celebrating 20 years

Hocus Pocus

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It’s not Halloween or even complete without Hocus Pocus. It doesn’t matter if you are quoting the moving, sending .gifs to friends, a themed party or watching the movie—this movie is a must for the Halloween season. Since the first time I saw Hocus Pocus, I had it bad just like Usher. My mom, sister and I would watch this movie countless times during the Halloween season.

Set in Salem, Mass., on Halloween, three sister witches were executed in 1693 and revived 300 years later. They try to secure their immortal existence in modern-day Salem, Mass.  As a twist, the witches try to remain alive, but only to discover resurrection only lasts through Halloween night unless they capture children and take their life before sunrise. The witches search the city for victims, but in the end the witches are defeated.

This film captures the essence of Halloween.  The over-the-top personalities of the sisters are timeless. The heart and kindness of the Dani and Thackery Binx allow us to know everything will be alight in the end.HOCUS POCUS, Kathy Najimy, Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, 1993

I hold Hocus Pocus near and dear to my heart. It’s one childhood movie that I can watch now and have the same feelings I did when I was a kid. Not to mention, when I watch it now I still learn even more life lessons. Learning life lessons from Hocus Pocus seems silly, but hear me out.

Lesson one: Identity and society

Life lessons can start with the Sanderson sisters (the witches). They are confident, powerful and true to their identities. The sisters know who they are, what they want and they are not going to fall for the pressure of society. They hold strong and true to themselves the entire film. Yes, they are portrayed as evil, but they are awesome because of their trials and tribulations.

Lesson two: embrace your appearance and quirks.

They are witches we love for far more than their appearances (even though they are called ugly a few times). Winifred is the smart and tough. Sarah is ditzy and boy-crazy. Mary is a peacemaker who is goofy and brings everyone back together.  With such drastic personalities, like sister’s have, they work together to solve problems. It is evident they are comfortable with themselves even though they have quirks.  Embrace your appearance and quirks. That’s a message worth hearing, and a spell that’s worth being under.

Lesson three: family will always be by your side.

When you expect it least, your family will always pull through. You can see this lesson several times in the duration of the movie. The witches are always together and helping one each other fulfill their goal. Sure they get off task a few times, but they have their eyes on the prize and nothing is going to stop them from getting to it.  The Dennison’s are always together. Though it was Max’s fault for bringing back the witches, he has the help of his sister. They stick together and are always positive.

As you can see this movie is good for all ages and audiences. Watching it now, I have a new appreciation and found more love for it. I can’t wait for the next time I can sit down and watch this movie with my mom and sister.  Here’s to the 20 year anniversary of an excellent movie.

gravity

a movie review

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Last night I had the opportunity to go see a movie with a friend. Mind you whenever I go to the movies, I am never the one who picks what we will be seeing. I don’t know anything about pop-culture and I am even worse when it comes to who’s in what, and which actor is who. I have no desire to know that knowledge. I like what I like, and I don’t what I don’t. It’s easy. It’s simple. So here we have it. Last night we want to see Gravity, from my understanding the movie opened over the weekend and after multiple of my friends could not see it this weekend, they were jealous I was attending the film on a Tuesday night.

Anyway if you don’t know what it’s about let me give you the quick down-low:

Miss Sandra Bullock and George Clooney star in this literal heart-pounding thriller. Gravity is puts you into the infinite and unknown realm of  space. Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, an intelligent medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney) in command of his last flight before he retires. On a routine spacewalk,(naturally) disaster strikes. The shuttle is completely destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky totally alone. They are tethered together with nothing but each other in the complete unknown of space. The they have lost any link to Earth and what seems to be any chance for rescue. Fear turns to utter panic. With every gulp of air the little oxygen that is left is eating away.

 

Anyway here’s the trailer:

 

After seeing Gravity, personally I would not recommend it to anyone to see. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time, with my heart racing. As it’s a Hollywood story, we all know how the movie ends. Knowing that made me at ease throughout the film. Needless to say, the plot line was lacking and so the the dialog– as you can imagine. Once the film ends, there is a sigh of relief, but somehow you seek more because there is still a sense of unknown in the air. If you are looking for a heart-pounding thriller, go see it—if you’re not, don’t. I must say, both Clooney and Bullock play their roles with great amounts of gusto and they are both bring their characters.

che guevara

the motorcycle diaries

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we sealed our pact never to give up until we had realized our dream

In high school I took IB classes. During of my classes, Theory of Knowledge, we had to read: The Motorcycle Diaries. Honestly, the book is amazing and I would recommend it to anyone. Like Che and Alberto did with sealing their pact to never give up until realizing their dream, I will do the same. Let me give you a little break down on what the book is about:

It’s a  memoir that traces the early travels of Marxist revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara, (who at the time was 23 and a  medical student) and his friend Alberto Granado, a 29-year-old biochemist.  They left Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1952 on the back of a motorcycle: La Poderosa (“The Mighty One”). They wanted to explore. They wanted to explore the South America that they know knew of from the books they read.

During the formative odyssey Guevara is transformed. His transformation beings because he is witnessing the social injustices of exploited mine workers, persecuted communists, ostracized lepers, and the once-great Incan civilization. Spoiler: by the conclusion of their journey you learn a lot of Che and his life. By the end you find out that they travel for a symbolic nine months by motorcycle, steamship, raft, horse, bus, and hitchhiking. (I still don’t know what the symbolic 9 means). They covered over 5,000 mi during this journey. They crossed places like the Andes, Atacama Desert, and the Amazon River.  As the story ends, Che has a deceleration. As he was privileged and  born into an upper-middle-class family, displaying his willingness to fight and die for the cause of the poor, and his dream of seeing a united Latin America.

After a simple Google search of The Motorcycle Diaries, to ensure the quote at the top was correct, I learned there is a movie! I am floored and beyond excited to watch this film. After watching the trailer several times, it makes me so excited to reread this book. Honestly, its a phenomenal book and only gets better with time. If you are more of a movie person, then watch the movie. Check out the trailer below.