I rarely watch television. And ever since I started college, my TV time has really been set to a minimum. Usually, my room mate has control over the remote and one afternoon, she stopped at HBO and for once, they were showing a movie I truly enjoyed.
Having attended a Catholic school for 11 years, it seems that we never go through a year without watching "The Prince of Egypt" for our Christian Life classes. I'm not complaining though. This film did a great job of making it exciting and vivid without offending anyone. The film shows the story of how a Hebrew man, who grew up as an Egyptian, was able to deliver God's chosen people from the oppressive hands of the Egyptian Pharaoh.
To say that DreamWorks did an amazing job with "The Prince of Egypt" would be an understatement. The many hours spent on probing and devising lead to the success of this animated movie. We all know that the key to a successful film is a good story. And the secret to the success of the film was the filmmakers' desire to stay true to the values and messages of the Biblical account. Obviously, it doesn't follow everything written in the Bible, so I hope no one gives me the "ugh the book was so much better" antic, because I will glare at you, you special snowflake. Although, on the other hand, good job for actually reading the Bible. And of course, just like any other movie adaptation, a couple of alterations were made. But let us remember that DreamWorks is an entertainment company and not a religious broadcaster. In all honesty, do you think the movie would be as great as it is if they focused too much on making it biblically accurate?
Despite the discrepancies, I think the theme was projected very evidently. "The Prince of Egypt" has a main theme of faith. Notice how Moses was so doubtful and overwhelmed with what God has tasked him, but he kept his faith firm and he was able to accomplish his missions.
If there is anything else that made me enjoy this film, it would be the soundtrack. As a child, it may be just another bunch of songs to sing along to, in the significance of "Let It Go." But as I grew, I realized each song told a story and gave a deeper, more dramatic meaning to the scenes. With the song, "When You Believe," whose Mariah Carey - Whitney Houston version garnered the Best Original Song at the 71st Academy Awards in 1999, I was given a glimpse of the Exodus (well, the happier moments of it). Even if I didn't understand the Hebrew lyrics, I'd still sing along. Not only did the song stick to my head for a couple of days whenever I watch the film, but as I kept singing the lyrics, I realized I was being reminded that as long as you keep your faith in God, anything is possible.
"The Prince of Egypt" will be one of the films I will not get sick of watching, even if it meant having to sit through an hour-long session with an incredibly religious teacher.
You are all alone, watching a horror film on a Friday night, and if you're the type of person who gets frightened very easily, you just woke everyone up with your screams. Then later on, you realize that the scene was not as spooky as you thought it was. Well, thanks a lot, special effects. Nowadays, most horror films share the elements of surprise and special effects. A random, eerily dressed person can pop up on your screen with the matching sound effects, and your faint heart could stop for a second. Horror shouldn't be just that.
Horror is a film genre that aims to draw out negative emotion from viewers by romping on the audience's fears. Horror films emphasize scenes that frighten the viewer. Commonly themed as ghastly and the supernatural, horror films tickle the viewers' fear of the unknown. Now, what makes a good scary movie? The flick should ruin your sense of security, have an underlying atmosphere which creates a sense of dread, have increasing tension, and should leave you paranoid over every small detail you used to ignore for a number of weeks.
In no particular order, here is a list of what we think are the scariest movies of all time:
THE EXORCIST (1973)
Controversial and profane, the film shows an innocent, common 12 year old possessed by the Devil. The Exorcist features poor little Regan with her atrocious, slashed face, walking around like a crab, with the strength to throw her own mother across the room, and the ability to do a 360 degree head turn. This movie challenged the existence of God and turned a sweet little girl into a ferocious beast.
THE SHINING (1980)
A Stephen King adaptation directed by Stanley Kubrick is set in the apocalyptic Overlook Hotel up the Colorado mountains which has a haunting history. I don't know why but little twin girls always seem to have this spooky factor when they're just standing in the hallway, staring at you as you walk by with the lights flickering on and off. What more when those twin girls are chopped up on the floor? Put together scenes where blood is spouting out of the elevator with a corpse climbing out of your tub, and a deranged husband armed with an axe trying to murder his own family, and you'll have a very disturbing movie which will make you highly uncomfortable for weeks.
A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984)
Spongebob said that the best time to wear a striped sweater is all the time, but Nightmare sure gives the striped sweater a bad name. This monster from the suburbs finds joy in stalking teenagers as they sleep; turning everyday things into something as if sent from hell (i.e. A phone turns into a demonic tongue). Well, at least you have a young Johnny Depp on-screen, but he does get eaten up by a bed...
