Saturday, February 28, 2015

In February

via
books:
Out of the Silent Planet, C.S. Lewis
Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves, P.G. Wodehouse (audiobook)
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald (for school)
 Captain Cortes Conquers Mexico, William Johnson

film:
The Imitation Game - One of the most (if not the most) beautiful movies I've ever seen in terms of storytelling, and Benedict Cumberbatch's acting was phenomenal, and Kiera Knightly is one of my favorite actresses.
The Theory of Everything - I didn't like it as much as I'd expected to, but Eddie Raymond's acting was truly amazing.
Atlantis: The Lost Empire - Didn't care for it.
Howl's Moving Castle - This was the first anime I'd ever seen and I really enjoyed it, it kept reminding me of a fairy tale, and I love fairy tales.
Hunchback of Notre Dame - I'd never seen this one before and didn't care for it, which surprised me as so many people seem to love it.
Spirited Away - It was a bit too weird for me.
Whisper of the Heart
*Captain America: The First Avenger - It was only the second time I'd seen it and it's the sort of movie that's best the second time around. ♥
Going for the Gold - Watched solely to see Matt Smith outside of Doctor Who.
*Merlin
*Doctor Who
Psych - I love the little victory dances Shawn and Gus do.
Agent Carter - I already miss it. ♥

† Landmark Book
* seen before



I've had a ton of school to do for the past bit and sadly haven't been able to keep up very well with y'all's lovely blogs (which I missed), along with other things. But I'm not complaining, I love learning; still, this line from Time in a Bottle is seriously relateable: "There never seems to be enough time to do the things I want to do once I find them." I always have the most ideas when I'm busiest, but right now all I can do is write them down on sticky notes till I have more time, so that's what I'm doing. Such a lot of sticky notes everywhere. This busyness is going to let up eventually and then I'll work out those ideas, it'll be fun. (That mouse is me, by the way.)

What books and movies did you enjoy especially in February? Have a wonderful March. xx

18 comments:

  1. I love Psych! And, I would like to see The Imitation Game. It is one of the best films made this year and plus, Kiera Knightly is in it. :-) The movie Whiplash seems kind of cool...have you seen it?

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    1. Imitation Game has beautiful storytelling. I haven't seen Whiplash...I don't really know much about it either. :/ Psych is so fun. :)

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  2. I'm reading Madame Bovary, again. It's as good as it was the first time.

    /Avy

    http://mymotherfuckedmickjagger.blogspot.com

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    1. I haven't heard of that one before... Rereading old favorites is wonderful though.

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  3. What a wonderful post! I've been wanting to watch the Imitation Game ♥
    Have a lovely March!
    Amy xx

    Perfect Imperfections

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    1. I hope you get to see it, it's such a beautifully made movie and worth seeing just for the storytelling.
      Thanks, girl! You too! ♥

      xx

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  4. YOU SAW WHISPER OF THE HEART?! I LOVE THAT MOVIE SO MUCH. *screaming* Wasn't Spirited Away bizarre?! I still don't understand how it became so popular. I liked Howl better--I'm glad you liked Howl too! I just showed it to my brother and he loved Calcifer! :) Also I'd like to see The Imitation Game, glad to hear you recommend it!

    ~Jamie

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    1. When you posted your list of anime that you'd seen I took notes on the ones that you'd liked especially that sounded cool to me. ;) I was sick when I watched Whisper of the Heart and it made me feel much better. :) Yeah, Spirited Away was weird, I don't understand why it's so well liked either - I'll have to read up on it. Aw, you're such a good big sister. <3 Howl was my favorite, and Calcifer was so cute! :)
      The storytelling of Imitation Game is so well done, and it has two of my favorite actors in the lead roles. :)

      xox

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  5. 1. That artwork of the mouse is beyond adorable.
    2. HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE. My favorite Studio Ghibli. I also recommend Laputa: Castle in the Sky, if you haven't seen it.
    3. Benedict Cumberbatch = always incredible.

