NEW TRAILER FOR ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER!

How exciting to log into Youtube and see a new trailer for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter!!

I’m almost halfway through the book and it’s a great read so far. I can’t wait to see the visuals on June 22, 2012.

For those who don’t know anything about the movie or the book, the premise is that Lincoln led a secret life as the greatest vampire hunter to ever live. After his mother died from a vampire bite he swore to spend the rest of his life hunting and killing the undead. His vampire hunts shaped him into becoming the greatest President ever.

Check out the trailer below. It’s just as action-packed as the first trailer but this time there’s some additional characters shown and the headstone of Lincoln’s mother, Nancy, is revealed.

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MOVIE REVIEW: FISH TANK (2009)

Running time: 2 hours, 4 minutes
Cast: Katie Jarvis, Michael Fassbender, Kierston Wareing
Director: Andrea Arnold

Katie Jarvis as Mia in Fish Tank

It’s understandable why Fish Tank won the Jury Prize at the 2009 Cannes Festival and the 2010 BAFTA for Best Film. This movie had some stiff competition at the 2010 BAFTAs with ‘An Education’ and ‘Moon’ also listed as nominees, but Fish Tank prevailed because it is gritty and endearing.

Mia Williams (Jarvis) is an angry 15-year old who lives in a low-income London apartment with her single mother Joanne (Wareing) and her younger sister Tyler. Her home life is very dysfunctional- Joanne likes to throw raunchy parties while the girls are upstairs, and she largely leaves the girls to raise themselves; Tyler wants to be tough like her big sister so she drinks and smokes, but at heart she’s a really good kid; and Mia has no friends, rarely goes to school, and has a mean head butt technique that leaves a girl with a black eye. She also loves hip hop music and we get to see Mia’s b-girl moves throughout the movie.

Joanne brings home new live-in boyfriend Connor (Fassbender) and he sets in motion a series of events that make an impact in the lives of each female character- most noticeably, Mia. It’s very interesting to see how the ladies interact with him. The young Tyler seems him as a father figure, Joanne is romantically involved with him, and an immature Mia becomes discouraged once Connor teaches her that sex does not equal love.

I love the way Arnold directed this film because she used the streets of London as a great background. There’s no tailored studio sets used here and it makes you feel like you’re walking right next to Mia while she travels her neighborhood. Arnold also does a great job of showing the subtle feelings of love among the Williams family, even though on the surface it looks like they hate each other and they feel defeated by their hard life.

Fish Tank is an enjoyable movie with strong performances from Jarvis and Fassbender, and I definitely recommend it. I was especially impressed with Fassbender, because he perfectly combined creepiness, lust, deceit, friendliness, and thoughtfulness into one character. He clearly does some bad things in the movie, but I’m not sure if it’s right to call him a ‘villain’. If anyone has seen Fish Tank, I’d love to know what you thought about the movie!


MOVIE REVIEW: SILENT HOUSE

Running time: 1 hour, 28 minutes
Cast: Elizabeth Olsen, Adam Trese, Eric Sheffer Stevens
Director: Chris Kentis, Laura Lau

I’ll get right to it: I did not like this movie, and if I could get a refund for my ticket I would ask for one.

Overall the movie never delivered any original scares, and I felt very unsatisfied once it ended. The only thing I liked was Elizabeth Olsen’s performance, but I did get tired of seeing her boobs bounce around onscreen -_-

Silent House begins with Sarah (Olsen), her father John (Trese), and her Uncle Peter (Stevens) at a lakeside house far out into the country (of course!). It’s a broken down place and they’re fixing it up so they can sell it.

This movie starts off with the usual components of a scary movie: the house is located in an isolated, wooded area; there is no electricity and the characters have to walk around with lamps; one character leaves the house before the action begins and conveniently comes back later to hopefully save the day. There’s more examples of how this movie is a simple copy and paste of past horror movies but I really don’t have the time or interest to type it all out.

