"'...I didn't cause a scene. I don't know why the usher asked us to leave.'
'Gordon said it was because you started talking very loudly in the middle of the movie, saying it wasn't at all like the originaly book...Gordon is still mad because he didn't get to see how the film ended.'
'He didn't need to see the end. I told him how the book ended and it was so much better than the movie. They even changed the hero's motavation. Can you imagine? That movie was such a travesty that I couldn't help getting upset.'" ~ Wonderland Creek - by Lynn Austen
I'm sorry that some of my pictures are not working, I am doing my best to fix that as soon as possible!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Adventure of Reading Challenge ~ Update 2

Hello!
Here is my second update/book reviews, for Heidi's Adventure of Reading Challenge! My first update was my review of The Jungle Book, here.
Thank you, Heidi for hosting this challenge! I had no idea what these books were about at first, and I had a lot of fun reading them!

My guarantee: On ALL of my reviews there are NO spoilers unless it says so.

1.

Dave at Night - by Gail Carson Levine
"Tell for you your fortune?"
When Dave's father dies, his step-mother sends him to an "orphanage." The teachers, and everybody are not nice, only the art teacher, Mr. Hillinger, is. Dave learns about art, music, and the world. With the help of the other boys he is able to get out at night, and he meets some interesting people.
'If I could have painted it, I would have used bright colors and straight lines.'
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction.
'I was going to get caught because of The Song That Went On Forever.'
Characters: 8.
'"Where do you live?" I said.
"Why? You're planning to send me flowers?"'
My favorites:
Dave, Irma Lee, Solly, Mike.
'Mosquitoes are small but they bite.'
Words: 8, only a few bad words. Reference to Through the Looking Glass ("Twas brilig...") and Robin Hood.
'The music didn't know about locks and iron fences---it would blast through anything.'
Storyline: 6, there is a mention of bathrooms, fights, smoking, sneaking, and nude statues.
'The music got inside me. It felt like my bones were humming and bouncing along.'
Good For: Those who feel alone and scared.
Overall Score: 7.5
"Your son, Dave the rascal. Dave the gesture artist."

2.

Liesl & Po - by Lauren Oliver
"That is the strangest thing about the world: how it looks so different from every point of view."
Liesl's father has died, and her stepmother has locked her in her attic room. She meets Po, a ghost who loves her drawings. After talking to him she decides that she wants to put her father's ashes in her old home, with her mother is buried.
Will is an apprentice who has gotten two boxes mixed up.
Together they learn what it really means to die, what is on 'the other side', and how beautiful it is to live.
Genre: Fantasy.
Characters: 9, they are very well written.
My favorites: Liesl (she loves to read!), Will "The boy should really have a hat.", and Mo.
Words: 8, very good! Only one bad word.
'As ridiculous and deluded as a frog trying to turn into a flower petal.'
Storyline: 5, there is a description of body parts, death, ashes, and ghosts. There is magic.
Good For: People who are mourning those who have died, those who are afraid of death.
Overall Score: 7!
"Life is a very funny business indeed."


3.

Esperanza Rising - by Pam Muñoz Ryan
"No hay rosa sin espinas. There is no rose without thorns."
Esperanza is a happy girl living in Mexico. But,  disaster after disaster strikes her family, and she and some friends must escape to America for a better life. After being the daughter in a rich family, having to work is not easy. Working conditions are bad, and there are angry strikers who could hurt you. She has to learn to be kind, stay strong, and continue to hope (esperanza).
'It was quiet and peaceful here, the sweet silence broken only by the swish of dried grass from the wind.'
Genre: Historical Fiction.
Characters: 8.
'He seemed as happy as Esperanza was irritable.'
My favorite: Esperanza, Miguel, Isabel, Hortensia.
'The words stopped her as if someone had slapped her in the face."
Words: 9, I love how there is so much Spanish, and that each chapter begins with food, it measures the time by the seasons.
'It looked as if someone had taken a giant comb, dipped it in black paint, and gently swirled it across a huge canvas.'
Storyline: 7, there is mention of bathroom, blood, death, fire, and deviousness.
'Sometimes she felt as if she lived in a cocoon, protected from much of the indignation.'
Good For: Those who have to change, people who have lost someone.
Overall Score: 8!
"I think my heart is dancing!"

