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Disney’s Frozen

Frozen_2013_Poster_3_640x914“Frozen” was THE movie to see this Thanksgiving with your family. I was a little skeptical after seeing reviews like “the best Disney film since ‘The Lion King” (OC Register), how could they compare it to one of the best Disney films of all time? For me Princess movies from Disney have been lacking lately. Would Frozen be able to live up to this statement?

It did, sort of. I wouldn’t say that it was up to “Lion King” status, but it was a thoroughly enjoyable film.

Like “Brave”, Disney has decided to focus on a family relationship more than the romance in the film. I am all for that, little girls should be shown that they do not need to depend on a man. You know, feminism, yada yada yada. However, for me, “Brave” which had a absolutely no love interest for the independent Merida, was lacking the spark to make it really Disney. “Frozen” attempts to balance a story of sisterly love and a story of romance. They do a really good job of it too, just not perfect.

The music was divine, which it couldn’t not be, with Eva Menzel (Wicked) playing Elsa. I went home singing the songs and begging my sister to build a snowman, which I will probably do everyday for the rest of her life, even though there is no snow here ever. It was another triumph in the music department for Disney. So, I would have to say that the music is as good as “Lion King’s” iconic score. However, the story is not quite able to reach those heights.

You will be laughing the whole movie, even if it is just because it is way too sappy at parts. My biggest complaint is that the villain is passive for about 80% of the film, and the plot is lacking in the action I felt the trailers promised. I would have liked to see more peril and more fighting, but the movie was good fun. And I have to give Disney props for creating a heroine who learns that she doesn’t have to wait to be saved by someone else.

I like the new feminist era of Princesses that has moved in with “Tangled,” “Brave”  and “The Princess and The Frog.” I just hope that little boys don’t lose their role models too. Can we get a prince movie over here?! It’s been a long time since “Hercules” and “Tarzan”.

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Catching Fire

MV5BMTAyMjQ3OTAxMzNeQTJeQWpwZ15BbWU4MDU0NzA1MzAx._V1_SX214_For those of you that didn’t rush out to see the premiere of Catching Fire, you missed out. Movies are always better when the theater is full of people who are genuinely excited about what they are going to see.

Personally, I went to a double feature, showing Hunger Games and Catching Fire back to back. The extra money for the ticket was well worth it! The crowd was hyped, and the energy from the first film flowed seamlessly into the next. It really gave you a feeling of how the two films matched each other. Plus, it was funny to watch the obnoxious guy in front of me laugh after every single line Woody Harrelson (Haymich) said.

In terms of the film itself, Jennifer Lawrence did it again! She was flawless and did a spectacular job portraying the rather complex character, Katniss.  Catching Fire is truer to the book than hunger games was, and I can understand the changes that they made. Somethings in books simply do not translate well on film. It was beautiful, the world of Panem is exquisitely brought into existence, and the arena is even more devastating than before.

The writers were able to counterbalance the striking drama of the story with perfectly timed sarcastic lines from many of the characters. There are plenty of new characters and plenty of old to become newly attached to, but remember, only one person survives the Hunger Games.

I don’t want to give anything away, especially for those who haven’t read the book, but be prepared for the ending. It will leave you majorly hanging! I had so many feelings left over I didn’t know what to do.

This film is going to be all anyone is talking about for the next couple of months, so go out and see it!

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The Night of the Doctor

Have you seen it?! It’s simply fantastic!

BBC has released a short mini-episode to tease the up coming Dr. Who 50th Anniversary, and for fans of the show it is outrageously exciting. I don’t want to give a lot away. See it for yourself here, let the squeals of joy commence!

Great right!?!

Officially my new favorite doctor! I love Mini-Episodes!

Seriously though, Eight only got to be in the film, it was really cool to see him again, AND I am so ready to find out what happened between Eight and Nine during the time war!

