Archive | November, 2010

3 TV Shows That Disappointed Me This Fall

30 Nov

Even though it has only been two and a half months, I feel like I can look back on the Chris that started out the Fall TV Season with such idealistic hope and say, “Look at you, you’re so young and naive. Little do you know of the countless hours you will waste in front of the television screen watching your so-called favorite shows only to realize that those hours have been wasted watching shows that don’t love you back.” That is not to say that there haven’t been shows that I have thoroughly enjoyed, but the ones that I most looked forward to seem to have been the ones that have let me down.

Let me start with some new shows that I had high hopes for.

#3 The Walking Dead

I want so much to like this show. I even went so far as to tout the first episode as a pinnacle of hope for the lackluster season. However, it has steadily declined and like that oft mentioned train wreck, I cannot look away. I cannot ignore the stupidity of the main characters and the gaping plot holes. These people should all be dead and as much as I don’t like his character on the show, Darryl should be the only one left alive right now. Granted he is the loudmouth, stereotyped, white supremacist redneck that everyone hates, including me, but he is the smartest one right now. He uses a crossbow so as not to attract noise and he is all for shooting people as soon as they get bit to eliminate the risk.

Actually it looks like he just likes shooting everything in general.

Enough about how Darryl though, the show as a whole is as slow-moving as the zombies. I think this is a great idea for a show, but you have to do it right. I love zombie films and while in a movie setting you deal with stupid characters making stupid decisions, you only have to deal with it for an hour and a half or so and  is usually so jam packed with swarming zombies you can forgive the stupidity in the heat of the moment. I was willing to overlook it for the first episode because I didn’t know how much more that there would be in the rest of the show. Plus, these people aren’t making heat-of-the-moment stupid decisions, because they hardly ever get attacked by zombies. Instead, the characters prolong their stupidity and sometimes even plan for it.

Yeah....this is a good idea.

So, I’m sorry Walking Dead, I have given you several chances to fix yourself. While you still may have my viewership for the time being, I cannot back you or recommend you to anyone else.

#2 Boardwalk Empire

Boardwalk Empire, much like The Walking Dead, was a new show that I thoroughly enjoyed watching the first episode. There was great production value, great character development, great acting, and it looked like the sky was the limit. However, the show decided that getting two feet off the ground was good enough.

Granted, I stopped watching after Episode 6, but that’s how disappointed I was. There was so much potential and  quality squandered on what seemed like nothing. Kind of like Dave Chapelle‘s description of Lil’ Jon, who sounds like he is about to rap, but never gets around to it, Boardwalk Empire sets up great plots and subplots only to never go anywhere with them. It teases you mentioning them really briefly and then zooming in Steve Buscemi‘s teeth, or shooting someone for no reason.

Oh yeah, and that....

Maybe one day I will finish the season and I will find out I am wrong. But, that’s the problem with the first six episodes, even if I am wrong, they weren’t good enough to make me really care to find out.

#1 Dexter

Oh, how the mighty have fallen. After one of the most genius and suspenseful season finales in the history of television, the writers had Dexter’s world in the palm of their hand. Season Five was set up to be one of the most, if not the most, intense and gripping of the series. Instead, it is by far my least favorite, and that is saying something since Season Three was a major dud as well. They had a million directions to go with the show to keep people interested. Instead, it seems like the writers had came up with a great idea and just didn’t know what to do with it. They created a cliffhanger and decided that the best way to deal with that was to just plummet the show slowly and painfully to its death.

They are focusing on all the wrong things with this season. I don’t care about the romance between the unlikely romance between the anorexic Quinn and Deb or the even worse romance between LaGuerta and Batista. I don’t care about what Julia Stiles has to say. Yes, it was terrible how she was raped, one description was fine. It seems like every time she opens her mouth, 10 minutes of the episode is wasted as, with a quivering lip, she tells yet another horrible tale (and I don’t just mean how horrible things happened to her). Those were 10 minutes that Dexter could have been outsmarting Quinn and Robocop. Hell, he could have just been sitting there drinking coffee watching people and it would have been more interesting than Lumen’s incessant babble.

Wow, this is a rare moment...her mouth is closed.

