You're Next Review: I've seen people plot down the middle about this one. On one side people hate it, calling it enteric, unrealistic, and over hyped. On the more positive side, people call it a breath of fresh air, a modern cult classic, and one of the best horror movies in recent memory. Where do I fall, more in the positive but I have my complaints. This movie was a breath of fresh air. It's a ferociously clever and original slasher movie that is unique in the sub genre, thus standing out in the very large crowd. It had an array of good and complex characters that all got some amount of well executed development. It presented an interesting family conflict, in fact I forgot I was watching a slasher film for a while because I was so invested in the family's ordeals. The slasher part of the movie itself is phenomenal. Our final girl is one of my favorites in horror history because of her relentlessness to survive and brilliance into eh field. Our villains are an array for f brutal, effective, and scary masked slashers that deserve a chance at becoming modern horror icons. The movie also has its fair share of intense movies and good scares. It's probably one of the more intense and scarier films of the past decade. I only have one problem with this film, the logic behind the villains. I'm not going to spoil anything, but when you find out who they are it becomes very very hard to believe that one girl raised in the outback could take them out. Even if her dad was a survival freak. Overall I loved the movie because it was scary, had a phenomenal final girl, fantastic villains, and some great twists. 8.1/10
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A Rare Family Portrait
You arrive still wearing your college jeans.
You turn out your luggage and your sister walks by.
Your mother takes you to your room.
She changes sheets and pillowcases, and a window
brightens through a curtain of sun birds lilting by.
It's the middle of May, and your father has begun
hiding the sickles. He asks only for a little help.
Another sack of rice must be lifted out for milling.
How still, as if these ears did not hear those
once little feet growing to stomp away from many mid-harvests,
departures seething through and slamming doors
for a decade leaning out alone to a grey, busy city,
loneliness only written, not as vibrant as their
younger years returning with war tales to
gift-seeking glances of kids and a chatty mother. .
They no longer tell you what to do. They leave.
You remind yourself to wash clothes before you write.
You pick vegetables and wait for the fish vendor to come by.
The whole house of unfinished tasks lightens
at close of day. You cook large soup on log fire.
You all gather at the table. A smile. Another smile.
Even your sister has learned to quiet her laughter. ..
. (submitted first version of this poem to QRLS five years ago, and it was shortlisted. After six rejections with other new poems years later, I thought I should give up and just be an employee. But I thrived in rejections. I felt my professors were just too polite and a little sarcastically constructive to my juvenile works. When I won an international prize, it didn't taste like one would get for hard labor. I was eating banana pie with a friend who didn't know I'd been writing. The pie tasted better than receving the news. I guess when you've lived too long in rejections, you kind of lose your sense of success, which is fine.)