Monday, February 28, 2005

I would like to thank the Academy!

For not voting The Aviator as Best Picture!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!

I'm not happy with you Academy People for once again overlooking Johnny Depp as Best Actor, but I understand that you just don't 'get' him! It's not your fault, you can't help it!

The Oscar for Best Score for Finding Neverland was nice, and I do thank you for that! But come on... did any of you people actually SEE Finding Neverland?? I mean, did you see ALL of it, not just some clips?? Were you just sleeping through all that amazing acting??

OK, I promised I wasn't going to let myself get all worked up! ::deep breaths::

At least you didn't give the Oscar to The Aviator, or Leonardo DiCaprio!

Friday, February 25, 2005

Movie Review: Constantine

I was a bit distracted while viewing Constantine last night! Some lovely family of rednecks thought it a jolly idea to make this Rated R, Heaven and Hell movie a family event! They brought mom, dad, teenage boy, grandma, and a little boy who appeared to be three-and-a-half to four years old. I would say he was more like three-and-a-half because he still threw temper tantrums when he didn't get what he wanted. Do people not have common sense anymore? Who in their right minds would bring a little bitty boy to a movie like this?

Of course, what was even more disturbing to me, was that this little boy wasn't even scared. Just the music alone was creepy, yet this little boy didn't flinch. And at the end he cheered a couple of times. He was obviously used to seeing these sort of things before. How sad!

Ok, now to my review! I'm not a huge Keanu Reeves fan, but this was a pretty good movie! The plot line was sort of hard to follow and I couldn't understand everything that was being said. The computer graphics were good and weren't distracting!

I also thought Gavin Rossdale, as Balthazar, was one of the best characters in the whole movie! He was scary, and alluring, and evil! I thought the Gabriel character was disturbing, but mostly because of how it conflicted with my view of the Biblical Gabriel. I noticed that the actress who played Gabriel (Tilda Swinton) is going to be playing the Witch Jadis in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Now that I've seen her in Constantine, I'm anxious to see her as Jadis! I think she'll be fantastic!

Pros: Keanu really acted this part to a "T"! Especially right before the bathtub scene, he nailed it! The relationship of the sisters was compelling, and I really cared about the sister left behind!

Cons: The teenage boy's character seemed sort of fragmented. I'm not sure if they ran out of time, but it was sort of like he was there, then he wasn't, then all of a sudden he's playing an integral part. The theology was way off, but this is a movie after all!

I give this movie a 2.5 on the Savvy scale!

Monday, February 21, 2005

Movie Review: Hitch

Right away this is going to be a hard movie to review and be objective about! But, what the heck, it IS my blog! Who says I have to be objective!?

The reason it's hard to be objective: I just LOVE Will Smith! It started way back when he was the "Fresh Prince" which just happened to coincide with my "rap" phase! Then he hit the TV, and finally, the big screen! My husband and I saw Independence Day in the theaters when Austin was just a baby! It continues to be one of our all-time favorites, and has been purchased both on VHS and DVD. (That is an honor reserved for such movies as The Hunt for Red October and Pearl Harbor!). I also really enjoyed both Men In Black movies! I can't say I listened to his music much in the later years though, since my tastes turned first to country music, then to contemporary christian! Also, from what I've seen in the news about him and his wife and their kids, he seems like a good man!

So naturally, as soon as I first saw the previews for Hitch, I knew I'd be there to see it in the theater! It must be doing well, too, because the matinees had been sold out! I was afraid I wouldn't be able to get in to see it, in which case I would have seen Constantine! I also want to see The Wedding Date, but Heather and I are going to go see that together!

This movie didn't disappoint me!! It was just as good as it was in the previews! Better really, because there was more than just the jokes! There was a real storyline, and it flowed nicely! It was also not exactly the story that I thought it was going to be! I was impressed!

Cons: Mr. Smith says G-D at one point in the movie. Honestly, it didn't need to be there. There are numerous other words that would have been as effective at that point. Was it in there to assure that the film got the PG-13? I hope not. It was really disturbing to me, and distracted me from a very emotional scene. I also didn't care for the scene between Hitch and his Brother-in-law. It was tasteless, and really didn't apply to the rest of the movie.

Pros: I loved the fact that the Sarah (the female lead) has a real woman's body! She's not rail-thin! It helped to make her character even more endearing! I also LOVED the relationship between Albert and Allegra! Of course, Will was awesome... but in different ways than I expected!

This movie was really fun and enjoyable! It gets 3.75 on the Savvy scale, losing .25 for the use of G-D!

Thursday, February 17, 2005

From the Copywork of babes...

One of the most important lessons I've learned (all right, that I'm learning!) as a parent is not to take things that my kids say and do personally! This is especially important when referring to my beloved middle child!

Yesterday, her copywork assignment was one sentence: School is fun! All she had to do was copy that sentence underneath my example! I wasn't sitting right with her while she was copying, because Reece was having a hard day yesterday. So when Riley finished her copywork, she brought it to me to look over!

