Mini Reviews #1

Being the film lover that I am, I tend to watch more than just the one new release or Second Chance Saloon instalment per week. Not wanting to overload my readers with endless articles, the miscellaneous films I watch throughout the week seem to go by without a mention. Therefore I have decided to start a little weekly roundup containing brief thoughts on anything and everything I have seen over the last seven days.

Screen Shot 2013-10-22 at 22.33.01Summerspell (1983)
Director: Lina Shanklin
Starring: Dorothy Holland, Frank Whiteman, Jennifer Mayo

An Arthur Miller-esque family based melodrama depicting the disintegration of the Wisdom family during a tense reunion in 1940s Texas. A strong performance from Dorothy Holland as a housewife with a tortured soul and skeletons in her closet. The film picks up speed towards its conclusion but a slow first two thirds lead to a loss of patience and a rise in boredom rather than tension. 4/10.

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Screen Shot 2013-10-22 at 22.45.51Riding In Cars With Boys (2001)
Director: Penny Marshall
Starring: Drew Barrymore, Steve Zahn, Adam Garcia

A seemingly sentimental and fluffy comedy drama starring Drew Barrymore as a teen mother whose life is less than ideal. Behind the fluff, however, is a touching and at times heartbreaking depiction of family life and the choices we make. This is precisely the type of film for which I have a soft spot. The funny bits made me laugh, the sad bits made me cry, overall an immensely satisfying picture. 7/10.

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Screen Shot 2013-10-22 at 22.50.36The Perfect Storm (2000)
Director: Wolfgang Peterson
Starring: George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, John C. Reilly

An emotionally exhausting true story that leaves you on the edge of your seat whether you already know the outcome of the tale of not. A sweeping score helps to give the film the epic feel of a classic without actually being one, but certainly worth a watch, and strong and endearing performances from all involved, especially Mark Wahlberg and John C. Reilly. 6/10.

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