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Q: How on Earth do you stop hunters from hunting?
A: Another planet, that’s how!
If you’re like me, you are a strict vegetarian eater who loves animals and only eats meat on holidays (Thanksgiving, Halloween, etc.) and even then only meat from stores because hunting causes a lot of suffering to animals. If you’re not a vegetarian, however, then the new movie Predators gives you a big reason to become one and not hunt: the plot of the movie.
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How-w-w-w-w-w-w-l at the moo-o-o-o-o-o-n that is fu-u-u-u-u-u-l-l-l.
It seems as though werewolf people, like Kmart and the principal at my elementary school, have been around fore-v-e-r, but nobody paid much attention because they weren’t that interesting.
There’s this guy and he turns into a wolf!
Oh yeah? And what else happens?
Um, well, that’s sort of all of it.
He doesn’t have any super powers?
He, uh, he can growl. That’s pretty cool!
If I drink a lot of coffee, but not enough breakfast, my stomach growls, too…but I don’t think it’s something to base a movie on!
This always seemed to be my attitude about werewolf people for my whole life…until recently. Why?
There are lots of movie awards during the year, but there is one that Hollywood people like most because they get to vote on themselves and their friends, kind of like a beauty pageant where only the models get to vote. These are the Oscar Movie Awards. Every year for the past four or five decades, famous Hollywood people get dressed in amazing clothes and show their movies to each other, then vote on which ones they like best.
Now, you will see a lot of people making Oscar “predictions”, but don’t pay much attention to them because they are so not for real. Like ghosts, UFOs and dog sharks, there are no such things as predictions. It’s impossible! Nobody except time travelers and maybe angels know what is in the future. All anyone can do is make educated guessing.
I was at the local Borders Books with my friend Sarah (Hi, Sarah!) because we were looking for cheap gifts for certain relatives who are impossible to buy for, so you just end up getting them books. So, while we were there, we noticed a book version(*) of Transformers 2. I was like, “OMG, someone turned a movie into a book” which is kinda cool when you think about it because some kids don’t like reading a lot, so this will maybe trick them into buying it because they’ll think it’s a dvd and they’ll take it home and be all “Oh, that’s lame. Books are lame. Totally for lame people”, but then they’ll start thumbing through it and realize, “Hey, this is just like the movie, but it’s a book!”
Anyway, this got me thinking about movies and books and whatever. I realized that Sarah (Hi, again, Sarah!) and I weren’t the only ones who’d been to the bookstore, recently. A lot of Hollywood people had gone there. How do I know? Well, because many of the movies we all love to see just so happened to be books before they were movies that we enjoyed. Don’t believe me? Well, did you know that the Twilight movies (teen romance), almost all of the Harry Potter movies (general fiction), the Saw films (true crime), were all books before they were movies? Guess what…you just learned something!
I remember a couple months ago when everyone in America was trying to figure out, ‘Am I a Democrat or a Christian?’ because you had to vote for President Bush or President Obama. Well, these days are even more complicated with pretty much everyone in America and countries that understand American movies trying to figure out ‘Am I onTeam Edward or on Team Jacob?’
First, you have to realize it’s not really a team purse say. They don’t pay you to play a sport for them or win awards for participation. It’s really just a lot of people saying, “Hey, we’re on this side of some argument and your side is lame” and then that’s it, not much else gets done. It sounds a lot like what my dad says unions are like.
Back to the issue at hand which is: what team am I on? When Twilight came out, I was totally on Team Edward, but now, after seeing New Moon, I’m so not sure where I stand, anymore. My mom suggested I write down the pros and cons of each team and then see which one tips the scales (my mom has been on a diet, so she’s all about fiber and scales), so that’s what I’m going to do.
Summer is fast approaching and I, for one, am super excited. No matter where you live, summer means one thing: going to the beach. Some of my friends (hi, Dianne B!) actually go to the beach and surf, but I’m not that bold or that cool. I prefer to lie in the sun, read a book and watch for hot guys. Buy me an old-fashioned, but that’s what I call a fun time at the beach.
For many people, a summer watching-a-hot-guy-pass-by can turn into a summer romance. Summer romances are usually short, but as the French say about relationships, “Size doesn’t matter. It’s how you use it that counts.”
This got me thinking and since I’m all about movies, it got me thinking about movies. In shorts, I started thinking about romantic movies and began drawing up a list of my favorite on-screen movie couples of all time.