It’s no secret: I’m a horror movie nut. I love a well-shot, well-plotted, well-developed flick. I don’t mind gore, as long as it’s integral to the story. I can even stand poorly written dialogue if the concept is compelling enough. This month, I’m profiling a film a day you may have never heard of. Happy Halloween!
The Shrine (2010): Carmen, a young journalist, feels as if she’s stumbled on the story of a lifetime. She defies her boss’ orders and books a trip to Poland to investigate the disappearance of a local backpacker who was last seen in a remote region of the country. With an intern and a photographer boyfriend in tow, they head to the village where he was last seen. During the course of their investigation, they stumble upon some evasive/aggressive locals who seem to be stuck firmly in the 1800s, then come across a mysterious mist…and what lies in that mist will change their lives forever. Dun, dun, duuhhhhnnnn!
Look forward to:
- mysterious villagers with a dark secret
- creepy statues
- a little girl who has seen too much
- a religious sect with a vested interest in human sacrifice
What I appreciated about the piece: The M. Night Shyamalan-esque twist near the end turns the action on it’s head. I didn’t see it coming, which given how many horror movies I’ve seen, is really something.
What didn’t work:
- There are some continuity issues (bags are put down and forgotten; one character is a photographer who takes surprisingly few pictures…and his camera is in one of those bags that gets abandoned…along with, I’m presuming, his ID and passport…which is always encouraged in a foreign country???).
- Also, how much English do these villagers speak? Seems to be a random decision as to when they speak Polish and when they miraculously speak English.
- Costumes were also inconsistent. Sometimes the Polish characters look like extras in a period village, sometimes they look like they stumbled out of a country music concert. Took me out of the action a bit.
At once bold and minimal, I find something so soothing about a black and white interior. When limiting a room’s palette to two colors, pattern doesn’t become so overwhelming. Plus, there’s something both modern, but at the same time, timeless about that color combo.
Currently, I’m in the process of painting all my Malm Ikea furniture white. My poor bookshelves are a bit beat up and could use a face lift, so they’re in the process of going from scratched up brown to glossy white. My hope is that, by keeping the core of my rooms neutral, I can have fun with art, my photography and decor, and change things up when I get bored, without worrying about everything matching.
Here are a few black and white inspirational images:
**all images via Pinterest**
I love a lot of things about New York living. I love my tiny Astoria apartment. I love how I’m a five minute walk from amazing water-boiled bagels at all times. I love that I never have to cook if I don’t want to. I love that over the course of a commute, I can hear languages spoken that I can’t even venture to identify. I love that I live in the birthplace of both Sesame Street and hip hop. I love that I am a train ride away from both beaches and mountains. I love seeing our gorgeous skyline whenever I fly home.
One thing I do not love (besides my nutty neighbors) is my lack of personal outdoor space. This weekend, more than anything, I would have LOVED to have been able to curl up in a hammock in a quiet garden under a shady tree and read. We have plenty of green space in New York…we just have to share it…which means we can’t control how personal/quiet it is. One day, my dream is to have a little country cottage with a quiet English country garden…maybe with a green house, overflowing flower beds and some overly-pruned shrubbery? Comme ça:
**images via Pinterest
In continuing to celebrate my hometown of Baltimore this week, here are a few of my favorite pics from a trip in the fall of 2012. Enjoy!
I had a chance to spend some time in Hampden, one of my favorite neighborhoods in Baltimore, over the weekend. Amazing row homes on tree-lined streets, great restaurants, easy access to downtown and some of my favorite people in the world live there. What’s not to love?
In honor of my hometown, check out this gorgeous time lapse video of the city. THOSE CLOUDS!! The Domino Sugar sign!! The Inner Harbor!!