Death Note anime 2006 vs Death Note live action remake 2017

When I found out that there was going to be a live action remake of “Death Note”, I had mixed feelings. I had seen the anime series years ago and though I found it to be quite dark, it intrigued me. So an action remake was a nice way to relive those moments. Continue reading

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Disney challenges for Disney lovers

I was recently listening to some songs when I heard a Disney tune. It didn’t play out, so to see why not, I clicked on the YouTube tab where it was playing. I saw that it was a challenge “If you sing, you lose”. Of course, I decided to try it. It was difficult, because I love Disney and I love singing. However, I succeeded. The funny thing though, was that there are quite a few Disney challenges on YouTube that I had no idea even existed.

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If you’re a big Disney fan, then you’ll probably like the tests. I saw one where you listen to a Disney song and you have to guess the name of the song, the Disney character who sings it and the Disney movie. It’s called “10 great Disney songs – can you guess them?” This test also has a part 2 called “20 more great Disney songs – can you guess them?

Finishing the lyrics

Not a big fan of guessing the name of the song, but you do think you know all the lyrics, then I know a test you might like. This one is called “Finish the lyrics [Disney]”.  This is not my favorite, because they just pause the song and then you have to fill in the blanks. But if this is your kind of test, by all means, try it!

Beat the makers of the video

Finishing the lyrics DisneyDo you like laughing at other people’s mistakes? That can be fun too. If you like that, check out “Disney challenge: finish the lyrics (ft. Jon Cozart)”. Here, they challenge themselves to sing 2 verses from a Disney song and they just go from person to person, continuing the song, until someone messes up. A fun challenge would be to check if – without consulting Google for the lyrics – you can finish the songs that Hilly, Hindy and Jon have trouble with. Spoiler: some are more difficult than others, even for a true Disney fan.

Whichever challenge you choose, just remember to have fun! Let us know in the comment section what you thought about the challenges and how well you did.

My thoughts on the movie “Broken Vows”

I recently saw the movie “Broken Vows”. I hadn’t watched the trailer before watching the movie, so I didn’t know what to expect. Obviously, based on the name of the movie, I had a hunch what it would be about. I thought one or both partners, who were married to each other, cheated. When the movie started and I saw the woman washing off the blood of the ring, I thought, “Oh, so the husband must’ve cheated and the wife killed him.” However, as the movie was playing, it became clear that there was an entirely different storyline than I anticipated.

Homewrecker and revenge?

homewrecker-and-revenge-broken-vows-2016In the beginning of the movie, Tara is in a club or bar with her friends. A waitress walks over and Tara and her friends are pretty rude to her. One of Tara’s friends says, “that waitress looks just like the homewrecker”. So obviously, I’m thinking a woman who looks like that slept with Michael, Tara’s husband, and that’s why she killed him. As Tara starts flirting with Patrick, I think that’s a way to get over her husband who she killed. It turns out that one part of my hunch is correct, because Tara is flirting to get back at Michael, only in that part of the storyline, nothing bloody has happened yet.

Bad advice from friends

Tara eventually goes back to her friends and they have a fun night. When she’s outside, her friends see Patrick the bartender standing outside. They encourage her to talk to him. She doesn’t want to but they tell her that she was already talking to him anyway so she should do so again. In my opinion, if your friends know you’re engaged they shouldn’t encourage you to go talk to a “hot guy”, knowing it can lead to you cheating. So either these are bad friends, or they just give bad advice…

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Psycho in love

Patrick hears the girls talking and walks over to Tara. He doesn’t ask for her number but just takes her phone and dials his number so he has her number and she has his. Some would say this is dominant male behavior, but I honestly think that’s creepy. Anyway, the story plays out, eventually Patrick sleeps with Tara, she realizes she made a huge mistake and wants to leave. Patrick tells her that he thinks she’s special and shows her that he tattooed her name on his arm. She, as a sane person, thinks this is psycho behavior and leaves. She accidentally leaves her phone behind and that’s where the psycho in Patrick starts coming out. He goes to her hometown and stalks her, even though he found out by then that she is engaged to Michael.

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My thoughts

Tara made a big mistake cheating on Michael. Even though he did the same, it doesn’t make it right to also cheat. If you don’t want to be with the person anymore and you can’t forgive them for what they did, break up. Don’t try to hurt them in the same way they hurt you. In doing so, you’re hurting your significant other but at the same time, you lose all of your self-respect, because now you’re no better than the person who hurt you in the first place. Tara got to know that the hard way, because a lot of bad things followed after her “slip-up”. Although this is only a movie, these things can actually happen in real life too, because there are psycho’s out there and from looking at a person, you usually can’t tell when they’re psycho or not. And even if they aren’t you’ll lose all your self-respect if you do something like this…

The movie itself is worth watching though. It’s a pretty interesting storyline…

What “that” is in “I’d do anything for love (but I won’t do that)”

I was watching the movie “Sausage Party” and at a certain point in the movie they played the song “I’d do anything for love ” by Meat Loaf. I’ve heard the song before but never really dug deeper even though it did peak my curiosity.