The writers, in my opinion, should have had a story that involved Dexter dealing with the disturbing aftermath of the season 4 finale. He had been held back, pussyfooting around Rita to commit his crimes and it would have been a great opportunity for telling a story about a Dexter who is uninhibited by Rita. Oh well, it is a little late for all that now. I really hope this season ends well because if not, it is going to be a lot harder to feel like getting into the show next season.

What are some shows that have let you down? Are there any you recommend?

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TAKE TWO: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2010)

30 Nov

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2010)

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes

Director: David Yates

Chris’ Take: There are a couple of factors that might play into my opinion of this film and I think I may need to see this again. The first factor was that I had just finished engorging a meal at The Melting Pot and had the Itis. The second played similarly (and not well with) the first, we went and saw a 10pm showing on a Friday night when I was already worn out. So, my enjoyment of this film may not have been on par with what I think when I watch this the second time.

After Dumbledore’s death, the wizarding world is in an uproar as the looming threat of Voldemort and the Death Eaters secure their chokehold on the wizarding world. As Harry, Ron and Hermione race to find the Horcruxes to bind Voldemort, they stumble upon the secrets to the most powerful objects in magic, the Deathly Hallows.

The films, just like the books, continue to become darker and darker as is seen in the lighting and cinematography. The film produces an overwhelming sense of dread and depression, almost mirroring the effects that the necklace Horcrux has on its bearers. Even the brightest scene in the film, a wedding, seems shrouded in darkness. Normally, if a film is as dark as this it is almost unbearable, but it works well with its subject matter.

The acting, as has always been the case with the three leads, is very strong and brings credibility to what could have easily been a series of cheesy films. The consequences of the desperation and dire circumstances plays out differently in each character and continues the great chemistry that was established in the very early films.

What do you mean I will be typecast for the rest of my career?

David Yates, the director, is good, and has proven himself in the previous two films, but Deathly Hallows seemed to lack direction sometimes and needed a good bit more editing. I am sure die-hard fans will counter with, “Well, that’s the way it was in the books.” My counter is that not everything that is in the books needs to be in the movie. The combined time of the films will be about 5 hours as is and you’re telling me that some of that couldn’t be cut? The film seemed to drag on forever and while Harry Potter is better suited for the theater, I found myself wishing I was chilling on the couch in a more comfortable seat.

I can’t quite put my finger on it, but while I thought it was a decent film, there was just something about it that made it hard for me to say it was great or think that it was anywhere close to the best Harry Potter movie. Maybe it was  that I still miss Gary Oldman’s presence in the series.  Maybe it was the fact that since it ends in the middle of the story that it seemed to wander and never really find a cohesion that I look for in a film.

Or maybe it was...The Itis.

  •  Characters: A-
  • Cinematography: A-
  • Directing: B-
  • Plot: B
  • Performances: A-
  • Overall: B+

Pac’s Take:

I want to preface my take on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I by saying that I have not read a single page of a single Harry Potter book.  I find this beneficial in a way to reviewing the films because I am reviewing the films and nothing else.

I think Chris did a great job at covering the main points of the film, and having the benefit of reading his take on the movie, I don’t have to rehash it in my own words.  Instead, I get the pleasure of telling you what I thought of the film that Chris summarized (thanks bud).  I’m assuming that the book in which this movie was based is very long and the filmmakers were left with a decision, either make 2 films, both around 2-2.5 hours or make a 3-4 hour movie; and while I agree that this film could have cut some scenes and didn’t really have an ending, I think they made the right decision.  If they instead chose to go the Lord of the Rings route this film would have dragged on even more, upset fanboys (and girls) by leaving too much out, and minimized the replay value because it’d be too freakin’ long.

The Return of the King, and the departure of their careers.

What Chris thinks should have been cut and what I thought needed to go may differ though.  I enjoyed the dragging on of these characters in the woods, hiding from their enemies, and clashing with one another.  Though it may have seemed a little long in the tooth, it accomplished its goal, I sympathised with the characters and their trials, felt like I was with them in the woods for weeks, tension building.  There was enough action at the beginning of the film and sporadically throughout to wet my appetite and leave me satisfied.

However, there are two scenes that stick out in my mind as simply dumb and needed to go.  First, was the dance scene between Harry and Hermoine.  In short, it reminded me of Tobey Maguire dancing in Spider-man 3.  Secondly, there was a scene where Ron’s fears manifested themself on-screen and the CGI was unacceptable for a blockbuster of this caliber. 

