Friday, 19 October 2018

Before I Wake (2016)

Mike Flanagan's Hush is the first film that comes to my mind when I think of horror and it'll ever be. It's not a perfect movie but the way Flanagan plays with his audience there, it's absolutely brilliant. And he did it again in 2017 with Gerald's Game. So, after years, I finally decided to check out Before I Wake, which came out about a year after Hush although it was supposed to release about at the same time.

The film follows a married couple, Jessie (Kate Bosworth) and Mark (Thomas Jane), who, while still grieving the loss of their child, Sean (Antonio Evan Romero), decides to adopt. When sweet 8-year-old orphan Cody (Jacob Tremblay) arrives into their lives, everything seems fine. But soon, Cody's dreams start physically manifesting into reality as he sleeps and his dreams eventually become nightmares.

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Thursday Movie Picks: Halloween Edition: Technology

Technology isn't that scary or threatening in real life unless you are a Neanderthal or someone who wasted years studying something *coughs*accounting*coughs* any idiot with a computer can do nowadays. In movies, it's a whole different story as technology often takes over humans. That's exactly this week's theme for Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks.

Dumplings (2004)

Dumplings (Chinese: 餃子 Jiǎozi) was one of the films Dell over Dell on Movies picked for his entry of the non-English language themed week of the Thursday Movie Picks series. It sounded interesting great so I decided to check it out. 

The film is set in Hong Kong and follows Mrs. Li (Miriam Yeung), a once-famous TV actress who is losing her good looks and her husband (Tony Leung Ka-Fai) with them as he's having an affair with a much younger and attractive woman (Pauline Lau). In order to rejuvenate, she seeks the help of Aunt Mei (Bai Ling), a retired gynaecologist now famous for her dumplings with a mysterious ingredient that can restore youth.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

The Conjuring 2 (2016)

If you have read yesterday's review then you already know that The Conjuring blew me away. I don't remember the last time a movie scared me that much. Actually, I don't believe it ever happened. That, the recurring cast, Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, and the recurring director, James Wan, set my hopes pretty high for The Conjuring 2.

Just like the previous film, this one too is based on true events and follows Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) as they travel to London, England, where a single mother, Peggy Hodgson (Frances O'Connor), and her four children are being haunted by an unknown, evil entity who eventually posses the second oldest daughter, Janet (Madison Wolfe).