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The Conjuring (2013)
By far one of the best horror movies I've seen in a while.
I'm an avid horror fan. Lately I've been thinking there isn't much that can scare me (though Sinister got under my skin). I appreciate James Wan's films, I love the first Saw, Insidious was a damn good modern ghost story, but like all reviews have stated for it, the movie kinda loses it's momentum in the final act.
The Conjuring is better, scarier, and more tense than Insidious. I'm gonna go out on a limb and say it's one of the best horror movies of the last 5 or 10 years. It goes back to the classic rule of horror film making, never show the bad guy fully to your audience. Plus this movie knows suspense, I tell you, I almost threw a water bottle at the screen from sheer terror once the scare finally happened. There are no fake jump scares, the movie earned an R rating without any blood, sex, or profanity, it's all from the terror that this movie builds upon.
Not only is the movie scary, but as a film itself, it's almost a masterpiece. The script, acting, direction, style, tone, etc were all simply top notch. Wan's camera-work here is by far his best out of any of his movies. The choice to set the movie in the 70s was a stroke of genius as it feels so authentic and all the more real. If this story were set in the present, it simply wouldn't be as a effective or scary. The 70s style film making, costuming, and hair styling are a great throwback to likes of The Exorcist & The Amityville Horror.
Though there are a few (extremely minor) flaws, such are length, repetitiveness, and a resolution that happens way too fast. I don't care, every horror movie (or movie in general) has it's flaws. There will never be a perfect horror movie, if there is one, I haven't seen it yet. But all I know is James Wan's The Conjuring is one of the best horror movies I've seen in a long time, and it's been a really long time that a movie has scared me this badly.
10/10 Don't miss this one, it's an amazing theater viewing experience.
American Horror Story (2011)
Favorite show on TV
Season 1 of American Horror Story was absolutely fantastic. It was the perfect mix of horror, drama, suspense, and even dark comedy. Though the plot come slowly at first and was confusing at times, it hooked me. The confusing nature of the show adds to the addicting factor of the show. The more confusing it got with it's genius plot twists and turns the more I wanted to watch it. I loved everything about the first season, it illustrated perfectly a modern haunted house story.
Then came season 2.
Oh man... Season 2. 'Asylum' This season is a whole new monster to reckoned with. It blows everything that season 1 did out of the water. You think that what Tate did to the Harmon's was crazy? Well wait till meet some of the staff at Briarcliff. This season is so much more twisted and dark that I actually find myself getting somewhat scared watching certain episodes.
'Asylum' is even better than 'Murder House'. On a plot level, it feels much more original. 'Murder House' felt like a send-up of all the classic haunted house/ghost movies. While this one is completely different all it's own. Never have I seen a horror movie that packs in serial killers, Nazis, demonic possession, mad doctors, and better yet... the implication of alien invasion. I find myself thinking "am I insane!?" while I watch the show. The acting is up to par with 'Murder House' namely Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Zachary Qunito, and of course the fantastic Jessica Lange.
Not only is the acting this season just fantastic, so is the spectacle. The sets of this asylum are dark, dreary, grim, and creepy. Even the costumes are so spot on for 1964. The editing may be weird, but it's supposed to be, it's of putting and makes the audience feel on edge. The cinematography is even better this season. The show feels so cinematic that I forget I'm watching a TV show.
I know we're not even half-way through this season yet, but I find myself dreading waiting a whole week for the next episode. I don't even know where the next episode is going to take us, but I truly cannot wait to see how this season ends up. Because so far, it's near-perfect.
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Absolutely incredible ending to a near-perfect trilogy.
The Dark Knight Rises was one most stunning films I have ever seen. One of the emotional viewing experiences I have ever been through too. That's not a bad thing at all, this movie made me feel. It did everything a movie is supposed to do, it made me laugh, it made me angry, it made me happy, it made me cry. Yes, it made me cry. The Dark Knight Rises is the best of the series, with one of the most beautiful endings I've ever seen on film, and dare I say it is equal to or maybe ever a little bit better than The Dark Knight.
The Dark Knight Rises exceeded all of my expectations, in terms of acting, action, dialogue, plot, etc etc Though running at almost 3 hours long, this movie never feels boring, never did I look at my watch, I was glued the screen all 164 minutes. The first hour was definitely slower than the rest of the movie, but it wasn't boring. Christopher Nolan did a fantastic job at setting up all the major plot points and introducing the new characters.
Christian Bale delivers his best performance as Batman, he is wonderful the whole series, but this time around he goes to place where we've never seen Batman go and he rocks it. Michael Caine should be up for an Oscar for his powerful performance, absolutely fantastic. Anne Hathaway was a definite surprise as the sexy Selina Kyle (never referred to as Catwoman in the movie at all! Hah!), she stole every scene she was in with her quick, dry humor. Other standouts were Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Morgan Freeman, and Gary Oldman, who all play wonderfully in their supporting parts. This brings me to Tom Hardy. His performance as Bane scared the crap out of me at times, he was terrifying. Very different from The Joker, there's no comparing the two as they are completely different villains. Extremely well done.
