I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore. (2017)

I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore.
Director: Macon Blair
Writer: Macon Blair
Cast: Melanie Lynskey, Elijah Wood, Devon Graye, David Yow, Jane Levy, Myron Natwick, Gary Anthony Williams, Lee Eddy, Macon Blair, Christine Woods, Robert Longstreet
Seen on: 30.5.2021

Ruth (Melanie Lynskey) is a nursing assistant. Meek and quiet, she has a hard time standing up for herself. But when she finds her house robbed one day and the police absolutely unhelpful, she decides to embark on her own investigation. She asks the neighborhood weirdo Tony (Elijah Wood) for help, and they try to figure out who took Ruth’s things.

I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore. is a quirky film that doesn’t forget that quirkiness isn’t a substitute for actual characterization. It could have profited from a little more tonal consistency, but I did enjoy it for the most part.

The film poster showing Tony (Elijah Wood) and Ruth (Melanie Linskey) standing with very serious looks in front of a garden fence.
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I See You (2019)

I See You
Director: Adam Randall
Writer: Devon Graye
Cast: Helen Hunt, Jon Tenney, Judah Lewis, Owen Teague, Libe Barer, Gregory Alan Williams, Allison Gabriel, Sam Trammell
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 26.9.2019

Something strange is going on in the Harpers’ home: police officer Greg (Jon Tenney), counselor Jackie (Helen Hunt) and their son Connor (Judah Lewis) are faced with things disappearing in their home, or being moved to different places. They start to wonder whether something supernatural is going on. Meanwhile, Greg starts to investigate the disappearance of two boys that seems equally mysterious as what happens at home.

I See You starts off well enough but then starts tripping over the myriad plot twists and subplots it thinks necessary. A little less would have been way more here, but as is, the film is okay and not much more.

The film poster that is almost entirely black apart from an antique-looking monkey mask.
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13 Sins (2014)

13 Sins
Director: Daniel Stamm
Writer: David Birke, Daniel Stamm
Remake of: 13 game sayawng [13 Game of Death]
Cast: Mark Webber, Devon Graye, Tom Bower, Rutina Wesley, Ron Perlman
Part of: Secret Society Screening at the /slash Filmfestival
[Reviews by cornholio and Maynard Morrissey.]

Elliot (Mark Webber) is about to get married to Shelby (Rutina Wesley) which is added stress (also financially) to a life that isn’t already very easy: his brother Michael (Devon Graye) has a disability, his father (Tom Bower) lives his life in a retirement home, mostly occupied with hating everybody. Both have to be supported by Elliot who is not really the most succesful salesman. That’s when he gets a call from a mysterious voice that offers him easy money – if he just plays along with their game by completing 13 tasks. They start off harmless, but that’s not how they stay.

13 Sins uses a concept that we’ve seen quite a bit already, but it is well done and entertaining, albeit not groundbreaking.

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Husk (2011)

Director: Brett Simmons
Writer: Brett Simmons
Cast: Devon Graye, Wes Chatham, C. J. Thomason, Tammin Sursok, Ben Easter

The five friends Scott (Devon Graye), Brian (Wes Chatham), Natalie (Tammin Sursok), Chris (C. J. Thomason) and Johnny (Ben Easter) are on their way to a weekend retreat when they have an accident and are stranded next to a cornfield. Seeking help in a nearby farmhouse, they soon discover that there’s something else with them in the cornfield.

My first thought after seeing this film was that it must be the first film by Brett Simmons. But it’s actually his third, which makes things a little sad. It has its moments but those seem to be more of a coincidence.

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