Tuesday Releases: The Possession & Taken 2

JANUARY 15TH, 2013

THE PAPERBOY // Reminiscent of the punch provided by “The Killer Inside Me”, Lee Daniels’ “The Paperboy” places Zac Efron in a performance driven drama that forces him to prove his acting prowess, and he comes out the better for it. Still overshadowed by his acting counterparts, Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, and John Cusack deliver extraordinary performances, all outside of their normal, respected roles. The plot is standard, with very few surprises, and those that do exist come off flat and purely for shock value. However, “The Paperboy” remains sexually charged and does not disappoint, also marking the first truly great performance from Macy Gray, as the housekeeper.

ThePossession-headerTHE POSSESSION // “The Possession” is able to hit some effective, visual moments, but fails to tie them together properly and ultimately ends up borrowing most of its scares from previous horror films, including a commendable attempt at an updated exorcism, reminiscent of the original “The Exorcist”. Sadly, the story misses its opportunity to flesh out the article about the based-on-a-true-story box and, produced by Sam Raimi, gets far too close to becoming a parody of itself, with some laughable moments and unconvincing visual effects. Natasha Calis delivers a respectable performance as the possessed girl and Matisyahu as the exorcising Hasitic Jewish rabbi is a perfect casting choice. However, inconsistent throughout, the film fails to reach a level of diabolic or sinister to persuade me to be truly frightened, lacking an certain urgency or unpredictability.

New Releases
17 Girls 2-denied2-small
About Cherry
Branded
Farewell My Queen
The Intouchables
The Paperboy
The Possession
Taken 2
To Rome with Love
Wake in Fright
Won’t Back Down

TV Box Set

  • Being Human (UK): Season Four
  • Jackson 5ive: Complete Animated Series
  • Last of the Summer Wine: Vintage 1997
  • Life’s Too Short: Season One
  • Merlin: Season Four
  • Twenty Twelve: Complete Series
  • Waking the Dead: Season Seven

Special Editions/Other Releases

  • 5 Broken Cameras
  • Allegiance
  • Beyond Pollution
  • The Chicago 8
  • China Heavyweight
  • Counterpunch
  • Detropia
  • Falling Uphill
  • Gaiking: The Movie Collection
  • I Am Bruce Lee
  • King: A Filmed Record
  • The Last Fall
  • Love Beat the Hell Outta Me
  • Love Me
  • The Man Who Knew Too Much: Criterion
  • The Notebook: Collector’s Gift Set
  • Obselidia
  • The Other Dream Team
  • Three Stars
  • The Tin Drum: Criterion

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s