San Francisco

In two days, my sister and I are going on a mission trip with our youth group to San Francisco. We will be working with and reaching out to the homeless people there.
I am excited for this trip, and not just because the last time I went on a mission trip was to Mexico seven years ago. I am excited to see what God will do and how He will use me. I would really like to reach the people there for Him. On another note, I am nervous. I'm nervous of getting out of my comfort zone. So, I am requesting prayer for this trip.
If you think about it, I would really appreciate your prayers for...
~The entire team to really be in fellowship with each other
~That we would be God's hands and feet and reach as many people as possible for His glory
~That we wouldn't be timid in sharing the Good News of Christ's death, resurrection, and salvation.
~For the leaders
~Safety
~That we would all be positively changed through this experience, and that the people we talk to and serve would be as well.
Thank you so much for your prayers, and I'm sure I'll do a post on San Fran when we get back ☺.

God bless you!
~ Talia

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Movie Review: The Hunger Games


A Brief Summary of the Plot:
The people of Panem (formally the USA) are split into 12 Districts, which all have very strict rules. Due to a rebellion against the Capitol (they're the people in charge), the Capitol forces all of the Districts to partake in the annual Hunger Games. What are the Hunger Games, exactly? One boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen from each district are chosen to compete in a large arena where you never know what could happen. There are twenty-four "tributes"; only one can win. The Capitol uses the Hunger Games as a source of entertainment and to remind the people that they are in charge. Katniss Everdeen's little sister, Primrose, gets chosen to be a tribute, and Katniss immediately volunteers. Now she must participate in the Hunger Games - a fight to the death.
I went to see this movie at midnight with my dad, sister, and a few friends last night, and we had a blast! There were so many people there! Okay, so first I'm gonna go through the actors, and then I will give you my conclusion ☺. Hope this interview is helpful to you! Also, check out this Plugged In Online interview! It gives a little more detail of the movie. It got 3 1/2 out of 5 stars for family friendliness on Plugged In.
Starring (or co-starring ☺) in The Hunger Games (there's a lot)...
Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen.
I thought she did a great job. I loved how Katniss was willing to volunteer to save her sister; that was really cool. A couple of things Katniss did I didn't completely agree with (I'm not gonna ruin the movie for you by telling you), but Jennifer Lawrence did a wonderful acting job.
Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark.

Josh Hutcherson also did a wonderful acting job. Peeta's character is sweet; he really likes Katniss, but she doesn't know that (she thinks he's just trying to get sponsors by pretending to be in love with her). It was so sweet how he wouldn't kill Katniss but would rather die than have her die. How sweet! There were a couple parts in the book with him that I'm glad they didn't put in the movie. But anyway, he did a great acting job, and I am team Peeta ☺(sorry, Gale).
Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne.
Firstly, did you know that he is the brother of the guy who plays Thor?! My sister figured that out! LOL! Anyway, onto Gale...I thought he did pretty good; he wasn't in the movie much, though. I was thinking he was gonna be pretty cheesy, because seeing him in The Last Song...yeah, I didn't like that movie. Personally, too cheesy. But, he did a good job.
Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy.
At fist, I didn't like Haymitch. I thought Harrelson did a wonderful acting job, but Haymitch was drunk a lot in the beginning and had sick humor, telling Katniss and Peeta there was no chance of their survival. By the end, however, he got more sober and it showed that he actually did have a heart. I thought the acting was great.
Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket.


Effie's too giddy about the Hunger Games, as is nearly everyone in the Capitol, and it's pretty sickening. Elizabeth Banks did a great job playing her, though. Effie is such an odd character!

Lenny Kravitz as Cinna.

I thought Kravitz did a great job portraying Cinna. I think Cinna is mostly a good guy, but it makes me wonder why he still works for the Capitol...
Stanley Tucci as Caeser Flickerman.


I really like Stanley Tucci as an actor (at least in Captain America and The Hunger Games). He did a wonderful job.
Donald Sutherland as President Coriolanus Snow.
Notice him, girls? He's the dad from Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightly :-). I thought he did a good job; President Snow was not my favorite character. I'm pretty sure he's a bad guy, but not totally sure since I haven't read the second and third books.
Wes Bentley as Seneca Crane.

