Monday Movie Meme: Sports

Monday Movie Meme

Thanks to Molly from the wonderful Bumbles Blog for creating this meme! This week’s theme is: Sports. Make sure you check to what the upcoming Monday Movie Memes are!

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Monday Movie MemeWhat’s your favorite sports comedy?
Space Jam Michael Jordan shootingSpace Jam! Even though it’s 90-minute Michael Jordan ad, it’s hilarious. Do you have any movies that you particularly love to see are on TV? This is a movie that I love to see on TV. Even though I own it and won’t necessarily pop it in at any given time, I will always change the channel if I see Space Jam while scrolling through guide. (This also goes for JumanjiHocus Pocus, and Homeward Bound.) Like Kid President, I believe this is Michael Jordan’s best work. This movie always makes me happy and if they make a Space Jam 2 with Lebron James it will be the worst thing to have ever happened in recorded history.

What’s your favorite sports drama?
Oy, this is harder. I love so many sports movies. There’s the baseball movies: Field of DreamsBull Durham42; the football movies: Radio, The BlindsideRemember the Titans; and the boxing/fighting movies: WarriorThe FighterRocky.* They all fill me with emotions and excitement and love and ohmygosh I just love sports movies so much. I don’t know if I can honestly pick one favorite, but as a temp favorite for the sake of the post I’m going with Remember the Titans.

Remember the Titans dance gifIt took me way too long to watch this movie. It’s one of those movies I knew I would like and had been “meaning to watch” but never actually got around to it. I love sports movies and movies about integration/overcoming racism and that’s exactly what this movie is. One day last year I finally sat down and watched Remember the Titans and fell in love immediately — and I do mean immediately, I’m talking the movie just started and I was already yelling to my roommate in the next room about how I hated myself for not watching this sooner.

*Confession: I haven’t actually seen Rocky but I’m assuming as soon I do (which will be soon) that I will love it. I imagine I’ll be pulling another Remember the Titans.

Who is your favorite sports movie hero?
Jackie Robinson 42 at bat gifWell, my favorite sports hero (and hero of any kind) is Jackie Robinson. I’m not sure if he counts as a “movie hero” because he was a real man, but I’m going with it. The only Jackie Robinson movie I’ve seen is 42 and I loved it! The story was obviously great and it was so well done. I’ve read so many books/articles about him and did my high school report on him, so I was happy that the 42 movie did him justice.

Jackie Robinson made the biggest impact (with the help of Branch Rickey) that any sport has ever seen. What makes him even more special to me is that baseball is one of my favorite things in this world or any other, so it means so much to me that it was baseball that initiated such an important change to the sport culture. And as I mentioned earlier, I love anything about the civil rights era and integration…so I basically worship him.

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The Scorch Trials Trailer Breakdown

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The Scorch Trials trailer came out yesterday and I’m cautiously pumped about it. Take a look:

Some thoughts while watching the trailer*:

0:11 – Shut up, Ava.

0:16 – Well, Newt has the key to my heart.

0:24 – Yas, cinematography!

0:21 – Honestly, Dylan, how do you look so good dirty? I’ll never be that attractive when I’m clean.

0:26 – Little Finger Aidan Gillen is going to be perfect in this.

0:33 – I’m too hot.

0:35 – Hot damn.

0:45 – RIP :'(

0:59 – Newt, you’re so cute and so naive.

1:02 – Um, wtf are those?

1:07 – Oh, yeah.

1:11 – Oh, hell yeah.

1:15 – I guess it wouldn’t be a Maze Runner series trailer without Thomas barely making it trough a closing door. *panic attack*

1:20 – Well, they I don’t call you Dylan Bæ’Brien for nothing.

1:32 – Bow chicka wah wah

1:35 – CRANKS

1:48 – Is it September yet?!

*I left out the “well, that never happened in the book” thoughts I had about every 5 seconds.

While it looks like a good sequel to The Maze Runner, almost nothing that happens in the trailer happened in the book. From what we’ve seen from promo shots and now the trailer, we can make a pretty educated guess The Scorch Trials movie is going to be a pretty big departure from the book. But this might not be a bad thing…like I said in my Scorch Trials book review, I liked the book but didn’t love it like I did The Maze Runner. And like I said in my Maze Runner movie review, I loved all the changes they made from the book — they made so much sense for the movie and made it better.

