Has Muse gone downhill?

N.B.: This was originally published in 2012, but the post weren’t imported from Tumblr to WordPress like it was supposed to.

I have followed Muse and their career on the sidelines since 2005 or 2006. An old friend of mine introduced me to the band through numbers like “Times is Running Out”, “Plug in Baby”, “Stockholm Syndrome”, “Muscle Museum” and last but not least “Butterflies and Hurricanes”. I instantly fell in love with this new sound (as it was to me), before that I heard mostly pop music like Savage Garden and Backstreet Boys.

200px-Muse_logo.svgI won’t point any fingers because since “Black Holes and Revelations” they slowly moved away from their old sound. This was just leading up to “The Resistance”, which was a train wreck without a doubt. I wonder if they made this album to appease the fans they have gotten since “Supermassive Black Hole” appeared in The Twilight Saga: Twilight. “Neutron Star Collusion” reminds me of the sound from “The Resistance” – and that song is just filled with cliches in my opinion – however the theme might fit well with “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”. I just don’t like it.

I really don’t know why I still like the band. I don’t really like their newest album at all. I adore Queen – and oh my so does Matthew Bellamy apparently too. “The 2nd Law” and “The Resistance” reminds me of Queen and why no one can ever come close to being as good as them. I think I would have liked if Muse had stuck with their old sound – and not become so wishy-washy.

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My Neighbour Totoro

N.B.: This was originally published in 2012, but the post weren’t imported from Tumblr to WordPress like it was supposed to.

A friend of mine introduced me to My Neighbour Totoro. I had never heard of the film before and I was intrigued. I like watching and learning new things; I’m always game for a challenge and here I definitely discovered something very beautiful and emotional.

51i0O8MNsfLThe next time I saw her I borrowed her DVD of the film – and watched the film when I got home.

Oh my I was in love – and the first thought, that came to me was how I had never seen anything this cute in my whole life. We agreed upon we both wanted a stuffed Totoro. He looks really soft and I just want to cuddle with him.

Hayao Miyazaki has made an almost complete film: his animation was breathtaking – on the very same level if not better than Pixar Studios in America and the story was just beautiful written. I’m sorry I’m repeating myself, but I think the word “beautiful” is the most fitting to describe the film.

It’s so different from the films I use to watch which is mostly from the Western World like Denmark, Great Britain, America, Germany, Spain, Canada – and occasionally from Sweden. I’m definitely going to watch some of his other animated films whenever I get the chance.

A Game of Thrones

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I just started reading the books behind the TV-series. I like the way George R.R. Martin is writing although it was a little hard to get through because the first season follows the book very closely. I haven’t seen the second season yet. But I’ve been spoiled – and I know the basic plot lines. Unfortunately! However I have only one to thank for that – and it’s myself.

game-of-thrones-cover-imageThey are very rough and grim to read. Lots of torture and stuff like that. However I already knew that because of the TV-series. And I’ve heard it only gets worse in the later books…so I’m a little vary of continuing; I have never liked gore and torture much which is ironic because I have read most of the books by Stephen King.

I can’t say who my favorite character is; Jon Snow is the closet to being it. I kind of like him; he is the outcast among the Stark children and I’m looking forward to the reveal of who his mother is. It’s all very mysterious! Oh and Ghost is just awesome!

I’m so looking forward to read A Clash of Kings and the rest of the books. I have borrowed them from a friend and that means I can have them as long as I want.

I don’t particularly like the Lannisters. It’s a Danish actor (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) who portrays Jaime Lannister, so I’ll give him a chance.. I’ve heard he is redeeming himself in later books. I just felt so sick when Jaime Lannister pushed Bran out the window. Tthe actor seems very nice in interviews and stuff like that. He is a very gifted actor and better looking than Mads Mikkelsen.

The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers

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The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers, commonly known as the LxD, is a web series about two groups of rival dancers: The Alliance of the Dark who are the villains and The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers, the heroes, who discover they have superpowers referred to as “the Ra” through their dance abilities. The entire story takes place over hundreds of years, beginning in the 1920s up to the year 3000. The series is written, directed, and produced by Jon Chu. The series is choreographed by Christopher Scott and Harry Shum, Jr. (Mike Chang Jr. on Glee) with assistant choreography by Galen Hooks.

Members have a wide variety of specialties including hip-hop, krumping, contemporary, tricking, popping, b-boying, jazz, tap, and ballet.

