FRED Watch Quickie Film Review: Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)

EXTREMELY GOOD, SHOCKINGLY GRIPPING!

I’m a Wayne Stellini and welcome to FRED Watch, where we review everything from the mainstream to the obscure. Today’s film is the biographical crime thriller Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

COTA Films / Voltage Pictures / Third Eye Motion Picture Company / Netflix

In Seattle 1969, law student Ted Bundy (Zac Efron) meets Liz Kendall (Lily Collins), a secretary and single mother. After the two begin dating, Liz hears of a series of violent crimes against women… and the composite sketch of the attacker closely resembles Ted.

There isn’t much we don’t already know about Ted Bundy. He remains one of the world’s most notorious serial killers. His charm and confidence was captured in the United States’s first ever televised trial and young women, particularly, flocked to the courthouse to get up close to the charismatic criminal. To say that Bundy was the source of a media sensation is an understatement and that his appeal (for lack of a better word) remains in cultural discourse beyond American borders even more so.

But if the story has already been told, why tell it again? The simple answer is that Ted Bundy’s narrative has never been told quite like this before. From the perspective of his partner Liz Kendall (portrayed by an excellent Lily Collins), Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile depicts the unfolding ramifications of Bundy’s actions on a remarkably personal level. While it is easy to dismiss Bundy as the film’s adjective-laden title suggests, this production challenges the audience to see the complexity of his human side. And that’s what makes both the film and its subject matter so fascinating and terrifying at the same time.

This is enhanced through Michael Werwie’s immaculately constructed script and Joe Berlinger’s taut direction. The film is also perfectly cast—not a single performer puts a step out of place—though the success of the piece rests on the shoulders of star Zac Efron. Here, the actor, who cut his teeth on Disney musicals and has appeared in numerous feature comedies since, comes of age. Though it does not seem to have been of any concern when casting everyone else, much care has been made into ensuring that Efron resembles Bundy in many physical aspects. And he does not disappoint. To say that Efron delivers the most complex, engaging, and perfect performance of his career to date would be selling the actor short.

And while biopics on such famed criminals can be difficult to get right, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile not only demonstrates that is can be done, but rather how it should be done. It is a consistently gripping and exceptionally produced film that cannot be recommended highly enough. 5 / 5

 

Starring: Zac Efron, Lily Collins, Kaya Scodelario, Jeffrey Donovan, Angela Sarafyan, Dylan Baker, Brian Geraghty, Terry Kinney, Haley Joel Osment, James Hetfield, Grace Victoria Cox, Jim Parsons, John Malkovich, Justin McCombs, Forba Shepherd, Macie Carmosino, Ava Inman, Morgan Pyle, Grace Balbo, Joe Berlinger, Brandon Trost.

Director: Joe Berlinger | Writer: Michael Werwie (based on The Phantom Prince: My Life with Ted Bundy by Elizabeth Kendall) | Producers: Michael Costigan, Nicolas Chartier, Joe Berlinger, Ara Keshishian, Michael Simkin | Music: Marco Beltrami, Dennis Smith | Cinematographer: Brandon Trost | Editor Josh Schaeffer

 

Available: Netflix

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RELATED REVIEW: Netflix had produced and distributed the documentary series Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes (2019).


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A Podcast Called FRED #73

Phillip might be all alone but this doesn’t stop him from delivering the latest in nerdy news and geeky goodness in the pop culture podcast that refuses to behave—it’s A Podcast Called FRED!

 

Nerdy News includes:

  • Koko, the gorilla who famously mastered sign language, dies at age of 46;
  • CBS to air fourth season of One Day At a Time, after Netflix cancels the series;
  • Melissa McCarthy in talks to play Ursula in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s The Little Mermaid;
  • and more!

Rumour Mill:

  • The cast of Black Adder to reunite.

Trailer Park discussions:

Popcorn Culture:

  • This week, Phillip discusses things that happen in the movies but never happen in real life—featuring responses from you!

 

Check out A Podcast Called FRED #73 ⬇️

Remember to let us know your response to the Popcorn Culture question so you can be featured in the next episode of A Podcast Called FRED!

 

PREVIOUS EPISODE: A Podcast Called FRED #72 ⬇️


FRED Watch Pride Month Special: Stonewall (1995)

CAST THE FIRST STONE…

2\Entertain / Strand Releasing

Wayne introduces Phillip to the Stonewall movie you’ve probably never heard of!

