Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween Horror Salute 2010: Vampires

Vampire: A reanimated corpse that is believed to rise from the grave at night to suck the blood of sleeping people.
 
Sounds pretty creepy, huh? lol
 
I have always been obsessed with the undead. There’s just something about Vampires that I’ve always been drawn to in movies, tv, and books. I think it’s the appeal of mortality. The modern day vampire: sexy and cunning. And to live forever? Icing on the cake. Or is that blood on the neck? lol Anyway, I love all vampires stories: from the ugly and creepy to the sexy and alluring. There’s nothing like a bloodsucker.
 
Since it’s Halloween, I’ve decided to do a short vampire salute. Not really a countdown, but to give a shout out to my all time favorite undead creatures of the night. Category Style Winking smile
 
Greatest Vampire Movies:
 
1. The Lost Boys
 
 
The movie that started it all. For me. The Lost Boys has been my all time favorite movie since I was a kid. The epitome of sexy, kool, and undead, it’s because of The Lost Boys, that I grew up loving all things vampire.
 
2. Interview With the Vampire
 
 
Interview With the Vampire is one of the greatest vampire movies ever. Period. I love the entire atmosphere of the film. I love how the story unfolds over 200 years. There’s just a uniqueness about the film that I don’t think will ever be matched. Plus, it has a really great cast.
 
Honorable Mentions:
Salem’s Lot
From Dusk Til Dawn
30 Days of Night
 
Greatest Vampire TV Shows:
 
1. True Blood
 
 
Hands down, my favorite series on tv. Sexy, gory, funny, with incredibly awesome writing that is able to blend every aspect together beautifully. There is never a dull moment in Bon Temps.
 
2. Buffy The Vampire Slayer
 
 
I havent watched Buffy in years, but it used to be one of my favorite shows back in the day. I loved that the kick ass vampire slayer was a girl!
 
Honorable Mention:
Vampire Diaries
 
Greatest Vampire Books (Adults):
 
1. Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
One of my all time favorite Stephan King novels. If you want scary and creepy, then this is a must read. The movie is good, but the book is fantastic. Definitely not a vampire you want to be inviting in.
 
2. The Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris
True Blood is based off the series. It’s not as gory or as sex charged as the show, but it’s still pretty juicy.
 
3. The Anita Blake Series by Laurell K. Hamilton
Now if you’re looking for plenty of gore, and lots and lots of sex, then Anita Blake is for you. Actually I prefer the first few books in the series cause there’s not a lot of sex in there, it focuses more on preternatural beings and Anita kicking their ass! I love the character Anita Blake. LOL Its weird, but she aways says these awesome quotes that makes me think.
 
Greatest Vampire Books (Young Adults):
 
1. The Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead
 
2. Night World Series by L.J. Smith
3. Twilight Stephenie Meyer
 
Hottest Blood Suckers
You didnt think I could go a full blog about vampires without mentioning the hottest immortals around did you? lol
 
1. Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries
 
 
2. Eric Northman from True Blood
 
 
3.Selene from Underworld
 
 
Honorable Mention:
Michael Emerson from The Lost Boys.He would have been number one, but technically he was only half vampire
 
 
Okay so there you have it. Consider this my Halloween treat lol. Of course this is a list of my personal favorites, so feel free to share your faves, because I know everybody has a different opinion. Somebody will read this list and go “Wtf?” no dobut about it lol
 
Happy Halloween!! =)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Banned Books Week


September 25-October the 2 is known as "Banned Books Week." It's held every year to celebrate the freedom to read, and how censorship is not only harmful, but violates our First Amendment rights. I've never even heard of "Banned Books Week" until the other day, but I've always been against banning books for any reason. Books expand the mind and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. One book series that is often challenged happens to be one of my all time favorites: Harry Potter. It has been challenged in 19 states and even burned in New Mexico for being Irreligious. In honor of "Banned Books Week," I wanted to repost a blog I wrote back in 2007 that shows my thoughts and feelings on banning Harry Potter. While rereading the original blog, I decided  a few things needed editing. I actually ended up taking some stuff out and adding new thoughts and even came up with a new title. I wanted to focus more on book banning than just ranting.

