I loved reading Where the Wild Things Are as a child because I was Max.
Going on grand adventures with my vivid imagination, wandering into the wilds of the woods near my parents house. Running through fields, jumping across rivers and having to balance myself while crossing a fallen tree over a gorge, this was a typical day for me.
I wasn’t intentionally a problem child just too creative for my own good and constantly in trouble. One time I decided to make my own dye to color a shirt. Gathering up various berries, crushing them into a dye and coloring my shirt. This would not have been particularly vexing adventure for a parent except that in the process I colored my shirt, the nice bathroom curtains, walls, floor, tub and one child now a beautiful array of purple and red.
As you can guess I was in terrible trouble. Sent to my room with no supper. Angry and confused. Why didn’t my parents love me? I asked myself. Thoughts of running away went through my head but then I noticed the new book that I got for my birthday, Where the Wild Things Are.
Instantly, I identified with Max, his vivid imagination, sense of adventure and parental problems. The book helped me to realize that my parents do love me but they discipline me to help me become better. I didn’t run away. After that day when I got into trouble, including the dueling pit of doom, I understood they love me.
If you have not read this book, get it, read it. It is beneficial to both parents and children alike.
Theater or Renter: Arpil 2010
Theater or Renter: April includes five SF movies Clash of the Titans, Date Night, Kick-Ass, The Losers, A Nightmare on Elm Street. Will we watch? Will we rent? or do we even care? Rules of the Game: Watch the trailers. Rate the Trailer. Then share with us your comments: does the movie, it’s trailer and buzz make you want to watch it in the theater, rent it, or not interested at all, and why?
Clash of the Titans:
Release Date: April 1
Listed as: epic fantasy
Studio: Legendary Pictures
Director: Louis Leterrier
Produced by: Basil Iwanyk, Kevin De La Noy, Richard D. Zanuck
Written by: Lawrence Kasdan, Travis Beacham, Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi
Stars: Sam Worthington, Mads Mikkelson, Alexa Davalos, Danny Huston, Gemma Arterton, Pete Postelthwaite, Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson
The Plot / Story: Based on the 1981 film Clash of the Titans . Born of a god but raised as a man, Perseus is helpless to save his family from Hades. With nothing left to lose, Perseus volunteers to lead a dangerous mission to defeat the Kraken and then get revenge on Hades. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
Theater: Liam Neeson as Zeus and Ralph Fiennes as Hades will be awesome. I loved the original Clash of the Titans and have hopes that this one will be an epic like the first. They even have a budget to make the effects look great but the trailers haven’t supported the hope.
Release Date: APRIL 9th
Listed as: Comedy
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Shawn Levy
Produced by: Shawn Levy, Tom McNulty
Written by: Josh Klausner
Stars: Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Mark Wahlberg, James Franco, Mark Ruffalo, Mila Kunis, Kristen Wiig, Common, Ray Liotta, Taraji P. Henson, Leighton Meester
The Plot / Story: Claire and Phil Foster (Tina Fey and Steve Carell) are a suburban couple slogging through their daily lives and marriage. Even their "date nights" of dinner and a movie have become routine. To reignite the marital spark, they visit a trendy Manhattan bistro, where a case of mistaken identity hurtles them through the city at breakneck speeds, into non-stop adventure. Remembering what made them so special together, Phil and Claire take on a couple of corrupt cops, a top-level mobster—and a crazed cabbie—as their date becomes a night they'll never forget. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
Between Theater Renter: Date night will be a theater if I have time to catch it in the theater otherwise it is a renter. The idea of Liz Lemon and Michael Scott together makes me laugh so much even if I realize these characters are probably not quite the same. Tina Fey and Steve Carell crack me up so I expect this to be a fun and funny movie. I'm also curious to see if Date Night is more like Adventures in Babysitting then the typical comedies we find in the theaters today.
Release Date: APRIL 16th
Listed as: comic book movie
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Produced by: Matthew Vaughn, Brad Pitt, Kris Thykier, Adam Bohling, Tarquin Pack, David Reid
Written by: Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn, Mark Millar
Stars: Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloe moretz, Mark Strong, Nicolas Cage
The Plot / Story: based on the comic book Kick-Ass by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr. a typical teenage boy, wonders why no one has ever decided to become a real-life superhero like the heroes in the comic books. Despite the fact that he has zero superpowers, he looks to reincarnate himself as a crime-fighting superhero named Kick-Ass. His decision inspires a subculture of copy cats, put his life in danger, and unite him with a similarly minded father-daughter duo. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
Theater: the trailers look really funny. The premise of a regular person stepping up for what is right and inspiring others to take his lead is also a plus.
Release Date: APRIL 23rd
Listed as: action based on comic
Studio: Warner Bros.
