This Year’s Movie List!

Hey everyone! Sorry I haven’t posted in a while! Today I thought I would mention some nerd worthy films that I am ABSOLUTELY pumped for!!! As well as a couple that may not be nerdy, but still awesome!

1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – We get to see Steve Rogers in action once more, alongside Black Widow, and the newly introduced hero named The Falcon. He will fight against the mysterious Winter Soldier and even some people who are supposed to be his friends. This movie will release on April 4th.

2. Mockingjay: Part 1 – The first part of the final film in the Hunger Games trilogy has a lot to follow up to. While the first film was pretty bad, the second film was incredible, and garnered lots of positive feedback from critics and fans alike. With the success of the last film, I think we can expect that this one will stick to the books as well as Catching Fire, and will be every bit as enjoyable. The film is slated to release sometime in November,

3. The Hobbit: There and Back Again – I know I cannot be the only fan who is NOT ready for what we know will happen in this film. I will be crying a river of tears when I watch, and I know I won’t be alone. But I am also thrilled to see the final chapter of what has proved to be a refreshing and brilliant take on J.R.R. Tolkien’s book! This film is slated for release in December.

Honorable mentions: Left Behind – While the original films were good, and Kirk Cameron made a great Buck, they overall lacked something that the book had. I was a bit wary of the remake at first, but after seeing more and more from the directors and learning about this version, I find myself very excited to see one of my favorite book series brought to life yet again! Left Behind is releasing sometime in October.

God’s Not Dead – Already released in theaters, this film has garnered lots of positive attention from Christians, and some attention from the media. I am so excited to see this film sometime, especially after hearing about the wonderful messages and refreshing look at defending our faith.

Also releasing later this year is “Night at the Museum 3”, which I find a bit exciting. Also (supposedly) in the works is the highly requested “National Treasure 3”, which people have been begging for ever since the ending of the second film. I for one hope that it comes to fruition! What films are you excited about?

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My Favorite Fandom Ships!

Rumplestiltskin and Belle (OUAT) – Better known as Rumbelle to Oncers, this ship is one of the best ever. Rumplestiltskin, better known as Rumple, and Belle, are basically straight from Beauty and the Beast! Rumple is damaged, his past leaving him scarred, and his power leaving him a bit mad. Belle is brave, honest, and sees the good in him from the start. They are a great example of what true love is all about. Seeing past the outer appearances to the person underneath. Rumple isn’t all that attractive, and he can be downright evil at times, but Belle sees through his outward actions to the hurting person underneath.

The Doctor and Rose (Doctor Who) – Definitely one of the cutest things ever! When the 9th Doctor first meets Rose, he is angry, damaged, and guilty over what he (thought) he did to the Time Lords. When he invites Rose to travel with him, he begins to soften towards her. When he regenerates, he and Rose get to know each other even better, and he helps her become a better person. And Rose truly loved the Doctor, and was willing to risk everything, even her life to be with him. She loved him almost to a fault. When they were separated, it was one of the single most heartbreaking things I had ever watched in my life.

Guy and Marian (BBC Robin Hood) – Yes, I ship them over Robin and Marian. My reasons? Well, first off, Robin claimed to love Marian, yet never acted upon that statement. He was constantly doing this or that. And Robin didn’t seem to think that Marian was capable of being the Nightwatchman (*cough* woman *cough*), trying to stop her because he thought her incapable. Guy was there for Marian, even trying to help her when her father died. Sure, he hurt her in many ways, but in the end, he still loved her deeply and truly, being willing to die fighting by her side. Of course, the Sheriff was manipulative, and seemed to have some sort of control over Guy, leading him and Marian to disagree, and in the end, he was driven mad by the Sheriff and destroyed the one thing he truly loved. *sobs in corner*

Faramir and Eowyn (LOTR) – While they did not get much attention in the movie, this is one of the most beautiful love stories you will ever read. Seriously, if you think the movie was lame, read the books. These two damaged people, who were both hurting and broken, came together and found healing and hope. Eowyn discovered what it really meant to love, and Faramir found the healing balm he needed to fill the void left by Boromir’s death. That was one of the things in the movie that irks me to no end. They put so much Aragorn and Arwen(who had very little attention in the book) that they had no time for Faramir and Eowyn.

