Saturday, November 30, 2013

Pictures, Part 2

I actually didn't originally title the last post full of pictures (I just went back and edited both that post and this one today: 2/13/14), but it's part two anyway.  I've got quite a few posts in draft to finish, but for now, just so I can post something without it taking a whole lot of concentration and organization, here's another peek into what I've been making recently (notice I said "peek."  This one has only five pics).  'Cause I know y'all were just dying to know;)  By the way, you won't "get" some of these unless you've seen certain movies.  Okay.  Enough talking.  Here you go.






(By the way, I have a LOT more POTO pictures to share as well, but I think I'll save them for my POTO post.  Oh, yes, that's coming soon;)  And it will be, haha, um, lengthy, shall we say;))


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Faramir + Eowyn


I love this couple...


so flippin' much...


it's actually rather pathetic...


;)

(All are pictures I've been far too gratified by making.  And all are inspired by a music video.)


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Top 10 Movie Heroes

I've seen these kinds of posts on other blogs, and decided I wanted to share my top ten movie heroes with you.  You should know, however, that this is the list of my top favorite movie heroes as of right now.  It's actually kind of been put together on a whim...This list is subject to change at a moment's notice;)  (In fact, it has, several times, throughout its creation.)  Oh, and as you guys could probably guess, there will be more than one from LOTR - but probably less than you're expecting! - and more than one from Disney movies.  Don't laugh.  Now, this list will be a kind of countdown, with the #1 movie hero being my favorite.  (I might not be quoting them entirely correctly;())  Here goes!

#10:  Dustfinger from Inkheart                
                                            

Favorite Quotes:
- "Before you say anything, let me tell you I'm here to save your necks."  "After putting them on the chopping block in the first place!"  *Dustfinger sighs hopelessly.*
- "Just get in the car!"
-  "You're very good at that."  *Farid smiles.*  "That doesn't mean we're friends or anything!"
- "You think I care what you wrote?  You don't control my fate, otherwise I wouldn't be here.  I'm not just some character in your book, and you - you are not my god.  So, do you have a copy of the book or don't you, because I would like to go home now, please."

Dustfinger is a citizen of "Inkworld," who is transported to ours when Mo "reads him out."  Thus, he is forced to remain for over nine years, trying to find Mo to read him back into the book.  Now, an argument that could be made against Dustfinger is that he's "weak and deceitful."  But that's not all he is.  Not all of him.  Sorry.  In case you didn't know, that was a quote from the movie.  Yes, yes, he leaves Meggie and Signor Fenoglio locked up in a crypt whilst awaiting their execution behind, but he goes back.  That's the point, people.  And seriously, the dude is a little desperate at this point.  He misses his family too hasn't seen his family in over nine years.  Wouldn't you be a little "antsy" to do whatever possible to get back to your family in his situation?

So, even though he does make mistakes, I really like Dustfinger.  (Well, duh.  If you didn't like him, why would he be on your top ten movie heroes list, Olivia?  You stupid girl!;))


#9:  Captain Phoebus from The Hunchback of Notre Dame


Favorite Quotes:
- "Achilles, sit."
- "Easy, easy, I just shaved this morning."
- "Ah, ah, ah, watch it.  You're in a church."
- "Oh, good, great, this is very good.  *Brief pause*  What is it?"

Sadly, I doubt if any of you have ever watched this movie.  *Sigh*  It doesn't seem to be very well-known, but it's one of Disney's most EPIC - and I mean that in every sense of the word - masterpieces.  Just go get it from the library.  Trust me on this one.  It's probably got the most of substance of any Disney movie ever made.  Like, ever.  But, ahem, anywho, this is supposed to be about Phoebus, not the movie he's in.  So, he's one of the main characters in THOND (The Hunchback of Notre Dame), and he's really funny.  However, he's also got a strong sense of right and wrong, I think, and is willing to die rather than do what he knows is wrong.  (The scene when Frollo tries to burn down the suspected farmhouse...*rolls eyes in ecstasy* it's just too epic.  But not as epic as the scene when Quasimodo saves - never mind.  I don't want to spoil it for you;))


#8:  Quasimodo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame



Like I said, just go watch the movie.  Then you'll understand.  But, on the slim chance that any of you have seen it, remember this part?  "SANCTUAARYYYYYY!  SANCTUUAAARRYY!  SAAANNNCTUARRYYYYYY!"  Wow, I'm about to shrivel up and die from the epic-ness of it.


