Movie Review: The General//Pinterest Haul

It’s me. I’m back. Despite my lack of posts this month, I am indeed very much alive.

 

And, instead of my typical monthly book review, I’m reviewing a 1926 movie instead (because, well, why not). This is the first movie review I’ve done in an *abominably* long amount of time. *NOTE: I just realized this is my first ever full movie review, which seems very odd because I remember writing a movie review and have no idea where it went.  So. Anyways.

 

 

The General

 

The General (1926). Never saw this staggering poster before!
*picks first poster I found on Pinterest*

 

A bit of background: My local opera house was showing this classic silent film (yes, that’s a thing) and my family, being the nerds we are, decided to go. But, let me tell you, this is not just a SILENT FILM, for it was accompanied by a WIND ORCHESTRA. If you anything about me, you know that I love music, particularly classical, so hearing a wind orchestra LIVE was about as close to heaven on earth as I can get.

 

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psst. sorry for the poor quality. my phone’s camera is terrible 😉

Plot: The movie wasn’t fantastic in this area, but it wasn’t pained, either. Basically, it’s about this *real life event* that happened during the Civil War. An engineer, Johnnie Gray, fights his way through the movie for his train, The General. Meanwhile, he is put off by his intended, Annabelle Lee, and tries to regain her love.

 

 

Acting: In all honesty, the acting was hilarious. I’m not sure if it’s just because the movie is so dated and acting has changed so much since the silent films or if the actors where just stellar at face expressions, but I laughed my way through the movie. Granted, their were some “euhh” parts, but that’s with any comedy, so, yeah.

 

Script: Well, this is a silent movie, so, well….it doesn’t really have any. But, then again, it has words up on the screen every few minutes so one can understand what’s happening during dialogue scenes. It didn’t seem to corny.

 

 

Cinematography: Considering the movie was made nearly a hundred years ago, I’m not going to judge it too harshly, though I will say I was surprised at how good the cinematography is.

 

Music accompaniment: Awesome. Just. Awesome.

 

 

Overall opinion: Fairly good. Not my favorite, but certainly enjoyable.

 

 

 

Now on to the Pinterest haul!

 

I’m sure I’ve mentioned this to you guys before, but I am a Pinterest addict. I might have a slight problem…anywho, I wanted to do something fun, so I’m just picking random pins I’ve enjoyed recently. And, if any of you guys are on Pinterest, come find me here.

 

 

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Sooo pretty. I wish my hair was that long….

 

 

nice 34 Memes That Are Just Way Beyond Funny

Second grade boys know what’s up.

 

 

So Relatable - So Relatable Photo (36697140) - Fanpop

 

 

See this Instagram photo by @remallory • 9,066 likes

Because MATTORY LIVES. Some of you will get that. And because of Mallory’s hair. Such a gem.

 

 

The Monogrammed Life: FASHION FRIDAY: 5 FALL FAVORITES

 

 

 

 

 

climb trees and run through sprinklers

Who’s with me?

 

 

 

 

I am using this line

I have no idea what movie or show this is from. All I know is that I’M USING THAT LINE.

 

 

15 Best GIFs Of All Time Of The Week

ME. Though I tend to try to do ballet instead…

 

 

 

And, that’s all folks! What are your favorite classic films?

 

~Abby

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The Liebster Tag

I am officially in love with tags, okay???

 

Don’t judge me and my life choices.

 

Just kidding 😉

 

The lovely Libby tagged me with this, the Liebster Tag. Thanks so much, Libby!

 

Exciting, write? *laughs at own’s pun* I’ve seen this several places before and secretly longed to be tagged with it, and now I am! Here are the rules:

 

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Answer the 11 questions they asked you.
  • Name 11 facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 3 bloggers to do this tag and let them know you nominated them.
  • Give them 11 questions to answer.

 

Well, I already thanked Libby, so I suppose it’s time for question answering!

 

1. Do you like tags?

I’m sure you all have gathered by now that I love them! *hyperventilates*

It's so fluffy, I'm gonna die! – Agnes – Despicable Me

Me, looking at tags. Not that they’re fluffy.

 

 

2. How long have you been blogging?

Just under a year, actually. My first post was uploaded on May 9, 2017.

