Month: April 2013

Chill out and relax spa time

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Here’s some fantastic music to just you soften out a little bit. It helps while studying, cooking, and just maybe even to get your nap going! I encourage you to seek out what gives you inner peace today.

Daily Positive: Cancer Relay for Life.

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Kathryn’s story:

“Why do I Relay? Because my grandpa died from malignant melanoma, only 2 months after he was diagnosed. Because my grandma is a breast cancer survivor, along with many other family friends. Because I have friends who suffered from leukemia a…nd lymphoma as children, and they are also survivors. Because I know I am at a higher risk of cancer due to my family history. Because NO ONE is immune to cancer, so ANYONE can get it when you least expect it. Because we should not stop the fight until 100% of people affected by cancer are guaranteed to survive. It’s a cause worth fighting for, so join me in defeating cancer once and for all!”

 

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Sarah’s story: (top photo)

“3 years ago today I lost the woman who inspired me to not only be a better person, but a never-ending Relayer. I met Sue  Jones at my first Relay event and she made it what it was supposed to be for me – a life-changing experience. I would …not be where I am today had I not met her that day and gotten to know her & her amazing support circle since then.  I will be back on the track where I first met her in Friday, celebrating her life & everything she taught me, & remembering that cancer will never take away our hope and our determination. I’ll keep fighting for you Mrs. Jones.”
(I believe she also Relays for her father as well.)
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These two women are the real heroes that young women should look up to.
Women with a purpose.
They are fighting for a cause as much as their own, but for their community. We all have a story to share and I am so thankful to be able to share theirs. It is also my distinct privalege to know the both of them and with their tireless efforts and support… they just might end Cancer themselves!
I myself have lost a close family member: my aunt Margret. I love her and miss her. And I currently have an uncle whom is battling cancer as well. This disease has affected me as much as these two brave young women. I wish all the best for a cause that truly deserves it.
If you have the time to be a part of Cancer Relay for life or would like to donate to their cause please message me and I will get you in contact with the right people.
Please consider this seriously because it is a most worthy cause.

Evil dead: beating a dead horse? Or Demonically Delicious?

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Bruce Campbell producer, Fede Alvarez director

If you have the stomach for horror movies: prepare for Evil Dead. With a fantastic promotional campaign the Evil Dead franchise has been brought back from the (Evil) Dead. From those of us who remember the earlier version of Evil Dead: Bruce Campbell was the original lead and has now come back from the (Evil) Dead to help resurrect this movie!

With a new set of actors and a new direction Fede Alvarez and company set out to make a film worth watching. You will see the likes of: Jane Levy (Fun Size, Shameless), Shiloh Fernandez (Red Riding Hood, Gossip Girl), and Lou Taylor Pucci (Fast Food Nation, Fanboys). Quite possibly the best theatrical performance was provided by Jane Levy and Lou Pucci. Jane Levy really brought you into the sinister world of demonic possession. One of the most unnerving moments when she sadistically cuts her tongue in two! The success of this movie was largely left up to her, and for what she was required to do she did a good job. As for Lou Pucci he had a good performance (markedly better than his costars).  The incredible thing was: he kept coming back from blow after blow: nail gunned in the arm, stabbed in the side, stabbed with a syringe in the face, beaten with a crowbar, etcetera. While, I appreciated that and other things, everything else I found lacking. The dialogue was just not there, and truthfully with a horror movie you may not need good dialogue (just watch a Scy-fy B movie). As for the setting they used: it was okay. Much like the rest of the aspects I’ve covered they stuck to one place, which worked for the movie, and it was necessary, but it wasn’t anything exceptional.  There they were: Just a log cabin in the woods (yawn) with a couple of young people in it. Nothing could go amiss in that scenario. The best setting they had was the scene in the woods (no spoiler alert here folks).

While the actors themselves may not blow you away with their acting prowess; the Evil Dead certainly makes up for it with special effects and nerve wracking moments. This new installment certainly takes a more serious approach than its predecessor. The gore is tuned way up, they story line is tweaked, and the fear factor has been upgraded as well. Again, this movie focuses heavily on the magic of horror movies and that’s one of the things I like about it. I am impressed with the cinematic quality and effort that Ghost House has put into this production. Each grueling demon filled moment had me gripping the seat and waiting to see what happened next. The beauty of waiting for things (horror) to happen is that the audience just wants to be taken from A to B. They want to see the gore and the horror, but don’t necessarily care about the route they take to get there. With that being said they certainly did take us on a devilishly wild journey!

Final thoughts: This movie, while lacking in some areas, picked up the slack in good ole fashion horror. Don’t go to this movie to see a moving theatrical performance, but go for the cinematic and the fear factor. I would approve of seeing this movie in theaters, but would not recommend this as a MUST see.

 

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Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$26,000,000