Scream Queen Girl Gang (Modern Edition)

These are the actresses I’d most like to have a pint and share eyeliner with because they seem cool. And you know, if we ever happened to get into any trouble, then I’d be confident in their ability to help me fight to the death – which is a pretty good quality to pick in a friend. Just saying.

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Freddy Vs. Jason (2003)

Katharine Isabelle

Horror CV: Ginger Snaps, Carrie (TV Movie), Freddy vs. Jason, American Mary, Torment, Hannibal (TV Series)

I adore Miss Isabelle, not least because she’s the lead in a couple of my favourites (Ginger Snaps, American Mary). She’s Canadian (like me) and she’s lovely – and I just think we’d get along.

According to IMDB there was friction on set between her and the director of Freddy Vs. Jason because she refuses to do nudity – and I like that she’s not afraid to stick to her guns. You do you, boo. I just wish she was in way more – my favourite modern-day Scream Queen 4 lyfe.

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Don’t Breathe (2016)

Jane Levy

Horror CV: Evil Dead, Don’t Breathe, Castle Rock (TV Series)

Jane Levy first popped up in Suburgatory and was the best thing in it. Then the remake of Evil Dead came along and she was brilliant. Genuinely. The film itself took fresh liberties with the story which kept it modern and set it apart from the originals (which are amazing) – plus she was the final girl!

Jane herself has gone on to star in Don’t Breathe, a film I wish I liked more and I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore, which is a GREAT movie that also stars one of the other members of this gang (see below). They incidentally also star together in Stephen King inspired TV series, Castle Rock.

I don’t know, I just think she’s cool and hopefully as sarcastic as some of the characters she’s played. Sarcastic is good.

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Prom Night (2008)

Brittany Snow

Horror CV: Prom Night, Would You Rather

I feel sometimes like the world needs a doe eyed Brittany to keep things on an even keel – and without Brittany Murphy (RIP), the crown fell naturally to my girl. This Brittany has done the rounds as a teen icon but she’s so much more than that. She’s so convincing in Would You Rather than I often think about that film and how I’d fare in the same situation. She can also tow the line between popcorn movies (the Pitch Perfect trilogy) and lesser appreciated indies (Bushwick).

Brittany has been quite open about her struggle with depression and self-harm in the past and in 2010 she started the Love is Louder movement to support anyone feeling mistreated, misunderstood or alone – which is awesome.

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Melanie Lynskey

Horror CV: Rose Red (TV Mini-Series), XX (segment “The Birthday Party”), Castle Rock (TV Series)

I love Mel, the Indie Sweetheart. Jill and I are such fans we enjoyed a Melanie Lynskey month on the Blog Collab in 2017 – spurred on by the aforementioned I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore. We both heavily related to her seriously pissed off character Ruth who is driven to drastic action when she’s let down by the feds following a burglary.

Imagine my delight then when she popped up as Mary in the St. Vincent directed segment of XXX called Birthday Cake. Now she’s rocking her part in Castle Rock alongside Jane Levy – and even though I’ve been quite slow on the uptake, I’m enjoying her very much in it.

Melanie is my age so she’d get my pop culture references and she looks like a laugh so I’m confident we’d be the best of all BFFs.

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American Horror Story: Cult (2017)

Sarah Paulson

Sarah Paulson would be our mate from out of town who pops up occasionally to hang out. I don’t need to go into why she’s great as I’ve been banging on a lot about American Horror Story lately, she just is.

And that, my friends is my Scream Queen Girl Gang.

Who would you choose?

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Hello I Must Be Going (Film) Review

This post will be bittersweet, as it’s the last review for Melanie Lynskey Month.

A month, admittedly, that hasn’t always hit the nail on the head. What has remained consistent is, of course, the woman herself. Even amidst the truly mediocre, ML shines like a beacon and I know I need much more of her on the big/little/any screen.

So, if you ever read any of these posts, Melanie please know Jill and I love you. To the point where we’ve even discussed writing a film for you ourselves. I hope you like sharks, gurl.

