my little brothers’ take on ‘pixar VS pixar’

So, I saw this idea on a blog (I forget which one) where you take all of Pixar’s movies (or, at least, all the ones you’ve seen) and randomly select two at a time and pit them against each other to see which is your favorite.  I did that (I’ve seen every Pixar movie except ‘Brave’ and ‘The Incredibles 2′) and it’s sitting in my drafts right now; I’ll publish it at some point.  But today I wanted to share my little brothers’ choices with you.  Along with ‘Brave’ and ‘The Incredibles 2’, they’ve also not seen ‘Toy Story’ or ‘Coco’, so it still worked out to have an even number of films.

Ethan is seven and Jonah is five and I sat them down separately (because I didn’t want them copying each other’s answers) and asked them these very important questions.  Their answers are pretty much verbatim, just with a bit of tweaking here and there.  I hope you love their honesty and adorableness as much as I do. ❤

‘Cars 3’ VS ‘Cars 2’

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E: ‘Cars 3’ because Lightning McQueen is nicer in it than in ‘Cars 2’ and because of the girl [Cruz] and how she wins in the dirt race.

J: ‘Cars 2’ because I really like Finn McMissile and I like Mater in it.

‘Ratatouille’ VS ‘Cars’

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E: ‘Ratatouille’ because it’s about chefs and I like making [scrambled] eggs and also because it has that funny grandma in it and how Remy makes that guy cook really well.

J: ‘Ratatouille’ because I like Remy in it and Emile and I like how Remy imagines Gusteau.

‘UP’ VS ‘Toy Story 2’

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E: ‘Toy Story 2’ because Woody cares about Jessie and doesn’t want to go back to Andy’s house and I like it because it’s very interesting.

J: ‘Toy Story 2’ because I like the horse in it that Woody rides on and I really like Woody and Buzz Lightyear, how he karate chops people.

‘Toy Story 3’ VS ‘WALL-E’

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E: ‘WALL-E’ because EVE is cool in it because she has a gun and the pudgy guy is nice to WALL-E and EVE and WALL-E did all of the work in the old town basically by himself and he never shut down.

J: ‘WALL-E’ because I like WALL-E how he’s a robot and how he picks up the garbage and also I like how EVE makes WALL-E back up and I like those cleaning things that clean up WALL-E.

‘Inside Out’ VS ‘Monsters University’

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E: ‘Inside Out’ because it’s very interesting and plus Bing-Bong helps Joy and Sadness.  But I don’t get why Joy is called Joy because she’s actually kind of a jerk.  And Fear is funny.

J: ‘Inside Out’ because I like Fear in it because his head gets on fire and because Anger did that and I like their computer – and their new one.

‘Finding Nemo’ VS ‘A Bug’s Life’

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E: ‘A Bug’s Life’ because they gather up all the food and then Flik gets new bugs and the Ladybug’s funny.  And also because the grasshopper dies.

J: ‘Finding Nemo’ because I like that big shark in it and because his dad tried to warn Dory.

‘Monsters, Inc’ VS ‘The Good Dinosaur’

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E: ‘Monsters, Inc’ because I like it how Sully cares about the little girl and he’s nice to the little girl and even if she gets captured he tries to get her.  And I like it because of Mike and Sully because they’re both funny, especially Mike.

J: ‘The Good Dinosaur’ because at the ending the little boy meets his mom and dad and all his family and also because I like Buck in it.

‘Finding Dory’ VS ‘The Incredibles’

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E: ‘The Incredibles’ because it’s a superhero movie and I like superheroes and plus Dash is kind of like me so I like Dash.  And what Mr. Incredible fights is really cool.  And I like it because of Mirage and because she helps them even though she’s kind of bad.

J: ‘The Incredibles’ because I like the dad of the Incredibles how they made him muscular and I like the big robot in it.


Did you agree with my little brothers’ choices?  Let me know in the comments!



me, currently


Keturah by Lisa T. Bergren.  And let me tell you, if it wasn’t a book I had to review, I would not be spending any more time on it.  Keep an eye on my Goodreads for a proper review in the next couple days.


