WoRd PoW #10: Squirrels & Dragons

WoRd PoW #10: Squirrels & Dragons

It’s been a pretty average week.

 

aid596842-728px-outline-a-novel-step-7-version-2WRITING: I’ve been very busy outlining my new WIP. I’ve got the first couple chapters planned out in pretty good detail. Now I just have to decide which way I want the main conflict to go. I’ve got the set up and I know how I want it to end but there are a lot of ways to get from point A to point Z.

 

READING: Soooo… I kind of lost my book for like a week. It ended up behind the couch and I only found it yesterday. Thus, no reading has happened. I’ll finish Vicious this week.

 

DOING: Honestly, not much has been going on this week. Even though we had a three day weekend because of Labor Day, we just stayed home and chilled.

On Saturday we did take the boys to see their first movie in the theater, Pete’s Dragon…(see the WATCHING section)

 

PLAYING: I finished a big project on Minecraft. Over on Bruno’s Realm on the white listed Nether Ender Server, I previously built my self an acorn house. I’ve now put a gigantic squirrel on top of it.complete-squirrel

It took a few days total to come up with and finalize the design. After playing around in creative for a while, I got it how I wanted it and then I spent a couple hours graphing out every layer on graph paper.

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Layers 1-6

 

It was totally worth the effort because I was able to build it in survival in a few hours.

Definitely the coolest thing I’ve built in Minecraft. 🙂

 

WATCHING: I’ve only ever seen bits and pieces of the original, animated Pete’s Dragon and it was a rough movie. But this new one is fantastic!

636062680454150595-reel-1ab-grd057-0019558The whole family enjoyed it. The little boy who played Pete was great and Elliot the dragon looks amazing. He’s basically a big green dog with wings.

The beginning of the movie is very sad, William, who’s six, was pretty upset at first. SPOILER! (highlight if you want to see it) Pete and his parents get in a car wreck and his parents die. That’s how he ends up lost and alone in the woods. I had to reassure William that everything would be OK, because look! Now Pete has a dragon for a best friend.

The only other slightly negative thing is that the antagonist seems almost over the top. Like he’s riding that line between being a normal Disney villain and a Disney Channel Original Movie villain, if you know what I mean.

Beyond those two things, this movie was great and the boys really enjoyed it. In fact Jacob got upset when we came home because we don’t already own the movie for him to watch again.

 

So that’s been my week. What have you been Writing, Reading, Doing, Playing or Watching? Tell me in the comments! Thanks for dropping by!

Movie Review: Maleficent

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I saw Maleficent this weekend with one of my sisters and the quick review is, IT’S AMAZING!

Now follows the longer review which might have spoilers. You’ve been warned, so no whining.

I love Disney. It holds a soft spot in the child part of my heart. I also love the animated classic, Sleeping Beauty. And Maleficent has always been on the top of my Disney Villains list. She turns into a dragon and I have a thing for dragons, it’s a weakness.

I was so excited to see this movie but I was scared. Disney has a history of either making great movies or really crappy ones, there isn’t much in between. I did not want them to mess this up. And they didn’t. Everything about this movie was solid.

Let’s start by talking about the visuals. Stunning and beautiful. Also, highly original. All the magical creatures were unique. The only things that were typical were the three fairies, they looked like every other fairy you’ve seen before. Actually, they looked like someone plucked them out of Pixie Hollow in Neverland.

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Also, the characters were lovely to look at as well. I was blown away by Isobelle Molloy, who plays Young Maleficent. young mal I mean look at her. She did an amazing job. And of course there is Angelina Jolie who is flawless in every way in this movie. She made me smile, cry, laugh and cheer. I have a major girl crush on her, like you wouldn’t believe. 😉

Now, let’s talk about the story/writing. Perfect and solid. No plot holes, no left over questions. This version of Sleeping Beauty makes a whole lot more sense than the animated version. Maleficent has a damn good reason for wanting to hurt the King, but she does go for a low blow, at first. Once she realizes her mistake she tries to revers the curse, but it doesn’t work. And the amount of pain and remorse she feels for that is visible in every line of her.

Now, let’s talk about Prince Phillip. I love what they did with him. In the animated version, Phillip is the main character. He’s the one that does all the action, he’s the one we know the most about. Aurora is his prize at the end for killing the evil dragon. She is a passive character that sleeps half the story away. When you really look at the animated version it’s really about the three fairies and Phillip.

But in Maleficent we see Phillip a total of three times. Once when he meets Aurora in the forest, then when he runs into Maleficent and finally when he kisses Aurora. MAJOR SPOILER COMING! SKIP THE RED! He kisses her and nothing happens! But that’s not even the best part, the best part is that he is reluctant to kiss her. The fairies have to beg him too but at first he’s like, “But I don’t even know her, it wouldn’t be right.” So who’s “True Loves Kiss” does Aurora need? Why, the motherly kiss of Maleficent of course.

Brilliant right?! (This part is still spoilery, you’ve been warned) Maleficent managed to gracefully and seamlessly do what Frozen could only dream of hitting you over the head with. When the big moment happened, I literally leaned over to my sister and said, “That’s what Frozen was trying to do.”

Also some quick pictures of other awesome things like:

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I won’t say much more about the ending since I just spoiled a big part of it, but the whole thing is great. I walked out of that movie being insanely satisfied and I’d be willing to go see it again and when it come out to own I’ll pay the big bucks to have the special features and everything.

So, who wants to go to the movies with me this weekend? 😀

Have you seen Maleficent yet? What did you think? Leave a comment and we can chat!