Friday, October 31, 2014

In October

The Magna Charta, James Daugherty
King Arthur and His Knights, Mabel Louise Robinson
Genghis Khan, Harold Lamb
Adventures and Discoveries of Marco Polo, Richard J. Walsh
Joan of Arc, Nancy Wilson Ross

movies & tv:

*High School Musical 1, 2 & 3 - I really don't know why I love those movies so much.
*The Lucky One
Charlie St. Cloud - It was interesting, psychological themes are always cool to me.
The Rise of the Guardians
Monte Carlo - It's cute and hilariously funny.
Freakish Friday - This and the following were the mother's choices. They were fun...

DW (a couple episodes) - So far this season just doesn't have the appeal for me that previous ones did.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (all episodes but the first two. waa?) - I like how Fitz's story is being told, Iain De Caestecker portrays him well. But the action is getting so brutal - I'm not a fan of that. :/
Downton Abbey (on season 3)
Once Upon a Time (up to date #ohyeah) - Every time I finish an episode I feel like nothing's happend. ha. But I love the characters (Emma, Henry, Hook, etc. [I miss Jefferson though.]) and it's fun to watch.

† Landmark Book
* watched before

Happy Halloween everyone!! I hope you all are having a good day and plenty of chocolate. ;) Are any of you dressing up - what's your costume? Gosh though, this year is going by fast. :/ Did you read/watch any books/movies in October that you particularly liked? 

Happy November! xx

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Rise of the Guardians | review

(this review is spoiler-free)

The Guardians are an immortal group dedicated to bringing joy to children and to protecting their hopes, beliefs, and imagination all over the world. The Guardians include Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), the Sandman, and the Tooth Fairy. Jack Frost (Chris Pine) is a coupla hundred years old teenager who spends his time playing tricks and throwing snowball fights. But he’s alone: invisible to the children with whom he spends his time. The first thing Jack remembers ever seeing is the moon, big and bright. The moon, or the Man in the Moon, gave Jack his powers and told him his name, but he hasn’t said anything else, not for three hundred years. And Jack is left to wonder what his purpose is, and who and why he is.

Three days before Easter the Guardians are threatened by their old enemy the Boogeyman, Pitch Black. He has returned after hundreds of years determined to make himself believed in. Pitch loved the Dark Ages, a time when “everyone was so afraid,” and he has now perfected a powerful weapon: the art of turning dreams into nightmares. Three days before Easter Jack is forcefully brought to the north pole where he is told by the Guardians that he has been chosen as a new Guardian to help them fight Pitch; that he has been chosen by the man in the moon.

The actors who voice the different characters were well chosen. The movie is visually delightful, one example of this being the animation of frost growing and lacing. There’s beautiful imagery throughout the film of light versus dark; fear versus hope. Perhaps the plot of Guardians sounds too random and bizarre to work, but when you watch it's not. It's a clever story and understanding tale of the need to know who one is and what one's purpose is and is full of relatable and dear characters. The imagery in the movie tells a story of "the light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it (John 1:5),” and it's beautiful and wonderful. I loved the theme and idea of finding your 'centre.' Alexandre Desplat wrote a beautiful soundtrack for the movie; some especially beautiful songs are Alone in the World (Jack Frost’s theme), Calling the Guardians, and Still Dream, performed by Renee Fleming. The movie is honestly funny, the humor never rude or crude: imagine on a snowy Easter night hearing cries of “merry Christmas” and “don’t forget to floss” whilst watching Christmas presents drop onto beds; imagine the Easter bunny: six-foot-one, nerves of steel, a master of tai-chi....

Rise of the Guardians is a good story, dear movie, beautifully told. It feels like Christmas - that's a complement. I’d definitely recommend it. It's one I'd love to see over and over again and want to watch with my favorite people (you know what I mean).

Time 97 min
Soundtrack by Alexandre Desplat
Release year 2012
Rating: (RT) 81%; (IMDb) 7.3/10

my rating 5/5
favorite line "I do believe in you. I'm just not afraid of you."

Monday, October 13, 2014

If | Rudyard Kipling

As some of you voted yes to quotes, here's a poem that I've loved for a long time. Every time I read it I find a new favorite line, most recently, "If you can dream - and not make dreams your master." I'm working on memorizing it; it's a nice thing have in your head, to sort of take out and look at. 

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on";

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And—which is more—you'll be a Man my son!

If, by Rudyard Kipling

 Do you have a favorite line? xx

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Thursday, October 09, 2014


I’m reading a book called Philposophy 101 by Socrates, by Peter Kreeft. Here're some thoughts I came upon reading it today.

For to fear death, gentlemen, is only to think you are wise when you are not; for it is to think you know what you don’t know. No one knows whether death is really the greatest blessing a man can have, but they fear it is the greatest curse, as if they knew it well. Surely this is the objectionable kind of ignorance, to think one knows what one does not know? (from Plato’s Apology)

Socrates argues that to fear death is unwise, because no man knows - whatever he hopes or believes - what it is, whether it is perhaps the greatest blessing or greatest curse. The assumption of his argument is that we should not fear the unknown. There is, of course, the thought that life is good, a known good, and as the author of the book I’m reading says, “Fear of a known loss of a known good does not seem unwise.” The ‘known loss’ being death, and ‘known good’ being life. 

But what I thought was neat is that Socrates assumes that we should not fear the unknown. That seems the opposite of human nature: that man fears what he does not understand, does not know. What if we didn't fear the unknown? 

Maybe what a love of learning is is simply the loving of the unknown.

What do you think?

p.s. Do you all like quotes? Would you like a quote every week or something?

Friday, October 03, 2014


It's hard to know how to express the idea of "when I was a kid" when I'm still a kid or sort-of still a kid. I'm at a loss. But, here we are. When I was younger one of my favorite books was A Bear Called Paddington, by Micheal Bond. It was about a polite and clumsy Peruvian bear who loved marmalade. This bear was found in Paddington train station by Mr. and Mrs. Brown. The Brown family, which also consisted of a young boy and girl, eventually adopted him, and he was named Paddington after the station in which he found. It's a sweet, funny book and I love it. :)

So when I found out that a movie about Paddington is coming out this Christmas I was happy. What's more, Hugh Bonneville plays Mr. Brown. He also plays Lord Grantham in Downton Abbey, which I've been watching lately, and he's so dear. Anyways, I think he's perfect to play Mr. Brown and the thought of it makes me happy. The cast also includes Peter Capaldi (as Mr. Curry, the grumpy next door neighbor), and Ben Whishaw (as Paddington). 

What do y'all think of the trailer? Have any of you read Paddington?