Finding Nemo: A Movie Review

Finding Nemo is the story of an overprotective father fish who drives his son to do something stupid dangerous, and the son gets caught by a diver dentist in the process.

No, actually, it’s a really sweet story of a father overcoming anything and everything to find his son, but I just sometimes can have a very twisted view of things!

Anyway, the father, Marlin, faces every kind of fear, befriends a forgetful blue fish named Dory, and never wavers in his quest to search the whole ocean if necessary to find his son. Meanwhile, Nemo befriends the fish in his tank, who all help him come up with a plan to get home before it’s too late.

This movie is Pixar, and so I like it for that reason. And any time we are looking at Sydney, the Tank Gang, or Nigel (hearts!) I love it. It’s just that Marlin. Gets. On. My nerves. Even when trying to be positive, he is annoying. And that’s why when everyone talks about how much they love this movie, I have to admit that it never spoke to me in the way others did. I like Marlin so much more in Finding Dory, but we’re not talking about that movie today.

But it really is a very interesting story, and very cleverly written, making us all cry over a bunch of fish in a way only Pixar can manage. And it was the highest-grossing animated movie for a while there, so there’s that.

I realize that was a horrible review, but sometimes writers dry up a little, and they need to write through the dry periods anyway.

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Twenty-one Gun Salute

Day 21 of the June 1-30 Challenge.

The Twenty-one gun salute is the military’s way of honoring someone. Who would you like to honor? Who do you consider a hero? Write about him or her.

Honestly, I can’t think of anyone in real life who hasn’t been honored and should be. Maybe that’s because my life is too comfortable.

So, as I always do when in doubt, I turned to fictional characters.

I consider Bonnie Anderson a hero, and would like to honor her. 

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Not in the traditional sense, of course. She didn’t save any orphans, endangered species, or rain forests. But if anything had happened to those toys, there are whole nations of people who would have never gotten over it. And she saved them all, by saving Woody. Continue reading “Twenty-one Gun Salute”

Photo Challenge #3

Day 18 of the June 1-30 Challenge.

Post a picture representing the number 18. It can be eighteen items, eighteen people, or something showing the number 18. Maybe even an 18-year-old!

I was going to a picture of me, but then decided against that. There’s one of my 18-year-old self on my about page, anyway.

So I chose to do a screenshot of the 18-minute mark of Monsters University.

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It’s a very iconic moment for the monster universe, because this is the scene where Mike and Sully meet. Actually, in this very second, Mike is showing Sully out because he has to to study his scaring. I heard those lines in these few seconds so many times because I kept trying to pause the movie at exactly 18 minutes. You’re welcome.

But here’s something nitpicky I found with this movie. In Monsters Inc., Mike says Sully has been jealous of his good looks since the fourth grade. But they didn’t know each other in the fourth grade, clearly, based on this very important scene where they officially introduce themselves to one another.

Maybe Mike was just exaggerating, though. And I get that the makers didn’t want to be tied to one sentence they wrote 12 years before this with no thought for the future.

This is the best picture I’ve taken so far!

Sixteen and Licensed to Drive!

Day 16 of the June 1-30 Challenge.

Sixteen is the age at which you can get a driver’s license in most states in the US. Was your first car a Ford? Tell us about getting your license or you first car.

“Life’s like a road that you travel on
There’s one day here and the next day gone…”

According to Rascal Flatts, anyway. I probably wouldn’t like that song if it weren’t in a Pixar movie, but, it is, so I enjoy it by association.

In a valiant effort to make this post more Pixar-themed, I’ll show you the car I got on top of my sixteenth birthday cake:

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My dad informed me he did that so I could tell all my friends I got a car for my sixteenth birthday. Honestly, it’s in better shape than my real one at this point.

My real one, which I got for free! and which has served me well, but which I will be lucky if it lasts the night. It is (present tense!) a Chevrolet Blazer, and though it’s as red as my Lightning McQueen car, it’s not as glamorous.  Continue reading “Sixteen and Licensed to Drive!”

My First Attempt at Expository Writing

Day 15 of the June 1-30 Challenge.

Today is your chance to experiment! Try a new writing style. Write about anything you wish. But you must write exactly fifteen sentences. No more. No less.

Dr. Phillip Sherman has never been the greatest of dentists, as any of his patients will testify. The public marvel that his receptionist Barbara has stayed with him all these years. He himself has admitted to only exercising the practice so he can fund his hobby, scuba-diving. He has obtained only three as pets, but based on the several that have been in his tank, he would like us to think that number is higher. But it seems that lately nothing has been working out for him, in either his hobby or his profession. A recent patient, the Australian Prime Minister, claims that he has been victim to sudden teeth-pulling and other jarring taxation of the skull, as a result of Dr. Sherman being startled by a pelican crashing into his window. Other patients have complained about his playing with his fish more than focusing on them, canceling appointments so he can clean the tank, and generally not watching what he is doing. And his niece Darla Sherman complains that the fish Dr. Sherman gives her for her birthday are always sleeping, and she has to flush them down the toilet. As of yet no one has pressed charges against the fumbling hygienist, but he does not appear to worry about raising his reputation among patients. He has announced a vacation of two weeks as he once again goes out on his boat, to find some new fish for his tank. His reason for doing this is that his previous tank residents have somehow escaped while he was cleaning their home, and undoubtedly met an untimely end when falling out the open window. He was only mildly surprised at this however, because a few days prior to this event, a pelican had flown into the room, and a fish had jumped out of the tank into his niece’s hair. He has been said to calmly state that they were probably old, and going crazy just like humans. Yet in spite of all his shortcomings, Dr. Sherman appears to feel very confident about the future. Look out Sydney, because this man’s questionable DDS isn’t going anywhere!

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In Defense of the Rebellious Scot

Day 14 of the June 1-30 Challenge.

Write a poem of at least fourteen lines. You may want to try writing a sonnet, but any fourteen line poem will do.

Ooh, so excited, and so scared! I’ve always been pretty terrible at poetry, but it is a writing challenge, and hey, that’s why I’m doing this in the first place, right?

So here is my sonnet, In Defense of the Rebellious Scot, which is about Merida from BraveContinue reading “In Defense of the Rebellious Scot”

The Tragic Tale of Rosie’s Twelve Husbands

Day 8 of the June 1-30 Challenge.

Write a story with eight legs (octopus, two cats, four people, etc).

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Everyone, this is Rosie. You may remember her as the spider from “A Bug’s Life.” Apparently she has lost twelve husbands, making her a black widow widow, and while I don’t always like fan-fiction shared with the world, today I am making an exception to tell you just what happened to them all, from the dressing room during intermission. Continue reading “The Tragic Tale of Rosie’s Twelve Husbands”

Six Songs I Love

Day 6 of the June 1-30 Challenge.

Write about and share six songs or artists you love or six songs you hate.

The word “songs” can cover such a wide variety of artistic creations. I’m pretty sure this was meant to be about pop culture songs you could hear on the radio, but I wouldn’t know, because when it comes to music I stay entirely out of what’s hot.

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Luckily for me there are still musicals full of songs, and songs in movies that I love, and if I wanted to get really technical I could pull in any six of Tolkien’s poems, since those were all “songs.”

So here are six of those that I could listen to all day, or at least sing when I’m not listening to them: Continue reading “Six Songs I Love”