The Salesman (2016) Review

The Salesman (2016) is a 2016 Iranian-French drama film directed by Asghar Farhadi. It was included in the In Competition section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. At Cannes, Shahab Hosseini won the award for Best Actor and Asghar Farhadi won the award for Best Screenplay. In September 2016 film was selected as the Iranian submission for Best Foreign Language Film for the 89th Academy Awards, which will take place in 2017, and in December 2016 it made the shortlist of nine films which will be considered for a nomination in that category.

Director: Asghar Farhadi
Writer: Asghar Farhadi
Stars: Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti, Babak Karimi
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Release: France 21 May 2016 (Cannes Film Festival) (premiere) – Bulgaria 29 September 2017

The Salesman (2016) Storyline
Forced to leave their collapsing house, Ranaa and Emad, an Iranian couple who happen to be performers rehearsing for Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” rent a new apartment from one of their fellow performers. Unaware of the fact that the previous tenant had been a woman of ill repute having many clients, they settle down. By a nasty turn of events one of the clients pays a visit to the apartment one night while Ranaa is alone at home taking a bath and the aftermath turns the peaceful life of the couple upside down.

The Salesman (2016) Review
The Salesman is Asghar Farhadi’s 7th Feature film and the 4th in which he reunites with Taraneh Alidoosti.

The film centers around a married couple who are in middle of preparation for their adaptation of Death of a Salesman for stage. The film begins with this couple having to evacuate their apartment due to excavations happening next door. They’re forced to look for a new apartment and they managed to do so through their friend played by Babak Karimi…and that’s all you need to know about the plot because I feel like giving away more would diminish what this film is trying to achieve.

I feel like The Salesman follows a similar formula to About Elly . It’s expertly written and it managed to hook me from the very first scene all the way to the last. The viewer is not presented with the central issue of the film from the get-go (unlike a Separation), but rather the film follows normal day-to-day life of the characters and that creates a sense of anticipation in the viewer. That feeling of anticipation in About Elly made it so special for me and Farhadi follows the same formula here again.

I was never a huge fan of A Separation and I’ve always considered the massively underrated About Elly as Farhadi’s best film , but If you’ve seen and enjoyed either of those films, then The Salesman is for you.

This is probably the most mature and well crafted Film from Farhadi so far. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to seeing it again.

Oh and It’s probably worth noting that the film received a standing ovation at my theater.

The Salesman (2016) Trailer

Detour (2016) Reviews

Detour is a 2016 British thriller film written and directed by Christopher Smith. The film stars Tye Sheridan, Stephen Moyer, Emory Cohen, Bel Powley, John Lynch and Gbenga Akinnagbe. The film is scheduled to be released in the United States on 20 January 2017 by Magnet Releasing.

Director: Christopher Smith
Writer: Christopher Smith
Stars: Emory Cohen, Tye Sheridan, Stephen Moyer
Genre: Trhiller
Release: USA 16 April 2016 (Tribeca Film Festival) – USA 20 January 2017

Detour (2016) Storyline
Law student and all round good guy, Harper, suspects that his scheming step-father, Vincent, is responsible for the car crash that sent his mother into a coma. Drowning his sorrows one evening in a seedy L.A whiskey bar, Harper is interrupted by a tough looking redneck called Johnny Ray who offers to ‘take care’ of his step-dad for the cool sum of US$20,000. Angry, intent on revenge and fuelled by alcohol, Harper agrees to the deal and spends the rest of his evening downing shots with Johnny Ray. The next morning, Harper awakes to the mother of all hangovers with hazy memory of the previous night’s events. Answering a knock at the front door, he is surprised to find Johnny Ray and his beautiful but distant girlfriend, Cherry, ready and waiting to drive to Vegas to kill Vincent. Harper’s claims that he was drunk and didn’t know what he was doing mean nothing to Johnny Ray who is more threatening than ever in the cold light of day. Harper quickly realises that there is no easy way out; …

Detour (2016) Review
The Detour is an extremely original half-hour comedy by those funny Daily Show alums Jason Jones and Samantha Bee (Full Frontal with Samantha Bee), on TBS. It goes from slapstick to dark comedy and breaks the common taboos of network television: language, drinking, giving teenage son a drink, etc. It is rollickingl funny at times and very reminiscent of National Lampoon’s Vacation. If you, like at least one viewer on Metacritic, become “offended” by “obscenity,” then you won’t like it. But I suggest you stick with it. It is so much better than the endless formula sitcoms on network tv, like Two Broke Girls and their ilk. Highly recommended for the adventurous.