4.

Pegasus - by Robin McKinley
"'Sculptors don't sculpt, you know,' Ebon said. 'They set things free.'"
On a royal's twelfth birthday they get bound to a pegasi, but on Princess Sylvi's something happens that is different then all the other bindings. A connection is formed that leads to an amazing friendship, but magicians and others are scared, and will do anything to stop it.
"'There's always a next time,' said the king, 'unfortunately. You just don't know what it's going to be about.'"
Genre: Fantasy.
'They moved, gently, gracefully, so that their heads were toward her as she passed them: cream and gold, brown and copper.'
Characters: 8.
'There was something almost miraculous about this bead; it shone like a tiny moon.'
My favorite: Sylvi, Ebon ("...royal pain in the pinfeathers."), Hirishy, Glarfin.
'Imagine learning to swim by being thrown into a lake in perfect darkness, never having seen water before.'
Words: 6, there are a few bad words.
'You could never quite say what you wanted to; your mind seemed to slip from you, like a sled on a snow-slope, and the language seemed to writhe away from you like a small wild animal you had inadvertently caught: let it go, or it might bite.'
Storyline: 5, there are some suggestive stuff, mention of bathrooms, magic, taking bath, "gods". It is confusing at first.
"Your history is only what someone remembers or has written down."
Good For: Those who feel different.
Overall Score: 6.
'It was like...the warmth of summer with the endless skies of a cold winter day; the bursting greens of spring and the rich russet-gold of autumn.'

(These were supposed to be mini reviews. Oh well, I got excited.)

So, some exciting news. I have finished my first book. On Monday I wrote THE END. It was fabulous. We are working on editing now!

And, all the way back in JUNE, I put out this game and only one person has guessed so far, so if you are interested, check it out!

Thanks again to Heidi!!

MovieCritic

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Animation Tag

Hello!
Sorry I have not posted anything in a while. NaNoWriMo + School = No time for blog!

Anyway, the fabulous Ruth at Amongst Spring Blossoms made this tag and tagged me for it! Presenting... The Animation tag!
Because I have seen so many animated movies, I am going to try to only say a movie once, which is going to be very hard.

1. Who is you favourite animated heroine?:

Mer-- (Use later, MC!)
Fine, Mul-- (Nope, later.)
Ah! Okay, I am going to half to go with Tiana. The Princess and the Frog is not my favorite Disney movie, but I really admire Tiana.

2. Who is your favourite animated hero?:

Wait for it....
Robin Hood! Who doesn't love him!?

Also, WALL・E.  He is so sweet!

3. If there was to be a sequel(or even a third, fourth, or fifth part)(and then I don't mean like Frozen Fever and Tangled Ever After, those short movies, but a real one) of an animated movie, where would you like it to be about?:

Well, I have no clue. Usually the sequels are not as good as the original. I would like there to be another Tin-Tin movie.

4. Which couple from an animated movie do you think is highly underrated?:

Milo and Kida, from Atlantis. They are so great, especially in #2. (One of the few sequels that is so good!)

5. Which couple do you like most?:

Beauty and the Beast, of course! I have liked them ever since I can remember. One of my favorite movies! (the live-action might be a tad better, but this is the classic.)

6. Which song is your favourite?:

"You'll be in my heart." from Tarzan. It is so good!!!!!!!
(Also "Once Upon a December", but I cannot say that because I will be counting it later)

7. And if you should choose a song that isn't likely to be chosen by you, one that didn't immediately come up in your mind but is still a favourite, which one would it be?:

I do not really like to admit it, but "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" from The Lion King.

8. What animated movie did you first think you wouldn't like, but eventually you did?:

Home (2015). It is so weird, but kind of good too.

9. Which two do you always consider as a couple, even though they are not a definite couple, but almost no one else does?:

I really have no idea, I'm sorry. I am not that romantic so I do not usually think of them as a couple unless they are.

10. Which girl from an animated movie has the best hairstyle(s)?:

Wendy, from Peter Pan. I have always really liked her hair.