Caution: ridiculous over the top dancing may cause your franchise to get prematurely rebooted

All in all, the two criticisms above are the only flaws I saw in the film.  Though the run time was long, I did not find myself bored and was able to overcome my own case of the itis.  Was this the most enjoyable film in the series? No.  Like Chris, I too miss the presence of Gary Oldman on-screen and hope that the final film do this great series the justice it deserves.  Here are my grades:

  • Characters: A-
  • Cinematography: B+
  • Directing: B-
  • Plot: B+
  • Performances: A-
  • Overall: B+

Nolan Teases Answers to Inception Questions

30 Nov

This past summer, Inception spawned many discussions, usually when the people having  them could have been doing something more productive, about what exactly happened at the end of the film. There were several ways to argue and legitimately defend each point of view, but is there one answer? Was there a specific point of view that Christopher Nolan tried to impart? He vaguely answers some of the questions behind many of  the theories in a recent article in Wired magazine, but it is just enough to create more discussion in the workplace and cost several companies many man hours. Here is what Nolan had to say about some of the interpretations:

*** SPOILER ALERTS THROUGHOUT***

1. When asked about one of the main interpretations, that what Cobb says about the spinning top providing a way for him to determine the real word from the dream world and that what happens at the end is all real, Nolan had this to say:

“[The top] gives Cobb a baseline reality. But, he is an untrustworthy narrator.”

Essentially, Nolan addressed the issue, but immediately refuted it in the same sentence, seeming to imply that more than likely it was not reality.

2. The next, although less plausible interpretation, that just the ending is a dream and that Saito and Cobb make their reality together in limbo when Saito honors his agreement, was presented to Nolan and responded:

“Uh, that’s not how I would have read the movie…”

Read: Whoever just asked that....choke yourself.

3. In a more creative theory, Wired asked him about whether the whole film was just a meditation on architecture. Nolan said:

“I wanted to show the potential for the real world to have analogies to the dream world. The mazelike city of Mombasa does that….The film is about architects. It’s about builders.”

While this is a nice idea, I think what Nolan is saying is that there is a lot about architecture in there, it provides more of the backdrop than provide answers to the ending.

4. Then, there came the question about whether the film was an analogy for the filmmaking process. Nolan responded:

“I didn’t intend to make a film about filmmaking, but I gravitated toward the process that I know. I wouldn’t say that I tried to use the grammar of the film to tell the audience what is dream and what is reality.”

5. Finally, the most popular theory…was the whole film just a dream? Wired stated that Nolan used ambiguity as a storytelling tool and that there isn’t just one answer. Nolan (I can imagine with a smirk) said:

“Oh no, I’ve got an answer…”

He was also laughing like a crazed evil genius.

In a continued response about whether the whole film is a dream he had this to say:

“I don’t think I am going to tell you about this.”

But, he also went a little bit more in depth regarding Cobb’s perception of reality:

“In order for the ambiguity at the end to work you need to see that Cobb’s world and the dream world are very similar. And you need to doubt Cobb.” And later said, “The important thing is that Cobb’s not looking at the top. He doesn’t care.”

Then, came a rather frustrated response to the question about the kids not aging and wearing the same clothes:

The kids are not wearing the same clothes at the end!! And they do age! We are working with two sets of kids.”

I think Nolan gives viewers enough to work with in these responses to lead them to the idea that the whole film is Cobb’s dream world, but at the same time he still remains vague enough that you still can’t completely get behind that theory. 

But, what are your thoughts? Is Inception just a dream? Or is there more to it? What do you think Nolan’s answer is from these responses?

TAKE TWO: Megamind (2010)

29 Nov

Megamind 3D (2010)

Rated: PG

Starring: Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill

Director: Tom McGrath, Cameron Hood

There are very few films that tout “3D” that I can walk out of and say, “Man, that was worth it to see in 3D,” and this is one of them. Plus, the rest of the film wasn’t too bad to boot either.

Megamind opens with a similar premise as this year’s Despicable Me, the villain is the protagonist and he is always second best. Megamind (Will Ferrell) is constantly attempting to defeat Metro City’s renowned hero, Metro Man (Brad Pitt), and take over the city. When he finally does, he realizes that without his antagonist his life is pointless and comes up with a plan to scientifically create a new hero, Titan (Jonah Hill), to do battle with. When his plan backfires, the tables are turned and Megamind must find the hero within him before Titan destroys the whole city.

