Sunday, September 27, 2015

My Current Addictions

O, my love! I'm never prepared to find a show to fall in love with. Alas, it happens when I least expect it. At the moment I'm in love with The IT Crowd and Gotham. Despite this, I'm still open for some further lovin'. Is that wrong of me? Maybe. PBS is going to start airing Indian Summer tomorrow night, and while I don't plan on watching it right away, I suspect I might like it quite a bit. Either way, I'll let you know if and when I watch it. In the mean time, I'm going to be a gothic geek. OKAY?! Okay.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Updates and Movies of Disappointment

I know, it's been awhile. I'd like to say I've been off on a whirlwind tour of Europe, but that's not true (yet). There have been too many moments when I think, "Oh, this movie was awful, I need to review that", and then I let it go and can't fathom coming back to it. And then months go by, with piles of movies gathering and nothing to show for it. But while I'm very gifted in the art of procrastination, I'm also equally good at coming back to things I've left alone too long. That being said, it's time to give this baby some fuel!

What really motivated me in finally updating tonight is that I'm going on a short, albeit exciting trip to Niagara Falls soon, and there's something satisfying and comforting in knowing that I've checked a few things off of my to-do list beforehand. Not that my life won't continue to be filled with various messes to clean up and tasks to complete, but maybe getting a few minor things out of the way is a decent start.

Now, onto the movies! I'm giving you two of my recent watches, both of which were massive disappointment. The first one being...

Attack on Titan (the movie)

Just to be clear, this is part one. When I realized it was split up into more than one movie, I was happy...and then I actually watched it. Please, no more! I'm not a big anime fan, and I never will be, but Attack on Titan was one that I genuinely enjoyed. That and Death Note are right up my alley. The big difference between their live-action adaptations is...Death Note rocked, and Attack on Titan was terrible, the first one, at least, but it's a good indication of what the next one will be like.

None of the characters were likable, nor were the events quite as dramatic as they should have been. Although the whole being-eaten-by-a-Titan is still terrifying and gory. They really don't try to make it any nicer, which I'm happy about.

Bottom line, check it out if you must, but expect nothing, nothing I tell you! Just re-watch the series while eating spaghetti and meatballs, and see where that takes you.

My grade: D

Area 51
You know how much I love a good shaky cam movie. It's something I'm rarely able to resist, but with that kind of risk-taking comes a lot of pain. And boredom. So much boredom. You probably have no idea where I'm going with this, but...this movie is boring. Nothing duller than aliens and infiltrating a secret government facility, am I right? This should have at least raised a few hairs on the back of my neck. Instead, it reminded me of how stupid they make everyone in scary movies, and that I should be watching something quality like Jersey Shore instead.

Plot: Three friends go to a party, one of them goes into the woods and he presumably encounters an alien (this is never made clear). Naturally, one of them has a camera rolling throughout the night, because...of reasons that I have yet to determine. Anyway, alien-magnet Reed immediately becomes obsessed with Area 51, and three months later he and his friends go on a road trip down there in order to break in and find out about all dem aliens. Nothing wrong with that. Also, nothing stupid about it at all. Fun fact, though, the hot guy is the most intelligent one in here. I know, right?! I'm not saying he's that smart, but he's got enough common sense to question the whole plan...but not enough to simply stay home and let them make their own mistakes. I guess we can't win them all.

At the end of everything, this movie evoked no emotion from me, unless you want to count my indifference.

My grade: D

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Insidious: Chapter 3

This was supposed to be included in a giant post about horror movies I've recently watched, but I've been so damn lazy about it that I decided at least one of them should get out there sooner rather than later. The rest will be making an appearance soon, I swear (crosses fingers)!

If you don't know me or haven't read my previous posts, then I'm going to tell you now: I love Insidious. All of them. Even this one. It's rare for every movie to be a hit with me, but I can honestly say that I've enjoyed every single Insidious movie so far. If I had to choose, I'd probably say the first one is and likely always will be my favorite. The second one, which received terrible reviews, was surprisingly good, too. Even my brother, who finally got around to watching the first two recently, commented that he thought they were equally good, and that's huge praise from him. I'm not saying the majority of people will agree, but horror fans should watch these films at least once.

Chapter 3 is a prequel, and while the Lambert family isn't in here, they make the obvious connection and strongly hint at the first two movies. On top of that, Elise is heavily featured, and she deserves it. I love Lin Shaye! We also get more background on her life and how Specs and Tucker get into business with her. The movie isn't really about that, though, it simply intertwines Elise's sad life with that of Quinn's, a teenager who wants to contact her dead mother, but ends up inviting something wicked into her room instead. Side note: Stefanie Scott, the actress who plays Quinn, is an interesting cross between Selena Gomez and Emily Van Camp (whom I lurv).

The thing that surprised me the most is just how scary this actually was. Having said that, I jump fairly easily. But my god, that Skype scene...I certainly lost a good amount of sleep after seeing this. I also want to point out that you don't have to be original to be effective. Originality is much appreciated, of course, but that doesn't mean you can't spin some scary shit out of tried and true methods, which they do.

I should also note that poor Quinn got beat up so much that it almost became funny. Drinking game, anyone?

Overall, this is definitely worth watching. It has its overly cheesy and/or predictable moments, but they're easily forgiven.

My grade: B+

Monday, April 27, 2015

Review: Housebound

Once in a blue moon, Netflix recommends a horror movie to me (based on what I've previously watched, which isn't always a good thing) that's actually decent. There are countless bad movies on there, and all you have to do is check out the user rating to get an idea. Or look at the cover and title. That's usually all you need. Surprisingly, Housebound has a rather high rating, despite the somewhat basic plot, and I decided to give it a go:

Kylie is sentenced to eight months of house arrest after robbing an ATM. You'd think that'd be a relief considering, you know, jail sucks, but she doesn't like her mother or stepfather, and the house is possibly haunted. Personally, that sounds like a dream come true to me, but we can't all like creepy houses.

This isn't terrifying, but it has its moments. More importantly, it's funny. Not uproariously funny, but it provides some chuckles, and it doesn't go about it in a cheesy way, and it doesn't try too hard. It's also got a small twist in it, so bonus points for that.

My grade: B+

Monday, March 2, 2015

You're Gorgeous by Babybird

Happy March! Have some Babybird. You know how much I love weird/unconventional/provocative songs!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

New Blog!

I've been meaning to start a new blog for awhile. It's really just to document some of my travels. Please check it out if you're interested! :)

Friday, January 23, 2015

Now Transferring To My iPod...

Sia: Elastic Heart
I love Sia's new music video for Elastic Heart. I think her don't-look-at-me-look-at-them approach to her recent videos and performances is a bit affected, but hey, at least we get to watch cool interpretive dancing/fighting. It's rare for me to love a music video. In fact, they sometimes take away from my enjoyment of the song, or they distract me from it too much, when they should be adding to it. Luckily, the ever-talented Sia has managed to make two of her recent videos interesting and compelling.

Glass Animals: Gooey
The lyrics to Gooey are...strange, but you can't deny the appeal of this song. You cannot. You must not. You do not (whatho, Captain Wentworth!).