Prevenge (2016)

Prevenge
Director: Alice Lowe
Writer: Alice Lowe
Cast: Alice Lowe, Gemma WhelanKate DickieTom DavisJo HartleyKayvan NovakMike WozniakTom Meeten
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 5.5.2017
[Review by cornholio.]

Plot:
Ruth (Alice Lowe) is seven months pregnant and rather lonely. Also, of course, nervous. When the midwife (Jo Hartley) tells her that there’s no need to be nervous, the baby will let her know what she has to do, Ruth listens. And her baby does speak to her, telling her to kill. And Ruth listens to that as well, going on a rampage that should get finished before her baby is actually born.

I really loved Prevenge. It’s funny, cleverly and surprisingly understated, has a great concept and an excellent performance by Lowe in all the many jobs she did for the film.

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Eddie the Eagle (2016)

Eddie the Eagle
Director: Dexter Fletcher
Writer: Sean Macaulay, Simon Kelton
Based on: Eddie Edwards‘ life
Cast: Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Jo Hartley, Keith Allen, Iris Berben, Jim Broadbent, Christopher Walken, Edvin Endre
Seen on: 6.4.2016

Plot:
Eddie (Taron Egerton) has always had one dream: he will be an athlete. And not just any kind of athelte, an Olympic athlete competing for the UK. No matter the sport and no matter that he is perpetually hurting himself in his attempts. When he realizes that there is no British ski jumping team, he sees his chance and he grabs it. Making his way to Germany to train with absolutely no support apart from his mother’s (Jo Hartley) unflinching belief in him, he meets Bronson Peary (Hugh Jackman): Bronson came close to be one of the greats in his sport, but now he makes his money driving the snow groomer. Eddie does everything he can to convince Peary to train with him so that he can take his shot.

Eddie the Eagle is a fun, entertaining film. It’s not a big cinematic revelation, but it’s a very nice watch with a good story and two engaging leads.

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Inbred (2011)

Inbred
Director: Alex Chandon
Writer: Alex Chandon, Paul Shrimpton
Cast: Jo Hartley, James Doherty, James Burrows, Neil Leiper, Chris Waller, Nadine Rose Mulkerrin, Seamus O’Neill
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

Plot:
Kate (Jo Hartley) and Jeff (James Doherty) are social workers, taking a group of kids to a small town for a community project/weekend getaway. But when they arrive there, things start to get a little weird. First, the house they’re staying at is an absolute mess. And the local pub their celebratory drink after cleaning leads them to is also not exactly the most welcoming place. But it soon turns out that the local population is even worse than that.

I really, really enjoyed Inbred. It’s an absolutely demented and fun addition to the hillbilly horror genre and at the same time also a loving salute to it.

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