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I Am Comic

21 Feb

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I Am Comic | 2010 | Director: Jordan Brady | IMDB
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I Am Comic takes a behind the scenes look at the life onstage and off of a comedian. Comedians of today and the past discuss their craft, techniques, why they do it and why they hate doing it. Being a very big fan of comedy I was pleased to see a lot of my favorites interviewed like Sarah Silverman, Todd Glass and Louis C.K. but I felt with a film like this director Jordan Brady missed a bigger opportunity to take advantage of the current resurgence in comedy. He gets a fair majority of the big comedy stars but I would have liked to see more from the booming alternative comedy scene Continue reading
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Septien

19 Feb

Septien
Septien | 2011 | Director: Michael Tully | Site | IMDB
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After disappearing for eighteen years Cornelius reappears back at his family’s farm to live with his two psychologically unhinged brothers. I will preface this with I was fairly excited to see this film and had slightly higher expectations going into it. I am a huge fan of Southern Gothic films like Shotgun Stories and Winter’s Bone subsequently I was excited for Septien. Sorry to say, I was very disappointed. The story was great and strange and dark like you would expect a good Southern Gothic film to be but it fell short on so many other levels Continue reading

Paranormal Activity 3

1 Feb

Paranormal Activity 3

Paranormal Activity 3 | 2011 | Directors: Henry Joost &
Ariel Schulman | Site | IMDB

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Paranormal Activity 3 is the origin story for the first two Paranormal Activity films. In the film young sisters Katie and Kristi befriend an invisible man named Toby that resides in their home. I did enjoy this movie; however it was my least favorite of the three Paranormal Activity films. There were some great scary moments and you are guaranteed to jump several times. If you are like us the best place to watch this and the previous two films will be in bed late at night. It adds to the atmosphere considerably and undeniably adds some points to the score. I felt that the scares came in this film a little too quickly and a little too heavy handedly. What really makes these types of films work is the sense of not knowing. Is this really happening or is it all in our heads? Paranormal Activity 3 makes the mistake of revealing too much too soon. The story reveals too soon that the things happening in this house are not the in the imagination of the characters, but something definitely more unsettling. As soon as you know something paranormal is occurring the insecurity and a are considerably alleviated. The problem I have with this is that once the ghostly antagonist is revealed anything goes. There are no more rules governing the horror. This takes me out of the film. What makes this type of documentary style horror work for me is keeping the threat ambiguous. Once you know where the threat is coming from it becomes less threatening. I wanted to be strung along a little bit longer before the scares were revealed. An aspect of the film I really enjoyed was the family lineage thread that is sewn through each film. It continued through this film and was one of my favorite, if only, plot points. The director and writers strategically and smartly continue what ultimately could be a great narrative throughout these films. The ending will surprise you, but may not frighten you as well as the previous films. You know what you are getting with Paranormal Activity 3, great scares and tension.


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Paranormal Activity 3, obviously, is the third installment in the Paranormal Activity franchise. This film gives you a look into the two sisters, Katie and Kristi, pasts and how their haunting began. Expectedly, this movie brought the usual jumps and scares that the past two films had. I did not particularly care for the ending of this film. The cheesy outweighed the frightening in the last 10 to 15 minutes. I did enjoy the idea they chose to make a movie to show you how it all began. I was never really scared watching Paranormal Activity 3, despite one or two screams, but I did have some pretty terrible nightmares afterward. Do watch this film; but not before going to bed.


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The Innkeepers

25 Jan

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The Inn Keepers | 2012 | Director: Ti West | Site | IMDB
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The Inn Keepers is the story of the final weekend of the Yankee Pedlar Inn, where two employees are determined to discover if the hotel is haunted. I enjoyed this film but was left feeling a little let down. I enjoyed the director Ti West’s first film, House of the Devil, a great deal. Having built a lot anticipation for his next film I blame myself for being slightly disappointed. The two main characters in the film are great but that is where I felt my biggest disappointment. I wanted more from them. I wanted more of their story either backstory or interactions. There are some good scares and the film has great atmosphere. It’s a good old fashion scary story reminiscent of the Shining or Poltergeist. The director, Ti West, and the crew actually stayed at the Inn in the movie while filming House of the Devil where they experienced some unexplained phenomenon. I got the impression the film was slightly autobiographical which in turn made me like it more in hindsight. Definitely worth seeing, an all around good creepy film.

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In the last weekend of the Yankee Pedlar Inn being open, two of the employees set out to prove it is haunted. This is the second film from the director of House of the Devil, Ti West. I feel like this movie could have been so much more. The acting just missed the mark and was very awkward. After learning how West came up with the idea to make the movie it made me enjoy it more and essentially give it a higher rating than I originally had. If you like Ghost hunting shows or just like haunted hotels definitely give this movie a watch. There is a twist at the end you may or may not see coming.


The Innkeepers Trailer

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