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Split (2016) Reviews

Split is a 2016 American psychological horror thriller film directed and written by M. Night Shyamalan. The film stars James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Jessica Sula, Haley Lu Richardson and Betty Buckley. The film has been described as a thematic sequel to the 2000 film Unbreakable.[3] Principal photography began on November 11, 2015, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The film premiered at Fantastic Fest on September 26, 2016 and will be released on January 20, 2017, by Universal Pictures.
Director : M. Night Shyamalan
Writer : M. Night Shyamalan
Stars : James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson
Genre : Horror, Thriller
Release : 18 January 2017 Phillipines – 23 March 2017 Brazil
Story Line
After three girls are kidnapped by a man with 24 duel personalities they must find some of the different personalities that can help them while running away and staying alive from the others.
Split (2016) Reviews

A welcome return to form for the director and James McEvoy gives one of his finest performances. I am not sure how many actors could achieve what he has executed so well here and one wonders if the film could have worked at the highest level without him. In between some of his bigger studio choices he has chosen challenging or interesting roles no matter how the films turn out and his range and talent always keep surprising but he takes it to another level here.

I won’t reveal too much about the film as others will do that, except to say it was a great film to watch in the theater, full of suspense and in some ways quite touching and meaningful, even if you do or don’t like the final twists you’ll be drawn in to this story and on the edge of your seat in more of a suspense mode.

I wasn’t sure if the film would go beyond a typical kidnapping film in the first five minutes but I can assure you its completely different to any expectations you’ll have despite the director putting some of his more traditional touches on the film towards the end of it which really work in this case. I’ve always liked his earlier films as they often look at human conditions or flaws with imagination and some of his films have fallen short but he sounds like he’s become more open minded and enjoying his work returning to form so well here and all I can say is well done, he has great attention to detail and gives his all.

This is a great film if you want an original suspense/thriller go and see it. I was sorry to see a review that put this film down, those reviews are off the mark this time round in my opinion I hope there is more to come from the M Night daring to be different again, his lower budget work is outstanding and easily brings out his best storytelling.

James McEvoy you’ve smashed it here and given you’re all it was worth the risk, keep taking them! Having attended the Q&A he comes across a decent humble man which I would think gives his performances such resonance and skill. Also a great performance from Anya Taylor Joy she’s a talent as well. Go see the see the film, especially in the threatre on a big screen it will have you on the edge of your seat.

Split (2016) Trailer

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The Bye Bye Man (2017) Reviews

The Bye Bye Man is an upcoming American supernatural horror film directed by Stacy Title and written by Jonathan Penner, based on the chapter “The Bridge to Body Island” in Robert Damon Schneck’s book The President’s Vampire. The film stars Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas and Doug Jones, with Carrie-Anne Moss and Faye Dunaway. Principal photography began on November 2, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. STX Entertainment will release the film on January 13, 2017.

Director : Stacy Title
Writers : Robert Damon Schneck (short story), Jonathan Penner
Stars : Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas
Genre : Horror, Thriller
Release : 12 January 2016 Greece – 9 February Brazil

Storyline
When three college students move into an old house off campus, they unwittingly unleash a supernatural entity known as The Bye Bye Man, who comes to prey upon them once they discover his name. The friends must try to save each other, all the while keeping The Bye Bye Man’s existence a secret to save others from the same deadly fate. Written by STX Entertainment”

The Bye Bye Man (2017) Trailer

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Sleepless (2017) Reviews

Sleepless is an upcoming American action thriller film directed by Baran bo Odar,[2] written by Andrea Berloff and starring Jamie Foxx and T.I. as a pair of corrupt Las Vegas cops who search for one of their kidnapped sons. Michelle Monaghan, Dermot Mulroney, David Harbour, Gabrielle Union, and Scoot McNairy also star.

Director : Baran bo Odar
Writers : Andrea Berloff , Frédéric Jardin
Stars : Michelle Monaghan, Jamie Foxx, Dermot Mulroney
Genre : Action, Crime, Thriller
Release : 12 January 2017 Portugal – 9 March 2017 Germany

A remake of the French thriller Sleepless Night, the film is scheduled to be released on January 13, 2017 in the United States.

“A cop with a connection to the criminal underworld scours a nightclub in search of his kidnapped son.”

