Summer

Friday, June 29, 2012

Summer is here. It's a time for swimming, reading, writing, eating plenty of plums, drinking endless amounts of sweet ice-tea, going barefoot, spending time with friends, baseball game, blasting the radio, staying up late, getting up early, and picnics.

Summer is a time of living. Maybe that's why I love it so much. I love life. And summer is all about life.



Much love,


My Love of Phantom

Saturday, June 23, 2012




The music...The characters...The story... It's all amazing.


Seeing Phantom of Broadway was amazing. It was beyond amazing. It was epic.

My favorite thing about Phantom? The Phantom himself. He was played by Hugh Panaro. Words can't describe how beautiful his voice is. Seriously.

So pause my music player and listen to this music. You won't be sorry.



{The Mirror//The Phantom of the Opera//Music of the Night}
(Unfortunately, the quality isn't too great--and I'm not too crazy about this Christine, but oh well.)

Here's a better version of "Music of the Night"--Hugh Panaro is singing it in some park in NYC.


{Music of the Night}


And here are some other songs. These are from the movie soundtrack, because I couldn't get live ones :/



{Overture}



{Angel of Music}



{Wishing You were Somehow Here Again}








This is my favorite musical of all time. I listen to the music over and over again. I plan on seeing it again someday.





Movie Review: The Hunger Games

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

-there are spoilers, so beware-



The Hunger Games rated PG-13
Starring:
Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen

Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark

Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne

Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy

Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket

Lenny Kravitz as Cinna

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I couldn't wait to see THG movie. I was practically jumping up and down when I went to see it (actually... I think I did). I was a little worried about how violent it was going to be, but it wasn't that bad. In fact, I didn't think it was as intense as it could have been. 


Reaping day was one of the most emotional scenes. Probably because I can totally relate to Katniss when she volunteered for Prim. Knowing what was coming kind of gave my this awful dread of what was coming.

^This was one of my favorite scenes.
It brought tears to my eyes. I loved how Gale came and quietly pried Prim off of Katniss. 
Gale was my hero in this scene.


I'm a fan of Peeta. No ifs ands or buts. I like Gale, but Peeta is the best. However (haha I never said anything about "however" :p), this movie made me love Gale. Maybe it's because of his *cough* insanely good looks. I don't know... It was really heartbreaking when they showed Gale watching Katniss and Peeta in the arena. Yeah. Really sad.

I was disappointed that they left of the part where Peeta says, "I'll pull off your cape if you pull of mine."
That added a little humor to the book, and it would have been a good for the movie.

I think that the casting was amazing. The actors played their parts so well.

The Career tributes were amazing. Especially Cato ;)
They did really good at playing evil teenagers. I mean, c'mon--they laughed like they we're in an amusement. But really, they were just going to kill Katniss. Then they started to argue over who was going to do it. 
Creepy. But very well portrayed.
No offence to the actors.


The fireball scene was pretty cool. I'm pretty sure that I was almost jumped out of my seat.
I had forgotten about this scene, so it just kind of freaked me out when I saw it.


Okay, so--I loved Haymitch. He was hilarious. He and Effie have such an.... Interesting relationship. They kind of remind me of a brother and sister.


Rue was perfect. She was cute, sweet, and you couldn't help but love her. 

I was on the edge of my seat during the bloodbath. 
It wasn't super violent, though I can see where it would upset more sensitive viewers. 
I think that the director could have done a better job of making the bloodbath more intense--the music should have been different, I think.

Thresh was amazing. Really amazing. He was so protective of  Rue--just a little too late.

I think the scenes of viewers in Rue's district was an awesome addition. 
It really leads on to the revolts in Catching Fire.
And I love the 3 finger salute.

^This scene. Ahhh... Any scenes with Peeta were pretty cool.

I was a little angry that when Katniss left Peeta to get the medicine, he was only asleep, instead of giving him a sedative.

And of course... Who doesn't cry at this^ scene? I'm pretty sure all three of us (my group) were crying.
So emotional. I knew it was coming--I tried to brace myself--but it was still horrible.
Which is as it should be. This scene needs to be intense.

Favorite scene in the whole movie. The End. At this point I was nearly squealing.
Peeta and Katniss belong together. If only she knew that...
But yes. This was my favorite part. 

So sweet. Though not exactly like the book. But it was okay.




I was a little disappointed when I saw the movie; it wasn't as good as the books (but hey, what movie is ever better than the book?). Now that I've had a few weeks to think it over, I'm realizing that I love the movie. Maybe it's because they bring the books to life. I don't know. But now I can't wait to see it again (August 18th, people!). 

