The Parent Trap (1998)

Fun fact about me: I’m a huge fan of Lindsay Lohan when she was a young actress even up to her teenage roles, probably ends around Mean Girls. I remember that I have no idea how I landed on watching The Parent Trap when I was young but it was long enough ago for me to not really remember too much of it. This was a pretty fresh watch. However, I’m big on these twin movies. I still love It Takes Two to absolute bits. After a month of horror, its high time for some more family fun sort of movies. I was saying that it was teen comedies but I think the correct term of it is family features mostly in November. Sometimes, we just gotta take it easy especially when my mind is in high panic phase or at least it will be soon if it hasn’t already.

Let’s check it out!

The Parent Trap (1998)

The Parent Trap

Director: Nancy Meyers

Cast: Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid, Natasha Richardson, Elaine Hendrix, Lisa Ann Walter, Simon Kunz

Identical twins Annie and Hallie, separated at birth and each raised by one of their biological parents later they discover each other for the first time at summer camp and make a plan to bring their wayward parents back together.- IMDB

The best way to start this write-up is to first say that I haven’t watched the original The Parent Trap so I’m taking this one as a standalone, which it should be, even if it is a remake. The Parent Trap is kind of your cliche family movie. In many ways, I prefer It Takes Two over it if we were to compare, especially since there are many similarities between the two and I like the Olsen twins a tad more than a double of Lindsay Lohan. However, she does do a great job especially realizing that at a young age, she could do the British accent and the normal, plus there was some pretty fun parts. The Parent Trap isn’t a long movie either and carries some pretty entertaining times.

The Parent Trap

First of all, the cast is pretty good. Playing the father is Dennis Quaid who I do enjoy watching from time to time. Oddly, most of them are family films, except for Vantage Point. However, the fun isn’t exactly with these two adults meeting again and rekindling their love in a few days and putting all differences aside. The over the top character of Meredith, makes for some funny moments especially when she reacts quite funnily and as annoying as this character would be in real life, it offers a comedic element. My favorite character, other than Lindsay Lohans, have to go to the characters Chessy and Martin (portrayed by Lisa Ann Walter and Simon Kunz respectively) because they play the father’s sister and the butler on the mom’s side and was the adults pulling the strings and they were just hilarious together.

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The Parent Trap does have some fun characters and that really elevate the movie quite a bit. The very young Lindsay Lohan is remarkable and cute. Probably one of the extremely shining moments of this rather cliche movie. In fact, having two Lindsay Lohans here shows the diversity of her acting. She doesn’t come off as bratty either. In fact, we actually can see the innocence of the two little girls here who really are hidden in the dark about having a twin and then not really understanding what made their parents fall apart but having that immense desire to put them back together since they are single still. Life (and love) is more complicated than that but the simplicity of Hallie and Annie does make for many fun moments.

The Parent Trap

Most family movies work with a formula, and The Parent Trap is no different. However, it is surprisingly entertaining and has lots of great moments. Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid, and the other cast are all having fun with their respective roles and giving us some cool characters. In that end, that is what matters, right? Lots of movies are formulaic, especially with the amount of sequels and remakes that we get in one year nowadays, but the feeling we get out of some of these family movies carry weight. The Parent Trap is a at many times not only fun but has its fair share of heartwarming moments as well.

Have you seen The Parent Trap? How about the original? How do they compare?

Halloween Marathon: Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! (2015)

What is a Halloween Marathon without bringing into some guilty pleasure in the form of Sharknado 3, right?

If you didn’t see my reviews for Sharknado and Sharknado 2, you can find them HERE and HERE! To save you some time, I am a huge fan of Sharknado in all its guilty pleasure and absolutely horribly fun stupidly ridiculous everything. Sharknado 2 was a little over the top, you know. It is kind of like Sharknado 2 was saying to its audience. You know what? You like stupid and brainless entertainment, just let me turn that to an eleven and see what you think about that. Except they turned it to 15 and it just got way out of hand. It was still a ton of fun. I won’t lie that I turn on Sharknado when I really want to just laugh at ridiculous stuff and not think. It is probably why it takes me so long to watch the next sequel.

