Review: The Maze Runner

This review is pretty delayed, and I’m sorry for how silent I’ve been lately. Trying to prioritize as school gets going is a bit of a pain-in-the-butt. Anyhow, let’s get under way.

I had a slight roadblock in my attempt to read The Maze Runner before I saw the movie. I was about two thirds of the way through, and still going strong, when my friend called me up at the last minute and asked me to go see the movie with her. It had taken all of my will power to even keep from just going by myself before I was done with the book, so I easily conceded. This made for a strange situation as it pertained to knowing what happened, etc. Also, as usual, if you haven’t read the book and/or seen the movie, please leave for your own sake and to put my mind at ease. Thanks(:

All of this aside, however, let me just say that this movie was lovely. LOVELY, I tell you! The first thing I have to say is this: there was a plethora of beautiful men. A. Plethora. I have never seen that many beautiful men together at one time. Casting director, Denise Chamian, I salute you. As is to be expected, I didn’t quite agree with all the changes they made, and I spent more time than I’m proud of leaning to my neighbor, whispering, “In the book, it was like…” For instance, I really didn’t appreciate how it was the initial sting of the griever, and not the serum, that made Ben go crazy. It left me wondering if Alby was just going to die from the griever sting. But it was okay, because Teresa’s all like, “Hey, um, Thomas… I found these serum things in my pocket, so… thought they might be important.” Good. Thanks. THEY’RE OBVIOUSLY FOR ALBY. Pssshhhh Teresa. I’m sorry, but… Teresa… her face… I don’t know… but you know what? I actually accepted it very quickly. She fit well. Yes. And, one quick thing, correct me if I’m wrong, and this may seem a bit disrespectful, but I feel like Gally wasn’t disagreeable enough.

Oh yeah, and what was with all the cussing in that movie? There wasn’t hardly any in the book.

 

Shank.

 

Shuck.

 

Klunk.

 

And they just GOT RID OF beetle blades. Fine.

I spent the whole entire time that Thomas, Alby, and Minho were trapped in the maze with a full-on expression of “uuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhhhAAAHGRIEVERaaaaahhhhhgriiieeeveruuuuuhhhh” on my face. Actually, scratch that, I had that expression for the full-on two hours in that movie theatre.

All that said, let’s talk about what I did like. Nay, LOVE. First, THAT OPENING SHOT, THOUGH. OHMYGOSHYES. Chills, guys. Chills. And tell me I’m not the only one who noticed that Thomas and Alby were wearing the same… freaking… shirt.

See? SEE?

And I’ve never been happier about someone portraying my favorite character than I was about Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Newt.

 

“It’s a girl.

Well spotted, Newt… well spotted.

Also… that there is the best facial expression of all time. Seriously, good luck finding anything better.

  How old do you think this young man is? 16? 17? That’s was I thought too. But NO… he’s FREAKING TWENTY FOUR. TWENTY FLIPPING FOUR, GUYS. They grow up so fast *sniff*. And let me just say, Ferb, you are holding up just fine.

  When the movie finished and the credits rolled, after that gorgeous ending, one of my friends goes, “So I guess they’re making Maze Runner 2?” I’m proud to say that I bit my tongue, kept from ridiculing her, and calmly said, “Yeah! The Scorch Trials.” I didn’t even blatantly correct her. Y’all should be proud of me.

  Next, a great big thank you to my whole entire theatre, you were great. I do really appreciate a good, respectful theatre, especially after being in a theatre for The Fault in Our Stars (third time), where someone laughed, laughed, when Gus said this line: “I guess the world isn’t a wish-granting factory.” But I’m getting off-subject. All in all, lovely job. I have yet to stop raving about this movie. I also have yet to stop holding contests for the best-looking character in the movie. Sadly, I also have yet to finish the book, but I would like to finish it and the rest of the series before The Scorch Trials comes out.

  And cheers to that.

–Gracie

Quick ‘n’ Easy Reviews: Guardians of the Galaxy

Hey guys… sorry about the lack of posts this past week, I was on a mission trip in Seattle… AMAZING, by the way. I might do an overview post on it soon.

For now, though I am here with a quick and easy review on the new-ish-ly released film Guardians of the Galaxy. Notice that I did say “quick and easy” so I really won’t be saying much.

Honestly, all I can really, genuinely say is this: Well done, Marvel. Very, very well done.

Also, I’d like to go on record and say that I was one of the only people in my friend group to predict that this movie would be wonderful… so… I told you so.

Another thing: Karen Gillan, it’s good to see you back (:

And lastly, Awesome Mix: Volumes 1-2… my new soundtrack to my life.

That’s all, thanks.

Let me know what y’all thought!!!

