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Let It Go

I saw Frozen (the new Disney movie) this weekend. It was amazing. I can’t wait until it comes out on DVD so I can watch it a million times in a row.

The soundtrack is incredible, too. Luckily my favorite song is available as a video on YouTube. Until I can get the DVD, I’ll have to make do with watching that a million times in a row.

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Sherlock vs Big Bang Theory

Sherlock Holmes (the Cumberbatch version) has a lot in common with Sheldon Cooper, but is way better.

Sheldon’s “quirks”, his aversion to sex, his OCD tendencies, his brusque behaviors, even his nerdiness (totally a word), are used as punch lines. The audience is supposed to see him and think “oh, ha, ha, ha, good thing I’ll never be like him!”

Sherlock has similar “quirks”. He seemingly avoids sex, he has OCD behaviors, he’s brusque and sometimes rude, and he’s a bit of a nerd (about science and facts, not pop culture). But it’s used to show how brilliant he is. The audience is supposed to see him and think “wow, I wish I was like that.”

He’ll say things like “I don’t have friends”, and you think “he’s kind of a jerk”, but 15 minutes later, he says “I don’t have friends, I have one” and he’s redeemed. He’s a weird fellow, but he’s smart and brilliant and loyal.

Sheldon says jerky things, but doesn’t get redeemed. He has almost no qualities that show why Leonard, Howard and Raj want to spend time with him. And even when one or two nice qualities show up, they’re immediately overshadowed by a crude joke, a jerk remark, or a punch line at Sheldon’s expense.

Basically what I’m saying is, Sherlock is a show for nerds. Big Bang Theory is a show making fun of nerds. And we get bullied enough in our real lives. Do we really need a TV show bullying us too?

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My biggest problem with Once Upon A Time

My biggest problem with Once Upon A Time right now is Aurora.

I have nothing against the character. She has grown on me (she was actually kind of plucky in that one episode). And I like the actress.

It’s just that she looks nothing like the character in the movie.

Not really a huge deal. But here are some comparisons.

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1. Emilie de Ravin, the actress who plays Belle. Notice that she’s blonde?

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2. Belle from the movie Beauty and the Beast. Notice that she’s brunette?

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3. Emilie de Ravin as Belle on Once Upon A Time. She’s brunette! Just like her cartoon equivalent.

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4. Sarah Bolger, the actress who plays Aurora. She’s brunette.

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5. Aurora from Sleeping Beauty, a blonde.

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6. Sarah Bolger as Aurora. She’s still brunette!

And see how Belle’s dress is a lot like (cartoon) Belle’s dress? But Aurora’s outfit is nothing like (cartoon) Aurora’s outfit.

It’s not a big deal, really. But they took pains to make sure
-Snow White looked like Snow White
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-Cinderella looked like Cinderella

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-Ariel looked like Ariel

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Why not make sure Aurora looks like Aurora? It just doesn’t make sense to me! They’ve been so careful with all the other characters, doing a wonderful job with casting. It feels like they dropped the ball on this one. It’s not that hard to find a good blonde wig or a box of bleach.

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Reality TV

So I came upon this article on hellogiggles’ Tumblr, and I had a pretty strong reaction to it. I’ve posted a link to the article, plus my reply (which was originally posted on Tumblr, before I copied it here.)

REALITY SHOWS CAN STOP NOW
by Akilah Hughes
http://ift.tt/1eaqqW9

She has a point. Reality TV has gone too far.

But when she goes into her “solving the world’s problems” paragraph, she lost me. TV isn’t supposed to be solving the world’s problems. Did Seinfeld solve any of the world’s problems? Did Gilligan’s Island? No. TV is supposed to be entertainment, a way for us to FORGET the world’s problems. Honestly, I’d rather watch American Idol than a documentary on genocide in Rwanda. Most people would. Sure, I watch some depressing shows (Grey’s Anatomy always makes me cry) but I watch them to be entertained, to be taken away from the problems of my real life and the misery that headlines the news.

But that being said, I would much rather turn on a smart, scripted show (like Scandal or Community) than garbage like the Kardashians.

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It’s Kind of A Funny Story – Film and Book Reviews

So I’ve been participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, when you try to write a complete novel in November [or 50,000 words, which is actually a novella]) and in my novel, my main character, Mac, is a teenager who has a bit of a breakdown and starts drinking and doing drugs, and eventually has to go to rehab. Now, I’ve never done any of that (well, I’ve had alcohol, but not to the point my MC will and the only drugs I’ve done have been prescribed to me by a doctor) but I want my novel to sound and feel real (I am going to lengthen it and try to get it published once Nov is over). So I checked out a few books from the library, books that take place (or partially) in rehab. The first one I read was It’s Kind of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini, because I also checked out the movie.

I watched the movie first, and I really enjoyed it. The actors were really good, especially Zach Galifenakis (spelling?). He wasn’t his usual bumbling self. His character had lots of heart, and made me tear up a time or two. I really felt for Craig. I’ve battled depression in the past, but never to the extent Craig did. But I empathized with Craig’s ordeal, almost like I was experiencing it with him.

The book intensified those feelings. I even had a bit of a minor breakdown while I was reading it. Vizzini’s writing style is easy to get into and actually sounds like a 15 year old wrote it.

Both the book and the movie made me laugh and cry. They were heart warming, and a little difficult to get through. Not difficult in that it was badly written (it wasn’t!) but the subject matter was sometimes so dark. Especially when you realize that Vizzini wrote this from personal experience. He actually stayed in a psych hospital for 5 days. He wrote the book after getting out.

I’d give the book 4 1/2 of 5 stars, and the movie 4 of 5.

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