Sunday, May 1, 2016

#PuertoRicoMatters

This is not a movie review and I haven't used this blog in a while but I want to use this space in hopes that this message will reach many and change will be able to take place.

Puerto Rico has been a colony for well over 100 years. Puerto Ricans have American citizenship and has received benefits from the US federal government since the Luis Muñoz administration. Houses and roads were made and paved. Food stamps were given to all those who were deemed in necessity of it. Knowing all this, you’d think Puerto Rico has a lot to thank America for. But at what cost has this all come to?
Puerto Ricans worked for slave wages 50 years into the 20th century while our lands and properties were bought for dirt cheap only to be used to make big profits. The only rainforest “America” has was used to test out Agent Orange, given the tropical similarities el Yunque shared with Vietnams terrains. It’s people have been used as test subject for birth control and sterilization without their knowledge or consent. Puertoricans were conveniently granted citizenship just in time for WW1. Make no mistake that was no coincidence. Vieques, a small island that belongs to PR, was used for the U.S.  Navys bomb testing for a little over 60 years. Although they were ordered to leave in 2003 during the Bush administration, there have been no repairs done to all the damage and ruin they left behind. Studies done in the last decade since their departure have shown significant rise in cancerous disease among its population, a considerable amount of radiation on its beaches and the danger the people of this small island still live in.
The U.S. has not proven to be the friendly ally it’s tried to disguise itself as. When Puerto Ricans wanted to make their island independent and free from its ties with the U.S. the American government stopped it. This is a part American history classes will leave out of their text books but a lot of lives were taken in the attempt of independence. The American government and FBI did everything in its power to crush any fighting spirit or hope for freedom when they arrested one of Puerto Ricos most illustrious minds and hero, Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos. Not only was he arrested, but he was exposed to physical and mental torture in addition to being used as a test subject for full body radiation. Pedro Albizu Campos was the courageous man who dared to oppose the empire when they wanted to mute Puerto Ricos sense of patriotism and love for the island. Which if you didn’t know is officially known as La Ley de la Mordaza aka The gag law. Any one talking or singing about freedom, independence or was caught with a puertorican flag in their homes ran the risk of being arrested, imprisoned for up 10 years and being fined 10,000 dollars. Is this the freedom we were promised? Is this how you treat allies? Would this even be allowed to happen to American citizens on the mainland?
Puerto Rico did not ask for this. Puerto Rico did not beg the U.S. for help and rescue from the Spaniards who had previously colonized them. Puerto Rico lived as an independent island for a mere 8 days until the U.S. took Puerto Rico as war booty and told them this was for their own good and would only be temporary. Yet here we are, 2016, still living the colonial life and perpetuating colonialized minds. Wepa~
For too long have we been made to believe we are worthless as a nation, for too long have we been conditioned to believe that without the American government we would be nothing and that we’d all be planting yucas and shitting in letrinas if they were to ever leave. Yet decade after decade Puerto Rico has produced countless engineers, scientists, doctors, teachers, artists, writers, and entertainers that have contributed more to America than America ever gave us. I know there are those who will throw the issue of all the money the U.S. has given Puerto Rico, but we have given so much back that can’t be bought or measured by money. Puerto Ricans have contributed so much to a country who has taken so much from us, a country that expects us to go to war for them and spill our blood for their cause but will not even allow us the right to vote for a president whose influence can mean much for the future of our home. Puerto Rico has contributed a lot to a country who sneakily, and for reasons not yet revealed, took away our right to file for bankruptcy like any other state, in 1984.
But if you want to talk about numbers, let’s talk about numbers. In the last decade alone the amount of money that the U.S. government has given to P.R. for federal programs has steadily risen from 4 million to a little over 6 million. That is undoubtedly a great sum of money. But what the U.S. gets back in earnings is a far greater sum; the numbers may fluctuate from year to year but the reoccurring sum is that of about 70 million a year. Think about that for a second: 70 million dollars a year. Puerto Rico is not an island that lives off the government’s tit, despite what popular misinformed opinions may say.  
And now in our time of need instead of at the very least granting us the opportunity to restructure our current debt, for which their hands are not entirely clean of, we are told a board of financial control has to be imposed. This board is not even in effect yet and already there are drafts that would lower the minimum wage of young workers from 7.25 dollars an hour to 4.25. Whose interest are they keeping in mind? How can we be in favor of a board that deems this part of a favorable and fair solution?
If you are reading this and you have made it this far, whether you’re Puerto Rican or not, if you sympathize and believe that Congress owes it to Puerto Rico to find a way to offer relief share this post. Let Congress know #PuertoRicoMatters. We’re not a foreign country in a faraway land; we are American citizens and we need help. Help us achieve #ReliefforPuertoRico.