Kidding. (Not kidding).

Until then, let’s focus on this week’s choice. It’s Melanie heavy and therefore, well you’ll see.

Hello I Must Be Going (2012)

IMDB Synopsis

Circumstances force a young divorcée to move back in with her parents in suburban Connecticut, where an affair with a younger guy rejuvenates her passion for life

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My Review

Amy has hit rock bottom, or so she thinks. There’s a moment when she ponders to herself:

“Where the fuck is ‘bottom’? Where the motherfucking fuck is motherfucking ‘bottom’?”

And I thought, right? How do you know? There are no signposts. Nobody pops up to say, “You’re good kid, this is the bottom. Only way is up”. It would be helpful if they did.

Currently going through a divorce after being unceremoniously dumped, Amy is staying with her parents and sleeping in late every day. Her mother Ruth (Blythe Danner) is forever name dropping her friends’ successful kids (uh huh), hinting heavily that it might be time Amy dealt with her miserable life head on, or at the very least, bought a new dress for an impending dinner party.

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We’ve all been there, love

Amy eventually ventures out of the house and bumps into an old school friend who fails to remember her. There’s a half arsed invitation to meet up for drinks later and boy, haven’t we all been there in that awful scenario?

Later at the dinner party, finally encased in a mum-cceptable LBD, Amy meets Jeremy, the son of one of Ruth’s friends. Jeremy is 19 and I guess he’s supposed to be hot (I do not find Christopher Abbott remotely attractive, this is Girls’ fault). Still, I guess there are worse things you could be doing with your spare time, when spare time is all you have.

So Amy and Jeremy start boning. The pair conduct all their best dates under cover of darkness and late into the night. It’s not hard to hide this dangerous liaison from the parents as they’ve all got their own stuff going on. Jeremy’s mother is convinced he’s gay anyway and he hasn’t bothered to correct her. He wants her to feel ‘accepted’ by her peers. And Ruth thinks the sudden positive spike in Amy’s mood is down to anti-depressants, not good old-fashioned D.

Meanwhile, Amy’s brother and his wife are trying to set her up with a banker and their one date turns out to be as flat as any film that doesn’t star Melanie Lynskey.

Amidst all the sneaking around, the secretive lovers get caught in flagrante (or almost) and although that can be explained away with a couple of white lies, Amy panics and hurts her beau’s feelings with a grenade of home truths.

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She was quite impressed with his retro approach to porn

I forgot to say that one of the reasons they’re keeping things on the DL is something to do with Jeremy’s step dad and Amy’s dad – some sort of ongoing lawsuit (I wasn’t listening), though this all seems very convenient for Amy, who doesn’t want the affair getting out.

There’s also a side story about the declining relationship between Ruth and Stan (John Rubenstein) because Stan won’t retire and go on a long trip with his wife.

This leads to some friction betwixt mother and daughter, and Amy doesn’t get away scot-free when Ruth’s own truth nuggets start flying.

Yep.

I guess the question is this: will Amy find the peace she seeks so she can move on with her life? What about Jeremy, will he give up his acting ambitions (which aren’t really a) his or b) actually ambitions) to go live his best life?

Will Ruth chase her sunshine, more importantly? She deserves it most of all.

This is a nice film about trying to get to grips with how shitty life can be. It’s about picking yourself up and getting a plan together. I do slightly resent the implication that a depressed woman can cure all her ails with a hot injection of teenage cock but it’s minor. I shall let it go for now.

Melanie is wonderful, Blythe is amazing and it’s a nice enough way to spend an hour and a half. It is satisfying when Amy meets her slimey ex-husband face to face and puts a few of her demons to bed. You are so much better off, babe.

All in all, I liked it.

My Rating

3.5. Not a game changer but not a bad way to spend 90 minutes on a Sunday afternoon.

What did Jillian think of HIMBG? Would she swim nude with it in a pool at night or kick it to the curb? Find out here.

