100 Days of Happiness: Day 5
You know what? Sometimes… Being with friends causes absolute happiness! So Day 5 is dedicated to ALL my friends, absent, present or in the future… I LOVE you all!
100 Days of Happiness: Day 3
I picked up a book recently on advice from the one and only Michelle Visage who personally recommend it to me.
It’s called ‘A Return To Love’ by Marianne Williamson and focuses on her reflections on principals of ‘A Course In Miracles’ by Helen Schucman.
I’m not one for self help books and spiritualism but I thought… fuckit… reading is fundamental after all!
I’m only a few chapters in and it’s message is already sinking in. A key phrase that has stuck in my head is “surrendering the old ways of thinking“.
It is common and often thought that surrendering is commensurate with failing. It is not. I repeat: it. is. not.
By allowing our quite often negatively learned ways of thinking to be all consuming of our minds, emotions and wellbeing we allow ourselves to be trapped and to become repetitive of old habits. If we allow ourselves to surrender old habits, tired ways and retire the negativity surrounding us, we are prepared for an evolution of change for the better.
As I said, I’m only a few chapters into the book, and I can now see that what I’m reading, I have always known. Sometimes you just need to break it down for a motherfucker!
The thing that brought me happiness today is starting reading this book as it has allowed me to see that although I’ve been a little lost recently, I’ve been on the right track all along. Always.
I’ll probably return to this book at sometime across my 100 Days of Happiness!
In the meantime… Be happy people! Be happy!
100 Days of Happiness: Day 1
I’m adopting the mantra that if Britney can make it through 2007,
I can make it through this day.
Every breakdown is a breakthrough.
Things fall apart so things can fall together.
Day 1 of my 100 Days of Happiness is accepting that sometimes shit is gonna happen. When the shit happens, you step in it, you accept it, you get the fuck over it and you keep on walking.
The thing that brought me happiness today is acceptance that instead of stepping in the shit, I should look out for it coming and deal with stepping over it, whatever it takes and however long it takes and to always remember and never forget how to deal with it in order to move forward, and in time, be able to avoid it completely, let it be,
and walk on, happy.
Hello hello hello.
Life is a funny old thing, isn’t it?
Hurdles wouldn’t be called hurdles if there wasn’t a way to get over them. Love recognises no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences and penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.
When something bad happens, you have three choices: you can either let it define you, let it destroy you or you can let it strengthen you.
We are all in the same game, only at different levels.
We are all dealing with the same hell, but with different devils.
I’ve made a decision to embark on a hundred days of self discovery and through this set some new goals of positivity. I’ve always been a ‘rescuer’ and a ‘fixer’ and a ‘teacher’ up until now, helping others through whatever life has thrown at them. This will never change in me. It’s inherent and it’s primal. However, now is the time to stop, take a breath and give myself some much needed time and advice. If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else? Right?
I truly believe that we can overcome any hurdle that lies before us and create the life we want to live. I have seen it happen time and time again for others, and I need to believe I can see it happen for myself. If focussing on my own inner happiness gives me hope, then so be it. True happiness is having a healthy mind, body and spirit. True happiness is having the knowledge to maneuver the mental obstacles that inhibit your ability to soar. And if I fly or if I fall, at least I can say I gave it my all.
And so begins 100 Days of Happiness.
100 days… 100 blogs…
I have no way of foreseeing what each day may bring.
It’s a way to inspire me to see the world in a different way and if it inspires someone else to do the same and that inspires someone else,
then there lies a positive circle of thinking.
We may get a little lost sometimes, but love is there.
It was mentioned in casual conversation that a certain someone liked a picture on Instagram that was based on John Carpenter’s 80s horror classic, The Thing.
Me being me… I decided to get on it and make it using pencil to sketch the outline on A3 paper and colouring the artwork using a mixture of watercolour paints. It took about an hour to draw the original sketch and a further two hours to complete the colouring!
The artwork is based on the poor Husky whose fate is sealed as the first form that the alien entity takes in the film.
Here’s a short video tracking the progress of the artwork set to Ennio Morricone’s The Thing theme!
And here are the photos of my drawing and painting as used in the video!!
Here’s the final artwork:
Til’ next time!
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This weekend Christopher, Pauline, Adam, John, Lauren, Judy and I are heading to Glasgow Film Festival’s FrightFest 2015! This will be my first ever FrightFest and I’m really looking forward to attending the weekend-long screenings and shenanigans with some amazing people and FrightFest veterans!
I’ve compiled a little bit of info on the films we’re gonna be seeing from the official FrightFest site and I’ll be doing a follow up blog, with input from the guys named above, reviewing all the films that we will be seeing over the weekend!
