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Art for Sanity’s Sake

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So, with the school year coming to a close, I have been without things to do (this is partially because I have not had a job until this last week…Yay for a job!). When I get really bored things can get bad for those around me…I like to rearrange furniture, clean like there’s no tomorrow, etc. Therefore, I like to do other crafty and artistic things to occupy my time. So, I give you some of the fruits of my labor as  a result of this. I hope you enjoy.

(Left):This one that is acrylics on canvas…it is actually a painting that has been in the works for a while because I started with the blue background and then couldn’t decide what to do with it. Finally, I did something…I don’t quite know how I feel about this one yet…it’s a bit too sunshiny and cheery for my taste.

(Right):The other one is also acrylics on canvas. It was done by using water to help dilute the paint. I find it to be an interesting one simply because it was the first time I had ever tried the water trick.

So yeah, I will continue to paint I suppose because it helps alleviate stress and keeps me sane. I might recommend it to others out there too.

 

 

 

 

 

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May 29, 2011 at 9:11 pm

I’m Barry, and I’m an IMDB.com Addict

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So, recently, I have become enamored with the imdb.com website. Now, it’s not that the website is new to me because we all know that people go overboard when they come into contact with new things. However, this is not the case for me. I have known about imdb.com for at least a couple of years if not more, and in that time period, I have not been nearly as engrossed as I have become in the last little bit. Why you might ask is this even possible? Well, let me enlighten you how I’ve been drawn in.

 

1) Ease of access– Ever since I got my first smart phone in November, I have had the imdb website at my finger tips. This accessibility has allowed me to look up my every query right when they happen. Was Billy Bob Thorton married to Angelina Jolie (purely hypothetical question…I know that they were…down to some of the creepier details)? I can find out at the touch of an app button.

2) Being in Grad. School– Now, I know that this one might seem a little counter-intuitive, but I have looked up more things as a result of working on papers and things simply because of my writing process ( I have to have something on in the  background to be able to work). Sometimes while I’m watching/ working, actors and actresses will suddenly connect up in my mind in some weird way, and I must find out things about them.

3) The Game of Connections– One night when I was a little bored, I developed a game on the website. Usually, it started by looking up an actor or actress and then finding a movie they were in. Then, I went to the movie and looked for other actors and actresses that I recognized. Then, I clicked on them and found a movie and repeated the other step. I would do this until I couldn’t find someone or some movie that I knew (this was without repeating movies or stars…). Honestly, this game is kind of addictive….you should try it and see.

 

So, yeah, I have become an addict of imdb. However, it keeps me involved in the movie world, and I get to have some fun doing it. Plus, I’m willing to bet I know some facts about celebs / movies that would boggle your mind. 🙂

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May 6, 2011 at 11:54 pm

Bones–A Procedural with Heart

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As I am enrolled in graduate school, I often find myself writing or reading all the time (which might be one of the smallest understatements of the year). However, while I am reading or writing, most of the time I must have something on in the background in order to maintain my thought process and forward momentum. I know that there are a lot of people out there who will say that they need to have something on in order to write…I am being entirely honest here…I do have to have something on, but this fact is beside the point. Recently, I have found Bones to be one of the most enjoyable shows to have on in the background because it is an interesting and fun show and because it is something that I don’t have to pay super close attention to in order to understand the episodes. However, there are several things about this show that make it fun to watch and keep myself entertained.

 

**Emily Deschanel’s ( playing the character of Bones) and David Boreanez’s (playing the character of Agent Booth)  chemistry is one of the most memorable parts of the show. While I have watched shows with David Boreanez in the past, I can’t say that I have watched one that I thought was as fun as this one. With the dry wit of Bones and the cracking wise of Booth, they make a pair that is both interesting dynamically and balanced as seeming opposites against each other.

**The other characters of Hodgins, Angela, Cam, and the others–While other procedural shows (by procedurals I mean ones involving law enforcement or one that has a definite process that is followed in almost every episode…but I digress) have characters that are fairly forgettable and the main focus of the show is on the solving of the murder, on the other hand, Bones offers  us a cast that is both odd and causes the story to revolve around them. Thereby, they take the focus off the murder solving and cast the light of the show on themselves.

**The wit of the show is fantastic.–With the level of intellectuals that are supposed to be in the show, this makes for interesting conversations and moments that the other procedurals that I’ve seen just don’t have. It’s both intriguing and exciting to be able to chuckle at nerdy jokes and moments that occur within the context of the show.

On the whole, I would give Bones 7.5 out of 10. I really like the premise and the characters are interesting. However, the fact that it is a procedural is a little bit of a downfall simply because each episode has pretty much the same basic plot and ends with the good guys finding the murderer. Overall, I like the show and will continue to watch it. However, the lack of the overarching themes tends and plot (other than the Booth and Bones love that is there but isn’t there….I’m in season 5 so please don’t spoil if you know more than I do) makes it a little less than cohesive…I can catch later episodes and be fine without knowing everything that has went on or will go on.

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March 1, 2011 at 11:04 pm

Fear 100 of 101: The Flying Monkeys from The Wizard of Oz

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For number 100,  I think that it’s important to look at a small piece of film history The Wizard of Oz. An enjoyable movie from all the music and the corny effects, however, it’s got more than a few frightening moments. From the witches guards to the idea that someone could live their entire life without taking a bath of any sort (I want to say that she probably smelled like BO and perfume…because  a witch wants to smell decent to even if she did have a glandular problem that prevented her from being in water…but anyway). Yet, one of the more frightening things is the flying monkeys. But what is it that makes them so frightening?

 

*The fact that they look demonic–Let’s face it there is nothing that screams “simians from the devil” like wings. Moreover, they attack Dorothy and the others with just one command from the Wicked Witch…

*Flying feces–A monkey likes to play with their poo. You’ve seen it at the zoo and on TV…but what could be worse than  flying animals that fling poop and might urinate on you.

*Genetic mutation–The crossing of species (namely the bird and the monkey) is a little unsettling simply because it did not create the cutesy animals that people want from the cross-speciation. Moreover, how did they just get the wings?

Moreover, this is why they continue to haunt the dreams of those who’ve seen the movie…and they’re definitely very creepy…

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February 20, 2011 at 10:52 pm

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!

Literary Street Gangs

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I was just having a conversation with a friend of mine, and he was talking about going to St. Louis next week. I made the off-handed comment that he should watch out for the Deatheaters…and suddenly the idea hit me. Wouldn’t it be funny if there were literary based street gangs? I mean seriously I think that it’s an intriguing idea….

“Oh God, here come the Nazgul” screams a passerby as cloaked figures emerge from the shadows wielding swords and muttering something about hobbits and finding a ring.

“Avada Kedavera!” came a hissing from the alleyway as a green flashlight clicked on to reveal several masked, stick wielding persons….

Suddenly, there were people dressed in animal costumes being led by a lion and four children who attacked with ferocity…all the time they were screaming something about a White Witch…I knew the Narnians were upon me.

See what I mean….I think that if they were named after them and followed a theme it would be quite entertaining….but this could just be my F*ed up imagination. Maybe I’ll have to write a short story about this…hmmmm….