BANNING HARRY POTTER IS BANNING IMAGINATION:

I consider myself to be a very opened-minded person. I'm not one to criticize a person for their personal or religious beliefs. By living in America, I believe a person has the right to say or do whatever they want as long as it doesn't hurt anyone else or it isn't illegal. I also believe that a person should be able to write a book or make a movie without some person saying it is immoral or wrong. See, the beauty of the First Amendment is that it gives a person the right to freedom of expression. If you don't like what that person has to say, then don't listen. If you don't like a book, then don't read it. And if you don't like a movie or a TV show, then don't buy it, don't watch it; just change the channel. The reason I am saying this is because the scripture Deuteronomy 18:9-14 comes up a lot.

[Deuteronomy 18:10-11] There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination , or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch.

Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.

Now you might ask, what does that have to do with what I'm talking about. Well the reason is simple: Christian fanatics trying to ban Harry Potter books and movies. Now first off I want to say that I dont think all Christians are fanatics, but sometimes you have to draw a line between what is fantasy and what is reality. I think people who practice the dark magik for the purpose of doing bad things are evil. I think all the "John Edwards" of the world are probably going straight to hell. But, that is in reality. When it comes to TV shows, books, and movies, that's all make believe! It's fiction, it's not real, and I don't see anything wrong with it. It's just like I said before, a person has the right to like it or hate, but that person DOES NOT have the right to sit there and tell another person what they should or shouldn't be reading or watching!

When I came across a website that said movies like Harry Potter are corrupting little kids and that they should be banned, it really pissed me off. One reason: It isn't up to movies or celebrities to teach children right from wrong, that is the parent's job! But that's besides the point, because I also strongly believe that one parents belief system shouldnt infringe on the rights of another child. If you are parent and you dont want your child reading Harry Potter, then thats your decision. But when you start petitioning to have certain books removed completely from school, then you are shoving your beliefs down others parents throats. You're not only trying to take away another child's right to be able to read the book of their choosing, you're also limiting a child's imagination. Nobody should restrict a child's imagination, even if their imagination includes wizards. It's what makes their childhood fun. People should just let their kids be kids, and not force them to grow up so fast by preaching to them about "evil" fictional characters. I think parents should have more faith in their child's ability to judge right from wrong, and not live in fear that a book or a movie will corrupt their child's mind. Banning books wont solve problems, because books dont create the problems in the world, people do. 



Thursday, September 2, 2010

Intro Blog

So this is officially my first blog on Blogspot! Even though I already have a Myspace and a website to blog on, I still decided to try this place out. It may be pointless, but I dont care. I always like being "in" on the latest trends around the web, but this one I hadnt yet tried, so I thought now was the time. I mostly use Myspace blogs for fun nowadays anyway, I like to play games and get my readers involved, so I feel like I'm blogging for my friends over there rather than me. I do love it though, so I'm always going to have a Myspace (even though most people are abandoning it) and as long as people are willing to read and share their opinions with me, I will continue to blog there. Then I have my website, I really havent decided what to do with that yet. I backed up all my "important" Myspace blogs on there, but have never used it to blog. I could be using it right now, instead of this, but I dont really want to bog it down with pointless crap, which is what I decided to do with this place. I wanted a place to post random little things that catch my eye. Music videos maybe, pictures, maybe make my own little lists of stuff I like. I'm not sure yet. Heck, I might not even use this place ever again, but it never hurts to try something new!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Nightmare On Elm Street 2010: My Review

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A little over two years ago I was bursting with joy when I read that Platinum Dunes was planning to bring back Freddy Krueger for a new “Nightmare On Elm Street” movie. I posted up a blog about how excited I was that my all time favorite horror movie villain was coming back to theaters.

About six months later I was blogging again, but this time with outrage and disbelief that they were planning to replace Robert Englund with a new actor to play Freddy. Back then the actor that was rumored to “fill his shoes” was Billy Bob Thornton. I couldn’t believe it! As much as I love Billy Bob, I was disgusted at the thought that anybody other than Robert would be portraying a role that he made legendary!

