Spoiler-ish. But If you have seen the trailer, then I really won’t spoil anything for you here.
I finally got around to watching ROOM last night. I’ve been putting it off for a long time ,partially due to the subject matter , but also due to the genre. I’m not the biggest fan of drama, and when there are so many films queuing up ,films like this are easily put at the back of the line.
Directed by Lenny Abrahamson and written by Emma Donoghue, based on her novel of the same name, the film tells the story of Joy (Brie Larson) and her 5-year-old son Jack (Jacob Tremblay) who have been held captive for seven years in an enclosed space, who finally gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time.
The story is very well told, and the actors here do a damn fine job portraying these characters . Much has been said of Brie Larson´s performance , which is without doubt an award winning performance. But for me it’s the performance by Jacob Tremblay that really caught me by surprise. More often than not, child actors are terrible. And in a film like this, which above all else is about the relationship between parent and child , this movie could have easily fallen apart if they had cast a “Jake Lloyd”.
Jacob Tremblay’s only previous outing into film before ROOM was as Blue Winslow in the live-action animated film The Smurfs 2, and I seriously doubt that the kid learned anything of significance acting wise on that show. But in Room this kid is incredible. He displays the entire spectrum of emotion damn near flawlessly, and throughout the film I kept thinking this kid would have given Leo a run for his money in the Best Actor category.
As I said , my trepidation about this film was the subject matter. There have been some well documented cases the last few years about situations like this , which unfortunately, and for most people unfathomably is a very real thing. But if you are having those same feeling and putting off watching this film for the same reason, then rest assured that this is NOT a horror movie. It’s a very warm, and moving depiction about the relationship between a mother and her child who just happen to be in a very messed up situation. We get the sense that the real horror of the situation has preceded the events in which we find the characters when the movie begins. Joy has been in the ROOM for 7 years, and In this time she has given birth to her son Jack , who has never known anything about the outside world. Joy has deliberately mislead Jack about the reality of their situation,and indeed about the world at large, which as far as Jack is concerned is all tv-magic. But at the outset of the film , having just “celebrated” Jack´s fifth birthday , she endeavours to explain the situation they are in , in order to enlist his help in an attempt to escape their dire predicament. The scenes between Joy and Jack at this stage are exceptionally good. And the scenes where she tries to explain the difference between real, and tv-real will resonate with just about anyone who has ever tried to explain anything to a five year old child.
The second half of the film is about Joy and Jack acclimatizing to the real world after being kept hostage for so long. Here Tremblay again outshines Larson , as all of it is shown from Jack’s point of view. Having never been outside of the Room , never seeing the sky, a tree , a car, or other people , the sensory overload for this kid is brilliantly portrayed.
The supporting cast shines here as well , with Joan Allen playing Joy´s mother , Tom McCamus playing her new husband and William H Macy playing Joy´s father. In truth Macy has very little screentime. The disappearance of Joy devastated her parents marriage, and her father is the one who seems least equipped to deal with her return. But the film does not get lost by dwelling too much on these supporting characters. It wisely keeps the focus on Joy and Jack throughout, and I can not stress enough how good this kid is from start to finish. It really is HIS movie.
So if you have not had a chance to see the film yet I highly recommend it. I would be damn surprised if Brie Larson doesn’t win the Oscar for Best Actress at the Academy Awards, and Jacob Tremblay……. did i mention how great he his yet ? Well he is !
I will be watching this movie again, as I’m sure it will be an even better experience the second time around.
A Touch of Madness Podcast: Return of the Talkbackers
Head on over to THE-NEWSBOX and check it out !
Thanks for your visit .
I would like to give you some recommendations:
NERDBONG.com where the man known as Mr.X hosted the talkbacker refugees in the HOTBOX ! Check out the site and his podcasts.
TheSuperNaughts . Pop culture geeks and freaks who write about all things pop. Movies, series, music etc Old and new! Also podcasts .
If you go to the SN, send the finnish guy my regards .
And I also recommend the blog of this classy brit chick : Rare English Rose
Ah, the Musings of an Englishwoman. What a voice. Seriously, search for her and her podcast appearances.
And I would send you to [redacted] but it’s invite only. Sorry y’all, but it’s currently only for #TheElite
That said, give my man DemagogDog a shout out on his facebook page , or his webzone REMIXComix (under construction ) where you can check out his artwork.
Last but certainly not least I want to direct you towards my buddy RJD over at The-newsbox.com where the talkbackers roam and the madness is still strong with the force . Check out their ” A Touch Of Madness ” podcast !!
