Why We Love Frankenstein’s Monster and Hate Michael Myers

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I have a dilemma.

There are just no good movies being made today.

Sure, I could pick out maybe one or two a year that are enjoyable. Movies that are well produced, cast, directed, written, or acted. But more and more, I find that good films are hard to find.

Because of this film drought, I’ve been working my way through Hammer Films’s six Frankenstein movies that feature Peter Cushing. (Hammer made one other — “The Horror of Frankenstein” (1970), a remake of “Curse of Frankenstein” (1957), starring Ralph Bates in the role of Victor Frankenstein instead of Cushing.) And you know what? They’re amazing. Continue reading

Trust in the Lord

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~ Psalm 25 ~

“To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul; in you I trust, O my God. Do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me. No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame, but they will be put to shame who are treacherous without excuse.

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Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Saviour, and my hope is in you all day long.

Remember, O Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old. Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you are good, O Lord. Continue reading

The Secret of the Titian-Haired Sleuth

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Ask any little girl (or big girl for that matter!) what literary heroine had titian hair and drove a blue roadster, and we’ll all answer immediately — Nancy Drew.

I can still remember the first time I drove full speed into the town of River Heights, USA. I was in the fifth grade, and standing on a chair in my school library, and I chose which Nancy Drew book to begin with based on two things: The title and the cover image.

The school library had a little less than half of Nancy’s original 56 titles, but the beauty of this series is that you can pick up any book, at any time. Reading them out of order, you won’t miss anything in terms of continuity. Each book stands alone on its own two feet. Only the main character relationships and a few random references to past mysteries carry over from book to book.

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At the time, I was no stranger to mysteries. I’d been vicariously sleuthing with Scooby and the gang since I was a wee lass. My mom had the entire Nancy Drew series when she was young (sadly lost in a flooded basement when she was a teen), and she encouraged me to start reading them. And like any really good thing, once you start, you just can’t stop. But seriously, who would want to? Continue reading

Laying the Count to Rest

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An era has ended today. The last of a group of legends has died. The man we could always “Count” on to rise again, will sadly rise no more.

The news was released this morning that 93-year-old Sir “Count” Christopher Lee passed away on Sunday, June 7th, 2015. It doesn’t seem possible, does it? Our immortal Count, mortal after all. News of his death is spreading like fire in Frankenstein’s castle, and like anyone who grew up on Hammer horror, I don’t want to believe it.

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What is Faith?

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Every day I see the words of my beloved English language being misused. What makes English both challenging and wonderful is that we have a seemingly endless supply of words to define everything under the sun. If there is even the most minute difference in meaning between two things, we make two separate words for it. Tiny does not mean small. Enormous is not exactly the same as gigantic. We don’t redefine existing words when we’re tired of their meaning. When a new definition is required, we create a new word to go with it. (And yes, I’m referring to “marriage” there.) But what good is it having such a sophisticated language that takes into account these differences when we can’t even use the words properly?

What is the definition of the word “faith”? I’m a Christian, so I see that word tossed around quite a bit. A lot of people seem to think that faith is believing in something you can’t see. They use the word faith as a noun, and they think that it has to be something specific to “God”.

But faith is not a noun. Faith is a verb. And the definition of the word faith doesn’t have anything to do with religion. Continue reading

Creature Feature: Ray Harryhausen’s Mythical Menagerie

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They say there’s an exception to every rule. Normally, I would balk at this a little bit. But when it comes to my extreme dislike (okay, my sheer terror) of stop-motion animation, surprisingly, this is all too true.

My completely rational fear of stop-motion/Claymation all stems from one fateful Christmas time viewing of “The Little Drummer Boy” in grade 2. Seriously, the kid’s father gets knifed (er, sworded?) right in front of him. And ME. So while the rest of the class was all “Aww, he’s playing his drum for Jesus!”, I was sitting in the corner, crying and traumatized for the rest of my life. I’m 28 years old, and if you handed me $100 to watch that now? I’d emphatically decline your offer. You sick sadist.

But in that dark, disturbing world of creepy clay models, moving literally one frame at a time, lies something truly incredible. Something that I can’t help but like. And his name was Ray Harryhausen.

