For episode 123 of Find Your Film, we have three featured reviews (Both Sides of the Blade, The Prey: Legend of Karnoctus, Girl in the Picture). Bruce Purkey’s “What’s in the Box” pick is Promising Young Woman, and he joins Eric Holmes for reviews of The Black Phone and Gold Told Me To. Find a movie to love by listening below!!
The big surprise for all three of us was Netflix’s documentary Girl in the Picture. Directed by Skye Borgman (Abducted in Plain Sight), Girl in the Picture centers on a young mother’s mysterious death and the kidnapping of her son. This mystery would play on for years, as the late woman’s real identity was difficult to uncover.
Our podcast review of Girl in the Picture starts at 31:43:
I joined Bruce and Eric in giving Girl in the Picture ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (out of five), and the documentary is currently streaming on Netflix. It is not an exploitative narrative, and it is told in a highly compelling fashion. As Bruce says in the podcast, fair warning to viewers who are not in the mood for a ton of sadness. Don’t want to give too much away about this project, but even if you are not a true crime fan, this is a worthwhile watch.
The biggest surprise this week came from Both Sides of the Blade, a feature that should have been right up my alley. I’m a big fan of Juliette Binoche, so I was ready to see the love triangle dynamic (Vincent Lindon is her lover, Grégoire Colin is her ex-boyfriend) enfold. I give this movie a mild recommendation simply based on the first rate performances by Binoche and Lindon as soulmates who are beginning to fracture. The subplot regarding Jean’s (Lindon) attempt to be a better father and get a job were simply loose threads that I did not want for the overall narrative fabric. Both Bruce and I acknowledged the performances and gave Both Sides of the Blade ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (out of five).
Lo and behold, Eric was the one who had a deeper appreciation of Both Sides of the Blade (⭐️⭐️⭐️½ out of five). He was totally fine with fleshing out Jean’s character and admitted that he would probably give it a higher rating upon a second viewing. This is not Eric’s type of movie, and it was refreshing to see him being the biggest champion of the feature. Both Sides of the Blade is now playing in theaters via IFC Films.
Both Sides of the Blade review starts at 9:17:
Starring Danny Trejo, Nick Chinlund and Kevin Grevioux, The Prey: Legend of Karnoctus centers on a group of U.S. soldiers who are trapped in an Afghanistan cave. A monster called Karnoctus is killing humans left and right, and these individuals may be the next items on Karnoctus’ dinner plate.
It was great to see Danny Trejo and co-star Adrian Paul (Highlander) in an action film, but they don’t get a ton of screen time in The Prey: Legend of Karnoctus. Overall, this movie received a ⭐️⭐️ rating from all of us. Nick Chinlund really gives it his all in this B-movie flick, and he was the bright spot in the entire feature.
Our The Prey: Legend of Karnoctus review starts at 21:37:
The Prey: Legend of Karnoctus is available on Cable VOD and hit Digital this week. If you check out the movie, tell us what you think!!
Other movies covered include The Black Phone, God Told Me To, and Promising Young Woman. Eric and Bruce will be doing a spoiler filled review of The Black Phone in the coming days. Next week, we will be reviewing the upcoming features Mrs. Harris Goes To Paris and She Will.
We are also spoltighting two movies from director Alex Cox (Repo Man, Highway Patrolman) for next week’s program. Thanks again for supporting us at Find Your Film!!
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