#7:  Ben Gates from the National Treasure movies



OK, so, don't laugh, but I think Ben is a great movie hero.  He does steal the Declaration of Independence,  but he's got good intentions, unlike Ian Howe.  And in the second one (and maybe the first one?  I don't remember.), he volunteers to stay behind and get killed so that the others could go free.  Unfortunately, however, he does move in with Abigail prior to marriage, which, ya know, is never good.  Grr.  Other than that, I think he's pretty cool, but that is a pretty big downer...


#6:  Joseph from The Nativity Story


Did y'all know that this is my favorite Christmas movie?;)  'Cuz it is.  (I think.  I'm very indecisive, don't ya know.)  Joseph is probably my favorite character from The Nativity Story (well, I do also really like the wise men...).  He's just so SWEET, for crying out loud!  I think Mary was rather unkind to him in the beginning (I've got to put myself in her place; arranged marriage and all, but still...).  He's obedient to God's angel, not questioning, just trusting.  Joseph is awesome.  The end.    


#5:  Flynn Rider/Eugene Fitzherbert from Tangled

(Isn't that just about the best picture ever??;))

Favorite Quotes:
- "All right, listen, I didn't want to have to do this, but you leave me no choice.  Here comes the smolder."
- "You know, I can't help but notice you seem a little at war with yourself..."
- "Listen, blondie -"  "Rapunzel."  "Gezundheit."
- "So, I know I'm not supposed to ask about the hair...or the mother...frankly, I'm too scared to ask about the frog -"  "Chameleon?"  "Nuance."
- "Oh, mama, I have got to get me one of these!"
- "You should know that this is the strangest thing I've ever done!"
- "Frying pans!  Who knew, right?"

Of all these heroes, Flynn is probably the most quotable.  And, you know:  "You are my new dream."  Need I say more?;)  (By the way, does anyone else here think it's a little strange that Rapunzel likes Eugene Fitzherbert better than Flynn Rider???)


#4.  Samwise Gamgee from The Lord of the Rings movies


Favorite Quotes:
- "SAMWISE GAMGEE, HAVE YOU BEEN EAVESDROPPING?!"  "Please, sir, I wasn't dropping no eaves.  I was just trimming the hedges."  "And what did you hear?"  "Nothing important.  That is, I heard a great deal about a ring, and a dark lord, and something about the end of the world, but please...please don't turn me into nothing...unnatural."  (I'm pretty sure that was not quoted entirely correctly.)
- "I made a promise, Mr. Frodo!  A promise!  'Don't you leave him, Samwise Gamgee.'  And I don't mean to.  I don't mean to."
- "I can't carry it for you...but I can carry you!"
- There are more, but I don't really wish to list them all:)

Yes, my opinion of Sam has improved.  Feel free to cheer;)  Is it necessary to explain why Sam is an awesome hero?  He just is.  And you guys reading this know why.  So that's that:)


#3:  George Knightley from Emma (2009)


Favorite Quotes:
- "Harriet?  I do not mind what we talk of.  We can talk of Harriet if we must."
- "I cannot make speeches.  If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.  But you know what I am..."
- "That man is so full of himself it's a wonder he can stay on that horse."
- (*Makes exasperated noise*)  "Really, it is better to be without wits than apply them as you do, Emma."
- "His hair cut?  Of course.  Imperative business indeed."

