a-ha The Movie Review

a-ha is a three-man band from Norway. They hit it big in the early 1980s with their first hit single “Take On Me”. “Take on Me” hit #1 in 5 countries on the music charts. They have had many albums since then, but nothing as big as Hunting High and Low, their one hit, if you will. I consider them a one-hit-wonder. Some would argue that fact. They can’t name me another hit from them though. Neither can I. The video that accompanied “Take On Me” is widely considered one of the best videos ever.

a-ha consists of three members: the lead singer Morten Harket, keyboardist Magne Furuholmen, and bassist Paul Waaktaar-Savoy. These guys have hit the highest of highs in the music business but like a lot of musical acts, they’ve had their share of lows. “Take on Me” brought them wide acclaim and with that fame. Some musicians can’t handle the fame and fortune that goes along with it. These guys handled things relatively well, except that they didn’t always get along with each other. This caused various rifts over the years between the members of the band. That’s nothing new either in the music business.

These guys have been known as a band that people don’t get along with. They are notoriously a problem band. They have been through many producers in their careers. The real problem with these guys is themselves. They can’t come to an agreement on notes and riffs and so forth. They can’t even come to financial agreements on who wrote what and who owns what songs and so forth. That is the biggest problem. That’s pretty much why they haven’t had a path for their music. Their music is all over the place.

Despite the problems behind the scenes with each other, these guys were huge on the touring scene. Fans kept coming out in droves for these guys. Even though they really only have one song. They have played in front of crowds of 200,000 in Rio and 150,000 in England. When people still come out to see you play, that keeps your brand in the public eye. Between breakups, a-ha was one of the biggest draws in music over the last forty years. That’s saying something because there have been much bigger acts than them still around over that period.

a-ha has had some great things happen to them in their careers. They were one of the bands that helped make MTV in the early 80s so it makes sense that MTV would pay it back by having them do an unplugged. It’s considered an honor to do Unplugged by artists. Only the biggest acts get to do Unplugged. Another honor is being able to do a song for a James Bond film. They did the song entitled “The Living Daylights” for the film of the same name, not considered the best Bond film but not the worst either.

a-ha is a band most people, such as myself, consider a one-hit-wonder. The thing is they have had a lot of drama between themselves behind the scenes. That’s the part of their career most people didn’t know about them. Even with all of that fans kept coming out to see these guys 35 or 40 years later. They are still a great live band drawing huge crowds. This has kept them slightly in the public eye. At the heart, they are still that one-hit-wonder I love though. Anytime “Take on Me” plays on the radio, I sing along with it. That’s saying a lot.

4 stars

Dan Skip Allen


Sean Boelman

Founder/EIC disappointment media

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It Review

The Conjuring franchise is one of the best horror franchises in the history of movies on par with Friday the 13thNightmare on Elm Street, and Halloween. The only difference is The Conjuring is based in reality where the others aren’t. It is grounded in a real-world setting. The main characters Ed and Lorraine Warren played respectively by Patrick Wison and Vera Farmiga are real people. Their lives and exploits have been documented by them and others. That’s where their latest story comes from.

While involved in an exorcism not far from where they live in New England, the Warrens happen to be nearby when a man who was a family member of the boy who had to be exorcised kills his landlord. His defense is that he was possessed by the same demon that the boy was and that it passed from the boy to him in the process of exorcism. His lawyer says if you can’t convince her that he was posted by a demon and killed his landlord how can they convince a jury. That one sentence leads the Warrens down a rabbit hole of an investigation.

James Wan directed the first two films in this trilogy and he set the overall aesthetic and feel of the films. They are set in the ’70s and ’80s and the look of them is fantastic. I love films set in specific periods that get them right. The cars and clothes and household items and so forth are all spot-on in these films. Michael Chaves (The Curse of La Llorona) picks up right where Wan left off in that respect. The camera work and cinematography both look great in the film. 

This film is a little different than the other two films in the trilogy. It is more of an investigation into how this guy was possessed. This is like a classic detective story in a sense. They enlist the help of an ex-priest Kastner (John Noble Fringe). The investigation leads them down all kinds of rabbit holes. Their cases have taken all kinds of forms and this one is your classic detective mystery.

Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga were hardly known when they got the roles in the first Conjuring film. He was in Watchmen and she was in The Departed. Those were their most popular roles before getting the roles as the Warrens. They become synonymous with these roles and they have made them their own throughout the last decade. Through the trilogy, they have had all kinds of issues and it’s nice to see them progress as characters. Like normal people, they have grown into these characters. That is one of the best parts of this film and the others.

