Scary Movie Weekly Update

Scary Movie Weekly Update

So as I previously mentioned, I decided to watch a scary movie every day for the month of October. Without going too deep into the psychological effects I am already noticing from doing this, it has been a good experience.

I don’t watch a lot of scary movies, but the handful that I have watched this week have been good.

I won’t be giving a 500+ word review on each movie. I’ll give a brief summary of the movie and then a 5-star rating as a scary movie and then a quick thought that I had.

October 1: Overlord

★★☆☆☆

On the eve of D-Day, American paratroopers drop behind enemy lines and soon begin to realize that there’s more going on in the Nazi-occupied village than a simple military operation. 

Overlord wasn’t a bad movie. If I was rating it as a movie overall I’d give it a 3.5. It’s an alternative history type war movie, and those always are welcomed in my mind, but it’s not a very scary movie. More so just thriller and monsters.

October 2: Hellfest

★★★☆☆

On Halloween night, three young women and their respective boyfriends head to Hell Fest — a ghoulish traveling carnival that features a labyrinth of rides, games and mazes. They soon face a bloody night of terror when a masked serial killer turns the horror theme park into his own personal playground.

Though this wasn’t the scariest movie I have ever seen, what I really enjoyed about it is that one of the main characters actually uses her brain and thinks about how they can stop the killer, instead of just making bad call after bad call.

October 3: CAM

★☆☆☆☆

A camgirl has her principles, until a mysterious woman who looks just like her takes over her channel.

Honestly, not a great scary movie at all, and only marginally better as a movie in general. I don’t really understand how this came up as a google search for scary movies, but I’m sure someone knows why. It’s a movie about a distant perspective, and theres a bit of thrill to it but overall not great and not scary.

October 4: 23:59

★★☆☆☆

An Army recruit is found dead one minute before midnight on an island military training camp. The gruesome incident reveals a terrifying secret, and his fellow soldiers have to confront their deepest fears.

I was a bit worried about this movie at first because I heard great things about Asian Horror movies, but I was woefully underwhelmed . There was too much buildup for what the scary ghost was, and when it finally appeared I didn’t find it to be that scary. I think the idea was good, but the storytelling just wasn’t there.

October 5: The Blair Witch Project

★★★★☆

Found video footage tells the tale of three film students who’ve traveled to a small town to collect documentary footage about the Blair Witch, a legendary local murderer. Over the course of several days, the students interview townspeople and gather clues to support the tale’s veracity. But the project takes a frightening turn when the students lose their way in the woods and begin hearing horrific noises.

I’m a sucker for a good found footage movie, and The Blair Witch Project does a good job. The older quality cameras and the slow buildup of the horror really did it for me. I’ve heard it’s not the scariest movie out there, but I turned a light on in my apartment mid-way through watching this.

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Movie Review: Toy Story 4

Movie Review: Toy Story 4

Toy story is a movie that most of you have seen and or grown up with. They are some of the best kids movies around, and we all probably had a little Buzz or Woody toy at some point in time.

I was okay with Toy Story 2, and 3 nearly had me in tears a few times, and I was perfectly happy with how it ended at the end of Toy Story 3.

I didn’t need, or necessarily even want a Toy Story 4, but I heard it was pretty good so I figured I should go watch it.

Overall, it was a good movie. I liked how it ventured into a different set of toys, and that the bad guy turned good in the end.

My problem with it, is that I don’t think it was necessary. The ending seems kind of odd to me, but it did raise some interesting questions in my mind.

It seems like they just made the movie because of the money they would make. I guess Woody is the main character of the entire series, but I didn’t really care about him in that way. He’s no longer the favourite toy of Andy, and so he just leaves. He leaves his friends behind because he’s not the top dog anymore.

To me it seemed sort of empty. There wasn’t much weight to it. Before he left, Woody was all about making sure Bonnie was happy and helping her cope with kindergarten, but then suddenly he wants to leave.

I get he wants to run away with the “woman” he loves, but his growth from having a child to wanting to run away seemed sort of forced to me, but that might just be me.

For the most part we see toys that are owned by someone, mainly Andy.

But what about toys that don’t have owners? What about toys you win at a carnival.

