The New Batman Is…

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…Ben Affleck!

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To be honest, I really can’t see him playing Batman. I mean, Christian Bale did such a great job as Batman that it makes it difficult to picture anybody else as Batman, but I guess we will all just have to wait and see.

How do you feel about this casting decision? If you disagree, who would you have wanted to see play Batman instead?

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The Conjuring

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Warning: Contains some spoilers

The Conjuring movie poster

The Conjuring movie poster

The Conjuring is a horror/thriller film released on July 19. The film is directed by James Wan, the same man responsible for Saw, Insidious, and the upcoming Insidious: Chapter 2. The film is rated R for sequences of disturbing terror and violence. The film has a 7.8 out of 10 rating on IMDb.

The film is based off of a true story about the Perron family and the horror they endured when moving into a new home back in the 1970s. The film does not only follow the Perron family, but paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren are also prominent characters in the film.

Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) Warren are paranormal investigators that have participated in many investigations and when approached by Carolyn Perron (Lili Taylor) about a haunting in her house they agree to come check it out. Ron Livingston plays the part of Roger Perron, Carolyn’s husband.

The thing about this film compared to more recent horror movies is that it isn’t all about blood and guts. In fact, from what I recall, there isn’t much blood and definitely no guts at all. What I liked about this film is, not only is it set in the 70’s, but this film is almost reminiscent of horror films from that same decade. Such as The Shining, for example. The Conjuring relies on the setting, the tone (which is set from the very beginning), even the musical score, to induce a creepy feeling in the audience. There aren’t even that many “jump scares” present. One scene in particular is seen in the trailer, so while watching the movie, you know it’s about to happen because it was in the trailer. Unless, of course, you never saw the trailer before seeing the film. With this film the less is more vibe is put off and it works. This movie had a lot of hype surrounding it. Especially since the film is rated R based purely on how terrifying it is. The film has no sexuality or nudity and pretty much no cussing.

Ed & Lorraine Warren

Ed & Lorraine Warren

The film has almost two different plots going on. One being the Perron haunting and the other being the possessed doll named Annabelle. The majority of the film is focused on the Perron family, but the Warren’s and their daughter are also a focal point. To some film-goers having the film not focus on just the Perron’s might be confusing, but I liked getting to have that inside look into the Warren’s personal life.

Carolyn &Roger Perron with their daughters

Carolyn & Roger Perron with their daughters

The real Perron daughters with their respective film counterparts.

The real Perron daughters with their respective film counterparts.

I liked the use of The Zombies’ “Time of the Season” (great song) in the film. Also, the song “In the Room Where You Sleep” by Dead Man’s Bones, a rock duo consisting of actor Ryan Gosling and Zach Shields, was a pleasant surprise. Even though it is not a song from the 1970’s, it actually works really well in the film. The musical score is also really good.

I think the one scene that would frighten most people would be the exorcism/possession scene. Seeing Carolyn Perron possessed was pretty eerie. Of course, the film ends happily. There is a reference to Amityville at the end of the movie. When Lorraine gets off the phone with the priest, she says to Ed that the priest has a case in Long Island he wants to discuss with them. Ed and Lorraine, in real life, worked on the Amityville case, which the film The Amityville Horror is based off of. The film is left open for a sequel, which I read is actually in the works and Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson are already signed on to reprise their roles as Ed and Lorraine. Another thing, Lorraine Warren served as a consultant, as well as one of the Perron daughters (Andrea, I believe) and both have stated that the film is very close to how the events really played out.

A fun fact I’d like to end this review with is about the Annabelle doll. In the movie, the doll is depicted as a porcelain (and extremely creepy) doll. However, in real life, the doll was a Raggedy Ann doll. I would imagine that if they used a Raggedy Ann doll in the movie, people probably would’ve laughed. However, who would suspect a Raggedy Ann doll would be possessed by something evil? If I went to someone’s house and they had a Raggedy Ann doll I would thinkĀ  nothing of it. But if I went to someone’s house and they had the porcelain doll instead I would automatically think that thing was possessed and going to kill me. Haha. For those that might be interested about reading more about the real events, check out this website: http://www.warrens.net/index.html The website talks about the Annabelle doll as well as a few other things Warren-related. After I saw the film I had wanted to learn about the real events and this is one of many sites I had checked out.

The real Annabelle doll on the left; the movie version on the right.

The real Annabelle doll on the left; the movie version on the right.

Tell me, if you were the director of this film, would you have used the same doll that was used in the film or would you have kept it as it was in real life and used a Raggedy Ann doll?

New York Trip

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So, I made it back from my trip to New York on Friday and I had a blast there! It was definitely cool getting to see some of the places I’ve seen in movies and TV shows. Here are a few pics I took while there:

Fans of Seinfeld, I'm sure you recognize this restaurant right away. The outside of this restaurant was featured in numerous episodes of Seinfeld. It is a real restaurant; I had one of the best milkshakes in my life there. Eve thought the interior is not the same as it is in the show, it was still pretty cool going there.

Fans of Seinfeld, I’m sure you recognize this restaurant right away. The outside of this restaurant was featured in numerous episodes of Seinfeld. It is a real diner; I had one of the best milkshakes in my life there. Even though the interior is not the same as it is in the show, it was still pretty cool going there.

If you're fan of the TV show Seinfeld, than you probably remember the Soup Nazi episode. The restaurant in the picture, Soup Man, was part of the inspiration for the Soup Nazi. I never ate there while in NYC, but I came across one of their many locations while in the Financial District. They even had a poster of George Costanza on the door!

If you’re fan of the TV show Seinfeld, you probably will remember the Soup Nazi episode. The restaurant in the picture, Soup Man, was part of the inspiration for the Soup Nazi. I never ate there while in NYC, but I came across one of their many locations while in the Financial District. They even had a poster of George Costanza on the door!

I went to Katz Delicatessen which is known for the infamous "I'll have what she's having" scene from the movie When Harry Met Sally. They have this sign hanging above the table Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal sat at during that scene. If you're ever in New York, I suggest going there, they have really good sandwiches!

I went to Katz Delicatessen which is known for the infamous “I’ll have what she’s having” scene from the movie When Harry Met Sally. They have this sign hanging above the table Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal sat at during that scene. If you’re ever in New York, I suggest going there, they have really good sandwiches!

This is a still from Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. I'm standing in front of Radio City Music Hall where Macaulay Culkin was standing in the movie.

This is a still from Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. I’m standing in front of Radio City Music Hall where Macaulay Culkin was standing in the movie.

This is a still from the film Breakfast at Tiffany's starring Audrey Hepburn. I'm standing in front of the Tiffany & Co. store where Audrey Hepburn stood during the opening scene of the movie.

This is a still from the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s starring Audrey Hepburn. I’m standing in front of the Tiffany & Co. store where Audrey Hepburn stood during the opening scene of the movie.

New York

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Hello everyone! Sorry for the lack of reviews lately. I’ve been very busy the past few weeks. I’m the maid of honor in a wedding (which is actually today!) and so I’ve been busy with that and I’ve been planning my trip to New York City, which I leave to go to tomorrow morning! I’m really excited to go to the place where so many movies have been filmed and so many songs are written about. I’ve been aware of this really cool thing that people do where they print out a picture from a movie and hold the picture up to the real place that they are at in that moment. On my personal Instagram account I will be posting these kinds of pictures while on my trip and I will be posting the pictures on here as well.

Here’s an example of what I’m talking about:

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I did go see The Conjuring last week, so when I get back from my trip expect a review!