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Hello, I’m back again with my favourite TV shows as a young adult part #2! Here’s part one if you missed it. 🙂

Kicking off with number 5!

5) Supernatural
Genre:
Supernatural/Horror Drama
Cast: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver
Number of Seasons so far: 7
What is it: This series follows two brothers; Sam and Dean Winchester as they hunt the Supernatural ranging from werewolves to angels and demons. Along the way they search for their father, and try to avenge their mothers death.
Why I like it: It’s wow. Just wow! As a huge lover of the Supernatural, myths and legends this show is absolutely fantastic because it incorporates so many of them. The dialogue is witty and smart. The brotherly relationship between the two leads is also brilliant and complex. It has fantastic music! A rocking black 67 Impala car. It’s a must see. Nuff said.
Who will like it: Ages 16 + either male or female who love all things occult and supernatural.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=xp5ZR_Lc5aM

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Hello all, I’m back with my guest blog of the month. 🙂
Ok, so I spend a lot of my time watching TV. Like 76% of it. And about 50% of that time should probably go on something else, like…..I don’t know, school work? But ohh well. During that time I’ve watched an endless amount of shows; dramas, thrillers, science fiction etc and continue to do so. But sometimes after watching a really good series, many other shows in comparison, just don’t quite make the cut. Therefore I’ve decided to make this list, with the idea in mind that it may save someone out there from having to sift their way through all the rubbish programs to find the good ones.
So here’s part one of my top 10 favorite shows as a young adult:

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First, I would like to apologize for my lack of posting lately. The bloody finals have started, so most of my time is spent with textbooks and notebooks.

Second, I would like to draw your attention to a new (awesome!) Nerdfighter project. Hannah Lindgren, a Nerdfighter about to graduate from  Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, has plans of making a documentary film about Nerdfighteria; “A Film to Decrease Worldsuck”.

These are the details from the documentary’s official website:

This documentary is not for personal gain (other than to help me graduate!) I want to make this film as my senior honors thesis, and would then want to share it, and the story of the Nerdfighters, with the world. Setting all of this up is really a sort of campaign to see if we can gather support and catch the attention of Hank and John. Without their support, I’m not sure if we can make this film.

  • Length — 30 to 40 minutes
  • Intended Audience — Nerdfighters and people who should know about Nerdfighters (AKA everyone)
  • Story — Behind-the-scenes look at the culture and history of the Nerdfighters community and movement. A 360-degree view of what Nerdfighting is all about and the impact of this community on the world
  • Style — A hybrid of direct cinema b-roll (see the documentary Monterey Pop) with limited use of tripod attempting to capture the emotions of the fans at the events; simultaneously telling the story of VidCon and/or other Nerdfighter gatherings while telling the whole story of how the Vlogbrothers came about (see the documentary Man on Wire.)
  • Additional — With permission, archival footage of the Vlog Brothers will be included, especially in framing the origin of the movement plus as many video clips as possible from other You Tube vloggers to showcase the movement
  • Sound — As much natural sound as possible but with cleaner interview segments, and with permission we would utilize Hank’s music and any other music from any other YouTube artists that would let us
  • Distribution — Film festivals, my parent’s living room, whoever wants to see it because that’s the point!
  • Timeline — Completed by Spring 2013, because that’s when I need to graduate!

A huge part of what will make this documentary spectacular is YOU, the Nerdfighters. I’m thinking poster and t-shirt design contests… screenings around the country… interviews and testimony about how you became a Nerdfighter… there is no end to the awesome! Let me know how you think the Nerdfighters could get involved at nerdfightersdocumentary@gmail.com

The production teams needs some help raising money for the project. If you’d like to be awesome and help out, you can fund the film here. There are some great perks, including getting your nerdfighter art in the credits.

The structure of the film.

The documentary will feature vlogs of Nerdfighters telling their stories. The more people submit vlogs, the better.  It’s like a big puzzle – we need to get all of these mini stories to tell one big one.

Wondering what you should Vlog about?

Help out, spread the word and DFTBA,

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Hello, it’s that guest post time of the month again! This time I’m bringing you a review of Knight and Day, a comedy action film first released in 2010. When I think about it, it’s quite strange of me to watch this film. I’m not a big fan of Tom Cruise (although he does occasionally do some really great movies) and usually when I see Cameron Diaz I run in the other direction, expecting a whiny female portrayal somewhat similar to Jennifer Aniston. However, I’m really glad I decided to give it a go.

