Monday, May 17, 2010

Super Secret Trailer Man!

I preface this blog with some background information about myself and William, my hubby-to-be/baby’s daddy. We met at a large national movie theater chain we both worked at. I quit. He stayed. He’s now a theater manager.


There…that done…I can continue…

While working at my second job (which is at popular shoe store) a week or so ago, William texted me telling me he had finally seen the surprise trailer for the J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg movie. No one knew the title of it at the time. There was nothing on the build up sheet (that’s a list of trailers that have to go on certain movies) that said it need to be added to Iron Man 2 trailer pack. It was just thrown in the can that the film came in. So they went ahead and added the trailer to the film (yes. 35mm film. It's still there). The trailer starts. It’s the late 1970’s. A train is leaving Area 51. Train crashes and a big monster escapes! The movie title: Super 8.

That’s it. That’s the super secret trailer that apperently upstaged Iron Man 2 and had nerds like myself and William in a tizzy.

I tried to search for the plot of the movie but it too apparently is a secret. This is all I got from my Google search: “In 1979, the U.S. Air Force closed a section of Area 51. All the materials were to be a transported to a secure facility in Ohio.” (www.nydailynews.com)

I love movies that are mysterious…but really? Mr. Abrams. Mr. Spielberg. Movie. Huddle up. Cause we need to talk. Now, don’t get me wrong. I love a great trailer that’s mysterious and ominous. But really?! That sort of trailer doesn’t make me excited about wanting to see a movie, it makes me furious! I need a little more bait for me to take the hook (and that’s not just because I’m pregnant). Maybe my high fluctuant B.A. Liberal Arts degree in English makes me over analyze and pick things apart and try to find the hidden meaning. Some times it’s a big pain the butt being related to me or being my friend because I will dissect everything little piece of movie, music, TV, book, whatever and sometimes I tend to ruin things.

Now, I totally believe that we (and by we, I mean a majority of Americans) have become so use to being fed what a movie is and what it should be and here’s the plot and yum yum gobble it up! And I understand that maybe Abrams and Spielberg are merely trying to make the viewing audience want more. Hell, that’s why it’s a teaser trailer, and it might be just me, but I feel this trailer just a little pretentious. The Star Trek trailer, great. Cloverfield trailer, a movie I didn’t see and one I really don’t care if I ever see, was decent. Though we didn’t see much, we saw what was important: The starship Enterprise being built (still pissed that scene wasn’t in the movie! I hate that! Why show me a scene that is awesome and then not put it in the movie?! Another blog…). We the saw point of view people having a kick ass time, and then all of Hades breaking loose. You had a good idea what these movies were going to be about, and there was still the mystery. And, the movie doesn’t come out till next summer. What?! Ugh. Stupid!


You know, this blog was supposed to be about prequels. You know, how everyone thinks this is some Cloverfield 2 or some kind of prequel to that movie. Looks like I got way off track. That’s okay. Next blog.


Candace : )

Friday, May 7, 2010

Oh...Travel Channel and your ghost hunting programs!!

I'm so happy I didn't have to work at Payless tonight. Why? Well because Friday nights is when Travel Channel busts out their ghost hunting programs: America's Ghost Adventures and Britian's Most Haunted. Now, I am a slight believer in the ghosts. I mean, there's always a possiblity. I have great respect for all things spiritual things because you never know what you could piss off. One of the reasons why I chose to stay away from cemetaries and oujia boards. You never know what you might let in. I guess I'd rather play it safe than end up looking like a crazy person talking about how there's a ghost in my apartment.

But what is so great about these two ghost shows? I mean, there are a ton of them now! SyFy has Ghost Hunters and Ghost Hunters Academy (which I'm totally pissed off that this stupid name spelling change. Totally a different blog); Discovery Channel has A Haunting and Ghost Lab; A&E has Paranormal State, Pyschic Kids, and Ghost Cops. So what makes Travel Channel's ghostly shows stand out? Well, they are both the type of show that makes you giggle at the hosts, who are way over the top and over dramatic, and sometimes they actually catch some stuff that is a little creepy.

Ghost Adverntures is something that I have sorta gotten into over the past year. I think it has something to do with the head host, Zak Bagans. My soon-to-be-husband does this total awesome parody of this guy that includes saying "Dude! The ghost is over there!" and then flexs his muscles and points in any given direction. Nick Groff tries really hard to keep up with Zak but simply lacks the body mass. Aaron Goodwin, well he just seems to their little ghost bait gimp. Poor guy. So all three of these guys combined make for pretty entertaining televsion. OH! But the best part? They have all these crazy gadets! My favorite is the Lawnmower Man Virtual Reality goggles that have a infered and a control that has a database of words that the spirit can use to communicate with these three ghost hunters. I know what you're thinking. You know what? Even a great ficition writer can't make this shit up. I saw it several times on TV and it's amazing. Truely and utterly amazing. And I love how they are so adiment that it's a functioning scientific device. Love it! Don't get me wrong: they have pulled some really compelling stuff with it and it can be creepy with that 8 bit computer voice. Oh! It's totally fabulous! I just love how me and my husband to be get into little spats during the show and how he always ends the spat with "Well, maybe he needs a tighter tshirt to find the ghosts!" I love my honey. :)


Aaron Goodwin, Zak Bagans, Nick Graff

The other awesome show is Britian's Most Haunted. Holy shit where the hell do I start on little nugget? First: lets start off with that it's a British TV show. Those dialects are just so amazing. Anything they say sounds super fascinating. You're instantly sucked in by Yvette Fielding and her Hot Topic goth trench coat and her bleach blond hair and her racoon black eyeliner. Then, from the moment the show starts there's instant paranormal activity. I guess the ghosts of England love this lady and her jumpy, whinny film crew. Then they parade around the pyschic. Oh...my bad: the medium. Lately they've been using this one guy who is well, kind of borning. Short little round Scots men with salt and pepper hair. And I'm not bashing him. It's just a description. I mean, I'm a short round Scots/German. But I'm a little extra round due to pregnancy. But what makes the show so awesome to watch is the old castles and manners they visit in U.K. They are unbelievable! America does have cool old shit like England. We dont have 15th Century castles! But the best...the best part of the show: every single person who particpates on this show loses their shit every five minutes. Amazing. I mean, I enjoy a good scare every now and then but these peopele seem to want to insite a freaking heart attack! Yeah. Pure awesomeness.
Yvette Fielding


So, I know they're are going to be people who say "Oh. Those shows are so fake!" or "Those shows are total B.S!" or "Zak really needs to wear shirts that actually fit him, and not suffocate him and his muscles." But what's wrong in just enjoying a show for the ridiculous factor? All those ghost hunting shows are fake on some level. And it's not about whether you are a believer or if you are a skeptic, I think people just don't know how to sit back and simply enjoy a good spooky TV show. In the words of the Mystery Science Theather 3000 theme song "It's just a TV show, you should really just relax."

Thursday, May 6, 2010

*tap* *tap* Hello? This thing on?!

Hola one and all out in blogger land. I've decided to give this blogging thing a serious try. Anyway, I have to get ready for my second job right now. But I promise! You will totally get some lovely Nerdy Girl ramblings sometime later on.

Until later darlings!
Candace