Thursday, April 29, 2010

Just Gotta Critique It

Every time I watch these movies, I tell myself I need to blog about them and what bugs me about them. As I've posted in the past, Farrah demands that we watch the Harry Potter movies...constantly. But the acting! Ugh! It's severe OVER acting. I suppose you can only expect so much from children, but at some point aren't these kids getting acting coaches? Didn't anyone tell them they're terrible? In some cases, I think they lay the British accent on pretty thick. Don't get me wrong, I love the accent. I often talk to Farrah in British Peasant or Witch accent. She seems to enjoy it. Mike has even indicated that I'm quite good at it. I agree. Anyway, the boys aren't as bad in the movies as the girl, Emma Watson. Mind you, I'm not going to be an asshole and say that she's awful in every single movie, but c'mon. It gets to be painful after a while. I suppose I'd feel that way if I watched any movie EVERY...SINGLE...DAY.
So, anyway, Emma always seems to pronounce her lines with more passion than necessary and the words are spoken very harshly. She has a squeaky-pitchy sound in her voice when she's acting mad, or happy, or sad, or any emotion whatsoever. Yes, in the books Hermoine is supposed to be obnoxiously nerdy and a know-it-all, but all I'm catching is she likes to sound upset, no matter what the scene calls for.

Well, this may not have been my best work, but I knew at some point I'd have to complain about this.


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

What's gonna work?

Team work!
I've noticed a disturbing trend in one of Farrah's favorite cartoons.  Child neglect.  Which cartoon?  Wonder Pets.  Pretty much every episode is based on a baby animal of one species or another that is in "twobbow" and it's a dangerous situation.  The Wonder Pets answer their can telephone and find a baby cow stuck up in a tree, a baby platypus clutching to a rock in a river for dear life, a baby duckling that can't fly South and it's starting to snow, and a baby chameleon that can't change its colors to camouflage itself from the soaring hawk that is wanting to grab it for lunch.

Of course, these stories always have a happy ending with the baby animals being saved, but then the REAL ending bothers me.  The story ends with a parent showing up at the end saying, "Oh Wonder Pets, thank you so much.  I was very worried about my baby chameleon".  Really?  Were you?  Because it looked to me like you were busy effing around behind that big rock while some little-kid animals were saving you baby's life!  What were you thinking?!! Your baby camelion was almost eaten by a hawk and you so conveniently decided to show up after someone else did your job for you?!!  Whatever animal parents.  You're all very irresponsible.  If you didn't want your ducklings, baby patypuses, calfs, or chameleon, you should've thought twice before deciding to start a family.

But thanks, Wonder Pets.  YOU'RE doing a great job.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Sooooo Annoying

As I've mentioned in past posts, I read a lot.  And if you read my blog, you know I write a lot.  Well, when I was growing up, my best subject was English/Writing (why do they call it English class?).  I pay attention to everything when it comes to grammar, spelling, etc.  I pay attention to it with my own work, but mostly I pay attention to it with other people's work.  As you read this, you might find some weird punctuation and unnecessary commas because I'm going to start bitching about other's deficiencies in this area.  So, look for some irony.

Anyway, when I send out job listings on Craigslist and people respond to it with an email to me and an attached resume, it is difficult for me to not want to toss some of them if people haven't taken the time to pay attention to such small details as making sure there is a noun AND a verb in a sentence.  I don't always write correctly on this thing because sometimes I write like I'm talking to someone.  However, when you're looking for a job when 10% of Americans are out of work, I would think you would want to be as professional as possible.  I'm just sayin'.  If an applicant can't even hit "spell check", it's a NO for me.  Also, if someone can't remember how to use there, their, they're, or then and than correctly, it makes me crazy.  It may not be a deal breaker, but it puts up read flags.  The jobs we have are usually detail oriented.  Okay, so that's my rant on people who write silly in general.  Here's what really irritates me...

Books.  There are authors that have actually been published and someone has been paid to EDIT their work, and I am able to find mistake after mistake.  This gets me SOOOOOOO pissed!  I get mad for several different reasons, but mostly because when I pick up a book to read, it's supposed to be relaxing for me.  It's a moment I get in my life where I get to escape, if only for 20 minutes.  I cherish those 20 minutes of not feeling like I'm having to over think until I find a mistake.  I will come up on a sentence in the book that I am engulfed in, and I find a type-o.  The book I'm reading now is notorious for it.  It is missing quotation marks when someone is speaking.  It is missing whole words!  Some of the words in the book are used wrong (like there, their, they're).  Also, what I am reading now is the third and final installment of the series.  The author got lazy and the writing style reflects her boredom and eagerness to wrap it up and move on to something new.  I hate this.  I hate it because it is in my nature to find these mistakes and fret about them.  I will be reading my book, page after page until I come up on one of these mistakes.  I will stop reading, go back and read the sentence over again, and I will edit it in my mind as it should have been written.  That is work.  I don't want to work when I'm reading for pleasure.  If I'm editing something that is for my job, that's okay because it is work.

So, there.  I had to get that off my chest because it has been bugging me for a while.  Now, I know that some probably and more likely than not, do the same thing when they're reading my blogs.  But I'm not a professional and I haven't hired anyone to go through and check my work (see, you're not supposed to start a sentence with the word "but"... I think).  Shit.  Now that I've written this, I'm going to be all insecure.  Oh well.