Movie Review: THE CONJURING

THE CONJURING movie poster | ©2013 Warner Bros./New Line

Rating: R Stars: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor Writers: Chad Hayes & Carey W. Hayes Director: James Wan Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: July 19, 2013 THE CONJURING is a bit of an oddity. It is undeniably scary, yet takes what feels like a lot of time out to do some very on-the-nose bits about faith and marriage. It’s a bit like if THE EXORCIST was remade by one of those “this is good for you” religious TV channels. Ed and Lorraine Warren (played here by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, respectively) were a real-life married couple […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE POSSESSION

THE POSSESSION movie poster | ©2012 Lionsgate

Stars: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick, Madison Davenport, Natasha Calis, Grant Show, Matisyahu Writers: Juliet Snowden & Stiles White, based on the article “Jinx in a Box” by Leslie Gornstein Director: Ole Bornedal Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: August 29, 2012 As movies about demonic possession/exorcism go, THE POSSESSION is pretty good. It has strong leads in Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick, a persuasive child actress in Natasha Calis, characters who generally don’t do anything illogical in the screenplay by Juliet Snowden & Stiles White and a pretty deft touch by director Ole Bornedal, who knows how to make things […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Vik Sahay talks the end of CHUCK and AMERICAN REUNION

Vik Sahay at the TELEVISION: OUT OF THE BOX exhibit celebrates Warner Bros. Television Group | ©2012 Sue Schneider

Vik Sahay is having quite a year. Shortly after his five-season run on CHUCK as Buy More employee/part-time rocker Lester Patel came to a close, Sahay was on the big screen as the mean boss of Seann William Scott’s Stifler in AMERICAN REUNION, which is now out on home video. Sahay also had a lead role in the upcoming feature comedy MY AWKWARD SEXUAL ADVENTURE and got on a plane to Romania to film a lead role in the horror film WER, although at press time, the actor isn’t allowed to reveal much about either the latter project’s plot or […]Read On »

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CD Review: EXORCIST II: THE HERETIC

EXORCIST II: THE HERETIC soundtrack | ©2011 Nathan Furst

Ennio Morricone has gotten some real humdingers to score in his more-than-prolific career, particularly when it comes to such crazy genre pictures as ORCA, HOLOCAUST 2000 and TREASURE OF THE FOUR CROWNS. Yet while these movies might be inadvertently hilarious, Morricone has always played the most ungodly material with a straight face, no more so than with EXORCIST II: THE HERETIC. One of this sequel’s many hilarious mistakes was turning its evil spirit into an African locust demon named Pazazu. Yet it’s this same tribal spirit that makes Ennio Morricone’s score for an otherwise woeful film so intriguing. With high-pitched […]Read On »

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EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, THE EXORCIST and AIRPLANE! get preserved by Library of Congress

STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK | ©1980 LucasFilm Ltd.

Spanning the period between 1891-1996, the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress designated 25 new films to their film preservation catalog which includes the second STAR WARS film THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, the comedy AIRPLANE! and the horror film classic THE EXORCIST. It was a very eclectic list that also included Spike Lee’s 1992 bio-pic MALCOLM X and the Robert Altman classic McCABE AND MRS. MILLER. Not everything was obvious. Included in the mix were some shorts including the George Lucas directed ELECTRONIC LABYRINTH which was the precursor to his feature film THX-1138 and a two-minute 1913 short […]Read On »

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