So Christmas is just around the corner and its time to start preparing for the holiday. Whether you are hosting or not, there is always something to do. This year I am having my family over for Christmas Eve and couldn’t be more excited. For years I dreamt of hosting this event and having us all together in my home. And now its finally coming true.
I am sure Christmas means a lot of different things to everyone, depending on your traditions, but to me it is all about spending time with your loved ones and making memories. Although I love giving gifts, that is just a bonus. I imagine a white covered landscape, a crisp breeze, a warm cozy home filled with festive tunes and smiles, and lots of love in the air. Oh, what a great night it will be. It’s the whole package of the holiday that makes me smile.
I took this photo days ago when we got some snow. Long Island hasn’t seen a storm yet so this is the best we’ve had. Even though its a little, it put me in the holiday spirit. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday!
When London based band, Bloc Party released their first album, Silent Alarm, I was hooked. It seemed they came around at the perfect time. It’s crazy to think that was 8 years ago. They are a nice combination of melodic sound, smooth rhythm, and beats that will get on up on your feet. And with Okereke’s young and fresh vocals it was definitely a powerhouse of an album.
The cover of the album is a beautiful serene photograph of a field in winter. I am in love with the cold neutrals of gray and taupe against the stark white sky and ground. So pretty. It’s simple, yet eye catching. Kind of like the title, Silent Alarm, quiet yet loud. I feel this translates well to the music in that it speaks volumes. There are a lot of elements to the songs on this album and if you don’t really listen, you might miss some of the genius details that make it so great. Just like missing something if you don’t look deep enough. One of my faves for sure.
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Requiem for a Dream is in my top 5 favorite films of all time. I know it may not be the happiest of films but the story really got to me. Not to mention, the genius filmaking from director Darren Aronofsky. Debuting in 2000, the film captures the true essence of addiction and how it can destroy your life. I must admit there are scenes that are hard to watch but the thrilling anxiety and sadness one feels from watching each character fall apart just makes you want to see what is next. Sad but true.
The film takes place in Coney Island and focuses on four characters, Sara and her son Harry, Harry’s girlfriend Marion, and their friend Tyrone. Each of them have a dream but their personal additions and obsessiveness gets in the way and takes them down the wrong path. From drugs and prostitution to weight loss and shock therapy, the story unfolds as each character falls deeper into the hole they created, taking you on a ride of misery and beauty all at once.
Written by Aronofsky and Hubert Selby Jr., and based off of Selby’s original book, this film will take you on a ride filled with emotion and discomfort. The cinematic artistry with its various split screens, in your face close ups, and time lapse photography, helps to bring the viewer in on a personal level. You feel like you know the characters and even though your heart goes out to them, your ability to empathize slowly fades. Eventually, everything falls apart in the end.
With an amazing and talented cast, Requiem will surely throw you for a loop. The soundtrack by Clint Mansell is beautiful and haunting, one the best I have heard. The color palette is a combination of natural hues taken from the three seasons shown in the film, summer, fall, and winter, while darker, more deep tones exhibit the intense scenes. Darkness and light come into play a great deal as shadows embark each character throughout the film. This is surely a piece of work that will stand the test of time.