Movies I Want to Watch

I love watching movies, new and old movies, ones I’ve never seen before and ones I’ve loved all my life. Here are a few of the movies that I’m hoping to watch (or re-watch) soon.

New Movies

  1. Rogue One – Obviously. I am so excited about this movie. It will be (hopefully) the first Star Wars movie that I see in theaters and I am counting down the days before I get to see it.
  2. Moana – It looks so cute! I hope I get to see this one in theaters as well.
  3. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Ugh. I’m probably not going to be able to see this one in the theater, but I really, really, really want to.

 

Other Movies

  1. The Incredibles – The last time I saw this movie I was about nine years old. I was at my Aunt’s house and I don’t remember anything about it. lol
  2. Wall-e – This movie used to scare me because there was hardly any dialogue and that bothered me. At least, that’s why I said it bothered me. It was really the post-apocalyptic world that scared me. Now I’m ready to watch it again. 🙂
  3. The Two Towers – I am currently reading The Two Towers and after I finish it I’m planning on watching the extended version of the movie. Those movies… so good.
  4. Elf – Whenever it’s Christmastime at our house we watch Elf. It’s a tradition. 😀

Those are the movies that I’m planning to watch in the near future… hopefully. I don’t have a lot of time to watch movies, but I hope to have some time while I’m on break for Christmas.

~ Claire

Good Movies

Day 14: Post your favorite movies that you never get tired watching

1. The Bee Movie

An old childhood favorite. I cannot remember the first time I watched it. It was a funny movie when I was younger, but it’s hilarious now.

2. The Chronicles of Narnia

These are the movies that have been with me my entire life. 🙂 I remember watching them when I was younger, not understanding what was being said because of the accents. When I watch them again, understanding so much more, I realize how good they are. 

3. Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Everything about this movie is lovely, from the classic story to the beautiful soundtrack. I never get tired of watching it. Ever. 

 

Journal:

No internet is easy now. I hardly think about it. The days have been long and filled with school lately. The only thing that breaks them up is the book I’m reading. The Fellowship of the Ring. The first book in the Lord of the Ring series. 🙂 I love it.

Everest – 2015

PLEASE READ: Do not read this “review” if you do not know the story about the 1996 Everest Expedition.

Last night, I watched a movie. I don’t watch new movies often, but when I do I usually like them. Over the past few months I have seen two (and now three) movies that have really stuck out to me: The Finest Hours, The Walk, and Everest. They are all inspiring, edge-of-your-seat kind of movies. I really liked The Walk, I loved The Finest Hours, but Everest broke my heart.

Everest is the story about the 1996 ascent of Mount Everest and the storm that doomed it. This is a movie about the power of weather, human nature, and so many other things that I can’t quite explain because I haven’t watched the movie enough times.

It’s terrible to watch a movie when you know that someone will die. It’s terrible, because there’s no escaping it. And it’s terrible to see that. To see them die. This movie broke my heart, because it felt so real to me.

Yes, my heart is now broken because of a movie. I guess that’s who I am.

Why I’m Still Working on School

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It’s July 8. The sun is shining down on my neighborhood full of kids that are busy enjoying their break from school. Well, not every kid is done with school. Hi there! It’s me, Claire, and while the rest of the country is on vacation I’m still working on school. I’m still working on my massive Omnibus IV, three subjects in one book (theology, history, and literature).

I’d be lying if I said I was excited to be doing school in July, but I would also be lying if I told you I wasn’t. It’s a strange thing, but yes, I still enjoy doing school this late in the year. Not all the time, but most of the time I still enjoy it. I enjoy getting up early to work on my latest essay or to read a few chapters of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. I love the books I’ve been getting to read, as well as the excuse to sit on the porch and read all day.

Of course, it truly isn’t all fun and games. It’s hard work focusing on school when everyone else is watching Star Wars and Zootopia, or spending a restful afternoon just drawing. Sometimes I want to quit, and sometimes I do, but most of the time I keep going. I fight through the distractions and find that not quitting is ten times more satisfying than quitting. There are times when I take breaks, but only after I’ve worked hard and accomplished a lot, or when I know that I need a break.

Now, school isn’t the only thing I’ve been doing lately. I’ve been reading for fun a lot. Right now I’m reading Farmer Boy and Coronation Summer (Angela Thirkell). Yesterday I started a puzzle. I love puzzles! There’s something so satisfying about fitting all the pieces together. 🙂 I have also been watching the original Star Wars trilogy and yesterday I watched The Phantom Menace, which was not as bad as I expected it to be. I mean, yeah, the acting wasn’t great and there were some cheesy jokes that I rolled my eyes at, but it wasn’t half bad. I can’t wait to watch Attack of the Clones. 

Happy Summer!

~Claire 

 

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These are some pictures of my neighborhood this morning. It was all covered in dew and the color of the sky was beautiful. 🙂 I love foggy mornings.

