The Next “Twilight”

For those who haven’t read or started watching the trilogy, you are missing out. And for those who’ve been dying to watch it, SPOILER ALERT! It’s gotta be the best movie of the year. Yes, Catching Fire seems like more of a preteen movie, and I think it’s more or less coming off as the next Twilight series fan craze. But if it is, I’m definitely going to be one of those fans lining up for the next movie.

Catching Fire starts out as Katniss Everdeen returning home after she and her partner, Peeta, won the 74th annual Hunger Games, defying the capital and President Snow. Unfortunately, winning means that they must pick up and leave their loved ones to go on a victory tour of all twelve districts. Along the way, Katniss senses that some sort of rebellion or uprising is happening and that its being kept a secret, but President Snow, president of Panam, is keeping her under a watchful eye. Being the manipulative man that he is, he sends all the victors from the previous 74 years to be chosen to participate in the 75th games, knowing that Katniss, the face of the rebellion, would be chosen and would most likely be killed off during the games. But much to his dismay, Katniss and her allies devise a plan to electrocute the other players, and end up exploding the arena’s force field with a shock of lightning. Upon waking in the Panam hover craft, Katniss discovers that half the tributes in the arena were there to protect her and keep her alive, because her senses were right: a rebellion had begun and she was their “mockingjay”. The movie ends with Katniss’ face writhing with anger after she finds out that her district had been destroyed, and she was now residing in the once thought to be vanished district 13.

Its SO hard to not just say that this film is just absolutely perfect and fantastic in every single way. It’s the only film that I can think of that captures the novel absolutely perfectly, and that comes out 10x better than the first installment. First off, director Francis Lawrence did an amazing job at directing, because he captured ever little detail that the novel had, right down to the tension and intensity when the tributes are standing on their platforms right before they jump into the sea to race for their weapons. The budget was nearly twice that of the first installment, The Hunger Games and it truly shows in the out-of-this-world costumes like Effie’s gold hair to match her gold.. well, everything. The colourful array of makeup jobs, such as the lace eyelashes and rhinestone designs on her neck to match her so-called wedding dress, array of make up jobs, and especially the extra cast members. The A-list cast did an excellent job at showing the insensity, anger, and secretive ways that the novel showed. The plot line was definitely more intense and kept you sitting on the edge of your seat, and the cliff hanger ending closely resebles that of the final scene of Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1, leaving you with only an image of Katniss’ face as she plots her revenge. The movie just makes you want to keep coming back for more and more, and if the third installment is just as good as the first and second, those line ups will be right out on the street. Katniss is only one girl, but her determination and rebellion is an anecdote in a world full of male super heroes out there. It’s so much nicer to see a girl hero among everything else out there.

who said school is the only option?

it’s that time of year everybody! yes, the day we’ve all been anticipating. its finally come time to get our university pins. funny how that little line consisting of five characters gives you entrance to the rest of your life.

what really gets me is that 90% of this world is filled with people who think that school is the only option. you have to go to school, get a career, and work 45 years in a job that you don’t want, all to contribute to something greater that is supposed to keep our society-based world turning. and if you don’t go to school and head off to do something else, well, you might as well just tattoo “FAILURE” on your forehead, because you’re not comforming with the rest of us heading off to post secondary education.

over the last month or so, i’ve really been trying hard to decide what school i want to go to. and the more i think about it, the more stressed i become, as most of us do. it costs upwards of $70,000 for a four-year degree just to fill our brains with higher knowledge. we are literally paying as much as a downpayment on a house would cost to sit in a lecture hall every day for four years, and most of us aren’t even guaranteed a job afterwards to pay off that huge debt. it just doesn’t make sense why society has all of us (for lack of a better word) brainwashed into thinking that we HAVE to have post secondary education, and we HAVE to get a job that contributes to the greater good afterwards. there is so much of the world out there to see, so many other things you could be doing, and probably learning MORE than what you would learn in a university lecture hall.

what i’m saying is, school doesn’t have to be the only option. yes, it is the safety net after highschool. that’s where all of us want to go, because its safe, you know you aren’t the only one doing it. “getting your life started” shouldn’t mean deskwork for four years and then another forty years at a desk job. it should mean exploring, and learning through experience. the world has so much to offer, but no one gets to see it because we are all so focused on what society sees as “the bigger picture”. i truly applaud those who decide not to go to higher education, because i find that those who don’t, see that there is more to this life than books and pencils. usually those are the ones who change the world.

anyway, that’s my rant for the day. school just isn’t my thing, as much as I love it. the world has greater things waiting for me.

I refuse to be a punching bag

Recently in the news, a heading caught my eye.

http://www.wsoctv.com/videos/news/hickory-man-arrested-and-charged-with-beating-wife/vCH3NG/

“Hickory Man Arrested and Charged with Beating His Wife to Death

HICKORY, N.C. — 

A Hickory man is accused of beating his wife to death, then lying to police about it.

Investigators said Marvin Hill called 911, claiming his wife slipped and fell inside the couple’s home.

Sheriff deputies said when they got to the house, they found signs of a struggle and injuries to the woman’s face. 

Now, Marvin Hill sits in jail, charged murder after he beat her until she died in their home, south of Hickory, deputies said. 

Investigators said when they got to the home, furniture wasoverturned, and it appeared Hill struck his wife with his fist before calling for help, claiming she had fallen.”

As I did more research on this breaking news story, I found that the woman suffered from broken limbs, including both her legs, arms, back and nose. Even when I typed the title of the news story into a search engine, HUNDREDS of news articles about domestic abuse flooded my computer screen. It really just blows my mind how many stories of domestic abuse are still coming to light in newspapers, TV, magazine ads, etc. and still, NO ONE has learned that this is NOT okay, and violence never solves anything, especially when you feel you are unable to control yourself. We hear stories of it, how to prevent it, and what to do if you’re in an abusive relationship, and still, we hear stories of it and make jokes about it. 42% of women have been sexually assaulted by their own partner, and have been injured by it in some way or another, and up to 70% of all female murder victims in the world are killed by their intimate partner. It’s shameful that we still see stories plastered everywhere but yet it’s still almost a weekly occurance in the news that we see yet another woman that is assaulted by her husband or intimate partner. And not to say that men are the only ones to blame, because it is proven that 38% of all domestic assault cases are perpetrated by women. I just cannot fathom why someone would ever want to hurt someone they love to the point of death. When we choose to love somebody, part of what comes with love is wanting to protect and shield them from any danger, and loving unconditionally. Hurting someone to the point of death should be the last thing on your mind. 

This is only furthering the stereotype that men use violence as a means of dominance, and that women are “stupid” or “dumb” for staying with a lover who is an abuser (in this story, we don’t know that there is a history of abuse, but in many cases, there is). Maybe it’s the media’s fault for using violence as a means of entertainment, provoking emotions in some people, such as anger, that are uncontrollable. Maybe it’s the fact that most of society sees women as petite, frail, and “easy”, making us easier targets, knowing that we won’t fight back. Or maybe it’s the age-old argument of nature versus nuture, maybe we learned it through situations of anger or abuse when we were younger, or maybe we are born with the built up anger to hurt. Either way, this is a major societal issue that needs to be solved, human beings are not to be used as punching bags.

http://www.stopvaw.org/prevalence_of_domestic_violence