Review: Frances Ha

If you were looking for a New York bohemian version of a quarter life crisis, presented in crisp black and white, then look no further than Frances Ha. Directed by Noah Baumbach and co-written with lead actress Greta Gerwig, the story of a New York woman with no fixed address, a job that’s slowly disappearing and is pushing for her dreams, while not really knowing what they should be. Also starring: Adam Driver, Mickey Sumner, Michael Esper, Michael Zegen, Charlotte d’Amboise and Grace Gummer.
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Review: Pronoia

A man and a woman wait out a rainstorm in a hotel lobby some place between “here and nowhere”. When the TV news reports the disappearance of a high-ranking Pentagon official, neither he nor she know of the ramifications it will have on their brief, seductive encounter. Written and directed by Nick Efteriades and starring Stelio Savante, Hannah Jane McMurray and Lou Mast. Continue reading “Review: Pronoia”

Review: Alone

A very significant and satisfying part of writing reviews here at Film Carnage, is covering a multitude of indie films, including quite a few short films, however this is without a doubt the shortest ever reviewed here at a whopping 2 minutes in length. In a close-knit team creation, Alone is directed by Tofiq Rzayev, who is also the cinematographer and co-written with Mehmet Fatih Güven, who also happens to be the star of the film, with a score by Gergö Elekes. Continue reading “Review: Alone”

Review: Wonder Woman

This review is coming to you, several weeks after viewing in an attempt to be unbiased and unaffected by initial impressions that aren’t always reflective of opinions with time. The reason why this is important will become apparent but for now, for anyone who has been living under a rock and isn’t aware, Wonder Woman is the latest solo outing in the DCEU, bringing Gal Gadot back to the big screen, after her explosive introduction in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The film takes place at the height of World War II and after a pilot (Chris Pine) crashes on the island of Themyscira, home of the Amazons, Diana leaves home to aid him in fighting this terrible war. Continue reading “Review: Wonder Woman”

Review: The Void

Written and directed by Jeremy Gillespie (Father’s Day) and Steven Kostanski (Manborg, Father’s Day, ABCs of Death 2), two men perhaps better known for their work in Art and Makeup departments respectively, including Hannibal, Suicide Squad and new Stephen King adaptation It. After a police officer happens upon an injured man and delivers him to the hospital, they begin to experience strange and violent occurrences seemingly linked to a group of mysterious hooded figures. Continue reading “Review: The Void”

Review: Undatement Centre

From the writer and director of The Deja Vuers (reviewed here), Chris Esper comes Undatement Centre; when Jack (Trevor Duke) decides he is ready to date again, he discovers things are a bit more complicated than they used to be. Starring: Trevor Duke, J.D. Achille, Randy Veraguas, Shandy Monte, Acei Martin, Christie Devine and Logan Raposo.

We all know, or have experienced, the perils of modern dating, with the good old days of meeting people are gone and are replaced with endless apps designed to match up strangers for a night and social media to facilitate privacy breaking research. Undatement Centre is a very clear, if slightly obvious, metaphor for that struggle, emphasising the ridiculously complicated nature of relationships and socialising in this modern age. The metaphor itself however, is a pleasingly exaggerated version of that problem; the concept of speed dating meets job centre, requiring CVs (Resumes for the American reader) and backgrounds to find a suitable match, is simple and fun.

As the story develops and the tables turn as Jack (Duke) finds himself on the opposite end of the interview/date, it makes a great point of how fickle we can be, given the slightest power we act exactly in the way we’ve just complained about, renewing the cycle of bad dating. You just need someone to break the cycle, someone who is interested in getting to know you, will Jack find that? You have to watch and see.

In the era of the internet and it’s undeniable grasp on all of us, we can escape the simplicity and vulnerability of putting yourself out there and meeting someone in the real world, but in reality it simply develops a self-created isolation and going back to the old-fashioned way of things can open us up and help to meet someone worth your time.

Undatement Centre is a perfect visual representation of that, Esper has again done a great job of creating a fun, entertaining film, that you can simply enjoy. There’s no attempt to be pretentious, over-the-top or excessively dramatic, it’s just genuine entertainment. A satisfying follow up to The Deja Vuers, a show of creativity, comedy and courting. 

Verdict: 8/10

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