The list could get long, because there are so many others! QueenThief, Snowcharming, and Doctor Ruby in Once Upon a Time. Allan and Kate, Much and Eve, and Will and D’jaq in Robin Hood. Amy and Rory, Martha and Mickey, and Barbara and Ian in Doctor Who. And so many others! Who are your favorite ships, and why?

Four AWESOME Covers of “Let it Go” That You HAVE to Watch!

maxresdefaultWhen Disney’s “Frozen” came into theaters in November, the song “Let it Go” became an instant hit, being sung by people of all ages all over the world. The song is sung by Elsa as she finally finds the freedom to be who she is, not having to hide her powers anymore. The song is beautifully sung by Idina Menzel in the film, and has been covered by many people since. So here are my four favorite covers of the song, for your listening enjoyment!

The Piano Guys – The only instrumental cover in this lot, this cover is combined with a classic piece to make for a unique way to listen to the song. The awesome scenery is just the icing on the cake! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Dakd7EIgBE

Evynne Hollens – Wife of the amazing Peter Hollens, she has begun making her mark on YouTube with some lovely pieces of her own. Her voice is absolutely lovely, and just the piano in the background makes this a simple, yet beautiful cover. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjqdWu6Rlc0

Alex Boye (Featuring One Voice Children’s Choir) – One of the best covers yet! This cover has parts sung in African by Alex Boye, with the lead being taken by the very talented Lexi Walker. For someone so young, she has an incredible voice! The children singing, the African, and the beautiful melodies are sure to give you chills! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAJYk1jOhzk

Christina Bianco – Well known for her fabulous impressions, her cover adds a humorous light to the song, though her imitation of Idina was a bit mean. This woman deserves a medal for best Julie Andrews impression! You are sure to laugh as she impersonates several famous singers, some of them older. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1us197eB6gQ

Let me know which one was your favorite!

My Thoughts on the Latest Episode of “Once Upon a Time”

553950_644645168940905_1183940043_nAfter almost three months of waiting, the Once Upon a Time fandom was finally rewarded with a new episode, titled “New York City Serenade”. I eagerly awaited it, and was certainly not disappointed. I was going to write this last night, but my brain was too excited to say anything coherent. Instead of a a full fledged review, I am just going to write some questions that the episode raised for me.

1. Are Phillip and Aurora being forced to work for the Wicked Witch? Or are they doing it willingly. Their conversation would seem to say the former, as they mentioned that she would take their baby away if they didn’t help her.

2. Where did Hook go after he left the others? And how did he get back to the real world without being cursed? Hopefully we will find out in the following episodes.

3. How did the Wicked Witch get to the Enchanted Forest? When in the timeline did she arrive there? And will we see Dorthy, The Wizard, and other iconic characters?

4. In the preview, there was a bit about the people of Storybrook turning into flying monkeys. Does this mean that all of the people of Storybrook are really flying monkeys, and the real people are still in the Enchanted Forest? And what about Hook?

5. Why did the new curse only erase a year of memories? The other one wiped everything of their lives in the Enchanted Forest, so why hasn’t this one?

6. Why does the Wicked Witch want revenge on Regina? Are they related perhaps? Or possibly old enemies?

7. Finally, when will Henry get his memories back? It was bad enough that he lost them with Emma in the first place, but the fact that he seems like an entirely different kid without them makes us desperate to see him get them back.

Overall, I loved the episode. It was a bit slow, but I don’t think it would have been as good if we had been thrown right in the middle of an action sequence. I think we needed to be “reintroduced” to the story. After three months of waiting, it was good to start it off at an easy pace. I eagerly await next weeks episode, and hope desperately that Rumple is coming back(and for a cheesy sequence where he and Belle run into each others arms).

