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Never fear Movie Adventures has come back once more and with changes again. Don’t worry it’s not that bad, but due to life getting in the way, Robyn and I have decided to cut it down to one movie a piece instead of two! Lets not waste any more time and jump right into it!

We are always looking for ideas for Topics so please send them my way and maybe you’ll see your theme on this here old blog! And Maybe you’ll get to write a little bit about what movie you watched anyone is free to join in on the Movie Adventure there’s plenty to go around!

Robyn’s Pick
Interview with the Vampire
(1994)
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For a movie that is based off a book, it follows along quite well. Normally these kinds of movies diverge a bit with things that weren’t even in the books, but other than a couple of appearance differences (Brad Pitt’s straight brown hair and the fact that Antonio Banderas isn’t 17 years old) and some scenes being left out, you can safely watch this movie and still get most of the picture from the book. From beginning to end, the movie sucks you in. The whole cast gives these characters life, and you even come to love Claudia because Kirsten Dunst is super adorable. If you love this movie, then you definitely need to read the books. Don’t bother watching Queen of the Damned, though. It doesn’t follow the book at all and even as a movie in and of itself, it sucks.

Courtney’s Pick
Van Helsing
(2004)
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 What to say about Van Helsing…I know that it had many people in an uproar because they thought that it was a terrible movie. I am pretty sure it had some flaws but to me it was a grand movie! It has two of my favorite actors in it Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale and they were perfect for their roles! The ending always made me cry my eyes out. Whats honestly not to love about this movie it has Dracula, Werewolves, Frankenstein’s Monster, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (all great monster movie characters) I could watch this movie over and over again!

Video Game Movies. Take 2

Hello fellow movie watchers/lovers! I realize that this post was supposed to go up onto the internet towards the tail end of November but life got pretty hectic with work and the holiday of Thanksgiving got in the way but hey I need something else to post into this fine month of December.
let’s get to round two of our Video Game Movie picks. Robyn is up first this time lets see what she picked/enjoyed!

Robyn’s Pick
Silent Hill: Revelation (2012)
gajgaWhat video game movie is guaranteed to show you the most gruesome, creepiest creatures ever thought of? That’s right, Silent Hill. I decided to watch the second installment, Silent Hill: Revelation (mostly because the first one isn’t on Netflix streaming). This movie continues the interesting life of Sharon, whom now goes by the name Heather. She starts to see things, alternate realities, pertaining to Silent Hill. She’s being followed by a P. I. whom felt the need to warn her about the Order who tries to bring her back to Silent Hill. She meets a boy (I had no idea who Kit Harrington was when I first saw this movie, but do I now) who turns out to be from the Order trying to bring her back to Silent Hill. She meets other interesting characters, such as Alessa’s mother and two girls who got lost and trapped in a mannequin-spider’s web, and the terrifying Pyramid Head. After wandering through the town, saving Vincent from the nurses, becoming one with Alessa, she confronts the leader, who is actually the ugly razorbladed monster we see periodically throughout the movie. Pyramid Head comes in to fight her, then after killing her just walks off (I don’t understand why he would save her). Her father decides to stay and look for her mother. I think they did a great job spelling out the story, giving the how’s, the who’s, and the why’s. I don’t know how the games play out, but I think I can assume it doesn’t follow it on every point. That’s not always a good thing to do, but in this case it worked out just fine. I kind of hope they do another movie. I would like to see what other creatures they could come up with.

Courtney’s Pick
Doom (2005)
imagesWE0PM6NDWell first off how could you not love a movie that has Dwayne Johnson and Karl Urban in it? I mean they are two muscle-bound hotties, oh sorry got of track a little bit!
There is one scene in particular that sold me on this entire film and yes I know it has been criticized for the cheesiness of it all but growing up playing this game, or watching a sibling play, then you know what I’m talking about. (I remember playing with the chainsaw hacking up everyone) I love how at the end (spoiler) it shifts into First Person Mode while Urban walks down a long Corridor to save his sister (if I remember correctly been a while since I have watched it) anyways you can correct me if I am wrong. I find it hard to keep details straight any longer. However with that being said I usually don’t go for these types of movies and if I do end up watching them it has to be light outside way before my bedtime *Dooms not that scary, not even in the slightest* if you enjoy campy movies like myself then you’ll love Doom. I am a huge Urbanite as I like to call myself! We need more video game based movies am I right?

Graduation Years

Welcome to Round two of Movie Adventures of Courtney and Robyn. This week our theme is the year we graduated I will be sharing with you two out of eight of our reviews the other six will come later on (two at a time). I want to spread the movies out a little bit instead of overloading the site with 8 movies.  Lets not waste any time and let’s get to our first movie. Robyn graduated first so she will be up first then it will be my turn.

(Please let us know if you have a theme you would like us to do! Just send me an email Thegamehuntress@gmail.com)

War of the Worlds (2005)

gakgajkgaI remember when this movie came out and hearing all about how when it was aired years ago on the radio, how everyone thought it was real and freaked out. To have such a huge effect on listeners, what an incredible thing to hear. I almost wish I had lived back then so I could experience that event (but I wouldn’t give up the technology I have now). I really like Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning in this movie. I’m not very familiar with the actor who played Robbie, but that character really did annoy me. Perhaps that would be a normal teenage boy reaction? Who knows. The entire movie was great, except for when it came to the ending. I was so disappointed with how it ended, I felt like there should have been this great climax. Aliens on our planet? There needs to be more action and drama and fear!

TMNT (2007)
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I Love Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles with a passion have since I was a little kid and has grown bigger into my adult life and is growing out of proportion each and every day. I honestly never saw the animated TMNT movie before until up about a month or two ago. I wish I had seen it sooner, it is possible I had seen it and just forgot who really knows with this brain of mine!

I loved the Cast of the characters
Raph- Nolan North (Eeek need I say more?)
Leonardo- James Arnold Taylor
Mikey- Mikey Kelley
Donnie-Mitchell Whitfield
April O’Neil- Sarah Michelle Geller
Casey Jones- Chris Evans aka Captain America!!!
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I thought that the animation was done really well and the storyline was really good as well. I truly believed that they captured each of the turtles personalities to a T. Of course Raphael and Leonardo butt heads about who is a better leader, Mikey is just Mikey that’s the only way to really describe his character, and of course Donatello is the brains of the group!

My favorite character in this film was of course without a doubt Raph, not only because he is voiced by the amazing Nolan North but because he has always been one of my favorites (I used to love Donnie more as a kid but after watching the Nickelodeon TMNT show I love Raph now cause he’s voiced by Sean Astin!) He is the hot headed temperamental one but if his brothers are in trouble he is able to come around and help out with whatever is going on. You can always count on him! I will watch and rewatch this movie over and over again without being bored.

Robin Williams (1951-2014)

Welcome movie lovers of all ages to the debut of our two woman Movie Club! Right now its just going to be the two of us due to time restraints on my part but more of that at a later date. We have picked a temporary name, man is it hard coming up with names for stuff Geez Louise, Movie Adventures of Courtney and Robyn *not gonna lie I instantly thought of Batman and Robin haha*  if you have any suggestions for us please don’t hesitate to comment down below or you can reach us on twitter @tenismoresonic and @GeekyGamerChick.

The world recently lost one of the greatest comedians of all time in August, Robin Williams. Some of his most memorable films include Mrs. Doubtfire (a classic film), Patch Adams (one that will surely make you cry), and many more. Robyn and I have decided to honor his memory by each watching 2 of our favorite Robin Williams movies each.

Please enjoy our first two picks. Other two will come out at a later date!

