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Trailer Showdown: Paranormal Activity vs. Test Audience

The Invisible ManParanormal Activity is being pinned as this generation's "The Exorcist" with reviews ranging from "Scariest Movie of the Year" to describing the audience as having been "physically-shaken". The film follows in the tradition of The Blair Witch Project, REC, Quarantine and Cloverfield in bringing a reality to the events happening with a hand-held camera as a couple investigate the possibility of a demonic disturbance in their new suburban home.

Writer-director of Paranormal Activity, Oren Peli, uses tension, character and the audience's imagination to elevate the film's scare factor. Not being able to make out whether it's a ghost or not, keeps the audience in a heightened sense of uncertainty, where any sudden movements on screen could send an movie-going audience scuttling.

The intimacy of the setting, simplicity of the story and authenticity of the characters, brings this "home video" into our realm. Suddenly, the cinema opens itself up to the world of Paranormal Activity and invites the atmosphere into our space. Big mistake. This is definitely one for the Ghostbusters... Real, Original, Live-Action or otherwise.

Horror fans will love this indie gem for its edge-of-seat tenacity, while the faint-hearted will be talking about it for days. Paranormal Activity is a movie that will stay with you - it doesn't play too gimmicky and is homegrown enough to carry a deep sense of realism.

Watch the original Paranormal Activity trailer and then watch the one with a test audience's actual responses to the film.





At the Movies: 16-23 Oct

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New cinema releases and the SA box office top ten movies now showing...


GAMER Thriller / Movie Trailer
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS War / Movie Review / Movie Trailer
FOKOFPOLISIEKAR Rockumentary / Movie Review / Movie Trailer
LITTLE ASHES Biography / Movie Trailer
MOON Sci-Fi / Movie Review / Movie Trailer


1. THE UGLY TRUTH Comedy / Movie Review / Movie Trailer
2. CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS Animation / Movie Trailer
3. UP (incl 3D) Animation / Movie Review / Movie Trailer
4. TAKING OF PELHAM 1-2-3 Thriller / Movie Review / Movie Trailer
5. FINAL DESTINATION 4 (incl. 3D) Thriller / Movie Trailer
6. JENNIFER'S BODY Horror / Movie Review / Movie Trailer
7. FAME Music / Movie Review / Movie Trailer
8. IMAGINE THAT Comedy / Movie Trailer
9. THE INFORMANT! Comedy / Movie Trailer
10. LAST CHANCE HARVEY Romance / Movie Review / Movie Trailer


1. LAST CHANCE HARVEY Romance / Movie Review / Movie Trailer
EARTH Documentary / Movie Trailer
EASY VIRTUE Comedy / Movie Review / Movie Trailer
4. THE INFORMANT! Comedy / Movie Trailer
5. THE VISITOR Drama /Movie Review / Movie Trailer
6. LOOKING FOR ERIC Drama / Movie Review / Movie Trailer
7. COCO AVANT CHANEL Biography / Movie Trailer
9. COLLEGE BOYS LIVE Documentary
MY SISTER’S KEEPER Drama / Movie Trailer
Fan Friday: X-Men 3: The Last Stand

X-Men: The Final Stand
X-Men 3: The Last Stand
rounded off the X-Men trilogy in style. The superhero genre has found a place amongst the greatest films ever made with Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, Bryan Singer's X-Men and X2 and Jon Favreau's Iron Man. The third installation of X-Men is directed by Brett Ratner (Rush Hour, Rush Hour 2) and is by far the most electrifying and fun of the three X-Men movies.

Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Patrick Stewart, Famke Janssen, Anna Paquin, Kelsey Grammer, James Marsden, Rebecca Romijn, Vinnie Jones, Ellen Page, Ben Foster... it's like a wish list cast for the X-Men franchise. They don't all have the screen time they would have wanted, but all-in-all it makes a great team effort.   

The performances, costumes, special effects and visuals are comic book heaven to the X-fan. While the film was downplayed due to Bryan Singer's choice to discontinue in the capacity as director, it still remains faithful to the comic series without the ability of Singer. Ratner's direction is suited to blockbusters, which makes his movies loud, colossal and above all fun.

X-Men: The Last Stand introduces characters such as: Beast, Leech, Juggernaut, Multiple Man, Spike and Archangel to name a few. These new X-Men characters just add to the already large cast. The cast and popularity of the series could easily warrant the need for a TV series, yet Ratner manages to rein this beast of a movie in with an epic conclusion and loads of action along the way without taking 3 hours! If you like action blockbusters, you'll just love X-Men 3: The Last Stand. Find out what went into the making of this epic fantasy superhero movie with behind-the-scenes features in this week's Fan Friday giveaway. 

An X-Men: The Last Stand (2-Disc) DVD is up for grabs for Fan Friday on the SPL!NG page on Facebook. If you want to stand a chance to win fantastic giveaways like this every week, join up... here.

Trailer Showdown: This Is It vs. Moonwalker

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson was the undisputed King of Pop. His long esteemed music career was built on solid pop music that was marred by his personal life as his judgment was carried out in the media. Loved, hated, famous or infamous the man behind the music passed away this year, amid a flurry of nostalgia as people were ushered back to a time when the world seemed purer, more innocent. After a massive surge of record sales, a Michael Jackson renaissance if you will, the world will be exposed to the Man in the Mirror, as a documentary film looks behind-the-scenes at Michael Jackson in This Is It opening worldwide for 2 weeks from Wednesday, 28 October 2009.

This week's Trailer Showdown is between Michael Jackson's This Is It movie trailer and Moonwalker trailer. I remember playing Moonwalker, the arcade game with my sister back in the late '80s. Still haven't seen the movie yet. The fedora, the moves, the magic... Michael Jackson was and will be remembered as a misunderstood legend. We've come a long way with movies and the Moonwalker trailer just goes to show how much of a difference 20 years can make. Retro would be too kind, but the legend of Michael Jackson lives on... the King of Pop born 29 August, 1958 - died 25 June, 2009.




THIS IS IT, 28 October: Book Movie Tickets at Nu Metro / Book Movie Tickets at Ster-Kinekor

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