Why “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)” peaked my curiosity

Concluding from the search results, this song has made other people wonder what the song is about as well, seeing as the singer makes it clear that he will do anything for love, even “run right into hell and back”. If I hear this in the first verse of the song, of course I will wonder what “that”, the one thing he won’t do for love, is.

Researching what “that” in “I’d do anything for love” is

researching-what-that-in-i-would-do-anything-for-love-isTo stop my mind from overthinking and to be sure I had the right answer, I googled the meaning of “that” in the song “I’d do anything for love”. I found an article where Meat Loaf explains his most misunderstood lyric. In this article, Meat Loaf notes that when he spoke to the writer of the song (Jim Steinman) about “that”, he told Jim that people aren’t going to know what “that” is. Jim in return said, “Of course they are. How can they not?”

Well Jim, I don’t !

Anyway, reading further, because I think the interviewer also didn’t know what “that” was, Meat Loaf explains that “that” is the line before every chorus. Obviously, this made me dig a little deeper and look for the lyrics.

The lyrics to “I’d do anything for love” by Meat Loaf                      

So now I looked for the lyrics to the song “I’d do anything for love” and of course, I found them. The next step was looking which line comes before every chorus.

The first one I found was:

But I’ll never forget the way you feel right now,
Oh no, no way
And I would do anything for love, but I won’t do that
No, I won’t do that

If we look at the explanation, he won’t do the last thing before the chorus, which in this case is “I’ll never forget the way you feel right now”. This makes me confused, because that makes the sentence a double negative, which means he says, “I won’t never forget the way you feel right now”. This translates to “I will forget the way you feel right now”.

The next verse is less horrible if you look at the double negative there: “But I won’t never forgive myself if we don’t go all the way, tonight”. This means he’ll forgive himself if they don’t go all the way tonight.

There’s another way of looking at this though. If you ignore the double negative and you scratch one of the negatives, the song is pretty romantic after all.

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At the end of the song, on the other hand, I agree with the things he won’t do:

After a while you’ll forget everything
It was a brief interlude and a midsummer night’s fling
And you’ll see that it’s time to move on
I won’t do that

I know the territory, I’ve been around
It’ll all turn to dust and we’ll all fall down
Sooner or later you’ll be screwing around
I won’t do that

If you really love someone, you won’t forget about that person easily, you won’t consider the love a fling and you also won’t move on easily. At the same time you won’t screw around if you were/are really in love…

My conclusion

Of course, there are more verses to the song but I won’t discuss them all. I think the point is clear: this song is controversial. If you look at it from the double negative point of view, the song is not romantic at all. I say this, because where Meat Loaf says that he would do anything for love, there are many things he is not willing to do. Some of the things he – in a double negative way – says he won’t do are things that are a normal part of being in love such as dreaming of the one you love. There are also, as my previous paragraph suggests things that I completely agree with. At the same time, if you scratch the double negative, the song is actually very romantic…

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But hey, this song is a classic so I won’t judge it too much. I now know what “that” in “I’d do anything for love (but I won’t do that)” is now, so I can peacefully go on with my day.

The true meaning of “Pride and Prejudice” (and Zombies)

I put off watching Pride and Prejudice and Zombies for a while now because of the zombies in it, but I finally watched it. I think I finally understand the meaning of the title…

Pride

Years ago I had to watch one of the (original) versions movie for a school project. I was a lot younger than I am now so I just watched it and let it go. I don’t remember much of the original plot. Although something in this zombie-version of the movie got my attention. Mr. Darcy is an arrogant jerk for most of the movie so when he proposed to Elizabeth Bennet I thought, “you go girl for saying no to him!” The way he proposed was also not romantic at all. I mean you can’t propose to a woman by insulting her first. That’s just unheard of!

The look of prideAt the end of the movie miss Bennet she saves Mr. Darcy’s life and he proposes to her again. This time you see it in her eyes: she wants to say yes but her pride is preventing her from doing so. This part of the movie made me finally understand (part of) the title of the movie. Pride first keeps Mr. Darcy from being nice to Elizabeth Bennet even though he feels that his heart beats for her and her alone. At the same time pride keeps miss Bennet from immediately jumping up and down and screaming yes from the top of her lungs, like her sister, Jane Bennet, had just done when Mr. Bingley proposed.

Prejudice

Honestly, when I first watched the original movie in my teenage years and even before I just googled it, I didn’t know what the word “prejudice” meant. I’m pretty sure I googled it as well when I first watched Pride & Prejudice, but I must have forgotten it. Anyway, for those of you who don’t know, prejudice means prior judgement or belief without bias.

When I googled this meaning I understood the part of “prejudice” in the title. Prejudice also partially refers to Mr. Darcy. He thought the woman he fell in love with wasn’t worthy of him. He also thought that Jane Bennet didn’t really love Mr. Bingley and convinced him to leave her behind, thus breaking both their hearts.

And… Zombies

I’m not going to say much about this part, because the zombies didn’t make a great impression on me, Zombies at St Lazarussince I’m not a big fan of the horror/thriller genre. It was a funny twist though when Mr. Wickham brought Elizabeth Bennet to the zombie church without telling her that there were zombies there.

