Saturday, July 30, 2011

Double Feature Theater by Go, See, Talk!

Marc C. of the cineblog GO, SEE, TALK! has organized some fun summer movie things, one of them being called Double Feature Theater. 

Double Feature is, essentially, you imagining yourself as a theater owner, and posting your schedule for one week's worth of double features, with the exception of Sunday's being a Triple Feature. How the movies are paired up is entirely up to you. 

Sound fun? Heehee. I thought so.

While the common threads to use are actors/actresses, directors, genres or common themes, I find myself drifting toward pairing by genre and common theme. Anyway.


Also, please help yourself to some popcorn:

Well, without further ado, here is your Director's very own 'Double Feature Theater!' Enjoy ;)

(all poster photos courtesy of

Roman Britain

King Arthur and The Eagle

Both have to do with Hadrian's Wall. Both have kinda crazy lookin' natives. And both are pretty cool, to me anyway, despite their faults.

Animation in the Air

 UP and How To Train Your Dragon

Sure, one is Disney-Pixar and one is Dreamworks, but both are epic and awesome. The similar theme is... well.... flying. Though, one is by dragons and one by a floating house. And sure, the dynamics are different but they're both incredibly fun and adventurous. I would love to see both of these in one day, haha.

True War Stories

The Great Raid and Defiance 

Confession: I have a massive soft spot for war movies. Which is weird, because there is nothing soft about war movies. But I love them. The ones based one true stories, at least. And as far as the lesser-known true stories go, these two are my favorites. Not very exciting as far as edge-of-your-seat action, of course, but that's not what they're there for.

One Of 'Em Might Have Won Best Picture If It Hadn't Been For The Return of the King...


Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World and Seabiscuit

Two very favorite films of mine. Both excel in cinematography, acting, music, and storytelling. Two of the strongest, most well-done films I've seen. And whaddya know, they were both Oscar Nominees!
(Oddly enough, about the music, neither one has a very strong melody and the music serves as a texture and backdrop rather than what carries the story, as it were.)

Old Family Favorites

Fiddler on the Roof and Lilies of the Field

Watching these two films are among my earliest memories. Heartwarming but bittersweet tales that have song, dance, and high quotability. Older films that don't depend on effects and bright flashes to make their mark.

Silliness. And Llamas. And Pandas.

The Emperor's New Groove and Kung Fu Panda

Two different styles of animation. Two different studios. Two different worlds. And yet what draws these together are their consistent hilarity, lightheartedness, and fresh, unique dilemmas. These two never fail to tickle me.

Triple Feature: The Heavy Hitters

Billy Elliot, Corrina, Corrina, and The Pursuit of Happyness.

Three stories that... well, you don't forget them easy. They all take a little time to digest, and the depth of each of them leaves you thoughtful. They aren't for the youngsters. None of them are a walk in the park; but neither are they depressing. They're poignant stories of love, happyness, and passion that are fraught with sacrifice and change. I love every single one of them.
These are a few more of the close-to-perfect films in my book. The cinematography in particular is absolutely beautiful.Very much in my Top 10.

(Not to say that these R, PG and PG-13 films couldn't use the skip button here and there, but well, that's movies for you.)

Applause for our two runner-ups:
(Out of all of these, I've only seen October Sky. However, I've been begging my mom to let me watch the last three ;)

The Mining Town Double Feature
Kinda weird combination, but they both take place in mining towns and have to do with something other than mining, be it rockets or guns.  

and the American History Triple Feature.
Again, me and the war films. But this isn't blood and gore for the sake of blood and gore- this is history, and we would do well to remember it. 

Hope you enjoyed, and thanks to all of you for reading!

And thanks so much for this, Marc! I enjoyed myself muchly. 

Head on over to GO, SEE, TALK! for the whole list of bloggers participating.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Purely Amazing- America's Got Talent: Silhouettes

This has got to be the coolest thing I have ever seen.

I got shivers and tingles the whole time.

By the third picture I wanted to cry. (But I didn't because I don't cry easy.......)

I think you'll get a kick out of this. It's 42 ballet dancers who use a screen and a light to make these amazing silhouettes. It's not even about the ballet- the dancing is merely a transition between pictures.

They got a standing ovation and SO deserved it.

(Go straight to the 1:02 mark if you don't have time for the intro. The actual presentation is less than two minutes long so don't feel pressured to sit and watch for the whole 4:53.)

Enjoy :]

Your Thoughts?