FrightFest was originally conceived by Paul McEvoy, Ian Rattray and Alan Jones and staged its first event in 2000 at the Prince Charles cinema, off London’s Leicester Square. Its August Bank Holiday weekend date has remained a fixture ever since. Greg Day, their long-serving PR man, joined the company as a co-director in 2006.
The objective of FrightFest was to provide the UK with a horror fantasy festival of similar stature to the market leaders in Europe, Sitges (Spain) and Brussels (Belgium). FrightFest has since evolved into a community where audiences and guests alike travel from all over the world to be part of the event’s unique atmosphere.
Due to rapidly increasing audiences and its burgeoning reputation as a must-attend event, FrightFest moved home to Screen One of the Odeon West End, Leicester Square in 2005 and staged the LAND OF THE DEAD premiere, with legendary icon George Romero in attendance. 2006 found FrightFest having to move again to the larger Screen Two auditorium in the Odeon West End and extending its length from four to five days. This was a banner year with the second only screening of PAN’S LABYRINTH after its Cannes Film Festival debut. Director Guillermo del Toro attending for the second time that year called FrightFest “The Woodstock of Gore” and the audience sang Happy Birthday to ‘Starsky & Hutch’ icon David Soul.
2009 marked Film4 FrightFest’s biggest leap in their 10th anniversary year. Moving just a couple of hundred yard across Leicester Square, the festival upgraded to the UK’s largest traditional cinema screen at the Empire Cinema. This heralded the most ambitious line-up of new genre movies ever presented in the heart of London’s glittering West End. A second and third screens soon followed with the addition of the popular Discovery and ReDiscovery strands
After five exciting years at the Empire Cinema where additional films and extra screenings were added to the line-up, FrightFest was on the move again, this time 100 yards along Leicester Square to the Vue, West End, a state of the art multiplex. There FrightFest settled into five of the cinema’s nine screens. Taking advantage of the additional space FrightFest expanded again increasing the number of films featured to 74 over the event’s action packed five days.
Outside of the main August event FrightFest also stages a Halloween extravaganza and hosts a regular two-day terror-thon at the Glasgow Film Festival every February. FrightFest also organises special events, which have included Dario Argento at the Coronet, Notting Hill Gate, DRAG ME TO HELL with Sam Raimi, HOSTEL Day, DEAD Day, An Evening with Jessica Alba, Clive Barker in Discussion, COLD IN JULY with director Jim Mickle and co-presenting the Italian rock band Goblin in concert. FrightFest has also launched Jake West’s two VIDEO NASTIES documentaries and hosted the world premieres of Neil Marshall’s THE DESCENT and Chris Smith’s BLACK DEATH starring Eddie Redmayne
The Atticus Institute
Director: Chris Sparling
Dr. Henry West founded The Atticus Institute in the 1970s to study telekinesis, clairvoyance E.S.P. and other unexplained psi-related phenomena. Thousands of subjects were tested using scientific methods many of whom showed abilities defying explanation by known physical laws. But just after West published the promising results of their research work, the small facility was mysteriously shut down in November 1976 by a concerned US Government. The reason? They met Judith Winstead whose supernatural abilities tested far beyond anything ever before witnessed. You won’t believe your eyes watching the shockumentary of the year from director Chris Sparling, writer of BURIED.
Director: Matt Wynn
When Ella (‘The O.C.’ star Mischa Barton) discovers her Wall Street banker boyfriend is renting a secret storage unit, she suspects he’s using it to hide an affair. Enlisting the help of her best friend Molly (‘The Inbetweeners’ star Emily Atack) she breaks into the facility only to discover something more terrifying instead. Now trapped in a darkened building with a group of neurotic strangers who start disappearing one by one, Ella soon uncovers even worse horror in the dank depths. Her life or death battle to escape eternal enslavement is about to begin… And so are your nastiest nightmares..
Director: Kiah Roache-Turner
A post-apocalyptic zombie invasion, caused by a wayward comet, turns personal for an Oz mechanic when his sister is abducted by a sinister team of gas-masked soldiers for flesh-eating experiments by a mad scientist. An absolutely astonishing and brilliant feature bow from Australian brother Kiah and Tristan Roache-Turner, it’s the deadpan dead bloodbath everybody is talking about. Sporting MAD MAX-style designs, a glorious sense of humour, energetic execution, new and outrageous zombie lore and KC and the Sunshine Band, this super-fresh spin on a favourite genre is a raucous riot of black comedy, catastrophic carnage and over-the-top splatter.