Then 2009 comes along with the news that the actual actor that’ll be replacing Robert is Jackie Earl Haley. My first thought was “Who the fuck is that?!” and then “No fucking way can anybody else ever play Freddy! Robert Englund is and always be the ONLY Freddy!”

So for basically two years I have been pissed as hell at the thought of the new “Nightmare” re-launch. A re-launch that the ‘powers that be” thought was necessary because they wanted to “return Freddy to his roots.” They wanted to make him“ more scary and less campy” because they felt that’s what he had become in later films.

But as pissed off as I’ve been at the thought of a “Freddy without Robert,” I’ve also been just as curious to see what they’ll do to my favorite character. How different will they make him? What will he look like? Will they change his clothes? How will he sound now?? As pictures started coming out and trailers were released, these questions were slowly being answered, but one question still remained: How will Jackie Earl Haley’s portrayal as Freddy and the new “Nightmare On Elm Street” compare to the original? And that’s one question that can only be answered by going to see the film. So that’s what this die-hard Freddy fan decided to do.

Lord help me, I should have stayed home and watched a pirated version on my computer.

Here’s my thoughts and opinions about 2010‘s “Nightmare On Elm Street.” A spoiler or two may be included.

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MY REVIEW: NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2010




So many things that went wrong with this film that I don’t even know where to begin. The storyline was about as dull as it could get. You have a movie who’s main villain stalks and kills people in their sleep. That’s one of the most unique ideas for a slasher film ever!! The possibilities of what you could do with that should be endless, yet Platinum Dunes comes out a movie so damn boring, it’s almost equivalent to watching paint dry!

I know you’re probably thinking, “How could the movie be that bad, when it’s a remake of the original?” Well it’s not exactly a remake, but more of a movie with the same idea as the original. Some of the characters have the same names, but that’s were their similarities end. Actually the character’s are what made the movie so damn boring. I found them uninteresting and pretty much lame. In the original, the characters felt relatable and likable. The new Nancy was made out to be some artsy, introverted outcast, and the rest of the characters werent much better. I couldn’t bring myself to like any of them one bit.

Then you had lame attempts at remade scenes! A total of four scenes were directly lifted from the original, every single one of them paling in comparison. Then you had the final kills. There was probably three of four scenes that involved kool finishing kill moves, but even those left you unsatisfied. One final kill scene involved something that happens in the original, but it lacked the gore, as did another scene, that the original had.

Now this brings me to Freddy himself. The remake was supposed to be an attempt at making Freddy more frightening, because the original Freddy became a campy jokester. Well shit a fuckin brick!!! During the entire remake, all Freddy did was go around saying these lame ass jokes, attempting to be scary, while scraping his knives together! Some of the dry humor he used were similar to the original, but while Robert was able to give Freddy’s dry humor a freight factor, Jackie’s version came out sounding just plain snoozey. In a couple a scenes he came across as just plain creepy, but not as in a Freddy creepy, but as in a 70 year old pervy man kind of creepy! I know Freddy was originally attended to be a child molester, and I liked that that’s the direction they used for this film, but having him comes across as more of a dream pedophile than a dream demon was just too fucking much for me stand! Freddy’s not supposed to come back to take revenge on the children of Elm Street just so he can get his fuckin cookies off on Nancy. Wtf?!

Then there was that voice, which damn near put me to sleep. And I swear to God, one time he actually reminded me of Sling Blade, I thought he was going to ask for some French fried taters! He did do a pretty good job at laughing though, I’ll give him that. He should have just laughed and chuckled during the entire movie. And don’t even get me started on his face. OMG. He looks exactly like a hairless cat, but in one scene he straight up looked Chinese!

Overall the film was just straight up boring. Freddy wasn’t exciting at all. The personality of Robert Englund’s Freddy is what made the original movie a hit. His personality changed the entire atmosphere of the movie, while Jackie’s Freddy didn’t bring any kind of a spice or flavor to a very sleepy movie. By the middle of the movie I was hoping the real Freddy would show up to put me out my misery. The only Nightmare was that this film was ever made.

