Friday, July 31, 2015

Cowboys and Aliens Review

This is the second post for Western Week! Don't miss out on the first one.

Here it is!! The weird, unorthodox rendition of a cowboys and Indians rootin' tootin' good ol' time in the wil' wil' west. With it's random poster choices.




CAN YOU SETTLE ON ONE!!
We don't need a million different posters.
And it's even more random casting choices.
Starring HAN SOLO!! 

That guy from Flubber that always weirded me out.

Oh, and James Bond.


Summary: courtesy of Google
Bearing a mysterious metal shackle on his wrist, an amnesiac gunslinger wanders into a frontier town called Absolution. He quickly finds that strangers are unwelcome, and no one does anything without the approval of tyrannical Col. Dolarhyde. But when Absolution faces a threat from beyond Earth, the stranger finds that he is its only hope of salvation. He unites townspeople, outlaws and Apache warriors against the alien forces in an epic battle for survival.

First Impression
When I first started this movie, I was confused, unimpressed, and wishing I hadn't decided to watch it. The aliens were weird and the dialogue was forced. It's only redeeming quality was the sets and the costumes. Oh, and Harrison Ford.
Pro)(Cons
  3    a lot
But as I kept watching, I found myself wanting my questions answered. I found myself leaning forward in my seat during the intense moments. Before I knew it, the credits were rolling and I was oddly entertained. I had enjoyed the movie. It was like a really cool car crash with alien tech and costumes.  When my brother watched it for the first time (he hadn't seen it with the family), I couldn't help it, I found myself drifting back over to the couch to re-watch my favorite parts. It was weirdly awesome. The second time watching it was definitely better because I could see the subtle foreshadowing, the character development, and the story arcs.

PG-13 For:
A woman is naked, but only her shoulders and back are seen. Kissing. You know, mushy gushy stuff for married people. :)

An alien gets melted. An alien gets stabbed. An alien gets shot. An alien gets punched. Someone dies. You get the picture. It's definitely not for someone with a squeamish stomach or a small child.

There is some swearing. S-words, b-words, other degrading terms towards women, a reference to...(how do I put this delicately) boy parts.

Drinking.

Rating and Overview
Overall, this movie was weird, overdone, and dramatic. But it was entertaining. It made you want to keep watching, and that's all that matters in the end, right? I do wish that the swearing and things like that could have been taken out.

I give this movie...
3 stars.
What I want to see is this movie done to the equivalent of those really bad mid-1900's Batman movies. I want cheesy rubber alien suits, lines like



Yes! Give me rubber masks and spandex or give me death!!

Toodlepip

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Old Yeller Review

Well, here is one of two posts for Western Week!!

Let me start by saying that I haven't seen this movie in a long time, but I re-watched yesterday in honor of Western Week.

Summary: courtesy of google. 
While Jim Coates is off on a cattle drive, his wife, Katie, and sons, Travis and Arliss, are left behind on their Texas ranch. When a runaway dog named Old Yeller causes damage in one of their fields, Travis tries to drive him away. However, Travis and Katie both warm to Old Yeller when he saves Arliss from a bear attack. As Travis and the brave and faithful dog grow closer, concern grows about an outbreak of rabies.

First Impression:
When you first start watching this movie, you think it's a sweet, charming movie with lovable characters. Travis is the perfect picture of the boy who thinks he's a man, and Arliss is the perfect picture of a little, headstrong boy oblivious to the world. When Old Yeller turns up, Travis' immediate dislike of the destructive dog quickly turns to a deep affection. So far the movie is sweet. Old Yeller saves Arliss, then Travis', and then finally saves everyone from a wolf attack. But the price of this dog's loyalty is steep. 
The moment that Old Yeller stops the wolf, you know what's going to happen, and you wish you didn't. The first time I watched this movie as a small child (5 or 6), I was bawling. It was heartbreaking.
I know just how you feel, Alice.
Rating and Overview
This is a very sweet, touching movie, but if you think for one second that it is going to leave you with a warm and fuzzy feeling, then you are in for a treat. And not the kind covered in chocolate and presented with a smile. The kind that leaves you feeling like you were just dipped in boiling hot tar and rolled through a field of cactuses  cactus  cacti? 
If you think that this movie is appropriate for emotionally fragile little children...then think again.