With a lot of animated competition from such films as Toy Story 3 and Despicable Me, I expected to be disappointed with this film, even though the trailers did look pretty humorous. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that not only was it one of the most visually stunning films this year, it delivered a hefty amount of laughs as well.

Will Ferrell has a tendency of over-acting for a laugh, which works in some cases (i.e. Anchorman, Old School), but brings down everyone else around him in others (i.e. Semi-Pro). The role of Megamind allowed Ferrell to allow his more cartoonish nature to flourish and his off-the-wall antics fit perfectly into that world. David Cross also played a great “Minion” and together they made a great comedic duo and carried most of the script on their capable shoulders.

In fact, I think Will Ferrell should be replaced in all his movies with Megamind.

I will talk briefly about the 3D and leave most of it to my esteemed colleague, Pac, who has been chomping at the bit to unleash his torrent of praise. However, I will just say that even with Despicable Me and Toy Story 3 bringing decent 3D to the table this year, Megamind brought the most depth to the screen. There wasn’t a whole lot of stuff breaking the fourth wall, but from the opening shot, it welcomed you into its world with breathtaking visuals. It is definitely worth dropping the extra $3 to see this one.

I also think we should all contribute $3 to Hollywood to ensure 3D crap like this never gets made again.

Even with all it had going for it, it did stumble a bit at times, mainly when Megamind or Minion weren’t talking, which was thankfully fairly little. I think that the script was only mediocre and that there was probably a lot of ad-libbing from Ferrell and Cross that made it as funny as it was. I can definitely recommend this, but it definitely has a very shaky storyline. However, if you are an adult with kids, this one won’t be a painful one to take them to, but will provide a very pleasant diversion. Even if you are an adult without kids, you shouldn’t be embarassed to say you want to see this.

  • Characters: A-
  • Cinematography (3D): A+
  • Directing: B
  • Plot: B-
  • Performances: A-
  • Humor: A-
  • Overall: A-

Pac’s Take:

There has been some recent debate in the media between supporters of IMAX and 3D.  I still have the ticket stub for the first IMAX movie I saw, The Dark Knight and I’ve thrown away every stub from every 3D movie I’ve paid to view (Piranha and My Soul to Take to name two).  Naturally, in the IMAX v. 3D debate I’ve sided with IMAX, until I saw Megamind.

Every 3D movie should use Megamind as a guide on how to correctly use the technology.  Beautifully shot with depth and tremendous detail, I couldn’t help but constantly turn to my viewing companions and say, WOW!  TDK was able to utilize IMAX to completely envelope me into the film, and until now no 3D movie was able to capture that feeling.  Metro City felt huge, the crowds seemed endless, and whenever there was flight I had vertigo; the 3D delivered for 95 minutes.

Look, I want to make sure I drive the point home, this is worth the ticket for admission in 3D; SEE THIS MOVIE BEFORE IT LEAVES THEATERS.  Megamind should win at least two Oscars this season, best animated feature and best cinematography.

Unfortunately, I have yet to see Despicable Me but I thought the story of Megamind was fun and refreshing.  The banter between Megamind and Minion was humorous throughout and the plot was fairly original; what would a super-villain do if he defeated the hero?  I did think Tina Fey was poorly used in this film, her dialogue felt stale and at times cliche.  Otherwise I thought Megamind was the perfect animated film.

Why aren't you funny?

Megamind was not the best movie I’ve seen this year, but it was my most enjoyable film experience of 2010.  Here are my grades:

  • Characters: A-
  • Cinematography (3D): A+
  • Directing: A
  • Plot: A-
  • Performances: A-
  • Humor: A
  • Overall: A/A+

 

Opening This Week (Nov 29 – Dec 5, 2010)

29 Nov

After a week long of stuffing my face full of delectable food and trying to drown out the incessant racket of the excessive playing of “Frost the Snowman” and “Jingle Bells”, I have returned to bring you the weekly movie report. I am going to avoid the long intro and just roll right into it:

Warrior’s Way

Rated: R

Starring: Dong-gun Jang, Kate Bosworth, Geoffrey Rush, Danny Huston

Director: Sngmoo Lee

Synopsis from IMDB:  A warrior-assassin is forced to hide in a small town in the American Badlands after refusing a mission.

