Annabelle Review

  I was flipping through a magazine, music blasting somewhat subtly in the background as I came to an advertisement for a Halloween product.

  Seeing as to how I didn’t exactly spend the holiday in such a celebratory manner, I had decided to meet an available friend at the most nearby theater for a movie.

  What we happened to see on October 31 was Annabelle- a considered masterpiece by the creators and directors of Insidious and Sinister, and excellent producer, James Wan.

  Since I haven’t done a review in a while, I decided to review that movie.

  Warning: there are most likely a variety of spoilers ahead, and they will undoubtedly ruin your day if you were looking forward to said motion picture. Continue reading at your own risk.

  While I did enjoy the film greatly, I also found it somewhat disappointing.

    Most of the time, movies are quick to throw in a full-blown doll movement such as its walking or disappearance; however, the doll of this film did things subtly- it wasn’t until toward the end that anything significant such as it being lifted by a demon and held upright for a minute or so while the protagonist stood there in horror had actually happened.
    The art and making of the doll itself is horribly good; every aspect of this object terrified me, including that seemingly innocent smile.
    Use of satanic worship and spiritual knowledge has been a key feature in both Annabelle and The Conjuring- and they’ve got their facts right.

    The plot came across to me as somewhat confusing. It’s said in the movie that ghosts attach themselves to spirits, not to things- yet, there it is, both a demon and the spirit of a satanic worshiper sharing the doll as an apparent conduit.
    While I do admire the toned down use of slow moving action that sends a chill down your spine, I’m afraid that that’s all it did. I didn’t stay awake, nor did I have nightmares or find the movie particularly scary. It was more of a suspense and thriller than a horror film.

  Overall, I give Annabelle a 3/5(*****) star rating for the amazing twists and turns that this film has presented.

  If you have any questions, comments, or would like a review done, please leave a comment and I’ll be sure to respond as soon as possible.

Blogging Subjects- Help is Here(Hopefully)

  I’ve hit a wall- one that refuses to collapse unless I bring in Mr.Gorbachov or the Hulk; either way, I hit the point in my “blogging career” where inspiration isn’t a wide and flowing river, but a trickling stream that offers nothing but pity.

  We all come to this soon enough, now, what you do in response is what matters. If you decide to give up altogether, then that won’t get anything done; but if you try to find a solution, then you might hit the jackpot.

  Writing daily is a good practice, but for those busy folks, writing on occasion is alright, too.

  Writing ideas. Coming up with something to write and post isn’t always easy, so here are a few simple examples to set your mind at ease and give you a small helping hand.

  1.)Nature. Describe the scenery around you- it can help give your readers a feel of where you live, and can even bring you closer to them through possible similarities.

  2.)Childhood Reminiscence. Post something a little more personal- maybe a funny occasion when you were younger, something that you looked forward to, or even a heart-gripping story. You could write about your favorite pet, elementary school, or best friend.

  3.)Opinions. Start a discussion about technology, environmentalists, famous singers and actors, or anything with which you have a genuine interest.

  4.)Review Movies, Books, Etc. If you’ve read a book, seen a movie, listened to a song, or done a drawing or arts and crafts object, voice the description of it and state your likes and dislikes while trying not to give spoilers(unless you’ve included a spoiler warning).

  5.)Lists. You can never have too many lists. Lists… well, list, your likes and can be helpful for others who are searching for something. Make a list of the top 10 books you recommend for others to read and why, or do the same with any other topic. The length and subject is up to you.

  6.)Gathering Resources. Leave feedback on other Blogger’s posts and ask for advice. Read their posts and study the topics that they cover, why they do so, and how they format it. Everyone has a different style, but looking at their way of doing things might inspire you to make some changes or write about something new.

  7.)Facts. Not all blogs are educational, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t post random facts like why flamingos are pink and other things.

  8.)Awareness. Not everyone has time to watch the news in the morning, listen to the radio, or even pick up a newspaper. Watching the news and writing down the important and current events can help keep others up to date, and make you a semi-journalist.