From a technical standpoint, this movie is gorgeous. It looks beautiful, sounds beautiful, and flows beautifully. The cinematography, editing, score, and visual effects topped those all seen/heard in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. Namely the soundtrack, this is Hanz Zimmer's best Batman score. Nolan's action sequences are better than ever, they are extremely brutal and very engrossing.
A few critics have criticized the film for not being "fun", well I don't know what movie they were watching because there are plenty of those witty chuckle lines throughout and the majority of the film's sense of humor comes from Catwoman.
Though this movie is without not flaws, there are minor ones including random time jumps toward the end of the movie, small logic questions, and other little knit picky things, but overall the movie flows and goes with grace that throws twists at you that will leave you floored, and then cumulates to one of the most beautiful endings I've ever seen.
I wouldn't be surprised if this movie were up for quite a bit of Oscars this year; I'm thinking a few in the acting department, many in tech, and maybe even Best Picture & Best Director? We'll just have to see! The Dark Knight Rises is the movie event of year, and perhaps the best film of 2012 thus far. Go see it, and prepare to be wowed!! 10/10
Best Film of the Series and Best Film of 2011 thus far.
I've been an avid fan of the Harry Potter series since I started reading the books on my own in 3rd grade. I've followed the books and movies for a good part of my childhood. The Deathly Hallows Part 2 was and everything and more I hoped it would be. I cried when I read the final book, but I wept when I saw this film. If I could go back and count it'd have to be at least seven times I felt my heart break, and then I realized that my childhood was coming to a close during the epilogue. It's been awhile since a movie has emotionally effected me that much. The performances in this film are so powerful and thrilling (namely Daniel Radcliffe and Alan Rickman), the detail of the film's location, costumes, art direction, music, and mostly cinematography blow all of other films out of the water. The most visually beautiful film of the series. I may sound biased because I'm such a huge fan of the series from such a young age, but even if I hadn't read any of the books I'd still think it's a piece of monumental cinema.
There's so much about this film that amazed me, but mostly it was the translation from text to screen. Gringotts, The Battle of Hogwarts, Snape's back story, and the final battle between Harry and Voldemort. I had my own little picture of how that played out, but it's so grand to see on film and ever so gripping.
I honestly think that this final chapter in the Harry Potter series is worthy of some Oscar nods. I'm really hoping it'll at least get some nods for Best Supporting Actor (Alan Rickman), Best Art Directon, Best Score, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Visual Effects, Best Cinematography, maybe even Best Picture... who knows! With the Academy nominating 10 films a year for Best Picture it's highly possible! But, overall this is definitely the best film of the series, emotionally wrenching and heartbreaking but an absolute spectacle of a film.
Black Swan (2010)
Darren Aronofsky has done it again. Black Swan was absolutely spectacular.
Everyone please go out and see this movie now. It was completely a spectacular film. I was absolutely blown away by the film once it reached it's end. If Natalie Portman doesn't nominated for Best Actress, I'm gonna be pretty upset. Her performance was riveting, she plays the character so well and you see the change she goes through throughout the film and by the time you see her dance as the black swan, she's a completely different person. Amazing.
It's definitely the best film of the year so far and one of the best I've seen in quite some time. There need to be more movies like this! To those who've seen Repulsion, be ready for your mind to be screaming "THIS IS SO SIMILAR!" The Tenant and Suspiria came to mind while watching it too.
The cinematography was extremely beautiful, so complex in certain scenes yet so simple in others. The music score was so lovely, I really enjoyed how the composer mixed in elements of Swan Lake and blended it with a modern musical score. Both the cinematography & the music score really deserve nominations too.
From the opening scene (which is probably one of best opening scenes I've ever seen) the film draws you in and keeps you in until the ending. I was literally shaking by the time the movie was over. I was that amazed. Darren Aronofsky sure has come quite a way from Pi (that is great movie too), but really every one of his films gets even better after the next. I'm really excited to see what else has to offer. I personally think he's the Stanely Kubrick of our times. (In my opinion) I absolutely loved it. Go see it now. 10/10.
Paranormal Activity (2007)
Without a doubt one of the scariest movies of the past 10 years
Every time you see a preview for a movie that says that "this is the scariest movie of the last (enter # of years here) years" But this is actually a movie that lives up to that title.
Paranormal Activity is without a doubt one of the scariest movies of the past decade. It is absolutely terrifying, and after initial viewing, i promise you, that you will have lots of trouble sleeping after watching it.