Well, last night my family watched some of ‘National Treasure: Book of Secrets’ – I expect we’ll be finishing it tonight.  It’s pretty good (though I’m not a fan of Nicholas Cage).


To convince myself to stop writing a blog post and go do some actual writing (well, fanfiction, but I take as much care with my fanfiction as I do with my original writing, so yeah).  I don’t think it’ll happen, but I’m trying.


Um…I’m writing a blog post in my bedroom, people.  So I obviously can’t be cooking anything right now.  However, I might make supper tonight.  We’ll see.


Millions of adorable baby carrots.  One of my sisters left a bag of them in our room and I can’t. stop. eating.  At least they’re a healthy snack!


Nothing at the moment.  I’m always a little leery of beverages around my electronics.  I did have some awesome coffee earlier this morning as I read my Bible.


Well, it’s more instant messaging, but I just shot off a message to my FAVORITE BESTIES IN ALL THE WORLD asking if they were attending a picnic that’s happening in Edmonton today.  Still haven’t heard back from them.


I don’t pin too much these days.  One of the best things I pinned recently was this:




Crying over the beauty of ‘Proud Corazón’.


To church outreach this afternoon.  Every Saturday (except the last one of each month) my family and the pastor’s family and other people from the church give out gospel tracts, John & Romans, and free Bible studies.  It’s a great time of fellowship and getting God’s Word into people’s hands.


Gael García Bernal’s accent. ❤


Ernesto de la Cruz. (Are y’all sensing a theme here?)


I have no idea!  Though it’s true that I sometimes believe as many as six impossible things before breakfast, I haven’t been wowed by any new fact or big discovery today.


A clean room, baby carrots, and Michael Giacchino’s sweet, sweet skills.


How awesome it is that I was able to pre-order Nadine Brandes’ newest book, Fawkes, and be eligible for pre-order goodies, too.  I highly recommend you check out Fawkes.  It’s going to be epic.


Pretty happy, actually!  Saturday mornings are so relaxing.

Hoping for…

Good weather.

Listening to…

The ‘Coco’ soundtrack.  Duh.  I’m obsessed.


Well.  Father’s Day is…tomorrow?  Right?  I’m not sure what I’m going to do but I want to do something to remember my dad and to honour his memory.  Probably won’t be anything public like a blog post or a Facebook update, but I’ve read a few articles talking about what you can do to celebrate your dad even when he’s gone, so…yeah.  I’m still not looking forward to tomorrow very much, though.


Nothing, really.


God, for all the blessings He has given me – and continues to give me.


Father’s Day.


This baby carrot I’m currently eating.


Another baby carrot.  HELP ME.


How has your Saturday gone so far?


héctor rivera: my favorite character in Pixar’s Coco

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This poster bugs me because Héctor wouldn’t be able to walk on the Marigold Bridge right here.

I was late to the party for this year’s Reel Infatuation Blogathon (unlike last year) but I thought I’d write the post I had in mind anyway.  I actually went back and forth a little, deciding who I’d write about (because while my list of fictional crushes is looooong there are only a few who I’m really obsessed with).  In the end, I decided to go with a fictional character I’ve known about for less than two weeks: Héctor from Pixar’s latest film, ‘Coco’.


Who’d have thought I’d crush on Héctor?  I mean, he’s dead. (Though who am I kidding?  Pretty much all my favorite fictional characters are dead.)  He’s literally a skeleton.  He can be more than a little weird.  But here we are. (*wink*)

So, Lightning McQueen is still my favorite Pixar character.  Definitely.  But Héctor is close behind.  For a lot of different reasons.  Like how he actually was muy guapo.  And his singing voice.  (Gael García Bernal said that he wasn’t a professional singer and the director or whatever had to really coach him through the songs, but you could’ve fooled me!  He does a perfect job.)  And how he leads Miguel in the choreography for ‘Un Poco Loco’.  And just…SO MANY THINGS.  I could list tons of moments from the film that make me like Héctor a little more each time I see them.  Okay, fine, I’ll just list a few more: when he apologizes to Miguel after the talent show but Miguel doesn’t hear him, everything in the sinkhole, ALL of his interactions with Imelda (especially when he accompanies her on ‘La Llorana’ and “I’m the love of your life?”), and when he sings for Cheech.

