Saturday, August 21, 2010

They changed my schedule!?

Switched team sports with beginning aerobics and took away 2 of my electives so I could have...

NC Study Hall OFF the high school?

What?

And because of that I have BIOLOGY everyday?

Aaaaaaaaaaaaugh, what the f does that mean!?

~Becky

Friday, August 20, 2010

Through 10th grade...

I guess my main problem in 9th grade was that while I was, quote, end quote, "surviving," I didn't necessarily had any clear goals of anything. I really just wanted to get out of school and make it to the weekends. It's not like I was actually trying to get anything done. But now, I'm going to have to do much more. I have to study everyday, but since I'm a pretty lazy person, I'll probably only study 20 minutes per subject or something. If I do it every day though, I should get saved, right? Not only that, but I really need to start writing. So I guess I'll keep a tally that shows how many chapters I have done for a story. We'll go from there.

SciFi/Military Story: Prologue and 17 chapters. 18 in process.
Fantasy/Steam Punk: Prologue. 1st chapter in process.
2nd SciFi: In planning process.

That's the short plan anyways :P
~Becky

My schedule for 10th grade

So...first things first:
    I don't know whether to scream in agony or squeal in happiness at the fact I have A.P Psych for 2nd period, meaning I'll have to go there every day for an hour, even before home room starts...
    Well, I need 2 years of language anyways, and from what I hear, the teacher I have for that class is nice so I think I can survive...maybe...hopefully
    JOURNALISM! -squeals- now, I'm not actually sure how good or bad the class will be, but as long as I can write, I really won't care.
    Yeah, I saw that coming. Algebra 2 O.o the teacher also doesn't sound so mean. Of course, I can only hope.
    I don't think English will kill me...
    NUUUUUUUUUH! AAAAAAAH WHY DO I HAVE TO HAVE TEAM SPORTS!
    Okay, I saw it coming, and I'm pretty sure she's the nice one, but stiiiiiiiiiiill -weeps- I'm doomed.
    And biology. I'm screwed, but...bleh. I'll keep my head high and hopefully pass :P

    So yes. All honors. Only one elective I want. Another one I won't mind. And the last one...ugh, why is it required to take at least one year of P.E? Granted it could be worst. I COULD have to take 2 years, but still. Am I really going to need to know how to run a mile in under 5 minutes as a writer? I'm all up for being healthy, but those P.E classes are terrible T_T

    Well, I'll just have to put my head down and go with it. I went through one year of high school, 3 more won't kill me.
    ~Becky

    Tuesday, August 10, 2010

    The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly (and school, here I come :P)

    So there's like 2 weeks left before school starts. That is all :D

    Now, for some reason, I was thinking of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. I recently saw it. Like maybe a few weeks ago. Despite the fact that I loved it and can clearly see why it's a classic, I never actually imagined it to be that good.

    This isn't really a review of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, because, well...I'm sure it's been praised hundred of times before. It's more of me coming to understatement as to what makes a great movie. See, here's the thing. I had no idea The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly was a deconstruction of westerners. I thought it was just like a regular western, but I was willing to let that pass because I figured it was the first.

    See, here's what I thought the story was:

    You start with the Bad, Angel Eyes. He's evil and does things just...because he's evil. Or maybe because he wants to find a treasure or something. More or less, he's a monster. The Ugly, Tuco, is an idiot who once worked for Angel Eyes but pissed him off. He's the closest we're gonna get to anti-hero. So Angel Eyes is going to kill him and Tuco runs away and gets in a lot of trouble. That's when Blondie, the Good, would come in. He would be a big damn hero to Tuco and help him when he's in a bind. When he figures out Angel Eyes is a monster running around killing and raping people, Blondie decides to stop him (because...he's good :P) and Tuco follows. At first, Tuco won't be really good, he'll just follow around in dept. But of course, Blondie will turn him into a better man. (And also, Blondie gets to sleep with several women...or he gets the hottest female lead :P). And then we find Angel Eyes. And Blondie and him...fight, I guess? And then Tuco gets in trouble. Blondie saves him again. Angel Eyes almost kills Blondie as it looks like Tuco's gonna betray him. And then after a turn, Tuco decides he's loyal to Blondie and so he turns to the tables on Angel Eyes and helps Blondie, who in turn, kills Angel Eyes. There. That's what I thought the story would be.

    I was so wrong.

    When it started my reaction was:
    *watches introduction of Tuco, shown as "the Ugly"*
    Oh-kay...so far just how I pictured.

    *watches introduction of Angel Eyes, calling him "the Bad"*

    *watches introduction of Blondie, marking him "the Good"*
    Wait....really?

    And as it turns out...I had no idea why the f Blondie was the hero for half the story until he...well...he was good in the most anti-hero way possible! And Tuco wasn't just some load walking around like an idiot and making Blondie look good. He was an actual character. He had flaws and strengths. And Angel Eyes was...just..he made sense. He wasn't a boring villain.
    Also noted, at some point, Angel Eyes and Blondie sort of team up O.o
    Plus, as noted by T.V tropes

    Crowning Moment Of Heartwarming: Blondie, who has been an unapologetically cynical and cruel person throughout the entire film, finally lives up to his label of "The Good" when he comforts a dying soldier in an unpretentiously spontaneous moment of kindness, lighting the boy One Last Smoke and warming him with his coat in his final moments.
    • Another touching moment is between Tuco and Blondie after the fight between Tuco and his brother. Tuco doesn't know that Blondie saw the fight, and tries to convince Blondie, if not himself, that his brother loves him and looks up to him, and we see the underlying sadness in how lonely he is and how his only "brother" is Blondie. Made much more sad when one thinks of the ending.
      • One of the best parts is Blondie's "and after a good meal, there's nothing like a cigar". He may be cold and pragmatic throughout most of the movie, but this little gesture of friendship and willingness to play along with Tuco's lie shows that he feels compassion for him, at least a little.
    • Not immediately obvious, but the final scene. Sure, Blondie leaves Tuco tied up, almost kills him and leaves without as much as a word. But think about it - he lets Tuco leave, lets him keep the gold, and indirectly tells him (by shooting the rope) that their score is settled. For a tough gunslinger, that's as close to explicitly making peace with Tuco as it possibly could be.

    Yeah...

    Hell, I didn't even know the civil war was part of the story. That's what I get for never watching trailers or even seeing movie posters.
    In the end, I'm glad.

    I guess that's what made the movie so great, and what separates incredible movies or just...stories from the norm. It doens't even have to be anything new and compelling (even though the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly was rather new and a different outlook of westerns) but just the execution and the story have to be able to capture us.

    Plus, not only was the story good, everything else was made of win.

    The acting
    The direction
    The soundtrack
    The setting
    The dialogue
    The costumes
    Everything.

    Ups, I guess this did turn into a major "praise the the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" post, but...meh. It was worth it.

    ~Becky
    "Science and science fiction have done a kind of dance over the last century... The scientists make a finding. It inspires science fiction writers to write about it, and a host of young people read the science fiction and are excited, and inspired to become scientists...which they do, which then feeds again into another generation of science fiction and science..."
    - Carl Sagan, in his message to future explorers of Mars.