25 March, 2018

Movie review: A Dog's Purpose

Info: A Dog's Purpose is an American comedy-drama film released in January 2017 based on the 2010 novel of the same name by W. Bruce Cameron. The film stars Bryce Gheisar playing young Eathan, KJ Apa playing teenage Eathan and Dennis Quaid as adult Eathan. Juliet Rylance, Britt Robertson playes teenage Hannah and Peggy Lipton plays adult Hannah. There are also John Ortiz as Carlos, Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Maya and Nicole LaPlaca as Wendi. It is 1 hour and 40 minutes long.

Plot: We're first introduced with the dog dying and immediately transferred to the new puppy. The story is told from the dog's perspective so we hear a lot of his/her inner voices and thoughts. Puppy Bailey soon becomes a part of a family with Ethan, his mom and dad who is not really keen on having a dog in the house. After few years, Ethan grows up and becomes a teenager that meets Hannah and they start dating. Also, in Ethan's teenage years, his father becomes a drunk and, after a huge fight, Ethan asks him to leave and never come back. Ethan starts to have a good life when he's finally recognized as a good football player and gets a scholarship for his college. One night, Ethan's classmate Todd throws a firecracker inside his house and the whole house gets on fire. Unable to escape, Ethan and Bailey get out of the window, but Ethan hurts his leg badly enough not to be able to play football anymore. He's desperate and bitter so he breaks up with Hannah. Bailey soon dies of old age. We're introduced then to a new german shepherd puppy Ellie that's a police dog with her police officer Carlos. They go on a mission once and Ellie gets shot and dies. Another puppy gets into the movie. This time is corgi named Tino that accompanies college student named Maya. He has a good life with her and her new family, but dies of sadness and old age after his friend never comes back from the vet. Last puppy is called Waffles, then Buddy and then Bailey again. He starts off as a pet to weird and abusive couple and he escapes. While he's wandering around he gets himself near a park where he notices a familiar smell and he's soon in his old neighborhood. He then finds Ethan who is at his farm, alone and pretty sad. After some thinking, Ethan takes Waffles and renames him into Buddy. Buddy soon reunites Ethan and Hannah, as she was the smell he recognized in the park. After showing Ethan some tricks and responding to some catch phrases only the two of them knew, Ethan realizes it's his first dog Bailey. The movie ends with dog's voiceover: life is about having fun, saving others, not getting caught in the past or regrets, finding someone to be with and living for today.

Impressions: At first I didn't get what was happening with dog dying in the first minute, but it all got into place after few moments. I immediately fell in love with all the dogs and the way they're presented. They also went through all stages of life and showed some difference in thinking. As I'm always connected to the dogs anywhere, I felt what he/she was feeling. I was so sad at times and I was also happy for the dog. Bailey dying in the first half of the movie almost made me stop watching it, but I'm glad I didn't do that. It basically only gets better afterwards. Even though I missed the old dog, him coming back in the different looks is totally sweet and an ending I've waited for.

Recommendation: I'm a huge dog lover, so of course I loved this. I have to warn you that the plot kinda gets boring in the middle with some changes, but it all comes around in the end. Also, you have to get into the whole reincarnation idea if you want to like it. The main character is a dog which may turn you away from this movie, but I promise animals don't talk here. It's easy to follow it and get in the dog character. Although it doesn't have high grades, I would recommend it. It's cute and sad and happy in the same time.

Have you watched this one? Did you watch "Hachi: A Dog's Tale"?

See you next Sunday ♥

18 March, 2018

Inventions - how?

