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  Friends Giveaway!
Posted by: Mike on Nov 15th, 2012 1 Comment »

Our friends over at Warner Brothers are giving away some limited edition special prizes just for checking out the video below!

Want to win a Friends prize pack including two Friends mugs, and a limited edition picture frame exactly like the one that hung over Monica’s door?  Just drop a comment on this post, and you’re entered! Winner will be picked at random on December 5th, 2012.

Also be sure to check out the Friends weekly trivia game!

And be sure to get your copy of the Friends: The Complete Series on Blu-ray, available now at any reputable retailer!

  The Awakening
Posted by: Mike on Nov 8th, 2012 Leave a Comment »

The Awakening Review

The Awakening

If you’re interested in seeing The Awakening, you’ll likely read how it takes bits and pieces from The OthersThe Sixth Sense, and countless other suspenseful types of movies over the last few decades.  You’ll also likely read that it isn’t very original, and that people may have not liked it.  I’m here to tell you that those people couldn’t be more wrong.  Sure, it pulls from other movies from the genre.  How can you not? More or less everything’s been done over the last few decades, it’s tough to come up with any new ideas that don’t have a hint of another film in them.  That’s near impossible.

The Awakening, I’d go as far as saying, is fantastic.  I loved it.  Perhaps it’s because I’ve loved Rebecca Hall since The Prestige.  Perhaps it’s because I was dying to figure out what was actually going on the entire time.  I kept thinking I had it all figured out, and then it turned out I was wrong.

I think the reason some people didn’t like this movie is because they expected to be scared out of their minds the entire time.  And that’s not what The Awakening is meant to do.  Sure, it’s a “ghost story” in the traditional sense, and that’s how it’s been billed in the (limited) trailers I’ve seen for it.  But that’s not what it is at its core.  It’s got a few jump out of your seats spots, but nothing to make you want to cry.  It’s not that scary, and I’m okay with that.

What is it then? It’s a story that happens to take place at a boarding school for boys, that happens to be haunted.  The story that we see, and the point of the movie is to tell why the boarding school is haunted. And I loved the way they tell this story.  It gripped me in a way that one of these types of movies hasn’t in quite a while.  I think back to the last of these types of films that I saw in the theater, which was the absolutely dreadful The Woman in Black, starring Daniel Radcliff. Which was abysmal, at best.  The Awakening doesn’t scare your pants off, but it does get the job done.

I don’t want to say too much, or give away too much of the reveal at the end, as that’s the whole point of the movie.  So I can just reiterate how much I loved the film.  It’s not perfect, which is why I’m only giving it 4.5 stars, instead of 5.  But it’s close enough to perfect that I’ve pre-ordered the Blu-ray (which as of the writing of this review, does not have a release date.)

If you like movies that make you think, let you try to figure out what the “answer” is, and have people with British accents, this film’s for you!

  Isaac Hempstead Wright
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  Imelda Staunton
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  Rebecca Hall
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