Tag Archives: Documentary

Hoax (2019)

Director: Matt Allen
Starring: Brian Thompson, Ben Browder, Shoshana Bush, Cheryl Texiera, Adrienna Barbeau. USA. 1h 32m

Matt Allen follows up his Aces and Eights short movie with a debut feature HOAX! which turns out to be a quirky faux mockumentary thriller about an investigation into the existence of Bigfoot, after a spate of teen disappearances in the Colorado mountains.

It’s easy to call it just another Bigfoot movie: but there has been a recent run of lowish-budget features that have broadened the creature featutes horizons by taking things to a new place, especially the fan favourite Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes (2012). Somehow, without many clues or prompts or evidence, it does keep the question open in order to keep the viewers guessing until the very end, but does bigfoot exist or is there an alternative reason why teens are being slaughtered in the hills? And either way why would you want to go out with limited resources to find out? Continue reading Hoax (2019)

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Director:Eduardo Sánchez, Kevin Foxe
Starring: Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, Joshua Leonard. USA. 1h 21m

It feels strange reviewing this so long after it gave me such a wild night out at the cinema, so this review is going to be a trip down memory lane, so grab you member berries and hop on the fuck train.

I was the gothist kid in my highschool, just one step away from shooting the place up if only I had some other trench coat kids to help me out, I might have been on the news, instead being the loner I was, I had to make do with being the go to person with horror movie info, by the time the Blair Witch had hit my radar, the magic was nearly over, it had already been screened and the amazing movie website showed images of people out searching the woods for the missing students, while the message board were filled with links to stories titles “Blair Witch is an elaborate hoax” or conspiracy stories claiming that “the story is real, ignore the hoax stories they are trying to stop you from finding the out the TRUTH”  

Sadly I realised that this was just a modern day wicca version of Cannibal Holocaust (1980), yep I knew about all these classics already, I was an early horror bloomer. I sent the main website link to my bestest friends on MSN and ICQ and we arranged to meet up and see the film at the Odeon. It was a late night horror screening on a weeknight and therefore the cinema was filled with kids, I rarely remember anyone checking us in the Odeon, it was like a creche. Continue reading The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Hunt for the Skinwalker (2018)

Director: Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell
Starring: George Knapp, Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell, Colm Kelleher .USA. 2h 07m

Based on the best-selling book by George Knapp and Dr. Colm Kelleher, Hunt for The Skinwalker is a documentary about the most intensive scientific study of a “paranormal” hotspot in human history.

The film is an alluring documentation of a deep scientific look at highly strange paranormal events, in what seems to be a hotspot for a malevolent consciousness that is constantly changing a slowly becomes more disturbing as they investigators charge on with their experiments in the Uintah Basin.

Technically this is two documentaries for the price of one that haphazardly switches between new and older footage, some filmed over a decade ago but each scene is equally relevant and usually just as shocking. Continue reading Hunt for the Skinwalker (2018)

Moth (2016)

Director: Gergo Elekes, Jozsef Gallai.
Starring.Lidia Szabo, Jozsef Gallai. UK/HUNGRY/USA. 1h 21m.

I’ve never been so irritated by a lead character in any film so much as by the terrible co lead in this offensively bad horror. While I understand that English isn’t Lidia’s first language and have no problem with her thick accent and delivery of lines, she makes this constant clicking mouth noise in EVERY line of dialogue which really brought on a case of misophonia. I think maybe if the film was more gripping and she wasn’t so bad at acting it might not have been so bad. The rest of the cast, ie the director, makes a better effort as a more stoic broody Swedish born hero of the film he’s the voice of reason to his scatty partner in crime. Continue reading Moth (2016)

Gangster Land (2017)

Director: Timothy Woodward Jr.

