Thursday, September 16, 2010

Black Swan

Hi everyone,

It's been a while since I've been able to write, I've just been super busy with school. I can't wait for the weekend to start again! I wanted to write up a quick post because I saw a trailer of a movie titled Black Swan and it looks amazing!

Check it out:

Doesn't it look really good?? It comes out in December in the US, and I'll be in Europe in December with my boyfriend so I won't get to watch it at theaters. I'll rent it when it comes out though, or maybe they'll have an early screening of the movie before December. Either way it looks like it'll be a fantastic movie and I can't wait to see it :)

Bye bye


Thursday, September 9, 2010

Nutrition and what's out there?

Hi everyone :)

     Thank God it Thursday and I don't have school anymore for this week! I'll still be very busy since I have tests coming up next week, just now I finished reading a chapter from my nutrition class. Really interesting stuff, very informative. I'm working to improve mine and my family's diet with the things I learn. I'll share a fact I learned with you all, maybe you can all work for better nutrition as well ;). Yogurt is good.. eat it! The probiotics ( beneficial microorganism) in yogurt can alleviate common digestive disorders ( constipation, ulcers ect.) and even protect from colon cancer!
I'm not going to lie, I really used to dislike the taste of yogurt. Only recently have Ive gotten used to eating it. If you don't necessarily like the taste of yogurt, you can add fruits like in the picture.

 It can't be all work and no play this weekend of course, so I'm thinking going to the movies but I don't really know what to watch. Here I'll make a list of the possible candidates:

1. The Switch

 This movie looks really cute and funny. This can be a good movie to relax and laugh to during the weekend for fun, I'm definitely in the mood for a comedy. Number one option for me right now!

2.The Last Exorcism

I have a feeling this is going to be a flop, like most exorcism movies after the original The Exorcist (1973). I like scary movies though, gets the adrenaline going. I'll see this if my friends choose it, but I don't think I'll choose it for myself.

3. Machete

From the trailer it seems to be another violent, action filled, revenge story. Nothing I haven't seen before, but it might be entertaining at least.

4. The Other Guys

No thank you. I can't stand Will Ferrel.

5. Going the Distance

Romantic comedy about a long distance romance. Seems like a good date movie.

6.Resident Evil: Afterlife

Could be fun to watch. I highly doubt a masterpiece though :P just another summer action flick.

Those are some of the movies that are available for this weekend, and I'm definitely going for The Switch as my number 1 option. If I go i'll let you all know what my friends and I saw :)

Hope you enjoyed reading


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) review and a long weekend

Hello :)

I haven't been able to write for the past few days because I've been busy. I had a great long weekend, Saturday I went to see my cousin's new baby girl, she was so beautiful! Sunday my friends and I celebrated our friend's 21st birthday and it was a blast! We took him to his favorite wings restaurant then we hung out at one of our houses  singing karaoke and having a good time.

Me and my best friend singing " Your my best friend" by Queen :D



For this post I'll be writing a movie I recently saw titled " One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" released in 1975 and based off the novel by Ken Kesey. A brief summary: Jack Nicholson plays Randle Patrick Murphy, a prisoner. who is sent to a mental institution to be evaluated due his involvement in fights at jail. Murphy shows no signs mental illness, and they suspect he wanted to go to pass the time in the mental institution instead of jail.

Here is the trailer! :

     One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is considered by many an American Classic and it won five Academy Awards. I didn't know of its popularity when I decided to watch it, I chose to watch it because of Jack Nicholson, gotta love him he is such an outstanding actor! This movie is no exception for him, he was perfect for the role and really delivered. His character is definitely a difficult person; he is causes a mess, he is violent and has little regard for rules and authority. Yet, he is one of the few people who sees the patients in the hospital as more than "crazy" people and works to bring the morale up in the men. He also makes it his mission to make the staff's job impossible, picking up fights and rebelling against Nurse Ratched's strict rules. Murphy's active and optimistic personality really contrast against the sterile and depressing environment.
     I think one of the most important things about the story is that it shows how mental institutions back in the day caused more harm than good to the patients, and more importantly how a healthy person can be diagnosed "crazy" and be hidden away in a mental institution.It definitely had me looking at psychiatry more cautiously. While I thought Murphy did great showing us the negative aspects of a mental institution, I felt that with everything going on, one didn't really get to connect with him and he remained a character that wasn't that likable. I don't want to say much else as I don't want to spoil anything, but I will say that I enjoyed the movie and I recommend it! Let me also recommend " Girl Interrupted" to people who liked this movie, I thought that was another excellent movie concerning mental institutions.

Rating: 4 stars!

I hope you all enjoyed this post :) and of course let me know what are your thoughts on this movie!


Thursday, September 2, 2010

Splice (2009)

Thank God it's THURSDAY! :D No more school for the week, and it's a long weekend! Happy early Labor Day ;)  I really need this long weekend, I had such a busy week. Wednesday I had two labs, and in my anatomy lab we got to work with a cadaver ( I was so nervous and scared, but most of it was covered), so while it was an interesting day it was a long day nevertheless . This long weekend my friends and I are celebrating a birthday , so I'm definitely looking forward to that.

So this post will be about the movie titled Splice, which I saw recently with my boyfriend. The movie was released in the US in 2010 and was filmed in Canada. Here is the trailer!

Now.. I have to say the trailer did not prepare me for how weird and often disturbing this movie was. Aside from that, the movie was definitely interesting and thought provoking. This is a sci-fi horror, and the main idea is these two scientist ( a couple) ( Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley) who work in a laboratory splicing DNA from different animals to created hybrids. The main purpose of creating the hybrids is to extract proteins of out them to be used in medicine. Everything is all right with their work until they get too ambitious. They want to make a hybrid with human DNA, as they believe it is the next step in creating medicine, but of course the company funding the research gives them a bit fat no. So what do they do? They do it behind their backs of course.

Here we see a clip of when Dren the human hybrid is born.:

     As we see in the trailer, this experiment gives birth to a hybrid human (Dren) with characteristics of other animals. I will not go further into the movie as I don't want to give away any spoilers, but I will say that up this point in the movie it's very interesting. Genetics is very interesting and this movie is almost foreshadowing what may be in store for us in the future of science. To me personally, the movie starts getting bizarre in the end. Warning: the movie was strong sexuality and of course there is the whole hybrid business which might make some people uncomfortable. If neither of those things bother you, then you might enjoy the movie as it is very unique. So I can say I enjoyed the movie, it was only the last 30 minutes or so that I found very weird,  and if you see the movie you will know what I mean by that.

Splicing: For those that don't know what splicing is , I read into it a bit to be able to explain it. To simplify it, DNA is "cut" with a restriction enzyme ( the "scissors") , these restriction enzymes will recognize a specific DNA sequence and "cut" it out leaving a space in which scientists can add any sequence they wish and with a ligase enzyme it's all put together. ( Here is a good website if you want to read more on it:

Overall, I'm not a huge fan of sci-fi but this was interesting. I also think Adrien Brody is a great actor, even though after The Pianist ( great movie!) he has chosen some strange roles. I recommend it to people who don't mind being shocked by a movie, and definitely not for children. It is rated R, so17 and up.

 I hope you all enjoyed and of course let me know what you thought of the movie if you saw it, or if your not interested why is that?

Bye for now :)