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300: Rise of an Empire Official Trailer

Published June 18, 2013 by proxycore

Hello there fishlings~

So I just heard that there was a sequel to the movie 300 (and by just heard, I mean my friend told me about it when it first came out and I chose to ignore it at the time). I’m quite sure that we all know what to expect for 300: Rise of an Empire though; epicness, manliness, sexy time, Xerxes being creepy and cruel all mixed in with the added touch of strong female roles to satisfy society’s rising wave of feminism and thirst for gender equality.

 

I usually describe the first movie as just pure epicness and watching it would be a passage of rights for boys to become men. I mean, it doesn’t get any manlier than having 300 men fight for their country while being heavily outnumbered, all the while wearing no body armor.

 

Seriously, where did he pull the apple out of? His Speedo? Either way, I’m pretty sure I’m still going to see this movie in theaters. Maybe it will be like a second passage of rights into a more extreme state of manliness.

I actually haven’t read the 300 comics before. For those of you out there who have, do you think it would be worth it?

Anyways, until next time!

Jellyfish out~

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Published June 11, 2013 by proxycore

Hello mermaids, elves, dragons and humans~

It seems that my obsession has hit an all time low when I can no longer read or watch anything to do with Lord of the Rings without crying (tears of joy of course). The books were simply a part of my childhood and continue to be a source of entertainment or comfort when I need it. Just listening to the OST from the movies makes me feel nostalgic and at home.

I was a little disappointed with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Everything did seem a lot smoother since it was filmed at 48 frames per second instead of the usual 24 frames did make a difference. But it felt like the movie really dragged on; I remember a scene right before the White Council gathered where Galadriel turned to face Gandalf. It was the stereotypical epic scene where a great character is revealed to the audience (lights shining in the background and everything) but instead of it being epic, the scene felt like it just dragged on as she turned very slowly. It feels like the director, Peter Jackson, was just stretching out this 400 page book into three movies just so he can maximize potential profit. Either way, since it is the byproduct of something J.R.R. Tolkien made, I’m going to continue to see all the Hobbit movies in theaters.

There was a new international trailer released today, but nothing could beat the first announcement trailer where the dwarves sang ‘The Misty Mountains Cold‘. I can’t wait to see how Tauriel will be portrayed~ I am hoping there is a bit more action in this movie though, instead of long scenes of people turning around epic-ly.

Sends chills down my spine every time….It is because of this that I wish I was a male dwarf…..

Forever a closet elf,

Jellyfish out~

Ironman 3: A Sky Full of Exploding Ironmen

Published May 18, 2013 by proxycore

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Hello everyone, from lobster monsters to un-dead walkers~

After precisely two weeks of postponing, I have finally watched Ironman 3 in theaters. Being a fan of Ironman since the comic books, and becoming an even greater fan after Robert Downey Jr. was cast as Tony Stark for the first movie in 2008, this was a must see movie for me. And it is safe to say that if you have not seen it yourself, I’d recommend that you do so.

However, like all movies, Ironman 3 was not perfect. The movie was a collaboration between Disney and Marvel and it showed. I generally enjoy movies by Marvel (mainly because I have a weakness for superheroes), but the excessive fighting and explosions and the fact that Stark was able to survive them all without the protection of his suit seemed unrealistic and took away from the action of the movie. There were also a few plot holes that should be pointed out.

When Stark first met Harley Keener, Harley attacked him as if he didn’t know who he was. He was only able to recognize Stark after seeing his suit, yet a few seconds later he pulls out the paper where Stark’s face was on the front page. How would the kid not recognize Tony Stark when he made a reference to the papers which was implied that he read earlier? I really enjoyed the interaction between these two characters though, while Stark may have been a jerk to the kid, it did make the audience laugh.

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Another hole that I noticed was near the end, when Pepper falls to her presumed death. She fell into an explosion wearing a sports bra and pants (that I assume are not resistant of a 3000 degree Celsius flame) yet later on returns to save Stark in the same outfit.

Although, after Pepper was subjected to Extremis and gained superpowers, I was half hoping that they would keep her that way and have a new female superhero be born, and half thinking how ridiculous that idea would be. The movie seemed to be inching towards a bit of a role reversal as Pepper saved Stark as many times as he saved her.