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The main thing that I find fascinating about Héctor is how my perception of him changed so much over the course of the movie.

Because when you first see Héctor, he’s trying gain entrance to the Land of the Living by employing a Frida Kahlo disguise.  It doesn’t work and when Héctor tries to dash across the Marigold Bridge that doesn’t work either.  At this point, I thought Héctor would be a one-shot character, someone who was there to make add humour to the scene (and illustrate what happened when your photo isn’t on the ofrenda) and I didn’t expect to see him again.

Then I thought that Héctor was a con artist (which he kind of is at the beginning?).  I mean, he lied about getting front row tickets to Ernesto’s Sunrise Spectacular (though, to be honest, getting front row tickets wouldn’t have helped Miguel – he needed to be backstage).  He didn’t lie to Miguel about anything else, though!  Everything about Ernesto not being a great musician and all that was dead right (lol).  Oh, and I totally called that Héctor would turn out to be a musician himself because it was just obvious, am I right?

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Héctor is SUCH a good friend.  Singing Cheech’s favorite song and coaching Miguel before and during his ‘Un Poco Loco’ performance, etc.  He’s also a great father (I’m getting emotional just thinking about him and Coco and all that).  And another thing I like about Héctor is that he doesn’t care about fame and fortune anymore (#characterdevelopmentforthewin), he just wants to see his daughter again.  I mean, he tells Ernesto that he doesn’t care anymore if Ernesto is the one who the world remembers, just as long as Ernesto lets Miguel take Héctor’s photo back.  What a change from the young, foolish, pretty selfish guy who left his wife and little girl to do his own thing.


He and Imelda are one of my favorite Pixar couples – they have issues to work through, but they do work through them and Héctor loves Imelda no matter what, no matter if she ever loves him again or not.  In the end, when they’re dancing together to Miguel’s guitar playing…many tears are shed, let me tell you.

So, overall, Héctor is an amazing character and I love ‘Coco’ – it’s one of the best Pixar films ever made, in my opinion.  Definitely better than ‘Finding Dory’, so it gives me hope that Pixar’s glory days will make a comeback. 😉

Who’s your favorite character in ‘Coco’?  And what’s your favorite song?  And will you ever recover from the feels this movie gave you?


li’l self-promo here…


Okay, so I had a ‘Friday Finds’ post all written and ready to go…and WordPress ate it.  Obviously, I didn’t feel like re-typing everything and chasing down the links, so instead I’m just going to direct you to one thing.  I’ve been writing a WWII AU (alternate universe) retelling of ‘Rogue One’ and publishing the chapters on  If you’re a fan of the movie, you can check it out here. 🙂  I’ve only published three chapters, so there won’t be too much to catch up on.  Anyway, please let me know what you think if you get the chance!  Thanks in advance.

*awkward wave*


my favorite composers #1 – Michael Giacchino

(I tried to embed Youtube videos for the soundtracks I discuss, but it did something wonky to this post, so that was out.  Sorry for any inconvenience.)

For a while I thought about writing a blog post listing my top ten favorite movie soundtracks but I eventually gave up on that.  The thing is, there’s not too many soundtracks that I listen to all the way through so it would be hard to write about them and pinpoint favorite tracks and so on.  But there are loads of composers whose work I love and I thought spotlighting each one was a pretty good way of talking about my favorite soundtracks.

So, first up…Michael Giacchino!

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Now, I won’t say he’s my favorite composer of all time.  I just decided to start the series off by talking about him because I’ve been listening to quite a few of his scores lately.  He’s composed the music for some of my favorite movies: ‘The Incredibles’, ‘Sky High’, ‘Tomorrowland’, ‘Inside Out’, ‘Rogue One’, ‘Coco’, etc.  I think you can see from that list that he’s a made a pretty big name for himself working on Disney films. 🙂

I first began to notice Michael Giacchino’s work when I listened to one of the tracks from ‘Rogue One’ – “Your Father Would Be Proud”.  It’s such an achingly beautiful, emotional piece of scoring.  So I listened to more of the soundtrack for ‘Rogue One’ and, yep, it blew me away.

