27 October 2014

Short Cut

After like three months of wanting to get my haircut, I finally got it cut last week. I had just had enough of the length. It took me ten minutes to brush it out the day before, so it had to go. My mom and the hairdresser kept asking me if I was sure and I'm just like "yes! Chop it off!" So I now have the cut-off ponytail sitting in a ziplock bag in my dresser, waiting to be donated. I do hope that they can use my hair. I did dye it once, 7-8 years ago, but I've chopped off all my hair a few times since then, so it should be all gone. Anyways, so my hair now looks like a mix of Audrey Plaza and Kiko Mizuhara, which is cool. It feels so much healthier, though it seems to be coming out more than it should, but hopefully it's just stress and not actual balding (though the hairdresser did tell me that I should switch up the way I part my hair on a regular basis, because it is thin on the sides).

The Remarking Dead 5.3 (contains spoilers)


2. Having to explain the science of zombies to my mother yet again.

3. "Oh, everyone is already infected? I though they had to get bit to turn into a walker..."

4. She's also convinced that Judith hasn't cried until this episode.

5. I half expected everyone to yawn when Father Gabriel finally revealed his big secret...

6. After everything they've done...

7. Everything we've seen...

8. The big reveal is a big coward.

9. The giant bloody "A" was never explained, was it? Or am I totally missing something?

10. But then the violence.

11. Well, Rick did promise.

12. Still expected Gareth to last longer than three (or technically four) episodes.

13. At least that guy Martin is finally dead.

14. Maggie, Glen, and Tara's faces.

15. No wonder they volunteered to go to Washington.

16. Shoot, I'd volunteer too.

17. Jokes, I go where Darryl goes.

18. Though how well did that work out for Carol (not to mention Beth)?

19. The big question now is who was with him at the end.

20. "Hey, come on out..."

21. Sounds like he's either talking to a kid or a stranger.

22. My thoughts: he and Carol caught up with the other car, a scuffle ensued, Darryl saved the kidnapped person (likely a child/teenager), but they got Carol.

23. Trying to think if there's anyone from the past who could re-appear (besides Morgan), but can't think of anyone.

24. It's just a long trail of death.

25. Seriously, everywhere they go, basically everyone dies except the group (or at least the majority of the group).

26. RIP Bob.

27. At least you leave us in a better way than you come in.

28. Now to see what Beth's been up to!

29. Is it someone doing experiments?

30. Why was there a battery in the clock?


Also, AHS: Freakshow

Wednesday's episode (aka Halloween Part 1) was much better than the previous episodes, though I'm not sure if it's because the various plots are picking up or because of Wes Bentley. I'm pretty sure it's the latter. When the freakshow performers initially started talking about the Halloween-curse, I though it was gonna be some lame thing, because they weren't doing a particularly good job of selling it (oh, and the reference to the movie Freaks? I'm sure they've been itching to do that since ep. 1). But as they delved further into it, it became more interesting, and Wes and Kathy Bates handled the scenes wonderfully. They way the ended the episode makes me excited for the next one, which is the first time they've managed to do that this season.

20 October 2014

The Remarking Dead 5.2 (contains spoilers)

1. Rewatched 5.1: Darryl's lip-trembling at the end.

2. What up with Rick's eyebrows?

3. Seriously, have they always been grey?

4. Michonne doesn't miss her sword, but I do.

5. But where's Beth?

6. Carol ain't having none of this happiness.

7. But where's Beth?

8. Why so sad Bob? Is it because your name is Bob?

9. Or because your name isn't Bob?

10. Still think he's hiding something. He's the kind of sketchy who tries really hard not to be sketchy.

11. But where's Beth?

12. Bob-e-q.

13. They enjoyed it too much.

14. But it's not from Starbucks, Gareth.

15. But I guess it's organic?

16. And you caught it yourself, so, local?

17. Is Gareth cute?

18. Or is it like how people are attracted to serial killers and stuff?

19. Still doesn't compare to Glen or Darryl.

20. Mmmm, Darryl.

15 October 2014

The Walking Freakshow

Last week was an exciting week for people whose lives revolve around the spirit of Halloween: the new seasons of American Horror Story and The Walking Dead premiered on Wednesday and Sunday, respectively, and while one was absolutely phenomenal, the other was disappointing.

