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American Reunion (2012)
Everything seems to have wrapped up in a neat little package
I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It was a nice recovery from the train wreck that was American Wedding.
We begin with Jim the father, Oz the celebrity, Kevin the housewife, Finch the wild adventurer, and Stifler the office bitch. Everyone was about where we would expect them to be.
Jim and Michelle are having some bedroom issues, and it's a nice callback to how they originally became close.
Oz comes back to town with his wild, experimenting girlfriend, only to run into his old girlfriend, Heather. This story kind of bothered me, because the audience was never told how or when Oz and Heather broke up. In fact, I remember watching deleted scenes from American Pie 2, and the writers were almost going to break them up, but they decided not to, because they were the solid, loving couple. I think they made these two break up in between just so they could tell the story of them reuniting. But then again, why not use that story with Kevin and Vicky? Too predictable?
Kevin comes back for the reunion as basically a house husband. He cooks, cleans and takes care of his wife, who we don't really get to know. I was hoping to get to know her a little bit more so that we could know who it was that wound up replacing Vicky. But watching a troubled Kevin wake up with no clothes next to Vicky was a great twist. And to see Kevin stand up for himself and his new relationship was pretty heartwarming.
Finch came off as this deep, world-traveling, motorcycle riding badass, but I could smell lies from a mile away. Not once (that I remember anyway) did he mention how he got the money to do the things he did. Alas, I was right, and it turns out his stories were all fake. But in the end, he wound up with a heavyset-turned-gorgeous band geek, and finally got the love he deserved.
Stifler...was still Stifler. I'd have to say this was one of my favorite Stifler performances. You could tell he was a lot more jumpy and energetic. It would make sense that all of his antics were building up over the time he spent working for the dickhead boss of his. The one thing that disappointed me was how well he told off his boss at the end. I was expecting a lot more than just insulting the size of his penis.
Oh yeah, and I was a bit upset that they kinda recycled the idea of everyone turning on Stifler, and then he winds up coming through. Boring.
Btw, brilliant performances by John Cho (Asian MILF guy) and Eugene Levy (Jim's dad). It was nice to see Nadia, Sherman and Jessica, but I feel like they were very last minute additions, and didn't add much fun to the reunion scenes.
All in all, it was nice to see these actors together again. Tara Reid was finally hot again, and Mena Suvari became quite attractive. Alyson Hannigan has been losing some of her luster, but she's still got a bit of fire.
I want those couple hours of my life back
Keep in mind I went into this movie with very little prior knowledge of it. My friends and I were browsing the video store looking for a good horror movie to watch. I happened to stumble upon this movie, and was anxious to pick it up, noticing that both Stephen King and Morgan Freeman were involved. I also remember seeing commercials about this movie back when it came out, and remember it looking vaguely interesting. To my disgust, we got a movie about giant worms coming out of people's sh** as they were camping out in a cabin in the woods during Winter, and then it evolved into some giant alien conspiracy, and I'm not even sure how. Maybe it's my own problem in that I didn't follow the story hard enough...all I know is that I was extremely disappointed, and from the looks of the reviews, I am not alone on this.
Paranormal Activity (2007)
Let me be clear: I am not a big fan of horror movies. I think a lot of them are incredibly dumb, repetitive, and ultimately not frightening. I get more laughs out of most horror movies than anything else. The best horror movies, in my opinion, would be the Saw series, the Exorcist, and the Shining. The Halloween movies are dumb, the Descent was terrible, and don't get me started on Drag Me to Hell.
I went to see this Paranormal Activity on Halloween night. I had virtually no prior knowledge of this film, other than the fact that some people said it was the scariest movie they had ever seen, while others said it was a boring waste of time. In order to solve this dilemma for myself, I decided to go.
The movie caught me off-guard at first by jumping right into the story, that some freaky stuff has been happening in the couple's house. It wasn't until later, when the psychic shows up, that we really get an understanding of what's going on.
A few things need to be cleared up. In some respects, this is no different from any other horror movie, good or bad. I say this because, at least Mica was a complete moron, disregarding the advice of the psychic as well as...logic in general. He starts off as a comic relief, to give the audience a sense of calm before the storm. It was BECAUSE he was both egging on the spirit as well as trying to interact with it (via camera, powder, microphone, etc.) that gave the creature more incentive to mess with the couple. Think about it. If he was a nice guy, or if he had simply called the demonologist immediately, then the problem would be taken care of and the movie would be over. What fun is that? I admit, the start of the film was slow. The scratching on the walls, the slight movement of the door, and the little groan were preliminary activities. The point of showing every evening's activity is to build anticipation, to get the audience wondering how the next evening will top the one that preceded it. The film was one big crescendo, and that's what I personally loved about it.
It was true suspense, no Hollywood interference, and no real gory/slasher moments. This was horror at its finest. This movie proved that the biggest fear is the one we create ourselves, which is why the director didn't feel the need to show a demon, excessive blood, and everything else that has been senselessly thrown into every other "horror" movie. All-in-all, it was a very well-made film that kept my heart rate up from start to finish and beyond.