THE LODGE (2020)

Directed By: Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala Written by: Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala & Sergio Casci  Cinematography: Thimios Bakatakis  Editor: Michael Palm

Cast: Riley Keough, Alicia Silverstone, Jaeden Martell, Lia Mchugh, Richard Armitage 

A soon-to-be stepmom is snowed in with her fiancé’s two children at a remote holiday village. Just as relations begin to thaw between the trio, some strange and frightening events take place.


The film’s Style is what becomes more memorable. As it seems set by the directors. The style and story feel similar to their first feature GOODBYE MOMMY. As this also is a slow burn thriller that seems to have an adult and two children secluded in close quarters with one another and seemingly needing each other to survive.

While one is up for a good slow burn in a thriller especially if it has a worthy pay off. This film comes off as dull. As it has many twists and turns that are shocking but also once we get to the end. You wonder why and the reasoning for the twists and turns make no sense and depends on the audience’s suspension of disbelief or the old adage kids will be kids. 

Though when dealing with a character who survived a horrific incident even before we are introduced to them. First of all, you wonder why the father would bring someone they were dating and knew had mental problems around their children who are already traumatized but then also leave them with her alone.

Sort of like the opening scene where we see the familiar face of Alicia Silverstone dripping ehr kids off to their father who tells her he wants to go through with the divorce and she just immediately locks herself in a room and Killa herself with little to no explanation. We in the audience are just left to assume she has problems with such an extreme act 

This film tries to be THE OTHERS only in reverse it feels. 

The film isn’t bad as Riley Keough again. Gives a shattering good performance. The rest fit eh cast do what they are supposed to do and the direction is on point but the script needs a bit of work. 

As the script seems made to fit the direction more than the story here. As it feels more conceptualized then lived in. This leaves the audience wanting more or at least to show the worm in supporting the film’s plot points. As the film comes off too vague then just ends.

Where as by the end. One can’t help what they enjoy or are entertained but here it feels like this film’s praise is more for style over substance. Even if in the end if for all the ingredients that work. It comes off as a letdown. 

Grade: C

HOLD THE DARK (2018)

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Directed By: Jeremy Saulnier
Written By: Macon Blair
Based On The Book By: William Giraldi
Cinematography: Magnus Nordenhof Jonck
Editor: Julia Bloch 


Cast: Jeffrey Wright, James Badge Dale, Alexander Skarsgard, Riley Keough, Beckham crawford, Anabel Kutay, Julian Black Antelope 


Retired naturalist and wolf expert Russell Core journeys to the edge of civilization in northern Alaska at the pleading of Medora Slone, a young mother whose son was killed by a pack of wolves. As Core attempts to help Medora track down the wolves who took her son, a strange and dangerous relationship develops between the two lonely souls. But when Medora’s husband Vernon returns home from the Iraq War, the news of his child’s death ignites a violent chain of events. As local cop Donald Marium races to stop Vernon’s vengeful rampage, Core is forced on a perilous odyssey into the heart of darkness.

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AMERICAN HONEY (2016)

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Written & Directed By: Andrea Arnold
Cinematography By: Robbie Ryan
Editor: Joe Bini 

Cast: Sasha Lane, Shia LeBouf, Riley Keough, Arielle Holmes, McCaul Lombardi, Will Patton

Star, a teenage girl with nothing to lose, joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits

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UNDER THE SILVER LAKE (2019)

Written & Directed By: David Gordon Mitchell
Cinematography: Mike Gioulakis
Editor: Julio Perez
Music By Disasterpiece 


Cast: Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough, Topher Grace, Riki Lindhome, Grace Van Patten, Callie Hernandez, Zosia Mamet, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Jimmi Simpson, Lola Blanc, Sydney Sweeney, Summer Bashil, Don McManus, Patrick Fischler

Sam is a disenchanted 33-year-old who discovers a mysterious woman, Sarah, frolicking in his apartment’s swimming pool. When she vanishes, Sam embarks on a surreal quest across Los Angeles to decode the secret behind her disappearance, leading him into the murkiest depths of mystery, scandal and conspiracy in the City of Angels.

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THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT (2018)

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Written & Directed By: Lars Von Trier
Story By: Lars Von Trier & Jenle Hallund
Cinematography: Manuel Alberto Claro
Editor: Jacob Secher Schulsinger & Molly Marlene Stensgaard 


Cast: Matt Dillon, Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman, Riley Keough, Siobahn Fallon Hogan, Jeremy Davies, Sofie Grabol, Ed Speleers 


The story follows Jack, a highly intelligent serial killer, over the course of twelve years, and depicts the murders that really develop his inner madman.


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LOGAN LUCKY (2017)

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Directed By: Steven Soderbergh
Written By: Rebecca Blunt
Cinematography By: Steven Soderbergh (As Peter Andrews)
Editor: Steven Soderbergh (As Mary Ann Bernard) 


Cast: Channing Tatum, Daniel Craig, Adam Driver, Katie Holmes, Seth McFarlane, Katherine Waterston, Riley Keough, Jack Quaid, Sebastian Stan, Hillary Swank, Jim O’Heir, David Denman, Brian Gleeson, Dwight Yoakam, Macon Blair 


When Jimmy Logan gets fired, he convinces his brother Clyde and sister Mellie to help him rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway during a NASCAR Race. But they will need the help of Joe Bang, a convicted safe-cracker who is currently doing time. All they have to do is break Joe out, blow the racetrack vault, get away with the cash, return Joe to prison, and get Jimmy to his daughter’s beauty pageant on time. What could possibly go wrong? Well, there is the Logan family curse.

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