Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Having just came back from watching This Is It at the movie theatres with my mom (yes, my mom. Don't judge!) I am inspired to dedicate this post entirely for the King of Pop: Michael Jackson. He has inspired the whole universe through his sense of expression, creativity, music, and dance. That is not an exaggeration. He wasn't just a fad who followed the mainstream. MJ Jackson wanted to change the Earth through self-expression. He believed in what he did, he believed that through love and music, one could change the world. Even through all of his "changes" in appearance, and his strange way he dressed, he didn't let the negativity get to him. He believed in music. He believed in you. And he changed the world through his music.
"The meaning of life is contained in every single expression of life. It is present in the infinity of forms and phenomena that exist in all of creation.” - Michael Jackson
Love goes out to all of my readers - thank you for over 1000 views! (:
Love always, CANDY
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
One thing that I love to do is watch horror movies. There's a specific kind too: authentic Japanese/Korean horror movies. Not fake ones like The Grudge or The Ring. I'm not sure why. It's hard to explain. Is it because of the elements Japanese (or Asian) people can make with makeup and special effects? I don't know. All I know is that you should definetly watch The Tale of Two Sisters. When I was in China this Summer, I watched it with my (absolute favourite!) cousin Elena. We were both so freaked, we were too scared to get up at night for water. She's 20, by the way. Isn't it weird that we (humans) enjoy scary ourselves by watching horror movies and going into haunted houses, and yet, we are addicted to it? It shows how masochistic humans can be. (:
This Halloween, me and some of my friends are going as zombie nerds. Emily is going to be a rave nerd, October is going to be a faerie nerd. I'm going to be a music nerd! Complete with huge DJ headphones (that I'm going to borrow from October.) I can't wait for Halloween night. It's a night of fun, candy, horror, and also a time for me to practice my mad photography skills!
Me and my friends have a tradition. We all go trick or treating together. Then we come back to my house (or one of theirs), trade candy, and watch as many horror movies as we can.
So comment: What are you going to going to be for Halloween and what are your Halloween traditions?
P.S. If you want to know some scary movies to rent, keep on reading! Otherwise, scroll past and leave a comment reply!
10. The Orphanage (2007)An old-fashioned ghost story that earns its scares through a slow-burn pace and lots and lots of spooky atmosphere, The Orphanage is the sort of quiet ghost story I believed they stopped making after the 1970s. Well written, acted and directed, the success of this triple threat lies within making the trappings of the genre (creaking noises and creepy children, of course) scary again, but it’s the underlying sadness of the piece that sticks with you long after the film has finished.
9. The Innocents (1961)Don’t be put off by the fact that it’s almost fifty years old; Jack Clayton’s ambiguous ghost story still brings a chill. Loaded to the brim with uneasy moments (try to get the creepy children’s song out of your head), it’s Deborah Kerr’s unhinged performance that sells this one so well. We’re never really sure if the ghost are real, but that doesn’t make The Innocents any less of an effective horror film.
8. Stir of Echoes (1999)The greatest injustice here is that this was released only a few months after The Sixth Sense. For my money, this is a far superior experience in just about every way. Kevin Bacon was never better than here, as an everyman who reluctantly comes to believe in the supernatural, while writer/director David Koepp fashions a mystery that’s as frightening as it is compelling.
7. Poltergeist (1982)Steven Spielberg and Tobe Hooper took the haunted house premise, so prevalent in the 60s and 70s, and pulled it kicking and screaming into the 1980s, equipped with the best special effects possible for the time. The end result is a ghost movie that throws subtlety out of the window in favor of showing us everything. Somehow it worked. Chock full of iconic moments, the first exploits of the Freeling family was a genre classic as soon as it was released and still has the power to scare today. The cinematic equivalent of a horror funhouse, Poltergeist rocks.
