Sunday, September 30, 2007

Across the Universe

I finally got to see Across the Universe last night. I have mixed feelings about it--part of me loved it, and the other part of me was mildly disturbed. In any case, it's a beautiful and unique film. I loved the music, and how they found a way to incorporate so many Beatle's songs into the story. And visually it was very innovative. I just had a couple of issues:

1. Some of the scenes were excessively long and/or made little to no sense. Examples: The "I Am the Walrus" scene and the Eddie Izzard scene. Granted, many of the Beatles' songs were trippy, but these scenes felt a little conjured to me. "We want to do something really artistic here and we really like this song, so we're going to put in a pointless scene."

2. Random nudity. I get uncomfortable seeing boobs on screen, particularly in a PG-13 movie. I know they justify it because it's art and all that jazz, but is it really necessary? I dont think so. That must just be me, though. :-)

Those are just some of the things that bothered me. However, I did love lots of things about it: "Strawberry Fields Forever" was so cool, and the scene in the bowling alley was awesome as well, just to name a couple.

All in all, I'm glad I saw this. I won't buy it or anything, but it's worth seeing.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Lament of the Vocally-Impaired

So, I'm having another "I can't sing" week. It's very frustrating, to say the least, especially since I'm trying to go into choral conducting. I try to sing, but nothing comes out except air. Maybe it's a sign that I need to choose a different career...something with less talking, maybe? Charlie Chaplin did okay with the whole silent thing. Hmmm.... Oh well. I will get better. I just have to keep saying that to myself, because I don't think I can pull off the bowler hat and mustache look.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Catching up

Well, I officially have my first church calling that doesn't involve music. Yay! I'm a Gospel Doctrine teacher, which means I get to brainwash and teach as much false doctrine as I want. Mwhahahahahah. *Jules grins in an evil manner while tapping her fingers together.* Actually, I'm excited. It will be a nice change for me.

It's been a while since I've posted, so I just have to talk about the awesome concerts I went to! My fried got me into the Muse concert for free a couple of weeks ago, and it was amazing. I'm no longer terrified of GA, though I'm not a big fan of getting kicked in the shins and covered with everyone else's sweat. Ah well. It's all part of the experience. The moral of the story is, if you get the chance to see Muse in concert, do it. And bring ear plugs. They definitely know how to put on a good show.

The other show I went to was Guster. I liked them, but oddly enough I liked the opening band better. They were called Tally Hall, and they were amazing performers. I'm a fan.

In other news, I'm enjoying living away from home. It's nice to be able to meet people, instead of sitting at my house watching movies every day. However, I don't think I'm ever going to get any homework done. Oh well. I don't have much motivation anyway, seeing as how this is my last year. Whoohoo!! I can't wait. Speaking of homework, I think I'm going to do some. :-)

Quote of the Day:
Things do not change; we change. --Henry David Thoreau


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