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Amityville: The Awakening (2016) Reviews

Amityville: The Awakening is an upcoming 2017 American supernatural horror film and the seventeenth installment in the Amityville saga. It will be directed by Franck Khalfoun from a screenplay he wrote. The film was produced by Daniel Farrands, Casey La Scala and Jason Blum through his Blumhouse Productions banner. It stars Bella Thorne, Cameron Monaghan, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Thomas Mann, Jennifer Morrison and Kurtwood Smith. The film is scheduled to be released on January 6, 2017 by Dimension Films, a division of The Weinstein Company.
Director : Franck Khalfoun
Writer : Franck Khalfoun (screenplay)
Stars : Bella Thorne, Cameron Monaghan, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Genre : Horror, Thriller
Release : 30 December 2016 Japan – 6 January 2017 USA
“Belle, her little sister, and her comatose twin brother move into a new house with their single mother Joan in order to save money to help pay for her brother’s expensive healthcare. But when strange phenomena begin to occur in the house including the miraculous recovery of her brother, Belle begins to suspect her Mother isn’t telling her everything and soon realizes they just moved into the infamous Amityville house.”
Amityville: The Awakening (2016) Trailer

 

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Gold (2016) Reviews

Director :  Stephen Gaghan
Writers : Patrick Massett, John Zinman
Stars : Bryce Dallas Howard, Matthew McConaughey, Toby Kebbell
Genre : Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Release : 25 December 2016 Canada – 13 April 2016 German
Gold is an upcoming 2016 American crime adventure film directed by Stephen Gaghan and written by Gaghan, Patrick Massett and John Zinman. The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Édgar Ramírez, Bryce Dallas Howard, Joshua Harto, Timothy Simons, and Michael Landes. Principal photography began on June 29, 2015, in New York City, New Mexico and Thailand. The film is scheduled to be released in a limited release on December 25, 2016, by TWC-Dimension.
“An unlikely pair venture to the Indonesian jungle in search of gold.”
Gold (2016) Trailer

 

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Patriots Day (2016) Reviews

Patriots Day (2016) Reviews. An account of Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis’s actions in the events leading up to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists behind it.
Director: Peter Berg
Writers: Peter Berg , Matt Cook
Stars: Melissa Benoist, Michelle Monaghan, Mark Wahlberg

Patriots Day (2016) trailer

Patriots Day (2016) Reviews / Metascore: 72

In his third collaboration with director Peter Berg, Mark Wahlberg plays a cop investigating the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

Like the heroic Bostonians it celebrates, civilians and law enforcement both, Peter Berg’s Patriots Day gets the job done. The director’s second big-screen release of the year — and his third portrait of frontline heroism starring Mark Wahlberg, after Lone Survivor and Deepwater Horizon — the movie is, for Berg, a characteristically high-powered rendition of a real-world disaster that’s still fresh in the collective memory. If nothing else, Berg proves himself a master of filmmaking efficiency; he made this technically complex action piece, which took its bow in the closing-night slot at AFI Fest, in a matter of months. Set for a limited holiday opening in New York, Los Angeles and Boston, it should click strongly with moviegoers, especially after its mid-January expansion into the heartland.

Written by Berg, Matt Cook and Joshua Zetumer, the movie is a countdown thriller to a disaster we all know is coming. Beginning hours before the 2013 edition of Boston’s world-renowned race and moving through the manhunt that follows it, the story jumps among survivors, first responders and investigators, with Wahlberg filling the Everyman shoes, and providing a typically likable focal point, as fictional character Tommy Saunders, a sergeant with the Boston PD.

As Saunders, Wahlberg is no less engaging than in any of his somewhat underappreciated screen performances. Yet this is the least interesting of the men of duty he’s played for Berg, more a stand-in for the American working-class hero than a fully fleshed character, albeit one who’s married to an exceptionally clear-eyed woman, played with dependable grit by Michelle Monaghan. It’s no fault of Wahlberg’s when his brief third-act monologue remains a screenwriterly statement of theme, never finding a pulse.

But as a man of action, he’s thoroughly convincing. Fighting his way back from an injury that has sidelined him on the job, Saunders considers his marathon-day assignment an insult. With his neon-yellow vest, he feels like a crossing guard in a clown suit, but when the spring day is shattered by incomprehensible violence, he springs into action, limp and all. In the ensuing days of investigation, he puts his homicide experience to work to interview victims and witnesses, his know-how explained rather than explored.