If you haven’t seen the show, you are going to think I am crazy, or you just aren’t going to care. However, if you are interested in finding out more about this crazy show that absolutely everyone is talking about now a days, first, read my blog posts to get an idea for what you are in for. They are HERE and HERE. Then start watching “Dr. Who” I would suggest starting with the film or the new series, just be aware, the first couple of episodes are very campy, get past those and you are golden (and possibly also addicted). I would wait to watch any classic “Dr. Who” until you are truely in love with the show.

For anyone already in love with the show, get ready for “An Adventure in Space and Time,” it looks wonderful!

Love “Doctor Who”? Need to let out all the feels you just received from that mini-episode? Leave a comment below! And stay tuned for my Dr. Who 50th Anniversary Special post! (Only eight days left!)

Peace!

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Catching Fire is Almost Here!

www.pinterest.comA more accurate picture of how I feel cannot be found.

Hunger Games was one of the best pictures of last year and it’s sequel is almost here!

If you haven’t seen the movies or read the books, they are about a futuristic society called Panem, where two children from all 12 of the districts are sent into the Hunger Games to fight to the death. Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take the place of her young sister, Prim. She is then sent into the arena to fight against bigger and stronger tributes.

It really is fantastic, if you haven’t heard about it you have been living under a rock.

Jennifer Lawrence stars, and she is one of the nicest people ever. Seriously! I have never seen anything that made me think anything bad about her.

Here is the Catching Fire trailer for your enjoyment:

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I Am Back!

Wow! it has been a long time!

Life got really hectic, and time to write on my blog became very scarce.

At this point I am kind of feeling like:

Seriously.

Seriously.

I opened a new store on Etsy which you can see here Penny’s Pages, and I have managed to make it to my last semester of school (insert happy dance here)! The point is, I have still been watching TV like a maniac and now I am back and I have plenty to tell you!

It’s Almost time for Dr.Who’s 50th and I have been fan girling so much!

Stay tuned, I will be posting whenever I find entertainment worth talking about!

Make sure to catch up on some of my past posts, here, here and my favorite, here.

Peace!

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Warm Bodies

After finally going to see “Warm Bodies” I can tell you, go see it! It was hilarious, with plenty of zombie humor to go around. Despite seeming like it is going to be a typical comedy, where the focus is on the laughs and not on the characters, I would rank this film up with some of the best romantic comedies out there. Take a look:

 

It’s just as good as it looks! Keep an eye out for his best friend. He has the best line in the whole film.

And so I leave you with “Bitches man…” (when you see the movie, you will get it).

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Elementary? No thanks, I’ll Stick with Sherlock.

Elementary---Stagione-1_cover_u I have been trying really hard to like “Elementary,” but it just isn’t happening. I think part of the problem is that “Sherlock” is so good! So now I hold all related material up to it in comparison. And “Elementary” is no where near as good as “Sherlock.” In this version, Sherlock Holmes has moved to America to escape his past. He is a drug addict and Watson is his sober counselor sent by his rich father to lead him out of addiction. They, of course, have their squabbles while Watson slowly becomes more intrigued by the life that Sherlock lives. The drama continues as they solve crimes while consulting with the local police force.

I have been a fan of the Sherlock Holmes story for a long time, starting as a child with Disney’s “The Great Mouse Detective.” From there I graduated into the old black and white TV series, which, coincidentally, is also better than “Elementary.” A huge part of the story has always been the relationship between Watson and Sherlock. This dynamic is completely changed in “Elementary” when they replace Watson, usually played by a man, with a woman. Now I am usually all for strong female characters, but not when it messes with stories that are already good and don’t need to be fixed. Plus it adds a weirdly romantic air to a relationship that was previously completely platonic.

Lucy Lu has taken on the roll of Watson, but I don’t see her as Watson, I see her as Lucy Lu. A better choice may have been to go with a less well known face who doesn’t distract from what is going on.

Overall, “Elementary” is a sad rip off of Sherlock, that by no means does the franchise justice. If you are a lover of any or the reincarnations of Sherlock Holmes, my advice is to steer clear.  I will probably keep my eye on this show, in the hopes that as it matures, it will get better. But I highly doubt it will.

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