Blair Witch: Bared it all!

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“I know its been a while since I have written anything. Its partly due to procrastination and partly due to personal commitments. Nonetheless I had been following 2016’s movies, games, books and music. I just never got back to writing as much as I did before. I had a baby boy couple of months back, had a job change where I have to travel close to 4 hours a day, if that doesn’t explain why I wasn’t writing, I don’t know what will. I was haunted by the fact that I couldn’t write, so here’s to 2017 being a fruitful year….hopefully.

Let me start with a movie from my favorite genre: Horror.”

The Blair Witch Project was a movie that I so fondly remember watching in my early teens and getting scared shitless. The grandaddy of the found footage genre, there was something creepy about the movie and its ambiguous ending that gave me sleepless nights. I almost believed their ‘missing students’ marketing campaign that gave all the more chills watching the movie. Only after an year or so, I found out that it was one of the finest marketing campaigns ever and the actors/students were all alive and kicking and probably laughing at us. The joke was on us, but hey, it was well worth it.

I’d seen a almost all horror movies that released last year and a fair share of it were just plain disappointing. The horror genre isn’t for everyone and only once in a while do we get a good one and most times it’d be predictable rehashes and filled with horror tropes. So when I heard about Blair Witch directed by Adam Wingard (of You’re Next & The Guest fame), I was obviously excited. How could I not? It was a sequel to one of my favorite horror movies.

Followed by a short marketing campaign where the movie was labelled ‘The Woods‘ and then later revealed to be a sequel to The Blair Witch Project, Blair Witch stays clear of (that atrocious sequel) Book of Shadow’s events completely and follows Heather Donahue’s brother, James and his friends back to the Burkittsville, Maryland when he thought he saw his sister from a recent footage that was recovered from the Burkittsville. 4 friends, nifty little gadgets for recording footage and 2 weird tag-along residents all sets out for Burkittsville. Boy oh boy, this is gonna be fun. Blair Witch does build the tension in its first half. The forest feel claustrophobic and genuinely feels like you WILL get lost. The 6 people who ventures into the forest meets their worst fears (and worse), faster than you can say WTF. It felt kind of fresh and Wingard’s touch was definitely apparent in its attention to sound and visuals. But halfway through the movie, it all falters and by the end of it what you get is neither good nor bad experience.

The Blair Witch Project felt genuine, the reason for which were the actors and their impeccable performances, a vague yet comprehendible plot and a never-before-seen shaky camera and panic-struck-runs (who could forget Heather’s running nose) through the woods. Shot on tapes, it felt authentic and novel at the time and the marketing campaign helped us a lot to relate to those film students. Blair Witch on the other hand though, screams Hollywood. The moment you see the stereotypical ‘pretty’ faces, you know that you are watching a Hollywood movie. The actor’s performances were above average but it felt like ‘performances’ than genuine responses to situations. Blair Witch also makes the mistake of rehashing a lot of scenes from the original and while it might be plausible to have the same mysterious occurrences in the sequel, it felt unoriginal and lazy. While the original followed the ‘less is more’ concept to give you genuine thrills, Blair Witch sheds light on the witch as well as what happens in the forest. The info, some subtle and some not, were a bit satisfying to know but it axed ‘scares’ for us to learn them. The worst of Blair Witch‘s issues were those intolerable jump scares. Had it been approached the right way, those jump scares would have been effective but the third time somebody creeps on the actor and yells out their name, you’ll start rolling your eyes.

To Conclude, was Blair Witch better than Book of Shadows? Yes and tons better.
Was it entertaining? Partly, because it was better than most of 2016’s mainstream horror movies. Are you going to remember it as much as the original? Absolutely, not! Was a sequel/reboot necessary? As always, Not at all.

The Intern: A Feel-good Startup Tale

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Although I never deliberately sat down to watch Nancy Meyers movies, I always found myself stumbling upon em somehow. I remember being forced to watch Parent Trap with my sister and ended up loving it when I was a kid (I actually believed there were ‘Lindsay Lohan twins’) and despite being a chick flick, I liked What Women Wants as well. The Intern would be the first Nancy Meyers movie that I wanted to give a shot. The previews were intriguing, the plot looked cheesy yet serviceable and of course, the real reason why I watched The Intern was Anne Hathaway and boy I ended up loving it? Her?

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The Martian: What I Thought!

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Minutes into The Martian, Matt Damon’s Mark Watney says “I’m gonna have to science the shit out of this” and I swear I chuckled so loud that the guy next to me was eyeballing me. I never thought I’d be in for a treat going for Ridley Scott’s The Martian. Of course I am a huge Scott fan but his last two movies were a bit too tiresome to sit through. The ageing director’s prowess felt bumbling a bit, but The Martian proves that he’s still got it. This is Sir Ridley Scott’s awesome Comeback! Continue reading The Martian: What I Thought!

Goodnight Mommy: What I Thought!

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Ich seh, Ich seh aka Goodnight Mommy‘s previews were all over the internet a few weeks back. Hailed as one of the creepiest trailers this season, it had turned enough heads with its visuals and characters alike. ‘Creepy’ was slapped all over the trailer and the fact that it was more an art-house movie than a commercial movie, intrigued me more. Had Sundance’s The Witch trailer not released earlier this week I would still have stuck to Goodnight Mommy‘s disturbing trailer. Continue reading Goodnight Mommy: What I Thought!

Ant-Man: What I Thought!

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By now Marvel has made sure that people WILL watch whatever they churn out. Audience, fans or not, don’t want to miss out any of the ‘Phase’ movies so that they are kept in the Marvel Universe loop. Who knows what reference they’d be making in their next big superhero epic and who would want to feel awkward when everybody around you is having a chuckle. I thought I’d never say this but, I am getting a bit too tired of the superhero movies overcrowding Hollywood. So for Ant-Man instead of jumping in headlong, I decided to wait for the reviews and surprisingly it fared well on Rotten Tomatoes and on the Internet Realm. Let’s give this a shot. Continue reading Ant-Man: What I Thought!

Mad Max Fury Road: What I Thought!

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Mad Max Fury Road is everything you’ve never expected from a modern day action movie. And if you’ve set your expectations low or arent into post-apocalyptic movies, you’ll be in for a surprise. And by the end of it, you’d have wished that you’d never thought so low about George Miller’s ambitious masterpiece.

30 years since the fourth movie, George Miller sets Mad Max Fury Road in a world where almost everybody has gone insane, including its lead, Max Rockatansky. The plot is paper thin and its nothing but an escort mission, lead by Max Rockatansky and Imperator Furiosa, through barren post-apocalyptic wastelands and chased by the main antagonist, Immortan Joe and his maniac War Boys. This is a standalone movie and can hold strong on its own, but if you do want to get into the tone and mood of Mad Max, you oughta watch the old trilogy as it also sheds some light on Max’s story and arguably on who Immortan Joe really would be.

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Batman Vs Robin: What I Thought!

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DC was on a winning streak with their animated movies. When Marvel’s animated movies always faltered and was just watchable (with just a few exceptions) but DC’s Animated Universe was much more enjoyable. From Superman Doomsday and Wonder Woman to The Dark Knight Returns and Year One. Of course when you’ve got brilliant source materials, DC Animated was a always a winner. Even their originals like Assault On Arkham kicked ass. Though I am not too content with their recent outings, Justice League Throne of Atlantis was a tad on the weak side and here comes Batman Vs Robin. Continue reading Batman Vs Robin: What I Thought!