Director: April Mullen
There are two sides to every story. From the team behind DEAD BEFORE DAWN 3D, and starring FrightFest Scream Queen Katharine Isabelle, AMERICAN MARY herself, comes a glorious, gory and fast-paced homage to cult exploitation revenge thrillers. Gwen arrives disheveled at a mysterious roadside diner. But who is she really because she has no idea where she is or how she got there in such an anguished state. Split between two timelines, Gwen gets taken on a violence-fuelled journey into death and destruction and becomes the most wanted woman in Tennessee seeking out the person responsible for her lover’s murder.
Backmask / Exeter / The Asylum
Director: Marcus Nispel
From Marcus Nispel, director of THE TEXAS CHAINSAW and FRIDAY THE 13TH remakes, sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll possession. Six teens throw a party in a rundown building and find a vintage record. Talk turns to ‘backmasking’ – subliminal messages recorded onto a music groove heard only when the track is played backwards – and they play the vinyl for a giggle. Soon a seemingly malevolent entity has infiltrated the group, wreaking havoc. However the spirit is actually trying to convey a message and the real source of horror is something – or someone – much closer to home.
Director: John Watts
FrightFest Glasgow’s special 2013 guest Eli Roth sends in the clowns… When the entertainer hired for his son’s sixth birthday party is a no-show, doting father Kent dons a clown outfit himself. But after the festivities, he finds he can’t take it off – the bulbous nose is stuck to his face, the frizzy wig glued to his hair and the make-up permanently etched on his features. Too late he learns the costume is the skin of an ancient demon and his family must race to break the curse before the transformation into a homicidal killer with outsize shoes is complete.
Blood and Black Lace
Director: Mario Bava
One of the most influential horror thrillers of all time, Italian Maestro of Terror Mario Bava’s shimmering fever dream is a visually stunning, elegantly mounted and erotically charged catalogue of innovative homicidal cruelty. Six models at Contessa Cristina Como’s chic Rome fashion house are tortured and violently murdered by a ghost-like masked psychopath for a telltale diary containing incriminating scandal. A chiller way ahead of its time and considered the main evolutionary starting point for the entire giallo genre that would inspire Dario Argento, this key masterpiece of menace is presented here in all its restored glory.
The Woods Movie
Director: Russell Gomm
In October 1997, a group of filmmakers ventured into the Maryland woods to produce a low budget independent horror movie. THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT would become a global phenomenon and began the ‘found footage’ genre that remains a potent force today. Now for the first time you can see how that record-breaking groundbreaker came into being. From never-before-seen recordings of pre-production meetings, audition tapes and test footage to the actual shooting, first preview screenings and marketing at the Sundance Film Festival, all the key personnel guide you through the discussions and decisions that minted a shock sensation classic.
Director: Hans Herbots
Nordic Noir turns frighteningly Flemish in Belgium’s top-grossing film of 2014 based on the chiller by acclaimed British author Mo Hayder. Gut-wrenching and harrowing to an unprecedented degree, nerves of steel are required to watch this truly shocking, emotionally jarring, viciously gritty, serial killer thriller pulling no punches. Inspector Nick Cafmeyer is haunted by the unsolved disappearance of his younger brother. A known sex offender was questioned but quickly released who now takes fiendish pleasure in tormenting Nick. Now another similar case comes to disturbing light involving a missing juvenile and Nick’s real nightmare begins… You have been warned!
Director: Juame Balaguero
FrightFest unleashed [REC] onto unsuspecting audiences and we are delighted to host the UK premiere of the shattering visceral conclusion to the global horror phenomenon. Picking up the intense action immediately after [REC] 2 – expanding on the mythos from all three predecessors, plus referencing cult genre classics – TV reporter Ángela Vidal is extracted from the cursed apartment building and taken to a high-security quarantine facility aboard an oil tanker. There, in the bowels of the dark and desolate ship, Dr. Ricarte is experimenting with the infectious virus to find a cure before another living dead outbreak occurs.
There Are Monsters
Director: Jay Dahl
Monsters are taking over the world, slowly, quietly and efficiently, but you won’t see them coming until it’s far too late! Four film students embark on a road trip to obtain promotional interviews for their college. However en route they witness a series of odd events, strange behaviour, shocking actions and what seems to be surplus of twins. Their well-ordered universe literally changes before their camera lenses uncovering a terrifying secret lurking just under the seemingly calm urban landscape. You will be scared out of your wits right from the start of this instant cult classic, guaranteed.
So there we have it!
11 films over 2 days!
Most likely we’ll be Tweeting and sharing things on Facebook and Instagram between films so catch us there over the weekend!
Wish us luck!
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