May 18, 2014

The Winter Soldier Movie Review

This movie was amazing. Just peer, utter awesomeness. I've been wanting to go see it for a while now, but I never really got around to it until today.

And boy am I glad I did.

First off, just let me say that I've never been a huge Captain America fan. I mean, he's okay, but... he's never been very high on my list of favorites.

This movie has quickly zoomed to the top of my list of favorite movies. And my list of most feels-y movies, too.

But I'm sure you'd prefer it if I started discussing the specifics, instead of just ranting about how good it was.

The plot twists were absolutely amazing. Disturbing, but amazing. I love a good plot twist, and I certainly wasn't disappointed. I really wonder how they're going to handle the aftermath. I won't spoil it for you, though ;)

Secondly, there were some fabulous one-liners, as I would expect of a Marvel movie. And some very gif and meme worthy moments, too.

Yes. A perfect description of my feelings for DC and Marvel

And then there were the Easter Eggs. Natasha's arrow necklace. The way names like "Stephen Strange" were casually dropped here and there... The little things all added up.

The plot was gorgeously executed, too. I never felt like it was moving too quickly or too slowly- it was just right. And then the fact that it didn't really end. HYDRA is still out there- cut one head off, and two grow back.

The stuntwork and CGI was excellent, too. The fight scenes were very nicely done. I especially liked the police chase with Nick Fury and SHIELD. It certainly kept me on the edge of my seat. And anything with Bucky was very well done, too.

And the feels. There were lots of feels.

Why didn't this happen.

my feels

So, in summary. Beautiful movie. Lots of feels. And maybe I can come up with something bad to say about it later so this is more of a review and less of a "ohmygosh this movie was so cool" rant.

But probably not.

Seriously though.

And you've probably guessed by now that my rating is a 10/10.

May 12, 2014

Review: The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow. Just... wow.

This book blew me off the face of the earth. I mean, not literally, but... it was really good. Really, really good.

First off, there's the absolutely gorgeous, yet simplistic, cover. People are always telling me "don't judge a book by its cover!" But so far, it's seemed a pretty accurate rubric, with a few exceptions.

TFIOS has one of my favorite covers ever. It looks as though it's made of clipart, yet it has a nice artsy feel to it. I love it.

Secondly, this book is sad. If you're looking for a fun, easy read with no tears and very few metaphors, skip this book. Then come back to it when you're ready because it's not to be missed.


And then there were the metaphors.

This book is stuffed with so many metaphors, I was still picking up on new things during my second read of it, and I'm sure that if I decide to read it again I'll pick up on some more.

And then there were some absolutely beautiful quotes.

"I fell in love the way you fall asleep. Slowly, then all at once."

"Some infinities are bigger than other infinities."

"My thoughts are stars I can't fathom into constellations."

You get the picture.

And then there was John Green.

I want to write like John Green someday.

One of my favorite things about John Green is the way he writes books inside of books, then quotes these books in his books. If that makes any sense at all. An Imperial Affliction nested so nicely inside of TFIOS. It was amazing.

Actually, the whole book was amazing.

So, those are my thoughts on it... what did you think of TFIOS?

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May 6, 2014

TCWT Blog Chain

So, Teens Can Write, Too is back, along with their blog chain! Yay! So, anyway, this month's prompt looked like a lot of fun, and I figured... hey, why not?

What kinds of YA Fiction books would you like to see more of?

First of all, I'd like a bit more... variety in the romance department. More LGBTQ+ characters. Characters who don't fall in love. That kind of thing. YA seems cliche now, if only because of all the love triangles. I don't mind romance, but how about something without it for a change?

Also, I would enjoy some more fantasy. Vampire stories are not included. Quality fantasy is hard to find in the YA area; I really wish there was more.

On that subject: I also want more sci-fi. Dystopian novels are so overdone; it seems like most of them are just like The Giver ripoffs.

Fourth: More John Green. 'Nuff said.

I know there are quite a few of these, but I really enjoy retellings of fairy tales. So some more of those would be nice too.

Another: More historical fiction. I really enjoy good historical fiction, but it's hard to find in the YA genre.

And, finally: some smart, nerdy girls. There are tons of romances where nerdy guys fall in love with cool girls... why not the other way around?

May 4, 2014

Happy May the Fourth!

So, for those of you who didn't know already, May the Fourth is Star Wars Day. You know... May the Fourth Be With You? One of my favorite horrible puns.

Anyway. Here are five things to do for May the Fourth... Have fun!

1. A Star Wars marathon. Duh. What else would you do on Star Wars Day, if not a Star Wars movie marathon?

-Haven't seen them before and have limited time? Stick with the originals, Episodes IV, V, VI. They're much better, in my opinion.

-Seen them a billion times already? Watch them again. Or you can go with one of the other ideas. But whatever you do, don't watch Star Trek. Today is for Star Wars.

2. Cosplay. You don't need to go all out. Han Solo, for example, is a pretty simple one. Plus, the genderswapped versions look really nice.

Female Han Solo Cosplay by ~milkchess on deviantART. I would totally do this over Princess Leia

3. Come up with some corny Star Wars puns of your own. Like Ham Solo.

star wars puns ham solo

Or Adobe Wan Kenobi.

star wars puns adobe wan kenobi

Or any of these.

star wars puns dewback

star wars puns dark side moon

star wars puns lando lakes

star wars puns its a frap

Sorry. I'll stop now.

4. Play the X-Wing Miniatures game. The ultimate of nerdiness? Combining your favorite sci-fi movie with an awesome strategy game. Plus, it's fun.

5. Check out the cast for the new movie, and predict what it'll be like.

Here's the list.

And here are a couple of ideas about it.

So, anyway. Happy Star Wars Day! Have fun :)

May the Fourth be with you! Happy Star Wars Day!