Monday, February 24, 2014

The Amazing Spider Man

My brother received this movie for Christmas, so us kids watched it the Friday after Christmas. I missed the first part right up until he is looking through his dad's files and the friend of his father; I felt like the movie never answered his parents death, maybe that is for the next one.

Well, I already thought Andrew Garfield was adorable from seeing him waaay back in The Social Network information (no, I haven't watched that movie and have no desire to . . . beyond gazing at His Handsomeness). Seeing him in a movie, wow, he is too cute to be real . . .  and his character was soooo sweet.

He seemed like an amazing actor (I hesitate because I have seen him in nothing else, and so he could be playing the same role in every movie, and it just happened to fit this one . . . that does happen although not so perfectly). He would have been in his late 20's whilst filming this movie, but he pulls off awkward, struggling teenage boy flawlessly. The angst is not overdone; Peter Parker is just miserable, trying to struggle his way through high school and do the right thing. He of course lets his superpowers and his uncle's death go a bit to his head and does some stupid, wrong things, but he comes back on track. The fact that he keeps his uncle's voicemail to replay over and over; that is just, yeah. He later gives his aunt eggs which he forgot to buy much earlier in the movie . . . just yeah. That is how young people think. He is disobedient and rude at times like a real teenager, but he really does love his family, so much. Peter is just real I guess . . . okay, probably too good to be real, but yeah. Wow, just wow. He tries to obey Gwen's father after his death.

It was cool that the "cool" dude and Peter became friends . . . I actually think that the guy was trying during the period immediately following Peter's uncle's death . . . as if he wasn't just saying it, so Peter wouldn't kill him, but he really meant it.

I like the protective dad in Mr. Stacy. I at first wanted him to disappear, but I like how he realized that he was wrong . . . albeit not until after he was forced to essentially. I did not like that he was motivated by his daughter rather than responsibility at times although this was not as much as it at first seemed. I wanted Peter and Gwen to stay together (especially after hearing who will play Mary Jane and because of the fickleness and shallowness of that character as told, and presumed accurate to the comics, in the bits I have seen and heard from the horrible Toby McGuire spiderman).

I know other reviews have used this photo and said this, but they are so stinking cute and sweet. My sister pointed out that she thought that Gwen liked him all along. She certainly didn't seem like a snob or diva or anything like that from much of the movie. Although, personally I think Peter is waaaay out of her league. I love how he taps on her window and nothing horrid is implied. Actually, there was no sex stuff in the parts that I saw; that is so lovely.

I do have problem with the portrayal of the lizard villain. No one is truly good, and if he had enough common grace to be good in human terms, then  he would have killed himself or turned himself in rather than let the evil overtake him. He whole mind goes even in human form for most of the movie, but bam he's back after the antidote in the end. Peter's spiders didn't do that to him; this sort of thing only happened with the mouse and lizard. I am sorry, that just isn't plausible and I hate the humanism . . . and my siblings hated my lecturing. The flaw was the "guns kill people" argument, nope, the person holds responsibility every. single. time.

Just like The Hobbit I want to watch this movie again, soon! Of course this is partially because I missed a part of it.

I wrote this a month or two back. I need to see this movie again. How quickly I forget about what movie choices we have.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Literary Heroine and Blog Party at Accordion to Kelly

 Join here! There is a literary blog party.
~ The Questions ~
Introduce yourself!  Divulge your life's vision, likes, dislikes, aspirations, or something completely random!

I am a homeschool “grad” who is about to graduate college. I love (to think I love) crafts, reading, and wasting my time on Blogger and Pinterest. I have participated one year before at least, but since I usually cannot settle for just one favorite and sometimes my answers can depend on my mood or what books I have recently read I prefer to give newish answers.

What, to you, forms the essence of a true heroine?

Someone with a spine and sense . . . who isn’t a cat.

Share (up to) four heroines of literature that you most admire and relate to.

I like Ivy from Swift and Nomad, but I am afraid I relate to all the wrong characters such as Marianne Dashwood and Emma Woodhouse (her snobby ways anyway). I envy Anne Shirley/Blythe and Emily Byrd Starr their imagination and creativity, but I am afraid I imitate their snobby ways.

Five of your favorite historical novels?

Eagle of the Ninth, Outcast, Warrior Scarlet, Lantern Bearers, Silver Branch, Sword Song, and Shining Company. Yeah, I read like ONE historical fiction author pretty much.

Out of those five books who is your favorite major character and why?

Aquila. Because.

Out of those five books who is your favorite secondary character and why?

Esca. Again, because.

If you were to plan out your dream vacation, where would you travel to - and what would you plan to do there?

Ireland. I would visit every castle, gorgeous sea coast, and historical spot I could as well as try to find any unique little corners I could. I want to hear Irish Gaelic speakers, hear Celtic music, and watch dancing. I would also buy a Claddagh ring.

What is your favorite time period and culture to read about?

Anything but recent decades pretty much. I prefer European culture to American.

You have been invited to perform at the local charity concert. Singing, comedy, recitation - what is your act comprised of?

Running away and hiding.

If you were to attend a party where each guest was to portray a heroine of literature, who would you select to represent?

It would depend on the costume probably. At the moment I adore Elsa’s dress and having been thinking about how I would make it for myself. I can claim she is a literary character because Frozen is based off of Hans Christian Anderson’s short story Snow Queen which I haven’t read, so I really don’t know how much it correlates . . . so yeah.

What are your sentiments on the subject of chocolate?

I want to take advantage of the post-Valentine’s Day specials. Dark chocolate, truffles and special chocolates, caramel with milk chocolate, and perhaps dark chocolate with raspberries.

Favorite author(s)?

How does one even answer that question? See last year’s answer for a technical response.

Besides essentials, what would you take on a visiting voyage to a foreign land?

Every frill I owned, a ball dress or two because I could be invited to a dance or so I can dance on the moors and mountains.

In which century were most of the books you read written?

The twentieth.

In your opinion, the ultimate hero in literature is…

Hilarious. He must be awesomely, epically funny. Shallow, maybe but WHO CARES! If he is sweet and brave that is lovely too . . . okay alright that is essential too, but I don’t always like perfect heroes; “heroes” just have to show the latter traits sometimes.

Describe your ideal dwelling place.

Away from all the people. Okay, with enough breathing space, say a whole street length away.

Sum up your fashion style in a short sentence.

Old-fashioned and frilly.

Have you ever wanted to change a character’s name?

Eugene? It is Flynn. Oh, sorry literary. I am sure I have, but probably not from a favorite book.

In your opinion, the most dastardly villain of all literature is...

Chauvelin. Oh, wait. He never catches Percy. Ha, I mean, name best villain. Hey, how about the cold-blooded Phantom. Just so I can cause some controversy, I cannot think of a good villain, oh wait, the Phoenix and Radu Bey in Ashtown Burials are both pretty creepy. I can think of more villainesses it seems. Oh, the Keeper and the King Under Stone from Entwined and Princess of the Midnight Ball respectively. Oops, it was just one and literature. Well, I haven’t read enough well-written, dark, classic literature to decide that. I prefer happy thanks.

Three favorite Non-fiction books?

Erm, non-fiction, what is this? Proceeds to Goodreads. Hmm, I have read non-fiction, like 10% of my total. I will get back to you . . . in a year.

Your duties met for the day, how would you choose to spend a carefree summer afternoon?

I will pretend that I am not addicted to the internet and say reading and knitting.

Create a verbal sketch of your dream hat - in such a way as will best portray your true character.

A perfect pillbox/sailor mix hat (for which I do not know how to even find a real name/term) with a birdcage veil or maybe a soft veil and perhaps a silk flower or brooch. Completely impossible (I am everlastingly trying to find the “perfect” of such and such accessory) and of course over the top (I wear make-up, earrings, and skirt/dresses [and sometimes heels] to an university to which most people wear jeans, leggings, and sports clothes).

Share the most significant event(s) that have marked your life in the past year.

I have now reached the apparently, according to Lydia Bennet, embarrassing spinster age of 23. Yeah, my life is sooo interesting.

Share the Bible passage(s) that have been most inspiring to you recently.

Well, my mom has been texting me Philippians 4:8 when school bothers me.