Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Video Killed the Radio Star

Ok, so I am have a mentally blank day, like yeah no ideas for a post came to me. THen it hit me, "Youtube!What a way to pass the buck!"
I figured when I don't have anything to worth while to say, I will post a hilarious video about a movie or movies in general on my blog. And since I love the Ocean's movies this made me laugh. And it will make those that don't like the Ocean's movies*cough*mysister*cough* laugh.Trust me its rather good.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Movies vs. Books

Here I am again!Been a long weekend, with some good times. So lets continue!
Movies versus Books.
Books versus Movies.
Who's side are you on? I don't think anyone should have a side really. The people that say, "Oh the book is ALWAYS better." aren't right.
Do I have an example? Yeah, but I will get to that later.
I have been conducting research, without even knowing it really. The last 2 books, and the current one that I am reading have all been made into movies. First was Emma, by Jane Austen. Then The Time Travelers Wife, by some author the name escapes me at the moment. And I am currently reading Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. So after reading and comparing to thier movie conterparts, I am ready to blog about Movies vs. Books!!
Ok, now to deal with my statement at the beginning of this blog. The book is not always better than the movie. The Time Travelers Wife being a very good example. The movie was good. Tear jerker fo sho! I really related to it, because its all about waiting for the one you love, I and my husband had a long distance relationship(they can and do work I know of 3 good ones!). Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana worked very well together, and I thought they handled the time traveling well since when he time travels, he becomes stark naked. It wasn't silly, but it could have been, but the movie really worked it out well. All in all a decent chick flick. Now, the book. I really didn't like it. The writing style, well wasn't my style. It was crass and crude most of the time, and I didn't really like the characters. Again the time travel part was cool, but other than that I would choose movie over book anytime.
Emma. This one is tougher. I don't like Emma, as in the main character. I enjoyed the other characters immensley but couldn't stand her. It took me almost 3 months to read it all because I didn't like her that much.Movie version. Emma or Clueless? Def Clueless. Emma(1996), was pretty much the same as the book, I couldn't like the titular character.
Clueless on the other hand is a very good loose adaptation of the novel. Very 90's, totally in the moment kinda movie. But I can still watch it today and enjoy it even though they are wearing awful clothes, and saying "As if!" A movie for generation X. So movie better than book.
Inkheart. This is a case where the movie is worse than the book. I have only read about half the book, but its already drastically different than the book. The movie was all over the place and you could tell just from watching the movie stuff was left out and not explained well at all. And I find it funny that honsetly, that this was made into a movie. Its a book about books! Its something that has to be read! Not watched. Like who read this book, about books, about reading books, and said, "Lets make a movie!" Boggles my mind!
So after those few comparisons, I am sure you are wondering, "What does she think about Harry Potter? Or LotR?"
Lets deal with Harry first. I must admit I have only read 2 HP books. The first 2 "kids" books. And I stopped. Why? Disinterest. How many movies have I seen? All of them. Several times. I even own Chamber of Secrets(favorite)and Order of the Phoenix(PMS Harry!). I am a HP movie fan. I really like all the movies, and have no desire to read the books.
LotR. Ah, the memories. Next year the Fellowship movie will be 10 years old. 10!!Wow, time sure does fly(you fools!). Yes, I have read all 3 LotR books. And the Hobbit and the Simarillion. And I thoroughly enjoy the movies. This is a case were the books are WAY better than the movies(don't get me started on the Two Towers movie!FARAMIR DID NOT TAKE THE HOBBITS TO OSGILIATHsorry, I said I wouldn't but I just couldn't stop myself).
Anyway. Where was I going with this whole blog anyway? Ah yes to prove a point. The book is not always better than a movie, it just depends on if you like the book. There are so many other book/movies I could have mentioned, but that would have made this a lot longer. Maybe I will dedicate an entire blog to Pride and Prejudice some time. That could take awhile to blog about....
Movies are great if you want a quick shot of the book(LotR), because some people(me)can't read that fast. Or if you just want to avoid the not so good book, and just enjoy a good movie. Or vice versa. Hope I have made myself clear. Never judge a movie by its book. :)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Never work with Children or Animals...

I wasn't really planning on posting anything until I got done with a little experiment of mine. Well, nothing to crazy I am just researching Movies vs. Books.
More on that another time though.
Today I am bloggin about animals in movies. I usually like to give myself at least a day or two to come up with my blog. I think of the topic, then I think on the bulk of what will be written(typed). Not today however. I am just winging this one.
I am writing about animals because I lost a very dear animal, a cat. 13 years old. Passed away of old age. Zelda. She was the greatest cat, of course not everyone thought that. She was old, mean, and fat. But she wasn't mean to me. I call her my cat, but thats a relative term I guess. She was the "family's" cat. But my brothers tormented her, and my sister got married and moved away, so she really only had me. She would come to my room for sanctuary. I would provide it. In return she would honor me with her constant presence, and allow me to pet her. I feed her and just plain loved her. When I got married and moved away not long ago, I cried saying farewell to her(I couldn't take her even though I wanted to real bad). I still have a cat, but he is only a few months with us at this point, so he isn't as near and dear to me as Zelda was. He will be though. I already love him immensely.
So I guess I am digressing from my original topic of animals in movies.
Where to begin? Well, they are in disaster movies, as friends of a homeless person or a child. And if that animal somehow dies in the disaster, forget it the movie sucks. But if that animal lives the movie is good. Never mind how many people die in the said disaster, the animal has gotta live. Examples?
The Day After Tomorrow
The Towering Inferno(where O.J. Simpson saves a cat)

