My Horror Movie Triple Feature

I have been in the biggest horror movie mood lately and it’s been the best. Today I took advantage of all of it by doing a horror movie triple feature. Well somewhat quadruple feature cause I’m watching one more as I write this, but ultimately it’s been amazing!

You’re Next

This movie was amazing! I loved Erin and I loved the plot. It was super intense and I didn’t know the twist before it happened. Well, the initial one, but gosh it was so cool!

The Adams Family

Gosh this was adorable and I loved it so much! I loved the story it was so cute. The art was so awesome. The nostalgia felt great too. It was funny and made me feel the full on Halloween feeling and it’s just amazing.

Zombieland

This also was a really cute and fun movie. All I can think is “Get Tallahassee a Twinkie!”. It’s fun and still spooky in its own way. I really enjoyed it. It made me laugh.

While I’m writing this I’m watching the second movie and so far it’s great too. Today’s been so much fun. The blonde is crazy, but very funny. The flirting is so weird, but I love it.

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Mini Disney Binge: Onward, Frozen 2, & Wreck-it Ralph 1 & 2

A long while back I did a Disney Binge and watched all four of these in a day! They were all fun and cute to watch and I thought it’d be cute to do a little post on them.

What I Enjoyed about Onward

Two brothers go on a quest of magic to get the change to see their dead father in the flesh for a day, but their time is running out. There’s growth in this film, true friendship, and some tear-jerking moments. It’s a really well made film and I loved every moment of it!

What I Enjoyed about Frozen 2

Frozen was definitely better then Frozen 2, but I did very much enjoy Frozen 2 as it all went along. What I took from it was the idea of doing the next right thing one at a time. It’s become a motto for me. Also, I did cry at the end of it quite a lot, so it was good in that way too.

I loved both of these! They were so much fun. I love Vanellope has such an adorable personality and I loved her so much! She’s such a sweetheart. The first film was better then the second, but both were great! I loved the friendship in both and seeing Vanellope go for what she wants for herself. Both films were a lot of fun!

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Friday the 13th: A December Movie Kickback

I watch a lot of horror movies. Horror is one of my favorite genres and I don’t know why, but looking at the darkest part of what humanity could be is fascinating to me. However, I had never really watched a Christmas horror film. Mostly because that feels like betrayal to the essence of what Christmas is. But, this year, Friday the 13th happened to land in December and so, a Christmas horror film is what I wanted to see.

I choose to watch Pooka!

Pooka! is your Gremlin come to life worst nightmare. (An aside, I have seen Gremlins many a time, so I guess I have seen a Christmas horror film. I don’t know why that didn’t seem to count in my head). A toy that repeats what you say, but only what it feels like repeating. Yet it’s not the toy itself that is what makes this film terrifying. It’s the man who becomes Pooka!

Wilson is a struggling actor who gets a job to be Pooka! In person encounters, commercials, and any promotion is done with him being the sole actor behind the mask. But, quickly you come to understand that there is something off about Wilson. He’s strange. With strange inclinations and an oddly normal way of speaking that somehow doesn’t take away from the oddness.

This is one of those films that is made so much better by the ending. The ending shapes how you think about the beginning and makes you wonder what was really going on all along. The ending made this film well worth the watch for me.

There is a lot of stylization to the film that I really appreciate. The flashing of very specific colors. How it all comes full circle to what the ending is. How things unravel and come together very specifically just by the way the story was shown visually. That part for me was really cool.

I can’t talk about much else without spoiling the story. But, I if you enjoy horror and are looking for an interesting Christmas horror film Pooka! is definitely worth the watch!

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My Favorite Christmas Films

Every year I watch many Christmas films and a lot of the times it is throughout the year because my mom adores them, but there are a few that have become my favorites and I’d love to share them with all of you!

The Christmas Chronicles

At the time of writing this I am re-watching this film. It’s a fun, rocking-Christmas type of film. It’s fun with adorable little elves and the coolest Santa ever! A second film is coming out next year and I can’t wait to watch it!

Every Home Alone

I have watched every home alone over and over and over. I don’t know why, but I adore these films. They make me laugh every time and I couldn’t stop watching them as a kid. This is the exact collection I had as a kid and I remember binging them all the time on my own again and again.

The Christmas Calendar

I watched this for the first time a few days ago and did a whole post on it, but I really do find this film adorable. It’s super romantic and it lights up my heart in such a pure way.

Christmas With the Kranks

This movie is so laugh out loud funny. It’s a good jolly competition and that makes a wonderful film to me.

