Monthly Archives: February 2014

Song of the Week 3

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So it’s the Song of the Week week 3 and the song I chose this week is Skyfall by Adele. I finally watched Skyfall last month and I was in awe of the opening credits.tumblr_inline_mk9yw0peVo1qz4rgp

This gif from a Very Potter Musical is my reaction to the credits drawing me in. I keep finding myself going back to watch the movie for that opening credits because it is pretty incredible. So I am using the video of the opening credits because I want to share the gloriousness of the opening credits with you and of course it paired with this song is just mind blowing. I hope you enjoy this song because one it’s Adele singing, and two it set in a James Bond film.

Also Hannibal season two premieres tonight!!

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I don’t know if you can tell how much I am in lesbians with this show. I hope you are a fan of the show, and if you aren’t I hope you start watching it because it’s EPIC!

-Chelsea K.

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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

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Amazon Description:

A petty thief posing as an actor is brought to Los Angeles for an unlikely audition, but soon finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation.

I had seen a few things about this movie, but had never gotten around to watching it until I saw it on Amazon Prime Sunday and just went for it. Just the cast of this movie would’ve been enough for me, but the movie itself ended up being really funny and who doesn’t love Robert Downey Jr.

It starts out with Robert Downey Jr. narrating while a kid is putting on a magic show. Then it really gets started when you see Downey’s character robbing a toy store and then when the alarm goes off he and his partner run, split up, and that’s when he runs into an audition for a part, which he auditions for but doesn’t know he’s actually auditioning for it, a part which he gets flown out to California to be considered for. We then follow his crazy adventure as he pretends to be a detective to help solve some murders when his old friend’s, played by Michelle Monaghan, little sister is killed and she turns to him for help. Sometimes movies with this many great actors doesn’t always work, but in this one the cast worked really great together, the script was wonderful. and it was done in a way that made it unique and interesting. I definitely recommend watching it you’re looking for an action, romance, comedy, type of movie.

Chelsea K.

Fierce People

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Amazon Description:

Kristen Stewart costars with Diane Lane and Donald Sutherland in this spellbinding movie about a mother and son plunged into a seductive world of the privileged class. Liz Earl, a sometimes masseuse and full-time substance abuser, gets a new lease on life when a billionaire client invites her and her son to live on his estate. But Liz soon discovers that this high society hides dark secrets.

 

I was browsing Amazon Prime Saturday night when I came across this movie. I have to say the main reason I watched it was Anton Yelchin. I am a big Anton Yelchin fan ever since I watched Charlie Bartlett. His hair just drew me in, I mean look at it! Also it has Donald Sutherland in it, so it was a no brainer. This movie messed with my mind so much that by the end I’m not sure I knew what had happened and I had to sit there and process it for a while. It was a crazy movie that was nuts at parts but actually worked together in a strange way that made the movie interesting. The cast was amazing and I felt like they were cast really well and they worked together without any blatantly awkward and uncomfortable parts. I loved where they filmed the movie because the scenery was gorgeous. There were a few parts that I didn’t understand why that necessarily had to be included but otherwise I enjoyed this movie.

-Chelsea K.

White Hot Kiss

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So White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout came out today and it was GLORIOUS! The Supernatural displays my reaction when I started reading it.

Goodreads Description:

One kiss could be the last.

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world

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Here is a closeup of pie so you can really understand how I feel about Jennifer L. Armentrout’s books. This series is about Wardens, which are gargoyles, but it’s not the gargoyles that you and I are used to reading about and seeing, these are people who can shift into gargoyle form and were created to help protect the world from demonic creatures.The prequel novella to this series, Bitter Sweet Love, told Jasmine and Dez’s story; I suggest reading this first because it does set up this series, and it also introduces you to most of the characters. Now this book is set about 4 years or so later so everyone is older and Layla, who is half Warden, half demon, has finally begun to attend public school. We also meet Roth, who is an Upper Class demon and seems to be trying to help Layla out and keep her safe.