The overall feel of the movie reminded me of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’. Harley is similar to Robin, in which they are both seen to be successors of the main superhero. And like how the end of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ ends with the ‘end of Batman’, Ironman 3 ends with Tony Stark removing the arc reactor in his chest and destroying all his Ironman suits in a series of fireworks. Although technically neither Tony Stark nor Bruce Wayne are dead, it give a bit of a conclusion to their legacy as a superhero. Although the difference is there isn’t really a conclusion to Ironman yet as he still has work with the Avengers.

Plot holes and slightly unrealistic fighting asides, I still thoroughly enjoyed the movie. We were able to see another side of Stark’s character as he experienced anxiety throughout the movie and yet still get the same amount of ass-whooping as usual. The actors were wonderful and Ben Kingsley did a great job with his character. The idea of the Mandarin just being a clueless actor was rather entertaining and well portrayed, even if the idea of it seems a bit of a stretch. The movie went from being rather serious to completely ridiculous in a matter of seconds.

The cinematics and special effects were great and the humor was amazing. I would give the overall movie a 5.8/10. I would have enjoyed it more if they cut down on the unrealistic fighting a bit though. I’d have to say the part where Ironman made his remaining suits into fireworks, and the sky literally filled with exploding Ironmans has to be my favorite part. It was ridiculous, but it made my day. It felt so Disney-ish to see the sky light up with exploding suits while Pepper and Stark embraced under the night sky.

Either way, I look forward to seeing more movies with Robert Downey Jr.’s Ironman in them.

Here’s something I found later on that I thought matched my opinion rather well.

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Until then,

Jellyfish out~

Marina and the Diamonds: Electra Heart

Published May 13, 2013 by proxycore

Hello water creatures of all sizes, shapes and colour! And humans as well~

The Overlord has been rather fed up lately. It is already so close to the end of the year that I can’t really bring myself to do schoolwork anymore. The hot weather and impending freedom that the summer promises has already completely melted what I had of a brain. But not to worry! I still have the remnants of what resembles a heart. That is…before Marina and the Diamonds stole it away.

After stumbling upon the song ‘Primadonna’ through one of Michelle Phan’s make up tutorials on YouTube, I was addicted to it for a good few weeks. But it wasn’t until lately that I explored her other songs, and by now I can almost say I love her as much as Lana Del Rey. I was listening to her Album ‘Electra Heart’, and I was surprised to find that I actually loved every song on the album. This is a rather rare occurrence, as usually there are a couple songs that I don’t really favor an any given album, even the ones by my favorite artists (except for Lana of course). Marina has a voice that is distinct and a look that is unique. My new favorite song by her is called ‘Starring Role’.

 

‘It almost feels like a joke to play out the part
When you are not the starring role in someone else’s heart
You know I’d rather walk alone, than play a supporting role
If I can’t get the starring role.’ 

The lyrics are really perfect. Lana and Marina are the two artists who have consistently been able to touch me with their lyrics. My second favorite song on the album right now is probably going to have to be ‘State of Dreaming’. The first thing that caught my attention was how different her voice seemed in this song. It was a lot softer than her other songs. The second thing that drew me in was how perfect the lyrics seemed to adhere to me. It’s true, the talent of an artist really is dependent on how they connect to their audience through their words.

 

‘I live my life inside a dream
Only waking when I sleep
I would sell my sorry soul, if I could have it all’ 

It’s amazing how these lyrics seems to connect so intimately to each individual, yet still connects to so many people. Maybe one day, I can create lyrics that are like this as well haha.

Anyways ladies and gentlemen, Marina and the Diamonds.

Jellyfish out~

The Great Gatsby: Young and Beautiful

Published May 9, 2013 by proxycore

Hello mer-folk and land-walkers~

So…I guess I unintentionally lied to everyone. It seems that there wasn’t something special posted after the IB exams on my birthday. Well as an explanation for that, for some reason I couldn’t get the programs I used for recording to actually work with my microphone and not mess with sound quality. I fiddled around with it for the previous weekend but I couldn’t figure out what exactly was the problem. But the good thing now is that I’ve gotten my desktop running and hopefully things will work better there! I’ll try to give it a shot again this weekend~

The Yeti microphone is amazing though, I can use the headphone jack directly built into the mic to hear myself while I record. Needless to say, the quality I hear from the headphones is significantly better than the one my programs record for some reason. It was so good that when I used the microphone on Skype with my friends, they could hear me opening and closing my mouth (like the moisture from my mouth or something). Thoroughly embarrassing….. but it is a good indicator for how well the microphone picks things up.