Friday, October 30, 2015

Halloween 2015: Movies suggestion list!

Hello, it's me. Halloween is but a day away and despite the fact that I don't write and review much (if ever) I felt compelled to write up a small list of movie suggestions!

These are movies I've seen through out this year and were memorable in one way or another. I know almost everyone keeps tradition by watching Hocus Pocus but if you wanted something new (and you share my same tastes) you might like this list.
First off!
Pee Mak (2013) is a Thai horror/romance/comedy. Directed by Banjong Pisanthanaku, this movie is an adaptation of a Thailand folklore tale. this tale revolves around Pee Mak, a soldier who struggles to come back home to his wife and unborn child, only to find things are not as he remembered. I don't want to give too much away, but there Is definitely something off about Nak, Pee Maks wife. What I love about this movie is it has a little bit of everything; comedy, jump scares and touching moments that are sure to warm your heart. My only critique is that some of the jokes don't translate very well into English but what can you do?

Take a look at the trailer if you're still not convinced to give this movie a chance:



 
 
Next on my list is... REC 3
 
[REC] 3 Genesis (2012), is a Spanish movie directed by Paco Plaza. This is the third installment of the REC franchise. However, if you've seen the other REC movies I would advise you to watch it pretending it's not related to the first two movies. Why? Because this movie really does break away from what made the first two REC movies so popular; the feeling of watching documentary footage. It takes place at a wedding where shit starts to hit the fan once the grooms uncle starts acting savagely due to a strange "illness" he unknowingly contracted.
 If you look up ratings on this movie  you'll find it harshly rated since it is so different from the first two REC's. It's more of a B horror movie with unexpected bits of comedy thrown in the mix but the plot is pretty fast paced and soulful if you ask me. and if you're into gore like me, you'll most definitely enjoy it. 
 
 
This next one isn't exactly horror, but anyone who enjoys horror movies will be able to appreciate it.

What we Do In The Shadows (2014) is a New Zealand mockumentary written and directed (also starring) by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, about the secret lives of vampires. THAT'S ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW. I'll admit when someone had recommended it to me I was a little more than skeptical (I'm not a very big fan of vampires). But I am glad I watched it! It's very unique and original aside from hilarious. You get to watch vampires live as flat mates going through similar struggles of mundane life. I know you will definitely not regret watching this! Check out the trailer and see for yourself!
 


 
 
 
Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015), directed by Leigh Whanelle, this movie is a prequel to the other Insidious movies. It takes place before the haunting of the beloved Lambert family, and focuses more on the psychic Elise Rainer who is contacted by a young girl trying to contact her dead mother. Of course, instead of her dead mother she encounters a more dangerous entity and trouble unravels around her.
Say what you will about ghost movies but I feel this trilogy revived ghost movies for me. If only for the reason that they really knew how to play with timing, tone and atmosphere. After the first two movies I didn't think there was much else to offer but I was pretty surprised to have enjoyed the movie as much as I did.
 
 
and finally...

The Cabin in the Woods (2012), directed by Drew Goddard, is an American horror comedy movie. It starts out with what seems like your typical slasher film of horny wild teenagers in the woods, but takes a seriously different turn. You know that saying ' don't judge a book by its cover'? Well that definitely applies here. Although this movie does incorporate many horror movie clichés we all know ( and have come to love), for all you horror movie lovers, that is exactly part of what makes this movie so great. 



Take a look at the trailer!




And this, ladies and gentlemen, is the end of my list. Keep in mind I have listed these movies in no specific order. If you do happen to watch any or all of these movies let me know what you think. I hope you have a spooktacular Halloween~

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Back from the DEAD


Hey guise! I know, long time no see. But...I'm back!....TA-DA! (?) 






Well it's been a while since I last posted, let me tell you it's been a hectic year. But hopefully I'll come around again to review more horror movies ( I'm open to movie suggestions!) I'm hoping this time around to be a bit more interactive with you, anonymous reader, so please  do feel free to write me up with comments, critics, suggestions on movies you'd like me to review or things you'd like to see on this blog. I'd love to hear from you guise! I mean it!

Also, on a second note here's a little bit of promo to a fellow blogger friends page. Her name, Naelle Devannah, the woman of many wicked talents. De.lirium is her space to share her awesomeness with the rest of the world. From reviews about make-up and hair products, to accessories and unboxings of the most awesome of items, this blog of hers is also a photo journal of sorts of what's currently going on in her life. De.lirium is but a peephole into Devannahs mysterious mind and her unique eye for beauty. She's currently holding a give-away sponsored by Kawaii-Box, which is a monthly subscription box full of kawaii delights from Japan and Korea.


