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THE LAST EXORCISM

January 20, 2011 1 comment

3 / 5

The Last Exorcism does more than just satisfy through a series of thrills and periodic blood-spatterings. A film whose most important character is almost without question the region of Louisiana in which the events take place, The Last Exorcism also offers a satisfying glimpse into the world of show-man priests; priests who are simply doing that and that alone, putting on a show.  The act of exorcising demons and evil spirits certainly isn’t new to the horror movie genre and the Last Exorcism provides some interesting and original insight into the exorcism practice without being the first to spoil the streak of well-executed approaches.

Exit Through the Gift Shop

January 10, 2011 1 comment

5 / 5

Whether or not you think Mr. Brainwash is a hoax shouldn’t take away from the fact that this is an awesome film; in fact, the hoax talk should grant it even more praise. Exit Through the Gift Shop offers a first-hand glimpse into the tight-knit yet ever-intriguing world of street art through the lens of Thierry Guetta, a video enthusiast whose adventures with his camera ultimately lead him to meeting the elusive street artist known only as Banksy. The film not only highlights Guettas passion for film-making but his growing interest into the mythos behind the underground street-art scene; a scene that thrives through its’ anonymity.

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THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL

January 10, 2011 Leave a comment

 4 / 5

A stylistically directed film — mixed with convincing period-oriented wardrobe and props that make the film feel like more of a horror movie from the 1980’s — a time when horror movies were significantly more suggestive in their horrors than the much too frequent over-the-top approach that has plagued so many films of late. The film also maintains a steady, lingering sense of eeriness throughout its’ 90-minute run time that satisfyingly escalates through the films climactic conclusion; a conclusion which, fortunately, isn’t easy to see coming. While John Carpenter showed us what Michael Meyers was capable of doing to babysitters, writer/director Ti West approaches the challenge with confidence when Samantha, a local college student, answers an ad for a babysitter.

MAFIA II

January 4, 2011 1 comment

3.5 / 5

MAFIA II is a more than satisfying follow-up and calls back nicely on some of the most unforgettable moments in past “wise-guy” movies. Colorful characters and responsive environments really bring this game to life — don’t worry — so do the guns, women and excessive drinking. The game adopts a similar story-telling method to the original in that the games events are again reflected back upon and the end result expectedly unclear. Empire City may seem like a big open-world playground but the game implements a more linear experience in MAFIA II, more centralized than your recollections of the original. With some physical similarities reminiscent of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City’s Tommy Vercetti, Vito Scaletta’s story is a surprisingly interesting one.