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.
REC is movie about a reporter and cameraman who go to a fire station overnight to see how it operates. They respond to a call and find themselves quarantined in an apartment complex, and they document the horrors that happen throughout the night. The ending takes a surprising and terrifying twist, making this a staple found footage horror film.
The Boy is a creepy horror movie that stars smart characters, which is the best kind. A woman becomes a nanny for a child she finds out is nothing more than a doll its “parents” treat like a living human. This is off-putting to her, of course, and when the parents leave, she neglects the doll, to her detriment. I really liked this movie, so give a watch if you’re into scary stuff.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
I wanted the remake of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre. There’s really nothing special here. Violence, hillbilly psychos, etc. You get the drift. I haven’t seen the original; maybe it’s scarier and more entertaining. One can hope.
The Witch is marketed as a horror movie, but it’s not really. An Amish family is cast from their village and takes to living on their own. But apparently there’s a temptress living in the woods who steals kids and returns them changed. The family, being religious, is terrified they’re cursed and being pursued by some demon. Things go awry, but the scares don’t really come in until the final scene. Still, it’s a good film I’d recommend. It’s different, at least.
Marina and the Diamonds
This magical pop artist is something else. Her voice is unusual, which only adds to her unique, upbeat, catchy melodies. Not all of her discography is great, but the good stuff is excellent. Check out Froot, I Am Not a Robot, and Oh No!
Phantogram released a new album, and it’s just as good as their old stuff. The male vocalist sings less, which is good, because his voice isn’t great. The song he does take the lead on, Barking Dogs, is excellent because it’s written to work with his voice. Check out You Don’t Get Me High Anymore and Calling All.
Gears of War 4
I reviewed Gears of War 4. Read it here.