Tuesday, February 26, 2013

American Horror Story: Season 3 News!

I have completed Season 2 of American Horror Story, which was incredible. I can't decide which season I enjoyed more because both are deliciously horrific and very different. I can't believe that we have to wait so long for Season 3, but fall is my favorite, so I guess it's fitting!

Before, I mentioned that Frances Conroy and Taissa Farmiga were returning for Season 3. I didn't realize, until I was watching American Horror Story: Asylum, that Frances Conroy was a character! I try not to look too much at the IMDB page when I'm watching something for the first time because I'll accidentally figure out if a character dies by looking at how many episodes they'll be in. That's why I try not to do that anymore. She plays the Angel of Death and that character is very interesting. I like the music they play when she appears and I like the dark wings!

Evan Peters, Jessica Lange, Lily Rabe and Sarah Paulson are all returning to Season 3, as well! Along with a new addition, which I'm so excited about I can hardly stand it, Kathy Bates! Thankfully, Misery (1990) was not the first movie I watched with Kathy Bates in it because I would have been terrified of her forever. It amazes me that a character who uses the word "cockadoodie" could be the least bit frightening, let alone one of the most psychotic characters I've ever watched on film. If Kathy Bates was capable of delivering Annie's cockadoodie line so well and making her beyond terrifying, then I'm convinced she could end up being one of the scariest characters American Horror Story has seen so far!

Now, if they announce that Denis O'Hare, Kate Mara, Naomi Grossman, Jamie Brewer or Zachary Quinto are returning for this season as well, I might pass out from excitement. Bring on the fabulous acting and the killer horror!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Fearful February: American Horror Story

Thanks to Netflix, I have discovered 'American Horror Story' and have become an 'American Horror Story' addict. I'll admit it! At first, I was opposed to watching the show, but not I don't even know why I was opposed to it. Maybe I thought it'd be like the usual horror movies of today, which aren't, in my opinion, as frightening as older ones. Too much gore, too little of psychological horror. I'm a psychological horror junkie! Nothing is scarier or as attention grabbing as that sort of horror!

The opening credits scare the hell out of me, much like the opening credits of 'Are You Afraid of the Dark?' frighten me, and I'm in my twenties. Unfinished, dark basements in older homes are so scary! I grew up in a house that had one of those and I always felt like something was lurking in the shadows down there, which is why the basement in season one of American Horror Story scares me so badly. Of course, deformed monsters weren't lurking around in our basement, unless you consider mice deformed monsters... The opening credits were created by the same guy who made the opening credits to Se7en (1995). The theme song is awesome and it was created by sound designer Cesar Davila-Irizarry and Charlie Clouser from Nine Inch Nails, who actually collaborated on Se7en's theme song. All around genius choices for ensuring great opening credits!

The horror stories about the house and the characters are something else. They remind me a bit of 'Are You Afraid of the Dark?' mixed with pieces of various horror movies, such as Rosemary's Baby (1968) and It (1990). There's even some hitchcockian homage in the show, which is always appreciated. I was impressed by all of the actors in the show. I already knew how talented Jessica Lange, Frances Conroy and Denis O'Hare were before I started watching, but it was great to see that they weren't the only ones giving damn good performances.

I've just started watching 'American Horror Story: Asylum' this past week. I'm addicted to this season as well and I don't think the show lost any of its momentum, in fact, I think this season might be even better. I like that they switched from the stories of the Murder House to an insane, insane asylum. Definitely was a smart move to do this and keep a lot from the cast of season one. They'll also be keeping on some for season 3 and a couple from season 1 who didn't return for season two will be coming back! Frances Conroy is one of them! Taissa Farmiga is talented as well, but her character in season one bothered me with the overly sulky teenager bit, which isn't her fault. The character was a sulky teenager and, let's face it, overly sulky people are annoying, especially when they're hormonal teenagers.

I'm hoping that American Horror Story continues its excellency. I think it has the chance to stay along for a long time with its horror focus changing every season. There are plenty of opportunities for horror focuses besides haunted houses and insane asylums!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Looper (2012)

If you're looking for a Sci-fi action movie that's well done, then look no further than Looper. I really liked this movie. It has an interesting storyline, action, but not too much blood.

Looper is set in the future around the year 2042. Time travel has been created and a lot of shady business goes down because of it. By the year 2074, mobs begin using the time travel devices to capture those who they want to murder and send them back to an assigned Hitman (the Looper) who shoots and kills whoever is sent back. However, things start to get weird for some of the hitmen if the mob decides to transport hitmen's future selves back to their present selves, which is called 'closing the loop.' Joe the Looper has to deal with this experience, but his experience gets a bit out of hand when his former self arrives.

I don't want to go too much into the story because I don't want to ruin it for anyone. I hardly knew anything about this movie before deciding to watch it. I had watched a few trailers, but didn't read any reviews before watching and I'm happy I did that. All I'm going to say is that the little kid in the movie who plays Cid gives a brilliant performance. One of the best I've ever seen and I've watched a ton of movies. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Jeff Daniels, and Emily Blunt all give great performances, too, but not as great as the kid. He was the star!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Freezing Outside: Time for Movies!

Earlier this week, it was 67 degrees out with rain. A couple of days later, it's 12 degrees outside. This is bullshit weather! I think that means it's time to watch more movies! Recently, I watched ParaNorman and Frankenweenie. I was in the mood for some stop-motion animation, obviously. I enjoyed both movies, but Frankenweenie was better, in my opinion, because I liked its storyline more. 

ParaNorman is funny and kind of creepy. It's from the same people who made Coraline, so I was expecting it to be creepy, but it wasn't as scary as Coraline. The storyline was good, but it got boring in some places. Norman is a cute character, misunderstood by his peers because he has the ability to converse with the dead. Naturally, everyone thinks that he's mental because he's talking and interacting with things that are not there. However, one night this all changes when the dead come to life as zombies due to a curse put on the town centuries ago. Since Norman has the ability to speak with the dead, it becomes his responsibility to save the town.

Frankenweenie is fantastic. I've watched Tim Burton's live-action short of Frankenweenie that came on one of my DVDs, I think the Nightmare Before Christmas one has it. I loved the short, so I was really looking forward to watching the animated version. I loved it! I liked that it was filmed in black and white. Both the scenery and the style of the characters reminded of Edward Scissorhands (1990). 

Sparky the dog is my favorite character. I love animals from both the real and animated world. I cried a few times watching it because of little Sparky. If any of you have lost a pet, you know how awful it feels and I bet that if there was a way to bring him or her back to life, you'd do it, even if they ended up looking a bit different... 

I read that Sparky was the most difficult puppet that they had to make for Frankenweenie. Not surprising, since he has a bunch of joints and is very energetic. With stop-motion, that had to be extremely difficult and time consuming to film, but they did a wonderful job with it.