Eerie Silence

HushFor a great thrill, I recommend the 2016 horror movie Hush. To be completely honest I have never been a major horror fan, but this movie is exceptional. Horror movies often build on loud and scary noises, employ overused clichés, and feature unrealistic characters. This movie however, avoids the cheap tricks and provides a different thrill.

Deaf-mute Maddie lives secluded in the forest, and unexpectedly becomes the victim of a masked stalker appearing at her window. Deafening silence sets the scene for an eerie and terrifying encounter between the seemingly defenseless deaf woman and the vicious masked killer.

The simplicity is what makes this a great watch as well as an unsettling experience. Generally it is a creepy movie rather than a scary one, unrelentingly keeping you at the edge of your seat.

So if there is one horror movie you really should give a chance – even if you’re not a fan of the genre – it is this masterpiece. And remember: smiles are contagious 😀


A Vast Sea of Knowledge

This week’s recommendation is a bit different – in the sense that it is a website rather than a specific article within the site. Yet for weeks, I have felt that TED deserves more attention. What you gain from clicking that link, is access to a vast source of information under the flag “Ideas worth spreading.”tedtalksI used to fill my spare time with movies and series that didn’t really reflect the world around me. Often I would feel at a loss when it came to real issues, and I would just escape to my fantasy world. When I found TED however, that all changed. It feels almost ridiculous to say how few movies and series I’ve seen lately, compared to how many TED talks. That is exactly why I want to share this amazing site with you – I feel connected with the real world, I feel aware of what is happening, and I have more knowledge than ever before.

The great thing is that there are TED talks for everyone. There are so many topics to explore, and a lot of funny talks too. I really urge everyone to check it out and expand your view of the world. And remember, smiles are contagious 😀

The Babadook

Imagine it’s late at night, and you’re comforting your frightened son. As you’re trying to convince him monsters aren’t real you hear from behind the door: “Ba-ba-ba… dook! Dook! DOOOOOKH!” The bonechilling shouts from the Babadook – a monster from a book that just appeared in your home.The-Babadook-Poster.jpg

This psychological horror film featuring the dark and frightening Babadook becomes surprisingly real. Single-parent Amelia lost her husband the same day she gave birth to her son Samuel. As she struggles to cope with the loss, and her sons problems with irrational fears, she slowly loses her sanity.

*Spoilers ahead* The dark reality of how damaging grief can be is haunting. The scary monster powerfully visualising a mental problem that otherwise can be hard to see, highlighting a common yet often overlooked issue.

Although the movie is scary at times, I would still highly recommend it because of the underlying message. Awareness about mental health is important – both negative and positive – and remember: smiles are contagious 😀

Life in Notes

Life-on-the-Refrigerator-DoorFor a short but incredibly moving story about a mother and daughter, I deeply recommend “Life on the Refrigerator Door” by Alice Kuipers. In their busy days they hardly meet; their conversations reduced to small notes left on the fridge, but life is about to change.

The simplicity of the book makes it much more realistic, and as the story unfolds it draws you in deep. I have never felt so touched by a book, nor have I cried quite like this book made me do. The emotional effect feels cathartic in some ways, which is why this book made such an impression on me.

Cleverly written and a clear comment on the busy modern life, it inspires you to make time for those you love. We are always rushing around, stressing, hardly ever seeing each other. We should slow down more, breathe a bit, and look around at the amazing world we live in and all the amazing people with different stories to tell.

Appreciate your family and friends, spend more time with them, and remember: smiles are contagious 😀