The season finale of Heroes of Cosplay took place at the New Orleans Wizard World Comic Con and this two part episode finished with group competitions at the Louisiana venue. Last week’s show in part one featured the guys in this world of competitive cosplay. This week was all about girl power.
This week the Heroes of Cosplay headed to New Orleans and Wizard World in part one of this split season finale. Yaya Han is pulling double duty at the Louisiana event where she is judging one competition and hosting another. The competitors this week are Jessica, Holly, Chloe, Riki, Katie, Carl, Jesse, Miguel and Indra.
Heroes of Cosplay, episode 10 is all about preparation for and attending Wizard World Con at Portland. The show focuses on Chloe, Meg, Katie, Yaya, Rikki and Chloe’s friend, co-star and co-producer on Bite Size show Chaotic Awesome, Michele Morrow. Michele is a complete novice in the world of cosplay and Chloe and Meg are both helping her to adjust to this new experience.
After watching this fourth trip to the Paranormal “well” several metaphors sprang immediately to mind. The first one became part of the title; Flogging a dead horse, the second was hinted at in my first sentence; going to the well once too often and the third was, appropriately enough, trying to get milk when the cow’s run dry.
I am sure that I could think of more “sayings” to describe my feelings about this film; I know I had 97 minutes to come up with as many as my little brain could conceive. Since this fourth bite of the Paranormal Activity apple (see there’s another one) was poorly conceived and perhaps the most boring of all the PA’s to date.
Just in case you’re interested, and I realise that you probably aren’t but bear with me here, the film was directed by the team of Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman which actually amazes me. This is the same team that brought us the incredible and exemplary 2010 documentary film Catfish and the “miles-better-than-this-rubbish” 2011 Paranormal Activity 3. It completely boggles the brain that two such capable film directors would willingly put their names on such dross.
Now don’t get me wrong. I like the Paranormal franchise. I enjoyed the first ultra low-budget film and did not mind the second one with its slightly larger budget. And since the third one took the story in a different direction, I quite enjoyed that one as well. I did think, however, that they should have stopped at 3.
The film starts with a short “home video” of Aunt Katie (the crazy one from the first film) bringing a present to nephew Hunter. The location is Carlsbad, CA and the setting of the second film – sis’ house. The screen then goes dark and proceeds to tell us that Hunter was kidnapped.
We are then treated to a replay of the end of the second film. Okay! With me so far? Now at the beginning of the film no mention, however oblique, is made of the third in the series. It will be referred to later but in a very off-handed fashion and you have to be looking for it. I was bored so I noticed it.
After being treated to a “soccer” game with a group of young boys, one of whom is not playing but standing at one end of the pitch with what appear to be giant worry beads around his neck, we meet our main protagonist’s for this part of the saga.
Wyatt (Aiden Lovekamp), older sister Alex (Kathryn Newton), Mum Holly (Alexondra Lee ), Dad Doug (Stephen Dunham ) and a little later boyfriend Ben ( Matt Shively ). This is the family that will be drug into the paranormal verse. We also meet their next-door neighbours son Robbie (Brady Allen ) who gets taken in when his mother gets sent to the “hospital.”
It will come as no surprise that Robbie’s “mother” is Katie (Katie Featherston ) from the first film.
The plot device in this version of Paranormal Activity is the use of mobile (cell) phone cameras and webcams (or Skype or iChat) to record the events as they “oh so slowly” unfold. Despite the use of sound (they utilise the “rumbling” sound to the maximum extent possible) the pace and the tension are just not there.
In this film they included the ability of the “demon” to manifest in daylight and someone came up with the bright idea of using the Xbox Kinect “night-vision” setting to “see” the demon or deity or whatever it is in the dark. I got quite annoyed. My Kinect doesn’t have that setting and if it does, I’ve never seen it mentioned anywhere. So you have to ask yourself the question. Does Kinect really have that capability or is this a phoney baloney device set up by the film’s producer’s and director’s?
More importantly, who cares?
Certainly not me, I felt incredibly let down by this film. It did not look like the rest, even with the re-appearance of Katie from the first film. The family was too attractive. They did not have the same “real” look as the other casts for the other films. Alex and her family looked like any casting director’s idea of an upper-middle class American as apple-pie family. Although I could be wrong about their salary tier. I’m not sure how many houses in America have a computer to tell them that: “The garage door is opening.”
