Wednesday, August 17, 2016

gonna be

So when you look at yourself,
tell me, who do you see?
Is it the person you've been,
or the person that you're
gonna be?

(Hold on Tight, by Greg holden)

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

"trust my rage"

Our life is what
our thoughts
make it.

(Marcus Aurelius)

Quote in the title by Loki in Thor: The Dark World.

Tuesday, August 02, 2016


Uncle Fred in the Springtime, by P. G. Wodehouse - Very funny. Perfect Wodehouse. 5/5
~How to Read a Book, by Mortimer J. Adler - I didn't get much out of this book, especially for it being so long. Toward the end there were some good notes. It wasn't very useful to me. 2/5
~Born in the Year of Courage, by Emily Crofford - About a Japanese boy in the mid-1800s (during Japan's self-isolation) who's shipwrecked and picked up by American sailors. Really cool story; I enjoyed it a lot. 4/5

~: on my summer to-read list

(I'm trying to be very hard/honest with my ratings this time so they'll probs be lower on average. But just saying, I almost always enjoy movies and like something about them.)
Spy Kids - The story is fun. Watched it late at night with my brother. That was fun. 3/5
Valkyrie - Great story. 3/5
Knight and Day - Some funny moments. 2/5
*Mission Impossible 1-5 - Rogue Nation is perfect.
Jack Reacher - It'll be fun to see the sequel in October. 2/5
Oblivion - Good sci-fi. 3/5
Top Gun - Planes are cool and the music gives it good vibes. It'll be fun to see the sequel when it comes out. 3/5
Far and Away - Odd. 2/5
Legend - Also odd. Like an old fairy tale, except not and 80s-ish. 1/5
Minority Report - I didn't get anything out of this one. 2/5
Zuma Beach - Random old tv movie. 2/5
War of the Worlds - Didn't care for this one. Also the title didn't quite seem to fit. 2/5
Notting Hill - Ultimately didn't care for this one either. 2/5
Water for Elephants - Adventurous story. Interesting casting choices for the leads. This one didn't fully explain its title either. 3/5
Jason Bourne - Fits right in with the first three Bourne movies. Exactly. Not very different from them in fact. But I loved the last shot. 2/5
Mean Girls - 2/5
*Doctor Who (a single ep.)
Chuck - Sweet characters and funny. It feels a little slower paced.
Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street - This is perfect at what it is (especially the first season), fun and magical.

 *watched before

BEST IN JULY: Top Gun, Oblivion, Born in the Year of Courage, Uncle Fred in the Springtime (this one is hilarious if you like British humor, or should I say humour?).

It seems to be a repeating thing with me that I watch a lot of stuff in July. It's fun to watch a bunch of movies with the same actor and study their expressions and mannerisms. I still want to see Secret Life of Pets. I'm working on talking family into going. Mom is weakening. What good books and movies have you been enjoying lately? I hope you all have a lovely August. xx

The only thing consoling me that the summer is ending is that Marvel movies are coming.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

My Watchlist

This is my to-watch list. Some things are here because I genuinely want to see them or they look interesting, some because I've heard them mentioned repeatedly, some because they've been recommended or called classics. Do you have any recommendations or movies you think everyone should see? I'd love to hear your thoughts. And if you think anything on this list isn't worth watching, feel free to say so.

This list is organized by MPAA ratings. The stuff in parenthesis is random info to help me remember what each movie is.

(I'm not proposing to watch all of any of these series - just an episode of each, and more if I like it.)
Dave the Barbarian
Game of Thrones
Heroes Reborn (Robbie Kay)
Fullmetal Alchemist (?)
Broadchurch (TV-14; David Tennant, James D’Arcy 2nd season)
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
Fawlty Towers (comedy)
My So-Called Life
Boy Meets World
Captain Planet and the Planeteers
Breaking Bad
Frasier (comedy)
Terra Nova

Hawking (BBC, 2004; Benedict Cumberbatch)
The Color of Magic
The Ruby in the Smoke (Matt Smith, Billie Piper)
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (James D’Arcy)
The Tempest (2014, Globe on Screen; Colin Morgan)

Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color
Unrelated (Tom Hiddleston)
King Kong
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (Robert Redford)
Much Ado About Nothing (Joss Whedon)
My Six Loves
Third Star (Benedict Cumberbatch)
The Philadelphia Story
The Women
The Bishop's Wife
Come to the Stable
Kings Row
My Man Godfrey
On the Waterfront
Anatomy of a Murder
The Greatest Show on Earth
South of Tahiti
From Russia with Love
Sullivan's Travels
The 400 Blows
Thank Your Lucky Stars (Errol Flynn)
The Prince and the Pauper (1937, Errol Flynn)
Parked (Colin Morgan)
Treasure Island (1990 TV Movie)

The Talented Mr Ripley (Matt Damon)
Casino (Robert De Niro)
The Flowers of War (Christian Bale)
The Breakfast Club
Mad Max: Fury Road
Born on the Fourth of July (Tom Cruise)
The Color of Money (Tom Cruise)
Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise)
Fugitive pieces (Harrison Ford)  
A Few Good Men (Tom Cruise)
Collateral (Tom Cruise)
Schindler's List
The Godfather
Laggies (Keira Knightley)
Never Let Me Go (Keira Knightley)
48 Hrs.
Night Catches Us (Anthony Mackie)
The Fighter (Christian Bale)
The Matrix

One Chance
Phoebe in Wonderland (Elle Fanning)
Batman Returns
42 (Chadwick Boseman)
Once Upon a Time in the West
The Mask of Zorro
Quantum of Solace
Invictus (Matt Damon)
A Beautiful Mind (Russell Crowe)
Cast Away (Tom Hanks)
10 Cloverfield Lane
Casino Royale
The Fugitive
Far from the Madding Crowd
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Intern
House of Flying Daggers
What Dreams May Come
Tower Heist (Ben Stiller)
Big Fish
The Blind Side
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Forrest Gump
Jurassic Park
Dark Shadows
Ways to Live Forever (Robbie Kay)
Best in Show
Les Miserables (1998; Liam Neeson)
Batman (1989)
Prince Caspian
Need for Speed
The Prestige

How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Deathtrap (Christopher Reeve)
The Remains of the Day (Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, Christopher Reeve)
The Impossible
Harold and Maude
Corpse Bride
The Sting (Robert Redford)
Blue Hawaii (Elvis)
The Karate Kid
Paper Moon
The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993)
Day for Night
Being There
I Am David
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Annie Hall
A Bug’s Life
Remember the Titans
American Graffiti
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
The Muppets
Dial M for Murder (Hitchcock)
Mrs Brown (1997)
Shadowlands (about C. S. Lewis)
When Marnie Was There (anime)
August Rush (Robin Williams, Freddie Highmore)
Pinocchio (2008)
The Lion in Winter
Dead Poets Society
Out of Africa
Empire of the Sun
Titan A.E.
The Brothers (about tigers)
Jumanji (Robin Williams)
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Bear

Sea Hawk (Errol Flynn)
The Brave Little Toaster
Oliver & Company
A Charlie Brown Christmas
The Secret World of Arrietty
2001: A Space Odyssey
The Land Before Time (directed by Don Bluth)
Finding Nemo
Finding Dory
Charlotte's Web (2006)
Kim (Errol Flynn)
My Neighbor Totoro (anime)

I'd love to hear your recommendations and thoughts on this list. What should I add? What are your favorite movies? Your favorite genres? Favorite actors? Directors? Movies you think more people should know about. Movies that made you see things differently. Movies you love. Movies with great characters. Movies you learned from. Movies that inspired you. Movies that made you laugh. Movies that made you cry. Movies that made you think. Movies with breathtaking scenery. Movies with great stories. What do you recommend? xx

Wednesday, July 06, 2016


via | alternate cover for Infinity by Skottie Young
I was away from wifi for a bit so this is a little late. I hope you all had a wonderful Fourth.