Oh and have you really not seen the cloverfield thing yet ? Da fuq ? Here is the trailer
-Razz!!!BENDER!!!! I’m a REAL SHOOTER baby 😉
A problem I have each year is actually seeing the movies which I have been tracking since their announcements. A lot of them simply fall through the cracks, and I miss them entirely. This year is no different, as the list of films I have not seen is quite large. Of course there are films that i automatically disqualify. I decided that Jupiter Ascending was one of those films that I would just leave by the wayside. Sorry Channing Tatum. And there are loads of films which I just wasn’t interested in seeing. Movies like Ted 2 , and Furious 7. My interest was not there. I have yet to see any of the Fast and Furious films, so why start now ? Sorry Dwayne.
On the other side of that spectrum are the movies which I had no real knowledge of, or interest to see, but which surprised me in a positive way.
One of which was the movie AIR.
Panned by critics and moviegoers alike, it was fast forgotten after its August release. I however liked the film. The claustrophobic setting made for an enjoyable thriller, and the two leads Norman Reedus and Djimon Hounsou deliver the goods.
Another positive surprise was the movie SPY
I’m no fan of fatties. I could lose some pounds myself, but I’m not morbidly obese. I find when the likes of Melissa Mccarthy get pushed to the forefront I can’t help but cringe. That being said i liked this movie a lot. Mcfattie plays an assistant/organizer to a secret agent played by Jude Law. She gets sent into the field because … reasons, and the result is a very funny film, helped immensely by the supporting cast like Miranda Hart, and Jason Statham . Came out of left field this one. Very much enjoyed it.
In 1961, social psychologist Stanley Milgram (Peter Sarsgaard) conducts controversial experiments designed to measure conformity, conscience and free will. This I liked because of the subject matter. These experiments always facinate me, and the movie is a very good telling of this tale. No explosions to be seen, but i thought it was an entertaining film. Recommended.
A spy organization recruits an unrefined, but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program, just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius. Fun all round , and worth a second viewing. The scene in the church deserves a prize !!
Now to the good stuff. The WORST movies I saw ( or tried to see )
-THE RIDICULOUS SIX
-KILL ME THREE TIMES
-SEVENTH SON ( of a bitch !! )
I will stop there just to mention that I couldn’t / wouldn’t finish any of the the above films. Utter garbage from the word go !!
-TERMINATOR GEN…. whatever
Trust that bastard Adam Sandler to make 2 horrible movies. Because he turns around and makes 3 !! I did not see PIXELS , but I’m sure it would have made the list if I did.
The above films offered little or nothing in ways of entertainment. Terminator and Fant4stic were the most shocking of the bunch. With the Sandler movies I expected them to be as bad as they were. Insurgent , part of the Divergent Series ( i guess ) was just meh/wha/huh . I had no clue what was going on, or why I should care. Congrats to Mr Fant4stic for making the list twice. A feat Adam Sandler seems to pull off each year….
EYES WIDE SHUT
The movies I have yet to see make up a list which on paper could be anyone’s Top Movies of 2015 . Some of these I am bound to see sooner rather than later.
Others on the not seen list I am more hesitant to even give the chance. But at some point I might….
-The Danish Girl
I’ve seen the word on a few of these are good. Others I just added because , like in the case with Poltergeist, I just want to see how bad they did….. Movies like Carol and The Danish Girl I’m sure are very well made, and very well acted. But it’s not the sort of films that I am dying to see . There are 2014 movies that I have yet to bother with. Some of these might never be seen by these eyes of mine.
Close But No Cigar
AVENGERS : 90Min of Ultron
Lips on Ultron aside. I enjoyed the film. I was entertained, and It got me excited for the next Marvel movie ! But It was never really close to taking a spot in my Top 10.
Much to like here. Good fun at the movies. Paul Rudd did the business, got a lot of help from the supporting cast, and the sequel got greenlit ultra fast after the half a billion worldwide take at the Box Office. Made me exited for the next Marvel Movie 🙂
Mad Max Furious Chase Scene
And what a chase it was. I might have come down a little hard on this film. It still surprises me that so many people have it in their top 10. I gave it a 3 out of 6. Maybe I just desperately wanted there to be more of a movie here….. Maybe I just miss Mel ?
The summer blockbuster that busted them blocks. A good time at the cinema. They went and made another dinosaur , and it came back and bit them in the ass. But the film fell short on a bunch of levels. The nod at the end between StarLord and the raptor almost had me laughing out loud. And whoever was in charge of continuity should have his testicles removed surgically.
