Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Boy With The Bread

Yesterday posted the their weekly cover with the first picture of the men from The Hunger Games movie.  The picture made me nervous. I don't think that Josh looks like Peeta. He looks too hard, too tough to be Peeta. I know Peeta is supposed to be tough because of all the lifting that he's done while growing up in the bakery but my version of Peeta isn't hard and callous and that's what the cover picture looks like. I'm not sure that even makes sense but I just wasn't feeling it. Every time I saw the picture pop up in one of my friends Facebook or Twitter feeds I got a little sad. But today posted some of the pictures from inside the magazine and this is one of them-
*big sigh of relief* There's the boy with the bread that I was looking for!! I'm still a little nervous just because I've never seen Josh act but I'm planning to rent a couple of his movies. Hopefully after that I can stop worrying about my beloved Peeta being portrayed on screen.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Music Monday

Blue October released the video for the The Chills today. I love it!

Harry Potter: Anime Style

This is gorgeous!!!! Make sure you click on it to make it full size so you can see all the detail!!

For some reason I can't upload the high res version so click here to see it ---->

Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Iron Knight

The Iron Knight is the fourth and final book in The Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa. This review won't make any sense if you haven't read the first three books. (If you haven't read them, do it NOW!)

I've been Team Ash from day one. Don't get me wrong, I love me some Puck but I see way too many similarities between him and me for me to swoon over him. When I recovered from my ugly crying at the end of The Iron Queen I comforted myself with the knowledge that I would get to spend more time with Ash in The Iron Knight. I'm pretty sure everyone in Utah heard my fangirl squeal when I got the email saying that I could download the ARC. I devoured this book in two days and absolutely loved it!

There is so much I want to say about this book but I hate spoilers so I refuse to include any in my review. I will just stick to the things we know from the plot summary and my general impressions. The Iron Knight is the story of Ash's quest to find a way to be with Meghan in the Iron Realm. I loved being in Ash's head but it took some getting used to. The thing about changing character point of view is that you have to get to know the narrator all over again. I thought I knew Ash but I really only knew Meghan's version of Ash. It was almost like meeting a brand new character. Of course I fell in love with Ash again but I had to work at it a little bit. This isn't the swoon-worthy, protector that I knew in the other books. He was still those things but I also got to see the skeletons in his closet and those scared me a little bit. Ash's journey isn't easy; in fact it's almost impossible. He is warned multiple times to not even attempt it but he will not be deterred from the vow he made to Meghan. So with the help of some unlikely friends and by digging deep into himself he sets out on a journey to get a soul. I'm not going to say whether he is successful or not, you'll have to wait until October to find out.

This book, through its ups and downs, is a masterpiece. In a time when YA lit is being attacked on one side for being too dark and on the other for being fluff The Iron Knight is a shining example of why both of those theories are not true. This is a book that forces its main characters and its readers to take a hard look at themselves. The book focuses on the importance of keeping promises, on overcoming our dark side, of loyalty to friends, and the value of a human soul. Lessons that everyone, no matter how young or old, need to learn.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The History of Rap

Last Fall Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon took me on a walk down memory lane when they performed The History of Rap on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. It was brilliant!!

Last night they did The History of Rap Part 2. It's equally as brilliant!!

Love it!!!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Boy Who Lived

I've been trying to figure out all day how to express my feelings about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two but it's turning out to be more difficult than I thought it would be. There is so much more than just a single movie involved in DH2. It seems to be the end of an era. When the last book was published it was bearable because we still had the movies to look forward to. Now the last movie is out and my inner fangirl is feeling a bit lost.

I've cried through previews and interviews for months now so I knew that the first time I saw the movie it was going to be rough. I was extremely lucky to win tickets to a pre-screening last night and it was even more brutal than I thought it was going to be. Even though it was brutal, I LOVED this movie. I went in with really high expectations and they were blown out of the water. The movie is non-stop, can't-catch-your-breath action. Mix the action of the battle with the emotional roller coaster that takes place and I was a mess!!

