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24 Jun 19
The Movie Screen Scene

A Streetcar Named Desire proved to be a landmark movie that anticipated the direction in which cinema was going to develop in the 1960s. It seems surprising to me that it was made at the beginning of the 1950s. The film’s frank sexual content, and the early use of Method Acting by its lead male […]

24 Jun 19
everlastingseller

Self-Therapy I’m not a doctor so this article isn’t meant as advice, and is for entertainment purposes only! Check with your doctor before trying supplements. Depression is a doozy. There are so many possible reasons why you’re depressed and a lot of them overlap. For the last few years I’ve obsessively studied different ‘cures’ for […]

24 Jun 19
World Best News

CONCORD, N.H. — The driver of a pickup truck in a fiery collision on a rural New Hampshire highway that killed seven motorcyclists was charged Monday with seven counts of negligent homicide, and records show he was stopped on suspicion of drunken driving last month and in 2013. Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, 23, was arrested Monday morning […]

24 Jun 19
News Directory

Bay Street Theater is delighted to announce the World Premiere of SAFE SPACE which starts tomorrow, June 25, and runs through July 21. Here's a new play by Alan Fox; director from Jack Brien (All My Sons, Henry IV, Hairspray, Coast Utopia) got through Tony Prize. The play Mercedes Ruehl (Torch Song, the upcoming film […]

24 Jun 19

By Lee Chavis When Noel Calcaterra took off from Carrasco International Airport in Montevideo, Uruguay in 2013 and landed in LAX for the very first time, she couldn’t help but wonder about the endless possibilities that lay ahead for her budding career. The thought of being a stranger in a foreign land never once daunted […]

24 Jun 19
What Lurks Behind Podcast Zero

A military unit, accompanied by a cyborg scientist, has been dispatched to a remote island for a routine training mission. Their mission, to deactivate and eliminate an A.I. threat of drones and robotic assailants. The reason these robots exist, to one day replace humans in the field of war. During the exercise, however, something goes […]

24 Jun 19
Movie Nation

There’s no mistaking that sound, the crisp tone, “clear as a photograph,” the super-human range and otherworldly musicality that could be no one but Luciano Pavarotti. Seeing him in concert or in an opera could be, even for a casual fan, a transformative experience. It was if he himself was shocked at the music emanating […]

24 Jun 19
LobeLog

by Robert Wright When military conflict between the United States and Iran seems to be approaching, and you’re trying to get a clear picture of the situation, I’m only half-kidding when I say there’s a case to be made for staying glued to Fox News. Sure, you’ll hear a lot of pro-war propaganda. But at […]

24 Jun 19
Hope Loves T.V.

USC Upstate Theatre recently had their world premiere of Keep This for Your Records by Anna Abhau Elliot. It presents some of the best theatre Upstate has to offer!

24 Jun 19
The Hyperion

“In New Haven in 1919, spring really did burst out all over in the most memorable and bloody town-and-gown riot of modern time. It lasted for three days and three nights, several innocent bystanders were killed, and several score were hospitalized. And, except for the casualties, everybody concerned had a marvelous time which is why […]

