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Music Monday: Fooling Around

Morning everyone! Long time no see etc. I’m really becoming slack with some things, and while I may have a full time job right now, I need to learn how to balance everything so I don’t let anything slide.

Today however, it is cool and rainy outside, after a weekend with Perth’s hottest August day on record and some awesome sports. My “current mood” is quite melancholy though chilled, almost as if I’m having my own day inside reading and listening to music instead of battling to sit through a thousand and one oral presentations (because yes, I planned so well as to have two classes doing presentations on the same days, so smart!).

This week’s music, and really this month’s music, starts with Elvin Bishop’s Fooled Around And Fell In Love and throws in a little bit of The Runaways, David Bowie and Marvin Gaye among other awesome tracks. One of my favourite movies ever and my favourite album at the moment – Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1. 

My favourite songs on this album are I’m Not In Love, Fooled Around and Fell In Love and Spirit In The Sky, though that is changing daily and depending on my life events. What I love about this soundtrack is that It’s throwback music which I have always been a fan of (ask my dad!) but for some reason goes hand in hand with intergalactic adventurers. The movie is one I watch when I can’t sleep or need a cheer up (thanks Netflix!) and this album is quickly becoming one that instantly relaxes me. Admittedly a lot of albums can do that, but rarely ones from multiple artists. One of the main reasons I am looking forward to the next Guardians movie is seeing what they do with Awesome Mix Vol 2. 

Off to mark some student work, or continue reading Invasion of the Tearling. I feel like we all know which one will end up happening…

Happy Monday!

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PS: Happy birthday to my Galentine’s date Rachael! xox

Friday Five: Fictional Fanatic

Happy Friday everyone! Summer in Perth means there is sport a-plenty, and when it gets too hot to go outside while waiting for the next Australian Open match to start, I turn to my many fictional loves. This week I’ll spotlight five (or probably more) of my favourite fictional sporting teams/figures.

Dillon High Panthers

 

East Compton High Clovers/Rancho Carne High Toros

 

Average Joe’s/Globo Gym Purple Cobras

Tree Hill High Ravens

Mighty Ducks (couldn’t pick between animated
or Gordon Bombay, until this:) 
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Who do you love to support? How are you spending your weekend?

Love,
Andrea

Top Ten Books That Should Be Movies

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme brought to  you by The Broke and the Bookish, which I endeavour to participate in regularly!

In my last week of summer holidays before going to work at a new school, i have been catching up on books, TV shows and movies that I have missed throughout the year. A lot of these movies in particular have been very much not worth the wait, or adaptations of much loved books that have not had that same level of love translated into their big screen outings. So for this week’s top ten, I thought I’d go with books that should be adapted (but only if they are done so exquisitely).

 

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Music Monday: Dame Del Rey

I still have this issue of Vogue, because of the amazing editorial and feature on her.
I still have this issue of Vogue, because of the amazing editorial and feature on her.

I can’t quite recall where or when I first came across Lana Del Rey, but when I did I was entranced. Not only is she a stunningly beautiful human being but her voice is phenomenal. Something about it is so hauntingly beautiful, and the songs themselves express such longing, nostalgia and individuality that I just adore. I find myself weirdly identifying with the themes in some of her songs, which just serves to make me long to be like her even more. I will admit to not having watched many of her music videos and short films (more out of the fact that I don’t really watch music videos or spend hours on YouTube) but the ones that I have seen paint an almost idealistic picture of Del Rey and her life and love, adding even more to this sense of unattainable beauty and spirit that she posesses.

So to brighten up your Monday (or depress you, depending on your reaction to Lana), here are a handful of Lana Del Rey songs that are on high rotation for me at the moment.

Once Upon A Dream (From the upcoming Malificent soundtrack)

 

Young and Beautiful (From The Great Gatsby soundtrack)

(and the Lana video)

 

Dark Paradise (Born To Die)

 

Blue Jeans (Born To Die)

 

I will love you ’til the end of time!

Love,

Andrea

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Day 39)

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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Because I like thinking in list format (pro writer) and have now seen The Desolation of Smaug twice (once in HPR 3D and once without) I feel I know enough to share my thoughts on it via a PMI (Plus, Minus, Interesting) list because my head is filled with them making lesson plans for uni!

PLUS

  • smaug4Evangeline Lilly is made to be an elf. She just fits in perfectly with the aesthetic that Jackson has established for the Elven kingdoms. I see a lot of similarities with Arwen character-wise and yet I think that Tauriel is more kick ass than her. This might be because I think of the Mirkwood elves as being more warrior-like than Rivendell or Lothlorien.
  • Kili and Fili are the best brothers ever. The moment in Laketown when Fili said he would not leave his brother made me so happy, and for me gave a bit more of the book’s Fili and Kili to the film. I like that they also made reference to Thorin as their uncle. Having re-read this particular section of the book I feel that is an important distinction to make, especially given what happens to the trio in the book. However, noticing Thorin saying to Fili that he will be King Under The Mountain someday, I also wonder if the next movie is going to end with someone other than Dain on the throne.
  • I also really liked the increasing focus on Bilbo and the ring. With the ring’s theme being played in the background it helps show the transformation that Bilbo is undergoing because of the ring. The scene with the spider (or scorpion looking thing) where he just goes nuts after dropping the ring is the one that really strikes me as highlighting the power and darkness of the ring.
  • Visually, the sight of Smaug flying higher and higher flicking off droplets of molten gold before heading off to Laketown was stunning.
  • The sequence of the dwarves in barrels heading from Mirkwood to Bard was amazing. There were many scenes in this movie that I felt could make fantastic theme park rides but none so much as this one. There were a few times when the water and the elves leaping around got a little too CGI, but overall this scene was phenomenal.
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  • Seeing Gandalf at the tomb, and realising whose tomb it was, probably gave me the biggest “OHHHH whaaat??” excited reaction of the whole film, so in that was the inclusion of Gandalf’s adventures was awesome.
  • Also found it hilarious seeing Fili just keep pulling weapons out of nowhere.

