In My Humble Opinion: I’ve said it before, but the horror genre is a movie genre that you generally have to sit through a good 5 to 6 movies before you finally come across one that’s decent. Luckily, with a recommendation from my friend Mark Campanale I was able to avoid this tedious act and watched Sinister, a movie with a clever twist on the typical horror film. Sinister, starring Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’onofrio and an always in a position of authority Fred Thompson depicts Ethan Hawke’s character moving his family into a new house in order to conduct research for his new crime thriller book. A man haunted by the fact that he may have already had his 15 minutes of fame, Ethan Hawke’s character is looking to capture the glory he once had with a best seller he wrote previously. From the get go you can tell his character is obsessed with getting back in the limelight. He moves his family into the very house where a family was murdered and the youngest daughter has gone missing. He goes as far as to lie to his wife about the house’s history. He eventually comes across a box of home videos shot on old-fashioned 8mm film (true snuff film style) and begins putting the pieces of the whole story together. I don’t want to give too much away if you haven’t seen it so I’ll stop there. I will say that movie does suffer from the ever-present bad decision-making that seems to infect horror movies (What’s that sound in the attic? Let me go check it out / I’m seeing strange things around here…but I will wait till the last possible minute to decide to leave). If you can look past those bad decisions, which is easier to do with this film than most horror movies you’re in for a fresh, scary treat. Sinister delivers a refreshingly new horror storyline while retaining the ability to offer jump in your chair shock moments (wait till the lawn care home video and you’ll know what I’m talking about) I’m already looking forward to the sequel and where the storyline goes from here!
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In My Humble Opinion: Wreck it Ralph was robbed at the Academy Awards this year. The Oscar for Best Animated Feature went to Pixar’s Brave, which I have to say is one the least impressive Pixar movies I’ve seen. On that note and not to sound like a conspiracy theorist, but since the Oscar for Best Animated Feature was first given out at the 74th Academy Awards in 2002 there have been 12 winners. Of those 12 winners, 7 of them were movies produced by Pixar. I applaud Pixar and the work they have produced, which is why I’m not spending this post bashing Brave. The company has produced some of my favorite animated films as of late; The Incredibles, Monsters Inc., and the Toy Story series (yeah I don’t think there’s a weak link in that trilogy). I just feel that Wreck It Ralph was a much better movie with a more compelling plotline that appealed to not only children but the parents/adults that watched it as well. The movie maintained a perfect balance between keeping kids interested and keeping parents entertained at the same time. If you haven’t seen Wreck It Ralph I highly recommend it. If you have seen it then hopefully you were not only as entertained as I was, but also got a dose of the same nostalgia I did delving into the gaming world. I’ve never been a HUGE gamer, I play them on occasion and remember the big ones from when I was kid, but the appeal of Wreck It Ralph catered to gamers of all levels. Whether you laughed after catching a glimpse of M. Bison and Zangief in the Bad Guy Support Group or chuckled when King Candy entered his “cheat code” to enter Sugar Rush’s safe where all the data code to the game is kept, you felt like you were in on the joke. Hopefully like me, you were delighted in the fact that you recognized Wreck It Ralph as the Donkey Kong-esque character and Fix It Felix as the Mario counterpart. (Yes I know that technically Mario was called “Jumpman” in the original Donkey Kong game) Gaming references aside, the movie also delivered a greater message about never judging a book by its cover. Sure Ralph was the bad guy in his video game, but that didn’t mean that he was in fact a bad guy. He was misunderstood and labeled in a way that after a while would cause anyone to go TURBO if you ask me. Personally, I rank Wreck It Ralph as one of my new favorites and (fingers crossed) hope the inevitable sequel will lead to a trilogy that’s every bit as strong as the Toy Story series.
In My Humble Opinion: The original Terminator is and will always be the best time travel movie ever. Like Bret Hart it’s the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be. Think you have one that’s better? Leave a comment and you might get picked to have YOUR opinion heard live tonight on Sean’s Humble Opinion in Richmond, VA.
In My Humble Opinion: Michael Biehn is forever etched in my memory as one of the best action stars of the 80’s. My geekiness stretches to extremes on a few subjects, there’s no argument there. I mean I could go into how much I love Star Wars and still have fond memories of sitting down as a child with my bowl of Count Chocula cereal and watching Return of the Jedi; which remains my favorite movie of the entire franchise. However, that seems a little too easy an example of my “geekiness” so I would rather share the story of when I met one of my favorite stars of the 80’s…Mr. Michael Biehn. Two of my favorite movies growing up were Aliens and The Terminator. I mean, who can honestly say they never played outside and pretended they were trying to evade Xenomorphs on LV-426 or rebelling against Skynet in the war against the machines (I’m still hoping a Plasma Rifle in the 40-watt range will be released in my lifetime). To this day, Sergeant Kyle Reese and Corporal Dwayne Hicks remain two of my favorite characters, not just from the 80’s but of all time! I got to meet Mr. Biehn at a Horror movie convention where he was promoting his new movie The Victim (I think he was little hung-over, but I didn’t care). I was so star struck that I couldn’t even think of anything to say when he asked how he should inscribe my Corporal Hicks action figure (yeah I collect various action figures okay!) Luckily he still had the capacity to come up with, “Sean, Stay Frosty…Michael Biehn.” Needless to say it was awesome meeting him and will remain one of those moments I will always remember whenever Aliens or The Terminator comes on television.
In My Humble Opinion: The Netflix show House Of Cards finally recognized what Americans want when it comes to televised entertainment, instant gratification. I remember when I first got into some other shows like; Sons of Anarchy, Lost, Dexter, The Shield, and 24. I didn’t start watching those particular shows until the first few seasons had aired; hell I don’t think I watched 24 and Lost until they had gone completely off the air. Why did I wait you might ask? I’m not sure to be honest with you. I will say this though; I know I enjoyed them more via Netflix and On Demand than I would have on regular television. To illustrate that fact; I’ve caught up on Dexter and now tuning in each week isn’t as exciting as it was when the next episode was at my fingertips. I enjoyed the shows more because I didn’t have to wait a whole week to find out what was going to happen. What’s Jax going to do about Clay, how’s Vic Mackey going to get out this, or how many more times will Jack Bauer yell, “Damnit Chloe we don’t have time!” Watching the shows after a full season or multiple seasons have already aired, I don’t have to wait for those questions to be answered. Don’t get me wrong, this can be a bad thing too. I’ve sat down and blown through about 3 or 4 episodes of a show in one sitting (of all the other productive things I could have done?). Another drawback is that the “shocker” moments lose some of their luster because I’ve already heard about the majority of them. For example, I just caught up on the first two seasons of Game of Thrones, another awesome show by the way. Unfortunately, when Sean Bean’s character loses his head in Season 1, it didn’t come as that big of a surprise because I had already heard about it happening back when the episode originally aired. All this being said; House of Cards, a show on Netflix starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright has finally taken advantage of our need to instantly know how the next episode, or two episodes, or whole season is going to pan out. Netflix released all 13 episodes of the show at once and I for one couldn’t be happier. Once an episode finishes, it’s almost become a reflex to point my remote and order the next one to see what happens. How Netflix translates this new airing method into revenue (the show doesn’t have commercials) I don’t know really know. Frankly…I don’t really care; I just hope that other shows follow suit and adopt this very same method in the future.