I won't go into specifics because I don't want to post spoilers but every moment that I loved from the book is in this movie. Every moment that made me cheer out loud while reading made me (and the entire audience) cheer when it happened in the movie. Every moment that ripped my heart out in the book is there. Seeing these actors, who so beautifully play these beloved characters, act out these heart wrenching moments induced serious ugly crying. At one point in the movie I was crying so hard that my friend Rae said to me "Amy, you've got to breathe!" I've been emotional all day as my mind wanders back over the movie. I wish that there was some way I could personally thank J.K. Rowling, each actor, the director, the producers and anyone else involved in this movie for doing all they could to make it perfect. It's obvious that everyone involved has great love and respect for this series and its fans because of the product that they have created.

I've been pondering these books and movies quite a bit the last little while as I've been preparing for the final movie. There are so many themes and messages in each individual book but for me the overwhelming message of the whole series is love. Love for self, family, friends and beliefs. This isn't a love that stops bad things from happening, Jo isn't afraid to let bad things happen to her characters, but in the end love conquers all evil. Two quotes that I feel really express my feelings about the whole series are:
"Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all, those who live without love." ~Albus Dumbeldore
"You're the weak one. And you'll never know love or friendship. And I feel sorry for you." ~Harry Potter
At the London premiere, J.K. Rowling said exactly what every Harry Potter fan needed to hear-
"The stories we love best do live in us forever. So whether you come back by page or the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home." 
This video montage is perfect way to wrap up my thoughts on this amazing movie and book and movie series as a whole.

ps- I saw the movie in 3D, which I wouldn't recommend because it hurt my head, but I did get to keep the really cool glasses so it did have its perks.

Trailer for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Robert Downey Jr. = yummy
Jude Law = delicious
Together = brilliant and funny!
I'm super excited to see this in December!!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Music Monday

I just got home from a pre-screening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two. I'm going to try to put my thoughts into words about it tomorrow. Right now I'm too emotionally drained to be coherent. I just wanted to get a Music Monday post up and then I'm headed to bed.
Music is so essential in any movie. A good score can complete a scene and evoke emotions that might not have been felt otherwise. One of the moments that really started my emotional downward spiral is this piece entitled Statues.

Harry Potter Marathon

I spent all weekend having a Harry Potter movie marathon in order to be ready for the final movie. I loved spending time back in that magical world. I'm in awe of how much the kids have grown and what a magnificent job they've done with their characters.

After watching all of the movies so close together I've made a few observations. I should have taken notes because I don't remember all of my thoughts but here are few I can remember: 
  • Goblet of Fire is my least favorite movie. Mostly because I hate the way Michael Gambon portrays Dumbledore in it.
  • The scene where Ron is under the influence of love potion is one of my favorite moments in the entire franchise. Rupert plays it so perfectly!
  • Watching Hermione erase her parents memories kills me every. single. time.
  • These movies are funny! I forgot how much humor they have in them. "Ronald would like me to tell you that Seamus told him that Dean was told by Parvati that Hagrid is looking for you."
  • I'm way too attached to these movies and these kids. It makes me so sad the it's over.
  • I love the majority of the casting decisions in these movies. There are a couple of exceptions but 99.9% of the cast is stellar. That is so rare in book to movie adaptations. The casting gods were smiling down on this project.
  • It's impossible for me to watch the spider scene in Chamber of Secrets without getting the heebie-jeebies. Most of the time I don't even watch it, I avert my eyes until it's over.
  • Half Blood Prince is my favorite as far as relationships go. The awkward hooking up, the unrequited love, the heartbreak and drama are dead on.
  • One of my favorite quotes from the entire franchise is: "You're the weak one. You'll never know love or friendship. And I feel sorry for you." I think it sums up why, in the end, Voldemort could never have won. Love conquers all.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Austenland: The Movie

I adore Shannon Hale's writing. Every one of her books are funny and sweet and wonderful and snarky and fabulous. (I could probably throw a few more adjectives in there but I think you get the point.) She lives here in Utah so I try and go to as many of her events as possible. (Well, as many as possible without crossing the line into stalkerdom). For a while now Shannon has been hinting about a Super Secret Project that she was working on but couldn't announce yet. Now the news is out- her book Austenland is being made into a movie! Yay!!

The great news doesn't stop there. The movie adaptation screenplay was co-written by Shannon and Jerusha Hess. Jerusha is also directing the movie. It is being produced by Stephenie Meyer. Talk about girl power!!

