While December may not be my favorite month (despite it having my birthday), I do enjoy all of the festivities leading up to Christmas. I thought that it could be fun for us to explore some of our favorite things about this season. Here’s my first one:
I didn’t have a bad childhood by any means, but there are parts of it that I don’t want my kids to have to repeat.
For example, not reading The Chronicles of Narnia until they’re in college – which is when I first read them. When Disney released the first movie, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, was when I finally took the literary step into that other world and met Aslan for the first time.
After I emerged from The Last Battle, I knew that I wanted to read these stories to my kids. To be there when they entered the land that was always Winter and never Christmas is something that I don’t want to miss.
I’ll let them watch the movies after they’ve read the books – not that I dislike the movies, I just feel like Narnia needs to be a place experienced first through the books.
While we’re on the topic of the movies, here’s my quick review of all three of them:
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe was fantastic. It didn’t keep to the book 100% but it felt as magical as reading the book did and all of the important themes and story elements were there.
Prince Caspian was a decent sequel to the first movie, but a very poor adaptation of the book. Ultimately, I think the movie makers tried to make it something that it wasn’t.
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader was able to recapture some of the magic that made the first movie so great. It also did a good job of connecting a lot of smaller stories into one cohesive story.
How do you guys feel about The Chronicles of Narnia – the books and/or the movies?
Pixar has us spoiled.
Since 1995, when Toy Story came out, they have delivered the highest quality animation that we have seen. They hit their stride, cranking out hit after hit culminating with Wall-E in 2008, Up in 2009 and Toy Story 3 in 2010.
And we loved them. We didn’t even care that Toy Story 3 was a sequel.
Then, in 2011, Pixar released Cars 2 and the criticism commenced.
And, oh did we criticize! Two sequels back to back – the horror! (Let’s not talk about how much we enjoyed the first one, just focus on how much we hated the second one.)
It seems that, because Cars 2 didn’t have the emotional weight that the previous movies had, we simply dismissed it as nothing more than a ploy to sell toys and make money.
Let’s be clear on some things:
1) Pixar is in the business of making money – and that’s ok. That’s a good thing even. If they didn’t make money, they couldn’t support themselves or their families and we wouldn’t be getting anymore movies from them at all. It’s ok for a company to desire to make money.
2) Not every Pixar movie has to squeeze every possible emotion out of us – some can just be a fun story with action, heart and great visuals – which is what I think Cars 2 is.
Cars 2 is a beautiful movie. The international locals are stunning and the story is a lot of fun.
What do you think? Is Cars 2 just a cash cow or is it a worthy addition to the Pixar canon?
With the introduction of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the return of Arrow it seems like a good time to give my pick for who’s got the best live action T.V. shows.
I think DC has this one in the bag due to sheer numbers. I’m pretty sure that Superman alone has had more shows than all of Marvel’s put together.
DC has also had more successes than Marvel has had. Maybe they don’t stand the test of time as far as still being good years later (Lois and Clark, I’m looking at you) but in their prime, they were huge hits.
Marvel had The Incredible Hulk in the 80′s and that was it as far as successful shows go.
What do you think?
As I am writing this, it is mid-September. The weather has finally begun to cool down and a much anticipated breeze is in the air. Football season started a couple of weeks ago – my Tigers are looking good so far, my Panthers…not so much.
As you are reading this, it is the beginning of November. Halloween is over and Thanksgiving and Christmas are around the corner (though I’ve already seen Christmas merchandise in the stores now).
Why am I writing this blog so far ahead? Because November is National Write A Novel Month (NaNoWriMo) and, hopefully, right now I am working on achieving that goal as we speak (or, as you read I guess).
I’m in the process of getting blog posts up and ready to go for the rest of the year. I’ll be taking a step back from the blog and other social medias so I can really focus on this and hopefully crank out at least a first draft of a novel in 30 days.
I will be checking in some, so feel free to comment and I’ll try to tweet updates throughout the month on my progress.
Have you participated in NaNoWriMo or something equally as ambitious (or crazy)?
I will devour anything that has to do with the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) and that definitely includes the tie-in comics.
The stories tend to be filler stories instead of being huge, epic tales – but I like that about them. The Iron Man 3 prelude and the Thor: Dark World Prelude that just came out tend to fill in gaps and answer questions like – what was War Machine doing instead of helping the Avengers? Where did Jane Foster go during that time? We get to see Odin conjuring the Dark Matter used to send Thor back to Earth.
We get to see Jane’s reaction to Thor returning to Earth but not to her (a very sad moment indeed).
Again, do you need to read these stories do fully appreciate and enjoy the movies? No, but for someone who enjoys immersing themselves into the MCU, they are must reads.
As for how it connects to the new movie – we see the unrest that occurs in the Nine Realms that is caused by the broken Bifrost Bridge. The ones who didn’t like being under Asgardian rule are beginning to revolt and the ones that were ok with Asguardian rule realize that they no longer have Asgardian protection so they are rising up as well, to protect themselves.
I’ll be interested in seeing how it fits with the movie this weekend.
I’m sure by now, most people are familiar with Improv Everywhere. They’re the group that invented the flash mob.
They do mp3 experiments, black tie beaches and Star Wars subways.
My favorites are the ones where they interact with New Yorkers on the streets with ridiculous new policies and procedures – like a walking lane for tourists and a new service for people who are texting and walking.
And, I leave you with one of my other favorite videos – the Best Buy flash mob: