The Post (2017)

The Post
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writer: Liz Hannah, Josh Singer
Cast: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitford, Bruce Greenwood, Matthew Rhys, Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, Jesse Plemons, David Cross, Zach Woods, Pat Healy
Seen on: 1.3.2018
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Plot:
Daniel Ellsberg (Matthew Rhys) has anonymously leaked documents to the New York Times that prove the atrocities of the USA in Vietnam. The Post, newly managed by Kay Graham (Meryl Streep) who took over after the death of her husband, doesn’t want to fall behind and finds Ellsberg for more information. Soon The Post finds itself under big pressure from the government not to publish and Kay has to make big decisions.

The Post is a film full of pathos. There’s nothing wrong with that and it works emotionally. It’s just a little too safe in its choices, making it feel a little dusty. But (unfortunately) not out of date.

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Carnage Park (2016)

Carnage Park
Director: Mickey Keating
Writer: Mickey Keating
Cast: Ashley Bell, Pat HealyAlan Ruck, James Landry Hébert, Michael Villar, Bob Bancroft, Larry Fessenden
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 28.9.2016
[Review by cornholio.]

Plot:
Joe (James Landry Hébert) and Lenny (Michael Villar) just robbed a bank and took Vivian (Ashely Bell) hostage. They are able to lead the police led by Sheriff Moss (Alan Ruck) on a merry chase and finally get away in the desert, where Lenny dies. Joe and Vivian end up on Wyatt’s (Pat Healy) and Wyatt doesn’t take lightly to trespassers. He shoots Joe outright and what should be Vivian’s salvation turns into her biggest nightmare.

Carnage Park starts off really strong, but then it gets rid of everything I liked about it and becomes the most standard of slashers and I just couldn’t get into it. I would have preferred a film about the bank robbery.

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Tales of Halloween (2015)

Tales of Halloween
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 25.9.2015
[Reviews by cornholio and Maynard.]

Plot:
Tales of Halloween is a horror film anthology with 10 short films, all taking place on the same Halloween night, framed by the narration of a radio DJ (Adrienne Barbeau).

Tales of Halloween is an enjoyable collection of segments that makes time fly by. I especially enjoyed how interconnected the segments were, using the same set and often the same extras as well. Not all segments were equally strong, but altogether, it’s a great film.

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Starry Eyes (2014)

Starry Eyes
Director: Kevin Kolsch, Dennis Widmyer
Writer: Kevin Kolsch, Dennis Widmyer
Cast: Alex Essoe, Amanda Fuller, Noah Segan, Fabianne Therese, Pat Healy, Maria Olsen
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
[Reviews by cornholio and Maynard Morissey.]

Plot:
Like so many young women in LA, Sarah (Alex Essoe) dreams of becoming an actress. So she runs from audition to audition and keeps her head over water working as a waitress. After one audition that didn’t go too well, Sarah runs into the bathroom there and has a minor meltdown: she screams, she pulls her hair (which is a frequently used punishment for herself) and she gets caught by the casting director (Maria Olsen) doing so. But instead of completely disqualifying Sarah, it piques the director’s interest. It seems all Sarah has to decide now is how far she is really willing to go to become a star.

Starry Eyes starts off well enough and then loses its way around the middle and never finds it again. There were interesting moments but ultimately the film doesn’t rise above mediocrity.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Writer: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Based on: the comic by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby
Sequel to: Captain America: The First Avenger
Cast: Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Scarlett Johansson, Robert RedfordAnthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson, Hayley Atwell, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp, Toby Jones, Stan Lee, Pat Healy
Part of: Marvel movies

Plot:
Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) tries adjusting to life in his own future but that’s not easily done. Especially when the few things he thought he could count on come crashing down around him. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) is attacked and with him SHIELD, the mysterious and deadly Winter Soldier is after Steve and Steve finds himself almost entirely on his own. Only supported by Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) he tries to figure it all out.

Captain America was an extremely entertaining film and I did enjoy it a whole lot. They were certainly able to do better than with the first one, though it still isn’t a perfect film.

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Cheap Thrills (2013)

Cheap Thrills
Director: E.L. Katz
Writer: Trent Haaga, David Chirchirillo
Cast: Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, David Koechner, Sara Paxton, Amanda Fuller
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

Plot:
Craig (Pat Healy) used to be a journalist but now he’s working in a garage. Or rather he was working in a garage – but he was just fired, which really doesn’t help him or his family with their general money problems. As he tries to drink his sorrows away, he runs into Vince (Ethan Embry), an old acquaintance. As they catch up, they meet Violet (Sara Paxton) and Colin (David Koechner) who are obviously made of money. Violet and Colin start offering Craig and Vince money for various, increasingly outlandish wagers.

Cheap Thrills was a movie like a punch in the stomach but in a good way [yeah, I know: as if there was a good way to be punched in the stomach]. It was a tense, awesome piece of cinema.

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The Innkeepers (2011)

The Innkeepers
Director: Ti West
Writer: Ti West
Cast: Sara Paxton, Pat Healy, Kelly McGillis
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

Plot:
The Yankee Pedlar Hotel is about to close down. In it’s last days of business, Claire (Sara Paxton) and Luke (Pat Healy) are the only employees left to take care of the few guests still staying there. But Luke and Claire also have another mission: They want to record the ghost that haunts the hotel. So during the night shift they set out to record the sounds in every room. And it isn’t long until Claire hears somethign weird.

I’m usually not much of a ghost story fan but this movie was an excellent one, despite the fact that it suffers from protagonist stupidity. And it was really scary.

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