Editorial of the Moment – Halloween Edition!

October 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

Happy Halloween! Going along with the dark macabre theme for this holiday, I present to you one of my favorite editorials, spooky or otherwise, from the July ’06 “Horror Issue” of i-D magazine!

The editorial features Snejana Onopka portraying a stunning but chilling ghoul. From the dark make-up to the blood-red lighting, this editorial screams horror.

View the shots below:

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My Top 10 Horror Flicks: Get Ready To Scream!

October 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’ve been a horror film lover ever since I was little, so I naturally love Halloween for its spook factor. There are so many thrillers that have been filmed over the years, and a great majority don’t scare me (I don’t get scared easily). But there are a few that succeed in making my skin crawl and have me running to turn all the lights on. I present to you my top 10 Horror films of all time!

10. Saw (2004)

I’m a big fan of the Saw franchise, more so the older films than the newer ones. Saw was the first movie that I’ve seen where people had to fight for their lives via the most horrendous and sickening “games” created by the uber-creepy Jigsaw.

9. Dawn of the Dead (1978)

While the (many) sequels were scary, nothing comes close to the original. The sole idea of the “Living Dead” is completely horrifying, and this movie takes it to the next level. There’s also a birth of a zombie baby, WTF?!

8. Final Destination (2000)

This isn’t the typical horror flick, but I LOVE the “Final Destination” franchise and the first one is my favorite. I like the idea of everyday people having to cheat death in order to survive. Plus, the intricate deaths are just awesome.

7. Poltergeist (1982)

I believe in ghosts and this movie haunted me in my sleep. The uncontrollable force that was “The Beast” was so frightening. Combine that with the sickly-sweet Carol Anne and you got one of the most classic horror films. “THEY’RE HEREEEEEE!!!”

6. The Exorcist (1973)

Whenever religion comes into play in a horror film (i.e. The Omen) it turns up the creep factor so high because religion (especially Christianity) by itself is already bizarre. So when you throw a possessed child, in the mix you got me hooked. And who could forget that sickening spider-walk?!

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My Super Playlist: Halloween ’11 Edition!

October 31, 2011 § 1 Comment

Halloween in its true form is one of the most frightening holidays ever. To give praise to the witches, ghouls, and zombies out there, I’ve made a Halloween playlist that serves to rattle your brain a little bit. 

In No Particular Order:

1. Britney Spears – “Scary”

It wouldn’t be my blog if I didn’t add some pop on this list. Even though it’s an upbeat song, it has an eerie feel that is reminiscent of MJ’s “Thriller”.

2. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Heads Will Roll” (NOT the remix)

This is another upbeat song, yet the Alice In Wonderland- inspired track boasts: “Off with your head, dance till you’re dead.” If that doesn’t freak you out, I don’t know what will.

3. Crystal Castles – “Fainting Spells”

The electro-duo is spooky enough, and this track exemplifies that. Alice Glass’s nails-on-a-board vocals combined with the distorted synths will definitely have chills running down your spine.

4. Michael Jackson – “Ghosts”

“Ghosts” (off Blood on the Dancefloor) integrates choppy electro synths and high-pitched screams with MJ’s trembling vocals makes the listener just as scared as the artist.

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Video Throwback Fridays! Madonna – “Frozen”

October 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’ve been wanting to do a weekly post for this blog post and  finally settled on the idea of  “Video Throwback Fridays”, where I will pick my favorite visually stimulating video from music’s history for that week. It’s officially Halloween weekend, so what better way to start than with Madonna’s music video for “Frozen”!

The Chris Cunningham-directed video, released in February of 1998, is very melancholy and trance-like.  The video focuses on Madonna being alone in a desert, dressed in a Gothic-inspired black gown with her long ebony-black hair softly framing her face and mimicking the somber crows. The cinematography veils the video in an icy-blue light, which further draws the idea of melancholy and drama.

The melody seems to be stretched out with dark undertones partnered with Middle Eastern strings, which give the sound a sense of an aching desire. Madonna’s vocals are hauntingly delicate, which pairs well with the video visuals. As a duo, the melody and the vocals swallow the listener and force them to succumb to the feeling of despair that is echoed in the song lyrics. The video provides the ultimate layer that brings these elements together.

“Frozen” is one of Madonna’s best videos; it is compelling, dark and cold, elements which are all reflected in the true practice of Halloween.

Have a spook-filled and safe weekend. Check back next friday for my video pick of the week!

Video Courtesy of: Youtube

New Video: Beyonce – Party feat. J. Cole

October 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Beyoncé premiered the video for new single “Party”, the sixth video from her chart-topping album 4, last night. The R&B megastar serves up some high-class trailer park visuals, with house parties, hair rollers, inflatable pools and all. J. Cole, whose verse took the place of Andre 3000, also makes a cameo in the summer-ready video alongside Solange Knowles, Theophilus London, eyewear designers Coco & Breezy, and model Shaun D. Ross.

“Party” is one of my favorite songs off 4, because of its 90s-throwback sound, and the video does bring that ideal to life. But the concept of the video could have been pushed and polished more. I do like the fun laid-back vibe that takes me back to summer barbeques in the Bronx.

Check it out for yourself below and see what you think:

“I told my girls you can get it…”

Video Courtesy of: Youtube

J. Cole Drops Video For “Lost Ones”

October 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

Rap game newcomer J. Cole dropped the video for his fan-favorite single “Lost Ones” off his debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story. While I’m not the biggest fan of the album, this particular track resonates with me and many others because of the real-life situations the North Carolina-native raps about. “Lost Ones” tells the touchy story of abortion, told in 3 parts: the man, the woman, and the observer (J. Cole). Even though this video was created almost three years ago, it still manages to tell a story that needs to be heard by many especially us in the black community.

View the video below:

“…and I ain’t too proud to tell you that I cry sometimes.”

Video Courtesy of: Youtube

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