Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Poetry Corner- "Amazed"

This poem provides a sharp contrast to the last one I posted. Ever since I met my boyfriend I have done something I never had done in my life...write happy poems haha. Poems were always my outlet for frustration or anger or sadness, never happiness. Well, I guess he just inspires me :) This one is called "Amazed." Hope you enjoy! :)


How one look from you
Can turn my day around,
How just one single touch
Makes me melt to the ground.

How your arms have become my safety,
Your love become my soul.
How your love has saved me
And life finally feels in control.

Baby, you amaze me.

In your eyes I see my future
In your smile I see mine
In your arms bad disappears
And I know it will all be fine.

In your voice I feel my comfort
In your laugh my soul delights
With your promises I never wonder
‘cause I know you’ll do what’s right.

Baby, you amaze me.

As each day passes
I fall harder for you.
As each moment lingers
I love more than I ever knew.

As I look to the sky
I know you’re my gift
Made perfectly for me,
A love made never to shift.

Baby, you amaze me.

With every single smile,
Every single kiss,
Every single touch,
There’s not a moment I would miss.

You broke down my walls,
I gave up the fight.
For in my heart I knew
You were everything that’s right.

You hold me when I’m weak.
You’re my dreams come true.
You never let me fall,
My everything is you.

I found the greatest love,
One look and my heart blazed.
I’ll never give you up
Because baby you leave me amazed.

My night has become a sunny dawn because of you."- Ibn Abbad

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Poetry Corner- "A Past"

It's interesting to look back at our pasts and see who we once were. I was going through my portfolio from my first ever writing class for my major and I came across a set of poems. These poems came during a darker period of my life, a time when I was dealing with much more than I thought I could handle. I love this poem because it reminds me that I am stronger than I thought I was and that I am a much better person for all that I have gone through. Now this poem makes me laugh a bit because I remember my teacher asking if I needed to talk afterward...oh how time has gone by but I'm better for everything that has made me who I am!

"A Past"

 A past haunts my present,
It's horrible and true. 
It was nothing I could prevent,
But it affects all I do.

This past is filled with terror,
With choices for the worst.
It's a past filled with error,
A past that was forced.

This past was violent and tearful,
Abusive and controlled,
With moments that are fearful,
A past of doing what you're told.

This past plagues my waking;
It's in everything I do.
It inhibits my choice making
And my personal point of view.

This past controls my inability to trust.
It often keeps me from being me,
And in love I am a bust
For this past holds my heart's key.

This past refuses to let go
But on the outside I seem fine.
And I don't know how all this is so...
Because this past isn't even mine.

The past is our definition.  We may strive, with good reason, to escape it, or to escape what is bad in it, but we will escape it only by adding something better to it.  ~Wendell Berry

Look not at the days gone by with a forlorn heart.  They were simply the dots we can now connect with our present, to help us draw the outline of a beautiful tomorrow.  ~Dodinsky

Bring the past only if you are going to build from it.  ~Doménico Cieri Estrada

What you need to know about the past is that no matter what has happened, it has all worked together to bring you to this very moment.  And this is the moment you can choose to make everything new.  Right now.  ~Author Unknown   

It's time to look to my future, it sure looks bright :)

X-Men: First Class P.P.M.R (Positively Positive Movie Review)

Since X-Men serves as my second favorite comic, closely following Batman, I was excited, yet anxious, about this prequel. Could it really live up to the expectation I had formed over the years? Could these actors embody the characters I had learned to love as played by others? Could they make it exciting and unpredictable? Yes, yes and YES!

X-Men: First Class does exactly what it's name suggests: it introduces you to the characters that people know and love. It gives you the background on your favorite (or least favorite) characters and tells how the X-Men came to be and it does it without boring you to death! Not only are there surprises and turns but it also includes pieces of history, blended to fit the story. World War 2 and the Cuban Missile Crisis are worked into the movie perfectly, giving depth, history and explanation as to why Magneto and Professor X turn out the way they do.

James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender make an amazing team as Charles Xavier (Professor X) and Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto)! I've always been a fan of McAvoy but was skeptical at first for him in this role. Could he really turn into the man who would guide future mutants into saving the world? I'm sorry James, you did and I was wrong! With an amazing blend of cocky swagger and heartfelt empathy McAvoy embodied Charles Xavier perfectly and gave us insight into the man that would one day drop the cocky swagger and only be known for his heartfelt empathy. Michael Fassbender was virtually unknown to me before this movie and I am thankful for that. I had no idea what to expect and I was impressed (this takes a lot). Fassbender gave life, depth and emotion to the tumultuous life of Magneto that was always spoken of in the previous movies but never formally addressed until now. He provided reason for Magneto's actions and showed an excellent display of talent in his portrayal of so many feelings. These characters were definitely multi-dimensional which can be thanked due to both the writers and the excellent actors.