The problem : The script . The solution : Start Shooting without one……
Double Ohh for fuck sake !!
Crimson Peak …..
In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds – and remembers.
My biggest problem with this one was that it was not scary.And really not interesting. I don’t know….
IT’S TIME !!!
For my Top 10 list of the year 2015 !!!
Number 10 !!
It’s a tie !!
The Man From UNCLE / Mission Impossible Xenu Nation
Both are enjoyable spy films. If I had to give one the edge over the other it would be the Man From UNCLE. I thought the onscreen duo of Solo and Kuryakin was a hit. Sadly the movie was a HUGE FLOP.
Z For Zachariah
Yeah I was surprised too. A very well made film about a post-apocalyptic world. The 3 actors make it what it is. Well worth a watch. Recommended .
Bridge of Spies
Spielberg and Hanks. Cold War. I like. Mark Rylance as Rudolph Abel was especially great. He will next be seen in Spielberg’s The BFG , and then Christopher Nolan’s DUNKIRK. One too watch indeed.
Number 7 :
The Big Short
A great cast of characters predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, and decide to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight. What’s not to like ?? Christian Bale back to weirdness.
A damn fine movie about damn fine journalism. Sadly the film should have had 5 or 6 sequels due to the fact that priests never seem to stop fucking kids.
Domhnall Gleeson plays a programmer at a huge Internet company,who wins a contest that enables him to spend a week at the private estate of Oscar Isaac, his firm’s brilliant CEO. Hilarity ensues. A great film, with fantastic locations, actors and a damn fine plot.
STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON
1988, a groundbreaking new group revolutionizes music and pop culture, changing and influencing hip-hop forever. N.W.A’s first studio album, “Straight Outta Compton,” stirs controversy with its brutally honest depiction of life in Southern Los Angeles.
An early favourite of mine when it came out back in August. Loved the group back in the day. The movie delivers the goods. These actors blew me away in this one. Did you forget about Dre ??
Number 3 :
Ridley Scott delivers a fun sci/fi film about a stranded astronaut . A one man show by Matt Damon ( although the supporting cast here is quite good )
STAR WARS The Force Awakens
They are real !!! And I had a fantastic time watching episode 7.
Chewie shoots Kylo. He can barely walk ! He beats down Finn because … Finn !!
Then guess what folks !! THE FORCE AWAKENS !!! How hard is that to understand !!!!
Loved it . It’s True
Number 1 :
The Hateful Eight
Its QT baby ! The Hateful Eight was a great film. Much enjoyed all the great performances. The music ( OH the music ) , the look, the style and the Channing Tatum !!
Im sure even this film has its haters ( Spike Lee, The Cops etc ) but I had no problemo putting it up as my Numero Uno.
Did I leave out something important ? Did I just not get the comedic genius of Adam Sandler ? Leave me a comment in the wanted section in Total Film Magazine. Then send me a copy of the magazine.
The Dark Side :
And The Light :
By Kyle Fulton via @
So the film is being received quite differently here. Some are taking the similarities to the original trilogy as blasphemy, and are angry about it. Others are finding these similarities to be one of the reasons for liking the film.
Of course nobody can be said to be right on this matter. It’s like the quarrels about which religion is right. Or who is interpreting the religion correctly. There is no right answer here. But reading the different views is quite fun me thinks. And note that the Dark Side can´t write a review without spoilers. Quicker, easier, more seductive.
The Force Awakens is currently holding at 95% on Rotten Tomatoes , so it’s nowhere near as good as The Wizard of Oz ( ? )
Apparently it made over $100 million on Friday alone. And it is set to beat the weekend record currently held by Jurassic World. That $4B deal that Disney made is looking like the steal of the century as analysts predict that the Star Wars The Force Awakens merchandising alone will bring in over $5B the FIRST YEAR. Damn.
My own review ( spoiler free ) can be read HERE
10:00am this Wednesday morning December 16th I saw Star Wars The Force Awakens . And 17:40 pm later today I will see it again with my brothers and sisters. And I am really looking forward to seeing it again.
Lee Hardcastle is a director and writer, known for The ABCs of Death, Ghost Burger and Chainsaw Maid 2 . And if any of that is false you can blame IMDB. I recommend him to all my tens of readers because of his awesome claymation work. You’ve Seen John Carpenter’s The Thing With Pingu, Right? Good.
