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
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Plot:
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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Summer of 84 (2018)

Summer of 84
Director: François Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell
Writer: Matt Leslie, Stephen J. Smith
Cast: Graham Verchere, Judah Lewis, Caleb Emery, Cory Gruter-Andrew, Tiera Skovbye, Rich Sommer
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 24.9.2018
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Plot:
A serial killer has been active in Cape May, leaving the area in a constant state of vigilance. This includes Davey (Graham Verchere), though to be fair, he doesn’t need much prompting to see mysteries and conspiracies everywhere. That’s why not even his friends Woody (Caleb Emery), Curtis (Cory Grüter-Andrew) and Eats (Judah Lewis) believe him, when Davey starts to suspect that his neighbor, police officer Wayne Mackey (Rich Sommer), is the Cape May Slayer. Nevertheless, after yet another suspicious disappearance, the four start to investigate Mackey.

Summer of 84 starts as an hommage to the 80s adventure film, perfectly evoking the look and feel of them. But it isn’t content with “just” paying hommage, and takes quite a turn in the end that both makes and breaks the film.

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Demolition (2015)

Demolition
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Writer: Bryan Sipe
Cast: Jake GyllenhaalNaomi WattsChris CooperJudah LewisC.J. WilsonPolly DraperDebra MonkHeather Lind
Seen on: 21.6.2016

Plot:
Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal) thought his life was pretty good, but after his wife Julia (Heather Lind) dies in a car accident, he finds that things weren’t all what they cracked up to be: he didn’t really know Julia, and he simply overlooked all the things that weren’t right. In his grief, he writes a letter of complaint to a company filling vending machines, detailing not only that his candy got stuck in the machine, but his entire situation. The customer service rep Karen (Naomi Watts) who reads his letter finds herself intrigued and together with her son Chris (Judah Lewis), they starts playing no small part in Davis’ attempt to first destroy, then rebuild his life.

When I saw the trailer for Demolition for the first time, I was very much reminded of this tweet (that I can’t find anymore) where somebody wrote something along the lines of “look, it’s my favorite genre: woman dies so man can learn something about himself.” It seemed the perfect description for this film. I decided to see it despite of this, mostly because Jake Gyllenhaal can do pretty much anything. Unfortunately there really isn’t much more to this film than what you can see in the trailer.

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