Here we are! I celebrated the start of my second week of vacation and I did it as a staycation with a gloomy weekend afternoon watching Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!

Let’s check it out!

Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! (2015)

Sharknado 3

Director: Anthony C. Ferrante

Cast: Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Cassandra Scerbo, Frankie Muniz, Ryan Newman, David Hasselhoff, Mark Cuban, Jack Griffo

A monstrous tornado unleashes ravenous sharks from Washington, D.C., all the way down to Orlando, Florida.-IMDB

Man, Sharknado 3 is notched even higher in the ridiculous department. Honestly, I thought it was mad fun except with a whole lot of unnecessary stuff and gratuitous gore and massive stupidity. Its like cheese to twenty and dumb to infinity. That doesn’t mean that it is a “bad” movie. “Bad” because it is no doubt bad but you know this redeems itself a little from the second one. Sure, I am being extremely lenient with the third one only because I just don’t know how to criticize it because it is not meant to be criticized. Sharknado franchise is this wonderous world where it is 0/10 in quality and yet for those who like the mindless stupid fun, its like a 6 out of 10 with this last one. I mean, spoiler alert…they freakin’ fight sharks in space AND Tara Reid’s character April is pregnant and also goes to space. Is that even safe? Throw common sense out the window, because you sure don’t need it for this one at all.

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What does make Sharknado endearing is that they can call back to their cast, especially the main character Fin, played by Ian Ziering. He is the bad ass this franchise needs and possibly banks on since he has some cheesy and funny one liners and kills sharks with chainsaws and is willing to always be a hero to save and protect his family. In his mind, if he saves the world in the process than even better. Fin is a great character because he is quite honorable. He sometimes makes some ridiculous things and the Sharknado franchise has made him do over exaggerated things and meet over the top people. At the end of the day, he is still a cool guy to watch. I have to say that I kind of liked Tara Reid a little more from the previous ones. She stands her own ground. I don’t think I’ve ever truly liked her character as April because her role and what happens to her makes the least sense at times.

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Moving on, this time, we see the return of Cassandra Scerbo resuming her role as Nova who from the first movie’s sharknado trauma has launched a life goal of tracking and eliminating these disasters with the trusty help of Lucas (played by Frankie Muniz). I like the character of Nova quite a bit. I mean, she is here for a ton of sex appeal. There is no doubt about that especially when there was the one shot where her and Fin jump out of a helicopter or plane or something and land in the waters of Universal Studios Park and walk out in their underwear because you know, you have to keep your weapons and toss out your clothes in times of danger. The most laugh out loud moment of the entire film..kind of. On top of that, guess who else is here? Well, I guess you won’t be as shocked by it than I was if you aren’t a Shark Tank viewer. Mark Cuban has a cameo role here as the President of USA and he gets kind of cheesy bad ass like everyone else here. And of course, David Hasselhoff plays as an astronaut who also happens to be Fin’s father. Which explains how he had access to go out to space to shut down this Sharknado/Hurricane disaster.

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 Overall, if you were on board with the first Sharknado and embraced what it is. The Second One and Oh Hell No! sequels are pretty much amped up from that. Yes, at many times, it overdoes it a little and it gets incredibly improbable but no one goes into this movie with their brain turned on. If you are able to turn off your mind, this is a good choice. As ridiculous as this one was, somehow I liked this one a tad more than The Second One (which I don’t remember a lot of except for jumping on sharks and the final scene). It isn’t quite the so bad its good level that Sharknado reaches but Oh Hell No! has its own little ridiculous bits to make it worth it. Its able to not take itself seriously and expects its audience to do the same so Sharknado isn’t for everyone. If you liked the first one, you probably will enjoy this one to a certain extent! 😉

Have you seen Sharknado 3? Are you a fan of the franchise?

