Friday, October 22, 2010

7 Word Weekend Movie Review: Paranormal Activity 2, Hereafter, and wrestlers are Knuckleheads

New Movie Releases Reviewed in 7 Words Each

Knucklehead (limited) - It's written by a man named Bear...

Hereafter - A Clint Eastwood movie that looks good?!

Paranormal Activity 2 - Because horror sequels always work out great.

I'm not big on wrestling so I can't say I know too much about Knucklehead which is a WWE production. From what I've seen and heard it sounds like a cross between The Bells of St Mary's and Kingpin. Oh yeah and it's written by a guy named Bear. I can't overstate that. Mind you there are some real actors in the film (read: non-wrestling-actors) including Will Patton and Mark Feuerstein. Despite my better judgement, I am kind of curious. A bit like a cat contemplating licking an outlet. I know it's going to be bad but part of me wonders if it'll cross that so bad it's good line. Well with it being released on like 6 screens, it's not something I have to worry about for awhile. Not that I'd pay for it anyways.

Hereafter goes wide this week. The film, a Clint Eastwood joint, features the story of a man who has trouble getting close to anyone because he sees dead people. Sure there's more to it than that, but I enjoy that thread because it sounds a bit like if the Sixth Sense kid grew up. And if one adds in the fact that Bryce Dallas Howard who was in The Village, also stars in this, then we may have the start of a great Shyamalan parody. Course it's not. I'm just saying what could be...

Word on the film early on was very mixed, but as the initial opening last weekend showed some impressive numbers for the amount of screens it was on, more critics have found a love for it. Personally I've found Eastwood's other directorial "masterpieces" to be dull. Not that they were bad films. Just incredibly average and forgettable. So the fact that this one looks like it has more punch to it is a nice change. Not to mention that some of the bad word I've heard came from some of the same critics who gushed endlessly about Eastwood's other films. Which only raises it in my estimation.

I will admit, the first Paranormal Activity was pretty decent. It worked because it came out of nowhere and managed to sucker punch the audience. The idea of a sequel trying to recapture that lightning in the bottle leaves me skeptical. Sure the film should do gangbusters in theaters, but I'm speaking to the quality. The first was good, so I hope they do manage to get creative and not just try to rehash the last film. 

Next week will be a Halloween themed week here with the exception of a very special guest who I'm more than a little excited about.

Until then, I'm out. Have a great weekend everyone!


  1. Hear after i still think is gong to be a bomb. Paranormal activity 2 or blair witch 2? Interchangeable I think.

  2. Of the three, the only one I'd see if hereafter. (after its on video lol)

  3. big show is pretty funny, so I am curious about knucklehead.

  4. Thanks for the great review (as always!). I'm pretty sure I'll see parnormal Activity 2 on DVD. It may suck, but I like that stuff...

  5. Ironically, I've liked the other Eastwood films, but Hereafter just looks too depresing.

  6. I find many of Eastwood's films to be hard to pay attention to all the way through. I can't argue with his technique and skill as a filmaker but he bores me. He is almost making movies too adult for my childlike sensibilities. Every shot and word of dialogue seems to be scowling at me to pay attention because this is important. Where is the joy? Grouchy is the word I am looking for - his movies are grouchy.

  7. How do you do it, TS? I can't even order a Diet Coke in seven words. Amazing!

  8. @Kal I like grouchy dammit

  9. Dig the Brimley sticker thing.

    Also a cliffhanger! What the what! I am indeed curious.

  10. I was pretty interested in seeing The Hereafter because of the tsunami! I like weather stuff.

  11. We were planning to see PA2 last week and got sidetracked, but I promised to take Jules to see it this weekend. I'll let you know what I think, but my expectations are rock bottom.


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