Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Star Wars and Lord of the Rings (How related these two unrelated topics really are)

Hi! It's me again! I'm not even going to bother apologizing for not posting in, like, three months because I KNOW I will do it again! ;)

In any case, as you all probably know, the newest Lord of the Rings movie is the prequel: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. And if you're a LOTR fan you've probably seen it. I am also a LOTR fan and have seen it last Tuesday night, not having time to watch it earlier, and being the last screening I got my butt as fast as possible to the movies and in the theater. Now, while I was waiting for the movie to begin, being the only one of five people in the theater, gave me a lot of thinking time.

When this little train of thought started to ride through my head I was first like: "You're kidding me!" But the more I thought about it, the more it started to make sense!
That is the origin of this post, the post in which I will explain to you just how much Lord of the Rings and Star Wars are alike in both plot and characters:

Let's start with the basics:

Both series started with an original trilogy which tells the story of the young hero:

Star Wars:


A New Hope
The Empire Strikes Back
Return of the Jedi

Lord of the Rings:


The Fellowship of the Ring
The Two Towers
The Return of the King

Then...it got a set of prequels which tells the story of the hero's father/fatherly figure:

Star Wars:


The Phantom Menace
Attack of the Clones
Revenge of the Sith

Lord of the Rings:


An Unexpected Journey
The Desolation of Smaug
There and Back Again

Okay...so we got something in that division already, now let's take a look at the plot of the first and second original movies...


 First of all, both star an ambitious young guy from an ordinary life...

Who have no idea who their real parents are and lives with their uncle (and aunt)...

Then one day they meet a bearded mentor...


Who tells them a rather interesting story about a guy who wants to rule everything...

And who has an evil sidekick who is obsessed with an achromatic color...

The hero was obviously dumbfounded by it but after finding his uncle/aunt, gone/dead he decides to accept an out-of-ordinary gift with some strange power...

And then together with some...um...unusual friends...

 They set out on the journey with the bearded mentor...on the journey they ran into some fights with the evil guys...

 And made some new friends...one with a talent for shooting stuff...

 An aggressive, hairy one...


And one who claimed himself/herself the leader of the posse...

Unfortunately the bearded mentor died (aww) but came back (yay)! But not quite the same (aww)...

Somewhere in the middle of the whole story the hero got sick of the other characters, decided to ride it solo, but got too scared and took one of the... um...unusual friends with him...


On their journey they met a rather...*how shall I put it*...strange creature, with strange features and a...unique...way of speaking...

Who helps them on their journey/quest...

Also the unusual friend strongly dislikes the strange character.


Well, it isn't 100% the same but you can see the resemblance. Here are a few crucial facts that aren't the same (and I sincerely HOPE they will never be...):

  • Aragorn and Legolas DOES NOT fall in love (gag).
  • Saruman IS NOT Frodo's real father.
  • Yoda DOESN'T have a twin personality OR plan to kill Frodo behind his back! (phew!)
Return of the Jedi and Return of the King are pretty much original and didn't have any...resemblances or similarities, except for the names of course (you get it? Return of the... and Return of the...oh nevermind!)

'Til next time!

Your unfaithful blogger,
JediChick

Note: after googling a bit I saw that some things like this has been done already but I decided to make my own one! Plus...this one has pictures! ;D

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Gone with the Wind (the most tragic love story in the history of tragic love stories after Titanic)

Okay before you read this post you have two choices:

1. You can skip this post and rather look at this cute picture of a kitten wearing a jacket.
OR...
2. You can continue reading this post at your own risk after failing to notice this warning:


Okay I gave you enough time to switch tabs so here I go. Brace yourselves.
I recently watched the most tragic love story in the history of tragic love stories after Titanic, Love Never Dies and Romeo and Juliet.
It's called (as you saw in the title) Gone with the Wind sporting the famous line known as "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn" which was ranked number one on the AFI's 100 Years...100 Movie Quotes as the most memorable movie quote in American movies. 
I've heard a lot about this movie and how wonderful it's supposed to be but I never worked up the nerve to watch it until I recently discovered a passion for old movies. Luckily my dad had it stored away and on the night of 20 September 2012 I watched this masterpiece that earned 10 Oscars and a lot of others. I understand why.
Now let's take a look at what I thought of the protagonists:

 

 Scarlett O'Hara:

Very snobby eh? Better than others eh?

