’s the important part here. I should also mention that this movie is filled with cursing, graphic sex/nudity, drug use, and even some violence. So if you’re a prude and can’t handle that stuff… consider yourself warned.

This movie has gotten some mixed reception. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 64% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 56/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,1/10.

“Filth” certainly isn’t for everybody, but I found it to be a really solid movie. It has a really good plot, really good characters, great performances, great music, and really good directing. My flaw with it came from the aforementioned tonal shift. Time for my final score. *A-fucking-hem!*. My final score for “Filth” is an 8,98/10. So while it is flawed, I’d say that it is wroth buying.

My review of “Filth” is now completed.

McAvoy is one of the most underrated actors ever.

Movie Review: Green Room (2016)

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Usually I try to come up with some clever opening to my reviews that somehow relates back to the movie that I’ve watched… but this time I couldn’t think of anything. Well, at least something that sounds good. So let’s just get into it.

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the… “Green Room”.

Pat (Anton Yelchin, R.I.P.) is part of a punk rock band. And one day the band gets a gig at a neo-nazi bar. At first it looks like everything’s going fine… but then they become witnesses to a horrible crime in there, which means that the nazis lock them in a room to be able to deal with them later. So now our “heroes” have to try to escape the nazis and their cold, calculating leader (Patrick Stewart). The idea of this plot alone intrigued me to no end, I found it to be a really interesting premise. And the execution of the plot itself, it was really good. As the film went along I was constantly on edge, never knowing what type of turn the plot was gonna take next. From the moment the band came to the nazi bar to the final shot, I was hooked and on edge, it was so great.

Oh boy, how do I put this… the main characters of this movie weren’t the most intelligent bunch in cinema history. Seriously, they get dumb ideas and make stupid decisions like a lot of horror movie characters. The director has joked about this before, saying that this is the final part in his unofficial “inept protagonist trilogy”. Still, that doesn’t really justify the characters being kind of stupid to the point of lesser annoyance. Oh well, I can at least appreciate that the nazis weren’t stereotypically cartoony villains, instead feeling very grounded and surprisingly realistic. I can also say that the performances were really good. Anton Yelchin (god rest his soul) is very likable in the lead role and to give credit where credit is due, his performance was very good. Imogen Poots did a great job in here role as well. Then we also have Patrick Stewart who like I said, played the leader of the nazis, a role that feels really weird for a man like him. Seriously, he’s one of the least nazi people on the face of the earth. Anyway, his performance was terrific, very understated, truly nailed it. And every other supporting actor in the movie did really well for themselves too.

The score for the movie was composed by Brooke Blair and it was really good even if I rarely noticed it. The score is surprisingly quiet and never pulls attention away from anything. But listening to it afterwards, I have to say that it was really good. Then there were of course some punk/metal song in the soundtrack that I think worked for the movie, even if I’m not the biggest fan of the tracks in general. Except for one track that started right at the end, msotly because it’s a totally different genre and it was just great.

This film was directed by Jeremy Saulnier who I think did a terrific job with the directing of this movie. The directing is very tension-filled and never let’s you feel relaxed. Yes, it’s not a straight-up action thrill ride, but it’s a very intense thriller that really got under my skin. Speaking of getting under skin, this film is really brutal and gory. I’m not talking like there being blood that shoots out everywhere all the time. I mean it more like there being several moments featuring blood and gore that was very realistic and brutal and actually made me a bit queasy, which is something that very rarely happens. Also, the cinematograpy is absolutely beautiful. Dark and icky… but beautiful.

This movie has been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 91% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 79/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,2/10.

“Green Room” may have some annoyingly stupid characters, but overall I found it really good. The plot is great, the acting is great, the music is good, the directing is terrific, and the film had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Also, it made me feel queasy from the gore, somethign that very rarely happens, so I applaud it for succeeding with that. Time for my final score. ANARCHY IN THE UK! My final score for “Green Room” is a 9,01/10. It’s definitely worth buying.
Worth buying

My review of “Green Room” is now completed.

Never do anything near nazis, kiddos.