The Stolen (2017)

New Zealand, UK / 98 minutes / color / Cork, MiriquidiFilm, Red Rock, Head Gear, Metrol, Kreo, The Exchange, Ascendant Dir: Niall Johnson Pr & Story: Emily Corcoran Scr: Emily Corcoran, Niall Johnson Cine: Alun Bollinger Cast: Alice Eve, Jack Davenport, Graham McTavish, Stan Walker, Cohen Holloway, Stig Eldred, Emily Corcoran, Gillian MacGregor, Mikaela Ruegg, Richard O’Brien, Lukas Hinch, William Petty, Ella Hope-Higginson, Stephen Lefebvre, Mark Chan, Janice Gray.

It’s 1882. Englishwoman Charlotte Lockton (Eve) and her husband David (Hinch) have come to New Zealand’s South Island to make a new life for themselves. But then burglars break into the Locktons’ bedroom and, encountering resistance from David, shoot him dead and escape with the Locktons’ newborn son Arthur (played by various babies).

Alice Eve as Charlotte and Lukas Hinch as David.

Months pass and the cops lose interest. But then Charlotte gets a clue that Continue reading

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Night Train (2009 DTV)

US, Germany, Romania / 91 minutes / color / A-Mark, Rifkin/Eberts, FilmTiger Dir & Scr: M. Brian King Pr: Brian Etting, Wendy Park, Bruce McNall, Steve Markoff, Arnold Rifkin, Christopher Eberts, Michael Philip Cine: Christopher Popp Cast: Danny Glover, Leelee Sobieski, Steve Zahn, Matthias Schweighoefer, Geoff Bell, Constantine Gregory, Richard O’Brien, Takatsuna Mukai, Togo Igawa, Jo Marr.

A highly effective black comedy, done with lashings of CGI (the exteriors seem to be almost entirely CGI; the interiors often seem, especially in the earlier parts of the movie, to be done as CGI-enhanced live action). There are also plenty of hat-tips, via the character names, to earlier noir/crime movies—the names Mr. Gutman and Mr. Cairo obviously referring to The MALTESE FALCON (1941) and Mrs. Froy to The Lady Vanishes (1938)—although besides these hat-tips there aren’t really any further resemblances (except, perhaps, in that the plot role of this movie’s MacGuffin could be compared to that of the Maltese Falcon). Other movie influences might seem to be Hellraiser (1987), Murder on the Orient Express (1974) and even, in terms of visual style, The Polar Express (2004).

Night Train - CGI fest (do as opener, query)

A movie of great visual style.

Senior guard Miles (Glover; “I know everything about this train except its favorite color”) and his far junior colleague Frankie (Schweighoefer) run a night train called Continue reading