Hey, I'm Jess (my penname's Atalanta)! I'm a third year here at the University of Victoria, hoping to major in microbiology. I've been in piano for 12 years, speech arts for 14 years, and I love acting. I used to play first alto sax in the school band and in the senior jazz band (CHJAZZ). Ahh, what can I say? I'm a goofy kid full of surprises.
A quick message from the ONE campaign; I may not be American, but this isn't about borders - it has to be an international effort to succeed:
ONE members are stepping up our game by launching a petition urging all the presidential candidates to go "On The Record" by submitting, in writing and on video to ONE, their plans on the following five issues:
* Eradicating malaria;
* Improving child and maternal health;
* Reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis;
* Achieving universal primary education; and
* Providing access to food and clean water for all.
ONE will then build an online tool so that everyone can compare the candidates' answers before heading out to vote in the primaries.
Please sign ONE's "On The Record" petition and encourage your friends and family to sign on as well.
I know, I know, sucker for Disney. Especially fairy tale musicals. After 5 viewings, I figured it's about time to write something down about why I would possibly spend so much time in a theatre with such dismal sound and video quality. The short answer is characters + music + plot. It's quite appropriate that Disney's 50th animated film contains so many elements of other classics like The Little Mermaid (young, naive maiden and the sassy villainess in black), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (the forbidden "road trip" and overprotective parental figure plus the dashingly handsome rogue), and even Beauty and the Beast (seriously - magic glowing flower, amirite?). It gives the characters a familiar feel while throwing them a more modern, snappy script and some fabulous voice actors. (Shout out to Zachary Levi - the man can sing! Who knew?) Same with the plot - some bits seem almost recycled, but tastefully so. And the music. /sigh Alan Menken can do no wrong. Seriously. After seeing it just once, I had "I See the Light" stuck in my head for days. It's all genius, especially the lively, jig-like dance, and never fails to get me emotionally swept up in the moment. And the visuals aren't too shabby either! Rapunzel's hair looks incredible - major kudos there - and the floating lanterns rising above the city never fails to give me chills. So. It's awesome. End of story.
WHOA. That's some ride. I had the pleasure of watching the series post-run (tHANx da interNetz) so the follow-up was, to my delight, not only an excellent continuation of the story, but also wilder, darker, faster, and more emotionally gripping. Sure, we've had characters in peril in the past, but in this film, every single character is brought to the brink of death... and let's just say some don't return from it. And to see the void through their eyes is both exhilerating and terrifying. The cast is still superb, but Fillion is at his finest. None of the one-liners fall flat, not a single line is out of place, and every shot is cooler than the last. I think it's a fabulous film, but I picked off a half star just for those who had never seen the series. Without all that backstory, you really have no emotional investment in them, which is really what makes this work. So the bottom line is: watch the TV show. It's awesome. Srsly.
Another could-have-been-awesome movie I saw that weekend (the other being Megamind). I adore RDJ, don't get me wrong, but it's hard to be awesome when the film sort of coasts along and character development is shoddy. All credit due to Galifinakas (phewf what a name) for pulling out all the stops for the bathroom scene - it hit suprisingly hard, in contrast to most of the film, which sort of coasts along. It could be the editing, but there's no real sense of urgency until the last 20 minutes. Regardless, it's lovely to see RDJ and miss Monaghan together again - reminds me of better times. And better comedies.
A bit of a disappointment, to be honest. As some may know, the title role (once Ubermind) was originally played by Robert Downey, Jr. And I couldn't help but think that it would have been better that way. This is Ferrell at his laziest, unfortunately, relying on his "screechy" voice for humour rather than digging into the sarcastic bits. Not to mention that it's not particuarly well-written. That's the problem - nothing's really well done, but nothing's exceedingly horrible either. Just makes for a bleh kind of experience.
Not usually laugh-out-loud funny but thoroughly entertaining all the same, mostly due to Baruchel and his spot-on portrayal of a young (slightly neurotic) Bronstein. Everything from the bowed shoulders to the stiff, awkward gait to the effortlessly flowery speech is fabulous to watch. The only real issue I had is that the film tends to coast along and the stakes are never really raised until the last half hour or so. There's plenty of historical jokes and nods to be had (if you've studied your modern history recently), which is all very well and clever and funny... but this would never work if you didn't root for our idealistic protagonist. (Can I plug Baruchel again?) Having a whole film rest on the likeability of the main character doesn't sit terribly well with me, but the script is well-written enough so that it never feels too precarious or self-aware. The quirky charm of this film won me over - Netflix or Zip this one!
With only 1 or 2 solid laughs to be had, it really isn't worth your time. Everything about it, from the cookie-cutter characters to the DOA script, is predictable. Trying to add the mommy/daddy issues doesn't add depth, it merely makes them seem even *more* petty. And trust me, the drama is petty. As in high school petty. How ironic. I can't believe I missed out on Easy A for this.
Hurt. Nuff said. He's simply brilliant here, perfectly cast and at the top of his game. Which is a good thing, seeing as he's pretty much carrying the whole film on his own. While the film does border on the melodramatic, some moments really stuck with me. Our entire med class watched this together and the immediacy really hit us hard. It's believable. You can see yourself falling into those habits of negligence or over-working yourself. All I can say is that if you're in a health-related field, this is pretty much required viewing. Thanks, Will. :)
To be brutally honest... I just didn't get it. I was thoroughly entertained at all times, but I was pretty damn confused through the whole thing. Who is this guy? Who's the good guy? What's the point of the film? If you can drop those questions in the first 20 minutes or so, you're set for a riduclous, over-the-top riot. Plus Val Kilmer's in it. Strictly P.S. Seriously, though, Cage is doing it right - the guy's growing on me, what can I say? He's getting close to redeeming himself for Ghost Rider...