US (dir. Ridley Scott)
Cast: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba , Logan Marshall-Green , Ben Foster
Synopsis: Ridley Scott, director of Alien and Blade Runner, returns to the genre he helped define. With Prometheus, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
Review: COMING SOON!!!
The Thing (2011)
US (dir. Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.)
Cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton and Ulrich Thomsen
Synopsis: At an Antarctica research site, the discovery of an alien craft leads to a confrontation between graduate student Kate Lloyd and scientist Dr. Sander Halvorson.
Review: COMING SOON!!!
Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)
US (dir. Tod Williams)
Cast: Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Brian Boland, Molly Ephraim, Sprague Grayden, Seth Ginsberg, William Juan Prieto, Jackson Xenia Prieto, Vivis Colombetti, David Bierend
Synopsis: After experiencing what they think are a series of “break-ins”, a family sets up security cameras around their home, only to realize that the events unfolding before them are more sinister than they seem.
Review: As a professed fan of the original, it was a no-brainer that I would be first in line to check out the sequel, albeit a tad reluctantly. A part of me had hoped that there would be no sequel at all, since the first film did more than enough to satisfy me. And let’s face it, sequels, more often than not, fail to live up to the impact of the first film, as Randy from “Scream 2” would infamously argue. However there’s nothing quite like capitalizing on the astronomical success of “Paranormal Activity”, so you can’t really blame the producers of the sequel for trying. Whether or not the sequel would be a critical darling would hardly be a point of concern when the film would almost be guaranteed to earn millions in the first day of its release. Would “Paranormal Activity 2” (or “Paranormal 2 Activity”, as the one-sheet calls it) be a worthy follow up, scaring the shit out of audiences everywhere as its predecessor had done? Would it surpass the original in terms of quality now that any shortcomings of “Paranormal Activity” could be improved upon? In short, no. There’s nothing to see here except the redundant application of the exact same formula followed by the original. There’s nothing new, nothing ground-breaking, and while the story is further developed, the plot is formulaic and the film feels like a really poor carbon copy of “Paranormal Activity”.
Hannibal Rising (2007)
USA (dir. Peter Webber)
Cast: Aaran Thomas, Gaspard Ulliel, Helena Lia Tachovska, Ivan Marevich, Li Gong, Rhys Ifans
Naturally everyone would be curious as to why Hannibal Lecter is… well… a cannibal. That all gets explained in significant detail in this rather grotesque little film. But my question is, do we really WANT to know why Hannibal does the things he does? Wasn’t it better that we didn’t know? I would argue that yes, leave the mystery in the man! Do we really need a long-winded story about hungry Nazis in Lithuania? Do we really need to know that Nazis ate Hannibal’s sister Do we really need to know that Hannibal also ate his sister (by accident because he was just really hungry)? No! The book was almost stomach-churning, did we really need a film? This movie just screams CASH GRAB. It’s almost as if Thomas Harris (the writer of the Hannibal books) just shit the book out in order for the movie to be made. The actor who plays the young Hannibal is so damn creepy it’s almost stupid. The way he sneers at people almost makes it look like it pains him to move his face. Some of the scenic shots are gorgeous though. Watching a young Hannibal Lecter grow up is unfortunately boring considering his later years. And the whole Samurai training part? Gimme a break. So Hannibal is a trained Samurai swordsman and also a cannibal and also a medical school student? Right.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006)
US (dir. Jonathan Liebesman)
Cast: Andrew Bryniarski, Diora Baird, Jordana Brewster
Synopsis: It’s 1969. The conflict in Viet Nam has exploded to immeasurable proportions, and 18-year-old Dean Hill¹s number is up. Dean’s brother Eric, who has already seen his share of combat, plans to take Dean to enlist in his beloved Marine Corps in hopes of keeping an eye on him rather than letting him take his chances at the local induction center. But Dean’s plans do not coincide with his older brother¹s. Instead, he plans to confront Eric about dodging the draft after the boys and their respective girlfriends, Bailey and Chrissie, head across Texas for a final fling of serious fun. Soon after their journey begins, the spirited foursome is spooked by a menacing pair of bikers, Holden and his girlfriend, Alex. When Alex chases the group’s jeep, propelling them into a serious accident, Chrissie is thrown from the vehicle. As Alex attempts to rob the injured trio, Sheriff Hoyt arrives on the scene and turns the tables on their would-be assassin. While Chrissie hides in the nearby brush, she watches as the sheriff kills Alex in cold blood and then inexplicably taunts her friends before ordering them into the back of the patrol car. Unbeknownst to Chrissie, Hoyt is headed back to the Hewitt family home where Thomas who is being groomed to become the terrifying monster known as Leatherface and the rest of the Hewitt clan await.
Review: So so so so so very bad. Why does Michael Bay think he has the right to produce a prequel to a film that never originally had a prequel? This is pretty much a remakequel. I’d pretty much watch anything with Leatherface in it. Even if he hosted his own daytime cooking show on the Food Network, but come on… seriously… come on. We don’t even learn anything about Thomas Hewitt! What a waste!