Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Tagged for Two Tags

Thank you Olivia and Art3mis for tagging me!! :D I'm going to start with The "100 Books the BBC Think Most People Haven't Read More than 6 of" tag. It's fun to prove people(or the BBC) wrong, so here we go...



Rules...

1. Be honest.
2. Put an asterisk next to the ones you have read all the way through. Put an addition sign next to the ones you have started.

3. Tag as many people as these books that you have read.

1.  Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen *
2.  Gormenghast Trilogy -  Mervyn Peake
3.  Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë *
4.  Temple of the Golden Pavilion - Yukio Mishima
5.  To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee *
6.  The Story of the Eye - George Bataille
7.  Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë 
8.  Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell 
9.  Adrift on the Nile - Naguib Mahfouz
10.  Great Expectations - Charles Dickens *
11.  Little Women - Louisa May Alcott *
12.  Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13.  Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14.  Rhinoceros - Eugene Ionesco
15.  Baron in the Trees - Italo Calvino
16.  The Master of Go - Yasunari Kawabata
17.  Woman in the Dunes - Abe Kobo
18.  Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger 
19.  The Feast of the Goat - Mario Vargas Llosa
20.  Middlemarch - George Eliot *
21.  Gogol's Wife - Tomasso Landolfi
22.  The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald *
23.  Magic Mountain - Thomas Mann
24.  War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy *
25.  Ferdydurke - Gombrowicz
26.  Narcissus and Goldmund - Herman Hesse
27.  Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky 
28.  The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29.  Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll *
30.  The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame 
31.  Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy 
32.  The Jungle - Upton Sinclair
33.  Tom Sawyer / Huck Finn - Mark Twain *
34.  Emma - Jane Austen
35.  Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe *
36.  Delta Wedding - Eudora Welty
37.  The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini 
38.  Naomi - Junichiro Tanizaki
39.  Cosmicomics - Italo Calvino
40.  The Joke - Milan Kundera
41.  Animal Farm - George Orwell *
42.  Labyrinths - Gorge Luis Borges
43.  One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44.  A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving 
45.  Under My Skin - Doris Lessing\
46.  Anne of Green Gables - L. M. Montgomery *
47.  Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy 
48.  Don Quixote - Miguel Cervantes 
49.  Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50.  Absalom Absalom - William Faulkner



51.  Beloved - Toni Morrison
52.  The Flounder - Gunther Grass
53.  Dead Souls - Nikolai Gogol
54.  Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen *
55.  My Name is Red - Orhan Pamuk
56.  A Dolls House - Henrik Ibsen
57.  A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens *
58.  Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59.  The Idiot - Fyodor Dostoevesky 
60.  Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61.  Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62.  Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63.  Leaves of Grass - Walt Whitman
64.  Death on the Installment Plan - Celine
65.  Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66.  On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67.  Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68.  Pedro Paramo - Juan Rulfo
69.  Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70.  Moby Dick - Herman Melville *
71.  Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72.  Dracula - Bram Stoker
73.  The Metamorphosis - Kafka
74.  Epitaph of a Small Winner - Machado De Assis
75.  Ulysses - James Joyce
76.  The Inferno - Dante 
77.  Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78.  Germinal - Emile Zola
79.  To the Light House - Virginia Woolf 
80.  Disgrace - John Maxwell Coetzee
81.  A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens *
82.  Zorba the Greek - Nikos Kazantzakis
83.  The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84.  The Box Man - Abe Kobo
85.  Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86.  A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87.  The Stranger - Camus
88.  Acquainted with the Night - Heinrich Boll
89.  Don't Call It Night - Amos Oz
90.  The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91.  Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92.  The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery *
93.  Gravity's Rainbow - Thomas Pychon
94.  Memoirs of Hadrian - Marguerite Yourcenar
95.  A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96.  Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
97.  The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98.  Hamlet - William Shakespeare 
99.  Faust - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 
100.  Metamorphosis - Ovid

And thus a grand total of...18. :P I'd like to read more of them someday!

I'm actually not going to tag anyone for this, but please take it if you'd like! Thank you, MovieCritic, for creating the tag! 

Next, the Four Fictional Characters Tag!

Rules

1. Link back to the person who tagged you
2. List four fictional characters (use pictures if you want! They can be from movies or books) and, if you like, describe what they're like and why you believe they relate to you
3. Tag a few other blog people! Three, or four, or even twenty. :) Share the fun! Be sure to let them know you've tagged them.

Anne Shirley(Anne of Green Gables)




Of course. I cannot have a list of characters to whom I identify without Anne. She's basically my fictional counterpart, but kinder and wiser and harder working. :P We are both a little weird and both crave deep friendships.

