Fictional Bucket List #49

 

 

Associated Book/Series: Percy Jackson

Fictional Bucket List #43

 

 

Associated Book/Series: Harry Potter, X-Men, Dead Poets Society, Magic School Bus, and Boy Meets World

Teaser Tuesdays: Joss Whedon: The Biography

Teaser Tuesdays

It’s time for another “Teaser Tuesday!”

This feature (or meme)  is one I discovered on my friend Kim’s site Book Munchies, and is hosted by MizB of the Should Be Reading blog. For those of you who would like to play along at home (or more specifically on your homepage), here is how Teaser Tuesdays work.

– Grab (one of) your current read(s) and open it to a random page
– Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
– BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
– Remember to include the title & author, too, so that your followers and any Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their reading lists if your tease has captured their attention!

—> Now on to the main event!

 

Joss Whedon: The Biography by Amy Pascale

Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Release Date: August 1st, 2014
ISBN# 9781613741047
Page: 98

Joss had again flipped the script—it wasn’t the girl who needed saving from the lecherous boy. It was the first of many signs that while Buffy was a horror series, it would take the genre to a new level that audiences hadn’t seen before.

50 Day Movie Challenge: Day 18

My 50 Day Movie Challenge!

For those just tuning in, while browsing the internet, I’ve come across posts from other bloggers doing 20, or 30 day challenges all about movies, so I decided to mash up a bunch of those questions and came up with 50 that I’m going to attempt to answer consecutively over the next month and a half (or so). If you’d like to try and do it too, feel free! I’ll post all the questions as I go along, and I hope you enjoy my answers!

Day 18: What’s a film you wish more people would see?

Veronica Mars Movie PosterThe Veronica Mars Movie!

There aren’t even enough words in the English language to describe my love for this character, this story, this everything! lol, I will probably be mocked for this but if there’s one movie/series that I would love for more people to check out it’s Veronica Mars. What originally started as a TV series, the show was so beloved by the fans that 10 years after it was cancelled, they Kickstarted it into a major motion picture. That, of course, came after it was cut down by a network that didn’t realize what a gem they had (big shocker there). And yes, I was absolutely one of those fans who donated money to see it get made.

I discovered V. Mars somewhere between the end of the first, and beginning of the second season and watched it pretty religiously. I was so mad when they cancelled it! For years I would hear snippets about how the cast would love to bring it back, how Rob Thomas would love to make a movie, and then, one random day in March 2013, I saw a post on Facebook that I never expected. Most people know how this story goes, they put up the project on Kickstarter and fans broke records like a smash-and-grab heist to get this movie into production.

LoganThe movie itself brings the characters back to Neptune, California for Veronica’s 10 year reunion. Of course, she has no intention of going anywhere near it, until her former flame gets himself into some major trouble. What I think is really wonderful about the movie is the way everyone came back for it, all the principle actors, and how excited they were to be a part of it. I loved that the movie had it’s own complete mystery, as well as subplots that don’t all get neatly wrapped up by the end, so the story still has new places it can go. And, I can’t speak to this directly, but I felt like people who weren’t a part of the series could be introduced to it in a way that would make them want to go back and check out what they missed in Veronicathe early years. I know I tend to underrate stuff that gets a lot of headlines, and I think people some people may have overlooked this movie because of all the fan hype that surrounds it. But I still think it stands by itself in a way. It has all the excitement of a 21st Century mystery/noir film; action, drama, love. Anyone who hasn’t seen it should give it a go.

Day 18, Done!

 

50 Day Movie Challenge: Day 17

My 50 Day Movie Challenge!

For those just tuning in, while browsing the internet, I’ve come across posts from other bloggers doing 20, or 30 day challenges all about movies, so I decided to mash up a bunch of those questions and came up with 50 that I’m going to attempt to answer consecutively over the next month and a half (or so). If you’d like to try and do it too, feel free! I’ll post all the questions as I go along, and I hope you enjoy my answers!

Day 17: What’s your favorite classic movie?

To Kill a MockingbirdA classic film, a classic leading man, and a classic story: To Kill a Mockingbird (starring Gregory Peck). I’m not very big into classic movies (I haven’t made time to see many of them, which is kind of horrible, I know). There are so many that people rave about and I just find I don’t want to see them by myself. So this may change some time in the future, but for now, I don’t think it gets much better than this.

I first read To Kill a Mockingbird in my freshman year of high school, and it completely captivated me. We were also doing the story as our fall play, so I had a unique opportunity to see it acted live (and to act in it live) with my friends. I was the understudy for Scout, and it really gave me so much insight into the story. So when we also got a chance to watch it, I kind of fell in love a little with Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch. It Gregory Peckmight be one of the most perfect casting choices, ever. I think it’s because of his voice. He speaks with so much power and conviction and is so utterly that character. If I were ever to get all swoony over an old Hollywood leading man, I think it would be him.

The rest of the cast, and the film as a whole are really excellent too. It’s one of the most well-done translations from book to screen that I’ve ever encountered. The kids, the racial tensions, the courtroom scenes… it’s all perfect. It’s clear how much esteem and commitment was given to Harper Lee’s story and getting it right. But *sighs* what puts it over the top is definitely Mr. Gregory Peck.

Day 17, Done and done!

 

50 Day Movie Challenge: Day 16

My 50 Day Movie Challenge!

For those just tuning in, while browsing the internet, I’ve come across posts from other bloggers doing 20, or 30 day challenges all about movies, so I decided to mash up a bunch of those questions and came up with 50 that I’m going to attempt to answer consecutively over the next month and a half (or so). If you’d like to try and do it too, feel free! I’ll post all the questions as I go along, and I hope you enjoy my answers!

Day 16: What movie have you most recently seen in theaters?

Mockingjay Part 1 PosterMockingjay, Part 1

Which I thoroughly loved, I must say. There’s a lot I could talk about with this movie, and I’m sure there are people out there who didn’t enjoy the translation from book to film, but I’m just going to talk about why it was good, in my personal opinion. Also, if you haven’t seen it, now would be the time to stop reading because there are spoilers ahead!

One of the main reasons why I liked this movie was because of the way the director/producers, etc. were able to visualize all the things that weren’t shown in the book. By this, I mean, all the things that were happening that Katniss probably wasn’t aware of, or able to see. You get multiple points of view here, as opposed to only knowing what Katniss does. The manipulations become very clear in this case. I really liked the conversations between President Coin and Plutarch, for example, and how they showed what was happening in the command center when everyone else was in the bunkers during the District 13 attack.

SS_D105-310019.dngI also really enjoyed how they were able to show how Katniss affected the people in the districts. You kind of see it a little bit in Catching Fire, with the graffiti and when they’re making their speeches during the victory tour. But the cutaway to District 7, where you see the people climb the trees to take out the Peacekeepers, it becomes so immediate. Then there’s the song. When Katniss sings (I was surprised by how great it came out, first of all) you can see the affect she has on the people who immediately surround her. But what was really wonderful was how they showed the people take up her song, and with it her fight. They basically walk to their deaths in order to take out the dam… and, Wow. It’s powerful stuff. mockingjay dam

I also liked the scenes where they rescued Peeta, and his transformation. They did such a great job creating an overall feeling for the film. I also think they picked the right stopping point. It seems like they all really stepped it up for this film, and I’m so excited to see the next, and final, installment!

Day 16, termine!