Hey thanks for your comments about PARIAH but it's NOT a hollywood movie it's a first time writer/director and recent NYU film school grad by the name of Dee Rees who produced the film on a microbudget. If you want to see a different story you can relate to, you'll have to either wait patiently (and perhaps indefinitely) or make the movie yourself. Best wishes in 2012!
Some movies are great to watch on the big screen while others make their greatest appearance on the home screen. A good example of this is "Devil's Due" which I truly enjoyed at home but would have hated it in the theater. This movie would have irritated me on the big screen because some scenes were a bit too long and the jumpy camera can really make you feel like jumping out of your seat but with the ability to fast forward some scenes and go back to others this film worked just right. The story was a light version of "Rosemary's Baby with a bit more action then expected. The acting and story were fine but the special effects were amazing. In short 'Devil's Due" it due your attention at home but not in theater.
Devil's Due *** Home (add 1/2 star if you love special effects)
I don't believe I'm having an episode it's just that this movie gave me so many reasons to hate but I still liked it at the end. To be kind the acting was less then inspiring. The typical Hollywood anti-religion and anti-wealth themes seeped through as well yet this didn't distract as much as I expected mainly because the action scenes were well cut and the film moved at a rapid and engaging pace. There were also many twists and turns that I didn't expect. Purge Anarchy survives what could have been a deadly night because of these wonderful aspects.
I don't know what I'm missing but this movie was just okay. The script was fine but nothing incredible. The acting was also fine but no Academy Award nominations here. Special Effects were well done but seeing it in 3d was a waste of money. . At times the movie moved at a rather slow pace. I give it a 1/2 star more because of the twist and the development of Ceaser as a character.
Jersey Boys- was fine when it should have been excellent! The first person narrative might work well on a theatre stage but doesn't work on this big screen. The film went from scene to scene as if someone was going through a checklist instead of the emotional high and low we expect in a film. The best songs were cut short instead of some scenes that could have been cut. I gave an extra 1/2 star for the ending credits which brought a bit more life and entertainment to the entire film.
THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN- WASN'T THAT AMAZING. -Superhero films shouldn't jump from being dark, to comedy in a split second. There were moments of great acting and then there were other times you thought you were watching a cartoon because some of the characters were ridiculous. The film has amazing special effects and some great scenes but not enough to get above the 2 star rating. I added a 1/2 star because the close to the end everything came together well but the final ending was stupid so I couldn't add another half.