Doctor Sleep (2019)

Doctor Sleep
Director: Mike Flanagan
Writer: Mike Flanagan
Based on: Stephen King‘s novel
Sequel to: The Shining
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Kyliegh Curran, Rebecca Ferguson, Cliff Curtis, Zahn McClarnon, Emily Alyn Lind, Selena Anduze, Robert Longstreet, Carel Struycken, Zackary Momoh, Jocelin Donahue, Bruce Greenwood, Sallye Hooks, Alex Essoe, Jacob Tremblay
Seen on: 27.11.2019

Content Note: antiziganism

Dan (Ewan McGregor) has had a rough go of it. The only way he knew how to deal with his supernatural abilities was to drown it in alcohol. But he is trying to change and to get a fresh start in a small town in New Hampshire. Once he is settled there, he realizes that another person with the same abilities, but stronger, is reaching out to him – a young girl called Abra (Kyliegh Curran). Abra knows that something bad is happening to kids like her – and she needs Dan’s help to figure it all out.

Doctor Sleep has the difficutl tasl of being a sequel to a book and a film which deviate from one another, and it does manage to make something interesting from those diverging predecessors. But the film’s blatant antiziganism is a huge problem.

The film poster showing a red hallway with Dan (Ewan McGregor) wallking towards a boy on a tricycle.
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I Trapped the Devil (2019)

I Trapped the Devil
Director: Josh Lobo
Writer: Josh Lobo
Cast: Scott Poythress, AJ Bowen, Susan Burke, Rowan Russell, John Marrott, Jocelin Donahue, Jocelin Donahue
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 24.9.2019

Matt (AJ Bowen) and his wife Karen (Susan Burke) decide to drop in on Matt’s brother Steve (Scott Poythress) around the Christmas holidays. Matt and Steve don’t have much contact, and Matt is worried about him, so they just show up unannounced. They find that Steve has a prisoner in his basement – a prisoner he claims to be the devil himself. Matt and Karen are horrified, but they also find the behavior of the prisoner strange. Maybe there is something to Steve’s theory and explanation after all?

I Trapped the Devil has a good idea, but the execution just didn’t work for me at all. It was tedious and the sound design was just bad.

The film poster showing a red door in front of black background with a man tied to a chair sitting in front of it.
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Summer Camp (2015)

Summer Camp
Director: Alberto Marini
Writer: Alberto Marini, Danielle Schleif
Cast: Diego BonetaJocelin DonahueMaiara WalshAndrés VelencosoÀlex MonnerXavier Capdet
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 30.4.2016
[Review by cornholio.]

Will (Diego Boneta), Christy (Jocelin Donahue), Michelle (Maiara Walsh) and Antonio (Andrés Velencoso) have arrived a day early at the location where they’ll be working as counsellors for a summer camp for the next few weeks. They are supposed to spend the day preparing for the kids’ arrival and to get to know each other. But their plans have to change when the animals around them start to turn into raging zombie-like monsters. At least at first it’s only the animals.

Summer Camp was rather entertaining for about half an hour. Then it started to become extremely repetitive and with that repetition boring. Plus, the characters remained flat and there were some serious logic errors, leaving more frustrated than anything else.


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