As you can see, I drastically changed the look of CQC. What do you think of the re-design? Is any text hard to read? Is there too much blue? Brown not working?? Did I do something silly? Do you like it?

Please, comment away! I love input ;)

Answer to Guess the Movie (I almost forgot!)

Well, y'all were right on the picture:

This, my lovely friends, is TRON: Legacy. Sam and Kevin Flynn and Quorra having dinner :]

And the quote:

"Luke, if your uncle finds a translator be sure it speaks Bochee."

"Doesn't look like we'll have much of a choice, but I'll remind him."

Aunt Beru from Star Wars: Episode 4 A New Hope.

Applause for all you smart people ;)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

A New Poll

Hey you guys, I have another poll up. It may seem kinda weird. It's a How Old Are You poll :P

Reason for it is that I am just curious as to the general age of my, for lack of a better word, "audience." I know (think) a large chunk of you are my age or older, but I would like a better frame of reference.

Particularly when I discuss books or movies is when I wish I knew how old my followers are, because I would feel weird recommending more of the older-ish-person-targeted books/movies if the majority of you are younger than I am. *cough* Know what I mean??

Mainly, though, I'm just curious.

So, please do this poll for me. Pretty please??

And in case you were wondering, I won't be able to tell which people answered it. All I will see is the results, not who did them, so you aren't really 'giving away your age' if that's a concern ;)

And, yes, thanks Sophia-- I am 14, turning 15 in January :]

Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Most Massively Awesome Quote Ever

Hello and How Fare Ye from Missouri!

I was just reading the transcript of the Adventures of Tintin panel at the San Diego Comic Con, and they released a few extended clips of things we had originally seen in the last trailer.

One being when Tintin and Haddock are in the little boat and are being shot at by the yellow biplane.

Found in that scene, this is seriously the best line ever and has given me much delight:

"We've got bad news," says Tintin. "We've only got one bullet."

"What's the good news?" asks Haddock.

"We've got one bullet," says Tintin, taking aim at the plane.   

I don't know if that thrills anyone else to a million pieces,  but it just gave me such a glimpse of the movie. And really, it's a great line and I can totally see it playing out in the film.
*starts giggling uncontrollably*

Also, a new image was released:

Anyway, that's all I have to say.

You can read the transcript of the panel here

And if you really need a major Tintin fix, you can view some interviews of the cast and crew from Norway here and here.  (The second one is better, as there are less clips and more of the actual interview.)

So, how's everybody doing?? Anyway, fare ye well and don't get bitten by bugs.

ttfn :]

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Another Guess the Movie (while I'm in the land of hot and humid)

Here's a frame fragment:

......kinda cryptic, kinda not.....

And here's an (unrelated) quote:

"Doesn't look like we have much of a choice, but I'll remind him."

The answers won't be revealed until the 27th, when I get home, so you have plenty of time to guess away!


Hint: the only thing that ties these two movies together are their genre.

See y'all soon! Keep the ol' blog company while I'm gone, feel free to converse among yourselves and please partake of some shortbread:

Or some popcorn if you'd rather:


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Answer to Guess the Movie!

Here's the full frame:

To those who guessed The Two Towers at the grave of Theodred, you are correct! Congrats! :D

And here's who was there:

Hey, wonderful followers- do you want more of these movie guessing games?? I had fun- tell me if you did or not in the comments please!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Any of you live......

In Missouri? Particularly near Rolla?

Just wondering. I'll be there for the next whole week.


Land of hot and humid here I come!!!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Guess the Movie!

What movie is this fragment of a frame from?

To go even deeper, if you're really sure, tell me WHAT scene it is and WHO is in the scene. (Scene, mind you, not shot.)

Go ahead and start guessing :D

p.s. Was this too hard?

The Dwarves of The Hobbit We Have!

Honestly, I think the setup looks pretty silly, possibly cheesy but the dwarves themselves look pretty sweet if you put them in context... and I'm sure they'll look fabulous in the film.

Take a look!


Oin and Gloin:

My favs so far, Fili and Kili:

Bombur, Bofur, and Bifur:

Balin and Dwalin:

Thorin Oakenshield:

His picture is probably the epicest. :]

Whathca y'all think??? Who's your favorite??

Friday, July 15, 2011

Movie Talk: Adaption

It's been a thought on my mind lately, adaptions.

The word means different things for novelists and filmmakers. Mind if I briefly discuss what that word means for filmmakers, and really, the very different views on adapting books to screen?

Because I think something that a lot of book-lovers end up saying after watching an adapted film, is:

"What on earth were they thinking?!?"

