Monday, October 31, 2011

Lemonade Mouth

I love sweet Disney movies. This one was about a band formed in detention by five struggling kids. Their school's principle does not appreciate music and is fanatic about the school's sports program, athletes, and sponsor for their gym and field. He banns their band after their first performance when they attempt to tell other teens to "speak out" and "be heard." The kids eventually get to play regularly at a popular restaurant. After more strife and trouble they gain another band member, work out their personal troubles, and become a nation wide popular band. Oh, and they get a sponsor (the guy who made the lemonade machine in the basement that gave them their name) for an music hall for the school (and by getting the attention of their principle, it is implied the music program obtains more attention).

Stella is the artsy, trouble maker. She is the new girl and school and resents her parents for that. She also is the cause all the kids get locked up for a few hours until their parents or guardians pick them up. She eventually forgives her parents.

Mo is the gifted beauty queen from a traditional Indian family. She has a boyfriend secretly, and Charlie has a crush on her. Her father pushes her to do everything perfect, while she just wants to do the things normal teens do. Her father eventually accepts who she is which she says is part Indian and American teen.

Charlie is the quiet drum loving boy who lives in his older brother's shadow. His mother expects hims to be great at soccer like his older brother, but he doesn't even like the sport. His older brother (who doesn't do so great during his first semester in college) helps Charlie to tell their parents the truth. Charlie eventually has to relinquish his crush on Mo. He accepts that and moves on.

Wen is the piano player in the band. He has a crush on his friend Olivia which he is too blind to see she reciprocates. He is struggling with the issue of his dad's new and much younger girlfriend. He comes to terms with his new family. And he makes up with Olivia after they fight.

Olivia is the quiet, nervous girl who has private tragedies in her life. Her mom is dead, and her dad is in prison (for unstated reasons), and she has not contacted him in a while. Eventually she forgives him, and she writes him a letter about the story of their band (she is narrating it throughout the movie).

Scott is Mo's popular boyfriend. He is in THE band of the school. He does not appreciate her band, and he flirts with one of the cheerleaders. After he hears Mo's band, he likes it. He tries to get her back, but she says he has to accept her and her music. When the band is struggling, he steps into help, and he becomes an official member. He and Mo get back together.

I enjoyed this movie;some things I did dislike, however. I would have liked to see more romance from Wen and Olivia. Stella's attitude is never addressed.There is deception from several of the kids, and the kids get locked up, although not arrested, at one point for Stella's silliness.

I liked the music and the lighthearted feel of the whole movie. I also really appreciated the part Scott plays. He is not a total jerk; actually, I don't consider him a jerk at all. He makes a mistake, sees it, and apologizes. He gets his girl back. I like that twist. In many movies he would have been made a jerk, he would have lost his girl, and the "underdog" (in this case Charlie) would have gotten the girl. I appreciate that this movie broke from the typical Disney tradition. It showed that the popular kids are not intrinsically jerks.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

My Movie Tastes


          Yeah, love stories and cute guys are my main requirement for movies...:D I love Disney fairytales still, especially the newest-Tangled. I mean who could possibly not like Flynn (and I like his assumed name better than Eugene). And of course the animal sidekicks that are a necessity for Disney princesses. Oh yeah, and Repunzel. So, yeah I still like little girly movies...SO?


  • Okay, so sometimes I have to use a code name for Harry Potter, but this is my blog, so I can say that I love Harry Potter-well, I love it because of the books (that needs to be another post)...the movies could be better, but I still enjoyed them.
  • I liked Lord of the Rings for time but got sick of them after a while...I am still going to give them a few years before I try them again, so that they will feel more like new.
  • I think I gravitate to this genre as well. I enjoyed Narnia, but I experienced something of the same feelings toward them as Lord of the Rings.
  • As stupid as the Pirates of the Caribbean movies are, I still enjoyed them. Jack creeps me out at times, but I think he is just hilarious. And I love Norrington. 


          The recent Star Trek movie is my only like in this genre...which I have to admit is probably mainly because of the guys...I mean soo many handsome, truly talented actors in one movie. There is a little love and some action, so yeah I love this movie.

Super Heroes

          I have seen the first two of the Batman trio and the first Ironman. I have seen snipets of the Spiderman movies, and I have seen Captain America. I want to watch Thor soon. It is rather strange that I even like this genre, but I guess I like it because of cute guys, action with not much gore, and the thought provoking aspect of many of them.

Period Drama/Romance

  •  Much of the period romance I like falls in BBC's miniseries catagory or at least is BBC. 
  • I have seen all three versions of Emma (oh, the arguments those movies cause-this HAS got to be another post, BUT I need to read the book and watch all three movies again first), I have seen two versions each of Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, and Sense and Sensibility. I have seen the newest version of Mansfield Park and have not seen any Northanger Abbey film (of the main six Jane Austen novels that one was my least favorite although Henry Tilney is probably one of the better heros). 
  • I have seen three versions of Little Women and want to watch a fourth. 
  • I have watched the Anne of Green Gables movies (the books are so much better and the movies deteriorate from first to last-the last one was an abomination). 
  • I have seen North and South (Richard Armitage-oh, my...sigh) and Wives and Daughters.
  • I have seen only one version of Jane Eyre and have not made it completely through one Wuthering Heights version (I am sure you can understand why I can only manage a little at a time!).
  • I have watched the 2002 Nicholas Nickleby and greatly enjoyed it (although I am naughty and have not read the book). 
  • I have watched two versions of Ivanhoe
  • I have watched The Eagle...yeah, I think this is probably my most watched genre!!!Hey, this a well done genre though :D

Modern Chick Flicks

          Yeah, I love Chris Pine...oh wait, that is not what I was supposed to be writing about :D Um, I have not really seen many in this genre except preteen ones like the Princess Diaries (I like them but not equally-can you guess which I prefer?) and Hallmark which is sometimes fun but really lame. I would like any suggestions for clean, non-Hallmark modern chick flicks.


  • I have not watched very many classics, but I watched and enjoyed A Roman Holiday (except the sad ending), A Friendly Persuasion, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Arsenic and Old Lace.
  • I saw and thought Sabrina (I do not like Humphrey Bogart-if someone like Gregory Peck had played the main man I would have enjoyed in infinitely better), My Fair Lady and Meet Me in St. Louis were okay.
  • I disliked North by Northwest, Rebekah, and Casablanca
  • I have also seen old versions of Little Women and Ivanhoe, but other than that I have not seen many more old movies. I am severely deprived; I need to go make a list of all the ones I have seen recommended on other blogs.


 I am totally and completely befuddled and annoyed and perplexed and confounded and irritated and, well, you get it, by the love of this movie. And yes, I have watched it and no, my watching was not done with an open mind. But I can be made to like something that I was prejudiced against even while I still mentally disapprove of said piece of entertainment and can provide a concrete example of said ability-The Hunger Games anyone? So, why peoples?

Sunday, October 2, 2011

My T.V. Show Tastes

Reality T.V. (TLC, Food Network, and HGTV)

I LOVE What Not to Wear; this show has had a significant influence on my style sense. I also really like Four Weddings. Say Yes to the Dress is nice too.

I like to watch some of the Food Network shows with my family like the cake decorating ones and Bobby Flay's Throw Down.

On HGTV I like certain design shows (that are probably not regularly on now), and I love House Hunters International, Property Virgins and My First Place.


Yeah, I have immature tastes, but I think some Nick and Disney shows are sweet and/or funny. On Nickelodeon I like Drake and Josh, iCarly, House of Anubis and Victorious.

On Disney I like The Suite Life on Deck, Wizards of Waverly Place, Good Luck Charlie, Shake it Up, and Sonny with a Chance.


I love BBC Robin Hood :D It is not well acted or planned or well-fought etc. And Marian's costumes were terrible. BUUUT!!!! I think its so fun. That is I think the first two seasons are awesome...I refuse to see the third season because the directors committed sacrilege in that season. Robin and most of his men are really handsome...and cheesy. Sir Guy is handsome...and well acted. The sheriff is obnoxious and gross. Marian was annoying in the first season, but much sweeter in the second. They have wonderful adventures and epic escapes and plenty of romance and angst and EVERYTHING!

These are miniseries so I include them here since my movie post is going to be huge. I will probably review each one separately again. I think some of the other Jane Austen and Elizabeth Gaskell films might actually be miniseries too.


I adore Hogan's Heroes. I also like The Andy Griffith Show. When I was younger I enjoyed I Love Lucy, but I don't know how funny I would find it now. I have seen a little of the Dick Van Dyke Show, but I did not think it was very funny.

Other Things I Have Watched, But Do Not Like

I watched one episode of Psych and started another a month or so ago, but I did not pick it up again...I thought it was way too tacky and not funny enough...and I like kiddie shows, so it really must be pathetic. I have watched bits of crime/mystery shows with my friends, and those are definitely not my thing...I mean I cannot stand any fear and suspense. I have seen bits of the soaps and soap like shows-Switched at comment.

The Hunger Games

So a week or so ago I finished reading the Hunger Games trilogy (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay).