Those are just a few that come to mind.
One movie that its kind of ok that an animal dies is The Lion King. I still bawl like a baby when Mufasa dies(No, not a spoiler because any one that doesn't know that, well that's just sad, so very sad). That's about all I can take though. I pretty much put off watching I am Legend because the dog dies. But my husband likes it, and otherwise its a cool movie.
There are the obnoxious talking animal movies, where there are humans, not just all animals(GForce, Over the Hedge) and the good talking animal movies (Cinderella, Homeward Bound).
And the just plain animal movies(Finding Nemo, Surf's Up, A Goofy Movie).
Oh and My Dog Skip. That's a really good movie, but I can't watch it without crying for at least an hour afterwards. Fox and the Hound. Totally SAD. Saw it when I was a child and I refuse to watch it to this day. As far as I can remember they don't die in the movie, its just really really sad.
So lets recap! Animal deaths in a movie = Bad(Bambi)
That's about it, lol. I may be almost 22, but I love a good Disney movie about animals.
Well that's all today. If this one seems convoluted its because I still am grief stricken
Rest in Peace my wondeful Zelda. I miss you so much.

Friday, April 16, 2010

The Empire Strikes Back

I don't remember the first time I watched it.I don't remember my reaction to hearing, "I am your father."
Its just always been there.My favorite of the star wars original trilogy.Heck, my favorite out of the entire saga.
Why am I bringin this up?
Well its the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back being released in theater. Thats right 30 years! Its only 8 years older than I am.
Everyone knows how AWESOME the Empire Strikes Back is.Its is consistently in my Top 5 movies, which rearranges, and changes frequently.
A New Hope = Great
Return of the Jedi = Great too.
But this has got to be the best sequel out there. No other sequel has gotten close to being as good. Well Spider-Man 2 was really good. But lets name a few more. Thats aren't at all good.

Temple of Doom
Attack of the Clones
Dead Man's Chest

Mediocre Sequels:
Ocean's 12
Shrek 2

You catch my drift right? There is something about watching Empire, that different than the rest.
Yoda, Cloud City, "I am your father.", Boba Fett, Asteriods,Hoth,"I love you"...."I know."
Its all just too good. For whatever mistakes Gearge Lucas has made(did I already mention Attack of the Clones?..Oh I did.)this is the pique of his greatness. Not Return of the Jedi, which is really cool.
Oh!And you can't watch the specail edition. I won't go off into my usuall rant I have with my husband about the huge change they made to a scence between Darth Vader and The Emperor. It just wasn't right, ok? I don't care if it make more sense with the new movies, the new movies should have made more sense with the OLD movies!
Ok, I said I wouldn't rant. Just stick with the theatrical edition, if you can. Its for the best.This aint Lord of the Rings. More doesn't equal cooler.
What more can I say?Its a childhood favorite. Its a current favorite.It will be a forever favorite.
To ring in the new year me, my husband, and 2 exceptionally close friends watched all 6 movies in a row. It was a blast. I may have nodded off during Empire, its true. But it is the one I have seen the most. So i dreamed about it as I nodded off, in essence never really missing a beat.
I grew up with this movie, it will forever be a part of my life. Some of you may be thinking, "Its just a movie!"
Well, that book you read as a kid and love and have read over and over, its just a book. That favorite song the harkens you back to simplier times, its just a song.
See?Everyone latches on to something from thier childhood, sure its not some picture of a mountain, a book about dragons, or a song about love. Mine just happens to be a movie about a galaxy far far away...

I leave you know with a really cool fan made trailer for the Empire Strikes Back:

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Movies are my Forte

Ok, here it is my first blog. First a little background to how this came about shall we?
My bro-in-law and his wife and my husband. They're the ones that put me up to this. Should I use names?Whats with all the stranger danger out there I think I will refrain from names at the moment.
When we would get together and start talking about movies, I would ramble on my opinions, without much thought. They would laugh and say "You need to start your own blog!"
I fought against for a long while. Why? Not sure. Low self-esteem probably is the culprit. Thinking no one would read this. But here I am knowing that somewhere out there someone will read this.
So onto what this blog will be about.
Movies, gerr.
Its all I can really do. Movies. I know things about them, and people tend to trust my thoughts on them(even though my Mother should more!).
There are plenty of other more important things in life like faith in God(which I've got tons of!)but I thought I would blog about less confrontational things like movies. But that doesn't mean you won't be seeing my Christian views!
I will review upcoming movies, movies from the past, and just talk about movie news. And maybe someday when I get more readers I will ask for requests on movies to review.
Rules?There are a few. (actually there more like guidlines then actually rules.arrggh matey!)
No indie films or avant garde crap.
No I have not seen Donnie Darko, and I probably never will if I can help it.
I am voiceing my opinion, and mine only. Don't like it? Don't read it.
I like totally random types of films, mostly all with happy endings.
I do not like "real" films like World Trade Center, Hotel Rwanda, or a Beautiful Mind. Sure those movies have good actors about important things and such but here is what I think.
The world sucks enough. There is so much sin, and hatred why go to a movie for 2 hours and cry your eyes out and be reminded of that?
Movies are my escape. I go to a movie to laugh, smile, and cry happy tears.(Frodo! No don't leave Sam!)
So yeah now this is long enough I think. Lets see if anyone got this far! heheh.
Ok, well a review on something or more just random thoughts on movies are to come. If anyone reads this that is. Well I know my family will! They love me.
My mom thinks I'm cool!