Series Review: The Sinner – Season 1 (2017)

Murder. A horrible crime. Something that can be caused by many different reasons. If you ask me, it’s never okay… but it’s still important to look at all the details of the case.

Ladies and gentlemen… “The Sinner”.

Cora Tannetti (Jessica Biel) seems like your typical woman. She has a house, a husband (Christopher Abbott), a child, and a nice job. But one day while she’s enjoying a day at the beach with her family, she suddenly lashes out and stabs a guy to death. Her case is then given to Detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) who has to find out why Cora suddenly committed this horrible act. And the further Ambrose delves into this case, the more questions arise. So now we have our murder mystery. And already I like the different approach. It’s not a whodunnit like most other shows… but a whydunnit instead (doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, but you get the idea). It’s a really dark show filled with a lot of twists that kept me invested in everything that was going on. The plot here is quite unpredictable, because when you think you know where it’s going, it pulls the rug out from under you, giving the viewer a bit of an “Oh shit” feeling. The plot here is engaging, unpredictable, disturbing, and just overall great.

The characters here are all layered, flawed, and interesting. Jessica Biel plays Cora, the woman at the center of this story. While I won’t go too in-depth about her (since a lot of her character stuff is best left experienced), I will say that she’s a really compelling character who gets some really dark and interesting character development. And Biel is great in the role. Then we have Bill Pullman as Harry Ambrose, the Detective looking into Cora’s case. He is a highly determined policeman that is doing everything to find out what made Cora do this. He doesn’t look at the broad strokes as much as he aims to find out the details of the situation. He does also have some of his own drama to deal with that adds to his character. And Pullman is great in the role. Then we have Christopher Abbott as Cora’s husband Mason. A loving husband and hard worker, Mason’s world gets completely fucked after Cora commits the horrible crime. And seeing his journey after the event is insanely compelling. And Abbott is fantastic in the role. Then we get supporting performances from people like Dohn Norwood, Jacob Pitts, Abby Miller, Danielle Burgess, Enid Graham, Nadia Alexander, Merediths Holzman, and many more, all doing very well in their respective roles.

The score for the season was composed by Ronit Kirchman who I think did really good job. The score is heavily electronic and has a unique and eerie sound that helps add a sense of unease to the show. While I wouldn’t exactly find myself listening to the music from this show for fun, it’s definitely quality stuff that works very well within the show.

Based on a novel by Petra Hammesfahr, this show was created by Derek Simonds, with writing by Simonds and some other people, and direction by various people. And the work all these cool people put in is incredibly good, giving us some of the best craft in any recent show. The sense of dread and suspense throughout is thick enough to cut with a knife, and it helps create an engaging atmosphere that helps grip the viewer. And the cinematography by Radium Cheung and Jody Lee Lipes is pretty damn good.

This show/season has been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 94% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 71/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 8,0/10.

Season 1 of “The Sinner” is a compelling and disturbing ride that I highly recommend. It has a great plot, really good characters, great performances, good music, and really good directing/cinematography. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for season 1 of “The Sinner” is a 9,81/10. So it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.

My review of “The Sinner” season 1 is now completed.

Bill Pullman is such a likable actor.

Movie Review: Blade: Trinity (2004)

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You know what is funny about today’s review? It is one that takes part of two different “series” of things at once here on my blog. First off, it of course takes part in “The Month of Spooks”. Secondly, it finishes off my series of “Blade” reviews. So basically I am taking out two birds with one stone… How MARVELous.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Blade: Trinity”.

So after being suspected of murder, Blade (Wesley Snipes) is now wanted by the FBI. And at the same time he has joined forces with a group called “The Nightstalkers” to take care of the other problem that Blade currently has in his life. What is that problem? Dracula (Dominic Purcell) has awoken and has to be defeated. Now this actually sounds like it could make for a pretty cool movie. However it basically turns into self-parody and it isn’t very good. Look, I’ve seen far worse executions of plots in movies before, but this is still far worse than the previous movies in the series. It is plain mediocre, even on the edge of becoming bad.

Wesley Snipes is as great as ever as the titular main character. Kris Kristofferson is great as usual. Then we have the new additions that we should talk about. First off I will take Ryan Ryenolds as Hannibal King… he’s fine. He could have been much worse, what makes him less than he could’ve been is the mediocre writing and most of the jokes they give to this quipping son of a bitch. But I guess his performance overall is fine. Next is Jessica Biel as Whistler’s daughter, Abigail. And she is… meh. I’ve never seen her as a great actress and this movie doesn’t really help her case. I have seen worse, but she isn’t that great in the movie. And the final one I wanna talk about is Dominic Purcell as Dracula, or “Drake” as they call him in the movie. I wanna say first off that I found it weird that they cast Purcell as the Lord of the Vampires in this movie. Don’t get me wrong, I think he’s a pretty good actor (“Prison Break”, anyone?). But here I jsut think he was miscast. I guess he does a fine job with the material he has been given, but I really don’t feel him as the right casting choice in this movie. The acting overall in the movie I would say is fine.

