Friday, June 27, 2014
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Practice, Patience, and Persistence are the three P's you need to learn any new skill. A fourth P, Procrastination, is a giant hole. Don't fall in.
I wrote that yesterday on twitter, and suddenly I started getting all sentimental towards the letter P.
The Poor Pathetic People of Porterville was a group my friends and I put together in High School. The dating situation in the small city town left a little to be desired, so on Friday nights we watched old fashioned movies instead of going out. Sounds fun, right? Heh, it actually was. Alfred Hitchcock, classic musicals, Them, a 3 hour silent film that went into fast forward mode, lots of fun.
But then I got to thinking, (a dangerous pastime, I know), that there's a lot of great words that start with the letter P, both Positive and negative.
Priceless, Principled, Polite, Peculiar, Particular, etc.
There's a "getting to know you" game I've played a few times. You sit in a circle with new friends and say your name, and then an adjective that starts with the first letter of your name, related to your personality.
Sarah: Sassy, Saucy, Sophisticated, Smart, Sincere.
Great words, granted, but if my name was Penelope, I'd really have fun.
(I suddenly want to watch Sesame Street.)
This blog post was brought to you by the letter "P".
Monday, June 16, 2014
Sunday, June 15, 2014
This last week I received the seven season Road to Avonlea wide screen box set in the mail. It's my all time favorite TV series. So well done. Family friendly. Amazing. Timeless. Highly recommended.
So it got me feeling nostalgic, and I found an old Road to Avonlea book on my bookshelf and started thumbing through the pages.
Suddenly I found an old Star Wars book mark, one I had lost and forgotten, dating to the end of elementary school, and I had to laugh.
Some things never change!!
I love Road to Avonlea and Star Wars just as much now as I did as a kid.
But then good entertainment never gets old :0)
(In other news, Happy Fathers Day!!! For Fathers day I gave my Dad the gift of finally going to the mid singles ward. AKA, LDS mid singles = single between 31-45 years old. This probably doesn't sound like a big deal, but for me it is. I was called to be Relief Society President of my Young Single Adult ward when I turned 31, so that's where I was supposed to be, but now that I'm 32 it's time to move on. Embrace this new stage in life. Change is good.)
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Rating: 4.25 out of 5 stars
Edge of Tomorrow starts on a somber note. We are treated to news report visuals, highlighting a 5 year alien attack on Earth. Europe turned red in a wave. The footage is a little jarring, but effective, as we are led, not really told, into Cage's (Tom Cruise) story. He's pompous and arrogant, a first class jerk, selling the American public and World the idea of joining a fight he refuses to take part. He's successful. Many people enlist. But this success isn't enough to keep Cage out of the fight.
There was a major victory at Verdun, thanks to Rita (Emily Blunt), the new face of the war. Her image plastered everywhere. A hero. This success encourages the military to launch Operation Downfall, a full assault on the alien Mimics in Europe, where everyone fighting will wear mechanic exoskeletons to aid the fight. Cage is ordered to the front lines to cover the first wave, but he refuses, and then blackmails the General. Not smart. Soon Cage is thrust to the front lines where time will begin to repeat itself, caught in a loop, reliving the same day over and over again every time he dies.
Okay, I think I just made this movie sound kinda lame.
Edge of Tomorrow isn't lame at all, but extremely well written, intelligent, fast paced, action packed with a great balance of humor, none of which I was expecting. And the aliens in this movie are really quite interesting.
Oh, and can I mention how awesome Emily Blunt is in this movie!? There, I've mentioned it. And I'm not a huge Tom Cruise fan at all, but I really like him in this role.
The movie's trailer gave me the initial feeling of lament, capitalizing on the loop theme of Edge of Tomorrow. "Live. Die. Repeat" is Edge's tag line. The trailer portrays the film as stark serious and repetitive. A darker side to Groundhog Day and Source Code with an alien invasion theme. We've seen it all before, haven't we? The trailer seems unoriginal, but this is further from the truth. The marketing campaign for this movie was all wrong! Instead the trailer should have showed us cocky Cage before the battle, and then scenes of fighting mixed with quips of humor, separating Edge of Tomorrow from the pack. I'm afraid the poor marketing has buried a fun action fun, sense it came behind The Fault in Our Stars and Maleficent last weekend.
The pacing seemed a little slow getting into the movie, but it's when the looping starts that Edge becomes really interesting.
Really pay attention during the last five minutes of the movie! I missed a little information at the end, leaving me a little confused. (I'm a visual thinker, not auditory, so when I'm visually thinking about something I miss auditory clues. I had to ask family members some of the ending details because it's given in a news report.) Also, not everything that happens at the end is completely explained, but my brothers came up with a great theory as to why a certain thing happened, and I totally buy it. I can't spell it out here because I'll spoil the ending!
I honestly have some mixed feelings over the ending, though my family loved the way it all tied up
Also, don't bother with the 3D. I don't think it added much.
Overall Edge of Tomorrow is a great Summer blockbuster that lovers of speculative fiction will enjoy.
MPAA: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language and brief suggestive material.
Monday, June 9, 2014
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Friday, June 6, 2014
This is a montage of all the problems at World Finals this year.
Divisions I, II, III & IV
Lights, camera...action! In this problem teams will create and present a performance depicting a Director character that produces and presents a silent movie featuring a humorous villain character that commits three silly acts of “villainy”. Characters that are in the movie may not speak as part of the presentation of the movie. Instead, like classic silent films, the team will use music played on a team-created instrument and creatively displayed subtitles to convey its story to the audience and judges. Also, teams will use a signal to indicate when the movie begins and ends."