Monday, September 2, 2013

This Is No Game

My interests...well, my favourite movie of all time is The Princess Bride. A movie that I am very excited for in the future is Ender's Game. So I have a future favourite movie. That's not weird...
Anyway, it promises to be very good. The cast is excellent and star-studded, with Harrison Ford, Viola Davis, Abigail Breslin, and Asa Butterfield.
This is the trailer for the movie. In the trailer, there are a lot of interesting things from the book. The trailer begins with a large amount of exposition that was found out in bits and pieces throughout the story. This is helpful because it enhances your ability to understand what is happening even if you've never read the book. Then there are a bunch of shots of various landscapes. One is clearly on Earth, but the next one is likely from Eros, which is the command center for the war (which is exactly how I imagined it when reading). Then there's some stuff with ships, which is part of a battle. There's also the first glance at a Battle Room, with two people stepping up to a huge circular gate. This is very important in the book, but then there are more ships and that makes me sad because I want to see more. Then we see Ender for the first time, which is also very important. The text is really interesting, because it implies that Ender is both a new threat and a new hero. That is a theme repeated throughout the book, and it's really interesting to see in the trailer. There's also a scene of Ender instructing his friends on what to do, and they destroy something in a new way, prompting Major Anderson to be in awe, I assume. There are more bits and pieces from the book, and then we see Ender in front of something that says GATE B. It also says "This is no game". It sort of gives away the twist ending, but it works with the trailer. The end is my favorite part. Ender shouts "NOW!" and then fires something at a planet, but we don't get to see what happens because the title explodes out. It is a very good trailer for what I hope will be a fantastic movie. 

The best experience of my life was this past year at Shwayder Camp. Shwayder is a Jewish camp up on Mount Evans, above Idaho Springs. Every year that I've been in Colorado (I moved here in late 2009) I have spent two weeks up in the mountains at this camp. I have made so many friends that feel like family there, and it allows me to get closer to the friends I already have. Unfortunately, last summer was my last year I could go as a camper. But it was the best year I have ever had. Everyone was so nice, and we all actually got along. There were no cliques, there was no boy drama, and it really felt like we were fifteen sisters for those weeks. I will never forget anyone there and at the end of the session, I was given a necklace. I have yet to take it off for anything I didn't have to. But everyone there was so wonderful and they really changed me. It is impossible to try to describe those two weeks in words, but there are a lot of pictures. Here are the two cabins that were the Daleds (going into 9th or 10th grade).