MOVIE REVIEW: COLUMBUS CIRCLE (2012)

Running time: 1 hour, 22 minutes
Cast: Selma Blair, Giovanni Ribisi, Amy Smart, Jason Lee, Beau Bridges
Director: George Gallo

Columbus Circle movie poster

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I found this direct-to-DVD at Redbox recently, and since I like Selma Blair and Giovanni Ribisi I decided to pick it up. According to the box cover, this movie is about Abigail, a reclusive heiress (Blair) who is forced to come out of hiding once her elderly neighbor is murdered and a detective (Ribisi) comes around to conduct an investigation.

This turns out to be a minor piece of the movie. Abigail’s isolation is vaguely explained in a few flashbacks, and Ribisi has a pretty small role in the film. A large part of the film is dedicated to  a young married couple (Jason Lee and Amy Smart) that moves into the dead woman’s apartment and turns Abigail’s life upside down.

Overall, this movie is pretty decent. I loved the way it ended, and the acting from Selma Blair was excellent. I actually think Ms. Blair is too tough to play such a weak character, so at times I found certain actions or phrases to be out of character for Abigail.

I was a little bored at some points, and I hate to say this (but I will)…this is probably good for background noise while you’re cooking a big meal in the kitchen or doing some repetitive work.   It’s a short movie so you won’t finish watching it and then think to yourself, “I should’ve cleaned the garage instead.”

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NEW DETAILS REVEALED FOR AMERICAN HORROR STORY

EXCELLENT news!

Many weeks ago co-creator Ryan Murphy confirmed Season 2 will take place in a new setting with new characters and a new storyline. We also know Zachary Quinto, the legendary Jessica Lange, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, and Lily Rabe are returning to the series.

Murphy recently revealed the new season will take place in a mental hospital that is run by Lange’s character. He did not mention Quinto’s role, but he also confirmed that musician Adam Levine will star in several episodes as one half of a couple dubbed “The Lovers.”

This sounds very exciting! Murphy revealed that some other characters from Season 1 may appear in this new season, but of course he offered that small tidbit and did not elaborate.

Source: eonline


MOVIE REVIEW: THE CABIN IN THE WOODS

Running time: 1 hour, 35 minutes
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Kristen Connolly, Richard Jenkins, Jesse Williams, Bradley Whitford, Anna Hutchinson
Director: Drew Goddard (directorial debut, served as writer for Cloverfield, Lost, Alias, Firefly, etc.)

The Cabin in the Woods poster

I really enjoyed this movie- it was intense, bloody, funny, and scary. Overall it has everything that horror fans love and enjoy.

The trailer is purposely vague because this is not your usual ‘horny teenagers get killed in a creepy house in the middle of nowhere’ movie. There are horny teenagers, and they do visit a creepy house, and the creepy house really is in the middle of nowhere, BUT there is so much more to this movie! I can’t even begin to elaborate because there is a twist here and I don’t want to ruin it.

Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard serve as co-writers, with Goddard making his directorial debut. Somebody give this man a beer! I think Goddard did a great job because the action in this movie is swift and crisp. You don’t see the characters flailing around and tripping over their feet and falling to the ground. This movie is efficient- nothing is over-done to death and the plot moves forward with each scene. At 1 hour and 35 minutes this is a short movie compared to the 2+ hour-epics that are released now, but this movie is very satisfying.

The Cabin in the Woods is a great movie for all horror fans, especially the ones who think the horror genre has been watered down by franchises like Saw, Final Destination, and the never-ending remakes of Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, and more. This movie is much better than recent ones that have come before it, and it wouldn’t surprise me if this becomes a cult classic.

On a sidenote, I have two words: Sigourney Weaver.

That is all. Thanks to the person who convinced her to join the cast.