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A Walk To Remember

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A few days ago I was having one of those “I need to watch a sad movie now” moments. When that particular feeling strikes, I immediately turn to one of my favorite movies ever, ‘A Walk To Remember.’

Now, for those of you who have had the misfortune of not watching it yet, I recommend it. Ok, yes, its more of a chic flick (I mean c’mon, its based off a Nicholas Sparks book…) but even if you’re not that type of person I still think you should watch it at least once in your life. It has inspired me to be a person that tries to build a loving and faithful character throughout my life.

Before I start my review on the movie, I must say that I haven’t had the opportunity to read the book yet so my opinions are solely based on the film.

AWTR3Although this came out 11 years ago and was shot in 30-some days (I believe that’s what the director said…), Mandy Moore and Shane West carry the film through with admirable acting. Mandy plays the God-fearing, sweet Jamie Sullivan who is a laughable image for fellow classmates. Shane West depicts Landon Carter, one of the ‘cool’ kids who falls into trouble and depends on Jamie’s help to get through his AWTR4punishment. The two, as an easy prediction, draw close together and fall in love.

As Nicholas Sparks tends to do, a curveball is thrown and the progression of how Landon and Jamie grow through the obstacle begins (along with the start of my waterworks). If you’ve read my previous posts, you’ll know that I love all kinds of movies.. Especially romantic ones, if done well. To me, this one blew a multitude of other romantic movies right out of the water. Because it isn’t just about the relationship.

AWTRIt focuses on a period of time in a young girl’s life where she’s made fun of, bullied, harboring a life-changing secret and yet keeps the faith. The way Jamie stays true to what she believes, including her love for God and holding on to who she is, throughout her hardships makes me wonder if I would be able to do the same. Her amazing nature and words of encouragement helps Landon grow and mature considerably and I would one day love to help change someone’s life as much as Jamie changed his. Their progress as characters through this turning point in both of their lives makes their relationship that much sweeter to me. So over all this movie is just about perfection to me. Funny, cute, sad, a dash of action for the thrill of it… Not to mention, they throw in one of my favorite Bible verses (1 Corinthians 13:4-7).AWTR2

Of course the story is fiction and the characters, made up. But I believe in taking whatever you see and hear throughout your day (be it music, movies, words of wisdom, an act of kindness..) and applying it to your own life to make you a better person. I’m not saying watching GI Joe is going to make you macho man the next day. But open your horizons and learn from important lessons, be it made up or real.

Many blessings!

Hannah

Let’s Go to the Movies… Again!

Hello, everyone!

I had the experience of returning to our neighboring drive-in movie theater Wednesday night, where they were double-featuring Despicable Me 2 and Monsters University. This time around, I had the pleasure of hanging out with a couple of friends I haven’t seen in a while, along with my cousin from last time, who dared to brave the bugs with me again.

Side note: Speaking of bugs, my cousin did find that rubbing dryer sheets over your skin wards off the mosquitos. Its true! We came out looking like ourselves, instead of the polka-dotted pattern we sported last time.

ImageAfter several laughs, a few tricks, and way too much food it was dark enough for the first show to begin: Despicable Me 2. Gru captured my heart all over again with his amazing accent and half-villainous half-softy personality. The girls were adorable as ever, especially little Agnes, who madeImage me laugh just as much this time around as the first one. The minions, which I adore!, are incredibly comical and actually play a bit of a bigger role in this film compared to the first.The storyline, though easily predictable as you go along, brings out the best in all the characters, even more so in Gru who we get to see as more of a fatherly figure. All in all, I highly recommend Despicable Me 2 for kids and kids-at-heart alike!

Monsters University came next after about a fifteen intermission. I Imagedon’t know if it was because I was getting pretty tired or distracted by my friends, but I didn’t enjoy MU as much as I thought I would. Like I said, it could be me. Because trust me, I really wanted to like it. But by the end, I felt like the characters were just a tad bit cheated when it came to their personalities. Sully started out as an overly Imageconfident student  and Mike was a wide-eye wanna-be. To me personally, it just didn’t feel like the characters. Not throughout the entire movie, but through most of it. Despite my dislike for how the creators portrayed Sully and Mike, I did enjoy the evolvement of their friendship. Sully ends up being the huge but cuddly monster we know and love, and Mike the trusty side kick. The beginning gave a peek into Mike’s past and a good look of just how adorable he was as a youngster. The middle had its highs and lows but over-all lacked the charisma and hilarity of the first. The ending wasn’t nearly as glorious as what I imagined it would be and to me, made the whole story line rather pointless when it came down to how the two got to Monsters Inc.