The Santa Clause Films

This is classic Christmas for me. This is what gave me the original idea of what Santa was like and I couldn’t stop watching as a kid.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

This movie is so wholesome. I know it’s about someone hating Christmas, but in my heart I believe that the Grinches heart was always big, because sometimes caring too much can leave you feeling cold even though it’s really just fear of things that could go wrong that don’t define what will actually be.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Speaking of classic Christmas, nothing is more classic to me is The Nightmare Before Christmas. I’ve come to love it more and more over the years and now it doesn’t really feel like Christmas till I watch it.

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Watching: The Christmas Calendar

I just got done watching probably one of the cutest and most romantic Christmas movies I’ve watched. It has everything I love about a good romantic Christmas movie magic, curiosity, adorable moments, and absolute wonder. Christmas is the most magical time of the year. Falling in love during that time sounds like another kind of magic.

Emily receives a Christmas Calendar with little notes from a secret admirer. The whole town gets involved as each day the mystery unravels itself and everyone is wondering who is the guy? Overall, the concept is adorable. Who wouldn’t want to be wooed in such a creative and romantic way.

All the while a new baker comes to town and enters competition with Emily and sparks start to fly. It awoke the part of me that deeply desires to love and be loved. When the two were baking together and having a great time I wondered what I’d be like to have that one day with the person I spend my life with. I’m barely decent at baking so It’d be messier and more about figuring it out together, but I love that idea more.

Watching this I just felt that something in me light up that loves to love and deeply wants to spend my life having fun and learning and growing together with someone I love and who feels every ounce of that love for me as well. Something gentle and soft and kind. Something peaceful. Something I’ve tasted before and fell way too short.

Love is at the beating heart of what Christmas is to me. Love for your family. For your neighbors. Love for the people you work with. Love for those you like and those you don’t. And yes romantic love too.

This romantic little story does what every good Christmas film should, it inspires hope. It gives you all the warm and fuzzy feelings about what could and will be. One day, it’s fun to think about, what a Christmas would look like beside the guy that holds my heart. So I hold hope in my heart for that one day and all the one days that will come after.

What I also loved about the film was the mischievous actions from some of the characters that added a little spice and hilarity to the film. Some people live to cause chaos and having those chinks in the film was a lot of fun.

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Watching: Noelle

The first Christmas movie I’ve decided to watch to kick off the beautiful season is Noelle. Due to a lovely friend and coworker being amazing I got the chance to watch this film off Disney plus and I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed it for all that it was.

The story sets around Noelle and her brother Nick Kringle. Nick from a small child has been raised to become Santa. Noelle was raised with no expectation. She always wanted to do something important, but she was never taken seriously.

Santa passes away and it is time for Nick to fill Santa’s shoes, but he is terrible at it. Noelle tells him to take a break and so he does, but then he doesn’t want to come back.

Noelle then goes on a journey meeting a man named Jake and his son Alex. Together they set off to find her brother.

Overall, the movie is adorable. Obviously kid friendly. But, surprisingly not at all romance based which is unusual for Christmas films like this one, but I’m kinda happy that it isn’t.

Of course my favorite character was the little reindeer Snowball. I love adorable baby animals in films. They add a layer of cute that I cannot resist.

The movie is as it presents itself to be. It is un-complicated and there isn’t anything twisty about it. It has some very adorable moments as well as some good bits of humor. All in all, a great film for the season!

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Celebrating October!!

This October I did a lot of things. I didn’t post as much as I wanted to, but that didn’t mean I didn’t have quite the spooky and wonderful October!

One of the highlights was watching Shane Dawson’s Episodes of the making of the Conspiracy pallet! Which I am saving up money for so I can purchase the bundle with the lipsticks and lip balms when they do a full restock in 2020. I was so excited when they announced that the collection was going to be permanent because it’s the first makeup I’ve ever been excited about buying and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

Another big YouTube thing that happened was Markiplier’s: A Heist with Markiplier! I watched it and got every single ending and I was never more proud of one of my all time favorite You-tubers!

As for the spooky things I watched, I finally got to watch Annabel: Comes Home on a rental DVD with my sister. It was really nice because for some reason the dvd wouldn’t work in our tv DVD player, but it worked on the computer DVD player and we watched it being forced to sit closer then usual and it felt like a nice bonding experience with my sister.

I also watched The Exorcist tv show seasons 1 & 2, Uncanny Annie, They come Knocking, a weird movie called New Year, New You, and both seasons of Scream Queens. I enjoyed the majority of what I watched and it was for the most part a nicely spooky time for me.

