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10 Cloverfield Lane Review

10 Cloverfield Lane Review

10 Cloverfield Lane. Photo property of Paramount Pictures. Fair use courtesy of Wikipedia.

As promised in my “Top 5 Horror Movies of 2016” post, this is my full 10 Cloverfield Lane review. I must admit that a J.J. Abrams produced “blood relative” of the 2008 film Cloverfield did not appeal to me at first. Cloverfield was an average flick in my opinion, and my relationship with JJ Abrams has always flipped between love (Lost S1-3, Westworld, Star Trek) and hate (Lost S4-5, Star Trek). However, I had read many good reviews about 10 Cloverfield Lane, and thus felt it might be worthy of my time. How very right these reviews were! While I wouldn’t necessarily categorize this film as horror, I will say that this film is one of the best of 2016, in any genre.

While not exactly a sequel, 10 Cloverfield Lane presents a different perspective of the 2008 found footage film, but works as it’s own entity as well. The premise is simple enough. Michelle Elizabeth Winstead plays Michelle, a young woman who leaves her fiancée and drives off into the night, only to get into a terrible car accident. She wakes up in a cell, and is told by her captor, Howard, played by John Goodman that they are safely hidden in a bunker, the world above them in the midst of a doomsday attack. What starts off as the beginnings of another survivalist/torture porn horror films turns into something much more interesting and creative, evolving into a tense thriller with hints of sci-fi. The film slowly builds tension, never allowing you to get too comfortable, and keeps you questioning the outcome, despite the title.

John Goodman is fantastic in a subtle, creepy performance. Shifting eyes and awkward social behavior bring about nervous laughter, but he keeps us on edge, holding back so that we never know what will set him off. Michelle is strong and relatable, who keeps you rooting for her until the very end. Winstead plays her with a balanced amount of strength and caution, as we uncover her new surroundings with her. Her character makes rational decisions and learns and grows in a logical way that wraps up the movie nicely.

The film is ultimately satisfying, avoiding stereotypical genre clichés and really engaging the audience from the moment we wake up with Michelle in her cell. A solid, well crafted story that kept me on the edge of my seat, it presents a new way of handling sequels and invasion stories, quietly asking: “where were you when this happened?”.

Did you like my 10 Cloverfield Lane review?  What would you do if there was a zombie apocalypse?

Directed by: Dan Trachtenberg
Released: 2016
Starring: John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr.

Hello 2016!

2015 was a pretty good year for me.  I moved this blog over to a self hosting site and have diligently blogged once a week ever since.  My boyfriend and I traveled on our first big trip together to Turkey and it was incredible.  We had two amazing camping adventures together during the summer and later in the year relaxed in Mexico while celebrating my best friend getting married.  I watched a lot of fantastic horror movies.  The best horror movie of the year was “It Follows” though technically I saw it at the 2014 TIFF, so I would say my favourite horror movie I saw last year was “The Final Girls”, also at TIFF.  Finally I created and ate lots of delicious dishes, my top Instagram posts below!

Most of all I just feel so lucky to be surrounded by wonderful friends & family (and two fluffy cats), and that we all made it through another year with good health and happiness.  I try to never take for granted the freedom that I have living in Canada.

So 2016, what will you bring?  I resolve to always be kinder, more positive, more patient and spread love.  I resolve to try to do more good deeds and to take care of those I love.  And of course, I resolve to keep up with my blogging!

Top Instagram Posts 2015

Top Instagram Posts 2015

My top posts of 2015!

A Paleo Breakfast: Banana Bread & Gordon Ramsay’s Scrambled Eggs with Pomegranate

Two Bite Chicken Apple Curry Kale Wraps

Brioche In Brooklyn

Thanksgiving Turkey Burger w/ Sweet Potato Hummus & Kale Brussels Sprout Slaw

Lamb & Sweet Potato Sheppard’s Pie

Algonquin

30 Minutes Shrimp Fried Quinoa

Vegan Gluten Free Coconut Power Pancakes

Devil Review

Devil

Released: 2010
Director: John Erick Dowdle (Quarantine, The Poughkeepsie Tapes)
Screenplay by: Brian Nelson (30 Days of Night, Hard Candy)
Story by: M. Night Shyamalan (directed The Sixth Sense, The Last Airbender)
Cast:
Chris Messina (Julie and Julia, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Six Feet Under)
Caroline Dhavernas (The Switch, Passchendaele)
Bokeem Woodbine (Saving Grace, Ray, The Rock)

I had no burning desire to see this movie, but ended up going to a free screening.  Any film boasting M. Night Shyamalan’s name is already a turn off.  A reminder of a director who started off so promising but now is only known for churning out one lousy, pretentious movie after another.

Reviews have been moderate to fail for this film so I went in with low expectations. However, I definitely enjoyed it more than I thought I would.  A simple story of 5 people being trapped in an elevator as the devil picks them off one by one is elevated by solid pacing, entertaining tension, and a great score.  Not breaking any new territory, it’s still a fun ride if you let yourself become immersed – the payoff is some good jumps and laughs despite some cheesy religious foreshadowing.  The script is solid enough with decent characters.  Credit goes to Brian Nelson who also wrote the excellent film Hard Candy – starring a pre-Juno Ellen Page.  My highest compliment would be that Devil is much better than any recent M. Night Shyamalan film.