Another adaptation of one of Stephen King's novels feature a young girl with telekinetic powers (yes, like Matilda, just without the cute innocence) who is tormented daily by her schoolmates and her psychotic mother. Carrie's schoolmate bullies find a way to make her win prom queen just to humiliate her by pouring pig blood all over her as she received her crown. With all the anger built up inside of her, she ends up killing the entire school (yes, during prom night; how fun!) She also pinned her crazy mother to the wall with all the knives and blades and scissors in their house.
THE RING (2002)
The Ring is about an underground film that is being passed around and every person who watches it dies in seven days. No exception. Journalist Rachel (played by Naomi Watts) tries to solve the mysteries behind the tape before her time is up and she faces the ring. How unsuspecting - your curiosity will lead you to watching the film without the knowledge that in seven days, the girl will climb out of the well, out of your television set, and into your own living room to take your life. Well, at least you receive a phone call immediately after viewing the film telling you that you only have seven days to live.
Early December, my cousin and I were having a heated argument as to what to watch in the cinema: Frozen or Catching Fire. I wanted Catching Fire, he wanted Frozen. Well, since he was paying for the tickets, we watched Frozen. At first, I wasn't so interested in this movie. I didn't even know what it would be about. Knowing it is a Disney movie, I thought, oh some lonely girl with issues finds a boy and it will end with true love’s kiss but before that happens, some evil lady will use the lonely girl for her own benefit or wants her banished yada yada. Hell, no. Frozen is not your typical Disney movie. Let me explain further: (Disclaimer: might contain spoilers to those of you who haven't seen it [WHY HAVE YOU NOT SEEN IT?!])
1. The sidekick that loves the idea of summer
Anna and Elsa may be the stars but this witty little snowman would steal your heart in an instant. Disney managed to make the dumb sidekick, not dumb in a sense that behind his little innocent remarks lie the archetypal sidekick, full of hope and loyalty. You'd at least giggle at every scene where Olaf is in. He's oblivious to what happens to snow in the summer; he's in love with the thought of summer and all things hot. God, he is so cute. He is like the little ray of sunshine in that blizzard when all things seem to go wrong.
2. Queen Elsa
Originally, Elsa was supposed to be the villain. Another 'Good vs. Evil' kind of thing, but hey, where's the fun in that? Jennifer Lee, co-director of Frozen, says that she thinks Fear is the real villain. Elsa was afraid of the powers she possesses. She didn't have full control of it. She isolated herself from everyone. She doesn't want to harm anyone, most especially her little sister. Though she caused more damage by unintentionally freezing her sister's heart, in the end she learned how to manage her powers and overcome her fear of it. Oh, and she's a queen. She didn't have to wait for some prince to sweep her off her feet and marry her and give her the title.
3. Deceivingly charming prince who turns out to be an a-hole.
Oh, God. Do not get me started with this deceivingly charming prince named Hans. Like, dude, you are so charming and smooth and your voice sounds really good like, hey, I understand Anna for a while back there (but she still is pretty stupid for agreeing to marry someone she just met). Despite the lovey-dovey stares, I already had a hunch he would be an a-hole. When he was just about to kiss Anna, he revealed his ulterior motive. I NEVER FELT SO CORRECT IN MY ENTIRE LIFE. I've heard some feedback from some of my friends and some of them didn't expect Hans to be evil. If you listen to Love is an Open Door, there is a line that goes, "...searching my whole life to find my own place". It's not about Anna, it's about his plan to take over her kingdom. That seemed like a little foreshadowing of how much of an a-hole he would be. Looks like the cute love song was the Mother Knows Best! of this movie. Good job disguising your evil plan into a love song, Hans.
While Elsa had to live up to the Queen reputation, there was Anna: gassy, stuffing chocolate in her face, drooling all over her pillow, swinging from the thing on the roof, etc. Anna's big energy and sense of adventure shows us the not so typical Disney Princess attitude we're used to.
5. Act of true love
To break the curse and unfreeze Anna, an act of true love must occur. Since she's engaged to the asshole prince, she runs back to him (thanks, Kristoff) to get her kiss in hopes of surviving. Well, then we find out that Hans is indeed the deceiving asshole. Olaf comes to Anna's side and makes her think that it's Kristoff she's getting that kiss from, after all. Seeing Kristoff riding back to the palace, I thought he would run to her and kiss her and save her despite that horrible blizzard while Hans was trying to slay a devastated Elsa. Instead, Anna sees Hans is about to strike and she runs and interferes the sword as she turns to ice. Everyone thought it was the end, turns out, that was the act of true love that saved Anna. It wasn't true love's kiss that would save the day, unlike most Disney princess movies, but the sisterly love Anna has for Elsa.
I love this movie so much I am so conflicted with which I prefer more: Tangled or Frozen (and that's saying something because I was in love with Tangled so much that I memorized every line). Frozen had great surprising turn of events which made the movie much, much better and different compared to your typical Disney movie. Someone get me an Olaf to help get me through school every day.