Monday, September 26, 2016

liebster award

Lovely people! ♥ The awesome Hamlette tagged me for this (muchas gracias mi amiga). So, I'm supposed to answer 11 questions, then make up 11 new questions and tag 11 people, etc. Well, we'll see how that goes. 

The eleven questions (aww eleven makes me think of the Doctor):

1.  Is there a movie that has really yummy-looking food in it that you'd love to eat?
*thinking* *trying to remember* umm...I know there is one...any movie that has a scene in one of those really classy expensive tea shops with tiny cakes and mini sandwiches. Honestly any food makes me hungry. I love food. Food is great. yay food. Seriously it's awesome how good it tastes, you know? It's not like it has to, what if it was just this random stuff we ate purely for sustenance? I mean the simple fact that we can taste stuff is daily awesome sauce. 

Nonetheless, remember:
If you were wondering, yes, that is utterly irrelevant. 

2.  What era do most of your favorite movies take place in?

So, my top favorite movies are Star Wars: A New HopeCaptain America: The Winter Soldier, (besides being perfect, it also has Bucky ♥) Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings, and The Prince of Persia. Which are all set in either present day or fantasy worlds, so whatever era you want to call that. I also have this thing for the 40s for some reason.  

3.  What two actors/actresses have you always hoped would make a movie together, but didn't/haven't yet?

I don't really have answer to this. I mean there's no combo that I've dreamed of for a long time. Though of course, we're all waiting for Budapest, right? Starring Arrow Guy and Nat. 

4.  If money and time and supplies (and crafting ability) were not considerations, what movie character would you love to cosplay or dress up like for Halloween?

Ooo, something from Star Wars or a Marvel character. Or Captain Jack Sparrow because that would be way fun. Obi Wan, the Winter Soldier or Cap ('n Jack Sparrow I mean, not the red/white/blue one, though that would also rock). No, definitely the Winter Soldier. (But you guys new that, right?)

5.  Have you ever cosplayed or dressed up like a movie or TV character for Halloween?

Some friends and siblings dressed up as Lord of the Rings characters once, I think I was Aragorn. With a beard like marker attempt on my face. And a Man in Black once too. 

6.  What movie would your friends/family be surprised to learn you truly enjoyed?

Hmm. I watch a lot of movies by myself. I think I enjoy them more that way. Otherwise I feel self conscious about people watching me (ha. because people totally want to watch my face and not the movie. not. except that's what I do when I watch movies with peeps. but then that's mostly 'cause I've seen the movie already and I'm checking how they like it). 

But to answer the question. I'm not sure anyone would be surprised exactly. But I like dramas and they're not really the kind of movie I fan over or talk about a lot so peeps wouldn't necessarily know that I like 'em. eg: About a Boy, Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Benny and Joon, The Way Way Back, Rickie and the Flash, Mud. 

7.  What's one book you hope no one ever makes into a film?
I don't really care honestly. There are hundreds of books that I love and that's not gonna change. 

8.  Do you know the Wilhelm Scream when you hear it?

Well, now I do. Thanks for that. 
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9.  When a character onscreen has to hold their breath, to you try to hold your breath to match theirs?
Every time. And then I realize I would die. And then I practice holding my breath for the next few minutes and get completely distracted from the movie. The only times I don't is when the movie is really good which means I'm lost in it and not thinking about anything else (which rarely, almost never, happens). 

10.  What upcoming movies (or TV series) are you excited about?

Doctor Strange, the Flash (I'm not sure how excited I actually am about this. I'll probably just watch the first episode and that'll determine it, but, still, I loved the first season) (I wish Jefferson was still in OUAT. I mean, he hasn't been since season 1, but still. Oh well.), Fantastic Beasts, Moana (maybe?), Sing etc.
I love the smell of fandom in the mourning.:
11.  What are some of your favorite movie-oriented blogs?  (Or just blogs that post movie reviews sometimes.)

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http://www.thefangirlinitiative.com/

And now, the eleven (aww) people I tag:
(If anyone would like me to tag/add them up here, just say the word.)
  1. An Accomplished Young Lady
  2. Life as a Young Lady
  3. Little Moon Dragon
  4. Little Panda Crafts
  5. The Horse and His Girl
  6. The Journeys' of my Beating Heart
  7. The Life of Little Me
  8. Three Fangirling Sisters
  9. Traveling Home
  10. a flyleaf
  11. Metias and Me
  12. Princess Faith
  13. think. eat. write. read.
That wasn't eleven, was it?