    Great post :)

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    1. 1. I agree.
      2. Yay, you like Howl too! Castle in the Sky sounds familiar, it might already be on my watchlist, but I'll go check...
      3. Completely agree. He's fantastic.

      Thanks, Hannah. :)
      xx

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  6. The mouse reminds me of Despereaux! I love Studio Ghibili! Spirited Away is one of those movies where you have to watch it a second time to get it. The same was with Howl's Moving Castle (I had nightmares watching it because I was six when I first saw it). I need to watch more Oscar nominated movies. I think, after I log of my laptop my family is watching The Imitation Game. XD (My parents are watching Gone Girl, and it's... weird).

    xoxo Morning

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    1. Aww, Despereaux! I love that movie! I'm assuming I missed something with Spirited Away as it's so popular.... haha Really?! Have fun. :)

      xx

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  7. Haha, I started watching Atlantis when it first aired, hoping for something to replace Merlin, but couldn't take it any more after 4 or so weeks and quit. :P

    The Great Gatsby though! I absolutely adore that book.... What did you think of it?

    My favorite thing of February was definitely Agent Carter. Gonna miss her a lot. :)

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    1. Oops, I mean the Disney movie, should have put the full title. :/

      So honestly I didn't like it, it seemed so confused to me. But I have to write a "literary analysis essay" on it for school, and having to write about it has made me appreciate some of the storytelling aspects of it. I'd be interested to hear what you liked about it... Also, I've only written the first draft of that essay so if you have any ideas on how Fitzgerald uses settings to emphasize themes in a story they'd be much appreciated. ;)

      Mine too. I miss her. :)
      xx

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    2. Oh right, hehe. :P

      I'm actually not sure if I've pin-pointed exactly what I love about it. I mean, I love almost everything about it, but I feel like there should be this one thing that embodies exactly why I think it's great, and I don't know. But I love the writing style. On the surface the plot isn't something I'd really find compelling, but because of the great storytelling it suddenly is. I particularly like how it's all from Nick's perspective, and he's just observing and commenting on what he sees. I like the characters, and how none of them are clean-cut good or bad -- likable or dis-likable -- they're just real. Like, if there were a villain to this story, it would be Tom, but in the end you see that he really does love Daisy, and then Nick shakes his hand, seeing he isn't evil just selfish and stupid. And I love all the character study. Gatsby is the most complex, but really all of them are very interesting and important. But really it might just be because of how awesome and beautiful some of Fitzgerald's sentences are!

      Using settings to emphasize themes.... The one thing that comes to mind is the valley of ashes, and how that's where the Wilson's garage is... could maybe emphasize the debauchery that comes from and takes place there. Or perhaps the extreme grandness of Gatsby's house emphasizes the emptiness of his wealth. I'm not sure, but it is interesting to think about! :)

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    3. Yeah, I feel like I should be able to pinpoint exactly why it is I don't like it, but I'm not sure what it is. I think part of it though it that I like to admire a character or be fascinated with some idea presented by the author or something like that in a book and I just didn't and wasn't in GG. I need to work on writing the last draft of that essay today, and working on it has made me think about the book a lot more; and I appreciate the writing of Fitzgerald now because I've had to study it, but I still don't like it.
      I agree about the characters being so real, there's a quote at the end of the book about Tom, said by Nick: "I couldn't forgive him or like him but I saw that what he had done was, to him, entirely justified". That was interesting...like Tom was his own sort of world for himself, defining truth on his own terms, or like you said, just selfish and stupid.

      Okay, that makes me happy because you just named two of the places and themes that I'm using for my essay. :)

      And I hope you know it already, but I very much respect your opinion. Just wanted to be sure you knew. :)

      xx

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  8. That mouse. . . *sequel* ☺
    You've been tagged: http://on-solid-ground-sf.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-authorly-bucket-list-tag.html
    ~ S. F.

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    1. Isn't he adorable?! Aw, thanks, girl. ♥

      xx

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