Mrs. Harris Goes To Paris is a charming little movie.

In 1950s London, a widowed cleaning lady falls madly in love with a couture Dior dress, deciding she must have one of her own. After working to raise the funds to pursue her dream, she embarks on an adventure to Paris that will change not only her own outlook — but the very future of the House of Dior.

Mrs. Harris Goes To Paris is simplistic yet still really interesting and quite great at the same time, it’s a super sweet and wholesome movie that establishes it’s goal right from the start that being to fall in love with the film. Lesley Manville in the leading role is spectacular, she’s very fitting in her role and truly knocks it out of the park as the leading role. Isabelle Huppert is also quite fantastic here as well, like Manville she completely steals every scene she’s in and truly goes all out in the role. The writing is simple yet very charming, the film really shows the beauty of being simplistic it particularly works here mainly due to the cast and the film itself coming together to create something wholesome. The costume design combined with the cinematography has a lot to look at that really captures the viewer’s eye and it’s the little details that make the film go the extra mile as well. Mrs. Harris Goes To Paris might not break any new ground but it doesn’t have to, it’s a simple and easy watch that’s genuinely charming.

Mrs. Harris Goes To Paris is available on all VOD Platforms.

7/10 B

The Andy Baker Tape half a good found footage movie.

The last known footage of food blogger Jeff Blake and his half-brother Andy Baker.

I’ve said this multiple times already but my issue with a lot of the modern found footage horror genre is they take an eternity to get to the main point of the movie. That’s sadly the case here with The Andy Baker Tape, the main leads Bret Lada and Dustin Fontaine are at least engaging and actually do a far better job than you would expect. They both clearly seem like they are having the time of their lives with this movie so at least the passion is there, the plot itself just takes way too long to get going and the horror elements actually end up weakening the movie quite a bit. All that happens is Andy ends up being creepy midway through the movie and from there it’s quite predictable, I like the whole premise of “certain character becomes odd” but it’s down in such a bare bones way that’s been done to death numerous times already. Overall The Andy Baker Tape is definitely not bad and gets points for a strong start, likable leads and decent filming but ultimately doesn’t have anything new to add to a very crowded subgenre.

The Andy Baker Tape is available on the Terror Channel and will be released on all VOD Platforms August 12th.

5/10 C

Quick Review: Bring Him Back Dead (2022)

A violent gang of criminals is ordered, after a botched heist, to track down and eliminate the man who betrayed them and ran off with their loot.

Bring Him Back Dead is a very nothing special about it low budget action movie, there’s some fine enough action scenes that are at least fun. But that’s all there really is, the acting isn’t as bad as you would expect but it just mainly comes down to “seen that and it’s been done better” really not a whole lot here.

Bring Him Back Dead is available tomorrow on all VOD Platforms.

4/10 D+

Most Anticipated Films Of August 2022!

Another month in the books! August is up next and has quite a few films that have a lot of potential to be really fun and fantastic. As always I’ll quickly list films I’ve already seen that I highly recommend checking out!

Resurrection – August 5th (VOD)

I Love My Dad – August 12th (VOD)

Emily The Criminal – August 12th (Theaters)

Girl Picture – August 12th (Theaters)

Breaking (formally known as 892) – August 26th (Theaters)

Now for the list!

18. Maneater – August 26th (VOD)

17. They/Them – August 5th (Peacock)

16. 13: The Musical – August 12th (Netflix)

15. Allegoria – August 2nd (Shudder)

14. Glorious – August 18th (Shudder)

13. Orphan: First Kill – August 19th (Paramount+)

12. What Josiah Saw – August 4th (Shudder)

11. When I Consume You – August 16th (VOD)

10. Samaritan – August 26th (Amazon Prime Video)

9. Thirteen Lives – August 5th (Amazon Prime Video)

8. Beast – August 19th (Theaters)

7. Fall – August 12th (Theaters)

6. The Invitation – August 26th (Theaters)

5. Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero – August 19th (Theaters)

4. Both Sides Of The Blade – August 23rd (VOD)

3. Prey – August 5th (Hulu)

2. Three Thousands Years Longing – August 31st (Theaters)

1. Bodies Bodies Bodies – August 5th (Limited Theaters) August 12th (Wide)

And that’s the list!! Which films are you excited for?

Brian And Charles is a genuinely hilarious movie of a man and his robot.

Brian is a lonely inventor in rural Wales who spends his days building quirky, unconventional contraptions that seldom work. Undeterred by his lack of success, he soon attempts his biggest project yet. Using a washing machine and various spare parts, he invents Charles, an artificial intelligence robot that learns English from a dictionary and has an obsession with cabbages.

Brian And Charles is a genuinely funny little movie about a man and his robot, the performances are all really strong here David Earl and Chris Hayward have this strong chemistry that really matches the character’s bond. The novelty is what makes the movie worth it, it’s such a simple but fascinating idea that it becomes lovable. Sure the movie does run out of steam during the third act as it does start to repeat itself a tiny bit, but that doesn’t stop the movie from having a handful of quiet moments that really let you absorb both Brian and Charles conversations. How they act, feel and tell about each other is truly fascinating and leads to a handful of laughs.

Brian And Charles is available on all VOD Platforms

7/10 B

The Forgiven a dull satire on the rich.

While driving to a party at a grand villa, a wealthy couple on the verge of divorce accidentally hit and kill a young Moroccan man who was selling fossils on the roadside.

