The Pact

The Pact: “Scream out Scary,” “Twisted and terrifying,” “Nail-biting Suspense”… Try the opposite.
★★

The Pact follows a simple plot that takes a little while to get going and once it does, you realise you’ve probably seen this before. The development of the characters is poor at best and you can’t help but feel nothing for them and although their acting is above par in comparison to many of the horror films I’ve seen of late, it doesn’t make up for how bad the film turned out. The Pact manages to draw you in somewhat by reducing the amount of awful dialogue seen in other films, allowing the tension to build in the silence, but to call it a horror would be lying, for the weak story was absent of any scary moments and the story failed to deliver anything exciting apart from the end credits.

Homeland (s02.e01-e02)

Homeland – Season Two: There’s the smile and a wee bit of redemption, suspense and a whole lot of genius… TV, oh how I love thee…
★★★★★

The Sunday just gone marked the return of the second season of Homeland (in the UK), staged some six months after the last episode ended and from the onset, Homeland updates you and makes its mark, keeping you just as glued to the TV as the first season, except that this time, it’s even more enthralling and suspenseful. Being a week behind the US, I couldn’t resist the urge to catch the second episode and whilst there are some minor gripes with certain things (let’s just say the Skype call and the positioning of some people as examples), everything else feels spot on, from the revelations to all the sub-plots (the father-daughter relationship my particular favourite), the writing and of course, the acting. Clever, ambitious and above all else, entertaining, Homeland is quite possibly the best show currently on TV and for you to miss it would be a huge mistake!

Image from: Homeland, (2012), [ONLINE]. Available here

6 Animated Films I want to see in 2013

6 Animated Films I want to see in 2013

Ok, so it might not be a complete list just yet, but these are 6 animated movies that have caught my eye already for the upcoming year and I cannot wait to catch each one of these.

Wreck-it Ralph

This Disney animation is my favourite pick of the bunch. It looks like a whole lot of fun with a story that is unique and great looking. Ralph, the bad guy in a video game wants to be a good guy and begins on a fun journey that sees him game hop into a first person shooter before meeting up with Vanellope von Schweetz in a kart racing game. Insert a big threat that Ralph has inadvertently unleashed and you’ve got yourself a fun film. For you Americans, you get it early this November, us Brits on the other hand have to wait longer than everyone else in the world to catch this flick in the middle of February. Check out the trailer:

Epic:

This one looks absolutely beautiful and the title of the film could well be describing the look of it. You can expect some comedy from this little adventure film when a teenager finds herself somehow transported into the stunning green forest where there are some good guys, and some bad guys, where she must help save their little world. Sound a bit like FernGully anyone? Well, who cares, this looks like a great little feature that still shouldn’t be missed next year.

Monsters University:

The sequel, well, prequel, to one of my favourite animated films ever made is coming out in the middle of next year. We get to watch the relationship between Mike and Sulley develop as they go through the University of Fear. For many of those kids that watched the original in 2001, they will now be at University and I’m sure that is much of the wide appeal! Smart cookies these people at Disney Pixar, you know. I’m sure we can expect some great laughs along the way. I loved the trailer:

Escape From Planet Earth

I watched the trailer of this and added it to my to watch list immediately. It’s going to be a fun comedy that sees BASA astronaut Scorch Supernova trapped after responding to an SOS call from the dangerous alien planet. Should be a good’un.

Despicable Me 2

I thoroughly enjoyed the first Despicable Me, but whether this one will match up I don’t know since the whole plot is kept secret. But I’ll definitely have to be watching it just for these silly yellow things.

Frozen

Another by Disney, to be released at the end of next year. I’d rather watch the other five above first, but that’s because this is Disney’s adaption of The Snow Queen and frankly, from what I know already (which isn’t very much), the other five sound more fun and interesting. We’ll have to wait and see, but I’m sure this will still be a good’un (no trailer yet).

Honorouable Mention goes to Paperman.
This little short will feature in front of possibly my favourite looking film of the 6, Wreck-it Ralph when it is released in the cinema. The short is in black and white and looks like something to enjoy.

If you have any additional films you would add to the list, please say and do tell what your favourite is. I could easily have missed some…