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EXCLUSIVE: The Movie Interview: Insidious Chapter 2 star Lin Shaye

The Movie Interview with Leo Quinones welcomes Lin Shaye, star of Insidious Chapter 2.  Follow Leo on Twitter @MovieInterview

X Men: First Class Movie Review

Hollywood has found a way to re-use popular characters: Origin stories.  Starting with Spiderman, then Batman Begins, Thor, The Green Lantern, next year’s Superman: The Man of Steel and coming to a theater near you in July, Captain America: The First Avenger.

Now is as good a time as ever to tip the cap to Marvel Mastermind, Stan Lee.  His imagination was a stunning 1/2 century ahead of the world.  These comic book characters were created back in the 1960’s.  It has to be rewarding that his passion for larger than life, yet flawed mutant characters would get their due from top filmmakers in 2011.

The swingin’ 60’s is the perfect era to have Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) meet his telepathic brethren, Erik Lehnsherr. (Michael Fassbender) These two talented actors anchor the film in reality.  Their emotional impact makes all the mutations, skirmishes & special effects much more believable.

X Men: First Class is set against the backdrop of the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962.   What an amazing fragile  time in the world’s history: The Cold War. Kudos to Bryan Singer & Sheldon Turner for writing a story which integrates Charles & Erik teaming up with the ever steady leadership of  John F. Kennedy, to save the world from Nuclear War. (That’s in the movie trailer) NO SPOILERS HERE.

Now, let’s get to the heavy.  Kevin Bacon plays Sebastian Shaw.  All I know about Kevin Bacon is this:  He’s so amazingly on-point with every role he inhabits, and the thing is, he makes it look completely effortless.   January Jones does a fine job as Emma Frost.  Rose Byrne’s having an amazing year playing CIA agent Moira MacTaggert.  This spring, Rose starred in Writer/Director James Wan’s uber clever horror flick, “Insidious,” & she also gave us the best laughs of the summer as one of the “Bridesmaids.”  (Bridesmaids was way funnier than “The Hangover 2. Yeah, I said it!) She’s going to X-plode in popularity.

X Men: First Class gives the audience a clearer understanding. Questions will be answered.  How did they band together? Why did Erik & Charles venture on separate paths?  Why is Charles confined to a wheelchair?  Who actually created Magneto’s helmet?  I applaud the filmmakers for releasing X Men: First Class in 2D.  It’s fine. Looks great. No Gimmicks.  I’d rather have story, story & more story than 3D.  X Men Marks the Spot!  Don’t miss it!

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Insidious Film Freak Movie Review

As a four year old kid, there was this song that always freaked me out.  At that time, the artist, Tiny Tim was, at the very least, a musical oddity.  He resembled, an impossible to fathom, a more sinister version of Rock n’ Roll icon, Alice Cooper. Tiny Tim turned up the creepiness strumming his ukulele to administer his  signature song, “Tip Toe Through the Tulips.”  It takes me right back to a feeling of being helpless & scared. This guy was my childhood Freddy Krueger.  It gave me nightmares.  Kudos to James Wan for recognizing the strangest slice of  pop culture music & infusing it into his latest film, “Insidious.”  The is the scariest PG-13 movie since, “The Ring.”

Finally, a horror film cast with good actors.  Everyone at the top of their game, Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne & Lin Shaye, who’s always on point.   “Insidious” tells a story of possession.  A young family confronts trauma as their son lies in a coma.  The “Insidious” video clip here will shed light.

Over the last decade or so, horror movies by & large have remained flat. “Insidious” was done with sheer cleverness.  The musical score taunts & elevates to the point of distress.  The sound design terrorizes.  The plot keeps driving forward.  It’s all right there, everything you want in a scary movie.  As for me, from now on, I’m gonna be suspicious of anybody who goes out of their way to NOT have their picture taken.

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“Saw” Creators James Wan & Leigh Whannell

“Saw” fans!  Rally around this! Here is a FREE 5-part interview with “Saw” creators JAMES WAN & LEIGH WHANNELL. I stand behind this interview!!  If you find a better, more insightful or energetic interview, anywhere, let me know. These guys are amazing.  They go all the way back and relive the creation of the first “Saw.”



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