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The Conjuring 2013

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Not far from where I reside “paranormal occurrences” took place some 40 years ago in Harrisville, Rhode Island. As mentioned in my last post, I am always excited to see the productions based on “true stories”, but aren’t we secretly all? As with every horror film of the 21st century, The Conjuring is based on supposed true events that took place back in the 70’s. Regardless of the legitimacy of these facts, the movie is spooky and very very well produced. Typically I am not scared by many horror films, especially ones released of late. But I sure was shaking in my boat shoes due to the phenomenal performance put on by the full cast and the immense amount of suspense that came along with it all.

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Unlike many feeble horror films I have seen, writers Chad and Carey Hayes did a great job creating a sense of sympathy for the family members being victimized. The way the camera follows the action taking place, in first person perspective makes it all the more empowering. Sympathy is also had for the paranormal investigators who are called upon to tend to the families case. Married couple played by Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson are two religious alumni of the trade who are hesitant, but eager to help the family get back to their normal lives. Very good at what they do, they also provide a breath of fresh air when you realize that they are not just your average Priests stepping in to perform an exorcism. This film incorporates just enough blood, guts, screaming and slamming of doors to make me definitely want to spend the $10 to see it again. It is a must watch film!

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Orange may in fact be the new Black.

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Now that I have completed all of the Breaking Bad episodes left available to the public, I have been looking around for a new thrilling show to captivate me, that was also available on Netflix. Ironically enough I stumbled into this seemingly familiar title in my “Recently Added” category.

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Orange Is The New Black – That’s the book that was distributed to myself and hundreds of my peers on orientation day at Salem State University weeks ago.

“Now we are not telling you that this is a mandatory read for your entrance to our university, but we strongly recommend you skim it, for most of your first assignments will be loosely based off of this book. Oh, and the second day of school you will be speaking to the author Piper Kerman, so don’t embarrass us”.

Oh my, I guess I should at least spark note the damn book so I can have some idea of what the heck is going on.

I actually read most of the book, and intend on finishing it soon. But regardless, who could pass up watching a show BASED on the book they are supposed to have vast amounts of knowledge of in a month. Needless to say, despite my apprehension of what this show could promise me, I began watching Orange on Netflix.

Immediately I was hooked. Taylor Schilling (Piper Chapman) is a beautiful young woman, accompanied by her husband Jason Biggs (Larry Bloom) who become the focus of the first episode. It introduces the viewers to young Piper’s surrender into a woman’s prison in Litchfield, New York. All the more excitement takes over when you remember that this is a show based on a book that is written by Piper herself, based on real life experiences. Upon her entrance she is outstandingly surprised by the kindness and willingness of her fellow inmates to give her a warm welcoming into their prison. They’re generosity is so grand that I forgot for a second while watching how easy it is to fake a first impression. What is immediately interesting about the introduction to this series is that we are all thinking “Yup, another show/movie about a naive, beautiful girl, attempting to adjust to her new world.” But this is not Cady Heron, and this is certainly not Northshore High School.

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The first season brings many thought provoking circumstances, challenges, sexuality hardships, dramas, relationship dilemmas, employer/employee dysfunctions, near death experiences, and much, much more. The attitudes of many in the show are quirky and silly, which assists in an even harder hit to the viewer when the characters are faced with serious situations. A specific tactic used, which GREATLY intensifies the show is the constant use of flashbacks to help the viewers understand and sympathize with each inmate. They are not just spontaneous, ill timed flashbacks that make you sit there and wonder “how does this have anything to do with the plot of this episode?” They are introduced appropriately relating to what is happening in that moment.

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I could excitedly go into every little detail of every single one of the thirteen episodes of Season 1 but I’d rather everyone just watch it for themselves. It captivated me for two days straight and I was very disappointed to finish the last episode. I eagerly await the premiere of Season 2.