Monday, 28 January 2013

Vive La France!

This weekend I wanted to go to a 'Remember Tomorrowland Party' with the real and actual Dimitri Vegas! But... I had an Otitis (Ear Infection) last week and my mom wouldn't let me go because she didn't want me to get worse again! So I was really sad and my mom took me to see the new Les Misérables film in the cinema! I had never actually seen the musical and I didn't know a lot about the story so I was going into the film with no expectations. OHMIGOD IT WAS AMAZING!
I'll tell you right now that I cried the entire second half of the film! It was so bad!! If you don't know the story of Les Mis it's about the June Rebellion in France, which really didn't result in any change sadly. It spans about twenty years and follows Jean Valjean a criminal imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread. He then goes on to become the mayor of a town when he is released and adopts a poor woman's daughter as she dies. He becomes involves with the Rebellion on the rebels side and finally also dies. The character was portrayed by Hugh Jackman, who I only really know as Wolverine and I was really surprised at how well he sings! The film also stars Anne Hathaway (Fantine), Amanda Seyfried (Cosette), Samantha Barks (Éponine), Eddie Redmayne (Marius), Russel Crowe (Javert), Helena Bohem Carter and Sasha Baron Cohen ('evil' innkeepers, the Thénardiers).
Something that really touched me is that the film is actually really good in portraying how the poor people were living and how unfair life really was for them. The first song in the film was ''Look Down'' is goes ''look down, look down, you'll always see a slave..'' and that's really how things were at the time. Things were so bad that people were forced to do the most horrible things to survive themselves and then also got imprisoned for the most minor things because the ones who were actually better off would report on the others in order not to slip into any misfortune themselves.
Jean Valjean rescuing the dying Fantine and
promising to take care of her daughter.
And It was really well portrayed how quickly that could happen, one day Fantine works in a factory and the next she is homeless and has to sell her body, because she has a daughter. In one of those really sad scenes she sings ''I Dreamed A Dream'' which really showed how she has given up on life and that the only thing she is living for is her little daughter. This was the first time that I really started crying! I mean Anne Hathaway may have her faults but she acted this scene to perfection. She can sing rather well, and she was crying at the same time and it was so so sad to see this scene. Just so beautiful! 
Then the film goes on to show how she dies and Jean Valjean, who is called Monsieur le Maire by now, takes in her daughter, Cosette. Later then the beginnings of the revolution and the directors and producers did an amazing job at portraying the restless mood at the time. Also we got to know Gavroche, he is a street child who is about nine or ten and he is kind of like a mascot for the revolutionists who are kind of like his family. He is really tough and sooo cute!!
Éponine dying in Marius' arms.
Éponine Thenardier
And then you meet the grown up Cosette who, as the daughter of the mayor, is quite rich and beautiful,  the leader of the students, Marius, falls in love with her. The daughter of the Thénardiers, who were 'taking care' of Cosette while her mother was working, is called Éponine and in the beginning it's not quite clear if she's a b*tch or whatever.. I mean she comes from bad parents so you'd expect her to be bad as well. But more and more you start to feel sorry for her instead of cautious because you realise she's in love with Marius and he doesn't even look at her twice! She even helps him find the girl he's in love with, instead of snitching on Jean Valjean's location to Javert (mean police guy), which shows just how much she loves him and it's so heartbreaking because Marius doesn't even say thank you! And then she sings ''On My Own'' which is such a sad, sad song, it made me cry so much! Because it says how much she loves him but ''without me, his world keeps turning, a world of happiness, that I have never known!'' and Sam Barks just does a beautiful job of portraying her locked-up pain!
Cosette and Marius
Èponine goes on to be the only girl within the resistance and of course she's the one to die first.. Taking a bullet for Marius. A little Romeo and Juliette but such a nice scene, I still cry when I think of her final song! ''A Little Fall Of Rain'' (can hardly hurt me now..) And in that scene Marius holds her and tells her hes going to keep her safe and close and he wants to close her wounds with words of love and it me a snotty and blubbering mess. I really admire Èponine, I've read in interviews and stuff that Cosette is supposed to represent Love, and I strongly disagree with that claim: It's 'Ponine who represents the truest and purest love. She loves Marius so much that she doesn't even care about herself anymore. All she wants is for him to be happy! Cosette is a good girl she in my opinion presents the possibility of a positive future, also love but not anywhere NEAR as much as Èponine. ''And rain, will make.. the flowers... grow.''
Then came the scene that made me sob out loud like a little baby! It's when the army comes back with the cannons and Gavroche tries to steal something from the front line. You can see it coming and it's inevitable. With the shots of a pistol an officer shoots the boy in the chest - I'm crying right now - and he dies. I couldn't contain myself after that I was full on crying as if he actually were my little brother, and I don't even have any siblings so I can't imagine the feeling of them dying. It's just so unfair how anything innocent and hopeful and beautiful has to die. It just shows how everything that was good was taken from those people! Èponine and Gavroche are my favourite characters by far! Another thing is that Javert (mean policeman guy) actually takes off his own medal and put it on Gavroche's dead body when they lined up the bodies!
Garvoche, Street Child, Urchin, I love him!!
Javert turns out to be another character that you can only feel sorry for, Jean Valjean saves his life and he can't deal with the fact that life is not black and white so he kills himself.
The last scene is also so nice, it's the entire cast singing a song they were singing at the beginning of the rebellion and it is lead by the dead characters. It's like the encore would be in the live stage musical. The music is:

''Do You Hear The People Sing..''
Singing the songs of angry men.
It's the story of the people who will not be slaves again.
When the beating of your heart,
Echo's the beating of the drums,
There is a life about to start when tomorrow comes.

The music is composed in a way that fills up your heart and makes you feel really proud and sad. I know this sounds ridiculous but it's how I felt at the moment. So so beautiful. It's the way a national anthem is supposed to feel when you sing it. 
Over all. I must say this is definitely one of the best films I have seen all year and I hope it wins a bunch of prizes and I know the singing's not the best because they're not really professional singers, but the superb acting balances it way out and it's a beautiful film. And just for the record Amanda Seyfried actually does have a beautiful voice.
I hope to see the real stage musical some time not to far away, and if the school ever decides to do a production of it, I'm in even if it's in the middle of my IB exams.
This turned out to be a massive post and I haven't said everything or expressed how I feel about this amazing piece of art nearly enough, but I have to stop now!
If you haven't already, WATCH THE F*CKING FILM! It didn't let me go all weekend.. And I'm gonna say bye for the week!

The Finale


My Fav Les Mis Songs:

Monday, 21 January 2013

''Where Death Rejoyces To Teach The Living''

SO. First of all sorry for being a lazy blogger... I didn't post last week :S Seriously I hate myself when I break schedule but sometimes I just do not have time.. It's an old line but sadly true..
What I wanted to write about was the TV series Body of Proof with Dana Delany. I had watched about two episodes at a friends house a year ago or something, and now that I have a vacuum in my shows schedule I thought I'd pick it up again. I don't particularly like crime series or films but I remembered really liking the show so I gave it a try.. I find that it is actually something I enjoy watching and this might be due to the fact that it's got more of the medical side of the whole thing and that there is a lot of comedy in the series.
It is about surgeon turned medical examiner Megan Hunt, who is divorced and has to deal with getting to know her teenage daughter again. She is a person who does what she wants and has very little friends. No friends she thinks, but it quickly shows itself that, actually, her work colleagues value her a lot and become her friends.
I finished watching the entire thirty episodes (two seasons) in I think 4 days... Yeah.. That's how obsessed I was once I started watching it. But it has the perfect balance between mystery and laugh out loud moments and you really get to love the characters. Most of course Peter Dunlop, Megan's Investigator who kind of is the only one who really knows her. They flirt a lot and he's a really good guy, I think from the first episode I was already shipping them together! It would have been too perfect, too happily-ever-after-ly though.. Peter dies in the season two finale and you really get to see that they should be together, he saves her from a crazy serial killer who wants to kill her and then pull our her brain through her nose with an embalming hook the way the Egyptians used to... Well yeah he saves her and gets the hook wedged in his stomach and dies in her arms. And she cradles him and you can see the pain in her face.
Ethan, Curtis, Kate, Megan, Sam, Bud, Peter
He as well as the two detectives are not coming back for season three which is premiering on the 19th of February.... I CAN'T waiiiittttt!!!!! But I'm gonna miss Peter and Bud SOOO much.. Sam I can deal with I was oddly fascinated by her because she's kind of manly and kind of beautiful at the same time, but I'm not gonna miss her... But PETERRRR!! :'( I mean Megan is technically still dating that other guy, and he seems quite sweet, but they're not soul mates!!!
I really like the character of Megan, because she is a bit of a cold hearted b*tch, but also the opposite at the same time. She is just really likable, and I think Dana Delany is a big part of what she is such an enigmatic character. Dana is over 50 years old, has had no plastic surgery and looks absolutely amazing. She is a bit of an idol right now because she is totally cool. I thought she was thirty to forty when I started watching... But then again, I'm a HORRIBLE judge of age... :D But yeah over time I noticed that she does show some signs of ageing (like a soft chin) but you don't notice it until you really look because you know. That is graceful ageing my friends. Sorry I'm ranting, I have a bit of a girlcrush on her if you haven't noticed yet.
The title of this weeks post is from a Latin sign they have posted over the entrance to their morgue. It is a big reason why I watch the show because it is exactly what they do in that morgue, they are really respectful towards the dead and try to do them justice. And the series has the same respectful kind of theme.
After finishing this I kind of was bored again, and then I started watching Bones. I thought it was a worse version of exactly the same thing and stopped after episode three. I've got nothing more to say about it. Then I started watching The Mentalist and I was finally happy again.
It's another crime scene murder investigation show. It centres around Patrick Jane who is a ''mentalist''. He is a behaviour specialist who was a con-psychic for many years but turned into a consultant for the California Bureau of Investigation. His wife and daughter were murdered by a serial killer called Red John and Jane is out for revenge.
That Cheeky Smile
It's not as good as Body of Proof in my humble opinion but its still pretty good. I love the constant conflict between Lisbon and Jane and I don't even need them to end up together. Differently so with Rigsby and Van Pelt!! OMG, those twooo!!!!! I'm shippiiinggg!! Hahah, and I'm slightly in love with Rigsby. Which surprised me because I thought I was going to like Jane, as he's the protagonist and has that cheeky smile thing going on. But yeah I like him, not love him. Rigsby is just such a darling.
And I also love Cho :D not in that way though. I just think he is also very funny. In the casino murder episode I was amazed what a player he can be and I love the banter between him and Rigsby.
Naww, Van Pelt and Rigsby !
I'm always more nervous when I watch this because in this series there is often a moment where someone almost gets pushed of a roof or shot or something.. Yeah, I just finished on season one with this and am excited to see what is about to happen with Rigsby and Van Pelt as well as Jane and Red John.
So a lot of dead bodies and stuff at the moment.. don't worry I'm fine! :D

Sound Waves:
Come & Go - Aer
People Help The People - Leeroy Sanchez
Middle Of The Bed - Lucy Rose
Wecome Home - Radical Face
Radioactive - Imagine Dragons

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Check It Out

Just a quick thing, I know I haven't posted this week... Sorry... Buuut I haave something seriously cool to shol you!
So theres this girl I know who is a serious fashionista and has an amazing style. She has a fashion blog thats really interesting and inspirational and you should TOTALLY check it out! The name is Wear In Fashion and this is the link Click it and you'll get there!