Even though it looks very different from the book, it’s only a trailer and only shows the beginning of the story. The movie could be a lot more true to the book as the plot progresses (once they’re in the Scorch). But even if the movie continues to stray from the book, I think I will be okay with it. There is room for improvement so I’m willing to accept the changes.

All the changes I see look a lot more exciting than the book, which makes sense because it would be relatively boring to spend the first third of the movie watching the Gladers sit in a room.

I can get on board with Thomas taking an early stand against WICKED.
Thomas Scorch Trials gun

I’m excited for any time Aidan Gillen appears (even if it’s a movie too soon).
Dylan and Aidan Scorch Trials
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I’m curious about how you got up there, silly Gladers.
Scorch Trials upside down

Obviously I need a daily dose of claustrophobic stress. (No, I don’t)
Thomas Scorch Trials sliding Thomas Scorch Trials sliding 2

Oh, okay.
Thomas Scorch Trials shower

I’m intrigued to find out why Teresea is here (and where her shoes are).
Scorch Trials cast

The only real concern I have is Brenda (on the right). She didn’t appear in the The Scorch Trials Thomas and Brendatrailer, but she looks so different than she does in the book and I can’t imagine her behaving the same way. She looks like she can easily pull off the tough and bad ass side of Brenda, but book Brenda is also really feminine and flirty which I am not getting at all. Maybe I’m being close-minded and seeing her in action will change my opinion. When I first found out that Sam Claflin was going to play Finnick in Catching Fire I hated that too and now I can’t imagine Finnick being played by anyone else. I guess I’ll just have to wait until September to see how I feel.

Overall, I’m pretty excited for The Scorch Trials and if it’s anything like The Maze Runner movie it’s going to be good.

Also this.
Thomas Scorch Trials shower
Thomas Scorch Trials shower
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Thomas Scorch Trials shower

Okay, bye.

The Scorch Trials: Book Review

The Scorch Trials book cover

The Scorch Trials book coverBook: The Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner, #2) by James Dashner

Publisher/Year: Delacorte Press/2010

Genre: YA, Sci-Fi, Dystopia

Pages: 360

Rating: ☆☆☆ ½ – Good

Who’s going to be in the movie?
Dylan Bæ’Brien (the funny friend in Teen Wolf and the moody, sarcastic one in The Internship)
Ki Hong Lee (Dong from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
Thomas Brodie-Sangster (the adorable love-struck child in Love Actually)
Aidan Gillen (Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish from Game of Thrones)
Nathalie Emmanuel (Dany’s interpreter and Grey Worm’s boo in Game of Thrones)

When can I watch?
September 18.

Make sure you read The Maze Runner book first!

What’s it about?
Thomas’ shitty life. There is so much more going on with WICKED than anyone thought; The Maze was only Phase I and the Gladers were only Group A, there’s a whole new Phase and a Group B they have yet to encounter. Thomas and the Gladers thought their troubles were finally over when they escaped The Maze, but that was only the beginning. In The Scorch Trials, the Gladers find themselves trapped in their dormitory with no food or water, until a WICKED representative (Gillen, maybe?) tells the boys about Phase II: The Scorch Trials.

When the Gladers hear about what is in store for them, they wonder if they were better off in the (relative) safety of The Maze.

What did you think?
I’ve read it twice and liked it better the first time around. There was a lot more time spent before the actual Scorch Trials began than I remembered, so it felt like it was dragging a little until it got to the “good” part. In my Maze Runner book review I mentioned how I couldn’t put the book down even though I read it twice…that was not the case with The Scorch Trials. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the book, just not as much as I thought I did (or as much as The Maze Runner).

I still love Thomas, Minho and Newt just as much, although there’s less Minho and Newt than I like. But the introduction of Brenda helps lessen the blow of missing two of my favorite guys. When I first met Brenda I did not like her, but as the story progressed she really started to grow on me and she ended up being one of my favorites. But I think I liked her more the first time I read it…or maybe I didn’t start to really like her until the next book.

