Author has written 4 stories for Pirates of the Caribbean, Invader Zim, and Avatar: Last Airbender.
Welcome to a world of imagination, insomnia, and insanity! I will be your host, poeismyhero.
Cool name, right? See, I'm a huge Edgar Allen Poe fan (and it rhymes!) However, despite my emo tastes, I'm really not emo, as you will see in my fanfics later. Still, I do delve into the darker side of literature and film more than the average mortal. Here are some examples:
1. Psycho - Hitchcock's best, in my opinion. The fact that he used black and white film really brought out the stark contrasts in lighting, giving it the perfectly creepy atmosphere. This movie was so scary several people claimed that they saw the movie in color b/c they remembered seeing the red blood, which was actually chocolate syrup. Plus, it has Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins (in one of his best roles), and it truly shows off Hitchcock's camera work. Not only does the film match the viewing of the human eye (like when Norman Bates looks through the peephole), but his misdirection really engages the audience and keeps them guessing until the very end. Totally deserved the top billing on AFI's 100 years...100 Thrills list.
2. The Godfather - I was able to watch this in the movie theater on campus and it BLEW MY MIND!! I thought the hype was because of the Oscars it won, so I wasn't expecting anything that would thrill me personally, but boy was I wrong. Casting, cinematography, timing, directing - everything came together in probably one of the best movies ever made. #2 on AFI's 100 years...100 movies list - and deserves to be number one! Anyone who says differently will be sleeping with the fishes.
3. Anything by Hayao Miyazaki - Hayao Miyazaki is a true visionary. I've been a fan of his since I was a kid with My Neighbor Totoro. He creates scenes so beautiful they remind us why animation is not antiquidated, and characters that you would pour your heart out for. Even in Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, when the world is a bleak, post-apocalyptic scene of war, he brings out the best in humanity, everything we've aspired to be, and stirs up emotions that expose your inner soul. I know that sounds crazy, but anyone who's watched his films has, at one point or another, felt the same way.
4. Some Like it Hot - What can I say? Hilarious all the way through. I watched this at a sleepover with friends once and we couldn't stop laughing (thankfully I didn't DIE laughing). It's got an amazing cast (Marilyn Monroe!) and the film is the funniest stuff in Hollywood all the way to the final, infamous line. Again, top billing for AFI's 100 years...100 laughs - and deserves it!
5. The Shining - I know everyone says the book is better, but I haven't had a chance to read it yet, so my vote goes to Kubrick. This is one seriously creepy movie. The lack of music throughout (the music in the title credits is also creepy) really sets the atmosphere of an empty hotel. This movie convinced me of two things: 1. Don't get Jack Nicholson mad. 2. I will never EVER stay in a haunted hotel, much less the Stanley hotel.
6. Jurassic Park - As a HUGE dinosaur fan, as well as a fan of both Crichton (R.I.P.) and Spielberg, I gotta say I love this movie. This movie not only had some of the best special effects and CGI ever (take that, Transformers!), it also made the public aware of the new dinosaurs - dinosaurs closer to birds, and still just as deadly. Thanks to JP, we don't see dinosaurs as big, stupid lizards anymore, but as swift predators that would make our world mincemeat if anyone was stupid enough to clone one. Of course, there would be enough problems with their immune systems to slow down their domination, but if anyone asks, I'm on the raptors' side.
7. District 9 - Apartheid meets giant alien robots and - gasp! - characters you actually care about! Take note, Christian Bale (John Connor? Seriously?)
8. Anything by Tim Burton - I grew up with Tim Burton, so I give him a lot of kudos when writing. His films were dark, but not emo (unless you count Sweeney Todd - which I adored, as you can see in my avatar). In fact, he intentionally brough humor to the dark side in a refresingly new genre. And he likes Johnny Depp. And Vincent Price. MAGIC TRIO POWER!
