It’s a new month…. and so far April is certainly living up to it’s reputation for “April Showers”, but at least all this time indoors the last week or so has helped me to shake my crazy desire to run around outside all the time. 😉
Luckily that gives me time to catch up on things here at the ol’ Litterbox that I’ve let slide lately, so there will be more Reviews soon…. as well as my chance to take care of being tagged by our dear Blogging friend Miss Novia Rozet at “Polychrome Interest” as one of her choices to be awarded the “7 x7” Blog Award….
Now… while I’ve always been a bit shy of participating in these sorts of things, this particular one sounds like so much fun, and I’m truly touched to think Novia thought of including lil’ ol’ me out of all the many people she knows and could have chosen, so how could this wee Catgirl not want to join in the fun? Party pooper, me? Never…. 😉
So…. curious to see what it’s all about? Why then just “Read On” and see for yourself…
Hmmmm?…. So then…. what’s the scoop on this particular award? Well here are the rules, as set down at Novia’s blog:
1: Tell everyone something about yourself that nobody else knows.
2: Link to a post that you think fits the following categories: “The Most Beautiful Piece”, “Most Helpful Piece”, “Most Popular Piece”, “Most Controversial Piece”, “Most Surprisingly Successful Piece”, “Most Underrated Piece”, “Most Pride-worthy Piece”.
3: Nominate and pass this along to 7 fellow bloggers.
OK then… let’s get to it shall we?
#1) Something about lil’ ol’ me that nobody else knows?….. Well I’ve pretty much already spilled most of my secrets here in my previous posting, “5 Things You’ve Never Known About Neko!!” but I suppose there might be at least one more lurking in my closet… 😉
There is one thing that absolutely nobody knows…. Not my sweetheart Carolyn…. not even my Mom and Dad… Only my Grandma ever knew, and since she died, the secret went with her. So what is it? Well I have this little scar you see…. hidden under my hair, just over my right ear. How did it happen? Well as a wee girl, I was…. how shall we put it…. a bit of a handful. It was hard to tell lil’ Miyuki not to do things…. especially all those dangerous things good little girls are supposed to not want to do in the first place. Like climbing trees.
We had the most gnarly old tree in our backyard out in California when I was little…. just the perfect thing to build a tree-house in. At least that was lil’ Miyuki’s opinion at the tender age of 7. Mom, who thought that was definitely not something proper young girls should be doing, had absolutely forbidden me to do any such thing…. and I was to stay out of that tree at all costs. Silly, silly mommy….. you should know your fearless lil’ girl could never resist such a temptation. 🙂
Anyway…. one afternoon while Mom was at the store, I stubbornly decided to give that old Tree my best “Sheena, Queen of the Jungle” imitation….. However, as it happened, Mom was actually right about this one. I fell out of that old tree and knocked myself silly, slicing open my head but good on a rock. Poor Grandma came running when she heard me scream and found me stunned, bleeding like crazy, and crying something terrible. She wanted to call Mom, take me to the doctor of course, but I was so adamant that Mom couldn’t find out I’d been climbing that I made Grandma promise not to tell her. Grandma loved wild lil’ me more than anything in the whole world, and so after checking me over closely and getting my solemn promise never to climb up that darn tree again, she cleaned up my head and stopped the bleeding and promised me we’d keep this just between us. As far as I know, she really did…. although I do remember she was especially attentive to me for the next week or so, keeping a close eye on me probably worrying the whole time that I’d cracked my skull or that I’d get a concussion…. Sigh…. poor Grandma always found wild lil’ me soooo darn “American”…. soooo darn unlike the granddaughter she’d probably hoped to have… but she always loved me unconditionally anyways and could never deny me anything.
The head wound healed, and it was tricky keeping Mom or Dad from noticing it till it did but somehow I managed. I think I spent a good month keeping them on my left side at all times….. Hehehehe!! However, it seems we probably should have gotten me some stitches, as it did scar, but unless you knew exactly where to carefully look for it under my hair, you’d never even know it was even there….