The film uses the murder, incarceration, and trial as basically a framing device. Everything else that happens is the investigation by the Warrens. And how they deal with what they find in their process. Some good scenes keep to the overall feel of the franchise and horror movies in general. The performances by Wilson and Farmiga are spot on. The aesthetic and look of the film are first-rate. It was an overall good experience revisiting these characters once again. This film will be good to watch in theaters or on HBO Max.

4 stars

Dan Skip Allen


Sean Boelman

Founder/EIC disappointment media

Mare of Easttown Review

HBO has been killing it lately with their mini-series they’ve been putting out: WatchmenThe UndoingThe Outsider, and I Know This Much is True have all been terrific. The latest mini-series that is getting a lot of critical acclaim and viewer appreciation is Marre of Easttown. It was originally set in the fictionalized Easttown Township in Chester County, Pennsylvania, but the showrunners moved it to Delaware County to avoid any confusion. Much has been said about the accents used in the series. Even Saturday Night Live parodied it on a sketch a couple of weeks ago.

Mare Sheehan (Kate Winslet) is a police investigator. She has to try to solve a murder of a teen girl while still involved in a previous case about the disappearance of another teenager. She also has some personal issues she’s dealing with that take up a lot of her time. Her family and friends are quite the handful and she has a hard time dealing with them as well.

The story in this mini-series is a very complicated one with many layers to it. There are a lot of suspects in this case that keep it going in multiple directions. Mare has her hands full with her boss and all the leads she is trying to follow. Added to that is a new partner, Detective Colin Zabel (Evan Peters) she has to work with. He’s pretty helpful, but Mare doesn’t do a lot to help herself. She tends to put her foot in the proverbial crap more often than not.

As if Mare doesn’t have enough on her plate with her job, new partner, her family, and townspeople harassing her about both of her cases she is working on, she developed a relationship with an author who comes to town. Richard Ryan (Guy Pearce) is a friendly man towards Mare, but she has her guard up in regards to him because she just doesn’t trust anybody. He might actually be the nice guy she needs in her life. It can be a kind of comfort for her if she lets it happen. She just needs to trust herself in these situations. 

The writing and direction are the strong points of this series. Director Craig Zobel and series creator Brad Inglesby have crafted a nuanced and in-depth character study. This town has a lot of problems and its citizens need to examine themselves as townsfolk. Zobel and Inglesby help show the character flaws in the people and the levels of depravity some of these people will go to. The levels these people stoop to in this series are pretty bad.

Kate Winslet has won an Academy Award for Lead Actress with six other nominations on her resume. She’s won a Primetime Emmy Award as well. She’s one of the best actresses alive today. She is incredible in this series and will probably get another Emmy nomination. That being said, some other actors and actresses shine in this series. Jean Smart is Mare’s wisecracking mother. John Douglas Carter stars as Chief Carter who seems like he’s in over his head in all of this mess. He’s sure got Mare pegged though. James McCardle is a Deacon who might be a suspect. And Julianne Nicholson and Joe Tippett are husband and wife Lori and John Ross. These two are both terrific in the series. There are a lot of younger actors as well that do a great job.

Mare of Easttown is a very good series with a very good acting performance from its title character. It’s sure to garner Winslet another Emmy nomination. The rest of the cast is great as well. The story is the heart of the show. It’s very engaging and draws the viewer in from episode to episode. It doesn’t drag on too much. The area surrounding where this series takes place is like a character in the show. It’s part of what this show is all about. Zobel, Inglesby, and HBO have a winner on their hands. You know it hit a nerve when SNL spoofs it.

4 1/2 Stars

Dan Skip Allen


Sean Boelman

Founder/EIC disappointment media

Cruella Review

Disney has reinvigorated itself over the last decade or so with all of their sub-companies such as Marvel, LucasFilm, and Pixar, but it has been their live-action remakes or reimaginings of their classic animated films that have helped them stay relevant in the ever-changing film landscape. Sure, their animated stuff like FrozenMoanaZootopia, and Wreck-It Ralph have kept them afloat as a studio, but their live-action stuff has been the backbone of this company for decades. Beauty and the BeastCinderellaMulan, and Maleficent have been adapted from some of the company’s most popular IPs. Where does Cruella rank amongst them?

