Archive for May, 2008

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

Like the millions across America who went to see it opening day, I too fell in love with Prince Caspian. Truthfully, how could you not? Everything about this movie, from the opening to the closing is wonderful. Prince Caspian grossed a highly respectable total of 56.6 million during the first box office weekend. As far as sequels go critics have raved it to be even better than the first film, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. Boosting an even bigger crew, being filmed in multiple countries, a fantastic cast, stunning costume designs, and breathtaking music The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian easily ranks as my top movie for 2008.

The plot of Prince Caspian ironically centers on Prince Caspian. 1300 years have passed in Narnia since The Golden Age and Prince Caspian’s evil Uncle Miraz has just had a son and no longer needs Caspian to be his heir. Rightful or not Caspian must run away if he wishes to remain alive. Caspian escapes into the woods where he encounters what he thought had become extinct years ago: old Narnia and Narnians. Once Caspian discovers the Narnians he dedicates himself to restoring Narnia to the way it used to be; and if this means war than so be it. Caspian quickly realizes that if he is ever to defeat his Uncle he will need help. That help comes in the form of the four Pensieve children: Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, the High Kings and Queens of old. Even though it’s been 1300 years Narnia time it has only been one-year Earth time. Caspian blows on the ancient horn of Queen Susan and magically transports them back to Narnia. There follows a magical tale of loss and triumph as the Pensieves and Prince Caspian learn to work together and restore Narnia. Many of the characters that we remember and love from the first film are back and delightful new ones are introduced.

Despite being a wonderful visual treat Prince Caspian also connects for me on a personal level. I was first introduced to The Chronicles of Narnia when I read the books when I was about seven years old. I quickly finished the seven installments and have since then reread them multiple times. C.S. Lewis created masterpieces of children literature and was at the same time able to incorporate faith and the Christian beliefs into the novels. He did it so craftily that if you read the novels or see the movies expecting not to see the parallels then you won’t; but if you want to delve deeper in the story to what Lewis had originally pictured for the novels then you will see perfect examples of love, sacrifice, etc.

One aspect of the film versions of the Chronicles of Narnia that is highly admirable is that Director Andrew Adamson stayed so faithful to the books. Many movies have been adapted from books over the years but few have been such an honest attempt to stay true to the originals. The Chronicles of Narnia make such amazing books that to change the plot in dramatic ways would not only be a disappointment to a legion of devoted fans but also ruin the essence of the story. Adamson understood this and proved it with the first two spectacular Narnia films.

In addition to being a faithful adaptation of the novel Prince Caspian has the most breathtaking screen shots and score to support it. It was filmed in places such as the Czech Republic, New Zealand, Poland, and Slovenia. The credit songs boost such names as Regina Spektor and Switchfoot, and Harry Gregson-Williams composes the original score. When watching the film the beauty of the visuals, quality of the script and movie production (costumes, set) and music all give Prince Caspian a glorious too-good-to-be-true sort of feeling.

I would whole-heartedly recommend Prince Caspian to anyone who loves adventure with a light dash of comedy and romance. The films more than satisfy those looking for novel to movie adaptations as well. As with anything, go to the film with an open mind and you will enjoy it much more.

If anyone wants to debate opinions I am now accepting comments πŸ˜›



May 30, 2008 at 4:20 am 4 comments

Classic Hollywood Actress Quiz

I’m like…

Elizabeth Taylor πŸ™‚

“Liz Taylor, with her classic, all-American beauty and sweet demeanor, was like everyone’s favorite girl next door. She is one of the few stars that started off super young and kept getting cast in movies over the years, because she had a natural quality about her onscreen, and she was extremely likable, just like you!

Want to see a few movies with the famously violet-eyed beauty? Rent Giant, Father of the Bride or Little Women. Modern-day actresses you have a lot in common with are Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Alba and Kate Hudson.”

Take the quiz here.


May 29, 2008 at 2:52 pm 3 comments

Tuesdays with Jane

No man is offended by another man’s admiration of the woman he loves; it is the woman only who can make it a torment.

Jane Austen

May 28, 2008 at 4:29 am 2 comments

Wait, How Many Days???

I’m terribly annoyed right now.

My best friend and I were just chatting over the phone and for some random reason (oh wait- that’s called Spring Fever) we decided to do a count down of how many days we have until school is out.

So officially there are 23 days till June 18th; but technically that’s only 14 school days. Still, in the life of a teenager that feels like forever. I want school to be over very badly indeed. I’m at the end of a four-day weekend which makes it worse as well!

