It just breaks my heart when I hear my loved ones tell me about their misfortunes and woes. If only I had the power to take it all away then I would, really I would. And I am not even trying to play the martyr here, I seriously feel affected by the hardships of others, especially those that I care about, and their problems become my problems whether they want them to or not. All that I can say for sure is that it is time for some good vibes to arrive and for the year to get a bit brighter, because it has just been one thing after another up to this point.
I don't think that the crappy stuff that happens to us has anything to do with luck. I don't really believe in good and bad luck, I think that shit just happens, it's called living. Sometimes you're ahead of the game and other days you're being scraped off the heel of someone's boot, nothing to do with luck, everything to do with the human condition.
I think that it also has very little to do with the ole - life is what you make it rant, because I know some genuinely fabulous people that have been dealt a pretty shitty hand and I am 100% sure that people that are starving to death aren't not trying to make their lives better, they're stuck and without choice, so sometimes it is just the situation that you find yourself prisoner to and no amount of 'can do' attitude can remedy it.
There is something to be said about attitude though. You can have a stellar attitude even when the chips are down and you're the captain of a sinking ship, and I suppose that's what they mean when they say life's what you make it, your attitude does matter. Easy for me to say when I live the life that I do, but even I can be blindsided by ill fate and smashed to pieces, there are no guarantees in life, the tide is constantly on the turn.
But right now, right at this moment, I am happy and I wish nothing but the best of all things for the people in my life, and I hope that they can muster up some positive attitudes to see them through the tough times and to know that I am always thinking of them and trying to keep the vampires and the wolves from their door as best I can.
Release Date: 2008
Rating: R 18+
Running Time: 115 mins
Based on the fantastic novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist, who also wrote the screenplay, this Swedish coming of age story focuses on the relationship between a twelve year old boy and a vampire of youthful appearance. The film received widespread international critical acclaim and won several awards for its beautiful cinematography and its restrained approach to violent subject matter.
In Blackeberg, Stockholm in the early 1980's, we meet Oskar. A meek twelve year old boy that lives alone with his mother, suffers from terrible bullying from his classmates and secretly pretends to destroy his foes with a knife that he keeps hidden. Oskar meets Eli, a mysterious pale girl that has recently moved in next door. The two form a fast friendship, communicating by Morse Code through the walls of their apartments and sharing stories. But Eli's arrival in town has other consequences that Oskar knows nothing about. Will he still be able to accept Eli as his friend when he finds out about what she really is?
This is an incredible movie, I have also read the book which I absolutely adored, but you don't need to have read the book to get a lot out of this movie. It is an extremely intelligent horror, the characters of Oskar and Eli are in complete polarity of each other in every way, almost like two sides of the same coin with their need to be loved and accepted. The child actors, Lina Leandersson and Kare Hedebrant, are just tremendous in their very demanding roles, and although this is essentially a friendship story, it has enough slow burning horror to make it truly eerie and unforgettable.
FINAL SAY: I'm twelve, I have been twelve for a long time.
4.5 Chili Peppers