Saturday, July 23, 2011

Amazing!! Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Going Batty!!

Hey everyone, sorry for my absence. After my friend's wedding and the crash course in learning 4 songs, I pretty much have been a bat in a cave working on my novel. I had to emerge however, to see the last installment of Harry Potter. I was not disappointed at all! Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 was amazing and the reviewers at rotten tomatoes agree.

Click here to watch the trailer.

So far, it's the best action/adventure feature I've seen this summer and if I had time I would go see it again. I'm not sure how much you would like the film if you haven't seen any of the previous movies or read any of the books. My mom hasn't seen anything Harry Potter related and I recommended she wait until they start appearing on Netflix and watch the previous ones first.

For the fans however, this movie is a must see! In addition, you might want to bring plenty of tissues because there were moments when I was fighting back tears.

Part 2 of Deathly Hallows is very similar to Part 1 in that the director pretty much matches the storyline of the book. Besides a few differences here and there and a little stray from the original book ending, its close to all being there.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, with a run time of 2 hours and 10 minutes, marks the end of the series, but definitely earns the title of being a great summer movie. :)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Last Days of Harry Potter and A Wedding Singer?!

I was asked by my friends to sing in their wedding and even though my mind was screaming, "are you crazy you are writing a book," I said yes. So, the wedding is this Saturday and I am finding my time consumed with learning the four songs I have never heard before; Keeper of the Stars, I do, I will be here, and Simple Things. I just couldn't say no, they are good friends of mine, plus they said they enjoyed my recording of I'll be Home for Christmas that I did a few years ago for my mom and they wanted my voice at their wedding...Awe! Who could say no to that!

Here's a link to my rendition of the song on Myspace.

I'll Be Home for Christmas

Please excuse my myspace page if it is in disarray, I have to find time to fix it one day, but seriously does anyone use Myspace anymore?

Anywho, while practicing and nursing a migraine headache (yes, singing with a migraine is not fun) I ran across a video of the last days of filming Harry Potter on Reading Teen. I have to admit I was choking back tears. Harry Potter has been an escape for me and many people for many years and I owe it to J.K. Rowling for reawakening the writer in me.

When I was younger, I would read tons of Nancy Drew (was disappointed by the movie by the way) and Hardy Boys books and discovered then that I loved to write. I wrote all the time and still have the many drafts of the stories I attempted to write. My young age however, prevented me from having the real-life experience to draw upon to give my characters the development I really wanted them to have so I stopped writing. It wasn't until years later, after I read the pages of Harry Potter that my imagination started to flow again and so did the pen! ;)

So cheers to the cast of Harry Potter for all the years given to bring the characters to life and to J.K. Rowling for inspiring millions in so many ways. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is the last movie in the series and even though the books and the movies will live on, we are sad the adventure has come to an end.

The Last Days of Harry Potter Video

Okay, now back to practicing for me!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Transformers: Dark of the Moon...Redbox or Netflix??

I am sorry to report the answer would be neither. Transformers: Dark of the Moon is neither redbox or netflix worthy. At a run time of 157 minutes, I had to fight to keep my eyes open which I did because I paid to see the movie. For a summer movie and a 4th of July weekend release, I was highly disappointed. Just to be fair, some of my friends said they liked it, but they also saw it in 3D. So, maybe 3D makes it better. Anyhow, I will just have to wait until next Friday, July 15 to recapture that summer magic with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2.


Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 38% like on the rotten tomato reader and I would have to agree. There really wasn't enough character development in the humans or the robots to make me care when the action finally kicked in. I would like to note that 90% of the audience that reported watching the movie on gave it a thumps-up. It also was a treat to hear Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek) as the voice of Sentinal Prime.

In addition, I heard that people were taking children to see this movie which is PG-13 and there is definitely some sexuality going on in a couple of scenes between Shia LaBeouf (Even Stevens, Disturbia, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (Victoria's Secret Model). Just wanted to give those who are planning to take young children a heads-up; nothing revealing though.

Until next time, go enjoy a summer movie!! :)