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Paranormal Activity

I love what my mother calls 'scary movies.' Of course, for her a 'scary movie' is anything that is not a romantic comedy, a comedy, or a drama. Here's a funny story: early one morning I was awakened by some scratching noises in my ceiling. I walked out to the kitchen to tell my mother about it. She looked at me like I was crazy, and I told her to come back to my room with me where she also heard the scratching noises. Later that night, after my dad had set some traps in the attic to catch the scratching culprit, my mother confessed she thought I'd lost it that morning and that the scratching noises I'd heard were something I'd dreamt thanks to all the 'scary movies' that I watch. Of all the scary movies I've watched, I've never worried about them possibly giving me nightmares. Then I watched Paranormal Activity, and I thought, if anything's going to give me a nightmare, it'll be this movie.
Paranormal Activity--a tiny indep…

Rise: Blood Hunter

Rise: Blood Hunter stars Lucy Liu and Michael Chiklis.
In retrospect after viewing this movie, I realize that maybe the title should have been a tip off that perhaps this movie wouldn't be very good. But I thought I'd watch it anyway because one shouldn't judge a movie or a book by its title-- it just might surprise you. I'm good at judging a book pretty early on in the reading process, and if the writing or the story isn't good, I quickly jump ship. However, I've found that once I start a movie, I watch it to the conclusion unless it is just too weird.
Sadie (Liu), a journalist, lands her expose of the underground, 'undead,' goth teen party scene on the front page of the newspaper where she works. An informant gives her a phone number during the course of her investigation that instead turns out to be an IP address that leads her to an even deeper, darker, far more dangerous story. However, Sadie doesn't realize what she's blindly and unwitt…

Inglourious Basterds

Inglourious Basterds (yes, I know it is misspelled, but that's how it's spelled on the DVD case) by Quentin Tarantino, the man who brought us Kill Bill, volumes one and two. The movie stars the following basterds: Brad Pitt, Eli Roth and B.J. Novak.

While the second world war rages in Europe, Lt. Aldo Raine (Pitt) leads a ragtag unit of Jewish-American soldiers as a guerrilla force deep undercover behind enemy lines in Vichy France. The objective of the mission is thus: in the words of Raine, each man in the unit owes him 100 Nazi scalps and Raine "wants his Nazi scalps." The men hunt down and kill anyone wearing a swastika; for the most part the men are successful in their mission: they avoid capture by enemy forces and haven't taken any casualties. Before long they receive a mission they cannot refuse. The success of the mission itself could alter the course of the war and history as we know it; in short it is an opportunity too good and too dangerous to pa…