9. Monty Python and the Holy Grail - The epitome of randomness. And - holy hand grenade! - it works!
10. Young Frankenstein, The Producers (the one with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick), and Rocky Horror Picture Show - Mel Brooks, musicals, and Tim Curry in drag. These three ALL deserve to be on my list.
Honorable Mention: Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit - I've been a fan of W&G since childhood (seeing a pattern here?). Their shorts were great, and their movie was brilliant. For a whole week after seeing the movie, my little sister and I were constantly quoting it. CHEESE! I also love anything by Pixar. I've watched pretty much everything Pixar has made (I even have the short films!) I really don't know how they make these great movies again and again. They just get better and better all the time (Hollywood could take some lessons from this CGI team) BTW, I await the day when I can own a Kevin.
Honorable Mention #2: Raiders of the Lost Ark - Another Spielberg, this movie introduces the world to the most awesome archeologist ever, Indiana Jones. The action is classic Spielberg and Indy's sarcastic, no nonsense persona sets him apart from adventurers before him. After all, when most adventurers face a sword-wielding sheik, only Indy gets bored and just shoots the guy. Harrison Ford makes a character that could possibly have been cheesy and makes him realistic, but still able to kick Nazi butt.
1. The Harry Potter series - These books kick Twilight's butt! And I love Potter Puppet Pals as well.
2. Works by Edgar Allen Poe - As you can see from my screen name, Poe is my hero. He's passionate, dark, and intelligent, all blending together in a dizzingly delight of delusion and insanity.
3. Farenheit 451 - I love the way Bradbury writes. He not only delivers a great story, but his poetic prose introduces a whole new way of narrating a story. Plus, he wrote for Twilight Zone. 'Nuff said.
4. The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde at his best. Again, being the comedy conouisseur that I am, I appreciate Wilde's witty banter. And Algernon. I'll go Bunburying with him anytime ;)
5. The Invisible Man - Cool plot, short book, but an adventure I keep going back to. I love the way H.G. Wells distances himself from the action and objectively accounts the mundane observations of the people of Iping. It only makes the situation of an invisible man in reality more out of place. This also taught me never to wish to be invisible. Running around in the buff during the English winter just isn't worth it.
6. Jurassic Park and The Lost World - Dinosaurs AND Ian Malcolm? So in! Note: Don't read this expecting the same story as Spielberg's adaption. The reason Spielberg is the only director capable of handling Crichton on film (remember the disasterous Andromeda Strain mini-series?) is b/c he takes the novel and creates his own completely different story. Spielberg and Crichton are two completely different visionaries. It's like putting Kafka with Mark Twain (don't try it - not good for the brain).
7. ttyl series - Yay, teen stuff! Seriously, the text messaging is cool and the characters are hilarious. Plus, despite being a teen book, it's definitely doesn't go sugar puff sitcom on you (warning: not for kids!)
8. The Year of Secret Assignments - Similar to ttyl (uses letters instead of text messages), but not as R-rated.
9. Works by Roald Dahl - If Poe wasn't my first choice, Roald Dahl would be my second choice, hands down. His books are so full of whimsy and fun, with that British witty narration that I absolutely adore. Roald Dahl, Beatrix Potter, Iva Ebbotson, the Dinotopia series, and Eloise (my childhood hero) were what I read as a child, and still glance through as an adult.
10. Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut is a brilliant black satirist. This book is a great intro to his work (I used it for an author study in high school) and it's allusion to the islands that suffered from nuclear testing in WWII is a grave reminder under the laughs that humanity needs to keep itself in check.
Honorable Mention: A Night to Remember - Want to know the real story of the Titanic? Look no further than this classic account of the doomed ship. The author, Walter Lord, gathered together the stories of over 70 people from the noble elite to the tragic third class in order to accurately portray the true events that occured (with no romance distractions). Despite it being nonfiction, it's short and reads well, and each chapter emphasizes the tragedy by ending from the perspective of the Carpathia, a ship that was close enough to have possibly saved all of the passengers of the Titanic, but ironically was one of the last ships to arrive on the scene. This is definitely not a happy book, but it makes its point crystal clear.
