Supernatural Supermarket

So Many Movies, So Little Time...

March 6, 2013
Hi folks!

There seems to be an influx of supernatural cinema screenings on at the moment.  You have to wonder why they're not waiting until October, to take advantage of Halloween treats and the spooky season, but their loss is definitely our gain!

A friend of mine has already been to see many of the films currently on offer, a couple of them twice! So let's start with her favourite, Warm Bodies (2013).  This is your basic paranormal romance, sexing up zombies and giving them a similar status to that of vampires in popular culture.  I don't know about you, but I think one of the most terrifying thing about zombies is that they cannot be reasoned with.  They have one function, to eat fresh meat - no matter whose body it happens to be attached to!  This film has a link with Shaun of the Dead (2004) in that they are both comedies, and their comparisons with current life makes you wonder just who the dead people in society truly are.  Is it the people who go to a restaurant with friends and spend hours talking to other friends by text message instead of talking with their friends who are sitting at the table?  Or is the people who are hooked up to their computers night and day, who visit the supermarket to push trolleys around aimlessly, not being able to decide what to eat?  Still, the premise behind Warm Bodies appears to be sound and I am looking forward to seeing the film very soon!

Another film that keeps flashing up on the television is Beautiful Creatures (2013).  This is a film based on the occult, where a young witch, Lena, won't know her fate until she turns 16.  A classic boy-meets-girl romance with well-intentioned parental interference which serves to push the couple closer together, while she anxiously awaits her fate.  This film has had mixed reviews, but it is one that I must see!

Finally, I was driving my car home this week, and there has been a repeated ad on the radio for Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013).  In this particular film, the hero and heroine in the title roles have grown up a bit and, after their childhood adventures almost end in a grisly fashion, they turn to killing witches for a living.  In the original tale the duo work together to outwit the witch, using only their wits.  In this film, they get separated, so each of them must work alone, or enlist other help.  The plot sounds fascinating, and the special effects look amazing! 

An alternative is Hansel & Gretel: Warriors of Witchcraft, which is out at the moment and stars a familiar face in one of the title roles - you might recognise him as Seth from the Twilight series - Booboo Stewart.  This one is set in the present in a boarding school.  Booboo is asked to join an elite coven who plans to sacrifice his twin sister to the 'Witch of the Woods'.  There are a few Hansel & Gretel movies out at the moment, so it will be interesting to see WITCH one comes out on top!  Sorry, I couldn't help the pun! 

I will be posting full reviews in due course, but by all means let me know whether or not you've had chance to see them and your opinions. 
 

Pale, Floppy Eared Carrot-Munchers

March 1, 2013
This week has been full of ups and downs...

One of my uncles died last month and I met up with his closest family (and some of mine too as it happens) at the funeral earlier today.  It was interesting to see their faces as they reiterated that they would see each other again and while I can understand why some people need religion: for many it's a crutch, something watching over us keeping us on the 'right path' or the fantasy story of 'happily in the ever after' - so that life has some meanin...
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Books, Books, Books

February 15, 2013
Much as I love my kobo, I spent a few hours today picking out some new reading material - REAL BOOKS!

I managed to find a Charlaine Harris title that so far I've only read on my e-reader and I picked up half a dozen Darren Shan books from his 'Demonology' series.  I loved his Saga of Darren Shan so buying this set of books was a no-brainer for me and I daresay a full review of each will follow as soon as I have time to catch up!  Having worked a little on fairy tales at college this past month...
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Wild Wintry Weather

February 8, 2013
I have spent a little time of late getting to grips with Frankenstein, both the literary version by Mary Shelley and the Kenneth Branagh film. 

The wild landscapes described by Shelley are extremely vivid; majestic almost in their appointment.  One can almost see the craggy waves in the sea of ice in Shelley's novel and feel the same sense of peace looking out on that bleak scene.

Exotic landscapes are a feature of Gothic literature but the scenes depicted by Shelley are not so far removed fro...
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A New Haven

January 26, 2013
The final episode of Haven looms like a harbinger of doom, and I while I am looking forward to seeing what happens with the skinwalker and Audrey Parker, I am reluctant to say goodbye to this particular tv programme.  Fortunately, a new season has been promised (yay!) and we viewers have no idea what to expect when that rolls around at the end of this year.

The premise behind the show is that many residents of the town of Haven suffer from 'troubles' or rather are plagued by supernatural event...
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Fearsome Fairy Tales

January 13, 2013
Okay, so this week I've been looking at Fairy Stories in class and once again, I was the first to admit what I pushover I have always been for fairy tales.  When I was a child I absorbed them all, like a sponge soaking up water.

I don't know what it was about them that fired my imagination.  Hansel and Gretel terrified me - the thought of a parent deliberately leaving two children alone in the woods was more than I could imagine as a child, especially as I was much-loved by my parents.  Little...
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Demented on The Shambles

January 7, 2013
It is not every day that feature films are shot on your doorstep, but you will definitely want to keep your eyes peeled for Dementamania due out this year!

This bizarre movie is billed as a thriller and follows the experiences of an office worker who is caught up between his deranged fantasy world and real life, unable to tell the difference between them.

If anyone knows the York area, there is a tiny street called The Shambles which hails from the Tudor period and still exists very much in the...
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Zombies Attack Lincoln University

December 19, 2012
I never thought I would see signs of a zombie apocalypse at Lincoln  University, but this film has been a viral phenomenon and created a wealth of publicity for Lincoln Uni. 

The young man who made this film, while failing to portray a believable character, still managed to create an engaging and admirable piece of film, drawing on popular media and culture in order to create the perfect environments for sharing his skills.

If I might give my dear friend "K" a piece of advice... Vampires!  Vam...
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Zombie Apocalypse

December 15, 2012
I know I'm not the only one who has a poster on the fridge listing survival techniques in the event of a zombie apocalypse, and I know there is no likelihood of this happening; but sometimes I feel I am the only one who notices the zombies in every day life.  I was one myself last week!

I had a rotten cold/flu bug and I felt seriously under the weather, yet I tried to continue my every day routine.  I'm not sure that much actually sunk in last week at all!  I thought about myself shuffling aro...
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A Tryst with a Sire

December 9, 2012
This week's episode of Vampire Diaries held a twist that I did not see coming! 

Caroline, who everyone assumes is the typical blonde bombshell is repeatedly underestimated, but she's the one who works out why Elena has altered so dramatically since she became a vampire.  It's all to do with the sire bond and once it was explained, even I was thinking, "Why didn't I consider that before?"

The result of the sire bond is that Elena now listens when Damon speaks, where before she was all about Ste...
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