five mini movie reviews

A highly eclectic mix, I know.  Anyway, I love all of these movies, but for whatever reason, I can’t see myself doing a full length review of them any time soon.  However, I still want to share my reasons for liking them with all of you, so I thought I’d jot down a few sentences about each.  I won’t be talking about the plots, really, just some random thoughts and fangirly comments, so proceed with caution.  And I’ll try to steer clear of spoilers since these reviews are so short.

~Minority Report (2002) – THIS MOVIE.  Besides jump-starting my crush on Tom Cruise, it’s probably the freakiest dystopian world I’ve ever seen…and it’s one of my favorite movies of all time.  Only seen it twice, but it’s super good and deep and interesting and weird, but in an intriguing way (as opposed to being weird in a stupid way).  John Anderton is one of those characters who I love outside of “oh, yeah, he’s played by Tom Cruise”.  He’s so great + he breaks my heart.  And I like Colin Farrell in this movie way better than in Saving Mr. Banks (I know his character is supposed to be the antagonist for a lot of Minority Report, but in the end, he isn’t all that bad – just doing his job).  Overall, this is an amazing, but still pretty disturbing film.  It gets under my skin, in a good way.

~Beezus & Ramona (2010) – Mood whiplash much? *wink*  Just watched this the other night for about the fifth time and it doesn’t get old.  The humor, the story, the adorbs…any of it.  Based on the beloved books by Beverly Cleary (which my siblings and I all love), this movie combines a lot of different episodes from several of the books (though mostly sticking with the general plot of Ramona Forever) and it works swimmingly.  None of the child actors are annoying, which is saying a lot, and there are still a few bits that make me tear up (happy tears, people).  It’s a happy, entertaining, gentle movie that’s perfect to watch with little children. (It entertains every age group among my siblings and I, from late teens to a three-year-old.)

~The Incredibles (2004) – I’ve loved nearly every Pixar movie so far (just haven’t watched A Bug’s Life, Brave, or Finding Dory) and The Incredibles is one of my absolute favorites.  It’s smart and sassy and sweet, set to my favorite Pixar soundtrack of all time, and is full of cool superhero action.  And the characters!  I dig them all (with the obvious exception of Syndrome, who is just another great Pixar villain).  My favorite is probably Bob.  Or Helen.  Or Mirage.  But they’re all so great – I really can’t decide.  Also, did anyone find it amusing that Samuel L. Jackson voices Frozone? (Because Nick Fury isn’t a superhero in the MCU, but he sort of oversees Cap and Iron Man and all the others and…oh, never mind.)  Anyway, The Incredibles is, well, incredible. (Yes, I just did that.)

~Lady and the Tramp (1995) – To be honest, when I borrowed this movie from the library, I didn’t expect much.  I just wanted to watch it to say I had, ’cause I know that it’s a Disney classic.  But I’ve seen it maybe three or four times now and I still love, love, love it.  The opening sequence, with the arrival of Lady and the Darlings’ attempts to teach her to stay in her own bed, never fails to make me laugh.  Even though I don’t like dogs much (*outraged gasps from all my readers*), Lady and the Tramp is now one of my favorite ‘old school’ Disney movies.  And the spaghetti scene? #relationshipgoals.  Seriously.

~Air Force One (1997) – I watched this movie just a few days ago, for the very first time, and it’s already one of my favorite Harrison Ford movies (and roles!) ever.  With all the news and drama and questions surrounding the recent US election, it was actually kind of relaxing to step into a movie where the bad guys are bad and the good guys are good (I know, I know there was a traitor – but still…) and there’s patriotism and a classic hero and all that while still tackling some interesting issues.   Plus, Harrison Ford is always a good idea.  I loved his iconic “Get off my plane!” line.  So awesome.  And, for some reason, I tend to enjoy stories that are tense and claustrophobic and edge-of-your-seat, so this was a perfect film for me.  Very neat.

Have you seen any of these movies?  What are some films you’ve been enjoying recently?

Eva

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ask me anything {again}! – answers {part 2}

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Sorry (again) that it’s taken me so long to get these answers to ya’ll.  Life, you know.  Anyway…straight to the questions!

Ashley asked…

~What’s one book or movie that you’ve been holding off on reading/watching for some reason (and what’s the reason)?  Um…besides the obvious “I really want to see this one book/movie but my library does NOT have it”, there are several books that I would love to read but I’m waiting to buy my very own copy so that I can cross out Bad Words.  Two that spring to mind are Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein.  As for movies, I’m extremely leery about seeing the remake of The Magnificent Seven.  Extremely.  The original was perfection itself, so the jury’s still out on whether or not I’ll take the leap and watch the new one.

They do look pretty epic together, though.

~Three things you’re looking for in a husband? (And three things you need to work on for yourself?)  A strong faith in God, bravery, and loyalty.  As for myself, I’d say that temper, laziness, and lack of homemaking skills (such as sewing) are three big things I need to work on.

~Favorite nonfic book on relationships?  I’ve never read one.  Sad, but true.  Suggestions?

~One book everybody’s raving about but you despise?  Well, I haven’t read any booksSalt to the Sea - This book is set in the same time period as Between Shades of Gray and included in the four pov's is Joana, the cousin of Lina in Between Shades of Gray. Her life takes a different route and she ends up on the Wilhelm Gustaloff which was a greater sinking than the Titanic...but who has ever heard of this? This book has fictional characters but the main story is true.: lately that inspired my unadulterated loathing, but one book I was kinda disappointed in was Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys.  It’s a book that tons of people have been raving about lately, including more than one of my Goodreads friends, but it just didn’t deliver.  There were some great moments and lovely characters, but the book never quite came together in a brilliant, cohesive whole for me.

~Book you’d love to see as a movie? (DREAMCAST AWAY)  Does a whole series count?  Because if so, The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins are my number one choice.  Definitely.  There are five books, but my idea for a film series combines them into just three (if you’ve read the series, EMAIL ME, and we’ll talk).  Since all my siblings love the series like all do (welllll, almost as much) we’ve had tons of dream casting sessions.  The cast already includes Cate Blanchett (nonegotiable, people – pretty much every casting choice is, but especially this one), Harrison Ford, Emily Blunt, Asa Butterfield, Ralph Macchio, Sean Connery, and Raffey Cassidy.  John Powell will compose the score.  And that’s all I’ve got, but it will be EPIC if movie producers take notice (and my advice).

~Favorite chore around the house?  Washing dishes.  Very soothing.  Alternately, my least favorite household chore is sweeping floors.

Hamlette asked…

~Favorite hymn?  ‘Leaning on the Everlasting Arms’ or ‘How Great Thou Art’.  But there are so many good ones.  So. Many.

~A person in the Bible you really relate to.  Peter.  His impulsiveness and his weaknesses especially, I’m ashamed to say, but I do feel that I have at least a little bit of the loyalty that he had for Jesus.  And if I could have just a tenth of his faith (especially as shown after the Resurrection and, of course, in Acts) that would be incredible.

~A person in the Bible you admire (besides Jesus).  How do I narrow it down???  I can’t.  So… Women: Rebecca, Ruth, Esther, Jael, Mary, Elisabeth, and Lydia.  Men: Joseph (both OT and NT), Joshua, Caleb, Peter, John (the Baptist and the Apostle), Paul, Elijah, Elisha, and Hosea.

And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: ~Hebrews 11:32

~Which Barkley on The Big Valley is your favorite?  Nick.  I like them all, though.

~Favorite Dana Andrews role?  At first I thought this would be hard, but it was actually pretty easy.  Because, while I love Dana Andrews in almost every movie I’ve seen him in, one role will always be first place in my heart: Detective Mark McPherson from the film Laura.  It was the role that catapulted Dana to semi-stardom.  Definitely my favorite.  Though, now that I think about it, he is super in The Best Years of Our Lives…

Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney in Laura (1944):

~Jack Cavanaugh book you want to be made into a movie, and your casting choices?  I love this question.  Nobody ever asks me anything about Jack Cavanaugh.  But while I’ve thought up dream casts for several of his books, it’s usually just a couple of roles that I manage to cast before I get stumped.  For instance, I’ve got Corbin Allred playing opposite Jennifer Lawrence with Eddie Redmayne in the Songs in the Night series, but there’s tons of other characters I haven’t thought of actors/actresses for.  Plus, I find that doing dream casts for anything (especially JC’s books) is frustrating ’cause I know it’ll never happen. *sigh*  But I still do it all the time because it’s fun as well.

Which do you prefer of each pairing, and why:

~Austen or Shakespeare?  AustenAustenAusten.  I’m currently re-reading Mansfield Park and she. is. a. genius.  I mean, so was Shakespeare, but Jane Austen’s writings speak to me on so many levels.  I could read each of her novels a hundred times and still love them as much as I did the first time. (Though Macbeth is rapidly growing on me.  And I fangirl over Mercutio every time I read Romeo & Juliet.  Shakespeare is cool beans.)

