Posts Tagged ‘movies’

A lot of you know that whenever a big “break” comes up – winter or summer – I go visit my family and friends in Arizona.  The upside to being an underpaid tutor is summer off!  Although, I can’t wait to get back to work because it is incredibly rewarding to watch students get that ‘aha’ moment and start to shine.

Just before leaving to come visit Arizona I went with Kristen to see Maleficent. See it. I freaking loved this adaptation of Sleeping Beauty, and I’ve seen a lot of versions.  The movie is amazing.

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Angelina Jolie has always been one of my favorite actresses and she really knows how to be the perfect villain.

So far vacation has only consisted of a little drinking, a bit of swimming, lots of being annoyed by my niece and nephew, and a little baking.

I totally forgot to take pictures, but so far this week we made homemade pizza, homemade bagels, and my sister made the best cookie bars ever.  Apparently the bagels rocked because all 12 were gone before 24 hours was up.  I’ll have to try different versions with this household as guinea pigs.

I keep trying to work on redoing my Alice site, but the kids bug me about each little thing I’m doing and “why is it taking so long?”  Hopefully, I’ll get a little free time this weekend so I can get things rolling.  I am hoping that my best friend’s little sister wants me to create her a site (she’s a fabulous artist) so that I have something to do this summer, because I miss coding all day!  Of course, come fall I’ll complain of coding too much when I go back to school for my Bachelors.

Crossing my fingers I can do something about our internet here at my sister’s tomorrow because it keeps eating shit whenever I want to stream a game or show.  Which makes me and my nephew super cranky.  Tried to watch Pacific Rim earlier so I could get my Charlie Hunnam fix and it died like 20 minutes in.  I’m losing it waiting for the next, and sadly last, season of Sons of Anarchy.  I am super excited to see who Marilyn Manson’s character is.

The upside and downside of being somewhat emotionally stable is boredom.  I don’t really care and I don’t really feel like doing things, but want to do things at the same time.  How do ‘normal’ people handle this all the time?  At least when I’m being all bipolar things are interesting.

Another project I’m going to work on this summer is recreating a paper I wrote years ago on the evolution of vampires in our culture.  It’s sad that they are no longer scary.  I much prefer the blood and guts versions.  It is interesting to see how we progressed to sparkling vampires and I hope I can find some of the same references I had.  I still can’t believe I lost both the written paper and the file on my flash drive.  Probably threw it away in some manic cleaning phase. Oh well.

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One of my all time favorite movies is Interview with a Vampire. Such an awesome adaptation of the book.  And still just as riveting to watch as the first time.  I wish more books were so closely adapted.  I get that movies are made more for the masses, but what about all of the reader’s who loved the book and wanted a true adaptation?  I loathe watching movies based on books I love only to be thoroughly disappointed.  When I was a kid my mother would make me read a book before seeing the movie it was based on.  Now I purposely do not read the book until after the movie if it can be helped.  That way the book just makes the experience better.. and not the movie a waste of my time.

Right now I am trying to find inspiration for a flower. I have an assignment to draw one- and I can’t draw! So I have to find something I can figure out how to do without being too lame.  Then I have to create a background and whatever else I want.  I understand my teacher is doing this because it’s Spring, but I hope she realizes that doesn’t mean I’m going to make it all cutesy n girly n shit. It will represent my style. With that said, I don’t know what I want. I’m debating a black/red flower – possibly some blood maybe a skull center? Or I could go vibrant with colors with a dark contrast background. Gotta think on this one.

On another note, I had an amazing dinner at O’Shucks Irish Pub last night. They have a reuben eggroll (yes, eggroll) that was to die for.  The rest of the dinner was amazing too.  The service rocked, the atmosphere was energetic and laid back all at the same time and the hand-painted mural looked great. If you are anywhere near Centreville, MD then you should really go check them out.  Be warned tho- when it hits 5pm the place packs super fast. So get there early or prepare to wait!

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Do you ever watch a movie and think “there is no way this shit would ever happen?”  I’m not talking about science fiction, horror, fantasy, or cartoons.  I’m talking about romantic comedies.  I mean come on no one really does this stuff.  No rich man fell in love with a prostitute then decided to change his business ways and go take the hooker out of her lifestyle and into his.  No guy had a girl meet him on a dock and took her jet skiing to Ellis Island for a private tour where he got security to find her ancestor’s signature in the ledgers – especially not on the first date.

But, they do knock up girls on the first date and turn out to be losers.  They do have ups and downs, but lets be honest how often do things actually get worked out so they can live happily ever after?

Even though I criticize them and think that the over-over-exaggeration of them is ridiculous, I do watch them on occasion. I even own a few of the more outrageous ones like Vanity Fair, Tristan and Isolde, The Fountain.  But I much prefer action, adventure, and horror.  Even in real life there are always good guys saving the world from bad guys (And yes I support our troops!).  Granted the good guys don’t always win in real life, it it nice to see them get the win in most movies.

In real life those who are adventurous do sometimes end up in bad situations.  They may not end up on a sacred hill eaten by vines among Mayan ruins, but sometimes they do get captured by pirates, by terrorists, by evil, greedy men (and women).  When people think of a horror movie most come up with Paranormal Activity or The Exorcism of Emily Rose.  Yes, Exorcisms happen. No, I don’t think they all puke pea soup or that a demon can be caught in a mirror by looking at himself and then banished by smashing the mirror.  Yes, I believe in the supernatural.  No, I will not watch fake ass Paranormal Activity.  Most horror movies I watch could actually happen.  Some psycho could put on a hockey mask and start fucking people up.  A person could commit murders using the seven deadly sins as reasons.  There could be a man made virus that kills us all off.  Hell, I’ll even say with technology we could all end up zombies someday.