Halloween Marathon: Scream 2 (1997)

Next up on the Halloween marathon is Scream 2. Scream was surprisingly fun to watch and the tons it had appealed to me quite a bit. I am hoping for a similar feeling with Scream 2.

Lets check it out!

Scream 2

Scream 2

Director: Wes Craven

Cast: Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, David Arquette, Jerry O’Donnell, Timothy Olymphant, Liev Schreiber

Two years after the first series of murders, a new psychopath dons the Ghostface costume and a new string of killings begins.-IMDB

Would you look at the cast? Some familiar faces right off the bat. It is always great when sequels get back their characters from the original. There is a sense of continuity to it that makes it more engaging right off the bat. On top of that, Scream 2 keeps generally the same tone as the first. If at all possible, the dialogue for David Arquette is awesomely funny but I am getting ahead of myself.

Scream 2 starts in quite the same way where Ghostface is no longer an unknown serial killer. In fact, two years has passed by and the survivors of that horrible night have tried to move on but the movies has now brought him to life and he did indeed come back. The beginning sequence has a lot of fun with making us remember how the first movie started but also that this killer, because of the media, is able to hide in plain sight even more.

Scream 2

Neve Campbell’s Sidney is back stronger than before. She is older and maybe wiser. Whatever it is, her suspicions are high this time around and almost everyone is a suspect especially her current boyfriend. This is where Scream 2 is done well. We never can quite figure out who is behind it all. We are guessing right along with Sidney. At the same time, Ghostface still has some pretty fantastic sneak attacks. He keeps everyone on alert and for some reason, the movie still has that sly humor from the first one.

Scream 2

When we talk about humor, we cannot forget our stars. Courtney Cox is pretty great in this one. Her character has more substance and we realize that she is kind of a bad-ass herself. However, in almost every scene, David Arquette’s Dewey just cracked me up. He had the funniest dialogue whether it was silly responses or his facial expression when he said it. It was funny and endearing. He quickly became one of my favorites of this franchise.

Scream 2

Overall, Scream 2 feels a lot like the first one which in itself is a compliment. We have a different setting and slightly more mature cast and a copycat killer. The story opens up a few side stories linking to the first movie like Liev Schreiber’s Cotton Weary. The return of Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox and David Arquette are great and adds continuity to the sequel. Scream 2 doesn’t forget its success with the first one and manages to keep its tone. Perhaps not as great as the first one but still a lot of fun to watch.

Have you seen Scream 2? What do you think about it?

Scream 3’s review will be next week. Drop by and check it out! 🙂

Triple Feature: Fables of the Undead #4-6

The first few short stories for Halloween month is here! A year or two ago, I did the Fables of the Undead’s first three books (which are more like short stories). They belong to a bigger group of books called Zombie Kids Books by Dina T. Seth.

We are back with the remaining three books of Fables of the Undead series. You can check out my review of the first three HERE.

Beauty vs the Beast (Book#4)
by: Dina T Seth

fables of the undead

When her father inadvertently brings the zombie plague to the Castle of the Beast, little does Belle know that she will have to live there too, as the sickened Prince’s prisoner. But how long can she survive against a zombified Beast before she too falls prey to the terrible sickness? – Goodreads

Beauty vs. the Beast doesn’t quite have the charm the first three had. For the most part, the stories are still morphed but they are predictable, even in how our Disney princess Belle gets zombified. The writing didn’t feel as engaging either but it did give a more honorable take on Gaspard (aka Gaston). Some of the description is very vivid near the end and I still question how suitable it is for kids to read but they do hold a horror element and those descriptions are usually at a minimum. However, the idea of Disney princess as zombies still has an appeal to me just because I like how they twist the story around. The pacing here is a little lacking but it remains a quick read. Plus it makes an effort to link to a previous story and that helps with the story while still keeeping it a standalone story.

