Thursday, December 30, 2010

Movies That Rocked My World (and changed the axis!)

Everyone that knows me remotely knows that I am a HUGE movie fan. I own over 300 movies and frequently visit my local Cinema. I want to share with you the movies that changed my perception of life, made me cry, made me think about the world around me, and movies that made me L-O-L. Here is my top 15 movies that rocked my world. Enjoy and post a comment :)

15. Crash - Paul Haggis
I saw this one for the first time in theatres, expecting a thriller. I don't know why, but the title made me think thriller. I hadn't seen the previews and a co-worker of mine invited me out to see Crash. I was not dissapointed with this movie. Sure, Brendan Fraser is a terrible actor and this part did NOT suit him but the performances by Sandra Bullock, Terrence Howard, and Matt Dillon were enough to have me coming back for more in DVD.

14. Saw - James Wan
Another movie I went to see without knowing much about it. As a big horror movie fan, I was really expecting another slasher of sorts and was pleasantly surprised when I realised the movie was really going to take place in one room with two men. That meant psychology and witty script. The movie did not dissapoint and the twist ending is by far the second best behind The Sixth Sense. I will not refer to the endless crap sequels that followed. (Saw III is decent)

13. Night of the Living Dead - George A. Romero
THE movie that started it all. I had never in my life watched a movie and then thought about the meaning behind it all. Yes, this is a zombie movie on the surface, but once you peel it open and expose the layers you come to realise that this is a socio-political piece on human nature. Both versions are equally good.

12. Blindess - Fernando Meirelles
I bought this movie because it was on sale. After watching it, I had to wonder why anyone would want to sell this at such a low price. Rarely do I qualify a hollywood movie as being "art". This movie nails it. Julianne Moore gives yet another endearing performance as a married woman who has vision in a world of blindness. Fernando captures the raw moments in life where we question the significance of our existence and he shows us the true nature of humans in times of desperation. We become selfish and there are moments in the movie that will leave you cringing and screaming at the screen. One word for this movie: Powerful.

11. Who Framed Roger Rabbit - Robert Zemeckis
Who didn't watch this movie as a child and felt amazed at the graphics? Everything about this movie is pure hollywood genius!! Even to this day, the plot stands firms, the graphics are impecable and Roger Rabbit is just as hip now as he was twenty years ago. Toontown, here I come!!

10. Shaun of the Dead - Edgar Wright
So it's no hidden fact that I admire zombie movies. They are often the only type of horror movies that go beyong the blood and guts. Not this one. It is a pure comedy with zombies in it. The performances of the two leading men are simply outstanding and the comedy blitz with Phillip is hilarious. Poor bloke will never be accepted by Shaun. Even in the afterlife. This movie made me LMAO.

9. Running Scared - Wayne Kramer
Another movie I bought because of the price tag attached to it. I had seen Paul Walker on the cover of the movie and immediately thought: this movie will probably suck. Was I ever wrong. This movie starts off with a bang and never stops until the end. It is the movie that made me discover Vera Farmiga and really fall in love with Elizabeth Mitchell. It is not for the faint of heart.

8. In Dreams - Neil Jordan
Annette Benning and Robert Downey Jr. in the same movie. I think that sums it up quite nicely.

7. Crazy in Alabama - Antonio Banderas
This is a true coming-of-age story that not only makes you laugh but makes you run through every single emotion a human being can have. Antonio Banderas really proves he can do something else then just acting. And Melanie Griffith really delivers as a crazed woman who has a head in her purse. Litterally.

6. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - Michael Gondry
So we all know Michael Gondry is a genius but never had I thought he was capable of directing such a fantastic movie. It took me a couple of viewings to understand the movie and the ending to it, but once I catched on, i couldn't let go. It is touching, funny, and sad. The best dramatic movie by Jim Carrey since The Truman Show.

5. Pan's Labyrinth - Guillermo Del Toro
This a movie everyone has to watch at least once. What's so troubling about this movie is not the fact that a little girl dreams up a world to escape the horrors of war, but that the world she creates is just as dark if not darker then reality. A sad, touching movie from one of the best.

4. Fargo - The Coen Brothers
This movie created a Coen Brothers Fan. Me! I hadn't heard about them when I watched this movie for the first time and boy, let me tell you, they can make an entertaining movie!! Frances Mcdormand is to die for what with her accent and her ridiculous police outfit. Gotta laugh everytime!!

3. Bobby - Emilio Estevez
Another actor-turned-director. Emilo Estevez hits it out of the park with this one. The music, the casting, the direction, everything about this movie is fantastic. All the storylines lead to a sad ending that touched Americans and the world alike. A true hero died that night but his lasting impression on people will forever be remembered because of this brilliant movie. Watch for Demi Moore as an alcholic singer. best performance!

2. Cruel Intentions - Roger Kumble
A frigging good movie about rich people who are bored with their socialite lives. Sarah Michelle Gellar is TOP NOTCH in this one. Based on Les Liaisons Dangereuse.

1. The Mist - Frank Darabont
Wow. This movie really dives into the human psyche and forces the viewers to ask themselves: Is the threat outside or from within? Frank Darabont is a master at transforming Stephen King novels into fantastic movies (see Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile). He doesnt miss the mark with this one. Marcia Gay Harden is remarkable in a role she should have been nominated for. Her "mother theresa gone mad" role is brilliantly played out until the bitter end. And what is to say about the ending. It had people talking for months! MUST SEE!