Check out his facial hair! Haha! I didn't really know who Seneca was at first (I knew he was in charge of the Games but he wasn't in the first book so I didn't really know that much about him). I thought he did a good job; there's a sad part with him at the end (but I won't tell you what).
Alexander Ludwig as Cato.
Maybe I should just summarize this movie by saying that all the actors and actresses were great! Haha. Alexander Ludwig, in case you don't know, was in Race to Witch Mountain with AnnaSophia Robb and Dwayne Johnson. He did a great job portraying Cato. True, Cato really doesn't like Katniss and Peeta, and he doesn't have a hard time killing people :(, but I feel really bad for him at this one part. But, once more, I will not tell you, because that would spoil it if you watch it :-). Let's just say he did a great job.
Isabelle Fuhrman as Clove.

For some reason, I imagined Clove being a little bit older. Anyway, she wasn't very nice in the movie, but I felt bad for her. Fuhrman did a really good acting job, as did everyone else, haha :-).
Amandla Stenberg as Rue.
Isn't she adorable? I just love Rue. She is probably my favorite supporting character. Stenberg did a fantastic acting job, and Rue is just so adorable and sweet. I love her!

All of the actors and actresses did a great job.

Conclusion:
I enjoyed this movie. It stayed VERY close to the book, and the acting was great. There was a good deal of violence, and it was a little shocking because it was teenagers, to be blunt, killing and hurting each other - which the COMPLETELY corrupt Capitol fully supports. This movie has lots of good morals - like love, friendship, and sacrificing yourself for someone else. I'm glad they didn't have as much romance as the book, too. I enjoyed this movie, but you might want to talk to your parents before you go. Most of the violence is fast; the camera usually turns away very quickly or doesn't show the person getting hurt at all times. Just to brace you: this movie has a couple startling parts that make you jump, and a TON of sad parts that could bring tears to your eyes. For some reason, I found the movie a bit boring...I think it would've been better if they would have had better background music. Haha! It seemed like the last scene went kind of fast, but it was kind of nice that they didn't linger on it like the book. Anyway, just to brace you...the end of the movie is kind of a cliffhanger :-). So, in conclusion, this movie wasn't my favorite, but I enjoyed it. It stuck fairly close to the book as well. It clearly shows that these Hunger Games are wrong, and it just saddens me so much that the Capitol would make kids participate in them for mere entertainment. On another note, it was pretty disturbing to see teens bringing such harm to each other. 

Check out the Plugged In Online review of "The Hunger Games" HERE!

All pictures via Google Images.
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Lately

Listening to: "When a Man Loves a Woman" sung by Joshua Ledet, Anthem Lights
Reading: "Here's Lily" by Nancy Rue (even though I've read it a bunch of times), my book "Tania's Faith" (lol).
Watching: Nothing right now, but last night I watched American Idol.
Anticipating: Midnight showing of The Hunger Games (hoping it will be good..).
Enjoying: These posts...
Being a Gentle Man at The Anonymous Antagonist
Chivalry is NOT Dead at God's Daughter
A Call to Writers! And readers! And random people! at Klarabelle Candy

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Hunger Games Tag...and Wicked :-)

Wicked was absolutely amazing! I totally loved it, and so did my family. All the actors and actresses were great (my favorite was Alli Mauzey as Glinda). It was simply wonderful! If you haven't seen it, I'd totally recommend it ;-). If you HAVE seen it, what did you think of it?

Destiny did a Hunger Games tag and tagged all Hunger Games fans, so...

1. Your sister's/brother's/best friend's name get called at the reaping. What is your immediate reaction?
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! This cannot be happening!!!!!!!!!! I don't know what I would do, since I (obviously) have never been in that situation, but I would be terrified, horrified, mortified, and extremely sad!
2. In the training center, there are several different stations to practice your skills, some of them being how to camouflage yourself, archery, sword training, climbing, spear throwing, hand-to-hand combat (wresting), and agility. Which one would you head for?
Yikes, I dunno...probably camouflage, because if I actually had to do the Hunger Games I would run away and hide and not kill anyone! The point of the games is terrible!

3. You're in the arena and the countdown has just started. When the cannon goes off, what's your strategy?
RUN AWAY AND HIDE! And find food and water.

4. You are feeling like you're being watched. You glance over your shoulder and sure enough, the youngest tribute in the Games is watching you. What do you do?
RUN AWAY! Or talk to her from a distance. I dunno...if she's like Rue, then maybe we can be allies :-).


5. There are only four tributes left in the arena, including you. What do you do?
RUN AWAY AND HIDE!

6. Which supporting character are you most like and why?
Psh, I dunno. The one that doesn't kill anyone? Is there a character like that?!