Tomorrow I am blessed enough (*cough cough*) to go to school and get end of fourth quarter projects and exam preps! Yeah. Fun.

In an attempt to be more positive I’ve decided that this Summer is going to be FUN. By fun I mean a limited amount of school, work, and chores (moderation), and a large amount of excitement, adventure, and drama. Good drama. I intend to achieve this through one of my favorite past times: Summer Camp. I’m going to Worldview, Sr. High Retreat (hopefully), possibly a bike trip, and of course the highlight of my summer, Camp Niwana! I’m so jazzed. I get to be a counselor this year and it’s going to be fabulous. To illustrate this, I’ve wanted to be a counselor since 5th grade and I’ll be going into 10th. That’s a fairly large chunk of my life! I really can’t wait. Additionally I’ll be having plenty of Summer camp outs in my back yard… It’s going to be wonderful.

But for now, I must endure school and all it’s intense drudgery. I most say though that my four-day weekend was wonderfully productive. I slept in most days, cleaned my room, read books, watched movies, l listened to music, hung out with friends, played outside, etc. Really nice.

So here’s something new….

Currently Reading- Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City.

Currently Listening To- Inhabited, Love. It’s their new album and I “Love” it!

Currently Watching- Cheaper by the Dozen 2 πŸ™‚

Currently Feeling- a bit restless, but over all good!

Currently Learning- that I need to be more mellow.

All right, that’s about it! Enjoy my random image πŸ™‚ It’s from my first time driving, which was very, very, very scary-exciting-frightening-elevating-surprising-tormentuous (not a word)- and wonderful. πŸ˜›


* And to answer questions that I am sure will come with this picture, my first time driving was about… Hmm… I think it was four months ago or so. And yes I’m legal (now…) πŸ˜›

May 27, 2008 at 1:55 am Leave a comment

50th Celebration and The 123 Meme!

Yeah, I’m a dork. This is actually the 52nd post but I wanted to celebrate!

The Rules:

1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4.Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people and post a comment to the person who tagged you once you’ve posted your three sentences.

The nearest book happens to be Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters. Which I highly recommend by the way…. OK. So page 123:

Cornelia ran her finger around the rim of her cup to get every last bit of chocolat chaud.”I can’t believe that the old woman actually wanted you to pay her to see a bunch of bones,” she said. “How preposterously morbid.”

“It is gruesome, I agree,” said Virginia, shielding her eyes from the late-afternoon sun streaming in.

Anyone who wants to be tagged is tagged since I think most people have done this one by now. I just got tagged randomly so I have no comment πŸ™‚

I hope where ever everyone is today that they’re hopefully enjoying the sunshine!


May 24, 2008 at 11:28 pm 1 comment

Tuesdays with Jane

Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands. I will not allow books to prove anything.

Jane Austen

May 20, 2008 at 2:56 pm Leave a comment

My Review of Lock and Key

This was my first book that I’ve read by Sarah Dessen. I’ve heard quite a few good things about her so I was fairly willing to give her books a try even though I don’t typically read teen fiction.

Lock and Key is about a seventeen year old girl named Ruby. Ruby’s had a tough childhood: from her father and sister abandoning her at a young age (so she thinks) to her mother abandoning her at seventeen she’s never really been settled in one place. For the first part of the novel Ruby’s in a sort of self proclaimed denial. The reader begins the book and quickly learns that when Ruby’s mom abandoned her she attempted to live by herself for a few months; but was eventually turned in to child services by her landlord.

Cora, Ruby’s estranged sister, takes custody of Ruby along with her husband, Jamie. WIth her new life Ruby faces all sorts of challenges. New school, “friends”, job, habits, etc. But still Ruby is clinging to her past life and memories.

I particularly loved the characters of Cora and Jamie. They were very believable and I thought that Dessen did an excellent job of endearing them to the reader. I had a few problems with Nate (the male star of the novel) and Ruby, but nothing that couldn’t be overlooked. The plot could definitely be a bit confusing flopping between a fast and slow pace but in the end it all worked out.

So what then makes me want to give this book only three stars? I would have to say I honestly don’t know, just that things were missing. Maybe it was character depth for Ruby or Nate, or just the whole plot confusion thing that got to me, or the swearing (which by the way is fairly predominant)…. I don’t know. I’d recommend reading Lock and Key but not unless you have nothing more exciting to read. It’s lacking, but still good. It really deserves three and a half stars but Goodreads doesn’t let me do that! Oh well. πŸ™‚


May 20, 2008 at 1:38 am 1 comment

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