What movies rocked your world or missed the mark entirely? Post your comments bellow :D

Candles are out,
Eleven's Ink

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Music Faves and Fails from 2010

So, I woke up this morning to the new Kanye West single "runaway". I remembered hearing it on some awards show and thought: this is one hell of a good song. It had me thinking that I should do a top 10 of 2010. Here we go:

TOP 10 FAVES OF 2010

10. We R Who We R - Ke$ha.
Ok, so she probably won't ever win any awards for singing because, frankly, it's a robot that spits the lyrics, she just looks "pretty" in the videos. But you gotta love a song that says "Tonight we party ha-ha-ha-hard"

9. Dog Days are Over - Florence and the Machine
Something about this song reminds me of my youth. It makes you wanna just let go and fling your arms everywhere. A go-to song when i'm feeling insanely down.

8. Airplanes - B.o.B feat. Hayley Williams
The rapping, the singing, the catchy chorus. Hayley Williams. 'Nuff said!

7. Rockstar - Rihanna
Wow, this chick can go from Pon de Replay innocence to Rockstar trash. This song is most def the anthem for all-night partying. And who did not go WTF when seeing her dressed as Shlash?

6. Need You Now- Lady Antebellum
You could not escape this wherever you went. It reminds me of my late night shifts at Shell. It's very reminiscent of Picture by Kid Rock. A catchy tune that gets stuck in your head.

5. Runaway - Kanye West
If Kanye wasn't autobiographical before, he is now. Seldom do artists squeeze their souls out into a song and Kanye does it over and over again, and this song is a smash hit. Love it!

4. Teenage Dream - Katy Perry
Finally a song with substance from the queen of cheese. It's so private that you feel like the third wheel in her couple. I won't deny that I sometimes hum this song when it plays. It's just that catchy!

3. Like a G6 - Far East Movement featuring Dev and The Cataracs
This song took the club scene by storm this year. It played in every single bar possibly known to man. Some say it's repetitive, I say it's awesome. Really awesome!

2. Ghost - Fefe Dobson
A major comeback for the Canadian rocker. I listened to her tunes in high school and always felt a connection with her persona. I was pleasantly surprised when i heard she was coming out with a new album. And she doesn't dissapoint.

1. Find Your Love - Drake
Another Canadian representing the best Canada has to offer. This song is smooth and the beats are sick. You just feel like getting up and dancing. Drake blew up on the music scene last year and hopefully he will be number one again next year.

Notable good songs of 2010
The only exception - Paramore
Dancing on my own - Robyn
I'm not your toy - La Roux
Over- Drake
Dynamite - Taio Cruz
Club can't handle me - Flo.Rida featuring David Guetta

TOP 10 FAILS of 2010

10. Whip My Hair - Willow Smith
A 9 year old girl singing such adult lyrics as "I whip it hard, I whip it real hard" is kinda weird. Just saying.

9. Can't Be Tamed - Miley Cyrus
She proved that time and time again.

8. California Gurls - Katy Perry
This song is pure candy-covered shit. Everything from the hook to the chorus to Snoop to the video to the lyrics. Pure L.A crap!

7. Telephone - Lady Gaga featuring Beyoncé
The parody by The Key of Awesome is way better. Check it out on Youtube!

6. The Time (Dirty Bit) - Black Eyed Peas
This song should never have been approved. Do they not realise that they are a running gag. People should know when The Time is over. Stop doing music BEP's. Please.

5. Firework - Katy Pery
How can she write great songs like Teenage Dream and Thinking of You and then turn around and do this shit. Katy Perry, please have your songs previewed by an audience older then 6.

4. Ridin' Solo - Jason Derulo
If I hear one more time "Jaaason Deeerulo" I will shoot myself. Usher manages to pull off saying his own name in his song. Jason Derulo fails.

3. Baby - Justin Bieber
Everything about this song is manufactured. Props to the kid for having a nice voice. Props to the corporation that runs his life.

2. Hold my Hand - Michael Jackson and Akon
This is a travesty. Whoever approved this project is retarded. Yes, that is you Jackson Clan, that is you.

1. ANYTHING by Nicki Minaj.

What are your faves and fails from 2010?

Sunday, December 26, 2010

What's To Come

Wow. I feel like I just entered the 21st century. My very own blog. *sigh*

I was reading alot of blogs, especially of late, and it had me thinking: Why don't I create my own blog? Share my funny stories, my life experiences, my special moments, my sad moments, so on and so forth. People ALWAYS want to know what is going in your life. Hence the title "Wiki Wiki What". Except here the user doesn't edit my life. I do! :D

And what better form of edit then lists. Gotta love the lists. I will, and be ready, have loads of "top ten" lists. Share with everyone what I am reading, watching, listening, living, eating, and drinking. Sharing is caring!

I will also share small exerpts from my short stories, question of putting my work out there. After years of pressure from my friends, I may as well follow their advice and publish. Exerpts in a blog is the first step. Might be good to get critiques from strangers and online friends. Being vulnerable is never quite the "this moment rocks!" feeling, but one can't better himself if one doesn't put himself out there.

Friends and family will be part of this blog so check for your name, fame whores! Your 15 minutes of celebrity status will probably start and end here. Nobody has the right to veto. If you don't want your funny trip off the sidewalk or your drunken stumble published on the net, make sure:
a) I don't see it.
b) I don't hear about it.
Or else, expect to see your epic fail posted on Wiki Wiki What.

Candles are out,
Eleven's Ink
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