11. Which is the best dress?:

It always has driven me crazy that in Sleeping Beauty, Flora is always trying to make sure that the dress is pink. Merryweather is always trying to make it blue, which is the prettier version. The best is when it is both.

JUST JOKING.
My favorite ever is Anya's in Anastasia.
And, this one is gorgeous too.

12. Which sidekick is the best according to you?:

YES! I have so many!
My favorites:
Mushu, from Mulan (always!)
The genie, from Aladdin, (you cannot not laugh).
Donkey, from Shrek, ("I can't feel my toes...I don't have any toes!").
Mike, From Monsters Inc.
The Furious Five, from Kung Fu Panda.
And, last but most certainly not least Meeko and Flit from Pocahontas!

13. What's your favourite Disney princess movie?:

BRAVE
(I'm crazy about archery, remember? And this is such a sweet amazing movie!)

14. What's your favourite animated movie(no Disney princess movies included)?:

Robots! I always forget about this movie, but it is one of my favorite movies ever!!! If you haven't seen it, GO!!!!!!!
I know, I know, it looks super weird, but I love it!!! It is so good!!
Also...
My Neighbor Totoro!!!!
It is so hilarious! My sisters and I cannot stop laughing when we watch it!
And... I have always been partial to A Bug's Life.
The characters are great.
Oh, also Home on the Range.
And The Prince of Egypt!! I cannot choose just one!
15. What is your Disney personality?:

On that test it says I'm 40% Pocahontas and 60% Merida.

16. Which animated girl do you think looks most like you(in looks, not in character)?:

I am blue eyed blond, so I look like:
Cinderella
Alice
and
Princess Eilonwy
Just mix those three together and you have me!

17.  Which statement do you think is true and which not(you know, those things on Pinterest that say...for example: That Elsa and Anna are Rapunzel's cousins, and that Tarzan is Anna and Elsa's brother or that the oldest girl from Despicable Me is maybe Riley's mom from Inside Out)?:

I agree with Elanor's idea, that Han is the brother to the creepy guys in Tangled.

But I really do not think Tarzan is Anna's and Elsa's brother. No way.

18. What animated movie did you expect much of, but turned out to be much worse than you originally thought?:

Mulan II and Hercules. I do not like them.

Thank you so much for the tag, Ruth!

I tag:
Catherine at The Rebelling Muse
Lila at The Cheapskate Bibliomaniac
Cordy at Write On, Cordy!
Jazzy at thriving hope.
And Lilah at The Singing Writer

Thank you so much for reading! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

MovieCritic

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Movie Review: Halloweentown (1998)

Hello Everyone!
Welcome to the last day of my Halloween Blog Party!
Thank you so much for reading my posts! To finish off I am doing a review of Halloweentown. But, how does that fit in with the pirate theme? You'll see at the end.

My guarantee: On ALL of my reviews there are NO spoilers unless it says so.

Halloweentown (1998):
"Why can't you pick some other holiday to get hung up on?"
Marnie is just a normal 13 year old girl, who likes weird things. On her 13th Halloween she listens in on her mother and grandmother's conversation, and learns she is a witch. Her grandmother comes from Halloweentown, and when she is leaving Marnie and her siblings, Dylan and Sophie, sneak onto the bus and go to Halloweentown where there is a mysterious evil.
"Being normal is vastly overrated."
Genre: Halloween, Mystery.
Length: 84 minutes (approx.)
Costumes: 8, nothing bad, but nothing great.
Script: 10, no bad words!
"It was Old English or Welsh or something."
Crew:
Directed by: Duwayne Dunham

Produced by:
Ron Mitchell,
Brian Pogue.


Written by:
Paul Bernbaum
Jon Cooksey
Ali Matheson
Starring:
Kimberly J. Brown as Marnie. "You are going to do some shopping? Can't it wait?"
Debbie Reynolds as Aggie. "What kind of a grandma would you think I am if I didn't bring presents?"
Judith Hoag as Gwen.
Joey Zimmerman as Dylan.
Emily Roeske as Sophie.

Phillip Van Dyke as Luke.
Robin Thomas as Kalabar.
Rino Romano as Benny.
Judith M. Ford as Harriet.
"We're Cromwells, together we can conquer anything!"
Music: 8, nothing bad, but nothing great.

