Tuesday, May 31, 2016

IN MAY

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BOOKS
Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury (for school. I just realized I called it Fahrenheit 431 instead of 451 in my school essay. oops.)
~The Illustrated A Brief History of Time, by Stephen Hawking
~The Leader in You, by Dale Carnegie
~The Story of Hannibal, by Johanna Johnston
Leave it to Psmith, by P. G. Wodehouse (audiobook)
The Money Mystery, by Richard J. Maybury (for school)
~Three "Whys" of the Russian Revolution, by Richard Pipes
~Philosophy 101 by Socrates, by Peter Kreeft

MOVIES & SERIES
The Life of Pi - VVB (Very Visually Beautiful)
School Ties
Captain America: Civil War (x2) ♥
*Ever After
Gossip Girl (random episodes)
Doctor Thorne - Really sweet.
Flash
Once Upon a Time (one ep.)

*: watched before


BEST THIS MONTH: The Leader in You and Civil War.  May was busy for me. I feel like more stuff happened than I got done. But I did get my driver's license. Yay. The first highway I drove on after getting it was 66, I thought that was kinda fun.What are your favorites from May? 

LOOKING FORWARD TO IN JUNE: There're two movies from May I haven't seen yet and would like to - X-Men: Apocalypse and Alice: Through the Looking Glass. What are you looking forward to seeing/reading/doing? xx

Saturday, May 28, 2016

dryden

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Mankind is ever the same, and nothing lost out of nature 
though everything is altered. 

(Dryden)

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Liebster Award


I was nominated for the Liebster award by Sarah from How to Watch a Movie - Thanks!

Rules:
1. Answer the 11 questions given by the person who nominated you
2. Nominate other bloggers (up to 11) and give them 11 questions to answer.

Sarah's questions:


1. Favorite movie genre, and why?
I've actually been trying to figure out my favorite genres for a while and I finally decided a few weeks ago. haha. My favorite movie genres are action / adventure. 

2. Favorite movie that's an adaptation of a book you've read?

Captain America: The Winter Soldier, based on the comic by Ed Brubaker. I feel like that's pretty predictable for anyone who knows me. If comics don't count as books, there's also Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings, extended edition, and the animated Disney adaption of Jungle Book. Also Peter Pan (2003). 


Captain America:
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3. An actor or actress you're enjoying who you've only recently noticed?
In terms of people I recently noticed/began liking, Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda in Age of Ultron /Civil War). 

4. A favorite "unexpected surprise" movie?

Benny and Joon, About a Boy, Rickie and the Flash, and Mud. Also Sahara, which was really fun. 

5. A movie that has a cast catered to you?

Captain America: Civil War. I sense a recurrent theme in this post. 

6. An obscure movie that you think is great and you wish more people knew about?

Prince of Persia and Stardust. Not sure how obscure those are though. 

7. A movie that has a great soundtrack?

My favorite soundtracks are the collective Pirates of the Caribbean soundtracks by Hans Zimmer (What Shall We Die For, One Day, Up is Down, At Wit's End) and the soundtrack by Henry Jackman for Captain America: Winter Soldier (Winter Soldier Theme, Captain America Theme, End of the Line). 

It's quite empowering!:
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8. A movie that reminds you of summer?
hmm. The Way Way Back

9. A movie you loved as a kid and still love (not because of nostalgia)?

The animated Disney adaption of Robin Hood, also the original Star Wars trilogy. 

10. Plot device pet peeve?

Characters dying for little reason other than to manipulate your feelings or to move the story a certain direction. Naive characters. Not sure that last counts as a plot device though. Also when at the end of the movie characters wake up and you realize it was all a dream, or something like that. 

11. Ending preference for movies, and why?

In terms of happy versus sad, happy. Because if a I like a movie it's partly at least because I like the characters, which means I want them to be happy. 