I actually wasn't surprised that I was bored by AHS: Freakshow. As a lover of all things witchy, I knew I was inevitably going to be let down by the previous season, Coven, and, after being quite underwhelmed by that whole season, I had no reason to assume that my feelings would change with this season. I know we're only one episode in, and I shouldn't jump to conclusions, but so far, in my opinion, Freakshow seems to be have the same problems as Coven. Firstly, I hate the time period they choose for it (ie: 1952). I get that the point is that freakshows are no longer popular and so Elsa and her crew will do whatever it takes to survive, blah blah blah, but, in terms of costumes and sets, it's sooo boring! If they would have set it earlier, like pre-World War One, they could have had a steampunk style, which would have suited the freakshow theme (as well as the dark tone) so much better. So far, the only styling that I like is that of the Clown and Bet and Dot.

Secondly, as with Coven, they're playing all their cards a bit too quickly. By which I mean, too many characters are introduced too quickly, and their story lines all seem too obvious. Like, with Murder House and Asylum, you had no idea about how the characters would progress through the season or where they would end up in the end. With Coven, because the characters were more stereotypical, you could tell pretty quickly what would happen to them. I feel the same way about most of the characters in Freakshow. The bulk of them just fall really flat, without any mystery of depth to them. The exceptions to that are Bet, Dot, and the Clown, who, in my opinion, should have been the entire focus of the first episode. The Freakshow should have been revealed to the audience totally through Bet and Dot's perspectives. Other characters could be introduced, but very little information should have been provided about them. It would have made sense to enter the Freakshow as an outsider (ie: like Bet and Dot) because for all intents and purposes that what the audience is. For us to experience the magic and mystery and horror we cannot know all the details. I would have kept background information about Elsa to a minimum - though, actually, I would have made her character totally different from what she is anyways (unless she turns out to be a con-woman, and if that is the case, well played). Her story is a little too familiar (see the musical Gypsy) and so far I'm just not into it. (And the singing. Ugh. I know some people really loved the Bowie cover, and are excited about the rumoured Lana cover, but I intensely disliked it. Not just the fact that the song is from a completely different time period, but also the way they edited the scene. It was impossible to tell whether it was actually happening or if Elsa was imagining it all or some combination of the two. And that the shots of what was happening on the stage were wildly different from one another - like sometimes there were acrobats, sometimes Bet and Dot were there, sometimes Elsa was alone - how are we supposed to make sense of that?)  I am very excited about the Clown, though. They have achieved excellent creepiness with that. 

I feel like I had more to say about it but I don't remember. It was only the first episode, anyways, so my opinion of it may very well change.

In complete contrast to AHS, the season premier of The Walking Dead was fantastic! Just so, so good. I completely agree with what Chris Hardwick said on The Talking Dead: that this was the most satisfying season premier ever. There's actually nothing that I would change about it. From the whack-and-slash opening to Rick's moment with the Terminus sign at the end, everything was perfect. (Okay, I have been anxiously awaiting the continuation of Beth's story line, but obviously they couldn't have dealt with that as well as the situation at Terminus within the space of an hour, so it's best that they have separate episodes.) I honestly thought that there would be a solid episode of them all being locked up and trying to figure out how to get out, so it was a pleasant surprise to see how quickly they moved out of the metal box and right into the action. I don't know how much I can say on here because I don't want to spoil it for anyone who may be reading this, but it really was both horrifying and gratifying. Honestly, I hadn't been this anxious for any of the characters since the whole thing with Hershel (though the stuff that went down with the biker gang was nerve-wracking too, it was more of a "how is Rick gonna get them out of this" situation, as opposed to the whack-and-slash of the season 5 premier, where, even though I had seen enough previews to know...certain things about individual character survival, I was seriously wondering if any of the characters involved would make it out alive). Just such a great episode. Even just the little things, like how the walkers were treated more as allies against the threat of the "Termites," was really clever. And Carol! Oh, awesome Carol! She was a goddess in this episode. It's amazing to think of how much her character has developed throughout the series. Some characters have been fairly consistent (ex: Maggie hasn't changed much, Hershel, Dale). Some characters change a bit (ex: Glen and Darryl) or more gets revealed about them so that the audience's understanding of them changes (ex: Michonne). But then there are the characters who have gone on total journeys of self-discovery, like how Rick has gone from Officer Friendly to insanity to a happy balance. Carol falls into the latter category. She had a rough life before the apocalypse and then things get even worse, but she didn't give up. She just keeps fighting through everything. It's been wonderful to watch, and I'm looking forward to seeing how she and the other characters continue to develop through this season. 

