Anyone who knows me needs no sixth sense to know that I am obsessed with the paranormal. Paranormal Witness, Paranormal State, Haunted Collector, Haunted Highway, School Spirits . . . and especially TLC’s freakin’ Long Island Medium. I will watch anything to do with the paranormal. So, it should come as no shock that I absolutely adored Universal Studios’ ParaNorman, written and directed by Chris Butler.
Norman Babcock is just your average, everyday kid, obsessed with zombie flicks, annoyed by his older sister, misunderstood by his parents . . . and, oh yeah, hangs out with the ghost of his grandmother, because he sees dead people.
Needless to say, communicating with the dead brands Norman a freak by the entire town, that is until, of course, the entire town needs the type of saving only young Norman can provide.
A fun concept, well acted, animated, and executed flawlessly. Don’t wait ’till the afterlife to see this fun flick. Aside from being a good movie, it delivers a heartfelt message about the buzzworthy topic of bullying without beating you over the head with it.
P.S. Special props to Casey Affleck for delivering THE BEST line in a film in a very long time.
(Who me, a spoiler? Sister, please!)
Michael Troy is a deeply superficial person. Born in the midwest in the ’70s, Michael came to Los Angeles to pursue his bi-polar career path as an actor and artist. 2005 saw the release of Michael’s first published book, Homo-Hero’s Big Book of Fun and Adventure (www.greencandypress.com). Michael has contributed to the Lady Gaga comic book from Bluewater Productions and has his hand in various other upcoming projects. Michael has performed stand-up comedy at all of the major comedy clubs in Los Angeles and is making his triumphant return to the main stage of The Comedy Store in September. Michael offers an off-beat sense of humor as the star of such youtube cult classics As The Gays on Film (www.youtube.com/fullfrontaltv), A Minute With Margot, a loving tribute to Superman legend Margot Kidder (http://www.youtube.com/user/rktcommander), and currently hosts a vlog style series Lethally Blonde over at www.monsterburg.com. Sitting alongside industry heavyweight Phil Jimenez at the “Divas and Lassoes” panel for the 2010 San Diego comic-con, Michael maintains and cherishes his “underground” status. A staunch believer in Blonde Ambition, Michael hopes his new comic about shallow blonde super heroes in Los Angeles, The Blonde Squad, will set the world on fire (or at least brighten it a bit). Check out Michael Troy and Lethally Blonde updates here!!!