(The relationship between Professor X and Magneto is superbly done.
Here they show the beginning of many chess games to come.)

If I were to rave about all the amazing talent in this movie I would go on for pages but McAvoy and Fassbender lead a wonderful cast that includes up and coming talents like Jennifer Lawrence (Raven/Mystique) and more experienced actors like Kevin Bacon. Yes, I said Kevin Bacon. It shocked me too but he can play a bad-ass, no question about it!

The movie follows Xavier and Magneto from their childhoods to their meeting to their teamwork and eventual separation into the separate sides of good and bad mutants. The plot is well-written and leaves no questions but it does more than that. It delves into the souls of the characters and creates connections with the older (future) films. The struggles of Raven accepting her mutations mirror the struggles we earlier saw in Rogue but differ for their characters. The plot also gives the audience a deeper look into the life of Magneto and left me, and hopefully others, questioning whether he was really wrong in all of his theories. Did he go about them wrong in later years? Of course but was he really wrong for his feelings? I think not. This is one thing I really loved about this film, the depth it gave that provided me with my Ah-ha moments.

Every comic book-based movie/super hero movies needs action. It is a necessity. This movie does not lack action. There is plenty of action for those who crave fights and explosions. Even more, there is great work with camera angles and special effects! I was amazed at how transformations that I know take massive amounts of work looked so easy. I've always loved the X-Men transformations and they didn't lack in this film, from Mystique to Beast to Angel, you get plenty of transformation.

Another little tid-bit for the fans, you'll have a few cool surprises put in for the loyal X-Men watchers. Cameos are fun ;) However, unlike the other X-Men movies, don't wait until after the credits for extra scenes. Sadly, there are none like all the others. Oh well, I got enough excitement from the film itself!

You may have missed it from my subtle compliments but I loved this film! I can guarantee X-Men: First Class will join my movie collection the day it is released! I suggest this movie not only for all comic book lovers and super hero fanatics but anybody who wants a great storyline that will lead to the discovery of other movies (the rest of X-Men greats).  To anybody who would ask if they should see this I would not only say yes but I'd demand they go as soon as they could!

Movie Rating- No Spoonfuls- No sugar needed to sweeten this review.

Friday, June 24, 2011

The Green Lantern P.P.M.R (Positively Positive Movie Review)

Yes people I am back and I have business to get to but first I apologize for my hiatus, health issues called and I had to answer. However, I am back and ready to get this started up again! For my first blog back I figured a good old movie review would be great since I see so many of them.

The Green Lantern

I am one of those rare girls who LOVES comic book-based movies. Yes boys, I know I am awesome....sorry I am happily taken ;). It is because of this love that I looked forward to The Green Lantern and counted down to the opening with my boyfriend. I decided it was my turn to treat and even sprung for the 3D.

I entered the theater with great anticipation and I come bearing great news: If you are an insomniac, I have found the cure for you! I am ashamed to say that I became one of those people who falls asleep at the movies...I believe I even snored a little and I admit it willingly because its one of the best naps I have had in MONTHS!

I mean no disrespect. I mean a Super Hero movie starring Ryan Reynolds with lots of action, what's to lose right? Ummm...approximately 30 bucks. There was no problem with the acting, Ryan Reynolds was funny and serious at the appropriate moments and he embodied the character well. I even liked Blake Lively, an actress I am iffy on at times. I was even happy to find she played a pretty strong female character as opposed to the simple character of damsel constantly in distress (or at least from what I have seen).

Was there anything wrong with the action? No, not at all! Every time I woke up from my approximate 8 times of falling asleep there was a great fight scene or action sequence in motion. There was also an amazing display of special effects to be seen. I was greatly impressed by the action and bag of tricks they had up their sleeves. My problem? I wanted more!

So, there was nothing wrong with the acting, nothing wrong with the action sequences...then what IS my problem? It could be the mind-numbingly, painfully long beginning or terribly wordy scenes in between action. As a comic book-movie fan, I know that the first movie has to establish the background of the character and introduce the audience to the story but the beginning was so long that my first round of coma was induced. This continued as radically long conversations continued. Yes, you need the background and you need plot and story-lines and not just special effects but PLEASE blend it in with the action instead of setting the audience on a roller coaster of boredom, action, boredom, action. There has to be a balance and it has to blend. MANY movies successfully do this. This one only succeeded in giving me the most expensive nap ever.

All in all, I was disappointed. I hate to say this because I actually would love for them to make another Green Lantern now that they have the groundwork laid. Those who saw the first X-Men know it was a bit wordy in its explanations but nothing compared to this. So here's to me being back, to a great nap and HOPEFULLY a better sequel! (Sorry Ryan Reynolds)

Movie Rating: 3 Spoonfuls- Your sweet-tooth should be aching.

Wow, that wasn't as positive as I had hoped ;)