11 October 2014

Nuit Blanche 2014

So, last Saturday night/Sunday morning (ie: Oct 4th-5th) was Nuit Blanche, a free all-night art festival in downtown Toronto, and after many years of wanting to go, I finally attended! That's me in the picture with the Walk among Worlds installation by Maximo Gonzalez. It was 7,000 globe-print beach balls assembled kinda like a gazebo in the trees. The lights illuminating the globes would change from the regular lighting to blue lighting and then to red lighting. It was soooo cool and magical, especially when you just turn a corner and off in the distance you see some bright lights and as you get closer in looks like a fairy garden.

Unfortunately, I don't really have much to say about the whole event. There were a ton of people there - literally over a million people - and everyone was sort of wandering aimlessly through the streets looking for art. (Sections of Queen Street and Spadina were closed to traffic, so we could all walk in relative safety.) I did have a map of the event, but being only marginally familiar with the area, it was hard to find stuff. On top of that, the group of people I started the evening with consisted of my friend, her girlfriend, and her girlfriend's family, the latter of whom were generally not into the whole contemporary art scene, and my friend's gf is even worse with crowds than me, so it was rough sailing for a while. Plus my friend had messed up her back the night before, so you could say we were all fairly unprepared for what awaited us.

I had a whole list of installations that I wanted to see - there was a group of them based on The Night Circus, which is one of my favourite books, but we didn't end up seeing any of those. (Particularly wanted to see but didn't was an animatronic fortune teller. And there were a ton of interactive installations that looked really cool too.) Apart from a few video installations, which could be better suited so that you can watch them while waiting in line for something else, we saw five installations: the above Walk among Worlds, AMAZE (which was sort of a maze made out of gaze and light), Global Rainbow (a large rainbow of light emitted from the CN Tower, hovering over the whole event), Gap Ecology (big construction cranes with plants at the top), and a graffiti thing whose name I can't remember. We also saw several Screaming Booths (big yellow soundproof booths that you can enter and make noise inside) but we didn't go in any. We didn't feel like waiting in line to scream in a box, haha. Oh, yes, the lines. With all the people, it was a task just to find the lines. For AMAZE, the line moved quickly - it only took around ten minutes to get in. For Walk among Worlds, we waited about half an hour, but I'd say it was worth it. (I even told my friend that I wasn't going home until we saw the globes, so she agreed to stand in line.)

We also got to participate in an "independent project": a glasses store was inviting people inside to take Polaroids while wearing large-frame glasses. They then put the Polaroids in their window, to be on display for a month. They were also serving free hot chocolate. It was just a small, random thing, but it was actually fun because it was more spontaneous and random. Like a special little thing that you didn't expect to happen. 

So would I go again next year? Yes. But I would be more prepared. Only go with people who for sure want to be there. Research the installations ahead of time, and get everyone's input on what the must-see installations should be. Flexibility is important too. Oh, and dress for the weather.

Nuit Blanche gets more popular every year, although according to some the art itself isn't of as high a quality as it used to be. But hey, apart from gas and parking, it's a free night downtown! There's so much energy in the air and so many people to look at (hipsters are so much fun to watch!), and, I don't know, it's nice to feel young and cool in the city.