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Paranormal Activity 3, a review

Paranormal Activity is quickly going to become a “Saw” type series if they don’t slow down on the sequels. I can’t say I expected much from this movie, and it delivered even less.

Paranormal Activity 3 follows the same family who have been haunted by this demon in all of the movies (though this time, the demon is known as “Toby”. Aww). While Paranormal Activity and Paranormal Activity 2 were during the same time period, this movie is set in the past (1988) when the girls were small. Without spoiling anything, basically it’s another paranormal activity type movie – someone sets up a video camera and catches the demon as things get worse and worse in their home.

You can probably picture how it ends, and you can definitely live without seeing it!

 

*SPOILERS*

Ok, I have quite a few questions about this movie:

1. Anyone else have no idea what the little girl “agreed to” to get Toby to stop hurting her sister? Because someone had to explain it to me, and that kind of defeats the purpose. Even though I’ve seen the other two movies, apparently she was agreeing to give him her first born son? Anyone else have other views on this?

2. WHY did the cult-leader grandma kill her own daughter? What the hell was happening with that?

3. WHYYYY does no one in these movies ever think that someone might be telling the truth!? Just watch the video footage, dear god!

4. At the end of the movie, why was the little girl like “cool, Toby let’s be friends again” after her mother and “acting” father were killed?! She was terrified in the closet about five minutes before she accepted him back into her life!!

5.Wasn’t the childhood home supposed to burn down…? Are they saving that for Paranormal Activity 4?!

 

The best part of the movie for me was totally situational – some guy walked into our theatre, and didn’t immediately realize he was in the wrong one. He was looking around for his friends, when someone in front of us whispered “…Toby?” and everyone in the audience laughed.

You know the movie isn’t good if your favorite part isn’t even related to the film.

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Ides of March, a review

love the movie, and love it's poster!

Ides of March is another tiff film I was dying to see, but patiently waited until the wide release. This holiday weekend seemed like the perfect time to go and see it, and was it ever worth the wait!

The movie focuses on on one of the candidates in the Ohio presidential primary, (George Clooney) and one of his campaign managers (Ryan Gosling) who get involved in a scandal that could ruin everything. The story itself is very entertaining, with many twists I didn’t see coming – the character development, especially of Ryan Gosling’s character, I thought was amazing – he went from someone who believed in good, to compromising himself morally throughout the film.

Overall, this was a great movie that you would be foolish not to take the time to see.
*SPOILERS*

The best part of this movie for me went from watching Ryan Gosling as this motivated young person who believed so much in the candidate to his realization of the intern pregnancy, to realizing he is capable of manipulating and blackmailing his way back to the top. I was totally not expecting the intern to kill herself – and I definitely thought it was going to come out when Ryan Gosling visited the other campaign manager to attempt to get a job. Instead, everything worked out for him – but he compromised himself – but almost legitimately so to adapt to the environment and the situation.

Another great part was when Paul Giamatti’s character explained his thought process for meeting with Ryan’s character – and how at that moment the viewer realizes how screwed up the whole situation is, and how Ryan is totally screwed out of everything.

All in all, this movie was an absolute gem. The manipulation, devastation of the characters lives, the blackmailing – all worked together to make a perfectly entertaining movie-going experience. Oscars anyone?


Moneyball, a review

Ah, Moneyball. Bound to be a money maker due to the appearance of Brad Pitt, but definitely not the best of his movies I’ve ever seen.

I was desperate to see this after all the hype it got at tiff, but I knew better to watch it during the festival itself (what’s the point, when it came out in theatres a mere week later?). The movie is based on the true story of the 2002 Oakland A’s team, and how they were able to compete with teams who had 3x their budget by re-evaluating the statistics used to choose players and create a team.

I had really high expectations for this movie, which probably lead to my disappointment (I should know better than to expect greatness!) the movie was good, and well acted, but overall a little too slow for my taste. It was one of those movies that I kept looking at my watch, because it just seemed like I was in there forever.

Also, tell-tale sign – the theatre was just about empty. On opening weekend, an empty theatre is NEVER EVER a good sign. NEVER. I want to have to search for seats half an hour before the movie starts on opening weekend.  

I’ll be interested to see how well this movie does overall – I’ve spoken to other friends who loved it – so maybe I’m the only one who will write a negative review! After all, I didn’t like Bridesmaids and everyone else in the Western world did…

note: this movie was so slow that my review doesn’t event warrant spoilers!