Bottom Line:

ROBERT ENGLUND IS THE ONLY FREDDY KRUEGER.

PS: And another thing, this new Nightmare movie didn’t even have Freddy morphing in any way whatsoever. One of the coolest scenes in the first movie is when Freddy is walking with his arms stretched out. Like I said earlier, this new one just walks around looking like a hairless cat! And the original had more blood and Freddy's self mutilating gore that was awesome. Oh and of course there was Johnny Depp ;-)

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Books I Read in 2009*

I read roughly 52 books in 2009. Below is a list of all the books I read :-)

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 By Charlaine Harris:

The Sookie Stackhouse Series:

Dead Until Dark
Living Dead in Dallas
Club Dead
Dead to the World
Dead as a Doornail
Definitely Dead
All Together Dead
From Dead to Worse
Dead And Gone
A Touch of Dead

The Harper Connelly Series:

Grave Secret
Grave Surprise
An Ice Cold Grave

The Aurora Teagarden Series:

Real Muders
A Bone To Pick

Other:

Sweet And Deadly
A Secret Rage

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By Laurell K. Hamilton:

The Anita Blake Series:

Guilty Pleasures
The Laughing Corpse
The Lunatic Cafe
Circus of the Damned
Bloody Bones
The Killing Dance
Burnt Offerings
Blue Moon
Obsidian Butterfly
Narcissus in Chains
Cerulean Sins
Incubus Dreams

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By Richelle Mead:

The Vampire Academy Series:

Vampire Academy
Frostbite
Shadow Kiss
Blood Promise

The Georgina Kincaid Series:

Succubus Blues
Succubus Dreams

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By L.J. Smith:

Night World Series:

Night World # 1
Secret Vampire/Daughters of Darkness/Spellbinder
Night World # 2
Dark Angel/The Chosen/Soulmate
Night World # 3
Huntress/Black Dawn/Witchlight

The Vampire Diaries:

The Awakening
The Struggle
The Fury
Dark Reunion

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Novels By Other Authors:

Under The Dome by Stephen King
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
The Host by Stephanie Meyer
The Golem by Edward Lee

Vampire Kisses books 1-3 by Ellen Schreiber

Dont Cry Now by Joy Fielding **
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne**



**Not sure if I read them in 2009 or 2008.

Friday, March 12, 2010

The Lost Boys + Corey Haim


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R.I.P

COREY HAIM




12.23.71-3.10.10


Yesterday I came online, and the first thing I read was “Corey Haim Found Dead.” The only thing I could think was, “My God, another one.” I always liked Corey, but I was never a huge fan of him. He was a teen idol before my time. The Daily 10 called him the Robert Pattinson of his day, but he basically fell of the radar when I was growing up. But thanks in part to one little movie, Corey has been a part of my life for over twenty years.

Anybody that has been around long enough knows that I’m a huge fan of The Lost Boys. I’ve posted everything from blogs and bulletins to pictures and videos about my Lost Boys obsession. And yes I admit, it is an obsession, and has been my entire life. The move came out in 1987, the same year I was born, and it was the first movie I ever owned. I was literally watching it from the time I was big enough to pay attention to the TV. I was totally in love with Michael and wanted to be Star. Everything about the movie was hip and sexy. Til this day I will still watch it if I find it on television.

When I read that Corey was found dead, I realized something about The Lost Boys for the first time though. All these years I’ve been enamored with the character Michael and all the other vampires, that I never fully appreciated what Corey brought to the film as Sam. After reading that he died, I started thinking about how much I love the movie. While I was thinking about all my favorite scenes, I realized that some of the most memorable parts of the film were thanks to Corey’s character Sam.