I give this movie
4.5 stars.
As wonderful as this movie is, the only thing I didn't like about it was the fact that Old Yeller died, and the mother is a little...perky.
I would recommend this movie to anyone and everyone except emotionally fragile children.

Toodlepip

Saturday, July 25, 2015

The 10th Anniversary.

July 1st, 2005 was a monumental day for all of America. Or rather the world. It has been ten years since this glorious day that changed the world.

Image result for pjo cover

The day this book was first published. Yes, I know this isn't the current cover, but I will always prefer these hand drawn covers. It's insane to think that it's been ten years. Now, I didn't start reading these books right away. It was four years after the first book came out. But that still means that I've been reading these books for a while. And even though the last book in the Heroes of Olympus (it's a sequel series) came out in October, I have read and re-read these books twice since then. Percy Jackson and the Olympians has never ceased to amaze me. Some may say I am a bit obsessed, and I would have to agree with them. But at least I'm not obsessed with something bad, right? Most parents would be glad to have a kid obsessed with a book series. 

The story is amazing and inspiring. The writing is engaging and intense. The world is something I would go to in a heartbeat. I want to go to the empire state building and ask for the 600th floor, but I feel that would end awkwardly and awfully. 

So true.

The Percy Jackson series has touched my life in many ways. It made me a better writer, it gave a different perspective on some things, and it gave me a friend for all those times I felt alone. I don't know if I will ever find a series as good, or as meaningful to me.
And Happy Birthday, PJO!!So, Happy 10th anniversary PJO fans.

Toodlepip

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Western Week!!

I have an announcement to make. I discovered a little thing called Western Week. Essentially it is a event from the 27th of July to the 1st of August where two bloggers - Olivia and Emma - are teaming up to write posts of Western genre. Good ol' cowboys, Indians, and stage coaches. They also said that anyone who wishes can participate. Well, of course I jumped aboard and decided to partake in the fun.

You can expect two reviews that go along with the theme of this week.

Cowboys and Aliens

Old Yeller

Now, I know what you're thinking. And yes, Cowboys and Aliens is quite an unorthodox "western" to review, but that's exactly why I'm doing it. 
And Old Yeller is a classic. 

This button is my favorite of them all.

So, pardon the phrase, but join me for a week of sharpshootin', cattle rustlin', and movie reviewin'. 

I'm not going to lie, I was giggling as I wrote that ^^^. 

Toodlepip

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Masquerade.

Masquerade! Paper faces on parade...

Masquerade. 


Well, I have officially gone to my first masquerade. It was a Phantom of the Opera theme, and it was glorious. Everyone was in beautiful, colorful dresses, and I wore a plain black dress. I felt like I was in a funeral dress, but it was all I had. 

The evening started out with chatting and pictures. Then food and speeches. The food was amazing. Pasta, fruit, and vegetable salad were available, along with watermelon, little plums, and olives. There were hamburgers and hot dogs. And the drinks were just as amazing. There was lemon infused water, strawberry lemonade, and mint-rose water. They were all so good!

Then there was dessert. It was an ice cream sundae. They had chocolate sauce, nuts, caramel, cherries, and whipped cream. After dessert was dancing. Now, I never thought that I really enjoyed dancing, but I have discovered that I do. For the rest of the evening there was off and on dancing. And I learned a new dance. It's not as hard as I thought it would be, but it is really fun. 

Soon, I changed into some more...comfortable clothes (thanks again), and we had a pushups contest, a quack-diddly-oso (Is that how you spell it?) marathon, and we almost had a chicken fight.
Not like an actual chicken fight, but the ones that you usually do in the pool, where it's safer.

Overall the evening was a wonderful first masquerade for me, and I had a lot of fun. 

Toodlepip

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Liebster Award

I love being tagged. It is so fun to answer questions.

This one came with no rules, no restrictions, and no names attached, except for the name Olivia. I am going rogue on this one. :)


Do you have a favorite mug or teacup?
Oh yeah. I have a favorite everything. It's a big mug with earthy tones, and the edge of it is blue and green. I am quite partial to that mug.

Are you an adventurous eater?  (Do you try "strange" foods?)
Once again, oh yeah. I will try anything once. The strangest foods that I have eaten are octopus and squid. I haven't had a whole lot of chances to eat odd things, but I am totally open to it.

What fandoms are you into?
Oh boy.... This might take a while. I'll only post the first ones that comes to mind. I won't think too hard about it. First and foremost...       
Percy Jackson 
Harry Potter 
Doctor Who
Sherlock
Disney
Psych
Studio C
Marvel 
Star Wars
Once Upon a Time
Arrow
Flash
Grimm
Agents of Shield
Phantom of the Opera
Lord of the Rings
BBC Robin Hood
Scorpion
Sisters Grimm

And probably a few that I'm not thinking of. NOTE: These are in no particular order. I wrote them as they came to me. 

What famous author/book do you not really care for?
Well, that's pretty easy. Stephanie Meyers and John Green. 
I have never read Twilight, and I do not care to. I'm very happy for her that she is so successful, but I am not particularly fond of that...style of book. John Green is an excellent writer, but the over-hype on his books really just killed it for me, and I'm not a huge contemporary-romance-kind-of-book person.

What obscure author/book are you nuts about?
Jeffrey Overstreet. The book Auralia's Colors really opened my mind to a world of description and rich detail that I had never known before. I am still crazy about it to this day. 

What's the oldest movie you've ever watched?
An Alfred Hitchcock silent movie. A couple years ago, my siblings and I were home alone, and we decided to go through the old VHS tapes that we had laying around. We popped in the first one, turned out all the lights, and huddled together to watch this silent, black and white movie. It started out okay, but it turns out it was a horror movie. In retrospect it wasn't that scary, but in a dark house... It was awful. The story line was pretty confusing for us kids, but the gist of it was that a group of people went into this old house and started getting murdered one by one. Cheery movie, I know.


What did you have for breakfast today?
I had...oatmeal. Usually I have a measly breakfast of bacon and a carrot, but this morning was a good breakfast. 

When did you first see your favorite movie?
Oh golly gee, that's a hard one. I need categories!! i.e. favorite Disney movie, favorite Marvel movie, favorite Fantasy movie. Without categories I fall into a catatonic state of indecisiveness. 
I am going to pick the animated category, so HA!! 
I have two animated movies that are very near and dear to my heart. 
Look at how gorgeous that poster is!!

I don't remember seeing it for the first time. But I do remember watching The Prince of Egypt with two of the little girls my sister babysat. Their unveiled wonderment towards the movie was so cool to see. It was like seeing it for the first time through their eyes. 
Do you prefer fantasy or sci-fi?
Oh, definitely fantasy. As much as I enjoy both, I prefer fantasy. It's the one I prefer to write, read, and watch. 
It was my main pretend world when I was younger. I dreamed of going through wardrobes and being transported to different lands where anything could happen. In a way, sci-fi is similar, but fantasy will always be my favorite.

What did you expect your blog to be like when you started it?
I don't think I really had an intention or theme that I wanted to pursue. I definitely never expected anyone to read my blog. I don't have a huge following, but I do have a few that read my blog, and even that is surprising. I don't find my life or personality all that interesting so when someone reads anything on my blog, it makes me feel like I am a little more interesting than I originally thought.

Has it changed?  If so, how?
Since I didn't really have a purpose, it hasn't really changed. Though I do like it better now than I did when I started it. At the time I was posting every day, and struggling to make my posts full and even the slightest bit engaging. Needless to say, I failed miserably, but I like the turn it's taken (for the better I hope).

So...am I supposed to tag people? Here goes.

Riley
Rosie
...gosh, who else do I know in the blogger world??
Um, well, that's all I got. 