 Robyn’s Flick Pick 

Hook (1991)

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This is the movie I grew up on. When I was little, I was proud to have the same first name as Robin Williams and I watched it all the time (of course Rufio was good to look at, too). It’s also the first thing I had ever seen with Maggie Smith, Julia Roberts, and Dustin Hoffman. All of them great actors. This movie stands out from all other Peter Pan movies. It’s when Peter is older and has kids of his own, which seems like such an impossible thing. It seems rather serious at the beginning and at times can be just a little dark. It has silly moments, but mostly the comedy seems a fairly more subtle. A classic and it will always be one of my favorite Robin Williams movies.

Courtney’s Flick Pick

Aladdin (1992)

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 Because of all the Looters in this town it was next to impossible to find the Original Aladdin anywhere, if it was anywhere to be found  in the first place. Apparently Disney locked this movie into its vault, luckily enough we were able to find the Platinum Edition on Amazon. Williams plays The Genie and I loved his character just as much(maybe even more) in my adult life as I remember loving his character in childhood. Aladdin will always be a classic Disney movie.

One of my favorite scenes in the whole film is where Aladdin is tricked by Jafar into getting the lamp and when Aladdin meets Genie for the first time.  Williams has a nice musical number, I found myself remembering the words and almost singing along, i haven’t even watched in what seems like a lifetime.

If you have never seen Aladdin your childhood was TERRIBLE! 🙂 I know I will let my children watch this great movie and hopefully their children will watch as well. Cannot beat a classic Robin Williams film whether its an animated one or live action.

Movie Club Member: Courtney

BrlFuN8CMAAvNCdYou probably already know me by my Twitter Personality @GeekyGamerChick! I also gave myself an awesome blog personality The Game Huntress! I know your asking yourself how I came up with the name for this site its a simple story really, first I love video games (duh ;P) second I love unlocking XP and achievement’s, and lastly My brother and I were watching Arrow season one and I fell in love with the character The Huntress. I read the trade Huntress Year One and I thought to myself I want to start a blog and that’s the name that instantly popped into my head. THUS The Game Huntress was born!

I can say with certainty that it has been a success! What do you all think? The proof is in the pudding my friends. (2,184 blog views and counting)

Courtney Tid Bits

  • I am 25 Years Old
  • A dedicated gamer, Cyber Athlete if you will (Totally heard that on the movie Noobz)
  • Born again Bookworm
  • Movie Lover
  • Geek, Intellectual badass (I love this term as well, found on a Facebook meme)

Things I Fangirl Over

  • Sean Astin
  • Harley Quinn
  • Liam Neeson
  • Batman
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit
  • Mass Effect
  • Dragon Age
  • Sailor Moon

Hashtag Horror Edition:

Finally the time you have been waiting for: I am proud to present Clancy and Leida’s first ever horror movie reviews please be sure to give them some love after you finish reading this review. (@PDXGeek777 & @LeidamarieTL on twitter) they would love to hear your feedback!
 Without further a due…………..
Game Huntress Horror Movie Club
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Insidious (2010)

Director: James Wan

Starring: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Lin Shaye

Movie Rating: PG13

Plot Summary (By Clancy): A teacher, his wife, and three children have moved into a new house.  They soon discover the squeaks, creaks, and things  bumping around in the night are more malevolent than your average  ghost.  One of their sons eventually follows his sense of  curiosity into the attic.  He tumbles from a ladder only to wind up in a situation terrifying enough for a set of parents.  The young boy  is in an unexplainable coma.  Jump forward three months… At this point what appear to be ghosts become making themselves known to the family.  As the terror escalates they must look to an old family friend, a  medium and her team of ghost hunters.  Will they be able to exorcise the evil presence and save the young boys soul?

