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I love how in science, there are terms like “amphiprotic” and “Lanthanide contraction” and then there is the word “scoopula” which is exactly what it sounds like…it’s a scoop.

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Thoughts On: The Fault In Our Stars MOVIE

Star-crossed lovers, the profound, funny relatable characters, metaphors,
and a touch of cancer string together The Fault In Our Stars movie, with
the masterful John Boone at the helm. I was lucky enough to attend a
screening of The Fault In Our Stars, and though said many times
throughout the film, “okay” is not a word I would use to describe my
emotions after viewing. From the writing, to the acting, to the editing, and
the music, this movie was faultless - pun most certainly intended.
 
Based off the beautiful John Green novel, The Fault in Our Stars (or
TFIOS) was adapted by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, the
brilliant minds behind the (500) Days of Summer screenplay. The writing
was my greatest concern walking into the movie despite my high
expectations and confidence in the frontrunners. My hesitation of, “How
could someone who is not John Green write his characters accurately?” was proven utterly unfounded. It was blatantly clear that these men had such a strong grasp of the characters and the themes, and it clearly meant as much to them as it did to John Green himself. Most importantly, for me, was that I relived my exact emotions that I felt when reading the book for the first time. The entire theater could be heard laughing at the wit and also crying at the pain. My hat most certainly goes off to Mr. Neustadter and Mr. Weber for making the usher cry along with everyone in the theater.
 
The cast did a phenomenal job of translating the story from the page to the screen. Shailene Woodley, known on the movie screen from her roles in Divergent and The Spectacular Now, starred in the role of Hazel Grace
Lancaster. Woodley became the embodiment of Hazel, disappearing into
the character, and truly giving her a voice. Ansel Elgort took on the role of
Augustus Waters, and did a beautiful job portraying him. He turns this
unbelievable, ideal character into someone very real and relatable. Nat
Wolff was cast as Isaac, and although he might be considered a secondary character, he is an important one. Isaac provides perspective for the change in Gus and his relationship with Hazel. Nat Wolff’s performance drives home the point that those afflicted with illness aren’t defined by their llness, and showcases just how close two best friends really are. Willem Dafoe truly made Peter Van Houten his own, adding level of “I don’t give a damn,” that seemed impossible, and brought so much to the character. (Including an amazing encounter with Swedish hip-hop) Laura Dern and Sam Trammel were great as Mrs. and Mr. Lancaster, and the same stands for Mike Birbiglia as Patrick.
 
The editing and music were truly tied the bow on this film. The editing
matched the independent feel of the book, which was brilliant stylistically.
The way the text appeared added to the fact that these were teenagers just like any other, living in the golden age of the internet and information. The music completed the movie, adding a level of incredible intensity and
emotion, and it is certainly an album I will be buying!
 
The Fault in Our Stars made me laugh, cry, contemplate life and death, ponder friendships and family, and made me question my life decisions. It most certainly a movie I will be watching again, and I’m going to give it a nine out of ten!

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Alcalaterous

"ALCALATEROUS!" shouted one, shattering the concentrated silence of the room.
The other cocked an eyebrow, “huh?”
"Alcalaterous," the first replied in a very matter-of-fact manner, as if the collection of letters explained itself.
The second, even more flabbergasted than before, asked “What’s that supposed to mean? It’s not a word!”
The first, affronted at the comment, responded condescendingly at the older counterpart, “Of course it is.”
"What’s it mean then?" the second asked in a biting tone, now simply irritated with the younger.
The first pondered for a moment, before replying, “I’m not sure yet…I think it’ll mean loud. Yes, loud is a fitting definition for alcalaterous.”
The other sat in a shocked and confused silence for a few minutes. “You just scrunched random letters together, gave it a meaning, and think it’s a word?!”
The younger spoke haughtily, like a teacher to her pupil, “What’s the definition of ‘word’?” 
The older thought carefully before replying, “I suppose a word is a group of letters that conveys a thought.”
"Exactly," replied the other with a smug smile, "and I said that alcalaterous meant loud."

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The above was based off of the prompt Re:language on hitrecord.org

Stay Weird,

Katherine

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Thoughts On: The Amazing Spiderman 2

From the characters to the acting to the plot to the action, The Amazing Spiderman 2 was a pretty solid movie. I’ve always been a big fan of the superhero genre, sometimes in spite of my deep love for character development, writing and plot. 

Walking into Spiderman 2, I was nervous. Spiderman, as a character, has so many layers, which for me, was always why he was one of my favorite superheroes. Although Andrew Garfield is a rather controversial choice for the role of the beloved character of Peter Parker, I personally find him to be the embodiment of the web-slinging hero. I forgot the names Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone as I watched, only seeing Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy. Emma Stone showcased Gwen in the most fantastic way, working well with the writing to prove that the character is brilliant and strong. Stone’s performance pefectly executed a believable female character. Sally Field’s performance was flawless, giving Aunt May a true voice. Many incarnations of the web-slinger’s story unfortunately portray Aunt May as a rather weak, needy, over-bearing woman. Sally Field destroys that notion, bringing a depth and emotion to the relationship between Peter and his aunt. Dane DeHaan was a great choice for Harry Osborn, who, for me, outshined Foxx in terms of performance. It was impressive how DeHaan managed to show the slow, sad descent of his character’s mind.

