Six-Word Movie Review – Castle in the Ground

I’m taking my Six-Word Story series one step further and challenging myself to come up with six words for an entire movie. It’s ambitious, I know, but fun all the same!

Movie: Castle in the Ground

Year of Release: 2019

IMDb Rating: 5.9

Genre: Drama

On Letterboxd: Here

Poster:

Imogen Poots and Alex Wolff in Castle in the Ground (2019)
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“When rock bottom isn’t far enough,”…

Movies in Theatres – A Discussion about Ready or Not

The biggest win in this film for me is the lead actress and protagonist in this twisted little tale, Samara Weaving

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Ready or Not (2019)

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Stars:

Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Mark O’Brien | See full cast & crew

Ready or Not had a great trailer. The trailer did a reasonably sound job of confirming that the sub-genre where horror is mixed in with the protagonist playing some sort of sick game (kind of like Saw but this time it’s an actual game) is alive and well. There are plenty of movies based on this plot, and some of them are not even in the horror genre (The Hunger Games) even though horrible things can or will happen. So where does that leave Ready Or Not? Somewhere near the bottom half seems about right.

The biggest win in this film for me is the lead actress and protagonist in this twisted little tale, Samara Weaving, who plays the bride-to-be, Grace. Grace meets Alex and falls in love. Alex just happens to be part of the Domas Gaming family heirdom that makes him a very nice catch indeed. The couple finally gets to the big day where their lovely vows are exchanged, but most of this is just a facade. Unbeknownst to Grace, the Domas family have a very dark and ugly secret, and she’s about to find out just what that secret is by, you guessed it, playing a game!

Samara Weaving is fantastic as Grace. Weaving seems to be going from strength to strength in her films of late. That said, it would be a fair comment to also suggest that there might be a little bit of pigeon-holing going on in terms of the genre and roles she has been cast in. Nevertheless, she pulls it off with finesse, kicking and screaming all the way. She’s very believable, and that’s important because sometimes, you just need to see someone screaming from the sheer terror of their experience. Even in a horror-comedy.

The pacing of the film is a little odd. While the beginning starts off relatively slow, the pace seems to jump from 2 to 15 without much in-between and then maintains this pace until it’s very close to the end. There’s nothing wrong with a fast-paced horror movie as long as it’s all going to come full circle. Eventually, it does, but it was all just a little too predictable for me, and that was a tad disappointing.

One thing that I did think was a little funnier than it was probably intended to be is the situation that ensues with the Domas family waitresses and a butler that almost stole the show entirely. It’s so hard to find good help these days.

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Writing Update – November 2019

I thought it would be a good idea to blog regular updates about what I’m reviewing and writing for the month.

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If you’re not actually visiting my website, then you won’t see my “Currently Reviewing” Widget so I thought it would be a good idea to blog regular updates about what I’m reviewing and writing for the month. I anticipate that I may have a lot more to review and write about as the months progress because I am already reading and reviewing two books this week, which is this title courtesy of Net Galley:

 

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I actually really enjoyed reviewing Cybersecurity is Everybody’s Business in the non-fiction genre, so I’m gonna ride the non-fiction wave a tad longer with F*ck No! By Sarah Knight. It’s technically a self-help book, but I was intrigued enough by the title to read the blurb, and I was kinda sold.

 

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I started reading Under Lying by Janelle Harris purely out of the blue one day when I was looking on Amazon and I’ve just kept going from there so that’s book number two for this week.

And lastly, I wanted to revisit The King in a second viewing and finally write a review. So that’s a lot to do.

I’m also still writing my short story that I can’t talk about but it’s slowly coming along. I’ve written around eight chapters so far. I gave up on flash fiction because I really didn’t feel and you know what they say about not feeling something … don’t do it 😀

And lastly, I am looking at other blogging platforms to spread my writing around and I found Bloglovin which I actually liked so I’ll be reposting my work there.

Movies in Theatres – A Discussion about Doctor Sleep

To classify this film as a “horror” is a pretty big stretch, even with the nasty bad guys who reminded me more of the vampire family in Twilight.