The Forgiven has a pretty strong cast that is ultimately the best part about it Jessica Chastain, Ralph Fiennes, Christopher Abbott, Ismael Kanater and Matt Smith are all great and for the script they are given they do a great job. What mainly hurts The Forgiven is that it really doesn’t do anything with it’s topic, being a satire of eating the rich or of the very wealthy is something that could be interesting if done right. But unfortunately The Forgiven doesn’t have the script to back it up, there’s some decent shots here and it’s competently made but script doesn’t offer anything investing and instead is very surface level at best. The basic formula with The Forgiven is the following…present an interesting idea, explore it for about five minutes and then abandon it and finally move on to the next. The Forgiven isn’t a terrible movie as it is well acted and decently made but it’s definitely one that could have been really great.

The Forgiven is available on all VOD Platforms.

5/10 C

She Will is a hauntingly beautiful slow burn horror film.

An ageing film star retreats to the Scottish countryside with her nurse to recover from surgery. While there, mysterious forces of revenge emerge from the land where witches were burned.

She Will is a very slow burn horror film but the patience from the viewer is absolutely worth it here, Alice Krige gives a fascinating performance in the leading role and captures the atmosphere of the film quite well. The film mostly tells it’s story through it’s filming, atmosphere and horror elements all of which when combined together telling a fascinating story that adds depth to the characters. The characters are also a key element here that tell the story particularly Veronica Ghent (Alice Krige) who’s past we learn about as well as her trauma, the score combined with the filming creates a very eerie atmosphere that may not leave you jump out of your seat scared. But it will be haunting and at the same time quite beautiful, the direction from Charlotte Colbert is truly impressive and It is clear Colbert knows how to give a film a haunting atmosphere. Overall She Will is not going to be for everyone but for fans of slow burn horror films this will be a very solid film.

She Will is available on all VOD Platforms.

8/10 B+

American Carnage is a fun horror comedy with a well executed premise.

After a governor issues an executive order to arrest the children of undocumented immigrants, the newly detained youth are offered an opportunity to have their charges dropped by volunteering to provide care to the elderly.

American Carnage is a fun little movie with pretty interesting and grotesque premise, the only main flaw is that it does take a bit to get going but if you can get past that then you are in for a ride. The cast does a really solid job here particularly Jenna Ortega (her fourth major role this year), Eric Dane and Jorge Lendeborg Jr. They all truly give such entertaining performances that the movie run pretty smoothly, the gore and makeup are pretty well done as well when combined together they both stick out. Not every joke in the movie completely lands, but this is a horror comedy where there’s actually some decently funny scenes here, what does help this movie is it takes advantage of the bizarre premise while make it a ton of fun!!

American Carnage is available on all VOD Platforms.

7/10 B

Vortex is a beautifully crafted important film about dementia and heart conditions.

A retired psychiatrist with dementia and a struggling author with a heart condition live their final days together in an apartment.

Vortex is directed by Gasper Noé who’s known for his disturbing yet fascinating work, Vortex however is a bit different (some may argue this is just as disturbing if not MORE disturbing since this does actually happen), Vortex is essentially about a retired psychiatrist with dementia and an author with a heart condition living their final days together until their deaths. Immediately from the very beginning of the film it captures your eye as the entire film is done in a split screen format, we get to see what both Lui (Dario Argento) and Françoise Lebrun are doing, the conversations they have and their emotions. There’s so much attention to detail that is captured, by having the split screen the viewer can take in the full picture of each conversation and for the film to be explored. The acting combined with the writing is incredibly raw to the point where this almost feels like a documentary that is documenting the final days of two elderly people. It shows what it’s like to go through dementia and heart conditions and doesn’t shy away from that either, the filming is truly beautiful and brings the viewer quite close to the characters. It’s a depressing yet important film that goes all out on it’s themes, I highly recommend watching Vortex knowing as little as possible!!

Vortex is available on all VOD platforms.

10/10 A+

Happening is a brutally honest picture of unsafe abortions

In 1963, student Anne has a bright future ahead of her, but her dreams of finishing her studies is shattered when she becomes pregnant. As her final exams approach, Anne decides to take matters into her own hands.

Every once and awhile you get a film that doesn’t sugarcoat it’s subject, it’s completely honest with the viewer about said subject. Happening directed by Audrey Diwan is one of those films, the film comments on the unsafe ways an abortion was done back in 1963. The film is incredibly hard to watch at times mainly due to the film being as raw as possible, the acting from the cast is truly outstanding some of the best performances so far this year. Anamarie Vartolomei in the lead role is just magnificent, she gives such a down to earth performance that is both beautiful and tragic at the same time. There’s so much passion put into her performance that really adds an incredible amount to the role, the direction from Diwan is flawless. There’s several quiet scenes that make the viewer take in what they are watching, Diwan creates a character study like film that makes the viewer feel the pain and frustration Vartolomei feels. The film itself is intimate especially when the abortion scenes come up particularly the homemade abortion attempts that are very hard to watch. The film doesn’t shy away from those scenes at all it’s in your face due to the wonderfully crafted filming and the well focused aspect ratio, Happening truly is a master class of filmmaking that isn’t afraid to to show the very hard sides of an important topic, the film mainly works due to everything blending so well together. This is a film that must be seen.

Happening is available on all VOD platforms.

10/10 A+