Spoiler-Free Review of “Alone” on Demand: Sometimes less is more

**This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!**

“What do you want from me?”

Alone premiered on Demand on September 18th 2020. The film stars Jules Willcox and Marc Menchaca. It is approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes long.

A strange man begins stalking a widow on her road trip, quickly revealing his sinister intentions.

Here is the trailer:

Alone has the potential to chill us to our core with edge-of-your seat moments and a beyond creepy stalker, but does it do enough to stand out as a noteworthy thriller? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Delivers without over-complicating things.

If you’re like me, then you are watching this movie because you want to witness a fast-paced edge-of-your seat thrill ride and this film absolutely delivers. We are immediately thrown into the plot without too much set-up and while some moments may seem somewhat predictable, the film embraced its simple formula without doing too much and it worked. There are very few actors in this film, but I thought the simplicity of it made it that much more entertaining.

More please!

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A worthy villain.

Sometimes the most monstrous beings out there are the ones that hide in plain sight. They seem to be friendly or harmless and maybe they even convince everyone around them that they are the good guys, but don’t ever underestimate a creepy whistle…

Seriously, I’m still creeped out!

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A Final Girl contender!

I haven’t been this excited about a potential Final Girl in a while and I thought that Jules Willcox was so believable as Jessica. I rooted for her and I embraced her courage. Seriously, she kicked ass!

The Cons:

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Lack of initial character connection.

In the beginning of the film, I was wondering why I should really care about Jessica. While I appreciated the lack of fluff, I also wanted to connect to our main character. That being said, this happened for me later on as bits and pieces of Jessica’s past and character were revealed, but I thought it needed a few more glimmers of it in the beginning to truly capture our attention.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

I was thoroughly entertained from start to finish. I was honestly on the edge of my seat the entire time and there were some moments that were truly twisted and chilling. I thought the simplicity of this movie was really smart and as long as you manage your expectations, you will enjoy this movie.

Sometimes less is more and I thought that this movie delivered as an entertaining thriller and then some!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Alone in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

DON’T TAKE THE JOB…

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It was only supposed to be temporary…but when Olivia Crewe accepts a new position that seems too good to be true, she soon discovers that twelve other girls previously had the same job as her. Only none of them lasted for more than thirty days. No notice. Nothing…right before they mysteriously disappeared without a trace.

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” season 14 episode 8: “The Algorithm”

Happy Friday TV fans!  After watching FXX network’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia season 14 episode 8, we learned that sometimes we need to rely on a mathematical non emotional answer to find out what to do next, but perhaps the gang is over thinking it.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.

In Wednesday night’s episode, “Paddy’s Has a Jumper,” the gang’s chance at getting Fish and Chips is interrupted by a potential jumper on their roof, which leads to a debate on whether or not they should get involved.  Meanwhile, Frank crosses paths with a familiar face, and Cricket adds in his two cents.

My top 5 moments from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia season 14 episode 8 are:

5

“What we need is an algorithm.”

After finding out that a man named Brian O’Brien is about to jump off the roof of Paddy’s Pub, the gang wonders if they should really get involved.  Mac (Ronald McDonald) claims that he would kill himself too with a name like that, but it looks like Dennis really wants to create an accurate algorithm that will tell them what to do next.

The Algorithm:

Could He?

+

Would He?

+

Should We?

=

Answer!

Seems simple enough.  Let’s see how this goes.

4

“Where did you get that egg?”

Charlie seems super enthusiastic about getting his point across and he even decides to use his very own diorama with a hard boiled egg to determine if Brian O’Brien would actually die from falling off of the building.

Charlie thinks that he will probably get a broken leg based on the demonstration, but Dennis reminds him that perhaps a hard boiled egg is not an accurate representation of the human head.

Dee decides to eat the egg and we learn that Charlie apparently took it out of a hole somewhere, so she may be eating a rat’s egg right now…

3

“Why the hell are you wasting a perfectly good casaba melon?”

Apparently Frank keeps one in a safe for personal needs, but the gang decides that this should give them a better indication of whether or not Brian O’Brien would fall and die.  Cricket shows up and seems to really be more interested in obtaining the casaba melon, but he does weigh in on the conversation.

Dennis reminds everyone that sometimes it’s more about how someone falls, thinking of Maureen Ponderosa’s death, as the gang hilariously reminds him that he pushed her…

2

“I would love to interview you!”

Meanwhile, Frank is focused on getting his melon back and decides to say that he is Brian O’Brien’s father, which gets him an interview with…

Jackie Denardo!

Speaking of melons…

Cue the music!

The lovely and full breasted Jackie Denardo is back, played by Jessica Collins.  Jackie Denardo has appeared in episodes:  The Storm of the Century (Season 7, episode 6) and The Gang Saves the Day (Season 9, episode 6).

Dennis has quite the crush on her and the same music accompanied her when he first crossed paths with her in the store, which led to an extremely awkward conversation between them.

Frank realizes that he now has the opportunity to rub this in Dennis’s face, as he continues to pretend to be the jumper’s father to get some screen time.

1

“We could become a hot spot for jumpers.”

Toward the end of the episode, the gang realizes that the jumper dying might actually be good for business, realizing that they can capitalize on it.  Cricket offers to push him, but the gang isn’t too crazy about calling it murder.

Before they can execute the plan, Brian O’Brien comes down from the roof to reunite with his father, but is more than disappointed when he comes face-to-face with Frank.

The gang gets their Fish and Chips and it’s back to their television show, which they now decide that they don’t really like anyway and perhaps the algorithm was wrong after all…

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia below in the comments section.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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