24 Jun 19
Consequence of Sound
The Pitch: Famed paranormal investigators Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) keep some of the world’s most dangerous occult objects contained in the artifacts room of their family home. The most dangerous of them all is the demonic doll Annabelle, which Lorraine warns is a “beacon” for other evil spirits, locking her in a sanctified glass case for additional spiritual protection. But when the Warrens leave their ten-year-old daughter Judy (Mckenna Grace) alone one night with her babysitter Mary Ellen (Madison Iseman) and the sitter’s devil-may-care best friend Daniela (Katie Sarife), Annabelle conjures up an escape of her own, with the rest of the Warrens’ spooky menagerie in tow. “Not All Ghosts Are Bad”: The Conjuring series has had a spotty track record up to this point. Aside from the first installment and the surprisingly intriguing Annabelle: Creation, the retro-horror franchise has leaned harder on cheap jump scares over time than a successful execution of its throwback ’70s atmosphere. Good or bad, each film in the franchise (yes, even La Llorona) has masked schlockier tendencies under the inherent respectability of the films’ period settings and deliberate evocations of classic horror films like The Amityville Horror. Annabelle Comes Home is a deliberate course correction for the series, and a somewhat refreshing one at that. It’s a down-and-dirty spookfest with absolutely no greater pretensions than to drag its characters (and by extension, the audience) through a relatively harmless haunted house experience. The scope and the stakes are low: while the Warrens bookend the film, Annabelle Comes Home keeps its primary focus on Judy and her teenage babysitters going through the worst sleepover of their lives, dodging all manner of inventive spooks and scares along the way. Grace, Iseman, and Sarife are winsome leads, with stalwart Annabelle series scribe Gary Dauberman (making his directorial debut here) establishing clear dynamics for them to play with throughout. Judy is an awkward girl with latent psychic abilities just trying to enjoy herself before her eleventh birthday; Mary Ellen is the Laurie Strode type, as committed to Judy’s protection as she is her crush on an adorable classmate; Daniela’s the free spirit whose recklessness sets the film in motion. (Dauberman thankfully weaves in a reasonable motivation for Daniela to open all manner of doors she’s not supposed to, even if it still ultimately reads as a contrivance.) It’s not the most sophisticated stuff, but the young actors carry the film’s economical storytelling with aplomb. Hell No, Dolly: While the first hour of Annabelle Comes Home soaks its audience in its groovy ’70s setting, Dauberman lets his considerable coterie of creatures loose in the second half, which is where his feature really kicks into high gear. (Expect plenty of needle-drops courtesy of the Warrens’ record player, just one of numerous tchotchkes in their Brady-fied pad.) The Conjuring series to date has mostly leaned toward the subdued, but Comes Home firmly roots itself in the territory of John Carpenter at his most playfully cruel, delighting in throwing all manner of creepazoids in the direction of its terrified teens and watching them scream and squirm. The Warrens’ everyday domesticity has always made for an interesting contrast with their demonic encounters; while their presence is sparse in Annabelle Comes Home, their house maintains that uncanny mix of the domestic and supernatural. Dauberman mines oodles of tension out of everyday ’70s trappings like Feeley Meeley (an old board game where you reach into a dark box to retrieve items, a surprisingly effective vehicle for suspense) and a color wheel lamp on Judy’s nightstand. Too Many Kooks: While its cast and stakes are sparse, Annabelle Comes Home overdoes it when it tries to expand the Conjuring universe’s existing bench of monsters. Annabelle’s the ringleader (her presence restricted mostly to that dead-eyed stare creeping up when you least expect it), but she also commands ghoulies like The Ferryman, a demon with coins over its eyes, or a blood-soaked wedding dress that possesses whoever wears it. (The most absurd is a werewolf, rendered with some of the weakest CG you’ll see all year.) While the scares work in isolation, there are only so many jump scares one can employ before the audience builds up its tolerance. After a while, Annabelle becomes more exhausting than exhilarating, sustained only by its game cast. The Verdict: Annabelle Comes Home feels like a neighborhood haunted house burdened with a few too many gags, and featuring about as much story. It’s a shallow exercise in gimmicky scares, but that might be its greatest virtue: it’s a horror film of modest aspirations, avoiding the convoluted mythology of the rest of the series by planting a bunch of scary stuff in a room and setting it off. It all amounts to empty calories, but it satisfies in the moment. Where’s It Playing? Annabelle Comes Home jumps out of the shadows and yells ‘boo!’ starting June 26th. Trailer:
24 Jun 19
Annlyel Online

In preparation for Spider-Man: Far from Home which comes out next Tuesday here is my old review of Spider-Man: Homecoming. Enjoy! I’ve just recently watched Spider-Man: Homecoming and this is what I have to say about it. This movie. Was. Amazing!!! Marvel really outdid themselves with this Spider-Man film. I had seen nearly every trailer, I had seen […]

24 Jun 19
Information Nigeria

Following the now-viral news that Nollywood actor, Charles Okocha, went for surgery in Califonia over an unknown ailment, Celebrities such as Singer Mr. Eazi, Juliet Ibrahim, and co have sent their best wishes. They all sent their best wishes via the comment section of the actors’ Instagram page where he made the announcement. Charles Okocha […]