Tuesday, August 29, 2017

My Top Ten Non-Disney/Pixar Animated Movies

OKAY. So, the title is pretty self-explanatory. And, as you might expect if you know me well at all, I agonized over the exact rankings of each movie to a perfectly ridiculous extent, and even now, if I study them much more, I might come to different conclusions. But I've tried. :-P

Also, yes, three of these are Barbie movies. JUDGE ME IF YOU DARE.

[Really hope I didn't forget any. :-P (Titles linked to a related post where applicable.)]

#10. Rango (2011)

"You're cuddlin' me."

As I have a review of this one, I won't say that much about it, but I really love it. IT'S SO FUNNY. ;) Seriously one of the wackiest, cleverest movies I've seen.

#9. Barbie as the Island Princess (2007)

OKAY SO I KNOW IT'S A STUPID MOVIE BUT I. DON'T. CARE., FAM. :-P I know the song lyrics are cheesy, but I love them. They make me really happy. :) Especially "I Need to Know" and that lullaby. And the villainess is fun and the prince is nice and her animal friends are so fun, except for Tika. I'm sorry, but SHE'S SO ANNOYING. (I mean, she's an animated elephant in a Barbie movie, so what did I expect, but still. :-P)

#8. Ice Age {1 & 3} (2002 & 2009)

Yep, I'm counting both the first and the third movies as one, for the purposes of this post. I think I'll just let the pictures speak for themselves. :-P

Basically #childhood. That is, the first one is #childhood, but I really love the third one, too, because Buck. (Actually tbh I like them all, progressively worse though they have been.)

#7. Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus (2005)

AIDAN. (Or "Aiden," whichever it is.)

That is all.  

{I mean, I like other things about the movie, too, but seriously, Aidan and Annika have actual #sass. [Also Cloud Kingdom is pretty. (And this picture down here makes me happy.)]}

#6. Balto (1995)



[As with most of the movies in this post, I have Great Childhood Nostalgia connected with this film. (Plus it's just like objectively amazing.) Also, I have actually SEEN, with mine own two eyeballs, the Balto statue in Central Park. Just sayin'.]

#5. The Prince of Egypt (1998)

Your argument is invalid.

ASKLAHDFGKLAHDKGOLASFHJ *hyperventilates and chokes and clutches throat and makes The General Inarticulate Noises of the Fangirl* THIS MOVIE. HOW IS IT SO GOOD. I DON'T UNDERSTAND.

Fun fact: "When You Believe" is one of my Favorite Songs Ever. It nearly makes me cry. It was one of the songs that really helped me through a pretty dark time a while back, and it will always mean a lot to me in my walk with the LORD. :)


#4. Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper  (2004)

This says it all.

(But also PREMINGER and the two different couples *smilessss* and yes, the music and JUST EVERYTHING.)

I honestly feel guilty about putting this in third place, because IT MEANS SO MUCH TO ME and for a while there, when I was younger, it was my favorite movie ever. And the intro is literally one of my Biggest Fangirl Things. BUT, the movie in spot #2 is technically the one that I'm more likely to watch all the way through now. So. (To my brothers who grew up with this movie as well and to whom I'd probably look like a traitor if they read this post, I'm sorry.) 


But anyway! This movie. Well, I've linked to my review of it, so I suggest you go read that if you want more of my crazed, excessive ranting thoughts on this one. :)

But seriously go watch it -- if you can appreciate animal movies *pointed looks at those of you who can't* (not really) -- because it's amazing and beautiful. 

#2. Anastasia (1997)



*is happy just thinking about it*

And coming in at first place is . . .


The Swan Princess (1994)


I don't know exactly what to say about it.  It's beautiful, whimsical, delightfully fairytale-ish, musical, fun, nostalgic, and lovely.   Sometimes 'tis difficult for me to express why my feelings on certain stories are the way that they are. :-P  (But I've actually got a review of this one in draft, so . . . I hope that gets done sometime.)  In a nutshell, yes, I love this movie. :)

(Seriously the opening Does Things to me every time and the rest of the movie does too.  ALL THE HEARTS.<3 <3 <3)

[And there's Jean-Bob and Speed ("Mr. Lorenzo Trudgealong") and Puffin and Uberta and Rothbart and Rogers and everyone. <3 <3 <3]

[You should know, though, that it's V.E.R.Y. cheesy.  And pretty shallow.  (The humor might redeem the cheesiness for some people -- it does for me -- but then again it might not.)  So, y'know, if you haven't grown up with it and loved it (as I have) . . . I just don't want someone to see this here and go, "Oh, this is Olivia's favorite non-Disney movie ever, it must be really good," and then watch it and be like, "What."  'Cause that, as Basil Stag Hare would say, would be "perishin' awkward."]

