UPDATE: October 19, 2011
Due to recent increase in Pair-a-normals Activity centered around Molly Ephraim (and in honor of my seeing #3 tonight), i’ve included some screen shots of her in my drawers, all the way at the bottom.
Check out the date this was originally posted… That’s right, babes, here in Yeamen we got Paranormal Activity 2 a full two days before the Americans. Don’t believe me? Here’s a shot i took with my cell phone for proof. Once again, Al K Hall is here with a scoop for you patrons of the Bar None.
Ramblings: A Better Pair-a-Normals
Final Proof: 3 Shots
You know how you went camping that one time and the one drunk guy told that one ghost story? Well, you know how you decided to go drunk camping again? This time you’re better prepared and the fire is brighter and the steaks are bigger and the whiskey is smoother so you cook the fish you and your buds caught yourselves and you polish off the cooler full of brews you brought along and now, before bed, you sit in front of the fire sipping some fine whiskey and smoking cigars and all of a sudden one of the guys starts off telling a ghost story again. You’re not nearly drunk enough and last time you went through this you got kinda bored and so you’re not sure you feel like going through it again but what the fuck, you’re camping in the middle of nowhere and there’s no TV and nothing on anyway so you might as well listen. And as soon as the guy starts talking you can tell immediately you’re going to like it better than last time because his voice is smooth and the story is more like a real story and the suspense is as palpable as the lump in your throat that you don’t know if it’s a beer belch or barf. When it’s over, you’re not super scared but when you crawl back into your tent you feel like the night wasn’t a total waste and maybe you keep the flashlight on a minute or two longer than you normally would of. That’s what Paranormal Activity 2 was like.
Every movie has that one sentence people always say about it. Like for Sixth Sense everyone went around saying how they knew the surprise ending from the beginning and for Nineeveryone went around saying it sucked ass. Here’s what everyone’s gonna say about PA2, and i’ll give y’all this one free; you can go around saying it before anyone else in your little group, just remember you heard it in the Bar None first: “Yeah, I thought it was better than the first one.” OK, it’s not earth shattering but it’s not my fault if people aren’t gonna find smarter stuff to say about it. Here, shut up and look at another picture.
Anyway, it’s true, Paranormal Activity 2 really is better than the first one. There’s more of a story, the pacing is better, the ghost story suspense is more present. There were also some nice touches, like the first screen saying “Paramount Pictures would like to thank the families of the deceased and the Carlsbad Police.”
‘Course there were some holes as well, especially some WTF moments when crazy shit goes down and the family still decides to hang in the house regardless and the fact that everything is being recorded on CCTV video cameras in the house and the family never decides to watch the hard drive images (OK, they do it twice because the teenage daughter insists) and get the fuck out of Dodge.
Still, the suspense was there, the acting was solid and the story meshed well with PA1 because, and there are no real spoilers here, it’s a prequel. It tells the story of what happens to Katie’s sister before the demon goes to Katie’s house.
i don’t know…maybe i liked this one more than the first because my expectations were low with PA2 and there was a lot less hype about it, but alls i can say is that if you liked the first one even a little, then you should give this one a shot.
Buzz Kills (Watch Out for Spoilers)
Sex: 2 Shots
There were only three actresses in this movie and you won’t believe how long it took to find the name of any actress other than Katie Featherston. i kid you not. Check out the “Full Credits and Cast” page on IMDB. Things may have changed by the time you click on it, but as i write this tonight they only have one name, Katie Featherston, and she wasn’t even in this film all that much. That’s how secret the cast is.
Here’s a picture of the main actress in the tub (they did one of those soap suds titty-blocking scenes).
i was able to find out on some New Zealand website that the main actress’s name is Sprague Grayden (30). That’s a freakin’ name right there. “Sprague” is the kinda name it’s fun to use in some eastern European bar where the walls are made of stone and the floors are dirty and you and Sprague are the only ones who speaks English. Not only does she have a cool name, not only is she a great actress, but she also looks like this while doing all that.
i got more Sprague shots down in my drawers. Keep scrolling down til you hit my jackpot.
Of course, Katie Featherston (28) was in this as well, just not as much as Sprague. Still, she deserves to be represented here anyway, right? Miss D was looking at some shots of Katie as i was putting together this post and we both agreed that Katie has an abundant Pair-a-normals, and in the movie we even get some low-cut blouse action of both Katie and sister Sprague.
i got a couple drawer shots of her as well.
In addition to the low cut blouse shots, there were also a couple scenes filmed in the pool which means… hallelujah and praise god, Katie and Sprague in bikinis. Also in a bikini is our delicious silken butterfly…
Due to the incredible lack of information out there about the cast at the moment, i have no way of knowing the name of the actress who plays “Ali” in the movie. Ali is the teenage stepdaughter and i’m guessing the actress who plays her is over 18. If she’s 18 or over, she’s a very talented and sexy actress. If she’s 17 or under, then she’s a talented and charming young actress. If i find out that she’s under age, of course i’ll card her and move her back up top so she can be a vestibule virgin where she belongs. Here then is the pro’lly over 18 mystery actress from shots i took off the screen with my cell phone.
UPDATE: 2010/10/22 – As the movie was released in the States and some of those Americans waited around to read the credits, i finally have a name for this lovely young starlette. Her name is Molly Ephraim and she doesn’t list her age, though i was able to determine she was in Princeton in 2008, which means i’m officially deciding she’s old enough to enter the Bar None here. So, here then is a collage which is nowhere near as hot as she was in a bikini in the pool. There’ll also be some shoots of her in my drawers.
And before i forget, she’s a fantastic actress. She really does a great job as the daughter and is able to come across as much younger than she actually is.
The husband-dad had a beer (Bud in a bottle, i suspect) while making dinner and then, when there was a date night, the daughter told the parents not to get too drunk.
Rock & Roll: 2½ Shots
No music, a lack which actually helps the ambiance. i’ll give this puppy 2½ shots for the rock and roll ambiance of the movie, though.
Boring Technical Crap
Written by: Michael R. Perry (screenplay), Oren Peli (Characters)
Directed by: Tod Williams
Sprague Grayden – Kristi
Katie Featherston – Katie
Molly Ephraim – Ali
i don’t know if it’d be more fun to see this at home on the sofa in the dark or on the big screen with everyone around you shitting their pants, but one thing is sure, you’ll have fun whichever you chose.
Al K Hall’s Drawers
Sprague Grayden (30)
Katie Featherston (28)
To be honest, i’m not 100% convinced that this last pic is of Katie Featherston, but it was presented on the Net as her and would the Net lie? Besides, i operate on a Don’t Know, Don’t Care policy.
Here’s the new shit: