February 28, 2011

Star Trek Movie Review, with Clearplay.



Star Trek Movie Review by Libbi Hartwig
     Star Trek was originally a TV series, but in 2009, Paramount Pictures decided to make it into a movie. Critics gave it 8.1 out of 10 stars, even though it rated PG-13.  Entering theaters on May 8, 2009, this movie earned grossly $257,704,099, since it gained nearly half the opening weekend. Why did it earn the money? Why was it given 8.1 stars? Read on!
      Traveling at warp speed throughout the measureless macrocosm, Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto star in this sci-fi flick. They star as James Kirk, the ships sarcastic captain, and Spock, a part-human part-Vulcan genius. The saga takes place on Earth, the planet of Vulcan, and the USS Enterprise. Starry clusters and flocculent, colorful nebulas whizz by rapidly, dazzling the eye. Throughout the ship, the technology is astounding; control boards line the inside of the main room, and the crisp white paint everywhere brightens the seemingly dark atmosphere.
     The story begins on an anomalous night, where a vivid lightning storm appears in space. Nero, the leader of the Romulans, summons the ship’s Captain, who is mercilessly murdered.  George Kirk {Chris Hemsworth}, the captain’s replacement, forces all of the ships inhabitants into shuttles, to escape the Romulans fire. He sacrifices his safety to keep the battling Romulans from destroying the hastily escaping shuttles. At that exact moment, Lieut. George Kirk’s wife has a child, James {Jim} Kirk {Chris Pine}. Throughout his childhood and into his adulthood, Jim mischievously makes trouble, despite his keen mind.  Captain Christopher Pike {Bruce Greenwood} encourages young Jim to join the star fleet, which Jim graduates in nearly 3 years. Called to Vulcan for a natural disaster, Jim tags along with the star fleet, and discovers yet another mysterious lightning storm.  Found out to be another of the notorious Nero’s schemes, Jim and the team violently fight against him; to ensure the Vulcan’s, and furthermore Earth’s continued peace. Along the way, he meets the future Spock, and realizes that because of a series of fateful events, he lives in an alternate reality, which he must fight ferociously to normalize.
     Terrifying Romulans attacked.  Black hole opened. Red matter used. The movie climaxes when the Romulans set off to destroy earth. Spock and Captain Kirk rush to combat the Romulans, battling to save Captain Pine from the brain-sucking leeches, and to destroy the vicious, demonic Romulans. Dangerously, Spock raced to his (future) ship, and zooms out of the Romulan’s reach. All of the people aboard use every effort to destroy the Romulans. Fortunately, a black hole sucks the Romulans in. Unfortunately, it also begins to swallow the USS ENTERPRISE. In a final effort to survive, the star fleet shoots Red matter into the black hole, exploding them out of harm’s way. The movie concludes with the ship blasting off to explore unknown worlds and fight villainous tyrants. Oh yeah, Captain Pike now spends his days in a wheelchair, what a “great” ending.
    One can love this movie. One can hate this movie.  One can be completely unsure whether this was the best or the worst movie they ever saw. With stunning graphics, an incredible setting, and a fantastic set of actors, how could you go wrong? Unfortunately, this movie also had a brain-twisting plot, an awful resolution, and too many deaths to count. Was it worth watching Spock’s mother die?  Was it worth seeing the spinal-sucking leeches eat Captain Pine’s brain? One cannot be sure. It comes down to the balance between good and evil. Did good win? Sort of, except that most of the good people were killed off. Overall, a view of this movie depends on how willing one is to settle for less; to receive the poor conclusion when a better one is within reach.  Fortunately, the producers began filming a sequel this year, so perhaps it will bring a more delightful ending then the one just described. Until then, “Live long, and prosper.”

[1] Just a note, I am rarely allowed to watch movies without Clearplay, so I will be commenting mostly on the plot etc. I will not be reviewing the morals, simply because with my Clearplay DVD player it takes out all the yucky stuff, so just because I did not see anything bad, does not mean that there was not anything bad.

10 Word Problems :)

 Try and figure them out. An example of how to solve one is:
The king of the jungle, the occultist, and the small traveling closet= The Lion the Witch and The Wardrobe :) The answers are on the bottom.

A Miniature Female Royalty   
Traveler’s Advancement
The Rain Forest Manuscript
The Noise of Melodies
The Durable Immature Males
Emerald Embryos and Canadian Bacon
The Square container automobile kids
Charcoal Loveliness
Boastfulness and bigotry
Small Dwelling within a plain

A Little Princess
Pilgrim’s Progress
The Jungle Book
The Sound of Music
The Hardy Boys
Green eggs and Ham
Black Beauty
The Boxcar Children
Pride and Prejudice 
Little House on the prairie


February 23, 2011

10 ways to brighten up an outfit :)

Via Google

Have you ever wished your outfit could be a little less, dull? I know I have! So many times I will put on the perfect outfit, only to find that it is still missing something. Sometimes, jeans and a t-shirt just don't cut it. Here are 10 ways to make your outfit stand out from the rest :)

10. Add Some Colorful Jewelry
This is the most common option, and the most budget-friendly. There are millions of pieces of jewelry, all of them adding a unique touch to your outfit. Here are a few that will stay within a budget and are wearable with both fancy and casual outfits.
Forever 21 necklace: $6.80
 Forever 21 Bracelet, $4.80
Forever 21 Bracelet, $12.80
Forever 21 Bracelet, $5.80

Forever 21 Earrings, $2.80

 Forever 21 Earrings, $2.80
Forever 21 Ring, $1.50

 There are so many types of jewelry, and most of it is budget-friendly. Some of my favorite places to but jewelry are:
Forever 21: Often, I can buy tons of jewelry there for under $10, and even under $5. They also tend to have super chic jewelry :)

 Kohls: They always have some kind of jewelry on sale, and they have more fancy jewelry than Forever 21.
 Claires: Though not always the cheapest, occasionally you can snatch up a minimally priced pair of earrings or a necklace.