MINUS

  • I will preface this all by saying I am usually a strict “Book First” person, with more loyalty to a book than to its movie adaptation. I understand that in some cases (e.g. LOTR) there is an overwhelming amount of source material for the amount of screen time they can dedicate to it. However, and using the LOTR example, I feel that this second movie in particular has about half an hour of book action and two and a half hours of made up nonsense. I was worried when the first movie came out that for such a short book, there would be a lot of fluff that they would make up to fill out the story. I was beyond glad when watching the first movie and in particular the scene where Bilbo finds the ring. Word for word almost exactly like the book, it is my favourite scene throughout all five Middle Earth movies because it is loyal to the book and cinematically dynamic. This movie however, there is a LOT of non-book material, some of which I like but most that just irks me.smaug6
  • Take the storyline of Tauriel and Kili. Having read the novel I know what happens to Kili (and Fili) but having Kili poisoned by a Morgul blade (of sorts) so early on concerns me. I liked the mirroring to Frodo/Arwen with Tauriel’s healing of Kili however I am not sure about having Tauriel crushing on Kili. Looking at the actor’s face, the emphasis on his mother and Tauriel saying he was tall for a dwarf, I wonder if they are going to mess around with the character a little and say he his mother (or father) was an elf.  While this would certainly be interesting to see I don’t want the story to be jeopardised just for the sake of some shoehorned in relationship. I can understand the inclusion of Tauriel, I like her as a character and as a girl I like seeing strong female characters within this patriarchal universe. However I would rather them be characters with motivations in their own right (Galadriel, Eowyn to an extent) instead of reliant on a romantic storyline.
  • While I can respect the cinematic and narrative need of having the dwarves attempt to slay Smaug, to me it just seemed pointless. As the climax of the film it might have worked for those who haven’t read the book, but almost the whole second half of the movie I sat there thinking “What are they doing? This isn’t going to work and if it does I will lose it. Why isn’t Bilbo mentioning the arrow in Laketown?”
  • And Laketown. You have a sophisticated surveillance system that the Dwarves and Bard have to overcome, and yet you miss a whole pack of Orcs stomping around your roofs? Completely makes no sense.

INTERESTING (A.K.A WEIRD)

  • The point at which the movie ended. I was expecting the second movie to be all about slaying Smaug, and for the third one to be about the Battle of the Five Armies. I suppose it makes sense to keep the dragon around as long as possible, he is a huge attraction for the casual viewer, but story wise the movie just kind of ends with Bilbo literally saying “what will happen next?”
  • Also the point at which the movie started. In the book meeting Beorn provides the perfect opportunity to reintroduce the dwarves two by two, which is what I assumed would happen in the movie. I also don’t think Beorn would let the dwarves sleep in his homestead before being introduced to them. I think this was an opportunity that the filmmakers missed out on, even having read the book I found myself only remembering about half the names of the dwarves (matching them to their faces I mean).smaug7
  • I have a feeling that the writers/producers felt that people didn’t really connect in the first movie that Gloin was the father of Gimli. I don’t know what other reason there would be for Gloin’s increased dialogue and the specific mention of his son.
  • I also don’t quite know how I feel about seeing just what it was that Gandalf was off doing when he wasn’t with the dwarves in the novel. I can understand wanting to link this trilogy to the LOTR trilogy, but there are times that it feels unnecessary.  Seeing the image of Sauron melting in to the eye over and over again was admittedly awesome, but seeing Gandalf imprisoned in Dol Guldur doesn’t really have a lot of terror or urgency to it because we know who he is and what he can do. Most likely what will happen is he’ll pull the “moth and eagle” trick that he has done twice before in these movies. I like using Galadriel in voice over to tie things together, and it is interesting to see Sauron growing in power as the ring is calling to him from the shadows each time Bilbo uses the ring, but I don’t know that it’s completely necessary. This novel is dense enough (if not terribly long) that there are things they can include without stretching the source material.
  • Something else that really bothered me was this: If Gandalf knows or at least suspects who is stirring in Dol Guldur, does he not wonder why?? I feel like a wizard as powerful as Gandalf should at least wonder why Sauron would just randomly decide now was the moment to make a move. And also, would he not be able to sense the ring? I feel that now he knows it was the ring wraiths who were resurrected, the next movie should at least suggest or mention the ring in connection with them .Obviously Gandalf would know who the ring wraiths were and why they deserved such a tomb, so surely he must wonder why they were brought forward. I will be disappointed if nothing comes of it.
  • Not quite movie related, but still. Although I know who the three elven rings went too, I feel they should have been equally distributed through the three elven realms of Middle Earth, meaning Thranduil should have ended up with one of the rings or at least have come into contact with the One ring. I feel like his would have been an interesting reaction to it, perhaps similar to Galadriel’s though I feel it would have been a mix of her’s and Boromir’s intentions.