Another factor that affected my second reading of The Scorch Trials is that the first movie altered my opinion of some characters and the new characters had already been cast. After The Maze Runner movie I liked Teresea a lot more than I did in the book and that carried over into reading The Scorch Trials. Additionally, I really liked Brenda and imagined her to look like Shay Mitchell and not at all how they cast/styled her in the movie. So I was frustrated while reading scenes with Brenda because I knew she was going to be different in the movie.

Should I read it?
Yes, it’s worth a read. I don’t how you can read The Maze Runner and not want to find out what happens next/what happened before to get them to that point.

The trailer was released yesterday and it looks really good. From the trailer it looks like the movie is going to diverge even more from the book but I don’t hate it…if they can pull it off I might actually like it more than the book. *gasp*
For more thoughts check out The Scorch Trials Trailer Breakdown!

Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and the Bookish is a freebie! Naturally, I chose top ten book to movie adaptations. Without further ado, let’s get to the books.

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1. The Outsiders
The Outsiders book cover
The Outsiders movie posterThe Outsiders movie is so true to the book that it’s barely an adaptation and more of a book actually brought to life on screen. The book was essentially the script for the movie it was so accurate.


2. Catching Fire
Catching Fire book
Catching Fire movie posterThe Hunger Games was disappointing for me. It wasn’t a terrible adaptation, but it was really frustrating because there a few little things they could have changed to make it so much better. Since I wasn’t thrilled about Sam Claflin playing Finnick and I didn’t love the first movie, my expectations for Catching Fire weren’t great. But I couldn’t have been more wrong. This movie was so much better than the first and I couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out.

3. The Perks of Being A Wallflower
the perks of being a wallflowerThe Perks of Being A Wallflower movie posterI love this book and movie. The only real flaw that I have with the movie adaptation is that Charlie isn’t quite awkward enough. In the book he was so painfully socially inept, and while he was definitely awkward in the movie it was to a much less extent. But I’m obsessed with Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller in this movie — it was cast to perfection.

4. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
The Girl With The Dragon TattooThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movie PosterThis is one of the rare instances where I liked the movie more than the book. The book was good, but it was too long and had too many dull parts for me. The great thing about the movie was that it cut out all the boring parts! I really liked parts of the book and those were the only parts in the movie, so I loved this adaptation.

5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban bookHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban movie posterPrisoner of Azkaban is arguably the best in the Harry Potter series (only Goblet of Fire  can compete with it imho) and quite possibly the best adaptation. The first three movies are all really good adaptations — it’s much easier to make a good adaptation when the books are shorter. While I love the entire book and movie series, Prisoner of Azkaban is the best adaptation.

6. The Maze Runner
The Maze Runner bookThe Maze Runner movie posterI love this movie and book so much. All the changes in the adaptation made so much sense for the movie and worked extraordinarily well. I’m very hopeful for Scorch Trials except I don’t like how they cast/styled Brenda for the movie…so we’ll have to wait and see if the sequel can live up to the first one.

7. Labor Day
Labor Day BookLabor Day movie posterThe book was terrible and the movie was just as horrendous. Perfect adaptation, awful movie.



8. Gone Girl
Gone Girl book coverGone Girl movie posterDisappointingly accurate adaptation. This book was one of the best I’ve ever read…until I got to the end. I don’t think I’ve read anything with such a disappointing ending (and I’ve read Allegiant). The movie was the same way — thrilling, suspenseful, exciting but…ultimately disappointing. The movie was actually more disappointing because we were all led to believe the ending to the movie would be completely different, but it spot-on with the book.

9. The Fault In Our Stars
The Fault In Our StarsThe Fault in Our Stars movie posterBoth the book and movie were heart-wrenching and sob-inducing. I’m convinced that Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort were born to play Hazel and Augustus. They were the perfect leads and I couldn’t imagine anyone else playing the part any better. There are obviously some differences but nothing that bothered me too much. The only issue I have is that Augustus is such an unrealistically book-perfect boyfriend that reads really well, but can come off a little cheesy in reality. But don’t get me wrong, I’m absolutely in love with him, okay?

