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Cinemaphobia (2001)

This is a little known short film that was made in 2001. It was not given an international release or even released outside of the internet. Now you may not know the name of the film, but you may know the name of the film maker, James Rolfe. For those of you who don’t know the name, I will give you a rundown. James is a film maker that first achieved fame when a created a series of three videos where he portrayed an alcoholic nerd who would play old Nintendo Entertainment System games. The web series was eventually put on Youtube and got upwards 1 000 000 views on his video. His best friend, Mike Matei, pressured him to make more videos and place them on the internet. The result was a series called the Angry Nintendo Nerd, although the name was later changed to the Angry Video Game Nerd to avoid copyright claims to avoid a lawsuit from Nintendo. James’ notoriety led to him having his own website to host his videos (http://cinemassacre.com/) which was called the Cinemassacre. He would also have many other series such as Board James which is a very sporadic show where he would review obscure board games such as DragonStrike or Hero Quest. There was also a show called You Know What’s Bulls**t which is a show that just came off a very long 2 year hiatus. James would play a character called the bulls**t man who would just sit around and talk about things he didn’t like such as shoelaces or people who leave their Christmas decorations up for months. James is also known for having many crossovers with people on Channel Awesome such as Douglas Walker who is also known as the Nostalgia Critic. This was one of the most widespread feuds on the internet. The Angry Video Game Nerd (Rolfe) and the Nostalgia Critic (Walker) would have many fights to comedic effect. In reality, Rolfe and Walker are great friends. When Walker posted a film that featured all reviewers from his website, Rolfe made an appearance as Board James. Anyways, Rolfe is also an accomplished film maker having made many short films that are very well made and have unique plots. My personal favorite is a one that he made called Cinemaphobia. The film was made in 2001, two years before Rolfe made the first episode of the Angry Video Game Nerd. Although, the film has a very interesting plot that may not seem to be frightening, the film is actually quite scary if you are a person who finds psychological horror to be scary. The plot follows an unnamed actor who is being overworked and begins to hallucinate that he is followed around by a camera that is filming his life and making a movie. This is an interesting touch because when you think about it, it’s a very realistic plot. Many actors are severely overworked and could become completely a slave to paranoia that their life might just be another movie that is being made. It’s kind of like the Truman Show effect. If you don’t know what the Truman Show effect is, the Truman Show was a film starring Jim Carrey and Laura Linney that was released in 1998. Carrey played a character called Truman who was adopted at birth and had hidden cameras faced around town to film him in a real life setting. The thing is that Truman did not know that he was being filmed. When the film was shown to mental patients, they believed that their lives were TV shows and that they had to do something outlandish (climbing up the CN Tower to meet and old girlfriend etc.) to “end” the show. Anyways, Cinemaphobia seems to show the symptoms of this sort of state of mind. The camera follows him until he is so desperate to get away from it until he throws a candle at the camera and sets his house on fire. The cinematography shown here is brilliant. The lighting and the effects fit the tone of the film perfectly. I found the ending to be the most frightening part of the film. The actor manages to get out of the house where he goes down into a small creek. The camera ended up surviving the fire and Rolfe (who plays the main character, by the way) begins attacking it, shouting about how he is not scared of it anymore. Finally, he delivers the final line “My life is not a movie!” Suddenly, he begins to look straight into the camera (the one filming the actual movie) while the screen fades to black. This scared the hell out of me when I first saw it. All in all, a brilliantly made film and yeah, James, keep up the good work! I plan to review a few more of James’ horror films in the near future, possibly The Jersey Odyssey: Part I: Legend of the Blue Hole, next week


A Funny Parody and My Review of the Video and of the Movie

I just thought that I would share this parody of the popular 2009 movie “Paranormal Activity.” After I talk about this video for a bit, I will review the movie which it is based on. Anyways, this video was called “Paranormal Easy Bake Oven” which may sound really random, but that is only because it is. This video was made by the popular internet comedy duo, Smosh. For those of you who do not know, Smosh is an internet duo that consists of two guys named Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla. They became popular in 2005 when they posted a video of themselves singing the Pokemon theme song on Youtube. After this, the two created their own website and have had lots of popularity which has made them the 4th most subscribed channel on Youtube. They have also had many videos with bands such as I Set My Friends on Fire and other Youtube celebrities such as Shane Dawson. Anyways, the synopsis of the story of this video is that Ian and Anthony have been finding food waiting for them every morning since Ian found an Easy Bake Oven on their doorstep. Anthony decides to set up cameras around the house after the pair find a plate of cupcakes have mysteriously showed up on their counter. They watch the footage and find that Ian has been getting up every night and making food. They find the next morning that Ian makes really good tacos with the haunted Easy Bake Oven. This is an extremely absurd story that also has a lot of really funny moments such as when Ian and Anthony watch the footage and see that Ian got groceries in his sleep. All in all, this is a hilarious parody that really deserves some recognition for it. I liked this parody also because I actually didn’t like Paranormal Activity. That’s right, the movie everyone liked I didn’t like. I can say why I don’t like this movie, but I won’t. Just trust me, it SUCKS!