Sleeping Zombie (Book #5)
by: Dina T Seth

fables of the undead

Cursed by the Witch Queen, baby Princess Talia spends eighteen years living in fear of needles. But when the inevitable happens, an ancient curse of the undead is brought to Vernalia Castle, and the Princess and all its residents must be preserved by a magical spell……One hundred years later, a brave knight discovers the castle hidden within the Deep Forest of thorns, and inadvertently wakes up a zombie horde. Can he escape a living tomb of risen royalty, zombie fairies and a fearsome undead dragon!? – Goodreads

Sleeping Zombie is a twist on Sleeping Beauty. I’m sure its all wildly apparent. This story starts piecing together the whole series where we see a connection to the zombie plague that has broken out. Its not hard to imagine what will happen especially since I’m not a kid anymore. However, this book is a bit more exciting. It plays similarly to the original and the twist is rather apparent however, the characters here are fun to read. There is more to think about and more to look forward to. There is a solid setting and it seems that the plans of why this undead plague has hit the fairy tale world is starting to reveal itself of who the culprit is.

Rapunzel-Tower of the Dead (Book #6)
by: Dina T Seth

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For seventeen years, Rapunzel has been held prisoner in a hidden tower. Her only contact with the outside world is via her “mother”, the evil Witch Queen – and now her slave, the brave knight Sir Cecil. Unfortunately for them all, a century-old zombie plague has awoken in the nearby Kingdom, and Rapunzel’s prison has become a tower of the undead. A Sir Cecil fights to protect her from the risen dead, little does he know that Rapunzel is infected too… – Goodreads

This is what I’m talking about. The last book of the Fables of the Undead wraps up the story a little more. We have continuing characters and links back more to previous books. It is well-paced and pretty clever with what it does. I don’t know much about the Rapunzel story other than her long hair and being in a tower so it didn’t matter to me how it would go since it would all be a surprise. However, it is fun to read and pretty exciting with some action and some mystery and even a bit of romance. There was a nice balance to everything. It is definitely a fun read. Even if you haven’t read the previous books in the series, it would matter too much either.

Overall, Fables of the Undead series is good because these books are standalone stories but keep a few links to make sure that it still has some connection. It is quick and short and rather easy to read. Some of the books fall a little flat at times but for the most part, it is pretty entertaining for the most part. There are some vivid descriptions that could be a little disgusting. However, it isn’t too disturbing, although I am still confused whether this is for kids (even I assume it should be seeing as its called Zombie Kids Books).

Have you read any of the Fables of the Undead yet?

Halloween Marathon: Scream (1996)

Welcome to the Halloween movie marathon!!!

The first franchise we are working on is SCREAM! We have to get that Wes Craven love back after last year’s highlight of Nightmare on Elm Street. I’ve only ever seen Scream 2 so getting the franchise in is going to be really cool. For the record, I think the scariest mask is Ghostface for some absolutely odd reason. I don’t even know why. When I see that mask, I tell myself that it is just some dude with a mask on but it creeps the heck out of me. It might be because Scream 2 is actually one of the first slasher movies I saw when I was young. My family is not huge on horror so this genre was a much later discovery.

We’re done with the rambling! Time to check out the first movie, SCREAM!

Scream (1996)

scream

Director: Wes Craven

Cast: Neve Campbell, Skeet Ulrich, Courtney Cox, David Arquette, Rose McGowan, Matthew Lillard, Jamie Kennedy

Sidney, attempting to cope with her mother’s mysterious murder, and her horror movie-obsessed friends are stalked by an unknown killer who seems to have a hard time letting the past go. – IMDB

Just a quick question before we start, does Scream feel like it has similar tones to Nightmare on Elm Street? It would make sense because they are both directed by Wes Craven. Scream was definitely something a little different from what I expected. Don’t get me wrong. It was an extremely fun and full of jumpscares experience. That is what Wes Craven was really great at: building the atmosphere and winding up the audience. Scream does not fail at that. For the most part, Ghostface is actually less scary now that I’ve seen Scream. I still think that mask gives me the shivers at times but the tone of Scream ranges from scary and creepy to silly in just a single moment. That is what I totally love about it though. It captures a fine balance between witty and creepy.

