Annabelle (2014) – Average horror movie with good Cast

Category: Mystery/Horror
Actors: Annabelle, Ward Horton, Tony Amendola, Alfre Woodard, Kerry O’Malley, Brian Howe, Eric Ladin, Ivar Brogger, Geoff Wehner, Gabriel Bateman, Shiloh Nelson, Sasha Sheldon, Camden Singer, Robin Pearson Rose, Keira Daniels

Duration: 99 min
Rated: R

You might Like this Movie if you enjoyed:
Rosemarie’s Baby (1968), Insidious (2010), The Conjuring (2012)

Long Story Short:
After their home has been invaded by members of a satanic cult, a couple experiences supernatural activities that seem to be related to a vintage doll.

Annabelle starts off strong, with a few jump moments, some mystery and a little gore. After we have been introduced to the major plot, however, there aren’t following any surprises or twists any more.

We see cliché jump scares, people in bad situations not reacting in the brightest way at all, and an ending that was rather predictable than surprising or refreshing.

I have to be honest, I wished James Wan would have gone all out there and basically created a more evil and vicious doll than Chucky, I actually wanted the doll to chase people and kill without remorse, but maybe his budget wouldn’t allow those kind of special or CGI effects.

Don’t get me wrong, Annabelle is not a bad movie, it is probably one of the best horror movies that has been released this year – but 2014 was probably the worst year when it comes to horror movies – it is just nothing new.

I also enjoyed the acting a lot, especially Alfre Woodard did an excellent job, even though I didn’t like her character development as much, because it was just too predictable. But that’s not her fault.

Go rent Annabelle on a cold winter night and cuddle up on the couch with your significant other or a friend, or have a buddy night and order pizza and have some beers. Either way, it is not the worst you can do with your time.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Annabelle is based on the true story just like The Conjuring? But the plot of the movie itself was entirely made up, none of the main characters actually existed. The doll, however, existed and did some scary things to its owners. It is sitting in a wooden box behind a glass door in Monroe, Connecticut.

Here is a picture of the real doll and paranormal researchers Lorraine Warren:

This and more interesting images and facts about Annabelle can be found on

Rating: 6/10

Horns (2013) – Starts of promising, Ends in a huge Disappointment

Category: Drama/ Mystery/ Fantasy
Actors: Daniel Radcliffe, Max Minghella, Joe Anderson, Juno Temple, Kelli Garner, James Remar, Kathleen Quinlan, Heather Graham, David Morse, Michael Adamthwaite, Nels Lennarson, Don Thompson, Jay Brazeau, Alex Zahara, Kendra Anderson

Duration: 120 min
Rated: R

You might Like this Movie if you enjoyed:

Long Story Short:
After being accused for his girlfriend’s gruesome murder, a man grows horns and realizes that they give him the power to find the person responsible for the death of the love of his life.

I was looking forward to see Horns, mainly because I loved the whole idea of it, and was excited to see Daniel Radcliffe in a movie that actually takes place at present times. Little did I know that this was going to be the biggest disappointment I had in a while.

The movie starts very odd and the script feels very cartoony especially the dialogues, but since the plot was interesting I was willing to overlook that. After 30 minutes I got frustrated with the main character and how he doesn’t use his “powers” in a smart way, but instead, runs around without a clue, transforming from what I thought was going to be the hero of the story, into an annoying cry baby.

This genre is definitely not Alexandre Aja’s strength, he should stick with directing horror movies. While this movie is advertised as a horror mystery it is more of an intense mystery drama with a few comedic elements. The acting seems forced and lifeless. There are no emotions, nor motives given to the characters, which is why they seem constantly confused, and at the end when the final showdown was supposed to happen, I was not even surprised that it fell flat.

The entire time I kept wondering if the book the movie is based on is just as bad. It was written by Stephen King’s son, so I would have expected something different.

I wouldn’t know who to recommend this movie to. As a matter of fact, I wouldn’t even know what to compare it with. I felt sorry for all actors involved since none of them couldn’t really show what they are capable off. Daniel Radcliffe to me is like Kristen Stewart: While I think he is good actor, it seems hard to find the right character for him to play due to his one dimensional performances. But maybe he hasn’t been given the right script yet.

