But, there will also be random things in between…Subeta stuffs, art, books, films, cacti/succulents, and what have you, as well as my own personal blurbs and photos.
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (rant)
Ever since I was first introduced to Pan’s Labyrinth in the Literature class I had to take in college and seen both Hellboy films - I’ve been pretty interested in the work of Guilllermo del Toro, and also I now willingly and do not over look foreign movies with subtitles, it doesn’t bother me anymore.
I decided to check out the Netflix last night and well “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” was available which del Toro was the producer for. First off, I did enjoy this film! As a little quick watch for an evening. This is a fantasy horror - the creatures have a mythology to them and the gothic setting. And speaking of setting, props to setting the film in my state of Rhode Island (but shot in Australia apparently)!
There is something that I do enjoy about a reoccurring theme in many films of del Toro - that there is an imaginary world, another realm unknown to us, and due to a child’s curiosity they uncover it. And in some cases it is not so imaginary or the lines between reality and fantasy intertwine and blur, and it may even be all that child’s imagination in the end. Pan’s Labyrinth and I believe Mama and The Orphanage have this theme or sorts. Hellboy (I & II) and Blade - while no children are involved they both have settings where there are supernatural events going on and creatures unknown to the everyday human folk.
There was that glee factor for me when watching Don’t Be Afraid - that I was a child who played in the yard, peering into holes and trying to find a way to explore the woods because of stories older kids told of ponds, landmarks, and Devil’s Holes. I did not have that vivid of an imagination and that fantasy feeling and secret wish that you would find a fairy or something totally dissipated with age.
I would not want to find the creatures that were in this film, oh no! Another thing that made me squee, since I have seen Hellboy II, I felt like there was some kind of connection - with the mythology, art and conceptual design, and that Don’t be Afraid kind of had those tooth fairies from Hellboy II, but were not as cute, didn’t eat all your bones but only wanted teeth. Children’s teeth.
In a way I liked this film because of the many clique’s it had - the ritual (basic plot, the scare tactics, character’s reactions) is one you enjoy and get comfort from, sliding right into your comfy cushion with half closed eyes. But it does not make for an “excellent” film. It is not refreshing, you know what to expect and it is dull, it does not break the mold of clique film tropes.
And now I will go into the reason I really am writing this review of sorts, because by the end of the film I was ready to flip my desk over in rage, raging with questions! I need to rant!
I was designing an advertisement for my client that was going to be published in a newspaper.
Me: Your logo is too low res and quite pixilated. Could you send me the high res version? It will be larger than the one you just sent me.
They send me the same jpg, but stretched to fill the screen.
Me: No no, I need a higher quality image, like the eps file or something similar.
Client: Oh, why didn’t you say so?
They send me the same file, but with .eps added after the jpg extension.
having severe anticipation of tonight’s episode. good times are herrrrre!
I wanted to stop by and wish my favorite teacup a happy birthday! I hope it is an awesome day :)
Thank you, Thank you!
I never do anything fantastic on my b-day, but it was way better than other years past (like last year I worked, boooo)