The movie taps into one of those primal fears of what goes on in your house at night, that creepy feeling that someone is watching you, seeing that big shadow on the wall thats not yours, and the fear of ghosts/demons.
The movie is really a great horror film, following in the tradition of the original "The Hauting" and "The Exorcist" this film is a perfect mix of the two films with a little "Blair Witch Project" mixed in. There is no blood/gore, no sex/nudity. Just a great horror film that pulls out all the stop to scare you without showing anything.
Paranormal Activity starts very slow, but within roughly the first 20 mins into the first night scene you will be creeped out immediately. The ending is also one of the major part of the movie that has still be burned into my memory since I saw it on Friday, today is Sunday. I'm not as much trouble falling asleep but it still is somewhat hard to every time this film floats though my head.
I urge you to see this in the movie theater, where it is much better (though it also depends if your audience is well behaved and quite) see this film with an audience is the most enjoyable and terrifying experiences I've ever had in a movie theater.
When i saw this on Friday, it was still limited midnight releases, but when i got home i read that Paranormal Activity had passed the 1,000,000 point and is now getting a wide release to all theaters this Friday.
You should really catch this in the theater if you can, trust me it will be all worth it. Paranormal Activity is really one the scariest movies of the past 10 years that i would rank up there with the original "The Hauting", "The Exorcist", and other horror classics. I give a perfect 10 stars.
Friday the 13th (2009)
"It's Gotta Death Curse!!!"
They should've listened to Crazy Ralf 30 years ago....
I didn't grow up watching the series, but I bought the box set when it came out and watched the whole series, I saw the New Line Series as well. I am in love with Friday the 13th. And seriously, every day of this month, I watched one F13th film leading up to this remake/reboot.
And now, on to the movie.
Friday the 13th is the thrill ride we've been waiting for. It has it all. Gore, Tits, Drugs, and most importantly...Jason! The film starts off with a fast-paced 10-15 minutes. Some creepy guy killing of 5 horny teenagers looking to harvest some weed. And who is this creepy old guy that wears a sack over his head? Jason!! And boy, Jason is back, in a big way! Then we are introduced to Clay, searching for his sister who has been missing for 6 weeks, who was part of the group that Jason killed off in the first 10-15 minutes...only with one survivor. A group of teenagers is staying at a Cabin in the woods...sound familiar? And Jason decides to drop by...and all hell breaks loose.
Friday the 13th '09 was worth the wait, it is a fast-paced roller coaster that gives us what we want. The deaths are freakin sweet, and trust me, there is a lot of the red stuff. Jason is a badass in this one. He kills with anything he can get his hands on to.
Seriously, Die hard fan or causal horror fan...this is a must see not matter what. Trust me, this one really delivers. 10 stars!
My Bloody Valentine (1981)
My Bloody Valentine: A Slasher Classic
(This review is for the UNCUT version) When i first watched My Bloody Valentine, (i had rented it) i fell in love with it. MBV immediately be came come of my favorite slasher films. Any slasher fan should see this slasher that has it all, well except for sex/nudity. Since the film was cut, it hurt the film. Us slasher fans begged and prayed for a miracle....our prayers were answered by Lionsgate. Finally, one company stepped up to release the UNCUT version.
When I first popped in the DVD, i was extremely excited. After the film was done, i was amazed. I had seen a whole different slasher film. My Bloody Valentine UNCUT is now a classic slasher, or even classic horror film! The gore is fantastic! You see it all! Nail-gun to the head, pickaxe thru the breast, pickaxe thru the chin and out the eye. Everything! My Bloody Valentine UNCUT is a mandatory viewing for any slasher fan. I would rank it up there (in terms of violence/gore) with The Prowler and The Burning.
Highly Recommended! 10 stars!
Extremely Clever Episode
Uses themes of old and modern horror films. A lot like Se7en, a killer playing a game with the police. Cleverly mixes in names and horror elements from from famous horror films.
Sally Hardesty - The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Tommy Doyle - Halloween
Rose Woodhouse - Rosemary's Baby
Sam Loomis - Psycho
a really tense and suspenseful episode that makes references to other serial killers as well.
One of the best NCIS episodes IMO.
Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
A Wonderful Story of Friendship
When I first saw Fried Green Tomatoes, I didn't like it too much (I was 8, so I didn't understand it) Now seeing years later, it has become one of my favorite movies.
Fried Green Tomatoes is great film of friendship. A woman meets an elderly woman at a nursing home, she tells her a beautiful story of friendship between two woman.
Now you can imagine, as an 8 year old, my mother telling me what its about, I found it quite boring.
But now, I saw it recently, and fell in love with it. The story itself was fantastic. The acting was pitch perfect. I loved every little thing about it.
Fried Green Tomatoes is wonderful film that all people should see.
I give it 10/10