I am always impressed by the way Jennifer can come up with so many different male characters and make me love all of them. Seriously, just from her books alone there’s too many beautiful, witty, sarcastic, guys that I love. In this book Roth just steals my heart from the first moment they meet and the first witty quip that comes out of his mouth. I am a fan of tattooed men so that might have made me love Roth even more. Also, Bambi. His familiar who, when she isn’t out saving Layla or feasting on who knows what, shows up as a quite realistic looking tattoo on Roth’s arm that at times can be seen moving. Now back to Layla. Since it starts out years later than the novella, you can definitely see a maturity difference in the way she does things, even though we didn’t see much of her in Bitter Sweet Love. She is still really in love with Zayne, even though we don’t know if he knows it or not. Most of the story is about her really getting to know Roth, and him saving her life a few times, and also of how her relationship with the Wardens and Zayne starts to change, when she starts to find out more about her mother and as her relationship with Roth progresses.

I definitely recommend this series to anyone who is a fan of Jennifer L. Armentrout books. If you haven’t read any of her books before I would suggest you start because they are all really good and most have some Supernatural references which is a win in my book.

-Chelsea K.

What Maisie Knew

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I was searching up Bo Burnham’s What special when I came across this on Netflix. I went and looked at the cast and saw that it had Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgard, and Steve Coogan in it, which I like all of them so I decided to give it a go. I only knew from the short description Netflix description what this movie was about.

Netflix Description

In this updated rendering of the timeless Henry James novel, a perceptive 6-year-old girl becomes a bargaining tool when she gets caught in the midst of a toxic custody fight between her self-seeking, childish parents.

In this movie you see the trouble a young girl, Maisie, goes through when her parents get divorced and then through each of their new marriages. You see the new spouses of her parents, Lincoln and Margo, starting to really come to love this child when it falls to them to take care of her. What angers me in this movie the most is that the spouses of her actual parents are the ones that are actually taking care of her as her parents just kind of go off and do their own things. I was ready to throttle Julianne Moore and Steve Coogans’ characters by the end of this movie.

This movie was an Indie film, which what I love about Indie films is they usually don’t have a huge budget which to me seems like most of the stuff feels more real and the acting is usually more genuine. This movie blew me away and kind of made me fall even more in love with Alexander Skarsgard as an actor and made me adore Onata Aprile, Maisie, and Joanna Vanderham, who played Margo. This movie just makes you sympathize with all of the kids who are dealing with divorce and parents who really don’t look after them. Definitely go watch this movie.

-Chelsea K.

Song of the Week 2

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So for the song of the week I have picked this week is Leave it Alone by Broken Bells.

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I just got their new album, After the Disco, which I have been looking forward to listening to since I found out last year they were going to be releasing a new album this February.It was about last year around this time when I got their first album and I fell in love. They are one of my newer favorite bands and I keep trying to get my friends addicted to them and I’ve lured one over to the dark side, so it’s working, I hope you like this song as much as I do and if you do, I hope you go get their albums.

-Chelsea K.

Cress

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I’m attempting to watch the Olympic hockey game between U.S.A and Canada, go U.S.!, while trying to dish out some reviews so it’s taking longer to write than I usually would but anywho, I finished Cress yesterday and AAHHHHH! Is it possible to be in love with all three of the main male characters? Because I am and each one of them is so different and unique and I’m going crazy, because if she adds another one in the next book I won’t be able to handle it. This is the third book in the Lunar Chronicles, following Cinder and Scarlet. This fall I loved the cover of Cinder and I wen and picked it up from the library one day and I fell in love, I really had no idea what it was about but I enjoyed every bit of those first two books. If you haven’t read the first two books in this series, it’s about a futuristic universe where cyborgs and robots are real and everything is so technological and everyone is very dependent on that type of living now. It’s taking a spin on some classic fairy tales but in a different world and time.

This book is more about us meeting Cress, or Crescent, and learning who she is along with all of the other characters from the first two books. Meyer writes this world so amazingly that I believe that it’s real somewhere and that she is just having visions of what’s going to happen or what’s happening in a parallel universe. In this book nothing that I thought would happen next usually happened and it just keeps you on your toes and guessing and saying WHAT?!

ImageDean says it all. I also had it in my head that this was somehow the last book so when I got down to about 20 pages left I was thinking, this isn’t enough time to wrap it up!! Maybe there is another! I checked and there is, YES!, but then I saw the first comment about it on Goodreads was that we had to wait another TWO YEARS!

ImageI was not amused by this but then I saw that the date was early next year so that was a relief and now we don’t have to wait as long as I thought for Winter even though it may seem like a long time we can make it!

-Chelsea K.