Rose MacClare(Downton Abbey)

Ha. Wishful thinking. Rose MaClaire is cheerful, compassionate, and personable. She's pretty extroverted(which I'm not) and-- for just the first few episodes-- rash and rebellious(which I hope I'm not), but I identify with the way she often hides her feelings behind cheerfulness-- something I occasionally do. However, she questions cultural norms, values friendships, and gets excited for things other people wouldn't. She starts a bit *cough* rough around the edges, but it makes her character arc all the more satisfying.  I think of any fictional character I've ever encountered, she may be my biggest role model.

realizing I will never be as amazing as Lady Rose MacClare 
Bilbo Baggins(The Hobbit)

I actually wrote a blog post on the subject, so I'll cheat and just link that. (by the way I wrote this post over a year ago so don't judge ;D)

Alexander Hamilton(Hamilton)




Confession: everything I know about the first secretary of the United States I know because of Hamilton. That makes it hard to say how much I'm like the actual historical figure, but when it comes to the character in Lin Manuel Miranda's musical, we are the same. :D

He's constantly overwhelming and annoying the people around him with the subjects he's passionate about and that. is. me. xD Also he talks a lot and can be overambitious. Sadly I'm not as hard working and I can mostly safely say we have different moral weaknesses. Obviously I don't support everything he did. Otherwise, I think we're pretty alike.

I tag anyone who's seen any of the Spider-Man movies this summer. 

Thanks for reading! 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Wow, I'm Behind(what else is new?)

Hi everyone. So I realize it's been like a month since I've blogged. That's really unusual and I feel super behind.

Like my list of goals for May/June? Suffice to say I did some of them...

Or my mini-reviews for June? Let's just say I watched a lot of good movies and some mediocre movies.

But I'm hoping to catch up on everything within the next few days. Heh, we'll see how that goes. In other news, I'm reading a book called Hollywood Worldviews: Watching Films with Wisdom and Discernment by Brian Godawa and it's really interesting. I saw Spider-Man homecoming and it's the best Spider-Man movie after Spider-Man 2 and one of my favorite MCU films. I also got pretty much my whole family into Spider-Man all by myself. xD



I listened to Hamilton a lot and bought the beautiful biography at Costco. I listened to Ed Sheeran's Supermarket Flowers a lot too. #noregrets

I worked on my driving skills and almost (accidentally) drove off the road on multiple occasions.

I(i.e. my family) took roadtrips and some pretty pictures.

I hung out with awesome friends.

In conclusion, a lot's been happening this summer and I'm behind in almost everything. But it's been fun. :P

What have you guys been doing this summer? 

(p.s. another Homecoming picture for reasons)


Saturday, June 10, 2017

Cinematic Excursions~ May

More movies to review! My watches were everywhere this month-- dystopia, Disney, and plenty of Marvel. xD

Avengers: Age of Ultron



This was good fun, but there were so many characters none of them get much development. The action scenes had way too much over-the-top and obviously fake CGI, which is a pet peeve of mine. Plus, all this hinting and foreshadowing-- like Natasha and Bruce's relationship-- that I don't really see being fleshed out and resolved satisfactorily in future movies tires me.

At the same time, I was particularly sleepy and even drooped off a bit while watching this and that never helps... (oops) So, conclusion, I wouldn't be averse to re-watching it before Infinity War or just for fun, but it wasn't my favorite.

Spider-Man 3

I'd read all the negative criticism the "experts" have thrown at this movie, and yeah, there were a lot of flaws and it probably would have worked better as two separate films, but it was still really good and entertaining, okay? ;)



Peter's "dark phase" was simultaneous fascinating and emotionally powerful and there were a number of scenes I genuinely enjoyed. But haters gonna hate, huh?

The Hunger Games




I liked this far better than the book. More focused, more interesting. The characters were likable, the visuals were often stunning, and some elements were truly frightening without being gratuitous. It inevitably hit some of the flaws from the book(unclear message, annoying love triangle etc.), however I'm definitely looking forward to watching the next installment.


The Amazing Spider-Man

Let me explain. :P I just "got into" Spider-Man a few months ago and I want to watch all of the pre-existing movies before the new one in July. So yeah, lots of Spider-Man. Sorry.


The Amazing Spider-Man with Andrew Garfield is-- as a movie and character-- in my opinion inferior to Spider-Man 2002. However, he's more relatable than the "goody-goody" personality of the Tobey MaGuire Spidey I love so much and he's much closer in disposition to the original from the comics, which should count for something. 

I didn't get the emphasis placed on his parents' history and the ending was. not. good. Overall I enjoyed the movie though. xD 


Suspicion 



Here's my thing with Alfred Hitchcock movies. I understand for myself and from the "critics" that they're technical masterpieces, but they just don't do much for me. The resolution was clever, but rather abrupt and I never felt super engaged. Cary Grant is good though. :D 


The Apple Dumpling Gang


I love everything about this movie. Doesn't everyone? ;)

Have you seen any of these? What were your favorite movies of May? Do you also love The Apple Dumpling Gang