There were some parts of the book that I wish would have been in the movie--but I understand that the director had a budget and time limit, so that's forgivable. Besides that, the books are in the first person--and the movie wasn't. I'm not sure if it would have been better to do a voice-over or not. Either way, the movie left a little to be desired.

The casting was superb. I can't get over how the characters came to life for me. 

I would recommend seeing the movie--if you've read the books.  Don't watch the movie and then read the books. You'll miss a lot if you watch first and read later. Just remember that it's PG-13--while I didn't think it was too bad, some people might. So watch with caution.

I give the movie a 4.5 out of 5 stars :)

And guess what? Catching Fire is coming out November 2013!! Awesomeness.


Preview of "The Hunger Games" Movie Review

Monday, June 18, 2012

I think it's only right that I show you the trailer for The Hunger Games before I do a full-fledged review of the movie :)
So here you are. 
(oh, and don't forget to turn off the music player before watching this :) )


The Hunger Games: A Review

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

I'm finally getting around to doing a review of the Hunger Games. I'm so happy :)




Summary (taken from Amazon.com):
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before-and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.



I really loved the Hunger Games. It's the type of book that sucks you in. I couldn't put it down. I started it on a Friday afternoon and finished it Saturday morning. It gave me a lot to think about. Suzanne Collins really likened the Capitol to ancient Rome. For instance, there were a lot of Roman names (Cato, Seneca, Caesar, Octavia, etc.) and the Hunger Games were very much like the gladiators in the Colosseum.
     The author was saying something about how entertainment-driven our society is. We all love to watch reality shows, and that's what the Hunger Games is. If you think about it, we are the Capitol (I hate to admit it, but it's true). We have everything we could ever need, and yet we always want more. And when you read about all the crazy styles and body-art in THG, it's not too much different from what we see people wearing around America. It's a little scary to think about, but I can see something like THG happen in our future.

Pros:   This book kind of opened my eyes to how much I really have. It reminded me that, sure, I might not have all the coolest new gadgets, but it's not like I'm starving, or I'm being forced to be in the Hunger Games.
 This book is really fast-paced, and a good story. I really love the characters--they were easy to love, and I felt really concerned about them. I also have to admit that a big reason I love the book is Peeta :)


Cons: THG is violent, which is understandable, considering what the book is about. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone under 12. Of course, it all depends on how sensitive you are; some 16 year-old might have a hard time reading THG, while some 11 year-old could handle it.
   Suzanne Collins was certainly not supporting killing when she wrote this book. The people who are okay with killing are the bad guys, and the people who hate killing are the good guys. THG is somewhat about what happens when a society becomes desensitized to violence, like ours is right now. We haven't got to the point where we're watching teenagers kill teenagers--but if we aren't careful, I'm sure we could end up just like the Capitol.
   Another small con--I wouldn't say that the book is extremely well written. It wasn't awful, but it wasn't superb; there were a few clunky sentences here and there.


I say that this book is definitely worth reading. If you haven't read it yet, then I say try it.

I give this 4.5 stars.






Favorite Quotes:


"You don't forget the face of the person who your last hope."--Katniss


"Stay alive." --Haymitch


"Because she came with me."--Peeta


"I am not pretty. I am not beautiful. I am as radiant as the sun."--Katniss











Hammond

Monday, June 11, 2012

My trip to the amusement park didn't go according to plan. I guess that I wasn't as completely recovered as I thought :/ So since I don't have too many pictures from yesterday, I have some other pictures for you :)



This year I surprised everybody and actually started to win games. It kinda... Freaked me out a bit. Because   I never win. It felt good. Does winning feel this good all the time? 'Cuz I like it.


We taught Jackie and Jim to play Settlers of Catan. I think the liked it.

These just happen to be my two favorite girls IN THE WHOLE WORLD.


I love this ^ girl <3

Londan was swimming. So I told her to give Mark a big hug. She thought it was a good idea. 
Mark didn't.


Okay, so, picnic food is the best. Hamburgers over the fire, three-bean salad, pasta salad, homemade relish... Oohhh yeah.

Annie and I went back to the creek for a photo shoot. This is the only picture of me you're going to see :p

This could have turned out better... I took a bunch of high-speed shots of Annie running through the sprinkler, then used Photoshop to lay the pictures over each other.

Nothing says "summer like an ice-cold coke.



I love this little dude.

I love this little girl. She's going to be 3 tomorrow. 




Now, I'm off to a ball game. I hope you all have a good week!

Oh, and I'm still not feeling to good. So prayers are appreciated! :)