6. The Woman in Black (1989)I caught this on TV sometime in the early 90s, not really expecting much from a ‘made for TV’ British horror film. Boy was I wrong. This one has everything you need for a great ghost story: a sleepy small town, a dark and secret history and one hell of a scary specter. The titular woman is used sparingly, which makes her presence all the more effective. This is a difficult one to track down, but it’s well worth the hunt.
5. The Legend of Hell House (1973)Like Stir of Echoes, The Legend of Hell House is also sourced from a Richard Matheson novel. Roddy McDowell is a blast to watch as the crazed survivor of a previous, failed, expedition to the haunted mansion, and you’ll never look at black cats the same way again. Alternating between creepy and fun, the movie goes a little too over-the-top in its climax for its own good, but everything else is perfectly executed. Thirty-six years after its release, this is still a great time.
4. Ghostbusters (1984)While the balance between scares and comedy is tipped WAY toward the latter, there was nothing like it when it debuted in the summer of 1984. I didn’t see it until VHS, but I can tell you that the library ghost scared the wits out of my five-year-old self! Loaded with some of the coolest looking ghosts in the genre’s history while sporting some of all-time funniest one-liners (“I have seen shit that would turn you white!”, “Yes, it’s true…this man has no dick.”) - everything about Ghostbusters gels perfectly. “It’s the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.”
3. The Others (2001)Good God, do I love this movie. Like most good ghost stories, it establishes one hell of a creepy atmosphere with its sprawling Gothic manor and fog-heavy surroundings. The clever story makes sure nothing is as we think it is, but even without the big “surprise”, this one brings the spooky. Seriously.
2. The Haunting (1963) Those of you who’ve only visited Hill House courtesy of Jan De Bont’s misguided remake need to go back and look at Robert Wise’s brilliantly textured haunted house flick from the 60s. Not only does it still crawl under your skin and stay there, but The Haunting relies on your own fears of the unknown to freak you out – much like the recent Paranormal Activity. There have been quite a few “old dark house” movies made over the years (with quite a few of them showing up on this list), but this one remains among the very best.
1. The Fog (1980)Antonio Bay, gold and a pirate named Blake. John Carpenter’s classic has enough atmosphere and dread for twenty movies. Adrienne Barbeau’s quick-witted DJ, Stevie Wayne, sells it with her terrified narration, and this film is host to a badass collection of pissed off ghosts. Add to the mix Tom Atkins, Hal Holbrook and Jamie Lee, and you’ve got a rock solid cast and the perfect rainy night movie to freak you out.
Friday, October 23, 2009
(Me and my new nerd glasses from The Icing.)
Signs of a jock: Rude, arrogant, stupid, beats up people, dates only cheerleaders and hangs around other jocks Signs of a true athlete: Love their sport, try to stay down-to-earth (a little arrogance is expected), hang out with whoever they want, date whoever they want, might beat people up but that doesn't mean it was uncalled for.
What you think: Nerd are ugly people who wear thick glasses, know everything, dress horribly, and gets straight As in every class. They have no social life or personality. "SO UNCOOL".
The Truth?: Get over it. Nerds are just smart people, okay? Not all nerds wear thick glasses. A nerd can even be a "prep" or maybe even a "cheerleader". Nerds are just smart people who cares about their grades and future. "Nerds" are going to be your future bosses. They're gonna be CEOs and people you work for. They have personalities and they're cool. Not the stereotypical type you think. Hey, I'm a nerd! (: [Btw, who came up with the word nerd? I think it was first found in a Dr. Seuss book?]
The geeky kid now owns a million dollar software company
- cutting your wrists
- being depressed
- male vocalists who sing like little girls about their failed relationships
- tight pants
*I just thought I'd clear that up after all of these "definitions" in which I have encountered an unbelievable amount of people who try to pass off their blatantly false pretenses as fact, and are slowly infecting others with their high-horse, holier-than-thou bullshit. Because honestly, with your ridiculous definitions, Beethoven, George Gershwin, and Britney Spears are/was "emo bands."
