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Link of the Day: Goldfish Afloat!

The Huffington Post:  Goldfish Uses Harness to Help Stay Afloat While Swimming

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It is a common myth that fish have a three-second memory span.  In fact, fish are relatively intelligent animals who have long-term memories, and studies have shown that fish also use tools.

The video above shows how a simple harness tool has given a new life to a goldfish.  Having trouble staying afloat, this goldfish now is able to swim thanks to her owner, who created a floating harness!

 There has been quite a few disabled animals in the news lately who have gotten a new start thanks to their human companions.  And while most people forget about their silent, swimming friends, it is nice to see that one fish has not been forgotten!

So, check out the link above to read more about this amazing goldfish, and next, learn about “The Hidden Lives of Fish”.

Happy Thursday All!

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Link of the Day: ‘Paperman’ Takes Disney Back to Its Roots

Geek:  Disney Shows Off Groundbreaking Animation Technique in Paperman Short

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Disney has officially uploaded the animated short-film, Paperman.  Paperman introduced the feature film Wreck It Ralph in theaters, and has also been nominated for Best Animated Short Film for the 2013 Academy Awards.

I absolutely love animation, and I grew up with Disney.  With everyone using CGI (computer-generated imagery) now-a-days, animation has gone from simple drawings in motion to 3D real-life imagery, as if we were actually watching real actors on the screen.  However, with Paperman, first-time director John Kahrs wanted to recapture the roots of Disney and animation, and bring back the “expressiveness of 2D”, adding in CGI, to create a unique and touching short.

Watch the Oscar nominated short above, and also check out the link to see director, John Kahrs, discuss the drawings of Paperman.  

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Life of Pi [Movie Review]

I have been in love with the book, Life of Pi, ever since I read it years ago.  When I found out that a movie was coming out based on it, I just knew I had to see it!  Here is my review.  Enjoy!

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TitleLife of Pi

DirectorAng Lee

Writer(s): David Magee (screenplay); Yann Martel (novel)

Cinematographer: Matthew Jensen

Starring: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, and Rafe Spall

Year Released: 2012

Synopsis: “A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor … a fearsome Bengal tiger.”

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My Review:

Life of Pi, the novel, is a magical read.  It expands your imagination, begs you to dream, and is a tale unlike any other.  Life of Pi, the movie, is the exact same thing.

Most films based on books tend to inadvertently stray away from the sensation readers felt when they read the written words they fell in love with.  The Life of Pi movie is the complete opposite of most book adaptations.  It opened the pages of the novel and brought the author, Yann Martel’s, words to life.  With the vibrant colors, and realistic very high-tech CGI, viewers were transfixed every step of the way, as if they too were shipwrecked and living with a Bengal tiger on a lifeboat.  Props go out to Ang Lee for staying true to the already amazing novel.

The acting was superb.  There was humor, grief, and surprise, and each actor seemed 100% dedicated to their role.  But my round of applause goes to newcomer Suraj Sharma, who played Pi Patel.  This was his first acting role, and he did absolutely wonderful.  According to IMDb in the “Trivia” section of the movie, a live tiger was never actually in the boat with Suraj Sharma.  Well, you could have fooled me, because Sharma did a hell of a good job acting as if he was actually face-to-face with a real Bengal tiger.  And for a first time actor, that can be a feat.

 I did see it in 3D, which the movie was shot in, however I do not feel that the 3D aspect added anything special to the film.  The only significant difference between seeing it in 3D and seeing it without, was the hummingbird popping out of the screen in the opening credits.  Otherwise, a lot of money could be saved if not attending the 3D screening, and nothing majorly important would be lost.

All in all, Life of Pi the movie is definitely recommended.  It is a film that can be seen with the whole family, and one that will sincerely touch your heart.  However, I also recommend that you either read the novel before or after seeing the film, because without Yann Martel’s marvelous tale, there would be no compelling movie.

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Check out the trailer here:

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Have any of you seen this movie?  If yes, tell us what you think in the comment section below!

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*Note: The synopsis, movie information, and movie poster were taken from IMDB.  The trailer was taken from YouTube.  The review above is written by me:  ©Kalie Lyn 2012*


Link of the Day: Sneak-Peek Footage from the ‘Life of Pi’ Movie Adaptation

The Huffington Post: ‘Life of Pi’ Movie Footage Released

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Life of Pi is one of my favorite novels, and I have read and re-read it numerous times.  While I will not be seeing The Perks of Being a Wallflower movie adaptation, I will for sure be seeing the Life of Pi movie adaptation.  Just from seeing the 11 second video footage, along with footage stills from the movie, I can tell that Ang Lee, a very good director, will both stay true to the book and bring his beautiful cinematic style to this adaptation.

Check out the video above, and the link to see more!

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Chronicle [Movie Review]

My boyfriend just got this movie in a steel book edition, and we both have been waiting to see it.  We just finished watching it, and I think this movie deserves an instant review.  Enjoy!

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Title: Chronicle

Director: Josh Trank

Writer(s): Max Landis

Cinematographer: Matthew Jensen

Starring:  Dane DeHann, Alex Russell, and Michael B. Jordan

Year Released: 2012

Synopsis: “Whilst attending a party, three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery underground. Soon, though, they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides.”

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My Review:

I am not a big fan of movies about superheroes, or super-human powers.  I usually find them predictable, and wonder why the main character always has to be the “good guy”.  Surprisingly however, I have been wanting to see Chronicle, and I’m very glad I did.

Shot in the “shaky camera” or “found footage” style, copying movies such as Cloverfield and The Blair Witch Project, Chronicle revolves around the perspectives of  three boys, Andrew, Matt, and Steve, all of whom gain telekinetic powers.  The main character, Andrew, who carries around his camera everywhere, and is usually the one filming, is your typical awkward, anti-social high school student.  Along with Matt, a young philosopher, and Steve, the popular school jock, the three of them document their powers.

Andrew annoyed me from the beginning of the movie.  He was shy, weird, and seemed to always complain.  Since he was the most advanced out of the three boys with his powers, you could tell from the start that he would start using them for evil, instead of good.  However, that seemed to be the last predictable element of the movie, as more and more unexpected things began to happen.  It was constantly filled with action, destruction, and the boys’ enviable abilities, and never once was the movie boring.

I enjoyed that there was no “world saving” mission, and the fact that the boys’ powers eventually led to chaos kept Chronicle a watchable movie.  A few major deaths, a couple of fun telekinetic pranks, and the last 20 minutes or so of the movie was amazing.  It was an overall entertaining film, and did not make you as nauseous to watch as Cloverfield did with all the shaking and moving of the camera.  Whether you like science-fiction or not, Chronicle is definitely worth seeing.

 

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Check out the trailer here:

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Have any of you seen this movie?  If yes, tell us what you think in the comment section below!

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*Note: The synopsis, movie information, and movie poster were taken from IMDB.  The trailer was taken from YouTube.  The review above is written by me:  ©Kalie Lyn 2012*


Link of the Day: ‘Meowbook’ – Social Network for Kitty Cats

The Huffington Post: ‘Meowbook’ Offers Social Networking for Cats

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Wow, or should I say Meow, this may be going a little too far!

Check out the link and the video, and tell us what you think!

Happy Thursday All!

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Link of the Day: Writing Advice

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The Huffington Post: Inspirational Quotes on Writing: Advice from Authors

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Writing is important to me, and I love hearing advice from experienced writers.

So if you want some good writing tips from some of the greats, then check out today’s Link of the Day!

Happy Tuesday All!

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