So…. with Grandma gone away to Heaven, now my oldest secret is yours to keep, Gentle Visitors… 🙂
#2) “My Most Beautiful Post” Well…. with the ol’ “Litterbox” being the sort of blog that is filled mostly with Movie Reviews and my own goofy personal ramblings, I suppose this one probably has to go to one of my Diary postings and for me that means my choice would definitely go to this years account of my Valentines Day gift to my sweetheart Carolyn. I wouldn’t say it was perhaps the most poetic or literate thing I’ve ever written, but it did capture… at least for me… a memory and a feeling which will stay fondly with me forever.
“My Most Helpful Post” Hmmmmm? Another tough one…. as I haven’t really done any sort of posting that might really fit the bill for this. But…. as the “rules” don’t specifically exclude it, I’m thinking I ought to use this as a challenge to write just such a post this week and then link it in here. So…. you’ll just have to check back and see what I come up with won’t you. Sneaky lil’ kitty, aren’t I? 😉
“My Most Popular Post” Ha!! Now that’s an easier one…. and a quick check of my Blog stats tells me that honor falls to my review for “Haunted 3D” (2011) Hindi Ghost/ Horror by sheer number of views alone…. but for sheer number of comments it would go to my review for “Kuntilanak” aka “The Chanting”- Indonesian Horror (2006) so here you get a “two for one” pick, Gentle Visitors!!
“My Most Controversial Post” Decisions, decisions…. Movie reviews can be controversial, especially if you disagree with most other reviewers out there in the great Blogosphere, but I’m not thinking that I’ve ever really taken a stand against any film that was too out of step with a lot of people with perhaps maybe one exception… my review for 2008’s French Horror film “Martyrs”. Most other reviewers saw it as a bit of genius debut film making by it’s director Pascal Laugier while I found it to be just about the most repulsive and worthless piece of cinema ever made…. I tried to be as objective as I could with my review as it was, at least from a technical standpoint, a very well made film….. but even so, this one still stands as maybe one of the worst movie watching experiences I’ve ever had.
“Most Surprisingly Successful Post” That would have to go to “Kung Fu Cooking Girls” – My Dream Come True…” not earthshaking…. but it did garner some appreciative interest from a lot of people that found my re-awakened desire to learn Martial Arts to be a reminder that it’s never ever too late to chase your own dreams…..
“Most Underrated Post” Hmmmm? I’ve a lot of older posts…. some for some movies that were really interesting, hard to find, and required me to actually hunt down subtitles just to be able to watch them. I always end up hoping I’ll inspire somebody else to want to go to such lengths… and I’m usually so darn dissapointed when these don’t even inspire a comment, let alone the interest in them that I had. For me…. that would have to be especially true of my review of “Yulenka: Deadly Lessons” aka “Юленька: Смертельные уроки” (2009) – Russian Thriller/ Horror”…. a crazy lil’ Russian version of “The Bad Seed”. It was actually a very creepy lil’ thriller featuring an amazingly talented… and scary… lil’ Russian actress named Darya Balabanova. It should have been released over here in the West…. but hasn’t…. and it’s never been released anywhere with English subtitles. Took me years to hunt down…. more to find some workable Fansubs and re-do them just to watch it. Sigh….. and then nobody seemed to want to hear about it…. so disappointing. 😦
“Most Pride-Worthy Post” Another one which really surprised me…. “Strandvaskaren” aka “Drowning Ghost” (2004) – Swedish Horror”. Why am I so proud of this particular post? Well, surprisingly enough, it’s actually used as a source link at Wikipedia!! Yep…. look this film up and you’ll find a link to my humble “Litterbox”….. It’s like opening the encyclopedia and finding yourself quoted as an “expert”…. 🙂 (Although I suspect it’s mostly that I’m probably the only English language review for that particular film…. but it still tickles me to see my Blog there….. )
#3) Well…. that’s the hard part of this award. Now I’ll have to think about who to pass this award along to…. That’s going to take some thinking, (Especially since my first choice, Miss Novia, already sent it along to me, so she’s not eligible…..) so I’ll probably add those in too as I do it since I want to post this right away. 🙂
We have our first tag…. 😉
Elpeevio@Things Fall Apart: Elpeevio has a nice little Asian cinema Blog like mine (Although he actually watches more of the good Asian movies than me… Hehehe!!) It’ll be neat to see what his choices turn out to be.