~Captain America or Jason Bourne?  Okay, at first I thought this would be sooooo easy to answer (in favor of Cap) but then I really started thinking about the question and…I CAN’T DECIDE.  Cap is sweet and handsome and brave and practically perfect in every way.  But Jason is like a sad little puppy wrapped in layers of super cool deadly fighting skills and mental/physical/emotional wounds and tons of questions about his past.  I CAN’T.  But if I absolutely had to chose, if I searched deep, deep, deep inside my heart, I’d have to go with Cap.

~Charlotte or Emily Brönte?  I couldn’t stand the little bit of Wuthering Heights I managed to read.  Jane Eyre is one of my top five favorite classics.  So…yeah.

~Louisa May Alcott or Lucy Maud Montgomery?  This is a little difficult, because Louisa May Alcott is responsible for creating one of my top five (maybe even top three) favorite fictional characters of all time (Dan) but Lucy Maud Montgomery comes out ahead because all her books (except a couple) are exquisitely sweet, nostalgic, and inviting (as in, “Yes, let’s dive into this book and not come out for a couple of YEARS”).  Plus, LMM was a Canadian.  All her books are set in Canada.  How can I resist?

~Indiana Jones or Flynn Ryder?  How.  How.  I do not understand the question.  My…brain…cannot…compute.  (Fine.  Flyndiana Rydes.  If I must choose.)  (Oh.  You mean that isn’t a choice?  Okay.  Great.)  (I SERIOUSLY CAN’T CHOSE BETWEEN THEM.  Pleeeease don’t make me.)  (If you really want to know…)  (Nope.  Can’t do it.  And I’m not just saying that for show or anything.  I literally can’t.  There’s not even a little part of my heart that has a preference for either one.  There just isn’t.  They’re both so UNBELIEVABLY AMAZING.)

~The Magnificent Seven or The Great Escape?  Seeing how Mag7 is my favorite movie of all time, the decision was pretty easy.  Still, The Great Escape has several things going for it: the cast, the music, the story…oh, it’s wonderful.  I really need to watch it again. (Unlike Mag7, though, I really have to be in the right mood for it, especially considering the time commitment involved.)

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~Pie or cake?  Cake, every time.  I don’t get why pie is such a big deal (except pumpkin pie – #LOVE).

And finally, I have two questions that were sent to me in an email, rather than a comment, and they weren’t related to the ‘Ask Me Anything’ challenge, but I thought I’d include them here anyway, because some of you might find the questions/answers interesting.  I don’t know if the person who sent me these questions would prefer their name to be mentioned or not, so…

J. asked…

~If you had to pick just one scene or moment as your favorite [from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade], which would you choose?  There are so many scenes that stand out in my mind whenever I think of The Last Crusade (the book burning scene, the scene where Henry Jones gets shot, the Three Trials scene, the opening sequence with the boat and the storm and the cross) but I believe my favorite one is the motorcycle chase.  Why?  Because that is what made me fall in love with Indiana Jones, the character, and Indiana Jones, the franchise.  The thrilling theme music as Indy and his dad smash out of that box, the chase itself, and I’m even going to include the quiet little discussion between the two of them at the crossroads.  Love it!

~I noticed you mentioned [in my review] that you liked Elsa’s character. What did you like most about her?  There’s so much intrigue surrounding her.  Who is she?  How did she become enthralled with the Grail legend in the first place?  Were her motives more pure in the beginning, or were they always selfish?  Did she turn Henry in to the Nazis or did he confront her and force her hand?  There are so many questions one could ask about Elsa – she’s mysterious and fascinating. (And I think she and Indy have great chemistry together.  Just saying.  Though I don’t really ship them, per se.)

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Were you surprised with any of my answers?  Let me know in the comments!

Eva

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li’l life update

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How I like to imagine I looked when I heard the US election results. Only, Mom woke me up and told me and I probably looked a fright.

So, a lot of stuff has been going on in my life lately.  NaNoWriMo, of course, and the college courses with my grandpa, but there’s also this.  Some of you already knew about it, but I thought I’d make it public on my blog since my mom did. (Actually, I’m just directing your to her blog post, since it says it all so much better than I could, but still.)  Between trips to the hospital and having to keep the little children quiet when Dad is resting, things have been incredible hectic for all of us and my schedule hasn’t been neat and tidy, the way I always like it to be.

For the first time in three NaNoWriMos, I’m struggling to keep up the word count.  Well, not exactly struggling, but sometimes I have to go two or three days without writing and then play catch-up the next day. (Yesterday I wrote over 4,000 words.)  Though I’m happy to say that my college work isn’t suffering.