In a Pride Month special episode of FRED Watch, the boys commemorate the uprising that changed the course of queer civil rights history with Nigel Finch’s Stonewall (1995).

Listen to their review here:

 

Check out the trailer here:

Starring: Guillermo Díaz, Frederick Weller, Brendan Corbalis, Duane Boutté, Bruce MacVittie, Peter Ratray, Dwight Ewell, Matthew Faber, Michael McElroy, Luis Guzmán, Joey Dedio.

Director: Nigel Finch | Writer: Rikki Beadle-Blair (based on the book Stonewall by Martin Duberman) | Producer: Christine Vachon | Music: Michael Kamen | Cinematographer: Chris Seager | Editor: John Richards

 

Available: DVD (extremely rare).

 

Let us know what you thought of this film in the comments!

 

You’ve just experienced FRED Watch.

 

RELATED PODCAST: FRED Watch Episode 5: I Love You Phillip Morris (2009) ⬇️

 

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FRED Watch Quickie Film Review: Toy Story 4 (2019)

SPORKTACULAR!

I’m a Fulya Kantarmaci and welcome to FRED Watch, where we review everything from the mainstream to the obscure. Today’s film is Toy Story 4

Walt Disney Pictures / Pixar Animation Studios

Woody (Tom Hanks) has to convince a spork named Forky (Tony Hale) that he is now a toy who means the world to kindergartener Bonnie (Madeleine McGraw) while also babysitting him throughout their adventures. Problem is, he has other things on his mind.

So, Andy has gone off to college and Woody and the gang ended up with Bonnie at the end of Toy Story 3 (2009). Years go by and Woody becomes one of the least played with toys by Bonnie which means he is no longer the leader of the toy gang. This is very disheartening for the sheriff so one day he decides to jump into Bonnie’s school bag to go with her to her kindergarten orientation. The poor little girl is seen looking scared and lonely when she is left in the classroom by her parents but finds pleasure in being creative with whatever she is given. At the end of the day, Bonnie goes home, drops off her backpack in her room and leaves. The toys come to life. Woody steps out of the bag, to the surprise of the rest of the toys, and introduces them to Bonnie’s new friend—Forky.

The moment we meet Forky, I am already in giggle mode! The plastic utensil is adamant that he is trash and not toy but Woody continues to try and convince him otherwise. The character of Forky is such a brilliant addition to the story because in reality, not all toys are store-bought in glitzy packaging. Tony Hale brings Forky to life and it is so good! The timidness of the character actually makes him very likeable.

As usual, Woody (played amazingly by Tom Hanks) is the lead character in the film with Bo Peep (Annie Pots) returning to the franchise. These two characters have a bond like no other and it’s so great to see Bo in such a different setting with such an open-minded view on the world around her. We also get to meet new toys in the antique store Woody happens to come across. Gabby Gabby (Christina Hendrix) is one of the dolls in this shop and is somewhat of a leader when we first come across her. She gives off this creepy-doll vibe at the beginning but then you realise what her ulterior motive really is.

Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) is also back with a more supportive role this time. After being told to use his “inner voice”, Buzz takes this a little too literally but it still works out well for him when he is trying to save the day as a good toy astronaut should. Tim Allen is probably one of my favourite comedic actors and his voice work with Buzz is always such a pleasure to watch.

A huge shout-out to Keanu Reeves, Keegan-Michael Key, and Jordan Peele (as Duke Kaboom, Ducky, and Bunny respectfully) for their awesome voice work in this film. We got a lot of laughs out of their characters and now I am a fan of them!

This is definitely worth watching no matter how old you are because you will have a lot of fun! And remember, always go “to infinity and beyond” in life. 4½ / 5

 

Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Madeleine McGraw, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves, Ally Maki, Jay Hernandez, Lori Alan, Joan Cusack, Bonnie Hunt, Kristen Schaal, Emily Davis, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Blake Clark, June Squibb, Carl Weathers, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris, Jeff Garlin, Timothy Dalton, Jeff Pidgeon, John Morris, Jack McGraw, Laurie Metcalf, Lila Sage Bromley, Mel Brooks, Carol Burnett, Betty White, Carl Reiner, Alan Oppenheimer, Patricia Arquette, Bill Hader, Flea, Melissa Villaseñor, Rickey Henderson.