10. The Princess Bride
the princess bride book cover
The Princess Bride posterGreat book, great movie. When I first read the book I legitimately thought it was the abridged version and when I found out it was all part of the story I loved it so much more. I love how they incorporate that story into the movie as well, everything about it is just wonderful.

Monday Movie Meme: Top Ten

Monday Movie Meme

This weeks theme is: Top Ten! Pretty self-explanatory, just talk about your top ten favorite movies. Make sure you check to what the upcoming Monday Movie Memes are!

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Monday Movie Meme

Here are my favorite movies, in no particular order…

1. The Lion King
The_Lion_King_posterThis one actually is in particular order. The Lion King, as I’ve talked about many times before, is my favorite movie of all time. It was my first favorite movie and always will be my favorite movie. The soundtrack is fantastic, the comedy is on point, the life lessons are moving, and Mufasa and Rafiki have more  wisdom than all the other Disney characters combined. Basically there’s nothing wrong with it.

2. 10 Things I Hate About You
10 Things I Hate About YouI burn, I pine, I perish! This is a movie I’ve seen a million times because it lives in my DVD player. It’s the perfect movie for me to watch as I go to bed because there’s no bad part for me to start at. I know the movie inside and out, and I love all of it. I also quote it on a regular basis and sometimes people think I’m intellectual and quoting Shakespeare…but it’s really 10 Things I Hate About You.
P.S. If I ever yell “I need agua!” I’m not being rude, I’m being Kat.

3. Aladdin
AladdinI’ve also talked about my passionate love for Aladdin & Jasmine before and how they are my ultimate OTP. Like The Lion King, the soundtrack and comedy in this are (Do people still say that? No? Okay, sorry.). Another important note is that, because of this movie, if you reach out your hand to me ask: “Do you trust me?” I will fall in love with you.

4. The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight posterBatman is my favorite superhero and my passion for him ignited when I saw The Dark Knight for the first time. My father is obsessed with superheroes (he even named my brother, Logan, after his favorite hero: Wolverine) so I grew up learning everything there was to know about superheroes, but I never had a clear-cut favorite. That was until Christopher Nolan came along and changed my world. Since 2008 I’ve been undeniab-ly obsessed with Batman and I’m pretty sure everyone I know has showed me every Batman meme on the internet.

5. The Departed
The Departed movie poster♫♪Good cops and bad cops, and Matt f#cking Damon. Whalberg and Leo and accents from Boston.
Criminals, suspense and mafia kings,
These are a few of my favorite things.♪♫


6. Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park poster
While I’ve talked about my excitement for Jurassic World on several occasions, I’ve yet to delve into my love for Jurassic Park. One thing I love about this movie is that I’m always finding out about little details, symbols and metaphors that I didn’t know before. Here’s my favorite one: You know when everyone is arriving to the island in the helicopter? Remember how Dr. Alan Grant couldn’t fasten his seatbelt because he had two “female” pieces and ended up tying them together? Much like all the dinosaurs on the island were female but still manage to breed…because “life finds a way.” *BOOM*

7. The Outsiders
The Outsiders movie posterStay gold, Ponyboy! I’ve talked about this book before and I have all the same feelings for the movie. This is one book-to-movie adaptation where I actually saw the movie before I read the book. My mom showed The Outsiders to me and my sister and ruined the night because we were so depressed. But the next day we wanted to watch it again. So I guess we kind of fell in love with it or something.

8. The Princess Bride
The Princess Bride posterMy love for this movie is like a storybook story. It has everything: fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles… This movie (and book) is great for many reasons, but the one that’s the most impressive is that the movie is really two stories. The story of “The Princess Bride” is great enough to stand on its own. But the movie isn’t really about Westley or Buttercup or Inigo…it’s about a grandfather finding a way to connect and bond with his grandson through a book. It’s beautiful.

9. Toy Story
Toy Story posterAs I mentioned in last week’s Monday Movie Meme, my love for Toy Story is unreal. Woody has always been one of my favorite characters — my Woody doll (complete with my name of the bottom of his boot) is probably my most prized possession. My dream is to one day meet Tom Hanks and have him tell me that I am his favorite deputy and then immediately break down in tears.

