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Us (2019 Film)

Lupita Nyong'o in Us (2019)
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What is it?

The 2019 American psychological horror-thriller movie Us.

What is it about?

This is how Rotten Tomatoes describes this movie:

Haunted by an unexplainable and unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide feels her paranoia elevate to high-alert as she grows increasingly certain that something bad is going to befall her family.

After spending a tense beach day with their friends, the Tylers (Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Cali Sheldon, Noelle Sheldon), Adelaide and her family return to their vacation home.

When darkness falls, the Wilsons discover the silhouette of four figures holding hands as they stand in the driveway.

Us pits an endearing American family against a terrifying and uncanny opponent: doppelgängers of themselves.

My Thoughts

This movie was better than I had expected, and it surprised me with some of its twists; and this movie has various possible interpretations, and it had a unique approach that made me think of some new possibilities.

I possibly liked this movie better than the movie Get Out to my surprise, but I could be wrong.

Jordan Peele has surprised me again.

The end,

-John Jr

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Ex Machina (Film)

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What is it?

The 2014 science fiction psychological thriller movie Ex Machina.

What is it about?

This is how Rotten Tomatoes describes this movie:

Alex Garland, writer of 28 Days Later and Sunshine, makes his directorial debut with the stylish and cerebral thriller, EX MACHINA.

Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company’s brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac).

Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test-charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan’s latest experiment in artificial intelligence.

That experiment is Ava (Alicia Vikander), a breathtaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated–and more deceptive–than the two men could have imagined. (C) A24

Final Thoughts

The first time that I saw this movie several years ago I liked it, it was a nice little possibly somewhat lower budget science fiction movie, but the second time that I went to watch it a year or two later with my brother GC things did not go as well.

I am not sure if it was just a bad day and bad time or what but my brother GC was not liking the movie and was bored and was not paying attention, the movie also seemed slower and more boring to me that day as well, and we possibly stopped watching it or paying attention to it that day so I did not like it as much the second time; but maybe that is because of my brother GC, but I am not sure.

This movie is worth watching at least once though, I liked the location and house that was used in the movie, and the acting and directing and visuals were pretty good.

The end,

-John Jr

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Therefore I Am (2015)

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What is it?

The 2015 Vimeo Staff Pick and psychological thriller short film Therefore I Am by Luke McCoubrey and Peter McCoubrey.

What is it about?

This is how the IMDb describes this short film:

A mysterious encounter between a man who claims to be from the future and the man that he claims is his former self.

What do I like about it and what might other people like about it?

I like how they managed to take this somewhat complex idea and make a simple contained short film, and I think that other people might like that as well.

Final Thoughts

This was one of those short films that I saw in the past that I had forgotten about until I was editing one of my old dream posts, there are a few other short films that I have seen that I have not done posts about yet, and there are some that I have possibly forgotten about.

The end,

-John Jr

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Memento (Film)

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What is it?

The 2000 American neo-noir psychological thriller movie Memento by the director Christopher Nolan.

What is it about?

This is how Rotten Tomatoes describes this movie:

A man is determined to find justice after the loss of a loved one, even though he is incapable of fully remembering the crime, in this offbeat thriller.

Leonard (Guy Pearce) is a man who is struggling to put his life back together after the brutal rape and murder of his wife.

But Leonard’s problems are different from those of most people in his situation; he was beaten severely by the same man who killed his wife.

The most significant manifestation of Leonard’s injuries is that his short-term memory has been destroyed; he is incapable of retaining any new information, and must resort to copious note-taking and Polaroid photographs in order to keep track of what happens to him over the course of a day (he’s even tattooed himself with a few crucial bits of information he can’t get along without).

Leonard retains awareness that his wife was brutally murdered, however, and he’s convinced that the culprit still walks the streets.

Leonard is obsessed with the notion of taking revenge against the man who has ruined his life, and he sets out to find him, getting help from Natalie (Carrie-Anne Moss), who appears to be a sympathetic barmaid, and Teddy (Joe Pantoliano), who claims to be Leonard’s friend, even though Leonard senses that he cannot be trusted.

Writer/director Christopher Nolan adapted Memento from a short story by his brother Jonathan Nolan.

~ Mark Deming, Rovi

What do I like about it and what would other people like about it?

I like the mystery that kept me focused on trying to figure out what was going on, the cleaver order of this movie, some of the acting, and the use of Anterograde Amnesia; and I think that other people will like that as well.

Final Thoughts

My brother GC and I watched this movie for the first time recently, I did not expect to like it, but it kept my attention as I tried to figure out what was going on.

I liked this movie more than I had expected, it was pretty good and was well directed, I like it when I go in expecting to not like a film but end up liking it more than I had expected; I would give this movie a 4 out of 5 or maybe even higher.

Here is a review of this movie by Chris Stuckmann:

The end,

-John Jr

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Paranoia Agent (Mōsō Dairinin)

What is it?

The 2004 Japanese animated (anime) psychological thriller TV show Paranoia Agent by the director Satoshi Kon.

Anime Trailer – “Paranoia Agent”

What is it about?

This is how Metacritic describes this animated (anime) television show:

When darkness overcomes the heart, Lil’ Slugger appears… An elementary school boy on Rollerblades dubbed Lil’ Slugger (Shounen Bat) is said to be responsible for a series of mysterious hit-and-run assaults in Tokyo.

The circumstances are always the same: none of the victims can recall the boy’s face and only two distinct details are left in their memories – golden Rollerblades and the weapon, a golden baseball bat bent like a dog’s leg.

Two police detectives, Keiichi Ikari and Mitsuhiro Maniwa, are assigned to the case to track down the perpetrator and put an end to his violent and random spree.

What at first may seem like a typical act of juvenile vandalism soon turns out to bear the signature of an unclear evil.

The attacks never leave their victims as they were before as each victim before the attack is overcome by stress, depression, or an emotional trauma created by their environment, their past, or their secrets.

They are so overwhelmed that they enter a state of paranoia as they fight their inner demons.

After a good smack in the head, they seem as if that their emotional trauma has been alleviated.

Starting with the first victim Tsukiko Sagi, a shy character designer who created the immensely popular pink dog Maromi, the detectives follow what little clues they have and try to apprehend the boy.

But just when they think they got it solved, things get more complicated as they reach the end of their line.

Opening Song: “Dream Island Obsessional Park” by Susumu Hirasawa

Closing Song: “White Hill – Maromi’s Theme” by Susumu Hirasawa