This is just a nice picture of Melanie Lynskey because she’s the motherfucking Queen

Thanks Melanie. Catch you in something else soon. ❤

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (Film) Review

A tenuous link to the lady of the moment sure but what can we do? She needs to make more movies.

In the meantime, we had to suffer through some Keira Knightley borderline Manic Pixie Dream Girl shit just to get a moment in the company of greatness. (Sorry, KK you know I love you).

I think I’ve got a good one to go out with next week, so here’s hoping this isn’t the last you hear from us for Melanie Lynskey Month. We want a bang, not a damp squib after all.

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)

IMDB Synopsis

As an asteroid nears Earth, a man finds himself alone after his wife leaves in a panic. He decides to take a road trip to reunite with his high school sweetheart. Accompanying him is a neighbor who inadvertently puts a wrench in his plan.

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My Review

What do you do when you find out you’ve got twelve days until the planet explodes, killing everybody forever? Leave your boring relationship for one, I would wager. Which is exactly what Steve Carell‘s wife does because she should be allowed to live as she sees fit right, even if it is too little too late?

Right.

So Steve’s Dodge is moping about with a broken heart and who really cares? Not his friends, who are keen to set him up with their single friend Karen (our Queen), at a party where they’re all having heroin for dinner – which is something I would totally go for myself if I were facing the pending Apocalypse.

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Karen rocks up dripping in jewels, stating that she’s wearing everything she “never got a chance to” – and my heart swoons because that’s also something I would totally do. Her coquettish attempts (and beautiful face) fail to woo dreary old Dodge because he’s clearly mad and not remotely worthy. Instead he goes home and accidentally meets his neighbour Penny (my mum’s name, so a good solid one).

Penny (Knightley) is going through a rocky patch with her boyfriend and ends up staying at Dodge’s overnight to avoid him. During this bonding sesh, Penny accidentally drops his wife in it by asking after Dodge’s roommate and her boyfriend, the one she seemed so happy with. Ooopsy.

Could this be just the push Dodge needs to get his arse in gear and out there cramming as much LIFE as possible into the short time he has left, I wonder? If only he had a more concrete reason, I don’t know, LIKE AN OVERDUE LETTER FROM THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY?!!

Cue an odd couple road trip across country to get Dodge to his one time love Olivia (?) and Penny back to her family, since she missed her flight to see join them while she was rowing with her ex. We’ve all been there, amirite?

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The dog told the best fucking jokes

Penny and Dodge meet a variety of characters on the road, some they knew way back when, some new friends but the journey becomes one of discovery as time runs out for both of them, and the world as they know it.

Will Dodge shed his Insurance Man sensibilities and his broken heart to find meaning in his last days? Will Penny, the hopeless and eternal romantic, finally find the connection she’s been searching for her entire adult life? What do you think, eh?

SAFFTEOFW means well. It has heart and it’s not dreadful, but am I the only one creeped out by the fact Keira Knightley is a good twenty years younger than Steve Carell? I mean, shit, this is nothing new in Hollywood casting or in life, I guess but what a fucking surprise he chose to bang his much younger neighbour on the eve of the end of the world, rather than a woman closer to his own age, you know? Snooze.

I guess that says a lot about where my head is right now, and Carell’s character actually acknowledges the age gap just after they’ve done it (of course) but he was still a creep, sorry. The character of Dodge never really does it for me anyway. He’s more 40 Year Old Virgin here that usual but without the genuine likability of Andy. He’s just meh AF.

Guess you’re less fussy when you’re just looking for someone to bed down with as the world implodes.

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I call this “The World’s about to end, grab Grandma’s best blanket” chic

Knightley is actually the best one in this (apart from ML and Connie Britton), though it seems to me as though half way through production she was told to rein in the pseudo-kook (and I’m glad). At times, her skills could be called into question and the whole hopeless romantic English rose characterisation has been done to death (she wants a lasting love like her parents have! She carries records with her everywhere she goes!).

Penny is inoffensive enough in the end though, once she calms down. I enjoy it greatly when she’s being shouted at by her boyfriend while she manoeuvres out of a parking space so she leaves him to face an angry mob. Get it girl.