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Doctor Sleep (2019)

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Director:

Mike Flanagan

Writers:

Stephen King (based on the novel by), Mike Flanagan (screenplay)

Stars:

Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, Kyliegh Curran | See full cast & crew »

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Who knew that Danny, the little kid from The Shining had some sort of super power?

I certainly didn’t and I’ve seen The Shining multiple times. So fast-forward a good 20 odd years and our boy Danny has grown into a maladjusted human being who only likes two things in life; alcohol and running from his “demons” who just happen to be real. No, really and it’s not just Danny who sees them which I’ll get to in a bit.

You might be thinking, what could possibly be connecting this film to The Shining other than Danny? And that’s a fair question. Well, without spoiling it, there are more distinct tie-ins further on in the film to The Shining which I’m sure some fans will enjoy. I wasn’t very moved myself. Kubrick’s The Shining was a lot more psychologically scary, disorientating and a little disturbing which is why I enjoyed it. While Mike Flanagan did an alright job of integrating some of the “what the hell just happened” mood into Doctor Sleep, it really didn’t grip me half as much as similar scenes in The Shining did.

The fantastical aspect of the film is very much fantastical with lovely shots of the night sky, floating people and birds-eye views of the pretty city lights. But there was something that didn’t fit with the villains of this little story. Rebecca Ferguson as the villain Rose, The Hat, was cool and ethereal-like – I definitely see the likeness to Stevie Nicks in her character. She was everything you’d expect a generally good villain to be; a little creepy, a little aggressive all the while hiding a very dangerous secret under her cool but very big hat. The link between our hipster looking villain and her gang and Danny is explained which is essentially why this film is a sequel to The Shining, but it certainly doesn’t feel like it is.

Danny accidentally stumbles upon this very special friend named Abra who is linked to him through The Shining (the super hero power mentioned earlier). That is what Danny calls it so we’ll call it that too. The Shining then becomes this “thing” but I think I liked it more when it was obscure and unexplained.

To classify this film as a “horror” is a pretty big stretch, even with the nasty bad guys who reminded me more of the vampire family in Twilight. And you can take that any way you like.

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Netflix – A discussion about El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

Towards the end, everyone liked Jesse Pinkman. I never did, to begin with. Jesse was a character that really grew on me over time, so I was already invested in seeing what his fate would be, come what may. I just needed to know, you know?

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (2019)

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A sequel, of sorts, to Breaking Bad following Jesse Pinkman after the events captured in the finale of Breaking Bad. Jesse is now on the run, as a massive police manhunt for him is in operation.

Director:

Vince Gilligan

Writers:

Vince Gilligan, Vince Gilligan (based on “Breaking Bad” by)

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I was so excited to hear about a Breaking Bad movie, and I suspect I was one of the millions of fans around the globe that felt the same. There was no need for hoopla or PR advertising campaigns to push this into the minds of viewers – the fanbase for Breaking Bad were more than ready to see Jesse Pinkman and Walter White once more.
That said, would it be as good as the TV series? Could it even be “bad?” I sat on writing this review for a couple of reasons but mostly because I wasn’t really sure how I felt about it. It definitely didn’t blow me away as much as I expected it would, but somehow that didn’t matter in the end because it was so damn satisfying seeing Jesse again and following his story after his harrowing experience at the end of Breaking Bad.
Towards the end, everyone liked Jesse Pinkman. I never did, to begin with. Jesse was a character that really grew on me over time, so I was already invested in seeing what his fate would be, come what may. I just needed to know, you know?
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No SPOILERS but wow, you’ll be reeling from this once you get to see what Jesse had to go through at the hands of his captors. How any man could survive that kind of treatment is anyone’s guess, but somehow Jesse pulled through it. Yeah, some bad shit happens to Jesse. And I’ll leave it at that.
The quick recap is you get to see what Jesse went through, you get to see what he must go through after being a wanted man and Jesse gets to experience the meaning of true friendship in a world where friends are very few and far between.
It’s also refreshing to see old faces once more, but it would be a bit of a spoiler for me to tell you who they are. You’ll just have to watch it for yourself!
The Broken Quill Rating: 3/5