And being a filmmaker and a novelist, and an avid book-lover and movie-lover, I thought I might enlighten the book-lovers as to where the filmmakers are coming from. May not make you guys any happier, but at least you might understand their mindset :]

**NOTE: I will reference a few films below, some of which I have not even seen. So, I do not endorse all the films mentioned in the following. Just so you know ;)**

Allow me to compare four different directors and adapted films:

Director of the film Jumper, Doug Liman, said that they took only one scene directly from the book it was based on- mainly because it was a flashback scene and helped explain his teleportation- and the rest was Steven Gould's Jumper story re-imagined into a film.

They didn't take the plot from the book and translate it onto the screen. They completely re-imagined the story.

(Of course, Liman likes working with an unlocked script so that might be why.....)

Anyway I thought it was interesting, because maybe, someone who had read the book and then watched the movie would just say that they had ruined it, instead of remarking on how it was re-imagined. But what they did was take the premise of the book, and make it a movie.

Peter Jackson, director of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, wanted to keep the films as accurate to the books  as possible, as far as I know. The screenplays were written keeping as close to the books as possible. Every time they tried to steer away form the books and write out something new, they found themselves having to come back to the book, because Tolkien was a genius and he knew what he was doing. So, the films were made to, literally, bring the books to life on the screen. And I don't think there's a fan of the book out there that can watch the movies and not commend them.

Director of Master and Commader: The Far Side of the World, Peter Weir said that what happens when one adapts a book to a screenplay is that, figuratively, you shake out the book, and all the words fall out onto the table. And all that's left is a bare outline of the characters and the plot, and you have to replace all those shaken out words with images.

Peter Weir kept very closely with the heart of the books, and while the storyline may have been changed slightly, that change pales when you look at what an amazing movie it is. Honestly. I have never heard anyone rant about how they changed the story from the book. (Partly because there are so many books, and one itty bitty changed plotline doesn't really matter that much... but anyway.)

Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg are making Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn right now, and it comes out in December. (W00T! And actually, Herge actually said that if anyone was to make a movie out of Tintin, he wanted that person to be Spielberg. His wish has been fulfilled!)

Anyway, I was watching several interviews, and Jamie Bell, who plays Tintin, said that he's a very big Tintin fan, and so are Pete and Steven. And they've kept extremely close to the books and to Herge, which of course, any fan of any book/series is glad to hear about an upcoming film.

Here I have to chuckle. 

See, of course, Tintin hasn't been released yet, so we have yet to see what they all mean when they say they keep very close to the books. And I don't mean that in a derogatory or sarcastic way: it's just that when filmmakers say "accurate," it's not always with the same meaning that the book fans are thinking when they hear the word, "accurate."

(I, personally, hold great faith in Spielberg, Pete, Jamie, Daniel Craig and everybody else involved in this film. The utmost confidence, I have. For the record, you know?)

See, no book fan can ever anticipate seeing the film as a carbon-copy of the book it was based off of. It just doesn't happen that way. The book fans expect to see the book on the screen, you see. They aren't thinking the way the filmmakers are.

Of course, sometimes it depends on the book. The Lord of the Rings was one of those stories that had to stick to the books, as massive and well-thought-out as they are. Jumper or Master and Commander, on the other hand, could be dealt with a little looser than LOTR.

Despite the different approaches, the mindset of the filmmaker is always to find a way to re-invent, re-imagine, or re-tell the story on the screen.

And sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn't.

I don't suppose I have a real "moral-to-the-story" here. It's just interesting to compare the views of the bookies and the film-folk. (Wow, new terminology here!)

But personally, I think if the filmmakers have enough respect for the book, and try to keep the essence of the story, the adaption will be a success.

And some adaptions are great movies, but fail in the actual representation of the book. Others, however, are nearly perfect adaptions, but fail in winning over the movie-goers who aren't familiar with the book.

It's a fine line the filmmakers walk: they have the task of pleasing two worlds- the book fans and the moviegoers.

What do you think?

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

New Poll!

 Hey people!!

I have to say-- I now have 91 followers. BIG hug to you lovely people- you make me very happy :)

So seeing that I'm getting close to the 100-follower mark, I think it's time to start thinking about another giveaway. A 100-Follower Giveaway. Sound good?

I know last giveaway was a book/notebook giveaway and I thought for this one I'd put up a poll and see what kinds of things YOU would like to see for this next one.

The poll is right above the Connect the Plot button.

See you soon!