Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
I am hoping she gets back on track. I say this as a former fan. I am still waiting for her to make a dynamite movie. She better do one soon before she becomes obsolete. However, if Britney Spears can come back, so can Lindsay Lohan...because she actually has talent. (Okay, I admit Britney's songs are catchy. Damnit.)
From the first page, I was interested. It is the book I have always been looking for! There are adventure, magic, odd characters, and other worlds. I really don't want anyone who's even thinking of reading the book to read the synopsis in the next paragraph! It was all the more exciting because I had no idea what was going to happen. I didn't even read the back of the book, when I bought it.
(Spoiler Alert!) So Inkheart is about a girl, named Meggie, and her father, who she calls Mo (very cute). One night, a strange man who knows Mo comes to their door warning them to get out of town because a man named Capricorn is looking for them, and he's getting close. Leaving town right away, Mo takes Meggie on a desperate journey to hide the coveted item that Capricorn is looking for, a book called Inkheart. We later learn that when Mo reads a book aloud, things and even characters come out of it. The evil Capricorn and other characters were all read out of the book long ago when Meggie was young. Captured by Capricorn, he forces Mo to read treasures and other evil characters out of the book, so that Carpicorn can take over our world. Meggie and Mo work together to figure out how to put Capricorn and his men back into the book in which they belong. (Spoiling over!)
The book is a trilogy! You know how us sisters love trilogies. The next two books after this one is Inkspell and Indeath. They all came out already, so don't be upset when you finish Inheart! I looked the author up, Cornelia Funke and found out the original versions of this book is in German! They were translated into English, so that was pretty cool.
Go forth and read!
I give this book 4.8 stars!
(After finishing the entire trilogy, I will blog about it again.)
Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
There is something about body switching or father becomes son or mother becomes daughter movies (whatever you want to call it) that are timeless. That is why they keep making them...Big, Freaky Friday, Vice Versa and Like Father Like Son. People may think the concept is dumb, and it is. What makes them work are the actors who make something so ridiculous seem believable.
The same goes for 17 Again. Zac Efron really seemed like an adult trapped in a teenager's body. His speech about safe sex was really funny. His interaction with his ex-wife who is 20 years his senior wasn't creepy at all. He said and did things that his older self would have said and done. It made perfect sense that he really was 37 years old but looked like a teenager. This movie was hilarious but, at the same time, heartwarming.
So you should watch it! Anyone would enjoy this movie, even boys. I was sitting in front of these guys (no girls in the group) who obviously liked the movie. They were laughing really loud like every few minutes. It was really annoying. But aside from that, I enjoyed my movie going experience by myself.
Update 4/27/09: This is a picture of Matthew Perry when he was young. It is not totally unimaginable that he looked like Zac Efron when he was younger. Am I right? No?
Saturday, April 25, 2009
A team of South Korean scientists has created the world’s first fluorescent puppy, according to New Scientist magazine.
By normal light, Ruppy looks like any other beagle puppy. In ultraviolet light, she glows red. She's the first transgenic puppy, meaning she was created with some genetic material from another creature -- in this case, cloned cells that include a red fluorescent gene sea anemones produce. Researchers from the Seoul National University in South Korea released the photos this week.Ruppy is transgenic, meaning she has genes from another animal. Scientists said they hope this will pave the way to model human diseases in dogs, whose relatively long life-span could make them better study subjects than other animals.
This is horrible and unnatural! Death and disease are a normal process of life, and messing with that can cause overpopulation and health problems. Diseased animals and humans that were supposed to die, will live and breed, which makes our future look unhealthy and mutated.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
You really shouldn't judge a book by its cover. Cliche, I know, but still relevant and true. For a picture of the guy and the latest news, click here. I rather not put a picture of him on this blog because it's creepy.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
This comic strip portrays me, not only because it's all done in my particular style, but also because the story line is a lot like my life. Whenever something bad happens, it usually ends pretty well. I consider myself a very lucky person. Plus, I love ice cream! (Notice the doll is given mint chocolate chip in the end. My fav!)
