Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Big Hero 6

I have to be honest. The trailers for Big Hero 6 did nothing for me. I thought it looked like a cute movie but not one that I necessarily needed to see. But then several reviewers that I trust posted glowing reviews so I decided to give it a try. In order to not look like a creeper in the theater for a children's movie I borrowed my nieces.
Based on the reviews I had read I fully expected to enjoy the movie. I didn't expect to love it as much as I did. It is ridiculously adorable!! The story is action packed, funny and of course, emotional. (why didn't I take tissues with me?!?!) The message about the of family and friendship is heartwarming as well. Plus nerd power! And girl power! And diversity!! It was beautiful! You all should go see it! 

I've also found who I want to be when I grow up- GoGo Tomago. She's brilliant, sarcastic, and has fabulous hair. Seriously, can I be her?

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Judge Movie Review

I fell in love with Robert Downey Jr. in 1989 when I first saw him on screen in Chances Are. From that point forward, I've been a fan. Because of that, I feel like giving an unbiased review of any of his movies is not possible. Not that my reviews are usually unbiased, I just feel like this one is even more biased than usual. This movie is a change from RDJ's most recent roles as Tony Stark and Sherlock Holmes. It's a much more serious role. It's a much smaller movie. But the story is so much bigger. 

I loved The Judge. It was brutal and uncomfortable to watch in some places. Robert Downey Jr.'s character is not a nice person. But his character is redeemable and he makes little changes throughout the movie that make you believe that as the story continues beyond the screen that he becomes a better man. I love the support cast. Robert Duvall moved me to tears a couple of times. His hard headed Judge was difficult to like but I got there eventually. The brothers, Vincent D'Onofrio and Jeremy Strong, were much easier to love. As were Vera Farmiga and Dax Shepard in their roles. The entire cast was phenomenal. 

What is great about this movie is that it's been a week since I saw it and I'm still thinking about it. I'm thinking about the beauty of many different relationships that are in the movie. I'm thinking about me as a person and how I would react in the same situation. I'm thinking about my family and how I am grateful that even though we have our quirks, we're not completely dysfunctional. 

There's no question that this movie won't be the blockbuster that RDJ's movies usually are but in the eyes of this fan, it is one of his best roles. I've become an even bigger fan after seeing this movie. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer

The Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer was leaked online yesterday. After the leak Marvel decided to post the high resolution version even though it wasn't supposed to be released until next week. We'll get to the awesomeness that is the trailer in a second... first I have to talk about the brilliance that was Marvel's response. After the trailer leaked but before they posted the high resolution version they tweeted this-
As a PR student and social media junkie this is the perfect response. Whoever thought of that response deserves a big fat raise. 

Now, on to the trailer.... To be honest, the first *mumble* times I watched this I was speechless. I could not fully comprehend the epicness. This movie is going to be unbelievably amazing. I just know it. 

Is it May yet?!?! 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran

A few things you should know about me:
  • I have a weakness for boys who can sing.
  • I have a soft spot for redheads.
  • I'm a closet romantic. On the outside I'm cynical but deep down I love mushy stuff. 
  • Guys with tattoos. *sigh* 
Now that you know the facts, you'll understand why this video for Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran makes me all swoony. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

There is nothing that makes me happier than a celebrity I admire using their status for good. I feel like it adds validity to the time and money I put to watching their movies, shows, concerts, etc.

As a PR student, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has captured my attention with its unbelievable success. As a fangirl it has captured my attention as my favorite celebrities have participated.

I'm going to post a few of my favorite celebrity challenges but I have to post this one first. This ice bucket challenge video explains why something so silly as dumping ice water over your head is important. This is a video that everyone should watch. Grab a couple of tissues before you push play and then watch and be educated.

Now that you've seen the importance of this awareness campaign, here are a few of my favorite challenges.

Robert Downey Jr.

