Friday, November 30, 2012

On My Own

I can't form a coherent sentence about this clip. Samantha is perfection.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Host Trailer

*Warning- this post contains spoilers for The Host! 
You know those books that you pick up with fairly low expectations? Those books that you read just because you like the author but aren't really that interested in the plot? Yeah, that was The Host for me. I was a fan of the Twilight books (books, not movies) so when Stephenie published The Host I read it even though I'm not a huge sci-fi fan. Luckily my low expectations were left in the dust. I was blown away by the book and it has become one of my all time books.

When they announced that The Host was being made into a movie I was cautiously excited. As with all book to movie adaptations this could be an exceptional movie or it could be a huge disappointment. The fact that Andrew Niccol was writing the screenplay made me feel a little better. I'm may not be a huge sci-fi fan but Gattaca is one of the sci-fi movies that I really enjoyed.

Today they released the first full length trailer for the movie. 
Here are my random thoughts about the trailer:

First, the pros:
  • Max Irons is perfect as Jared! I'm not sure they could have cast anyone better. 
  • Saoirse Ronan looks great at Melanie. I've never seen any of her other movies but I have faith she can pull this off. 
  • The eyes. I know this is silly but I was worried that the silver eyes would look like horrible contact lenses. It looks like they must be adding the silver in as CGI afterwards- they look great. 
  • Diane Kruger as The Seeker. Oh my goodness!! She's going to be so good!
  • The cave. Just the brief glimpse we got looks great.
  • Melanie and Jared's chemistry- those two are going to set the screen on fire.
  • The use of Radioactive by Imagine Dragons as the soundtrack for the trailer. That song is perfect for the story. I hope it is on the movie soundtrack. 
Here are my concerns:
Honestly, I just have one really big concern- Ian. I'm trying really hard to get past the fact that Jake Abel doesn't look anything like Ian as he's described in the book. If we could just get more than a glimpse of him in the trailer I might feel better. I've been pondering why we haven't seen more of him in pictures or in this trailer. I've come up with a theory that may be completely wrong but for now it's what is keeping me hopeful about this movie.

When Stephenie was doing press for The Host she said that there was a certain character that wouldn't be quiet. He demanded to be a bigger part of the story. She didn't reveal who that character was until after the book had been out for a while so she didn't spoil anything. That character was Ian. I was glad she hadn't said much about him before the book came out because he took me by surprise. He actually blindsided me with his complete 180 degree change in attitude toward Melanie/Wanderer. He made me ugly cry. And when I say ugly cry I mean - put the book down because I can't see the words anymore, tears and snot out of control - kind of cry. Ian and Wanderer's love story is what made me fall in love with this book. It's the reason I re-read The Host at least once a year. 

Oh goodness, I'm rambling. Ian is one of my all time favorite characters so I tend to do that where he is concerned. My point is that I'm hoping that the movie producers aren't showing us any Ian and Wanderer interaction so that people who haven't seen the movie can be as surprised by him as the readers were. I'm holding tight to that theory so that I can continue to be excited about this movie. I really, really, really hope I'm not disappointed in the end. 

Friday, November 9, 2012

Les Misérables International Trailer

I can't put my thoughts about this trailer into words quite yet. It brought me to tears. I have very high expectations of this movie. I have a feeling those expectations will be exceeded by leaps and bounds.


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Safe & Sound Cover by William Joseph

I'm  a huge fan of William Joseph. I'm a huge fan of The Hunger Games. And surprisingly, I'm a huge fan of the song Safe & Sound by Taylor Swift. So, when William Joseph covered Safe & Sound it was a pretty safe bet that I would love it. It's gorgeous! Enjoy!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Blue October in Salt Lake City

My favorite band, Blue October, was in Salt Lake on the 31st for a stop on their the quiet mind tour. The day started off with an acoustic show at The Living Planet Aquarium. The acoustic show was so cool!! It was hosted by a local radio station and there were only about 30 people there. After they performed three songs they took pictures with everyone that was there.  

After the acoustic show we headed to the venue for a meet and greet that we had purchased tickets for. I know two meet and greets seems a bit much but I didn't know about the aquarium one until a couple of days before it happened and I had purchased the other one already. 

The show started with A Silent Film. I saw them when the opened for The Parlotones this summer so I was really excited that they were opening for this tour. They were even better this time around- I'm sure that is because I am familiar with their music now.

The second band was Barcelona. I was unfamiliar with them but they were really good. They were in costume for most of the set but the lead singer finally had to take his raggedy andy wig off because of the heat. Sadly, I didn't get any good shots of them except this one.

Finally Blue October took the stage. They were phenomenal as always.
All of my pictures, including a copy of the set list, are here

Here's a crowd shot from the tour manager. I'm right on the rail, which is the perfect place to experience a Blue October show.
Can't wait until they come back!!