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The haters would have you believe the Paranormal Activity series is everything that’s wrong with horror movies these days. And that’s a sympathetic party to join when you’ve just wasted good money on a bad movie like The Devil Inside and are looking for someone to blame, but the truth is the PA series boasts a more engaging storyline than most genre… Continue reading 'Paranormal Activity 3' Blu-ray Review: An Unrated Director's Cut Thats a Step Up
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Among the best directors of our time, Ridley Scott (Gladiator), contributes generously to this extraordinary Collector’s Edition of Kingdom of Heaven. Featuring his Director’s Cut of the film and hours of… Continue reading Kingdom of Heaven (Director's Cut) [Blu-ray]
NEW GUY – DIRECTOR’S CUT – DVD MovieAimed at teens with numb senses of humor, The New Guy earns its chuckles mostly by accident. Most of the comedy is DOA, although the cast–especially DJ Qualls in the title role–possesses a modicum of scrappy charm. DJ plays a “blip” on his… Continue reading The New Guy (Director's Cut) Reviews
After three installments in the series, the producers, and the films’ distributor Paramount, have Paranormal Activity down to a science. Talking to Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, the directors of Paranormal Activity 3, they inherited not just the franchise’s found-footage aesthetic, but an entire mythology of storytelling, and an infrastructure of style and execution that made film fit in with its predecessors even before they started… Continue reading Interview: 'Paranormal Activity 3' Directors Talk Kids, Scares, Houses and Sequels
This roundup is in addition to full TIFF 2011 reviews of Tanya Wexler’s Hysteria, Jennifer Westfeldt’s Friends with Kids, Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights, Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz, and discussion of Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk about Kevin in Girls on Film.
Your Sister’s Sister
Your Sister’s Sister is simple, but not in any reductive way. Much… Continue reading Female Directors at TIFF 2011 Roundup: Lynn Shelton Prevails While Madonna, Julia Leigh, and Mary Harron Falter