Thursday, December 24, 2009

They're Funkier than Indie Films

The Blair Witch Project was released in 1999. I hated it. I got headaches from the erratic recordings, and I didn't find the movie all that scary; not even funny!

Fast forward 10 years, and I need to applaud that project because it pioneered a new wave of movie productions. I saw two of them this week and they've both been awesome, to say the least.

Cloverfield was my second attempt at watching movies projected through the lens of amateurs. I didn't find the monster (that takes over New York City) all that convincing, but that is besides the point. It was a well-made movie: low budget, high returns, a great storyline and a crazy boy behind the camera, who will just not leave it - not when the monster is attacking, not when his own life or his friends' lives are being threatened, not when he needs to jump from one falling skyscraper to another. Now that takes crazy to a whole new level.




Even crazier, I felt, was this sweet but in-your-face video cameria junkie in Paranormal
Activity. Before I saw the movie, I had read somewhere on the net that the movie didn't come out all that scary, and that it was just plain stupid. NO!

NO! Yes, my husband thought the guy was very irritating, but I thought he was a bit too sweet. He stuck around, didn't he? Sure, he had weird ideas, but don't we owe them this movie? Hats off, the most frightening movie I have ever seen. You might think differently, but I think it, at least, deserves a watch.

Let me know if you've seen or you end up seeing either...

4 comments:

Id it is said...

Seasons Greetings to you and yours Saadia!
Good to see you back.
I haven't seen any of these... though I do plan to see Paranormal Activity at some point.

Razz said...

My thoughts exactly! I loved it! Even did a post on it :)
http://razzita.blogspot.com/2009/10/paranormal-activity.html

Saadia said...

Id,

I'd like to have your two cents once you watch the movie. Reviewing books and movies are your areas of expertise.

Razz,

Your friends didn't like it because they thought it wasn't realistic? Is that an argument? There is reality and then, there is fiction. I thought Paranormal Activity rescued the sinking boat of the typical obsession with exorcism in the horror genre.

Razz said...

Well, that was one of their arguments. They claimed they weren't scared one bit

(also replied on my blog :P)