Movie Review: The Conjuring (Spoiler free)

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I get extremely excited about horror movies because I’m still optimistic that Hollywood would conjure (see what I did there?) a reasonable horror film. Lately though horror films now consist of cheap gimmicks. Based on a true story The Conjuring is directed by James Wan (Saw, Dead Silence, Insidious) stars Patrick Wilson (Watchmen, Insidious) and Vera Farmiga (The Departed, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Bates Motel) as Ed and Lorraine Warren who investigate paranormal activity in the home of the Perron Family, a family of seven.

Cast of the Perron Family

  • Lili Taylor as Carolyn Perron
  • Ron Livingston as Roger Perron
  • Shanley Caswell as Andrea Perron
  • Hayley McFarland as Nancy Perron
  • Joey King as Christine Perron
  • Mackenzie Foy as Cindy Perron
  • Kyla Deaver as April Perron

I have to say that James Wan does know the art of surprise. Wan knows when to leave us at suspense, whether it’s showing too little, or using familiar objects and areas that we can relate to. There were some great acts, some annoying ones as well, but I wouldn’t call it Farmiga or Wilson best performances. I came in with high expectation but left disappointed. The Conjuring felt too much like Insidious, it was a different story and cast but with the same approach, from the directing style, props, and scare tactics.  It was all too forgettable and fails to connect the viewers with the story. There nothing scary about The Conjuring besides its potential sequel.

Rate: Sleeping like a baby tonight

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TOP 5 Worst Directors

There are directors who shouldn’t make movies at all. When a director is constantly butchering the art of film, I think it’s time to call it quits. Don’t you think?

5. M. Night Shyamalam

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Worst movies: The Village, The Happening, The Last Airbender

M. Night was decent before he decided to make the trees killers. (That was actually one of the funniest movies I have ever seen.) Despite of directing one of my favorite movies of all times (Signs) he sadly decided to butcher one of the most admiring TV series in the world. The Last Airbender should have never been made.

4. Joel Schumacher

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Worst movies: Nipples, Bad Company, The Phantom of the Opera

Batman, batman….nuff said.

But, I do have to hand it over to Schumacher on his horrible take of Batman because without it, The Dark Knight Trilogy wouldn’t be upon us.

3. Brett Ratner

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Worst movies: Skyline, Rush Hour, X-Men: The Last Stand, The Family Man

Ratner is lazy in his film work; there is no art, inspirational attributes, techniques. Did I mention Lazy?

2. Michael Bay

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Worst movies: Transformers, Armageddon, Bad boys II, Pearl Harbor

“Oh Gosh,” that’s what I say to myself every time I hear a movie connected to Michael Bay. He ruined Transformers.  I couldn’t even distinguish between Even Stevens from Sam Witwicky. The only thing Bay gets right is ruining movies for fans.

1. Uwe Boll

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Worst movies: House of the Dead, BloodRayne, In the Name of the King, Far Cry, Rampage

I guess no one can stop this guy from making movies. Even petitions were made so that he can retire, but nope he still makes movies oh and ruins beloved video games.

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My Top 9 Directors

9. Darren Aronofsky

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Known for: Black Sawn, Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler

Aronofsky is also directing the epic-adaption of Noah. What I love of Mr. Aronofsky is his ability to exploit different emotional levels in his film. He is able to make you feel as if you were the one experiencing those emotions.

8. Clint Eastwood

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Known for: Unforgiven, Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino

He takes chances, and he is able to show the moral complexity of human beings and executes it so well on screen.

7. David Fincher

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Known for: Fight Club, Se7en, Panic Room, The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

David Fincher can use the elements of psychological and dark overtones. He’s known to be too controlling and retaking a lot of scenes, but this is why he’s great at attention detail.

6. Joel Coen

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Known for: The Big Lebowski, No Country for Old Men, O Brother , Where Art Thou?

I can’t mention Joel Coen without his brother Ethan, both are visionary and use idiosyncratic styles. They can combine arch irony, humor and brute violence in order to make a film come alive.

5. Christopher Nolan

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Known For: Momento, Inception, The Prestige, Insomnia

Mostly known for directing The Dark Knight Trilogy but his other recognitions are noteworthy. Critics have called him the next Kubrick; both directors have similar styles approaching how they want to tell their story.

4. Steven Spielberg

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Known for: E.T, Jurassic Park, Close Encounter of The Third Kind, Schindler’s List

Is a visual genius he can take advantage of lighting and make it bleed beautifully on screen. “He’s the first one of us who doesn’t see the proscenium arch.” A quote by Alfred Hitchcock praising his directorial flair. Spielberg can take advantage of various shots, whether they are sideways tracking, over the shoulder shots, wide lenses, match cuts and has the ability in making it his own style.

3. Martin Scorsese

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Known for: Taxi Driver, The King of Comedy, Goodfellas, Departed

I don’t think I ever seen a Scorsese film and not be drawn in. Scorsese has a gift to make the audience pay attention to every detail as if he saying “hey watch or you will miss something.” All of his films are consistent and have articulate themes.