Review: How to Train Your Dragon

“This is Berk.”

It only took those three words for the Dreamworks marketing team to get my attention. Having been a ginormous fan of the first movie, I was so glad that they used the classic opening. And that’s just the START of this wonderfulness.

Today, as I watch Star Trek Into Darkness, I will be blogging from my comfy green chair about this amazing movie that is How to Train Your Dragon 2. As usual, proceed with caution if you are lacking in previous viewage (<—– not a word) of this movie.

Like I said, this drew me in from the first line, and then just kept a death hold on me for the entire running time. All I really have to say is that all my expectations were met plus some, and my expectations were stinking high.

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Probably my favorite scene was when Stoick reunites with Valka and you think that he will yell at her or hit her or something (because somehow he has the right), but he doesn’t. Because he still loves her. And so they dance. Also, Hiccup and Astrid’s relationship was fantastic throughout, which, as my lovely friend Emory brought to my attention, never happens in sequels. with pre-established love interests.

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So… I really can’t say anything else, except… well… stubble, you guys.

So if you haven’t seen it please do… for me. Thanks guys.

–Gracie

How I Survived November

It’s December, everyone… do you know what this means?

Well… it means a lot of things… but one of the things it means is that we survived November!!! 😀 *cyber five*

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I’ve come to you today (yes, late, I suppose… but still…) to give you an update on my November.

Over the month, I saw Ender’s Game,

Thor: The Dark World,

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Day of the Doctor,

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Catching Fire,

 

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and Frozen.

And I’m going to see The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug on Sunday night (more on that afterwards…). I am now much lower on Christmas funds than I was previously… but IT WAS WORTH IT!!!

What was my favorite, you ask? Well, I’ll tell you. Before I delve into this pit of biases and fandom wars, I would like to say that EVERY ONE of these movies was COMPLETELY worth my time. I adored them. All of them. So much. Having said that, here they are, listed in the order of my preference:

3- Thor: The Dark World/Ender’s Game (DON’T MAKE ME DECIDE)

2- Day of the Doctor/Catching Fire (PLEASE DON’T)

1-Frozen (don’t hurt me…)

So, like I said, I LOVED all of these, but I have to say Frozen edged the others out by just the tiniest bit of Disney magic. Now, here are my favorite things about each one (in order of appearance again):

Ender’s Game: I loved the acting in this. Asa Butterfield is one of my all-time favorite actors, and his performance in this film was wonderful, as was everybody’s. Also, the plot wasn’t lacking in anything. I was never bored.

Thor: Loki. That’s all. If you’ve seen it you will understand.

Day of the Doctor: Oh, y’know, just three doctors in one show, so much amazing… no big. All of it was just straight-up fabulous.

Catching Fire: Plot development and Jennifer Lawrence, and (as my dear friend, Wendy called them) the “Trifecta of Beautiful Men.” And the ending. OHHHH THE ENDING. Such perfection. Miss Lawrence, I salute you.

Frozen: THE MUSIC. I loved everything about this… it was all so Disney magical, like I said, but the music just made it all perfect. And Olaf… he was just always there at just the right time, wasn’t he? *SIGH*

 

That’s all I have to say. Excuse me now, while I let my emotions take a respite… at least until Sunday (:

— Princess Belle

Post Script: I killed a spider today… I’m pretty proud.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#Deadinside

In case you all weren’t aware… the trailer for The Time of the Doctor just came out. I watched it. [Disclaimer]: Yes, the trailer is only 36 seconds… but do not be fooled by it’s innocent appearance. That is 36 seconds of PURE FEELS. This trailer has the crying power of an entire season.

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Now go! If you dare…

Have you watched it? Good. Let’s talk.

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I don’t actually have anything to say about this emotionally charged 36 seconds, except this:

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I. Can’t. Do. It. I physically don’t think I can see my dear 11th Doctor go! He was my first doctor… he was the one who got me hooked. And now I have to let him go. It’s going to be a difficult process.

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Now… when I say “it’s going to be a difficult process” you can probably tell that, yes, I’m still going to watch the Christmas special… it is my duty (and I am a slave of duty).

So… who wants to brave the feels with me?

