Saturday, September 10, 2011

Summer Ends

I can't believe summer is over! Or well...almost over : )

I'd be lying if I would say it was a normal summer. It was almost until my brother's car accident of which he is doing much better, by the way. So much better, he's taken my car for himself! At least I gave my car up for a good reason. Now that he's better we can finally focus on the wedding, which is October 29! It's coming up so close and everything is almost done. We got our bridesmaids dresses about three weeks ago and they're beautiful! I can't wait t wear mine.

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Of course, everyone knows that one thing that makes a great summer are great movies and I've seen quite a few this summer! Which is rare because in the last few years, summer movies have been terrible.


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X-Men: First Class

I wrote a review about this movie on my previous Xanga site, but I think  it's worth writing about again : ) I really didn't know what to expect from this. I loved the first X-Men movie, the second was fairly good, but the third was terrible! Thankfully X-Men Origins: Wolverine gave the series a sense of redemption.


First Class completely blew me away though! The acting talent of James McAvoy just keeps getting better and better, I totally think he's going to be the next Christian Bale in a few years. His performance as a young, cocky, Xavier was humorous and lovable, and seeing the transition from his beginning character to a strong, compassionate leader was very well done.

I had never really cared about Magneto, because he's like the bad guy, so who really wants anything to do with him?? Well, that changed after seeing Michael Fassbender's portrayal of this very complex and confusing character...and a rather attractive one as well. 

If First Class did anything it gave a wonderful look into Eric Lehnsherr's past. Frightening, painful, hard, and vengeful. Instead of depicting Eric as an arrogant self seeking villain (which he does become later on), it focused on a man whose life has been dominated by fear and hatred and his struggle between who he is and who he can become.

I just watched the movie on DVD and it was just as good as when I saw it in theaters. It is definitely my favorite summer movie of 2011.

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Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Yes, I cannot believe it has all ended. An entire decade of my life has been spent in anticipation of seeing every Harry Potter movie every summer or Thanksgiving holiday. I have practically grown up with Dan, Rupert, and Emma, and now that they've grown up and Harry Potter's life story has now been completely told, it almost seems to hard to say goodbye to all of it.

I've read all the books and so of course I knew how it was all going to end. The movie portrayed it in such a beautiful and yet, almost simple way. Harry is one of the best literary heroes of my generation, as well as Ron, Hermione, Dumbledore, Severus Snape, Neville, Ginny, Luna, the Weasley family, Lily and James Potter, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, and so many many more!



The most extraordinary character development is without a doubt, Severus Snape. He was truly the most unlikely and greatest hero (aside from Harry) in the entire series. His unconditional love for Lily Potter from the time he was a little boy and even after she married his school enemy, James Potter, was incredible. Eventually that love for Lily sprung into a love for her son...the boy he believed that should have been his son.

Now, the movie world of Harry Potter is done. Harry, Ron, and Hermione have all grown up, but a decade of my life will always be remembered with growing up with Harry Potter. My insatiable crush on Daniel Radcliffe, wanting to look and dress like Emma Watson, raiding fansites looking for any information on upcoming movies, and of course, the neverending countdown to when they movies premiered.

Something I can't wait to tell my kids about : )

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Rise of The Planet of The Apes

This was...a surprise. I was familiar with the original Planet of The Apes movies with Charlton Heston, but always written them off as crazy, sci-fi, movies that promoted evolution. This movie on the other hand was not the case. Aside from the fact that James Franco was in it, this was a great watch.

In spite of the tagline on top of the poster, I didn't see a hint of evolutionary promotion at all. Or at least the traditional theory of man evolving from apes wasn't in there. The lead monkey Caesar, was so endearing that I almost saw him as a child and not as a chimpanzee.

Near the middle of the movie, Caesar is taken away from his happy home with his 'adopted scientist father' who has raised him since he was a baby, and is sent to a science center. He is placed in what I would call, a monkey daycare from hell. There are some rather frightening scenes of him getting attacked by the alpha male of the center and he is so confused by all of it. I really began to feel awful for him. 

Then comes his rise from the new boy on the block to the alpha male that was not done in fighting, but in complete...negotiation. The end of the movie is wide open for a sequel and I hope, if they do make it, it's just as good as the first.

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I find it humorous that I saw the end of a movie series and two prequels to movie series. It has been a great movie summer! Lets just pray the next year will be the same if even better : )

-Ivy

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