Director: James Wan Screenwriter: Chad Hayes, Carey Hayes Genre: Horror, Thriller
In 1971, the Perron family was the picture perfect family with five beautiful young girls. That is until they moved into an old lakefront farmhouse. Little did they know the hell they were about to go through. The original story is based on the professed true occurrences of Ed and Lorraine Warren, a couple who were devoted to finding and expelling genuine supernatural happenings across the New England area. The Conjuring has been proclaimed as one of the top horror flicks of 2013. James Wan (Insidious) uses acrobatic camera techniques that enhance the terror on the screen. He is a brilliant director who gives the audience powerful, alive images that are combined with the right editing and music composition. For those who have a love of horror, this film is one you cannot miss.
Director: Roland Emmerich Director: Antoine Fuqua Screenwriters: James Vanderbuilt Screenwriters: Creighton Rothenberg Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Summer is full of nothing but fun times at the pool, melting ice cream, and patriotic movies. What more could anyone want! This summer has brought just that. While both movies take a similar concept, it is hard not to compare. Now without giving too many spoilers away, you’ll be comparing theme side by side at your local Redbox. Both have plenty of violence, guns and explosions but one clearly has a higher death rate. And that movie is Olympus Has Fallen (OHF for short). Though as a Channing Tatum fan, of course we find him handsome to look at in White House Down (WHD for short). But I found his acting a bit flat on the big screen this time. Jamie Foxx who plays President Sawyer on the other hand was funny and entertaining to watch. I have to give it to OHF because on one does action better than my man Gerard Butler. So I can fully say in my opinion Olympus Has Fallen supremely surpasses the lesser White House Down.
Director: Cate Shortland Screenwriters: Cate Shortland, Robin Mukherjee Based on Novel “The Dark Room” by: Rachel Seiffert Genre: Drama, Thriller
From the history channel and books, we learn early on of the true evils of World War II and the waves of devastation that ripped through the world. Lore is a grigging story taking place at the end of this war. A young girl, Lore played by German actress Saskia Rosendahl, is a forced to take charge of her siblings to travel across miles with no one to turn to but her sworn enemy. This young girl, only 14 years of age, has been engrained from her birth with her parents’ Nazi beliefs. With Hitler dead and the end of the war, Lore is relieved to see her father once again, but soon both parents are taken. Then life as she knew changed forever in an instant. This gruesome backdrop sets the scene that will leave you with permanent chills and unforgettable images. Director Cate Shorland’s sophmore film surpasses any limitaions put in her way. The Australiam film shot in Germany with mostly English subtitles is unlike any Holocaust story told before. From the point of view of the Nazi war criminals’s children, we see the innocents tainted by their parents’ beliefs. With the brilliant you cast and enticing cinematography brings tension to film that cuts our breath stort and leaves us gasping for more.
Directors: Deran Sarafian, T.J. Scott, David Semel, David Straiton Screenwriters: Brian McGreevy, Lee Shipman, Daniel Paige, Mark Verheiden Genre: Horror, Thriller
Recently Netflix has started producing its own television series. With the success of House of Cards comes the horror mystery Hemlock Grove. Enticing as the trailer was, the series was a bit of a let down. Even though there was a top billing cast with Famke Janssen (X-Men) and Swedish new comer Bill Skarsgard (Simple Simon), it seemed as if something was off. The longing looks and the long pauses created an awkward finished product. The gorgeous Landon Liboiron (Terra Nova) was absolutely fantastic in his performance. Forewarning though, the werewolf transformation scene was gruesome and practically left nothing to the imagination. Therefore this show is not for the lighthearted with brutal murders and intense rape scenes. With werewolves, vampires, and angels, oh my!, it certainly has epic moments. Comparing it to other television shows, it is definitely a level up from Twilight in intensity and lacking Supernatural’s brute strength. For anyone who is looking to kill some time, maybe on a lazy rainy Saturday, this show might be what you need. Only to blow off some time, Hemlock Grove is not worth much more. A pro with the Netflix series is the instant gratification of having access to the whole show with the click of a button. So bring on that long afternoon.