I love this adaptation of Emma.  It's wonderful - great costuming, acting, screenplay, etc.  And the way Johnny Lee Miller and Romola Garai portray Mr. Knightley and Emma is just so adorable, "even when" they're threatening me fighting with each other;)  I just love it:)  You should see it, all of you.


#2:  John Thornton from North and South


Favorite Quotes:
- "I do not want to possess you; I wish to marry you because I love you!" [SOB (From me, that is.  Mr. Thornton doesn't actually sob at that part.)]
- "And pray that Fanny's too busy to buy any more from the draper's."
- "You're coming home with me?"

Um, you didn't honestly think he wouldn't be on this list, did ya?;)  Yes.  You all know I love the character of Mr. Thornton.  And only Emily really understands why, but hopefully the rest of y'all will soon;)  

(Now, I want you to think very, very hard about who #1 might be, and then it's possible that you'll figure it out;))

You ready?  

#1 is...Faramir from The Lord of the Rings movies!!!


Didn't that just SHOCK you all?;)  I've already done my spiel about why I consider Faramir a hero, and I know I don't need to expound on just how much I love his character, so I'll just leave it at that;)  


So there you have it.  There's my list of (current) top movie heroes.  And I must say, that was quite fun.  Quite.












Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Ruh-roh!

I was just rereading my review of The Return of the King, and it came to my attention that I may have - gasp! - unintentionally plagiarized therein!!  I think two of the phrases I used I MIGHT have either read or heard elsewhere, like on another blog or an audiobook.  If that be the case, my sincerest apologies.  Believe me, it was most unconsciously done, and I hope will be of short duration  I didn't mean to:(

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Pictures

I know I've been a shamefully neglectful blogger - really hardly worthy of the name, but here's a small token just so this poor website knows I haven't completely forgotten about it.  I've got a longer post on hold, and hopefully I'll get it posted soon, but until then, I thought I'd share with you all some of the pictures that I have been taking far too much delight in making recently.  Some of them were inspired by music videos, movies (wow, SHOCKER there), etc., and some of them came out of my own creative little noggin;)  Anywho, here you are (ahem, yes, the majority are LOTR-themed with other captions.  OK, so all of them are except for two.) :






(Both those last two were inspired by this totally epic music video - if you're interested in watching it, send me an email or post me a comment and I shall email it to you.  Also, the next one about Arwen and Aragorn was inspired by a different music video, which I can also send to you.)







I hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed making them!;)











Sunday, October 13, 2013

LOTR: The Return of the King movie review




I do apologize for the delay in getting this review out, m'dears.  I got busy with school and such, and then - hurrah! - Dad let me create my own little blog:)  But regardless, I have returned, to inundate you with more of my entertaining opinions on this trilogy:)

 The last installment opens with the tragic account of how Sméagol morphed into Gollum.  I have not seen that entire thing, since apparently he gets slightly creepy, and as y’all know, I get scared easily.  I have now, however, watched both Shelob and the green ghost army.  I’ll get to them. 

I think that for this last review of the LOTR trilogy I shall only go over certain parts, like those of the utmost importance, or those that I especially like or dislike:)  So here goes.

Pippin's curiosity regarding Saruman's palantir leads to trouble - but as we all know, curiosity often does;)  Gandalf sets out for Gondor to warn that creep Denethor that he suspects Sauron plans to attack the White City, and takes Pippin with him, much to his and Merry's dismay.  I love that little bit between them - "But - we'll see each other again soon, won't we?"  "I don't know, I don't know what's going to happen."  "Merry -"  "Run, Shadowfax, show us the meaning of haste."  "Merry!"  So bittersweet:(  

