Monday, July 26, 2010


I love this group! I like the way that the voices mold together and it is all around pleasing to the ears. 

WARNING MAY BE OFFENSIVE TO THOSE WHO DO NOT APPROVE OF HOMOSEXUALITY! Although this is not done in a crude manner, it is definitely present in their music. 

Personal favorite songs are "All About Us", "All the Things She Said", "Gomenasai", and "Loves Me Not".

Listening to t.A.T.u. makes me want to write a whole bunch of wonderful story ideas, so for the writers and artsists out there I would say that this is EXCELLENT music for inspiration.

The only negative thing I can say is that at times some people may have a hard time understanding the lyrics, but isn't that all part of music? Can you always understand every word that every band or artist sings???

I give t.A.T.u. 5 out of 5 stars.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Despicable Me

Yeah, yeah I know I should have more variance in the things I review, but here's ANOTHER movie review....

Despicable Me is SUCH a cute movie! Great for little kids! The yellow evil minion guys are so adorably cute I honestly just wanted to bring them all home for my own. 

However, this movie had no substance for an older audience, and other than the heart warming aspects was nothing to sit and think on later.  The characters are SO cute and had many intriguing characteristics, and remind me much of those in The Incredibles. 

There are plenty of funny and cute quotes in this film, for example when Agnes and Edith were talking about Gru, the man who recently adopted both these girls and another girl called Margo.
Agnes "I like him, he's nice."
Edith "But scary..."
Agnes "Like SANTA!"
(for some strange reason I kept repeating that quote in my head...)

I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars for children's comedy.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice't know where to start with this one.  So we'll go with the ending.

The ending was cool. But so very, very predictable.  The guy gets the girl.  The bad guys die.  True lovers after long waiting through centuries are finally reunited. The main guy gets his girl.  The way that they did this however, had cool effects and cheesy lines, so that was pretty neat.

The rest of it though?  WHAT WAS THAT????? Honestly, the only parts of the movie I really remember, the ones that really struck a chord, were at the end. 

I liked his coil experiment, that was delightful, and there were a few witty lines.  But as for the rest of it? It was all very easy to forget. 

I would not care if I watched this movie again or not, as I am disappointed that it had SOOOO much potential but this was no where close to how amazing it could have been. 

I give The Sorcerer's Apprentice 2 out of 5 stars.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Repo! The Genetic Opera

Movie reviews now, huh? Well, why not?

I found this movie to be very gripping in the sense that I loved all of the emotions displayed so strongly by the characters.  Luigi's rage, Nathan's pain from losing Marni and his love of his daughter Shiloh.  Especially Shiloh's pain because she is "infected" and not allowed to escape her bedroom prison.

I also really loved all of the costumes and the music.  the voices were haunting and really fit the parts and emotion that they needed to portray.

The repo man himself was haunting.  Can you imagine the terror and despair one must have felt upon seeing him ANYWHERE near by?  What if he had come to collect your organs? No pain killer, nothing but the pain.

When Blind Mag dies in the end, I was shocked.  Even though I knew it was going to happen, I had not been expecting her to pull out her own eyes, nor was I expecting Rotti to slice the rope that held her, causing her to fall to her death and be impaled on the fence.

The idea of the entire thing being an opera symbolizes to me that life is a show, there is what we put out on stage (the death of Nathan and Blind Mag, also the humiliation of Nathan as Rotti tells Shiloh that he had been poisoning her to keep her sick and that her mother's death had indeed been her father's fault) and there is what we hide from the world, what we don't want to be seen (Rotti does not announce that his illness is terminal until a few short minutes before he dies, on stage.)

Even though there is much good to say here, I will also have to admit the negative aspects.  I truly didn't understand the necessity of some (OK, most) of the gore.  Why did we need to see the repo man's hand inside the bodies tearing out the organs?  Why did Shiloh have to wake up on stage after Blind Mags death in a huge sea of blood (which, by the way, where did that ALL come from???)

There were also some things that I couldn't understand.  What did Rotti mean when he talks about how Marni forged his hand?  She signed something for him, but what??? And why did Nathan tell Blind Mag that Shiloh had died? Hadn't he known all along that Marni had wanted her to be present in Shiloh's life? Was this just a way to keep Shiloh safe from GeneCo?

I give Repo! The Genetic Opera 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Gaelic Storm

I know that many of you reading this blog may have the idea that I will only be reviewing books....WRONG!!! Why limit myself?  So, why not a music group?

I recently began listening to a very talented band by the name of Gaelic Storm.  As their name suggests, it is indeed Irish music.  I really love how boisterous it is, how easy I find it to get stuck in a song, especially "Scalliwag" and "Johnny Tarr" and to laugh at the lyrics such as in "Kiss Me I'm Irish".  I know that some people aren't especially fond of Irish tunes, but even if this is true for you, GIVE THIS BAND A CHANCE!!!!

One thing that I'm not always too crazy about with this band is that sometimes, the lyrics can be a little hard to understand, but this is true with many bands and solo artists.  Others may not enjoy the loud, raging tunes, but I am definitely addicted here.

I give Gaelic Storm five of five stars.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

"Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll

I truly loved this book, and often found myself unable to let this anywhere out of my sight! Carroll's ability to pull the reader into the book is amazing. Even though this story was originally for children, it does not feel as though it was meant to be that way. The only negative thing I an think of to say is that in a few places I had to reread sections just to make sure that I really understood what was happening... I give this book 4 out of 5 stars!