12.26.2013

Film Analysis: Never Say Never

I started watching the documentary Never Say Never with the intent to just make fun
Justin Bieber, instead I did just the opposite and found that he actually has talent and it was that
talent that helped him achieve his dream. The filmmakers accurately portrayed the theme of
“never say never” through visual effects, the use of music, and narration, and through the
character development of Justin Bieber.

The movie begins with the image of a clear and distinct layout of a mac computer screen.
You see someone open up their e-mail and start watching Youtube videos. They come across one
of Justin's videos named, “With You - Chris Brown Cover - Justin Singing.” As the song plays in
the background, you see flashes of Justin’s rise to fame—from childhood to his teen years. Then
the screen goes white and the words “This is His Story,” appear. The makers of the film instantly
hook the audience with a fuzzy YouTube video and glimpses of what seems to be the impossible
—a little boy becoming a star simply because he posted a few videos online. This was one of
many visual effects used throughout the movie to show the audience that the “impossible” can be
and was achieved by Justin Bieber.

The majority of the movie is a mix of concert scenes of Justin on tour and narration told
through interviews of the people who know him best—his friends and family. These interviews
make Justin seem like any normal kid. They show that Justin grew up living a regular life, raised
by a single mother. They show that any other kid, even if they aren’t coming from ideal
circumstances, can achieve their goals and dreams as long as they chase after them and work
hard—as long as they “never say never.”

During the entire movie there were Justin Bieber songs playing in the background. These
songs played a great part in telling his story and and making it interesting. For example, there is a
song “Never Say Never” toward the end of the movie. This is the pinnacle of the movie, what the
whole thing is named after, and what the entire theme of the movie is based on. A scene is shown
during his sold-out show at Madison Square Garden. The camera is following Justin under the
stage as he nears the opening where he will rise to meet the crowd and as his song plays in the
background, a quote from Justin Bieber speaking to the crowd about how you can’t let the world
get you down, that you have to follow your dreams, that you can “never say never.” The sound
and the effects evoke an emotion that makes the viewer feel the impact of that moment in Justin’s
life. They truly make the viewer feel that the impossible is possible.

One of the most important aspects of this movie is showing the theme of “never say
never” through the growth and character development of Justin Bieber himself. This character
development is shown through the interviews and music, as mentioned earlier, but it is also
shown through great editing. The entire movie is filled with flashbacks and glimpses forward,
showing direct correlation between the hard work Justin put in when he was a child and the fame
he achieved as a teenager. There is one scene in particular that shows Justin going from radio
station to radio station all across the country, trying to get his music heard and known. This scene
really illustrated who Justin was—a hardworking kid with a dream. It helped the viewer to see
that it was through Justin’s character, who he was as a person, that made the impossible possible.

“Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never” was a movie about dreams becoming reality. Justin’s story was told through great narration, music, editing, and visual effects. All of these elements
helped illustrate the theme of “never say never.”



11.24.2013

Tis the season

I think these will work.

At lest part of it resembles a tree 

okay I'm done, get me out. 

peach

9.11.2013

Sparks of Interest


The following is a paper I wrote for my English class last week. The assignment was to write about an experience that has changed the way we read/write.


In the beginning the thing that got me interested in writing was female bloggers, and in the end, one female blogger. I was a bachelor living the lonely life that a bachelor can live. One day as I was looking through my social media sites, I found a link to a blog, Unencumbered Words. I found myself very interested in the writing and wondered, If Unencumbered Words is out there, what other blogs can I find? I found and read a fair share of blogs. Seeing how others wrote sparked something in me that made me want to join the blogging community. 

I started by creating my own blog, Life of Joy (later to be known as “Life of Josh”). At first, I wrote to entertain myself, but as I continued, I realized that I was slacking. If I wanted to succeed in writing, I needed to entertain a larger audience. Mostly, I wanted to entertain single ladies. In order for me to sustain and grow my audience (single ladies) I started to comment on other blogs and post links to my own blog. My readership began to grow. 

As I involved myself more and more in the single ladies’ blogs, I found that I was interested in some blogs more than others. One blog that stood out to me was this Unencumbered Words blog written by a girl named Jenna. She would comment on my blog and I would comment on hers, both of us encouraging each other to blog more often. I took her encouragement to heart, continuing to write and (more importantly) improve my writing in order to keep her interested. 

I wanted to see Jenna in person. All I knew of her was her limited written life on Unencumbered Words and that she lived near the grocery store where I worked. I was falling in love with her words and did not want it to end at that. In my mind I imagined us running into each other, becoming acquainted,  saying hi in person, exchanging smiles and simply enjoying one another’s company. Oh, how I longed for that day. Then... one lonely Saturday night as I was restocking the the bagged salads at the grocery store, there, as I turned around to grab some more coleslaw, I saw her. 

“Jenna,” I said, as a smile formed on my face, “Hi. How are you?”

She smiled and replied, “Hi Josh.”

I had waited for this moment, this moment of seeing her face with my own eyes, and it had finally happened. I could not let this moment go to waste. Blogging to get the single ladies was my thing, and Jenna was the single lady to get, so blog I would. I wrote a post with Jenna as my audience. I hoped she would would read it. I wrote so she would know how I loved seeing her in person. I wrote hoping I could see her again. Jenna read that post, and she commented, “I'm so glad you liked running into me at the grocery store. As I was walking out to my car I said to my mom, ‘Do you know what's weird? He knows practically everything about my life, but I haven't REALLY talked to him in person.’ Gotta love blogging!”

From there, things took off. We started seeing more and more of each other and our blog love turned into real love. To make a long story short, now Jenna and I are married. My plan to win a lady through writing succeeded. 

This experience has changed the way that I write. Now I think about how I can get the attention of my audience. I look more closely at the details in the punctuation, and the words I use to express my thoughts. My writing ability has increased though practice. Of course my writing didn't just get better over night, but as I continued with a desire to improve, my writing has been enhanced. 

7.12.2013

Life In The Sky


First check out my wife's skills on the mountain.




Now check out my skills on the grass slope.





Just once more.


6.28.2013

my daughter, hear

I hear is 5 months today. She seems so big every time I see her. There is no longer a little newborn I definitely her. She is turning to a child with a charming personality. Each time you begin to feel sad that the newborn and my nostalgic are gone, she learns something new, because she watched the growth, just to get all the excitement, I her own I it is a small self. :) So much fun every day with her



(Google Translate version of Jenna's post)

Sea-Gas

Oh, for the summer full of sweat and grass. 






Posted by Josh 

6.20.2013

Red Vine Licorice

I ran a marathon last month. It was pouring rain for most of it, but I enjoyed myself anyway. Can't wait to do it again next year. Fart.




3.20.2013

baby baby

Our baby was born.
This is what she looked like:
This is what she looks like now:

She's a cutie.

1.06.2013

Text

Enjoy the short version of the last year of texts between Jenna and I.