*takes deep breath*
You probably wouldn't believe me if I told you that my face is now almost red with anger.
Wait for it...
Wait for it...
Oh, no, here it comes...
...How dare that cold-hearted, selfish, whiny, snobby, alcoholic, money-loving ninny mistreat Rhett like that! How dare she!!!
Rhett gave her everything she wanted and all he wanted in return was her love and comfort but nooooooooo!
She is only after his money and didn't even care for their daughter at all! And calling Rhett "no gentleman"? That must have been the worst insult a man like him could ever get!
And pleeeeeeeease get that stupid Ashley off your mind! He wasn't going anywhere but Rhett was!
I can understand that the war changed Scarlett but even so. She's got a stinking rich husband and she can be certain that she "will never go hungry again" but really?
*let's it out*
Still young and innocent...
Phew! Okay, see what I mean? You sure you want to read further?
On to the things I liked about Scarlett.
She always keeps he promises even though she can't put up and act to save her life or her marriage.
Yeah, sure she stayed by Melanie in the times when she needed it the most but was it really necessary for her to tell Rhett that Melly wanted her to take care of Ashley? How do you think that sounded to him?
Another thing I like about her is her tendency to overreact. I know it isn't really a good thing but I almost fell of my chair when she told Rhett she'll hate and despise him till she dies! Yeah right! Like that's gonna happen! That just adds a pinch of humor to it.
Then finally her passion for her family and Tara. Of course anyone would cry when their father dies but Scarlett made sure to keep Tara just as her father wanted. I suspect that's why she wants to keep the land come hell or high water.
Done with this one.

Movin' on!

Rhett Butler:


*five minutes later*
Sorry guys I've only just woken up after I fainted while searching for suitable pictures of him.
That is pretty much what I think about him.
Two words.
Darn. Sexy.
Sue me if you don't think so but he is! To bad Clark Gable is 111 already and dead at 53...
It's not fair! :(
Either way. His personality is something that stood out to me in particular. He is a smart-mouth and can think of a witty reply to anything even in times of war. His love for Bonnie is another thing I like about him.
That man was devoted to her and when she died he was broken in two pieces, never to be whole again. It was almost as bad as losing Scarlett, almost worse if I could say so.
He is also the typical knight in shining armor, always there with his buggy when Scarlett needed him (except with the taxes in Tara, but he was in jail so you'll have to excuse him).
Now...ladies and gentlemen! Let the Rhett Butler Photo Festival begin! (either you're in or you're out, your choice)









































The other characters all seem minor to these two famous protagonists but I do have a few thoughts to share on the other.
Melanie Wilkes: Won't...well can't say anything bad about anyone! Her actress, Olivia de Havilland, is the only one out of the quartet that is still alive as I'm writing this despite the other three all dying at a young age. She's now retired in Paris at the ripe age of 96.
Ashley Wilkes: He looks to much like my sister's crush (who looks like an anorexic stick-bug) but a good character all the same. Too bad he's the only thing that's keeping Scarlett from being with Rhett forever.
Mammy!: My stepsister's favorite character! Even when Scarlett's mom died, she was laughing at Mammy crying. The same with Bonnie's death. The first African-American to be nominated and to win an Academy Award.
In conclusion, it was the most beautiful movie I've ever seen and I've got to admit that I did cry at the end *hangs head in shame*
Definitely on my wishlist now:





















To end on a lighter tone:


Ps: I just saw Iron Man 3's trailer and it looks AWESOME!!! :D

Saturday, 13 October 2012

TimeRiders: City of Shadows



I apologize for not posting in a long time but I was quite busy the last few days with school work and swimming (a post on that later). Reading, for one was on that list because I finally got the latest TimeRiders book namely: City of Shadows. I waited for this book since forever and followed the countdown on the website. Geez, I almost hyperventilated when I saw the book in the bookstore located in the mall. I didn't hesitate ONE second before I bought it. I simply had to have it!!!
Yeah, I was psyched and it looks soooo good in my bookcase. It in one of my proudest collections ever. (My other one is my Animorphs collection. Even tough I'm ages to old for it I just can't let it go!)

Now I was so glad I finally got it I held a photo-shoot in my room to brag with my collection. Sorry, I couldn't resit. It's the most beautiful thing in book collection history!!!\





Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith



Okay, I just watched ROTS (Revenge of the Sith) for, like, the third time and decided just to share a few thoughts about this masterpiece.

  • First of all, I don't care what other people think about the Prequel Trilogy, personally it is my favorite!
  • Mostly, everyone thought that Anakin/Darth Vader (depends on which moment in the movie you're referring to) was the bad guy, the evil dude everyone blames for the deaths. I disagree. All Anakin wanted was to save his true love, Padme, from dying. That is why, when he turned Palpatine over to the Council, he turned back and went after the Council to stop them from arresting or killing Palpatine. Anakin realized that Palpatine was the only man who could help him save Padme. He eventually saved Palpatine from death but by killing poor Mace Windu. How I see it is that the confusion muddled up his brain and just accepted what he was told (I know, it happens to me too). Palpatine told him that only together they can save Padme, that Anakin must become his apprentice.