 

 

3. What is the most interesting fruit you have eaten/tried?

Umm, I got nothin’. Kiwi, maybe? Probably mango. I don’t branch out much with my fruits and veggies. Probably because I hate most of the latter.

 

 

4. Have you read through the whole Bible?

Several times.

 

 

5. What is your favorite book in the Bible?

I think Acts. Or Luke. It’s a toss-up. Probably Acts.

 

 

6. Can you remember the name of your very first friend? And do you still keep in touch with them?

Yes. His name is Drew. Our families were very close and, though I moved away five years ago, we still see each other periodically and email back and forth.

 

 

7. Journaling or painting? 

Journaling all the way. I can’t paint to save my life.

 

 

8. Do you have a job? If so, what is it?

I do not have a technical ‘job’, but I walk my neighbor’s dog and deliver a weekly advertisement paper. I am also working towards my future writing career by drafting my first novel.

 

 

9. Do you like taking photos?
I love photography. Unfortunately, I can never find as much time for it as I’d like.

 

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Points to my photography ^_^

 

 

10. What is your favorite season?

Hmm. I like fall. It’s probably fall. Basic white girl, right?

 

 

11. How many books do you read on average per week?

So is this how many books I read, or how many books I finish? I finish probably one or two. It depends how thick the books are. Two weeks ago I finished a 400-ish page book in two days, so…..

 

 

 

Eleven facts about myself

 

I can quote at least 40% of both McClintock and The Princess Bride.

 

I can’t spell. I love words, though. My writings are verbose but misspelled.

 

I am an absolute child. I still play on Howrse and occasionally Webkinz. I have about a gazillion stuffed animals. (Well, maybe not that much…but still a lot.)

 

Baseball caps are my favorite accessory.

 

I’m a tomboy. I love mud and guns and video games and basketball. My childhood best friends were boys. I do have an occasional girly streak in me, though, but even still I can’t walk in heels.

 

If I could have my dream job, I would be an astronaut.

 

I was a nerd from practically the womb. When I was five, my parents took me for the first time to Barnes and Noble and said I could pick whatever I wanted. What did I choose? Five Hundred and One Science Experiments You Can Do at Home.

 

I’m a book smeller. Antique books that smell musty are my favorite.

 

Classical and slow, lyricless jazz are my favorite genres of music to listen to while I’m trying to fall asleep. When I’m awake, I listen to soundtracks. John Williams is the best. 😀

 

My favorite presidents are Washington, T. R., and Reagan

 

My bedroom is decorated with Americana style.

 

 

THE THREE BLOGGERS I NOMINATE

 

Brianna @ No End of Books

Bri @ Forget Not His Benefits

Lila @ The Red-Hooded Writer

 

Brianna I’ve ‘known’ for awhile and am tagging because she’s just plain awesome, but Bri and Lila I’ve only been following for a little while and enjoy their posts, so I thought I’d tag them in an effort to get to know them better. =D

 

 

Questions for whom I tag:

 

1. What was your favorite childhood book, and why?

 

2. What was your favorite childhood Bible story?

 

3. Which parent are you more like, and what are your similarities to them?

 

4. What pair of shoes do you most frequently wear?

 

5.  What was the last song you listened to?

 

6. You’re handed two tickets: One to Disneyland, and one for a round trip to Rome. Which one do you pick, and why?

 

7. If you could travel back in time, what top three events would you witness?

 

8. CDs or records?

 

9. If you’ve seen/read them, Anne of Green Gables movies or books?

 

10. Wall calendar or pocket planner or neither?

 

11. What is your favorite TV show?

 

 

Well, that about wraps it up. Hope you all enjoyed!

 

–Abby

falling in love

well, kindred spirits, the autumn season is upon us. you all know what this means.

this is the time of year that abby goes a little nuts. more than usual.

 

abby loves autumn. the chill in the air. the scents of pecan pie and apple cider warming on the stove. the breeze that makes the leaves dance off of the driveway and into the grass in a charming, fleeting waltz. pumpkin everything. the smell that hits your nose when you first walk outside after the maple leaves start to turn to red, orange, and gold. corduroy jackets. tall brown boots. big sweaters. hot cocoa. fresh apples. cloudy days. starry nights. bonfires. hay rides. roasted marshmallows. flannel shirts. thick blankets. happiness.