1. Yotsuba&! - The cutest manga EVER! The manga follows an odd little girl as she causes mischief and mayhem alongisde her father and her neighbors. This is a manga is basically a hypothetical memoir of both my childhood and my little sister's. Everything you want a light-hearted manga to be!
2. Hollow Fields - An Australian manga that is a must for any Tim Burton fan.
2. My Cat Loki - Sweet and funny, this manga is too kawaii!
3. Emma - Beautiful artwork set in a Romantic London with a Romeo and Juliet story that keeps you guessing at their fate.
4. R.O.D. Read or Dream - Cute little slice of life stories that follow the trio of paper sisters and their book-themed adventures.
5. +Anima - Interesting concept and awesome action. For those who don't want a shoujo manga.
6. Translucent - Unfortunately, due to the crappy lack of manga in my town, I only have the first volume of this manga. However, it's a story with an interesting concept and honest characters. And Tadami-kun is way too crazy to ignore!
7. Ballad of a Shinigami - This is a Japanese light novel, but it has a manga feel to it, and the books aren't that long. Yes, it's depressing, but the stories are innocently poignant and the writing is addicting. I read the first volume while I was in New York City, and the chilly, damp April weather provided the perfect setting for this thoughtful series. For those who aren't afraid to be a little serious once in a while.
Honorable mention: The Dreaming - Beautiful artwork and a suspenseful story, but the ending seems rushed and lacks a satisfying conclusion. Note: this was also the first manga series I ever started - and it's not even Japanese (it's another Australian manga - those sly Aussies!)
1. Project Runway - Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, and beautiful fashion. Need I say more?
2. True Blood - Yes, the second season is a little tedious (we get it, Maryann's a dirty girl!), but the characters are great and the concept is unique. Just don't let the little ones see it!
3. The Daily Show and the Colbert Report - The only news I can watch that doesn't make depressed. Seriously funny!
4. The Twilight Zone - Arguably one of the greatest television shows in history, Twilight Zone is pretty much the source of every sci-fi plot known to man - and with good reason. It's stories are not only fun and frightful, but they also are a medium for authors to question society and man's values. Everything from the Cold War to human greed is scrutinized under the invisible microscope hidden behind the silly alien outfits and set pieces. Everytime I write a story involving sci-fi or supernatural elements, I can't help but reference this iconic series.
5. Wipeout - People wiping out with funny commentators pointing out every silly moment. I can't help it - I'm hooked.
6. Ace of Cakes - Awesome cakes made by awesome people. If I could hang out with Duff and his crew for just one day, my life would be complete.
7. Fringe - Definitely a guilty pleasure for the mad scientist in me. Speaking of mad scientists, I would love to have ice cream with Walter one day, just to see what the heck would come out of his mouth. Delightful!
8. Avatar - Even though the magic's over, the most amazing amine ever will live on (hopefully not with M. Night Shyamalan directing it)
9. Dark Shadows - Campy horror and a totally intimidating (yet stil cool) vampire that's not from Twilight? YAY!!
10. Mythbusters - Science + explosions x Adam, Jaime, Cari, Grant & Tory = AWESOME!
Honorable mention: All the old Nickelodeon shows like All That and Rugrats - Will someone PLEASE put these back on the air? At least put them on Hulu where I can see them!
Honorable Mention #2: Jurassic Fight Club - Did I mention I love dinosaurs? And action sequences? Oh. Well, now I did.
Wow, I can ramble! Geez, Louise!
(Random girl named Louise suddenly pops out of nowhere) Hey, don't use my name in vain!
(poeismyhero jumps at the interruption) Ack! I thought this was my profile!
Louise: Well too bad! (Sticks out tongue and disappears)
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