I added some pictures of my piece actually hung on a wall. This is when I presented it to my class. It seems mine was very different. I'm the only one who uses Adobe Illustrator. Most use Adobe Photoshop and don't want to go near Illustrator.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Moonlight is friggin' awesome except for the fact that Dohring is hardly in it. But then I discovered a new love, Australian actor Alex O'Loughlin. The premise of the show isn't very original. It is about a vampire who is also a private detective. Sound familiar? Angel, maybe. And for some reason, the usual rules of vampires don't even apply. In Moonlight, they can walk around in the sun, which causes them only minor discomfort. Stakes in the heart don't kill them, only paralyze them. The main character, Mick played by O'Loughlin, is not even very pale...he always has a nice tan. So why do I like the show? Although it seems like just another vampire show, the storyline of each episode is interesting and entertaining. And you can't help but like Mick. I think CBS realized that they found a star in O'Loughlin and signed a long term contract with him after Moonlight was canceled. So I'll be seeing him in another show. Oh, and I will follow him...there is no doubt about that.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
As I was reading it, my friend told me that she had the first season of Neverwhere . I realized it started out as a BBC show! Neil Gaiman (also wrote Coraline and Star Dust) was a scriptwriter for the show. After the show was canceled, Gaiman wrote the book! I watched the first episode. It's weird because it's basically the same-- almost every line!
I heard they're making a movie. It's all coming out in such a weird order! First a show, then a book, then a movie. All I know is, it's coming out in 2009.
The book was pretty good. I love adventure stories, so if you do too, then you'll most likely enjoy this book.
I give it 4 stars!
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
MAJOR SPOILER ALERT!
LOOK NO FURTHER!
WARNING!! (This means you, Tina and Wil)
Gripping. That's the word I'd use to describe this book. I've never called a book "gripping" before, but it's apt here. Once I started reading it, I was immediately captivated by the setting, heroine, and her struggles. I knew within the first page that I was going to like this book. Katniss (that's her name) is strong-willed, cunning and the oldest of her family (like me!). The time is the future although we don't know exactly when. The world has been devastated by war, and North America, now called Panem, has fallen to a dictatorship called the Capitol. Panem is divided into twelve districts. There was a thirteenth that was destroyed during the revolt. Katniss lives in District 12, the poorest of the districts.
Katniss wakes up every morning to hunt for her family and barter for goods in the town. However, this particular morning is different because it is the day of the Reaping, an annual and mandatory holiday. We don't know what the Reaping is initially, but we know that Katniss and her hunting partner, Gale, are terrified. Then everyone in town gather in the square, and the Reaping begins. Names of one girl and one boy from each district are randomly selected to participate in the most horrible and goriest fight of their life, which is televised for all to see. (It reminded me a bit of the short story called Lottery.) Somehow, Katniss becomes a tribute for District 12 and is taken away from her family to participate in the Hunger Games.
Okay, that is all the detail I can give you. I hope my review was "gripping" enough to make you pick up this book and read it.
This game centers around 6 basic games. 'What not' is like Taboo except you have to describe the word saying what it is not. 'Mime Twist' is charades. In 'Hum Punch,' you hum a song and your team guesses. 'Clay Smoothie' you mold the word with clay to get your team guessing. 'Straight Up' is fun. Whoever's turn it is, rolls a dice that says things like: 'I like...', 'I want..', 'I am..', etc. Everyone else has to finish that sentence for the roller as best they can. Then the roller has to pick their two favorite. If they pick someone in their team, they get the point. Then there is 'Bouncers.' This game involves 2 balls and 5 cups. There are all different Bouncers games, but they all involve bouncing the ball.
I recommend this game for adults who have a lot of parties or get-togethers at their house. This game has a few bad words in it, so I'm serious when I say it's only for adults!!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Other highlights from the episode (Spoiler Alert!):
- How Barney confessed to Marshall that he loves Robin: "I...wait for it...am...wait for it...in...wait for it...love...wait for it...with...wait for it...a...wait for it...certain..." So stinkin' cute!
- Marshall told Barney that Lily and he would sit on the same side of the booth, so Barney and Robin could sit together. Barney's reaction was "awwww..." That was what I was thinking.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Other celebrities on the show were Jessica Simpson, Jeff Probst, Mario Lopez, LeAnn Rimes and Ice T. I thought they were all charming and likeable on the show. The concept is the same as Punk'd, I suppose. I thought Punk'd really showed the true colors of some celebrities. However, in this show, the celebrities are the ones in control of the situation and don't end up looking like dopes in the end.