9. Add a scarf
 I think each girl should own at least one colored scarf. My favorite scarf is teal with peacock feathers printed onto it. I also have a purple scarf I wear quite often. If you do not own one casual scarf, I urge you to go buy one. Here are a few options:
Forever 21 Scarf, $8.80
 Kohls Scarf, $5

 Claires Scarf, $12

Some of my favorite places to buy these are:
Kohls: If you can hit a good sale, these are usually pretty cheap.  
Claires: I have never bought a cheap scarf at Claires, but they have some oober-cute ones. 
Wal-Mart: Though a bit odd, They have some very cheap scarves, and very bright too!

8. Add a  purse.  
One of my absolute favorites. I have enough purses to feed an army. If the army ate purses that is :) Though bags always tend to be a but pricier than other accesories, I tend to use them much more. Here are a few bright purses for under $25

Forever 21 Coral Purse $19.80

Forever 21 $20.80

Old Navy $10
Old Navy $24.50
Some of my favorite places to buy purses are...
EVERYWHERE!I love purses, my mom has threatened me many many times :) Now really
Mark by AVON. I love their purses though they are pricey, I like them a lot!
Wal Mart. I can almost always find a purse I like there.
Occasionally I like claires and Target, but not all the time.
7. Add some Colorful Shoes 
I LOVE SHOES! I think every female knows this to be true :) There are TONS of bright shoes that match a lot of outfits, and most of them aren't too pricey :) Here are a bunch of options that will make a pair of jeans and a t-shirt look fabulous :)

 Payless $22.99
Amazon.com $17.99 {They have about a dozen colors and I LOVE them :) }

My favorite places to buy shoes are:
Payless. The name is self explanatory 
Target. I have a size 10/11 foot, and target carries that size. There can be miracles...

6. Add some Leg-wear

What kind of leg-wear? Tights, legwarmers, leggings, all these are among the best accessories ever.  I love them. I absolutely adore adding the splash of color other then skin-tone underneath a dress. Not to mention {in most cases} it makes it more modest! Here are a few of my FAVORITE leg-accessories :)

These tights from We Love Colors are oober cute! They have 25+ different colors!$12.50
Amazon.com $16.59
Polka dotted tights, Also from We Love Colors $12.50
Payless $6.99
Payless $5.99

I also have bought legwarmers, tights, and leggings at Target, Claires, and Wal-mart :)

My Favorite places to buy these is:
Target: If you can go at the right time there is generally a good supply.
Claires. $7 for Bright Purple over the knee slouch legwarmers :) 
5.Paint your nails/Add Makeup
This one is the easiest, and it makes a huge difference. It may seem small, but it is very noticeable :) Add polka-dots or paint them two or 3 different colors and they will be noticed! Put two different colors in your eyeshadow (Be careful not to look like a fairy :)
Target $7.50

Mark by Avon $20
Mark by AVON $15

Of course, you can buy nail polish literally ANYwhere.My favorite place to buy it is Target. Target has a ginormous collection and it is OOBER-cheap.
4. Add a sweater
I love sweaters and cardigans of all sorts! There are SO many of these that are so chic, and really versatile! Such as these!

Forever 21 $7.24

Forever 21 $15.99

Old Navy $29.50
Old Navy $24.94
I have to say, Old Navy, Macy's and Kohls are the BEST places to buy these :)
3. Tank tops/Tight undershirts
Tanks tops and under-t-shirts are so simple, and so cute! They not only can brighten an outfit, but they make it more modest! Tanktops with polka-dots, stripes, and lace are incredibly cute with an otherwise-too-low tshirt. Some of the cutest ones are at cheaper stores like Target and Wal-mart, or in stores like Kohls.
Kohls $9
Kohls $5.99

Kohls $5.99
2. Hair Accesories
My favorite way to Brighten! There are literally thousands of options. I Love places like Forever 21 and Claires because they sell Hair accessories SO cheap!
Forever 21 $2.50
Forever 21 $5.80 
Forever 21 $6.80

Forever 21 $6.80
By Far My favorite place to buy Hair accessories is Claires,  They have hundreds. Heavenly
The #1 way to brighten up your outfit is with...
A Smile!
Absolutely Free!


Libbi H.

February 21, 2011

Poll Results :)

Which decade is your favorite?
  15 (20%)
  27 (36%)
  14 (19%)
I like this decade the best!
  17 (23%)
  Votes so far: 73

Interesting! the 50s was in the lead from the beginning, but this decade wasn't until about a week ago!

Libbi H.

February 20, 2011

My Stuck in the 80's Party :)

Here are a few pics from my super fun party! More to come, but blogger won't let me upload them all lol

If you want you can click on the pictures to view a bigger size :)

Libbi H.