“Not believing in an afterlife is like not believing in astrology.” — Sandra Babcock, Norman’s mom (Leslie Mann)
It’s no secret that I love the paranormal. When I was younger, I had a few interesting experiences I still can’t explain. It’s made me very curious about ghosts and the afterlife. What happens after we die? Do we leave this place? Do we linger? Why do so many things happen that we can’t even begin to understand? So, I read paranormal non-fiction and fiction (even the really bad stuff), I watch Ghost Hunters religiously, and I’ve been on a few ghost hunts (yes, I own equipment). So, when I saw the trailer for the animated film ParaNorman, it was a no-brainer. I was going to see this movie. Read more
Category: New Releases
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, Chris Butler
, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
, Elaine Stritch
, John Goodman
, Kodi Smit-McPhee
, Leslie Mann
, Neil Gaiman
, Tucker Albrizzi
“I may not be drunk enough for this” – Peter Vincent
Fright Night, a remake of the 80’s horror film of the same name, aspires to be a blend of Rear Window and Dracula. But the best parts of this movie are used sparingly, giving us far less Rear Window, and more tween drama.
Tom Holland’s original Fright Night from 1985 is a movie that I’ve always loved and, as confirmed by a recent DVD viewing, still very much do. It manages to be both fun (and more than a little campy) at the same time it presents itself as a credible, even frightening horror film. It has, even to this day, some of the best vampire (and vampire-death) effects I’ve seen in movies (achieved, not for nothing, using “simple” makeup, costumes, prosthetics, puppets, and lots of stage blood – take that, billion-dollar CGI houses!). Of course, I had the knee-jerk negative reaction to news of a remake, but the casting announcements (David Tennant! Colin Farrell! Toni Collette!) were very interesting and not only gave me hope that it could be good, but as the release date neared actually got me quite excited to see it. And after last weekend’s viewing, I can finally and wholeheartedly confirm that it wasn’t completely awful.
Kick-Ass is half awesome, half boring as the growing grass. As someone on Twitter commented to me, it should be called “Half-Assed.” For me, the far more exciting second half was enough to overcome the turgid beginning, but that may not be the case for audience members less swayed by over-the-top violence and fun stupidity. Read more
Extra, Extra Read All About It…Gerard Butler Makes A Good Career Decision!
Since 300, the stoic actor, who voices a character named Stoick, hasn’t made many good career decision (though I quite enjoyed RocknRolla) since his breakout role as King Leonidas. The key to his success here was: a) being heard and not seen and b) playing the supporting role in the film. Oh, and being the animated equivalent of Leonidas. Read more