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Then there’s ‘The Incredibles’, an epic movie made even better by its epic soundtrack.  Apparently, Giacchino was inspired by the spy movies of the 60’s and I can definitely hear that influence, especially in the track “Lava in the Afternoon”.  Another one of my favorite pieces of music from Michael Giacchino is from a movie I haven’t even seen – ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’ – and that track is, of course, “London Calling”.

Lastly, I really love the fun, yet sometimes bittersweet vibe of the soundtrack for ‘Coco’.  Not going to link to any specific piece here – they’re all really great and definitely worth a listen or two.

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Anyway, I’ll leave my gushing here for the day.  Who are some of your favorite composers?  Do you appreciate Michael Giacchino’s awesomeness? 😉


announcing ‘the outsiders’ read-along!

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I first read The Outsiders in the summer of 2016 and I’ve loved it ever since.  I borrowed it from the library (this gorgeous edition) and read it and grew so attached that I took it with me on the family vacay (something I never do with library books because they could get Lost or Damaged).  Then I found and bought my own copy at a thrift store and then I spent a million bucks on the brand-new, 50th anniversary edition.  And watched the movie.  And loved the characters and themes so much that The Outsiders quickly become my favorite book of all time, a title previously held by Gone With the Wind (and I adore how there’s a connection between the two).

So now I want to share that love with you, my love for The Outsiders (book and characters).  And what better way to do that than with a read-along, where I (and you!) go chapter by chapter through the book, discussing and thinking and fangirling the whole way through? (And, yes, this read-along is inspired by those read-alongs.)

I’m thinking I’ll do a chapter a week, as the chapters are pretty long and each one is filled with so much plot and character stuff.  If anyone wants to write a guest post for this read-along – character sketch, movie review, what The Outsiders means to you – email me at and we’ll talk.  I’m super excited for this and I hope you are as well!  Whether you’ve read The Outsiders several times or have never read it, there’ll be something in this read-along for you.  Hope to see you there!


ranking every superhero movie I’ve seen

From worst to best.

18. ‘Spider-Man 2’ (2004) – As I write this, I hardly remember anything about this film.  And I watched it only a couple days ago!  It was dull and (obviously) forgettable and I was annoyed through most of it because Tobey Maguire was so old.

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17. ‘Superman’ (1978) – Came for Glenn Ford, stayed because…I don’t even know?  Sure, lots of people love this movie for the classic that it is, but it didn’t hold my interest and I found it pretty cheesy.

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16. ‘Spider-Man 3’ (2007) – I might have ranked this higher, because the story was actually interesting and I was quite invested in the characters, if Harry hadn’t died.  The writers had a GREAT thing going with the Spider-Man/Green Goblin team-up at the end and they wrecked it.

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15. ‘Thor’ (2011) – The only reason this film is higher on the list than the previous films is because of Loki.  No, I’m not one of those crazy Loki fangirls.  But he was the only good thing about the movie.  Well-written, authentic, and beautifully portrayed by Tom Hiddleston.  I fought to keep myself awake through any scene he wasn’t in, though.

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14. ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ (2012) – I know a lot of people hate on The Origin Story these days, but I actually have a fondness for them.  That being said, this movie didn’t grip me like I thought it would.  There were some good moments, but the villain was ridiculous and I never fully bought Peter’s transformation into Spider-Man (his suit is wayyy too good-looking to be homemade).

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13. ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ (2012) – Not having seen ‘The Dark Knight’, it was a little jarring to go from ‘Batman Begins’ right into TDKR.  Still, I enjoyed the film.  Bane wasn’t one of my favorite villains, but the threat he posed to Gotham felt real and there were actual stakes involved and Catwoman was cool.  Actually, the whole cast did an awesome job.

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12. ‘Megamind’ (2010) – One of my favorite animated movies!  Though I can’t stand Will Ferrell IRL, he does such a good voice-acting job (first with Megamind, then with Lord Business).  I can’t get enough of the villain-to-hero, hero-to-villain transformations in this film.