Soon thereafter, I believe, we see Arwen journeying towards the Gray Havens.  Her father has, you see, convinced her that she should travel to Valinor.  But on the way, she has a vision - she sees the child she would have if she stayed behind with Aragorn.  And her dress is absolutely gorgeous - but then, practically all of her dresses are lovely.  Anywho, back on track.  She gallops back to Rivendell to her father, and I love the ensuing scenes.  Liv Tyler's voice is really cool - like, really.  She persuades her father to reforge Narsil.  And she calls him "Adda."  It's adorable!:)  

Then Pippin lights the beacons, at Gandalf's command, and when the beacon closest to Rohan starts to blaze, I just find it kind of adorable how Aragorn leaps to his feet and goes tearing up to the palace to inform Theoden:)  Bless his heart, he cares a lot about Gondor:)

Ugh.  Then Denethor does what he's best at - being a jerk to Faramir.  "Ever you desire to appear lordly and gracious, as a king of old."  Pardon me, but what exactly are you trying to do, wearing a bathrobe, holding a scepter, and using phrases like, "unless at the utmost end of need"?  Sorry.  I know that wasn't entirely fair, but I must be allowed to defend Faramir against the charges laid at his door;)  

I also love the scene with Pippin and Faramir.  It's so cute:)  I do disagree with some of their lines, though:  "What service can a hobbit offer such a great lord of men?"  "Great lord of men"?  Huh-uh.  Denethor's not a great lord of men, Pippin dear.  "They were so alike, he and my father.  Proud, stubborn even - but strong."  Much as I hate to disagree with you, Faramir, Boromir - yes.  Denethor - not so much.  All right, all right, I should stop bashing Denethor so much.  'Twill be difficult, but I shall try to curb my tongue and say only that which is necessary - actually, no, never mind, that won't work out, 'cause you see, the very next scene, Denethor acts up again: 

Faramir:  "You wish now that our places had been exchanged.  That I had died and Boromir had lived."  Denethor:  "Yes.  I wish that."

Whereupon I must restrain my very great urge to pause the movie and take a sledgehammer to Denethor's face.  Because just look at Faramir's face, people (and this picture doesn't even do it justice, but it was the best I found):
I officially HATE Denethor in every sense of the word.  (Sort of.  Pretty much.  Anywho.)   

After that, Gollum tricks Frodo into thinking that Sam is going to turn on him, thereby prompting Frodo to leave Sam behind.  Sigh.  

Off go Faramir and his troops, at the whim of an overwhelmingly stupid steward who has sentenced them all to sudden, instant, and even immediate DEATH!!!  Sorry.  Couldn't resist:)

I think it is at this point that we return to Aragorn and his people.  Elrond visits Aragorn, informs him that Arwen is dying, and urges him to "put aside the Ranger.  Become who you were born to be."  Ooohhhh.  That's epic:)  So Aragorn prepares to find undead traitors to help him defend his city.  Glory be.  Eowyn tries to stop him, and is told as gently as possible that Aragorn "cannot give her what she seeks."  Poor Eowyn.  Don't worry, you'll get over it, and Faramir's so much better for you anyway.  You belong with Faramir, and Arwen belongs with Aragorn:)  Good, that's settled.  

So anywho, moving right along...Aragorn finds the dead people, with the assistance of Legolas and Gimli - and I've got to say, now that I've watched them, that they are rather revolting.  Them and the dead people in the marshes during the second movie - they're probably the creepiest things in the trilogy, to me.  

And we're back with Gollum and Frodo!  Gollum informs Frodo that the only way is to go into the scary tunnel, so in Frodo goes.  And he meets a lovely character by the name of Shelob.  Yes, she's scary too, but I guess once you get used to her, she's not that bad.  She's just a hideously overgrown arachnid.  With freaky teeth.  And an equally freaky stinger.  But then - Sam to the rescue!!  Go Sam!!

Denethor goes insane, by the way, which isn't the greatest tragedy in the world, but - ahem, moving on.  So anywho, eventually we get to the epic battle of the Pelennor Fields.  And the green ghost army help Aragorn out, after which he graciously lets them die.  How kind.  And Legolas brings down an entire elephant single-handedly, but "that still only counts as one!"  