Today was the first day of testing! I am actually still at the church now, sitting by an open window as the rain patters down outside. After lunch (ham sandwiches and carrot sticks) me and my siblings played a fun game called four-square, and then me and my sister Abby played soccer while my other two siblings finished their tests (Abby won 4-2). It’s been a fun day of testing and actually relaxing, i.e not worrying about school for a while. I am really enjoying my break so far.

Happy Star Wars Day! May the fourth be with you! I am going to celebrate by putting my hair up like Rey’s. 🙂

(later)

I’m home now and eating chocolate covered almonds. This post is turning into a journal entry. 😉 I have Little House in the Big Woods sitting beside me waiting to be read.

Star Wars Stuff…

  1. (One of) My favorite scene(s): nerfherder

2. Favorite character…?

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There’s just a few… XD

3. Favorite Movie (of the ones that I’ve seen):

There’s my Star Wars/Journaling post!

3 little stories

These are three stories that describe my day. Two of them really happened, one is (obviously) fiction.

Luncheon

I went to a volunteers luncheon at my local library today, because my mother and I had volunteered once for a book sale held every year. Anyways, when we got to the library I didn’t know what to expect, but as soon as I saw a few women walk in (wearing dresses), I had two thoughts:

  1. Everyone at this event is older than me… and my mom (JK, there were like three whole people who were younger than my mom).
  2. My jeans and nice(ish) shirt are woefully inadequate

These thoughts soon melted away however, almost as soon as we took our seats. The food was from a restaurant that I love, and someone actually came to sit with us at our otherwise unoccupied table. 🙂

After a bit, the presentation started. It was all about preserving our heritage through the restoration and maintenance of monuments and historical landmarks. It was a really good presentation. I loved to hear about all the different things going on in my community. It gave me a new appreciation for where I live. 😀 I do love my home.

The man who gave the presentation also talked about many people who have the same passion as he does, preserving our heritage. As he talked about them I realized that they all had stories to tell, and that made me tingle with excitement. What I wouldn’t give to talk to those people and learn their whole stories and write about them. Their stories should be told. There are so many people around the world who have stories; unique lives, passions, goals, and cultures. I want to know the people who never get a chance to tell their stories and listen to them.

 

The Man on the High Wire

Today, I watched a movie called The Walk. I really enjoyed it. The main character, Phillipe, risks everything to walk on a wire, suspended between the Twin Towers (in 1974).

Would I ever risk my life for a thrill, like Phillipe did? No.

Why did he do it? For the thrill, yes, but I believe (from what I saw in the movie) that he did it for other reasons as well.

  1. When he was on that wire he was completely at peace.
  2. When he got off the wire he was changed. He had a new appreciation for others and life. So…

Would I ever risk my life to do something amazing and awesome that I have always dreamed of doing? Yes.

Do that thing. But be sure that it isn’t just for the thrill (that’s really… dumb), not for the money (greed), and not for yourself (selfish). Do it for others. Do it because it is what you love to do.

 

The Girl in the Mist

Once upon a time there was a little girl who lived in the misty hills of Scotland. She ran around barefooted with a tangled mess of brown hair flying behind her, and she knew every inch of her valley home like her own face. She lived in a stone house that was apart of the sheep farm that her family ran. Together with her two brothers,her Aunt Mira, Mother, Father, and a few cousins, she ran the farm.

If the family farm was Isla’s (the girl) favorite place in the world, than The Next Valley Over (TNVO) was her second favorite. TNVO was the valley that could just be seen from the top of the farthest hill in Isla’s home valley (Ealasaid – YAH-luh-sutch). From that distance the far away valley looked like a distant blur of colors.

Isla loved the colors. It was purple in spring, green in summer, gold in autumn, and white in winter. But always it was blue. There were many things Isla didn’t know about the valley, but she did know that there was a lake in the middle, because that she could see from the top of her hill.

Many mornings would find Isla sitting atop the tallest rock on the hill, looking over the valley and watching the sun rise over it, waiting for the day when she would know The Next Valley Over as well as she knew her own face.

 

(P.S – I know that it says this was posted on April 29, but it was not. I am here to tell you that it is 11:03 pm and not nearly tomorrow… yet)

Another Star Wars Review

Last night, as you all know, I watched The Empire Strikes Back, and tonight I watched Return of the Jedi (as I write this we are about to start The Force Awakens. 🙂 ). So today I will review both movies (V and VI).

The Empire Strikes Back

Great movie, but I liked the first one better. I don’t really know why I like A New Hope better, maybe because everything seemed more, well, hopeful. In this movie, everything is a bit more serious.