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11. ‘Ant-Man’ (2015) – Okay, so I really dug this movie the first time I watched.  Hilarious hero, super cool action sequences, a great heroine, FALCON!, etc, etc.  But the second time I found my mind wandering.  It’s still a good movie, though, and one of Marvel’s best (in my opinion).  It’s actually been a while since I saw it last…time for a re-watch?

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10. ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ (2010) – How can I not love this movie?  It was my introduction to Captain America, to Marvel, and to superheroes (and superhero films in general).  As soon as Steve jumped on that dummy grenade, my heart was well and truly lost.  I cried when Bucky died and when Steve died…and was so very happy to find out that neither death was permanent.  “I had a date” remains one of the best last movie lines ever.

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9. ‘The Incredibles’ (2004) – This movie is technically perfect.  Every story beat lands perfectly, the humour and wit still make me laugh, the music complements what’s on-screen while never overpowering, and the characters hold a special place in my heart.  Especially Bob and Dash and Mirage.

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8. ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ (2014) – I don’t know why I enjoy this movie so much.  Most of it is one long action scene after another and Electro is a stupid villain.  But the relationships in this film are, I suppose, what draw me to it the most.  Peter and Aunt May, Peter and Gwen, Peter and Harry.  It’s really cool and heartwarming and I wish that Harry hadn’t turned bad and Gwen hadn’t died.

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6. ‘Big Hero 6’ (2014) – Okay, I swear it was a total accident that #6 on my list was ‘Big Hero 6’.  Anyway, I really dig this movie.  It’s got real, deep, juicy emotions – not always something you’d associate with an animated film.  Hiro is my hero.  Baymax and the other members of BH6 are dear to my heart.  And don’t even get me started on Tadashi.  Plus, it’s an animated Marvel movie!  How cool is that?

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5. ‘Captain America: Civil War’ (2016) – There’s no doubt that this movie is one of Marvel’s best.  It’s a huge, famous-character-studded spectacle (though now dimmed, no doubt, by ‘Avengers: Infinity War’).  And I do love it.  But as someone on Facebook said, it’s more like ‘Avengers 2.1’ than a third Captain America movie, and for that reason I don’t like it as much as ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’.  Good bits include: Black Panther, Spidey, Zemo, every scene with Bucky, paprika.

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4. ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ (2017) – When I watched this movie for the first time, my heart grew three sizes larger (just like a certain Grinch).  Okay, maybe not.  But ROBIN IS MY PRECIOUS CHILD FOREVER AND EVER.  And I grew to care about Bruce Wayne/Batman even before seeing Christian Bale in the role…because of this movie.  ‘LEGO Batman’ makes me laugh and cry in equal parts, which is quite a feat and very awesome.

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3. ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ (2014) – Perfectly crafted and still so intense even after multiple viewings.  Especially the Nick Fury car chase.  Steve and Bucky’s relationship is at the forefront in TWS and I LOVE that.  Their friendship is everything goals.

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2. ‘Wonder Woman’ (2017) – There’s so much to like about this movie.  Gal Gadot is a stunning actress, both in looks and charisma, and she’s a joy to watch.  Chris Pine is his usual charming self (though he isn’t all jokester – there’s plenty of serious moments that give his character depth; the “we’re all to blame!” scene comes to mind).  The cinematography is gorgeous.  But most importantly, the characters and themes are powerfully, perfectly drawn.

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1. ‘Batman Begins’ (2005) – ASDOFJIWEOIRJOADSKFKASEOI.  Sorry.  I just…words literally cannot express how much I adore this film.  Not only is it my favorite superhero movie, it’s also in my top ten favorite movies of all time.  I’ve seen it so many times and each time, I wish there was another hour or two.  Or three.  The story is crafted with such care, going back and forth in Bruce’s life.  Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard outdid themselves with the score (that one cue in ‘Macrotus’ is superb).  Christian Bale made me understand Bruce Wayne AND Batman as I never had before.  This movie is a huge part of why I’m more a DC fan than a Marvel fan these days.

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I hope to add many more superhero films to this list, but those are what I’ve got so far. 🙂  Do you agree with my rankings?  Or do you, as is more probable, disagree with them?  Let me know in the comments!