Ramekin

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5.41 h 10 min20187+
Emily (Jamie Saunders), a college girl in New York City coming to live in the spacious Upper West Side apartment of her recently-deceased grandmother. There she encounters a little white porcelain cup-a ramekin-that slowly begins to control her life and demand the unthinkable.
Directors
Cody Clarke
Starring
Jamie SaundersAdriano La RoccaRenee Adrienne Vito
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ComedyHorror
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English [CC]
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English
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Supporting actors
Danielia MaximillianJason LaPentaCody ClarkeAnthony KapferChloe PelletierAda HallGrace TelushkinEllie AaronBen Wolf
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Cody Clarke
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Kill The Lion Films
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3.9 out of 5 stars

108 global ratings

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Michael HaywoodReviewed in the United States on July 6, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
I just can't anymore
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The first thing you are gonna notice is how overexposed this film. The second is that there are way too many cuts during a conversation than there should be. It's a film that is very sloppy from a technical standpoint and it's that lack of polish that really stands out as the film goes on. Now, The film does offer a semi-unique premise, It just never really develops over time to become something that you could root for. And while I expected the acting to be sub-par considering it is an amateur film, At times it feels like this cast has never had a conversation with another human being before. There is no emotion and the delivery feels rather forced at times.

I know they say to take it with a grain of salt but I feel like I just poured the whole shaker into a cup of water and tried to drink it.
25 people found this helpful
Kira S.Reviewed in the United States on August 31, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Amateur hour
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I give one-star reviews as seldom as I give five-star reviews (five stars means the movie is a widely recognized classic). This movie definitely goes on the list of the ten worst movies I've seen in my life - and I've seen a LOT of movies. The main actors are all obviously amateurs. None of them has an IMDb page. In fact, only one actor in the entire movie has an IMDb page, and she's no Meryl Streep, either. You know you're in trouble when a movie was written, directed, and produced by the same person. But the premise was interesting so I thought I would give it a chance. Thank goodness it's only an hour long, so that's all the time I wasted on it. Seriously, don't pay attention to the 4- and 5-star reviews. I can only guess they're written by pretentious film snobs. This so-called "movie" is an utter waste of time. I would say it's a waste of talent but absolutely no one involved has any talent.
10 people found this helpful
LiolanaiaReviewed in the United States on July 22, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
A Dark Suspenseful Comedy That Doesn't Take Itself too Seriously.
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I hope that anyone coming in and watching Ramekin doesn't take the movie very seriously, first of all the entire premise begs that you do not take it seriously. Most of the comedy of the film, is in characters total seriousness, and the dead pan seriousness that is pretty persistent throughout the film, it has some incredibly dry humor and very dark humor. The very idea that somehow this girl inherits an apartment on the Upper West side is comical in its ridiculousness. Also, this film was made on a virtually non-existent budget, Cody Clark's films budget seem to range from $50 to $500. Yes I do think that's important to understand before coming into this film and watching it.

If there is one thing I have to give Cody Clark points for it is shear ambition. Even if his ideas don't always succeed totally, he always pursues ideas that are a bit off center and fully commits to them. Even in the mostly normal movie "Shredder", there are some unusual aspects in that film's story that caught me off-guard. Even the most pedestrian film he's made, "Bed", has some surprises in the dialog and story. Ramekin definitely falls into the really strange category. The premise is so ridiculous and so bizarre, that that in of itself, is a selling point.

Unfortunately the movie does drag a little bit in some points just due to the nature of the setting and concept. It is a good thing it is only 70 minutes with credits, it doesn't ever overstay its welcome. There is also some strange audio, I don't know if it was dubbed over, but when Emily's friend is in the movie, things don't quit match up with her mouth and it took me out of the story, particularly in the first scene she's in. There are a few scenes, particularly with the ramekin, some of the noises(not talking), were too loud.

Those issues aside, the script is very clever and creative in places, the cinematography while still utilitarian, is definitely better here than it is in some of his other movies, and the music on the whole is good and suits the movie. There were some clever ways to cover up product labels that I found amusing. The acting is surprisingly good from the main actress, and I wasn't expecting much so I was pleasantly surprised. The lead actress must have one of the creepiest smiles I have ever seen, but it doesn't come in until towards the end. While I wouldn't call this a traditional horror film, it definitely plays on horror tropes, especially stupid and moronic character decision, and were this not a comedy I would probably be pretty angry, but given that it is a comedy, I understand that it was very intentionally done.

There are quite a few intentional cringe-worthy moments in here, quite a few laugh-out-loud moments depending on your sense of humor. To find this film funny you definitely have to have a bit of a dark sense of humor. There is some build-up of tension, as I already said, the film does drag in a few places, and I could see someone saying this would do better as a short film that are feature-length, but I'm actually glad it's a feature-length despite its flaws, it shows for at least a little more exploration of the characters. There are just a lot of different things thematically going on here, and particularly in regards to self-loathing and an over-inflated sense of self, versus a healthy sense of self that isn't narcissistic. It's a solid dark comedy, and it is clever enough and well-written enough, that it holds up despite some flaws.