Things I Liked:

  • I got to know the characters better
  • Yoda
  • Han and Leia
  • Luke’s character growth

Things I Didn’t Like:

  • I wanted more a lot in this movie, which I guess is a good thing, I’m not really sure. I want to watch it again to figure things out better. 😀 I want to see more of Luke as he was training to become a Jedi. What I mean is after he leaves Yoda, how does he know all of the stuff that he does by the next movie? Maybe I’m missing something. Maybe Luke went back to Yoda between the movies, but I doubt that. I just wish I could see more of his training I guess.
  • The main characters were almost always split up 😦

Explanation 

I know this review isn’t making any sort of sense but… I’m tired, O.K?

Yes, this movie was good. The romance was sweet, but not too long and drawn out. I am so glad that it wasn’t all about the romance, but just sprinkled in naturally… if that even makes sense.

I loved, loved, loved Luke in this movie. He really grows into who he is supposed to be. His change from a young, impatient, headstrong kid into a patient, wiser Jedi knight, was seamless.

Of course, Yoda is also great! I love how absolutely crazy he is! I find it absolutely hilarious how he laughs at his own jokes!

Pt 2 Tomorrow! Sorry this is sooo late!

Another Day, More Star Wars

Another day. More school. The daily grind. So. Much. Fun. 😐 Sitting here watching my siblings soccer game (3-5, we’re losing), while I am supposed to be doing school and wishing the game had been cancelled so we could watch Star Wars, I realize that today has been a boring, regular day.

Here are some names I like.

Girl: Gray, Marlin

Boy: Winston, Arthur, Rowan

I think I may use some (or all) of these for the story I am developing. We’ll see what comes out of it. It is still a tiny seed of an idea at this point.

(Later)

Just watched The Empire Strikes Back. 😊 Loved it! Will review it tomorrow. Methinks I am happier now.

Search your feelings. You know it to be true.

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Such fun.

 

Star Wars… I love it already!

Today I watched Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, and I loved it. Just… ahhh!!! I loved it.

Honestly, I wasn’t sure what I was going to think of Star Wars before I watched it. A science fiction movie from the 70s…yeah, sounds great. But it seriously is. If you haven’t watched Star Wars but have heard a lot of good things about it, than watch it now, because it truly is a great movie. I even know all of the spoilers and I still loved it!

That said… where to begin?

The Amazing-ness of the plot

The plot is really interesting, even though I know what’s going to happen. There is a lot of world-building, but that doesn’t really bother me because it is so…subtle. It’s really… smooth. It isn’t in my face and everything just seems so.. natural! It did take me a while to really get into the movie, but after that it was great! The story arc was great. I loved the character development, and even the “fighting” scenes. I usually kind of zone out, but these scenes didn’t do that for me. I especially loved the Battle of Yavin, because you just keep waiting for Han to come back, and then he does, and…I just loved it! XD

The Amazing-ness of the Characters!

The characters are so, so great! I cannot say enough good things about them. One of the best things about the characters is that they aren’t done growing by the end of the first movie (of course not!).  They all have their flaws and problems, but I love them!

  1. Luke

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Luke. 🙂 He’s great, isn’t he? He’s earnest and hard-working. He never gives up and is so loyal to his friends and family. One of my favorite things about him is his idealism, because I’m idealistic and that really makes it easy to identify with him. He’s so great! I really hope I get to see his character development throughout the next movies, because he’s a great character.

2. Leia

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As of the ending of the first movie, I don’t know a lot about Leia yet… except that she is totally awesome! She really is! 😀 But I don’t know her yet. She’s another character that I really hope to get to know better in The Empire Strikes Back. 

3. Han Solo

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Oh Han, you are a jerk sometimes, aren’t you? Yes yes, Han is a self-centered, money-loving, jerk, but he experiences more growth in the movie than (I believe) any other character. Yes, he’s selfish, but he cared enough about his friends that he came back in the end to help them. I know he has a long way to go, but if he changed too much than he’d be another idealistic character like Luke, and we don’t need two of those. Admit it, Han is hilarious and awesome, even if he is annoying and his default reaction to everything is to shoot it! XD

4. Other Characters

Those are the main three, but the other characters in this movie are great as well. CP30 is so, so, so, so very annoying for most of the movie, but he turns around in the end. Still, annoying though. 🙂 Obi Wan… I like his character alright. He definitely is a mysterious character, but because I already know the spoilers, it kind of ruins it. I do like the mysteriousness of his character, but you don’t really get to know him very well before he, you know, “dies”. Chewbacca, another great, funny character. 🙂 A lot of the characters are funny, and I think it’s great, because sometimes science fiction can get bogged down. I loved the lightness in the movie.

My Rating

All-in-all, A New Hope exceeded my expectations. The writing, the acting, the plot, the characters, even the special affects are great! This movie is so. incredibly. awesome! I will definitely be re-watching it (when I finish the other movies that is), so I give it five out of five stars! I CANNOT WAIT TO WATCH THE NEXT ONE!!

Streak: 12 days