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LET THE RIGHT ONE IN

This movie was awesome. I loved it. A vampire movie that is more about the relationships between people than about a blood bath. A 12 year old boy, who is bullied at school, befriends a girl that moved into the apartment next to him. As their relationship progresses, and he finally learns that she is a vampire, he kind of provokes her a bit to see what her limits are, but aside from that accepts her for who she is.

I watched the 2008 Swedish (original) version directed by Tomas Alfredson, which is based on the novel of the same name by John Ajvide Lindqvist. I now have to buy the book. I don’t normally like movies based on books, but this one was good. I probably would have enjoyed it even if I had read the book first.

I read the book synopsis on Wikipedia and learned that there is a lot more backstory in the book than in the movie. For instance, the vampire asks the boy if he would like her even if she wasn’t a girl. I assumed she meant that she was a vampire, not a true girl anymore that could grow up. But apparently in the book the vampire is actually a boy that was castrated before being turned into a vampire. They also don’t delve deeply into the relationships between any of the adults and the children, which seems to be more important in the book. So now I must buy it!

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Posted by on March 19, 2011 in movies

 

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VOLUNTEERING AT THE ARBORETUM (GREEN)

Here’s everything green.

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2011 in nature, photography

 

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THE CRIMSON CULT

AKA, The Crimson Altar. A British movie from 1968, with witches, satanic rituals, and Boris Karloff!! This movie was pretty funny and I enjoyed it. Later while looking for pictures of it I realized the movie is probably colorized, since the press photos are in black and white.

You know this movie is going to be good because…

In the first minute we have:

  1. A woman with green body paint wearing golden ram horns on her head.
  2. A blonde tied to a table being whipped by…
  3. A dominatrix with black nipple pasties, seen through a green camera filter.
  4. A strange little man also seen through a green camera filter.
  5. A scantily clad woman holding a rooster.
  6. A man with a goat.
  7. A man wearing chains, a black leather speedo, and a hat with deer horns on it (and he has man boobies).
  8. A normal guy who looks like a businessman.

12 minutes into the movie we have a party where:

  1. An artist painting on a woman’s breasts.
  2. A cat fight with the two women up on men’s shoulders.
  3. A woman pouring champagne on herself and men drinking it off of her.
  4. A token black woman with an afro.

Other wondrous things:

  1. A man in a wheelchair (Boris Karloff) that is pushed around by a mute in a chauffeur’s uniform and sunglasses named Basil.
  2. Gratuitous sex with full rear female nudity.
  3. A vicar who is not evil or in league with the devil.
  4. A dead butler.

 

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2011 in movies

 

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VOLUNTEERING AT THE ARBORETUM (YELLOW)

Here are my yellow photos:

a yellow bird of paradise

i think some sort of yellow magnolia tree, only 2 feet high. So cute!

a close up of it

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2011 in nature, photography

 

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VOLUNTEERING AT THE ARBORETUM (WHITE)

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2011 in nature, photography

 

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CARVED: THE SLIT-MOUTHED WOMAN

Why don’t people ever run away from things in movies? No matter what country the movie is from, people never run away!

And if this spirit is possessing women, and when you kill the possessed woman she looks like the original woman again, you’re not really being effective.  So when you behead the last woman because the ghost needs to be  beheaded in order for her to stop coming back, wouldn’t you really need to behead the corpse, and not the possessed woman? Why don’t people realize this in the movie? Because then I guess you couldn’t have one last minute of “Oh shit, the ghost is back!” before it goes to the credits.

It follows the usual Japanese storyline of:

“Oh no, there’s a ghost!”

“That’s the same ghost that haunted this area when I was a kid!”

“What can we do to stop it?”

“Don’t worry, I know all about the ghost, so I can defeat it!”

“Hurray, it is defeated, although almost everybody is dead!”

“Oh shit, the ghost is back because we didn’t really stop it!”

Aside from these things, The Slit-Mouthed Woman was a pretty decent horror movie. The Japanese don’t normally come out with bad horror movies. Although this one has violence against children, it kind of deals with mothers who abuse their children, so if you have issues with that don’t watch this. But it was decent nonetheless.

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2011 in fun, movies

 

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VOLUNTEERING AT THE ARBORETUM (RED)

Here are red and redish flowers. Unfortunately I forgot what most of them are. Maybe I should take notes next time.

on a bottle brush tree

this may be upside down, i'm not sure anymore. oh well, still pretty.

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2011 in nature, photography, Uncategorized

 

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