Director: Sylvain White
Produced by: Joel Silver, Akiva Goldsman, Kerry Foster
Written by: Peter Berg, James Vanderbilt
Stars: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, Óscar Jaenada, Jason Patric
The Plot / Story: An adaptation of Vertigo and DC Comics' comic book series The Losers. Five members of an elite United States Special Forces team are sent into the Bolivian jungle. The team find themselves the target of a betrayal instigated from inside by a powerful enemy known only as Max. Believed to be dead, the group makes plans to even the score when they're joined by the mysterious Aisha, a beautiful operative with her own agenda. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
Between Theater Renter: I lovingly think of this movie as the B-Team copy of the A-Team m0vie. The story and even characters are similar. That said The Loosers trailer did make me laugh more which hurts a little to say as a fan of the A-Team. I don't have big expectations for the film but from the trailer it looks fun so if I'm not able to catch it in the theater I will put it on the rent list.
A Nightmare on Elm Street:
Release Date: APRIL 30th
Listed as: Slasher, Horror, Reboot
Studio: New Line Cinema
Director: Samuel Bayer
Produced by: Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller
Written by: Wesley Strick, Eric Heisserer
Stars: Jackie Earle Haley, Kyle Gallner, Rooney Mara, Katie Cassidy, Thomas Dekker, Kellan Lutz
The Plot / Story: A reboot of the 1980’s movie Nightmare on Elm Street. A group of parents hunt down and murder a local stalker. The children of the suburban parents are being haunted in their dreams by a horribly disfigured killer known as Freddy Krueger. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
Theater: I'm a big fan of Nightmare on Elm Street and in it's case a reboot makes more sense because Freddy was finally defeated in six. I am concerned about my reactions to a non Robert Englund Freddy but the trailers look really good.
Theater or Renter: October 2009
Theater or Renter: October 2009 includes five SF movies Zombieland, The Invention of Lying, Where the Wild Things Are, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, Astro Boy. Will we watch? Will we rent? or do we even care? Rules of the Game: Watch the trailers. Rate the Trailer. Then share with us your comments: does the movie, it’s trailer and buzz make you want to watch it in the theater, rent it, or not interested at all, and why?
Release Date: 2 October 2009
Listed as: Action, Comedy, Horror
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Produced by: Gavin Polone
Written by: Paul Wernick, Rhett Reese
Stars: Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin
The Invention of Lying:
Release Date: 2 October 2009
Listed as: Comedy, Fantasy
Studio: Warner Bros., Universal Pictures
Director: Ricky Gervais, Matthew Robinson
Produced by: Ricky Gervais, Dan Lin, Lynda Obst, Oly Obst
Written by: Ricky Gervais, Matthew Robinson
Stars: Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Jonah Hill, Louis C.K., Jeffrey Tambor, Fionnula Flanagan, Rob Lowe, Tina Fey
The Plot / Story: Set in an alternate reality we ask what if everyone can only tell the truth except for a lone writer who tells the world's first lie and learns to wield it's power for personal gain. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
Where the Wild Things Are:
Release Date: 16 October 2009
Listed as: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Studio: Warner Bros.
Director: Spike Jonze
Produced by: Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Maurice Sendak, John B. Carls, Vincent Landay
Written by: Screenplay: Spike Jonze, Dave Eggers Picture book: Maurice Sendak
Stars: Max Records, Catherine Keener, Mark Ruffalo, Lauren Ambrose, Chris Cooper, James Gandolfini, Catherine O'Hara, Forest Whitaker
The Plot / Story: Based on the Children's picture book by Maurice Sendak. Follow the imaginary adventures of a young boy named Max. A rambunctious and sensitive boy, Max feels misunderstood at home. When his mother sends him to his room for misbehaving he runs away. Finding a boat he sails to an island inhabited by monsters called Wild things. There they crown max as their ruler. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant:
Release Date: 23 October 2009
Listed as: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Studio: Universal Pictures
Director: Paul Weitz
Produced by: Lauren Shuler Donner
Written by: Novel: Darren Shan Screenplay: Brian Helgeland
Stars: Chris Massoglia, Josh Hutcherson, John C. Reilly, Michael Ceveris
The Plot / Story: Based on the first three books of the book series The Saga of Darren Shan by author Darren Shan. A fantasy-adventure about a teenager who unknowingly breaks a 200-year-old truce between two warring factions of vampires. Pulled into a fantastic life of misunderstood sideshow freaks and grotesque creatures of the night, one teen will vanish from the safety of a boring existence and fulfill his destiny in a place drawn from nightmares. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
Release Date: OCTOBER 23rd
Listed as: Action, Animation, Sci-Fi
Studio: Summit Entertainment
Director: David Bowers
Produced by: Maryann Garger
Written by: Timothy Harris
Stars: Freddie Highmore, Nicolas Cage, Donald Sutherland, Kristen Bell, Eugene Levy, Nathan Lane, Bill Nighy, Madeline Carroll, Matt Lucas
The Plot / Story: Set in futuristic Metro City, Astro Boy is about a young robot with incredible powers created by a brilliant scientist in the image of the son he lost. The new boy unable to meet the man's expectations, he embarks on a journey in search of acceptance. Becoming part of a group of rowdy kids led by a girl named Cora, and experiencing betrayal and a netherworld of robot gladiators led by the greedy ring master, Ham Egg, before he returns to save Metro City and reconcile with the father who had rejected him. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
Manga Review: Vampire Game by Judal
Vampire Game didn’t irritate me enough to give it a bad review, but it didn’t wow me either. Although I didn’t enjoy it, my best friend loves it. Maybe I should put it this way... If you enjoy talking cats, silly jokes, and a princess preoccupied with getting into trouble, you’ll like Vampire Game.