Harryhausen was a true pioneer. A legend in the realm of animation, his scale model creatures breathed life into a pre-CGI film world. Perhaps his most recognizable work (and my personal favourite) is the skeleton army from “Jason and Argonauts”.

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Ray Harryhausen’s skeleton army from “Jason and the Argonauts” (1963)

Omigosh, they’re so cool. Continue reading

Be Not Afraid Nor Ashamed

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Not a day goes by where I don’t cringe at what’s happening in the world. From the riots in Baltimore, to the hypocritical double standards of a crowdsourcing website; pastors who face jail time and fines for choosing to only marry certain people, and the redefining of words instead of just making new ones as has been done for hundreds of thousands of years. Even just seeing how freely people attack others online. Calling them names, uttering threats, acting like out of control animals instead of civilized human beings.

The Lord told us that things would get more and more wicked. But knowing that makes it no less difficult when we have to sit back and watch. In these times, it’s good to stay quiet and remember what’s truly important. Knowing Jesus.

I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile.

~ Romans 1:16

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Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’.

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To Clean, or Not to Clean… Pft, the Answer is ALWAYS to Clean!

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I found something the other day that put the biggest smile on my face. While going through some of my grandma’s old papers, this little gem was hidden away in a dresser drawer.

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Issued by the Canadian Department of Pensions and National Health, this “How to Manage Housework in Canada” booklet was published in 1933.

*sighs* I was in love. Continue reading

P-P-P-Puppy Power!

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A grave injustice has been done, and I’m here to right it.

They say “haters gonna hate”, but oh ho ho, no, they ain’t. Not today, people.

I am taking to my blog this time in defense of the little cartoon puppy that never did no one no harm. No, not never.

The fact that someone else made this is proof we aren't ALL Scrappy haters.

The fact that someone else made this is proof that I’m not the only one with a soul.

Readers — and by readers I actually mean my dear-but-misguided best friend Paul — it’s time to stop all this misdirected hate. I ask you, how can there be so much hate for poor Crappy Doo, er, Doggy Doo, grrr, I mean SCRAPPY DOO!?

Now, I know, Scrappy Doo is not a popular character with the majority of the population. In fact, he’s been voted as the most annoying/hated cartoon character ever. Several times. And I myself am not exactly a, what would you call it… “fan” of Puppy Power. Yeah, I just admitted it. I’m not a fan of Scrappy Doo either. But I also don’t hate the little fella. How can I? Continue reading

The Renaissance Man

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I’ve always said that I was born too late. Usually I just mean that I’d be happiest as a 1950’s housewife. A real June Cleaver-type, you know? Vacuuming in heels? Heck, yeah, I’m there! But it’s even more accurate to say what my dad has told me.

“You were born in the wrong century.”

*sighs* Yep, he’s right. The 21st century just isn’t doing it for me. Now, the late 15th, early 16th century? When the art world was flourishing with incredible religious paintings and sculptures? YES. That’s where someone like me belongs.

The Italian Renaissance was a time when everything old was made new again, and creativity was abundant. The Renaissance effectively ended what is known as the Byzantine era. It pushed away the stiff, flat forms that had dominated art during the Middle Ages, replacing them with much more classical, realistic depictions of the human body, harkening back to the art of ancient Greece.

Now, I love Byzantine art. I mean for crying out loud, my Twitter bio says, I’m a “Commission artist specializing in Byzantine styled Bible symbolism.” But there is nothing more beautiful to me than the religious works that emerged from the hundred year period of about 1450 to 1550.

Many great artists came out of the Renaissance period. Michelangelo, Sandro Botticelli, Titian, Fra Filippo Lippi, Carlo Crivelli, Raphael. But the greatest of these was arguably Leonardo Da Vinci.

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Francesco Melzi’s Portrait of Leonardo Da Vinci

Born April 15, 1452, 563 years later, Da Vinci is considered one of the greatest artists of all time. He is the quintessential “Renaissance Man”. The artist was known primarily as a painter, but he was so much more than that. Continue reading

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