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5 Types of Scenes that Make me Cringe

I’m sure you’ve had this experience:  you’re snuggled into your couch, watching a movie – maybe cuddled up with someone special, maybe with a spoonful of ice cream halfway to your mouth – and something truly horrifying fills the screen.  The sort of thing that makes the touch of your beloved’s arm feel like the death-grip of a cobra.  The sort of thing that transforms your ice cream into a pile of mlty sludge.  The sort of thing that makes you wonder what sort of twisted mind decided it was appropriate to subject you to this.  Here are a few sort of scenes that make me want to curl up in the fetal position and whimper.

1. The Blood-Draw

Here’s what I want to know.  Why would screenwriters and directors, knowing how much we all hate getting our blood drawn, want to put us through this when we’re seeking some good old entertainment?  Now, I’m all for verisimilitude, but I find it highly unnecessary to cinematize a needle slipping into that soft, vulnerable spot on the inside of our elbow – that spot that we don’t want strangers to even touch, much less stab.  And there is no need to show us the tube full of oddly dark fluid siphoning from the insides of someone’s body.  No, thank you.

2. Needles in Eyes

As if showing needles entering someone’s arm wasn’t bad enough, some films subject us to sharp objects entering the eye.  Perhaps it’s because I feel particularly protective of the organ that allows me to experience the visual universe, but watching the eyes violated in any way makes me want to gently cup my hands over my face and cry softly until it’s over.  That scene in Minority Report?  I need to go to the whole other side of the house.  Experiencing that on a movie theater screen may have left my inner eye scarred for life.

3. Watching People Snort Things

This may make me sound a little silly, but I find the sound of someone sucking powder up his nose extraordinarily unpleasant.  It’s akin to the skin-crawling sensation I get from hearing nails on a chalkboard or listening to particularly obscene snoring.  The snuffle required to get cocaine, for instance, into the nostrils is pretty nerve-bending.  And have you noticed that directors love to give us a really intense close-up of this occurring, so that you can almost count the nose hairs?  Yergh.

4. Testicle Shaving Accidents

Because the thought of this is so horrifying to me, I feel as if it doesn’t warrant much description.              I will say that any filmmaker who inserts such a scene for comedy is a sick, sick person.  No one wants to see this.  No one.

5. Giant Spiders

With the rise of fantasy films such as Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and The Hobbit, the silver screen has been filling with enormous, hairy, fast-moving arachnids.  I think what may be the worst is the noise they make when they secrete their webs – that liquidy, squelchy noise.  Or perhaps it’s how quickly they can scuttle.  Or maybe it’s the pincers that snap when they speak, or their heavy segmented bodies that end in venomous stingers.  Or maybe it’s all of these things.  Thanks for the nightmares, Peter Jackson.


How Hollywood actors get that sparkling white smile

Want to be like the stars in Hollywood? Here’s how they get that Movie Star Smile.

Have you ever wondered how those Hollywood celebrities seemingly come with perfect smiles all the time? How is it that they are able to achieve that perfect white teeth while you are off on the side wondering how to do the same thing? Some would say that life is always unfair because all the glamorous get better while normal people just receive mediocrity in the long run when it comes to beauty enhancements. It makes you wonder if those actors have some well guarded secrets that allow them to look pretty and handsome all the time, with the great smile that always seems to accompany them.

Well, believe it or not, anyone can get whiter and better teeth for a great smile. All you need is a good dental partner who can cater to your whims (and hey, if you’re on a budget, that partner can be a good electric tooth brush review site).

Approaching a Cosmetic Dentist

Much like how some people are on the roll for surgeries and procedures that can enhance their beauty, there is also a counterpart for whitening teeth. These dentists, aside from focusing on teeth maintenance, also have the job of making it beautiful. You’ll need a good cosmetic dentist if you wish for picture perfect smile to go with your all new improved teeth. If for some reason you have to get some hardware put in before hand, make sure you learn about flossing with braces and other ways to keep your teeth clean while they become gorgeous.


One of the most common procedures that are employed for teeth whitening is bleaching. This involves cleansing the teeth of discolorations through different means. There are laser procedures or simple ones that makes use of solutions to enhance the teeth. Either way, the patient has the choice about which one is the best one for him. There is also the chance of developing sensitive teeth because of this procedure. Whitening that result from bleaching usually lasts for about several months to three years.