scream

Other than the masterful atmosphere here, the characters are pretty cool. Neve Campbell is iconic as Sidney. She isn’t a wimpy girl to say the least. She holds her morals and ethics high and has suffered loss that keeps her apart from others. Sidney is a strong girl and for the most part, the best part, is that she can hold her own. In many cases, it seems like she can outsmart the slasher quite a few times. While the rest of her friends are a bit more cliche and fits the slasher formula. The standout goes to her best friend Tatum, played by Rose McGowan. Her boyfriend Billy, played by Skeet Ulrich is also rather good. He is a little mysterious and weird but sweet in other moments. The same goes for his buddy who feels a little more unhinged but really just a simpleton. Of course, there is also the nerd of the group Randy, played by Jamie Kennedy, that adds a little horror movie cliche references. They all balance the film and propel it forward. However, the silliest part of Scream goes to some of the dialogue which can be extremely random at times.

Scream

Among all the characters, nothing beats the entertainment value of Courtney Cox and especially David Arquette. These two characters both are rather simple minded but seem to have some more depth in a way. Courtney Cox, as a TV reporter is fighting for a belief and suspicion and doing her job. David Arquette is just a young silly cop who seems to be out of place because he has a gentle heart and the best intentions. Let me say, his expressions and dialogue was awesome.

Scream

No one can get out of looking at a slasher flick and ignoring the slasher itself. I actually think the reveal was pretty clever. It sure fooled me for the most part. However, while Ghostface is incredibly.creepy at times, there is still a Freddy Krueger silliness here especially when we have that one scene where Ghostface creeps behind the bushes weirdly, then suddenly stops and looks into the camera and keeps going in a weird walking or exaggerated sneaking style. It is these moments that make the slasher feel less deadly when the slasher is. As weird as it is, that might all be to relieve some existing tension and also let the audience know what the characters in the movie doesn’t so we can wonder who goes next.

Overall, Scream is an entertaining and fun slasher flick. In all his silliness, Ghostface is still very creepy and deadly. Neve Campbell brings to life a great character in Sidney who is smart and strong and can hold her own. David Arquette is funny to watch as the young cop and the early interaction with the reporter played by Courtney Cox gives it some fun moments as well. Plus, we get a young Drew Barrymore cameo in the beginning.

Have you seen Scream? Did you like it?
Later this week, Scream 2 review coming up!

Netflix A-Z: Jenny’s Wedding (2015)

This week’s Netflix A-Z is for J! I ended up choosing Jenny’s Wedding!

Before my blogging days (or maybe I was but before TV Binge days), I used to watch Grey’s Anatomy and loved Katherine Heigl, even if her character didn’t really work that well and eventually just left the show. Then she did a really fun 27 Dresses. You can disagree all you want but I liked it a lot plus there’s James Marsden. I don’t have reason why I like rom-coms anymore. Jenny’s Wedding’s cover looks a lot like Bride Wars but this one is not about the same thing. Oh, and I like Alexis Bledel because of Sisterhood of Travelling Pants. I didn’t see any Gilmore Girls yet (which I probably should eventually.) Reasons for why Jenny’s Wedding is on my Netflix list.

Let’s check it out!

Jenny’s Wedding (2015)

Jenny's Wedding

Director: Mary Agnes Donoghue

Cast: Katherine Heigl, Alexis Bledel, Tom Wilkinson, Linda Emond, Grace Gummer

Jenny Farrell has led an openly gay life – except with her conventional family. When she finally decides to start a family and marry the woman they thought was just her roommate, the small, safe world the Farrell’s inhabited changes forever. They are left with a simple and difficult choice – either change with it or drown.-IMDB

When you look at Jenny’s Wedding’s ratings online, its really not good. You might even turn away from it. However, Jenny’s Wedding is worth something, even if its a courageous coming out story.  Jenny’s Wedding does do a good job at showing the potential hurdles of coming out. Its never easy to live in a lie especially to family who are the people someone loves the most. Jenny’s Wedding does a good job at showing the journey of not only Katherine Heigl’s character Jenny breaking free from those lies and confronting her family and showing the opposite side of her parents and siblings trying to decide if they can accept it and still see her for the person she had always been. While that is the dominant story, Jenny’s Wedding has a little more simply about honesty, family and being true to yourself but also realizing that what you assume of others may not be true just like when others assume something of you.