2. Stanley Kubrick.

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Known for: 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shinning, Full Metal Jacket, A Clockwork Orange

I have never seen a director who has achieved as many genres so beautifully as Kubrick has. Something that I admired from Kubrick for a long time is that he never made a sequel. All of his films were fresh. Kubrick was also known to be a serious director as well as a serious editor.

1. Alfred Hitchcock

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Known for:  Psycho, Vertigo, 39 Steps, North by Northwest

I have a soft spot for psychological genre, and no one does it better than Hitchcock. He IS the master of suspense even his photographs gives you chills. Hitchcock has many techniques whether its camera angles, bridging humor and tension together and he’s great adding irony in all of his films. My favorite directing style from Hitchcock is that he puts dialogue second. He once said that dialogue is only necessary when it is.

Do you agree/disagree with my list? Leave a comment 🙂

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My Thoughts: Superman vs. Batman

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Emma Thomas states, “Whilst our Dark Knight trilogy is complete, we have every confidence that Zack’s fresh interpretation will take the character in a new and exciting direction. His vision for Superman opened the door to a whole new universe and we can’t wait to see what Zack does with these characters.”

Yeah, I think the only reason they are moving forward this route is because Marvel has them running for new ideas in order to make as much money as The Avengers did (1.6 billion, anyone?) There’s going to be people who disagree with me and say that this is a superb idea. I would have to agree; yeah it’s an excellent idea…but eventually. I think it’s being rushed. I have two reasons. 1)  We just met this new Superman (Zack’s vision.) Can we at least get used to him for a bit? 2) The Dark Knight Trilogy reinvented Batman the way he was supposed to be but it’s over now. A reboot of Batman means a new actor, interpretation, morals, value. We have no idea who this Batman is. I’d rather have them make a Justice League movie first. Hopefully, Zack doesn’t get the idea to reveal Batman’s identity to Gotham. I guess we just have to wait and see.

What do you guys think? Also do you like the Superman vs Batman picture?

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Movie Review: The Wolverine

SPOILERS: BEWARE 

I couldn’t believe Fox was distributing yet another Wolverine movie, especially when X-men Origins: Wolverine was a huge let down for all those Wolverine fans! Who can forget that movie? Oh, I wish I could. The trailer of The Wolverine looked even worse, portraying Wolverine as a sad emo mutant. Can James Mangold really redeem Wolverine from the ashes?

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Despite a couple of plot holes in the movie The Wolverine claws its way to the top proving to fans it still has potential. Unlike its predecessor this sequel holds more ground and shows that Hugh Jackman can still carry the title of The Wolverine and still look good doing it.

The movie is set after Logan was forced to kill the Dark Phoenix (Gene) where he escapes into the wilderness. Logan struggles with hallucination of Gene and the guilt that he bears. Within ten minutes of the film we are introduced to Yukio who has the ability to see a person’s death before it happens. She was sent by her employer Yashida to retrieve Logan. Yashida was previously saved by Logan at the bombing of Nagasaki, we find out that he’s dying and wants Logan to come to Japan to say his goodbyes. When he gets to Japan we immediately find out that there is turmoil between the household because Yashida granddaughter Mariko and love interest of Logan will be given all fortunes making her the most powerful person in Japan. Also, the mafia Yakuza is after her. Yikes, Logan what did you get yourself into? An interesting aspect of the movie is the directors’ ability to diverge different characters to have different personality. For instance, we instantly know who are the protagonist and the antagonist. Yashida is depicted of being a greedy old man, wanting Logan’s healing power to save his own life. One great line Yashida said was, “I’m not ready to die but you are.” (Along those lines) This offer seems tempting to Logan, what? Mangold what are you thinking making the Wolverine mortal? Thankfully, though Logan refuses the offer with a, “you don’t want what I have.”

This is the kind of man Logan is and it’s something we didn’t see much in the previous X-Men’s. He’s willing to bear this burden by himself. Mangold shows a different perspective of Wolverine, he is more of a human being than a mutant. That’s exactly what Wolverine needed to know what it means to live a mortal life. I highly praise Hugh Jackman on his performance. While Wolverine is still freaking awesome, aggressive, and a loner Hugh Jackman is able to demonstrate vulnerability in Wolverine. It takes a robotic parasite injected by Viper for him to finally realize he doesn’t desire to die anymore. No, he’s ready to be The Wolverine.

I’m glad that Weta Digital, Rising Sun Pictures, and others realize the mistakes done on Origins. (cough, cough: the Adamantium claws) Gosh, those were horribly done CGI. The movie has good action scenes with Wolverine being the beast that he is. We also get a bit of funny jokes and our favorite Wolverine catch phrases. The only complains I might have is the death of Harada and Viper.(but who really stays dead)

I’m thrilled with the post-credits scene that bridges X-Men: Days of Future Past hinting that TRASK will be a major villain. Then, we see Wolverine is incapable of moving. Yeah, you guessed it Magneto is back and is asking Wolverine to join his cause to stop an enemy that can destroy all mutants. Wolverine is reluctant to help Magneto UNTIL the best part of the movie that had me fan-girling in my seat; Professor X is alive.

If you loved the movie or hate it leave a comment: Express those opinion freely.

Rate: Worthy!

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