Dental Veneers

Veneers! Ha…

These things are like tooth make up. Dental veneers are custom made thin layers of porcelain or composite materials that can be attached to the tooth to hide its defects. These thin shells are simply attached to your teeth so you get a better appearance. If you are experiencing discolorations or breaks in your teeth, then it can easily be hidden and remedied with veneers. Some Hollywood actors are actually making use of this procedure because it’s easy and more convenient than most. Veneers are made to fit the user so several sessions will need to be taken with your dentists in order to ensure that everything is right.

Maintenance Kits

Aside from the ones mentioned above, whitening teeth for that Hollywood smile can actually be as simple as applying certain gels and liquid solutions. Much like how whitening toothpastes works, these things are directly applied to the tooth. Unfortunately, this procedure will not give you instant results. It might take months or weeks before you can see the difference, but it does work. It’s also quite cheaper compared to other dental whitening procedures. These kits will require the user to apply the treatments regularly. This also serves as an option for Hollywood stars who want to maintain their whiter teeth coloring so it doesn’t deteriorate immediately.


The Top 3 Best Film Star Workout Routines

We turn to the stars for inspiration and guidance. Not quite the literal stars in the sky, but the figurative stars of film and show business. And some of these strong men and women actually provide good insight on how we can surpass ourselves in mind and matter. For anyone looking to build muscle by adopting similar workout routines to the most powerful film stars, this article will showcase the essentials. Keep in mind though: the secret ingredient to all the stellar physiques is unwavering determination and commitment to raising the bar each and every day.

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Vin Diesel’s Routine:

The standard workout procedure used by Vin Diesel involves alternating one day of intense workout with one day rest to help increase testosterone levels. Some athletes resort to testosterone boosting supplements like these (click here for more information) to achieve the same result. Vin Diesel is also known to adopt some stretching exercises or even a bit of Yoga during the off days. The key is to focus on building muscle in the active days, while focus on stretching out the muscles during the “passive” days.

For the actual days of work-out, he will focus mostly on weight lifting exercises alternating with a bit of cardio. He’ll focus on 6-8 exercises each day and usually do 3 sets with 10 reps of each, most of which are standard gym stuff; flat bench and decline bench presses, dumbbell routines, and triceps extension routines.

The Madonna Secret

Even though she’s pushing into her 60′s, this amazing woman remains an epitome of power and good looks. She achieves this through persistent workouts and a healthy diet that rejects fried foods and revolves mostly around unprocessed foods, leafy vegetables, and whole grains. She trains at least one hour every day – sometimes up to three – and focuses on stretching and cardio exercises. Her exercises of choice are cycling and Yoga (she is a long time adept of Ashtanga Yoga, which is one of the most demanding forms of Yoga).

Despite her advance age, she maintains a high-energy training style; however, she is also known to pay close attention to her body rhythms rather than blindly sticking to a routine: in those days when she’s feeling fatigued, she will focus on massage, relaxation, stretching, and of course… dancing. She will train and remain active every day, although the actual intensity of her training is always proportional to her energy levels at any given day.

Chris Hemsworth’s Thor Recipe

To achieve the god-like physique that allowed him to play is pivotal role as Thor, Chris Hemsworth has learned to rely on regular a combination of standard fare body-building with intensive full-body circuits, which he alternates daily. For the body-building part, he’ll focus on doing high-weight exercises with low rep counts – specifically meant to quickly bulk up his body mass. He then turns to intense full body workouts to burn away fat while further growing his muscles.

Diet-wise, he eats ample portions of protein and has been reported to take pre workout supplements (examples shown here) while avoiding carbohydrates and focusing instead on vegetables and brown rice. He will train daily in sessions of up to 90 minutes. Hemsworth is known to be extremely focused, and will not skip his training even in days where his workload goes up to 12 hours.


Opportunity to go to film school!

Now is the time! Sign up for a chance to attend film school.

film schoolIf you wish to pursue a career in the film industry, you must seriously consider building a strong academic foundation. A film school can provide you with a wide range of knowledge on several aspects of filmmaking. You will get to see the greatest films of all times, learn to watch them, analyze them and discover what made them great. You will broaden your cinematic horizon.

