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BLACK WINE
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Ryan Rosell

Starring:
Anson Scoville
Jennifer Marlowe

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
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What's it about
A young man is very nervous about asking his girl to marry him. When he is about to do it, the couple is unfortunately mugged and one thing leads to another as the young man shoots and kills the offender. A law student himself, the young man descends into madness worrying about what he's done as the world falls apart around them.
Is it good movie?

Although this is a film I feel like I've seen before, Black Wine was a good watch. An indie flick at heart, I felt that the performances were usually solid enough to anchor this one. The cover case bills it as though it is a Hitchcockian type of film although I didn't see much of that. In fact, this one isn't really horror so much as it is suspense. We've all seen a movie like this where the husband/boyfriend will go to any length to keep a secret, and this one doesn't offer much in terms of surprises.

Perhaps I'm wrong though and haven't seen enough Hitchcock though because this movie does indeed try to push you through and keep you guessing. The acting is quite good, Anson Scoville is the best of the bunch playing Trevor Taylor and Jennifer Marlowe is capable as Ashley. There were plenty of bizarre lines and a few odd scenes that seemed amateurish, but the players did the best with what they had. I did think it was a bit bizarre the way that some characters knew some of the things that they did, but that was forgivable.

By the time this film was over, I was definitely impressed. Although I hate to admit it, when I see 'indie film', I immediately tend to grade a movie like that against other low budget movies because usually they only have one or two good things going for them. Although this movie didn't look very good, the script was relatively tight and I liked the way the film's pace seemed to change halfway through to keep you guessing in terms of who was justified and who was not. The characters are written a bit over the top, but are relatable enough to be interested in and that's the film's anchor. The makeup was pretty terrible, and the plot points were at times contrived, but I definitely enjoyed this one enough to get through it.
Video / Audio
Video seems to be in full screen and was quite grainy and cheap looking, but what do you expect? Not the most impressive thing I've seen.

Audio came in stereo but I couldn't tell if it was officially 5.1 or not. It was an okay track but a bit front heavy.
The Extras
First we have some Cast and Crew interviews; they run about 15 minutes long and detail who the players are and where they come from, how the film came about and the troubles it went through to get produced. Good stuff but not overly deep.

Next is an audio commentary with Writer/Director Ryan Rossell and Producer/Actor Anson Scoville. These guys are very friendly sounding, easy going and informative, and this is a fun track to listen to, with honest individuals who are talking about honing their craft on a labor of love.

Then we have Mind Ignition, which details the music of Black Wine which only runs about a minute long, which just isn't enough insight. Cool to have, but nothing with substance.

Finally, a still gallery and some trailers round this out.
Last Call
This one is a little movie that could, not overly original but acted with enough gusto and just enough twists and turns to get it going. As an indie film it's great, as a regular film I don't know if you need to seek it out.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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