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Hello everyone! I am back. I know it has been a couple months with no posts but I am back and I am goin to try my best to stick to the Monday posting…yes I am pushin it with this one but here we go!

thSo February was a month of Fright Nights for me. I marathon watched the Friday the 13th series…only made it to 5…but apparently that’s impressive according to my friends…

So Friday the 13th, basically if you have seen the first one you have basically seen all of them up to 4 and 5. The fourth one is basically the same as the first one but it introduces a character that becomes important in the last three of the main canon. The only really fun thing about the movies after the first one is trying to figure out who is going to die in what order and how Jason will do it. The other fun thing to do is figure out how soon the deaths start occurring. It gets faster with each film. One day I will sit down and finish the last three. They are great b-rated cult horror slashers, but like I said, unless you want to watch all of them back to back, you only need to see the first one.

The next thing I watched was Occulus. This is a great haunted houseOculus-Movie-2014-HD-Wallpaper movie that is actually kind of trippy because it follows the story of a brother and sister who had this experience as children but have come back to put and end to it as adults. The trippy part is you don’t quite realize this until halfway through…at least, I didn’t. It stars Karen Gillian of Doctor Who fame which was my first attention grabber since I love her. It has a few gory moments in it one involving a light bulb and the other is at the end, but I don’t want to give it away. It is a good modern horror movie, a bit cheesy but I enjoyed it’s creepy factor.

th (3)I also re-watched Interview with The Vampire for the 3rd time. I am huge vampire movie fan, especially if Anne Rice wrote the original novel. Now, granted, I do not consider Interview with The Vampire to be a horror movie more so it is a compelling fantasy story about vampires living in Louisiana. Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise play the main characters of Louis and Lestat, which for some reason up until this re-watch session I always thought they played the opposite person. But while they are great and all, Kirsten Dunst’s portrayal of Claudia is the clincher in this movie. She plays her perfectly to the character in the book. It is actually such a good adaptation of the novel as a whole, I thoroughly recommend it!

And finally the last movie, which I actually watched last night, was Poltergeist. One of my all time favorite thrillers. There is poltergeist_tvjust something about Carol Ann and how innocent yet creepy she is and yet it’s not her fault. This late 70’s or very early 80’s movie was a great movie for special effects. So many things happen from furniture flying around a room at high speeds, to furniture re arranging itself, to toys coming to life, to people getting dragged up walls, to huge demonic looking dinosaur bone ghost, etc. Needless to say, it was very progressive for its time, not to mention the story is actually good too.  I don’t know that I would call it a scary movie, thriller yes, horror, no. Mainly because I found it more fascinating than horrific, granted I am also 25 and fairly well adjusted. But I definitely recommend seeing it, and its sequels.

So there you have it. Now that life has calmed down a bit for me to write i have given you four movie recommendations to go watch and then let me know what you thought. Until next time!

I WISH!

Posted: December 29, 2014 in Comedy, Disney, Drama, Family, Musical
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Into-the-Woods Stephen Sondheim’s musical masterpiece, Into The Woods, has hit the big screen! FINALLY! After a year of waiting, it finally came! I have already seen it twice!

As a theatre person, myself, and a skeptic when musicals hit the screen, I was so pleasantly happy with the film adaptation that I highly recommend it for everyone. Fans of the stage production will not be disappointed, nor will new comers to the Woods.

Into-the-Woods (1)The plot revolves around five main story lines: Cinderella, Little Red Ridding Hood, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk, and the Childless Baker. They are all interwoven into this wonderful story line. I don’t want to give too much away because it is much better experienced that having it explained. Basically, the first half is all the characters getting their “happily ever after” and the second half, there is this catastrophe that occurs that causes everything to unravel.

The music is genius. Some of Sondheim’s finest work. If you don’t know Sondheim’s work, he loves words and word play. His songs have some of the most complex lyrics ever. Into the Woods is a prime example of this just look up the songs “Giants in The Sky” and “Your Fault” But aside from the lyrics, his music is gorgeous and moving. “No One is Alone” and “Stay With Me” and even “Children Will Listen” are three of the most beautiful songs ever. Sondheim’s music makes up almost 90% of the script. Everything else is spoken. Which is not a lot.

Colleen Atwood was the costume designer for this film and it shows. Her beautiful designs are prevalent in movies such asInto_the_Woods_00008 Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy HollowSweeney ToddDark Shadows, ETC. Granted I think i just proved she is Tim Burton’s favorite costume designer. But, I digress, her creations are period and are known to meld the eccentric and whimsical, but they dont take away from the period that is to be portrayed. They are beautiful and intricately color schemed. Its a feast for the eyes. Needless to say, she is one of my favorite costume designers, as well, and I flipped out when i saw her name i the credits.

The world created in this film is gorgeous. I am not sure where the location it was filmed in is located, but it is one of the most beautiful forests anyone could ever hope to get lost in. There are so many different tree styles in the movie and the lighting choices were alluring. It was creepy at times, inviting at times, and comforting even. I loved watching this movie if for nothing but the scenery. The locations were beautiful all around, but my favorite were the scenes at Rapunzel’s tower. It was so ancient looking but flourished with splashes of greens and greys and even a hint of red from the berries on the briar patch. It was beautiful to look at.

Something else that was amazing in the movie were the CGI effects that did not look CGI (for the most part). The best effect in my opinion was the cow. Milky White (The cow) was a real cow for about 90% of the movie but there were at least 3 times during the movie that it became CGI. The most noticeable was when they had to feed things to the cow and it ate a shoe and a cape in the same shot. My other favorite effects were the Witch’s entrances and exits. They were each different and unexpected (to an unknowing audience). And they looked so magical. This movie is chalked full of special effects and they are handled brilliantly.

Overall, I thought this movie was as perfect as it could be for a Disney movie adaptation. As a theatre enthusiast, I had my complaints with some changes made, but as a whole I was very pleased. It is a fantastic film. Everyone should go see it right now! And don’t forget….be careful what you wish for.