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I have been haunting f!s like normal, but I' ve really been bad at updating this blog and reading peoples posts. I'm sorry! I frequent Tumblr way more these days (ikr?). If anyone wants to add me there I'm: Just tell me who you are and I'll add you back :)
sootyowl: By ? If you know tell me! (Ezlo&Link)
It's another new year and though it feels rather like the last year, I'm hoping that life will start changing positively as 2013 is my year to succeed in something other than video games.

Speaking of which, for a new year's gift, my dog chewed through the recharge cord for my 3DS. And as my 3DS is basically dead right now, I am not a happy camper. Like why dog why? I give you love and all you do is chew through my stuff and pee on things. I wanted to pretend I was fashionable and play Style Savvy: Trendsetters. (My lord is that game addictive. It's like the best go and play crack ever.)

On New Year's Day, I went and saw Les Miserables with a friend. It was okay; a little long for my taste and some some songs were overused.

I also really hated the guy who played Marius's singing voice. It sounded like he had a grate covering his vocal cords as he didn't know how to breathe properly. Very nasal. I liked Anne Hathaway's performance as the prostitute Fantine as she gave it her all. Hugh Jackman was alright but I didn't feel like he really got his singing voice until the end. Russell Crowe was miscast as his voice doesn't suit a musical; he's much more rock'n roll. Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen were well cast as the clowns of Les Miserables, but by the end I felt like their characters had overstayed their welcome; the movie didn't need their overused goodbye song at the end. Amanda Seyfried's Cosette was a little tinny and reedy, but she did the job well enough.

Okay that sounds like I really hated the movie and casting choices -- I didn't. I just like full bodied voices and the cast for the most part struggled with maintaining a strong vocal sound. But I still give all the actors props for doing a movie that is 98% singing.

The Hobbit

Dec. 26th, 2012 08:51 pm
sootyowl: By unbridledglee (Frodo Reading)
On the 23rd I went and saw The Hobbit in standard definition. It was good, not fantastic, but I enjoyed seeing familiar faces from LOTR, even if they felt a bit like special guest appearances on a TV program.

Which brings me to why The Hobbit was just good. The Hobbit itself is a rather slim novel and you can tell movie was really stretching it for all it was worth. Also the added bits taken from The Silmarillion and other Tolkien texts felt shoehorned in. Scene transitions in LOTR were smooth and felt like each scene meant something and brought a facet to the table. In The Hobbit, I felt like scenes could have been trimmed and that scene transitions were not smooth, but disjointed and smashed together to make the film longer.

My other problem is that while I do like Martin Freeman, he is not quintessentially Bilbo to me. Everyone in LOTR fits their roles like a glove, but Martin didn't bring any nuances to Bilbo. He was decent, but doesn't hold a candle to the version played by Ian Holm.

It was great to see Ian McKellen return as Gandalf though. He embodies Gandalf so well.

The actors for the dwarves were all well cast. Standouts to me were Richard Armitage as Thorin (but that might just be because I'm a tad in love with him), Ken Stott as Balin, and brothers Kili and Fili for being exceptionally adorable. But every dwarven actor deserves praise for their work.

While I will definitely watch The Hobbit again and buy the movie, I don't think the discs will get as worn out as my LOTR ones have. The Hobbit doesn't live up to the magic and brilliance of LOTR, but that's what happens when the goal is to makes as much money from a franchise as you can.
sootyowl: (Cats&Link)
Been feeling a bit down lately, so instead of watching my normal angst ridden shows, I've been watching Adventure Time and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic to cheer me up.

I finished the first three seasons of Adventure Time WAY too fast and I am on my way to watching the second season of My Little Pony.

Adventure Time for the most part is a wacky feel good ride, except for a few deeper episodes that center on life and death (and even then the ending mood is light). I really like Finn and Jake's relationship and the episode with gender swap killed me (especially the last few minutes). I hope in another season the wonderful ladies and lads that make the show will revisit Fiona and Cake.

My Little Pony is adorable. I mean, you can tell that this show was made for a younger audience in mind, but also for parents and fans. I can't help but feel happy after watching an episode and wish that I had awesome friends like Fluttershy, Applejack and co. My Little Pony also reminds me of the older show Winx Club for some reason. Maybe because of the friendship elements?

Since finding out that the woman who created My Little Pony also worked on The Powerpuff Girls (with her husband) I have had a huge urge to re-watch that show as well. It's been way too long since Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup have kicked major Mojo ass in my life.
sootyowl: By bella-sol (Totoro)
Only one more episodes until the finale of Once Upon a Time, this episode focusing on the background of the mysterious writer August.

Spoilers ahead! )


Apr. 29th, 2012 04:40 pm
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