The (few!!) poems that reach my heart.

I heard this poem in a movie today (“In My Country,” if you’re wondering), and I loved it.  Abso-freaking-lutely LOVED it.  I’m now trying to find a way to put it up on my wall somehow: either in a print, or in stencil, or wire, or something.  Anything!!  LOVED IT.

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly

-Langston Hughes

Of course, I had to share it.  It’s only half a poem, but the second half doesn’t really add anything for me, so I’m good with just those four lines.  You can read the rest here if you’re interested.  You can also read all about Langston Hughes here or read more of his poetry here.

LOVE IT.

I’m not usually big on poetry, but I loved this one.  I can now add it to the very few poems I love.

The only other one I love to death is The Riddle of Strider by J.R.R. Tolkien:

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.

Sadly, it wasn’t used in the movies where it should have been.  The second half was said by Arwen during the Return of The King.  I think it was when they were fixing the sword to give to Aragorn.  But seriously, I don’t care what kind of nerd it makes me, but it is my favourite poem ever.

What else do I love??  Kid Cudi‘s lyrics (amazing!!) and one unfrogettable line in Bilbo Baggin’s birthday speech (“I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”)

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New Linkin Park!!

YES!!!!

New Linkin Park makes me über happy.

I guess now I’ll just wait for their tour.  I may have heard rumours that it’ll be with Incubus, which their site tells me is happening this summer.  You know, Tinley Park, IL and Cincinnati, OH aren’t too far for me to drive.  It’s gonna be so freaking awesome!!

So here’s their new single from their upcoming CD, “Living Things,” coming out June 26.

I still remember how much I loved “One Step Closer” when it came out way back when I was like 15.  I loved it, and I soon loved everything they touched. Some of my favourite songs were “Breaking the Habit,” “Somewhere I Belong,” and “Pushing Me Away,” and they were also my go-to songs when I was feeling angry, sad, or just like and angst-filled teenager.  “In Pieces” is my all-time favourite song, with “Waiting For The End” a close second.

I’ve seen them live only once, but it was awesome.  Half the band was late (I believe it was for customs reasons), and the two singers, Mike and Chester, did some acoustic songs while they waited for the rest of the band.  I’ve been to shows where bands think it’s okay for them to make you wait 2 hours while they party backstage (I’m looking at you No Doubt!!), but LP, even though they had a legitimate reason, came out to keep us entertained and apologize for the delay.

They played the acoustic set, and then, once the whole band was there, they still did a whole set.  And they were incredible!!

“Cabin in the Woods”: Joss Whedon’s still working his magic.

To continue my trend of talking about new movies I’ve watched a week after I’ve watched them, last weekend (well, 10 days ago) I went to watch the horror film “The Cabin In The Woods.”  All I knew about the movie was what I’d seen in the trailers, although to be honest, that’s quite a lot of the whole story.  And still, there were a few surprises.

The creepy-looking cabin is much more than it appears. © 2012 - Lionsgate, Inc.

There will be spoilers here.  You have been warned.

Written by Joss Whedon (who also wrote the amazing-ness that was “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “Firefly“, and “Dollhouse”) and directed by Drew Goddard (“Cloverfield”), it stars Chris Hemsworth (“Thor”, “The Avengers”), Fran Kranz (“Dollhouse,” Joss Whedon’s upcoming “Much Ado About Nothing”), Jesse Williams (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Kristen Connolly, and Anna Hutchinson as the five college students who are spending the weekend at the isolated cabin.  It also features Richard Jenkins (“The Rum Diary”, “Dear John”), Bradley Whitford (“The West Wing”) as the hilarious control-room techs, and Amy Acker (“Angel,” Joss Whedon’s upcoming “Much Ado About Nothing”) as one of the chemists.

Now, I love horror movies.  Loooooove horror.  And I love anything Joss Whedon writes.  So I went in expecting to love the movie, love the characters, and love the dialogue.

I was not disappointed.

The movie was not what I was expecting. I mean, I knew what it was about, basically, but still it was surprising.  I expected a fairly-standard (although well-written and with awesome dialogue) slasher-style movie, with some sort of creepy voyeurs paying to watch the kids die.  That was not it at all.

(L-R) Chris Hemsworth, Jesse Williams, Anna Hutchinson, Fran Kranz, and Kristen Connolly. Photo by Diyah Pera – © 2011 - Lionsgate, Inc.