Nathan Fillion

Tom Hiddleston

Chris Pratt

Zachary Levi

Justin Timberlake

Jimmy Fallon

It was so difficult to narrow down the videos I was going to post, I love so many of these! I'm so thankful so many people are using their celebrity status for good!!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Together as One

I am not prepared for the emotional damage this movie is going to do to me. Hijacked Peeta is going to break me. Just this brief glimpse of him by President Snow's side makes me want to curl up in a ball and cry. 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Judge

The trailer for Robert Downey Jr.'s new movie, The Judge, was released today. Here's what RDJ wrote on his Facebook page about the movie-
Susan and I are delighted that this wound up being the first movie produced through our Team Downey production company at Warner Bros. It’s a drama with lots of heart and wit.... might be the best thing I've been part of yet...beginner’s luck, perhaps.
An original story from our director, David Dobkin, it’s a modern tale of conflict, judgment, death, regret, irony, family dysfunction, hilarity, and of course, unconditional love. When a miserable hotshot Chicago lawyer returns home to a small town in Indiana for his mother’s funeral, he is forced to deal with a lifetime at odds with his legendarily stoic superior court justice father (aka The Judge). 
What could possibly go wrong? Shame and secrets, old flames and…murder perhaps?
This movie looks really, really good. I love Robert as Tony Stark but I'm looking forward to seeing him in a more dramatic role. Plus, it has Robert Duvall in it, so it is bound to be fantastic. 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

I love this tweet from Nathan (and him, of course). It speaks to my fangirl soul. The part of me that gets giddy over a new book, movie or tv episode. The part of me that mourns when a fictional character dies. The part of me that gets all mushy when my favorite fictional characters finally become a couple. The part of me that swears when something bad happens. The part of me that cheers when good conquers evil. This is what being a fangirl is all about. I love it.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Maze Runner Movie Trailer

Several years ago a friend of mine gave me The Maze Runner by James Dashner for Christmas. I was immediately sucked into the twisted and disturbing but brilliant world that James had created. Luckily for me, James is a local author so I have been able to attend many of his events. At these book signings, author panels, etc., I've heard him talk about the movie rights being sold, getting a director, dream casting and more.

So it was kind of surreal to sit in front of my computer last night and watch the trailer for the first time. I can not believe it's actually happening!! Not only is it happening, but it looks fantastic!! If this movie is 1/10th of the wild ride that the book is, it is going to be phenomenal!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

What Will Your Verse Be?

I love, love, love this commercial. Not because of the product but because of the stunning images combined with the brilliant words from Dead Poets Society.
We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, "O me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless... of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?" Answer: that you are here; that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?

Here is the original clip if you're not familiar with it.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Unbelievable Version of Frozen's Let It Go

I'm a big fan of Alex Boyé and I'm a big fan of Frozen, so when this video appeared on Alex's Facebook page I knew it was going to be good. Good doesn't even come close to describing to this version of Let It Go. I've watched it multiple times and it still leaves me speechless.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Reader

I never thought a scotch commercial could bring me to tears. This one proved me wrong. This commercial is beautiful.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Marissa Meyer Book Signing

Yesterday Marissa Meyer was in Orem for her book tour for her latest book, Cress. Marissa talked about where she got the idea for the series (a writing contest), told an awesome (and creepy) version of Little Red Riding Hood, and then answered audience questions. 

I didn't take notes but here is what I can remember:
  • Captain Thorne is a combination of Malcolm Reynolds and Han Solo (I approve very highly of this!)
  • She is almost done writing Winter.
  • She refused to answer the question about which Firefly character is her favorite. (For what it is worth, mine is Wash)
  • Her writing routine varies daily.
  • She is an outliner.
  • Her advice to writers- read as much as possible and write as much as possible
After the Q&A Marissa signed books for the large crowd that was there.  My niece Katie is a huge fan of her books and was thrilled that she was able to get a picture with Marissa. 

It was a fabulous event. Marissa is a great public speaker and was really nice. If she is ever in your area, make sure you go!!

To make the day even better, we stopped at The Sweet Tooth Fairy on the way home and got cupcakes. Mmmmm!!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

P!nk in Salt Lake

After rescheduling her concert twice due to illness, on January 20th P!nk finally came to Salt Lake. 

Kimmy, Christy and I had such an awesome night!! I'm still on a concert high! 
I wish there was some way to put into words how phenomenal her concert was. I've been trying to figure it out for two days now and haven't found anything adequate. It's not often that I am rendered speechless but P!nk managed to do it. All I can say is, if you ever have the opportunity to see her in concert- DO IT!!!

p.s. we had dinner at Brio before the concert and it was to die for!!! This was the bruschetta sampler and it was divine!! If you're looking for a new Italian restaurant, I highly recommend this one!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Anyone still out there?

I didn't mean to be so neglectful of this blog. I'm going to try to start posting more often. I know that you've all been dying to know what I've been fangirling about.