In fact, on this topic, I think the message would have been way stronger if she’d – SPOILER – ended up alone, discovering that the greatest love of her life was actually herself. You’re welcome, Hollywood.

All in all, the concept is good but it should have been more fun. Way, way more fun.

My Rating

2.5/5. Pretty forgettable. Imagine this in the hands of ML in the KK role and someone like Mark Duplass as Dodge?

What does Jillian think of this bad boy? Would she shack up with it to see out her final moments, or would she rather be alone? Find out here

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Seeking a sofa for the end of the world

Rainbow Time (Film) Review

What do you get when you add a generous dollop of Melanie Lynskey to a Duplass Brothers Productions DISH?

Well…

Rainbow Time (2016)

IMDB Synopsis

A developmentally delayed 40-year-old man named Shonzi is sent to live with his brother Todd. But when Shonzi develops a crush on Todd’s new girlfriend Lindsay, he threatens to reveal past secrets that could ultimately tear the couple apart.

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“You whistle it, I’ll blow it into this bottle.”

My Review

Shonzi (Linas Phillips) is a 40-year-old man obsessed with The Fonz, big-breasted blonde women and film-making, in no particular order. He is also developmentally challenged which poses various challenges for his loved ones too, and mostly his brother, Todd (Timm Sharp).

After his father suffers a heart attack, Shonzi goes to stay with Todd and his girlfriend Lindsay (our girl) with mixed results. A little background before we get to that though.

Shonzi has an interesting attitude towards women and sex, which sometimes leads him into awkward scenarios. It would be fair to say he has an unhealthy fixation with the ladies, though perhaps unhealthy isn’t the word. It’s more misguided. As we get to know the brothers better, it soon becomes clear that there’s a secret between them, and one that Lindsay might not be overjoyed to discover, if indeed she ever does. Will she? *She finds out, obvs*.

It turns out – SPOILER – that Shonzi likes to watch and Todd hasn’t exactly been shy about keeping his sex life separate from his brother’s curious eyes in the past. So understandably, when he starts to bring his new(ish) love Lindsay around, Shonzi expects things to stay the same.

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Who’s got two thumbs and loves Melanie Lynskey? DIS GUY

But things ain’t gonna be the same here, Shonzi because Lindsay is staunchly against pornography and she’s not super chuffed when she finds out (before the Big Secret Reveal) that Shonzi has taken a compromising video of her and Todd together (a swiftly interrupted BJ). Particularly when Todd seems so turned on by the thought of having an audience.

I’m not going to spoiler this too much but I will say that Lindsay is a goddamn saint and I can’t imagine that I would be as patient in the same circumstances. Her well of kindness towards Shonzi appears bottomless and she is a wonderfully engaged, smart and loving person. Todd does not deserve her and actually, I really disliked him. The whole situation left me feeling very uncomfortable, which is how I know this film should have been made.

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“Soooo, you doing anything tonight?”

I genuinely struggled with it in places, and it’s hard for me to put my finger on why. Maybe it was the general creepiness of the set up, which believe it or not does come from a good place (honestly, you’ll see). However, there are some incredibly real and interesting themes examined here and I really appreciate that.

Rainbow Time shines a light on disability, familial responsibility, guilt and sexuality, and the fact it makes you (me) feel uncomfortable is probably a good thing. Shonzi has a hyper sexualised view of the opposite sex and finds it very hard to be interested in women who don’t fit his ideal (boy, have I met A LOT of men with the same outlook).

This leads to an agonising exchange (and one of my favourites) between Shonzi and Todd’s neighbour Justine (Artemis Pebdani). Justine seems quite interested in Shonzi despite the blunt delivery of his feelings towards her. I wonder if this will lead anywhere?

I also love the segment in which Lindsay tries to educate Shonzi on catcalling, even taking him out on the streets to gain soundbites from women on their experiences. Shonzi is fully on board how wrong and offensive this practice is, yet finds it hard to reconcile it with some of his own behaviours (telling women they’re pretty, being a little too handsy). It’s very well done.