Music by: Mark Mothersbaugh.
Quotes: 8,
"You can't tell what's in a monster's heart just by looking at him."
Storyline: 8, there are some frightening images, and magic.
Good For: People who feel they are different.
"Believe."
Overall Score: 8.

Thoughts on SKELETONS!
Benny from Halloweentown.
There are so many different skeleton characters, and when my little sister said that she wanted to be a skeleton for Halloween, my first thought for a review was Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, because my older sister and I wanted to say she was our "Skull and Cross Bones"but she said that she wouldn't look like those skeletons and that she didn't want me to do that movie. I did it for an extra this year because of the pirate theme.

So the search for a different skeleton movie began. Even though she doesn't really look like Benny ("His driving is better then his jokes"), and he is only in three scenes, it was the one that she wanted me to do.

I know that the button doesn't match, but I couldn't think of how to do a skeleton button without having it be too obvious, and Marnie is a witch...

Movies with skeletons:
Halloweentown (1998)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
The Book of Life (2014)

Thank you so much for reading all my posts for this post Halloween party!

Since this is November, because of NaNoWriMo I won't be posting a lot this month, but I will when I can!

MovieCritic

Friday, November 3, 2017

Movie Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

Welcome to the third day of my Halloween Blog Party!
This entry doesn't actually have anything to do with what my sisters and I were. But, I realized that I had scheduled my blog party for four days, and there are only three of us, so I thought I would do a bonus review that was somewhat related!
(Clue: Pirates...)

This is actually based on the Disneyland Ride (weird, am I right?).

My guarantee: On ALL of my reviews there are NO spoilers unless it says so.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (2003):
"Actually, I find it quite fascinating."
"That's what concerns me."
Elizabeth Swan, daughter of the Governor, is taken prisoner by a group of pirates under a curse. They think they need a medallion of hers and her blood to break the curse. Will Turner gets the help of pirate Captain Jack Sparrow to get Elizabeth back.
"I'm telling the story!"
Genre: Swashbuckler, Action.
Length: 143 minutes (approx.).
Costumes: 5, there are some good ones, but it is low, or people are in their underclothes a lot of the time.
"It is the latest fashion in England."
"Well, women in England must have learned to not breathe."
My favorite: I really really like this hat, I don't know why, but I always have. This is the best picture I could find.
Script: 7, there are a few bad words/swearing.
"It's such a pretty boat...ship."
Crew:
Directed by: Gore Verbinski
Produced by: Jerry Bruckheimer
Story by:
Ted Elliott
Terry Rossio
Stuart Beattie
Jay Wolpert
Starring:
Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow.
"You must be the worst pirate I have ever heard of."
"Ah, but you have heard of me."
Orlando Bloom as Will Turner.
Geoffrey Rush as Captain Barbossa. "I'm disinclined to acquiesce your request."
Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Swann.
Jack Davenport as Commodore James Norrington.
Kevin McNally as Joshamee Gibbs.
Jonathan Pryce as Governor Weatherby Swann.
Zoe Saldana as Anamaria.
Lee Arenberg as Pintel.
Mackenzie Crook as Ragetti.
Damian O'Hare as Lieutenant Gillette..
Treva Etienne as Koehler.
Michael Berry Jr. as Twigg.
David Bailie as Cotton.
Christopher S. Capp as Mr. Cotton's Parrot.
Martin Klebba as Marty.
Isaac C. Singleton Jr. as Bo'sun.
Giles New as Murtogg.
Angus Barnett as Mullroy.
Greg Ellis as Lieutenant Theodore Groves.
Music: 10, it has a great soundtrack!
Music by:
Klaus Badelt
Hans Zimmer
Quotes: 8,
"No survivors? Then I wonder where all the stories come from."
Notes: There is an awesome sword fight scene!!!
Storyline: 4, there is death, suggestive stuff, intoxicated people, tattoos, kissing, skeletons, and lots and lots of extremely frightening, creepy images.
Good For: People who like pirate movies, People who like swashbucklers!
Overall Score: 7.

Thank you so much for reading!

MovieCritic