~ The Story of Christianity, by David Bentley Hart - Really nice timeline view putting everything in order in my mind.
*The Code of the Woosters, by P. G. Wodehouse - Wodehouse is always fun.
Infinity (Marvel comic), by Hickman, Opena, Weaver, Deatato, Caselli, Yu - Really fun to read. From its trailer I hadn't been looking forward to Doctor Strange very much, but now having seen his character in the comics I am.
~ The Thing, by G. K. Chesterton - A bunch of essays. I mainly read it because my brother bought it in England and gave it to me and it's an old hardcover and Chesterton.

~: on my summer to-read list

X-Men: Apocalypse - I love the characters, especially Professor X. I'm not really sure what I thought of the movie, it was fun to see.
*John Carter
Penelope - It was fun and had some sweet moments.
Romancing the Stone - Didn't care for this one.
White House Down - This one was fun, much more so than I'd expected.
At the Heart of the Sea - I feel like it could have told its story better with different organization, but still, it did tell its story.
Pitch Perfect - I love the acapella music. The story had its moments.
Starter for 10 - Fun to see Benedict Cumberbatch and James McAvoy.
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride - Maybe it's just because I haven't watched Sherlock for a while, but I really enjoyed this episode.
The Flash - Run, Barry, run.
Gossip Girl

*: read/watched before

BEST THIS MONTH: The Story of Christianity and Infinity for books, and Sherlock for film (though most of the movies I watched this month were fun).  

LOOKING FORWARD TO IN JULY: The Legend of Tarzan (out since the first), The Secret Life of Pets (the eighth), and Jason Bourne (the twenty-eighth)

What movies/series/books have you enjoyed recently? What are you looking forward to in July? xx 

Friday, June 24, 2016

A Lyric Medley | Tag

Jamie from Through Two Blue Eyes tagged me (a long time ago) (thank you!) - this was fun to do. I changed some of the questions a this point this is a very random bunch of songs. Oh, and I added some gifs. Yay.

Are you ready?

I love that guy in the middle. I mean, look at those eyes. Such intensity.

A song that describes me perfectly:
Waiting for My Time to Come by Colony House 

I've tried, I've failed
I thought I gave my all
Now it's hard to tell
Is this the end of this dream I lost
Or just an introduction to how much it may cost
I'm just waiting on seasons to change
Waiting for the curtain to fall
I could lose my cool like a restless fool
But I'm waiting for my time to come

The happiest song I know:
What a Wonderful World by IZ

Well I see trees of green and red roses too
I'll watch them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world
The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
And also on the faces of people passing by
I see friends shaking hands saying
How do you do?
They're really saying, I, I love you

A song that makes me want to dance:
Hail hail what's the matter with your head?
Hail hail what's the matter with your mind?
And your sign an-o oh oh oh

27 Times Zac Efron Embarrassed Himself In The “High School Musical” Franchise... this is hilarious.

Dom dom dom dom
Dom be dooby
Dom dom dom dom dom
Dom be dooby
Dom dom dom dom dom
Dom be doonby dom
Whoa whoa whoa whoa

It might seem crazy what I'm about to say
Sunshine she's here, you can take away
I'm a hot air balloon I could go to space
With the air, like I don't care baby by the way

Favorite Tayor Swift song:

I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off

Favorite song from a movie soundtrack:

Up is Down, by Hans Zimmer (from Pirates of the Caribbean 3) ♥

An "I can't even" song:

Taking over this town they should worry
But these problems aside I think I taught you well
That we won't run, and we won't run, and we won't run
Howling ghosts -- they reappear
In mountains that are stacked with fear
But you're a king and I'm a lionheart
And in the sea that's painted black
Creatures lurk below the deck
But you're a king and I'm a lionheart
A lionheart

A song that gives me chills every time I hear it:

This one literally does give me chills every time. The first time I saw Star Wars (the original three) 
I was about five. It's the first story I fell in love with so it's special to me and awesomeness.