Anyways, onto some content. Does anyone ever notice how when the heat of summer comes along and the end of the school year arrives, people just end up becoming limp bodies and nothing you plan gets done? I had planned to watch Ironman 3 but that keeps getting postponed…. I was convinced that I would watch it opening night but clearly that didn’t happen. Oh well, I will watch it within the month.

Another movie is coming to theaters tomorrow that has been getting quite a bit of attention lately. You’ve guessed it, it is the only movie where you can see Spider-man acting with the boy from Titanic while listening to some Lana Del Rey; ‘The Great Gatsby’.

 

I’m not to sure on whether or not I want to see this movie though, it looks quite interesting and it’s hard to pass up anything with a time frame around the Roaring Twenties. Where else are you going to enjoy the ideas of a flourishing economy and beautiful jazz music all mixed in with the perfect amount of crime and rum-running? Either way, the movie is still based off of a book and generally I would prefer to read the book before seeing the movie. Either way, I will most definitely have to watch it eventually. Lana Del Rey had sealed the deal.

 

Like pretty much every other Lana Del Rey, this one is a masterpiece. I had given a shot at covering a couple of her songs like ‘Radio’ and ‘This is what makes us girls’ and it just didn’t come out right. And it wasn’t just because the sound quality was compromised, Lana’s songs are hard to properly cover. Maybe when I have more training…

Until then,

Jellyfish out~

Care to have some Schubert?

Published May 2, 2013 by proxycore

Hello my aquatic and air breathing friends~

As of lately I’ve been doing quite a bit of reading to learn the material for my exa- AHEM! I mean review my learned material for my IB exams. As much as I appreciate the works of Shakespeare and enjoy immersing myself in modern dramas, the studying is stressful nonetheless when it is for IB. What better way to relieve stress other than to listen to some works by your favorite Western Classical composers?

A while back in the course, I studied the play ‘Death and the Maiden’ by Ariel Dorfman, and it was through this morbid production that I was introduced to the works of Schubert. The Death and the Maiden Quartet immediately became one of my favorites. The usage of the quartet in the play was brilliant as well, it gave the rape scene a sense of gravity that I can’t explain. I do recommend reading it. After going through some of his other pieces, I came across one which was composed for piano. I will let you guys here it and decide for yourselves what you think of it.

Hopefully Schubert will keep me sane while I study for exams next month as well…

Jellyfish out~

Lana Del Rey

Published April 26, 2013 by proxycore

Hello again water creatures and land monsters~

This is probably the first time I’ve posted so closely together. I was told by my friend that I should post more often so here it is! I’m going to try to post 3 or more times a week and hopefully be able to keep more people entertained. Anyways, today I’d like to introduce to everyone the latest artist that I’ve fallen in love with.

A while back while searching up serial killer documentaries on Youtube (I can’t be the only one who does this…it’s interesting stuff after all!), I came across Lana’s song ‘Serial Killer’. I instantly fell in love with it, the lyrics and her voice was perfect and of course I could joke around saying it was a song about me. Don’t worry, I’m not really a serial killer….that you know of at least ~

After that I’ve been listening to more and more of her other songs, and let me just say that she is a true poet. Her lyrics are perfect and her music delivers emotions to me that no other artist can. When I chose music to listen to, I generally look for artists that can move me strongly. With some artists it was their lyrics that moved me, while with some it was their voice. But Lana seems to have it all; the lazy and sexy voice mixed with the perfect lyrics to make me feel nostalgic or depressed. It’s truly beautiful, one day I’d like to try to cover her songs but of course I know I can’t even attempt to imitate her voice. She is now on my list of female role models alongside Marilyn Monroe and Princess Diana.

Maybe I will try doing a cover of this, but at the same time I don’t want to do any disrespect to her song haha.

Until then, Jellyfish out~