Prolific maestro of the horror film genre, Wes Craven, died yesterday, August 30 at the age of 76, leaving behind a legacy of films that has forever changed the way audiences experience horror movies. Below are my favorites. Leave me a comment and let me know which movies I missed and what else I need to put on my Netflix queue.
1) The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)
This was the first horror film I ever saw. It was at my mom’s friend’s house and, while the grown ups were distracted by booze and wedding planning, I hid behind the couch (I was ten, ok) and watched this film about voodoo and necromancy and became hooked on the genre.
2) The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
I recently went to Las Vegas and, during the drive through Baker, immediately made reference to this film when discussing what terrified me lurking in the shadows of the hills all around us. That’s the thing with Wes Craven films–they are not only horror-filled, but they’ve also become part of an iconic pop cultural phenomenon that mean something to almost everyone.
You all KNOW how much I love Jensen Ackles and when, on August 24, 2014, the actor, father and all around grumpy old man joined Twitter, he opened up his world to fans and allowed us to get a glimpse into his life. His hashtags are hilarious, he gets mad at the internet, and, hey kid, you’d better get off his lawn! In honor of Jensen’s one year Twitter-versary, here are my all time favorite tweets from Old Man Ackles (in order).
Over the years, the Collectress and I have done some strange things in honor of our overlord’s August 20th birthday. This week, to celebrate Misha Collins and the inspiration he brings, me and a few friends participated in random acts of kindness and wanted to share our stories with you. Some did a kind deed for a friend, some for strangers, all because we want to make the world a better place, one act of kindness at a time. If you’re inspired, why not go out and do something nice for someone this weekend? It doesn’t cost anything to get kind, plus being nice is clinically proven to lower your chances of being an assbutt and raise your level of angel-dom.
Thanks for making us want to be better people, Misha and we hope your birthday was filled with joy, laughter, love and kindness!
This article contains spoilers for the film, so be warned…
This weekend, the highly anticipated biopic, Straight Outta Compton, opened in theatres to audiences everywhere and made almost $25M on opening night, alone. The film tells the story of rap group N.W.A., members Easy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren and DJ Yella, and their rise to fame in the 1980s. While their first album, “Straight Outta Compton” (1988) was a bit before my time, I made up for it by bumping it during high school in the 90s. Although I grew up in Los Angeles, I’m a prep school brat and was born and raised in the suburbs, only passing Compton on the freeway on my way to the beach or the airport. In my youth, the music of N.W.A. represented a culture I didn’t feel I necessarily belonged to, but wanted to understand. As a young person intrigued by the musical revolution of the 1960s, gangsta rap represented an unexpected cultural commentary that coincided with my teen angst perfectly. For my generation, N.W.A.’s “Fuck Tha Police” is as controversial as John Lennon’s “Imagine” was to my mother’s and just as meaningful.
Oh gosh, the time of the DCBB is upon us, and friends, I am freaking out just a wee bit. Yes, I’m writing another 20k+ fic this year and final drafts are due Saturday, August 15 which means we get artists soon and our posting dates and…oh gosh! What am I doing? I should be revising!
If you aren’t familiar with the Dean/Cas Big Bang (and Mini-Bang), read this post and then check out the following stories, handpicked from the wealth of Dean/Cas fan fiction posted during last year’s Big Bang extravaganza. There are so many amazing stories–these are just my top ten (with MANY bookmarked that I haven’t read yet!!). If you are a Destiel shipper and love to read fanfic but haven’t had the time to sift through the DCBB community on AO3, please, do yourself a favor and check out the authors below. I labeled this post NSFW and there is smut in some of these, but this isn’t a smut list (weird, I know). Honestly, these Big Bang entries are really lovely, and most writers have pretty impressive bibliographies to go through before fall DCBB 2015 postings begin. Happy reading and enjoy!