Wednesday, February 29, 2012

This Means War movie review

               I have to say, when I went into the theater to watch "This Means War" I didn't have very high expectations. The premise of the movie is two close friends, who work together as spies, discover that they are dating the same girl. They quickly decide not to let her know that they know the other guy. They then proceed to try to win her over (this was all shown in the previews). Now the reason that I originally thought that "This Means War" would not be that great was the kind of chick flick feel to it. I mean come on; one of the main characters is a young women trying to choose between to perfect guys.  Well I went into the movie expecting it to target a more female audience (I found one other guy in the theater, the rest were girls, the other guy appeared to be around 6 years old) but in reality, it was very funny, very appealing, and very well done. The movie was a romantic comedy, but luckily for me, it stayed away from the romance and focused on the comedy, with much success. The jokes were very appealing, the actors applied great delivery, the writing was clever, and everything about it was well done. Even the action scenes (remember? The guys are spies) were effective. They weren't as polished or intense as a truly action film, but they got the idea down in an almost spoofing/ accurate way. Those scenes also showcased some of the great directing behind this film. One of the best parts of the movie though, was the fact that the movie obviously wasn't trying too hard. Many movies seem to say "I'm a movie, everyone in the audience will love me or I will EXPLODE!"...... This one wasn't. I would recommend "This Means War" to anyone that wishes to be entertained for 2 hours of good comedy, good acting, good directing, and a great film.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Gymnastics season

                Well it's finally that time of year again, gymnastics season!  I love gymnastics; I'm on the team at school. Gymnastics is great, but there are a few problems involved with it. One of these problems is rips. Rips are what we gymnasts get mainly from highbar, but also from some of the other events. A rip is when the friction between a gymnasts hand and the equipment they are using is great enough to tear his or her skin off of his or her hand. Honestly they don't hurt too much when we get them, but they look nasty, and hurt later when either we are using more equipment, or doing anything else with our hands. So that was one of the down sides of gymnastics, but another is the time commitment! We practice about two and a half hours every week day, and another three hours on Saturdays. That's not even counting all of the many meets we do. I can live with the rips and the time commitment because simply, gymnastics is great! I'm not the best on the team, or even close, but I really enjoy doing it every day. I guess you can think of me as a bit of an adrenaline junkie, because one of the main qualities of the sport that keeps me coming back is the thrill. When I do a skill on one of the events, it is terrifying at first, but after that first try I'm hooked on the adrenaline! I tend to repeat the same terrifying skill over and over again until either I succeed in doing it well multiple (three) times in a row, or I come so close to injuring myself that I get freaked out and stop. Despite the danger, pain, and commitment involved in gymnastics, the adrenaline keeps me coming back every day and every practice. Don't get me wrong, gymnastics isn't for everybody, but if you think you have what it takes, I encourage you to start as soon as possible!