Friday, September 5, 2014

Movie Review: As Above, So Below (2014)

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As Above, So Below (2014)
Starring: Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, and Edwin Hodge
Summary: A group of people go down into the Parisian Catacombs looking for treasure and soon realize there's more to it than just tunnels.

My Thoughts: As Above, So Below starts off creative and different and interesting and soon enough becomes a bore. I was counting the minutes until it would be over for a while. Then in the last twenty minutes of the movie, you get interested. The most terrible part about it though is that there's really nothing keeping me interested. In most horror movies, there's at least either acting or a great back story to keep me interested. There was really shitty explanation on what was going on and there was barely any acting at all. I wasn't connected to the characters at all nor did I give a damn about what would happen to them. 

The movie did go into great detail about what the treasure was and what they were after, but I was just so uninterested and bored I paid no attention. The way they played it out was just bad. Very bad. But while watching it, the underlying meaning and symbols perked me up again. I mean, can someone say DANTE'S INFERNO?!

When the end of the movie finally came and the credits rolled, I didn't know what to think about the film. Should I be depressed that I spent money to see this film or should I wonder about what I just watched? I did the latter and after contemplating those last twenty minutes, I thought about how those were the only minutes of the movie I enjoyed. I was left a bit unsatisfied as well, but maybe because they're making room for As Above, So Below 2? 

I'd be really depressed if they did make a sequel, but who knows? 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Movie Review: Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014)


Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014)
Summary: Jesse and his friends start experiencing weird things after one of his neighbors die. Soon, they realize a demon has marked Jesse and it is only a matter of time before it takes over him. 

My Thoughts: This was a different kind of Paranormal Activity and this one just happens to now be my favorite one. Reasons for that being that it wasn't like the other movies. It was marketed differently, it was written a bit differently, but the story was similar. A ghost/spirit possesses someone and people are trying to figure out what's going on, but this movie was funny and had some really original ideas.One of these ideas would be how the ghost communicates with the people with protecting Jesse or answering questions asked by Jesse and his friend by a children's toy. Going into it, I thought, " This better apply somehow to the story or I'm going ballistic. I don't care. It just better tie SOMETHING together." It didn't whatsoever, but I'm okay with that. Some people found that aspect stupid, I found it innovative.

Besides the fresh ideas and easygoing plot, what really made movie work was the character development. After meeting Jesse and his friends, I saw a friendship I had with my friends. I felt for them and I had a bond with them. I was interested not in finding out the outcome of the curse and what this movie had to do with the franchise anymore, I was focused on what the hell Jesse and Hector were going to do. 

What I did not like was how the story was so condensed. The characters are supposed to be silly, yes, but the story was all over the place and hard to follow, making it silly. Silly characters can be put in a serious situation, but when they're put in a silly situation to boot, that's a bad mix coming up. The character development and their actions kind of made up for it though.

Otherwise, great movie if you know what you're going into and are just watching for fun. I'm so glad I didn't pay 10 bucks to go see it even though it wasn't that bad. But wasn't that bad means it wasn't that good either.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Movie Review: 13 Sin (2014)




13 Sin (2014)
Starring: Mark Webber, Devon Graye, Tom Bower, Rustina Wesley
Summary: When a man in a terrible financial situation gets a mysterious phone call promising monetary compesation for doing challenges, his life is turned upside down as the challenges begin to get more and more deadly.

My Thoughts: This movie was recommended to me by a family member and I had seen the trailer and it looked interesting, but I did not expect it to be as good as it was. This movie was really, really good and it had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. It was even a bit comical at times, but that was thanks to the main character, Elliot. Elliot has just lost his job and is in debt from his mentally handicapped brother's medical bills and his upcoming wedding and Mark Webber really brings out the personality in this character and shines in this flick. In movies like these when the main character is on the phone for a majority of the movie, (And there are a lot, Cellular and Phone Booth to name a couple), you really don't get a sense of the character and their personality. Here, you see that Elliot is sarcastic and sensitive at first, he's funny, but knows his limits and he has a hell of a lot of humanity. Psychological thrillers don't rely on the character development, but plot development, but this case in particular relies on a balanced mixture of both and does this very well.

Throughout the movie, I felt actions were a bit rushed, however. I know that there are time limits on the challenges and that everything happened in about two to three days, but I still felt things were happening way too fast. This wasn't a major issue, but it bothered me a little becuase it was always one thing after the next nonstop. 