Theoden dies :( and then - GASP - Emily, it's the "Epic No" part!!:)  Really, it's not that big of a deal, it's just that Eomer sees Eowyn lying on the battlefield, looking dead, and he just lets out this really well-done kind of, well, roar of "NOOOOOOOOOO!"  And I just find it epic.  Ahem, yes, now, some of you know, I had originally missed the part where we find out that Eomer and Eowyn are brother and sister, and I, um, sort of thought that Eomer liked Eowyn, you know, and that's why I was rather alarmed when Faramir started - sorry.  Side note.    

*Shriek of joy*  It's the best scene in the whole trilogy!!  Argh!!  Literally, it's actually called "The Captain and the White Lady."  I love it!!  
Seriously, those of you who haven't seen the extended edition, I do pity you.  This is an awesome scene, it's all of (about) 45 seconds long, and they cut it out for the theatrical version.  How could you, Peter Jackson?!  And furthermore, I've even heard that they originally filmed a wedding scene for Eowyn and Faramir, and they deleted it.  Like, completely.  It's nowhere to be found, not in the extended edition, not in any special features, nowhere.  Sigh, anyway.  BEST.  SCENE.  EVER!!!

So now we come to the climatic final scenes of the trilogy.  The whole army of "good guys" rally forth to meet the whole army of "bad guys" in the best final battle ever.  And Frodo and Sam make a last, desperate effort to get the Ring to Mount Doom and destroy it.  "I can't carry it for you, but I can carry you!"  *Everyone wipes tears from their eyes at Sam's total awesomeness.*  And then they play a variation of the credit song, "Into the West," and it's amazing.  Oh, yes, the music for this trilogy is stunning.  I highly approve.  Seriously, I don't think they could possibly have made better choices.  Frodo allows the Ring to take control of him, but then Gollum comes in and  *ew* bites off part of his finger to kidnap what Frodo has rightfully stolen get the Ring back.  So in a way, we're kind of indebted to Gollum, because if he hadn't come along, Frodo would probably have been hopelessly lost to darkness.  But finally both Gollum and the Ring are destroyed.  Sauron's fortress crumbles.  Darkness has lost.  It's beautiful.  *Ecstatic sigh of contentment*  And now "it's over.  It's done." ;)  Sam mourns never getting to see Rosie again.  And I love the quote Frodo delivers as he tries to comfort Sam:  "I'm glad to be with you, Samwise Gamgee - here at the end of all things."  But it ISN'T the end of all things, because Gandalf comes riding in on an eagle and carries Frodo and Sam away.  Back to - wherever it was we next see them.  There the Fellowship (minus Boromir *sniffle*) is reunited.  It's all just so beautiful:) 

Ooh, ooh, and then Aragorn is crowned King of Gondor.  And then...wait for it...   
Daaawwwwwwww:')  It's so sweet!!  

The hobbits return to the unscathed Shire, peaceful as always, and Sam marries Rosie:)  

And now the end.  The incredible, emotional ending to what is probably the best film saga ever made.  The way this trilogy affects me is just plain weird.  It's like you're left with this strange, wistful, almost yearning feeling.  I don't understand it, but oh well.  I don't understand many things:)  Anyway, Sam, Merry, and Pippin must face the fact that Frodo has to go to Valinor.  Without them.  And he won't be coming back.  Gah.  It's amazing, but I must admit not the kind of ending I generally like in a movie.  Nevertheless, it fits this trilogy spectacularly.  
 The long and short of it, peoples, is that Lord of the Rings is amazing and I don't think I did it justice in that review at all.  But then, I really just set out to explain my personal opinions on it, so...Now come the days of the King!  May they be blessed.  

  

   











Finally

Well, here I be, at long last, ready to pour out my stimulating opinions about movies, books, music, and other such delights:)  I can't wait to get started!!