Later, Shonzi is placed in a situation in which he feels forced to protect a young female family member and the outcome is harsh and also, gave me massive feels. So, despite the fact I didn’t love this film, there are parts that really work.

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“I have the sudden urge to listen to No Scrubs on repeat.”

The question is, how’re things going to turn out for Shonzi, who’s convinced he’ll never have for himself what Todd has with Lindsay? And will the couple even make it through themselves?

Well, guys if you don’t know the drill by now then I don’t think I can help you.

My Rating

2.5/5. Not the greatest execution but I appreciate certain elements. Also, ML is magical, as always.

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What did my sweetest baboo make of this one? Would she like to co-star with it in an action movie, or call the cops on its sorry arse? Find out here

 

Putzel (Film) Review 

Week two of the Best Month Ever and we’re looking at this little gem, a gem I’d never heard of until Jillian placed it on my radar (Thanks gurl!).

Anyway, you don’t need my usual preamble, take it as given that Melanine Lynskey is still the best human working in Hollywood today (probably), and any film she’s in is going to be okay (hopefully).

Putzel (2012)

IMDB Synopsis

For Walter Himmelstein, a young man endearingly known as Putzel, life literally doesn’t go beyond his family’s fish store on the upper west side of Manhattan.


My Review

There are endless movies and TV shows that double as love letters to New York City. Most Woody Allen (boo hiss), Girls, Sex and the City… the list goes on and yet I can’t think of any less obvious examples.

Putzel is something along those lines but also an ode to lox and the best lox on the Upper East Side at that. Or, if we dig a little deeper, what a particular smoked fish-selling establishment represents to our central character, Walter Himmelstein, or “Putzel” (Jack Carpenter).

Is it a dream about to be realised, bringing with it financial security for the next 40 years – or an albatross around our hero’s shrimpy neck?

Well, Putzel is a total wet wipe, that’s no surprise. His marriage is fucked and that’s not the only thing being fucked, you know? His awful wife Willa (Allegra Cohen) is having it off with their thuggish neighbour, Hector (the mighty Adrian Martinez) and has no respect whatsoever for Putzel or his dreams.

Even when it seems the time has finally come for Putzel to get the keys to Himmelstein’s and take over the family business, she’s reluctant to return home and into his pathetic arms. Putzel hasn’t the heart to tell anyone about his imploding private life either so he goes on a fake holiday to a hotel down the road, which nobody really buys anyway.

Unfortunately, these aren’t the only things that fail to go to plan. Uncle Sid (John Pankow) announces that he and his wife Gilda (Susie Essman) are moving to Arizona and selling the business to the highest bidder, which SPOILER ALERT is not going to be young Putzel.

“Know where I can get a good smoked salmon bagel?”

But before this can become a whole thing, Sid meets a much younger dancer called Sally (our Queen) and is quickly bowled over. And who can blame him, eh? He’s only human. Sid calls off the move, much to his wife’s secret joy and develops a sprightly new spring in his step. Putzel’s not thrilled however with this kink in his plan and is even more disappointed when he finds out who Sid is seeing…

When his plan to get Sally to go out with his friend and therefore not his uncle backfires, he and Sally start to bond. She seems to embrace his oddities while he’s again but a mere mortal and cannot resist the magic of Lady Lynskey.

He really needn’t worry about Sally’s feelings toward Sid anyway as she’s already tired of his shit after a couple of dates and unimpressed that he’s not separated from his wife, as he originally claimed.  Go figure/men are the worst, etc.

As the pair hang out and Sid gets more and more out of control in the wake of Sally’s rejection, will Sally find the courage to be true to herself? And also honest about how she’s living/and where her life is going?

Will Putzel get what he wants despite the old adage you should be careful what you wish for – or will he take a risk too? And will he ever get beyond his own tiny neighbourhood, the one that’s kept him all but stuck to the spot for most of his adult life?

