Screw The Critics #1: Joy

A continuing segment in which Lily, intrepid blogger, goes head to head with the most dastardly of foes: Rotten Tomatoes. Group-think be damned! In this segment, we look at the new David O. Russell movie Joy starring Jennifer Lawrence.  Who will win? Hint: it’s Lily. 


Rotten Tomatoes Consensus:  Joy is anchored by a strong performance from Jennifer Lawrence, although director David O. Russell’s uncertain approach to its fascinating fact-based tale only sporadically sparks bursts of the titular emotion. Score: 58%

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Let’s Talk Fairy tales 2: Grace and Derek

Hello, all! Last time I talked about fairy tales, Trump hadn’t yet started to run for president. Can you even imagine a time before our newsreels were dominated by his horrid ginger hair-tuft? Me neither.

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Our fairy tale today is called Grace and Derek and unless you have The Golden Book of Fairy tales, you probably never heard of it. It is another story by Madame d’Aulnoy who also wrote Green Snake, which I blogged about last time. Ready for some very dubious morality lessons?

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Goodnight Mommy: The Twistiest Plot Twist

Hello, all! I’ve been so wrapped up in Christmas that I barely had time to watch more than four movies! I saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens yesterday and while I thought it was really awesome, I don’t feel that I have the proper authority to write a post about the film. So instead, I’ll write about what I do know, and that is horror movies! I do apologize, this blog has really turned into something of a horror fest. But anyways, one of the other four movies I watched on Christmas was Goodnight Mommy and boy, was that something. Here’s the trailer, if you’re unacquainted:

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Most Traumatizing Children’s Books

Hello, all! I’ve been watching so many horror movies lately that I really got to thinking about what is truly terrifying: young adult literature. For every Nancy Drew published, you have The Face on the Milk Carton. And these books are really screwed up. Forget the ventriloquist dummies of Goosebumps; if you really want to scare kids, have them start to wonder whether they’ve been kidnapped. Here are my list of the most traumatizing children’s/ young adult books that I’ve read (in no particular order):

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Have Baby, Can’t Fail: Horror Movie Morality

Hello, all! Today I watched a lovely movie called The Hills Have Eyes, and while it didn’t inspire me to write an entire post about the movie, it did lead me to another subject: babies. They feature pretty heavily in horror movies and more often than not are the subject of the scares. The entire opening sequence of American Horror Story: Murder House is dead babies. Ghostly baby dolls, demon babies, eraserhead babies (they deserve a category all their own), you name it, and some baby has done it.

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All the creepy babies are like

But babies can also play a different role in horror movies, the role of the innocent.

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Surprise! The Den Is Scary.

Hello, all! Sorry I’ve been so lax on posting lately, but now that my school is on break, I’ll try to post at least every other day. Lately my pop culture diet has consisted of items I’ve already read, seen, or listened to. You know the deal when you’re too tired to put the emotional energy into watching a new movie or opening a new book? That’s been me for the past month. But now I’m ready to spend the next two weeks taking in every new thing I possibly can. I’m reading Middlemarch, gonna go see Macbeth on Monday, and today I watched something completely new for me: a found footage horror movie I actually…(wait for it) liked.

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Ex Machina is Heartless. In a Good Way.

Hello, all! This post brought to you by “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” a very catchy song that happens to share a title with a horrifying childrens book. I have so many things to say about how that book made me fear Lois Duncan, but I think I’ll save that for another post. The music video for this song is so dramatic that I have to post it.

 

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Rain is so hawt!

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The Exorcist: Actually Not That Scary

Hello, all! Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted, but I’ve been quite busy with school and college applications and boring things like that. Unfortunately (or very fortunately depending on how little you like the show), I’ve fallen very far behind on American Horror Story: Hotel reviews so I’m still considering whether I’ll pick that up again. Continue reading The Exorcist: Actually Not That Scary

Tropes Begone: Strong Female Character and The Perfect Woman

Hello, all! This post brought to you by the SAT. The SAT, where math questions range from what is the sum of  2x + 6 to if Juan has two bags of rice with a ratio of 5:6 for price and 5:8 for weight, what is the ratio of price per ounce? Hint: it’s not racist if it’s a standardized test. I guess my mind didn’t explode after taking the test (for the second bleeping time) because I’m here writing to you right now, but the test did make me think about media. Bad media, in particularly, and what makes media so bad? It can be many different things (Adam Driver, for one), but today I’m going to focus on one problem in particular: stupid ass tropes.

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Suspend Your Disbelief #2: Orphan

Hello, all! This post brought to you by the Cheetah Girls because why the hell not! I’m listening to that soundtrack at this very moment and I can tell you I am not disappointed.

Those sweatsuits should be hung in a museum!

In honor of Halloween, I’d like to review a wonderful little film called Orphan. This is a bit of a throwback but I watched it for the first time yesterday and boy is it one of the strangest films I have seen in a while. What are the chances of seeing Peter Saarsgard and Clove from the Hunger Games in a movie together? 24 hours ago, I would have said the odds were pretty damn slim. Now, everything has changed.

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