I had fun watching this in alone when I was bored, but it would be fun to watch with a couple of friends and a bucket of popcorn late at night, but I wouldn't recommend this for someone looking for something out of the park crazy to watch. This movie was just a good flick I happened to come across on Netflix. 

So, check it out if this is down your lane.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Movie Review: When Harry Met Sally (1989)

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When Harry Met Sally
Starring: Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal, Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby
Summary: This movie follows two characters who go on a cross country drive and afterwards, start seeing each other all over the place in New York during the course of twelve years.

My Thoughts: When Harry Met Sally is the mother of all romantic comedies and it is really that good. Most people go, "OH MY GOD, I LOVE THAT MOVIE. IT'S THE BEST," and this movie is talked about so much that it had gotten old, but I had never seen it. I hadn't planned on seeing it either, but one day I was browsing through the television channels and I through caution to the wind and watched this and, like everyone else that saw this movie, loved it!

Now that I have seen this movie, I can get all the jokes and see all the similarities in all the other romantic comedies I have seen. AND THERE'S A LOT!

But, let's get on to what's in the movie. Meg Ryan, fabulous of course, but this is one of my favorite movies starring her. It is the same character she usually plays (the uptight, know-it-all), but this girl she plays is somehow different and I can't place my finger on it, but it is better. I wasn't expecting Billy Crystal to be any good in this movie because he's not what I was expecting. He's not the tall, handsome guy in normal rom coms, but I must remember this movie was made in 1989. Maybe girls before though he was a hunk, but him being not-so-attractive made it a tad relatable because no  matter how we all lust for the hot guy, we all can't get him. 

What really makes this movie is the comedy. Sure, the romance is great, but this movie is downright hilarious! The dialogue and scenes between the two leads are what drive this movie and keep you watching. It's not about the kissing or the lovey dovey scenes or the wondering will-they-do-it-or-won't-they like other movies are. This movie is about the laughs and the up-and-downs of normal life and finding love.

This movie is highly enjoyable and I would recommend it to anyone who's looking for something new to watch. Well, not new because this movie is old, but new to you. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Game Review: The Last Door Season One


Developed By: The Game Kitchen
Official Website: http://thelastdoor.com/index.php/home

Summary: Original and intriguing story that will leave you hunger for more at the end of each chapter. Travel back and explore dark and mysterious Great Britain from the 1890's, investigate ghostly and gloomy places to uncover their cryptic secrets.

My Thoughts: Gothic horror takes a new twist in this click-and-point adventure game. There isn't much to this game, just clicking forward and solving puzzles and such. The graphics aren't great and pretty much suck, but what keeps you playing is the story. The puzzles I have to say, are great! They're simple enough for someone who isn't an out-of-the-box-thinker like me, but not too simple. (I still used a walkthrough, however.) The sound was also fantastic. I believe it won this game an award, too. What I mean when I say the sound was fantastic was that the footsteps are  realistic, the noises you hear are creepy and add to the horror setting you've been placed in. Plus, you can hear sounds from other rooms like at one point a record is playing and when you leave the room, you can still hear it playing, which is great.This game takes place in episodes, 4 of which make up the first season and are out right now. Three of the episodes are free and the fourth (the newest one) will be free soon. The way the payment for these episodes are set up is very different from the usual way. The episodes start off being about 1 to 2 bucks and when the development for the next episode starts, the previous one will be free for all. So, if you're impatient like me, you can get the next episode right after you finish the last. These are really, really, really good and definitely worth your time.

Since game is released in Chapters, now I will talk about each episode individually, story wise because sound, graphic-wise and such they're the same.

Chapter One: We start off playing as Mister Devitt going off to visit a friend who wrote him a mysterious letter. When we arrive, no one is to be found and you're going off to look for your friend. Great start to a series and the beginning of the episode started with a very intense little scene relating to the episode, all of them have this scene, but this one is my favorite out of the four episodes. The story is a great start off and very engaging, but it doesn't really get you until the end.This chapter is short, but worth the play. 

Chapter Two: Next, Chapter Two we are still Mister Devitt and it follows the first game and we see him and his psychologist, I presume, talking. This game takes place at a hospital run by nuns. This one is my favorite of them all because it has so much going on in just one location, while the first one was also in one location, it wasn't as congested. It was the most gripping and it kept me on my toes and we got to actually speak to people. There were different dialogue options to click on to speak to different characters and that was great as well. 