And I loved Hamlette's Questions, so here you go again:

1.  Is there a movie that has really yummy-looking food in it that you'd love to eat?
2.  What era do most of your favorite movies take place in?
3.  What two actors/actresses have you always hoped would make a movie together, but didn't/haven't yet?
4.  If money and time and supplies (and crafting ability) were not considerations, what movie character would you love to cosplay or dress up like for Halloween?
5.  Have you ever cosplayed or dressed up like a movie or TV character for Halloween?
6.  What movie would your friends/family be surprised to learn you truly enjoyed?
7.  What's one book you hope no one ever makes into a film?
8.  Do you know the Wilhelm Scream when you hear it?
9.  When a character onscreen has to hold their breath, to you try to hold your breath to match theirs?
10.  What upcoming movies (or TV series) are you excited about?
11.  What are some of your favorite movie-oriented blogs?  (Or just blogs that post movie reviews sometimes.)

Sunday, September 25, 2016

this week




reading Myths of the Norsemen, by Roger Lancelyn Green for school
getting up early and reading for a couple hours before anyone else gets up
watching White Collar
when my teacher gave me 11/10
beautiful hot sunny weather
Un Sopriso, by Franz Liszt
beautiful birds on the bird feeder (simultaneously a goldfinch, pileated woodpecker, and hummingbird)
running (while listening to Rise by Katy Perry and Wild Horses by Birdy)

what are your favorite things lately? xx

Friday, September 23, 2016

only played

The Legend of Bagger Vance:
via | Will Smith & Matt Damon, The Legend of Bagger Vance

"What I'm talkin' about is a game. A game that can't be won, only played." 
"You don't understand." 
"I don't need to understand. Ain't a soul on this entire earth ain't got a burden to carry he don't understand, you ain't alone in that. But you been carryin' this one long enough. Time to go on, lay it down." 
"I don't know how." 
"You got a choice. You can stop. Or you can start." 
"Start?" 
"Walkin." 
"Where?" 
"Right back to where you always been, and then stand there. Still, real still. And remember." 
"It's too long ago." 
"Oh no sir, it was just a moment ago. Time for you to come on out the shadows [...] Time for you to choose." 
"I can't." 
"Yes you can, but you ain't alone. I'm right here with ya. I've been here all along. Now play the game. Your game. The one that only you was meant to play. The one that was given to you when you come into this world. You ready? Stike that ball [...] don't hold nothin back, give it everything. Now's the time. Let yourself remember. Remember your swing. That's right [...] settle yourself. Let's go. Now is the time."


(from The Legend of Bagger Vance)

Friday, September 16, 2016

do you remember none of that?

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test all things;
hold fast what
is good

(1 Thess 5:21 | title quote from Thor, Thor to Loki, "We were raised together. We played together, we fought together. Do you remember none of that?")

Friday, September 09, 2016

before me no more

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"And my heart swelled up sudden, like to bust;
and the same second the house and all 
was behind me in 
the dark, and wasn't ever
going to be before me 
no more in this world."

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain

Monday, September 05, 2016

Summer to-read // review

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So originally I said I was going to try to read all these by August first, but then I looked at a calendar and realized school for me doesn’t start till September 6th (aka tomorrow) so I had an extra month to read. Yay.  Still I only read about 56%. Hmmph. I took a few books off this list.

All the books I read (the ones with lines through them) were good, but I recommend the ones with X’s next to them.

BOOKS 19/34
1.       The Leader in you, by Dale Carnegie  X
2.       Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies, by McEntyre
3.       How to Read a Book, by Motimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren
4.       On Writing Well, by William Zinsser X
5.       The Art of Memory, by Frances A. Yates
6.       The Trachtenberg Speed System of Basic Mathematics, by Cutler and McShane
7.       Relativity and Quantum Mechanics,  by Fleisher
8.       Waves, by Fleisher
9.       Matter and Energy, by Fleisher
10.   The Fallacy Detective, by Nathaniel Bluedorn and Hans Bluedorn
11.   I and Thou, by Martin Buber
12.   Philosophy 101 by Socrates, by Kreeft
13.   The Law, by Frederic Bastiat X
14.   You Can Understand the Bible, by Kreeft
15.   The Thing, by G. K. Chesterton
16.   The Story of the World Volume 4: The Modern Age, by Bauer
17.   The Echo of Greece, by Edith Hamilton X
18.   Saint Augustine Confessions, translation by Henry Chadwick
19.   How the Irish Saved Civilization, by Thomas Cahill
20.   This Was John Calvin, by Van Halsema
21.   The Story of Christianity, by David Bentley Hart X
22.   The Illustrated A Brief History of Time, by Stephen Hawking X
23.   The Story of Hannibal, by Johanna Johnson
24.   Ancient China, consulting editor Carol Michaelson
25.   Persian Fire, by Tom Holland
26.   Three “Whys” of the Russian Revolution, by Richard Pipes
27.   The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization, by Anthony Esolen
28.   The Ballad of the White Horse, by G. K. Chesterton
29.   Saint Thomas Aquinas, by G. K. Chesterton
30.   Between Heaven and Hell, by Kreeft X
31.   Biology, by Shepherd
32.   Rhetoric, by Aristotle
33.   Born in the Year of Courage, by Emily Crofford
34.   John Milton’s Paradise Lost in Plain English, by Joseph Lanzara