For over an hour this movie shows Sarah running from room to room hiding and screaming. The typical scares are here: loud noises, shadows, key won’t fit into the lock, Sarah drops and fumbles with the keys when the house invader is approaching…and how many times can someone hide under a table or a bed and the invader never looks under it?

I don’t want to ruin the ending, but I will say that you won’t see it coming. For this movie, that’s not a good thing. Please don’t go to the movie theater and pay 8 or 9 dollars to see this. I’m almost positive you’ll leave with a light wallet and a lingering feeling of regret.


WHICH ACTORS ARE RETURNING TO AMERICAN HORROR STORY?

UPDATE Friday, March 2nd at 10:17pm:

The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Zachary Quinto will join Ms. Jessica Lange as a series regular in Season 2. Word is he’ll play a bad guy who gets on Lange’s damn nerves. This is great news because I think Quinto and Lange will have great chemistry onscreen.

Last month Ryan Murphy confirmed that the Harmon family (Ben, Vivien, and Violet) will not return for the new season. Ben and Vivien did have a baby boy who eventually became a murderous toddler under the care of Constance, so perhaps the little boy will appear in a few episodes…?? Anyhow, I think there’s a high chance of Evan Peters coming back.

Below is my initial post on Friday March 2nd at 10am:

Ryan Murphy, the creator of American Horror Story, has revealed some juicy details about Season 2!

Murphy has already confirmed that Season 2 will take place in a new city, in a new house, and with new characters. Now he’s revealed that the beautiful Jessica Lange will return and she will portray a new character. Goodbye Constance, and goodbye rubber suit!

In Murphy’s interview with EW, he also announced three other actors from the first season have agreed to return, and hopefully those names will be revealed on Friday, March 2nd.

I know which three actors I would like to see in the new season, and I’m assuming they’ll play all-new characters:

Kate Mara: Her role as crazy ass Hayden was fun to watch. At times I found her annoying and whiny but she really knew how to dig under Ben’s (Dylan McDermott) skin.

Taissa Farmiga: I didn’t like her as Violet at first but as the season went along she delivered some really strong performances.

Evan Peters: He played creepy and disturbed Tate, and he was amazing! If I’m right and he has signed to appear in the new season, I’d like to see him play a good guy. Or maybe a good guy who becomes a bad guy and then becomes a ghost. Who knows!

Honorable mention goes to Zachary Quinto because I loved his role as the snarky, bitchy Chad. I know Quinto is doing movies, like the next Star Trek, but I’d be really happy to see him become a regular on AHS Season 2.

What are your thoughts? Which three actors would you like to see in Season 2, and what do you think about Jessica Lange’s return?


REVIEW: NEW TRAILER AND POSTER FOR THE AVENGERS

MAY freakin’ 4TH. The Avengers. That is all.

I’m very excited to see all of these superheroes in one movie. Check out the trailer below:

It looks great! There seems to be a large focus on Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man in this trailer but the other characters are shown as well. I’m interested to see how Black Widow plays out in this movie. I love Scarlett, and I think she’s beautiful and that’s probably the only reason she’s in this movie. Let’s face it, a pretty girl is nice but everyone wants to see explosions and buildings getting knocked around and bad guys getting crushed by Hulk’s fists and Thor’s hammer.

Also, you gotta love Iron Man’s grand entrance in the trailer. Naturally he won’t just walk up to the front door, knock, and wait for someone to let him in!

Now, let’s check out the new movie poster:

Marvel The Avengers Poster

Credit:Marvel

There’s a lot of destruction in the background, but none of the characters look overly worried. Captain America is looking rather giant-like, and I wish Marvel would use a different image of Black Widow. I’m pretty sure a photo of her posed in mid-stride has already made its rounds on the internet so I wish they would have used a new photo of her. I’m sure I’m being nit-picky right now.

Is it May 4th yet?!