One of the funniest scenes has Sam and his grandpa sitting in the car “Going to town.” The scene never failed to make me laugh. Another memorable scene is when Sam is singing in the bathtub. That scene never failed to make me smile. One of the funniest lines delivered is when Sam discovers that his brother Michael is turning into a vampire. Sam says, “You're a creature of the night Michael, just like out of a comic book! You're a vampire Michael! My own brother, a goddamn, shit-sucking vampire. You wait 'till mom finds out, buddy!” LOL!! it’s one of the funniest parts of the entire movie. I’ve even posted it up as my status a couple times because it never fails to me laugh, no matter how many times I’ve heard it.

My all time favorite scene though is when Sam kills the vampire Dwayne. Sam shoots an arrow through the vampire, sending him into a stereo. As Dwayne is being electrocuted, the song “Good Times” by INXS is playing. After the vampire if fried to death, Sam says “Death by stereo!” I freaking love it!! Not only is it my favorite scene in the movie, it’s one of my favorite kill scenes of all time.

Like I said earlier though, I never fully appreciated what Corey Haim brought to the film. Thinking about it now, I know that The Lost Boys wouldn’t have been the same without him. Sure they could have cast another actor in the role, but it probably would have lacked the spark that Corey Haim was able to bring. Certainly no other actor would have captured the same magic along side Corey Feldman the way he did.

I know this isn’t your typical “In Loving Memory” blog, but my love for The Lost Boys runs deep, and this is the only way I know how to write what I’ve been thinking. I felt compelled to write this because the movie has been such a big part of me growing up. The movie planted the seed for, not only my love for vampires, but for my deep love of horror movies in general, and Corey Haim was a part of that.

That’s why I wanna say: “Thank you, Corey Haim. While Michael and David may have captured the cool of the movie, Sam captured the heart of The Lost Boys and without you, it wouldn’t be the same cult classic that we all still love twenty-three years later. I’ll never watch The Lost Boys again without appreciating how many times your character has made me laugh and smile as I was growing up. May you finally find the peace you were never able to find here on Earth, and remember, “Burn rubber does not mean warp speed!”

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Friday, January 1, 2010

Lets Rewind 2009 :-)

It’s hard to believe how fast 2009 went by! It’s been a crazy year and even though it seemed to go by fast, so many things happened. The year started with one of the most historical moments in United States history, when Barrack Obama was sworn into office as the first African American president…then shortly after, the swine flu caused a near panic. I’m sure there wasn’t any relation to the two events lol! ;-) Anyway, I figured I’d try my best to recap some of my favorite and not so favorite things that happened in 2009.

Vampire Craze!



I’ve always loved vampires, but 2009 went bat-shit crazy over some blood suckers. The media surrounding New Moon was insane. Everywhere you looked, there was Twilight/New Moon coverage. I do love me some Twilight, but sheesh…they ran it to the ground. And you can believe 2010 is going to be exactly the same with “Eclipse” coming out.

The Vampire Diaries also came out this year. I must admit, I love the show. It’s pretty juicy, even though it doesn’t follow the books. I’m just annoyed I have to wait until the end of January to see new episodes.

The best thing about the 2009 Vampire craze has got to be season two of True Blood! Talk about hot and juicy. This season was so good! It had some exciting little twists in the story line that didn’t take place in the book. There was some crazy shit going on in Bon Temps with Mary Anne’s sex orgies. I’m so glad Maenad’s arent real! Jason had me giggling my ass of all season long too. Damn I cant wait for season 3!



Speaking of exciting storylines…the 4th season of Dexter was AWESOME. THE. BEST. SEASON. YET. If you didn’t get a chance to watch Dexter this season, you need to try to catch it on re runs. You will not be disappointed if you like shows like that. Dexter knows how to keep my heart racing with every episode, and the season finale left me SHOCKED and SPEECHLEES. John Lithgow deserves an Emmy for his portrayal as the Trinity Killer.

Favorite Movies:

I didn’t get to see that many movies this year, but out of the ones I did see, I’m going to have to say my faves were Friday the 13th, Angels and Demons, and The Final Destination.




Favorite Music:

My favorite songs that was released to radio this year were probably Billy Currington’s “People Are Crazy” and Jason Aldean’s “Big Green Tractor” in county music.

I think every other song I loved this year came out in 2008 though. LOL I’m so late when it comes to music sometimes.