Trailer:

Chris’ Take: Ninjas falling from the sky!!! A story that will make absolutely no sense!!! Ninjas jumping up from the ground!!! Look shiny-flashy sword!!! You probably noticed three out of four of those statements, which is what the trailer was intending. While this will be an incredibly visual film, the plot will probably be too dumb to ignore and not be worth trudging through to see all the great visuals that you already saw in the previews.

I Love You, Phillip Morris

Rated: R

Starring: Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann

Director: Glen Ficarra, John Requa

Synopsis from IMDB: Steven Russell is happily married to Debbie, and a member of the local police force when a car accident provokes a dramatic reassessment of his life. Steven becomes open about his homosexuality and decides to live life to the fullest – even if it means breaking the law. Steven’s new, extravagant lifestyle involves cons and fraud and, eventually, a stay in the State Penitentiary where he meets sensitive, soft-spoken Phillip Morris. His devotion to freeing Phillip from jail and building the perfect life together prompts Steven to attempt and often succeed at one impossible con after another.

Trailer:

Chris’ Take: After being shelved for a while, this film finally comes to light and it doesn’t look as funny as it was touted to be. I am trying to avoid using some puns here to describe the humor. Anyway, it looks to be mildly entertaining and very topical.

Black Swan

Rated: R

Starring: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey, Vincent Cassel

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Synopsis from IMDB: A thriller that zeros in on the relationship between a veteran ballet dancer and a rival.

Trailer:

Chris’ Take: Darren Aronofsky delves into the rarely used psychological ballet thriller with his latest endeavor. At the beginning of the fall season I said that this film was one of my five most anticipated films of the season and from the early reviews, it looks like it won’t disappoint. With Aronofsky it will no doubt be simultaneously visceral and beautiful (Natalie Portman will also contribute to the latter of those two attributes) and will feature the return of an actress that I couldn’t care less about since she tried to ruin Hoosiers, Barbara Hershey. From the looks of it, this film will garner a lot of buzz for Oscar season.

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All Good Things

Rated: R

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, Frank Langella, Phillip Baker Hall

Director: Andrew Jarecki

Synopsis from IMDB: All Good Things is a love story and murder mystery based on the most notorious unsolved murder case in New York history. The original screenplay uses newly discovered facts, court records and speculation as the foundation for an imaginative spellbinding story of family, obsession, love and loss.

Trailer:

Chris’ Take: The trailer for this film looks solid and I like both Gosling and Langella, but the early reviews have been mixed. Rottentomatoes has it at 17% with only 6 reviews in, but IMDB has it with an average rating of 7.1 out of 10. So, I don’t know if I can say that this will be worth a look yet. I think I will probably add this to my Netflix queue early next year when it will be out on DVD.

Applaus

Rated: R

Starring: Paprika Steen, Michael Falch

Director: Martin Zandvliet

Synopsis from IMDB: When the critically acclaimed, tough and coming of age actress Thea Barfoed ends her rehab, she confronts a hard choice. During her heavy drinking period she divorced and lost custody of her two boys. Now she wants them to be a part of her life again. Christian, her ex husband is quickly softened by her tough manipulative but charming figure and agrees. She has to prove to her self and to him, that she is worth the try. But the hard life on stage, and the ghosts of the past slowly comes knocking on her door. Thea is forced to face her inner voices. She is bound to give in to her faith, and make the choice.

Trailer:

Chris’ Take: Looks to be a simple, but powerful look at the consequences that stem from personal mistakes and accepting responsibility. While this will probably be hard to find at a theater, this looks like it could be a very interesting film.

**TRAILER TIME**: The King’s Speech, Battle: Los Angeles, The Way Back, and Cowboys & Aliens

19 Nov

Here are some trailers for upcoming films. Some you might have heard of, but others have probably fallen by the wayside since they aren’t shrouded in special effects and shiny objects.

                              The King’s Speech

Starring: Colin Firth, Helena Bonham-Carter, Geoffrey Rush

Director: Tom Hooper

Synopsis from IMDB:  The story of King George VI of Britain, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.

