Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Yay & Nay

{Because this sweet girlie (also known as Mackenzie) does them and I thought it'd be fun.}

Nay:

When a mouse jumps onto your desk while you're doing Spanish homework. #trying :]

Wishing The Fifth Estate wasn't rated R because it looks very interesting. :/ {Trailer}

Yay:

THANKSGIVING!! :) I hope you all have a great day!! xxx

Memorizing stuff because I wanted to see how much I could...I didn't think I'd be able to memorize very much and I'd like to be able to, so this is basically practice. Anyway, I'm working on Mark Antony's speech to the Romans - the funeral speech - because I've always thought it was really neat, and the first section of The Four Quartets. Totally different, I know. :) So far I'm about thirty something and twenty lines in on each of them, consecutively. I didn't think it would be this easy, but one should never underestimate the power of a nice, hot shower. :) 

Seeing Thor: The Dark World in theaters, again. :D This time with the brother, too, very nice (understatement there). I noticed the music a lot more this time around and it's beautiful! 

Snow. :) Christmas music...especially A Christmas Story, Point of Grace (I can't find the right song on YouTube, So here's the album);Christmas Angels, Michael W. Smith; The Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky.... And of course the music from White 
Christmas. :) What's some of your favorite Christmas music?

And, *puts hands on hips* "I'm agent Grant Ward and I just jumped out of a plane without a parachute on and saved your life". (<<<Awesome Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..)

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///What are some of your recent "nay's and yay's"? 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Thor: The Dark World Review

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Director: Alan Taylor
Rating: PG-13
Stars:  Chris HemsworthNatalie PortmanTom Hiddleston
Soundtrack:  Brian Tyler
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"The Dark World": a fitting title, echoing the hopes of a certain villain - but villain doesn't seem to be the right word. He's the bad guy and he is, or creates, the problem, but his character isn't really delved into. In terms of "bad guys" we're more focused on Loki. Loki...he's this character who could be so good - magnificent, with his intellect - but he makes bad choices. And choices have consequences. Loki...he - he's angry. And he has good cause; but there's good anger and there's bad anger. And whatever his anger started out as, now it's bad. Rooted in self and ego instead of the one other possibility: love. 

Odin is always referring back to the same idea: that Thor be worthy of the hammer - of its power. Odin is Thor's dad - worthy has to do with a state of heart, and that's what Odin's concerned about. I think this concern is adopted by Thor for Loki; Thor wants so badly to be able to trust Loki.

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I liked that we get see more of Asgard, we get more of a feel for what Thor is fighting for in terms of "home", and where he comes from. We get a glimpse of what it must have been like before Loki turned "to the dark side"; of how his family functioned: well. Not perfectly, but 'well' doesn't mean 'perfect'. We get to know his family more, and realize how important it is to him - and not just emotionally. He wouldn't be who he is without Odin, Frigga, and Loki. I was just remembering from a YouTube video I watched with my sister interviewing Tom Hiddleston and Chris Hemsworth , how Tom Hiddleston described Loki and Thor as defining each other. It's like they're opposites. 

Odin may not be perfect, but he's a model for Thor, someone to look up to; even if he's not always right. There was one scene in particular that I liked in Asgard, it almost felt like ChristmasI love Christmas. Thor's mom is awesome. 

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Gosh, I do just love - love-love-love - the Marvel universe. I'm looking forward to seeing The Dark World again, looking forward to all the new things there'll be to notice. There's always more to see the second time.

Even though we don't see a whole lot of Sif, Fandral, Hogun, and Volstagg we do get just the right amount of time with them and a little more character, just enough. There was a good balance of humor and solemnity, and a lot of very funny parts.

The Dark World starts out very similarly to the beginning of Thor. It's a nice sort of nod to Kenneth Branagh's awesome piece of work, besides being a nice way to start. 

I love the picture below and the scene that goes with it. It was one of my favorite sections of the film - one of the most interesting, it makes you really think about the characters. Any scenes with Thor and Loki together are bound to be awesome. 


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my rating: 5/5

I'd love to hear your thoughts on Thor: The Dark World (please be sure to mark your comment "spoilers" if it contains any)! Or if you've written a review I'd love to read it if you care to leave a link.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Parkland Review


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Director:  Peter Landesman
Stars:  Zac EfronTom WellingBilly Bob Thornton
Rating: PG-13
Release year: 2013

The movie gets its title from the Hospital that President Kennedy was taken to after being shot. 
The movie covers the stories of four sets of people: the man who caught the assassination of President Kennedy on camera, the brother of the man who shot President Kennedy, the doctor and nurses of Parkland hospital who took care of the President, and the Secret Service's search for the assassin. It's the story of the events that occurred at Parkland hospital when President Kennedy was taken there with a bullet wound in his head.

The screen was shaky, most noticeably during the first thirty or so minutes, echoing the frustration, disbelief, and incredulity in the hearts of the people.I remember reading something like this on the back cover of some book: "why is it that when people hurt themselves, are shocked, startled, scared, etc. that they call on the name of Christ? What is it about that name? Some power must be attached to that name, by everyone". That's not a quote, but the basic idea, as I remember. In Parkland people called on that name pretty frequently. But it didn't bother me the way it might have, because they were in earnest, they didn't know what to do.