Director: Josh Cooley | Writers: Stephany Folsom, Andrew Stanton; Story: John Lasseter, Rashida Jones, Will McCormack, Josh Cooley, Valerie LaPointe, Martin Hynes, Stephany Folsom, Andrew Stanton | Producers: Jonas Rivera, Mark Nielsen | Music: Randy Newman | Cinematographers: Patrick Lin, Jean-Claude Kalache | Editor: Axel Geddes

 

In cinemas now.

Let us know what you thought of this film in the comments!

 

I’ve been a Fulya Kantarmaci and you’ve just experienced FRED Watch.

The Monthly @ WiniFRED’s #24

Get ready for a new episode of The Monthly @ WiniFRED’s!

With Kendall enjoying a much-deserved holiday, join Fulya and special guest Wayne as they discuss what animated Disney world they would live in—featuring responses thoughts from you!

Have a listen and let us know which world you would live in! Also, get ready to respond to the next Monthly question, revealed at the end of the episode ⬇️

 

PREVIOUS EPISODE: The Monthly @ WiniFRED’s #23: Avengers: Endgame Spoilercast ⬇️


Collectible Chaos: Top Ten Favourite Albums by Michael Jackson and the Jacksons

Join FRED the ALIEN Productions‘s pop culture queen Kendall Richardson for Collectible Chaos!

To mark the tenth anniversary of Michael Jackson’s passing, Kendall counts down her favourite albums from the King of Pop and the Jacksons!

Let us know your number one choice in the comments.

Check out Collectible Chaos – Top Ten Favourite Albums by Michael Jackson and the Jacksons

 

RELATED VIDEO: Collectible Chaos: Top Ten Best Songs by Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5

A Podcast Called FRED #72

With Kendall jet-setting to the United States, Fulya and Wayne deliver the latest in nerdy news and geeky goodness in the pop culture podcast that refuses to behave—it’s A Podcast Called FRED!

 

Nerdy News includes:

  • Australian film critic and historian ‘Mr. Movies’ Bill Collins dies at the age of 84;
  • New Holloween and Paranormal Activity sequels in the works;
  • Kevin Feige confirms re-release of Avengers: Endgame as well as talks with Keanu Reeves to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe
  • and more!

Trailer Park discussions:

Quickie Reviews:

  • Toy Story 4 (2019)

Popcorn Culture:

  • This week, the team discuss their most-quoted lines from a film or TV series—featuring responses from you!

 

Check out A Podcast Called FRED #72 ⬇️

Remember to let us know your response to the Popcorn Culture question so you can be featured in the next episode of A Podcast Called FRED!

 

PREVIOUS EPISODE: A Podcast Called FRED #71 ⬇️


FRED Watch Episode 18: Batman (1989)

KEATON FOREVER!

Warner Bros. Pictures / Guber-Peters Company

For this month’s FRED Watch podcast, Wayne and Phillip are joined by fellow comic book movie nerd Kendall, as well as special guests Fulya and Kirsten, to review Tim Burton’s Batman (1989).

It is a mix of nostalgia and first-time viewership, so the five film critics are bound to agree… right?

Listen to their review here:

 

Check out the theatrical trailer:

 

Compare the FRED Watch team’s retrospective review to Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert’s from At the Movies (1989; Buena Vista Television):

 

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Michael Keaton, Kim Basinger, Robert Wuhl, Pat Hingle, Billy Dee Williams, Michael Gough, Jack Palance, Jerry Hall, Tracey Walter, Lee Wallace, William Hootkins.

Director: Tim Burton | Writers: Sam Hamm, Warren Skaaren; story by Sam Hamm (based on characters appearing in magazines published by DC Comics; Batman characters created by Bob Kane; Batman created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger [uncredited] | Producer: Jon Peters, Peter Guber | Music: Danny Elfman | Cinematographer: Roger Pratt | Editor: Ray Lovejoy

Available: DVD and YouTube.

 

Let us know what you thought of this film in the comments!

 

You’ve just experienced FRED Watch.

 

RELATED PODCAST: Friday Nights @ FRED’s #43—’Who’s your BATMAN!’ (To jump straight to the Popcorn Culture segment, play from 45:47) ⬇️

 

RELATED EPISODE: FRED Watch Episode 12: Superman (1978) ⬇️


Beta Test #18: Five Nights at Freddy’s

Beta TestNO. no. no no no n0 no. No. I got wrecked. I got totalled. This game got me gooder than that one time my grade 5 teacher showed us that jump scare car video.  Never again will I turn to the inky black depths of a dark room and think I’m ok. You Freddy have ruined the already fragile inner workings of my mind. There may be no return, I may lock myself in a safe room, crying to the world, “Let’s Eat! LETS EAT!”.

