Monthly Archives: October 2010

Happy Halloween!

I love Halloween. Every October, I spend at least part of my weekends watching scary movies, though what qualifies as scary for me is probably tame by most “true horror” fans. Here’s a list of my favorites.

10. The Faculty. Before Elijah Wood was Frodo the hobbit (but after he was Huck Finn), he was a somewhat nerdy high-school student at the lead of a group of teens trying to save the world from an alien invasion.

9. Urban Legend. I always thought this was a clever idea. Sure, the later entries into the series weren’t as strong, but the first deserves a slot among the better ‘90s teen slasher flicks.

8. Joy Ride. I never saw this until last year. Initially, I didn’t think I would like it, but it turned out to be pretty entertaining with some decent touches of humor.

7. The Lost Boys. This probably is more of an action dark comedy than a “scary” movie, but it’s always on my list of must-watches for October. It probably deserves a higher spot on my list, too.

6. Disturbia. I always loved “Rear Window” (which would also be on my list, but I don’t really consider it scary, though masterfully suspenseful). “Disturbia” doesn’t really become a horror film until the last act, but it’s enough to make it onto my list.

5. Zombieland/Shaun of the Dead. These two tie for me, and are the only two zombie comedies I’ve ever seen. (I’m not sure how many others there are, to be honest.) I absolutely love them both, and they’d also be included on my list of favorite comedies, were I to ever make one.

4. Nightmare on Elm Street. I like the entire series as a whole, including its weaker entries. My favorites, though, are the original (obviously), “New Nightmare,” and “Freddy vs. Jason,” which was my first exposure to both the Freddy and Jason stories. Jason Ritter, who I mentioned in an earlier blog about “The Event,” is a favorite of mine, and he sold me on “Freddy vs. Jason,” which in turn sold me on the “Nightmare” series. I also enjoyed the reboot of the series. I never did get into “Friday the 13th,” but I do still watch it when it’s on AMC.

3. Cursed. It’s probably not mentioned very often among a list of favorites, but this movie is like my Kryptonite. Any time it’s on, I have to watch it, and I also watch the DVD several times a year. Jesse Eisenberg kinda makes this movie for me, maybe because he plays a bit of a high-school geek who suddenly gets superstrong and is able to kick some bully butt (a dream of mine when I was in high school).

2. Halloween. How can you not love Michael Myers?! This is another series in which I enjoy most entries (pretending, of course, that “Halloween III” doesn’t exist), my favorites being “Halloween,” “Halloween II,” and “Halloween H20,” though the fourth and fifth entries are also enjoyable. Unlike the “Nightmare” reboot, though, I don’t particularly enjoy the updated version of this series.

1. Scream. I blogged all about my love for this movie a while back, so I won’t take up too much space this time around. It’s the first horror movie I ever saw, and I still watch it several times a year. Check out my earlier post to read my full take on it.

Happy Halloween, everyone! Be safe and have fun!

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Imagine What You’ll Know Tomorrow

“A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals and you know it. 1,500 years ago, everybody knew the Earth was the center of the universe. 500 years ago, everybody knew the Earth was flat, and 15 minutes ago, you knew that humans were alone on this planet. Imagine what you’ll know tomorrow.” –Men In Black

I’m not really one to put my utmost faith in science. Obviously, it’s done great things – curing diseases, digital cameras, cellphones, Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. And it’s led to cool, though not entirely necessary, things – man on the moon, the Wii, iPads. But so many people believe so strongly in science and its abilities, when in reality, I don’t think science can explain all that much.

I should mention at the forefront that I’m a Christian, and the whole idea of God, Jesus, and miracles defies all scientific thought. I don’t believe in evolution, and I can’t really verbalize how much I hate that this theory – which is, despite what many will have you believe, still very much a theory – is pretty much taught as fact in all schools now, while opposing views are essentially ridiculed. I also don’t believe that mankind is single-handedly destroying the planet. I do believe we need to do a lot of things that happen to coincide with the “Green” movement, but for entirely different reasons, and we need to figure out a way to do them affordably and conveniently and without destroying millions of jobs in the process. But I’m not writing this post to sound off on this stuff. That’s a post for a different day.