  • ROTS must have been my favorite Star Wars film, mainly because of the awesome, fast-paced and intense lightsaber battles. I am a sucker for them.
  • In this movie we see Chewie for the first time, and we learn that he hasn't been a smuggler's pal all his life.
  • Anakin/Darth Vader has always been my favorite character. Anakin, because he was always so noble and kindhearted. Darth Vader, because he saved his son by sacrificing himself and his outfit ROCKS! But somehow I just can't see the two of them actually being the other. It is like they are two different people. Apparently Obi-Wan also thought it was better to talk of them as two individual characters since he told Luke that the one murdered the other. I guess that happens when you turn to the dark side...
  • Let's get something straight. I don't cry a lot but this movie must have been an exception. The tears started to roll the minute Anakin said: "I pledge myself to you..." Slowly but surely, rivulets trickled down my cheeks as I watched Annie assassinate the younglings, and sat there sniffling up all my tissues through Order 66 and must have looked like the Niagara Falls when Annie murdered Padme. I'm telling you, by the time Annie lied there, busy burning up, with Obi-Wan yelling "You were my brother Anakin! I loved you!" I almost drowned in my own tears. ;-(
  • Now I cry whenever I hear the song Viva la Vida by Coldplay. If you listen carefully you can hear that there is quite some resemblance between the song and Annie's life. Well to me that is, I don't know about you.
  • And finally, and the most important thought I want to share is... Anakin/Hayden Christensen is SUPER hot! Obi-Wan/Ewan McGregor ain't looking too bad either.
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Some pics from the movie:











     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    So if you haven't watched this epic saga, do yourself a favor and spend one night in front of the TV/Laptop/PC watching this (I am not promoting piracy, if that is what you're thinking). I promise you, you won't regret it! 
     
     
     
     
     
A new hope is born...
     

Monday, 27 August 2012

Busted!

First of all, I don't believe in all that Mayan "the world is going to end", "22 December 2012" stuff that has everyone talking. So I found a pic that might really make people stop and think about some of this things.

So, what do you think, hmm...?

Monday, 23 July 2012

Cool Space Extract

Hey, everyone!
I recently discovered this awesome blog on WordPress : 1000 Awesome Things (apparently it's a book too?)
It is where this really cool guy posts 1000 random awesome things in life. When I read it I found myself laughing as I agreed to every single one of them.
Now the second awesome thing is remembering how lucky we are to be here. It is one looooooong post so if you want to read the whole thing click on the link below. I'm just going to post the really interesting spacey bit I read about:

Okay.
Let’s go on a field trip. Put your shoes on because we’re heading outside.
Take a bowling ball and drop it on the edge of your driveway. That’s our Sun. Yeah, the ball is only eight inches across and the actual Sun is eight hundred thousand miles across but that’s our scale for this little brainwave. Okay, now walk down your street ten big paces and drop a grain of salt on your neighbor’s lawn. That’s Mercury. Take nine more paces down the street and drop a peppercorn for Venus. And then take another seven paces, so you’re now two or three houses down the block, and toss down another peppercorn.
You got it.
That peppercorn is Earth.
Here we are, basking in the blazing sun, twenty-six big steps away from the bowling ball. Our giant planet is just a tiny speck in the middle of nowhere but here’s the crazy part: It gets a whole lot bigger.
If you keep walking, Mars is only couple more houses away, but Jupiter ends up ninety-five big paces down the street, out of the neighborhood, and halfway to the corner store. By now a dog is probably slobbering in the bowling ball finger holes and kids are flying by you on their bikes, slurping drippy popsicles, and wondering what’s up with this nut tossing crumbs on the sidewalk, acting out some demented suburban version of Hansel and Gretel.
If you want to finish up our solar system, you’re going to have to start taking two- and three-hundred paces for the remaining planets, eventually dropping a grain of salt for Pluto half a mile away from the bowling ball. You can’t see the bowling ball with binoculars and it’s getting cold out for your long walk home.
But here’s the crazier part: That’s just our solar system. That’s just our bunch of rocks flying around our big bright bowling ball star.
Turns out our big bright star and all its salt and peppercorns are racing around a cosmic race track with two hundred billion other big bright bowling ball stars. You’d have to cover the entire Earth with bowling balls eight thousand times to represent the number of stars in our race track. Did we mention this race track has a name? Yup, it’s called the Milky Way galaxy, presumably because the scientists who first noticed it were all eating delicious Milky Way candy bars late that Friday night down at the telescopes.
So basically our bowling ball, salt, and peppercorns are flying in the fast lane around a ridiculously giant race track galaxy called the Milky Way with billions and billions of other bowling balls, salt grains, and peppercorns, too.
But are you ready for the craziest part: That’s just our galaxy. Guess how many giant racetrack galaxies are in all of outer space? Oh, not many. Just more than we can possibly count. Honestly, nobody knows how many galaxies are out there in the big blackness. All we know is that every few years somebody stares out a little further and finds millions more of them just shining way out in the void. We don’t know how deep it goes because our rocket ships don’t blast off that far and our thickest, fattest telescopes can’t see that far.
Now, all this space talk might make us feel small and insignificant, but here’s the thing, here’s the big thing, here’s the biggest thing of all: Of the millions of places we’ve ever seen it appears as though Earth is the only place that can support life. The only place! Oh sure, there could be other life-giving planets we haven’t seen yet, but the point is that Earth could easily have been a clump of sulfur gas, be lying in darkness forever, or have a winter that dips a couple hundred degrees and lasts twenty years like Uranus.
On this planet Earth, the only one in the giant dark blackness where anything can live, we ended up being humans.
~Extract from a post written by: Neil Pasricha. Web address: http://1000awesomethings.com/2012/04/18/2-remembering-how-lucky-we-are-to-be-here-right-now/~


Awesome right?