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There is a timbre of voice
that comes from not being heard
and knowing / you are not being
heard / noticed only
by others / not heard
for the same reason.

-Audre Lorde

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Didn’t get the job.

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My 10 Favorite Things Released in 2013

1. The Last of Us (Naughty Dog, Playstation 3)

2. Blue Jasmine directed by Woody Allen

3. Blue is the Warmest Colour directed by Abdellitaf Kechiche

4. Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon

5. Orange is the New Black season 1, created by Jenji Kohan (Netflix)

6. Frances Ha directed by Noah Baumbach

7. The Property by Rutu Modan (Drawn & Quartlery)

8. Torment Saint: The Life of Elliott Smith by William Thomas Schultz

9. Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar, Playstation 3)

10. Stories We Tell directed by Sarah Polley

Horror Movie Challenge 29/30

Let the Right One In directed by Tomas Alfredson (2008)

This was more a film about love/friendship and peer to peer relationships than anything else. Oh, and awesome Swedish style. Gonna start tucking my oversized sweaters into my bleached jeans, no problem. Anyway, this one was shot really beautifully, using lots of reflections, mirrors, mise en abyme for days.

In short, a young vampire meets and sort of falls in love with her neighbor boy, a blonde, almost ghostlike fellow, who returns her affections. When he finds out the truth, he protects her from retaliation. It’s never a threat that she would infect or hurt him, which is pretty adorable, despite her total bloodthirst for everyone else in this film. If you haven’t seen this one yet, I’d really recommend it- a perfectly loving and spooky Swedish film suitable for winter.

The Score: 8.1/10

Horror Movie Challenge 28/30

The Faculty directed by Robert Rodriguez (1998)

This cast is SO star studded, you guys. We have Elijah Wood, Josh Hartnett, Clea Duvall, Penelope Cruz, John Stewart, and even USHER to keep this shit dated. A small high school in an unnamed Ohio town gets paid a visit by a parasitic alien that inhabits the bodies of the faculty, and soon, student body.

Hilariously, only the homemade drug concocted by slacker teen Zeke (administered by a BIC pen, no less) can take down the alien army. Are you one of them? No? How can we be sure? It’s a classic case of this game, but also complete with morphing organisms, parasitic ear bugs, and lots of references.

File under… better, and yet somehow worse, than I expected.

The Score: 5.6/10

Horror Movie Challenge 27/30

The House of the Devil directed by Ti West (2009)

Jovelin Donahue and Greta Gerwig star in this highly stylized horror film set in the 1980s- which thematically helps, because a major plot point of this flick is the digital isolation of the protagonist. Anyway, Donahue plays a girl in desperate need of cash in order to snag the discount apartment of her dreams, some peace and quiet from her roommate, and an improvement in her quality of life. She takes a questionable job “babysitting” for a couple on the outskirts of town so that they can view an eclipse in private. Red flag, honey, red flag.

Things are eerie, but not in the typical horror film way- the first two thirds of film feature a skinny white lady alone in a huge house totally stocked with sacrifice gear (unbeknownst to her and the viewer of course) just jammin’ around eating pizza, and the last third of the film is full of pentagrams, bloody orifices, gaping head wounds, wow. It was one of the scarier films I’ve watched for this project- the method for building suspense was effective because the viewer isn’t really aware of what they are supposed to be afraid of. Eventually, we find out, and yeah, it’s totally insane.

The Score: 7.8/10

Horror Movie Challenge 26/30

The Exorcist directed by William Friedkin (1973)

What we have here is a classic case of the inversion of religious iconography and y’know, crucifixes stabbing the crotches of twelve year olds. Pretty run of the mill amirite? Kidding. But seriously, this movie is not scary, it’s just really gross. Lots of green puke straight from Nickelodeon, foul-mouthed devil tweens, and skeptical priests with mommy issues.

This movie is actually not really about the devil. It’s actually more about the experience of extreme stress- the protagonist is an actress whose daughter has become either slowly crazy or slowly possessed by a demon, a fleet of doctors aren’t so sure. Her daughters goes into fits of levitation, destruction, and murder- no treatment seems to help. The distress this causes her family is utterly sad, and translates into stress for the viewer. Is there a German word for that?

I understand the hoopla, this is a great film. But in no way, shape or form is it scary. Nope, just foul and gross.

The Score: 8.5/10

Dana DeGiulio

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