Monday, September 4, 2017

Three Tips for Surviving a Horror Movie

Horror movies are a special genre of movie because they can scare the heck out of you yet they’re still fun to watch. But watching a horror movie for the first few times, or getting back into them, can be frightening for days on end.

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However, there are things you can do to prepare yourself and enjoy the watching experience. Here are some of those:
Read about the movie before you watch it
Read about the movie just so you know what it’s about. You can also read reviews to know what others think of it. If you don’t mind spoilers, you can read the synopsis of it. For some, knowing what will happen reduces the fear but not the thrill. Decide whether or not you want to watch it based on what you’ve read. If you feel you can’t, then skip it and maybe watch it later when you get used to watching suspenseful films.
Go to the bathroom before starting the movie
Especially if it’s at night, you may not want to wander the halls alone so make sure you empty that bladder.
Watch it with someone else
Especially if it’s really scary, never watch a horror movie alone. Watch it with people like your family members or friends.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Rogue One Breathes New life into the Star Wars Universe

Who would have thought that this side-story of a prequel would rekindle the faith of fans in the Star Wars franchise? The positive and even rave reviews came out of leftfield, but it shouldn’t be a surprise now. Let’s look at why Rogue One is as good as advertised.

Let’s face it: before the current trilogy was announced, many solid fans were harboring much disappointment with how episodes one to three had turned out. While the cinematics and overall visual aspect were much better, the characters looked fake; the heavy indulgence in CGI left viewers feeling like they watched a video game. Even familiar characters came across as odd, even flat. The Phantom Menace did much in menacing the fan base, and Attack of the Clones made it worse.

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But Rogue One, riding the coattails of The Force Awakens (2015), ensured that respective directors J.J. Abrams and Gareth Edward’s take on the franchise should be taken seriously, and with much fanfare. Much has been said about the former, but Rogue One surely is the new fan favorite.

While we wait for the new trilogy to be realized, Rogue One succeeds in reminding us why we love the franchise in the first place. Real and relatable characters, a grand ambition, awesome fight scenes, and none of that mushy love story arc that would have weakened the plot greatly.

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And it’s not because the movie ended badly for our heroes; we all knew it would. It’s more because we felt sincerely bad for their plight as though we didn’t know.

High-quality films, such as Star Wars, Reservoir Dogs, Blade Runner, and The Godfather, are some of the projects that helped me realize my love and passion for filmmaking. I’m David Berkowitz of Chicago, a production designer for an indie film production company. Do visit my blog for more articles..