You might ask yourself, "If Emz didn’t like it, why did she read beyond volume one?" Well, it was a discount buyers mistake all the way. One day while shopping, I expected to pass by the little manga kiosk with nothing but a groan because I had spent my book money on skeleton leg warmers. To my surprise, they were having a manga sale. So, if you think about it, Vampire Game is a manga worth a buck a volume and if you run into a manga sale like that, grab it up! For the rest of you, read this little review before you spend your hard-earned cash.
The story: A once great vampire king named Duzell led a war against humans. The king of the humans used a spell to defeat Duzell. One hundred years later, Duzell has been reborn as a wildcat who falls into the hands of a princess named Ishtar who likes to get in trouble. A cute bodyguard named Darres is charged with making sure she doesn't get into trouble and boy does he earn his keep! Though she is being courted by the most eligible princes in the land, you get the feeling Darres is her romantic prospect.
Here are some highlights from the series:
- Volume one: This was the beginning of the end for me. The cat is irritating and talks. The art reminded me of bible story cartoons from when I was a child.
- Volume two: The tale starts to get a tad interesting as we learn that Duzell the cat, can turn into a human if they drink that human’s blood. Since Dunzell drank from Ishtar, he becomes a clone of her. There is a great sword competition where he is able to fight.
- Volume three: The sword competition continues. We finally see this tale’s version of vampires which look like Hellraiser characters with no skin.
- Volume four: We get to see some ghouly demons. My favorite quote from the whole series is in this volume, said by the princess of a neighboring kingdom. “Dad! There’s this really hot naked weirdo in the stable and he was fooling around with your horse.”
- Volume five: Scary mermaids show up who have wings and sharp teeth.
- Volume six: The story for me finally gets good. The whole castle is in chaos as the monsters are allowed to come on grounds and to flood out of the dungeon. Another good quote, this time from a warrior. “For the record I am not cleaning this mess up. These guys smell bad enough now, I don’t want to think about when they start to stiffen!”
I am not a fan of this sort of art and since it started in 1996, it is in the older style. I wouldn’t suggest buying this manga unless you want to spend hours reading many pages to get to that one funny joke or cool monster sequence.
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To learn more about Vampire Game, by someone who likes this series, visit http://www.princessishtar.com/
WFR: Swatting Flies, Lessons From a Seeker
Throughout one's life there arises nuisances that annoy and antagonize us like a fly at the dinner table. The instinct is to swat that annoyance, rid it from our lives and return to whatever it is we are working on. Though that is our instinct and the most immediate satisfying action, are there times when we should bear the annoyance and not swat the fly? I love the scene in the book Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind when Richard and Kahlen are faced with the temptation to swat the Blood flies that were annoying them. In this instance the annoyance was not only buzzing about them but they were even stinging and biting them. The real danger they were in was if they attacked the small annoyance they would have gained the attention of a very dangerous and lethal predator a long tail Gar.
This scene is a great metaphor for our own lives and gives us the answer to the question: are there times when we should bear the annoyance and not swat the fly? The lesson here is it's sometimes wiser to tolerate the small annoyances because attacking the small stuff can make a situation much worse then it already is. In other words as I'm told often "Don't sweat the small stuff."
There are many real life examples of when people should not have swatted at their small annoyances and because they did they ended up in much bigger trouble. Watch politics for a moment and the examples flow. Take for example the young couple on a date who couldn't leave the fly alone and ended up spilling their drink over their plate and nice outfit, not to mention the embarrassment. For me, recently, I lost an afternoon because I could not leave the small plumbing annoyance alone and because I messed with it I made a situation that was ignorable into a bigger situation that had to be fixed.
The next time you are faced with an annoyance, endure for at least a moment and seek the truth behind the situation. Discern and ask yourself if I go after that small annoyance will it make the situation worse. If not then swat away but heed the Seeker's warning for if you swing at the wrong one a long tail Gar might just be waiting for you.
Trailer: Where The Wild Things Are
Max, a disobedient little boy sent to his room without his supper. He then creates his own fantasy world. A forest inhabited by ferocious wild creatures. He then befriends a large monster called Carol, who helps him understand the meaning of love.
Where the Wild Things Are is a picture book and was a favorite of mine growing up. I was an unruly child who felt a lot like Max because I was often getting punished. This book is a must have for any parent with children as it will help the unruly child relate to Max and to understand that even though they are being punished their parents still love and miss their child.
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