New Arkham City Trailer

I just wrote a big post about Batman: Arkham City and it just so turns out that there was another trailer that I skimmed over. It shows a lot of the interior of Arkham City which is basically a burnt out hell hole. Then it shows some characters that are returning. First we see Harley Quinn who is returning and good riddance for that as she had one of the best voice actors in the game and I’m glad that she will be returning. Then it shows that the Joker is still alive and is ready to kick it into overdrive. I’m glad that they have him in the game, so that we can hear Mark Hamill do the voice just one more time. Anyways, this is a great trailer and I will keep updating on info from this game as it comes

Batman: Arkham City Trailer

I just saw this trailer for the first time last week and I can safely say that I am completely hyped for it. After the critically acclaimed Batman: Arkham Asylum, there was no chance that this game was not going to get a sequel. This trailer first popped up at the 2010 Spike Video Game Awards alongside trailers for other sequels including Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, Portal 2 and the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. All of these trailers were pretty awesome, but Batman had probably the best trailer of them all. The animation is so good, it almost looks like live action and that is awesome. It also reveals who one of the main antagonists of the game will be. That villain is Dr. Hugo Strange, an evil doctor who is a classic character in the comics. It’s good to see that they added a villain who doesn’t rely completely on brute force and that is a complete breath of fresh air after the first game. It was also cool that in one of the other trailers, The Joker was shown to be still alive and that hopefully means that he will still play a very big role in the game. Anyways, since this trailer, all sorts of new information about the game was released, some good and some bad. Apparently, the game will stay at it’s roots of being an action game with elements of stealth and predator tactics which was definitely what made the first game great. One thing that I am extremely ecstatic about is the fact that all the weapons and gadgets from the first game will be available from the beginning of the game, which is awesome, but quite a few of them will receive upgrades throughout. But new gadgets will also be made available throughout the game. The game will also be much more puzzle based which makes me happy as I think that the puzzles in Arkham Asylum were extremely engaging and were one of the high points of the first game. I hope to see a lot more of that kind of stuff in the sequel. Rocksteady has announced that Batman’s detective mode will be much more prominent in this game then it’s predecessor as it will be used to forensically scan crime scenes to find the origin of objects such as shotgun rounds used against a victim. I think that this is an interesting concept that can be used really well and in a lot of ways. The Riddler trophies from the first game will be present here too. But, they will require much more effort to get as they will require tactics such as interrogation of men that are loyal to the Riddler. I think that this is a welcome addition as things like this were not in the first game and I am looking forward to this as it sounds like a really cool feature that has a lot of potential. Apparently this game has introduced a secondary missions mode that will take place in various places throughout Arkham City. I think that this is a great addition as one of my favorite part of any game is having side missions to do. I think that these could be like a mini campaign where you could do a few missions that would feature Batman fighting against a different villain each time. You could have Penguin, Riddler, Victor Zsasz and even Scarecrow. They could have a story that shows the origins of Scarecrow’s toxins. That would be extremely epic and actually is a story that makes sense. The plot of the game has been released and actually sounds really engaging. Quincy Sharp, the former warden of Arkham Asylum and a relatively prominent character in the first game, has taken credit for Batman stopping the Joker and used his notoriety to run for mayor. Neither Arkham Asylum nor Blackgate Prison inmates have any holding place, Sharp buys out the Gotham slums and transforms it into a large city for prisoners. He places military officers around the perimeter and gives prisoners free rein as long as they don’t try to escape. To oversee the city, Sharp hires Dr. Hugo Strange who has his own agenda for the city which by the looks of the trailer has something to do with some sort of toxin. Two- Face, an inmate in the former Arkham Asylum, is looking to gain status above the rest of the inmates in Arkham City, so he devises a plan to publicly execute Catwoman who is another great addition to the game. Then Batman swings in to save the day. Apparently, the Joker and Two- Face are members of two warring factions in Arkham City. Batman voice actor, Kevin Conroy has compared the sequel to Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker which is one of my all time favorite Batman movies. If the plot is like that film, done, bought, sold! I was going to buy it anyway, but this only makes the content better. The game has an open world that has been made to give the game that “Batman in Gotham City” feel which I think is something that Batman fans haven’t felt yet in a Batman game. I always thought that a Batman game that is open world is a great concept, especially after I played Spider-Man 2 for the Gamecube. This game is what I always felt a Batman game should feel like. Apparently, Arkham City is going to have a virtual footprint that is 5 times bigger than that of Arkham Asylum. Arkham Asylum was not exactly a small game, so this game looks to be MASSIVE! I’m glad that they have chosen to do a swinging between building mechanic in this game because you really do have to feel like you are Batman. Since this is an open world game, I felt that they should have added more villains to keep the game going when you are not following the primary story mission. They have fixed this to make this game chock full of little surprises that will make the game that much more fun. I’m glad that they chose Dr. Strange as their antagonist because he will be the one with the power over the lockdown when Batman arrives, just as the Joker was in Arkham Asylum. He will also make Batman feel vulnerable because of the fact that Strange knows that Batman is Bruce Wayne as said in the trailer. The presence of online multiplayer was quickly shot down by Rocksteady who said that they wouldn’t be able to produce a good single player campaign if they put all their effort into creating an online multiplayer mode. I am not saying that  I want online in a Batman game, but I don’t really think that Rocksteady’s comments make sense. I mean Uncharted 2 had great online and a great campaign. I just think that this comment is very wrong. They have also said that you get the experience of each villain when you enter their territory. For instance, if you enter the Joker’s territory, you get a very Jokerized feel which is great. I was afraid that all territories in the game would be bland and drab. Apparently, all the artwork and graffiti on the sides of buildings would all have some sort of Joker sort of feel. They say that this really helps the player feel like they are entering from one emotional space to the next. This game is schedules for release on the week of October 18th 2011 and looks to be an amazing game filled with lots of extra content that keeps the game going for more than one playthrough. What do you think of the trailer? Will the game be better than the first or will it fall short? Leave your responses in the comments section below. Thanks for reading and I will see you next time

