Friday, July 12, 2013

Spring and Summer 2013 Movie Review

This type of post was pretty popular last time, so here is my Spring/Summer movie review. 
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The Great Gatsby: I honestly do not understand why so many critics disliked it. Christopher and I loved this movie, could not stop gushing about it and even re-read the book together on our last road trip. The casting was spot-on, the sets and costumes were fantastic and the movie very closely followed the plot and script of the book. One thing enjoyed in the movie was more explicitly witnessing a friendship develop between Nick and Gatsby. Some people complained that they did not like that Nick was speaking with a psychologist in the movie. I thought it was perfectly logical. If you had seen your best friend shot, would you not also seek psychiatric help? Do me a favor and rent or buy this movie. Even if you were never a Gatsby fan, you will at least love admiring all the 1920’s fashion.

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Star Trek: Into Darkness: This was an excellent, excellent movie. It was definitely more plot-driven than the first, but equally as wonderful. It was the perfect balance between action and emotion. Also Benedict Cumberbatch is just wonderful. I love him as Sherlock and I thought he was a fantastic *spoiler* Khan. Go to your local cheap theater right now and prepare to be entertained.

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Monsters University: This movie was tad predictable, but adorable nevertheless. Fans of the original Monsters Inc. will appreciate the humor and nods to the original movie. My little brother both enjoyed the movie. I would recommend it as the perfect summer kid’s movie. 

There you have it ladies and gents. I am unlikely to see any others except maybe Despicable Me 2 (what can I say, I love minions). Until next time!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

My parent's friends were kind of enough to give us free tickets to a Storm's game. I am not a huge baseball fan, but I had a great time hanging out with my family and watching my little brother dance for free pizza (he is a pizza fiend).

How is everyone's summer going?

Monday, July 8, 2013

Summer Hiking

Although the weather has definitely been heating up, my first few weeks in California were perfect for hiking. We even took a hike to celebrate Father's Day. It is good to be home.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Flavel House

Astoria, Oregon is right on the Oregon-Washington border. There are several historical landmarks, but the most significant and impressive was the Flavel House. The Flavel House was built in the nineteenth century and was home to a sea captain who helped other boats navigate through the Columbia.

One thing I loved about the house was that it was self-guided. While I have met many friendly and knowledgeable docents, sometimes it is nice to be able to go on a tour in your own group and on your own time.

Another good tip to remember is that the Flavel House has AAA discounts off their tickets! Keep that in mind if your are in Astoria.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Rogue Public House

Christopher's grandparent's took us to Rogue Public House in Astoria, OR. It was situated right on the coast line. You could even hear the sea lions who enjoy hanging out on the dock.

There were a lot of beer selections and incredibly excellent pizza. Definitely hit it up if you are ever in the area.