But no one is pretending to be their twin brother just to play soccer and then falling in love with their roommate.  And if they are – the roommate is not being forgiving for the lies and going on to live happily ever after.

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So as I edited my last blog to say, Netflix does not have Repo! The Genetic Opera available for streaming any longer.  It broke my black little heart.  So I was forced to scroll through and look for another movie to watch to pass the time.  I came along The Tall Man starring Jessica Biel.  Rated R, made in 2012, with an average of 3.5 stars.  Sounds like a horror movie when you read the blurb.  I was like hell yea.  Turns out it isn’t a horror movie, although you wouldn’t know by the first 1/3 of the movie.  However, it is a thrilling movie with twists and turns you don’t expect and I was very pleased after watching it.  Now I just have to find something else to watch now that it’s over. /sigh

So now I’ve come upon Madhouse, a horror movie from 2004.  As previously stated I love anything to do with mental institutions – yes I’m sick I know.  So this movie is set in one!  My hopes are high and I will be very upset if I’m disappointed.  I’m only in the opening credits at the moment, but so far so good.  Lots of fake blood, crazy people running around in straight jackets and losing their minds.  Let’s cross our fingers!

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So I have issues sleeping.. can’t fall asleep.. wake up randomly.. and other times I’m completely dead to the world.  So last night I can’t fall asleep.. and then in the early morning I think I was dead to the world since I didn’t hear my parents leave.  As I’m kind of waking up I suddenly think IT’S WEDNESDAY!  And go OH SHIT! I have an appointment at 1!!! And of course I had forgotten so I quick jump up n grab my phone to see what time it is… 12:35!!  I barely have time to get dressed and run out the door, thankfully the appointment was close by so I wasn’t late, but I couldn’t believe I’d forgotten.  I mean I see her every week!  So now I guess I need to write myself little notes and put them places I can see them so I don’t forget.  I feel very old at such a young age!

So after my appointment I get home and I’m like maybe I should eat something.  Well, as you know I have food issues lately so I had no idea what to eat.  I finally settled on french fries.  So I sit down to watch t.v. while the oven is preheating and there is nothing on.. so I check our DVR and see Wanderlust.  Never heard of it, but I like Jennifer Aniston so I figured I’d check it out.  Freaking HILARIOUS!  I was a little wary cuz I’m not all about the whole commune thing, but they did well.  I laughed pretty hard at some parts.  And of course the nudist in the commune wasn’t very good looking.. and you see his penis.  Glad I didn’t watch the movie with my parents cuz that would have been weird.

Since I bought my textbooks on amazon yesterday I got $5 free in MP3’s.   I was like hell yea!  Then of course I couldn’t think of anyone who’s music I actually wanted and settled on music from The Devil’s Carnival, Repo! The Genetic Opera, and Emilie Autumn.  So now I’m all omg I have to watch those again!  Yay for my buddy Cole who has Netflix!  Now I can sit back and enjoy some cult classics! (Well, they aren’t old enough to be classics, but I think they will be some day!)  If you haven’t seen them I HIGHLY recommend you watch them.  Especially if you like Rocky Horror.  Apparently now they are doing shadowcasts of Repo! just like they do of Rocky!!! I seriously need to get myself to VA and see it.  If I had known this before I went to Arizona for Christmas I would have seen the one there since that is where I lost my Rocky virginity.

Anyway, the people that did Repo! also did The Devil’s Carnival.  While I was not lucky enough to see either of them while they were touring the country I am a huge fan!  When The Devil’s Carnival does their next installment I am all over that shit.  Creepy musicals with a crazy story line are totally me.  If I had the talent I’d write my own.  But since I don’t I will happily watch these over and over.  Terrance Zdunich is awesome.  A very, very talented artist.  Not only is his voice captivating, but he’s pretty damn hot.  This is one of my favorite songs of his from Repo!  

And of course I can’t forget to give you a clip of him from the Carnival. This is Terrance (the devil) and Jessica Lowndes.

And since I have a semi-obsession with Emilie Autumn here she is in The Devil’s Carnival as The Painted Doll.

If you decide you love this as much as I do go to TheDevilsCarnival.com and Repo-Opera.com.  You can learn more and buy stuffs of course!  And if you love Emilie there is EmilieAutumn.com – she is currently touring in the U.S.  I would kill to be able to go to her show.  But the closest to me are DC and Philly.. and I am broke just like everyone else nowadays.  Tragic I know.  I went to one of Emilie’s shows in Arizona during her last tour and it was amazing!  I have some pictures somewhere and I’ll be sure to post them when I find them. (I’ve had computer problems lately so I had to put everything onto discs and flash drives.)  Emilie even wrote an autobiography which is called “The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls.”  I have yet to read it because I never seem to have the cash for it (currently $60 plus shipping) and I haven’t found anywhere that has it local.  I need to make friends with someone who has it so I can borrow it.  Which sounds a bit mean, but it’s true!

My friend Erol was lucky enough to have moved to L.A. just before Emilie shot her last music video (Dec.).  He got to be in it!  He even hung out with Emilie and Captain Maggot.  Total jealousy on my part.  I can’t wait til the video comes out, I don’t even know what song it was she did.  I do hope that her book gets made into a musical.  It would be devastatingly amazing considering the  music on “Fight Like a Girl” (her latest album) was inspired by the book.  I’m such a plague rat!

 

Edit: STUPID NETFLIX!! You can no longer stream Repo! I have to settle for ONLY The Devil’s Carnival! Blasphemy!