Cruella doesn’t start out as Cruella De Vil, she starts out as Estella (Emma Stone), a young rambunctious teen. When she witnesses a family tragedy, she is thrust out on her own to survive on the streets of London. She befriends two thieves Horace (Paul Walter Howser) and Jasper (Joel Fry). The trio becomes quick friends, but Estella has dreams of becoming a fashion designer. When she gets involved with a fashion legend, Baroness von Hellman (Emma Thompson), it brings out a whole new lease on life. Her friendship with Horace and Jasper doesn’t seem as important anymore. A twist in the story makes Estella turn into rowdy revenge-seeking Cruella.

Craig Gillespie is coming off of the Oscar-nominated film I, Tonya which was a starring role for Margot Robbie. In Cruella, he takes another Oscar winner, Emma Stone, and gives her a role she can sink her teeth into. The dual roles of Estella and Cruella were a great contrast to each other. As Estella, she was a little mischievous and did some jobs with her two friends. As Cruella, she is allowed to spread her wings and become the character she was meant to be. Her vindictive streak almost costs her in the end. With a little help from Horace, Jasper, and a few others, she’s able to become who she was meant to be the entire time. Stone devours this dual role fantastically.

This film had an aesthetic all its own. There isn’t any other film that looks or feels like this one. The darkness and dirtiness that the film shows play right into the story and character aspects. The cinematography is brilliantly done. The dark reds and greys fit the film perfectly. This whole punk rock feel to the film was brilliantly executed by everyone involved. The period of the ’70s was a great setting for the film. It created an atmosphere of dark and dank England which was great for this film. This helped Stone and company shine in their respective roles. The set production was amazing as well.

This film is set in the fashion world of the ’70s as well, so the clothes and costumes have to be on point. Jenny Beaven channeled the punk rock era perfectly with her costumes. She created some amazing clothes for Stone and others, but when Cruella came, she had some amazing dresses. Beaven is a sure thing to get nominated for an Academy Award for costume design. They were amazing in this film. 

Also, due to the era of the ’70s, there had to be music that matched the period. The soundtrack full of iconic songs of the ’60s and ’70s was placed throughout the film. A song from Florence and the Machine was a great theme for Cruella. The songs were brooding and dark to fit the feel of this film. They embraced all the aspects that Gillespie and crew were going for. A soundtrack has to match the feel of the film and in this case, it does perfectly.

Cruella has so much going for it, from its amazing acting by everyone in the cast, especially Stone and Thompson, to the brilliant set production, costumes, and music. Gillespie captured the feel and aesthetic of the film perfectly. The setting in punk rock era London was a brilliant move on his part. This film brought me back to a period I had forgotten about. And it was great to experience it again through the guise of a Disney live-action prequel. This is one of the best Disney live-action films. It’s a fantastic reimagining of the classic Disney character of Cruella.

4 stars

Dan Skip Allen


Sean Boelman

Founder/EIC disappointment media

Slalom Review

Sports movies have different angles to them like most genres. They can be comedic or they are serious. A lot of the time they can be inspiring. Similar to I, TonyaSlalom is a serious look at how someone trains and is driven to succeed in a given sport.

Noeé Abita played a young fifteen-year-old girl with aspirations of being an Olympic downhill mogul skier. Her mother puts her into an academy that focuses on her ability as a skier while also helping her with school work on the side. The ski instructor played by Jeremie Renier is very hard on all the boys and girls in his academy. When he finds out Abita’s character is such a great skier, he focuses more of his energy on her. She becomes his prize pupil to no surprise to her friends and classmates.

Films that have this kind of narrative, sports or otherwise, can be tough to watch. The viewer, a lot of the time, puts themselves in the shoes of the athlete, boy, girl, man, or woman, in question. They feel for what this person is going through. In the case of this young lady, it’s a lot. She doesn’t have it easy. She’s being driven to succeed, but it taking a toll on her, her academics, her relationship with her mother, and her friends. Being great at something such as skiing sometimes makes you push away those that matter to you most.

This film takes a turn I didn’t expect though and that is the thought process of a teen girl. How they can get infatuated with somebody such as a boy, an actor, or a musician. Abita’s character does just that and it has an adverse effect on her. She goes into a shell mentally, but not physically. She still competes at the top level at skiing her moguls. This information was a very good twist in the story that made it not your usual sports drama. It gave it some depth and heart.

Charlene Favier, a relative newcomer to American audiences because she’s a French director does a lot of good with the script and actors in the film. She’s made this story believable even though some of the things you’re watching are unbelievable. This story is very good and the actors portray their chapters very well. It’s a story people can believe is happening because we’ve seen such thing as this happen by watching the news of first-hand accounts of abuse by parents and or coaches in the past. 