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Pick And Mix

So, I feel like I haven't done this in a longish time.. I guess I've been busy... Actually, that's no excuse! Especially as so many of you are actually stumbling upon my blog recently, it really isn't fair for me to rest on my laurels... Truth is, I decided not to post during the Xmas hols because I was in Germany and I wanted to spend all my time with my family and not be the asocial person sitting in the corner on her laptop.
And then, when I came back, school hit me like a big fat truck, that is, work, work, work, and more work. Teachers really don't have hearts I sometimes think. Worst thing, soon as I get home from absolutely FREEZING Germany I caught a cold, to be more specific, a pharyngitis that turned into bronchitis and rendered me speechless - literally. Currently I wish I could do sign language, the only way I can talk is by whispering and in lessons I need a translator to ask my questions.. And worse.. people think it's SO funny!
God, I gotta stop complaining.. Well I know that I have had a stressful time but I still managed to watch some interesting stuff while doing art homework and whatnot..
The first thing I want to talk about is Paul Rudd's new film This Is 40. I watched it with quite high expectations because the trailer is funny, and in Knocked Up the couple were very funny characters, but I didn't enjoy it as much as I had hoped I would. To primarily angry middle aged people who can't get their sh*t together does not provide a lot of entertainment value for me.. Maybe I'm just not old enough yet, I should have asked my mom to watch it with me.
This film I did watch with my mom, Becoming Jane, the film about Jane Austen's life featuring Anne Hathaway and James McAvoy. I actually did enjoy this film, as I do most films that play in this time where people are civilised. I am such a sucker for a good romance... Don't judge!!
Tom, Jane and the poor Rich Boy
Well it opens a little bit slow, and at first the story is quite confusing.. I had some laughs in the arguments between Jane and Tom, and thought it especially funny how 'prude' they were in those times.. Reading about animal coitus in a nature book, equals reading 50 Shades in the now world. The dresses and the dancing and the gentlemen are just sooo nicee! I kept feeling sorry for that poor lonely rich boy that she rejected!! I mean he didn't even look that bad and he had excellent manners and he was rich, and nice as well, I kinds kept hoping she would realise that but, at the same time she HAD to get together with Tom! The scene in which she decided she can't elope with him, is so sad, but I really only felt it right in the end when they meet again and he called his daughter Jane!! So sad! THAT's when I got tears in my eyes!! Overall, I won't watch it again, not as good as Pride and Prejudice obviously, but still a good watch...
Happy Family - The Crawleys
Now, something I feel very passionately about. F*CKING MATTHEW from Downton Abbey F*CKING DYING, THE TW*T! Like seriously! I read up about it and found that the actor had quit the role in order to follow other projects and widen his range of opportunities of something... I was SO mad when I read this, I mean he is one of the main characters, they already killed of Sybill, now they've got to single parents and two babies... I mean at least Mary has a son, so there's a heir and all that but.. I can't even.. I already knew it would happen when he was driving home all happy and stuff. I can't believe he did this to millions of viewers. I love the character so much that I am so, so, so mad at the actor even though, as a person I should probably congratulate him... Still. He was such a nice person, he dealt with Mary's b*tching and was always friendly with everyone. I knew that something horrible would happen, I would even have been OK if the baby had died. But no. THIS is the only outcome i CANNOT accept.
I honestly doubt Mary can every be happy again, I think she might go crazy or something. Also, if more actors who are that important quit, say Maggie Smith dies of a heart attack (although this would be reasonable... She IS old), I will stop watching it. NO KIDDING.
Something I also won't be watching anymore is Gossip Girl, I know the series ended aaages ago, but I only finished the last episodes over the hols.. The last episode was a bit cheesy and a bit cramped full of everything but it was still good. Except for I didn't like Dan as 'Gossip Girl' I honestly thought it was going to be Nelly Yuki or Dorota, that would have been sooo much more interesting. As well as I didn't want Dan ending up with Serena, in the beginning they were a cute couple,... kind of.. but then they split up and got back together so many times that it got boring. I was hoping for a little bit of Dan/Georgina action and maybe a bit of Serena/Nate!! But I must say Georgina/Jack Bass was also kind of genius. Well, one thing I have to applaud though is Blair and Chuck, for a long time in the middle I wanted them to be apart 'cos Chuck had turned into a mega-gigantic-annoying-twit but now love is in the air again.. Yay, and yeah... The wedding dress: beauteous, gorgeous, wondrous, incredulous.. I don't know how better to describe it!! Jenny and Eric where also squeezed in there in the end, and a lot of other people, who I had kind of forgotten who they were... and Lilly and Rufus finally united again. Amen. That's how I like it!! I'm gonna miss the divas of the upper east side!! But the end was kind of hinting at a second generation.. We will see, I almost hope they leave it how it is because I think with another generation they have the power to absolutely ruin it!
Blair and Chuck - ''I Do.''
The last thing I wanted to inform you people of is that I am in love, like a twelve year old, with the Percy Jackson book series!! Seriously awesome!! I have finished the most recent book, and am now going to read the Egyptian series by Rick Riordan while waiting for August 2013!! If you don't know the book series or were fazed by the film, read it/give it another try!! I loved it! that can be just because I love ancient history or because the relationships and the stories are actually seriously cute!! I love how the ancient world is integrated into modern day life and how you learn about the Greek and roman gods while you read. I seriously feel like I need to draw a picture of this. I'll do that and then put it on deviantArt so that you can see it!!
So today was a bit of a pick and mix, the last thing I want to say is thanks for your patience and thanks for coming back to read my blog every now and then!!

Just Listen:
Welcome Home - Radical Face
Same Love - Macklemore ft. Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert

Augenbling - Seeed