Amazing Grace

November 2, 2010

I just finished watching Amazing Grace while working on my paper. Every time I watch this movie, I remember why it’s my favorite movie. It’s incredibly inspirational and shows you what one person can achieve if he remains dedicated to strong principles and surrounds himself with like-minded, supportive people.

To anyone who wants to know more about William Wilberforce, I strongly recommend reading his biography written by William Hague. The book covers Wilberforce’s life, not just the abolition of the slave trade, and is worth reading.


One More Show

August 21, 2010

So if you know me at all, you know that I enjoy my tv shows. I just think tv is where it is at right now. Some people like movies. I used to be one of them. There are still movies that I enjoy, of course, but I feel with movies one has to look a lot harder to find something really great. I have high standards for tv too, but I think, right now, it is a lot easier to find something really worth watching on tv than it is to find a movie of similar quality in writing, acting, directing, etc. I’m not the only one who feels that way either. Check out the hilarious video at this site: Is This What Hollywood Blockbusters Have Come To? (NSFW)

Anyway, so because the quality of tv is so good right now, there are a lot of shows I like. And when I decide to like a show, there is nothing casual about that. I watch religiously every week or I don’t watch at all. So I really don’t need another show. I really don’t. I don’t even know how I am going to have time to watch my absolute favorites this year with grad school and work. But I couldn’t help myself. I started watching another new show. And I am hooked.

Rizzoli & Isles is a new crime drama from TNT. It features two female leads, which is pretty uncommon. I was intrigued from the first episode, which I thought did a good job of letting the audience know exactly who these characters are. Not many shows can accomplish that in the first episode. I didn’t like the pilots for some of my top shows until I went back and watched them later after knowing the characters. Rizzoli & Isles I found to be enjoyable from the start and I am now caught up through the five episodes that TNT has up for online viewing. I guess that means I have officially started watching this show.


Academy Award Winning Movie Trailer

March 15, 2010

Today’s post is late because I completely forgot to write it when I got home last night.

I think this video has pretty much made it around the internet now, but I just saw it for the first time. It spoofs the trailers for movies that are typically up for Oscars and, in my opinion, is spot on. Check it out:


Up

January 1, 2010

I always have high expectations going into Pixar films and once again they don’t let me down. The story is very sweet yet also funny throughout and the score by Michael Giacchino is just perfect.

The above is what I posted on allconsuming last summer after seeing Up in the theater. I got the DVD for Christmas and after watching it a second time, I still love it. I’ve liked every Pixar film I’ve seen (and I’ve seen all but one), but I only own The Incredibles and, now, Up. If you haven’t seen this film yet, you should do so now.


New Page: Library

December 31, 2009

Happy New Year’s Eve!

I’ve started a new page, which you can reach by clicking on the “Library” tab. Years ago when I was on blogger, I had my consumption posted to my blog directly from allconsuming.net, but since wordpress does not allow javascipt, I just decided to make another page and post the list the old fashioned way.

There are two lists on the library page. The top list is all of the items I am currently consuming: cds, dvds, and books. The second list will be the five items I most recently finished consuming.

At least for now, I am also going to provide amazon links for each of the items in the consumption lists to make it easier for you if you want to check out any of the items for yourself.


The Princess and the Frog

December 22, 2009

Last week I took my sisters to see The Princess and the Frog, which was very charming. Time will tell if it becomes as loved and as memorable as the fantastic Disney movies I grew up with, but for now, it was a pleasure to see a movie like that again. The main character was pursuing her dreams through her own hard work and that was refreshing. The soundtrack was also a lot of fun.

Like a lot of the classic Disney movies, this is one that both children and adults can enjoy.


Special Sunday Post: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

December 20, 2009

Last night I watched Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) for the first time. Upon finishing it, I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t seen it sooner. The movie is seventy years old and just as relevant today.

I loved so much about this movie. I was sold fairly early on, when, upon arriving in Washington, Mr. Smith goes around the city, visiting the National Archives and monuments. When he announced he planned to take a trip out to Mount Vernon before starting his first day in the Senate, I was in love.

Congress could use a few Jefferson Smiths, I think: people who have principles and truly believe in them, who will stick to them no matter what, who remember the Declaration, Constitution, and the great men in our history. (Also, Hollywood could use a few Jimmy Stewarts.)

And so I leave you with one of my favorite quotes of the movie.

“Just get up off the ground, that’s all I ask. Get up there with that lady that’s up on top of this Capitol dome, that lady that stands for liberty. Take a look at this country through her eyes if you really want to see something. And you won’t just see scenery; you’ll see the whole parade of what Man’s carved out for himself, after centuries of fighting. Fighting for something better than just jungle law, fighting so’s he can stand on his own two feet, free and decent, like he was created, no matter what his race, color, or creed. That’s what you’d see. There’s no place out there for graft, or greed, or lies, or compromise with human liberties. . . . And it’s not too late, because this country is bigger than the Taylors, or you, or me, or anything else. Great principles don’t get lost once they come to light. They’re right here; you just have to see them again!”