  9.)Cultural Studies. If there’s a country or culture that you’re fascinated with, do a little research and post about that. Let others know about India, Brazil, Mexico, Japan, China, Spain, or any place that you like. It doesn’t have to be a full-on report. Just include some common facts, maybe photos, why you like this place, the system of currency, or some unknown facts and opinions.

  10.)Target: Stomach. A lot of people love cooking, and eating the food that’s cooked. Jotting down clear steps to making a dish that you like or want to try can appeal to a great deal of people and give you something to write about.

  11.)Secret Talent. Maybe you have something that you’re really good at. Don’t keep it all to yourself. If you’re talented, be proud and tell people.

  12.)Everyday. Write about your day- why it was good, why it was bad, what the weather was like, if you met anyone new, what you did that made you smile, anything and everything that happens to you in a single day.

  13.)Arts and Crafts. Share D.I.Y(Do It Yourself) projects that you liked and want other to know about. Explain the hard or easy process and be sure to tell everyone how to do it and how it turned out, whether it was a failure or a success.

  14.)Quotations. Quote things from others- famous or not- that go with your mood, style, or anything else.

  15.)Support. Share information about a charity or at-home-cause that really calls to you. Include things like what they’re supporting, how to help the cause, other social media pages to follow, like, contact, etc., and what you can do to help.

  16.)Dreamland. Dreams can either be weird, or completely normal; then again, our thoughts on what normal actually is varies. Describe a dream that you had(old or new) that you want to share. Cover the dream itself and how you acted when you woke up.

  17.)It’s a Drabble. A Drabble is a short, fictional post of only 100 words. It’s a good challenge for writers and those who are interested in writing, and it helps the mind. You can create an account at

  18.)Shopping Hauls. Focus on what arrived in the mail or was bought at a store. Clothing, jewelry, any accessories, shoes, art supplies, you hobby supplies- use your stuff at a shopping session and share with your readers. There’s Miss A, eBay, Amazon, Milanoo, Goodwill, Barnes and Noble, Baby the Stars Shine Bright, h.Naoto, Hot Topic, and so many other hauls.

  19.)Faith. Religion. Share your beliefs and what you think is right.

  That’s all I have for now. Hopefully this served its purpose and I’ve lit a fire under you. Good luck, and happy hunting fellow bloggers and readers.

Barnes & Noble- I Salute You

  Today I decided to withdraw from my little piece of comfort, joy, solitude, and hermit-like state of living so that I could “cruise the town” and hopefully stumble upon a hidden spring of information and inspiration. My first stop? A quick bite to eat at a Wendy’s from their dollar menu- unfortunately or not, I hate spending a lot of money on takeout; I love cooking my own meals, as well as indulging every once in a while and stuffing my mouth with salty French Fries and a bacon cheese burger.

  I finished my meal and exited the building quickly. I still had no idea what I was going to do or where I was going to go, so I got in my car and sat there for a few minutes before having the genius idea to visit a place that I really love more than any other place. Barnes & Noble.

  Being able to look at so many books in one place fascinates me, which makes the library my second favorite place. Not only do they have a lot of books, but the variety is great! I have to admit for all of you manga/anime fans out there that they’re a little shabby in the manga and anime department, yet other than that, the selection is fantastic. They do tend to over price their books, movies, music, etc.,(to give you an example of what I mean, a series of only 13 episodes cost approximately $50- crazy, right?) but I know that business is business.

  Even though I was on a very limited budget, I think I managed to waste more money on gas then on anything I actually bought; which happened to be a sketch book for $3.