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–Gracie

Review: Day of the Doctor

Wow, you guys. Just… wow. If you haven’t seen “Day of the Doctor” yet, GO! It was MIRACULOUS. Before you move on, though, I would ask that you not read this blog post until you’ve seen this lovelyness for yourself and developed your own opinion… I think you will be better served this way. Also, there are some little spoilers tucked away in here so…

Now… here was my experience with it:

First: SQUEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!:D:D:D:D:D:D Second: So I got all decked out in my 11th Doctor cosplay:

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and went into the theatre with these HUGELY high expectations and I was frankly a little worried that they were too high. They weren’t. The moment I stepped into that theatre and saw that sea of bowties and fezzes and scarves and sonic screwdrivers, I knew… this was going to be fabulous. Also:

 Possibly my favorite moment of my entire experience was when Emory walked in, and I soniced her (with the screwdriver that I borrowed from a lovely friend, nicknamed “Wendy”) and she soniced me back, and it set into motion a chorus of sonic screwdrivers going off in all corners of the theatre. It was everything I wanted it to be and expected it to be AND MORE.

 Now on to the film:

There was this moment:

And of course this one:

And this one:

And this perfection:

Oh, find a gif that describes this hour-and-a-half miracle in about 1 second, you say? Well, if you insist (:

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And these were my exact thoughts when this happened:

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And quite possibly my favorite part was (SPOILER ALERT!!! MAJOR MAJOR SPOILER THAT GIVES AWAY THE ENTIRE PLOT OF THE SHOW!!!!) that moment, when they all had that brilliant idea to save Gallifrey and David Tennant ran around and jumped up and just smacked the TARDIS. It was a perfect moment.

 

 Have you seen this lovely 50th Anniversary shindig? What did you think of it? Please let me know (:

Happy fangirling!

–Princess Gracie

Post Script: HAPPY 50th BIRTHDAY DOCTOR WHO!!! 😀

 

 

 

 

Ender’s Game Review

So… guys. I’ve had over 24 hours of mind-clearing recovery and I think I’m in the frame of mind to finally relay to you… a review. On a movie. That I have been waiting for. For literally a stinking year and a stinking half. Ender’s Game!!! *YAY!!!*

So… like I said, I have been waiting for this movie since Hugo came out on DVD, so when it came out on Friday, I’m like… we have to go… *to sister* WE HAVE TO GO!!!!! So we intercepted the lovely Emory (because when fangirling… the more the merrier) and we went.

Our experience in the theatre was fantastic. First, we went into the wrong side of the theatre, and when we got to the very back wall, we’re like, “What… happened…” and Emory (bless her heart) said what all of us were thinking, “Wow… I forgot to look at my ticket.” So we were looking at our tickets and we were about to make our escape when a theatre employee found us. Looking at our tickets in a back hallway… on the exact opposite side of our theatre. “Are you lost?” came the question “WHAT DO YOU THINK?!?!?!?! Yes. *awkward chuckle*” “May I see your tickets?” “NO!!! Sure *hands him ticket*” “Oh… yeah that’s gonna be on the other side.” No. Way. “haha thanks…” We walked away. And we laughed at him as we went.

So we eventually made it to Theatre 5, and we secured very nice, centered seats. And when we had all taken separate trips to the bathroom, gotten discounted popcorn and free soda, and, of course, saved a seat for Doug Vinny, we settled in for the screening.

I have to say that I believe/I’m positive that we fangirled the most during the previews. We squeed through Catching Fire, and then… AND THEN, when Desolation of Smaug came on Emory kindly held out one hand for me, and one hand for my sister, and we, all three, squeezed the living daylights out of each other. And then it started.

They let the suspense build as Asa Butterfield’s frighteningly deepening voice narrated. Then they had a close-up of an eye. They refused to show his entire face, but I’m like, “Really? You think we won’t be able to recognize those blue gems? Wow. You have no faith in us.” For fear of spoilers, I will stop my moment-by-moment narration at this point, simply telling you that I enjoyed it. I really did. I was so good. Asa Butterfield was so good.

Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Abigail Breslin, Aramis Knight, Hailee Steinfeld, Moises Arias and EVERYONE else were also so good.

Character development was phenomenal, and acting was breathtaking. I will step out and say that Asa Butterfield is my all-time favorite actor, so anything anyone puts him in, I will probably enjoy a little more than everybody else. In some ways, it was as if the storyline left something to be desired, but then I realized how much they managed to fit into that 2 hour period and I was proud of them. Gavin Hood… I commend you… well done. There was not a moment in that movie that I needed something other than what was happening to be happening, and when it ended, I wanted it to keep going.

So, overall, I highly recommend it. Go watch it, you guys.

-Belle

Twin Reviews

A big, late hello to all my lovely readers!!!

I must sincerely apologize for waiting so long to do another post… it’s just… school decided to take the liberty to eat up my existence.

The good news is, as is apparent, I am now doing a post. Bad news, however, is that school also ate my inspiration [my school ate my existence/inspiration… wut???] so I would like to warn you that this will not be one of my most inspired posts… but don’t fret, I’ll do my best (:

I thought that today would be a good time to tell you about my two new geeky obsessions: Cabin Pressure, and Once Upon a Time.

