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Fear of Rain | Review



*Warning: This article contains spoilers for Fear of Rain.*

In an interview with LRM Online, Fear of Rain director Castille Landon envisioned the film to “shatter the stereotypes of serious mental illness”. Unfortunately for her, Fear of Rain is a film entirely created through stereotypes, by an uninspired script turning a serious mental illness into an attraction, rather than shedding a thoughtful light on it. The film tells the story of Rain (Madison Iseman), who suffers from severe schizophrenia and psychosis, starts suspecting that her teacher and next-door neighbor, Mrs. McConnell (Eugenie Bondurant) has abducted a child. Her parents (Harry Connick Jr. & Katherine Heigl), of course, don’t believe her, which puts their custody of Rain in jeopardy as one mistake could institutionalize her.

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It’s unclear whether or not everything is told through Rain’s perspective as a fantasy or a twisted version of real-life, which could make for an interesting framing device for a 90-ish minute horror film. However, there is nothing remotely interesting and/or compelling about Fear of Rain. We’ve seen all of it before: a “crazy” protagonist thinks he/she is going nuts by seeing things that are real, but nobody believes them. Turns out, they were right all along and the “things” that were real, were indeed happening, and a “surprising” element wasn’t.

The film tries to needlessly manipulate audiences, by making them think that everything is a figment of Rain’s imagination, but if you “look through” the constant aggression through visual/auditory cues that [badly] emulate schizophrenia, everything is extremely straightforward: yes, her teacher did kidnap a kid. Why? Who knows! With constant reality-warps by trying to question the audience’s perception of what’s real and isn’t, Fear of Rain has no time for character development. This is one of the reasons why the biggest “twist” of the film is received as flat as a flapjack pancake to the face by the viewer, confused out of their minds. Long story short, Landon tries to pull a Fight Club/The Sixth Sense-twist, with one of the film’s main characters only existing in Rain’s imagination…and it’s not the one the movie sets it up to be.

If you want to make a twist like this, the “fake character” needs to be properly foreshadowed to be a fragment of Rain’s imagination; with micro-hints that may or may not hint that the character isn’t real. Landon does it for Caleb (Israel Broussard), Rain’s love interest, but that character IS real. The one that isn’t is never properly foreshadowed, which makes the emotional impact of the “reveal” fall flat on its face. With a film that utilizes every predictable horror trope possible and has such a linear plot, you’d hope for its most surprising moment to have been meticulously planned out so its impact on the audience wouldn’t have been felt with shock, instead of pure confusion and immediate rejection.

Most films that tackle the spectrum of mental illness reduce it to its simplest form, with clichéd visual cues acting as “symptoms”, which turns dangerous diseases such as schizophrenia as pure entertainment, instead of wanting to discuss the serious effects of schizophrenia. Everything is overexaggerated to the extremes, with Madison Iseman giving an unintentionally hilarious performance as she breaks down in the “cinematic symptoms” of schizophrenia, instead of it being a reflective study on the disease.

Schizophrenia is only used in this film to blur the lines between fiction and reality, instead of wanting to spark discussion on the serious effects of the disease and shatter stereotypes. No stereotypes are shattered, in this film, they are only perpetuated throughout the entire runtime. There’s no ounce of nuance and emotion from Iseman’s splitting performance, only “crazy” since Landon reduces schizophrenia to its simplest (and most offensive) form by painting it as a “crazy”-disease. The only good performance Fear of Rain features is Harry Connick Jr. since he plays the character who is the furthest Landon will get on discussing the severe effects of schizophrenia to others. There’s a powerfully effective scene between Iseman and Connick Jr. with tight camerawork and surprisingly good line delivery that doesn’t delve into mental illness clichés, but this is only ONE scene compared to the endless stereotypes on mental diseases Fear of Rain perpetuates.

