Forever (summertime)sadness

First things first, I’m back people! Sorry I’ve been on a hiatus for so long, I had to put my leisure activities on hold while I focused on my last year of undergrad. Now that I’ve successfully applied to grad school, I can start getting back to my life and the things I really enjoy

My first blog post of 2014 (a little late I might add, I know) is going to be about my passionate hate that all of you share or have shared. Tickets went on sale today to the general public for Lana Del Rey’s North American tour. Like a maniac, I tried to get my hands on some pre-sale tickets with no luck. Naturally I was even more stressed out when tickets went on sale today at 11am. I was primed and ready, and I even had a little help from my housemates just to score 2 tickets to her Toronto show.

I’ve never really had any problems purchasing concert tickets before from Ticketmaster and Live Nation, until today. I started refreshing the page at 10:59am like a crazy person and kept getting the same anxiety-inducing message saying that the tickets were in high demand. We tried for about 45 minutes until Ticketmaster locked our IP address accusing us of being scalpers

Whoops. Note to everyone buying high demand tickets, don’t get your friends to help you if you don’t want your IP address blocked temporarily by Ticketmaster. Sorry for being a super-crazed nut trying to secure 2 tickets. Thankfully, I had Ticketmaster up on my phone and was refreshing that page as well since 11am. High demand, high demand, high demand. Over and over again, like some sick merry-go-round ride with it’s riders chained to the circus animals. Long story short, 12pm hit and I never ended up getting through, and finally a messaged flashed saying sorry there were no tickets matching your search.

Literally me right now

Heartbroken, I’m not ashamed to admit I cried a little two hours later. Stubhub has balcony tickets starting at $150, when those tickets retail for $40. The big kicker; there are more than 1000 tickets on Stubhub available for her Toronto show with the most expensive seat selling for almost $10,000. That’s right $10,000.

I just wanted to say a big FUCK YOU to all of you dicks that purchased tickets for the show just to screw everyone over and sell your tickets at batshit crazy prices. We fans just want to attend to show to enjoy the experience, and listen to the artist we love live. Extortion is wrong, scalping tickets is wrong. The fact that all you assholes take advantage of fans is twisted, and I hope you burn in hell forever.

To the fans who did manage to get a ticket miraculously, I congratulate you and I’m overtly envious. Here’s hoping she adds another Toronto show to her lineup, because these ticket shenanigans are ridiculous

TLDR; Scalpers are dicks

I JUST WANTED YOU TO KNOW THAT BABY YOU’RE THE BEST

 

UPDATE: FUCK YOU TICKETMASTER, I’M SEEING MY MAIN BITCH THIS SUMMER

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True Love Exists

I’ve always believed in true love existing ever since I was little. This probably started because I watched Disney movies religiously (they were my drug). Reading about sentimental stories makes me tear up since I’m such a sap. I’m going to cry my eyes out at my own wedding, I just know it. The idea of true love just makes me so happy for other people. I thought I’d share with you Buzzfeed’s post on 25 pictures that will make you believe in true love to brighten your night.

The Conjuring Review

It’s rare for a horror movie to strike gold, but James Wan does it successfully. This was a genuinely good horror film for me. Poltergeist Insidious (also directed by James Wan) was a fan favourite for a lot of people, but it let me down in comparison to the brilliance that Dead Silence produced. Plus, dummies scare the shit out of me, so it was already a winner there….

The Conjuring is about a family of 7 that experiences supernatural events when they move into a new home. The family asks for the help of Ed and Lorraine Warren; played by the handsome Patrick Wilson, and the captivating Vera Farmiga, to cleanse their house and rid their lives of the strange occurences.

The ’70s vibe was a very ‘refreshing’ scene, and it was really cool to be immersed into that time period. The costumes and the sets were retro ’70s and added to the chill factor of the movie. The transitions to certain scenes were seamless, and the camera would flip upside down, and change the perspective to a completely different scene effortlessly. It was very cool to watch from an artistic view.

The cool thing about the movie is that Ed and Lorraine Warren were real people, and this was a true story. They talk about Annabelle (a possessed doll) in the beginning of the movie, and before I saw the Conjuring I remembered reading about Annabelle the doll in high school, and it scared the crap out of me. That’s probably where my fear of dolls started… Then I remembered why the names of Ed and Lorraine Warren were so familiar to me. The book I read is entitled The Demonologist and it follows the career of Ed and Lorraine. A big part of the book talks about Annabelle the doll, and the story behind Annabelle portrayed in the movie is how it’s explained in the book. James Wan consulted the real Lorraine Warren as well as the real Carolyn Perron (the mother of the family) and both women validate the true events that are portrayed in this film. Having read about the multiple supernatural cases that were mentioned in the film, before script was even written for The Conjuring, make me believe that there is complete truth to this.

