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Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Losing Battle of Casting Biopics

A "Biopic" is a biographical film that dramatizes the life of an actual person, usually a famous person. Casting Biopics are extremely difficult because the characters portrayed have mannerisms and characteristics that the audience is very familiar with. Directors also have to battle criticism from fans of the person the Biopic portrays. There will always be an outcry over Biopic casting. No one can ever live up to the legacy of the person they portray. 

There have been two cases lately where casting choices for Biopics have sparked outcry, negative blog posts, and even petitions demanding recasting: 

Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone


While I have absolutely nothing against Zoe Saldana in general, I can understand the outcry of this choice. Regardless of acting talent, which I think Zoe has, it is very clear that physically Zoe Saldana and Nina Simone have very little in common. There has to be an actress out there who more closely resembles Miss Nina Simone without the prosthetics and make-up they're using on Zoe: 



Lil Mama as Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes


Appearance is not the only thing to consider when casting a Biopic, but cosmetically, it is not a stretch for Lil Mama to pull off playing Left Eye at all. While many people are upset by the prospect of this Biopic, I think Lil Mama could totally pull it off. From watching her judge on America's Best Dance Crew I feel like she has the spunk and spark to play Left Eye accurately. 

Who has starred in your favorite or least favorite biopic?

I give a gold star to Jamie Foxx for his portrayal of Ray Charles in Ray. Hubs votes for Denzel Washington in the Malcom X movie. 
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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Fat Princess and My Life

I enjoy playing Fat Princess on PS3. In the game each team has captured the other team's princess and the goal is to retrieve your team's princess and bring her back to your castle. As a player you have 5 different options for the class you want to play: Priest, Mage, Warrior, Ranger, and Worker. I've always been comfortable being a Worker, gathering supplies to help upgrade the castle, feeding the opponents princess cake to make her harder to carry...staying in the back... being safe.

The last time I played my husband was watching the game go along and he said "Why don't you put on the Warrior hat and try to go get the princess?" And I responded that I liked playing in the background and wasn't good at being up front fighting.  After more insistence from him I put on the Warrior hat and tried to rescue the princess, fully expecting to fail. In one try, I made it into the enemy castle, grabbed my princess and put her back on my team's throne. Without my taking charge, who knows how long or if my team ever would have made it to the princess.

As if he'd planned this life lesson via video game for me my husband then went on to explain that my game play is how I've been living life. I've been hanging in the background waiting for someone else to take charge and give me an opportunity. I've been comfortable like that for a long time and I am just starting to no longer like living in that space.

I need to take charge, take chances, and make opportunity for myself instead of waiting for someone else to make opportunity for me. You have to get uncomfortable if you want to succeed.

Who said you can't learn something from video games?
Reason # 3254890 why I know I married the right man. 
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Un-Just

I'm tired of being Just...
Just the understudy...
Just the assistant...
Just a couple lines...
Just...just... just...

I've made the decision to no longer be JUST anything. Either I AM something worth saying I AM or I'm not spending my time on it.

It's funny how language works like that. Any time I start a sentence with "I'm just..." It's like I'm pinching myself in the self esteem. Words are powerful. We have to make sure we are speaking positivity into our lives. Even though I consider myself a very positive person I've found myself extremely saddened by being... just... And only I have the power to control that feeling.

I'll be combating this in two ways: Being proud of my position in whatever I'm doing, and no longer participating in anything that makes me feel "just..."

You are not "just" anything. You are wonderful, beautiful, talented and amazing...

-blogging via iPhone
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Friday, February 8, 2013

No Questions With Love


I love Yogi tea bags. I look forward to reading their messages. This one in particular stood out to me the other day. 

Where there is love, there is no question. 

I think it's another way of saying, when it's love, you'll know it, and there won't be a question whether or not it's love. 

Since I fell in love with my husband I've known this to be true in romantic love. When you are truly in love, you don't have to ask yourself if you are in love, you truly just know you are in love. At least that was the case for me. That concept is easy for me to understand when it comes to relationship or romantic love because I feel that. 

What's been weighing on my heart lately is activities I'm involved in and if I really love them. If I have to question if I love something, does that mean it's time to let go? If I really loved it wouldn't I know I wanted to continue to do it?

I find myself at a very unique place in my life where I think I will be making some huge changes to the things I dedicate my time to. I only want to spend time on things I love, which has made me start evaluating what things there is no question I love to do, and what things I may need to let go of, because my love for them is questionable. 

Have you ever had something you thought you loved, but upon examining it, you decided you had to let it go?

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