Jenny's Wedding

The intentions of Jenny’s Wedding is commendable. However, the one downfall that made me resist liking it more was that Jenny is courageous but at a certain point, in a very frustrating way. She’s a grown-up woman who decides to take this huge step to marry the woman she loves impulsively after being inspired by her father’s words but she never takes into consideration of how this sudden news that doesn’t even give them time to warm up to is thrown at them with somewhat of an ultimatum. The frenzy that is causes between each member of her family brings out something different. One of the scenes with the most impact scenes is when she gives her dad (played by Tom Wilkinson) a huge lecture about taking her for who she is or leaving it.  It shows how great of an actor Tom Wilkinson is because you can see the devastation and shock on his face even though he doesn’t say much. In the end, you realize that she midjudged him all along. It is moments like these that make us feel frustrated about Jenny’s character but it feels deliberate to allow to see that no one here is perfect and this is a difficult and conflicting situation for both sides.

Jenny's Wedding

On the other hand, Jenny’s Wedding is an independent drama. One of the enjoyable choices are the cast and the personalities they have. Some of the best parts here portray their confusion of not being able to grasp what just happened and in that process, everyone shows a quirky silly side as they struggle. For example, the mom played by Linda Emond is quite adorable when she cares but doesn’t know how to but at the same time, while she doesn’t know what she is doing, people have already assumed her actions and she will ask them back what she is doing. And then there’s Grace Gummer who plays Jenny’s sister who looks at her marriage, Jenny’s happiness and relates it to the grass in her yard and obsesses over it. These are at times silly moments and to some, it may even.be unnecessary but it also made it feel more objective to see that everyone takes a little something different away from the same scenario, just like real life.

Jenny’s Wedding isn’t long but it still won’t  be for everyone. It might sit in the convoluted territory at times or it might feel like not a lot is going on. It might even watch our characters in silence or talk in other parts. While it is an indie drama about coming out, there is still much to learn from it. The overall movie is average: harmless and has good intentions. If this is your type of movie, check it out.

Next up is K! That might be after October. I’m still deciding 😉

Movies From the Hat IV – #1 – Kim’s Pick – How To Steal a Million (1966)

MovieRob is a true movie watching monster in all the best ways! He is quickly approaching his 2500th movie review and to commemorate the amazing and outstanding milestone, he did another Movies From the Hat. MovieRob and I don’t quite have the same tastes in movies especially since the first time around, I recommended a movie that he downright hated and remains one that I love a lot. So far, its not too bad. I figured for 2500th milestone that I’d go with a classic with my fave actress Audrey Hepburn. I’m honestly surprised he hadn’t seen it before. Head over and check out his review of How to Steal a Million! 🙂

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This is my 2460th Review

Thanks to Kim of Tranquil Dreams for this recommendation.

Here are her thoughts on the film.


how to steal a million “Don’t you know that in his lifetime Van Gogh only sold one painting? While I, in loving memory of his tragic genius, have already sold two. ” – Charles

Number of Times Seen – 1 (28 Aug 2016)

Brief Synopsis – A forger and his granddaughter enlist the help of a professional thief to help steal a copy of a priceless piece of art before it is examined which will lead to their undoing.

My Take on it – When Kim recommended this to me, I was quite surprised that I had never heard of this one before because it fits the genre of crime caper/comedy that I have always enjoyed.

The fact that it was directed by William Wyler was the real clincher for me to want…

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Imminent Danger: And How to Fly Straight Into It by Michelle Proulx

A note to remember that the version I read of Imminent Danger: And How to Fly Straight Into It is the older version. It is entirely my fault as I bought the version a few years back and never got around to reading it.  The author, Michelle Proulx also has a blog in this community and you can find it right HERE. It is actually through a blogger’s book tour a few years back that I found this novel.

