Five Faves on Friday #4: Books

This weeks Five Favorites on Friday is going to feature five of my favorite books that I really enjoyed reading.

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Go Ask Alice
This is my favorite book of all time. It takes place in the 1970’s, and is in the form of a diary. It documents a girl’s life as she experiments with drugs and runs away from home.

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Crank
Ellen Hopkins is one of my favorite authors, and I have a lot of her books. She writes in verse, so it takes some time to get used to, but her stories really end up sucking you in. Crank is the first of several books that follows character Kristina’s descent into Crystal Meth addiction. It was inspired by the author’s own daughter. “Glass” is the second book, which I also love, followed by “Fallout”.

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Burned
This is another book by Ellen Hopkins that I was really sucked into. It is the story of Pattyn, a teenager, who grew up in a strict Mormon household. She longs to break free and gain the freedom to become her own person. She goes to live with her Aunt, where she meets a boy named Ethan. They soon fall in love, but this relationship becomes a big problem when Pattyn’s father finds out about it. I won’t go into anymore detail, but I will say that this book is a sad one.

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Lucy in the Sky
This is basically a modernized version of Go Ask Alice. It’s also in diary format, and it takes place in modern day. While I definitely enjoyed Go Ask Alice more, I still really liked this book as well.

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The Hunger Games
I read this book before the movie was released, and I was super sucked into the story. Suzanne Collins has a good way of writing that makes it easy to follow the story and anticipate what’s going to happen next.

Five Faves on Friday #3: Remakes

Since I did sequels last week, I thought it would be fun to list some of my favorite remakes this week.

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Dawn of the Dead
I actually very much prefer this remake to the original. The zombie makeup is more terrifying, and I like that the zombies can be fast moving, as opposed to moving slow. My favorite scene in the remake is during the beginning when things are just starting to happen. The little zombie girl was super creepy, and I like when Sarah Polley’s character escapes the house and then you see the complete chaos that is taking place all around.

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
This movie has a good cast. I like Jessica Biel and Eric Balfour in the leads. Everyone who was cast in the killer family was excellent too. Especially R. Lee Ermey. He’s brutal, terrifying, and absolutely perfect for this film. I actually found him to be scarier than Leatherface. I also love that the colors are desaturated in this movie. It just adds even more grittiness to the film.

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Halloween
Many people love Rob Zombie’s films, and there are many people who despise them. Halloween is probably the most controversial, since the original is a classic. Some people thought he butchered the movie and hated how he made Michael more human. Personally, I like that. The real monsters in this world are human, and it’s usually a combination of both nature and nurture that turns them into what they are. I really liked the look of Michael in this film. He’s huge, and the way he slams people around while killing them is brutal. I also like the dirty and torn look of his mask.

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The Last House on the Left
This is definitely one of those remakes that is very well done. Some people might find this movie difficult to watch though. This film is very violent, and not just in a gory way. It’s also psychologically terrifying, since events in this film can and do happen in real life. The rape scene is especially disturbing, but it plays a big part in the family wanting to get revenge on their daughters attackers.

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The Hitcher
This is a great psychological horror film. Even though I think this movie is really good, it’s not one I can watch very often because of how real and terrifying Sean Bean is as John Ryder. The way he mentally tortures his victims before killing them is quite scary. He was definitely perfect for the role. I’m also a huge fan of Sophia Bush, and I love her in this movie. I thought she was badass. One of the other things I like about this remake is how visually appealing it is. The colors and scenery are pretty, despite all the terrible things happening.

Five Faves on Friday #2: Sequels

This edition of Five Favorites on Friday will be focused on movie sequels. These are some of my favorite sequels that I enjoyed just as much as the original films.

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The Devil’s Rejects
This is the sequel to House of 1000 Corpses, but it almost feels like a totally different movie. That’s a good thing because instead of just repeating the same movie all over again, Rob Zombie takes a different approach, which makes this film feel more fresh. While House of 1000 Corpses was a little more bizarre and used more vibrant coloring, The Devil’s Rejects is grittier and uses a softer color palette. House was a little similar to Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but The Devil’s Rejects feels more original. I just love how Rob Zombie makes the Firefly family the focus of the film, as opposed to showing everything from the victims perspective. He then turns the tables and actually has the killer’s fighting for their lives while being hunted.

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Scream 2
The first Scream is my favorite horror movie of all time, but Scream 2 is very good as well. It opens with yet another intense opening kill scene, and it has many scenes throughout the movie that keep you on the edge of your seat. The sorority house scene with Cici Cooper (played by Sarah Michelle Gellar) is not only my favorite scene of the movie, but it’s one of my favorites in the whole series.

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Bride of Chucky
This is a sequel, but it’s also like a reboot, to the Child’s Play series. It’s the fourth movie in the series. The first three films focused on serial killer Charles Lee Ray trying to capture child Andy’s soul so he could get out of the doll and become human again. Bride of Chucky introduces us to Tiffany, who used to be Chucky’s girlfriend back when he was still human. She uses a voodoo spell to revive him, but after she makes him mad, he kills her and then does a spell to transfer her soul into a doll as well. Now they’re both trying to get to the talisman they need in order to become human again and wreaking havoc along the way. There are many Chucky fans who hated the introduction of Tiffany, but I love it. I feel like she makes the movies more interesting. Plus, Jennifer Tilly is awesome.

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Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
The first movie, International Man of Mystery, was a really good one too. However, I actually prefer this film. Elizabeth Hurley and Heather Graham were both good female leads, but the second film introduced us to Mini-Me and Fat Bastard, two of the iconic characters in the series.

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American Reunion
This is the fourth movie in the original American Pie series. When I first heard they were making this movie, part of me was excited, but part of me thought it was going to be awful. I was wrong. This is my favorite movie in the series, next to the original. It’s better than American Pie 2, and way better than American Wedding. They brought the entire cast of the first movie back in, which was awesome. I also think this movie is hilarious and provides more laughs than the first. Stifler’s mom and Jim’s dad together are great, and I like the addition of Ali Cobrin as Kara. I thought she was hysterical.