The Plot
June Havens (Cameron Diaz) is walking through the airport intending to head to Boston for her sisters wedding when Roy Miller (Tom Cruise) bumps into her. They exchange pleasantries and go their own way. However as ‘fate’ would have it, they end up on the same plane, which is suspiciously empty. They flirt with each other, and June departs for the rest room to freshen up. Meanwhile Miller is attacked by everyone on board. He skillfully dispatches them and when June returns he calmly tells her he has killed them. She thinks he is joking until he informs her that he must now pop into the cockpit, to work out how to land the plane (having killed the pilot). As the plane swerves dangerously the bodies fall into the isle making June realize he’s serious. Chaos ensues and they make a crash landing. She discovers that Miller is a spy on the run – although she does not know why. As she searches for answers Miller informs her that he has drugged her. She passes out, and he sends her back to her normal life.
However soon after waking up, she finds herself being pursued by persistent officials in suits. Miller comes to her rescue and they go on the run.

The Verdict
To make it clear, this is not a Bourne Identity type of film. I see it as more of a subtle parody of spy films (I’m not sure if this was the aim, or if it’s simply my interpretation of it) but I personally think it worked very well. I know that the film has received mixed reviews from critics and move-goers alike but I suspect that’s because comedy is subjective. I felt that this film was just right. It was funny without going overboard. It was compelling enough to keep you watching, and it was character based enough for you to become invested. I was actually surprised as the film went on that the plot did have a reasonable amount of depth, something I wasn’t expecting for such a lightweight watch.

There was nothing particularly memorable about the cinematography, as there rarely is in this kind of film, but there was certainly nothing bad about it either. The shots are perfectly framed and the scenes are set up well for maximum comedic effect. CGI is also sprinkled throughout to cater to those that love their car chases and big explosions.

The acting was spot on. Tom Cruise’s well timed facial expressions and seriousness juxtaposed with how absolutely insane he looked makes for some funny scenes. Marc Blucas who plays June’s firefighting ex boyfriend does this equally well, rewarding us with some great chuckles. Cameron Diaz also holds her own. Although she is not as comedically gifted, she manages to straddle the fragile line of being a heroine in distress without coming across as utterly pathetic.

To summarize I think this is an entertaining, lightweight film, as long as you recognize it for what it is. I think a lot of people might have gone to the theatre expecting a more Bourne or Salt-esk spy film, but Knight and Day is much more about the comedy than the complex. It’s lightweight, it’s clichéd, but at the end of the day, that’s why it works.

I give this film 4/5

You can check out the trailer below:

– Becky (Blogs-Of-A-Bookaholic)

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Sorry I haven’t been on for a while, I’ll explain soon. For now, enjoy a good parody and DFTBA!

XOXO,

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Fangirling. This is a word that has seeped into our culture. The phrase is consistently being used more and more often, as YA books and book to film adaption’s are shoved into the limelight. There have always been words to describe these followings; fans, cults, groupies, fanatics. And yet, the idea of ‘fangirling’ is one that is looked at with revulsion, annoyance and horror.

So how exactly do we define fangirling? Here’s a definition from the urban dictionary:


1. the reaction a fangirl has to any mention or sighting of the object of her “affection”. These reactions include shortness of breath, fainting, highpitched noises, shaking, fierce head shaking as if in the midst of a seizure, wet panties, endless blog posts, etc.

2. a gathering of two or more fangirls in which they proceed to waste endless amounts of time ogling, discussing/arguing, stalking, etc. the object of their “affection”

Just reading that definition it is obvious that fangirling is something to be frowned upon.
‘waste endless amounts of time’  ‘stalking’  ‘highpitched noises’. It all sounds extremely irritating right?

Lets looks at some examples.
So, unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past few months I’m sure you’ve all heard of The Hunger Games and it’s recent adaption to the big screen. All around the globe teenagers and adults alike have been going crazy, (including myself) buying T-Shirts and Mockingjay pins, dressing up as their favorite characters, and going to midnight premiers or advanced screenings. But it wasn’t long until the disapproving looks and irritation of those outside of the loop seeped in. People begun declaring the series useless without ever actually having read it, and anyone over the age of 20 turned their nose up in disgust at all the screaming, gushing tweenagers.
Harry Potter also had a huge fangirl following but managed to get away without too much criticism due to the fact that half the world was under it’s spell. SPELL! Get it? 😉
No?
I’m the only on that found that funny aren’t I? *sigh*
Anyways back on topic….