This would be a perfect time to visit her blog, if you're into kawaii items you just can't say no to >.>
But that aside, I highly recommend visiting this blog if only the visual buffet of artistic expression it has to offer.

So remember, comment below on things you'd like to see or movies you'd like me to review. I think it's time we rekindle this fire between us, anonymous reader. And I mean that solely in the nicest of ways and not the sleezy I-want-to-slip-you-some-roofies-and-take-you-out-back kind of ways.









                                                I swear I'm not that creepy. O.O


Sunday, January 12, 2014

Zombie Week: Day 7: The Horde

                                   
                A tale of revenge essentially, a mafia of sorts and french people. This 2009 french Z movie directed by Yannick Dahan and Benjamin Rocher is filled with crooked cops, scandalous secrets and impolite zombies getting in the way of a good ol' fashion drama that would otherwise just feature angry french folks crying and yelling and shooting off their guns at each other.


              Starting off at a funeral, a gang of crooked cops plot revenge on a nigerian mobster responsible for the death of their head honcho, detective Mathis Rivoallan. The gang make their way to the mobsters uber secret hideout club, I mean spot and it's not long before we're seeing gunfire in what is seemingly just another mobster vs cops action movie when things take an unexpected turn. What seems to be a bad situation gets a whole lot worse. Yes. You called it: ZAMBEHZ.

OHAI GUISE LULZ



With the number of living humans diminishing at rapid rates the mobsters and angry cops have no other choice but to call a truce and join forces if only to increase their chances for survival. not before, of course, pouting and stomping their footsies a little. So they venture out with what fire arms they have and search for a way out of the building that more and more promises to be their tomb.





               Despite the flimsy plot I actually enjoyed this movie. The action was fast paced and the small dramatic parts did not linger for long. Although I must say the pouty-brooding attitudes (plus the never ending fight over who's the alpha male) from most of the characters did get old, and fast.
Careful ladies, the levels of testosterone oozing from this film are bound to spontaneously make you sprout chest hair and the manliest of handlebar moustaches.

               The kill scenes are quite beautiful and a piece of art within themselves. All the visual effects are quite impressive without going over the top or looking too low budget. Although in all honesty the zombies kind of look like angry people who recently lost their eyesight and chipped their teeth on a century old  strawberry poptart but HEY, I'm not judging.




So what I'm trying to say in oh-so-many words is that this movie has a good level of badassery.




       The ending was not really to my liking to say the least. It was like beating an uber hard boss battle after the billionth try only to have a circuit break and not being able to have saved it in time. But all in all this is a good zombie film packed full of sweaty action, inappropriate jokes and zombie guts galore. If you just so happen to see this movie I'd like to know what your impression of it was, so leave a comment below. But my final verdict is 3.5/5.

Behold the trailer:



Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Zombie Week: Day 6: Dead Set Serious



Dead. Set. SERIOUS. Is like...really serious. Okay, not really. Basically this is fictional Big Brother set with zombies. Also gotta say right off the bat, I was misled into thinking this was a movie, but whatevs, I already watched it so here goes.

Dead Set Serious (2008) is a british t.v. mini series created by Charlie Brooker and directed by Yann Demange. As I mentioned previously, it's fictional version of a british Big Brother and while everyone in the house is busy trying to figure out how to attract more attention to themselves, there is a zombie outbreak occurring on the outside. As the cast bicker and fight among each other over petty issues they remain oblivious to the chaos taking place beyond their little studio set. They only vaguely start to suspect something is not quite right when they start to feel ignored by the crew.  


Yup...real reality.
I never got on the Big Brother bandwagon to be honest, but it doesn't seem any different from any other 'reality' show. You know, when you put semi-attractive and not-so-attractive "young" adults in a house with hot tubs and booze and wait for dramatic situations to occur in order to take them out of context later and make a really big deal out of them...I mean watch humans in their natural habitats being totes real. Totes...real.
Dead set serious really doesn't waste any time bringing in the zombie action, though there's never a clear explanation for the outbreak. One of the things I enjoy most about z-movies, and feel free to think me a sadist, is the manner in which society abruptly crumbles. Just like that, the rules that govern society, that keeps the masses civil, everything that you've ever known. Gone.
Sadly. :c
So for those of you who love a good blood bath with a side of chaos, that is definitely served at the beginning of this movie.
It's a very fast paced plot that will, without doubt, keep you on the edge of your seat. And with the cast being mostly full of idiots, you know you're in for a lot of 'close calls'.





