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Scary Movies

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I have always been a fan of scary movies from the time that I was a small child. I don’t know what it is about them that make me want to continue to watch. Do I want to be scared? Do I like the feeling of my heart beating hard in my chest? Honestly, I enjoy a little of both because there is nothing like a good scary movie to get the blood pumping and make you feel antsy while lying in your bed at night. So, for the blogosphere’s pleasure, I am going to give you a ranking of some of my favorite horror movies.

1) Misery. I recently watched this Stephen King adaptation about a superfan who acquires her favorite author and has him write for her. The role of the demented superfan won actress Kathy Bates an academy award (she is wonderfully crazy in the movie). It is the worst nightmare of anyone who has any aspirations in the artistic world. The believability of the movie makes it even more eerie as you think…what if this thing could happen…or has happened before?

2) Scream. The first of the 90’s slasher flicks, this series is fun because of the plausibility. They bring up pop culture with the “movies made me do it” defense and the teenagers killing their classmates. It is creepy and cool. With Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, David Arquette, and cameos by many actresses and actors, these movies came along at the right time. Also, with the fourth movie coming out in 2011, I am going to have to rewatch and enjoy them again.

3) Interview with the Vampire. Based on the novels by Anne Rice, this movie was one of the first to humanize vampires….it’s oddly unnerving when one sees the nuclear family onscreen with two vampire men and a vampire girl. It took the vampire genre to a new level and asked others to bring their product up to the same level (which none really have done)…The characters of Louie, Lestat and Claudia are all very believable from a human perspective and make us question our own humanity as we watch. It leaves us wondering about ourselves and the world that we live in.

4)Orphan. While I saw the ending of this movie from about the middle, I was creeped out when the finally reveile the big secret.  It is the story of a little girl with a trouble past who is adopted by a new family. It just seems that trouble follows her around…What is the deal with her?

5) Nosferatu (1922). Possibly the scariest version of the Dracula story that has ever been brought to film. It is a silent movie that relies on the actors to produce the creepy and scary factors. They do a great job of this considering the technology that they had to work with. Max Schreck makes the skin crawl as Count Orlock. He is inhuman and makes us wonder what might truly be out there in this weird world that we exist in.

I would recommend watching any of these movies if you want to be creeped out, be scared, or be entertained. All of them hold a special place in my Halloween heart, and I hope that you will find yourself crawling into your bed at night with fears of things that go bump in the night. Enjoy!

My Favorite X-Men Villains

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If you’re familiar with my blog or with me on any level, it’s probably evident to you that I am a huge fan of X-Men comics, movies (well..some of the movies), etc. While I am a fan because of the heroic characters, would a comic book or super heroes be any good if they didn’t have villains? The answer is no because they are what makes the stories. If they weren’t there to be the foil of the hero, we would have a pretty boring story. They are what causes the conflict…and in a narrative, conflict is everything.

1) Omega Red–for some people, this may be a lesser known villain. However, he is the stuff of nightmares in my opinion. Made by the Soviet Government to be unstoppable, Omega Red is a serial killer turned super soldier. He is excessively durable and can tolerate radiation that would kill normal humans. This fact is partially caused by his carbinadium tentacles. With them, he is able to absorb life-force and sustain his immune system (as a result of the carbinadium, he is poisoned). He mainly appears in conjunction with Wolverine’s story arc because the Weapon X program entrapped him in ice years ago. Why do I like him? Simply because he freaks me out. He is almost unstoppable…when the X-Men have had to take him on, the best they can normally do is imprison him (which if held against the Captain America story, means he could live indefinitely in his frozen state).

http://marvel.wikia.com/Arkady_Gregorivich_(Earth-616)

2) Apocalypse–Probably one of the most know über villains in the Marvel-verse, Apocalypse, also known as En Sabah Nur, is the first true mutant to ever walk the Earth…and continues to do so 5000 years after his birth in Egypt. Being nearly indestructible, immortal, and almost omnipotent, he is a handful to deal with in the realm of X-Men. Why? Because he has his hand in most everything that goes on in the world. He is capable of passing the ages through the usage of his Lazarus Chamber which keeps him eternally youthful.  He is probably the most consistent villain of X-Men because he is eternal and his brand of evil does not change. If you combine this with his name meaning the end of the world and the fact that he has worshippers all over the world (hence more chambers) and horsemen who are at his call, he is probably one of the scariest mutants in Marvel.

