Becky (2020)

Director: Jonathan Milott, Cary Murnion
Writer: Nick Morris, Ruckus Skye, Lane Skye
Cast: Lulu Wilson, Kevin James, Joel McHale, Robert Maillet, Amanda Brugel, Isaiah Rockcliffe, Ryan McDonald, James McDougall
Part of: SLASH Filmfestival
Seen on: 27.9.2020

Jeff (Joel McHale) takes his daughter Becky (Lulu Wilson) and their dogs to their lake house where they used to spend all their holidays before Becky’s mother died. But Jeff has also invited his new girlfriend Kayla (Amanda Brugel) and her son Ty (Isaiah Rockcliffe) – much to Becky’s horror. She is not ready for her father to move on and prepares to make the stay at the house miserable for everyone. But everything changes when escaped convict Dominick (Kevin James) shows up at their house with his cronies, looking for something he left there many years earlier. When Dominick makes sure that everyone knows that his threats are for real, Becky takes up the fight.

Becky is basically Home Alone, but Home Alone with a whole lot of blood and violence. That is to say: it is a whole lot of fun and definitely not for kids. It was the last film of the 10-day festival for me, so I saw it when I was rather tired already, but it definitely managed to keep me engaged and entertained. Absolutely a nice ending of the festival.

The film poster showing Becky (Lulu Wilson), blood splatter all over her face.
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Brick Mansions (2014)

Brick Mansions
Director: Camille Delamarre
Writer: Luc Besson
Remake of: Banlieu 13
Cast: Paul Walker, David Belle, RZA, Gouchy Boy, Catalina Denis, Robert Maillet, Bruce Ramsay

As crime has been rising in Detroit, it was decided that the best way tohandle it was to built a giant wall around the worst area and seal it off, thus creating a ghetto called Brick Mansions, which is ruled by Tremaine Alexander (RZA) who controls drugs and firearms without much involvement from the police or anybody else. But when a bomb gets stolen, undercover cop Damien Collier (Paul Walker) teams up with convict Lino Dupree (David Belle) – whose (ex?-)girlfriend Lola (Catalina Denis) was kidnapped by Tremaine – to take him down and save the city.

Brick Mansions has some excellent action scenes that live off their parkour aesthetic. Unfortunately it also has one of the stupidest plot that ever existed and even worse dialogues.


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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Director: Harald Zwart
Writer: Jessica Postigo
Based on: Cassandra Clare’s novel
Cast: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan, Kevin Zegers, Jemima West, Robert Maillet, Kevin Durand, Godfrey Gao, Lena Headey, Jared Harris, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Aidan Turner

One night at a club, Clary (Lily Collins) stumbles upon three teenagers – Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower), Alec (Kevin Zegers) and Isabelle (Jemima West) – who kill a boy they claim is a demon. She calls her best friend Simon (Robert Sheehan) for help, but he can’t see the perpetrators or the victim. The next day, Clary runs into Jace again and she receives a frantic phone call from her mom (Lena Headey), telling her not to go back home again. Then her mom goes missing and Clary finds herself in over her head in a world that is suddenly filled with magic and demons, and intriguing Jace.

City of Bones is actually a rather decent adaptation of the book. But since I’m not a huge fan of the book and since that meant that the movie also pretty much copied every flaw, it didn’t blow me away. But it was pretty entertaining and the headdesk-worthy moments are few and far between.


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Monster Brawl (2011)

Monster Brawl
Director: Jesse T. Cook
Writer: Jesse T. Cook
Cast: Dave Foley, Art Hindle, Kevin Nash, Lance Henriksen, Robert Maillet, Jimmy Hart, Herb Dean, Jason David Brown, Mark Gibson
Part of: /slash Filmfestival

Monster Brawl is pretty much exactly that. Eight monsters are pitted against each other in an evening of wrestling madness. The whole thing was built up like a usual wrestling transmission, with interviews and backstories and commentators. But who will win – Frankenstein (Robert Maillet), Cyclops (Jason David Brown) or maybe it’s Witch Bitch (Holly Letkeman)?

The idea for the film is pretty cool. I mean, who wouldn’t love wrestling monsters? But it runs a little too long. In the end it’s not enough of an idea to fill an entire feature film.

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