We kind of get to experience these things in Toy Story 4, which was really cool. I had never thought about that before, so exploring those questions a bit was interesting to me, but it did bring new questions to mind.

One thing I couldn’t stop imagining was what happened when toys were destroyed or when a toy is broken.

We dive into those ideas a little bit, but being a Disney/Pixar movie, there isn’t too much on it.

Movie Review: Midsommar

Movie Review: Midsommar

I’m a big fan of thriller and creepy movies, so when I saw the trailer for Midsommar I instantly wanted to go see it.

Most movies that have a secret cult in them are good for many reasons, and in my opinion Midsommar fit the bill perfectly.

I really enjoyed every minute of it, even though it was sort of predictable and i knew what certain things were that the main characters didn’t.

Ari Aster’s work, in my opinion, is not quite like any other director. I’m not a big movie nerd, but he has a way of throwing in those unknown gods and deities into his movies (Hereditary) that you don’t really see coming and it’s one of my favourite movie tropes.

My biggest issue with the movie, and with other Aster work is that the shots and the gore are absolutely beautiful, but the characters are sort of flat and don’t seem to have too much development.

I found Midsommar utterly transfixing, darkly comic, ravishing, and appropriately terrifying; despite a two-hour-and-20-minute running time, I was never inclined to wish that it were shorter, happy to put myself under the same strange Scandinavian spell as the one that seals the major characters to their fate.

Midsommar is a story about how relationships feel during a breakup. The whole movie is focused on the relationship between Dani (who was fantastic in my opinion) and Christian. They have their issues, and Christian is ready to break up with Dani before the worst thing happens, her parents and sister die tragically.

Things evolve and they both end up across the waters in northern Scandinavia, celebrating the summer solstice festival in a small commune. Off the hop you can just tell the commune is off, but the main characters don’t seem to notice anything is wrong. They take drugs, are excluded from a certain strange looking building, and even watch two elders jump off of a cliff, to which they don’t react too harshly.

The citizens of the commune don’t really take much effort to hide what’s going on, and come up with some pretty shitty lies to cover their tracks, or just opt for the straight up approach and tell them it’s tradition…to which the main characters sort of accept over and over.

One part of the movie I liked is that it takes place almost entirely in sunlight. Because it is summer, the sun doesn’t set for long in the northern part of the world, so the creepiness doesn’t get amplified by the darkness…but I don’t think it needs to. It does a hell of a job of being creepy with the constant sunlight.

I enjoyed the ending of the movie though. Dani, evidently wins in the end of their “relationship” and ends up staying with the commune, finally finding a place that she feels like she fits in, since she has been lost since her family died.

Have you seen Midsommar? What were your thoughts? Like it or hate it? Let me know in the comments

Book Review: How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III is a truly extraordinary Viking hero known throughout Vikingdom as “the Dragon Whisperer”…but it wasn’t always so. Travel back to the days when the mighty warrior was just a boy, the quiet and thoughtful son of the Chief of the Hairy Hooligans. Can Hiccup capture a dragon and train it without being torn limb from limb? Join the adventure as the small boy finds a better way to train his dragon and become a hero!

The third and final movie in the How to Train Your Dragon trilogy came out over the weekend, so I figured it would be a good idea to give a review of the book that started it all.

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I read this book when I was a kid, obsessed with dragons and knights and everything magical and mystical.

I originally thought the movies were only based off of the first book, because I thought that there only was one book. I had no idea that there was a whole series about the How to Train Your Dragon world.

The movie was good, I saw it on the weekend, but I thought the book was good too.

I honestly don’t remember a good portion of the book, but from what I do remember it was a sort of “manual” of how to train a dragon, and the main character Hiccup had to do just that, with a dragon he later calls toothless, who he needs to pass the initiation for his Viking Tribe.

It’s a fun little book. I don’t remember ever reading a book where the dragon was considered a “pet” of sorts, but I thought How to Train Your Dragon took the idea and played off of it well.

If you’ve seen the movie but haven’t had a chance to read the book yet but plan on it, don’t get your hopes up too high. In this case the book and the movies are VERY different from each other, but in this case I’m actually okay with it.

The general premise is the same. A scrawny viking chief-to-be has to fit in with his culture and train a dragon but that’s basically where the similarities end.