What I got instead was, in my opinion, an incredibly entertaining, smart, funny movie.  Not comedy haha, and not even shitty horror movie haha, just the smart, witty, fairly self-deprecating dialogue that Joss Whedon is known for.

Although the movie did have its stereotypes, like the outside boob scene (’cause I would so not call it a sex scene) and the ‘let’s split up’ idea, they are obviously manipulated in and done purposely.  It seemed, at least to me, to be almost like a parody at times.

I loved that it had the typical horror movie characters: the alpha male jock, the blonde bimbo slut, the smart guy, the stoner, and the virgin.  In fact, they went out of their way to let us know how they’d altered the kids to make them into the stereotype we were seeing them as.  In fact, the dumb blonde is a nursing student who wasn’t actually a blonde — she’d dyed her hair with a dye that, although she didn’t know, was treated by the chem department specifically to make her dumb.  To get the stereotypical sex scene outside, the ‘puppeteers,’ as Marty the stoner calls them, fill the air with hormones, turn up the heat, and lighten the forest.

Richard Jenkins stands in front of the list of all the monsters and which departments bet on them. © 2011 - Lionsgate, Inc.

The techs who worked to create the cabin of horrors were also pretty awesome.  Their rapport is hilarious, and although it seemed weird at first that this is clearly just another weekend for them, they’re very vested in the outcome.  They all bet on which of the horrors are going to be unleashed by the kids in the cabin, and all the men gather to watch, hopefully, the possible sex scene.  It’s also shown that similar scenarios are being run all over the world, and the competition between all of them is pretty funny.  And to be honest, the scenario run by Japan, which is shown a few times, is hilarious and totally stereotypical of Japaneses horror movies: young girls are tormented by the spirit of a young girl.  In typical Whendon-style and true to the parody angle of the movie, the Japanese fail, and the school girls are shown singing a friendship song while the spirit is destroyed and the Americans wonder “How hard is it to kill nine-year-old girls?”

One of the best things for me was that in the end, it was only the stoner kid that was aware enough to figure it all out.  They go out of their way to show you that he’s incredibly stoned all the time — from the moment he arrives in a smoke-filled car and proceeds to lock the door and check it but forgets to close the window to the final scene where he lights up — and yet he’s the only one unaffected by anything that’s being put in to influence them.  Unfortunately, he’s too stoned to make enough sense or insist something’s wrong, and since he’s so stoned, no one listens to his paranoia.

Fran Krantz's Marty wields his extend-a-bong to save the girl from the zombies. © 2011 - Lionsgate, Inc.

So he figures it all out and manages to save the girl before she becomes zombie food (or whatever they do) by beating the zombie with his extend-a-bong.  Yes, a giant bong.  Although it’s an awesome idea, a travel mug that extends to become a bong, the fact that he uses it as a weapon on more than one occasion is kinda really freaking awesome.  Then he takes Dana, the now-saved virgin, to the elevator he’s found when he massacred a zombie (although the audience believed he was the one killed), and they decide to see where it goes.

Now, this scene was my favourite.  At first, they’re surrounded by darkness.  Then they come upon the monsters first monsters– a werewolf, a ballerina with nothing but teeth for a face, a ghost, an über scary-looking guy with blades through his head — and after being terrified, they see that they are just one box in a sea of monster-filled boxes.  Just that idea is terrifying!!  Boxes and boxes and hundreds more boxes of monsters that could be brought out at any time.  Terrifying!!

Kristen Connolly screams as she looks at a monster through the glass. © 2011 - Lionsgate, Inc.

And then the elevator arrives at the same building that the puppeteers are in.  When Marty and Dana are confronted by a SWAT team, they run into a room and find the incredibly convenient yet totally unrealistic PURGE ALL button.  And so every monster is released, slowly in groups of six (or maybe eight, I can’t remember), and they proceed to massacre EVERYONE.

In the end, they’re informed by the Director (Sigourney Weaver) that they’re all being used as part of a yearly sacrifice to Gods known as the ‘Ancient Ones.’  If the ritual is not complete, they will rise up and destroy the world.