The Force Theme, by John Williams (from Star Wars)

Favorite classical song:

Nessun Dorma, by Puccini (sung by Katherine Jenkins)

New favorite song:

'Cause you're a sky full of stars
You light up my path

Favorite music video:

Your world keeps spinning but you can't jump off
But I will catch you if you fall I can't tell you enough
I hate to hear that you're feeling low

There are so many great songs out there. I feel like this should be so much longer. So many absolutely fantastic songs.


(this tag was created by Rose)

The rules: 1/ Thank and link back to the person who tagged you 2/ Make a collage that represents your taste in music to go along with your post 3/ List a song for each of the 10 questions (or make up your own) and include your favorite lyrics 4/ Tag at least 5 other bloggers

I tag: Hamlette, Morning, Jana, (and anyone else who'd like too, and I can add you here if you want)

What are your favorite songs? xx (all images from Pinterest)

Thursday, June 23, 2016

"I am done letting it consume me" | quote tag day III

Good is stronger than 
evil; light is stronger 
than darkness; life 
is stronger than death.

(Desmond Tutu)

Quote in the title from T'Challa in Captain America: Civil War. Day three, last day of the quote tag! (day one and two here) I tag Hannah Mary at The Daisy TreeJordy at Fox in the Woodlands, and Amy at Little Moon Dragon

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

hope | quote tag day two

We need you 
       to hope 

(Charles Xavier, Days of Future Past)

This is the second day of the Quote Tag (day one here). I tag: M at The Little Life of MeKate at The Goodness Revolt, and Dani at a vapor in the wind.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

dr. seuss | quote tag day one

I like nonsense
it wakes up
the brain

(Dr. Seuss)

S.F. from On Solid Ground tagged me the Quote Tag (thank you!). Rules: 1/ Thank the person who tagged you 2/ Post a new quote every day for three consecutive days 3/ Tag three new bloggers every day. I tag: Rosie at Self Known, Jamie at Through Two Blue Eyes, and Faith at Princess Faith

Monday, June 13, 2016

what they truly are

If you stopped seeing the world in terms of what you like and what you dislike, and saw things for what they truly are in themselves, you would find a great deal more peace in your life.

(Patrick Jane in The Mentalist)

Monday, June 06, 2016

Captain America: Civil War | Review

(spoiler-free review)

When the United Nations propose the Sokovia Accords, putting superhumans who sign them under the UN’s command, the Avengers become divided as they discuss signing. Civil war commences when the UN sends their Avengers, led by Tony, on a manhunt for Bucky Barnes with orders to shoot on sight and Steve and his Avengers protect Bucky, thereby opposing the UN and making themselves criminals. It’s the UN versus Bucky, and Avengers on either side. 

Steve and Tony are both concerned with being responsible for their actions, but they go about being responsible in different ways. Steve, by knowing his limits and Tony, by consigning his abilities.

Tony believes the responsible thing is to put himself under the jurisdiction of the UN so they can maintain safety by controlling the Avengers’ power. Tony’s smart and not used to being fooled. You see that in Iron Man when he realizes Yinsen, a fellow prisoner who helps him escape captivity, never planned to escape himself. It makes Tony sick. But he escapes, honoring Yinsen’s sacrifice and last words - don’t waste it - don’t waste your life - dedicating his life to protecting the world. It’s unsettling for Tony to realize he’s made a mistake, but ultimately he’s able to move on with new awareness. In Civil War Tony is blamed for bad things happening. He signs the Accords, hoping the UN won’t make the mistakes he might. It’s a parallel to what happened in Iron Man where he stops making weapons, having realized their consequences, and instead builds the Iron Man suit to protect people. In Civil War, Tony signs the Sovokia Accords, putting himself under the jurisdiction of the UN. He does whatever he believes it takes to stop bad things from happening, but he doesn’t always understand who’s responsible for them and consequently how to prevent them effectively.