God Bless ~Amy
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KneeMowReviewed in the United States on September 28, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent effort
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This is a deceptively rich and meaningful film.
The heavy use of ritual and artistic Judaica in the Grandma’s home conveys that if one is grounded in morality and ethics then it’s entirely possible to live as a recluse but if one is not then the evil within will control and destroy.
The chocolate cupcake provided by the ramekin seductively lulls the girl as she descends into a narcissistic and murderous personality. The boy with his good cupcake provides her with a way out of that hell, twice, as it turns out. Both the boy and the dumb girl symbolize love, friendship, decency and normalcy. The ramekin girl in killing the boy cuts off her only regular contact with the outside world that doesn’t depend on a cold transactional basis but on human kindness. When she awakens and converses on the phone, she repeats the name, “Lily” which is a powerfully important symbolic word in Judaism and Christianity. She has been awakened and given second chance and appears to be taking it and blossoming into meaning a true human being.
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Logain UT AblarReviewed in the United States on August 17, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Hmmm, now that's interesting...
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Ramekin feels like a student film that a classmate from college would have made in the film/animation program I was in many moons ago. Yes, this film is not the best shot or edited, the story is bizarre and the ending is questionable. But I did like Jamie Saunders. She was really, really strange and it totally works here. Actually, the main cast in general did a really good job. The film is quirky and the performances reflect that making up for some of the other shortcomings in the film. Stupid Face Girl was awesome in her final scene. It stood out to me as well written and making the most of a minor character. She was really memorable. One area that caught my attention time and again while watching this is the soundtrack. Girls Who Care inspired me to buy their album because of this movie as some of their tracks are really catchy with a good ambient feel at times that I can really appreciate. It made some of the mundane scenes more memorable than they would have been otherwise and that is the mark of well chosen music in a film.

4*. Hey, this isn't Shakespeare here but this was a fun, quirky, very low budget film that I enjoyed much more than some of the other, larger budget films I've seen on Amazon Prime lately. Do we need a sequel, uh no...but I would watch this again at some later date.
6 people found this helpful
SintheeReviewed in the United States on September 1, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
I Get IT but I Don't Want It...
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I get it but I don't want it.
For those who will NEVER KNOW this classmate movie was a project idea back in the 1990
by a film crew I knew in Newark NJ for a movie called "STAY."
This movie is NOT ORIGINAL to me.
Same idea with different colors and a different scene.
Now don't get me wrong I love psychological, strange, twisted thriller movies with a killer ending...
BUTT ( and I mean a big ol' nasty stinky butt} this movie did not deliver.
You can't satisfy everybody and why would you...
This movie was too simple, too stable it lacked potential....
I WANTED MORE!!!!!!!
For an example, the brief scene when she threw the ramekin on the floor and it went underneath the table and she bent down to get the ramekin, there should've been hands reaching for her OR eyes looking at her just to give off a darker presence that this ramekin IS alive.
So I gave this movie 2 stars for Unknown Effort.
The ONLY scene I liked in this whole movie was when she was bad mouthing the ramekin
and it jumped from the table to hit her on top of her big forehead...
Wake up and get some Sense That scene was CLASSIC!!!
My opinion and I'm sticking 2 it~ cb
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Studebaker HochReviewed in the United States on October 25, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
The current average user rating is bewildering
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I was drawn to this film by the absurd premise. Unfortunately, it just goes downhill from there.

This feels like a student film. The sound design screams 'film school.' Lots of dubbing/foley, and audible fading up and down of background hiss (inconsistent noise floor). The shots that are supposed to be 'at night' (I guess?) are telling of a lack of technical skill. I thought something was wrong with the video app, like the overlay got stuck or something. Have you ever heard of lighting, my dude? Looks like you just cut the brightness level in post. You could at least make an effort. There are Ed Wood day for night shots that are more convincing.

There's low budget, and then there's amateur hour. This is the latter.

The dialogue is not serviceable. I don't even think a great actor could do anything with this. But there are no actors in this film. I don't think most of the cast even want to be actors. A low budget film can sometimes get away with this, if the lead is semi-competent, but unfortunately the lead in this film is not, and she didn't seem to be getting much help either. The unnatural performances are only exaggerated by the poor editing and sound.

It's really not clear to what degree this film is 'aware' of its own awkwardness. I get that it is supposed to be absurd, and the premise certainly is. However, while this is a film which purports to be 'in on the joke' of itself, that joke gets muddied by ACTUAL bad filmmaking. I'm sure there are attempts to justify all the warts with this "it's supposed to be tongue-in-cheek" excuse, but I don't buy it.

This is kind of like a really low budget knockoff of Rubber, if it were made by a college student with all his friends as actors, and none of the artful absurdity of Rubber. The problem is, this is not a student film. This was made by a relatively experienced filmmaker.

The other problem is that it isn't bad in a way that makes it enjoyable for ironic viewing. It's just kind of a chore to sit through.

I can definitely enjoy bad films, but there's not much redeemable about this one. The premise may pique your curiosity, as it did mine, but I'd advise you not to waste your time.

I'm rounding up to 2 stars, mainly for the wacky premise, and because I've certainly seen worse. (What kind of person would give this 5/5? What is that, sympathy?)
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Juice TanReviewed in the United States on February 24, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Audio "Foley" used for voice acting
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The most striking characteristic element of this film is the use of "foley." The actors clearly over dubbed themselves even after acting out their lines. All of the sound effects, additionally, seem to have been over dubbed post production sort of thing. It's as if none of it is real. Which is possibly intentional, maybe not. But since this girl is sort of "stuck" in a kind of hellish purgatory, the audio aspect kind of supports this surreal element of the story and film overall. I used to make movies like this when I was young. But we didn't have Amazon or smartphones with 4k HD cameras built in. We used Hi-8 cameras. And we edited on "Adobe Premiere." It was time consuming and ultimately not very rewarding. This movie reminds me of something I would have made if I were young today. I really appreciate the social commentary on narcissism. I think I only laughed out loud once. It was something to do with the girl being over the top narcissistic. I didn't really like the ending. I wanted to see that little butter dish thing thrown out the window. Maybe the cop could have come in, and at first disbelieving the girls you know starts to make fun of them. As he lets down his guard the girls run out and the cop is stuck inside. The cop being a cop though radios for backup. Eventually the bomb squad comes in with the jaws of life and retracts the cop from being forced in. And then they blow up the apartment.
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