The film also looks gorgeous as well. Having to film mountain ranges can be easy but trying to film men and women on them can’t be that easy. Favier makes it look effortless. The cinematography inside of the rooms and apartments looks great as well. It has a moody look but the lights in the various locations help make the film look amazing. Sometimes she uses moonlight to light various scenes and they look great. This film is shot so beautifully.

All the actors in this film are fine, but the two that stand out are Abita and Renier. They are both terrific and without their performances, this film wouldn’t succeed. They bring both sides of this overbearing coach and innocent pupil to life very effectively. This story could happen in any country, city, or state let alone the mountains of France. Abita is a revelation in this film and I want to see her in more films today.

Slalom is a very good sports film with great acting from its two leads, Abita and Renier. The cinematography, though a little different, is very beautiful and atmospheric to the story being on-screen. The story and script that is being performed on screen is the key that makes this film work. It’s a realistic story people can understand because it’s happened before and sadly probably will again.

4 stars

Dan Skip Allen


Sean Boelman

Founder/EIC disappointment media

Oxygen Review

There have been a good number of films in the past that focus on claustrophobic environments or one location such as a car, crawl space, elevator, or casket. BuriedLockeDevil, and Crawl (also directed by Alexander Aja, the director of Oxygen) are some examples of this in films to date. Oxygen is the latest film to tackle a one-set location and claustrophobic environment. It’s playing right now on Netflix if you want to check it out.

Mélanie Laurent plays a woman who wakes up in a cryo-chamber in space. She doesn’t know how she got there or why she’s there in the first place. She notices due to the voice of the unit that she only has so much air in the chamber and it will eventually run out. She has to figure out how to get out before it runs out on her. Along the way, she gets in contact with various people to help her figure out what to do.

Laurent is famous for her breakout role in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. Since then, she’s had some good roles in BeginnersOperation FinaleEnemy, and Now You See Me. She is primarily known as a French actress. She is amazing in Oxygen. Next to her role in Inglourious Basterds, this might be the best role of her career.

As in the other films I’ve mentioned, the voice-over cast has to do their job of helping the main character make this story of survival believable. This voiceover cast is the first-rate from Mathieu Amalric as the voice of the computer in the chamber, M.I.L.O. He is a soothing voice at times, but he can be very scary as well. Anne Hathaway and Noomi Rapace also play voices in the film. They pop up when Laurant starts to figure out her situation.

Oxygen is a very different kind of sci-fi film because of its one-set location. Aja makes the viewers believe this is a real location and real environment like his previous film Crawl. The claustrophobic nature brings out the concern and worry of those watching this story of survival. It feels very real for those watching at home on Netflix, as did Crawl for all of us watching that film. The computer and various gadgets she has to manipulate play perfectly in the hands of the writers. Using all these tools helps make the story flow much better as well. This was a well-made film all the way around.

3 1/2 stars

Dan Skip Allen


Sean Boelman

Founder/EIC disappointment media

Army of the Dead Review

Zack Snyder has had a rough couple of years surrounding his last film Justice League and the death of his daughter. In the meantime, he was making another movie. Army of the Dead is another addition to the zombie genre. It’s an original movie, but it’s not his only foray into this genre in his career. He previously directed the Dawn of the Dead remake in 2004, which served as his directorial debut.

A crash by a military convoy releases a zombie they had been transporting. The zombie turns all of the soldiers and then they turn their sights on the closest inhabited city: Las Vegas. Vegas becomes overrun by zombies making it a war zone. The United States government closes the city and makes it a quarantine zone. Nobody is allowed in or out of the city. A rich Japanese businessman, played by Hiroyuki Sanada, decides he wants to break into a vault to get 200 million dollars. He hires an ex-military officer to get the money out, who in turn hires a crack team of skilled men and women to help him.

Dave Bautista plays the ex-military soldier enlisted to get this money from a casino. He has been working as a fry cook. He has a tumultuous relationship with his daughter played by Ella Purnell. She gets wrapped up in this caper inadvertently. Bautista’s character has to hire a team to help him so he gets another soldier played by Omari Hardwick, a female friend of his played by Ana de la Reguera, a safecracker played by Matthias Schweighöfer, and a helicopter pilot played by Tig Notaro. The businessman sends along with one of his associates, played by Garret Dillahunt to make sure everything is on the up and up.

