Friday, October 22, 2010

Paranormal Activity 2

So whether you liked the first Paranormal Activity or hated it, clearly a sequel was in the works from the moment the first movie was pulling in cash.

The second movie actually starts out about three months before the first movie takes place and this time, we're following the sister of Katie (the girl who went nuts in the first movie). Christie is her name and she's living with her boyfriend/husband (it's never made that clear) and his daughter from a previous marriage. They have just had a baby, named Hunter, and well... From here on in it's clear that only one thing is going to happen. This "entity" is on a mission for Hunter and for whatever reason, this thing likes to scare the shit out of it's target before it finally tries to take the baby.

This movie was a lot better than the first one for one simple fact, it keeps you on the edge of your seat every single time the shots switch to night. Though some of the freakiest stuff happens during the day, the night shots are where this movie shines. Impressively, the actors in this one are much more believable and I honestly felt anxious the whole time.

Interestingly enough, we see Katie and Micah (since it is her sister) and you are treated to the before Katie freak out moments where her personality shines. The camera shots are a lot more balanced as they are taken strictly from the houses security cameras.

The haunts from the first film are actually not repeated in this film. The director, Tod Williams, keeps things extremely fresh and don't go for the cheap scares but rather builds up the tension and terror until the last 25 minuetes of the film and then really lets things fly off the handle. Without a doubt, this movie is much better than the first and though it's been the first horror film of the season for me, I give this a 7 out of 10.

Friday, October 1, 2010

The Social Network

A movie about Facebook. That's the story of The Social Network, simply put and it was amazing. David Fincher puts together the amazing history of Mark Zuckerberg and what's know known as one of the biggest social sites ever to hit the internet.

As the story kicks off the whole story is set to the narration of Mark getting sued by two different parties. The movie itself times in at about two hours and with the pacing of Zuckerberg's talking speed never seems to stop for a moment. If you're like me and don't really understand computer coding and those technical terms, some of the stuff will be lost, but it doesn't effect the storyline at all.

What's really interesting about this movie is that it combines the story of a documentary but at the same time, has the drama of a brilliant movie. Almost to the point where you question what actually happened in real life and what was added as artistic integrity. Many of the scenes were inspired by (from what I know) true events. Such as Zuckerberg showing up to a big business meeting in pajamas, or Sean Parker, the creator of Napster, (played by Justin Timberlake) joining in on the whole Facebook website explosion.

Certain scenes in this movie are brilliantly filmed and make this movie absolutely amazing. As the story progresses, we really see the aloof-ness that Zuckerberg shows everyone. Whether it's the lawyers or his friends, Eisenberg makes Zuckerberg appear to always be on his own plane of existence and rarely shows any respect to his friends or peers.

Now I'm not sure how much of this was actually true or what has been works of fiction. But this movie did not feel anywhere near two hours. I could have actually sat there for another half hour or so just to see how things play out. In the end, this movie simply makes me want to learn more about coding and facebook and all the "stuff" that goes into making a 25 billion dollar website that just wanted to connect everyone's peers.

Easily, this movie gets a 8 out of 10