I believe that so many things cannot be scientifically explained. I believe in ghosts, for example, though I’ve never seen one and can’t say I want to. (I don’t, however, believe in aliens, though the topic fascinates me.) I believe that things like witches, vampires, the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, and werewolves actually could exist. I’m not saying that they do; in all likelihood, they don’t; but my point is, it wouldn’t surprise me. I believe in angels and demons and good and evil and the end of days and all those things.

I believe that most myths and legends have some sort of source, and I don’t think that it’s as simple as, for example, the unicorn coming from the elasmotherium.

My point is, I think there are a lot of things out there that science can’t explain. And scientists would have you believe these things either don’t exist or simply can’t be explained yet. Science is, at its core, narrow-minded. Science claims to know everything but actually knows very little. It chooses to believe its explanation for something is correct then mocks differing opinions.

Yeah, science obviously has its benefits – and I’m quite grateful for many of them – but it also has its shortcomings. Because what they say is true today will be completely different tomorrow.

The last few paragraphs from the late Michael Crichton’s “The Lost World” sum it up rather nicely:

“Are you listening to all that?” Thorne said. “I wouldn’t take any of it too seriously. It’s just theories. Human beings can’t help making them, but the fact is that theories are just fantasies. And they change. When America was a new country, people believed in something called phlogiston. You know what that is? No? Well, it doesn’t matter, because it wasn’t real anyway. They also believed that four humors controlled behavior. And they believed that the earth was only a few thousand years old. Now we believe the earth is four billion years old, and we believe in photons and electrons, and we think human behavior is controlled by things like ego and self-esteem. We think those beliefs are more scientific and better.”

“Aren’t they?”

Thorne shrugged. “They’re still just fantasies. They’re not real. Have you ever seen a self-esteem? Can you bring me one on a plate? How about a photon? Can you bring me one of those?”

Kelly shook her head. “No, but…”

“And you never will, because those things don’t exist. No matter how seriously people take them,” Thorne said. “A hundred years from now, people will look back at us and laugh. They’ll say, ‘You know what people used to believe? They believed in photons and electrons. Can you imagine anything so silly?’ They’ll have a good laugh, because by then there will be newer and better fantasies.” Thorne shook his head. “And meanwhile, you feel the way the boat moves? That’s the sea. That’s real. You smell the salt in the air? You feel the sunlight on your skin? That’s all real. You see all of us together? That’s real. Life is wonderful. It’s a gift to be alive, to see the sun and breathe the air. And there isn’t really anything else. Now look at that compass, and tell me where south is. I want to go to Puerto Cortés. It’s time for us all to go home.”

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Less than a month!

There are no words to describe the excitement this brings me.

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Seven Stages to Being Stuck in an Accident

I just spent almost an hour caught in traffic on the highway due to what I can only assume was a wreck, and it brought to mind the one other occasion when I spent any significant time in traffic, and I started to see a pattern emerge. Therefore, I give you the seven stages to being stuck in an accident.

  • Stage 1 – You realize the car in front of you is slowing down. “Huh,” you say to yourself. If it’s an area where they’re known to be doing road work, you assume it’s connected to that.
  • Stage 2 – 10 minutes in, you haven’t moved an inch. You start to think it might not be due to construction, and then you figure there must have been a wreck of some sort.
  • Stage 3 – 25 minutes in. You now know it’s apparently a bit more serious, and you’re thankful that you weren’t involved.
  • Stage 4 – 35 to 40 minutes in. You’re extremely agitated that there’s been an accident, you wonder how freakin’ stupid the driver(s) responsible must be, but you hope that no one’s hurt – well, not seriously hurt, anyway.
  • Stage 5 – An hour in, still little to no movement. Now you hope someone’s severely injured, possibly dead, because that’s the only thing that can justify holding up traffic for so long. You may start looking for helicopters because they’d better be life-flighting someone.
  • Stage 6 – 90+ minutes in, you decide there had better be at least one dead body, and you had better get to see it on the road when you finally start moving. And if not a body, at least blood stains.
  • Stage 7 – Traffic finally starts flowing again, and you’re so happy to finally be moving. You feel slightly ashamed that you had such horrible thoughts…and also slightly ashamed at your disappointment when you don’t see the body. You pray for the people involved in the accident…and for forgiveness.

Seriously, am I wrong?

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Sorry it’s been so long since I last blogged. I have ideas for a few posts, so they’re coming. I just hope you, my readers, are still interested.

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