Posts Tagged ‘americans’

Friday Fun! (The Gym and Mount Auburn Cemetery)

July 15, 2011 4 comments

Hello my lovely readers!  I hope your weeks went well and that you are enjoying this summer weather.  You all now know that a significant portion of my time nowadays is being taken up with my newly budding writing career, and of course I’m loving it!  It’s so nice to be out of school and doing what I enjoy.

Of course, being me, I’m not just reading and writing in my spare time.  I’m still consistently going to the gym.  My new trainer and I (my old one no longer works at that gym) are starting to understand each other and tailor a routine to fit my needs.  It’s interesting to see the differences between her and my old one, and I like that she’s focused on my cardiovascular health and core strength.  We did my measurements this week, and I’m proud to report that since the beginning of June I’ve lost another 2 inches around my waist.  Yay!  See, I don’t just yak about Americans and our health, I am trying my best to improve my own as well. 😉

Last weekend I visited the historic Mount Auburn cemetery for the first time.  Can I just say, it is freaking huge and very inspirational for horror stories.  It basically is a nice, hilly hike right smack in the middle of urban development.  I absolutely loved it.  There’s no way I saw anywhere near everything there is to see there.  I mean, we’re talking there were randomly hidden ponds and bridges and monuments and……I could go on and on about it.  It’s a truly amazing free gem right in the middle of the city.

Tonight I’ll be going to a bonfire at a friend’s house.  I’m excited for that! I love fire.  The rest of my weekend will consist of going to see some improv, working out, and a meeting of progressives in my neighborhood.  I hope you all have lovely weekends!  Any good plans?

Movie Review: Hostel (2006)

January 13, 2011 3 comments

Claw-like weapon.Summary:
Two Americans traveling through Europe are disappointed at the lack of European lady action, when a Danish man informs them of a hostel in Eastern Europe where the women are all over Americans.  The men go there, but as new friends and finally one of them disappear, they discover a sinister game played by the Eastern Europeans.

The concept of this film is great.  A rural area where Europeans pay to torture to death people on a sliding scale based on the person’s nationality.  Unfortunately, the film takes way, way too long to get there.

My friend and I watching the film turned toward each other after about half an hour of seeing a gratuitous amount of tits and asked, “Um, is this a horror movie or a sex in Europe movie?”  Not that we were complaining about the nudity, it’s just we signed up for horror, blood, and guts, not sex.  Fine, set it up that these guys are vacationing in Europe, but don’t take so dammed long to do it.

The actual scenes of torture are truly gruesome.  There was much vocalization of “ahhh!” and “ewww!”  Yet the scenes lacked the depth of similar scenes in Saw or The Human Centipede, because the audience doesn’t yet know why the torture is occurring.  It simply feels like depraved torture porn, not part of a storyline.

The ending, however, makes up for that enough so that I’m still pleased I watched the film.  Obviously, I can’t tell you the ending, but it is cathartic and surprising.

Overall, fans of horror and Tarantino will be pleased they took the time to watch this film, others should steer clear, however.

3 out of 5 stars

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