10. Good Will Hunting
Good Will Hunting
Matt and Ben in Boston is always a formula for success in my book. Not to mention it stars the late and great Robin Williams and Casey Affleck is my spirit animal in this movie (“but we got snacks now!”). Additionally, if you tell your friends you “gotta go see about a girl” before talking to me I will fall in love with you.

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Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Whose Deaths Destroyed Me

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Several weeks ago the Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and the Bookish was a choose your own adventure. The prompt was “Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who _____ (are musically inclined, have lost someone, have depression, who grow up poor, etc.)” I started writing this post then got wicked busy, let half a post marinate in my drafts for weeks, then finally finished and published it.

I decided to be depressing and talk about the ten book characters’ deaths that destroyed me the most (in no particular order). Obviously, there will be ~*spoilers*~ here.

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1. Newt in The Death Cure
The Death CureNewt’s death absolutely did destroy me. This is one of the only times I’ve ugly cried while reading. I had to put the book down and walk away, which I’m pretty sure is the only time that’s happened. It’s hard to describe my feelings for Newt. Minho was my favorite character in the series, but I loved Newt the most. He was so brave and strong but also caring and sweet, I didn’t know if I wanted to date him or give him a bath and sing him to sleep. Not only was the simple fact that he died devastating, but it was how he died that truly destroyed me. Between Newt having The Flare, losing himself as a person, attacking Thomas and being killed by Thomas….it was just too much.

2. Sirius Black in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
HP Order of the PhoenixShow me someone who wasn’t devastated by Sirius’ death and I’ll show you someone who doesn’t have a soul. Harry finally had family that is not only magical, loving and fun, but family who knew both his parents very well. He actually had a godfather who cared for him deeply and wanted to spend time and bond with him. There was so much potential for their relationship…just to have Sirius snatched away from Harry (and me) just two books after meeting him.

3. Johnny and Dallas in The Outsiders
The OutsidersDo it for Johnny!
Ugh. Johnny. So sweet and innocent and brave and just plain ol’ good. How could anyone not love Johnny? His death hit me hard and his letter to Ponyboy hit me even harder. Johnny telling Ponyboy to “stay gold” from beyond the grave will probably never not make me cry. Even though Dallas wasn’t my favorite character, his death was so unnecessary that it almost made me more angry than sad. He definitely had issues and I wouldn’t call him a “good kid,” but he had his redeeming qualities and I’m still really upset he died.

4. Finnick Odair and Primrose Everdeen in Mockingjay
MockingjayUnlike most people, Finnick’s death hit me the hardest in The Hunger Games series. I know the go-to is Prim; she is the reason the whole series set in motion and Katniss’ motivation for everything…but for some reason her death did not affect me as much. I think it’s because I liked Finnick more than Prim. The thing about Prim’s death is that I was more sad for Katniss’ loss than for Prim’s actual death, whereas when Finnick died I was absolutely devastated by his death as well as for the family he left behind. In short, I cried for most of the last half of the book.

5. Augustus Waters in The Fault in Our Stars
The Fault In Our StarsObviously.
“I lit up like a Christmas tree,” is one of the most depressing lines I’ve ever read. John Green is a cruel man for creating a teenage dreamboat and then ripping him from our lives. Augustus Waters is one of those absurdly and unrealistically perfect book boyfriends that ruins all real life boyfriends. Augustus ruined my life by not being in it, for that I can never forgive John Green.

6. Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceI didn’t believe that Dumbledore really died until his funeral, even then I wasn’t totally convinced he was really gone/wouldn’t come back until I finished the series. It was too hard to believe that Dumbledore wasn’t going to be around anymore. He was the most powerful wizard in the world and one of the best influences on not only Harry’s life, but Hermione’s, Ron’s and the rest of the Hogwarts students. I did not want to accept a world where Dumbledore wouldn’t be there to guide them.

7. Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potte and the Goblet of FireHufflepuff gets so much House hate, but if Hufflepuff is filled with people like Cedric then I don’t understand why. He is such a good, likable guy and he’s really genuine. Not always the most clever wizard, but still bright and promising. His death happened so quickly I didn’t have time to process it when it actually happened. It wasn’t until later when Dumbledore was talking to his parents that it really hit me and I shed a few tears.

8. Freakin’ everyone who dies in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsEven though all the deaths in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows were hard, overall it was a lot less horrifying than I thought it would be. I didn’t read this one until years after it came out (I have no idea why I stopped in the middle of the series for so long) so I heard a lot about it. Nothing huge was spoiled for me, but I kept hearing about how much death there was and how devastating it was. So I went in expecting an epic bloodbath and for one of the trio to not make it to the end of the book. So even though I will never get over the many losses in Deathly Hallows (especially Lupin and Fred), I was just happy that so many people (the trio, Hagrid, Neville, McGonagall) didn’t die.

[Note: I’m going to cheat. I haven’t actually read the last two books yet, but I have seen the movie/show and these characters deaths affected me too much for me not to mention]

9. Neil Perry in Dead Poets Society
Dead Poets SocietyI don’t even know if I will be able to read this book because this death hurt so much. I’ve seen the movie twice and even though I loved it, I’ll never watch it again. I first saw this movie shortly after Robin Williams died, so I was extra emotional when watching it. In addition to being in an emotionally unsound space, I fell in love with Neil Perry immediately. Unlike Augustus Waters who was clearly a level of perfection unreachable in reality, Neil Perry was a realistic kind of perfection. He was kind and smart and wonderful without being over-the-top, and he still had his short-comings. He was such a bright and talented person with a such high hopes for his future, which makes his suicide all the more depressing. I will never get over his death.

10. Robb Stark in A Storm of Swords
A Storm of SwordsThis death by far affected me worse than any other fictional character’s death (in any book, TV show or movie). George R. R. Martin is a sick and twisted man for the things he does to readers (and now viewers). The infamous Red Wedding is the worst thing I’ve ever seen with my own eyes. I’ve watched every episode of Game of Thrones at least 2-3 times except for this one. I dare not put myself through it again. I was never just sad for several days/weeks after a character’s death until Robb. Not only did Robb’s death take my favorite character out of the show, it essentially destroyed my favorite family in Westeros and pretty much annihilated any chance they had of seeking justice and power.

Monday Movie Meme: Second Chances

Monday Movie Meme

Thanks to Molly from the wonderful Bumbles Blog for creating this meme! This week’s theme is: Second Chances. Make sure you check to what the upcoming Monday Movie Memes are!

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Monday Movie MemeWhat sequels do you think are better than the original?
As a general rule of thumb, sequels are not better than the original. However, there are two exceptions: super hero movies and book adaptations.

Dark Knight Joker clappingSuper hero movie sequels are often better (or at least more exciting) than the original because they don’t have to spend the first half of the movie in the origin story, you get a lot more of the suited up hero in the sequel(s). My favorite super hero movie of all time is The Dark Knight. I liked Batman Begins and it’s important for setting up the rest of Christopher Nolan’s trilogy, but you don’t even see Batman until well into the movie. The Dark Knight not only gets into the action from the start but it stars Batman’s most notorious villain, The Joker — not to mention that Heath Ledger’s performance is iconic.

Harry Potter I love magicA lot of book-turned-movie sequels are better than the original for a lot of the same reasons. For example, in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone there’s a lot of set up at the Dursely’s and introduction to the wizarding world, whereas in the following movies Harry shows up at Hogwarts much sooner and we get to see more ~magic~.

What’s your favorite sequel?
The Dark Knight is strong competitor, but my favorite sequel has got to be Toy Story 3. The whole Toy Story trilogy is very personal for me as it is for a lot of Toy Story 3 Woody wavingmy generation. It felt like I grew up with Andy and the toys; I have had a Woody doll (complete with my name on the bottom of his boot) since childhood, I have a “to infinity and beyond” tattoo with my sister and I even graduated from high school the same that Toy Story 3 came out, so it really hit close to home. Toy Story 3 is a great movie by its own right and is the perfect ending to the series. (I know Pixar is making Toy Story 4, but it’s not a continuation of the trilogy.) Even though it absolutely breaks my heart and I can barely talk about this movie without at least tearing up, it’s one of my favorite movies.

