Saturday, September 29, 2012

MSMC #3: Sweeney Todd

Must See Movie Challenge

This is just a thing I created for myself as a sort of challenge. There are a lot, and I mean a lot, of movies that people would call "must see movies" that I have not seen. So whenever I watch one of the movies on my must see list I'll do a post on it and tell if it really is a "must see". And hopefully they are all wonderfully epic movies :)

If you have any suggestions on movies I should put on that list, please leave a comment and tell me about it! 

Theaters: December 21, 2007
DVD: April 1, 2008

- Johnny Depp
Helena Bonham Carter
Alan Rickman
Timothy Spall 
- Sacha Baron Cohen 
- Jamie Campbell Bower 
- Laura Michelle Kelly 
- Jayne Wisener 
- Ed Sanders

Plot Summary:

The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, a.k.a Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett. Based on the hit Broadway musical. 

Favorite Things:
-All opening credits.
-The costumes & makeup.
-Depp looks pretty hot, but also angry while singing.
-I can't stop thinking of Prof. Snape when I see Alan Rickman.

Was it epic?
For me? Not at first, I tried watching this a few weeks ago. I got about an hour through the movie before I turned it off. It wasn't speaking to me. One thing that really got me was -the first forty minutes or so, literally nothing happens. They sing about the past, sing about the present, sing about Johanna, sing about meat pies.... But do nothing! I understand the back story was necessary, but there was a whole lot more that was just boring! Then it really picks up.

If you like musicals you will most definitely like this. I honestly don't care for musicals, although I love watching Glee... Go figure?! I always want to watch them and I want to love them so bad, but I just don't think I ever will. Bottom line is Johnny Depp is hot, and a great actor of course, he's even hotter when he sings. Helena Bonham Carter is amazing as well. It's actually a good movie. A good story. Has some killing. Great costumes. What more could you want?

So today I ended up giving it another try, minus the boring-ness of the first forty minutes, and it was a really great movie. Stuff finally started happening and then it really got good. So if you can just get past the first forty minutes you will see all the amazing-ness this movie has to offer. One of the things I loved most about it was Johnny Depp's face during the later half of the movie. He always looks so unhappy and depressed which was understandable, but it seemed like it was meant to be in a comical way. I totally recommend watching this movie if you like musicals or Johnny Depp.

Screenshots :)

Have you seen Sweeney Todd?
You like it? Would you say it's epic?
Any other movies I should watch for my
must see movie challenge? Leave a comment. 

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Book Review: Bared to You by Sylvia Day

Bared To You (Crossfire #1) by Sylvia Day

Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness…
He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…
Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds…and desires.
The bonds of his love transformed me, even as i prayed that the torment of our pasts didn't tear us apart...

My Thoughts:
First of all in the very beginning, I love her description of Manhattan. It made me feel like I was there. And it had me wishing I could get a really fancy job and move to new York. And live the "good" life.

After reading fifty shades of dumb shit, I decided I wanted to find a book that would do it right, because lets face it, Fifty Shades was totally lame. It was okay for all you extreme romantics, but not for me. I'd been seeing Bared to You online, everyone was saying it was similar, but better. And it was everywhere I went. So I finally picked it up at Costco. And I'm very glad I did.

It wasn't Fifty Shades (thank god). Some of the same things. Like the rich, hot men. And the whole you're obviously fucked up in the head, therefore you can't have a normal functioning relationship so you screw every woman on earth, until you see me.. An then we have some fabulous connection, but I don't want you, but you're hot, so I'll talk to you kind of thing...

But I loved this book. It wasn't stupid or cheesy. Or COMPLETELY unrealistic like Fifty Shades. It was unrealistic in some parts, but only a few. I was so happy there were no Inner goddess talk. Or a dumb college student with no idea about how adult relationships work. I don't mean to offend anyone that liked Fifty Shades of Grey either. Just my personal opinion.

The writing was spectacular. The details during the sexy times were awesome. Like seriously, this book was some of the best erotica I've ever read. It was so hot, I almost made some bad decisions while reading this book! I'll save you the story, but it could've been bad. One thing I was quite upset about was that were no bdsm elements like I had expected. People kept saying there were some in this book, but no, there's not. It was still a great book though. 

I loved how strong of a character Eva was, even though she's kind of submissive to Gideon. She has her life together, she just got this new job and moved to New York from California. She has her best friend/bi sexual roommate to keep her company and make sure she doesn't make really stupid choices. And she has her own money, about 5 million dollars, and that is a whole story in its own. But I'll let you read the book to figure that one out. I thought she was a pretty good person considering her traumatic past.

I liked Gideon Cross also. He was smart, handsome, rich, strong minded, persistent, and very honest and forward at times.. But there was something really weird going on with him and his family. So there's a little bit of mystery there, which was nice. Some of the characters I couldn't stand were her mother and step father. Her mother got on my last nerve. I just wanted to put tape over her mouth and lock her in the closet or something. She just wanted to control Eva so bad. But it's not over powering in the story. I think it's actually essential. Overall I thought it was amazing. I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads. And I can't wait for the second book in the series: Reflected in You, which will be released Oct. 23, 2012. 

Did you read Fifty Shades?
Have you read Bared to You?
Did you like Eva & Gideon?
Do you think the books compare?
If not, are they on your TBR?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Top Ten Series I Haven't Finished

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly
 meme held over at The Broke and the Bookish

This weeks topic is the top ten series you haven't
finished for one reason or another. 

I just started Vampire Academy, I'm not really into it yet. It seems good, so I'm hoping all the things I've heard about it will be true. And Across The Universe was great, I somehow just never got around to reading A Million Suns, and Shades of Earth will be released soon. So I really need to get on it!

I started the Harry Potter series last December I believe, and I'm currently on the fourth. I still like it, I think I just needed a break, but I never started reading them again. And The Hunger Games, I didn't like it as much as I thought I would. Especially with all the hype, I didn't think it was amazing, but I still want to finish the series.

Think of a Number was amazing! It was the perfect murder/mystery thriller. I couldn't read the pages fast enough, and then I just never got around to the second one. Uglies is one I haven't even started yet, but I have 3 of the books, so all I have to do is finally pick it up. One day...

The Maze Runner was another fabulous book, but again, I just never picked up the second one. I really need too, but I heard some things about the series going downhill after the first. So maybe that's what's holding me back. City of Bones is another that I've heard wonderful things about, but just haven't got it yet. I will soon though.

I loved Crank and Glass, but never got around to reading Fallout, and I kinda forgot what happened, so I plan on going back and reading the series from start to finish. Number is yet another that I think will be very interesting, but just haven't gotten around to starting it just yet. It's on my "up next" list though. 

Then for some fun, I wanted to include a few manga/comic/graphic novel series I'd like to get started and/or finish!
Both Locke & Key and Scott Pilgrim vs The World I haven't started yet, but really need too. Locke & Key was recommended to me as something to read after I finished The Walking Dead graphic novels, which sadly has happened, so I plan on starting that very soon. And Scott Pilgrim, after watching the movie, which was awesome, I really wanted to read the books. 

Emma is one that I don't really know much about, I saw it in a YouTube video and looked it up on Goodreads. It looks interesting, so we'll see how that goes, if I ever get there. Death Note has been amazing so far, I'm on volume 5 and I'm still really liking it. 

What are your top ten
series you'd like to finish?
Did you do a TTT post?
Leave a link if you did or
just tell me in a comment.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Angela's Book Haul #10

Got a few more books to haul :)

From Barnes & Noble:
Vampire Academy (Book #1) by Richelle Mead

Insatiable (Book #1) by Meg Cabot

After being on the waitlist for
about 2 months, from the library:
Shatter Me (Audiobook) by Tahereh Mafi

Bought anything recently?
Have you read any of these?
Leave a link or a comment :)

Saturday, September 22, 2012

What I Read This Summer

Guess what?! It's that time! A little late, but it's better than never. Summer is over, and it's starting to get chilly. Everyone has gone back to school, so I must do my summer wrap up. I read a lot of great stuff this summer, I didn't write a review on everything, but most I did. I'll link those somewhere. The reviews for the last few haven't went up yet, but they will be shortly. 

My summer was good, but busy. We had just moved here from out of state at the end of April, and the summer somehow snuck up on me. And  it came with a bunch of final unpacking and rearranging. Which is what I did. Also, finding a job and looking into schooling in the new area... All that good stuff. How was your summer? 

**Clicking on the cover will take you to Goodreads**

And last, what an epic 
read to end my summer!


Did you do a summer wrap up?
Read any really good books?
Leave me a comment &
a link if you did a post.

Have a good one :)
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