First: Cabin Pressure is a lovely radio play that I learned about from this post on Freak of Fandom.

It is set in an airplane. It is lovely. I highly recommend it. My sister and I listen to it every day during lunch now. We have only heard three episodes, but goodness knows we are already hooked (: And look… it has Benedict Cumberbatch in it. ‘Nuff said.

Enjoy.

Next, Once Upon A Time.

Now, I am aware that I am considerably late in jumping on the Once Upon A Time bandwagon, but at any rate, I will still take my sweet time in enjoy every bit of it. Myself and my sister (who has fangirled with me through all of this, bless her heart) have been watching this every night, and are now on episode 6. The acting in it is superb, as well as the storyline and character development. And plus… Prince Charming… and the Sheriff/Huntsman I mean,  *swoonz*

Ready to watch it yet? If not… I hope you’ll excuse me while I accuse you of being absolutely bonkers (: Also… hang tight. Hook’s coming later (:

 

These lovely men shows have added great joy to my most recent existence, and I hope you will take the time to join me in my adventures through them, if you have not already.

Cheerio!

-Gracie (:

UPDATES!!! (a blog post that quickly turned into a trailer breakdown)

Greetings, fellow earthlings!!! I’ve come to you today with some updating (:

 

Firstly, as promised, here’s my update on sleep this week: absolute FAIL. I got even less sleep than I usually do )x School is ridiculous. Hopefully y’all did better than me… let me know in the comments please!!! 

 

Secondly, as November (The Month of the Fandom) is quickly approaching, I thought it quite appropriate to give you my take on everything that is happening.

Let’s start with what’s particularly pressing on my mind right now: “The Day of the Doctor.” For those of you who don’t know, this is the title of the 50th Anniversary episode of Doctor Who, in which, David Tennant (the Tenth Doctor) and Billie Piper (Rose Tyler) will have their much-anticipated reprise. I have most recently (about 10 minutes ago) seen the Trailer for this and my immediate response was, and I quote: “SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE….!!!!!….”

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I then proceeded to collapse (still squeeing) into the lap of my dear sister. I got over it after a few seconds, and breathing heavily, so as to contain my excitement, I read the breakdown of it on Emory’s blog: Freak of Fandom (subscribe to her blog… it’s fantastical) and it threw me into an even worse squeeing fit than before.  Frankly, it was quite the adventure. Needless to say, I can’t wait for November 23rd. Can’t. Wait. (watch the trailer for yourself here)

Now for the Trailer that I saw right after I watched the Trailer for “The Day of the Doctor.” This was my first mistake… watching it, I mean… at least that soon after the squeeing incident. Don’t get me wrong, now, Ladies and Gentleman; the mistake was not that it was bad, rather that it was just. So. Stinking. Good. Yes, I watched the 3rd Trailer for “Frozen.” For those of you who didn’t know what “The Day of the Doctor” is, “Frozen” is the most recent Disney animated masterpiece. Go watch the trailers: Teaser, Officialtrailerthatinvolvesaheckofalotmorethanamooseversussnowmanbattle, and the recently dubbed “trailer #3” 

Now, let’s talk. Sooooo…. we’re just going to go from “trailer #3” because it’s the freshest on my mind… and may or may not have sent me into squeetopia all over again. I was fairly intact (key word here being “fairly”) right up until they used the words “the music” and I realized. The shots. The narrator voice. The magic.

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The MUSIC?!

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This is going to be just like old-school Disney, you guys!!! And then, AND THEN do the smart thing… let somebody else try first they dropped an original track behind it and said:

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Seriously. When was the last time they used the words “experience” and “event” in a Disney trailer? This is when you know we’re getting down to business to defeat the huns.

And then this:

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Yeah. I believe you. Mostly because of this major throwback to the good ol’ days when every single Disney animated feature was compared to the one most closely preceding it. Remember that? I do.

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And look, they did it again… just for you.

And then this:

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If you ever wanted a Thanksgiving present: here’s a heck of a one to start with.

Lastly:

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With a logo like that, it’s got to be good. This may very well be the single most squee-worthy movie ever to come from such a month as November. (What can I say? I’m a Disney kid.)

 

So…. I know there are about 1,000,000,000,000……. other movies coming out next month (NEXTMONTH!!!!) (see “Catching Fire,” “Ender’s Game,” etc…) but frankly, my feels are pretty exhausted. Judging from the fact that I just saw a zombie on a Netflix envelope and thought that it was Matt Smith. No joke. So I’m gonna go give them a rest.

Wake me up when it’s November, okay?

 

Carpe diem,

-Gracie