No three words stir up more emotion from me than: “So long, partner.”
*cries under my desk*

What sequels probably shouldn’t have been made?
littlefoot tree starThere are a lot, but the first thing that came to mind was Land Before Time 2-789 (or however many there are). When I was very young and the movies were first coming out I loved them. As a child I thought the musical numbers were fun and liked watching all the various prehistoric adventures. But now when I go back and watch I appreciate the simplicity of the first Land Before Time and I know the original was the only one that should have been made.

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Monday Movie Meme: Star Wars

Monday Movie Meme

First and foremost, May the 4th be with you.

This week’s theme is: Star Wars! *cue light saber sound effects* Make sure you check to what the upcoming Monday Movie Memes are!

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What’s you favorite Star Wars movie?
Star Wars Return of the JediDefinitely Return of the Jedi. I recently rewatched the trilogy because I realized I couldn’t remember what happened in each movie specifically or really distinguish one from the other. Clearly this had to be remedied. After I watched The Empire Strikes Back I had another realization: pretty much everything cool hasn’t happened yet. So after seeing all the best parts (the Princess Leia in The Gold Bikini scene, Luke finally capable of doing anything, that sand worm monster, “I love you” “I know,” Ewoks…) I knew that Jedi was by far the best in the series.

Who is your favorite Star Wars character?
StormtroopersDo Stormtroopers count? I love Stormtroopers. I’ve found that there are three kinds of people: 1. Awesome people who love Stormtroopers, people who just get it; 2. Sad people who do not understand the awesome essence of Stormtroopers and don’t see their point; and 3. People who haven’t seen Star Wars (unfortunately these people exist).

Since Stormtroopers as a whole isn’t technically a character…I’d have to go with either Han Solo or Leia…but also R2D2, C3PO and Yoda…actually it’s too hard to pick.

Are Episodes I, II and III really as bad as everyone says?
jar jar binksI haven’t gotten to rewatching the prequel trilogy yet. So, I haven’t seen these movies since they first came out (in 1999, 2003 and 2005) when I was little. Child version of me thought these movies were really good. But I also liked Jingle All The Way and Kazam.

I need to watch them again to make a more informed opinion. But my prediction is that I will think they are okay/good but not great. I will also probably think that people give them way too much shit than they actually deserve. Much like Nickleback, I won’t hate them but I’ll think all the haters are hilarious.

If you’re introducing someone to Star Wars, in what order do you watch them?
I have always been a firm believer there is only one answer: the order they were released — IV, V, VI, I, II, III. I always thought there two options: release order (right) and episode order (wrong). However, I recently learned about another method for watching the series: The Ernst Rister Order/The Machete Ordersuggested viewing order Star Wars moviesI’ll leave you to read the article(s) if you care for a full explanation, but I must say that it’s actually pretty convincing. The main points are that the Ernst Rister Order and Machete Order allow you to start and end with the (better) original trilogy, A New Hope gives the best introduction the Star Wars universe, watching Episode V before the prequel trilogy avoids spoilers and Return of the Jedi offers the most satisfying ending.

While this makes a lot of sense, I need some time to let this order marinate before I sign off on it. For now I’ll stick with the ever popular Release Order.

Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens. Feelings?
Chewie we're homeF@#%ING STOKED. You have seen the second trailer, right? Holy shit. It looks amazing. I’m almost as excited for The Force Awakens as I’m excited for Jurassic World and the trailer makes almost as emotional. Not only are Luke, Leia and Han back, but there’s a bunch of other potentially awesome bad ass characters. Rey looks so freaking cool in the short time I see her I can’t imagine how awesome she is in the full film and A STORMTROOPER WITH A NAME. Finn is probably going to be the best character of time holy cow I don’t know how to contain myself. It also took me -4 seconds to fall in love with BB8.

All I know is that December 18 is going to be a mad house in every movie theater across the country and I can’t wait to be a part of it.

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