When the doctors realized President Kennedy was dead they were shocked. They could barely comprehend it. One of them said simply, "please, somebody tell me what to do now". It was impressive how the cameras were handled so that you never see Kennedy's face, at least not full on, and not with the focus on it. Because the movie wasn't about the President. It was about his murder, and it was about the people who had to keep things running when the man in charge was gone. Everyone seemed to be acting on feelings after the shock of the assassination. And the movie is very much about the people who had great responsibilities to fill out directly after the president died, and about the turmoil that went on inside them.

After Lee Harvard Oswald is shot and taken into custody he is brought to the same hospital, the same doctors, that President Kennedy had been taken to just days before. That was a scene that makes you realize how real life really is. Oswald shot Kennedy: Kennedy was taken to Parkland, died there. Ruby shot Oswald: Oswald was taken to Parkland, died there. 


Thursday, November 07, 2013

Water Horse Review

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Director: Jay Russell
Rating: PG
Time: 112 min. 
Studio: Walden Media
Stars: Emily Watson (War Horse), David Morrissey, Alex Etel (Cranford) 
Color: color
Soundtrack: James Newton Howard Shore (Snow White and the Huntsman)


Plot: The story takes place in Scotland during WW2, and is narrated by an older man in a bar in Scotland to two touristsIt's about a young boy, Angus MacMorrow, who's mother is a housekeeper; father is in the Royal Navy, and has been gone for at least a year; and has a sister, but I don't recall her name. He's been a lonely boy ever since his father left for the war, and is drawn to the water, though terribly afraid of it. On day Angus and his mother, Anne, go to the beach, where he spends his time looking in tide pools and collecting shells and rocks; he finds a large oval shaped stone - but his mother calls for him that it's time to go before he can examine it further, and he hastily puts it into his bucket and runs to join her. 


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Thoughts: I liked this movie a lot more than I expected to, I thought it was going to be some cheesy feel-good type movie (in my defense I hadn't really looked at it, though that's not helping my case), but it was much more than all that. First off, Scotland is gorgeous. Second, the actors are great. And the Water Horse, Crusoe, is so cute. How this animal came to Angus at the time when he needed a friend so badly, and was the best friend Angus had, or ever could have; how Angus conquered his fear of water - or just entirely disregarded it - for his friend, because his friend was more important to him than himself, are things I really liked. Also, I liked the ending, very much. It reminded me of this quote from Blood Feud by Rosemary Sutcliff:
There has to be a first time for everything; for friendship as well as love; and first friendship, once given, can no more be given again than first love.- Blood Feud, by Rosemary Sutcliff

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My rating: 4 out of 5 stars


Sunday, November 03, 2013

Gravity Review

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Director:  Alfonso Cuarón
Rating: PG-13
Time: 91 min.
Starring: Sandra Bullock and George Clooney
Color: color

Dr. Ryan Stone is a medical engineer and for the first time in space on a shuttle mission commanded by retiring astronaut Matt Kowalsky (this is his last mission). When debris hit their shuttle they are left floating in space tethered to nothing but each other.

I liked the character George Clooney played and the special effects were very good, especially a scene showing a burning space craft racing through space as it broke apart. The sun coming up over Earth is beautiful. Aside from those, there wasn't much else I liked about the movie. The story is stressful and when you take that away it seems rather empty. 

Friday, November 01, 2013

In October

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Basically.

I read [to completion]:

 The Story of Scotland Yard, Laurence Thomson
Neat-o.

 Winston Churchill, Quentin Reynolds
One of my favorite quotes is "Never give in! Never, Never, Never, Never - in nothing great or small, large or petty - never give in except in convictions of honor and good sense." And after reading Winston Churchill  I think the quote describes the man pretty well. I never quite understood his full meaning before. Surely, he was a man to never give in, in anything great or small, large or petty, except to convictions of honor and good sense; and, perhaps, that wasn't always the best thing, but I think he was perfectly fitted to be Prime Minister of Great Britain during W.W.2 and the never give in part of his character was a large part of that. "During his life he had the necessary strength to rise above defeat, the integrity to stand alone for the sake of his convictions, the courage to demand sacrifice and fortitude from the English people at their most trying time in history" - Winston Churchill, Quentin Reynolds

Chronicles of Avonlea, L. M. Montgomery
Made up of a bunch of short stories evolving mostly well-known characters from the Anne of Green Gables books. It's nice, but nothing especially great like some of Montgomery's other books.

Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand 
Very, very good book. Tough to read at times - most times - but it's good. I wouldn't recommend it lightly, but, sometime, when you're ready, read it. I'd have to say it's on - or at least very close to being on - my favorite books list.

Persuasion, Jane Austen 
I actually liked this book! :) I've tried reading Jane Austen before but it didn't work out. Persuasion, however, I did like and enjoyed. (The only reason I tried to read it in the first place is 'cause my sister told me to.) I like the main character, Ann (I think that's her name...).

The Story of the Secret Service, Ferdinand Kuhn
Another neat book.

I watched:

*Leap Year
*Merlin
*Return To Cramford
*Lady and the Tramp
*Emma (1996)
Once upon a Time
*Newsies
Cheyenne, season one
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
Burn Notice, a couple of episodes

*Books/movies I've read/watched before.
† Landmark Book

Did you read/watch anything in October you liked especially? I'd love to hear about it! :)