*In the early 90s there was a movement in the hardcore genre that came to be known as "Emotive Hardcore," spearheaded by Rites Of Spring. Harder-core-than-thou kids, who swore by Dischord Records a la Minor Threat, actually coined the term "Emo" as something of a put-down for the kids who really liked Rites Of Spring, Indian Summer and this new wave of "Emotive" Hardcore bands. That's right, "Emo" was once not something kids called themselves. The field exploded outwards from there - Level-Plane Records has always been the most famous Emo label....
BASICALLY: It's a type of music! It has nothing to do with how dark you wear your eyeliner. It is a type of music and the type of clothing/style associated with that type of music.
-Also another type of music. Scenesters tend to wear a lot of bright colours and mostly, listen to a lot of indies, retro, 80's new wave, classic rock, etc. Scene does not mean emo! The music scene is often associated with other areas that scenesters are interested in, which is liekely, art, photography, creative writing, poetry, tattoos & piercings, civil rights, animal rights, etc.
The truth: 1) A germanic tribe who invaded the late roman empire along with the vandals, visi goths etc and actually became more civilized afterwards. 2) An building style used in medieval times and later in victorian times. 2) A literature style of which Dracula and ther supernateral horrors were written in.
Did you get all that? Well I hope that now, after reading all this, you have become more openminded. We are all alike. We shouldn't be judged on what type of music we listen to or what kind of clothing we wear or who we hang out with. We are all the same, except different. We all want to get through life knowing we have done something worth fight for. (:
Have a pleasant weekend.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
"Why do we close our eyes when we sleep, when we cry, when we imagine, when we kiss? Because the most beautiful thing in the world is unseen." - Anonymous
"When you run so fast to get somewhere, you miss the fun of getting there. Life is not a race, so take it slower. Hear the music before the song is over." - Anonymous
"Life is a mixture of sunshine and rain, teardrops and laughter, pleasure and pain. Just remember, there was never a cloud that the sun couldn't shine through." - Anonymous
"Love begins with a smile, grows with a kiss, ends with a tear." - Anonymous
"The happiest person doesn't have the best of everything in life. Perhaps he is just good in making the best of everything that life brings along his way. Stay happy always!" - Anonymous
"Learn to appreciate the rainbow after cursing the rain. It's just like loving again after experiencing the pain!" - Anonymous
"It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has. Hello to one of the richest persons I know." -Anonymous
"In words, love can be read. In actions, love can be measured. But others don't know that even in silence, love can be heard." -Anonymous
"Some joys are better explained in silence, as a smile gets more audible than laughter. I was asked if I enjoyed my friendship with you. I just smiled." -Anonymous
photos via itsirrational.com
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
- we have huge exams tomorrow
- my stomach hurts
- i'm hungry
- i'm exsausted
- i just want to go to sleep!
- a stupid egyptian story due friday
- my cavity tooth is killing me
- my right eye is super red and looks pretty bloddshot
- im really drowsy
- my baby sister is annoying me
- i suck at anything athletic
- it's a wonder i made it onto the team
- i hate my volleyball coach Mrs. J
- & so on...
I'm just going to go to bed early.
Cheer me up?
Saturday, October 10, 2009
zipper earrings from Claires(: - thank you Tori!
P.S. Darn it! So many projects are due next week! And exams begin this Tuesday. I have to go study...? (Pshh, yeah right.)
Saturday, October 3, 2009
On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, "How was the trip?" "It was great, Dad." "Did you see how poor people can be?" the father asked. "Oh Yeah" said the son. "So what did you learn from the trip?" asked the father.
The son answered, "I saw that we have one dog and they had four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night. Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.
We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight. We have servants who serve us, but they serve others. We buy our food, but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them."
With this the boy's father was speechless. Then his son added, "Thanks dad for showing me how poor we are."
Too many times we forget what we have and concentrate on what we don't have. What is one person's worthless object is another's prize possession. It is all based on one's perspective. Makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks for all the bounty we have, instead of worrying about wanting more. Take joy in all you have, especially your friends. Pass this message on.