Film Reviews

Bird Box vs. The Silence: Which one comes out on top?

Courtesy of Netflix

Netflix’s latest horror film, The Silence, follows a family as they try to survive an infestation of monsters attracted to sound.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina stars Miranda Otto and Kiernan Shipka lead the cast of the new Netflix horror movie, The Silence. The film follows a family as they try and survive a group of prehistoric bat-like creatures known as “vesps” which do not have eyes, but hunt through sound.

Sounds familiar, right? Actually, it’s kind of funny that everyone is calling The Silence a rip-off of A Quiet Place when, ironically, A Quiet Place’s plot is eerily similar to the book The Silence was based on.

The Netflix horror was adapted from the book written by Tim Lebbon, which was published in 2015 — predating A Quiet Place by several years. There were even rumblings of a lawsuit at one point. That said, A Quiet Place is clearly the superior film.

But what about the other Netflix horror film that deals with a civilization being stalked by monsters that limit a key sense, Bird Box? How does The Silence measure up?

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Film Reviews

Lifetime’s Secrets In a Small Town Review

Credit to Fella Films

Another Saturday, another Lifetime thriller! Secrets in a Small Town is an intense mystery about a missing teenage girl and a mother’s desperation.

Tonight’s Lifetime thriller, Secrets in a Small Town, is about a frantic mother (played by Kate Drummond), in desperate search for her daughter, Sarah, after she goes out for one night with her new basketball teammates and doesn’t return home.

Supposedly, the movie is based on a true story, although I’m not sure which one since it sounds similar to several different cases. The film was originally titled Nowhere and made it’s debut at a Canadian Film Festival earlier this year.

Let’s recap some of the craziest “television small town” rules we learned about from this movie.

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Film/Television

The Cabin: A film heavy on atmosphere but thin on plot

The Cabin is a moody suspense film with surprisingly bold artistic choices that gets bogged down by weak dialogue, one-dimensional characters, and a thin plot.

Lush evergreens line miles of sparse highway as a couple drive to a family cabin. Said cabin is nestled deep in the woods, as demonstrated by several overhead shots of serpentine roads winding through fields of trees. The place they’re headed is the sort of place hidden from civilization, one hundred miles away from the nearest motel.

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Film/Television

The Clovehitch Killer gives us Dylan McDermott’s creepiest performance yet

The Clovehitch Killer forgoes hardened detectives for a pair of sleuthing teens in this quiet and surprisingly introspective thriller.

The Clovehitch Killer is yet another look at the decaying heart of suburbia and the often seedy underbelly of even the most ordinary looking neighborhoods. Middle America, the Bible belt, blue-collar working class citizens, have all been at the heart of many a headline in our current political climate.

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Film Reviews, Film/Television

Movie Review: Primal Fear (1996)

  • Director: Gregory Hoblit
  • Starring: Richard Gere, Edward Norton, Laura Linney, John Mahoney, Alfre Woodard, and Frances McDormand
  • Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
  • Star Rating: ★★★★☆

So I’ve begun the journey of watching Laura Linney’s filmography since she’s one of those actresses that I’ve always enjoyed and inspired to emulate in my own acting journey and I finally got around to watching Primal Fear.

I realize the film is a popular one, garnering numerous awards, most notoriously for Edward Norton who got a supporting actor nomination for his first ever feature film role. But for some reason or other, I had never really heard about it or knew what it was about.

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