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Ear Candy Podcast #1: A Quiet Place

 

Mike and Mason review the latest horror blockbuster, A Quiet Place. Hilarity ensues.

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The Secret Review

The Secret (2008)

Directed by Jon Rosling

Starring Steven Coward, Emily Batchford, and Nicola Haldane

Isolation never feels more devastating than when you are surrounded by your peers and feel completely alone. As a child, this feeling rears its ugly head too often and leaves us feeling alone and misunderstood. School as a kid can be the realization of all these fears at once. The frustrating feeling of being alone is what The Secret capitalizes upon and shows the horror it can induce. And what horror there is. Continue reading The Secret Review

Goosebumps Review

Not the Cheap, Heartless, Cash Grab You Thought it Was

            Seriously, these days what films are not inspired by a book or “true story”? Ever since the Eragon movie, whenever I see the latest teen novel or emotional story being “adapted to screen” I get the shivers. Of course there have been exceptions like The Hunger Games series but the majority of movies are straight crap that profit off of young people’s nostalgia. Suffice it to say, you can imagine my skepticism as I walked into the theatre for Goosebumps. I read plenty of the short horror stories when I was a kid but was not immensely attached to them so I figured I could suffer through the latest blow to my cherished childhood memories. Surprisingly, I found I didn’t have to. Goosebumps is a surprisingly fun, even heartfelt film that simultaneously manages to pack in the creeps for kids and adults alike. Continue reading Goosebumps Review

Chronicle Review

Chronicle (2012)

Directed by Josh Trank

Starring Dane DeHaan, Michael B. Jordan, Alex Russell

Super

By Mason Manuel

First-entry superhero movies of today have the troublesome burden of dishing out an origin story while still fichronnding time for the hero to have a new adventure of their own. While this is all well and good in moderation, the protagonist is usually someone hard to step into the shoes of. We are not aliens from Krypton, victims of radioactive spider bites, or chosen bearers of mystical rings. For the most part, we are just regular people. So the interesting and scary question Chronicle tries to answer is, how would someone use superpowers if they were someone like… you? The screenplay written by Max Landis and directed by Josh Trank takes a fascinating dive into the human character of three very different boys when they are suddenly given the reigns of an unstoppable power. Continue reading Chronicle Review