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Paranormal Activity

Another film in the now-extremely-popular style of home-cam recording, Paranormal Activity is an interesting take on a haunting film. Unlike many of the common favorites, the film was extremely low-budget, and shot over the course of six days. There were very few special effects, which made those few that were put to use highly effective.In the film, Katie and her boyfriend Micah (pronounced MEE-kah, not MY-kah) have moved into a house in San Diego, and have apparently been followed by something from Katie's past. Katie always saw it as a shadow at the edge of her bed, saying her name, but now it's begun to take a more direct approach to gain their attention. To aid in identifying whether or not it's really there, Micah sets up a video camera to record the house while the couple is awake, asleep, and even not home. In the beginning, the things that happen are fairly standard for a haunting; a door moves, a light kicks on while footsteps come up the stairs, then off ag…

Lungs by Florence + the Machine

My friend Brendan brought me this album the other day, stuck it in my computer and said, "Here, I think you'll like this." He could not have been more wrong. I love it, to the point of obsession and playing it for everyone I know, and some people I don't know.
Florence has apparently been a big hit on the indie music scene in Britain for a little while now, but with the release of their actual debut album, Florence + the Machine have begun to draw massive amounts of attention, and word of mouth is hurting them none. Having watched some of their live performances, it's interesting to see Florence rocking out to some of the songs that I hadn't thought would encourage that sort of behavior, but that seems to be her modus operandi. In any event, here's a bit of a breakdown.
The album is stylistically diverse, with some songs coming across as very Brit-punk ("Kiss with a Fist", which is also on the Jennifer's Body soundtrack), some creepy and j…

Warbreaker, by Brandon Sanderson

This is another glorious foray by Brandon Sanderson into the world of fantasy literature, once again with a series of twists and turns that never cease to keep me reading. In fact, I read the second half of this nearly 600-page monstrosity in the course of one afternoon!
The story revolves primarily around two societies; the Idrians guard the northern trade routes through their mountains, worshipping Austre, the God of Colors, and following a puritanical, nearly aesthetic lifestyle. The Hallandren, on the other hand, live at the edge of the sea in a city riotous with color and decadence, worshipping their God King and the Pantheon of the Returned, who are people who died in valorous or otherwise stunningly heroic circumstances, and were chosen to Return, with no memory of their former life or the afterlife, to bring visions of the future to the people.
The heroines of our story are Vivenna, eldest daughter of the Idrian King, who, due to a treaty signed with Hallandren some twenty yea…

Mistborn, by Brandon Sanderson

Hello there! This will be the first of what I intend to be a series of reviews of assorted books, movies, music, etc. that catch my fancy. I'm not quite certain how often I will post, but let's give it a go...
Mistborn is the first book in a trilogy by Brandon Sanderson, a relative newcomer to the Fantasy genre, and demonstrates his absolutely fantastic skill at turning the conventions of traditional Fantasy writing on their head. We open with a passage from the perspective of an unnamed, unknown speaker; he is the Hero of Ages, or so he's been told, but he has doubts about his own authenticity. The reluctant hero in the extreme, it would appear... Each chapter of the book begins with these passages, which Sanderson refers to as epigraphs, giving us further insight into this particular character; insight which we come to rely upon throughout the book to try and give us a glimpse into a distant and very different past.
Flash to the modern-day of the Final Empire, so-call…