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What are some of your favorite non-Disney/Pixar movies?
(Or your favorite Disney/Pixar movies.  Either one. :-P)

Sunday, August 20, 2017

A Shout-out Post

A "recent favorites" post, if you will. ;D  (My post introductions have been so concise lately; I should be so proud of myself.)

Posts you should read

Books you should read

  • The Chronicles of Narnia series (Am I right, Abby? ;))
  • The Lord of the Rings trilogy
Guys, I'm sort of-ish/off and on re-reading both of these, and the C. of N. is SO MUCH MORE AMAZING THAN I REMEMBERED, and as for LotR . . .

Well, all's I can say is that I'm mulling over the thought that LotR may actually be the most beautiful book(s) I've ever read.  Ever.  Seriously, I don't know if I've ever come across -- or heard of -- another book that has such achingly, piercingly beautiful writing.  I mean, it's not like they're really all that long (I mean, they're not short, but they're not Les Mis or Anna Karenina, either.  You understand me.), but they're so dense, because the writing is legitimately so exquisite and deep that you have to be able to take the time to really pore over each sentence in order to get the full beauty out of it.  :) 


Bible books you should read *

  • Isaiah
  • Galatians
  • Psalms
* I mean, ALL of the Bible is good.  Obviously.  And y'all should be reading wherever God directs you.  So like I'm not saying that these are better than any other books, but they are some that I get a lot out of.  So.   

Movies you should watch

  • Balto

FAM?!  Fam.  W.o.w.  

# That moment when you re-watch a childhood movie for the first time in ages and you're just like *all the starry eyes*

  • Barbie movies, for reasons
  • Sense and Sensibility (2008)
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (the Ben Stiller one)
  • Les Miserables
  • And Disney, always Disney <3

YouTubers you should watch

  • Katie Gregoire (kind of my favorite thing)
  • Emily Wilson
  • Sadie Robertson (I actually haven't watched much of her videos at all, but I started one of her messages recently and it was really good, so I want to see more)
* NOTE:  I may not agree with/endorse everything in all of these ladies' videos; I haven't seen all of them, so I don't know. :-P

Food you should eat

  • Domino's pizza (because it is the best, forever and ever amen)
  • Fruit (because it's also the best)
  • Chips & salsa [because #yayunhealthy (I mean, that's not too unhealthy)]
  • Steamed "Power Greens" [They sell "Power Greens" at Costco and they're quite excellent steamed.  Especially with scrambled eggs.  (Trust me on this, people.)]

Stuff you should listen to

  • Norah Jones
  • the Bandstand soundtrack
  • Basically just musicals in general
  • the Romeo & Juliet (2013) soundtrack (always)

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Okay, that's enough for now. :)  Have a fantastic, blessed week, people!  *hugs you all*

P.S.  Also, I'M SO SORRY FOR MY CHRONIC LACK OF COMMENT REPLIES. *tears*  I don't even know, guys.  But thank you all so much for always commenting, even though I'm so terrible at replying in a timely way.  I TRULY DO APPRECIATE EACH AND EVERY COMMENT, honest to goodness.  Like, seriously, they make my day/morning/afternoon/evening every single time.  SO THANKS.  <3

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Food for Thought

[Found this Scripture recently. :)]

This is what the L0RD says -- he who made you, who formed you in the womb, and who will help you: Do not be afraid, O Jacob, my servant, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen.  For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessings on your descendants. They will spring up like grass in a meadow, like poplar trees by flowing streams.  One will say, 'I belong to the LORD'; another will call himself by the name of Jacob; still another will write on his hand, 'The LORD's,' and will take the name Israel.   ~ Isaiah 44:2-5

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

The King's Speech {2010}

This movie is just about everything that a good period drama should be. :)

DVD cover synopsis (edited by moi): When England's throne is suddenly thrust upon him, amidst royal family scandal and impending world war, King George VI must overcome a lifelong, debilitating speech impediment to lead his nation.  After his iron-willed, compassionate wife Elizabeth secretly enlists an eccentric speech therapist [a.k.a. Lionel Logue], the two men forge an unlikely friendship that will ultimately empower the monarch to find his voice, inspire his people and rally the world. Based on an inspiring true story, The King's Speech has been universally hailed as "a masterpiece. The majestic cast is overwhelming" (The New York Observer).

First of all, for anybody out there who may not have watched this movie but knows that it is rated R and is thereby scandalized that I am reviewing it, let me explain the rating before we go farther: Basically, the reason this movie is R is because part of Logue's therapy method involves trying to break through Bertie's composure in order to get him to truly emote and vent and all that jazz.  So basically he has him go on a little swearing rampage at one point, and the f-word and the s-word are used multiple times.  That's mainly just in the one scene, although it happens again when Bertie is preparing for the big speech near the end, and while Lionel is silently coaching him during the actual broadcast.  Make sense?  (There is other, relatively mild content as well, but nothing other than the profanity to warrant the R rating.  Okie-day?)  And it's bad 'cause I know swearing is wrong and all but it's actually really funny and kind of touching in this, to be honest. Oh, dear.

