Plot: Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi and director Gil Kenan reimagine and contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is invaded by angry spirits. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and take the youngest daughter, the family must come together to rescue her.
Quick Review: Poltergeist… It knows what scares you... At least, that is what we were lead to believe from the first set of films involving Carol Anne and her family.
This time around Sam Rockwell leads a great cast in what is sure to be a great film. But, will it be as good as the original?
If the trailer is anything to go by, then this will be just as good – if not better – than the original version. But I guess we will soon see.
Poltergeist comes out July 24, 2015.
The Way Way Back
Stars: Steve Carell, Toni Colette, Allison Janney, AnnaSophia Robb, Sam Rockwell, Liam James
Directors/Writers: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
IMDB Rating: 7.4
Plot: Duncan (Liam James) is not a popular kid and it doesn’t look like the summer is going to offer anything better for him. His mother’s boyfriend has invited them to his beach house where Duncan is expected to improve his personality and physical appearance, and meet girls. But his would-be step-sister doesn’t want anything to do with him and his shy demeanor makes it difficult for him to meet anybody new. When Duncan wanders into the Water Wizz, the local water park, he meets adult employees who are just having fun. Owen (Sam Rockwell) lets Duncan work with him and their new-found bond will help each other mature and find their place in life. Which for Duncan means standing up to his would-be step-father, having a conversation with the girl next door and being more comfortable with who he is.
Review: There is nothing to dislike about this movie. This film tell the story about a 14 year old teenage boy (Duncan) trying to find a place where he belongs and how no-one’s family is perfect. It’s about the awkwardness and embarrassment of adolescence and finding friendship.
Steve Carell plays Trent, the arrogant boyfriend (of Pam) who thinks he has all the answers to everything. Pam, (Duncan’s mom – played by Toni Collette), is the insecure single mom trying to balance her own happiness with that of her son. AnnaSophia Robb plays the cute girl next door who sees some potential in Duncan, and Zoe Levin plays the role of Duncan’s self-righteous, self-serving step-sister (thank goodness we don’t see much of her character)
Sam Rockwell plays the role of Owen – The mentor with all the classic one-liners known to man (and then some), who owns the local water-park, (and knows nothing about the running of the water-park).
It does take a while for the story to develop, but in the end, this is one of the “feel good” movies of the year.
A true “coming of age” story that shows that even an awkward teenager can be a winner 🙂 I will not go into details of everything on this review, as you can watch and judge this for yourself. (Watch for the stand off scene between Trent and Owen).
Verdict: The Underdog Has His Day! 🙂
My Rating: 7 out of 10
Trust me (2013)
Stars: Clark Gregg; Felicity Huffman; William H. Macy; Amanda Peet; Sam Rockwell; Saxon Sharbino
IMDB Rating: 6.8
Plot: A struggling agent for child actors and former child star himself, Howard Holloway spends years losing his most talented clients to his slick, arch-nemesis Aldo Shocklee. Until the day that Howard encounters the brilliant and unsigned 13 year-old Lydia who is on the brink of securing the lead in a new Twilight-style franchise. Howard tries desperately to close the deal of a lifetime and make his precocious young client a star while managing her drunk, volatile father, Aldo’s relentless poaching attempts, and the hostile machinations of the project’s casting director and mega producer, who both despise him. But the closer he gets to achieving the Hollywood score he has chased all his life, the more he develops a growing suspicion that his innocent young starlet may not be at all what she seems.
Review: “Trust Me” is a story that is simple enough. A former child star is now an agent in Hollywood representing child actors. He’s not doing too well in his chosen career; his clients are stolen by another agent (Sam Rockwell), and he’s struggling to make ends meet. His fortune changes when he signs a young unknown actress, with a dad who frequently threatens to destroy everything.
What starts out as a light-hearted comedy soon turns into a thriller, and shows that at the end of the day, if you wear your heart on your sleeve, you’re gonna end up shafted by someone. And in this film, showing that you have a shred of humanity does not pay off, especially when those you would call “associates” are down right manipulative and will do anything to screw someone over.
This gem of a movie is directed by Clark Gregg, whom you may know better as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson (“Iron Man”, “The Avengers”, and “Marvel: Agents of Shield”). Some wonderful performances by Amanda Peet (as Howards love interest) and Sam Rockwell (as Howards nemesis). Gregg has managed to assemble a good cast for this film, and it shows in their performances just how well they work together.
To say much about this film will give away too many spoilers, so I will just say that the directing by Clark Gregg is fantastic, and watch for the brilliant acting by Saxon Sharbino, who in my opinion is an actress to keep on your radar (Watch for her in the “Poltergeist” remake coming in 2015, which also stars Sam Rockwell).
My Rating: 8 out of 10.
Tagline: 250,000 miles from home, the hardest thing to face…is yourself
Duncan Jones directorial debut shows us that he has the goods to deliver a compelling story of what perils one person goes through when faced with 3 years of solitude 250,000 miles from Earth.
Without a doubt, MOON was the best movie I have seen in a while. MOON puts a relatable human touch on an intriguing and deep sci-fi story that, while it originally appears to be taking the path of 2001 Space Odyssey, is a unique adventure.
An absolute brilliant performance by Sam Rockwell, who is an extremely versatile actor in his own right and Kevin Spacey’s GERTY voice-over is eery and excellent. This movie is definitely in my list of Top Movies, and one that is a Must See for anyone who likes a good movie.
Synopsis: Sam Bell has a three year contract to work for Lunar Industries. For the contract’s entire duration, he is the sole employee based at their lunar station. His primary job responsibility is to harvest and periodically rocket back to Earth supplies of helium-3, the current clean and abundant fuel used on Earth. There is no direct communication link available between the lunar station and Earth, so his only direct real-time interaction is with GERTY, the intelligent computer whose function is to attend to his day to day needs. With such little human contact and all of it indirect, he feels that three years is far too long to be so isolated; he knows he is beginning to hallucinate as the end of his three years approaches. All he wants is to return to Earth to be with his wife Tess and their infant daughter Eve, who was born just prior to his leaving for this job. With two weeks to go, he gets into an accident at one of the mechanical harvesters and is rendered unconscious. Injured, he awakens back at the station in the infirmary, he assumes assisted by GERTY. GERTY tells him that a rescue team named Eliza will come to the station to clean up the aftermath of the accident. After his recuperation, he takes an unauthorized trip back to the broken harvester, where he makes an unexpected discovery. Because of his find, he begins to doubt his sanity, then his true identity, then the company and GERTY’s willingness to do what is best for him. Because of his resulting beliefs, his sole mission becomes how to get back to Earth on his own