With a strong assist from production designer Tom Duffield, Berg captures the fascinating speed and precision with which the feds, led by FBI Special Agent Richard DesLauriers (a fittingly terse Kevin Bacon), set up a command center in the Black Falcon Terminal, a vintage warehouse on the city’s waterfront, for their digital and DNA forensics. Even so, procedural matters aren’t Berg’s focus so much as the on-the-ground manhunt and its every high-octane thrill.

But first, the setup. It’s a given that every introduced character will be, in one way or another, a victim of the attacks. They include a young married couple (Rachel Brosnahan, Christopher O’Shea), an MIT security guard (Jake Picking) and Dun Meng (a superb Jimmy O. Yang), the Chinese app designer whose carjacking by the Tsarnaevs is by far the most tense, suspenseful and involving portion of the movie.

Elsewhere, the film offers up generic clashes between local cops and the feds, with John Goodman’s Ed Davis, commissioner of the Boston Police Department, sounding off in favor of swift action. Bacon’s FBI honcho has no less a sense of urgency, but he’s more attuned to political currents and potential pitfalls, and seeks a more measured public stance — until, that is, the identifying surveillance photos of the perpetrators, Tamerlan (Themo Melikidze) and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (Alex Wolff), are leaked to Fox News.

Melikidze and Wolff lend nuance to their portrayals of the brothers — respectively, threateningly charismatic controller and seemingly depressive acolyte — but the Tsarnaevs aren’t of particular interest to Berg except as villains. As for the elder Tsarnaev’s wife (Melissa Benoist), she figures in a standout scene in which an enigmatic police interrogator, played commandingly by Khandi Alexander, reads her the riot act. J.K. Simmons is the epitome of old-school cool as Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese of the police department in neighboring Watertown, where Dzhokhar’s attempted escape famously ends in a backyard boat.

Berg recreates the marathon explosions themselves with full-frontal pandemonium, a confusion of blood and noise as limbs are severed and families are torn apart, rushed to separate hospitals. While Tobias A. Schliessler’s restless camerawork expertly evokes the unspeakable panic and confusion, it can also feel self-consciously kinetic. Pulling back from explicit imagery, he crafts striking aerial shots of the city that poignantly suggest its upheaval. Throughout the film, the score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross intensifies the action with its relentless jabs and tremors, from chords to ticks to clangs to heart-pounding drumbeats.

Yet however technically proficient the movie, however heartfelt its admiration for everyone who worked feverishly to contain the damage, nothing in the narrative proves remotely as affecting as the documentary footage and interviews that Berg includes at film’s end. Some stories don’t require special effects.

A Kind of Murder (2016)

A Kind of Murder (2016) Reviews.  In 1960s New York, Walter Stackhouse is a successful architect married to the beautiful Clara who leads a seemingly perfect life. But his fascination with an unsolved murder leads him into a spiral of chaos as he is forced to play cat-and-mouse with a clever killer and an overambitious detective, while at the same time lusting after another woman.

Director: Andy Goddard
Writers: Susan Boyd, Patricia Highsmith
Stars: Haley Bennett, Jessica Biel, Patrick Wilson

 

A Kind of Murder (2016) Trailer

A Kind of Murder (2016) Reviews

Film noir. Pulp fiction. Low lights and dim shadows. Smoky bars that serve the finest rotgut and rooms that rent by the hour. The not so smart guys and dolls that occupy this underworld are people the good life never knew. Their existence is one of unabashed desperation, seeking a way out to a life they never had or could play a part. Always one big score, one stroke of luck, one horse or roll of the dice away from trading the bad side of town for deliverance to a wistful world that remains just outside their plaintive grasps. For these tortured souls, a return to the big house is a welcome respite, death a transition to the solace they could never find. Pitfalls arrive in the form of a rival’s murder they did not commit, a robbery by an old pal while they were asleep, but somehow, being a “usual suspect,” they dissemble while innocent when the inevitable knock on the door arrives, which eventually leads to their sometimes undeserved tragic end.

Enter “A Kind of Murder,” a not so pulpy attempt at the classic genre. The lighting is foreboding, the shadows disguise, the mood is set, but then the movie starts and we get something else. It is as if the makers of this film tried to make “The Blue Dahlia” with the wrong characters. Clara Stackhouse, played by Jessica Biel (“Hitchcock,” “The Illusionist”) represents the stereotypical bored, hysterical, boozed and suicidal sixties housewife, dressed in suburban splendor in her taffeta hoop skirts, pearls and white gloves. At no point does she evoke the noir broad, the tough Barbara Stanwick-type chick who “don’t take no guff off nobody.” We’re supposed to believe that she is the most successful real estate agent in her region, but the only indication we have that she has a career is a couple of lines from her boss. Her manic-depressive character would have been more believable if they had made her Madmen’s iconic Betty Draper, pushing a vacuum while knocking back highballs.