the way Tony doesn't even look him in the face before hitting Steve --> Still angry at you, Stark.
Steve believes if the Avengers submit to the UN their oversight would hinder the Avengers’ ability to protect: “What if they don’t let us go where we need to?” And he’s wary of trusting the UN: “What if they send us somewhere we don’t want to go?” As Dr. Erskine, who helped give Steve his powers, said, he’s not a perfect soldier, but a good man. A good man, careful to do the right thing, not a good soldier who follows orders blindly. To Steve, being self responsible is a fundamental of what it means to be American: being American means every man standing up for what he believes to maintain truth and hold his country responsible to it:
This nation was founded on one principle above all else: The requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. (Cap in The Amazing Spider-Man: Civil War; In Civil War Sharon Carter quotes Peggy Carter, paraphrasing a section of this speech)
The value of standing up for what you believe, whatever the odds, is the value that makes Steve Rogers Captain America, and it’s also why he decides not to sign the Accords, just as the quality which caused billionaire-playboy-philanthropist Tony Stark to become the hero Iron Man is also why he decides to sign the Accords. 

Bucky is also concerned with being responsible, worried about his actions should he lose control of himself. We know Steve and Bucky are close friends from First Avenger and Winter Soldier. They grew up together, have fun together, fought together. But in Civil War it’s evident they also share the same values, values which prompt them both to take full responsibility of their actions.

via | I's hard to describe how much I love this moment.
The many characters of Civil War are handled naturally, their goals and relationships carrying them on and off screen. Spider-Man is exactly what he should be: “When you can do the things that I can, but you don’t, and then the bad things happen, they happen because of you”. Black Panther can objectively see the big picture and is a necessary character in the difficult circumstances of Civil War. Ant-Man and Wanda’s second appearances made me like them more and Bucky as he should always be is the central thread the story wraps around. Vision, Rhody, Sam Wilson, Sharon Carter, Natasha, and Clint Barton all contribute to the story’s progress. 

Maybe it’s just me, but Civil War isn’t the movie to begin watching Marvel movies with, not only because of the plot, but also because to be in it emotionally you’ve got to already be attached to the characters, otherwise you’re just watching. It’s like there’s no emotional entrance. 


The choreography, camera work, soundtrack, and eloquent, masterful script tieing back to every relevant previous Marvel movie with parallels and developing themes are what I adore most about the Russo brothers’ directing (so basically everything). The main themes in Civil War are responsibility and vengeance. The patterns of movement in the fight scenes are like a dance. As one reviewer said, Cap’s fighting style is raw, and more defined than in previous movies. Henry Jackman’s music is harshly beautiful and wailing. In Civil War there’s one scene shown four times, each time you learn and feel something new. That’s exactly what perspective should do: grow understanding. Civil War builds up scene after scene, tying itself together with repeating themes and parallels, giving it a sense of wholeness and defined purpose.

MY RATING: 4-5/5
(Need to watch it again to know for sure. Winter Soldier is still my favorite.)


SPOILERS: Right when Stark was about to move on from the mistake of thinking Bucky a villain his deepest emotions are manipulated, turning him against Bucky. Tony knows Bucky isn’t responsible for his actions under mind control, but, “I don’t care. He killed my mom”.  Bucky himself knows he’s not responsible, but, “I still did it”. Everyone has some place where reason just doesn’t have the same import and human emotion rules the day. Tony was unreasonable to fight Bucky, but Zemo wasn’t using reason to turn the Avengers against each other, he was toying with human emotion. He was smart. You can’t confuse people forever with twisted logic, but simple blatant human emotion is difficult to reason, and if you toy with it enough people stop caring about being reasonable. 

The motives in Civil War are simple - Zemo avenging his family, Panther avenging his father, Tony avenging his parents, the UN hunting a supposed bomber - and the complexities are all because of perspective, understanding, and communication. It emphasizes the idea that war is confusion, as Vision implied. 

It’s interesting in the final fight between Tony, Steve, and Bucky that they each lose their token: the arc reactor powering Tony’s suit, Bucky’s metal arm, and Steve’s shield. It’s symbolic of how no side really wins in war. As the tagline said, “divided we fall”. ‘We fall’ - not one side fallen and one side standing, every side fallen. END OF SPOILERS

Thursday, June 02, 2016

this moment

What you can accomplish is irrelevant. But 
if you are absent in this moment 
you will regret it for the rest of [your] life.

(Patrick Jane in The Mentalist)