Creativity is one of the most important things a human being can express. It’s good for our brains, our hearts, and our souls. It allows people to explore themselves and others in a deep way, something introspection and discussion can’t always do. When consuming others’ creative works, you’re getting a piece of who they are as a person, whether they wanted or intended that or not.
Creativity allows us to function as a society. We’re not merely surviving—we’re living, hour to hour and day to day. How we spend our time digesting others’ creative works—whether that’s a movie, a novel, or a collection of poems—is important to how we grow as people and a community of human beings. I hope reading about the creative content I enjoy (or don’t) gets your creative juices flowing and inspires you to make something great and uniquely your own. At the very least maybe you’ll discover something new you might be interested in.
Shaun of the Dead
We’ve all seen this movie by now, right? What’s so great about this comedy zombie flick are the jokes so subtle that you catch a new one every time you watch the movie. Shaun of the Dead has a perfect blend of hilarity and touching moments, and I can’t recommend it enough. Definitely my favorite zombie movie. If by some stroke of misfortune you haven’t seen Shaun of the Dead, drop everything and check it out now.
The Bay isn’t really a horror movie, but it’s terrifying all the same. It’s about a small coastal town that’s decimated by an unknown parasite, and the whole story is documented by an amateur newscaster getting her big break. It’s scary because even though you know watching it that it’s fiction, its plausibility makes it seem completely realistic. I won’t spoil what the parasite is or how it infected a town because The Bay is worth a watch.
This is a Scottish (I think) horror movie about a guy who witnesses his wife’s murder and obsesses trying to figure out who did it. It’s a mix of paranormal and psychological horror because it’s never really clear if he actually saw his wife being killed by some demon he believes is haunting his family or if it was an accident (he was drunk when it happened). The main character’s descent into madness as he desperately tries to prove that a ghost killed his wife makes you question his sanity right up until the end. Though it had tense moments, it’s not exactly scary, but the above average story (for a horror movie, anyway) makes up for that.
The Houses October Built
I spent two weeks visiting nearly a dozen haunted houses for an article I wrote my local paper this month. It’s a good thing I did that before watching The Houses October Built because the movie revolves around the idea that there are extreme haunted houses out there where actors torture or even kill those crazy enough to seek them out. There’s no paranormal stuff in this movie—just regular psychos that go too far, and that’s what makes it so frightening. The ending sucked (they always do), but it’s a decent enough found footage horror flick.
This indie rock band quickly became a favorite after the release of their nearly flawless album Hello Hum. Their first two albums are shaky, but Hello Hum features track after track of catchy songs you can’t wait to learn the words to so you can sing along. I recommend Hum, Drunk on Aluminum, and Resuscitate, but really, all of Hello Hum is worth a listen.
Ratchet and Clank Collection
A wave of nostalgia hit me this week, and I decided I just had to play through the original Ratchet and Clank games on PS2. I found the Ratchet and Clank Collection consisting of the first three games for only twenty bucks and grabbed it. I must’ve played through the second game, Going Commando, at least fifteen times as a kid. Now that I’m already on the third game (I Platinum’d the first two in just a couple days), I think I’ll keep the trend going and get the next game in the series available on the PS3. I know my PlayStation could use the attention.