TL;DR – While there are some good ideas here, what we have is a film of two halves that don’t quite work well with each other.
Score – 2.5 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is a mid-credit scene
Today I have an interesting task in reviewing someone’s first ever feature film
which actually puts me in an odd position. That is because while there are some
really good ideas here in places and the core concepts are sound, a lot of this
film does not quite come together. We need more creatives taking those first
new steps because that is where all of our greatest filmmakers started. With
that in mind explore the world of a horror aficionado and the chaos they leave
in their wake.
So to set the scene, we open in on Zoe (Aida Valentine) as she is preparing for
her last day at school for the term and by preparing I mean setting up a horror
scene of a wedding, including an exploding bride. This is a frustration to her
father Sal (Greg James) who is trying to raise her and run a business as a single
dad. All of this comes to a head when Zoe’s older sister Zilla (Sam Kamerman)
returns home to announce that she is getting married, oh married to a women Lu
(Mia Allen), oh and all of Lu’s family have made the trip from New York to
Portland to come over for dinner, oh they are all super conservative, and oh
the wedding is in a couple of weeks.
TL;DR – A very contained film exploring relationships as they form in the intensity of a single moment.
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
Today I have been rained in, so with everything I was going to do put on hold,
I thought I would take some time and explore some of the films available
on-demand here in Australia. The first one I came across was a film out of
Finland that explores a bond that is formed over a weekend working in the
So to set the scene, Leevi (Janne Puustinen) is coming home to Finland after a
long time away in Paris. He is home to get some research done on his thesis but
whilst he is there he feels compelled to visit his father Jouko (Mika Melender), even though they have a strained relationship
after the death of his mother. When he arrives at their summer cottage, Leevi
discovers that his dad is renovating it, getting it ready to sell, and since he
had no idea Leevi was coming he had hired someone from a job agency to help
him. That is how Tareq (Boodi Kabbani) arrives at the cottage, and it is a good
thing Leevi is there because Tareq is a Syrian refugee and he doesn’t speak
Finish, and Jouko’s English is not that great so Leevi can act as a translator.
However, things heat up when the two are left to their own devices and discover