Furthermore, you will be surrounded by experienced, influential, talented people, who will be there to pass on their wisdom to you. They can provide you with very helpful tricks to succeed and tips to avoid their own mistakes. And let us not forget that in the film industry, probably more than in any other field, it is all about who you know. A film school is the best place to initiate your networking. Your fellow students may be able to help you in the future, while your teachers and stuff are very likely to have connections in the business. You can give them a reason to help you.

Last but not least, you get free access to incredibly expensive equipment. You can practice and gain experience with composite apparatus, such as cameras, microphones, cranes and so much more, that you wouldn’t find elsewhere. It is also a great time and place to experiment and learn from your mistakes. You will get plenty of feedback for your work and even if bad, it will not affect your career. It will just make you a better filmmaker.

The top five US film schools according to The Hollywood Reporter are the following:

The University of Southern California. It is one of the best equipped film schools. It has huge establishments and latest technology equipment. Huge donations from very well-known people have made this possible. It was the school of Ron Howard, Jon Ladau, George Lucas.

The American Film Institute. It has the highest achievement ratio with more than 80% of the graduates working in the industry and many winning numerous awards. Many influential people have passed through here, such as Darren Aronofsky, David Lynch and Terrence Malik.

The New York University. The school has a remarkable MBA/MFA program, which Oscar winner Ang Lee completed. Notable alumni include Oliver Stone, Joel Coen, Charlie Kaufman.

The University of California, Los Angeles. It is said that this school beats more luxurious schools in personal attention. Students’ progress is much more closely monitored and projects are encouraged and fostered. This was the school of Dustin Lance Black, Jack Black, Shane Black, Tim Robbins, George Takei and others.

The California Institute of the Arts. This school is top in creativity. It has been strongly represented in every film festival and other art fields. Some former students are Tim Burton, Brad Bird, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton.

So, don’t waste any more time! Sign up now.


Titanic: Best or Worst Movie Ever?

The Titanic was a British passenger liner, the largest ship of its time that entered service in 1912 leaving the Southampton port to reach New York. It was built in Belfast for the White Star Line and was designed by Thomas Andrew. It sank on its maiden voyage in the North Atlantic Ocean on the 15th of April 1912, due to a collision with an iceberg. It carried 2,224 passengers at that time and the sinking was responsible for the deaths of over 1,500 people, making it the worst marine accident in modern history. Its naval architect was part of the casualties.

This disaster shocked the western world and continues to fascinate the public nowadays, because of its magnitude. It has deeply influenced the popular culture and has been an inspiration for a great number of works of art, as well as books, poems, songs, plays and films.

There are eight documented English language drama films based on the sinking of the Titanic, between 1912 and 1997. These include cinema releases and not TV movies. There are four American, two British and two German productions.

The best-known production is undoubtedly James Cameron’s Titanic. It was released on the 19th of December 1997 and it is the only Titanic film to have been partially filmed on the actual vessel. The Canadian director, during the summer of 1995, visited the sunken Titanic with two Russian submersibles. The film cost over 200 million dollars, as a big part of the ship was rebuilt exactly like the luxurious original. The film has rightfully made it to the list of the most expensive productions.

It was worth the investment. The film has been the most commercially successful motion picture on the sinking of the ship and one of the most profitable movies overall. Only a few weeks after its release, it grossed over a billion USD worldwide. It was the first to accomplish such a box office success, until James Cameron’s Avatar in 2009.

The film unfolds around the fictional love story of Rose (Kate Winslet) and Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio). Rose is a first class passenger, while Jack is an unrecorded third class passenger that won the ticket at a card game. This would be impossible in reality, as there were strict regulations not allowing third class passengers to be in the same areas as first class passengers. However, Cameron refers to these characters as ‘an emotional lightning rod for the audience’, an object of identification making the disaster immediate to the viewer.

The film has received much criticism. Many say that the romance was disorienting and that the film was such a hit because of the publicity it gained by an elaborate marketing strategy. An argument against that is that the creators of a film may do what they want. They never claimed that they filmed a documentary depicting the truth. So, if their wish was to portray a fictional love affair in an otherwise historically accurate film, it’s their choice. Furthermore, even if publicity has played a major part in the film’s popularity, no one can refute the fact that it is a directive masterpiece. It has wonderful photography, amazing settings, good music, very good acting, state of the art special effects and it is on the whole a very good movie that has touched millions for different reasons. If it was a bad movie, would we be still talking about it over 15 years later?