Fantasy Island (2020)

Fantasy Island
Director: Jeff Wadlow
Writer: Jillian Jacobs, Christopher Roach, Jeff Wadlow
Remake of: the Fantasy Island TV show
Cast: Michael Peña, Maggie Q, Lucy Hale, Austin Stowell, Jimmy O. Yang, Portia Doubleday, Ryan Hansen, Michael Rooker, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Mike Vogel, Kim Coates, Robbie Jones, Jeriya Benn
Seen on: 5.3.2020

Plot:
Patrick (Austin Stowell), Melanie (Lucy Hale), Gwen (Maggie Q), J.D. (Ryan Hansen) and Brax (Jimmy O. Yang) won a stay on fantasy island where Mr Roarke (Michael Peña) supposedly makes all dreams come true. They have each submitted their descriptions of their fantasies and like magic, everything is prepared for them to make them into a reality. But soon things start to feel off and the fantasies turn dark and twisted.

I didn’t expect much from Fantasy Island. In fact, I was pretty much braced for something really bad (but the cast still drew me in). Turns out, the film isn’t very good, but it’s not as bad as I feared it would be.

The film poster showing the island, creating the shape of a skull from afar.
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Blue Valentine (2010)

[Viennale.]

Blue Valentine is Derek Cianfrance‘s newest film, starring Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, Mike Vogel and Faith Wladyka.

Plot:
Dean (Ryan Gosling) and Cindy (Michelle Williams) are married and have a daughter, Frankie (Faith Wladyka). Their life is mostly just fine, if not especially great but when the family dog runs away and gets hit by a car, this is kind of the straw that breaks the camel’s back. In an attempt to get things back on track, Dean and Cindy leave Frankie with her grandfather and spend the weekend in a hotel.

Blue Valentine is a heavy movie. It’s pretty damn fantastic but I can still feel it working inside of me; especially Dean (as a character) has me pretty occupied. I’m not sure yet what conclusions I’m going to take away from it. [Which might make this review seem a little disjointed and Dean-centered.]

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