Insiduous Review

Just recently, I went to the movie theater and saw Insidious. This movie was… okay. It wasn’t that great, but I didn’t feel ripped off after watching it. The plot is essentially a remake of Poltergeist which isn’t really a bad thing as that movie has been crying for a remake for years. The acting was pretty bad. My main problems were the mother who was played by Rose Byrne and she was just terrible. The father, who was played by Patrick Wilson, was also pretty bad. To be totally honest, I thought he was Christian Slater throughout the whole movie. He looked and acted like Christian Slater who is already a pretty bad actor as he was in Alone in the Dark, the Uwe Boll movie. The thing that really made me happy was that this wasn’t a kill everything in sight monster horror movie. This movie was completely paranormal, having the horror put onto you very gradually. It’s very subtle at the start being as simple as seeing shadows moving outside a bedroom window which actually becomes pretty creepy within itself. Then during the climax, you see demons and other crazy stuff that is horribly animated. Still, I am glad I saw this movie even if it was pretty crappy. It was a lot of fun to watch. Let me tell you just one more thing, this movie had the STUPIDEST ending in the history of stupid movie endings. That is all I will say! What did you think of Insidious?

The Only Good Thing To Come Out Of Saw IV

This scene makes me laugh so hard every time I see it mainly because of the character in the trap whose name is Cecil. Cecil played a part in the death of John’s (Jigsaw’s) son. John kidnaps Cecil and straps him to a chair. This is where I start to laugh because Cecil is grunting like a four year old. He also commits the cardinal sin of horror movies, you never EVER ask the killer to let you go. Eventually, Cecil dies

Disclaimer: Warning! This clip has scenes of grisly violence that should not be watched by the faint of heart. If you do not like knives, I would not recommend watching this scene as it’s name in the DVD scene selection is “Knives Are For Face” You have been warned

Nostalgia Critic: IT Review

This is one of the funniest reviews the Critic has ever done as it is of an extremely cliche movie that makes everyone laugh!