Leida’s Review

Since this is my first post for the Game Huntress Horror Movie Club (GHHMC), I want to start with a confession. In all honesty, I have a love-hate relationship with horror movies. As much as I try to separate the movies from reality, after every horror movie I watch I am terrified for days. I’m totally that person that will turn on the lights in the entire house just to get a drink of water at night, as if turning on the lights would actually protect me from the creatures that go bump in the night. Yet no matter how many nights I lose restful sleep after watching a horror movie, I’m always compelled to watch another. It’s a vicious cycle, but there is something so fascinating about the dark and the shadows that is so often the basis of horror movies that makes it hard for me to stay away. With that said, I’m looking forward to facing my deepest, darkest fears as a member of the GHHMC.

    The moment I saw the Insidious trailer, I knew this would movie would be the stuff of nightmares. It had all the right elements to raise the hairs on the back of my neck: the creepy old house, the disturbingly eerie possessed-looking kid, and maniacal ghosts who seem content to slowly drive you insane with the usual ghost antics. I’m totally not ashamed to admit that if I was home alone at night I was very quick to change the channel when that commercial came on. After months of waiting for the movie to be released on DVD, I jumped on the chance to watch it because let’s face it I apparently like to torture my psyche by subjecting myself to these kinds of movies. So did Insidious live up to the hair-raising, fear-inducing movie I was anticipating from the trailer? Well the answer is yes and no.

    So what worked? The masterful build up of suspense and tension accomplished in Insidious is a case in point that you can forego the gore that has become so common in ghost stories and still allow the audience to have a terrifying experience. The first part of film is very much a nod to the classic “Haunted House” genre that frightened me as a child. There were lots of dark corners where things may or may not be lurking. There were those creaky floor boards that send chills up your spine. Surprisingly even though I often anticipated those some random ghost hand to jump out of one place or another, I always managed to actually jump every time it did happen. I think in part what made these sequences so effective was the lack of music prior to them and then a sudden, jarring bang of piano notes right at the moment of the jump scare. In my opinion, the lack of score helped make these moments much more effective than trying to use the music to build the tension prior to the moment.

    Sadly, the last part of the film lost me a little bit. At first, I was intrigued by the idea that Dalton was essentially having an out-of-body experience that left his body vulnerable to possession. This brought me back to that time when I was afraid to fall asleep for fear that Freddy Krueger would get me in my dreams. I mean you can’t NOT fall asleep forever! However, things started to take a turn for the ridiculous when you notice that the menacing demon after Dalton looks a heck of a lot like Darth Maul making the situation a little laughable at this point. Also, there are some things that started to not make sense after explanations for the strange occurrences started happening. Mainly, there seem to be lots of apparitions all over the house who seem to be a giant nuisance to the rest of the family rather than trying to make use of the fact that Dalton is a vessel through which they can live again (they must have not read their “How to be a ghost” manuals). Ultimately, I think part of the downfall of this later portion was this need to try to explain everything so as to wrap up the story in a neat little bow.

    When it’s all said and done, all Insidious was a nice change of pace back to classic psychological horror or things that go bump in the night even if the ending didn’t quite have the same oomph that the film started with.

RATING: 7.5

Clancy’s Review

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At first glance I would not have guessed that Insidious came from the team that brought us the Saw franchise.  I have nothing against what has been called “torture porn”, but do have thoughts on it’s existence and modern culture.  For the sake of this  article it isn’t my thing.  Insidious is far less graphic, almost not graphic at all, and comes with a PG-13 rating.  I want to start  this review with a fairly spoiler free discussion.  Then I will move  into a section that assumes you have seen the film or aren’t worried  about having things revealed.
In the tradition of classic ghost tales Insidious relies more on sound, camera shots, and the creation of atmosphere and mood to scare the viewer.  As the tale goes on they begin to blend in ghosts  and demons that are visually terrifying, but still don’t shove them  right in your face like a Freddy Krueger type character.  I actually  thought the filmmakers did an incredible job skating that line.  When  they finally pull the curtain back, they give just enough visual to keep your imagination working in overdrive.  I feel that if you spend too  much time staring at the monster you begin to see the proverbial zipper  in the costume.  Frank Zappa referred to this as “Cheepnis”.  It has a  time and a place.  I love that stuff, those movies are fun, but  typically not scary to me.

