Archive for October, 2011
…any hope i ever had of making out with Zachary Quinto. Hardi har.
Today he finally publicly admitted to what most of us have known long ago, namely that he is in fact gay. I was kind of surprised he did that because I hear he is a very private man and he has himself numerous times indicated how important his privacy is to him given the sensationalist and public world he is part of. Yet, in a way it is relieving. It was about time he came out, especially given his social activism in this arena, in particular the “It gets better” campaign where he tells teens struggling with this that it only gets better. Well that and the fact that he publicly went on a date with Jonathan Groff.
I had a huge crush on him (can adults still say that?) when the new Star Trek came out in 2009. I even went so far as to consider going to a Trek Convention that year knowing he was going. When I found out you had to pay money to shake his hand, i was kind of turned off and actually sent him an email via his web-master asking why he would charge loyal fans money to just personally meet him. I mean what the hell. Arent they pouring enough money into buying Star Trek movies, collectors items and memorabilia? How cheap to you have to be to charge a poor fan 80 dollars for a photo op? As expected, I never heard back. Looking back that sounds pretty bitchy of me really so I am not surprised he didnt respond but still. I found it cheap and petty.
So the reason for this post is that I was just thinking that this is a mile stone moment for him; he’s come out and he made it clear to the world who he is. I cant help but thinking, however, that maybe by doing this he may have forever lost his chance of really making it in Hollywood. I assume there will be many roles he wont be cast as because he is gay. And damn, he made such a great straight pantry creamer too.
One funny personal trvia: this awesome picture shown above of Quinto is archived in my iTunes as the picture for the the song “The Wind Blows” by The All American Rejects. Everytime that song is on, his picture pops up. I listened to it driving in the car back from seeing Star Trek in IMAX in Hollywood. This song sort of puts me right back there to that night.
Here is one to freedom for all: the freedom to be you and me.
Pumpkins, caramel apples, confections of all colors, sizes and shapes, apple bobs, spooky decorations and all those warm brown sugar, vanilla and spice scents linger in the air.
This month represents the end of the light portion of the year and the beginning of its dark season when the days gradually become shorter, and the nights, and along with them darkness, longer and more lasting.
October is also Halloween season, one of the finest holiday inventions of the modern world if you ask me. A lot of it is rooted in folklore and tradition. and as is fitting for an evening intrinsically linked with mystery, the night itself has murky and mystic origins. It has roots in Celtic and Roman traditions, more typically linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain whose original spelling was Samuin. Samuin was the name of the festival historically kept by the Gaels and celts in the British Isles and the name itself is derived from Old Irish and means roughly “summer’s end”.
I love learning about the history behind this pagan holiday, its origins and the myths and legends surrounding it. For instance: while pumpkins have become the symbol of Halloween, especially in the form of the jack’o lantern, originally turnips were used as lanterns to honor the souls held in purgatory instead of pumpkins.
Halloween itself is a great season: there are the Halloween parties, masquerades, haunted houses, trick or treating (yes i still think it is fun), watching horror movie marathons, spooky decos, lanterns and lights illuminating up the darkness, imaginations coming alive – the mysterious, the obscure, the scary and frightening things all surface and we face our demons with humor. It is a moody season filled with mysteries and questions and one of the things that makes the end of summer bearable..
In honor of Halloween I have decided to watch a scary/horror movie every day for the month of October. Having the visualization of your imagination come alive on the screen is one of the best things about Halloween and probably one of the reasons Halloween has become such an integral part of pop culture. Or is it the other way around? Anyway, goodbye season of light, hello season of fright.
By the way, today’s movie is the 1982 classic “Creepshow“: a wonderfully typical Halloween movie containing all the elements we love about Halloween and Halloween flicks.