 

(abby laughs. she knows it was actually seventy five degrees today where she lives. she wants the chill in the air to come back)

 

In honor of October………

 

 

fall 1

Does it remind anyone of else of what they imagined Quebec to look like? Such loveliness.

 

 

fall 2

 

 

fall 3

There is something in October sets the gypsy blood astir;

We must rise and follow her

When from every hill of flame

She calls and calls each vagabond by name

A Vagabond Song, Bliss Carman

 

 

 

fall 8

 

 

 

 

fall 9

 

 

fall 6

how i love fall rains

 

 

fall 4

 

 

dearest autumn, how i missed you

 

–abby

One With The Sun

Summer Field
By A.F. Moritz
Child
one with the sun
in trackless fields
of yellow grass and thistle, scent
of humid heavy air and the wing music
of bees and flies.
Child, slender
nakedness to itself unknown,
true colour of the light
dispersed invisibly
or glowing around the black hulls
of distant thunderheads, around
the grasshopper’s countenance,
solemn, vigilant and wise.
Green apples, poured full
of density, of crispness, float unmoved
under leaves on the slope. Brown
fallen apples nest
in secret whorls of grass. The apple tree:
alone in so much space. And below
in the woods by the water
a sweet dead branch
cracks lightly
in the shadow in the wind.
But here is an old track
through the grass head-high
to a child: who
made it? They must have
passed and passed by this one tree,
by the abandoned, tireless car
where rabbits peer out, and the circle
of black embers,
cans, springs, skeletons
of furniture. They too
passed here many times
on their way from the street’s end
to the oaks that screen
the river. There
the sun is nesting now, night
rises with pale flutterings
of white wings from roots
of plants and the black water.
–Abby

My Summer+Photography Post

IT”S AUGUST.

School starts in a month.

I am not ready for this.

But here I am, typing away on Spike (my laptop–I watch too much Flashpoint) when I should really, really be sleeping. But, hey, it’s only 12:02. The night’s still young.

Ahh, summer. The three months of freedom that every elementary and high school student relishes alike. Usually packed full of vacations, birthday parties, soccer games, camping trips, and trips to the pool. In an effort to actually blog, I will tell you how my summer has gone-so far-in one word:

Quickly.

As every summer does, this one has flown by. I’ve gone to the ocean. I’ve watched fireworks and an airshow. I’ve stayed up late watching movies and playing board games. I’ve survived a trip to an alligator farm. I’ve cried tears of anger and tears of sorrow and tears of joy. I’ve endured spending almost half of my bank account to buy Spike (It was a painful ordeal). I have watched people laugh and cry, rejoice and mourn. I’ve been cooped up in a house full of people and in a tiny room by myself. I’ve sorted through hundreds of books and videos and magazines and sat behind a desk and answered childrens’ questions and marked off symbols on cardstock with Sharpies. I’ve written and I’ve read. I’ve played volleyball and mini-golf and went to the gym. I’ve chatted with friends casually and also have had some pretty serious conversations. I’ve driven a vehicle bigger than a Lincoln Towncar for the first time. I’ve explored ruins of forts and walked through nature reserves. I’ve been to gift shops and Walmarts and souvenir stores and Winn-Dixie and museums and art galleries and libraries and churches and hotels and historical sites and malls.  I’ve attended revival meetings and have been revived. I’ve made life-changing decisions and goofed off with other teenagers. I’ve lived.

 

In a few short weeks, my summer will be gone. School will start. So will strict schedules, early rises, microwaved lunches, long lectures, lots of highlitings, speed-readings, flashcard making, equation solvings, homework beginnings. But will it be good for me. And I’ll wait for the funny teachers, the recesses, the weekends, the moments when I can live again.

 

And now (drumroll, please) it is time for the long-awaited photography post!!!!!

I am very much an amateur who hasn’t had very much practice. My bestie and her ‘brother’, though, are also photographers, so I can get a few pointers. If you want to check out her photography board, click here.

And so, without further ado, here goes:

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–abby