Trailer:

Chris’ Take: Most likely another Oscar-worthy performance by Firth and a Supporting Actor nod for Rush. This film looks like an intriguing blend of comedy, drama and inspiration.

Battle: Los Angeles

Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan

Director: Jonathan Liebesman

Synopsis from IMDB: A Marine platoon faces off against an alien invasion in Los Angeles.

Trailer:

Chris’ Take: I am usually quick to write off an alien invasion film as cheesy effects-driven films, but the trailer for this one surprised me with its morose soundtrack and intense battle sequences. With Aaron Eckhart starring, it looks promising. The only thing that bothered me was the presence of Michelle Rodriguez, playing her stereotypical woman-in-uniform role.

The Way Back

Starring: Ed Harris, Colin Farrell, Jim Sturgess

Director: Peter Weir

Synopsis from IMDB:  A fact-based story centered on soldiers who escaped from a Siberian gulag in 1940.

Trailer:



Chris’ Take: This looks like a very promising film, featuring great actors and an amazing director. Weir definitely has a great directorial eye and the Himalayas as seen in the film Himalaya are a perfect place for beautiful filmmaking.

Cowboys & Aliens

Starring: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford

Director: Jon Favreau

Synopsis from IMDB:In Silver City, Arizona, Apache Indians and Western settlers must lay their differences aside when an alien spaceship crash lands in their city.

Trailer:

Chris’ Take: I have no idea what just happened in that trailer. I get the gist and I like Daniel Craig and Olivia Wilde provides some great eye candy, but….what? I get that it is based on a graphic novel, but the premise seems kind of lame. I do think that Jon Favreau would be the right director for this, but I just think it will be a ridiculous movie that I will have a hard time enjoying.

News from the Rumor Mill: More Batman 3 Villain Rumors, 5 Year Engagement, and Paranormal Activity 3

18 Nov

Yet Another Batman Villain Rumor

Even I am getting a little bit tired of all The Dark Knight Rises rumors, but I feel obligated to tell all of you the latest that has been vomited from the mouth of the web (namely Collider.com got it from an unnamed source) that the villain for the film might now be Hugo Strange. Strange is a super-genius who uses his brilliant mind for crime. He also is one of the villains that uncovers Batman’s true identity.

To me, this is a better option than Killer Croc, just because I think it would be better for Bruce Wayne to battle someone more with his mind than his brawn. Also, even though in previous films he gets his personal life messed with, it might be more interesting to have that be a prolonged story arc to torment him throughout the film. Hugo Strange also has an odd obsession with Batman and his personal life. When I say obsession, I am talking Buffalo Bill puts-on-women’s-skin-to-be-more-like-them crazy obsession. So, that type of story arc might work better for Nolan’s darker side.

That would be one messed up Bat Cave

On the other hand, Strange’s storylines in the comics usually somehow stumble across medical tampering and making Monster Men, or mindless zombie-like creatures. Somehow I just don’t see that working for a Nolan film, but with a strong enough arc from Strange’s obsession with Batman and Bruce Wayne, I would think that he could steer clear of that.

The Five Year Engagement Finds a Partner

Moving on to news in the comedy genre, Emily Blunt (The Young Victoria, The Devil Wears Prada) is in talks with Jason Segel to be his co-star in the upcoming film The Five Year Engagement. The film would also reunite Segel with his Forgetting Sarah Marshall director, Nicholas Stoller. The film covers the trials and tribulations of (you guessed it) a couple’s five year engagement.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall is one of my favorite comedies and Segel seems to have a good sense of finding the humor in relationship struggles. I look forward to seeing how this one turns out.

Paranormal Activity 3 Gets a Release Date

Finally, I leave you with this piece of news. Setting its bar just that much lower to try to emulate Saw, Oren Peli and crew will release the third installment in the Paranormal Activity series on Oct 21, 2011, only one year after the last one was released. The second film hasn’t even left theaters yet!

I have to do this again?

Granted, the second film wasn’t that bad, but it was a step down from the original, which leads me to believe that this one, much like Saw in its campaign to release a new film every year, will just continue to decline in quality until the genius of the original is completely forgotten and then just becomes a parody. Just wait, it will probably be Paranormal Activity 3D and feature a preview of Katie reaching out of the screen to grab someone from the audience.

What are your thoughts on all of this? Is Strange a good fit? Is PA 3 going to be worth anything?