Of course, all of this is just my own personal opinion and speculation. It doesn’t mean that I hated MU or that Despicable Me 2 didn’t have a few of its own flaws. I would even give Monsters University a second chance once it comes out on dvd. I just hope sharing my thoughts and feelings relating to any movie I blog about will help if you’re unsure about taking the time and money to go and see it.

-skip the next paragraph if you’re uninterested in reading about a few crazy things that happened after the movies were over… Its too hilarious not to share!-

I must say, though, before I wrap this up, that after the movies were finished and we were all packed and ready to go my car died! It was the first experience I’ve had of my car battery dying and of course we were out in the middle of a close-to-abandoned field at 3 in the morning! Long story short, we were able to find someone with jumper cables and we left to go home. The unfortunate events didn’t stop there though. My friend remembered that she left her phone so half way home we turned around and had to search the empty field for it! After successfully finding it, we left for home again. Halfway back, we forgot that my friends’ car (with all of their stuff inside) was parked at the building next to the drive in. So, we turned around yet again. But no, it didn’t just stop there. When I dropped off my friends back at their car, one of them broke their flip flop! Not that it wasn’t easily fixable, but at 3:30 am we were all slap-happy and saw it as yet another catastrophe. We all finally made it home, but of course had to finish with just one more problem… As we were unloading our things, my friend’s wheel off of her wheel chair popped off! Thankfully, it was a simple solution. Clumsy with sleepiness, it took a minute to get it popped back on. We ended up going to bed around 4 Thursday morning, and when I eventually woke up it was hard to believe that it all hadn’t been a dream!

Have you seen either movie yet? What are your thoughts and feelings about them?

Have a wonderful day and many blessings to you!

Hannah

Warm Bodies Warms the Heart?

Hey, everyone! Another movie to discuss for tonight!

I am not a Zombie person. I’m not into the gore or the concept behind it… Eating people? That’s just sick.

But boy, do I fall for the romance.

My zombie-loving cousin convinced me to join him in watching “Warm Bodies” tonight which I was a bit hesitant about. But I couldn’t deny the fact that I was just a tad bit interested due to the fact that there was a sensitive-protective-romantic guy as the main character… Aside from the fact that he is a zombie.

If you’re like me and prefer the tug-on-your-heartstrings kind of love over cannibalism (would it still be considered that in this case…? oh well), this movie could still be for you. If you can get past the occasional brain-eating scenes (which really aren’t too bad), then the concept of the whole storyline is actually cute.

I will admit… I was taken with the main character “R”, (portrayed by Nicholas Hault), and how deeply rooted he was to protecting and loving second main character, Julie (Teresa Palmer). As I tend to do, I became all but enamored with the sensitive male character -in this case, R- and was drawn to what he stood for.

What could a Zombie possibly stand for and represent? As cheesy as it may sound (ok, yeah it does sound pretty cheesy…) love. He fought against the odds to not only stay with Julie but to become someone again, someone he wasn’t ashamed of. I was actually reminded through this zombie-apocolypse film that much can be conquered through love, and when it comes right down to it, if you have love you have everything. Yeah… I’m all for those types of movies.

Zombie film or not, I was a goner whenever R made his intentions clear towards Julie (which actually happened a few different times, so my heart ended up melting quite a lot in the span of the full movie). I also fall for the great one-liners or witty slap-stick comedy, and Warm Bodies actually kept up a light-hearted sort of pace, amidst the occasional serious moment.

So, all in all, I’ll readily admit that I enjoyed myself while watching Warm Bodies. I’m glad I was open    enough to watch it and am actually tempted to go and buy the dvd soon.

And yes… Warm Bodies did indeed end up warming my heart.

Blessings!

Hannah

Chapter 3: Let’s Go to the Movies!

Hi, everyone! I know I haven’t posted for a few days and I’m truly sorry! But here I am, and I’m excited to dig into today’s topic!

My family and I have the pleasure of living only a mile and a half away from a drive-in theater. If you never have experienced a drive-in, it is definitely worth the bugs and occasional humid conditions to at least go once.

Last week as I was passing by, I saw on the drive-in’s sign that the new “Man of Steel” and “Star Trek: Into Darkness” were going to double feature, and I’m not joking when I say that I screamed because I was so excited! ImageFirst of all, I fell in love with Star Trek: Into Darkness when I first watched it with my mom a few weeks ago and second, Man of Steel was something I have been anxious to see as soon as I first heard about it. I mean come on… Its Superman!

So I convinced my cousin to come with me and let’s just say I was a bit overly anxious… We got there two hours before the drive-in even opened. Yeah. Pathetic, right? (But give me this, I didn’t know it opened at 8, not 7 like I originally thought so partially not my fault.) But still, we sat there until the owner waved for me to pull forward to lead the line of two cars into that beautiful field so we could wait another two hours before it got dark outside.

My poor cousin… He handled it all without complaint, although he was getting pretty hot. But the poor kid had to sit with me for four hours before Superman even started! He may need some therapy.

Despite my window shield being unbearably foggy and the mosquitos -who were having a buffet on my feet-, I had a blast! Three 16-oz cans of diet Mountain Dew kept me running through both movies until 2:30 am this morning when I got home, and I wish I could do it all over again! Yes, even the four hours of worthless waiting that I did. (Hey I thought all the geeks like me would flock to such a showing!)

I really enjoyed Man of Steel and have discovered one my new favorite super heroes (no one can top Batman for me…But Mr. Kent was pretty darn close). To me, the visual effects were amazing (but it really doesn’t take a lot to amaze me) and the story line was pretty interesting and easy to follow. I thoroughly enjoyed Henry Caville’s depiction of Clark Kent/ Cal-el/Superman, along with the supporting actors of Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Russell Crowe (Superman’s father), and Kevin Costner (Superman’s human father). I was touched not only by Mr. Kent’s love for humanity but by the paths he took, the questions he asked, the determination he possessed as he grew to who we see as Superman.  I have already heard the typical mixed reviews for this movie, but I think you gotta see it for yourself to develop your own opinion. I personally think it was a good starter for the (more than likely) other Superman movies that will follow along after.

And then re-watching Star Trek last night… this morning… whenever that was… just gave me a firmer Imageresolve in my love for the characters and, of course, Spock and Kirk’s amazing bromance they have going on. I just can’t get enough of it, and I’m sorry. If I could just give them both a hug, though, my life would be complete. That entire movie is incredible and I am on the edge of my seat (already!) waiting for it to come out on DVD and I’m also anxious to hear when and if there will be more movies (There will be more, right? There has to be!)

Have you gone to see either movie yet? Like them as much as me? Have you had any fun experiences at a drive-in theater? Share your thoughts! Always love to hear from you all!

Thanks for reading and much love!

Hannah

One Day More

Hey guys!

If you are a Les Mis fan, you’ll recognize the title of my post for today. It has a double meaning for me tonight as I’m dreading tomorrow… My last day at a daycare where I’ve been employed  for close to two years now. We are shutting down due to low funds and I’ve already had to say goodbye to around 10-15 kids so far. The rest of my farewells will be tomorrow to approximately 45 kids. And even though I’m ready to move on for several different reasons, I do not want to go through those goodbyes. 

And so, of course, running through my head are the sad songs from the saddest movie/play I’ve ever seen… Les Mis. (I have said in previous blogs most anything in my life I can bring back to something from a movie, book or music!) I can hold my emotions in check pretty well but tonight its been a struggle. 

I am ready to move on but please do keep your thoughts and prayers for me and about 20 other of my fellow employees who will be without a job after tomorrow. Thank you so much!

All my love,

Hannah

Geek Time!

Hello everyone!

Tonight’s post will be short because sleep is calling me… I just can’t ignore it!

So for this round, I am going to be a geek freak. My apologies. But its not overly done, I promise. So.. here we go.

I have never watched the Star Trek series in my life. But after seeing the first movie from 2009 (I believe…) I have wanted to know everything about it. So yesterday, I basically dragged my mom (the only one willing to see it with me…) to see “Into The Darkness”. I have heard a lot of mixed reviews, as every movie has, but all in all I really enjoyed myself! Maybe it was the slap stick humor that I

Zachary Quinto as Spock in the 2009 Star Trek film

always fall for or the fact that Spock is officially my hero… either way, I’d give it a 9/10. (Considering Kirk’s character is a little bit of a womanizer but I won’t get into that because I still like him, too).

I know I know… I haven’t even seen the original series! And I’ll be getting right on that (if I can find someone willing to loan me their copy..)  with a pretty open summer ahead of me.

Share your thoughts! If you’ve seen the movie(s) let me know what you think of them! (keep in mind, I’m basically a newbie here when it comes to the entirety of ST…)

Thanks!

All my love,

Hannah!