What did you think about Jackson’s newest Tolkien adaptation? What were you good, bad and interesting bits? I’m simply itching to talk about this movie with people are as Tolkien-nerdy as I, so nerd away!

Love,
Andrea

PS: Also see these awesome thoughts on the movies so far:
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Good Story Telling
The Hobbit: A Meticulously Prepared-For Journey
The Nerdist Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

 

Why I Wanted To Be A Journalist (Day 18)

I’m not really a Will Ferrell fan, he plays the exact same man-child character in almost all of his movies, but Anchorman is of a different mold. It always makes me laugh, I’m a sucker for Paul Rudd and a little bit of afternoon delight! Plus anything remotely set in a newsroom holds my interest.

I’m going to see the sequel tomorrow morning, which will likely be a challenge given my own night time adventures have seen me getting to bed at 5am the last two or three days. Not the best habit to be getting into, I know, but I’m young and it’s summer, I’ll survive.

Hoping this movie turns out to be as awesome as I’ve been hoping it is!
Love,
Andrea

Friday Five: Summer Movies (Day 13)

With all my summer free time I would ideally like to spend some of it heading to the movies. Already this holidays I have seen Catching Fire and Thor: The Dark World, as well as The Sapphires, Star Trek Into Darkness and The Big Wedding but the following five are movies that I am perhaps more exited about seeing than any others this year.

  1. Anchorman: The Legend Continues (December 19)
  2. Frozen (December 26)
  3. Saving Mr Banks (December 26)
  4. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (December 26)
  5. The Book Thief (January 9)

Next year there’s the Vampire Academy movie, the new X-Men, Captain America, Spiderman and a host of others that hopefully make me squeal as much as I do whenever I hear Benedict Cumberbatch‘s voice in the Hobbit trailer.

Hope you watch something exciting at the movies this week!
Love,
Andrea

27 Signs You Will Always Love The Harry Potter Books (Day 12)

Again, another Thought Catalog list by Ella Ceron that reflects part of my life. I’m currently reading “The Casual Vacancy” and there is a lot tonally that mirrors Harry Potter. And as we know, Harry Potter is everything.

Love,
Andrea

Thought Catalog

1. Few things make you feel as old as the fact that the first book was published 16 years ago.

2. But few things make you feel as young as the opening line that “Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four Privet Drive, were proud to say…”

3. You can recite the rest of the opening line by memory.

4. One of the best things about having kids will be when you can read the books to them at bedtime.

5. You have fond, fond memories of waiting until midnight at a bookstore to get your copy of the latest book.

6. You still remember how many hours (not days) it took you to read each new book, and that it was a badge of honor to be in the 8 hours or less club when The Order of the Phoenix went on sale.

7. Any orange cat not named…

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Summer Intentions Circa 2011 (and 2013/14)

So while browsing my old documents I found this, from August 2011 for Summer 2011/12. I have a feeling I would have been in the midst of a serious winter funk, very similar to my current one, although some of the items are a little out there for me anyway:

Summer Bucket List

  1. Take photos everyday chronicling my summer
  2. Compile said photos into an epic photo album
  3. See the Monkey Mia Dolphins
  4. Fill up an entire colouring book
  5. Participate in a charity walk/run/event
  6. Do 50 sit ups every day
  7. Eat a different fruit every day of the week
  8. Buy a pet goldfish
  9. Finish a new book every fortnight
  10. Play a real game of poker with real money
  11. Watch a foreign film
  12. Stay out all night and watch the sun come up
  13. Drive to Augusta
  14. Bonfire on the beach
  15. Lord of the Rings marathon
  16. Repaint my bedroom
  17. Go to the art gallery
  18. Beach Picnic x4
  19. Get a job at a bookstore
  20. Join a sporting team
  21. Go to Tiffany’s
  22. Go to a concert
  23. Buy a bouquet of flowers
  24. Spend an entire day in the garden
  25. Hold a dinner party

 I really want to do this come summertime, only three short months away. Hopefully I remember everything here, I rather think that it would make for a very entertaining summer, especially as my last summer before I (fingers crossed) become gainfully employed.
Love,
Andrea

Audrey Vs. Marilyn

When I first started watching classic movies I fell in love with Humphrey Bogart, William Holden and the magic of Audrey. Yes, Sabrina was my first Audrey, When I was about 16 and earning money of my own for the first time I bought an Audrey Hepburn box set containing Sabrina, Funny Face, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Paris When It Sizzles (which I maintain is one of my favourite Audrey films, no matter how derided it is by everyone). Continue reading Audrey Vs. Marilyn