Then, on November 3rd I went to six flags fright fest, which was fun, but there wasn’t that many monsters. I went with my sister her friend Tony and his nephew Andrew and really I barely know either of them so the only person I had to protect me from scares was myself. This lead for me to develop my own “I’m not scared” technique of smiling like a mannequin while walking in scare zones and being as ridged as possible while I’d get monsters growling in my ear. As well as staring down any monster in my sight, because if I see them coming I’m way less scared.

The whole time I meant to post about some of the movies I watched, but towards the last two weeks I got distracted and the last week of October and into November some personal things happened that lead me to have a short bought of anxiety and sadness. I got over it much more quickly then I have before and I feel great now. It’s just sometimes things happen that hit you hard when your not suspecting it.

All in all, I had an incredible October. I listened to my Halloween playlist non-stop. I added many songs to it (I love it even more now then ever). I wore my spooky earrings all month long (I’m in need of getting myself more cause you can never have too many spooky earrings). I bought two adorable Halloween mugs and I finally got an adorable Hocus Pocus Sweatshirt from Hot Topic that I had my eyes on since I first saw it. I also got another vampire t-shirt that I want to wear all the time.

I love October and I adore Halloween. Something about the spooky season lifts up my spirits and makes me feel so alive. I love how everyone puts on whatever costume they like and become macabre character versions of themselves. I love the horror and the exploration of all our greatest fears. I love the decorations and the dark vibe Halloween has. It’s a wonderful season and I enjoyed every moment of it!

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Watching: It Chapter 2

I saw It: Chapter 2 two weeks ago and I loved it! Some friends of mine have seen it and they hated it because watching a terrifying clown reck havoc was terrible, but that’s not really how I saw the film. Through my eyes I saw the way the story came together. I saw what about certain parts made me pull my knees up to my chest to feel a little safer.

Spoilers ahead!

Right off the back the film hits you with a terrible death and the horror of the darker side of human nature. A gay couple were at a carnival having fun and get interrupted by some horrible people who beat them up and throw one of them in a river from the bridge they were standing on. Then pennywise gets to the guy and his partner watches in horror as he gets brutally killed.

This is the inciting incident to bring together the lost losers club. Each and every person in the losers club has very intense and unique human backstories. Mike stayed behind and remembered the horrors they went through. He’s the lore keeper of sorts and organizes what happens. Ben who was once the chubby kid became a fit millionaire who is still in love with Beverly. Beverly has gone through the ringer. She went from being abused by her father to being abused by her husband and she finally leaves him to join her friends to face pennywise once again. Stanley killed himself at the very beginning of the film and never makes it back to his friends. Bill who lost his brother to pennywise and still feels paralyzed by his own guilt. Riche is a comedian and deals with not being able to be himself. Which adds this beautiful arch of him accepting himself and his sexuality. Eddie’s adulthood mirrors his childhood in who he is married to is similar to his mother and makes him miserable.

Most of all, Pennywise’s brand of horror is internal. It’s what we fear most about ourselves. The horrors we face by the reality of our choices and the choices of others everyday. Pennywise is terrifying because he knows what you fear most and of course the way to fight him is to shape him into what you want by what you believe him to be. That’s what makes me love the film so much because our fears truly are as big or as small as we want them to be.

Of course there are horrors you cannot avoid, but most of life is as good or bad as you create it to be for yourself.

What I love so much about this story is that it is unapologetically horrible yet there are powerful messages of hope and triumph that exist within it. Some of the characters are arguably as terrible as pennywise. For one Henry:

Henry is a literal psychopath and as much of an a-hole as he was as a kid. If I ever saw someone as insane as him in real life I’m running far far away. Pennywise at times uses illusions and tricks for his fear-mongering, but Henry.. Henry is just bat-shit crazy. He’s the epitome of those serial killers you hear about that cruelly kill animals as a kid and grow up to be just as cruel killers of human beings.

The other thing I loved about the film was it’s humor. It scares you most of all, but it also gives you a laugh. That’s something I can really appreciate.

All in all, this film is one of my favorites as far as horror films go. I love when a story goes deeper then just trying to cheaply scare you. There was depth here and a lot of mirroring to the past that made what was happening in the present all the more terrifying.

If you haven’t already, I recommend watching It: Chapter 2! It’s an incredible film. I highly recommend it.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron: A Discussion

Age of Ultron was another one of those films I didn’t appreciate to the full extent till another go-around. I liked it well enough the first time, but now, I feel that I understand and appreciate Age of Ultron so much more.

Age of Ultron is one of the more nuanced films in the MCU. The motivations of the various characters clash against each other and everyone is trying to do what they believe to be right and all of them have very different ideas of what that is.

