Movie Review: Europa Report

IMDB, Europa ReportScience-Fiction/Thiller, 90 Minutes, 2013: “Europa Report” on IMDB

If you liked “Gravity” (my review) then you’re a smart, discerning and, if I may say, strikingly attractive individual. You’ll also love “Europa Report”. The movie presents a highly realistic space mission; in this case a multi-year, multi-national mission to Europa, Jupiter’s sixth moon. All our (actual) evidence indicates that Europa is home to massive, warm water-oceans under its geologically active crust of ice. It’s generally understood to be our best legitimate shot of finding extraterrestrial life in the solar system.

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Movie Review: Entity

IMDB, The EntityHorror, 87 Minutes, 2012: “Entity” on IMDB

15 years ago a mass grave of over 30 people is found in the Siberian wilderness. The Russian government ignores the event and provides no explanation. A small group of journalists accompany a powerful psychic to the site to investigation. After making contact with spirits at the site the group is led to an abandoned research station several miles away. There they unravel a terrible secret while being assaulted by… something, left in the ruins.

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Movie Review: The Frankenstein Theory

IMDB, The Frankenstein TheoryHorror, 87 Minutes, 2013: The Frankenstein Theory on IMDB

[This is the twentieth selection in my irregular, “My Wife and Kids are Visiting Relatives and I’m Home Watching Movies” film festival.]

Hey – a found footage movie!  I haven’t seen one of those in, like, hours!

In this particular case a disgraced professor hires a documentary film team to follow him to the unpopulated wilds of the Yukon territories in an attempt to prove the theory behind his life’s work.  After years of research he believes that story of “Frankenstein” is not only true, but that the monster is still alive and roaming the artic fringes.

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Movie Review: Paranormal Activity Series

IMDB, Paranormal ActivityIMDB, Paranormal Activity 2IMDB, Paranormal Activity 3IMDB, Paranormal Activity 4
Paranormal Activity on IMDB (Horror, 86 Minutes, 2007)
Paranormal Activity 2 on IMDB (Horror, 91 Minutes, 2010)
Paranormal Activity 3 on IMDB (Horror, 83 Minutes, 2011)
Paranormal Activity 4 on IMDB (Horror, 88 Minutes, 2012)

I, like everybody else, heard amazing things about this series.  The first movie was made on the thinnest of shoestring budgets (less than $15,000) but has since grossed over 100 million.  I had never gotten around to watching it.  With a fifth movie announced, four in the can and a whole day to kill I figured, “why not a marathon?”

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Movie Review: Troll Hunter

Drama/Comedy, 97 Minutes, 2001: Troll Hunter on IMDB

As my hordes of imaginary regular readers know I watch a lot of bad monster movies.  So many, in fact, that when an actual good monster movie sneaks in I sometimes have to consider: is it truly a good movie or have I abused my pallette to the point where even mediocre seems good by comparison?  Can a dog that eats cat-turds truly appreciate filet mignon?

Philosophical discussion aside I have made a decision: “Troll Hunter” is a good movie.  A very good movie.

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