Archive | December, 2013

Goodbye 2013

31 Dec

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I haven’t blogged at all this Christmas, but oh well, that happens 😉

I’ve had such a great Christmas, and I so appreciate having a holiday when the winter is at its darkest, it really lights up the season!
There’s been a lot of great food, some really nice visits from friends and family and of course some really wonderful presents. I’ve gotten so many gifts related to cooking this year, which I really appreciate, I’ll be making lots of tasty food this year! I haven’t taken a lot of photos during the holiday, but just enough so I can show you how my Christmas has been 😉

I’m spendig my New Years Eve at home, me and my mum are having an amazing lamb dinner, drinking champage and watching the Royal Variety Show, which has become a tradition in our house. I hope you’ve all had a great year, and that the next one will be even better. Happy New Year to all! 😀

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

14 Dec

The Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugI went to see The Desolation of Smaug at the cinema yesterday, and I absolutely loved it! I am a huge fan of the Tolkien-universe, I read the books every year, watch Lord of the Rings Extended Edition about 2-3 times a year and love to discuss the “fandom” online, so of course I’ve been eagerly anticipating the second Hobbit movie for a while now. And I was not let down. As a book reader, of course there were things I missed and that I had pictured differently, but I’ve accepted that that’s how it is with book to film adaptations, and I didn’t ruin my experience at all. I actually found The Desolation of Smaug a tad better than An Unexpected Journey, the flow  and the feel of the picture was just a bit more “together” if that makes sense.

I thought I’d put together a list of what I really liked, what I miss from the book and what I didn’t quite like, instead of writing a full review. Some minor spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen the movie yet, but nothing major 🙂

What I really liked:
-Smaug!
Absolutely LOVED Smaug, and Benedict Cumberbatch did such a brilliant voice job! The animation is very smooth and realistic, the dragon is impressive, fierce and terrifying. The dialogue between Bilbo and Smaug is superb, very well written and acted!
-Tauriel. I was pleasantly surprised, as she is a character created for the movies, and I didn’t expect to like her, but I did, even though I’m not overly fond of how her character is being used (see dislikes). She is a very charming elf, and a badass fighter.
-Showing what Gandalf is up to when he’s not with the dwarf company. Makes it easier for non-readers to connect the happenings in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and it gives Gandalf more screen, which is a good thing.
-The barrel escape/race/fight. It was over the top, it was completely unrealistic, it used cheap humour and it was ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT! I want to watch that part again please!

What I missed from the book:
Introducing the dwarves to Beorn! It’s my favorite scene from the book, and I was really looking forward to seeing it on screen, so I was quite disappointed when they chose to portray it in a completely different way. It all happened to quickly I think, and I don’t think non-readers will remember much about Beorn at all after seeing the film. Mikael Persbrandt is a fine actor, but he didn’t have much to work with as Beorn, his character was sadly neglected. Shame.
-Nothing else really 🙂

What I didn’t really like:
-Using Tauriel’s character as a way of introducing more romance in the film.
Completely unnecessary! Why is it that when a new female character is introduced, she has to be linked to some romance plot?
-Stephen Fry. God, it pains me to write this as I ADORE Stephen Fry, but I just don’t feel he fit this role, it was quite distracting actually. Please don’t shoot me 😦
-Azog. You’re annoying, please go away.

Advent Sunday

1 Dec

It’s December!!! It’s Advent!! It’s almost Christmas!!!

Yeah, I’m excited in case you couldn’t tell. I lovelovelove Christmas, and everything leading up to it, and for me it all starts today. My mum (mum did the hardest work tbh) and I have spent the day cleaning and decorating, and bringing out some of our Advent and Christmas decorations. There’s still a lot of stuff missing, but it’s surely starting to look a lot like Christmas.

Time to light some candles, my Christmas playlist is playing, and soon we’ll be making a tasty early Christmas (light) dinner! Allons-y!

The Day of the Doctor

1 Dec

Right, so I should really have posted this a week ago, but that didn’t happen. Oh well!

About a week ago I went to the cinema to see the 50th Anniversay of Doctor, which was absolutely brilliant! It was amazing how the whole cinema was full of Whovians, half of which had Sonic Screwdrivers, lots of people with fezzes, suspenders, scarfs and stuff like that. I LOVE fellow Whovians, we’re such a nice group of people!

Sonic

I was so so happy with the episode, seeing David Tennant as the Doctor again was amazing, and John Hurt did such a good job as the “missing” Doctor. I must admit that season 7 hasn’t been the best in my opinion, but luckily The Day of the Doctor picked things up big time! I also greatly appreciated the many easter eggs and references to earlier episodes and seasons, and old familiar faces returning. I won’t spoil anything about the episode here, I just want to recommend everyone who hasnt seen it to DO SO NOW!

In other news I had to acquire my own Sonic of course, which has quickly become my new favorite thing EVER. It’s super cool, based on River Song’s from the future when the Doctor first met her. So now I can open all doors and locks if I should ever need to (as long as they’re not made of wood…).

Sonic Screwdriver

I’m so phsyced about the Christmas episode coming out next, I really can’t wait beeing introduced to the new Doctor! Hopefully I’ll find something to occupy my time until then..

Hedvig out!