My favorite album this year is Miranda Lambert’s Revolution. She is freaking awesome and I’ve never been disappointed by any of her albums so far. Though she does often get over looked due to the other young country singers nowadays.

Also Alicia Keys new album Element of Freedom is awesome. I listened to it on myspace and loved it.



In Color by Jamey Johnson, and Best Days of Your Life by Kellie Picker were my fave videos. I cant really name any fave videos outside of country because MTV and VH1 hardly play music and I don’t wake up in time to watch what little music they actually play anymore lmao!

The most annoying song this year was that stupid damn “Poker Face.” Drove me nuts.

Most Annoying People of the Year:

1. John and Kate: What the fuck. Those poor kids. I swear they became like a damn case of herpes this year. Both are annoying as hell and I would love to see them disappear in 2010 for real.

2. Lady Gaga: Ugh. I havent even figured out what Lady Gaga is. She wears the stupidest damn outfits I’ve ever did see. Though if she wasn’t shoved in my face so much she probably wouldn’t have been half as annoying , but her music was EVERYWHERE. Arrrgh.

3. Spencer and Heidi Pratt: More annoying in the year of 2008 than 2009 since they were banned on E! News this year lmao, but Spencer just makes me sick knowing he lives and breaths so, yeah.

4. Octomom: Can you say “crazy bitch?!” I swear, it should be freaking against the law to have that many kids. She just aint right up in the noggin.

5. Titiana Del Toro and Nick “Normund” Gentle: They were both from idol, so since I only had to deal with them for a few short weeks, they both come in at number 5. These two were probably the two most annoying people in the history of idol. Titiana’s laugh was grating as hell and Normund Gentle pretty much made a mockery out of the show while he was on.


Epic Fail Moments of the Year:

1. Balloon Boy: LMAO! I swear, some people are just so damn money hungry they will do ANYTHING for some fame. The whole plot was stupid but having your own little boy announce on national tv that “my daddy said it was for the show” was fucking PRICELESS. The dad just had the “I’m screwed” look on his face and couldn’t say anything lmao. Great stuff.

2. LOL Ryan Seacrest high fiving a blind dude. Nuff said. =D

Crazy News I Never Expected:

1. Chris Brown beating up Rihanna. He threw his career down the toilet.

2. Susan Boyle dominating the billboard charts. Who the hell buys her music???

3. Tiger Woods ….LOL…Never knew he was such a pimp!

4. Paula Abdul leaving American Idol. I’m going to miss her craziness =/


Gay Fish Awards:



First Prize: Kanye West: No explanation need.

Runner Up: Christian Bale for going off on the poor camera guy. It was funny, but damn…talk about your anger issues.

My Favorite LMAO Moment’s of the Year:

1. Joaquin Phoenix’s interview with David Letterman. LMAO I swear, I don’t know who was funniest, Joaquin or Dave!!!











2. Billy Bob Thornton’s radio interview in Canada. LMAO, he was being a complete asshole, but I loved every minute of it!!









The Year of The Grim Reaper:



It seemed like people where dying left and right this year. I swear Death was pissed off because for a while, every week somebody else was reported dead. I cant even begin to name everybody that died in 2009. Of course the biggest death this year was Michael Jackson’s on June 25th. I still cant believe it. Farrah Fawcett lost her battle with cancer the same day, which was really sad.

Patrick Swayze also lost his battle with cancer September 14th. I’ve loved Patrick ever since watching “Ghost” when I was little. I thought he showed so much bravery in his battle, working on a new show right up til the end.



Natasha Richardson, Bea Arthur, Dom DeLuise, David Carradine, Ed McMahon, Billy Mays Karl Malden, Walter Cronkite, John Hughes, Ted Kennedy, and Brittany Murphy are just a few of the others who passed away this year.

Even poor Gidget from the Taco Bell commercials couldn’t survive 2009’s death curse =(



I know I left a bunch of people out. I also know that I left a lot of stories out. If there is anything I missed that you loved or hated about this year, tell me about it in a comment! Until next time……….

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!