The writing in this film was pretty well done. You still had your smart remarks and cheesy one-liners from Spiderman as he apprehended enemies, but I found myself tearing up twice. This movie was great in both how well the actors executed the writing, and how there was an actual plot. Oftentimes, action or superhero movies have about two minutes of exposition to set up explosions for the next hour and a half. The writing team did an excellent job in terms of a storyline that kept developing, making the two hour and twenty minute movie actually feel short. I personally found the driving force behind the film to be the brilliant characterization. Peter Parker’s internal conflicts were artfully shown so that the viewer not only cares about him, but also those around him. Aunt May is given a depth not often seen in characters of her standing. Her grief over her husband, her worry over her nephew, and her desperation to make enough money to provide for him brings a humanizing element. Harry Osborn was an amazingly written character. You feel his desperation, his anger, his pain and are left to watch as he slowly unwinds, creating a villain that you feel for and sympathize with. The build up of Harry was better than the build up of Max, although Max ended up being better in the villainous stage, which was a bit odd. Perhaps my favorite characterization was that of Gwen Stacy. What I loved most about Gwen, however, was how she wasn’t just the love interest. She was a believable female lead who just happened to be the love interest. She doesn’t need to be saved, and isn’t afraid to call Peter out.  She was brilliant, but also a normal human being. Gwen acted as such a refreshing break from other female leads who so often are portayed as unremarkable and entirely okay with everything their male counterpart does.

I also have to talk about the editing and cinematography. The CGI was one of my major concerns walking in. The trailer seemed to showcase an excessive use, but I was happy to see this was not the case. There are some shots, such as the ones done in the plane scene and the change of seasons, that are simply gorgeous. I only have two gripes in reference to cinematography. The first is in the major fight scene, I feel as if the color contrast should have been greater, as there were some bits that were difficult to deceipher. The second is the use of slow motion; much of it was incredibly used, such as in the first explosive scene with Electro, but there were one or two places where it sort of took you out of the story.

All in all, I would say that it is definitely worth a watch. I thought it was definitely better than the first one, and would recommend it to people who may not be the biggest fan of the superhero genre. On a scale of one to ten - with ten being the best- I would give this movie a seven.

NOTE: I saw it without the 3-D, but feel as if the IMAX or 3-D would have enhanced the experience, and perhaps changed my opinion of the slow motion.

Stay Weird,

ThatOneKatherine

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so-this-is-a-thing:

I feel like Benedict Cumberbatch would make the best patronus. He would appear in the blue-ish mist, and address the dementor like, “Oh, crumpets. Please go away or I will have to frighten you with my fabulous acting skills, and if that doesn’t work, I’m afraid I’ll have to photobomb you, or cut you with my cheekbones.”

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Olive

Hello, Internet!


Just like last time, this was based off a prompt on hitrecord.org more specifically, a collaboration that can be found at: http://www.hitrecord.org/collaborations/8561
We had to create something based off of a solitary color, and this is what I ended up with! 
My hitrecord can be found at: http://www.hitrecord.org/users/thatonekatherine

Stay Weird,


ThatOneKatherine

The girl smiled as she laid back in the vibrant green grass, closing her sage-colored eyes and breathing in the smell of the morning dew. She rolled up the sleeves on her favorite button down, the color of the limes that grew on the tree across the yard. The sun glimmered off of the dew in the spider web on the lime tree, acting as prisms, and casting emerald light into the air. She bit into the pear she had brought outside with her as she examined the way the mint leaves laid atop of the food in the magazine she was flipping through. At hearing the words,” Time to go, Olive,” she scooped up her ivy-colored book bag and dashed to the car.

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Yesterday’s News

Hello, Internet!
The following was based off a prompt on hitrecord.org, an awesome site that you should definitely check out! My hitrecord profile can be found at: http://www.hitrecord.org/users/thatoneKatherine
Stay Weird,
Katherine


As he walks away, I feel angry. I feel alone. As I turn and walk, I go blindly. I fold in on myself, giving myself to the wind. I have no destination, just as the newspaper blowing near me. I begin to think about how I am that sheet of newspaper.
Yesterday, someone cared about me. Yesterday, someone took an interest in me and what I had to say. Now, today, I am yesterday’s news. Just as I watch the newspaper get stuck in a branch, I realize that I, too, am stuck. I am stuck with my simple mind. I wander through life with a black and white mind in a world of gray.
Only when anger becomes the dominant emotion do I realize that just as the events in that newspaper, I am a fixed mark on the consistent flux of time. Just as the words in yesterday’s news cannot be reprinted, that stage of my life cannot be redone. And that’s ok. Because unlike the newspaper, my words do not wear away with time. Unlike the newspaper, I am not biodegradable. I will not wear away with rain or tears. Instead, I become less like the paper itself, and more like the words on that paper, the words that will not be forgotten. I will not forget. Just as the newspaper did not have a destination, I do not either. I may not be here nor there, but I am somewhere. In that somewhere, I am independent.

