Monday, December 24, 2012

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD REVIEW

I've been hearing quiet a buzz about a movie called Beasts of the Southern Wild and decided I had to see it. So on Saturday I happened to watch the whole movie and was moved by it and what can I say anything that moves me has to be amazing.

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Beasts of the Southern Wild is about a town called the Bathtub and the young girl name Hushpuppy who lives there with her father. Hushpuppy's world is threaten when the polar ice caps start to melt and flood her part of the bayou. In conjunction with the treat of losing her home she must also worry about losing her father who's failing health causing him to act harshly towards his daughter to strengthen her up for when he is gone. 

The people of the Bathtub love their home and refuse to leave even after it was totally flooded. This flood not only alters Hushpuppy's view on life it also unleashes ancient animals that called Auroch, that have made their way from the poles down to the bayou. Hushpuppy and the rest of the survives of the flood in the Bathtub come together to prevail over harsh circumstances.

That was just a short intro from me about the movie, since I want you to see it I am not going to give any of it away. The movie is amazing due to the fact that it is carried by a the six year old character. Not only is Hushpuppy the main character of the movie, but she is also the narrator. When you watch this movie you can't help but think how amazing her character is growing up in a community that is so tight, but also so poor to our eyes.

The young actress that plays the role of Hushpuppy, Quvenzhane Wallis is said to be in the running for a Oscar nomination. It would make her the youngest person to be nominated for an an Oscar. Wallis who is now nine years old has give interviews saying that she enjoyed making the movie and looked forward to what else is out there. Also actor Dwight Henry gave a wonderful performance as Hushpuppy's drunk hot tempered father. Henry's performance had me on the verge of tears when you had to watch how not only his drinking affected him, but also how it affected his relationship with his daughter.

Beast of the Southern Wild is a brilliant movie and it does all the praise and adulation that it has received   I hope that you all take time out to see. It gets a 9 out of 10 from me.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

THE SEA OF MONSTERS BOOK REVIEW

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2)The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This adventure was great. I like the fact that Percy is growing up and experiencing all these adult situations that adults themselves would buckle under. I love the inclusion of a new character and how he sees that it's not what someone looks like that makes them a good person. He finds a brother along the way to share is battles with him but loses him as soon as he is getting to know him and claim him as his brother. Happily Percy does reunite with his brother but once again finds himself a lone when his brother (who happens to be a cyclops) is invited to stay at his father's underwater palace and Percy isn't. This book is filled with adventure and suspense like the first. We see Percy and Annabeth and Grover grow closer together as friends, he even manages to get one of his enemies Clarissa to not hate him as much.


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Friday, December 14, 2012

ELEMENTARY MASSACRE: OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU.

Today in our country another great act of evil was done on the most innocent of our citizens. A gun man walked into an elementary school today and murdered 20 children between the ages of 5-10 and 6 adults in cold blood in Newtown Connecticut. The gunman murdered his own mother before driving to her place of employment and murdering these innocent young souls and the teachers that tried to protect them. 

As I mother I feel for the parents that are told that they will no longer be able to see the faces of their sweet children anymore. I hope up on all hope that these families will one day heal and that the children that witnessed this horror will also heal. Their nights will be filled with nightmares and pain and they will need to be helped and they will needed their parents to hold them and I hope that they will get the help they need to over come this act of horror. 

 This is a total act of evil that can not be explained. We will never know why this man went to this school and took out his rage, hate, and devilish act upon these sweet innocent children.  The holidays will be somber and not filled with the joy that it should have. Instead it will be filled with reflections on the short but bright lives of these children that were lost. It will be filled with prayers and hopes that something like this never happens again in this country were family is valued so much.

 I held my son and gave him a kiss and held back tears when I watched the news and saw the faces of the children crying and frighten...I will keep them in my prayers and I hope that you all pray for these families and the children that they have lost way too soon.

Friday, December 7, 2012

RICK RIORDAN'S "THE LIGHTING THIEF" REVIEW

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So I just finished reading Rick Riordan's The Lighting Thief from his series Percy Jackson and the Olympians. What can I say, I loved it. I saw the movie a while back and never read the book and I have been looking for a new YA series to get into since I left Twilight behind. This first books did not disappoint. Percy's character is way different than he is in the movie. In the movie Percy's character looks to be around 16 and in the book he is 12, which I must admit I like better. I liked the fact that they characters are so young because it makes ever battle and ever minor quest they go on such a big deal. You think are they going to survive this? Are they really going to fight a god and live?
Like I am sure so many have already discovered this book is very entertaining, packed with adventure and it's even a great way to make a child fill good about themselves. Percy suffers from dyslexia and even though he has this he doesn't let it stop him from trying to become the hero he was born to be. I think giving him this block makes his character real and children with the same condition can relate more to him and find the courage in themselves.

Over all I thought this book was fantastic and I can't wait to read the next one in the series. I would encourage parents, grandparents, or anyone who has a young reader and is looking for a gift to give them this series would be it.

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IT'S DECEMBER!!!! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES

Hey all it's my first post for the month of December, you better enjoy it because for all you know it might be one of the last. According to the Mayan calender this is the year that the world goes to sh*t. So hopefully you've been watching The Walking Dead and Revolution and getting a few tips to survive the on coming doom that's supposedly to befall us all.

But on a happier note it's December!! Time for us all to do Christmas shopping if you haven't already done so and if you even celebrate Christmas anyway. Here in the States we rock Christmas like gold fronts. Unlike so many of the masses this woman did not go outside on Black Friday to buy a crap load of supposedly marked down items to stash in my house until it's jingle bells time. I am one of those wait till it's almost here persons then make a mad dash for the store and see what is left on the ravaged shelves.

Luckily I don't have that many people to shop for seeing that my husband asked for his present in advance. Thank you Playstation 3 for oncoming collapse of my marriage. So that would only leave two people to shop for and they are both under the age of 2 so I can get them what I feel like. Happily there are endless amounts of toys out there for crawlers and toddlers so I see myself going crazy being a first time mom and a third time aunt.

But enough about Christmas shopping...Updates so November is done you know that since I said it's December. So happily that means NaNoWriMo is over (WoooHOooo). I tried to stay in for the long haul but sadly I did not win NaNoWriMo this year. Your ever faithful blog queen only made it to 21,000 words plus. Yes I said 21,000 words, not a novel but a novella, which is totally find by me. I am hoping to have it published by the beginning of next year or so after all the editing and rewrites are done, if we even live that long.

Well people hopefully to all those that did participate in this wonderful writing session you are all editing and rewriting your work to give us something to look forward too. Hopefully we all live pass December 21st (Yes we are all expected to die 4 days before Christmas) so that we can publish our blood, sweat, and tears and see what fruit it bares. Well this December for me will be packed with more writing hopefully I can get it done while fighting off zombies, dodging falling planes, and hiding out in my underground bunker with my family while the rest of the world is overrun-ed by unfriendly aliens.

Well people I will post something much more awesome and entertaining soon. Keep Reading :)