.: But what has been put on hold is my campaign to comment more on people’s blog posts, and I feel bad about that.  I’m also not as communicative when it comes to emails and answering the comments people put on my own posts. (Keep them coming, though, if you can/want to, because they are a wonderful encouragement.)  I do read your posts, though.  Each and every one.  I rarely, if ever, comment these days, but I do take time to read almost every blog post that comes up in my feed and they always brighten up my day.  Blogs like Hamlette’s Soliloquy, The Edge of the Precipice, Wonderland Creek, inklings press, and a few others (the ones I’ve named, however, are the ones I read most faithfully).  Honestly, you guys write the coolest, sweetest, most awesome posts in the blogoverse.  I enjoy them all.  Keep up the amazing work!

What has been going on in my life other than writing stuff, school stuff, and serious stuff?  Well, my siblings and just finished binge watching Season 3 of Road to Avonlea. (Our library had every season except Season 3, so I had to get that one through inter-library loan after we’d watched all the others.)  I’d have to say it’s the best season.  Plenty of interesting episodes, plenty of cute Gus + Felicity moments, and plenty of Recognizable Guest Stars (two, anyway – Christopher Lloyd and Jonathon Crombie WHAT).  Have you ever seen Road to Avonlea?  What are your thoughts about the show as a whole and all the lovely characters in particular?  I’d love to discuss it/them with you in the comments! (And we also re-watched the two Anne movies because LOVELINESS.  I honestly love the movies more than the books.)

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Anyway, I’ll leave it at that for now.  I want to work on my second ‘Ask Me Anything’ post and watch some Disney videos that Ashley posted on her blog.

*hugs*

Eva

five male characters tag

I’ve done this tag for fictional female characters and for fictional couples.  So, I thought it’d be only right that I do it for fictional guys next.  This tag has floated around the blogging world for a while now and I wasn’t tagged with it (or maybe I was and just forgot), but I’m cheating and doing it anyway. (I’m starting to like tags – they’re so fun and easy.)

Rules:

1.) List 5 of your favorite male characters (book or screen)

2.) Tagging other people is optional

3.) If you are tagged link back to the person that tagged you

4.) Link back to Revealed In Time

Categories:

1.) Hero

2.) Villain

3.) Anti-hero

4.) Best book-to-screen adaption

5.) Best character perception

// Hero – Indiana Jones {the Indiana Jones franchise} //

Cue the theme music, guys. (Reports have actually shown that this paragraph will be 100% more awesome if you listen to this while you read it.)  What can I say about Indy that hasn’t already been said?  He’s a rover, he’s a loner (some of the time), he’s an adventurer, he’s flawed, he’s brave, he’s heroic, he cares very deeply about the important people in his life though he usually tries to bury those feelings under layers of wit, sarcasm, and banter. (And sometimes anger.)  He has the coolest outfit ensemble and probably the most recognizable silhouette in the history of film.  He’s awesome.  He’s played by Harrison Ford. (See previous sentence.)  And even though he’s tough and impossibly epic and courageous most of the time, it’s the rare moments of emotion and vulnerability that make him one of my favorite fictional heroes of all time. (Like when his dad gets shot?  Still makes me tear up.  Or when I thinks he’s lost Marian in Raiders.)

// Villain – Ratigan {The Great Mouse Detective} //

There are so many great cinematic villains out there, but I chose Ratigan because he was one of the first villains that really, truly freaked me out.  I was quite young when I first watched TGMD and Ratigan transforms into a madman (mad-rat?) near the end in a pretty creepy way and it left an impression on me.  For most of the film, however, he’s a suave, gentleman’s villain with one of the greatest Disney villain songs of all timeTwo, actually!  And he’s voiced by the indomitable Vincent Price, one of the most iconic players-of-villainous-characters to ever grace the silver screen.  I’d have to say it’s one of the best voice casting decisions ever.  Ratigan is evil to the core (he tosses his henchmice to a cat whenever they displease him), but he’s so clever and debonair about it that only he could be a worthy opponent for Basil, TGMD’s mouse version of Sherlock Holmes.  Forget Moriarty.  Ratigan is one of the most evil Sherlock villains of them all.

