20 April 2015

Macabre Monday: Mr. Jones

mr jones poster

Let's talk about Mr. Jones (2013) today--the latest horror film I've watched!

You know, I really have to give it to myself, I have a knack for accidentally picking out found footage films. Or in this case, movies that are mostly found footage...

Since one of the main characters, Scott, is focused on making a nature documentary (well, mainly focused), we have the pleasure of seeing what's behind his camera for a good bit of the film. That's where the found footage pops in. Even Penny, the other main character and wife of Scott, grabs the camera every now and then. But for the rest of the film, it's a professional camera that is scanning the scene--and truth be told, I liked it better that way. 

So basically, as far as the plot goes, this guy Scott and this wife Penny go to this secluded CABIN IN THE WOODS (ahem) so he can be inspired to film a nature documentary. They have a few tiffs, mainly because he comes off his medications right before their "vacation." However, it's almost as if every dramatic fight between them is suddenly forgotten when they come across these...totem-scarecrow-figure-things... Why? Because Penny knows right away they are the creations of a hermit artist by the name of Mr. Jones (oooh). So what's next for the nature documentary? Well nix it of course and make a documentary on the reclusive Mr. Jones instead. (Thanks Penny, gah!)

mr jones skeletal things
totem things in Mr. Jones' basement
This Mr. Jones character has a pretty creepy atmosphere about him. And his look... He's pretty creepy altogether. While Penny keeps reassuring her husband Scott that Mr. Jones is actually protecting them from something out there, Scott is dead set on the idea that Mr. Jones is the scary and bizarre figure that others Scott talked to have painted him to be. For example, Mr. Jones apparently sends some of his weird skeletal scarecrow artworks to random people. One recipient said it completely changed his existence. And evidently not for the better. So pretty sure Scott is not going to just hop on the "Mr. Jones is a good guy, duh" bandwagon. 

I didn't really have any relationship with these two characters, though, and that was a problem. I really hate when that happens. Give me something to go on so I care about them. That's essential, in my opinion. Even in a horror movie! 

Also, the number of times the two main characters kept breaking and entering into Mr. Jones' house..wow, just let me tell you something Mr. Jones--you need a No Trespassing sign. Or a German Shepherd. Cujo, maybe. Just some type of security system besides your scarecrow things.

mr jones basement flashlight
"Let's just break in and steal everything demonic looking"
The ending of this movie was mainly what I had a problem with, and from what I researched, what others had a great deal of a problem with as well. 

The beginning of the film is shot almost whimsically and I thought about how much I liked artsy horror movies if they're done well. The director, Karl Mueller, even said he was influenced by David Lynch. But I don't know how David Lynch would have taken that because of how the film shifted near the end. 

I understand to a degree what was supposed to be going on. To a degree. I don't mind ambiguous endings, but with this ending, there were so many scenarios to deal with that it was just frustrating and almost cheesy.

However, Mr. Jones really wasn't that bad. I feel like I'm putting it down but it was pretty creepy overall. Not many jump scares, but those aren't really my thing anyway. There were scenes that made me uncomfortable and that were pretty suspenseful. I did get particularly uneasy watching the interviews that were filmed by Scott. For some reason you would think that would be the boring part of the film, but the way it was shown was interesting enough that it wasn't just someone sitting down and talking for long periods at a time.

HOWEVER, it was a pretty long movie. Too long of a movie. The parts I liked seemed too edited and the parts I disliked seemed liked they needed to be edited. Also--and this is important--near the end, there is something extremely cheesy that happens (at least for me) that had me dying laughing. I understood basically the point of it but I didn't think parts of it were really necessary. It was in excess and it was hilarious. 

*Also, lots of flashing lights near the end--just a warning!

Would I recommend it?
Probably not. Sorry guys. But maybe check out David Lynch's work! 

14 April 2015

Playlist: "Simply Sweetly Spring"

Power Flower 

Spring rain has been overwhelming, but when the sunshine manages to poke through, I remember why I love this season so much!

