Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Ten Commandments (1956) - Movie Review

Hey guys!

Today I'm going to be reviewing the movie The Ten Commandments 1956.

Synopsis: Enjoying a life of ease in the court of Egypt's pharaoh, Moses (Charlton Heston) discovers his Hebrew heritage and, later, God's plan for him. He dedicates his himself to liberating his people from captivity and - with the aid of plagues and divine intervention - manages to lead them out of Egypt and across the Red Sea. A greater challenge comes in the form of a golden calf idol, however, and it is only help from The Lord that allows Moses's mission to prevail.

I watched this movie because I am reading Exodus right now, and it looked like the only clean and family-friendly adaptations I could find...that wasn't animated....
I really enjoyed it. I think the casting was great, and everyone was really convincing in the parts that they played.
Overall, they did a good job portraying the story as it was portrayed in The Bible. Of course, they romanticized and dramatized it, but it didn't stray too far from the story.
The ending was a bit choppy and abrupt - maybe instead of skipping ahead forty years they could have ended it with the Israelites starting their journey through the desert? Basically the narrator said that the entire generation that had sinned by worshiping the golden calf had been weeded out and then they had wandered through the desert for 40 years, not giving much other explanation - like where they were going, or why Moses was staying behind.
The movie was clean for the most part (there were a few references, if you know what I mean, but they were only references in speech. Nothing else).
What I really appreciated about this movie was that they acknowledged that this story is from the Bible. They didn't just cut it all up into little pieces and pick out the parts that might be good for a movie (like battles and whipping and all that). A friend of mine went to watch one of those new Bible movies (Exodus), she said they mentioned God like, once. Big deal. The people in the movie actually mentioned God, believed in The Lord, praised and acknowledged Him. And in the beginning credits, they clearly state it is based off of God's Holy Word, the Bible. I appreciate that!

Overall, I give this movie four stars out of five. There were a few parts of it I wasn't really a fan of, but I liked it. I would recommend The Ten Commandments! 

~Lydia~ <3

Monday, May 23, 2016

Recently - 6


Right now I'm reading The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart. It's really good so far! I'm enjoying it a lot. I also just finished up the second series in Warriors, The New Prophecy. All I have to say is this: slgkdxvjorjjfkdvojihjbnwksfivhjfkwkfdihjfd!!!!!!! 

Honestly, I've been in a writing slump lately. I just don't feel motivated enough. BLAH.

Listening To 
I'm been really liking a group called The Afters. Here's one of their songs. :3 

M'kay, I'm watching Star Trek: Voyager!! *queue the surprised gasps from everyone who is reading this right now* 
I KNOW. I never thought I would do it either. But I finished TOS and I was just pining for more Star Trek goodness, but we all know how I feel about the new movies. With CHRIS PINE. AHHHHHH!!!! (that was a scream of frustration) 
So I started watching Voyager, because it has an amazing lady captain. 
I think it's safe to say I am obsessed. <3 

Other Stuff
I'm working on some songs I'm singing for two concerts I'm doing, one in July and the other in August. For the July one I'm doing Touch the Sky from Brave, which I feel really confident about, and then My Own Little Corner from the Cinderella musical, which is really fun but I'm a little more nervous about singing it. :P 

So yeah, that's my end-of-the-month post! xD Thanks for reading, everyone! 

~Lydia~ <3 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Characters Book Tag

Hello everyone!

Noor at A Little Bit of Sunshine did a tag called the Characters Book Tag, and it looked really fun so I decided to do it! :) Let's get started.

2. Most disliked character? 

3. Who would you date? 
Edmund Pevensie because he's such a cute little fluffball of adorableness and I read a lot of reader x Edmund fanfictions so my head is filled with what it would be like to date Edmund. :P
Then there is Professor Bhear from Little Women (second to top in the middle. yeah, it's William Shatner. I think you can see what I'm getting at here).
And finally, Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. He's filthy rich and handsome and sweet. Who would not date Mr. Darcy??

4. Who would you change? 
To be honest, I nobody really comes to mind. In most of the books I read, those characters are who they are and I can't imagine changing them!

5. The villain you loved to hate? 
The White Witch. Just getting the satisfaction of her being all victorious and stuff and looking so smug and all that, and then knowing what happens to her, B-)

6. Favorite side character? 
Macy from Thick as Thieves by Susan K. Marlow...I love seeing the change in her as she grew from a rowdy, rude outlaw to a graceful and kind young lady. :)

7. Favorite relationship? 
Trixie and Jim (Jixie) from the Trixie Belden series. hslgkjzljolOIhklhfivohrfkd!!!!
Aravis and Cor/Shasta from The Chronicles of Narnia. They aren't in a movie but they are so. CUTE.
Renna and Leith from The Blades of Acktar. skhfkxhgkdk *sobs*

Anybody who sees this and would like to do it consider yourselves tagged! :-)

~Lydia~ <3

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Things I Love About Blogging

Hey guys!

Let's get right into this. Things I love about blogging. :-)

  • Meeting so many new friends and different people. I have had many blogging friends over the years, and if I ever lost any friendships in real life, I don't think that it would be as hard because I have so many good friends on here, who I can confide in, write with or ask for advice at any time. 
  • Being part of a little community. I consider myself part of two different blogging "communities". These groups are bloggers who all "know" each other and follow each other's blogs. It makes you really feel special. :) 
  • Learning. Since I started blogging over three years ago, I've learned so much about HTML coding, blog design, how to type properly, writing, and photography and photo editing. Blogging is a really fun but educational experience, especially if you're trying to make a profession out of it. 
  •  Debating. Recently I have come to establish very firm opinions on things, come up with solid facts about these things, and debate respectfully with other people about them. I think it's good to learn that when you have an opinion about something important, you need to be prepared to defend your beliefs while being polite...(*hears Blimey Cow yelling at me* I don't do it over YouTube comments, I promise! xD)
  • It's fun. Blogging is just plain fun! It's enjoyable to think up things to post about and tell your thoughts and opinions to the world. 
So yeah, those are 5 things I love about blogging! Do you have a blog? What do you enjoy about it?

~Lydia~ <3

Saturday, May 7, 2016

TV Shows and Movies ~ Thoughts -1-

Hey guys!

So I'm starting this new blog series called "Thoughts". It's pretty self-explanatory - I'll post my thoughts (which will mostly be a little disjointed) on random topics, more often than not about more serious stuff than what I usually post.

So, my first topic is modern TV shows and movies. Awhile back I posted a post on my answers to my screenshot game a joke about how I don't like most modern media, and a couple people got really upset at me for that. So before I get into this I would like to say - I'm not bashing all modern media. I love shows like America's Got Talent, Jill and Jessa: Counting On, a ton of Food Network shows (#dontjudge)...the list goes on. I'm just talking about the many, many shows and movies made recently that do have I-don't-want-to-watch-that content. (*coughcoughhuluorgiginalscoughcough*)

So yeah. Let's get started. :3 (WARNING: This post will most likely be disjointed, all over the place and mainly rambling about how messed-up the world is. Just saying. XD) ALSO, the screenshots used in this post are not in any way related to the actual writing below them. They are just pretty pictures of movies I like/want to see.

  • Why do people think movies have to have language, drugs, alcohol and questionable content to be enjoyable? 
Why? Think of the many modern shows that don't have those things. Take When Calls the Heart, for example. It's a show I love and watch all the time (although it is a little cheesy, I'm going to admit), and it's very successful.

Yet so many shows have the things I mentioned in my little professional-like bullet-point, and they are successful too. I'm sure they would be just as if they removed the language that people in the show spit out every five seconds. Would it actually remove anything from the show? Does the cursing move the plot along? No.

It's just something the script writers add in because they think people like it and it conveys the characters' emotions quite well. It doesn't. It just shows you are too lazy to get the actors to have facial expressions or use the other million words in the English language. The same goes for questionable content.

  • Why do people think that movies and TV shows have to have blood and violence to be enjoyable? 
Hehe, now you might think that I'm being a hypocrite here. I watch shows like Star Trek TOS, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., and The Wild Wild West all the time - they all have violence, guns and death. But these shows handle everything well - it's tastefully shown and described. A lot of modern action shows do not tastefully show these elements. There's plenty of horror, gore, and shooting.

Action shows such as Mission: Impossible and Columbo ran for years. Columbo has murder mysteries, but they never actually show the murder and it's more of a who-dunit let's get the evidence kind of thing. It was an extremely popular show. Mission: Impossible does have guns, but it's centered more around completing the mission - not shooting people. It ran for seven years.

So I guess what I'm trying to say is; if you're going to make an action show, tone it down a little! Action movies can take off without extreme gore and violence.

All-in-all, I think directors make media like this because people watch it. It sells well. And, to be honest, that is actually really sad.

As Christians it is our job to not watch these things, to be a light unto the world and only allow ourselves to watch and hear things that are pleasing to The Lord.

So yeah, that's my first "Thoughts" post! If you feel obliged please leave your thoughts on this topic in the comment section - it's completely fine if you disagree with me and let me know! (Of course, be respectful :))

~Lydia~ <3

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Self-Promotion Post

Hey guys!

So this isn't actually a real post. I just wanted to let you all who didn't know already that I actually do have a YouTube channel. I make Narnia videos (I'm not very good at it tbh XD) and am currently working on a trailer for a book I'm writing. You can check it out here.

^^ All of my videos at the moment. XD 

~Lydia~ <3 
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