She had crossed out the 'is' and wrote 'not' instead. Aaaah, what a girl!! I said "You left off the exclamation point at the end." Her reply was priceless! "Mom, exclamation points are for when you are excited about something, and I do not get excited about school."

At the time, my teacher-mama feelings were hurt. But a new day brings with it a measure of perspective! My almost 6 year old knows what an exclamation point is for! And she can spell 'not' without asking for help! She's a smart little thing!

I would love for school to be fun for her! I'm just not sure that's going to happen! She doesn't take very kindly to being told what to do and how to do it! I remember her first day of real homeschooling when she was 4.5! I asked her to draw a picture of herself swinging and what she saw, and she said "But I don't WANT to draw that!" (At the time that threw me for a loop, because that was the assignment in the curriculum I was using! LOL)

Hmmmm, I wonder if Dobson would consider her to be a "Strong-Willed Child"? LOL

Friday, February 11, 2005

Movie Review: The Aviator

Ok, maybe my senses are a little dull. I was pretty worn out today. Or maybe it was the OTC cold remedy I took so I wouldn't sniffle throughout the whole movie. Or maybe, this is just a really dull movie!

My choices tonight were between The Aviator and Phantom of the Opera. I hear echoing in my head: "You have chosen POORLY." (Brownie points if you know what movie that is from! No fair googling!)

Seriously, I was really disappointed in this film. I really don't understand what all the fuss is about, and why it's nominated for and winning so many big awards. If this film beats out Finding Neverland for Best Picture, I will be incredibly disappointed!

The bad: Leonardo DiCaprio. He looks like a little kid dressing up in daddy's suits.

The good: Cate Blanchett. She is amazing as Katharine Hepburn! Her part was about the only redeeming factor in this whole film! The only thing that got me the list bit interested was when they got the Spruce Goose/Hercules flying towards the end!

This film gets a "1" on the Savvy Scale!

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Break Week!

Ahoy, mateys!! It be Break Week here at The Black Pearl Academy! What's that? Ye never heard of Break Week? Well, then... sit back, munch on an apple, and I'll tell ye how it goes:

Because my kids are so little, I've chosen to school year round! We officially start our new school year in August. We do school work for 4-5 weeks at a time, and then take a week off. That week is affectionately known as "Break Week!" (We also end up taking about 3 weeks off in July, when I get stuff ready for the start of the new school year in August!)

This time, though, I'm trying a new approach to break week! It involves actually taking a break! LOL Often in the past I've used the week to pile a thousand and one fun things to do into a 5 day span. Now, don't get me wrong... I love to have fun as much as the next pirate! But when you've got 3 little pirates in tow, including one miniature pirate who loves to get into trouble, it doesn't make for much relaxing!

So this week, we're just relaxing! It's 2 PM here and I'm still in my jammies, as are the kids! We may go bowling tomorrow, and we'll still have Bible Study on Thursday, but for the most part we're just going to hang around and play! It's so nice to just be around with the kids, without having to wear the teacher eye-patch!

Hmmm, maybe we'll even do a viewing of Pirates of the Caribbean this week! ARRRRRRR!

Friday, February 04, 2005

It's over! It's done!

No, not something major like destroying the One Ring, thus saving the world from the Dark Lord! But it IS big for me!

Today we finished First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind!!!

http://www.peacehillpress.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWCATS&Category=3

This is big to me because it is the FIRST curricula that we have started and finished since we began homeschooling! And it's also pretty cool because I never sold it, only to rebuy it again. I did that with Story of the World, Volume 1 THREE times!!

I really enjoyed using FLL with Austin! He loves memorizing, so this has been a perfect introduction to grammar for him! I'm not exactly sure how much he really can apply from what he learned, but the memory work involved will help when we start a more formal grammar program the week after next (we're having a break week next week!).

So I fondly place FLL on the bookshelf... until the fall, when Riley will be a first grader and start her own journey into the wonderful world of grammar, memory work, narration, copywork, and dictation!

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Once More, With Feeling

Gracious, it appears I'm going to have to admit to another 'secret' thing on my blog!! Ok, here we go:

My favorite TV show is Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and I miss there not being any new episodes!

There! It's out!!

The reason I bring this up today is that today I had the pleasure of watching one of my all-time favorite Buffy episodes: Once More, With Feeling. This is Buffy, the Musical! It is absolutely amazing, and it's a shame it didn't win any sort of awards! (In case you're interested, it will be playing again tomorrow morning at 7 AM on the FX network!)

Now, as my blog shows, I can ramble on about nearly everything! But I will spare everyone my treatise about how Buffy is not just a 'kiddie bopper' show, and how it isn't just about vampire slaying and violence! It was a really thoughtful show, and also just downright funny at times! I laughed, I cried!

So, now you know! :)