Rating: 4/10

Sex Tape (2014) – Expect Nothing and You’ll be pleasantly Surprised

Category: Comedy
Actors: Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper, Rob Lowe, Nat Faxon, Nancy Lenehan, Giselle Eisenberg, Harrison Holzer, Sebastian Hedges, Timothy Brennen, Krisztina Koltai, Randall Park, Joe Stapleton, James Wilcox

Duration: 94 min
Rated: R

You might Like this Movie if you enjoyed:
The Sweetest Thing (2002), Bad Teacher (2011), This is 40 (2012)

Long Story Short:
A married couple wants to spice up their sex life and records a sex tape that is supposed to be just for them, but instead it gets accidentally uploaded to all their friends’ devices.

Okay, let’s be honest, who actually expected something unexpectedly new and refreshing from this movie? Well, if you did, you were probably deeply disappointed and wanted your money back unless seeing Cameron Diaz’ naked butt, and getting a glimpse at her nipples were enough for you.

Personally, I thought this was going to be just as bad as Bad Teacher, which in my opinion was a disgrace for Cameron Diaz, since I am a big fan of her work, especially the work that showcases her acting skills, and doesn’t seem like a role she just accepted because she had no other offers. But, after having the lowest expectations possible, I was actually pleasantly surprised; sure, it could have had a few more funny moments, and the cursing seemed forced at times. But there were some good jokes, it kind of had a “Dude, Where’s My Car” charm to it, and the two leading actors were charming and committed.

Many times I have read people criticizing the lack of story, but I wonder what they expected from a movie called Sex Tape; a deep love story that will stick with you for days because it was so touching and moving? That’s just like expecting romance in a porn.

Sex Tape is a light weight comedy for a movie night with friends. You can lash out in a conversation and check back in without missing out on anything.

Rating: 5.5/10

31 Days of Halloween

For those who have been following my blog, this was last year’s “31 Days of Halloween List” with one movie for each day of October. Since last year, I haven’t seen any memorable horror movies, so I will just re-recommend the ones from 2013′s list.

I hope you will find one you haven’t seen yet. Let me know if you have any new recommendations for me or want me to watch and review a new movie for you. :)

To get more information about a movie just click on the movie title.


1. The Descent

2. The Shining

3. The Silence of The Lambs
4. Dead Silence
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5. Trick’ R Treat
6. Sinister

7. The Ring
8. Mirrors

9. It
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10. The Hills Have Eyes

11. Halloween H20: 20 Years Later

12. Orphan

13. A Nightmare on Elm Street

14. Fallen

15. The Strangers
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16. Insidious

17. Drag Me To Hell

18. The Sixth Sense

19. Frailty

20. Saw

21. Scream

22. Pet Sematary

23. Mine Games

24. Fragile

25. Friday the 13th

26. The Craft

27. Psycho

28. The Pact

29. Child’s Play

30. The Exorcist

31. Halloween

The Fault in Our Stars (2014) – Tissues, Please!

Category: Drama
Actors: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, Willem Dafoe, Lotte Verbeek, Ana Dela Cruz, Randy Kovitz, Toni Saladna, David Whalen, Milica Govich, Allegra Carpenter, Emily Peachey

Duration: 126 min
Rated: PG-13

You might Like this Movie if you enjoyed:
Untamed Heart (1993), A Walk to Remember (2002), My Sister’s Keeper (2009)

Long Story Short:
Hazel and Gus, two teenagers who shouldn’t have a worry in their life, share the same sharp sense of humor and instantly feel a connection when they meet for the first time. But unfortunately they share something else; they are both trying to survive a fatal illness.

The Fault in our Stars is a beautiful (but also sad) movie based on a young adult novel of the same name, but it is actually for everyone who can remember falling in love so hard that nothing else mattered.

The two leads Shailene Woodley (The Secfret Life of The American Teenager, 2008- 2013) and Ansel Elgortare (Carrie, 2013) are refreshing and delightful and can compete with any other actor in Hollywood right now. I was pleasantly surprised by this movie since I expected something completely cheesy and immature but it was so much more. This is why people love dramas. It brings you sadness, joy, laughter, hope, tears and butterflies. It is a beautifully tragic rollercoaster and raises the question: If these two can keep smiling and appreciate life, why can’t we?