7. Which supporting character is your favorite?
RUE! She is adorable.


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On the book...I've only read the first one, and I thought it was very violent and sad and not very redeeming at the end. I have to admit it was addicting though. I am hoping the others are more redeeming. I am HOPING the movie is good too. But I'm not, like, endorsing the book or anything.

Any Hunger Games fans can do this tag.
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Whilst My Blog is Annoying Me...

I thought I'd post things I'm excited for ☺. And in case you're wondering why I'm annoyed with my blog, it's because it's showing up all weird on my computer. Grr:P.

Anyway, things I'm excited for this month...













Yep. The Hunger Games. I'm reading the book right now, and today Mom bought midnight showing tickets for my dad, sis, me, and some friends. I am *so* excited. I am celebrating my b-day by going to the midnight showing, too ☺. (FYI, I haven't read the books or soon the movie - obviously - so I'm not endorsing it or anything).











Wicked! Yep. My family is going to see it this weekend! Not the Broadway one, of course, but still...I'm excited ☺.











Recognize this place? It's San Francisco (according to Google)! I'm going to San Fran on a mission trip with my youth group! Yayyyy!








And lastly, my birthday :-). Not telling you how old I am, because, to be blunt, you're internet people I don't know (most of you anyway...haha)! So...let's just say I'm getting a year older ☺.

What are YOU excited for this month?

p.s. wow...that's weird! When I posted this, my blog went back to normal. SO, forget the title.
p.p.s. images via google :-).
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I have no idea what happened to my blog. I didn't mess with it or anything. Can y'all tell me how my blog looks on your computers? Cuz on mine it's all whacked out.

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Movie Review: The Lorax


I went to see this on Monday with a few friends, my sister, and my dad, not really sure what to expect (but hoping it was somewhat like Horton Hears a Who - a movie I like :-)). First, I'll go through all the actors and all that, then I'll give you my verdict :-). And just so you know, this is just my personal opinion...you may think otherwise if you've seen this movie :-).

The starring actors and actresses in this movie were...

Zac Efron as Ted.
I wasn't too thrilled with the idea of him starring in a movie because, honestly, he isn't my favorite actor. But, I thought he did a very good job. I liked Ted's character...he was determined.

Taylor Swift as Audrey.
I wasn't too thrilled about Taylor Swift being in it either. But, she did very well too. I like the character of Audrey. She's a dreamer :-). One thing I thought was weird...she's towering over Ted. Haha! Makes me wonder about their age difference...
Danny Devito as the Lorax.

He was pretty good. I thought it was weird that the Lorax wasn't actually in Ted's story all that much...mostly in a story told by Once-ler. And yes, the Lorax was one of the good guys, but I didn't like him all that much for some reason. Sure, he had a cause (saving the trees) and he didn't want people to cut down trees and all that, but he kind of went to extreme measures when Once-ler didn't listen...like floating his bed (with him on it!) down a lake. He eventually ends up saving Once-ler from the waterfall at the end, though. I don't know...I just didn't really like the Lorax.
Ed Helms as the Once-ler.

Ed Helms did a good voice acting job for Once-ler (don't ask me why his name is Once-ler, 'cause I have no idea). Once-ler's story is kind of sad, actually...but I won't spoil the movie for you ☺. Let's just say a big portion of the movie takes place in a story told by Once-ler.

Rob Riggle as Mr. O'Hare.
Mr. O'Hare was the bad guy. And he was so annoying! Especially his hair. He annoyed me, haha. The voice job wasn't spectacular, but it was pretty good.


Betty White as Grandma Norma.

This granny was pretty stinkin' cool. Betty White did a good voice acting job too, and I just liked this grandma's character. Very fun.

Conclusion:
This movie kind of bored me. It was cute, but I thought too much of it took place in Once-ler's story rather than Ted's. I much rather would have had Ted go on some big adventure than just hear about Once-ler's. The movie had a few songs, which were cute but not spectacular, but I was surprised that Taylor Swift and Zac Efron (both singers) didn't have any solos. Although I don't believe that we should chop down every single tree everywhere or anything like that, I liked the main point of Dr. Seuss's Horton Hears a Who better than The Lorax. It was a cute movie, but I don't know if it would e totally worth your time.

Want a movie reviewed? You can suggest some below, and I might just review them!
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Girlz of God Copyright Talia DeAndrea 2010, 2011, 2012. "Genuine," "Girlz of God," and "Tania's Faith" book excerpts Copyright Talia DeAndrea 2010, 2011, 2012. All pictures Copyright Talia DeAndrea, unless otherwise noted. Please do not steal or copy anything on this blog without my permission. Thank you :-).

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