Starring: Milo Gibson, Sean Faris, Jason Patric, Mark Rolston, Peter Facinelli, Jamie-Lynn Sigler USA 1h 28m

Every now and again we have a revival of the glorification of the prohibition era, usually involving Al Capone and other characters popular because if his notoriety, 2018 kicked off with Gangster Land, an underpowered translation of the induction of “Machine Gun” Jack McGrun a one time amateur boxer who quickly climbed the ranks as Capone’s second in command. Continue reading Gangster Land (2017)

Bundy: An American Icon (2008)

Director:Michael Feifer .
Starring.Corin Nemec, Kane Hodder, Jen Nikolaisen. USA. 1h 27m.

There will never be a serial killer movie which really gets at all the nitty gritty, ugly details of a serial killer and/or their killings. I’m pretty certain of that, but now and again something will try and trip that line and at least give us a decent movie. While I really enjoy this film and watch it regularly; i have to admit that it’s not actually a brilliant film. At times it’s a bit bland. It certainly doesn’t give me the insight I crave for but I’m in a minority here, not everyone is interested in serial killers and most people just want to know enough to say they are aware of but they don’t want to see the real face of a killer looking back at them from a TV movie. Continue reading Bundy: An American Icon (2008)

The Program (2015)

Program (3)

Director: Stephen Frears
Story by: David Walsh
Starring : Ben Foster, Chris O’Dowd, Lee Pace, Denis Ménochet, Dustin Hoffman. UK, France. 1h 43m

While I’m a closet fan of biographical dramas I can’t say that I’ve seen many sport orientated versions of these hit and miss epics, I had only recently seen Foxcatcher which was a brilliant depiction of a series of disastrous circumstances and not something I was aware of to start with but I managed to not only get into the film and enjoy it but I also learn a lot about the 1980s Olympics scandal.

Personally I’m not into cycling and this movie makes no attempt to sell it to anyone I may have caught snippets of information in the news about the real event behind this after watching the program it’s very clear that are media only scratched the tip of the iceberg.

The story is still pretty much the same rise and fall of Lance Armstrong falling from the massive height of owning the most yellow jerseys to his obscurity today played by the ever talented Ben Foster who animates Lance down to the smallest detail it’s almost creepy and the creeping continues in the story itself, Lances bitter and twisted inner demons are revealed from the husk that he turned into during the period where his cancer was at its worst but during his Frankenstein reanimation an absorbing psychological insight into the workings of a possessed madman who managed to pull off the biggest scam in sporting history.

If Armstrong is to be seen as being one of the biggest villains then our superhero comes in the guise of David Walsh played by Chris O’Dowd, his suspicions are often supported by the more power for Armstrong spin team but is blistering loyalty pays off as he slowly uncovers the gritty details what seems to be a widespread and ongoing scan and order to promote athletes.

The film is quite brilliant and there is an obvious amount of passion that has gone into it but it kind of has all of the mechanics for Wikipedia page, yes the details are there all the facts and the timeline are sound, but the film flounders a little,  not dragging up much needed flair to the cinematic version of this story but while the acting is brilliant especially bends portrayal of Armstrong that’s pretty much where the lies. the reprise just isn’t there and we all know Armstrong has been stripped of titles the film doesn’t shed any new light and will not help win any cases it’s just simply there to educate a wider audience and to demonstrate what wash have to go through in order to retain is Status and to push the story.

It seems quite apparent that the director was extremely detach from Support itself there is no love for cycling there’s no promise that it’s a safer sport that is better respected now that this travesty has been put aside.

The film pulls punches when needed but that said, the drama doesn’t seem to have any real direction for most of the film it seem to be trying to portray the facts from the side of Armstrong but then makes a bold move and immediately start attacking his character trying to illustrate his absence for morality but only from the point of Welsh and the general public I think for this movie to have been a better success it really should have been the answers that the fans were looking for and they would have to come from Armstrong himself.

AOFA05

 

 

Rating 5/10

R – Triplets of Belleville (2003)
L – Cycling Movies, Sport Docufilms
A – When is a documentary a film?
5S – Ben Foster, Chris O’Dowd, Lee Pace, Dustin Hoffman