This is a nice film that strongly benefits from Melanie Lynskey’s scenes. I like the whole Jewish family melodrama element, and some of the supporting characters, such as Sid’s shop staff add a pleasant edge to proceedings. Particularly Tunch (Fred Berman), who’s probably a little too enamoured with his job.

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But yes, I think this film is made by the scenes of Sally and Putzel connecting as they explore the city together (or around the bits Putzel doesn’t fear to tread). They have a sweet and lovable chemistry, and through Sally’s eyes Putz doesn’t look like such a loser anymore.

My favourite scene has got to be the fight scene between Putzel and the Salmon Guy (Fran Kranz) at the Under New Management party. It’s the straw that breaks the fish’s back for Putzel and a long time coming call to arms.

Maybe. Watch it yourself.

My Rating

3.5/5. Sweet. And now I fancy bagels.

What did Jill make of the guy who puts the ‘putz’ in Putzel? Would she serve this baby with lox or leave it out for the birds? Find out here, as always. 

Little Boxes (Film) Review

Welcome to Melanie Lynskey May!

Jill and I are big ML* fans at the best of times but especially since her amazing turn in I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore (review here) so what better way to honour someone we feel such an affinity with (she has to be exactly like the character of Ruth IRL, right?)?

Also, we’re pretty lame at ‘themes’.

Little Boxes (2016)

IMDB Synopsis

An interracial family struggles to adjust when they move from New York City to a small, predominately white town in Washington State.

My Review

Gina (ML), Mack (Nelsan Ellis) and their son, Clark (Armani Jackson) move to Washington State from the infinitely cooler NYC, when Gina gets a job at a local university there.

Most people think they’re nuts for leaving the concrete jungle where dreams are made of but the couple are hopeful that this is the right move for all of them. They expect a period of adjustment but little do they know it’s going to be such a white knuckle ride. Sort of.

Gina and Mack are a mix-raced couple and this causes a minor stir in the mainly white suburban sprawl of their new neighbourhood.

One of the neighbours asks Mack if he can help him before realising he’s actually meant to be there, while Clark’s new friends, Ambrosia (Oona Laurence) and Julie (Miranda McKeon) embrace black culture wholeheartedly, to the consternation of their parents (or one parent, if we’re honest).

Clark in fact quickly befriends the popular girls who seem to get a kick out of his black heritage, orchestrating precocious dancing competitions for his sole benefit and referring to a famous female rapper as a ‘ho’. Which is slightly disconcerting, as is an incident that comes later between Clark and Ambrosia.

Gina isn’t comfortable when Clark comes home with magazines from the girls that appear to be objectifying women, and claims this isn’t how she wanted him “to learn about women.” Mack’s attitude to sex ed is a little more laissez faire.

Clark, for the most part, just seems bemused by most of the girls’ behaviour, and goes along with their ideas for something to do, though he’s self aware enough to realise he has to amp up his ‘blackness’ to retain their interest.

Gina herself has got in with some of the faculty, in particular a band of women (including the legend Janeane Garofalo) who like to drink extra-curricularly, and this takes her away from her family and their issues more than they’re all used to.

Mack is a writer struggling to adapt too (and for a while without wifi?!) and I think my favourite scene is when he visits the local bookstore looking for his own novel, which they don’t have in their very slim collection of contemporary fiction. The next time he passes the shop, the owner has built an impressive window display/shrine to Mack’s book and invites him to come in and do a reading. Which he declines but still.

This is a very gentle and observed film about adjustment, race and growing up, as well as love and sacrifice and it’s lovely but it’s not going to set the world alight (much like this review).

I like what it says about the hyper sexualisation of women, in rap and otherwise, and how that can have an adverse effect on young girls if nobody’s watching them. Which might not have been the main crux of this piece but that’s what I’ve taken away with me.

Thankfully for these rather dramatic little girls, mother is watching (the amazing Christine Taylor) and although her motivation is questioned by Mack and Gina, I like the way she handles herself.