Snyder doubles down on the Las Vegas iconography. In this film, he uses Vegas showgirls as zombies and Sigfried and Roy tigers as guard dogs. The zombies are a little different, though. They have brain patterns that allow them to think and have conscious thoughts and make decisions. This is very different from other zombie movies. Usually, zombies in other films are just mindless beasts. This new twist on the zombie genre allows for some interesting story beats but doesn’t change the fact that this is an overdone and tired genre. This might be one too many zombie films.

The visuals in the film are pretty amazing, though. The budget allows for a lot of great special effects. The makeup and blood and gore throughout the film are pretty incredible. They make the film that much more believable even though this is such a far-fetched story. The action scenes are pretty awesome as well. This film has a lot of stuff that kept me interested throughout. The script and dialogue weren’t one of them. It was pretty clunky dialogue most of the time from the entire cast, especially from Dave Bautista.

Army of the Dead is streaming on Netflix right now, but it got about a one-week release in theaters. That was good for capitalizing on as much ticket sales as possible to get some of the budget back. It will live as long as necessary on the streaming service and will probably gain a cult following like some of Snyders’s other films. It’s a fun action-packed horror romp, but it’s nothing special I haven’t seen before. Overlord in recent years might be a better go-to in this genre instead of this film. It had good action and visuals though, so for those reasons I would recommend it to viewers.

3 stars

Dan Skip Allen


Sean Boelman

Founder/EIC disappointment media

Dream Horse Review

One of the things I like about movies is you get some slice-of-life movies and true stories about things most people haven’t heard of before. Those can sometimes be pleasant surprises on the release calendar. In the case of Dream Horse, it fits into both of these categories. It is one of those films that is just a delight and inspiring story people can get behind as well.

Jan Vokes (Toni Colette) is an average everyday woman who takes care of her elderly parents, works a couple of different jobs to make ends meet, and takes care of all her animals around her house. She sees an ad in the local paper one day and decides to buy a mare. She convinces some of the locals to invest in her plan which is to get the mare pregnant and raise the offspring and train him into a racehorse. The group is known as the Syndicate and includes her husband Brian (Owen Teale, Game of Thrones), a local tax man (Damian Lewis, Homeland), a local drunk, a barkeep, and a few other townsfolk all totaling around 15 people.

This story is a bit hard to believe, but it’s true. Some of the best stories usually are. These people were cast off and just going through the motions of life before Jan got them all involved in this venture. Some of them are skeptical about this investment, but they have nothing else going on in their lives so they reluctantly decide to pay the 10 dollars a week to be involved in this syndicate if you will. It’s not as much money as it may seem. It’s just like paying a bill every month you just put your money away every week.

There have been plenty of films in the past about horse racing. Secretariat and Seabiscuit come to mind. They both have great horse racing scenes in them. I can honestly say Dream Horse has some incredible horse racing scenes. The camera work is exceptional, to say the least. How they get the cameras so close to the horses is pretty amazing. The races are filmed in a way that makes them very dramatic and in the context of the film and story perfectly set. They fit very well into the film.

Even though this film is a true story, writer Neil McKay and director Euros Lyn create a lighthearted atmosphere with the script and dialogue spoken by the actors. It has a bunch of levity to it that breaks the drama. The funniest scenes help make this film more reliable for the average person watching it. This world of horse racing isn’t one for people without money. These people aren’t very well off. Putting them in this high-class world of horse racing is like a fish-out-of-water story in some senses. These scenes of the syndicated traveling to and from the races and at the races are comedic gold.

The cast is filled with a lot of character actors from Great Britain. They all have their moments to shine. This film mainly focuses on the relationship between Jan and her husband Howard and his struggles as well. Toni Colette gives the performance of the year thus far as this woman who is trying to find something to believe in and when she does it gives her a whole new lease on life. This horse brought out all the emotions in Colette and she shone as this woman. One scene in particular where she is very emotional about something that happened to Dream.

Dream Horse is a very inspirational sports film. It has a great message the people can get behind. It has great horse racing scenes with amazing camera work. The performances by all are very solid, but Lewis and especially Colette are the standouts. Colette gives an Academy Award-worthy performance, the first of the year for Best Actress. The real achievement in this film is its script and story. It is beautifully acted and the dialogue is both funny and heartfelt at times. This film works because of that.