The effects in my opinion were pretty awesome and definitely added to the gory magic of the show, even if the zombies did have weird clicky sounds that reminded me of that asian chick from The Grudge.
Still not as creepy looking as that grudge chick.


What I also find special about this show is the satire in it, it resembles that of George Romero in his z-movies. It's a really good social criticism I think, the whole 'zombies watching zombies', but you'll get that if you watch the show. I hope you do, because the plot is good, the action and gore are awesome and even when you're rooting for the zombies to win because the cast is idiotic some if not most of the time, they are somewhat likeable. Emphasis on somewhat.

So here's the trailer, have a look and be the judge. I give this movie a solid 4/5.





Thursday, June 20, 2013

Zombie Week: Day 5: Zombie Strippers




Ok...I've been slacking off with the reviews and I apologize, but here it is:

Zombie? Strippers? Zombie strippers? Did the possibility even cross your mind? Ha, mine either. 

Directed and written by Jay Lee, Zombie Strippers (2008) is exactly just that; zombie strippers. Takes place somewhere in the "near future" when a chemo-virus that is meant to re-animate dead soldiers so
that they may continue fighting even after death is released. A special squad made to exterminate such outbreaks almost succeeds, when one of its members is bitten, afraid of also being exterminated, the infected soldier accidentally  lands in a strip club, owned by Ianna Esco (Robert Englund), and attacks Kat (Jenna Jameson), Esco's star stripper. Once infected Kat has only two things in mind; stripping and eating. So it's not long before shit hits the fan.

I love B movies, and every now and then it is such a pleasure to find a diamond in the rough among the underrated B movies, but this...was simply not the case. Zombie Strippers is the kind of movie where what you see is what you get. The cover and title are visibly cheap and trashy, what else can I say? It's a terrible movie overall, but it is still watchable. I sat through it and found myself chuckling a couple of times. I mean how do you take something so nasty as rotting cadavers and try to make it sexy? 
You must have the weirdest boner right now.

The zombie makeup in this movie was pretty good, I liked the transition the female zombies took from fresh zombie to 'stankeh' rotting corpses.



Also some of the kills were pretty cool looking despite looking like obvious plastic props.
I guess Kat caught his tongue. Geddit? Ha... >.>


So, final verdict? The cool zombie make-up, few good lines nor Mister Robert Englund were enough to save this movie from disaster.

Sorry Englund.
Fuck you Shyamalan, just Fuck you.



But that doesn't mean it's completely bad. I mean, who doesn't like to watch a good train wreck? Unless it's an M.Knight Shyamalan film...

Anyhows, you'll either love it or hate it, or rewind just to watch some zombie boobie action. Either way it could have always been worse, so I give this movie a 2.5/5.

Oh, one last thing...beware the face dances.


Monday, June 10, 2013

Zombie Week: Day 4: Dance of the Dead


The awkwardness of being a teen, social cliques, cranky teachers who are unsatisfied with their lives. Yup, high school was really full of good times. Know what was missing though? Zombies. Might've made my Senior Prom like a gazillion times better.

Dance of the Dead (2008), written by Joe Ballarini and directed by Gregg Bishop, is a comedy horror about teens and zombies basically. Right off the bat the movie gives you an explanation for its walking dead; chemical contamination. And while all the more popular kids are getting ready for the nights dance, or Hawaiian Hula Prom, the geeks, freaks and outcasts are the only ones free to come to the rescue when the dead start jumping out of their graves, literally.
Leaping lizards! Them zambies is jumping!


Visibly low-budget, this movie is all about cheesy and corny horror scenes, which can be good or bad depending on your preference. Definitely a creative script, fast paced plot and lots and lots of blood. The make-up and visuals aren't always that great but, again, this is what corny horror movies are made of; cheap effects.


The cast is pretty likeable, and the soundtrack...well it's pretty unique. One interesting detail that I enjoyed very much? Yes, the music. Why? Because apparently it's the only way to tame or distract the zombies; through the power of punk and electric guitars. Unlikely, I know. But hey, a girl can dream right?


So, to wrap it up, if you like cheesy, corny, uber unlikely horror movies with zombie make-out scenes (oh no! spoiler!), then give this movie a chance. I wasn't disappointed in the least, it was a fun z-movie with a good cast, funny script and awesome fight scenes. But regardless, have a look at the trailer and decide for yourselves. I give this movie a 3.5/5