Monday, February 10, 2014

Young@Heart (Thing 2)

We watched "Young@Heart." It's a movie about some elderly people who sing in a group called Young@Heart. They sing a variety of pop and rock music. It will make you laugh and it will make you cry.

I would give this movie

because it was funny and I LOVE music. I would have given it 5 stars, but I didn't like how it dragged out a little bit.

Young@Heart (Thing 1)

Our family watched the movie "Young@Heart." It's a documentary about a chorus of senior citizens (averaging the age of 80) who go around the world and sing rock and roll songs.

What I liked: Everything! :) They all had so much personality and energy. Watching them work hard to get everything about every song right was inspirational, especially when most of the members had health issues such as breathing problems or even cancer. You'll laugh and cry the entire way through. Some of my favorite parts were the music videos they made, such as "Road To Nowhere" by Talking Heads. and "I Wanna Be Sedated" by the Ramones. Though my absolute favorite performance that they did was "Fix You" by Coldplay. You can see it HERE, though I think the performance holds much more meaning once you've seen all the leadup to the show.

What I didn't like: Honestly, I don't think there's anything that could make this movie better. It's already so perfect.

I give this movie

The Giver (Thing 2)

Currently Reading

We read The Giver by Lois Lowry. It is set in a "utopian" society where there are no wars and everything is GREAT!! But after Jonas turns 12 that is about to change. The story will make you feel like you are there. Don't miss it!!

I would give this book

because it is exciting and enjoyable. 

The Giver (Thing 1)

We read The Giver by Lois Lowry. It's about a boy named Jonas who lives in a seemingly perfect world without pain or fear. When Jonas turns twelve, he's chosen to receive special training from the Giver, the only person who holds memories of what life is really like.

What I liked: I loved how this book made me think. A world without pain or fear? It seems pretty great at first (no wars, no fighting, perfect harmony, etc.) But you also don't get the good stuff, like colors and music. Nobody, except for Jonas and the Giver, feels anything: no love, no anger, no joy, no sadness. They only get dulled down versions of emotions. As a result, no one is able to love except for Jonas and the Giver. I'm so excited to see the movie!

What I didn't like: It takes a little bit to get into the book. There are a lot of long-winded descriptions and it takes a long time to get to the action. But once you get past the first half or so, there's a great payoff.

I give this book

.  I recommend it to lovers of dystopian, though I can assure you it's nothing like The Hunger Games.