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mickey mouse jack skellington January 15, 2010

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i think both pk and i need this!

our lil’ getaway trip to santa monica November 10, 2009

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001okay, we don’t live THAT far away from santa monica, but the fact that we don’t have a car makes going places a bit more epic.  we decided that we needed a little tiny vacation.  our good friend, skip, watched miss pixel and we took off for our adventure.  pk planned the evening and i was excited to see what he had up his sleeve.

our first stop was checking into our motel. THAT was an interesting venture. it was a little scary ‘Bates-like’ motel. there was graffiti on our door, a hole in the wall and comforter, and a scary ‘someone might have died in here’ presence. sometimes, being cheap doesn’t pay off! but it sure made for a great laugh throughout the night!

we dropped our stuff off, hoping that it would still be there when we returned later in the night.

our next stop was the santa monica boardwalk. there are always fun people watching to be had on this boardwalk.

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004we found out that Circus de Soliel had set up shop next to the boardwalk to perform their KOOZA show.  something we marked on our to-do list.

pk had planned on walking down the boardwalk to the end, where a glorious mexican restaurant sat perched at the tip.  we have visited this boardwalk before, and gawked at the delicious seafood burritos this place lured it’s customers with.

pk and i sat in the back, overlooking the ocean.  the sun was now starting to set, which was perfect timing, might i add.

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we ordered the sloppy pile of chicken nachos and our giant mugs of dos XX while listening to a acoustic serenade of romantic ballads.  it was perfect.

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after a fun getaway trip to santa monica, pk and i decided to make our own pizza for dinner on sunday night.  i ran to trader joes to get some pizza dough.  for only $1.09 or so, their pizza dough is affordable, delicious, and premade!  i also grabbed a jar of marinara sauce.

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we added yellow squash, mushrooms, onions, peppers, grated fontina and aged gouda cheese, and popped it in the oven.  it was a glorious end to our wonderful weekend!!!

what will i be for halloween this year?!? October 27, 2009

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for the last 4 years, my halloween costumes have been epic!  horror movie themed, homemade, and as detailed as i can get.  this year, i am perplexed by what i will be next!  here is a roundup of my favorite past costumes:

Angela Baker from Camp Sleepaway, part II

Lydia Deetz from Beetlejuice

Leech Woman from Puppet Master

the question is:  what will i be next…muahahahahahaaaa

stay tuned.

❤ kt

SHOCKTOBER: trick ‘r treat October 20, 2009

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when my co-worker raved about this movie, i knew i had to see it as soon as possible!  i was blown away buy this clever halloween film:

It is said that Halloween is the night when the dead rise to walk among us and other unspeakable things roam free. The rituals of All Hallows Eve were devised to protect us from their evil mischief, and one small town is about to be taught a terrifying lesson that some traditions are best not forgotten. Nothing is what it seems when a suburban couple learns the dangers of blowing out a Jack-o-Lantern before midnight; four women cross paths with a costumed stalker at a local festival; a group of pranksters goes too far and discovers the horrifying truth buried in a local legend; and a cantankerous old hermit is visited by a strange trick-or-treater with a few bones to pick. Costumes and candy, ghouls and goblins, monsters and mayhem… the tricks and treats of Halloween turn deadly as strange creatures of every variety-human and otherwise-try to survive the scariest night of the year.

the interwoven stories seem unrelated in the beginning.  then they all fell into place like a giant puzzle.  it was a brilliant.  i enjoyed the diversity of kills in this movie.  the stories were all different yet connected.  Anna Paquin‘s all female gang and their end scene was on of my favorite parts of the movie.  it was a total WTF?!? moment that had you hooting and hollering!  this movie blended together well, it kept me interested and anxious for the next scene.  it is one of the best current halloween movies i have seen in a long time.  Trick ‘r Treat is a MUST SEE!

miss pixel is a model October 16, 2009

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SHOCKTOBER: White Noise October 14, 2009

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the idea behind White Noise, that audio and video recording devices can act as a tool/a portal, is an eerie thought and a fantastic premise for a horror movie.

When the unexpected happens, architect Jonathan Rivers has become a grieving widower, wallowing in deep confusion over the death of his wife. But a paranormal expert approaches Jonathan with the unlikely: the ability to hear his wife from beyond the grave. Through a form of unusual communication known as EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon), Jonathan will finally be able to see his wife. But in doing so, Jonathan has drawn himself into a much more complex situation when his curiosity becomes an obsession. Only that obsession will have him confront those not of this world, and some of them don’t approve of Jonathan’s interference with their destructive nature.

*sigh…unfortunately, this film did not reach the captivation i was looking for.

i know that EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenom) exists and believe in it.  but this movie just takes it to a ridiculous comedic level.  it almost makes fun of EVP instead of being an understanding film dedicated to that subject.  really, people get killed by EVP?  that’s a hokey way to portray things.  and this subject is hard for many people to believe on it’s own.  i think they did a poor job at portraying a fascinating phenomenon.  it was disappointing.  it was NOT scary.  it was pathetic.  and although i love Michael Keaton, especially in Batman, he should pick better movies…

❤ kt

SHOCKTOBER: The Serpent & The Rainbow October 13, 2009

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real life zombies?  seriously?  this thought alone is something i’ve pondered forever.  ever read Max Brooks’ World War Z: an Oral History of the Zombie War? it’s roughly about international interviews, testaments, &  accounts of the zombie apocalypse.  with The Serpent & The Rainbow, which is based off of a true story, a ‘zombie-like’ state occurs, along with a lot of voodoo’ in Haiti.  here’s the plot summary:

Dennis Allan is an scientist who visits Haiti on the strength of a rumour of a drug which renders the recipient totally paralyzed but conscious. The drug’s effects often fool doctors, who declare the victims dead. Could this be the origin of the “zombie” legend? Alan embarks on a surprising and often surreal investigation of the turbulent social chaos that is Haiti during the revolution which ousted hated dictator “Baby Doc” Duvalier. Often a pawn in a greater game, Alan must decide what is science, what is superstition, and what is the unknown in a anarchistic society where police corruption and witch-doctory are commonplace.

this story evolves from the true account of Clairvius Narcisse: According to reports, [3]Clairvius was poisoned with a mixture of various natural poisons to simulate death. The instigator of the poisoning was alleged to be his brother, with whom he had quarreled over land.[4] After his “death” and subsequent burial on May 2, 1962, his body was recovered and he was given a paste made from datura which at certain doses has a hallucinogenic effect and can cause memory loss. His new ‘master’, a bokor (sorcerer), then forced him, alongside many other zombie slaves, to work on a sugar plantation until the master’s death in 1964. When the bokor died, and regular doses of the hallucinogen ceased, he eventually regained sanity (unlike many others who had suffered brain damage from being buried alive) and returned to his family after some time, though only after finding his brother had died.

i could go on and on about my theories on zombies or the possibility of such.  i truly like the idea of this movie and was immediately intrigued by it.  i was also intrigued by…Bill Pullman!  (my first thought was Independence Day.  what a great film. WELCOME TO EARTH!)  i thought it was entertaining that the skinny young Pullman was in this film!

with the incredible success rate of a Nightmare on Elm Street, Wes Craven decided to create something different.  i was a little shocked that he worked on this film, judging a book by it’s cover.  but i can see his talent emerge towards the end.

it was very slow in the first half of the film.  then it just decided to get crazy!  i felt like i could have been internet surfing, cleaning, knitting, playing a DS game, or something else while trudging through the first half of the film.  but when the climax occurs, and things start rolling, i was committed.

its not the GREATEST, but it is an interesting and entertaining film.  it brings about good topics of conversation, especially if you’re a zombie lover like me!

❤ kt

SHOCKTOBER: Shutter October 12, 2009

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you can never go wrong with an original asian horror film.  all american remakes  never seem to be worthwhile.  but the severe shock value alone will horrify you.  Shutter seals the silver lining of paranormal activity in photography.  those mysterious blurs, smears, shadows, images, and other sorts of bizarre effects remnant in photos are a mystery to many.  in this film, they are a warning, a caution, a sign.

A young photographer Thun and his girlfriend Jane discover mysterious shadows in their photographs after fleeing the sceen of an accident. As they investigate the phenomenon, they find other photographs contain similar supernatural images, that Thun’s best friends are being haunted as well, and Jane discovers that her boyfriend has not told her everything. It soon becomes clear that you can not escape your past.

quite frankly, this film had all the hair raising, goose bump inducing, shock value that i could ask for.  i screamed many times.  it made me turn on the lights afterwords to watch something ‘funny.’  i love it when you get the adrenaline rush of being frightened.  this movie definitely gave me that rush.  i enjoyed the plot twist at the end.  please do n0t watch the american failure of a counterpart, watch the original Shutter.  it will make you think twice about taking a picture.

❤ kt

SHOCKTOBER: Grace October 11, 2009

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this film swept the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.  it’s reported that 2 people passed out during the first premiere screening at the festival.  although Grace deals with women issues and maternal instincts, it was written and directed by men.  here’s the plot summary:

Madeline Matheson is eight months pregnant and determined to deliver her unborn child, Grace, naturally. When an accident leaves Grace dead inside her, Madeline insists on carrying the baby’s corpse to term. Weeks later, when Madeline delivers, the baby miraculously returns to life… With an appetite.

Grace is a natural birth control, to say the least.  after finishing the film, i had all sorts of sympathy pains.  it was a touching story of maternal love and the horror that comes along with keeping something alive that should be dead.  not only did this movie perfect the fear of motherhood, it took bloody to a whole new level!

i immediately thought of another horror classic,  Larry Cohen’s IT’S ALIVE and Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby, while reaching the climax of the film.

i loved the fact that Paul Solet incorporated an organic vegan lifestyle into the film, something not always present in modern films.  having a natural midwife child birth with a past lesbian lover and a mother-in-law obsessed with maternal fantasies, this film has it all!

Grace is gorrifying.  do it: see it.

❤ kt

SHOCKTOBER: The Dead Next Door October 8, 2009

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in an attempt to watch some new horror movies, pk & i the most expensive 8mm zombie movie ever made!  The Day of The Dead:

The government sets up a Zombie squad after an epidemic has made the world run rampant with living corpses. Raimi, Mercer, Kuller, and others head off to Ohio to try and find a cure to the epidemic but soon run into a crazy cult of zombie lovers who are set on preserving the zombies and letting a new world be born because they believe that it’s God’s will. When Mercer gets infected with the zombie virus, Raimi and the others must work quickly to find a cure and avoid the cult.

quite frankly, it was very entertaining!  i loved the zombie kill scenes!  anytime i can see bodies being ripped to shreds and eaten, even alive, is worth while.  the  Zombie Squad, Unit 20 set out to fight the dead for the living.  with tight pants, mustaches, and overdubbed voices, this 80’s movie quickly captivated & entertained me.  its not going to scare you, but you will enjoy it!

❤ kt