Imminent Danger: And How to Fly Straight Into It
by: Michelle Proulx

Imminent Danger: And How to Fly Straight Into It

High school junior Eris Miller thinks she’s having a bad day when her roommate’s boyfriend catches her stepping out of the shower wearing nothing but a towel. Then she gets abducted by scaly six-armed aliens with a strange fondness for the color blue, and her day suddenly gets a whole lot worse…As they race across the galaxy, outrunning a villainous figure from Varrin’s past, Eris begins to realize that their relationship is putting her planet, her life and her heart in imminent danger. She knows that trusting Varrin could prove deadly … but what other choice does she have? – Goodreads

As I slowly fall out of love for the Young Adult genre, there are still charming books with lots of heart that catches my attention. Michelle Proulx constructs her story for Imminent Danger: And How to Fly Straight Into It in a captivating way. There are flaws and that mostly goes to some clunky and/or cheesy dialogue, but the world she imagines in space and the creatures are vivid and brutal and versatile. It is a space that I’d like to visit eventually and kind of envy our main character Eris to have the chance to even though most of the creatures are quite unforgiving, cruel or downright dangerous. She takes the readers on a journey through space with a huge focus on our main three characters here. Most of the novel is watching Eris make her decisions and how she feels about certain situations in a third person perspective and that works fine.

This where I need to talk about Eris. I think its a problem sometimes for my falling out of love with Young Adult thing here and justifies why the dialogue doesn’t work so well as mentioned above. It is because I need to constantly remind myself and forgive the character of Eris that she is only seventeen years old and I’m almost double her age. However, when I do manage to put myself in her shoes, there are quite a few similarities between myself and Eris. Eris isn’t a weak character, just inexperienced and she has very honorable traits despite her naivety. It can all be explained by her youth and lack of real world experiences. Not to mention out of the world experiences. She still has so much to learn and she does because her character development is noticeable throughout the story.

 However, the other two characters on this journey are equally notable. While our main male character in this is a little textbook Prince Charming with a twist and his name is Varrin, he does have an endearing character although we don’t really learn a lot about him. He could use a little more knowledge which I’m hoping will be visible in the sequel (which is released). Varrin is a good character mostly because his dialogue is the most fun to read. However, the character with the most charisma has to go to somewhat of a sidekick supporting character Miguri who is this quiet and easily frightened alien species that warrants a lot of our love and even pity because his story is a touching one of how he has ended up all alone.

Overall, Imminent Danger has a few predictable parts but not a lot of young adult books (at least the ones I have read) is about aliens and definitely not touching alien abduction that takes a turn for the abnormal. Space and the worlds Eris and her companions travel to are done well and engaging. It never drags even if the dialogue sometimes emphasis on Eris’s naivety too much, however it does contribute to the fact that I am not the targeted audience anymore. While that is the case, the character development of Eris, Varrin and Miguri are done well enough. I know I talk a lot about self-containment in stories and this one doesn’t have that issue at all. It remains self-contained and hints at a sequel but never leaves us hanging, however I do hope that the sequel will give us a little more on Varrin’s backstory or Miguri and maybe some more planets.

Fantasia Festival 2016: The Unseen (World Premiere 2016)

Fantasia Festival is off to a good start with two world premieres in my line-up to kick things off. Every Fantasia, I try to get a few Canadian films in there. Fact is, Canada has a lot of talent and sometimes it all ends up being tucked away and no one sees these really great works. Fantasia is that time in the year when I can see what it has to offer and its one of the many reasons I’m always excited for the festival.

Fantasia Festival

This time around, we agreed to go see the world premiere of The Unseen hosted by the director Geoff Redknap and alongside as bonus, producer Katie Weekley and actress Camille Sullivan. Without even a trailer on the Fantasia site, the plot was enough to make us want to go. The premise seems like a refreshing one.