http://marvel.wikia.com/En_Sabah_Nur_(Earth-616)

3) Mr. Sinister–Corny name aside, Mr. Sinister is the worst of the worst in the X-Man Universe. Once know as the Victorian Geneticist Nathaniel Essex, he is probably the most conniving and manipulative of the villains in the Marvel-verse. He is a very pragmatic and knows exactly what he wants. While Apocalypse is a genius, Sinister’s genius was worthy enough to be recognized by the might Apocalypse. With this genius in some continuities, he has (Spoiler Alert!) even killed the mighty En Sabah Nur. He was a contemporary of Darwin and saw that rapid mutation was possible. He also wanted to see how far this mutating could be taken…which led to some unorthodox experimentation. Why do I think he is the best villain of the X-Men? It is because he is pure evil…he pokes things just to see how they poke back and to understand how to “improve” his natural selection…he is not held down by morality….and thereby, has no scruples to keep him from truly being evil.

http://marvel.wikia.com/Nathaniel_Essex_(Earth-616)

Evil is a constant in the realm of super heroes, and every time it rears its ugly head, they knock it back down. These three villains are the cause of much turmoil within the pages of X-Men…Are there any in the X-Universe that you think are better? If so, who?

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April 23, 2010 at 9:20 pm

Super

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Isolation is what humans

Inflict the best upon

Their brothers because

Of differences.

My perspective comes

From a direct correlation:

My mind to yours…your

Thoughts are my canvas.

No one knows who I am

Or what I am capable of

Because to them I am merely

Human…I relish the fact

That I will be able to prove them

Wrong.

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April 23, 2010 at 12:50 pm

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Anti-Heroes and the New World

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In the scope of the past several hundred years, we have changed from a heroic society to one that values the anti-heroes. We long to see more of them. Why one might ask? Well, the answer is very intriguing and complex yet simple.

1. They’re cooler. Sure most people’s hearts swell when the knight in shining armor gets his princess…but really, after the first 500 times you see this event occur, it gets kind of stagnant and boring. The Anti-Hero, on the other hand, is more intriguing because most of them are not out to prove their greatness by saving a damsel in distress. Usually, these characters have agendas that lie in their past. Some are attempting to atone for the terrors they were before, while others are simply trying to make it in a world where there are no bad guys in black cowboy hats and good guys in white. They are the gray area…

2. The gray area…since most of us do not fall into the “pure good” or “pure evil” sections of humanity, it stands to reason that we fall into the gray area…that is the area that is somewhere between “good” and “evil”…the majority of people fall into this category because we are innately good and evil at the same time…mind blowing idea there right…but think about it. We do some good things and some not so good things (not necessarily evil)…it stands to reason that we don’t want heroes that are the pinnacle of perfection…we want someone who is a little more flawed…think of Wolverine over Cyclops…Lestat over Louis…and many more…

3. With the tendency to have a moral compass that does not always point north, their stories have much more room for complications than those of the “good” hero. Think about it…the “good” hero (or G. H. as I will call him) is effected by outside forces: evil queens, dragons, disease, etc. A G.H. generally has no internal conflict that could make him stray from his task at hand…he generally stays within the realm of “goodness” to achieve his goals…The Anti-Hero is a little more morally ambiguous. He will go to lengths that the G. H. will not go to to see his goals come to fruition. These heroes often wander about and go onto tangents to help better themselves or discover a great truth…eventually, they will arrive at the end of their journey, yet they might not have a princess to save any more (thanks to those G. H.s out there.)…

4. Anti-Heroes generally don’t give a crap about what those around them perceive them to be. G. H.s want to be seen as good and virtuous. They sport the “shining armor” and go off  to slay dragons at risk of life and limb…Anti-Heroes usually have a whatever attitude that makes them more likable because let’s face it sometimes chivalry is not all it’s cracked up to be…the Anti-Hero is just more open about this than the G. H…

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March 5, 2010 at 12:33 pm