Lovesong (2016)

Lovesong
Director: So Yong Kim
Writer: So Yong Kim, Bradley Rust Gray
Cast: Riley KeoughJena MaloneCary Joji FukunagaJessie Ok GraySky Ok GrayNeal HuffRyan EggoldMarshall ChapmanBrooklyn DeckerAmy SeimetzRosanna Arquette
Part of: identities Festival
Seen on: 9.6.2017
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Plot:
Sarah (Riley Keough) has been best friends with Mindy (Jena Malone) since about forever. But with adulthood, their ways have separated a bit. Sarah is married to Dean (Cary Joji Fukunaga) and has a small daughter Jessie (Jessie Ok Gray), while Mindy lives a wilder life. But when Sarah and Mindy reconnect and go on an impromptu road trip, their relationship starts to change.

I enjoyed Lovesong the longest time, despite a couple of issues here and there. But the ending left me disappointed and a little bitter.

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Alien: Covenant (2017)

Alien: Covenant
Director: Ridley Scott
Writer: John Logan, Dante Harper
Sequel to: Prometheus
Prequel to: the Alien movies
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Amy Seimetz
Seen on: 23.5.2017
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Plot:
The Covenant is a spaceship that carries colonizers who hope to find a new habitable planet. But before they reach their chosen destination, there is a malfunction that requires Walter (Michael Fassbender), a robot in charge of the ship, to wake the crew from cryostasis. As they are dealing with the aftermath of the damage, a transmission reaches them, a call for help that brings them off their intended path and down to a planet that seems to offer perfect conditions for colonization. But as soon as they land, things start to become weird.

Alien Covenant failed to leave much of an impression with me. The first half was pretty good, but the second half turned pretty boring and was simply too clichéd to work.

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Upstream Color (2013)

Upstream Color
Director: Shane Carruth
Writer: Shane Carruth
Cast: Amy Seimetz, Shane Carruth, Andrew Sensenig, Thiago Martins
Part of: Viennale

Plot:
Kris (Amy Seimetz) is drugged by a man (Thiago Martins) with something based on a worm that makes her entirely susceptible to his suggestions. He uses that to give her nonsensical instructions while he clears out her accounts. After that Kris is summoned to a pig farm where the worm is drained out of her. When Kris wakes up from her state, her life is destroyed. It is only when she meets Jeff (Shane Carruth) with whom she forms an immediate, pretty much metaphysical connection that she starts to piece together what happened to her – and him.

Upstream Color was the last film I saw at this year’s Viennale and simultaneously one of the films I looked forward to the most, having heard only good things about Primer (which I have yet to see). Unfortunately things didn’t really go my way.

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You’re Next (2011)

You’re Next
Director: Adam Wingard
Writer: Simon Barrett
Cast: Sharni Vinson, AJ Bowen, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn, Joe Swanberg, Margaret Laney, Amy Seimetz, Ti West, Rob Moran, Barbara Crampton
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

Plot:
It’s been a while since the Davison family came together but they do so to celebrate the parents’ anniversary. It’s Crispian’s (AJ Bowen) opportunity to introduce his new girlfriend Erin (Sharni Vinson). But as they sit together and go through the usual tense “we don’t much like each other but we are family” routine, they come under attack from men in masks who set out to kill them one by one.

You’re Next comes with a lot of accolades to back it up and I have to say that I do believe it’s been severely overhyped. Maybe I would have liked it if my expectations hadn’t been so high, but in this case I left it with a decided feeling of meh.

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A Horrible Way to Die (2010)

A Horrible Way to Die
Director: Adam Wingard
Writer: Simon Barrett
Cast: AJ Bowen, Amy Seimetz, Joe Swanberg
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

Plot:
Sarah (Amy Seimetz) is trying to start a new life after her boyfriend Garrick (AJ Bowen) was arrested for murdering several women. She got clean and started dating Kevin (Joe Swanberg). But then Garrick escapes from prison and starts to catch up with Sarah.

Simon Barrett has written a very good script and the cast isn’t bad either. But unfortunately Adma Wingard and his camera work and editing drove me pretty much insane, completey ruining the film.

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