Monday, November 30, 2009


Argh, I'm an angry teen! My friends are backstabbing me! My friend Jolene said that I was stupid, and she said this to Sophie and Chantelle when I wasn't there! I'm so angry! My life is so full of angst! I'm going to text this super secret image of Jolene to everyone I know! RAHAHAHAHARGH! BLARGH! RARGH!

So, that pretty much sums up the average life of a teenaged female. In American Teen, the 'drama queen/popular chick', and I don't remember her name, has a very similar outlook on life. However, her problems run a bit deeper (but with absoultely no way to express herself, seeing as her vocabulary consists of 'bitch', 'slut', 'like', 'um', 'I know', and 'the'). She has the pressure of getting into Notre Dame (the rest of her family had gotten their schooling done there)...That's about it.

I'd like to say that I've got similar problems....But I really don't. Of course I'm worried about my future, what I'll do as a career...All that good stuff. But the 'problems' she has are the least of my concerns.

And I may aswell give my opinion of the film...Ugh.

...That's about all I have to say about that.

I has a dog

I've always loved animals. Infact, at one point in my life, I considered being a veterinarian. Though I've always loved animals, I've never been big on zoos. Anywhere where an animal is placed in captivity against their will isn't a 'plus' in my books. Which leads me to dog shows... After the show is done, the dog feels no change in its life, no change in its treatment from its owner, the show is all for the glory of the master.

Best in Show, a mockumentary, follows several owners and their dogs, as they compete in the 'Mayflower Kennel Club Championship', a prestigious dog show competition. It has every characteristic of a documentary, the interviews, the 'over-the-shoulder' camera technique, the lack of canted angels and pans (et cetera). However, the one aspect that sets it apart, the one thing that makes it a mockumentary, is the fact that the characters are entirely fictional, and that all events taking place are fictional.

In general, Best in Show was a pretty decent movie. It was full of larfs, full of amusing characters.

...That's about all I have to say about that.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Ballroom Mad Dancing

I suppose I should just go ahead and answer the question...Did I like the movie? No, not really.
I’m not a dancer, I didn’t like seeing last year’s dancing champion exploit her students, I didn’t like listening about girls bashing boys and boys bashing girls. The way the movie progressed, it failed to keep my attention and capture my interest. Generally, that’s what happens when a person doesn’t like a movie. Now, there are also two kinds of bad movies in my eyes. We’ve got stupid movies that are only good for three laughs, but they’re just lousy movies, such as: Observe & Report; Blades of Glory; Balls of Fury, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, et cetera. Then there are movies that I just didn’t like, such as: Mad Ballroom Dancing; and many others.

There isn’t much to say on the subject. There are only so many ways that I can say that I didn’t enjoy the movie.

...That's about all I have to say about that.

Reality and false perceptions of reality.

*Disclaimer: The following blog entry is overflowing with cynicism and pessimism*

Every night, the people of this great continent sit down after a long day at work, shut their brains off, and become of a slave to prime time television.
For the vast majority (and I’m talking 99%) of the viewers of reality television are your ‘average Joes’ (meaning, people who aren’t living off of a six figure income). You have all of these shows like the Bachelor(ette), American (Canadian) Idol, America’s Got Talent, et cetera. They paint a false picture of reality, and are dumbing down our population one brain cell at a time.
The Bachelor for example: We’ve got twelve girls competing for one guy, every date is a date of a lifetime (horseback riding in Montana, a sail boat ride in the Dominican Republic, spending an entire season in an over the top luxurious home, living on an island fit for only the richest of the rich. Of course, that is going to make a human overwhelmed with ‘feel good’ sensations, combined with competitiveness, a bit of wine, and you’ve got twelve girls thinking that they’re in love, when really, they aren’t in love (but of course, there are two cases which would prove me wrong, but they’re what...Two seasons out of twenty?). You get to escape from your day to day job, just to watch a bunch of spoiled girls with nothing to offer try and win this man’s heart...Now THAT’S something I want to escape to. Then again, I enjoy escaping through music, books, art, all that good stuff. Maybe that’s why I’m so one sided. Who knows?

Now we’ve got documentaries, which (often) paint a very real picture of reality...Probably because it IS real. For example, the Man Dancing Ballroom movie, or whatever it was called, we’ve got elementary kids competing in a tournament, and it shows their journey through it all. Even though I dislike the movie, I very much liked that fact that the program was able to offer something to the poorer Dominican students. Over 80% of their students are living in poverty, with no chance of any out of school programs. The program gave them something constructive and healthy to apply themselves to, and it paid off. It really, really paid off. Now that’s reality I’d enjoy watching.
So in a simplified nutshell...Reality television = False reality
Documentaries = reality
...That's about all I have to say about that.