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Midnighters (2018)

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Genre : Thriller-Horror
Country : USA
Director: Julius Ramsay

Cast:
Alex Essoe
Dylan McTee
Perla Haney-Jardine

Summary

Midnight, New Year’s Eve: when all the hopes of new beginnings come to life – except for Lindsey and Jeff Pittman, whose strained marriage faces the ultimate test after they cover up a terrible crime and find themselves entangled in a Hitchcockian web of deceit and madness.

 

 

 

 

When it comes to influential film directors few have been as influential as Alfred Hitchcock. Best known for films like Psycho and The Birds, his vast filmography has become the template for any director wanting to make a thriller. In fact, nearly four decades since his death Hitchcock’s fingerprints can be seen in critically acclaimed movies like Nocturne Animals, Don’t Breathe and 10 Cloverfield Lane. The latest film to take influence from the master is IFC Midnight’s thriller, Midnighters.

New Year’s is supposed to be a time of renewal and change. This is particularly true for Jeff and Lindsey, a couple in a troubled marriage. On the way home from a New Year’s party their lives are changed forever when Jeff drunkenly hits someone with his car. Deciding to try and hide the body Jeff and Lindsey are thrust into a situation they are not prepared for and reveal sides of themselves that should have never been seen.

A mix of home invasion and crime-thriller, the success of a movie such as Midnighters depends on the strength of its cast. Luckily, the cast of Midnighters is more than up to the task. Most impressive is our lead Alex Essoe. Best known for 2014’s Starry Eyes she is flawless as the Lindsey, a bank teller that gets caught up in everything. Not only does she do a good job selling that she’s in over her head but you believe that she has really been pushed to her limits. The other stand out is Annabelle‘s Ward Horton as Smith. Unlikable as soon as he knocks on Lindsey’s front door. Like a pro wrestling manager, he is the perfect mix of slimy and charismatic.

Perhaps the most impressive person to come out of Midnighters is producer and writer Alston Ramsay. On the surface Jeff and Lindsey just seem like a dysfunctional couple that are in over their head. But as the film develops and secrets are revealed the cast becomes more complex with more understandable motives. Yes, they’re doing awful things but their actions and motivations are understandable if reprehensible. That isn’t to say that his writing is perfect.

 

Like a lot of thrillers plot twists play a huge factor in the story. but can there be too many? With every character being so unlikable seeing Jeff and Lindsey do terrible things can become a bit rote. With more twists and turns than a game of Roller Coaster Tycoon at a certain point it starts to get predictable. I also found the movie’s look to be pretty bland.

Not that the directing itself bad. Thanks to Julius Ramsay’s television work he is more than up to the challenge of directing a film. The problem arises when it comes to the set design. With the movie taking place either at night or inside of a house under construction every scene tends to look the same. I don’t need a movie to look like Scott Pilgrim vs The World but at a certain point you get tired of the color grey.

While Hitchcockian can be an overused term to describe a movie it’s absolutely perfect for Midnighters. Whether it’s the twists and turns of the plot or limited use of locations the director’s influence is there. Sadly, the Ramsay brothers aren’t quite there skill wise. Dull sets and one too many plot twists take what could have been an interesting indie thriller down a few pegs. Still, with some stellar performances and a mean streak make Midnighters a new year’s eve worth visiting.

 

Rating 7/10
Links : IMDB

Midnighters is now available on VOD

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‘Joker’ Success Has Joaquin Phoenix Talking Sequel

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“It ended up being a dream role”

Todd Phillips’ ‘Joker’ had tremendous success this weekend. Blowing the doors off the box-office with a record shattering October at $96mil, beating out ‘Venom’ to take the top spot. While ‘Joker’ is still playing strong in theaters, fans have already started speculating what direction the “Clown Prince of Crime,” will head next. Todd Phillips originally shot down the idea of a ‘Joker 2.’ While talking to IGN Phillips said, “We have no plans for a sequel. We always pitched it as one movie, and that’s it.” Now it sounds like Phoenix has different aspirations for the Joker. During an interview with “Popcorn with Peter Travers,” Phoenix talked about his love for the role, saying:

“You know, I wouldn’t have thought about this as my dream role. But now, honestly, I can’t stop thinking about it,” Phoenix said. “I talked to Todd a lot about what else we might be able to do, in general, just to work together, but also specifically, if there’s something else we can do with Joker that might be interesting. So, it ended up being a dream role. It’s nothing that I really wanted to do prior to working on this movie.”

Phoenix, who famously passed on the role of Doctor Strange in the MCU also had this to say about returning to the Joker:

“I don’t know that there is [more to do],” Phoenix said. “Me and Todd would still be shooting now if we could, right? Because it seemed endless, the possibilities of where we can go with the character.”

‘Joker’ will definitely have fans clamoring for more. The movie sets up plenty of potential options for a sequel. More importantly fans just want to see Phoenix return to the screen as Arthur Fleck aka Joker. Joker has raked in over $258mil worldwide on a reported $50mil budget.

‘Joker’ is in theaters now. Get your tickets here:  JOKER TICKETS 

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Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn | Official Trailer- HD

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Action, Adventure, Crime

Release Date:

February 7, 2020 (Post Production)

Director:

Cathy Yan

Cast:

Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead Ewan McGregor, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez

Plot Summary:

After splitting with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord.

 

 

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After A Brief Break-Up Tom Holland/Spider-Man Will Stay With Marvel

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 “You never know what surprises the future might hold”

It would appear that we won’t be seeing Tom Holland’s Spider-Man grace the screen with the likes of Tom Hardy and Woody Harrelson, in the Andy Serkis directed ‘Venom 2.’ Or will we. Reports are scarce as to the details of the agreement reached between Marvel/Disney and Sony.  But, inside sources reveal that Marvel will take home 25% from future Spider-Man films.

The negotiations also landed on a release date for a third Spider-Man film. We are expected to see Holland return to action, July 16, 2021. Holland recently took to social media, to express his excitement about returning to the MCU:

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Amy Pascal will produce the upcoming films through her production company, Pascal Pictures as she has on the first two Holland/Spidey films. Pascal weighed in on the news:

“I am thrilled that Spidey’s journey in the MCU will continue, and I and all of us at Marvel Studios are very excited that we get to keep working on it,” Feige said in a statement. “Spider-Man is a powerful icon and hero whose story crosses all ages and audiences around the globe. He also happens to be the only hero with the superpower to cross cinematic universes, so as Sony continues to develop their own Spidey-verse you never know what surprises the future might hold.”

“This is terrific,” she said. “Peter Parker’s story took a dramatic turn in ‘Far From Home’ and I could not be happier we will all be working together as we see where his journey goes.”

 

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