There are, what I like to refer to, as popcorn movies. These are movies that are best viewed in a giant commercialized theater. Theaters with comfy seats that semi recline and have adjustable arm rests. Theaters where you can put your own melted- processed- butter product on your popcorn, so that when you get to the bottom of the bag there is a buttery swimming pool with small specs of popcorn and popcorn kernels. You look at the pool for a minute and then you drink it because it’s your duty as an American to drink processed pools of butter and deep down you know this.
I present to you part one of my three part series discussing my top 10 popcorn movies for 2012. These are not Academy Award winning cinematic masterpieces….although some might end up surprising us by being better that we expected them to be.
1. Chronicle- Release Date Feb 3rd-Genre/Drama-Sci Fi-Thriller
IMBD Story Line-Three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery. Soon, though, they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides.
I only recently found out about this movie. My first thought when watching the first thirty seconds of the clip was that it was just a home-made video that someone uploaded to You Tube. The movie looks like a fantastic popcorn movie. The director Josh Trank is pretty new and the we suddenly got superpowers has been done again and again, but who cares????!!! Popcorn potential 3.3 out of 5
2. Raven-Release Date March 9th 2012-Genre/Thriller
IMDB story line-A fictionalized account of the last days of Edgar Allan Poe’s life, in which the poet pursues a serial killer whose murders mirror those in the writer’s stories.
I freely admit that I have had a crush on John Cusack since I was like 10 years old so perhaps that makes me a bit biased towards his films. Granted he’s made a lot of not so good movies but he knows this and that’s why I love him. This movie is NOT a biography about the life of Edgar Allen Poe. There are plenty of people who probably do not realize this and will bad mouth this movie in only the way a hipster can. These are probably the same people who have their favorite books on Facebook as “Catcher in The Rye” and “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac. Meanwhile they’ve never read either and post them there simply for what they consider status symbols. ( I hate those people)
The movie is purely fictional. A hyped up hollywood murder mystery set in the last days of Edgar Allen Poe. The movie is directed by James McTeigue. He has a pretty impressive resume and he directed V for Vendetta which is a great movie. This movie has a lot of potential, so long as people understand it is purely fictional and go into the theater knowing this. Popcorn Potential 4.0 out of 5
3. The Hunger Games-Release Date March 23rd 2012-Genre/Action-Drama-Sci-fi
IMDB Storyline-In a not-too-distant future, North America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss’ young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives.Written by Suzanne Collins
Having read all three books in the series I am really looking forward to this movie. I can’t really say anything else because it’s pretty much summed up in the description above written by the book author Suzanne Collins. The book series is very popular so I foresee this movie doing very well in the theaters. It is directed by Gary Ross. I am not too familiar with him besides what I can see on his credits on IMDB , but hopefully he does the novels justice. The trailer looks awesome. Popcorn Potential 4.4 out of 5
[Editor note: Please welcome RandomnessAndIceCream to the show. She will be providing A3WR readers with her analysis of all things television. Be nice to her or I am certain her cats will find you.]
American Horror Story is a guilty pleasure and I love every minute of it. The entire season were just “WTF JUST HAPPENED” moments again and again.
This review of the season finale will contain spoilers. The first twenty minutes of the show was dedicated to show the grief and suffering and in the end what I found to be contentment of the Harmon Family.
Dr. Harmon is trying to work through his anguish in regards to his wife dying whilst giving birth to her demon seed spawn and the fact that his teenage daughter committed suicide. Graphic photo of Violets Body
Interestingly enough both his wife and daughter’s story-lines involved our favorite teen angst-rubber suit wearing, Tate. Personally, I really hope Ryan Murphy finds a way to include Tate next season. According to this americanhorrorlink each season will be a completely new story/new location/new primary characters.
Anyway, back to the review. Dr Harmon wants to kill himself, but is stopped by the ghosts’ of his wife and daughter who persuade him to take the demon baby and RUNNNNN!!!!!
He takes their advice and is in the process of leaving when Hayden the evil bitch ghost, a couple other ghosts thugs I don’t recognize grab Him. The ghosts manage to wrap a noose around his neck and hang him from the second story balcony. So he dies and gets to spend eternity with Viven (his wife) and Violet (his teenage daughter).
What happened to the baby????
Cut to scene “Constance and police detectives in kitchen”
Wherein Constance basically tells the cops she went to the house to check on Dr. Harmon and Violet and discovers the body of Dr. Harmon hanging from the ceiling and Violet and the baby missing. (No One outside the house except Constance really knows Violet is dead). Constance tells the detectives she assumes that Violet took the baby and ran.
Ghost bitch Hayden is holding the baby and says to Constance something like “Did you come to see my baby” to which Constance replies “Ive come to take my grandson” Her dead son Tate did rape Mrs. Harmon. That makes the demon spawn baby her grandson. (As I write this I am realizing just how many wtf moments there are in this show and I am probably leaving out some pivotal background information on the characters within the show. )
Back to ghost bitch–and Constance in the basement
Hayden says “Over my dead body” and then Constance’s dead boy toy lover slits Hayden’s throat. This in itself I did not understand, because Hayden is already dead. I guess in the house when a ghost gets injured it slows them down for a few minutes. Long enough for the dead boy toy to grab the demon baby and give it to Constance who ends up hiding the baby in a secret closet with busted mirrors for walls. (not really sure what was going on there)…..
Cut to scene: New family looking at purchasing now vacant house
A middle aged, good looking Hispanic couple and their teenage son buy the house. The couple are having sexy time in the kitchen . Mr. and Mrs Harmon ghost start watching the sexy time couple and realize they do not want this couple to go through what they went through and go out of their way to scare the new family so that they leave in the middle of the night. I really wanted the house to sort of suck itself in like on Poltergeist. It did not happen.
Show ended with the Harmons realizing they would be scaring many people over the years so they would not fall victim to the House.
There were so many more tidbits to this episode and we got to see our beloved Moira again. I hope this review urges at least one person to watch. That’s all I want in life. People to watch American Horror Story and for my cat’s to start talking. Talking cat’s? That would be awesome. Meow Meow.
The show got picked up for a second season and my cat’s and I will be watching.