Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)

Oz the Great and Powerful
Director: Sam Raimi
Writer: Mitchell Kapner, David Lindsay-Abaire
Based on: L. Frank Baum‘s Oz novels
Cast: James Franco, Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Zach Braff, Joey King, Bill Cobbs, Tony Cox, Bruce Campbell

Oz (James Franco) is a second rate magician in a small travelling circus and a great womanizer. When he gets into trouble for sleeping with the wrong woman, he flees in a balloon, but ends up caught in a tornado. When the wind calms down, Oz is – surprisingly – still alive and finds himself in the magical country of Oz. He is greeted by Theodora (Mila Kunis), a beautiful witch, who tells him that his arrival has been prophesized and he needs to save the land from the evil witch. Oz takes on the challenge because there seems to be money on the horizon, plus a chance to get into Theodora’s pants. But it turns out that there is more to the story than that.

I have so many issues that I’m surprised I managed to enjoy Oz the Great and Powerful at all. But enjoyment was had, though the issues outweigh it by far.


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Drag Me to Hell (2009)

Drag Me to Hell
Director: Sam Raimi
Writer: Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi
Cast: Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Lorna Raver, Dileep Rao

Christine (Alison Lohman) has a job at a credit institute and is up for a promotion. Unfortunately, her superior prefers a more aggressive approach than her usually understanding way of handling the credit applications. And so Christine refuses Mrs Ganush (Lorna Raver) a loan extension the old woman desperately needs. In turn, Mrs Ganush curses Christine and Christine soon discovers that there’s more to the old lady – and that curse.

I actually was ready to write a rather damning review of this film, but upon further examination, the movie does have some good qualities that make up a little for the completely disgusting Roma stereotyping – even if it does not succeed completely.

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