Stoker

Name: Stoker
Year: 2013
Rating: R
Running Time (minutes): 99
Description: India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) was not prepared to lose her father and best friend Richard (Dermot Mulroney) in a tragic auto accident. The solitude of her woodsy family estate, the peace of her tranquil town, and the unspoken somberness of her home life are suddenly upended by not only this mysterious accident, but by the sudden arrival of her Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), whom she never knew existed. When Charlie moves in with her and her emotionally unstable mother Evie (Nicole Kidman), India thinks the void left by her father’s death is finally being filled by his closest bloodline. Soon after his arrival, India comes to suspect that this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives. Yet instead of feeling outrage or horror, this friendless young woman becomes increasingly infatuated with him.
Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode
Genres: Drama, Mystery, Thriller

I liked the first half of the story, even though it quickly dawned on me where this was going to go. The second half was absurd, though. The score is unmemorable.

The best thing about this film was its audio description. It’s always great when narrators focus on camera viewpoints, reflections etc. And this one was even British, which made the approach all the more unique.

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About Time

Name: About Time
Year: 2013
Rating: PG
Running Time (minutes): 123
Description: The story of a man with time travelling abilities who tries to use this to gain a girlfriend, but it is not as easy as it looks. Time is not that easy to control!
Stars: Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy
Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Romance

The first half was all right and there were good jokes throughout the film, but now I’m just discovering one problem after the other in this film. If you want to make a movie about time travel, shouldn’t your time travel theories be clear-cut? First, we’re told that only the men in this family can travel through time. Later, the main character travels in time with his sister. Second, we’re told that they can’t travel (back) to the future, so why do they do it repeatedly afterwards? Third, we’re told that you can’t change events that take place before the birth of a child because changing things in the past might lead to a different child. Later, the son uses this rule to stop visiting his dad in the past when his wife is expecting their third child, but this doesn’t make any sense at all: if they don’t change anything during those extra visits, all the children will be fine. Oh, but I’m forgetting, we can’t do without all the hugs and drama that result from those decisions… I didn’t like the main character and actor either, got bored with his mother who was literally being sarcastic all the time no matter what, but did like Lydia Wilson and of course Tom Hollander. The score is all right, but nothing special.