*wailing noises of defeat*

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Hello, Hello my night shift workers, I’m Bethany Griffiths, and this is Beta Test. A game review platform where I, a very scared little Beta Test girl, choose one game a month to go ham on until either I get better or get wrecked. All in the hopes that I can provide you with a completely (un)biased review.

So with the VR game out and about, with creepy bunnies, and plot holes up the wazoo, I thought it was time to review…I can’t even type it without fear… Five Nights at Freddy’s. The ultimate pizza night horror game that makes my heebies jeebie around like cats on a hot tin roof, singing Memory. Am I mixing my metaphors? Yes, but you can’t blame me, I’ve been through hell damn it.

Five Nights At Freddy’s, Developed and published by notorious scary man Scott Cawthon, is a jump scare based horror game revolving around click based actions, such as opening and closing doors, and turning lights on and off, and scary music queues to get through and ultimately survive FIVE (six) NIGHTS.  

I’ll be forthcoming with the fact that this is a game that I didn’t play a lot of this month. Why? Because I had to play in 15 minute intervals and take very long breaks to make me want to play it again. I am absolutely scared of this creepypasta wannabe game, and no one is going to be able to calm my fears. Thank GOD there are people that are braver than me! If you want the scare without the care, I urge you to watch Markiplier, Jacksepticeye, Treecicle, and Game Theory to get a good learning experience, because hell that’s what I did.

Now, aside from playing with my eyes closed the entire time, I was able to get the main mechanics and complete up to level two. A TERRIFIC FEAT FOR ME if I do say so myself (And I do!). I appreciated the amount of fear I was able to receive in a small dose. It’s been a long time since I was this scared by a game this way (even if the time trials in Spyro scare the shit out of me). I was thoroughly impressed by the nature of the game as well. The mechanics are so simple, click, tap, click, tap, but the value for money you get is huge. With that being said, this is the OG game that sparked a franchise, so I have some reservations about character design and plot points, that, with ONLY looking at this game, look clunky, and mashed together. For instance, we get the idea that kids are involved heavily in the haunting of the animatronics (spoiler alert? Do I need that in here?) but without the wider community chipping in, we would have no idea that the purple man was a thing, or that Golden freddy wasn’t a glitch. Scott could have been a lot less subtle about the story arc and the gave would have still held integrity.

Moving on, I want to commend Scott on the fantastic display of gravitas he’s pulled with FNAF. It takes cajones to create the idea for, make, and publish a game yourself, and I’m so glad he did. This really is a brilliant game, even if I can’t play it (and the lore is too complicated). I appreciate the time and effort that went into making millions of people so scared they buy the whole game set. (If I could see one thing from this game it would be a safe mode *please*)

Because of the just plain creepiness of the graphics and sound score, but the sheer terror, I give this game:

4/5 Creepy Animatronics for style
5/5 Creepy Animatronics for plot
0/5 Creepy Animatronics for easiness
NO/5 Creepy Animatronics for The never ending franchise that I’ll probably be made to play through *Sigh*

So, my dudes! I’ve been Bethany Griffiths, and this has been a Scaaaary Beta Test. A game review platform where I either got better or got wrecked. All in the hopes that I can provide you with a completely unbiased review. If you have a game that you want me to give my two cents on, Please let me know!

Until next time,

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A Podcast Called FRED #71

Kendall, Fulya, and Phillip deliver the latest in nerdy news and geeky goodness in the pop culture podcast that refuses to behave—it’s A Podcast Called FRED!

 

Nerdy News includes:

  • Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek to be rated R;
  • Paramount is developing an animated Spice Girls movie;
  • and more!

Trailer Park discussions:

Quickie Reviews:

  • Aladdin (2019)

Popcorn Culture:

  • This week, the team discuss which film they would watch for twenty-four hours straight for one million dollars—featuring responses from you!

 

Check out A Podcast Called FRED #71 ⬇️

Remember to let us know your response to the Popcorn Culture question so you can be featured in the next episode of A Podcast Called FRED!

 

PREVIOUS EPISODE: A Podcast Called FRED #70 ⬇️