Let’s check it out!

The Unseen (2016)

The Unseen

Director and writer: Geoff Redknap

Cast: Aden Young, Camille Sullivan, Julia Sarah Stone, Ben Cotton, Max Chadburn, Alison Araya

A man who abandoned his family now risks everything to find his missing daughter, including exposing the secret that he is becoming invisible.-IMDB

The Unseen is a slow-burn horror thriller touching onto perhaps some science fiction with the whole Invisible Man premise. It is also an exceptionally intriguing watch with some parts that borders on dragging out but remembers to pick up its pace almost immediately. There are many strengths to this movie and a lot to love. First of all, the cinematography is fantastic mostly because where the movie is set is simply beautiful in small rural areas from the sawmill industrial area to the small town where the main character Bob’s family was located. It creates a feeling of isolation that works really well with the atmosphere The Unseen is trying to achieve. Second, the score itself is unnerving. It builds tension and drama when needed. However, the feeling I had in certain parts also applies to how I felt about The Witch earlier this year, and that is to see whether it is equally as effective if the score was removed. However, that may be one of the few criticisms (if it even counts as one) I have of this thriller.

The Unseen 2016

One thing that needs to be touched on are the special effects and makeup which is the background of director and writer Geoff Redknap. He is part of some big budget films. The most recent being Deadpool. With all this experience, its hard to imagine that this film utilises not a lot of special effects or makeup. The invisibility part does take on a lot of the effects but The Unseen takes the turn of a progressive invisibility which adds on to the suspense but in the Q&A session in the end, he also talks about the decision to do that and also taking out the typical science gone wrong aspect and change it into a disease or condition of sorts, which is a unique and rather clever approach.

A lot of the credit of the success of this film goes to the engaging and intense character delivered by Aden Young who plays the main character, a father who has to leave because he realizes that he is mysteriously disappearing, leaving his young daughter and severing all ties. He lives by himself and he doesn’t attach himself to anything. The pain of disappearing is huge, so much that he needs to use drugs to numb the pain and yet he also acquires certain abilities. There are subtle nuances to notice about his condition and the character development of Bob is outstanding. Not to mention the disappearance of his character is gruesome and possibly the more horrific images of the movie with organs exposed  and sections of flesh gone.  The performance he delivers from a quiet and isolated man to his struggles and pains and then to his protective father and angry, unhappy man is all so captivating to watch.

That isn’t to say that the other performances weren’t done as well. Everyone delivers a fine performance but Bob is the center of action here and the focal point as he races with time before he disappears to find his daughter

The Unseen

The Unseen might not be for everyone but it definitely takes a unique approach at a mysterious condition that plagues a man. While I do criticize that it sometimes seems to drag and there is one particular scene that seems a little far-fetched and needs a little more explanation and seems a little misplaced in the plot, there is a lot to appreciate about this Canadian thriller. The best part is that the director works hard to put together a story that lets us as the audience derive the connections and make our conclusions through our own observations. It keeps us guessing and hints towards certain bits and pieces of the plot but manages to tie up all the loose ends and wraps up an intriguing thriller.

I could go on but a good thriller is one that deserves to be experienced and everyone will catch something different or build another connection. The Unseen is a Canadian thriller set in a beautiful landscape and full of outstanding performances with a tight-woven story. It has a few little criticisms but nothing unforgivable. In fact, at the end, I didn’t even bother to think about them because of the unique approach and the dramatic and thrilling story it told. If you get a chance, see it!

That Moment In Podcast: Hush (2016)

Welcome to the next episode of That Moment In Podcast! This week, we’re looking at Hush, an independent horror thriller directed by Mike Flanagan, the mastermind behind Absentia and Oculus. Both of those, I have reviewed. Absentia remains of my all-time favorite horror movies. You can check out my reviews HERE and HERE respectively. If you haven’t heard of Hush and have Netflix, its your perfect opportunity to give it a go.

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