I liked it. I LIKED IT. Just so we are clear when you start reading the barrage of criticism I have for this series. I was biased against it when I started the first book, but I started to really enjoy it although all my initial reasons for dislike still my brain, not my emotions :D

The series was NOT well written by any means. I think it was written at about juvenile fiction level; the content,  however, was more young adult fiction, so the overall feel was confused, and the story was not believable (for more than one reason). I thought the story was farfetched. There was no hint of Christianity or any religion in this story. The emotions behind this story was dark and despairing, and the author did not seem to have any moral direction at all. Actually one of my friends thinks that the author did not really put any thought into the story line, plot, character, etc. I agree that she seemed to have no control. So, on that note let's start with Katniss.

Katniss is a moron. The End.

Okay, Katniss is a good daughter and sister in that she provides for her neurotic mom and her annoyingly "perfect" sister. Those are the only people she really cares about; she is selfish and clannish. She has a problem or two with the Hunger Games-they are ugly and might hurt her family. She sees no problem really with killing other people. She treats both Gale and Peeta abominably, and as they both realize, uses them and and only wavers between them since she cannot decide which one she cannot survive without. Most success with people she has is purely happenstance...or because of the noble and gifted Peeta. So yeah, she is pathetic, and I despise her...this may or may not be in part because she gets Peeta...

The boys.

Peeta is the angel, the only good and stable character (until the last one). Gale the best-friend-who-had-to-be-made-bad-to justify-the-choice-of-the-2nd-boy...really it was that obvious in the book. No, I am sorry, there does not need to be a justification for her not choosing her first friend. People change their minds, meet new people they like better, don't know their minds at first, don't fall in love with their best friends, etc. don't have to "explain" Katniss's choice by making Gale "bad." And by the way Katniss has no room to be self-righteous; she has no more morals than Gale does. Grrr. Oh, I wanted her to end up with Peeta to be sure. And I am glad the Gale part was not painful, but the lame way the whole situation was handled drove me crazy.

The plot. My sister and I both compared Panem to the Soviet Union. But I still think the author gave Panem more absolute control than is humanly achievable. I also don't think that many people would quietly give in to such barbarity. A friend thought the existence of the Roman arena games would mean this sort of thing would be realistic, but a second look at that comparison would show the gladiator games to be a totally different situation entirely. Those games were not a national thing-all of the nation was not forced to participate. Nor were all the games forced-there were paid gladiators. The Roman games look like child's play next to Collin's games. Yes, humans are sinful, but they were made in the image of God and have some common grace among the lot of them.

The first book was the most thought out-and it goes down from there but not evenly by any means: the third was a plummet down from the second. There was no sense in it, no thought behind it (unless that of, "Last book-must end this thing!"), almost no plot really. People were killed off-including one that I liked (Finnick)-killed off in the most offhand casual way- I mean one liners . Being killed off is a great deal of different than being killed or dying by the way...hey why didn't Collins just kill off Gale? I mean she sends him out of the way to another district. Switch Finnick and Gale. Collin's also had to seriously mess with her best creation: Peeta. He is not Peeta for most of the last book. She doesn't hardly even fix the poor, much abused guy at the end. Really, Mockingjay is quite the bloodbath. Here, we need to end the book, get plenty of tragedy in, pick a hero for Katniss, make sure the Hunger Games are ended, and voila-the trilogy is over...!!!!!

And my final abomination.

Alright, so the book says Peeta was blond, blue-eyed, and sturdy. Gale is described as dark and lithe. Good, my pictures are in order, right? I saw these two guys before I knew the names of the characters they played. Then I read the book and matched them according to the description. Guess what? Someone knocked the people who cast these actors on the head and switched them. I mean I can understand messing up one...but a total switch (although smirk face on the bottom doesn't look either part feature and expression-wise). I was thunderstruck when I realized their mistake.

I am sorry directors-did you miss the memo? Peeta is not a dork. Okay even Gale should not be played this bad. So he's bad for both...but natural coloring, size...People!

I am sorry, that is Peeta. Because I believed it when I read it and because it should be is so.

Google images of Gale in the Hunger Games and Peeta Mellark to see what types of guys come up. Yeah, very dark, moody guys for Gale...and Josh Hutcherson...okay, okay and Liam too. Peeta Mellark? Stunning blonds...and fake blond Josh...and Liam! Owww. This casting HURTS! I tell you. I hate it when they get characters so wrong. This time since they were in my head (for the movie) while I read the book so it felt like I had been tricked!!!

K. Had my rant. Bye.