First Clip from “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”

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The first clip/extended trailer from the next Captain America film was released today, featuring scenes of Cap, Natasha Romanov, and other agents from S.H.I.E.L.D. taking a freighter back from an apparently evil pirate(modern day pirate of course). We see multiple shots of Captain America in action, as well as an epic Black Widow sequence. We also get some humor mixed in, as Natasha seems set on finding Steve a date. Once the clip is over, we get a trailer with some new footage and lines mixed in with some already used stuff. I actually began to have a bit of trouble breathing after I watched it. I have had way too much to go crazy over in one day, as they have also released a clip from the next episode of “Once Upon a Time”. Here is the link to the trailer! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6k0kkSHiiPE

I Am Done With the Oscars

So last night was the “big night” in Hollywood, where the rich and famous gather to see who wins a trophy from the high and mighty critics. As much as I enjoy seeing if my favorite films win, and seeing some of the truly gorgeous (and occasionally classy) dresses, this year has made me lose hope for the future of the movie industry. From the HORRIBLE nominee list that contained any number of trashy films, to the annual review of EVERY single actresses’ outfit, this year was not a good year. In a recent poll by Reuters/Ipsos, 1,433 Americans were asked if they had seen any of the Oscar nominees for Best Picture. 67% said that they had yet to see any of the films. Pretty telling about popular opinion. So you may ask: What films and actors/actresses do you think should have been recognized? Well, here is my list of movies and people who should have won Oscars.

1: “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”. – Hands down the best movie of 2013, DoS, like “An Unexpected Journey”, went above and beyond any expectations I had. Even the things that I was determined not to like ended up becoming some of my favorite things about the movie. Richard Armitage was once again an amazing Thorin, and Martin Freeman was every bit as wonderful as Bilbo. I think Evangeline Lilly deserves credit for her role as Tauriel as well, especially considering all the hate that people have for her character. I personally loved it. Did the whole “romance” need to be there? No. Did I enjoy it and feel it added something to the film? You bet! Smaug… What do I say about Smaug? He was every bit as majestic as I imagined him to be! Move over Thorin Oakenshield! Overall, I feel that the diversions from the book made the film much more enjoyable as a whole.

2: “Catching Fire” – A huge step up from the horrible job of the first film, “Catching Fire” demonstrated that sticking to the book is a surefire way to make a great movie (With the exception of The Hobbit. If you have read the book you would get why). Jennifer Lawrence once again shone in her role as Katniss Everdeen, and Josh Hutcherson was impressive as Peeta. The film itself was emotional, dramatic, and moving, and left the viewer hungry for more. Donald Sutherland was incredible as the diabolical President Snow, and newcomers like Sam Claflin and Jenna Malone proved their mettle as characters like Finnick and Johanna. This film definitely deserved an Oscar.

3: Tom Hiddleston – While I don’t see “Thor: The Dark World” winning an Oscar, Tom Hiddleston more than deserves an Oscar for once again being an awesome Loki. With his knack for making it impossible to hate the character and making the character both heartbreaking and frustrating, he should receive some credit. His performance made me cry at multiple points in the film. Why can’t class acts like Tom Hiddleston get more recognition?

4: Jennifer Lawrence – Yes, I mentioned her already. But the fact that she was completely snubbed at the Oscars makes me very upset. Do I like the movie she was nominated for her role in? No. But she still deserves awards. She is one of the few actresses out there who is real. She has a real body, a real face, makes real mistakes, and has a real love for food. She is always radiant and smiling, and never lets falling down, whether on stage or on the red carpet, get her down. She should have gotten something for her performance at Katniss.

So I know that a lot of people would disagree with me, and that is OK! I just fail to see why the truly good movies that people actually watch cannot seem to win anything.

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