On a side note, I noticed that Jennifer Hale, the voice actress for the female Commander Shepard in the Mass Effect verse was credited as doing some voice-over work in the film, I wonder if she was the computerised voice that announced the doors opening and closing. If she was, how cool is that!
Okay, geeky fanboy rant over, I’ll try to sum up my lukewarm feelings about the film.
I’d have to give it a 2 stars out of 5 and it only gets that much because I did jump once during the film. I am glad that I did not see this at the cinema as I would have thrown my popcorn at the screen and demanded my money back. Okay, I am exaggerating a little bit here, I wouldn’t ask for my money back.
Avoid this fiasco of a film and if it comes on regular telly…change the channel.
- Exclusive Interview: Kathryn Newton Talks Paranormal Activity 4 (shockya.com)
- Studio Greenlights: More Paranormal Activities and James Cameron’s Future Plans (rr.com)
- Exclusive: Katie Featherston talks Paranormal Activity 4, Sequels and More! (dreadcentral.com)
- Paranormal 4 Viewing Party Starts January 15 (shockya.com)
- Paranormal Activity 4 Gives Supernatural House Rules (shockya.com)
- Interview: ‘Paranormal Activity’ Producer Oren Peli On The Future Of The Series (moviesblog.mtv.com)
Is it really a surprise that Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise have split? This May December romance seemed doomed from the start. What’s really surprising is that they lasted five years. It also seems to be following a sort of formula. One that says, the younger the wife, the quicker the split.
We can all remember Tom Cruise on the Oprah show, jumping up and down in adolescent-like glee and shouting to the world that he was in love! All done while he happily showed off the new braces on his teeth. But I honestly don’t believe the split was caused by Tom’s regression into a second childhood. I think the answer may lie somewhere between the Church of Scientology and Katie’s age.
Now it is a well known secret that the Church of Scientology has a congregation whose yearly income could place them firmly in the Forbes listing of top earners of the world. They are also more well known for being a little…odd. I can’t speculate on either of those two ‘secrets’ but I do know that there have been reports of Katie being followed by mysterious men and cars.
There has been speculation that Katie is tired of being under Tom’s thumb (you see what I did there?) and that she is anxious to win her freedom and custody of their other little one, Suri. There have been reports that Tom doesn’t believe in disciplining Suri and that Katie doesn’t like it. But all these are just speculation.
I have a feeling that Numerology might play a big role in this bust up. All of Tom’s ex-spouses (well two to be exact, but soon to be three) had reached the age of 33 when they left or were booted out. Could it be that 33 is an incredibly unlucky number for Cruise? Is it part of some Numerological calculation that ensures that 33 really equals 666?
I believe that the Numerology theory carries about as much weight as the Scientology theory. A lot of folks are saying that Katie is doing a ‘Nicole Kidman‘ and getting out of the marriage in order to save her floundering career. Really? The very fact that the two actresses are in completely different leagues kind of negates that theory. Nicole Kidman was a ‘heavyweight’ from the start, Katie has always been more of a ‘middleweight’, working steadily but not garnering the type of reviews that Ms Kidman regularly receives.
Most likely the real reason for the split does centre around the age issue. I think Katie has grown up and Tom is still in second childhood territory.
- Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes Divorcing (popsugar.com)
- Church of Scientology keeping tabs on Katie? – New York Daily News (nydailynews.com)
- Is the Church of Scientology Having Katie Holmes Followed? (gawker.com)
- Marriage: Impossible (theage.com.au)
- TomKat’s Final Straw: Katie Did NOT Want Suri Sent On Some Scientology Cruise (perezhilton.com)
- Tom Cruise Marriages End When Wives Are 33, Scientology Established On 33rd Parallel! (perezhilton.com)
- Katie Holmes Doesn’t Want Suri Raised in Scientology? (celebs.gather.com)
- Katie Holmes fears Scientologists have hired private investigators to spy on her (thesun.co.uk)
- Did Scientology drive Katie Holmes to divorce Tom Cruise? (video) (vancouversun.com)
- KATIE HOLMES: Scientologists Are Now Watching Me (businessinsider.com)
- Tom Cruise – Murdoch Attacks ‘evil’ Scientologists Over Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes Split (contactmusic.com)
- Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes divorcing (onlineathens.com)
- 17 Things Just As Predictable As Katie Holmes And Tom Cruise Divorcing (buzzfeed.com)