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Paranormal Activity Movie Review: Don't See It Alone.

Paranormal Activity is the quintessential sleeper hit... not only has this indie horror gem been out for a few years, it's all about what goes on when you're sleeping. The film starts without any credits, opting for a title screen where Paramount thanks the San Diego police department and families of Micah Sloat and Katie Featherston for allowing them to broadcast the film.

The premise of reality horror, a $15,000 low budget, 10 day shooting schedule and unprecedented box office success instantly align Paranormal Activity with the marketing wizardry behind The Blair Witch Project. However, the two films are worlds apart in terms of content with Paranormal Activity focussing on the private lives of two suburban Americans, instead of going on a witch hunt in the forest.

Writer-director, Oren Peli used his own house to shoot the film, buying in pieces of furniture that would suit the film and thus creating his set. It's an inspiration to independent film-makers as Peli creates such amazing tension on such a limited budget. He realises the impact of 'reality' filming, the authenticity of caught on home video moments and the power of darkness, sound effects and ...continued.

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Fan Friday: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button DVD

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a fascinating film from the mind of David Fincher (Seven, Fight Club). Fincher’s translation is emotionally taut and harnesses the power of his partners-in-crime, Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. The story by Eric Roth follows a passage of time in American history in a similar biographical formula to Forrest Gump, however Button’s reverse aging is the concept, which works in a similar manner to David Lynch’s The Elephant Man.

The film is like a dream as one man’s unique clock delivers the basis for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, set in New Orleans. At two-and-a-half hours the biographical fantasy is overly long, the concept is problematic in the last quarter and the epic story lacks heart. However its shortcomings are smoothed over by terrific performances coupled by spellbinding and Oscar-winning art direction, special effects and make up artistry.

David Fincher has always adhered to the darker side of the heart. His filmography includes: Panic Room, Fight Club, Zodiac and Seven. His fascination with the darkness still has an influence on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, however it’s swathed like an epic lifelong romance with an infusion of Forrest Gump’s charm. The lighter side of his journey is counterbalanced by death as his formative years are riddled with funerals ...continued.

A The Curious Case of Benjamin Button DVD is up for grabs for Fan Friday on the SPL!NG page on Facebook. If you want to stand a chance to win this or other fantastic giveaways like this every week, join up... here.

 
Invictus Movie Review: Opposites Attract

Invictus is based on the book, Playing the Enemy by John Carlin and stars Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela and Matt Damon as Francois Pienaar, with Clint Eastwood behind the camera. Eastwood has delivered some beauties in his time… from tough guy spaghetti Western performances to directing stirring war epics like Letters from Iwo Jima to movies about an exciting time in South African history.

Having worked on Oscar-winning Million Dollar Baby with Morgan Freeman, it was time for the two to show them how it’s done again with Freeman primed for the role he was born to play, Nelson Mandela. Apart from their physical similarities, the two men have a similar enigmatic grace whether delivering powerful speeches to the nation or harnessing the power of film.

The role of Nelson Mandela could only really be played by Freeman and comparing his performance in Invictus with any other portrayal of Madiba is almost irreverent. Invictus seemed like the perfect film for Freeman to launch into the larger-than-life character of Mandela, whose coming-of-age story is nothing short of miraculous. Even the name ‘Freeman’ matches the part ...continued.

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Trailer Showdown: Avatar Movie vs. Avatar Game

 


Avatar

Avatar is a James Cameron creation. As writer and director, Cameron has been working on the film for more than a decade, waiting for a day when the technology would be good enough to match his vision. He's no stranger to blockbusters, having won an Oscar for directing Titanic, with films such as: Terminator 2, Aliens and True Lies under his belt. It's been a while since Cameron has directed a film of this stature, having tended towards documentaries such as Aliens of the Deep, Ghosts of the Abyss and Expedition: Bismarck in the last decade.

Avatar marks his return to the big screen with a film comprised of 40% live-action and 60% photo realistic CGI. Cameron was inspired by Peter Jackson's use of CGI for Gollum in The Two Towers, which signalled that film technology had evolved enough for his Avatar vision to be realised. Initially, Cameron wanted Avatar to be his follow-up to Titanic in 1999, but the $400 Million budget didn't meet the funding requirements at the time. (IMDB, 2009)

Now a decade later, Avatar is ready to roll out in 3D... taking the film entertainment medium to new heights. However, it remains to be seen whether Cameron still has the stuff of dreams some 12 years since Titanic. The Avatar movie is scheduled for a worldwide release on 18 December and should be a box office hit if all goes to plan, starring the likes of Sigourney Weaver (Alien), Sam Worthington (Terminator: Salvation), Zoe Saldana (Star Trek), Giovanni Ribisi (Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow) and Michelle Rodriguez (Resident Evil).

For now, you'll have to play spot the difference in our Trailer Showdown between the Avatar HD extended movie trailer and the official Avatar HD game trailer.


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