Sunday, August 24, 2008

Day of Birth....Birth of Day...Birthday!

Yesterday was my fifteenth.


It was fun.

Andy and Alissa and Jason and Shannon and the kids all came over, and Alissa and Shannon and Andy made me a great birthday dinner, and we went swimming, and I played hide and seek with my nephew, held my other nephew and niece, and opened some great presents. Had some fantastic cake.

It was a good day. I got two Ted Dekker books from Jason and Shannon and a journal from Guatamala.
Andy and Alissa gave me that Robert Plant and Alison Krauss CD which I LUV.....and Mom and Dad got me the second season of the Dick Van Dyke Show and the DVD set of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, and the soundtrack to the best adaption of Peter Pan ever, by James Newton Howard!
And a few days before I got a book on writing from Brian and Holly. It's going to be excellent. Can't wait to read it....The Elements of Style by Strunk and White.
AND Mikaela gave me an olive green hat. A conductor hat. Thanks Mike. And Thanks everybody else! I loved everything you gave me, and I had a ton of fun yesterday...



BIG NEWS:
Abby is coming over tomorrow! and Aunt Carol too, of course. :D
They are going to stay for most of the week, and we're going to have BIG FUN that will be AMAZING. I feel sorry for my dad. Gosh, all that giggling for the next week. Poor Dad. Anyway, just wanted to tell everybody that I'm fifteen now and that I got cool stuff. :D Rock On.
Anna

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Wall-E


Today we went to see Wall-E on my 'birthday outing' where Mom and Dad take me to see a movie, go to the restaurant of my choice, and the past two years they took me to Barnes and Noble. Last year I got a candy bar, this year I got Starbucks.
I thought Wall-E was fun, cute, and I loved listening to the robot voices. The short at the beginning of the movie, Presto was really funny too...about a magician and his two magic hats and his rabbit. Dying of hunger.
Walle is about a robot, designed to clean up garbage and organize it into mountains of cubes.
However, most robots don't have something that Walle has. A personality. A personality with a mind of its own....and Walle's only companion on an earth that has become a trash dump is a cockroach.
We follow Walle as he meets another, very pretty female Robot named Eve, falls in love with her, travels after her into space, and how she eventually falls in love with Walle. Excellent, and the soundtrack was pretty good. LOF!
Anna

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Music I've been Enjoying...


I've been listening to a lot of different CD's over the past several months. Here's a list of some of them and what I think of them.

1. Bob Dylan
Blood on the Tracks.
I borrowed this a while ago from Andy and Alissa...I guess I borrowed it in May....and I've liked it. It isn't my favorite Bob Dylan CD, but it is among my favorites. I like the songs Buckets of Rain, Tangled Up in Blue, Simple Twist of Fate, and Shelter From the Storm. I also enjoy listening to Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts and You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go.

2. Michelle Branch
Hotel Paper
Nice, easy to listen to girl music. At least, it's more like girl music than Bob Dylan! But it's classified as rock, not girl music. There are two songs on this CD that I really don't like listening to very much, while on her first one I enjoy every song. Oh wait, I don't like the Intro on this one either. So three. I like all the rest pretty well though.

3. John Williams
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Soundtrack, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial 20th Anniversary Edition Soundtrack
I love soundtracks, and I recently ordered both of these and have enjoyed both of them, although probably E.T. more so. Each has beautiful tracks from the movies that are fun to listen to. I like to listen to them in the dark on the way home. :D

4. Waterdeep
Sink or Swim
Andy and Alissa also loaned me this one.
I didn't enjoy this one as much as I thought I would, but it's still a good CD. It isn't as much fun to listen to as the Derek Webb CD Andy and Alissa loaned me. There were several songs I liked though. My favorites were 18 Bullet Holes, Both of Us'll Feel the Blast, Legend of Vertigo, and And. And is a song. t33 h33.


Anna


Sunday, August 17, 2008

Minority Report


The other night we watched Minority Report with Jason and Shannon. Very excellent and very weird.
Tom Cruise stars as John Anderton, a pre-crime police officer who heads the pre-crime police office. The movie takes place in 2054, and there hasn't been a murder in several years. Remember it's called pre-crime. The reason for this is because that pre-crime is apprehending criminals based on knowledge of the future, obtained from psychics called pre-cogs. Their names are Agatha, (and I don't remember the other two, which are the boys.)

Sounds great doesn't it? There never being a murder? Complicated, confusing, and sometimes dangerous, especially when John Anderton witnesses himself murdering a man he's never heard of, thirty-six hours from the moment he sees it. He's not a killer. He runs to prove his innocence, finding out astonishing secrets about the pre-cogs along the way. He even gets a new pair of eyes.

