Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Awakened One Night


After waking up in a graveyard with amnesia, Kara must try to piece together her life with the help of her sister. Leena is her only link to her past and the only one who knows what happened, so why is she being so mysterious?

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Predestination- My take on the movie with spoilers



Predestination is one of those movies that you can’t stop thinking about even after a day you’ve watched the movie. Not that the plot is confusing or that it needs to be over-analyzed to comprehend what the story was all about. It is one of those movies that teaches you and touches your heart and you only find that out the second the end credits roll in.

Predestination cannot be talked about without giving away the ending or a crucial part of the story that leaves you shocked. The only way to even begin writing about this movie is that first and foremost, it’s about a complex character with an unusual backstory. This character is strong yet piteous. The experiences this character faces, breaks your heart and when everything is revealed in a gripping climax, it stuns you and then overwhelms you with emotions.

This movie teaches you an important lesson- at the end of the day, only you can love and depend on yourself- a cruel lesson which is exemplified by the lead character. It was a part of the story that made me think how unforgiving this world can be and how opportunities for betterment is sometimes just ripped away from you in an instant.

The protagonist led a miserable lonely life but there was a silver lining in the beginning- superior intelligence and unmatched strength. But one mistake and that chance is taken away. The protagonist tries to fight for survival and this time finds a chance at love, except that results in abandonment and broken hearts.

The problems for the protagonist don’t end there. Life deals out more blows and the character can do nothing but bow down and accept this harsh fate. It is only as year passes that the protagonist learns that some things are destined and inevitable. Things apparently have to fall in this way for the protagonist to achieve this fate.

The second half of the movie brings in twist after twist before the conclusion which many viewers would already guess…like I did. (I love to gloat).

The first thing that comes to my mind when I hear Sci-fi is time travel and a lot of scientific jargon that is hardly crucial to the story. However Predestination steers far from the cliché of sci-fi time travel movies. It incorporates elements of drama and thrills that is extremely engrossing.

Although Ethan Hawke is the “big” name attached to this movie, I would have to applaud actress Sarah Snook for the acting skills she demonstrates in the movie. In fact, she’s the one that moves you and strings you to the story. If it weren’t for her brilliant acting, this movie could have easily faltered and wouldn’t have connected with the viewers.

This movie is definitely a must-watch. So…watch it!!!


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Babadook- My review and my take on the movie


It’s been a long time since there’s been a scary monster horror movie where childhood fears take precedence over the same old and tired clichés of zombies and “found” camera footages. The latter has certainly overwhelmed the horror movies with titles that hardly scare much less entertain. It’s been done a million times now…let it go. I don’t want to see shaky camera angles and someone screaming off-screen or blurry night vision shots that barely provide a gasp of surprise.

These are the kind of movie I tend to shy away from nowadays. Some of them were spooky, but most of them were boring with a capital B. So when I chanced upon the poster of The Babadook, I was immediately intrigued and excited. I was sure that this would be the movie that would bring back the monsters to horror films much like the Blair Witch Project brought about the trend of “lost footages”.

The movie starts of well enough by introducing the characters and the dilemmas. An insomniac mother, who is haunted by a traumatic incident in which her husband was killed, tries to be a loving mother to her son who has an obsession with magic and is terrified of unseen monsters. The dilemma is that it was while she had gone in labor that her husband was killed in a car accident which is why she somewhat resents her son that is apparent through the subtleties in the scenes.

The routine of her going to bed, checking her son’s room every night for monsters and reading him a bedtime story, continues until one day her son hands over a bright red book with The Babadook written on it.

The mother is initially reluctant to read a book as the words rhyme into something terrifying. But at her son’s behest, she continues and regrets it when her son screams in horror as the final words in the book predict something hateful and morbid.

Since that night, her son starts exhibiting even more that unusual behavior which leads him to be expelled from school. Exhausted by her job as a nurse to the elderly and her son’s wearisome behavior, the cracks in her demeanor start to show. At the same time, the book refuses to be destroyed and keeps finding its way back to her with more menacing prophecies.

There is a frightening moment when the Babadook announces its arrival with a rhythmic knock- Ba-ba-dook-dook-dook and the mother can do nothing but hide under the covers hoping the   creepy black shroud is just a figment of her imagination. But is it?