The music for the movie was provided by composer Ramin Djawadi and Wu-Tang Clan member RZA. Now this actually sounds like a cool matchup: The guy who gave us the music to “Prison Break” and “Pacific Rim” together with the guy who did the music for the “Kill Bill” movies. And I have to say that it is really good. As in the first two movies the music is a mix of hip-hop, electronica and aggressive rave music. But they also added in a few orchestral tracks to the mix and it’s actually really good. It fits the movie’s stylish ways and cool action while just being overall great.

This is the second time we switch directors in this franchise and for this one they got David S. Goyer who wrote the first two movies. And while the movie looks great with a lot of cool directing, this is a case of vision gone meh. What I mean is that this movie has the “Style over substance” problem where they focus more on stylish action scenes and badassery rather than a coherent and good plot. But like I said, the action in the movie is really good and entertaining and the visual effects are great as well. So there are a few redeeming features in this movie.

This movie has not been very well received. In fact, people (and critics) did not seem to like this at all. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 25% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 38/100. Roger Ebert gave the movie 1,5/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 5,9/10.

“Blade: Trinity” is not a very good movie. The plot is borderline bad, the acting is fine, the music is really good, the directing is good, the action is awesome and the visual effects are great. Time for my final score. Fucking Vampire Pomeranian. My final score for “Blade: Trinity” is a 6,90/10. While not good, it’s still worth renting.
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My review of “Blade: Trinity” is now completed.

I am now finally done with these movies.

Movie Review: The Illusionist (2006)

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Mysteries, they are so…mysterious! I always love a good mystery, often in combination with supernatural elements. If you didn’t know, I am a big fan of TV-shows like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “Angel” and “Supernatural”. All those contain mystery in one way or another and also have supernatural elements (Especially “Supernatural”). But what happens if you take a supernatural-based mystery but trade a lot of the horror/thriller elements for romance? You get this one movie that was kind of an odd choice for me.

Ladies and gentlemen…silence please…today TheMarckoguy presents; “The Illusionist”!

In the turn of the century (19th – 20th) we follow a young illusionist (roll credits) called Eisenheim (Edward Norton). At a young age (Flashbacks featuring a younger version played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson) he was shown some great magic tricks and got very interested by it. So he started practicing and got really, really good. He met a young girl named Sophie (Eleanor Tomlinson) whom he falls in love with and she falls for him. But their love is not accepted considering she comes from a higher social standing (Her guards/family calling him a “peasant”). The young Eisenheim runs away and travels the world to show off his magic tricks. Several years later he comes back to Vienna (forgot to mention it was set in Vienna…sorry) to have a show. In this show the crown prince Leopold (Rufus Sewell) is attending…and so is a now grown up Sophie (Now played by Jessica Biel). She and Eisenheim meets eachother again afterwards and begin a little bit of a secret romance. But that is not all of the plot, a lot of it also involves Eisenheim’s shows and inspector Uhl (Paul Giamatti) trying to figure out how his tricks work. And that is the story in a nutshell I suppose. To be honest I really liked it. I am not one to choose a romantic movie first-hand since they are for the most part not my cup of tea. But this storyline intrigued me (Maybe because of Edward Norton being in it, I don’t know). But it might be because of the magic-based twist this movie got. Or maybe it is because of the next segment…

The characters…sure, they are not always the most likeable, but they are portrayed so well by their respective actors that I don’t mind. I was especially impressed with Paul Giamatti and Rufus Sewell…DAMN THEY CAN ACT! I really liked their performances, and that is one of the highlights of this movie. And of course we have to give a few points to Edward Norton for being…Edward Norton, really. He is always good (He just acts in bad movies sometimes). But everyone on the acting side did a great job. Maybe Aaron Taylor-Johnson was a bit…not too good but remember, this is one of his earlier movies.

The music was FANTASTIC! The score by Philip Glass was just perfect. It not only works with the time period, but also works for the different situations in this movie. It is just beautiful and I think you should listen to it. NOW!

This movie looks beautiful! It is shot in such a way that I just love looking at it. Not only based on the lighting, but in general, the camera work is excellent! So I am not surprised that it was Oscar Nominated for best Cinematography.

This movie had really good reception. On Rotten Tomaotes it not only has a 74% positive rating, but also a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has 68/100. Roger Ebert gave this a 3,5/4 star rating (couldn’t find a good quote). 7,6/10 is the score on imdb.com.

I have said my opinions on this movie and I am now gonna amaze you with my magic trick of conjuring up a score! Yes, there it is. It is a 9,59/10 which tells me you should go buy it now. And it also tells me it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”. 49920178

“The Illusionist” is now reviewed.

If life is an illusion, then what the hell are hallucinations?