  I really love how helpful the majority of the staff is whenever I go there- they answer any questions you ask, show you certain areas you were looking for, suggest certain things if you’re not sure what it is you want, and much more(probably because it’s their job). I even love their mini-coffee area. I’m a huge coffee lover– I just can’t get enough of the Mocha Moolatte from Dairy Queen(it could be the fact that I like to save my money and freelance writing doesn’t exactly have a stable or fixed income), or the French Vanilla that I drink while writing. I know that caffeine causes Kidney Stones(these are “stones” that really can’t be seen and are excreted during urination. Some cases are so bad that before a person passes a Kidney Stone, they may become nauseated and throw up, faint, or even have horrible headaches. Drinking large amounts of caffeine on a daily basis will likely make this painful thing possible) and supposedly stunts growth, but I figure that I’m not going to grow anymore, so why not?

  About their shop- it’s like a café, and what’s better than a book store with a café in it? They even sell sweets and other consumable products.

  The only downside about Barnes & Noble is their somewhat lackadaisical “no reading the books or sitting down in an aisle” policy- which is basically ignored by the general population, which I find rude. Rules are made to be followed and obeyed, not broken. Oh well, most of the times, the occasional dedicated employee with kindly inform a rebellious visitor of the rules. I’ll be the first to admit that I do sometimes read part of a book while sitting down at a hidden table somewhere at the back of the café so as to not be seen until either a few minutes before closing, or someone finds me and scolds me in a polite way.

  Overall, the trip really made my day and I hope to go there again tomorrow to see what else piques my interest.


The Insidious Franchise Takes Off

  In 2010, Australian director James Wan forever changed the horror film industry by cooperating with companies such as Film District and Blastr– a site that posted daily trailers and updates on the film.

  Why exactly was “Insidious” such a big hot and top box office seller? It could’ve been any number of things: the brilliantly bone chilling shriek of the well conducted orchestra of violins, the insidiously scary face of a red masked demon, or the horrifying fact that the dead want to take advantage of a comatose son by inhabiting his body.

  The combination of these factors amongst others made up the horror factor of Insidious. Let me explain a little more. Be warned, spoilers will be included. Into the Further of this movie we go.

  Josh and Renai Lambert have recently moved into a new house with their two sons Dalton and Foster. They’re about to turn a new page in their life– but the sinister forces of the afterlife have something else in mind.

  Only a few days after arriving in the house and a minor accident of Dalton falling off of a ladder in the attic, strange things begin happening. Mrs.Lambert sees, hears, and feels like there is someone else in the house other than her family.

  One morning, Dalton won’t wake up. He’s comatose for some unknown reason. Three months fly by and the family has given up all hope. They relocate to another home due to the gravity of the “hauntings”, firmly believing that it’s the home in which they lived. They couldn’t have been more wrong.

  I really liked this movie– it had the creepy affect, and not just a whole bunch of things that pop out of nowhere. If you enjoy horror films with a good plot, I suggest “Insidious.”

It Held Me Captive

  I know that the title of this particular article sounds as if it should be placed under the genres “romance” and “fiction.” In all reality, it’s about my hatred toward cockroaches. Yes, cockroaches– those evil black or brown crawling insects which sometimes fly that gross most people out, myself definitely included.

  Not only are they disgusting and terrifying in appearance, but what most people aren’t aware of about them is that they also emit a certain chemical mixture that can send someone with asthma into a fit.

  I know that we shouldn’t judge something by its appearance, but because of a prank that was executed on me with a cockroach, I will never be comfortable knowing that there’s one in the vicinity.

  The prank, you’re wondering? Nothing, really. I was asleep, and my roommate decided(without my voice and opinion) that it would be hilarious if he stuck a small cockroach on a certain part of my body– a very sensitive spot, nonetheless. My cheek was his victim. I have forever been scarred. Spiders, I can easily kill or relocate with only a small amount of remorse and pure terror; cockroaches, though, will always be the one thing that I won’t even attempt to kill unless someone else is willing to stomp on them.

  As you may know, another bad thing about these pesky bugs is their reproductive system and its quantities. A single cockroach carries an egg that it will deposit in a warm, dark place. From that one egg, fourteen more cockroaches will be brought into existence. I bet you’ll reconsider whether or not to kill that cockroach next time you see one.