There’s nothing worth clamoring for in Fear of Rain: it’s a completely soulless and offensive film that believes it’s “shattering stereotypes” on mental illness, but only propagates them for 104 minutes. Not to mention that it contains an extremely recycled story we’ve all seen before, done in better movies, that had a better understanding of how to portray mental illness on screen, in a way that didn’t feel manipulative and/or stereotypical. No wonder why Lionsgate decided to dump this movie in the middle of a global pandemic: it’s almost completely unwatchable.

Fear of Rain is now playing where theaters are open and available to rent on video-on-demand.

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Arthur the King is an Epic Masterpiece



Arthur the King movie poster (Lionsgate Films)

Here follows the review of Arthur the King, a story of deep connection between people and dogs. Not all heroes wear capes, some have wagging tails and would cross a river (and jungle) for you.


Desperate for one last chance to win, Michael Light convinces a sponsor to back him and a team of athletes for the Adventure Racing World Championship in the Dominican Republic. As the team gets pushed to the outer limits of endurance, a dog named Arthur comes along for the ride, redefining what victory, loyalty and friendship truly means.

Arthur Foundation

Mikael Lindnord raced through a jungle in Ecuador and after feeding a few meatballs to a stray dog made a friend for life. The dog followed Mikael and his team through the rough terrain. Mikael named the dog Arthur and took him back home with him.

Arthur and Mikael Lindnord (Photo taken by Krister Goransson)

The Arthur Foundation collaborates with various organizations in different countries that work towards animal welfare.

Click on the following links to reach out to Mikael Lindnord.

Movie Review (no spoilers)

The movie is based on the memoir, Arthur – The Dog Who Crossed the Jungle to Find a Home by Mikael Lindnord, who was the athlete who participated in the Adventure Racing World Championship in Ecuador. It is important to note in the movie they refer to him as Michael Light. Even though the original race took place in Ecuador, the movie changed the location to the Dominican Republic. The original race took place in 2014, while in the movie the race takes place in 2018.

Mark Wahlberg portrays the part of the Mikael and delivers an excellent performance alongside Simu Liu, Nathalie Emmanuel and Ali Suliman. Ukai, a stray dog, was a real champion portraying the role of Arthur. The film takes us through picturesque locations in the Dominican Republic. The suspense was felt at every turn and corner and you are kept glued to the screen with a gripping storyline. The story balances the journey of Mikael and Arthur and eventually joins their path like a jigsaw puzzle.

Mark Wahlberg as Mikael Light (Lionsgate Films)

A fictional backstory is provided of Mikael’s competitive journey as well as the journey that Arthur took to get to Mikael. The movie successfully tells a deep story of connection between dogs and people. If you want to know more about the real story, you can check your local bookstore or Amazon for a copy of Arthur – The Dog Who Crossed the Jungle to Find a Home

This movie is a 5 out of 5 for me. The connection between Mikael and Arthur is brought to life in this epic masterpiece. Arthur found a home in the heart of Mikael and thanks to Mark Wahlberg and Ukai, this film adaptation of ‘Arthur – The Dog Who Crossed the Jungle to Find a Home’ became a memorable movie.

The trailer doesn’t spoil any of the important scenes of the movie. Arthur the King has a runtime of 1 hour and 30 minutes. There is no post-credits scene so no need to wait till the end.

Arthur the King Official Trailer (Lionsgate Films)

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A Must-See Satanic Panic Horror – Late Night With the Devil




Written and directed by Cameron Cairnes & Colin Cairnes, Late Night With the Devil follows a late night TV host Jack Delroy, fighting the plummeting viewership of his show by welcoming in people from the occult in order to change that, but of course, everything doesn’t go as smooth as planned.

David Dastmalchian as Jack Delroy Late Night With the Devil (2023)

David Dastmalchian has appeared in a lot of films however always in smaller roles including The Dark Knight, Prisoners and more recently The Suicide Squad. This film allows Dastmalchian to take on the lead role of Jack Delroy, the host of the late night show at the centre of this film, and he genuinely does a great job. There’s a real range of emotions which his character goes through during the course of this film and he depicts them so well.