4 stars

Dan Skip Allen


Sean Boelman

Founder/EIC disappointment media

The Marksman Review

Liam Neeson has made a career over the last fifteen or so years out of playing grizzled loners who get thrown into extraordinary circumstances. He usually handles these situations with a lot of violence, whether it’s rescuing his daughter from kidnappers or seeking revenge on men who killed a friend or loved one, he takes care of business only the way he can. This has been a very lucrative avenue for him to go down as an actor, especially since he’s 68 years old. Incredibly, he’s considered an action star at this advanced age in his career. The Marksman is another film in this vein for Neeson to shine in.

Neeson plays a former Marine who lives a lonely life on a ranch adjacent to the border of Mexico in Arizona. His life is thrown upside down when a boy and his mother cross his path on his land. After a tragedy that happens to the boy’s mother, Neeson’s character is forced to take care of the boy and return him home to his relatives in Chicago. That feat isn’t as easy as it sounds due to extenuating circumstances involving a Mexican cartel that is after the boy.

These kinds of films can be a bit contrived to all the plot points lining up to create these types of situations, especially in Neeson’s starting action films. The thing is we as an audience give them the pass a lot of times because we can get behind his causes or why he’s doing these things, whether it’s trying to clear his name or recurring a Mexican boy he is just perfect at playing these characters. It’s okay that the stories are sometimes a little far-fetched. That’s what movies are for to get out of our real lives and go into a world of action and adventure.

Seeing as this film is set in Arizona and the Midwest, it allows the filmmakers to get some great shots and vistas. The Arizona ranch Neeson’s character is a bit desolate, but as he travels around with the boy in toe we get to see how beautiful the midwest is in this country. Even though they are on the road driving, we still get to see a lot of scenery from Texas and Middle America. The cinematography is solid in the film.

Even though we, as an audience, have seen Neeson do this sort of thing in the past in films and other action stars as well. This familiar trope is very effective. Neeson is at home in this type of role. If I were him, I would keep doing these types of films with these roles over and over again as long as he can keep doing them, which seems like he can because he’s cranked them out quite frequently over the past decade and a half. I could watch him in these types of films and roles forever.

3 stars

Dan Skip Allen


Sean Boelman

Founder/EIC disappointment media

The Killing of Two Lovers Review

The Killing of Two Lovers is one of the hardest films I had to write about due to its graphic subject matter and tone. It’s a film that is not for the lighthearted. It deals with graphic violence that is very real and raw. The filmmaker Robert Machoian created this very visceral story that isn’t easy to watch. Some of the best films aren’t easy to digest though, but they are still great. The Killing of Two Lovers is in this category.

Clayne Crawford plays the father of a big family. He is separated from his wife, but he remains close and in the lives of his children even though not all of them want to be close with him. One, in particular, resents him for the separation between him and her mother. He also struggles to make a living in a difficult time. This is part of how he and his wife have problems. She wants to know how he is going to take care of them in a lean time, a difficult financial time in an area without a lot of possibilities for him.

In a world of financial instability, health issues, and a pandemic, the world we live in can be a hard one for anybody, especially a father who struggles with his insecurities and anxieties. Men coming back from war seem to develop PTSD and can’t understand the world around them. The military offered structure and a semblance of brotherhood. The real world offers no answers to those who struggle with a lot of these issues. This man is understandably conflicted about everything around him. 

The fact that the main couple is separated in the film allows them to see other people, but this isn’t usually a good thing in real life or in movies such as this. One of the others in a separated relationship has problems with the other who is dating someone else and not them. With the husband having his own issues it makes sense that he would not be okay with his wife who he’s trying to work things out with by dating other people. He just can’t get his head around it. And it doesn’t go well for anybody.

The film is set in Utah in the Fall and Winter and due to that, the cinematography doesn’t look all bright and colorful. It has a grey and cloudy feeling to it. That makes sense due to the emotional state the father is in in the film. He’s in all kinds of bad or dark moods and the atmosphere outside of their home in the plains of Utah. It makes sense to set the film in this kind of cold weather climate because of all the cold emotions that are flowing around from everybody in the film.

The Killing of Two Lovers is a dark film that shows the spiraling down of a father who’s dealt with a lot already in his life. What he’s going through now is more than what he can handle and it takes a toll on everybody. Machoian tackles some very difficult subject matter in this film, but it’s not to say it’s not things that are going on in today’s world we live in. People are struggling all over this country with various forms of pain and suffering and how they deal with it can be tragic at times, and Machoian captures that aspect of life very effectively in this film.

3 1/2 stars

Dan Skip Allen


Sean Boelman

Founder/EICdisappointment media