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Friday, January 18th, 2013

Monday, January 21st, 2013

School was good today.

I showed my blog to the people on my table in English, and the teachers and my classmates thought it was quite good.

In Chinese, we did the usual.

In Science, we did some more work on our posters about Ashton Island, and the energy crisis.

And now for something I like.

The Universal Monsters

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What exactly are The Universal Monsters?

Well, they’re some of the oldest, most legendary horror movie monsters ever created. All of them have a massive impact on pop culture, horror movies and countless books, films, TV Shows, music, etc.

These monsters were created by Universal Studios in the 30s to 50s, and had a huge impact on the monsters we all know and love today.

I’ll start talking about them. In order of the year they were released. But to do an entire post about them would use up a lot of my time and energy, so I’ll post about them one at a time. Starting with our blood sucking Count Dracula.

( NOTE: I’m NOT talking about just the films themselves. I’m mainly talking about the MONSTER.)

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DRACULA (1931)

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” Children of the night! What music they make.”- Count Dracula welcoming Renfield to his castle.

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Dracula wasn’t the first Universal Horror Film, but it was the studio’s first big hit. Yes, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Phantom of the Opera were all very successful, but this one made the public love Universal and got the money rolling in big time. And this is based on the novel by Bram Stoker.

Basically, it’s the story of an undead vampire, who starts off by inviting the unassuming Renfield to his castle. Before that, Renfield was warned by the locals that the castle had vampires, but he ignores them. He serves dinner to him, then hypnotizes Renfield. Later, Dracula kills a pleading Renfield by biting him then throwing him down a staircase.

After that, Dracula proceeds to attack the ship Vesta, killing everyone on board. Renfield is now his raving loony assistant.

Later at The Royal Albert Hall, Dracula, in London, meets Mina, Dr Seward, Mina’s fiance John Harker and Lucy Weston, the family friend. Dracula enters Lucy’s room at night and sucks her blood out. She dies.

Renfield is studied by Van Helsing, who discovers he is a vampire. Meanwhile, Mina gets bitten as well.

Now it’s up to our heroes to kill the Vampire for once and for all and end his killing spree.

And now for the monster.

Basically, Dracula is on the bottom of my list. Yes, quit complaining. He’s No. 8.

Why?

Well, let’s start with the good things, to make him happy.

First, he’s very smart. He knows black magic, he can hypnotize people, and he can transform into ANYTHING at will.

He has a creative way of killing people- sucking the blood out of their neck. He is also very good at stealth, has superhuman strength ( of 20 strong men) and he’s undead, AND STILL LOOKS MIDDLE AGED.

He is also very cultured, serving fine meals and offering comfy beds to his guests/victims/idiotic people who didn’t believe the locals/enemies. And he even admires his enemies too, calling Van Helsing a very clever man.

And now, the bad things.

He’s rather weak for a guy who’s undead. I mean, there are so many ways to kill him. You can burn him, chop his head off, shoot him, stake him, garlic him, scare him with a cross/crucifix/Bible/holy water, and show him sunlight.

Also, the thought of a guy sucking blood never appealed to me either.

But overall, he’s the most elegant out of all the Universal Monsters, and a very frightening one too.

Next up tomorrow: Frankenstein’s Monster.

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Today, School was OK, I guess.

In Chinese, we worked on some exercises in our new workbook, and our teacher droned on and on about provinces and marked our exercises and stuff.

At break, I got changed into my PE Kit, as I was doing Touch Rugby and I didn’t want to spend time changing. After that, I dropped my bags off at C42, then went up to the Atrium- the cafetaria on the 5th floor- to get a snack.

After eating my cookie and samosas and drinking my mango juice, I went back to C42 to game until it was time to take the bus to PE.

Rugby was OK, I guess. My team won. The only problem was that I couldn’t run fast enough to touch someone or get the ball.

In Learning Futures, or Learn Fu, as we like to call it, we learned some more about Capitalism- and it’s good and bad points. Then, Mr. Davis announced something absolutely awesome- for the next few lessons, we would be playing Monopoly! :D.

Finally, I went to Tutor Time. Or was a bit late.

Because, I’d gone downstairs to the carpark. When I got to the car, my mum reminded me I had to go to Tutor Time, so, I had to go back up the stairs, huffing and puffing, to see my tutor group.

Anyway, when I got there, we were all sponsoring each other for the walk for Cancer- so the Hong Kong Cancer Fund could raise money to help more people.

After that I went back home.

End of Journal.

And now for something I like.

WRECK IT RALPH

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Basically, Wreck it Ralph is one of my favourite animated movies-and one of my all time favourite movies-ever.

It’s basically the story of a arcade game bad guy who does something very risky in order to win a medal so he can become the hero for once.

The movie is AWESOME, in so many ways.

First of all, there’s the story itself. It’s very touching, and there are loads of moments were Ralph is desperately trying to get his medal back so he can get respect from the Nicelanders in his game, who bully him and only see him as the bad guy who wrecks the building.

Second, there were the massive gaming references and cameos from tons of game characters. You can spot Sonic, Ryu, M. Bison, Pac Man, the knight from Joust, Bowser, Zangief, Q*Bert- the cameos are endless. I’m guessing it’s what helped the movie succeed- a little cameo for everyone. And doing that was also a brilliant tribute for video gaming history.

Third, there’s the characters. Each are all wonderfully detailed- from Ralph himself, to Vanellope Von Schweetz, the glitch who is bullied and shunned by everyone because she’s different, and Sergeant Calhoun, the hard as nails female sergeant who has been programmed with ” the most tragic backstory ever”. You can sympathise with them too- Ralph is forced to sleep in bricks while Fix it Felix, the hero of the game Ralph lives and works in, although a nice man himself to Ralph, is given by the Nicelanders an apartment in the luxurious apartment building. Vanellope Von Schweetz has no friends at all, is lonely, desperately wants to race, and is treated like dirt by everyone because she’s different from everyone else. Calhoun was about to get married to her fiance when a Cy Bug, the very thing she was fighting to stop, smashed the window of the church and ate her groom. She was forced to kill her groom via a giant minigun she had under her wedding dress, because since Cy Bugs become what they eat, she couldn’t bear the sight of her groom turning into a monster.

I can relate specially to Ralph and Vanellope too. I get bullied a lot by my schoolmates, my family, who don’t realize it, some of my teachers and even my FRIENDS. Kyle trolls me a lot, and Gabriel keeps on saying I’m stupid.

Finally, this film is up for the Oscars and is battling Brave, Paranorman, Frankenweenie and The Pirates: Band of Misfits for the Oscar for Best Animated Feature.

I hope it wins. If it doesn’t, well, there’s always the Golden Globes….

Also, the Junior Novel is my 3rd Favourite Book.

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And if you happen to be thinking ” Hey, if he’s a fan of the movie, he would be a fan of this kiddie book-” boy, you are DEAD WRONG.

Yes, Yes, I know, I know that this is a kid’s book and has pictures and stuff, but then this isn’t like any other junior novel I’ve read.

It tells the entire story, even though some bits in the movie are different, and somehow keeps the massive emotional punch in there. It’s a really emotional story. You can understand Ralph’s desperation and Vanellope’s plight perfectly. And somehow, you just want to read it again and again and again.