Chapter Three: We are still, Mister Devitt, following the events of the last one we are now in England. This chapter is probably my least favorite. The story was still great, this was my favorite story line, actually, but my least favorite to play. It involved many, many locations and so many things to do that I eventually got tired of clicking. The structure of the puzzles was a little all over the place and I had to use my walk through a lot because it was just hard. 

Chapter Four: This game is the season finale and this comes at a close second in my list of favorite chapters. We play as Mister Devitt and come to the home of one of our colleagues, Alexandre. Like what I enjoyed about the second game, it is very congested in the house we are in, but like the third, the puzzles were a bit unstructured. Not to the point where it annoyed me, but a bit. The story was wrapped up very well in this chapter and left me wanting more, so I will donate so I can play the next episode sooner.

My overall thoughts are: This game is pretty damn good and you need to play this game for yourself because it is...That good.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Book Review: The Hidden Girl By Louise Millar

The Hidden Girl

The Hidden Girl
By Louise Millar

Date Published: May 22, 2014 By Pan
Pages: 352 
Source: Netgalley via Publisher
Format: E-Arc
Cover Love: The cover is not my favorite. It could be done way better and the caption...I mainly dislike it because of the fact it takes so long for the book to even get to what that means, so if someone would read it, they'd be like..What? What? Ohh...Okay, That's what they meant.

Summary: Hannah Riley and her musician husband, Will, hope that a move to the Suffolk countryside will promise a fresh start.
Hannah, a human rights worker, is desperate for a child and she hopes that this new life will realise her dream.

Yet when the snow comes, Will is working in London and Hannah is cut off in their remote village. Life in Tornley turns out to be far from idyllic, who are the threatening figures who lurk near their property at night? And why is her neighbour so keen to see them leave? Plus Will's, behaviour is severely testing the bonds of her trust.

Hannah has spent her professional life doing the right thing for other people. But as she starts to unbury a terrible crime, she realises she can no longer do that without putting everything she's ever wanted at risk.

But if she does nothing, the next victim could be her...


My Thoughts: The Hidden Girl is a great story, but not that great to the point where it did not have any problems.
We start of with married couple, Will and Hannah, who are two completely different characters. Whether or not this is good for their marriage, I will not say, but the fact they're so different is interesting. Well, Will and Hannah are moving into a house, but something is a little off with the dream house they imagined. What it is, you just have to read to find out.

The story is told from two different POV's. That being, Hannah and Will. That was the aspect I liked the most because these two people saw things completely different and that, in my opinion, was great to read.

What was not great was the pacing of the story. It took about 60% of the book in order for the plot to somewhat come together. The only reason I continued the book was the writing, which was fantastic! It was smooth and gripping and it flowed very well to to point where I just kept reading because the writing was that damn good.

The story was just a bit all over the place though. This happened, then this...then this and it was a bit much for a novel. Maybe if it was a movie, then, yes, it could have been done properly, but not for a book like this.

I will probably read what this author has out next, as well. This book was okay. Good for a person who is in the mood for a thriller, but not if you love thrillers because you may be disappointed with the set up of the story.


Sunday, June 29, 2014

Movie Review: Neighbors (2014)


Neighbors (2014)
Starring: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Dave Franco, Rose Byrne

Summary: A couple with a newly born baby have some new neighbors.
Did I mention it was a fraternity?


My Thoughts: Seth Rogen is at it again. He's hilarious.

But this movie was not. Neighbors is not a full fledged comedic roar of a movie. It is actually somewhat lame, unlike what I thought it was going to be.  I saw it expecting gut bursting jokes and such, but I barely got out a lot at all. I mean there were a few funny scenes, but not enough for me to really enjoy this movie as a comedy.

The jokes that were put in there just didn't amuse me. Mainly because they were sex jokes that just made everything uncomfortable and weird. 

  But the actors did make the movie somewhat bearable.I've always loved Seth Rogen and he did not disappoint, and Zac Efron has stepped his game up as the leader of the frat, funny and hot. (Unlike a unsuccessful Taylor Lautner in Grown Ups 2) But I absolutely fell in love with Rose Byrne. She stole every scene she was in and I was itching to just see her all the time. I mean, she was great! 


The movie had a good concept, but just failed to deliver, frankly. So, please, don't spend about 10 bucks like I did if you were expecting a laugh out loud comedy, you will not get it.