Some characters have the same names, some dragons too, but the overall story is different.

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Usually I get upset because the movies ruin the books for the most part, but in this case I think the movies did a fantastic job at taking their source material and making it something new. I wouldn’t say the books are better per se, they’re just different.

Did you know How to Train Your Dragon was a book before it was a movie? Have you read it? Or if you’ve seen the movie I’d love to discuss the new movie in the comments, I really enjoyed it. 

Next week I’m gonna take a look at a book with different short stories in it, given to me by some wonderful authors. The book might be a little spooky, so I’m excited.

Books vs. Movies

I’m not entirely sure this topic is actually a debate where people will change their minds. As far as I know it’s not actually a debate between two parties, but two different groups who don’t even know they’re debating.

To make it more clear, I’ll lay out both sides of the “debate” here.

First, the movie side.

The biggest aspect of this side, is mainly that they don’t tend to read the books that get turned into movies, they may not even know they were a book before actually seeing the movie.

That’s not saying they don’t read books, I just mean they aren’t reading the books that generally get turned into movies. Since they don’t read the books, they obviously prefer the movies.

Now the book side.

These people obviously tend to read the books before the movies come out, and if they haven’t by the time when the movie comes out, they’ll most likely buy the books if they are interested.

They prefer the books because they get more out of it. They get the full story, with nothing left out. They get every magical word that the author created, and they get to use their imagination to see the world as they read it.

This is where the “debate” comes to a stand-still. The movie lovers tend not to like/read the books, and the book lovers tend to prefer the books.

I don’t think this is one where there is a right and a wrong answer though. I enjoy books, obviously, and I enjoy movies.

Do I enjoy the books more than the movies? Yeah, but that doesn’t mean the movies are bad, the movies are just a different experience.

It gives the director a chance to take words, and create a thing of magic.

My biggest problem with books that are turned into movies is when they are done poorly.

If you make a movie about a book, you’re guarenteeing that a good chunk of those fans will come see the movie, so to create something that ruins their favourite books is a big no no in their eyes.

Now this whole post assumes that everyone who reads the books will always prefer them over the movies.

In my experience this is 95% true. There has only been 2 instances in my life, where I know someone prefers the movies over the books.

The first: my dad loves the movie The Hunt for Red October. I can’t say I’ve ever read it or seen it, but he can quote the entire movie from heart, and he can walk in at any part of the movie and know exactly what is going on and what happens next.

He had seen the movie before he read the book, and will choose the movie every time

The second instance is a friend of mine read The Martian, and said that he could barely understand the book, but he really enjoyed the movie.

I may be wrong about all this, and maybe there are a large population of people in the world that prefer the movies over the books.

If you prefer a movie over a book please let me know. I’d love to hear from you all in the comments.

Also, if you’re wondering what I think about books vs. tv shows, then you’ll have to stay tuned. That is a different topic entirely.

Channel Update

Alright so I originally started this blog as a school assignment but I really started to like it and spent some free time during the term figuring out whether or not I should take the blog full time, and how I would be able to do that.

Well good news is I figured out how I can do both of those. I’ve got new ideas for the blog and plan on updating it every day, but I’m not guarenteeing anything with school going on.

So here is the updated schedule of what the posts will look like:

Monday: Book Review

Tuesday: Type it Out Tuesdays (post different writing prompts for people     interested in writing themselves)

Wednesday: Book related news (books being adapted to movies/tv shows, new books coming out, etc.)

Thursday: Thursday Thoughts (different thoughts I have on book related things ex. My Top 10s, Book related life stories, seasonal book topics, writing challenges etc.)

Friday: Quote of the Day (from the book I reviewed that week)

Saturday/Sunday: Taking a break to relax

I also have some channel updates coming out too. I want to update the books I’ve read/want to read  and throw in alphabetical shortcuts so it’s easier to find the author.

I’m also gonna make a Facebook group book club so theres an easier platform for more people to chat about a book. The book club will be one book a month to start instead of every week.

I’m also going to update some pictures and minor pages on the blog itself.

I hope everyone is as excited as I am for this update.

QOTD: Cloud Atlas

“A half-read book is a half-finished love affair.” 
― David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

The book and movie may be a bit confusing, but all readers know this is true.

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