I'm really, really excited about this! I love that Shannon is so involved in the project. So many authors aren't able to be involved in the movie making process, which is just sad. All movie adaptations should have author input on the interpretation of their characters. They start filming next week so hopefully it won't be too long before we get to see this fabulous story on screen.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Last Days on the Set of Harry Potter

I'm going to try not to overwhelm this blog with Harry Potter posts over the next few weeks. But I've been a Harry Potter fan for years so the movie series coming to an end is a big deal in my world so I may not be very successful.

This clip is the cast saying goodbye as they finish filming the movies. I'll admit I started crying at the beginning and as each person said goodbye it got worse. By the time Rupert said he would "just miss being Ron" I could barely see the screen. The sequence of the trio hugging and then their screen test and shot in the last movie caused ugly crying. I'm such a mess!!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Music Monday

I'm going to try and do Music Monday here on this blog. I'm really bad about weekly meme's so we'll see how well this works out.

Since it's Independence Day I wanted to post a song that isn't necessarily patriotic but still shows love for America. I saw Imagine Dragons when they opened for The Parlotones here in Salt Lake earlier this year. I really like them and their song America seemed to be a perfect fit for today.

I love the note that is posted at the bottom of the video on Youtube-
This song and video are dedicated to the men and women who serve this great country.

Please consider donating to the Wounded Warrior Project at

Happy Independence Day!!

The 4th of July doesn't really seem like a fangirly holiday but I'm a patriotic sap so I manage to turn it into one. Here are some of my favorite things about this holiday-

This speech from Independence Day gives me chills every time I watch it. It makes me want to vote for Bill Pullman to be our next president.

America from The Jazz Singer is a classic. As cheesy as this movie and Neil's sparkly shirts are the message of the song really is beautiful..

The Star Spangled Banner, when performed appropriately, can bring me to tears no matter how many times I hear it. Two of my favorite performances are below-

The brilliantly talented violinist from Blue October, Ryan Delahoussaye performs for US troops in Japan.

Josh is one of the few artists that performs this song with the proper amount of respect. He doesn't ever add unnecessary runs to it, he sings it as it was written. I especially love this a cappella performance. So simple, so powerful.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Dear Lenny Kravitz:

You have been weighing heavily on my mind recently. Why, you ask? Because I am one of the millions of fans of the Hunger Games series and you have been cast as one of my favorite characters. In fact, aside from the two lead characters, you have been cast as my very favorite Hunger Games character.

I have to admit that the news of you being cast as Cinna left me shocked and speechless. I hadn't been following casting rumors so I had no clue that you were even being considered. I was stunned to speechlessness, not because you don't look like Cinna in my head, but because I didn't know you are an actor. My only exposure to you has been through your music. Much to my surprise I learned that you were supposedly brilliant in Precious and that is why you were offered the role as Cinna. I haven't seen the movie but I've watched a few clips on Youtube and I can see your potential as Cinna. I feel much better after watching those few clips.

I'm sure you're wondering why I'm writing if I'm feeling ok about you playing my beloved Cinna. I'm writing to plead with you to take the time to really get to know this character. He's not some flamboyant stylist that can be portrayed easily. He's so much more than that. In a recent interview with CNN it was mentioned that Cinna is the heart of the series and I truly believe that. Katniss may be the Mockingjay but she is just the face of the rebellion, placed there through a series of very strategic events. Events that Cinna had an integral part in, events that would have failed if not for Cinna's talent and genius. He is strong, rebellious, artistic, faithful, caring, fierce, beautiful and fabulous all at the same time. His subtle rebellion touched me in a way that no other character in the series did.

I've had other fictional characters ruined for me in their movie adaptations. I'm not sure I can handle that happening to Cinna so I'm asking, pleading and begging you to do the beautiful man justice. Please portray him in a way that (spoiler!!!) even when he is dead that I will still be brought to tears by his sketches of Katniss's Mockingjay uniform, by Annie wearing a dress he made to her wedding and by the simple words "I'm still betting on you."


The Voice

I wasn't sure I was going to like The Voice. I watched the first episode simply because there was nothing else on. I fell in love! I loved that the contestants were judged by just the sound of their voices. From day one Javier was my favorite, I was so glad he won!!! An added bonus of the show is my new Adam Levine crush. I've been a casual Maroon 5 fan but after seeing him on The Voice I'm a huge fan. He is adorable!!

One of my favorite moments of the season was when Adam and Javier sang Man in the Mirror. Enjoy!