Ultron himself has a twisted idea of “saving” the universe. Which umm.. has to do with destroying everything living on the earth.

Iron Man wants to put a ‘suit of armor’ around the world after being attracted by aliens in the battle of New York. This is what ends up creating Ultron in the first place, but also the next character I’m going to talk about: Vision.

Vision simply wants to be on the side of life. To be a bringer of peace. He doesn’t even want to kill Ultron, but knows it is necessary for the safety of the Earth.

The twins want peace for their country and vengeance for the death of their parents. Their parents were killed by a bomb that came from Stark industries and so of course they have a special hatred for Stark, but they change their minds after Scarlett sees into Ultron’s mind and find inside only destruction.

The Hulk or rather Banner helps out Tony, but not fully thinking it through. He is driven by the science, but doesn’t fully realize how far Tony was willing to go.

Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and Captain America are the damage control. They didn’t realize what was going on with the others, but once mistakes were made they came in to help reduce the damage done.

My favorite moments:

Every time Ultron was on screen made for great scenes. Slowly he became a more and more formidable opponent and he was so much fun to watch. His hatred for Tony despite speaking just like him was fascinating. I think one of the best parts of the films was how imprinted in Tony’s way of thinking Ultron is in simply a twisted way. He really is Tony’s creation in every sense. Yet the creation hates the creator and acts in a similar way, but just twisted towards darkness. I love that.

I think it took me watching all the other films to care more about this one simply because I see the evolving of everyone and how interesting it is that the line of morality in this film is so blurred. Seeing your heroes make mistakes remind you that they are as human as you are and how you can get this one twisted idea in your head and it transforms the way you see the world in a grayish manner. It’s the mistake of one bad experience coloring the rest of how you see a group of people or organization in life. It’s cool that that kind of social commentary can be made by watching this film.

In this film it’s not a battle between good and evil in the strictest sense. But a battle between the mind of doing what you think is right and your beliefs tailoring what decision you make.

This movie has some really incredible fight scenes and lots of action, but at its core it’s the exploration of the mind and morality that makes this movie great.

Also, the party scene was fantastic..

What a show captain put on.. no one believed him for a second. Least of all Thor. Though I would argue most of the Avengers should be worthy of the hammer. Everyone’s sacrificed much in the name of justice.

Also, I loved the little early Black Panther references. Like the one shown in this photograph and video:

https://youtu.be/oytnbiux_lk

Marvel is really good at fusing humor and seriousness into its films. Sometimes it’s a little jab of humor, but at the same time it always gets some sort of reaction out of me.

I very much have a higher sense of respect for this film and it’s not the best of the marvel universe by far, but it is great in its own way.

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Watching: The Kitchen

The Kitchen is the action-packed film full of female bad-assery you all need to see.

This film is rated R, so I’d suggest to leave the children at home, but other then that everyone needs to watch this movie!

My sister has played The Godfather on occasion and I’ve seen bits of pieces here and there, but it’s enough to say that The Kitchen felt reminiscent to the heart of what The Godfather was all about. The violence, the family, the immorality.

On a side note, I loved that Melissa McCarthy played a role that wasn’t a humorous one. She is a queen of comedy, but seeing her in a dramatic role like this one was really awesome!

Anyway, these women kick some serious ass in this film! Yet, at the same time there was a undertone to each of their backstories that created a beautiful nuance to all of their characters. Them coming together and rising to the top being the heads of their own crime ring was incredible to watch.

The concept of the mafia has always fascinated me. I don’t know that much about it, but the idea of getting protection for payment, but also being threatened at the same time mixed in with rivalries and all sorts of immoral politics is fascinating to me. This movie reminded me of that curiosity in me that loves to try and understand and pick apart people’s reasonings and ways of living.

Claire was by far my favorite, but only by a small margin, because all three women were absolutely incredible. Her backstory and her rising up was the most amazing to see. Yet, it was also the most violent to see. She received the most violence in her life so she gives out the most violence and sometimes I didn’t know if I was rooting for her or grossed out just a bit.

Ruby of course was also incredible and she has so much more to her then meets the eye. The way she slides into her boss role was so awesome! She radiates this confidence the entire time that was so cool to see.

Then of course there is Kathy who has the most loving relationship with her husband and is the only one to have kids. She has the most balanced morality of all of them and she has a bite to her when she needs to.

All and all this is a fantastic film. It has grit. It has some mighty powerful women. It has some harshness. Some small morsels of humor. And a whole lot of powerful feminism.

I loved this film. I’m so glad I got to see it! I hope you all reading give this movie a chance.

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