But for those who have not seen it, here it is:
Ahhh that’s so great. And its the creators own YouTube channel I linked to there, so be sure to subscribe if you liked it. If you liked it? Whats not to like! Of course you liked it. If you did not like it then you must be stalking my site for some other strange reasons. Possibly you share my distain for Seth Rogen ?? In any case you should check out this guys fine work. Its been a while since i recommended anything besides the odd suicide to people i dislike, but in fairness that’s only done kind of half heatedly . So seriously, check out his youtube channel, instagram, facebook and all that shit, and if you feel ive stared you wrong on this one , do please let me know. I really care. No, seriously , I really care.
I leave you with this wonderful creation :
I wish he had done “JAWS” like this. I could have used it for SHARKWEEK. Which is THIS WEEK !!
Review by : CreepyThinMan
Just got home from seeing this and although I absolutely LOVED the first two thirds, the final act more or less completely falls apart. What I loved most about Act One was seeing The Avengers acting as a team and wasting Hydra before being mindfucked by the Scarlett Witch. This added depth to each of them as it revealed their fears and certain truths about their personalities. I don’t have any complaints about this part of the film nor did I dislike Act Two when everyone took a breather at the Barton homestead. I was worried about this from what I’ve read but it was exactly what was needed and emphasized that the Avengers are about preserving life and beautifully countered the high tech action of the beginning. People have complained about the Banner/Black Widow shipping but their moment together and the revelation that neither can have children, for me, made this development absolutely necessary. Pretty much everything that happens right up until Wanda see’s into Ultrons mind was satisfying.
But when Act Three starts it all flies apart as I started to get restless and couldn’t wait for it to finish by the end. Add to that all of the stupid shit that begins to happen and I lost interest before it was over, namely….
Korean scientist takes a shot to the chest from Ultron and survives.
I don’t care how strong Captain America is, Ultron is a huge robot and would have ripped him apart while they fight on top of the truck not to mention that Cap takes three hits of Ultrons blaster and it doesn’t seem to have much effect.
Why the Hell did Ultron take Black Widow hostage?!? What purpose did it serve beyond allowing her to reveal his whereabouts to the team?! Oh and are you telling me that Ultron was stupid enough to leave her alone with a bunch of equipment that he should have known she would use to contact the Avengers?! You might say “oh, well, he was setting a trap” but that’s bullshit because his plan would have succeeded if they hadn’t of interfered. So allowing Widow to make contact with Stark and Co. only helped to defeat Ultron.
Ultrons plan was fucking stupid. “Say, I’m going to levitate a city and drop it back to earth which will cause an extinction level event”!?! If my fucking toaster became self-aware and wanted to drive me mad by burning my fucking toast every day, THAT would have made more fucking sense that this dumb shit.
It felt like the movie was trying to rub Man of Steels nose into the sheer amount of carnage and destruction that was in that movie by having the Avengers fuck about for most of the third act with trying to evacuate civilians. This shit got tiresome and although I said The Avengers are about preserving life, I’m happy enough if they save the planet and don’t give a fuck if nameless extras get snuffed. I’ll pour them a drop of my Colt 45 in their honor and go back to smacking my baloney to Scar-jo’s fat milky preggo tits!
And after the opening action sequence at the castle, how is it that Ulton is able to set up shop in the very same castle with all of the equipment and robot bodies just left there when Stark would have had everything taken and shipped to his labs for study. Also, having the climax of the movie take place in the same city near the castle from the beginning made everything way too confined for a movie that also took in Seoul, Korea and Johannesburg, Africa.
When it comes to sequels, The Empire Strikes Back gets named dropped a lot because it’s one of the best films ever made and an example of a sequel that’s arguably superior to its predecessor. That’s not to say that Star Wars isn’t a masterpiece but sequels, like the second act of a movie, should be used to deepen and enrich the characters relationships to one another and make their struggle(s) harder to overcome which is what the third act if all about. Empire does that perfectly by flying in the face of convention. The bad guys win, the good guys barely survive and the whole thing ends on a downbeat note. But that’s fine because Empire is the second act when the story needs to become darker, more emotional and visceral as the stakes are raised.
But Age of Ultron falls into the trap of trying to outdo the first Avengers movie by delivering a gigantic climax that’s absurd, even by comic book movie standards, and also disappointing because it falls into cliché which is why I checked out before the end. I expected more from Whedon who knows how to subvert expectations and whether it was by his own design, or he was pushed into it by Marvel, I don’t care because my heart sank as I realized that the movie finally settled for convention.