The above video is not my creation.  The audio is from a show that I  attended at Portland Oregon’s Roseland Theater.  (Frank’s son) Dweezil  Zappa’s tribute to his father, Zappa Plays Zappa.
Much of the first part of the film delivers the fright  through the eyes of the mother, played by Rose Byrne.  Byrne plays a  very believable young mother and her concern for the children feels  genuine.  You may remember her from the Zombie film, 28 Weeks Later.  In both movies I truly felt like she was terrified in the situations and could get into her head.  In Insidious we the audience know she isn’t crazy.  Yet she plays the character well  enough that you can understand why the other characters may be concerned that she is slowly falling apart.
On a quick side note, check out 28 Weeks Later for a scene that still scares me to death every time I watch it.  The  characters in that film find themselves in a pitch black subway tunnel  without any light source, save a small scope with infrared.  I really  get sucked into that scene and feel claustrophobic and frightened along  with them.  Every now and again they put the scope on this young girls  face.  The girl can only see pure black.  I watch the blind look on her  face in that scene and get so worked up with fear.
Alright, back to Insidious.  Patrick Wilson plays the father.  I will speak more about his character in the spoilers section.  I know Wilson best from his role as Nite Owl  in Watchman.  I felt he was the perfect blend of “nerdy but  muscular” and fit that role well.  Almost like Clark Kent/Superman when  Christopher Reeve played him.  Here he works nicely against Byrne.  You  feel his concern for his family, but he also conveys a sense of  overwhelming burden.  I found myself becoming increasingly worried that  his character would become the cliché asshole.  Not based on his  acting, but the actions of his character.  Was he going to abandon this  poor mother and children or accept the situation fight for them?
Eventually they bring in the medium, played by Lin Shaye.  Full disclosure: I love Lin Shaye.  Best known to me from Farrelly Brother movies like There’s Something About Marry.  She also nailed the role as the overprotective mother in Detroit Rock City.  If you are a fan of her and/or classic horror you are probably aware of her small role as the teacher in the original A Nightmare on Elm Street.  In Insidious Shaye plays the role nicely.  She has a tint of that oddness and mystique that I remember from Zelda Rubinstein in Poltergeist.  Just a touch mind you.  You don’t quite know if this woman is for real  or some con artist.  When she finally does use her powers or knowledge  Shaye does an excellent job.  There is a tense scene that involves Shaye donning a gas mask during a séance.  To me this was one of her most  memorable scenes in the film.  The situation in itself was creepy and  Shaye helped emphasize that by her voice and body language.  It was a  nice take on that type of scene.             
The ghost  hunting team is well-played by Leigh Whannell (the films writer) and  Angus Sampson.  They bring an appropriate level of levity/comic relief  to this high tension film.  I find it really helps to get a breather  before they go and punch you in the gut with another scare.
I will lightly touch on the story in this portion of my review.  As Insidious played on, I was getting an increasing sense that this could turn out to be a  generic ghost story.  It had my full attention and I was definitely  scaring myself.  I just wasn’t seeing things that made me feel that I  would remember the story later.  That changes when things take a bit of a turn and we begin to see what is going on with these characters.  You  really can’t say much without spoiling the film.  What I will say here  is that the ideas and events aren’t 100% original, but they do take the  story to a place that I really found intriguing.  It then builds to a  big conclusion with father and son.  A good horror film tends to end  with almost what you would call an epic finale scene.  Things ramp up,  get insanely intense, then the character goes up against a bad guy and  either wins or loses.  I found the last 30 minutes of this film to be  completely satisfying.  Do they triumph over evil?  Does the boy ever  wake from his coma?  Was the house built on an ancient burial ground?   And more importantly did they move the headstones but leave the bodies?  I am sure I will spoil that below.
That will conclude the spoiler free portion of my review.  If that  is the only part you wish to read, I can finish by saying I recommend  giving this movie a try.  I feel it succeeds on three levels.  Engaging  characters, atmospheric frights, and a reasonably unique story that puts it above a cookie cutter ghost tale.  I will be watching and reviewing  the sequel to this film fairly soon.