Into the Still Blue

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So I finished Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi and I’m very content with how this trilogy ended. It didn’t try to pull an Allegiant and rip my heart into pieces and step on them so whenever I hear something about that series I revert back to that ending and need to sit in a corner and rock back and forth for the rest of the day. If you haven’t read the first two to this trilogy I suggest that you do that first since it would really help you understand the series since this is the final book…and yeah…just go read them first if you haven’t.

This is the last book in the Under the Never Sky Trilogy, the first two books are Under the Never Sky and Through the Ever Night.  It follows the journey of Peregrine and Aria as they first meet and help one another throughout the rest of the books. Now if you haven’t read the first two books I suggest not reading the book review below since it might contain spoilers and I don’t want to ruin it for you.

*Book Review*

So this book starts out with the tribes still living in the caves with the new group of dwellers and trying to figure out a way to get Cinder back and get to the still blue, which is where it left on in Through the Ever Night. All throughout that last half or so of the book my reaction to most of it is summed up in this gif.

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I fell like if summed up everything pretty nicely with a twists and turns along the way that keep you guessing and enjoying it. I fell in love with this series when I started it last fall and I was heartbroken when I realized this was the last book. Just go read it, enjoy, and fall in love.

-Chelsea K.

Luther

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IMDB Description:

A crime drama series starring Idris Elba as a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can’t always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions.

I’d seen commercials for this show a lot last summer when I would watch Broadchurch. I just kept putting it off like eh…it looks okay, I might watch it in the future. So here I am, I just finished the last episode of season 2 Friday night and wow…I’m in love with Idris Elba. That accent, the brooding that he seems to do so well at times just works for him. There is just something about a nice looking accented guy solving crimes that draws me in.

So Idris plays DCI John Luther. In these two seasons we see him going around solving crimes in that badass way of his, and BBC never does crimes shows repetitively in the way the crimes are done and solved. It always amazes me because I’ll be sitting there thinking yeah that guy totally did and it apparently was not him and then I have to sit there and reevaluate my life because I got it wrong. Now in the first season we see that he is split from his wife but he still desperately loves her, which pulls on the heartstrings, makes you feel for him and just want to hug him and make him not feel sad. Ruth Wilson who plays Alice Morgan, is disgustingly brilliant. She plays that crazy smart psychopath that just follows Luther around but would strangely help him out if he needed it. She is a character that you hate to love, she’s so bad sometimes she’s good. Then Warren Brown who plays DS Justin Ripley who is a completely loyal friend to Luther, and looks up to him and would do anything for him no matter the cost. I love Ripley, every time something happened to him I would freak out and be like no he can’t be scratched by that bush!! How dare you try to scratch him, who do you think you are bush, WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?! But this whole cast works together like perfectly conducted orchestra. There were no awkward scenes that looked like they were just weirdly filmed or the acting was just not good. The way they filmed it and the places they filmed it at seemed to fit each scene perfectly and just good job BBC, you’ve done it again. This show was amazing and I wholeheartedly recommend it.

-Chelsea K.

Upstairs Downstairs

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IMDB Description:

A new family and their servants live at the London townhouse at 165 Eaton Place in 1936.

I had heard about this show a few times but never really thought anything of it, so yesterday when I pulled Hulu up and saw it I decided why not? It’s another BBC show, and if you haven’t figured it out by now I’m in love with the BBC. So I went on a binge and just finished seasons 1 and 2. Each episode is about an hour long and the first season has 4 episodes while the second season has 6. The closest thing I can compare this show to is Downton Abbey. While Downton Abbey is of a much larger scale, Upstairs Downstairs is more of an almost rich suburby kind of way of living.

This show takes place before the second world war and is about this wealthy married couple who buys a home in London. The first season you see their journey of hiring servants and finding the right fit, and redecorating the house. Now while I was watching the first episode I recognized the actor Neil Jackson, who plays the chauffeur Harry Spargo. I’ve really only seen him in Push and Make It Or Break It, but he is in a whole bunch of other things. He is the only actor that I recognized in this show, so everyone else was a new experience in watching act. Now in season two Alex Kingston is part of the cast. If you watch Doctor Who you would recognize her as River Song. Now she adds a bit of spice to the show, since we find out she’s a lesbian, GASP! How scandelous! Now in the second season the sister Percy and her brother in law Sir William Holland just angered me to no end, just AOIJDVOINIENOIPBNWE!!

I enjoyed this show, but is it a favorite of mine now? No probably not, but if you liked Downton Abbey I’d say give it a try.

-Chelsea K.