Film: Paranormal Activity 4

The cast/crew bit: diected by Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman, starring Kathyrn Newton, Matt Shiverly & Katie Featherson

The ten-word synopsis: More quiet-quiet-quiet-quiet-quiet-quiet-quiet-BANG nonsense.

If you were woken by an alarm clock this morning, then you’ve pretty much already experienced Paranormal Activity 4 today. A long period of nothing happening, followed by a loud noise that may startle you, but more than likely just makes you grumble as you turn over and hope it goes away.

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Film: Paranorman

The cast/crew bit: directed & written by Chris Butler, starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tucker Albrizzi & Anna Kendrick

The ten-word synopsis: Kid who sees dead people called upon to stop zombies.

Brave may not be a misfire on Pixars’ behalf, but it’s far from their best work. The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists is a fine animated comedy, but nowhere near as funny as Aardmans’ two previous features. And the less said about any of the nonsense Dreamworks have put out this year, the better. Yet, suddenly, it feels like none of this matters, as Laika, makers of 2009s’ creepy kids film Coraline, have outdone not just themselves but anybody involved in an animated feature for the past three years. Paranorman is not just the best animated film of the year, it’s the best since Up redefined 3D animation genre. It’s reminiscent of Pixar at their best, with the added edge that being a horror film lends it. Simply put, Paranorman is a really, really good film. Continue reading