This topic crosses my mind quite often actually. Do you ever think about inventions? I'm thinking light-bulbs, paper, computers, electricity, toilets... Basically everything. Even though some seem pretty "normal" like roads, other blow my mind on daily basis. I stated quite a few times that I'm usually fascinated by "little things" so this is not new that I would be interested in this.
The reason why I mention roads as a normal invention is because I can kinda get the idea how it all started. We also have some creative ideas on daily basis just to make our life little easier. While roads seem simple to me, cement or any pavement is fascinating. How did anyone figure out how to get that mixture?
But let's think about even bigger things. Nikola Tesla and electricity is probably the one I think the most about cause Tesla is our guy, from the hood here. How did he even get an idea to do this? It's "easy" now to say "we're going to use electricity to power a computer". But we know what electricity is now, we have an idea of it. In that time, nobody was thinking about it. Nobody knew this could even exist. I don't know if you're following me, but at those times, there wasn't even a glitch of idea for these stuff. I think this is probably the invention I'm most fascinated by. I'm sure there are other amazing and "weird" inventions, but I think about this one the most. And to think Tesla wanted electricity to be free for everyone and he died without it and they now charge it like it's gold. And it basically is to us, but you get the point.
Things like toilets also amaze me. For centuries (thousands of years) people didn't bother with this, but then someone had to have an idea to make a toilet. Without it even being in the air, someone had to think of everything. And, of course, everything evolved with time, but even the first idea is fascinating. Let's think about Word, a computer Office program. Who, how and why did invent this? A program that would have a sheet of paper inside of a box. But it's not an actual paper, it's all virtual and connected with lots of wires. Get it? A car. OK, you got wheels, I get how they did that. But then you had to connect all pieces for it to actually drive. And nobody has even seen a car or the idea of a car at that point. We now just upgrade them all the time, but thinking of something that's not even in the universe it beyond me.
This post is kinda all over the place and I used the word fascinating a lot, but hope I got my points here. I hope you get what I meant. Seriously inventing anything, from bed that was probably a stack of animal skin, wood, wool, grass, mud.. whatever at first, to spaceships...

Name one invention you're fascinated by.

See you next Sunday ♥

11 March, 2018

Is working out only for fit people?

OK, OK, this title is like "wtf?", but hear me out. To get this out the way, I'm pretty chubby (actually I'm the fattest I've been in years which made me write about this), I'm totally out of shape, I'm also really not flexible at all. Welcome to my world.
I recently decided that I wanna get in shape. To be fair, that's been my New Year resolution for the past 7 years. However, I think I'll have more time now and motivation. We'll see. And now I remembered those 3 times I went to the gym with my friend. He was also like me so I thought I would feel OK with him being there. However, immediately as we stepped into the gym, we got all eyes on us. We weren't regulars, we weren't all dressed up for the gym (like they are on Instagram) and we were completely out of shape and chubby/fat. People there looked either like models or something on steroids (one guy didn't have a neck). So we put our heads up high and went all in. We were pumping, running, lifting... And we were dying, naturally. So we did that for 3 days and then exams came and we didn't have (didn't want to make) time for it.
Then I started working out again and again and again over the time. But I get discouraged pretty soon cause I'm tired immediately, I can't do half of the exercises I want and I, of course, don't see the results after 5 minutes of working out. Surprise, surprise.
I went running each morning one summer and it was basically walk-run combination, but I tried. One day, a couple was running by me and I was walking while heavily breathing and I heard them saying "she won't get far". Being insecure that I am, this really hit me. Really? I'm trying here. Like, I would applaud all people that run, walk or whatever. Because it's hard work even if you're in shape. It's an effort and people should be applauded.
Everywhere I go, everything I try seems like a competition. I get it. If you're approximately on the same level with someone, you can compete. However, if you see me, a beginner here, struggling, dying and catching my breath all the time, it's obvious that I can't compete with you. Than why would you make me feel even worse than I'm already feeling?
Not all people have those thoughts, I know, but the ones I've had the pleasure (read in sarcasm) of seeing near me have proved me otherwise. I don't see many fat/chubby/overweight/out of shape people here working out in public. Ever. Maybe I just don't see them, but it's like we're all in our home, trying to make some step forward first and then make out public announcement. I could be wrong.
Also, all commercials and posters are of people in great shapes. I get it it's marketing and those stuff sell gym memberships or protein bars, but we need to see some progress. We need to see before and after comparison to know it's OK to start small. Everybody that posts anything related on YouTube is already in shape and working out seems so easy. I need someone that will struggle all the way cause it's realistic.
With all this in mind, if you have some blog, YouTube channel or page to recommend, feel free to write in the comments! Also, any workout program is welcomed as well.

Tell me, do you think working out is only for fit people?

See you next Sunday ♥

04 March, 2018

Today: 4.3.2018.

Doing: studying (even though I'm done with college) - there are some stuff I need to finish, some I just started, some projects I'm working on... 
Mood: could be better - I'll leave it to that
Favorite person: does my plush teddy bear count?
Thinking about: how I though life would be easier by now
Missing: college actually - I miss seeing my friends daily and also, classes gave me something to do all day...
Loving: free time - which is a total contrast of what I've written above, I know
Hating: that I need to study now and that I get so affected by YouTube comments sometimes
New discovery: Polaroid Zip printer for mobile phones - honestly I love mine so much

How is your day going?

See you next Sunday ♥