Now that we've got that out of the way, I really like this movie.  It is most excellent, m'dear things.

As you may have noticed in the above picture, the cast is fantastic.  Colin Firth as Bertie, Helena Bonham-Carter as Elizabeth, Geoffrey Rush as Lionel, Michael Gambon as King George V, Derek Jacobi as the Archbishop, Guy Pearce as Edward, Jennifer Ehle as Myrtle (Lionel's wife) . . . 'tis a period drama lover's dream cast. :)

Colin Firth won an Oscar for his role in this, and I'm so glad he did.  HE DESERVED IT.  Bertie has a terrible stammer, and it's painful to watch some of the scenes.  But that's all to the good, eh?  Shows what a tremendous job Firth did with it.  He really embodies the stammer and the character and you can tell that a lot of thought and research went into his portrayal. 

I think the two scenes that get to me the most (in terms of sadness) are 1) when Bertie goes to visit Logue *SEMI-SPOILERS* after his (Bertie's) father dies *END OF SEMI-SPOILERS* and he finally starts to open up to Logue about some painful things in his past, and then 2) when Bertie breaks down in the face of his succession to Edward's abdication.  It's difficult to convey how truly, truly poignant and heartbreaking it is to watch Bertie start to croon, "Then she wouldn't feed me . . . far, far away . . . " in the first scene, and to see him just totally break down in the latter scene and sob openly, safe in only his wife's company . . . those two parts just really get to me.

I also love Helena Bonham-Carter's Elizabeth (# classy sass level = through the roof), and Geoffrey Rush's Lionel is just fantastic.  I LOVE HIM. 

Like the best movies, The King's Speech has just the right blend of drama and humor -- it can be sober and sad, but I don't think it ever really feels weighty, per se.  There's the smooth, cutting, ever-so-British humor we all love, and several sweet relationships to let you know that the protagonist is going to be alright.  Lots of people have his back and love him; he'll make it through this.  And that's a nice thing to know sometimes, isn't it?

Since watching the first season of The Crown (another thing I meant to review and didn't), I've found it particularly interesting to pay to attention to Bertie's relationship with the young princesses.  (And, surprisingly, the girls both look strikingly like their adult counterparts in The Crown.)  It's odd, but now I think I see undercurrents of the different relational dynamics that TC (particularly in the episode "Pride & Joy") indicated that each of the princesses had with their father.  But then I feel like I'm just imagining things. :-P  Anyway, it's an interesting field of study within the movie, for me at least. ;)

All that aside, the relationship between Bertie and his two little girls is terribly endearing in this. :)

^^ Here's this. ^^

There's not much that I can think to improve in this movie.  A few scenes, such as Lionel's audition with the Putney company, seem to slow the story down a bit and seem a little random/unnecessary, but that may just be my impatience as a multiple-time viewer to "Get to the good parts". ;) 

Also, while it's ever so much fun to see Jennifer Ehle opposite Colin Firth again, her very first scene seems to be somewhat lacking.  It almost makes you think that maybe the Logues' marriage isn't so happy.  But then by the end of the film they've shown several times how they work together as a couple in a subtle but satisfactory way that relieves any slight concerns I may have.  (And the scene where she comes back from bridge early . . . ALL THE YES.  "Logue, you're being a coward."  "You're ---- right." <3 <3 <3  Sometimes, again, my movie-crossover imagination gets the better of me, and I wonder if the very calm, cool, and collected way Bertie greets Myrtle is a nod to P&P, because the makers knew all the period drama ladies would be in a dither to see the two of them together again and wanted to give them some sort of unspoken, crossover acknowledgement?  Again, I'm being silly, and I probably only think that because I saw a Pinterest edit to that effect. :-P)

Firth and Rush do a fantastic job in bringing Bertie's and Logue's friendship to life.  Their buddy banter (if I may use so casual a term for a movie like this) is understated, but SO real and evident and moving.  I love me a good bro unit, and they do it so well.  Logue truly cares for Bertie, initially just from a therapist-patient perspective, but eventually as truly equal friends, and I love how we can see that *SEMI-SPOILERS* Bertie's rejection of him at that one point truly does hurt *END OF SEMI-SPOILERS*.  Gahh, the more I think about the way their relationship evolves throughout this movie, I keep getting happier. :)

All in all, I highly recommend this movie, as long as you're prepared for the outbursts of strong profanity and the sub-plot that revolves around Edward's scandalous relationship with Mrs. Simpson.  (There are some different innuendoes regarding this throughout the movie.) 

It's a wonderful film -- the story of a truly touching historical friendship excellently told. 

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[Also, super random, but I found this recently and Felt the Need to Share.  You're welcome.]