Patrick Wilson (“Fargo,” “The Watchmen”) is wasted in this poor man’s B- movie role as Walter Stackhouse, a pathological liar on a strange guilt trip because he imagined life without Clara. He’s got everything, successful architectural practice, sprawling suburban home, cool car and beautiful wife reminiscent of Talking Head’s “Once in a Lifetime,” but he’s trapped playing the role of the desperate two-time loser with nothing at stake. The power couple we are presented (“he builds ’em, she sells ’em”) simply doesn’t fit. Wilson is forced to channel his best Alan Ladd while making every inexplicable mistake a murder suspect can muster, digging his own grave with every word he utters. You want to shout “Stop talking!” at the screen. He should have taken his partner’s advice and taken some time off. We’ll have to wait for Wilson to land a leading role he can sink his teeth into.

The hard-boiled detective, played by Vincent Kartheiser (Peter Campbell- “Madmen”) is straight out of a bad B-movie playbook. As pathetic as the perps he pursues, he concocts one crazy theory after another, committed to solving crimes with his gut rather than seek actual evidence. Stackhouse’s mindboggling series of lies does nothing but encourage Kartheiser’s unwavering, emotionally driven methods. Unfortunately, once the investigation picks up speed the story becomes frustratingly convoluted and remains so. His flights of fancy make it impossible to discern what he’s trying to accomplish. Mark McPherson (“Laura”), a stellar noir detective, would have slapped him silly.

The movie ends on a fitful note. Kimmel (Eddie Marsan –”Ray Donovan,” “Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell”), a psychopath who actually did commit murder, panics after one of Kartheiser’s nonsensical threats, later finding his solace via death by bullets in a dark basement. Just what one would expect if the movie was about him. The problem is Kimmel’s story is unrelated to Stackhouse’s problems outside of convenient logistics, and provides no resolution to the principal story. We leave not knowing whether Kartheiser continued investigating Stackhouse or simply gave up. One could conjure the image of a conversation between him and his police chief a la “Burn After Reading,” where they decide Stackhouse is simply too stupid to have murdered his wife. The line, “If we convicted husbands for wishing their wives dead, there would not be enough prisons to hold them” comes to mind. In the end, “A Kind of Murder” is kind of noir, but misses the mark.

 

Friend Request (2016) Movie Reviews

Friend Request (2016) Movie Reviews. The Best Reviews, Read the Reviews. When a college student unfriends a mysterious girl online, she finds herself fighting a demonic presence that wants to make her lonely by killing her closest friends.
Director: Simon Verhoeven
Writers: Matthew Ballen, Philip Koch
Stars: Alycia Debnam-Carey, William Moseley, Connor Paolo

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Friend Request (2016) Movie Reviews

“Friend Request” follows a college student named Laura (Alycia Debnam Carey) who receives a friend request on Facebook from a lonely girl named Marina (Liesl Ahlers) who has 0 friends. Laura accepts the friend request out of pity but quickly regrets it as Marina becomes obsessed with Laura in a very short amount of time. Once Marina’s overwhelming advances of friendship are rejected by Laura, she decides to take her own life, film it, and put it on the internet. After Marina’s death Laura begins to lose control of her life and her facebook account due to further harassment from Marina’s ghost.

I felt like the plot was an OK lead in to a very familiar concept, college kids getting picked off one by one while one person tries to figure things out and find a way to stop the person or thing that is terrorizing them. After the initial set up this movie really starts to look a lot like a number of previous modern day horror films, it just makes no effort whatsoever to try to shake things up a bit. They took an overused formula and stuck to it pretty much to the tee. I even find it hard to write much about the film because it was so bland and just didn’t really offer much at all. You will predict every twist, you will see every death coming, and you will not be shocked by the ending at all.

I tend to like these kinds of movies so I was willing to forgive a lot of the film’s clichés, but it got to the point where it just felt like the film makers were going down a list of horror movie clichés and checking them off as they made the movie. It’s not the worst movie ever, it looks good, the acting is good enough, and a few of the kills weren’t bad. However there just isn’t enough here to warrant watching it over many similar films that are much better. “Friend Request” is simply a film that is so Luke warm that it’s hard to think of much good things or bad things about it.