And finally, I was delighted to watch Nelsan Ellis in this. He used to light up my life as Lafayette in True Blood. I enjoyed the chemistry between him and Lynskey, while obviously Melanie is the best thing in this.

You know what else? Mel was born in 1977 (birthday on May 16th), making her almost 40. Like a certain amateur film reviewer round here (me). It kind of reassures me, is that odd?

Anyway! Will Clark learn from his fresh mistakes and will the family finally settle in surburbia, or are they set to go running back to the Big Apple 🍎 where all their friends and family remain?

You’ll see.

My Rating

3/5.

What does Wifey think? Would she move to the ‘burbs for this bad boy or let it go without her? Find out here.

*My second favourite ML, eh Meghan Lightle?

I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore (Film) Review

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Second review of the week (check out the first one here), just because this film is worth a mention, and Jill and I just happened to catch it respectively as soon as it hit Netflix this weekend.

*Spoilers*

I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore (2017)

Director & Writer: Macon Blair
Stars: Melanie LynskeyElijah Wood, Jane Levy, Devon Graye, Christine Woods

IMDB Synopsis: 

When a depressed woman is burglarized, she finds a new sense of purpose by tracking down the thieves alongside her obnoxious neighbor. But they soon find themselves dangerously out of their depth against a pack of degenerate criminals.

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My Review

Have you ever just had the shittest day? One so bad it prompts you to question everything, including your place in the world? Ruth has.

Not only has she just been burgled, she’s also been shamed and let down badly by the fuzz. She’s fucking pissed. And when the police fail to help her a second time, she decides to take matters into her own hands with a little help from her odd neighbour Tony (Wood).

This vigilante business has a tendency to spiral out of control though, and does when Ruth gets back her laptop but not the family silver, bequeathed to her by her late grandmother. Grandma appears like a vision at intervals throughout the film to gee Ruth along in her quest, like she needs the encouragement. She’s got would-be ninja Tony for that.

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Name a more iconic duo. I’ll wait.

The unlikely duo unravel the mystery of the missing silver via a series of clues and good old-fashioned luck, but accidentally stumble onto a scene much bigger that they ever expected. There’s a lot of violence and some life lessons learnt along the way, but of course.

Getting mixed up with some super nasty characters, including messed up Christian (Graye), psychotic Dez (Levy) and their leader, Marshall (David Yow) leads to a lot of blood shed. The question is, will Ruth ever get her silver back? And more importantly, will she get the one thing she really, really wants: for people to just stop being arseholes?

Well, there’s only one way to find out, motherfuckers.

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“They call me Panty Hoe. Geddit?”

My Thoughts

Macon Blair‘s directorial debut wasn’t going to be overly fluffy now, was it? The star of the truly excellent Blue Ruin and Green Room (by director Jeremy Saulnier) has picked up a few tips along the way, and is undoubtedly a filmmaker to keep an eye on. By blending humour with hyper-violence and wonderfully real observations, Blair has basically got the winning formula. I couldn’t love him more.

There are elements that are just so perfectly executed that they’ll surely stick in the mind for some time. Highlights for me include Melanie’s memorable bedtime story to her friends kid, in which she ponders the injustice of a stranger breaking into her own home, her eye-watering run in with the elderly owner of a junk shop (ouchy) and a particularly vivid puking scene.

Melanie Lynskey’s Ruth is so identifiable and authentic. Jill commented in a message to me that it was refreshing to have her dress as a real woman and that’s so spot on. She’s a woman you’d be friends with, the one you’d have a pint with on a Friday night – and I want more of that. Wood too, is starting to grow on me and you best believe I never thought I’d say that about Frodo.

I love this movie, I love the tone, the detail, all performances and Jane Levy (always). I can’t wait to watch it again to be honest – or see what Macon does next.

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Are you achin’ for some Macon?

My Rating

5/5. Excellent and couldn’t be more my cup of tea. 

What did Jill think of this? Did she want to break it’s fingers or go on a vigilante road trip with it instead? Find out here

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Don’t get cocky now, Elijah. I said you were growing on me.