The Shelf: “Paranormal Activity 4,” “The Dark Knight Returns,” “All Superheroes Must Die”
by Brian Walton on January 29, 2013
This week’s new Blu-ray/DVD releases include the fourth installment of a hit horror franchise (and a chance to win it), part two of the animated The Dark Knight Returns, and more superheroes under stress.
The fourth entry into the popular Paranormal Activity series of found-footage horror movies returns to the present, as a suburban family with kids who use webcams all the time take in a young neighbor boy who is, let’s face it, haunted. Creepy, terrifying children are creepy and terrifying. If you’re interested in winning the Blu-ray/DVD combo of the movie, along with a heap of tools to help you ward off the ectoplasmic, enter our Paranormal Activity 4 Prize Package giveaway, and visit our Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ pages for extra chances to win. Be prepared or be scared.
The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 proved that the classic Frank Miller tale played just as well in animation as all of us had secretly hoped. In the second half of the film, Michael Emerson steps up to play a deranged and suave version of the Joker opposite Peter Weller’s pitch perfect version of an aging Batman. The on-point rendition of the seminal work actually leaves you a little disappointed, because once you’ve done The Dark Knight Returns and done it well, where do you go from there?
X-Men First Class‘s Lucas Till and The FP‘s Jason Trost are superheroes who wake from unconsciousness to find they’re stripped of their powers and are cogs in a madman’s plot. Combining elements of Kick-Ass, Marvel’s X-villain Arcade and a dash of the controversial video game Manhunt, All Superheroes Must Die asks the question, “How far would a superhero go to save his city?” Judging by this trailer, these two heroes are willing to go pretty far.
Also Out this Week:
Best of Warner Bros. 50 Film Collection - Is it too early to think about Christmas shopping? Because this set celebrating 90 years of Warner Brothers history is a must-own, and the high price tag means hoping someone will buy it for you. The set includes all of the following movies: Best Picture Winner Grand Hotel (1932), Best Picture Winner Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), Best Picture Winner Gone with The Wind (1939), The Wizard of Oz (1939), The Maltese Falcon (1941), Citizen Kane (1941), Best Picture Winner Mrs. Miniver (1942), Best Picture Winner Casablanca (1942), The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), Best Picture Winner An American in Paris (1951), A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), Singin’ in the Rain (1952), Best Picture Winner Gigi (1958), Best Picture Winner Ben-Hur (1959), North By Northwest (1959), How the West Was Won (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965), Cool Hand Luke (1967), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Bullitt (1968), Dirty Harry (1971), Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971), A Clockwork Orange (1972), The Exorcist (1973), Best Picture Winner One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), Superman, The Movie (1977), The Shining (1980), Best Picture Winner Chariots of Fire (1981), Risky Business (1983), Best Picture Winner Amadeus (1984), The Color Purple (1985), Full Metal Jacket (1987), Lethal Weapon (1987), Best Picture Winner Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Goodfellas (1990), The Bodyguard (1992), Best Picture Winner Unforgiven (1992), Natural Born Killers (Director’s Cut) (1994), The Matrix (1999), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001), Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), Best Picture Winner Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), Best Picture Winner Million Dollar Baby (2005), The Departed (2006), The Dark Knight (2008), The Blind Side (2009), The Hangover (2009), Sherlock Holmes (2009) and Inception (2010). That’s a lot of classic movies in one set.
The Awakening - Rebecca Hall plays a paranormal investigator who wants to attempt to debunk a haunting at a boys school. Things go sideways when the haunting turns out to be less prank and more, “Holy shit, did you see that?!?”
Seven Psychopaths - Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths is not what you think. Rather than a shoot ‘em up movie about a septet of lunatics, it’s actually a film about a guy trying to write a script about said septet, only to find that life around him starts mirroring the movies. We talked to Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell about being psychotic when the film came out in theaters.