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - ADVENTURES FROM THE ARMCHAIR #2

Hello, Internet!

This is a review I wrote quite awhile ago, as I have been a long-time fan of Mr. John Green. However, with the permission of my lovely co-writer, I am releasing it here, today, in honor of the release of the trailer for The Fault in Our Stars!
You can find my lovely cowriter at: average-teen-idle.tumblr.com
However, before you read, as a long time Nerdfighter, I think you should know that the brilliant New York Times bestselling author, who inspires leagues of children and adults worldwide, made this video (http://dft.ba/-7Qut) as a punishment as assigned by his equally talented brother, and his fans.
Also, Please forgive any grammar errors. I had to re-format it, and I’m pretty sure I’ve caught them all, but I am human.
And Finally the trailer can be found at: http://dft.ba/-sf

Stay Weird,
Katherine

“Name. Age. Diagnosis. And how we’re doing today… I’m Hazel; I’d say when they’d get to me. Sixteen. Thyroid originally but with an impressive and long settled satellite colony in my lungs. And I’m doing okay.”
And so we’re introduced to the quirky, fantastically blunt, and humorous mind of Hazel Grace. Enter stage left, Augustus Waters, who is “on a roller coaster that only goes up” and has a profound love for irony. The story follows the beautifully tragic account of the budding relationship between Hazel and Augustus. Joining the wonderful cast of characters is the comical yet splendidly layered Isaac.
Bear with us, and don’t write this off as another mawkish teenage romance novel. John Green presents profound layers through sidesplitting analogies. Perhaps the most appealing of the aspect of the novel, however, is how accurately Green depicts the teenage mind. When asked for his thoughts, a forty-eight-year-old man replied that it reminded him of his exact teenage thought processes and his views of the world. We cannot help but to agree with him. The mind is the most amazing and terrifying thing on Earth for this same one reason: In your mind, you are alone, and you alone are in control.
The reason this book is so well known among teens is the beautiful simplicity of it. Teenagers are at a point where we can appreciate it more than anything else. It is often said that the teenage years are often the most confusing ones. Often, as humans, we find ourselves with little bits of truth, but when we put them together, we get not the coherency we wished for, but a pile of gibberish.
On a scale of one to ten, we give this book a one hundred and five. John Green artfully makes his readers laugh, cry, and question their life choices.

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Understanding the Undead

The following is for #ZOMUARY, in support of the lovely Hazel Hayes’s new short film “Super Brainy Zombies”! The trailer can be found at: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HbcGD-5VmY4

Welcome to Understanding the Undead, or Zombies 101.
Here at Thoughts on Things, however, we like to avoid using the term “zombie,” because the undead are people too. Granted, they are people infected with a form of rabies gone even-more-wrong, but they are people nonetheless. Even though they’re now cannibalistic and decayed, they were once your friends and family. Please remember this the next time you encounter one of the undead, and treat them with kindness before taking that headshot!

Now, when encountering the undead, you might want to utilize that right given to you by the second ammendment. Even if you disagree with citizens having the right to bear arms, you won’t have the brain capacity to disagree when you’re dead, or are turned into one of the undead yourself.

I, myself, prefer not to get to personal with the undead, so I prefer a long-distance weapon, along the lines of flaming arrows or a sniper. I believe that you can never be to cautious around the undead, so when encountering one up close and personal, as has often happened recently, considering the undead apocalypse, I like to feel the weight of my sword in its sheath at my side. I will reiterate, however, that I prefer the sniper for a rather quick and painless re-death, as they were once my friends and family.

"What exactly are these undead after?" you may find yourself asking. Recent studies (conducted accidentally while a patrol was attempting to gather more medical supplies) have shown that the undead have quite the craving for brain matter. After consuming the brain, the undead either left the corpse alone, or made itself a friend.

You may have witnessed that the undead are not quite as intelligent as they were before they were infected. The very few medical professionals that are left believe that this is because the brain is either decayed (in the case that the undead is of the first wave) or is targeted first by the super-rabies. Many have proposed that this is why the undead consume the brain, as they have a hunger for knowledge…or any sort of intelligence, really.

I hope you found the first class of Understanding the Undead both informative and entertaining, and -assuming both you and I are not among the leagues of the undead- join me next time when we discuss the origin of the undead apocalypse. And remember, treat them with kindness before taking that headshot!

Stay Weird (and uninfected),
Katherine

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