Spoiler Alert: First let me get this out-of-the-way.  There is a scene in which the doorbell rings in the middle of the night.  I actually have a fear of front  doors with windows, not peepholes.  The idea of having to approach a  door that I can not sneak up on from within…  I am getting hyped up  just thinking about it!  Some mad killer could be on your porch and you  are the one 100% exposed.  That is not the problem.  The problem is the  dad.  He creeps down the stairs, grabs something as a weapon, approaches the door.  Nothing.  Next he peaks out the window.  Nothing.  He then  opens the door.  What the hell are you doing?!  At this point he locks  the door and sets the alarm, walks into another room.  There is a bang  and the alarm begins to scream.  He runs back to the front hall.  The  door is wide open!  That isn’t the end of the scene, but you get the  idea.  I am going to now calmly state that at no point does this man  telephone the police.  In fact I am fairly certain that the idea is  never even entertained.  Mind you, at this time in the film they don’t  believe they are being haunted.  I actually love scenes like that in  movies.  Even when I am wrong, it is fun to yell at the television.
The final thing I would like to talk about requires I spoil a big part of  the movie.  My intention is not to spell out the rest of the film and  explain the ending.  I recommend you just watch the movie if this has  interested you at all.  The last reveal of the film is an explanation of why this child is in a coma.  It turns out that the boy is a traveler  of sorts.  He was using astral projection when he slept.  Basically his astral self would leave his body and travel.  He would more than likely interpret these experiences as dreams.  This  traveling leaves merely an empty shell behind  in his bed.  A demon  befriends the boy on his out-of-body journey and lures him to a place  called the Further.  His spiritual body becomes trapped in this place  and the demons and ghosts are drawn towards the empty vessel left  behind.  The end of the film portrays his father’s journey to retrieve  him from this other world.  I found this to be a very interesting spin.  This lets the film build outside of an average ghost story.  The movie  does a nice job transitioning into this part and feels pretty seamless.  While the idea of astral projection is pretty heady, I think the way the filmmakers approached it kept it fairly accessible to your average audience.  Some of the creepiest moments are this journey into the Further.  I would watch the movie for that alone.
The idea of an out-of-body experience has always fascinated me.  Especially if you tie that to a dream state.  I understand that most things can or will be explained in a scientific manner.  That said some of us may  have had those moments of dizziness or vertigo where you don’t feel 100% in control of your physical self.  The common dream of falling only to  wake up and catch yourself in bed also comes to mind.  I have had dreams that are as simple as my body in my room, but as I think about it  little things are wrong and I can’t grasp time.  Eventually I feel like I am looking down on my sleeping self.  When these things occur part of  my imagination enjoys attributing it to the idea of an astral journey.  I really just chalk it up to the complex human brain.  Honestly we don’t  know that a person’s perception of something is anywhere near what we  experience.  My brother is a prime example.  He is colorblind.  When I  try to think about how or what he is seeing I start going down all  kinds of paths.  We have the words to attach to things, but that doesn’t mean we experience green in the same way as our neighbor.  I can’t say  how your mind will even respond to this movie.  Many will have a similar experience.  Others will shrug their shoulders and say what is the big  deal?  All part of why being human is such an incredible thing.

If you have any interest in astral projection I also recommend the 2009 album Crack the Skye, by progressive metal band Mastodon.  A concept album that tells the  story of a paraplegic who must astral travel in order to go anywhere.   Much like in this film he is severed from his physical body, gets sucked into a wormhole, is put into Rasputin’s body, assassinated, then goes  on an adventure with Rasputin’s soul, trying to get back to his body.   It’s pretty metal.  The video is for the second single from that record.

RATING: 8.0

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