// Anti-hero – Rick Blaine {Casablanca} //

I hate love triangles, usually for one of two reasons: either said triangle is written/scripted so poorly that I want to pull my hair out over the stupidity of it all, or it’s well-written and super feelsy and I end up heartbroken over one (or more) of the characters involved.  The love triangle in Casablanca is the latter and Rick is my favorite character of the three (Rick, Ilsa, and Laszlo).  Rick’s life is just fine since he runs the finest establishment in Casablanca and is a sort of friendly dictator over the patrons and staff alike.  And then Ilsa walks in with Victor Laszlo and nothing is ever the same in Rick’s life.  Just like he was never the same after meeting Ilsa for the first time.  The plot is rubbish, mostly, but it’s the characters that draw you into the movie and Rick is one of my favorites.  He’s taciturn and bitter and downright horrible to Ilsa at times, but in the end, his true character shines through the moment he pulls that gun on Renault.  Casablanca is a wonderful movie and so much of that wonderfulness takes place in the last fifteen minutes or so.  And most of that is because of Rick.

// Best book-to-screen adaption – Ralph Macchio as Johnny Cade {The Outsiders} //

There are so many people I could have picked for this category (Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark…), but I decided on Ralph as Johnny because I watched The Outsiders semi-recently and Ralph Macchio loved playing Johnny and he did an awesome job of it.  When I talk about how actors and actresses portray fictional characters, one of the most important things in my mind is how well they matched the book’s description of said character.  And, well, they couldn’t have chosen a better person to play Johnny.  And besides that, the movie is marvelously accurate to the book, so a lot of his lines were kept intact, and all the emotions and such came across very well, thanks to Ralph Macchio’s great acting abilities.  I loved book Johnny a lot, but after seeing the movie, I love both portrayals about equally. (There’s just so many FEELS.) (Also, it’s so sweet to see how RM still loves the Johnny legacy.)

// Best character perception – Garrett Hedlund as John Fitzgerald {Unbroken} //

Okay, to be honest I haven’t seen Unbroken for a long, long time, but Fitzgerald was always one of my favorite minor people (I hesitate to say ‘character’ because Unbroken is a true life story) and I loved, loved, loved Garrett Hedlund’s performance as the incredibly brave Lieutenant Commander John Fitzgerald.  He got to read Fitzgerald’s unpublished diaries, so he had an excellent grasp on who the man was.  Even though Fitzgerald has a relatively minor role in the movie, I think that Garrett Hedlund did an amazing job of bringing such a heroic, kind commander to life.

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Do you spot any of your favorite male characters in this tag?  If so, you’re tagged!

Eva

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my shiny, brand-new copy of…

*squeals*

Isn’t it beautiful???  And when I say shiny, I really do mean shiny, because the title is in metallic gold and so is the quote on the back.  I’m sure you can all guess what quote it is, too.

Nope.  Not crying.  I just have a story about greasers and friendship and loyalty and AWESOMENESS in my eye.

So, in case you’re interested, the bonus features are super.  There are letters from S.E. Hinton to her agent and publisher (and from them to her) and I found it very interesting how they hashed out certain details of the story, especially the title.  They had several different titles in mind, from The Greasers to The Switchblade Boys.  I’d have to say that, even looking at things as objectively as I can, The Outsiders was far and away the best choice.

There was also a nice surprise when I first opened the book.

Picture taken from the back of the book because it was easier. But it’s the exact same thing at the front.

Oh, look at that.  It’s all my favorite quotes in one place.

EPIC.

Anyway, to return to the bonus content, there’s also some reviews of the book from various newspapers and websites and several different covers, most of them foreign.  Some are beautiful and very relevant to the story (France, Germany, Vietnam, Sweden), some are weird (Italy, Romania, Spain, Korea), but they’re all unique and wonderful in their own way.

And THEN there’s my favorite part of the bonus material: special messages from Francis Ford Coppola, Ralph Macchio, C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, and Darren Dalton (who plays Randy).  Each one is amusing and/or heartwarming.  My favorite bit is probably from C. Thomas Howell’s reflections: “I speak in classrooms every year to seventh and eight graders who literally sob because Ponyboy is there.  I’m sure a few are crying from the horrific discovery that Pony is now a fifty-year-old man, but I digress.”  Or Rob Lowe’s comment: “To have a gaggle of bright-eyed, excitable thirteen-year-olds scream ‘Sodapop!’ to a fifty-two-year-old man is pretty cool indeed, and I’m very grateful.” (That would be me.  Only, I’m eighteen. *blushes*)

Honestly, if you’re a fan of The Outsiders, you pretty much NEED this edition.  It’s new and bright and bursting with awesome extras.

Eva

P.S. I know I still have to answer some questions from the Ask Me Anything post.  And I have a pretty amazing tag about fictional male characters in my drafts that’s begging to be finished, but I’m juggling school and NaNoWriMo and this blog and answering emails and blog comments.  So, I just thought I’d write this little post today and worry about the deeper ones tomorrow.

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