Wednesday, May 30, 2012

I Dreamed a Dream

The teaser trailer for Les Misérables was released today. I can't even put into words how amazing this trailer is. It made me cry and gave me chills. If this trailer is an accurate indicator of things to come then this movie is going to be nothing short of EPIC!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Dark Side by Kelly Clarkson

Everybody's got a dark side
Do you love me?
Can you love mine?
Nobody's a picture perfect
But we're worth it
You know that we're worth it
Will you love me?
Even with my dark side?
I've loved this song since the first day I downloaded Stronger but this video makes me love it even more. The different visual interpretations of people's dark sides really touched me. I may have cried while watching it. 

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Always ♥

There are three fandoms* that are very near and dear to my heart in which the term "Always" is extremely significant. When I saw this mug on Pinterest I had to track it down and have one of my own. It's a Hallmark mug but they no longer sell it. Luckily I was able to find one on eBay. Every time I look at this mug my little fangirl heart smiles. 

*Just in case you don't know which fandoms use the term "Always"- Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and Castle.

Monday, May 14, 2012

My Newest Obsession- Castle!

If we're friends on Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest you are very aware that I have a new obsession- Castle. This obsession shouldn't have come as a surprise to me. I've had this conversation with multiple friends over the last couple of years:
Friend: Hey Amy- do you watch Castle?
Me: No, I don't.
Friend: You should, I really think you would like it. It's your kind of show.
Me: I've heard that from multiple people. One of these days I'll watch it.
The fact that so many of my friends recommended the show to me should have been a warning that once I started I would be hooked. I haven't watched Castle up to this point for only one reason- time. I have a hard enough time forcing myself to do my homework with my already existing obsessions (Bones, Criminal Minds, an out of control to-be-read pile of books) that I just didn't have time for one more thing.

A few months ago I found the first season on clearance so I picked it up thinking I'd watch it when I had time. As soon as Spring semester was over I started watching it. Here's a quick intro into the show if you don't know what it's about-

As expected once I got started watching I got sucked into the awesomeness that is Castle. I love this show!!

Why do I love Castle? Let me give you just a few reasons-
  • I'm a crime show junkie so a best selling mystery novelist following a NYD detective around for inspiration is right up my alley.
  • Richard Castle, who is played by the brilliant Nathan Fillion, has quickly become one of my favorite tv characters. He is cocky and obnoxious and sweet and funny and loving and all kinds of other things that I could list but won't. Let's just say he's fabulous and be done with it ;)
  • Kate Beckett, played by the gorgeous Stana Katic, is a kick-ass heroine. She is a very tough cop, but is also very flawed and broken. Trying to balance these traits is a very difficult task, one that Kate doesn't quite have control of yet. Her struggles make her a wonderful character to watch. In addition to her internal struggle she also doesn't take any crap from Castle, which makes for great laughs.
  • The oh-my-goodness-will-they-or-won't-they kind of tension that Castle and Beckett have. Wowza!! Those two have some serious chemistry! 
  • The rock solid support cast- Jon Huertas, Molly Quinn, Susan Sullivan, Tamala Jones, Seamus Dever and Penny Johnson are phenomenal! They all have their own stories and we get just enough bits and pieces of those stories that we are invested in their lives as well as the action, adventure and romance of Castle and Beckett. 
  • I want to be friends with these characters!! (In my head, I am. That's the beauty of fictional characters, isn't it?)
  • I adore the relationships among all the characters- partners, mother-son, father-daughter, friends, co-workers and lovers. I have to give special mention to the father-daughter relationship between Castle and Alexis. Their relationship is very endearing ♥ 
  • The writing of Castle is so good. Each episode has it's own mystery but there are other story lines woven into all of the episodes. Those other stories are what draw the audience in and make us watch.
I could go on and on but I won't because that would be boring and make me seem a little too fangirly. Let's just say that even though I'm late to the Castle party I'm now a huge fan. 

I shouldn't admit this but I'm going to anyway- I blazed through the first four seasons just in time for the season four finale. (Please don't judge me, I don't usually watch that much television EVER) By the time the finale came to an end I was a blubbering, swooning mess!!

I'm so excited for Season Five- is it September yet?!?!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Avengers Assemble!!

I've been looking forward to The Avengers for what seems like forever. I knew it was going to be good but it surpassed all of my geeky fangirl expectations. After two viewings the only word I can come up with for it is EPIC. I can honestly say it is the best superhero movie I've ever seen. WOWZA!! The Avengers is action-packed, funny, sad and just a little bit swoony (other than all the eye-candy kind of swoon).

Here are a few random thoughts about it-

My beloved Robert Downey Jr. was fabulous as expected. The man is a genius- he can do no wrong.

I was surprised that my second favorite Avenger was Hawkeye. Where has Jeremy Renner been all my life?!?!

Mark Ruffalo was the perfect casting decision for the Hulk. I've never seen the other Hulk movies because they looked so terrible but I would definitely see a Hulk movie with Mark in the role. 

These last two pictures are just because they make my fangirl heart happy- 
Joss Whedon- the brilliant mind behind The Avengers