TRAILERS RELEASED FOR AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM

October is approaching- are you ready for Season 2?

So far, very little details have been released about the actual storyline. We know Season 1 actors Evan Peters, Zachary Quinto, Sarah Paulson, and the great Jessica Lange are returning to join newcomers Adam Levine, Jenna Dewan, Mark Consuelos and more.

Season 2 takes place in a 1960’s New England sanitarium. Here are two haunting teasers that were posted to AHS’s Facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/americanhorrorstory

Teaser 1

Teaser 2

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MOVIE REVIEW: THE BOURNE LEGACY (2012)

Running time: 2 hours, 15 minutes
Cast: Jeremy Renner, Edward Norton, Rachel Weisz
Director: Tony Gilroy

If you’re looking for an awesome action-packed summer movie, you better find a copy of The Avengers online or run to the theaters and catch The Dark Knight RisesThe Bourne Legacy won’t fulfill your action needs!

The Bourne Legacy poster

All of the Legacy posters have the same tagline: “There was never just one.”

Here’s the movie in a nutshell:

1. Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) is a member of Operation Outcome, which is a team of agents with enhanced mental and physical abilities.

2. Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is in the background of this movie. He’s running around New York and exposing the Operation Blackbriar and Treadstone Project. So, the Cross storyline and the  Bourne Ultimatum storyline are playing out at the same time. No, Damon doesn’t appear in this movie. We just see photographs of him as Bourne in the CIA case files.

3. Because Bourne is causing serious damage, some CIA guy named Eric Byer (Norton) decides to eliminate the Operation Outcome agents before that is exposed to the public as well. Cross is too smart for that, and Byer begins to hunt him down.

Jeremy Renner and Edward Norton

 

This movie bored me to tears. The biggest mistake is the lack of action. This movie is over two hours long, and I’d say there were only 2 or 3 action scenes. It mostly consisted of Cross running very fast and jumping from roof to roof. He did very little hand-to-hand combat, and the big climax of the movie was a motorcycle chase (yawn).

Excuse me, but didn’t Jason Bourne kick a dude’s ass with a magazine in one of his movies? How bad ass is that? Legacy completely avoided any type of confrontation and fights.

This movie also made Rachel Weisz seem like a bumbling idiot, and it was really awkward when it was implied that a romance was growing between her and Cross.

I don’t blame Renner for this mess of a movie. However, I don’t think he does well as a leading man. Just my opinion, but I think Renner is better as a supporting actor (The Town, Mission Impossible -Ghost Protocol). I know people will say ‘What about The Hurt Locker?’ I didn’t think of Renner as the runaway star when I watched the movie. It seems like the excellent directing, writing, and editing of The Hurt Locker gave people the impression that Renner has the charisma needed to carry a film.

I’m hoping Renner doesn’t continue this Bourne franchise. If Matt Damon won’t come back (and with Legacy out now, it doesn’t make sense for him to return now) then let this franchise end with three great movies and one mediocre movie.


MOVIE REVIEW: HOPE SPRINGS (2012)

Running time: 1 hour, 40 minutes
Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Meryl Streep, Steve Carell
Director: David Frankel

When I saw the trailer for this movie, I got the impression that it would be cute and funny. When I finally saw the movie at the theater, I realized it was everything I thought it would be.

Hope Spring posterA huge chunk of the movie rides on Streep’s performance as Kay, a wife of 31 years who wants to rekindle her marriage to Arnold (Jones). The empty-nesters are disconnected from each other- they sleep in separate bedrooms and haven’t had sex in years. Kay persuads Arnold to see Dr. Bernie Feld (Carell), and the couple goes through intense moments of sadness, anger, and frustration as they try to save their marriage.

Streep and Jones give great performances as the timid Kay and the cranky Arnold. They have great chemistry and are very believable as a maturing couple. I think my favorite actor in this movie is Carell as Dr. Feld. He makes a great therapist! If he weren’t an actor already I’d suggest he become a psychiatrist. Carell has a very calming performance on screen, especially during the emotional scenes between Kay and Arnold.

Hope Springs

 

I also enjoyed the humor in this movie. Even though some sensitive topics are discussed, it’s all done in a light hearted way. I think the message is to never take life too seriously, especially if you have a chance to correct the things that are wrong in your life.

Unfortunately Hope Springs will get lost in the shuffle as Bourne Legacy  and The Campaign hits the theaters, but if you have a chance, go see it!

 


MOVIE REVIEW: DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS

Running time: 1 hour, 34 minutes
Cast: Zachary Gordon, Devon Bostick, Robert Capron, Steve Zahn, Rachael Harris, Peyton List
Director: David Bowers

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Dog Days

I enjoyed the first two films in this franchise- Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules. These films are light-hearted and funny, and I can relate to the awkwardness of being 11 and 12 years old and still learning how to interact with people and stay out of trouble with my parents.

I didn’t like this third film, Dog Days.

Rowley and Greg in Dog Days

Image credit: Diyah Pera

The biggest component of these films is the friendship between Wimpy Kid Greg Heffley (Gordon) and his best friend, Rowley (Capron). They are a perfect team because Greg is too ambitious at times, and the conscientious Rowley knows how to reel him in. And sometimes Rowley is too timid and Greg helps him come out of his shell.

In Dog Days Greg and Rowley are out of school for summer vacation, and Greg’s parents are concerned that he will spend his entire summer sitting on the couch and playing video games. Rowley’s family belongs to a country club, and Rowley invites Greg to be his guest and hang out with him at the club’s pool. Greg discovers his school crush, Holly, is also a member, and Greg comes up with a lie to tell his parents so he can spend every day at the country club.

Peyton List in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

I know that kids of all ages tell lies to get what they want, but Greg tells so many lies that lead to such disastrous consequences that it was very difficult to laugh at the circumstances. What’s worse is Greg never seems to get into trouble for the horrible things that he’s said and done.

Sometimes when I’m watching kid films it’s hard for me to turn off my ‘adult’ side and see it purely through my ‘child’ side. However after seeing Dog Days I think Rowley needs to find a new best friend, which is unfortunate because the audience knows from the previous Wimpy Kid films that Greg is not a bad kid. I recently read that a fourth installment may be in the works but if it’s anything like Dog Days I may have to skip it.