In my opinion, the zombies didn’t add much to the storyline and the whole zombie apocalypse thing after the end credits that hints towards a part 2, should have been skipped. There should not be a part 2 of this movie…

What Pride and Prejudice teaches us

It took a zombie version of Pride and Prejudice to teach me this, but I think this movie teaches us the following:

  • If you love someone, just tell them
  • Don’t let pride keep you from true happiness
  • Try to be unbiased in life, because people may just surprise you
  • Don’t give up: she might just accept your proposal the second time around
  • Don’t change who you are for someone else. In the words of Elizabeth: “I would never exchange my sword for a ring… the right man wouldn’t ask me to.”

Honorable mentions

I noticed some things in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies that I think are worth mentioning:

  • None of the men in the head cast are called by their first name: Mr. Darcy, Mr. Bennet, Mr. Wickham, Mr. Bingley and Mr. Collins
  • Lady Catherine de Bourgh - Cersei BaratheonElizabeth Bennet is considered less feminine than Jane Bennet although their posture doesn’t differ much
  • I think that because she is constantly reminded that she’s not the prettiest, Elizabeth has confidence issues: she mentions that a woman is either highly trained or highly refined and never both
  • The actress playing Lady Catherine de Bourgh (Lena Headey) is the same actress from the TV series Game of Thrones.

My thoughts on The Joker’s story

I watched Batman: The Killing Joke recently and I enjoyed it a lot. I’m usually not a big fan of superhero movies, but I thought I’d give this one a shot. I’m glad I did. Since I’m not a huge fan of superhero movies/ series or comics I never really cared about The Joker’s story. So if there are multiple back-stories, forgive me for not knowing. I just know this one.

The Joker’s back-story

In this movie The Joker had a pregnant wife and no job. He used to work in a chemical plant and quit that to follow his passion of being a comedian. Unfortunately people apparently didn’t think he was very funny, so he couldn’t find a job. The Joker's back-storyHis supporting wife told him not to worry and that everything would be fine. But to support his family he tried to get a one-time-only job with a group of bad guys. He needed to lead them to a different company next to the chemical plant where he used to work. Before they got to “the job” the police told him that his wife had died in an accident. He didn’t want to do the job anymore after hearing that. This is understandable because he was only going to do it so his family could have a better future. The men he was going to work with told him cancelling was not an option so he did it anyway, plagued by his memories. When he got there, security spotted them and batman came along. All the bad guys, including The Joker ran. Something went wrong and The Joker fell into some kind of chemical and thus became The Joker we all know.

My thoughts

I have mixed emotions about this villain now, because I think that many people would go crazy if something this horrible happened to them. In one hit, he just lost everyone he loved: his wife and his unborn child.

The Joker normal crazyI never cared about The Joker. To me, he was always just a villain in Batman. But now I see this character as a person with a past and a reason for doing what he does.

Of course, the way The Joker handled his loss is not the way anyone should. The Joker is still a villain and needs to be locked up – and kept there. But I can understand the frustration. Wanting to do everything for someone or the people you love and then they’re ripped away from you. When you want to cancel what you wanted to do for them, you’re forced to do it anyway. And as icing on the cake, the whole plan goes south. That would be very depressing for any normal human being…

The Joker’s opinion about memories

The Joker mentions something in Batman: The Killing Joke that got me thinking. He said:

Remembering is dangerous. I find the past such a worrying, anxious place. Memory’s so treacherous. One moment you’re lost in a carnival of delights, with poignant childhood aromas, the flashing neon of puberty, all that sentimental candy-floss… the next, it takes you somewhere you don’t want to be. Somewhere dark and cold, filled with the damp ambiguous shapes of things you’d rather forget. Memories can be vile, repulsive little brutes. Like children, no? But can we live without them? Memories are what our reason is based on. If we deny them, we deny reason itself! Although, what’s wrong with that really? It’s not like we’re contractually tied down to rationality! There is no sanity clause! So when you find yourself locked onto an unpleasant train of thought, heading for the places in your past where the screaming is unavoidable, remember this: there’s always madness. You can just step outside, and close the door on all those dreadful things that happened. You can lock them away… forever.

The Joker memories madness

Even though it’s an insane thought, The Joker has a point. Memories can really haunt us. Even when we think that, for example, we’ve gotten over the death of a loved one, something can still trigger a memory. Say it’s a good memory, one where you can laugh about something stupid the person did. That can trigger another memory: “I’ll never get to see him/her do that again”. Although you may have just laughed about the funny memory, the last part (the realization) will always hurt. So sometimes madness might be an interesting way out. Obviously, I’m not saying go kill someone like The Joker did, but madness could also be going out to a karaoke bar even though you know your singing talents are horrible. It could be going out to a club and dancing with a complete stranger, although you’re shy of nature. Maybe you could even text a relative who you haven’t spoken to in years because of some fight you had. This “madness” will help you to (at least temporarily) not focus on the pain of the memories…

Do what works for you. Choose your own madness, in a positive way of course!