The film is genuinely creepy, and one of the better horror movies I’ve seen recently, along with the film Sinister. Here’s a comparison of the actors and the real life people they play in the movie. This source also goes into the real story of The Perron Family. *Warning, this source contains spoilers for the movie*. See it here.

9/10

The Heat Review

This movie had like a 6.5 on imdb before it was released into theaters. Now, having been released, the movie increased to a 7.0. I have no idea why this movie had such a bad rating. Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock? Come on, that’s just the perfect setup for a great comedy. Also this movie brought back Paul Feig, the director of Bridesmaids.

I peed my pants laughing throughout this entire movie. It was hilarious start to finish. These two women are completely different, but are both equally hilarious. Bullock was more about the awkwardness, and McCarthy was wicked fast with her quips and one-liners. Apart from the brilliant acting, this buddy-cop movie had a great story to it to. Action-packed, with some surprises in the film, it’s hard for a comedy to focus on both. The movie that stuck out for me that was similar to this one was Rush Hour. The Heat was Rush Hour, with more swearing. I compare the two because both movies were able to be a hit with their comedy aspect, but at the same time not sacrifice the story.

A great team, a great story, an even better comedy, this movie does not disappoint. If anything it’s surprising since I was expecting it to be mediocre because of the bad imdb rating. Hey it was good enough for a sequel to be announced.

7.5/10

Monsters University Review

Being a huge fan of Monsters Inc, of course I had to see the prequel in theaters. Pixar does it again, seemingly never-failing with sequels of already loved films. Monsters University was the first Pixar prequel, and a great look into how Sulley and Mike came to be who they are.

I was 10 years old when Monsters Inc came out, and now being in university, I feel like the prequel was targeted towards our generation. I feel like the idea grew with us, much like the Toy Story trilogy. While the first movie was centered around Sulley, MU was centered around Mike this time.

Sadly I feel this movie was missing the aspect of Boo, but of course she wasn’t born yet! You’ll enjoy some old faces, and see some easter eggs from the first movie if you’re really paying attention (keep your eye out for George Sanderson – who attends MU and is part of the Jox fraternity) It takes place at Monsters University and tells the story about how Mike and Sulley became friends, and got their start at Monsters Inc.

This one was full of family fun, and I found it genuinely funny for being 21 years old. You’ll love it if you’re a Pixar fan, especially if you loved Monsters Inc.

8/10

Man of Steel Review

I’m not a huge Superman fan, and to be honest, I didn’t really know much about his character. Before going into this movie, I heard that the critic reviews tore it up. Naturally I had low expectations, especially since I wasn’t really on the Superman bandwagon. The one thing that I can say is that I absolutely loved Man of Steel.

One thing that the critics hated was Zack Snyder’s direction. I don’t know why, I thought the cinematics were brilliant. I also loved Sucker Punch and thought the scenes were beautifully shot. He also directed 300, Watchmen, as well as Dawn of the Dead, so he’s no director to mess with. The fight scenes in Man of Steel were delicious to watch, and the speed of the fight scenes didn’t make your head spin. The pacing of the movie was very well-balanced, and not focused on 20 minute fight scenes (Cough…Transformers…). The soundtrack was also thrilling, a no-brainer considering it was composed by the extraordinary Hans Zimmer (The Lion King, The Batman Trilogy, Inception – just to name a few….)

Amy Adams made Lois Lane seem less damsel in distress, and more strong, independent woman. The only complaint I have is about her character development of her relationship with Superman. There wasn’t enough time to build their relationship and I feel like they rushed through it. It was as if they just met and the next minute they were already kissing. There was no build-up to appreciate, so it was a little of a let down because you expected them to get together anyway. Kevin Costner really stuck out for me as Johnathan Kent, considering he did not have a huge role in this film.

Also, Henry Cavill, where have you been all my life? His muscles are real, not CGI. His beautiful, beautiful body is completely real. What am I talking about?

Can we just appreciate this for a moment

Charming as Clark, and kick-ass as Superman, he was the perfect mix of gorgeous and relentless faith in human nature. His film credentials are small right now, but after Man of Steel, his career is going to skyrocket. Who can resist that mesmerizing smile of his? Oh yeah, and Cavill’s European.

One more for good measure

Man of Steel is a great crowd-pleaser, despite what critics say. I mean they’re called critics for a reason I guess? From an outside perspective, someone who’s not familiar with the origins of Superman, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

8.5/10

Wow, I’ve Been MIA For a While…

An update on my life!

I haven’t posted anything in a while, because I’ve been too busy training for my new summer job. I finally got hired at Casey’s as a waitress. Yay! I’m all done training now, so I can now return to putting more effort into blogging.

In light of my new summer employment, here’s a comic posted on The Oatmeal about farting waitresses. It’s quite hilarious. You can find the comic here.