Paranormal Activity 4 (2012)

This demon is just getting more and more creepy.

This demon is just getting more and more creepy.

Directed by: Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (Schulman directed the “is it or is it not real” documentary Catfish)

Written by: Christopher Landon, based off of Chad Feehan’s story

Starring: Kathryn Newton, Matt Shively, Alexondra Lee, Stephen Dunham, Brady Allen, Aiden Lovekamp and Katie Featherston.

What it’s about: continuing the Paranormal Activity franchise with another found footage film

What I liked: Well I am a fan of the franchise, though I do think it has run its course.  However, the story continues and I keep getting more intrigued by what may or may not be the final reveal.  See, I thought last year’s Paranormal Activity 3 was the big revelation and now it just keeps going.  I have this weird feeling that it is somehow going to end up tied to The Blair Witch Project and if there is a way for that to happen, it may or may not be the most brilliant reveal ever.  That’s just speculation on my part, though.  I like seeing Katie Featherston, I just wish she’d get more screen time in these films.

What I disliked: The premise is beginning to run a bit thin.  Hopefully the franchise takes a cue from this final season of “The Office” and reveals who is putting together all this found footage and for what purpose because right now, it is getting both cheesy and reeking of nothing other than an easy cash grab.

Would I recommend it to anyone?: Only if they are a fan of the franchise.

Rating: 2.5 / 5

Doesn't this make you want to watch the movie?

Doesn’t this make you want to watch the movie?

Bad Teacher (2011)

It was with mixed feelings and trepidation that I sat down to watch Bad Teacher.  Would it live up to its predecessor Bad Santa and create a whole Bad Franchise?  Would I be able to watch the increasingly-leatherish Cameron Diaz in high definition, fondly recalling her introductory scene in The Mask and try not to cry a little?  Would I be entertained and would I even like it?  So many questions, so little Internet space.

Basically Diaz’s character, Elizabeth Halsey, is the worst teacher ever for so many reasons, and she’s a gold-digging tramp as well.  She’s looking for the easy ride, get-rich quick schemes and stuff, just so she can get a boob job and then hook a really rich guy.  The charming Jason Segel is the gym teacher, Lucy Punch is the overbearingly and psychotic nice teacher, John Michael Higgins the harried principal and Justin Timberlake is a substitute teacher.  There are also children in the movie.

I really thought it was going to suck, but it didn’t, so hurrah!  It’s not as funny as it probably could be, but the writing team of Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky bring plenty of their experience from “The Office” to the table and they created a fairly charming movie in my books.  I’m as surprised as you are.  There’s loads of comedic talents in the cast, and despite being a total cunt at the beginning of the movie, Diaz kinda grows on you by the end.  JUST LIKE BILLY BOB THORNTON IN Bad Santa!  Watch that too!

3.5 / 5