Thursday, June 21, 2012

Bookish Pleasure

Ok, I have a Kindle App on my phone and I do use it to read when I'm not at home so I can understand their appeal. But when you pass up the change to read a perfectly good series just because you'd have to use a physical copy instead of a digital one, that's when I get a little confused. There are few pleasures as pure as sitting down on a rainy day in a big, fluffy chair and reading a good, thick book. And it just doesn't feel the same if you're using a digital device. You don't feel the thickness of the pages between your fingers or the slight thrill of waiting to find out what happens next as you turn the page. So I understand why Kindles and Nooks and their kin are popular- they're a portable library in your pocket for goodness sake!- but know that a series will be just as good- and in my opinion better- if you have to read a physical copy instead of a digital one.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Nostalgic Nineties

I've noticed that a lot of companies are bringing back their stuff from the Ninties. Nickelodeon has their '90s are All That' block and Cartoon Network recently announced that they would be doing something similar.
And it's kind of obvious why: the 90s rocked. Period. End of statement.
Sure, you can try and argue with me, I'll even listen. And then point and laugh as you get chased out by Millennials throwing buckets of Nickelodeons famous green slime.
The tv shows, the game shows, the cartoons! The toys, the stupid fashion crazes! The candies and food so radioactive that your skin started glowing! It was truly the pinnacle of kid-dom.
We few, we lucky few who grew up during that time know how special it was and how much it set the basis for what we consider good entertainment today.
For example, when you see one of the current kids game shows, do you have flashbacks to Legends of the Hidden Temple, probably the greatest game show ever created? Or Wild and Crazy Kids, a game show literally set in a water park? How about Double Dare, a family show where the entire point was to get messy and act wacky.
Or in the TV world, when you watch a horror movie, are you taken back to the first time Are You Afraid of the Dark or Aaaahhh Real Monsters scared you?
Or how about when you see a familiar plot line in one of your favorite books and think, ha!, Animorphs did it first. Or , hey!, they stole that from The Babysitters Club!
And, boy, didn't we listen to some strange and rather pathetic attempts at music, and yet you find yourself singing along whenever you wander across those songs on your iPod.
The amazing thing about our generation is that we can still relive those nostalgic moments. Where other generations nostalgia was lost in the relentless grind of time, most of ours was saved by the forward march of technology.
So if you wander across one of those rare Burger King Rugrats watches on eBay or YouTube some demonic Furbys, take a second to laugh and smile because the Nineties were morphanominal and now we can share those painful Slap bracelets and multi-cored Beanie Babies with a whole new generation.
So how about it, all you no-existing people not out there, sound off on your favorite Nineties moments: from the Secret World of Alex Mac to the fashion disasters that were Fountain Top Ponytails, I want to hear what you remember best or what would you like to see come back?

Saturday, March 24, 2012

On the Importance of an Actors Eyes

I went and saw the Hunger Games yesterday and I just thought I wanted to talk about something.
Jennifer Lawrence is an amazing actor.  I don't just mean the way she talked or, you know, acted, I'm talking about how she brought the character to life in her eyes.  I've always been a kind of eye-watcher when it comes to movies, especially if the movie is boring. Not that I'm saying that Hunger Games is boring, far from it.  But if a movie is boring, or in a slow part, if you watch the actors eyes, you can usually see their emotions. Sometimes the actors just bored, and you can see it in their eyes.  Other times, the actor is having a hoot and a half(ie fun), and you can see it in their eyes.  I can usually forgive a bad movie if it's obvious that the actors are having a good time.
But Jennifer Lawrence did something I rarely see, she expressed Katniss's emotions in her eyes.  When she was afraid, her eyes were wide and trembling.  When she was angry, they were narrow and  cutting.  It really drew me into the movie.  Bravo Ms Lawrence, Bravo!

Now to a slightly less strange topic:  the Movie itself.
It was good!  Like really good.
I had already read the books so I can't tell you if you could follow it if you hadn't but I thought it was an extremely faithful adaptation.  What was cut was not drastically important(although I could have used a little more Buttercup), and what was kept was well translated and put together.  This being said, I thought the pacing felt rushed at the beginning and the ending felt less than satisfying.  I donno, I just walked out of the theater, thinking 'Hey, that was a good movie but the ending felt flat'.  I know the book didn't end on a breathless cliffhanger but, I donno, it could have been done better.
Heh, here I am criticizing people who had been doing this for ages.  Hey, what do I know about making a book into a movie?  Absolutely nothing.  Jack squat. Nada.
All in all, go see it if you'd like a thrilling ride with a different kind of movie.  Just a warning though, they keep the most of the bloodyness but they hide it well.

So, what did y'all think, noones? Favorite character? Favorite moment left out from the book? Sound off below in the empty comments section.

A Passive-Aggressive Welcome

Hiya, I'm Tweetybirdalpha(call me Tweety) and this is my blog.  Who's going to read this blog?  Nobody!  This is just me, rambling about things I like or things I don't like mostly books and movies and the like.  I don't expect anybody to read it and that's ok.

But Tweety, you ask, if you don't care if anybody reads it, why are you wasting precious cyberspace?!

That's a very good question, random-asking-person, the real reason is because I'm opinionated and I want my opinions on record even if nobody cares. Heck, I doubt I'll even update all that often unless I suddenly has a lot to say!

But hey, that's just life.
So welcome to my blog, nobody! Welcome all and none!

And on a side note: grammar is not in any way my forte, please respect my right to be wrong. Unless something is just pathetically wrong in which case, feel free to light of the comments.

Side note numeros dos: I will not be talking politics, there are plenty of other places for that but it ain't here.