Review: The Babadook


The Babadook

The best horror movies find a way to connect the fear to real emotion.  The Babadook is one such movie.  The low-budget Australian horror film flopped in its home country.  But since then it has earned praise from horror luminaries like Stephen King and The Exorcist director William Friedkin.  This shouldn’t be all that surprising because The Babadook takes inspiration from The Exorcist and The Shining among others.

Without getting into spoilers (yet), The Babadook takes the fears that every parent deals with every day and blows them up to monstrous proportions.  Am I failing as a parent?  Have I messed up?  How can I make it one more day when I can never seem to catch a break or even a decent night’s sleep?  Is my kid weird?  Is his behavior normal?  I love him, but sometimes I just want to wring his little neck.  Any parent who is being honest with themselves can relate to most if not all of these sentiments.

In The Babadook, Essie Davis plays a single mom who is struggling.  Her husband died delivering her to the hospital the day she gave birth to her now-six-year-old son, Sam.  Sam is a sensitive boy who doesn’t fit in.  He’s hyperactive and gets in trouble at school.  He doesn’t play well with other kids.  He’s prone to long, unstoppable panic attacks.  And he’s obsessed with monsters which keep him up at night.

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Review: The Theory of Everything


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The biographical film has a pretty checkered history. Sometimes the real facts of a person’s life need only a little dramatic polishing to produce something truly entertaining and meaningful. Other times you can feel the filmmakers stretching to really fill out what should be a fascinating story because while the events or accomplishments may be enormously important, that doesn’t mean that they are very cinematic. Unfortunately, despite some truly wonderful and engaging elements, the new Stephen Hawking biopic too often falls into the latter category.

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Terminator: Genisys Paradox Edition Trailer


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Recently, Daffy and I discussed the rampant silliness of the new trailer for Terminator: Genisys – a movie that will attempt to reboot the popular sci fi series by throwing out everything fans know and love about the previous Terminator movies except for Arnold Schwarzenegger and the theme song.  Even spelling gets tossed out like a baby with the bathwater.

Now, Auralnauts has recut the original trailer to give us this new (and pretty funny) paradox edition.

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Christmas Movie Bracket Game: The Winner!


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2014 has just flown by!  And December always seems to be the fastest month of the year.  It seems like only yesterday we were starting the Christmas Movie Bracket Game.  And now here we are at the end of the game and I am happy to announce the winner.  In a stunning upset, the winner of the Christmas Movie Bracket Game is…

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Christmas Movie Bracket Game: Finals: A Christmas Story Vs. It’s a Wonderful Life


Christmas Story Vs It's a Wonderful Life

Somehow it seems it is already December!  Where did 2014 go?  But the tree is up and we’re counting down to Christmas again.  Last month, we had a lot of fun with a Saturday Night Live bracket game which tied into the Chevy Chase episode of our podcast.  So for December, we’re bringing the brackets back with a holiday spin which will also tie into a very special Christmas episode of Lebeau’s Le Show.

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Christmas Movie Bracket Game: Muppet Christmas Carol Vs. A Christmas Story


Muppets Christmas Story

Somehow it seems it is already December!  Where did 2014 go?  But the tree is up and we’re counting down to Christmas again.  Last month, we had a lot of fun with a Saturday Night Live bracket game which tied into the Chevy Chase episode of our podcast.  So for December, we’re bringing the brackets back with a holiday spin which will also tie into a very special Christmas episode of Lebeau’s Le Show.

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Christmas Movie Bracket Game: Miracle on 34th Street Vs. It’s a Wonderful Life


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Somehow it seems it is already December!  Where did 2014 go?  But the tree is up and we’re counting down to Christmas again.  Last month, we had a lot of fun with a Saturday Night Live bracket game which tied into the Chevy Chase episode of our podcast.  So for December, we’re bringing the brackets back with a holiday spin which will also tie into a very special Christmas episode of Lebeau’s Le Show.

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Christmas Movie Bracket Game: Christmas Vacation Vs. A Christmas Story


Vacation Christmas Story

Somehow it seems it is already December!  Where did 2014 go?  But the tree is up and we’re counting down to Christmas again.  Last month, we had a lot of fun with a Saturday Night Live bracket game which tied into the Chevy Chase episode of our podcast.  So for December, we’re bringing the brackets back with a holiday spin which will also tie into a very special Christmas episode of Lebeau’s Le Show.

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Christmas Movie Bracket Game: The Muppet Christmas Carol Vs. Gremlins


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Somehow it seems it is already December!  Where did 2014 go?  But the tree is up and we’re counting down to Christmas again.  Last month, we had a lot of fun with a Saturday Night Live bracket game which tied into the Chevy Chase episode of our podcast.  So for December, we’re bringing the brackets back with a holiday spin which will also tie into a very special Christmas episode of Lebeau’s Le Show.

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Christmas Movie Bracket Game: It’s a Wonderful Life Vs. Elf


Elf Its a Wonderful Life

Somehow it seems it is already December!  Where did 2014 go?  But the tree is up and we’re counting down to Christmas again.  Last month, we had a lot of fun with a Saturday Night Live bracket game which tied into the Chevy Chase episode of our podcast.  So for December, we’re bringing the brackets back with a holiday spin which will also tie into a very special Christmas episode of Lebeau’s Le Show.

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