If you cry easily , get some tissues ready. And if you love dramas, you are in for a real treat.

Rating: 8/10

#MovieReview : Kite (2014)

Category: Action
Actors: Samuel L. Jackson, India Eisley, Callan McAuliffe, Carl Beukes, DeVille Vannik, Deon Lotz, Keci Eatock, Lionel Newton, Jaco Muller, Terence Bridgett, Zane Meas, Cleo Rinkwest, Russel Savadier, Matthew Van Leeve, Liam J. Stratton

Duration: 90 min
Rated: R

You might Like this Movie if you enjoyed:
Leon (1994), Kill Bill Vol. 1 + 2 (2003/2004)

Long Story Short:
After her parents get killed a young woman enters the underworld of human sex trafficking to track down their murderers to take bloody revenge.

Not having any background information about it, I watched Kite and enjoyed it for what it was. The picture treatment is interesting; very dark and dull with a few color splashes in it like the bright red wig the main character is wearing. The storyline is simple but enough to fill a 90-minutes action spectacle, and may I add we get a lot of action here. There Martial arts sequences, plenty of gore and one on one fights, and it almost seems like a whole different world we are thrown into.

Samuel L. Jackson is doing what we are expecting him to do, no unpleasant surprises here. Indie Esley – known from the TV-Show The Secret Life of The American Teenager (2008- ) – on the other hand seems a little stiff, which can be due the lifeless script. That leads me to the character development that doesn’t really exist. We have very two dimensional characters without any depth; even if we want to connect to the lead it is hard because even though we know her motivation that feeling of desperation and rage doesn’t really come across.

After watching Kite I found out that it is based on a very cruel anime series from 1998 that included multiple explicit rape scenes of the protagonist, and since the she was under age it was forbidden in many countries to sell the uncut version. Due to its cruel content it was hard to imagine to even make a movie without getting a NC-17 rating. But not only did the director toned it down, he also changed the storyline. So I assume that many fans of the original would be very disappointed, not because of the missing rape scenes, but the complete change of events that would have given our leading lady the needed depth. Furthermore I don’t understand why - if based on a Japanese series – there weren’t any Japanese or at least Asian actors chosen for the movie????!

Nonetheless, I would say Kite is a decent movie that impresses with its style, setup and soundtrack. It is worth a watch if you don’t expect a thought provoking message at the end. It won’t stick with you, because at the end it is just another movie.

Rating: 6/10

#TvTuesday : Selfie (2014- ) – Too literal or just right? (Watch Pilot before its official air date… for free !!)


Category: Comedy
Actors: Karen Gillan, John Cho, David Harewood, Allyn Rachel, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Amanda Jane Cooper, Colleen Smith, Sapir Azulay, Matthew Cardarople, Jennifer Hasty

Channel: ABC
Duration: 21 min
Rated: TV-PG

You might like this if you enjoyed:
Clueless (1996-1999), Suburgatory (2011-2014), Awkward (2011-)

Long Story Short:
A former ugly duckling who became a beautiful but self centered social media icon has to hire a marketing expert to change her whole image after she’s been the star of an embarrassing video that has gone viral.

I honestly thought the title seemed a little silly, which is why I wasn’t planning on watching it. But when I saw that Karen Gillian from Oculus and Guardians of The Glaxy and John Cho – who doesn’t need an introduction – were in it I gave it a shot. And I am glad I did. The entire cast seems very engaged, the script is on point, the jokes land, and the result is a refreshing comedy that will hopeful survive the (cancellation) ax. Since it’s an ABC show I am hopeful that it will have at least a full season, since they are very committed to their new shows, as we could see with The Neighbors, which got two seasons despite the low ratings each week.

Karen Gillian represents the new (shallow) generation very well, and even though the storyline is a little predictable I have no doubt that each episode can be a real treat. I hope it makes up for the unexpected cancellation of Suburgatory, which made me a little sad.

Rating: 6.5/10

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