But the thing that disappointed me the most was Ultron himself and the fact that the movie didn’t have anything bigger on its mind. Don’t get me wrong, I really loved the metallic psycho but in Act 3 he just becomes a generic robot who wants to destroy the world. Whedon is a big fan of James Cameron and considered Ultron his opportunity to make his own Terminator film. But there was no exploration of the concept of artificial intelligence amongst the explosions. This was one of my biggest pet peeves about the Iron Man sequels which should have been about the development of technology and its impact on the world as all great science fiction is about ideas/concepts and how they affect the human condition. But there’s been very little of that in the Iron Man movies because that gets in the way of comic book heroics.
In AoU, Scarlett Witch plays upon Starks fear of what might be coming next for the earth after the invasion of New York. And he’s absolutely right to be afraid because although Captain America is good at spouting jigonistic and rather chilling platitudes that they’ll face the next fight together and die together if need be, Stark’s much more pragmatic in knowing that they only got through their first battle by the skin of their teeth and the team won’t be much use if an alien armada appears in earth orbit and starts pelting the planet with who knows what type of weaponry never mind that after the collapse of S.H.I.E.L.D. there’s no longer a worldwide network dedicated to combat external threats. This is why he develops the Ultron program and his army of sentries.
Ultron should have been Starks attempt to create an advanced drone that could think for itself and lead in a battle since Iron Man can’t be everywhere at once and Tony’s very iffy about sparking off an armor war which is why he doesn’t share his tech with the USA or other nations. His mistake should have been to use the mind gem which made the program become self-aware. That kinda did happen but it only lead to Ultron becoming a “Murderbot” right from the start and determined to eradicate humanity.
A more interesting idea would have been for Ultron to gain life and decide that he didn’t want to be a puppet for war. What if his goal was to help the rest of the drone army evolve and this put him into conflict with Tony who sees the robots as his property designed to do a job. Then it becomes a civil rights issue as Stark argues that Ultron isn’t real because he’s a machine. This could have been used to tie The Vision into the story as Ultron tries to create a synthetic body of living tissue thus negating Tony’s argument. Age of Ultron should have been about turning Tony Stark into the bad guy because he believes he’s doing he’s right thing which would lead nicely into Civil War. There just wasn’t anything smart about the movies themes. Right from the start it’s ULTRON BAD!
Another thing that bothers me is that NO ONE DIES apart from Quicksilver and that’s ONLY because of the rights issues between Marvel and 20th Century Fox, who lent Whedon the character for his film (providing he didn’t live beyond AoU) when he could have simply created two new characters called Slipstream and The Crimson Queen and told Fox to fuck themselves. Since Marvel fucked up by not making a Black Widow movie, as they should have, they could have easily killed Natasha which would have fed perfectly into Banner leaving Earth (ala Planet Hulk) and at least given this movie a little bit of weight. Am I supposed to care about some Adidas tracksuit wearing eurotrash dye job who wears way too much fucking mascara like the metrosexual German techno club dancing faggot that he appears to be?! I don’t give a fuck about Pietro and only desire to use his big titted sisters orifices as a trashcan for my semen!
The Marvel Cinema Universe has succumbed to the law of diminishing returns at this point. I loved almost all of Phase One apart from Iron Man 2. But Phase Two has sucked fucking shit with the exception of Captain America: The Winter Soldier which was very well written and proved that you could made an intelligent comic book derived movie that also managed to throw in a bit of social commentary (as all good science fiction does) about the “War on Terror™” era we live in.
I didn’t hate Avengers: Age of Ultron. But I feel let down. The first two acts were excellent with NONE of the issues I heard people complaining about as far as I’m concerned, however, the 3D was shit since Whedon desaturated the color palette and cinematography which is another thing that got on my fucking nerves after how rich and vibrant the first film was. But the last act basically killed my overall enjoyment of this movie and will prevent me from seeing it again at the theater or buying it on Blu-ray. I’m relieved that the Russo Brothers, who Directed Cap 2, are taking over for Avengers: Infinity War as The Winter Soldier blows away Age of Ultron which didn’t stick the landing!!!FACT!!!
Edit : Sadly, the blog of CTM has disappeared . I know not why 🙁
So, maybe that title implies that I actually recommend that people do this. Sadly that is not the case, but since the title is so deliciously click-baity i stuck with it. But i digress. Its an article I’m recommending this time round. And you can find the link to it below.
I highly recommend you take the time to read this beautifully written piece by Creepy Thin Man, over at The Supernaughts . com
Click and enjoy.