With that, I bid adieu.
Toodlepip

Monday, July 13, 2015

Chicken Run

Oh boy. I am trying to calm down, but heart is still pounding like crazy and I am still super tense. Today, after dinner, I heard some shouts and yells of distress, as well as mad barking. I ran out, and I saw my brother running around the yard chasing a dog, my mom was rushing to help. After the dogs ran out of the yard and went back to where they came from, my mom filled me in on what happened. The dogs had gotten loose (they came from three houses down) and had run into the woods behind our house, from there they came into our yard and saw our chickens as a wonderful ending to a great day of freedom. Well, all of the chickens scattered, running for their lives. One of the dogs got one of them for sure. We found it dead in a bush, but the other four were unaccounted for. After an hour of walking through the woods, our yard, and the neighborhood, we found three of the four that were missing. Unfortunately we haven't found the last chicken and it's presumed dead. Officially it's MIA, but in other words, it's dead. :(
My mom was really attached to these chickens because we raised them from chicks, so it's sad to see one dead and the other...probably dead. I'm still hanging on to hope for the last chicken. The saddest part is, we lost a baby rabbit two days ago and now the chickens.

On a happier note, I got back from a ten mile bike ride, and I can say now that it was fun. During the bike-ride, I was dying, wishing with all my might that meteor would fall from the sky and take me out of my misery and half hearted pedaling.  Even worse news is that we're going to start bike riding a lot more. Yippee!






I've been obsessively listening to "Do You Hear the People Sing." even though I have never actually seen Les Miserables. It's just so awesome!! It makes me want to start the French Revolution...again. Anywho, I really want to see Les Miserables, but I don't know if I actually will. Who knows?

Oh good, my brother just found the last missing chicken. It seems to be okay, but it is missing some feathers and there are two puncture wounds where the dog bit it. I hope she pulls through. Fingers crossed. :)

Toodlepip


Friday, July 10, 2015

Camping

Where to start...
The past four day were absolute paradise. It was filled with water, sunshine, and s'mores. I loved it. I should start from the beginning.

Day 1.
After a long drive of music, laughter, and idle chatter, we arrived at our mossy paradise. We set up our tents and decided to take a stroll down to the beach a couple campsites down. Ahh, you should have seen it. It was like something from a story. The water was a serene body of crystalline blue. It was cool enough to ward off the heat, but warm enough to be pleasant. It's funny, I actually like swimming in cold water. So while everyone was shivering, I was quite comfortable with the water temperature. Dinner was a delicious traditional Mexican dish that delighted everyone's palette. tacos. We had s'mores and headed to bed pretty early. That night was one of the worst nights sleep I've ever had. The ground was really hard (I had no ground-pad) and my pillow was damp and I was too hot and...it was uncomfortable.

Day 2.
That morning was a pretty casual breakfast and lunch. We played a ton of games, and then went swimming. Ever since we arrived, I had been curios about the little island in the middle of the lake, and I asked if my brother and sister wanted to swim out to it. They agreed wholeheartedly, so we started to swim out. By the time we got past the No Wake zone for regular swimmers, I was exhausted. I decided to sit it out and wait for them on the buoys. But then I decided that, you know what? This is a one time thing, what's the worst that can happen? I cramp up, can't swim, and end up drowning. I decided to go for it. So I swam out to the island with my siblings. The freaky thing was, when we got closer to the island, my brother started talking about how in those movies - when everyone is laughing and talking, completely at ease (how we were) - that's when the leaches and/or sea creatures come out and attack. *shudder* After that, I felt at least three things brush my foot. One time, the seaweed wrapped around my foot and I kind of sort of maybe freaked out. Dinner was spaghetti. It was delicious. I slept really hard that night.

Day 3.
When I woke up, there was a bird screaming at me from the treetops above. I checked my watch and it was 5:30.


Needless to say, it was not fun. Anywho, that morning my parents went on a 2 hour kayaking trip around the lake, leaving us three kids to play games. When they got back, they told us about a rope swing that they had found. Immediately we went to find it. What we found was more than I had ever  expected. It was stunning. 
This is my paradise. 
The water was so clear and cool. It was almost too good to be true. We stayed out there for a long time, swimming and using the rope swing. It was like our own little cove. No one else was there, and it seemed almost untouched. It was absolutely gorgeous.

Day 4.
We woke up early, packed everything up, then went swimming again. It was wonderful. I usually ease myself into the water a little bit, letting myself get used to it before I just plow ahead, but this time, with no hesitation, I grabbed the rope swing and just jumped in. It was freezing for about one second, but then I got used to it and it was perfect. We spend a couple hours there before drying off, getting changed, and starting off on the 2 hour drive back home.

My brother brought a hammock, so half of the time I was lounging it, relaxing.


 Overall, those four days were a blast. The rope swing was so cool, and I am very glad we went. It was a much needed get-away. :)

Toodlepip

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Fluffy Bunnies of Cuteness

The babies were born!!! The baby rabbits were born, and they are so cute!! Hairless? Yes. Blind? Yes. Trying to hop but failing miserably? Yes. Adorable? Yes.
They may look hairless, but they're so soft and helpless that you can't help but love them. That's them at three days old. My brother had to take them out of their little fur-nest thing to weigh them, so everyone got to hold them. For being so little, they're surprisingly active. They were stumbling around like maniacs. When they tried to hop, their back-legs went up, but their front didn't, so they tumbled over themselves. There are nine in the litter, so that's a lot for a first time mama to deal with. Usually most of the first litter doesn't make it because the mother doesn't know what to do with the tiny hairless creatures. Her instincts are just kicking in and she doesn't quiet know what they mean, but so far, there have been no rabbit left behind. That's good.
8 days old

This is Snowball. She is the quietest and calmest, so that's why I was able to get a picture of her. 
11 days old.
I've been so lucky to have this experience with the rabbits and chickens. I never thought that we would actually do it and I was skeptical at first about the chickens. I mean, as chicks they are the cutest little things, but as they get older, they look awkward and ugly and start to stink, but not for a second have I ever doubted having rabbits. I mean, they're so cute and soft and adorable and tiny.  


Yep, so those are the tiny rabbits that have taken over my thoughts. Though I have been peed on twice, so that's the only drawback. :) They have yet to all be named officially, I have most of the names already picked out, we just have to wait until we can tell whether they're boys or girls. :) 
Completely grey one = Fury
2 White and black ones = Ash and Oreo
Three white ones = Snowball, Blizzard, Death
The white and caramel one = Caramel
Completely caramel one = Toffee

And they are all the sweetest things ever.

Toodlepip

Saturday, July 4, 2015

'Murica

Since watching Tinkerbell and the Legend of the Neverbeast, I've kind of been on a Tinkerbell rampage. I scoured Netflix high and low for all the movies I could find, and I have now proudly seen almost all of them. They're just so gosh darned addictive! Plus, this little world in Pixie Hollow ties in with my love of all things Peter Pan. These movies are so much fun to watch.

It's almost 1:00 am, and I'm writing this because I can't sleep. Naturally, if someone couldn't sleep, they would start writing a blog post for the heck of it. That's what normal people do...not.
It means nothing to me. 


I had to write a short bio for something and being the obsessive overachiever that I am, I wrote half a page complete with two quotes and something to the effect of "Reach for the stars." Awful, I know. After writing all that, I talked with my sister and decided to trim it down, so I deleted most of it. This is an excellent testimony to my perfectionist nature when it comes to writing. :)

I finally watched the "Live Taping of Studio C", and it was epic!! All of the new sketches are hilarious. If you have not seen/heard of Studio C, you have to go check it out. RIGHT NOW! 

I feel like I always forget about holidays, like the 4th of July, St. Patrick's Day, and Easter. It's almost as if I forget what they signify. Actually, I don't even know what St. Patrick's Day signifies. It's a day dedicated to wearing green and pinching people. I just Googled what St. Patrick's Day is about, and I guess it started as a Roman holiday celebrating St. Patrick. He wasn't even Irish!! Wow. 
Anywho, back on track. Happy 4th of July and all that sentiment nonsense.
This will always be my favorite joke.
Because I can. 
Anywho, that's all the time I got.
Toodlepip


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

LOTR Tag

Thank you to myself for tagging me.

1.  How were you first introduced to LotR/TH and was it love at first sight/read?
I was first introduced when I was about...ten. It was one stormy afternoon when the cloaked stranger knocked on my door. He never uttered a word. His only movement was to hold out a weathered scroll. I unfurled the scroll, my hands trembling, to read, "It is your time to discover a world that you have never before known. A world of wonder, excitement, and discovery. Good luck." The hooded figure then slowly retreated back into the dark and stormy night.

Just kidding, though that would have been epic. I had heard about LOTR for a couple months before I was allowed to watch it. At the time I didn't know it was a book series. All I knew was that it was a movie I wasn't allowed to watch yet, and because of that, I wanted to watch it with all my heart. So when my mother finally brought it down and put it in the DVD player, I was bouncing up and down with excitement. After that first movie I lived and breathed LOTR and The Hobbit. 

2.  If you could meet the actors who portray the characters in the movies, would you?
Yeah, I would. I think that would be really cool. I would especially want to meet Billy Boyd, Orlando Bloom, and Ian Mckellen. 

3.  What is your favorite song from LotR/TH?
That's a hard one. I would have to say..."The Last Goodbye" from The Hobbit, (Far Over) "The Misty Mountains Cold" or "Pippen's Song/Edge of Night". 

4.  The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit - which is your favorite?  *evil laugh*  (And no, you don't actually have to decide.  I'm merciful like that. *magnanimous smile*)
Goodness, I'm not going to answer that. That's like picking a favorite child, and since I haven't seen/read the LOTR trilogy in a while, it wouldn't be fair to pick. Of the movies, I like LOTR better, but of the books, I think I like The Hobbit better. Wow, I just said I wouldn't pick and I did. Look what that fool of a question did to me! 

5.  Who is your favorite all-around character?
Great, another hard one. From the LOTR trilogy...Samwise. I never pick the main character, ever. I think that Samwise is such a loyal friend and has more strength than Frodo. I know that's harsh to say, but I think it's true. Can you imagine the endurance and kindness that it would have taken to deal with Frodo? Yes, it was the ring affecting Frodo and making him insufferable, but still, that would have been hard to deal with. I also really like Pippen and Aragorn.

6.  What is your opinion on Boromir?
Okay, you guys are going to kill me, but I don't remember him all that well. I'm sorry!!
I quote this too often. :)
7.  How many times have you watched the movies/read the books?
I've watched the LOTR movies twice and read the books twice. I've seen the Hobbit movies once and read the book...four times. 

8.  What book is your favorite?
Urmm, I would have to say the Hobbit, and before anyone becomes disappointed in me, I must say that I read the Hobbit book first. I was little, and I hadn't quite yet mastered the art of reading books bigger than a fridge. The Hobbit is the book that I loved first, and I seem to just have a un-instigated loyalty to Bilbo.

9.  Who is your favorite female character (other than your answer to question #5)?
Female...definitely Arwen. I honestly don't remember why (I know, shameful) I just remember being awed by her when I was younger and watched the movies for the first time. 

10.  Who is your favorite male character (other than your answer to question #5)?
Other than Samwise or Aragorn, I choose Gimli or Legolas. 
I love Gimli's and Legolas' competition/resentment with each other, and then it slowly grows into respect. I like Gimli because he's so funny
Why did his hair change color?


I could go on and on forever with Gimli, but I should move on to Legolas.
Legolas Greenleaf is a stuck up, mightier-than-thou elf with what I'm positive is a bad case of narcissism. 
Just look at that smirk on Legolas' face. He is quite pleased with himself. 
But through the series, he changes into a bit more humble, a bit more understanding, and a bit more kind person. 

So yeah! Those would be my second choices.


11.  Which of the movies, in your opinion, has the best ending?
The last Hobbit movie. The Battle of the Five Armies. Even with the sadness of it ending, because let's be honest, who doesn't want these movies to go on forever?  To be honest, I cried when it ended. Though it didn't help that Billy Boyd was just adding fuel to the fire of feels. I was sitting there silently crying in the dark theater, and when the lights came back on, everyone could see that I had teared up.

My brother patted me on the back and said "It's just a movie."


I like how everything was wrapped up, everyone was where they should be, and there was once again peace. I like that. 

Anywho, thanks again me for tagging me. It was fun.

Toodlepip