The best current example of fangirling is of course, the Twilight Saga.
Now point me in the direction of ONE person that’s hasn’t wanted to rip their own hair out when confronted with all that screaming, teary eyed, and red faced obsessed fans. Twilight really does embody the true horror of fangirling, and it’s probably where it got it’s bad name.

But of course these are not the only examples, and books to film adaption’s are not the only objects that receive this kind of attention. Oh no! We can’t forget all those Belibers and One Directioners screaming their little hearts out. *shudders*

As an outsider, it is easy to see fangirling with utter horror. I myself often make snarky comments about people’s extreme obsessions, and yes, I often find fangirling irritating. So should it be frowned upon? Maybe. But at the same time, why should we look down on someone for being really passionate about something? Why should we crush their enthusiasm? Surely it is better to get excited about something, than to not get excited by anything at all. What is the point of life if we don’t enjoy ourselves to the full? We would be robots. Sure it would be better if teenagers got excited by politics, but lets face it, that’s never going to happen! (unless of course, they ban Twilight. Oooh controversial! There would be full scale riots.)

So, I’ve shared my opinion, but what’s yours? I’m itching to find out, and please feel free to disagree with me! 🙂

Until next time!
– Guest Blogger Becky (Blogs-Of-A-Bookaholic)

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Hello all 🙂 Guest blogger Becky here. I hope you’ve all been good. This month I am pleased to be presenting to you a review of the film Hanna, directed by Joe Wright, rated 12 (although I have to say, a chilling 12).

Plot
At the beginning of the film we are introduced to Hanna, (Saoirse Ronan) a young girl living in the wilderness with her father (Eric Bana). Since a young age she has been trained and conditioned to be an assassin; with one target it mind (Cate Blanchett). Because of this, she has no contact with the outside world, and therefore cannot comprehend simple everyday things that we take for granted such as music. Her only source of media is the book of Grimm Fairytales. Her father continues to test her until one day she insists she is ready. So the plan is set in motion, and Hanna is released into the outside world with nothing but her training and a few memorized back stories to guide her. While being pursued and trying to carry out her mission, Hanna begins to discover the wonders of the outside world, tagging along with a holidaying British family. It is not long before she begins to question all that she has been taught, and whether her mission is really worth it.

The Verdict
When the film first started I wasn’t too sure what to make of it. The whole premise seemed quite strange; a 16 year old assassin. Not something you come across everyday. The pace started off very slowly with Hanna being trained in the woods by her father, however, this is one of those stories that the longer you watch it the more the plot is unraveled, and it slowly gains in both pace and intensity. Before you know it you’ll be grabbing the edge of your seat, desperate to see what happens next.
The cinematography in this film is fantastic! It ranges from extremely long and complex tracking shots in which the character weaves in and out of other actions going on in the scene, to extreme close-ups that help create both an intimate and unsettling feel. It also makes use of one of my personal favorites, lens flare. There are some stunning scenes using this when Hanna and the British family are travelling in the caravan. Hanna also uses the perfect combination of awkward, and unusual angles to make the audience aware something is not quite right, but not to excess so that it becomes annoying.


The acting is also to a very high standard, but with a cast this great, I wouldn’t expect anything less. Saoirse Ronan (also known for her roles in Pride & Prejudice, The Lovely Bones, and the upcoming release The Host) gives a beautiful and realistic performance as always. In the film she was required to take on reasonably thick accent, and it looks effortless and totally natural. Her portrayal of Hanna’s innocence and confusion is also very believable. Her co-star Cate Blanchett (known for roles in The Lord of the Rings, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Elizabeth) is equally excellent, and pulls off the creepy and disconcerting role of Marissa really well.
The character development however, I feel is the strongest element in this film. On the one hand you have this vicious, lethal, girl trained to kill, but on the other hand you have this childish innocence and naivety that makes for a really intriguing and compelling character. I especially loved the element of ‘girl power’. It was so refreshing to see a female taking the upper hand, and in a way that was actually believable. The fact that the ‘villain’ of the film is also female, reinforces the fact that this is a very ‘girl power’ oriented film.

Overall I would say this is a very solid, and well rounded movie and I would recommend it to anyone that enjoys thrillers and conspiracy theories that is a mature 12 or upwards.

My Rating: 4/5

Please feel free to leave a comment below if you wish to discuss the film, want to know more about it, or even just want to stop by and say hi 🙂

You can watch the trailer for Hanna below:

So, see ya next month! 🙂

– Becky (Blogs-Of-A-Bookaholic)

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