I know this post is kinda late...like 10 days too late. But I just had a chance to catch it online yesterday. You can see the entire episode on cbs.com.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
While looking for pictures of Seth, I found a couple random, but interesting, photos:One word: Scandalous
Anyhow, there are gems here and there like the CGI and James Marsden. The number one for me is Superman himself. Brandon Routh is really the perfect Superman...he looks like Christopher Reeves for goodness' sake. I remember when I first saw the commercial for it, and I remarked who is that hottie mchottie?!? His Superman impression is pretty good--stone-faced, reserved, stoic. You may call that bad acting. But that's Superman, so it really worked for me. And even though he was emotionless, he exuded charisma...it's no wonder Lois Lane fell in love with him. And so did I...
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
I just have to say Nathan Fillion is so awesome. Joss Whedon discovered him, so he must be talented. (Exception: Sarah Michelle Gellar can't play anyone but Buffy.) I hope Nathan Fillon makes it in show biz. He has already been in one TV show that was cancelled prematurely. Ahem, Firefly. You gotta watch it! So recently I followed him to this new show called Castle. I was really skeptical that it would be any good because it seemed like just another cop show. The series premeire was meh, but then he really shined in all subsequent episodes. He is so darn charming and funny. He made a regular cop show actually watchable. I don't know if Castle will be his big break. Can he keep it up? I hope so. Or if not, I hope his next TV show is as awesome as he is.
Monday, April 6, 2009
But I still want to ask when and why did actors start "acting" in animated movies? I don't understand why it is necessary. Do actors tied to movies really get more kids to watch? More adults? Are they any better than voice actors? I doubt it. I remember the days when Disney movies were actually drawn and when you didn't recognize the voices from somewhere else. I kinda liked it that way. I think it all started with Aladdin with Robin Williams as the voice of the Genie. Then it became the trend--JTT and Whoopi Goldberg in Lion King and Mel Gibson in Pocahontas. Now, it has become the standard.
I feel bad for all of those voice actors who are now out of work. That's messed up. Actors should just stick to feature films and leave well enough alone.
Friday, April 3, 2009
Some of my favorite songs are:
Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)
His songs are really catchy and poppy. Before you know it, you'll be doing the running man and shaking your booty to his music!
Random facts about Mika:
-He was born in Beurit, Lebonon
-He had problems with dyslexia when he was young
-His name is actually Mica, but he changed the "c" to a "k" because he was frustrated with people who had problems pronouncing his name
-His sister Yasmine, who works as an artist, painted the cartoon art for his album Life in Cartoon Motion, and she is currently a fashion designer.
Because I don't particularly love all of the songs on this album, I'll give it 4.5 stars. Sorry, Mika! I love you!
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Before the show, I told my husband that I really wanted to get a picture with him. And I did it! He was standing around after the show. We almost passed by him without even knowing it. Luckily, I saw some people crowded around him. So I went up to him giddy-like and gave him an enthusiastic "HI!" My husband told me later that he imitated me. Haha! Hal Sparks made fun of me! How cool is that? I didn't even notice because I was too excited. Then I told him that I loved him in Queer as Folk. He said thanks...I think I recall. And I gave him a hug!! Then my husband took our picture! It was a good one too. Woohoo! It was awesome! I heart Hal Sparks.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
2. Have the kids accidentally calling me "Mommy" (shudder)
3. Be sick of amusement parks
4. Be in love with celebs that are the same age as my sisters
4/1/09 Update by Tara:
Laura did not watch Monday's episode of How I Met Your Mother, so I will explain where this version of the list came from. Ted came up with the Murtaugh list and said he was too old for this sh...stuff. So Barney took it upon himself to do everything on the list in 24 hours. Then Robin came up with the "too young for this stuff" list, and Barney challenged Ted to complete it. Turns out that Ted makes a great "old man." It was easy for him to eat dinner at 4pm, sleep at 8pm, and take too long to pick up the phone. Haha! Anyway, it was a pretty funny episode.
I noticed how short Laura's list is. It's because she is too friggin' young to do a lot of things. Did I mention that I hate Laura? ;)
2. Enjoy arts and crafts more than my nieces.
3. Call my mommy "mommy."
4. Talk like my three-year-old niece.
5. Participate in kids' birthday party games or Easter egg hunts.
6. Finger paint.
7. Sing Disney songs or rewatch the movies on occasion.
8. Actually laugh when I'm watching Drake and Josh with the kids (and Tina).
9. Like playing in kiddie parks.
10. Love moon bounces.
Tara's Suggestions for Laura's Murtaugh List
- Be considered a "kid."
- Sit at the kid's table.
- Not help out at holiday dinners (although I have to give Laura credit for helping us wash dishes the past holiday).
- Make the excuse that "you're just a kid," when you don't want to do something.