Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The Village

Rated: PG-13 for a scene of violence and frightening situations
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Genre: Drama/mystery/thriller
Starring Bryce Dallas Howard and Joaquin Phoenix

Ivy Walker lives in a small isolated village during the late 1800s, where the color red is forbidden; the elders believe it attracts the beasts living in the surrounding forest. No one can go outside the little haven without danger of being taken by the strange Those We Do Not Speak Of” creatures. There hasnt been an attack in a long time, until when Ivys friend Lucius Hunt asks the elders for permission to go beyond the village and into the unknown. That’s when the monsters become more menacing—strange marks are found on doors and skinned livestock is left along the paths. Still, Lucius is determined to go Outside, in hopes of buying medicine to might cure Ivys blindness. His plans are wrecked when an angry Noah mortally stabs Lucius. Now its Ivy who begs to be allowed to travel for medicine, if she wants to save her love’s life. After much consideration the elders allow it, although only after telling her a secret. When and if Ivy arrives at her unknown destination, she has no idea what will she find when she gets there.
I think The Village is a perfect introduction to scary movies, as the setting—being far removed from our modern world—gives the viewer a little distance. There’s lots of suspense, but no nasty gore, making a dramatic, romantic movie with great cinematography.

Monday, October 29, 2007

I Live!

Yes, yes, I AM alive, as shocking as that may be. I'm even posting to my blog. :-O Amazing. Did you miss me? ;-)
But don't blame me for disappearing; it was the stupid Internet host people who took forever to switch the connection over to a new house. Thank goodness it's finally working!
I'll post something that actually has to do with books and/or movies soon, and get a new poll up for the month of November on Thursday.

Have a happy Halloween!
Ink Mage