Minority Report was great science fiction. Creepy, yes. But that's to be expected with science fiction. I suggest it for people who are fans of The Matrix and War of the Worlds. Creepy, gross, full of cool gadgets. Futuristic. Excellent.
Anna

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial



Ah, E.T.

Ever since I saw it all the way through for the second time in my life, last October, I have really admired E.T., and have recently decided it is one of my favorites.

My review from October puts it lightly how much I like this movie. I wish I were Elliot so I could meet E.T.
First of all, this movie is incredibly original. I'm sure there are a ton of movies where kids sneak in pets that they are not allowed to have. But how many kids sneak in extra-terrestrials?
This might be my favorite Steven Spielberg movie, of what I've seen. I'm starting to get really interested in seeing some of his others.

I am getting this for my birthday (Mom and Dad don't worry about surprising me...I actually ordered it myself on a birthday budget!), and it has both the 2oth Anniversary Edit and the original from the eighties. I haven't seen the edit, but I love the original! I also ordered the soundtrack for myself, which I love. John Williams is a fantastic composer. I have two soundtracks of his, and I hope to expand.

Second of all, the acting is supreme. It really does take talent to act, and just because you or in a movie doesn't mean you can act. Probably the worst example I can think of is Facing the Giants, which is a good movie with a wonderful story, but there were not very good actors. Some of them were pretty awful.
Henry Thomas plays Elliot, a lonely kid without any friends. E.T. changes that. E.T. was inspired by a childhood friend of Spielberg's after his parent's divorce. Movies and stories inspired by stuff like that have a ton of emotion behind them. E.T. is no exception.
Drew Barrymore plays his sarcastic little sister. Spielberg was impressed with her stories of running a punk rock band. I think that's funny. :D
So, since I've been listening to the soundtrack since the Floo Helmets (I got the soundtrack the day after Mikaela and I made the space helmets) and since this is August, and this month is my birthday, and this is one of my favorite movies and I'm getting this movie for my birthday, it is August Movie of the Month.
There are a lot of other things that are great about this movie, but don't let me spoil it for you. Watch it yourself. :D This has got to be the greatest movie about extra-terrestrials ever made.
Anna

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ...August Honorary Movie of the Month


This morning, Mom and I watched Ben-Hur, a movie that I have been watching probably since I was six or so. Probably before. We haven't watched it in a long time, and this morning Mom didn't feel like going to church, so we stayed home and put it on.

As it's been a long time since I've seen it....or at least payed it proper attention, perhaps a few years, even...I enjoyed it a whole lot.

Since I've developed my literary and music taste since I've last watched it, I noticed lots of different things about it. I enjoyed Charlton Heston's performance more than I ever have in a movie. I enjoyed the music a whole lot...and I'm shocked that there are eighty-seven tracks on the two-disk soundtrack. I want it now. :D

There was something about the love themes in the movie that reminded a lot of the Unbreakable Soundtrack, (which is excellent, BTW).

I understand how hurt Judah Ben-Hur must have been when Messala imprisoned his mother and sister and sent him to the galleys. How humiliating it must have been, and how good it must have felt to be freed.

It also made me want to pick up the book again, in which I only read the first 'book' of it. So now I'm four chapters into the seven chapter book two. Very exciting! And I enjoyed those four chapters a lot.
Ben-Hur is honorary movie of the month, because I don't think I ever picked a movie of the month for July. :D
Anna

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Top Nine Movie Quotes


Helooooo... (Horton Voice.)

For fun, I decided to do nine great movie quotes from my favorite movies. See if you can guess what movie it is before you highlight right beneath the quote to get the title. The poster pic is one of the movies...but it's a randomly long quote, so see if you can figure out which quote goes with the poster before you highlight.

1. On me back Mush.
Newsies

2. Oh there you are, Peter!
Hook

3. I've never driven forward before!
E.T. The Extra-terrestrial

4. I'd say that she gets under your skin as soon as you meet her. She drives you so nuts you don't know whether to hug her or, or just really arm wrestle her. She would go all the way to Europe just to get a stamp in her passport. I don't know if that amounts to insanity, or just being really, really... likable.
While You Were Sleeping

5. There's a monster outside my room, can I have a glass of water?
Signs

6. And just think, Whenever he gets dirty you can take him out and beat him.
The Lion King

7. Most of these are important papers...and some of them might be doodles I never had framed...I can't tell the difference.
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium


8. Shoot him and cut out his tongue, then shoot his tongue! And trim that scraggly beard!
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

9. Of course you are. And I'm coming with you!
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings

For Mike

Mike told me to do a new post. Hi Mike. :D