Wednesday, January 11, 2012

This Rant is Not in 3D

Because not EVERYTHING should be.


I love, Love, LOVE Beauty and the Beast. It is a fantastic movie and if you don't agree, that's fine, just shut your mouth and let me finish. No matter how much I truly love that movie, I'm not excited that it is returning to theaters this weekend. Why? Because it is not returning to theaters in its original animated musical production glory, it is coming back in 3D. IT DOES NOT NEED TO BE IN 3D. It was a perfectly wonderful film to begin with. It doesn't need this gimmick.

I feel like everything is being made in 3D these days. And it doesn't need to be. Some movies just don't need to be in 3D. And if 3D doesn't add anything to the movie experience, then all it amounts to is a waste of money. I don't want to pay $3 extra above the already astronomical ticket price to see a movie that would have been just as awesome in a regular format.

Don't get me wrong, I know that every now and then a movie comes along that the 3D special effects turn into a truly amazing cinematic event. However, when everything is in 3D, including movies that are only being brought back so they can be turned into 3D, it becomes a little less special and a little more annoying. I mean, if EVERYTHING is in 3D, then 3D isn't anything to get excited about anymore.

And frankly, I never cared for 3D anyway. It doesn't do anything for me. But bringing back classics and overcharging just because they are now in 3D is low. Even for Hollywood. Especially for Disney.

And that's my soap box.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

10 Things I'm Thinking About 10 Days into 2012

As you can see, I took a little blog vacation for Christmas, New Year's, and my birthday. And during that time I officially transitioned to be closer to 30 than I am to 20. Where has the time gone? How come when you're 15 waiting on 16 so you can get a driver's license, it feels like every day is a whole year in itself, but when you hit your mid to late twenties every year that goes by feels like it was just a couple of months? I'm not digging it. I mean, I love my family, I love my home, I have no super major complaints about my life, other than I think I'm leaking time. Like a faucet sometimes drips water, time is slowly dripping away and I don't notice until it is the middle of the night and all I can hear while I try to sleep is the figurative drip, drip, drip. I don't like this game.

But enough of my melodramatic metaphors. What I am really trying to say here is that 2012 sort of sneaked up on me. Which explains why we are 10 days in and I have yet to post something. Anyway, now that I'm out of my holiday stupor and back to reality, I thought the best way to jump back into things was with a list. You know how I love lists. I have to start the year off right.

1. One of my relatives gave me Zumba Fitness 2 for the Wii for Christmas and I'm totally digging it. I try to do it when nobody else is home, because I am quite sure that I look like an idiot since I possess only the minimal of dancing skills, but it's fun. And it keeps track of the calories I burn with every workout, which, by the way, is a lot. The only complaint I would have is that it needs a better tutorial or instruction manual. Other than that, this is a really fun way to exercise. It sure beats running on the fun scale anyway.

2. Some friends of ours recently went with my husband and I to the Memphis Zoo. It was crazy fun. Sometimes I forget just how fun the activities and places we enjoyed as children can still be when we are adults.

3. I had a birthday cake that had my name written on it in icing. I haven't had one of those in years. I may have turned a year older, but my inner child was beside itself with happiness. It's the little things in life, after all.

4. My husband and I finally jumped on the smartphone bandwagon recently. When we did so, we switched carriers. I have paid my last bill to AT&T. It feels good.

5. Along those same lines, now that I have a smartphone and can download any number of apps, I have found that the ones I use the most are A)one that helps me track calories consumed and calories burned so that maybe, just maybe, I will be more successful this year than in the past at reaching my fitness goals and B) Words with Friends. The latter is a productivity killer, but I can't help it, it's addictive and I love it. And if it would just take words in both English AND Spanish, I would be unstoppable.

6. Now that 2012 is here, a lot of people are starting to wonder about the old Mayan prophecy. I have a few things to say on the matter. 1 - the prophecy does not say the world will end, it basically states that the world as we know it will end, 2 - That means the world as the Maya knew it, which, let's face, was gone a long time ago, 3 - The reason for this is because that is when their calendar runs out, and they kept a calendar different from ours, so really this could just mean the seasons are going to be a lot different than before, and 4 - From a Christian perspective, nobody knows God's designs and I doubt that he whispered his game plan into the ears of the Maya just for kicks and giggles. So everybody just calm down and go about your business. If you are really that worried about it, make peace with your Maker and get your life right. Which you should do anyway.

7. I finished reading Out of Oz (the end of the Wicked Series), which I also got for Christmas, recently. I felt like it left a lot of questions unanswered. I also felt like it wasn't so much ending a series, as it was preparing for a spin-off. I'm one of those people that once I start something, I have to know how it ends, and I feel like if there is a spin-off, it will take a lot of will power for me not to start it, but I refuse to let Gregory Maguire hold my literary attention hostage.

8. The National Championship was last night. I have been waiting on an all SEC National Championship for a while, but now that it finally happened, it wasn't as exciting as I thought it would be. Don't get me wrong, either one of those teams would have blown out the alternative options during a match-up, but I expected a really different game than the one I saw.

9. I need to drink more water. It's a random thought (haha, like any of the previous points weren't random), but it's true. It's not even that I drink a lot of other drinks. I just don't drink enough. I can drink out of the same 12 oz glass pretty much all day some days. That shouldn't be true. I need to work on that.

10. 2011 Certainly had ups and downs, but I wasn't happy or sad to see it go (other than the fact that is meant I am another year older, which I was ill prepared for, I think), but now that 2012 is here, I am a little anxious to see what it has to offer.

That's it. That is the random gathering of thoughts racing through my brain right now. It may not be Earth shattering, but it's me. Take it or leave it. And also,...

Welcome to 2012. Soap Box style.