If you’re a fan of the horror genre, you’re going to really appreciate the use of practical effects in this. There’s plenty of stretchy and gooey gore for all of the horror fanatics that will have you shouting at the screen. 

From left to right: Laura Gordon, Ingrid Torelli, David Dastmalchian, Ian Bliss

If you want to hear my full thoughts, check out my review over on YouTube and let me know your opinions in the comments.

Late Night With the Devil will be released in cinemas from 22nd March and on Shudder on 19th April.

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‘I Love You, Guys’ Review | A Poignant Exploration of Celebrity Vulnerability and Human Resilience



We are living in an era where celebrities are worshipped like deities and sometimes, people forget that he or she is also a normal human being. If we feel happy or sad at certain moments, they do as well and even though a lot of people always surround them, they get vulnerable too. Although a lot of filmmakers forget to show that aspect of their lives, Billie Melissa Rogan takes the bold approach of showing the truth. Her directorial debut, ‘I Love You, Guys,’ is a poignant story about a celebrity fighting her inner self to maintain her celebrity image. The result is a stunning piece of art that resonates long after the end credits roll in.

The short film opens with a profound close-up of the young singing sensation named Sky (Becky Bush). She has made a name for herself by making and singing really exceptional songs. As a result, she is adored by her fans. Even though it feels like Sky has everything she wants, viewers see her submerged in a bathtub as she tries to battle her anxiety. Just then, Sky gets a phone that she’d be performing state-side. Now, that’s where we get to know about her vulnerable state for the first time. Although she says that she is really happy with the above-mentioned news, her face tells a different story. Despite her impending stardom, Sky has not started to feel the massive weight of mounting pressure, a sentiment audiences get to see in her conversations with bandmate Ryan (Pedro Leandro) and girlfriend Taylor (Celi Crossland).

Becky Bush in a still from ‘I Love You, Guys’ (Jumpcut Studios)

As the story moves forward, we get to know that ‘I Love You, Guys’ is about the fragile nature of the human spirit as much as it is about celebrity culture. It not only navigates themes of depression, it also highlights the turbulent emotional journey of Sky. One of the best aspects of the film is how Rogan masterfully brings Cory Varney’s screenplay to life. She managed to capture every minor detail of Sky’s emotions with utmost precision. Despite the fact that it is her first-ever film as a director, we get a sense that we are watching a flick helmed by a seasoned filmmaker.

Another aspect that makes this film such a compelling watch is its cinematography. Jenni Suitiala has done a phenomenal in showing expressions through vibrant colors and Rogan has made full use of the settings to give viewers a visually striking film. Whether it is heated arguments or silent moments of despair, each frame feels authentic and draws audiences into Sky’s personal life.

Apart from Rogan’s direction, Varney’s script is this film’s biggest strength. The writer has undoubtedly done a stunning job of showing the humanity of these characters. There’s a reason why Sky’s struggles feel very personal and it is because we have endured such moments in life. Moments where we doubt ourselves even when we know we are more than capable of doing a particular thing. Not every smiling person is happy. Sometimes he or she is smiling just so that no one finds out about the tough times they are going through.

A still from ‘I Love You, Guys’ (Jumpcut Studios)

Acting-wise, Becky Bush has given a performance that is surely going to open several doors for her. She delivers a magnificent performance by infusing Sky with a beautiful balance of vulnerability and strength. The way she manages to convey an innumerable amount of emotions is spectacular. I believe this is one of the most apt depictions of mental turmoil. Meanwhile, Pedro Leandro and Celi Crossland are just as spectacular. Every interaction between the characters feels genuine and nuanced.

All in all, ‘I Love You, Guys’ is a testament to how resilient a human spirit can be. In just 15 minutes, Rogan, Varney, and Bush take viewers on a journey that’s thought-provoking and talks about a subject that no one talks about. The writing, direction, and performances achieve a lot more than just viewers’ attention. The film offers a compelling examination of the human cost of pursuing fame and success. A poignant story that touches on themes of ambition, relationships, and self-discovery.

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