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Don’t mess with the orphans

So I just watched a Spanish horror movie titled The Orphanage with my chicken-hearted siblings and damn, it was scary. Throughout the whole movie, I was resisting the urge to cover my face with a pillow and my sister’s constant screaming didn’t help calm my nerves either. But I managed to watch the movie til it’s end and live through to blog about it (hmm, kinda dramatic, i know).

The horror was expected since it is a horror movie after all and has a dark, scary title, The Orphanage. I don’t know why but there seems to be an eerie aura round each orphanage or maybe it’s just me being stupid. But seriously, it’s a great movie and it doesn’t even matter if you don’t speak Spanish. There aren’t many long and winding dialogues in the movie so having to read the sub-titles is not a problem at all. The movie centers round Laura, an ex-orphan who was adopted at a young age. She decided to buy the old orphanage which she used to live in and turn it into her home/care-center for ‘special’ children with her husband and HIV positive adopted son, Simon. All is well and happy for the family of three until Simon starts befriending a bunch of imaginary kids, six to be exact. These imaginary friends like playing games (like any other normal children who aren’t invincible) and one day their little games made Simon disappear. Okay, this movie is way too long for me to blog in detail so I’ll just cut straight to the point. Warning, spoilers ahead!!!

Laura and her husband, Carlos searched for Simon for nine months and still ended up with no lead to where Simon could be. Laura knew that Simon’s imaginary friends who are really orphan ghosts took Simon away since she saw one in her house the day Simon disappeared. The one she saw had the body of a child but wore a sack over his head. Later on, it is known that the sack wearing kid is Tomas, whose face was disfigured. Laura invites some ghost voodoo lady to help her communicate with the little orphans in her house. And blah blah blah, it turns out that Tomas’s mom was once a worker in the orphanage. The other five kids played a trick on Tomas which resulted in his death. His mom then poisoned these rascals in the name of revenge so they’ve been wandering in the orphanage ever since. The five kids turned out to be Laura’s pals when she was still in the orphanage and no one actually abducted Simon. He was just accidentally locked up in a secret basemen under their house/creepy orphanage which just so happens to be Tomas’s room. So in the end, Laura found Simon, dead and dry and killed herself by overdosing on some meds which I take to be anti-depressants. She ends up taking care of Simon and the other six orphans in the afterlife. The End. Phew.

So I know it may not sound very interesting and spooky (blame it on my lousy skill on movie reviewing) but go check out the movie, it’s not one to be missed especially if you’re a horror fan. And one more thing, what’s up with kids and their imaginary friends who mostly turn out to be spirits of some sort. I mean this isn’t the first movie to play on a child’s imaginary friends, remember Hide and Seek and The Others. I personally never had any imaginary friends even if I was lonely in my first five years as the only child so I wonder are these imaginary friends really made up or are some kids actually communicating with the spirits around us. Some people are said to be born with what the Chinese like to call ‘the third eye’. And if these kids really do have the sixth sense and are communicating with ghost then jeez I really have to think twice bout having kids one day. So what if you have children and they happen to have imaginary friends??? I think the best advice is just remember to never invite or let your children invite their imaginary friends into the house, especially if your children describes them as mask-wearing, dagger carrying friends.

 

 

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May 28, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 1 Comment

Key to success – Let ’em ‘touch ur body’

Can u imagine a 14 year old dressed like that?!

It was a sad sad day when they said Mariah Carey’s latest hit ‘Touch my body’ reached number 1 on the billboard countdown. By the way, ‘touch my body’, very original song title, hmm. I mean I’d expect the slutty lyrics and the at least pg-13 videos from her but people actually liking the song, now that was a BIG surprise. Of course the song wouldn’t be a flop counting on Mariah Carey’s fame and ability to pull off impossibly high notes but for the song to actually reach number 1 made question marks pop round my head. I thought we were more civilized and cultured now and people are generally more deep and educated than to be fascinated by women with fake bouncy breast running around wearing lingerie. Well, I’m clearly mistaken. It’s pretty obvious that SEX STILL SELLS!!! How naive I can be sometimes.

Knowing this, I felt terribly sorry for all those brave and smart feminist who fought for women’s rights and gender equality. I wonder if they would be rolling around in their graves if they knew the degradding videos that are being streamed on television right now. All those years of struggle and sacrifice to make the world see and acknowledge women as individuals who are just as capable, if not more capable than men are being kicked to the curb like a piece of worthless history. Do the efforts of those great, respectable women before us mean nothing to the world today? Women of the past fought to be treated as human beings and not as sex objects yet women of today are promoting themselves just as what men used to think they are, breeding mates (eww…). We talk about advancements all the time in different fields like medicine, communications, space technology blah blah blah, yet when it comes to women we are declining back into the days where an educated and opinionated woman was frown upon. Music videos show women dancing like sex-crazed monkeys around men, acting more like an accessory than an actual human being with brains.

I think this situation is quite confusing for kids, especially growing girls. On one side, parents and Oprah (love her) are teaching them to have self-respect and all the good stuff, but on the other side the media is broadcasting videos like touch my body and making Mariah Carey sound so cool for flashing her body provocatively and inviting guys to fill her up. Of course Mariah Carey is just one of the many artiste today who use sex appeal rather than real good music to sell albums.

This also shows that men’s thinking haven’t changed much since the cavemen era. Sex is still a priority and cheap, skanky, brainless whores are still the chicks they dig. No wonder why some girls act dumb to impress guys. The fight to change people’s views towards women will forever go on and sadly it won’t be any easier with celebrity’s singing about how great it is to be a slut. But thankfully there are an increasing number of celebrity’s promoting more positive messages for the kids out there. We need more inspirational people to look up to, someone with dignity, self-respect, integrity and brains and not some dumb bimbo rolling around half-naked on the beach.

With more and more Mariahs popping up on tv everyday, I just hope that 5 years from now, girls in kindergarden won’t start listing being a ‘playboy playmate’ as their ambition. Now THAT would definitely be a shocker.

 

May 13, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | 2 Comments

Superzero movie

Looks familiar?If anyone of you haven’t watched the Superhero Movie yet, don’t bother. The movie’s directed and written by the same bunch of guys who brought us the Scary Movie franchise only this time they failed to deliver their magic. Superhero Movie follows the plot of Spider-Man with just a little bit more of humour and ridiculous scenarios. The scenes and jokes are sooooooo predictable, I almost felt sad for the writers. Scary Movie 1, 2 and 3 may not be Oscar material either but at least it made me and my friends laugh our butts off. Superhero Movie was simply a disaster and Drake Bell’s performance was anything but impressive. Okay, maybe I’m the one with the problem cause I didn’t like Drake Bell and his coconut hairstyle from the beginning thus making me hate the film but my family was watching it with me and guess what, they all gave this movie two thumbs down.

The movie could have worked if they added Cindy Campbell (Anna Faris), the Wayans brothers and Brenda Meeks (Regina Hall) to the main cast or even better, don’t make the movie at all! It was hard enough for me to stay awake at midnight (which is when i watched this horrible movie), but watching this movie really made me felt like shooting my tv and just fall asleep on the couch. For the sake of my mom’s money, I made myself watch this movie till the final boring end. This movie wasted 1 hour and 30 minutes of my life and all I want to do at the end of it was to shout “give me my money back!!!” So for those of you who are lucky enough to miss this movie, be grateful, be very very grateful.

 

May 12, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | | 1 Comment