How does it end, you ask??  Well, let me tell you:  in typical Joss Whedon fashion, Marty and Dana (after Marty kills the director and Dana is attacked by a werewolf) light up a joint and wait for dawn.  As the sun rises, a giant hand comes out and destroys the facility and the cabin.

But yes, I loved it.  I’d recommend it to anyone.  I find it’s not really a horror, just a smart and funny thriller.

You have no idea how excited I am for Joss Whedon’s next movies: The Avengers and Much Ado About Nothing.  And I may go and watch Buffy again.  Right now.

Joss Whedon wins in my books, every time.

 

I am so freaking excited for Rock of Ages!!

I’m not sure I can adequately explain my excitement.  I will be there on opening night…and I’ll be ready to sing along!!!

Sadly, I didn’t get to watch this when it was playing here a year or two ago.  I did manage to see We Will rock you and Jersey Boys that same year, though, so I did get my happy fix.  But I’m glad they made this a movie.  This way, I don’t have to miss it!!

Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Russel Brand, Alec Baldwin, Paul Giamatti, Malin Akerman…and 80’s music!!!!!

I may already be playing a few of my favourite 80’s anthems.  SO EXCITED!!!

Happy surprise: 21 Jump Street is actually funny!!

I’m not really a comedy fan.  Don’t get me wrong, I like funny.  I like stand-up, and there are some comedies that I enjoy.  I’m not a fan of gross, bodily-fluid, disgusting comedy, and a lot of the comedies lately have been like that.  I didn’t like 40 Year Old Virgin, I didn’t really like Knocked Up, and I definitely didn’t like Dumb & Dumber.  I don’t like Jim Carey (except in his serious roles), I don’t like Steve Carell, and I don’t like Will Ferrel.

I know, I’m totally a minority.  I’m okay with that.  I do like some comedies.  Out of IMBd‘s “50 Comedies To See Before You Die,” I like 4.  Well, I never said I liked a lot of them!!!

But last weekend, my brother suggested going to watch 21 Jump Street.  I wasn’t really excited about it (by which I mean I tried to fight it and was outvoted).  So off I went to watch it with my sibling.

I actually liked it.  I mean, it’s not a movie I could watch over and over again, but it was much more entertaining that I expected.  If you’re looking for great, Oscar-winning acting, this is definitely not the movie for you.  If you just want to be entertained, check it out.

The movie is about two guys, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum), who have joined a new police task force housed at 21 Jump Street.  They are to use their youthful appearances to go back to high school and infiltrate a drug ring that’s making a deadly new drug.

To me, the funny began once they were back in school.  In their actual high school days, Schmidt was a nerdy, Eminem wannabe who was incredibly uncool. Jenko was the athletic, charismatic, hot popular guy who loved to make fun of him.  They both ended up at the police academy and hit it off: Jenko helped Schimdt with the physical part, and Schmidt helped Jenko with the academic.

But now they’re back in school, and the cool has changed.  Dumb jocks aren’t the cool in-crowd, that now belongs to the environmentally friendly, university-bound smart kids, led by Dave Franco.

Not only do Jenko and Schmidt have to deal with a completely different high school environment they’re used to and find a way to not fuck up their new, inverted social status, which neither had prepared for, but they accidentally switch fake identities.  This leaves Jenko in the AP classes while Schmidt attempts to live up to his supposed state-level track winnings.

With the exception of a few scenes which I felt were dumb and pointless, it was a pretty good movie.  It has a fantastically useless and implausible car chase scene, but even that added to the funniness of the movie.  The fact that the trade off, between the high-schoolers and hard-ass bikers, is done with piñatas, is hilarious.  The labeling of all the stages the drug takes you to is pretty awesome.  And their party??  Epic.  And the gunfight scene at the end??  Hilarious.

The short cameo by original 21 Jump Street actors Johnny Depp and Peter De Louise add a happy little surprise for anyone who was a fan of the original (or who love Johnny Depp).

And Korean Jesus??  Amazing.

Add a super horny, incredibly inappropriate female teacher who clearly wants to fuck the shit out of Jenko (which not only do I not blame her for, I say she should definitely take one for the team!!), a hilariously ridiculous gym teacher, and a fantastically stereotyped Iced Cube as their commanding officer, and this movie is full of non-stop laughs!!

And did I mention Channing Tatum looks hot??  ‘Cause he does.

I don’t really have a rating system, but I would give this movie a 7 out of 10.