I love scary movies. Prior to seeing Annabelle, one of my favorite scary movies was Th Conjuring, which was made by the same people who made Annabelle, so my expectations for Annabelle were pretty high. My girlfriend, also a huge fan of the horror genre, accompanied me on opening night and we both left the theater very impressed (and terrified) by the movie. Multiple times throughout the movie, we were grabbing each other in suspense and a general feeling that something bad was about to happen. Seeing enough scary movies like we have, we know when things will happen and usually even how, but that is why Annabelle was so great; there were many unexpected scares and even the expected ones came in uniquely delivered ways. Basically, I thought this movie was great, maybe the scariest movie I have ever seen, which is why I was shocked to read the review by the Claudia Puig in the USA Today magazine. She rated it half a star out of 4, and bashed the movie at about every turn. Reading through the critique, I found that i agreed with none of what she said. None of it at all. A couple of the more disagreeable points she made were 1) scary doll movies don’t need a back story, people just know that the dolls are evil. I would argue that the back story is very important, because why would we just assume a doll is haunted? I won’t spoil it but the way the doll becomes haunted is pretty good part of the movie too. 2) Several plot threads go nowhere, and slowly. This is actually partially agree with, but only the part about it developing slowly. Even that I would say slow isn’t the right word, I would say it is more suspenseful and they just build the suspense in a more well thought out way. Overall, her critique is her opinion but the platform she has will reach many people and could definitely affect many people that were on the fence about seeing the film. My advice is go see it and see if you agree with me or her. Below is a preview for the movie.
College Gameday is a very popular college football show shown every Saturday morning two hours before the opening kickoff. The show consists of analysts discussing the games and at the end they make predictions on the days games. This past weekend Katy Perry joined the College Gameday crew and she caused quite a ruckus.
She showed up right before the prediction portion of the show and made predictions with the hosts of the show. Not only did she do surprisingly well with her predictions (although her reasons were suspect) but she brought quite a few props to add some flair to the show.
Perhaps the most outrageous thing she did on the show was proclaim that she was in love with Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight, telling him to “call her” and use that as her basis for picking Oklahoma to beat TCU. Some say she jinxed Oklahoma, causing Trevor Knight to be thinking more about Katy Perry than the game at hand, either way Oklahoma ended up winning the game.
Katy also brought a bunch of corn dogs to symbolize how Auburn was hungry to beat LSU…or something of that nature. She picked Notre Dame based on the gold helmets being stylish and “shiek”. She predicted Mississippi State would beat Texas A&M because they were from Mississippi, just like Ole Miss (the team she was supporting). The big game on Gameday was Ole Miss vs Alabama. This was a big deal for Ole Miss, because not only have they not started a season 5-0 in over 50 years, but they had never hosted College Gameday. Katy Perry had never been to a college football game, so the atmopshpere in this one was probably unreal. Having Gameday, Perry, and home field may be what pushed Ole Miss to beat Alabama. After the game the fans got crazy, taking the goalposts (one ended in front of a frathouse) and Katy Perry partied all night with the college kids. What a weekend for Ole Miss.
1. New Technologies are Taking Over by Ben St. Cyr
I found your blog to be interesting because I had recently heard that Apple was coming out with a smart watch. I am personally not an Apple person but I hold nothing against them. My first reaction was similar to yours and I really couldn’t think of a possible use for one. However after reading your blog and the attached article, I have done a complete 180. Most of the time when I check my phone, it is because I feel it vibrate in my pocket and I am curious to know what it could be about, and how important it is. The process of reaching in my pocket, checking, and potentially having to unlock and check, is tedious and even more so when in class. Simply being able to glance at a watch to find out what notification it could be would be so much more convenient. Is that convenience worth $350? That is a completely different story.