I love listening to the rain, though. And I love listening to birds chirping. And just the overall general sounds of spring. But I love listening to music too! So here's some tunes for ya:

This song is gentle, enticing, and CATCHY. I have listened to it so much. They don't even have to ask me if I'm listening because of course I am!

Speaking of gentle and enticing...this song is both...and just sweet and flirty and fun. It makes me want to twirl around outside in the grass, barefoot in my favorite dress.

I love cover songs. But who would ever think a banjo would work in Lera Lynn's cover of TV On The Radio's "Wolf Like Me"? Needless to say...God I like it.

When I discovered this last song, I wasn't quite sure if I really liked it or not. Now, after having listened to it for...let's just say a fair amount of times...I love the song and the message behind it.

Hope spring has put a spring in your step already! If not, maybe one of these songs will!

05 April 2015

Confessions, Complaints, and Catching Up

Ramble On

  •  As you've probably noticed, I haven't been on here in a long time. 
  • Mostly because we recently welcomed into our home a stink of a puppy that has way too much energy for her own good. And mine. 
  • But, she looks great on Instagram. (@paisleytheshorkie)
  • paisley shorkie dog puppy cute 
  • My birthday was in February. The 28th to be exact. 
  • It was a bit lonesome because most of my friends are all off doing their own thing, but it did make me grateful for the friends and family who were thinking of me on that day!
  • I didn't even realize it was going to be Easter until yesterday. Holidays are starting to slip my mind so easily. Maybe that's what the candy is for? 
  • When that song "Mr. Brightside" by The Killers was really popular, I used to sing the verse "Jealousy, turning saints into the sea" as "CHELLLLSEA..." instead. Pretty sure I actually thought that's what Brandon Flowers was singing the first few times I heard it. 
  • I also might have had a bit of a crush. Probably the only guy I ever thought was cute who wore eyeliner. Besides Adam Brody's character in Jennifer's Body.
  • adam brody eyeliner 
  • My neurologist wants me to think about possibly having a vagus nerve stimulator (VNS) put in for my seizure activity. I'm still confounded by the thought alone, much less the decision. 
  • Found out my new neighbor has a dog named Bodie. My other neighbor has a dog named Odie. Chaos ensues when one of the dogs is called for. 
  • I love coming across random movies that have Gretchen Wieners in them. I really hope you know who Gretchen Wieners is...
  • It's been nothing but rainy days here lately. Rainy days are not kind to me, nor to my joints. 
  • Now I want to go watch Mean Girls, eat gelato, and relax. 
  • I hope to keep this blog updated as regularly as I can! :)

23 February 2015

Sister India by Peggy Payne: Book Review & Giveaway

sister india book peggy payne 

Reading Sister India by Peggy Payne is like going on a vacation. That is, a quirky vacation that you can't quite come back from.

If you're expecting something like Eat, Pray, Love...well, then I would stay away from this pick! However, that's not to say you should stray from this book altogether. In fact, I found Sister India to be extremely refreshing. I don't know about you, but for me, that's something I find important when scanning for a book to read. 

Peggy Payne's well-written book easily captured my attention the whole way through. We tend to say that phrase a lot, and it isn't always true, but this adventurous, mysterious book with great great great characters is guaranteed to entice you from the beginning. Trust me; you'll see. 

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

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15 February 2015

Where's That Girl?

I know I haven't been gone too terribly long from my blog, but I do know I won't be back too terribly soon.

There has been some grief surrounding me, my family, and my friends recently. Loss is never easy to deal with, and it never gets any easier. My father especially has had a rough time as of late, and it has been challenging watching him try to get by and to try to understand what has happened. If you pray, I would really love for you to pray for my family right now.

On top of everything, we've all been incredibly ill. Which, you can imagine, is not going too well with me since I'm already sick.

I'll still be on twitter every now and then, and my e-mail is always open, but I do not know when I'll actually get back to my blogging schedule. There's just been a cloud of depression hanging above my head lately.

I will say I've had one good thing happen: we got a pup.
Her name is Paisley, she's adorable, and she's half Yorkie/half Shih Tzu.
I'll leave you guys a picture of her cute face since this post has been nothing but sadness. She will alleviate all of that, trust me.

shorkie pup puppy yoshi paisley