Thanks so much Sarah for tagging me! The questions were really fun. I tag anyone who would like to do this. Here are Sarah's questions again:

1. Favorite movie genre, and why?
2. Favorite movie that's an adaptation of a book you've read?
3. An actor or actress you're enjoying who you've only recently noticed?
4. A favorite "unexpected surprise" movie?
5. A movie that has a cast catered to you?
6. An obscure movie that you think is great and you wish more people knew about?
7. A movie that has a great soundtrack?
8. A movie that reminds you of summer?
9. A movie you loved as a kid and still love (not because of nostalgia)?
10. Plot device pet peeve?
11. Ending preference for movies, and why?


xxx

Thursday, May 05, 2016

a tribute of sorts | cap and buck

Howling Commandos: The year America entered World War II authors Joe Simon and Jack Kirby wrote the story of young fine arts student who was not allowed to join the US army on account of his weak physical condition. Instead, he entered an experimental program where he was enhanced to the peak of physical human perfection. Given the codename “Captain America”, and sometimes called the “Sentinel of Liberty”, Steven Rogers fought against the Axis powers in the Marvel comics with his teenage sidekick Bucky Barnes as they countered the attacks of a secret Natzi party called Hydra. The climax of Steve Rogers’ story was when he and Bucky went missing in action. Steve was eventually found, but Bucky was presumed dead.  

Marvel is cool, because it forces you to think about what’s right and wrong and, once you’ve found it, inspires you to stand by it.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier:
In 2005, Marvel comics writer Ed Brubaker brought Bucky Barnes back into the story. It turns out Bucky didn’t die, but was captured by Hydra, brainwashed, and used as an assassin with the codename Winter Soldier.

The name “Winter Soldier” is in reference to a quote from the book Common Sense by Founding Father Thomas Paine. In it, Paine said “These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country”. So a Winter Soldier is someone who doesn’t back down, no matter what.
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In 2014 the movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier was released. In it, Captain America and a few others fight the the followers of Hydra who have infiltrated the US government. Cap also faces the Winter Soldier, his long lost friend, who is being used by Hydra.
One of the cool things about the movie Winter Soldier, is that, besides having an awesome cast and coolest, harshly beautiful, music and most epic, perfectly organized, fight scenes ever, the movie isn’t about who wins or is the best fighter, it’s about opposing viewpoints. Because Cap isn’t fighting a person, he’s fighting ideas.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier - Steve and Bucky:
If you take the movie’s plot and break it down into very simple form, you would see Captain America fighting the Winter Soldier. And it would be easy to label Captain America as the Good Guy and the Winter Soldier as the Bad Guy, but those labels wouldn’t be accurate because the Winter Soldier isn’t a Bad Guy. He’s a brain-washed, memory-wiped tool used by Hydra. This setup forces you to look beyond Good Guys and Bad Guys to what’s right and wrong.

Captain America carries a shield as his only weapon because he fights to protect. He’s called the "Sentinel of Liberty" because he fights to protect liberty. In the movie Winter Soldier Cap fights to protect liberty from the punishment before crime system of Hydra that does whatever appears necessary to achieve so-called security. The Winter Soldier himself is an example of what the tyranny of Hydra creates. When Cap fights the Winter Soldier, it’s like he’s fighting the thought system of Hydra. It’s cool the way comics embody ideological discussions into fist fights.

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As Cap and the Winter Soldier fight, the sight of Steve begins to spark memories for the Winter Soldier, Bucky. He begins to have a sense of himself. Before he was empty, his paradigm was direct order and immediate execution but now, as he remembers his past, he begins to question those commands. And as Bucky begins to remember and question Hydra’s commands it’s symbolic of the defeat of the ideas Cap was fighting.

As Cap says to Spider-Man in the comics, “Doesn’t matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is right [...] when the whole world tells you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of Truth and tell the whole world, no, you move.”

Captain America: Civil War officially comes out in the US tomorrow! I'm about to leave to go see it tonight at 10:45. Leaving at this moment actually. So goodbye. I love Cap and Buck. xxx (all images from Pinterest)