  As if this post could get much worse, I’m about to get to those details; the one’s concerning that night(or rather, very early morning) I was almost assaulted by a bug, that is.

  It was about 2:02 A.M., give or take a few measly minutes. I was reviewing the Jurassic Park trilogy in order to keep myself awake– I had an important story to send to an eager reader and I didn’t want to let them down. When I was almost done with my manuscript, I decided to have a very early and light breakfast.

  So I emerged from my den of computer screen light, the alluring aroma of a freshly made cup of French Vanilla, and the cool current of air that cascaded downward from both the air vent and fan. I slowly walked into the kitchen, turned on the light, and considered my food options. After settling on a bowl of cereal, I took out the milk from the fridge, and cereal box from the pantry.

  I, having the characteristics of someone with OCD(Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)– as we can all get from time to time, decided to move the wastebasket from where it was situated to a more appropriate spot. I moved it slightly, almost slowly.

  I instantly clamped a hand over my mouth, the sheer force I used in that action leaving a stinging sensation around my lips and palm. A large cockroach was near the sink and bowls.

  I didn’t have cereal that day– instead, I had a $170 visit(I wasn’t the only one hungry anymore– my poor wallet was starving) from an exterminator who was a close friend and willing to go to work before the sun came up.

Transformers: Age of Extinction— Michael Bay’s “Explosive Plot”

  SPOILER ALERT. Spoilers WILL BE GIVEN in this movie review.

  I recently went to a nearby movie theater with a relative to see the Transformers movie- an action packed title that currently consists of numerous T.V. shows, comics, toys, and four live motion picture films. While I’m not a huge fan of this series(I mean no offense to those of you fans out there), it does have its pros and cons; and being the optimistic person that I am, I’ll start with the pros, or good points of the movie.

  Pros. They’ve removed the original cast of the first three movies entirely, and are focused on a new family. Now, for most series already past three sequels/prequels, switching main/supporting characters altogether presents a problem and gives the feeling of too many films with the same concept. An example of this would be the “Final Destination” films. For those of us who’ve seen it, we know that in each movie, the concept and plot is relatively the same, while the characters and ways of death are different. I have to say, though, that the changing of characters was actually a good thing.

The story line contained many plots and twists that were very much appreciated; also(as always), the cars were amazing and the designs were captivating.
Co-Producer Steven Spielberg(in my opinion) was feeling a bit reminiscent of his critically acclaimed trilogy(soon to have a fourth release) “Jurassic Park” based on the novel by Michael Crinchton when it is revealed that the ancient Transformers turn into large dinosaurs rather than trucks, cars, or helicopters. For me, who was truly in love with the “Jurassic Park” trilogy even to this day, that in itself was pretty cool.
The comedy was fresh, and definitely… comedic.

  Unfortunately, I must move on to the cons of this HIGHLY destructive film.

  Cons. I have nothing against explosions, but Mr.Bay seems obsessed with them. I am NOT joking when I say that an overly dramatic explosion occurred at least every 30-40 minutes, or was at least referred to with bombs or old war shells.

The troublesome mentioning of the “Romeo and Juliet” law, which does exist in all reality. In the movie, the main character’s daughter is “in love” with a 20 year old boy/man, when she is only 17. For those of you(no offense intended once again, I totally understand your point of view, believe me)parents/friends/guardians who may be reading this, I don’t suggest allowing your child/friends/custody person to read this is they don’t know about the law and already have a relationship you aren’t comfortable with. The “Romeo and Juliet” law states that it is legal for a(in the case of the movie) 17 year old girl(who is still considered a minor) to date a 20 year old man if they were seeing each other before it was illegal. I personally think that this law is ridiculous, and causes dangerous situations.

Megatron was completely ignored. Most of the last part of the movie was spent fighting another threat, rather than this chunk of metal that was “reborn”, or “reincarnated.”

  Overall, I have to rate this movie 3/5 stars. I liked it, but for me, it’s a movie to watch only once or twice. (*****).