Well, let me just say that Paranormal Activity 2 succeeded in scaring the pants off the audience just as the first one did. Once the film gets going, you’re on edge the entire time. Day or night. Doesn’t matter. Here’s the general plot of this sequel:
“After experiencing what they think are a series of “break-ins”, a family sets up security cameras around their home, only to realize that the events unfolding before them are more sinister than they seem.”
Despite being about paranormal phenomenon and having camera’s set up everywhere, the film is successful at being quite different from the first. BUT, what I really loved was how the film tied the two together. The first film was made on a budget of I believe less than $20,000, while this one was made with $2,750,000. I’m not really sure what the huge differential was, but you can’t tell and I think that’s a good thing. The film is still all documentary “home camera” and “security camera” style which was great.
A while back Kevin wrote an article focusing on gay-themed cinema, and I hate to admit it but outside of the stereotypical films such as the Eating Out franchise, I haven’t exposed myself to this area of our culture. Or at least not in the true cultural art form that I would like. One of the comments to Kevin’s post spoke of an additional film that should be added to his list of brilliant gay flicks; Shelter.
Naturally, I instantly went to YouTube to check out the trailer of the movie to get a better glimpse of what that particular movie was about. I was moved by the trailer so in turn started the hunt to rent (or even purchase – could you imagine) the movie. After searching for it at my gay-friendly movie rental store to no avail I decided to check out our local Vancouver gay-mart, Little Sisters. After browsing the ‘movie section’ and walking out with my jaw on the floor from a few of the adult movie titles/cover art, I asked the guy at the front counter if they sold movies that we’re porn based. I know I’m rambling on this one, but stick with me…
I’ll admit it. I don’t seek out rom-com’s, and I’m not a connoisseur of the chick flick genre, but when I watch one that’s good, I GET that it’s good. Because really, how hard is it to write a script with such a set formula. You’d think Hollywood would have it down to a science by now. Life As We Know It proved that Hollywood does not, in fact, have the rom-com down to a science.
Katherine Heigl stars as the uptight small business owner not necessarily looking for love, and Josh Duhamel plays the jocky woman’s man always looking for….”love”….
The story goes, they have mutual couple friends (one of which is the epic Christina Hendricks of Mad Men fame), and years previous they were set up on a blind date by said couple, and hated each other so much that they didn’t even make it out of the driveway. Fast forward years later and through the magic of a montage during the credits, we find that they’ve had no choice but to tolerate each other. Said couple gets into fatal car crash, and the uptight business woman and womanizing jock are left with couple’s baby girl, and a beautiful house in which they’re told to live in it and try raising the child. It has all the components to be a lovely little 90 minutes of fun.
Although I love Diane Lane, I have to admit I wasn’t overly enthused to see this Disney movie – I’m not a big horse racing fan at all. That being said, I am a sucker for “Based on a True Story,” films so the fact that the events actually happened made me get into it – real quick. The story: “The life story of Penny Chenery, owner of the racehorse Secretariat, who won the Triple Crown in 1973.” He was the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years!
A little back story, the director, Randall Wallace, also directed The Man in the Iron Mask and We Were Soldiers, as well as wrote the screenplays of Braveheart and Pearl Harbor – so it’s no wonder he was able to get people like Diane Lane and John Malkovich to help tell this story.
“You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies.” That statement pretty much sums it. If there was one huge massive LIKE button, big enough to declare my love for this movie, I would use it. It’s very rare to go into a movie with high expectations, only to leave the theater feeling even more satisfied than you could’ve imagined.
“the social network” is a motion picture adapted from Ben Mezrich’s 2009 book, “The Accidental Billionaires“. The film focuses on the early years of Facebook which was founded in 2004. To say those years were tumultuous is a huge understatement. Funny enough what set the ball in motion, was the heartache co-founder Mark Zuckerberg felt from being dumped by his then girlfriend, Erica.
If you don’t know how Facebook came out of that experience, I’m not going to spoil it for you. Going into the movie, I had a vague idea of the history of Facebook and glad I didn’t know anymore. Within minutes, I was enthralled and curious how this one fateful night changed not only Zuckerberg’s life but all of ours. Facebook has become such an integral part of our daily lives, you would be remiss not to know more about it. I’m not exaggerating when I say, it’s a must-see.
I had the PLEASURE of watching this movie on Wednesday night and I gotta tell you, it’s a MUST SEE. At first glance, you’re probably like, “Oh wow, Sigorney Weaver, Kristin Bell, Betty White, Jamie Lee Curtis…This movie should be pretty good. It has some big names.” Yes, that is true. BUT, I’m here to tell you that these actors (and the others) more than succeed in delivering a stellar performance… and the laughs just don’t stop.
Here’s the premise of the film: “When a young woman realizes her brother is about to marry the girl who bullied her in high school, she sets out to expose the fiancée’s true colors.”
In the film, Marni (Kristin Bell) used to be a nerd in high school – and that’s putting it mildly. She was a pizza-faced, clumsy girl with glasses and braces whose life was made a living hell by Queen Bee, JJ. (Odette Yustman). Sidenote: Odette Yustman is engaged to Brothers and Sisters star Dave AnnableIn (who plays Justin Walker). Anyway, at the present day, Marni is a successful advertising executive who has grown into her looks and gained confidence to stand out in the business world. Marni has to fly home for her brother Will’s (Jim Wolk) wedding, to a woman Marni has yet to meet. Their mother Gail (Jamie Lee Curtis) is all for Will’s bride to be. The bride to be’s name? Joanna (AKA JJ)! This is Marni’s biggest nightmare!
Greed is good, but Gordon Gecko is great. When I first heard they were planning on filming a sequel to this decade-defining movie, I was beyond apprehensive. The original was phenomenal and earned Michael Douglas an Oscar for his portrayal of the unscrupulous Gecko. Could Oliver Stone recreate magic twice? In fact, this is the first time the respected director has ever filmed a sequel to any of his movies.
“Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” takes place 23 years after the events of the original movie. A newly released Gordon Gecko leaves prison to face a new financial world. Having spent years in prison, he’s completely out of the loop. No more evident than, when he receives his 4lb brick-looking cell phone upon being released.
This time, Shia Laboeuf plays the young ingenue trader (Jacob) working his way through the shark-infested financial waters. When his mentor commits suicide, he seeks revenge on the very man that drove him to take his life. Coincidentally it’s the same man that narc’ed out Gekko to the authorities that landed Gordon in prison.
Things are complicated further, when it’s revealed that Jacob’s girlfriend is Gekko’s daughter, Winnie. She severed all ties with her father during his incarceration, because she blames him for her brother’s, Rudy, suicide.
OMG this movie, directed by Will Gluck, was hilarious and the characters far surpassed my expectations. What is it with red-headed girls as the leads in these high school comedies that just works (I’m referring to the phenomenon that was Lindsay Lohan in Mean Girls, and now Emma Stone in this). There were so many surprises in this film, as in people that I didn’t expect to be funny that were actually hilarious, and just things that were shocking.
So the movie is about “a clean-cut high school student named Olive (played by Emma Stone) who relies on the school’s rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.” As the film begins we learn she’s best friends with Rhiannon (played by Aly Michalka), the lead in Hellcats). Didn’t expect her to be funny, but she certainly was. She likes to call Olive “bitch” all the time, and when she gets called on it, moves onto calling her “shit dick”. She’s completely neurotic and becomes a huge part of how this whole rumor thing gets started.