COMICS
35.   Captain America: The man with No face, by Brubaker, Ross, Epting and Guice
36.   Captain America & Bucky: Life Story of Bucky Barnes, by Brubaker, Andreyko and Samnee X
37.   The Marvels Project, by Brubaker and Epting

SHORT
38.   Sophie’s World Discussion Guide, by Jeff Baldwin
39.   Computing Machinery and Intelligence, by Turing


Did you find any awesome books this summer? xx

Saturday, September 03, 2016

the bravest man

via | BBC Merlin

Love like I'm not scared
Give when it's not fair
Live life for another
Take time for a brother
Fight for the weak ones
Speak out for freedom
Find faith in the battle
Stand tall but above it all
Fix my eyes, my eyes,
On you,
On you

(Fix my Eyes, by For King & Country | Title quote from BBC Merlin, Arthur to Merlin, "I always thought you were the bravest man I ever met.")

Friday, September 02, 2016

IN AUGUST

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READ
The Balled of the White Horse, by G. K. Chesterton 
This Was John Calvin, by Thea B. Van Halsema 
Ancient China, by Time Life Books
How the Irish Saved Civilization, by Thomas Cahill - Very cool part of history tying stuff together, felt like the book could have been shorter.
The Fallacy Detective, by Nathaniel Bluedorn and Hans Bluedorn - Definitions, examples, and practice questions. 

MOVIES
*Thor: God of Thunder
Avalon High (disney tv movie) 3/5
Three Guys Named Mike (old black and white) 2/5
At First Sight (Val Kilmer) 2/5
True Genius (Val Kilmer) – Had its moments of hilarity.
The Bachelorette and the Bobby-Soxer (Shirley Temple)
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants – Sweet and enjoyed it. 2/5
The Legend of Tarzan - Enjoyed the adventure of it. 
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (Robert Redford, Paul Newman)
Bottle Shock (Chris Pine) – Initially watched this because it was prime on Amazon but the story was different and somewhat technical which I like.
*101 Dalmations – Classic Disney at its best.
Pompeii (2014) – Of itself not the best but I love action/adventure.
Testament of Youth (Kit Harrington, Colin Morgan etc.) – Beautiful; I love the title and what it means to the story as a whole.

SERIES
Parks and Recreation – Amusing, not something I’d watch if I wasn’t multitasking.
The Game of Thrones (first episode) – Loved the fantasy world of castles and magic but not the excessive nudity and gore.
NCIS (first ep.) – Fun but not my thing.
The White Queen – I watched the first couple episodes and enjoyed them but doubt I’ll watch more.
Teen Wolf – Fun, didn’t draw me in enough to continue watching.
White Collar (1/2 1st season) – I love the characters, smart characters are entertaining. 

*watched before


I hope you've had a lovely summer. It's already getting Fall-ish where I live. Did any of you have summer jobs? What did you do? I worked at a French bakery, which was cute but boring by the end of the first day, and the last two weeks at a drama camp for kids (5-8) as an aide. It was the first time I worked at a summer camp. I biked a lot around my neighborhood this summer exploring, which was fun, and I biked to my grandmother's house which took about three hours. 

Did you find any new great books or movies in August? I hope you all have a wonderful September. xx

By the way, any suggestions for music to listen to while running? Thx.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

gonna be

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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"

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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

IN JULY

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BOOKS READ
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

STUFF WATCHED
(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.)
movies
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
series
*Sherlock
Psych
*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

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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.


TV SERIES 
(I'm not proposing to watch all of any of these series - just an episode of each, and more if I like it.)
Baccano
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
Friends

MINISERIES
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)

NR/UR/PASSED/APPROVED/M
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color
Unrelated (Tom Hiddleston)
King Kong
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (Robert Redford)
Goldfinger
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
Dumbo
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)

R
The Talented Mr Ripley (Matt Damon)
Memento
Casino (Robert De Niro)
The Flowers of War (Christian Bale)
The Breakfast Club
Fargo
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

PG-13
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
Samsara
House of Flying Daggers
What Dreams May Come
Tower Heist (Ben Stiller)
Big Fish
The Blind Side
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Forrest Gump
GoldenEye
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

PG
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)
Badlands
Blue Hawaii (Elvis)
The Karate Kid
Paper Moon
The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993)
Labyrinth
Day for Night
Being There
I Am David
Vertigo
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)
Beetlejuice
August Rush (Robin Williams, Freddie Highmore)
Pinocchio (2008)
The Lion in Winter
Dead Poets Society
Out of Africa
Spaceballs
Empire of the Sun
Titan A.E.
Rocky
The Brothers (about tigers)
Jumanji (Robin Williams)
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Bear

G
Sea Hawk (Errol Flynn)
The Brave Little Toaster
Oliver & Company
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Balto
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