The thing is, the movie suddenly takes a different turn in the second half of the movie. Suddenly, the horror part is transformed into a psychological thriller where the focus is on the mother’s anguish and her allowing herself to snap at people. Whether or not the Babadook is responsible for her turn in behavior is never identified or confirmed.

Her inability to talk about her husband’s accident shows that she is deeply traumatized and it is inevitable that she was heading towards a breakdown. So what does the Babadook have to do with all this? Can the characters actually see him?

As per the predictions of the book, the mother does commit one heinous act towards her dog!!! But at the very end, she just about manages to restrain herself from killing her own son. It is shown that she retches blood and thus assumed that the Babadook was expelled from her.
The ending scenes create even more confusion and it is left to the viewer to analyze and explain to themselves what is going on and why the Babadook is given refuge in the basement where she had kept all her husband’s belongings.

Was it because the Babadook wasn’t a real monster and only the mother’s delusion or her inner voice warning her of what she could do if she didn’t confront her trauma? Or was it that the Babadook did indeed exist and preyed on her because she was an easy target that could be manipulated into doing some crimes?

This is the kind of movie that leaves with a conundrum of a scene that is open for interpretation. It is the kind of story wherein only the author knows what the truth is and the viewer is left in charge of forming her own conclusion of the story.

When stories or movies end like that, I’m never really impressed. Not because I hate to analyze the stories, it’s because movies like these are trying too hard to come off as intelligent masterpieces rather than a well-told and well-understood story.

The Babadook could be a lot better in my opinion. It had a chance to introduce a chilling antagonist and a monster that would give children nightmares. Not only was this not scary, it wasn’t even a palpable thriller.

All it did was waste a tremendous opportunity to be a scary movie. 


Monday, December 1, 2014

December


December has finally arrived and with it the contemplation of what all was achieved this year and what promises the New Year will begin. Will it be better than this year? Will it help me achieve the things I want for myself?

Then my thoughts take me a step back to consider all the things that happened this year. This has been one eventful year for me and quite a learning moment as well. Experiences tend to break all the things that you take for granted and show you new ways to support yourself. The toughest lessons are learned; hearts are broken and with it comes a new sense and a new voice that pushes you up- hopefully not to crumble all over again (so quickly at least).

I can’t say that the lessons I’ve learned from this year are over yet. If I have changed and if I have become resilient, then yes the job is done. But if it’s not….ugh, don’t even want to think about that. I’ll retain my optimism for now and think about my expectations for next year…. which is mostly to survive.

But coming back to the first of December- what I truly love about it is the onset of winter. November did bring in some sporadic rain spells and clouds, but December brings these gorgeous plump grey clouds and cool winds that is my favorite thing about winter. Nothing beats rain of course, but I’ll take clouds and winds too!

Something about the winter beginning fills me up with joy and a part of me is disappointed when the year ends because then it means that I’ll have to wait a whole year for the winter to come again!
That means I’ll have to wait a whole year to gaze at the winter night skies that are filled with stars. Standing in the balcony on a winter night is an exquisite experience especially when the cool winds brush against me and cause me to shiver just a little. Oh and then there’s all the hot drinks that can hardly be enjoyed under the hot summer sun.

Bundling up in shawls and blankets with a hot cup of tea or coffee is another one of winter’s comforts. I can understand when some people say how sick they are of winters and snow, but hey they've never had to live without them. If they did, they would appreciate the pristine white blanket of snow around them and I’m not talking about snow blizzards!

December is also when the best movies come out. It’s the end of the year and every film industry decides to put out their best products out. I haven’t decided which movie I want to watch, hopefully there’ll be something I would want to watch.

As for my writing, I’m working on a few ideas and thinking about writing my very first Romance. The only issue I’m having with it is that I keep trying to add a fantasy element to it or a mystery at least. Or a horror….?

Nope, can’t do that.

Writing an all-out Romance will be quite a challenge and I’ll have to find a story arc that keeps me interested in my own work, something that I’ve never had trouble with when working on Horror or Fantasy.

Let’s see what happens…