All of the choreography and stunts are real; there are no special effects or wire work and the entire series is shot on location without the use of green screens.

lxdSeasons:
Season one (The Uprising Begins) focuses on the back story of the Legion of Extraordinary Dancers, the “good guys”. Each episode introduces each of the characters and their specific dance ability.

Season two (Secrets of the Ra) tells the back story of the villains of The LXD which consist of Organization X—called The Ox—and The Umbras.

Summer trip to Øm Abbey

N.B.: This was originally published in 2012, but the post weren’t imported from Tumblr to WordPress like it was supposed to.

Last Saturday I went to see Øm Abbey with my father. We both love history. It was amazing to see this abbey even though it was mostly ruins. The museum which was attached to the ruins was very enlightening. It told the story of how the Abbey was built and how the daily life was. In the following there is a brief survey of important events in the Abbey history. The following is from a Danish encyclopaedia with a little help from the English Wikipedia article about Øm Abbey.

History
The Abbey was founded in 1172 by  Cistercian monks from Vitskøl Abbey in northern Jutland. The monks settled on a land near the town of Rye between the lakes; Moss Lake and Guden Lake surrounded by water and marsh. It was dedicated to the Virgin Mary and was called: “Cara Insula” (“dear Island”). The Øm Abbey Chronicle was written by local monks from 1206 to 1267 when it abruptly ends. It outlines events at the abbey during the tumultuous years of the early 13th century.

Bishop Svend of Aarhus transferred many of his own holdings to Øm Abbey and then retired there to live out his days among the monks. Abbot Michael, the twelfth abbot, was buried in the chapter room in the unfinished church. Bishop Peder Elafssen of Aarhus was buried in the church in 1246, years before it was completed.

At its height in the late 15th century, the abbey consisted of the church, hospital and hospital cemetery, library, chapter house, refectory, dormitory, cloister and cloister garden, and a guest house. The abbey measured approximately 120 meters by 80 meters. It was one of Denmark’s richest houses with land holdings, mills, and a well-recognized hospital. Cistercians were excellent farmers and over time the abbey came into possession of many properties which brought additional income and prestige.

One of the important improvement the monks made to the site was to build three canals. Brother Martin discovered that Moss Lake was about a cubit higher than Lake Guden. The monks used that difference to build two canals near the abbey, one to bring fresh water to the abbey and a second to serve as a primitive sewerage system. The third canal built farther away from the abbey connected the two lakes and was used to transport goods through the lake region.

The nature surrounding the Abbey was just beautiful. Well, it helped that the weather was nice. Here are some pictures from the trip.

There was a little garden filled with herbs and plants the monks used in their food, curing illness and things like that. There were some poisonous plants in the garden.

Firefly

N.B.: This was originally published in 2012, but the post weren’t imported from Tumblr to WordPress like it was supposed to.

Firefly is one of the best TV-shows that have graced my TV! I was so sad when it was cancelled. It was brilliant like most other things Joss Whedon touches!

Firefly_logoThe Ballad of Serenity  
Take my love, take my land
Take me where I cannot stand
I don’t care, I’m still free
You can’t take the sky from me. Take me out to the black
Tell them I ain’t comin’ back
Burn the land and boil the sea
You can’t take the sky from me.

Leave the men where they lay
They’ll never see another day
Lost my soul, lost my dream
You can’t take the sky from me.

I feel the black reaching out
I hear its song without a doubt
I still hear and I still see
That you can’t take the sky from me.

Lost my love, lost my land
Lost the last place I could stand
There’s no place I can be
Since I’ve found Serenity

And you can’t take the sky from me.

Cast: Nathan Fillion: Captain Malcolm ‘Mal’ Reynolds, Gina Torres: Zoë Washburne, Alan Tudyk: Hoban ‘Wash’ Washburne, Morena Baccarin: Inara Serra, Adam Baldwin: Jayne Cobb, Jewel Staite: Kaylee Frye, Sean Maher: Dr. Simon Tam, Summer Glau: River Tam and Ron Glass: Shepherd Book

War Horse

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I just finished reading the book, War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. I never once thought the novel would be written from Joey’s point of view; that was very clever move the author made because it made it more “real” somehow than if it had been written from Albert’s point of view.

I saw the movie before I read the novel which (in this case) wasn’t bad at all. The movie follows the novel quite closely considering it’s hard adapting a novel to the big screen.

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I’m just wondering if the German deserters (the two young boys) were made up for the movie – because they didn’t seem to appear in the book at all. I could be mistaken because the events went by quite fast in the novel compared to the movie.

Anyway this novel has become of my favorite novels of all time. It’s sweet and I like there isn’t a token romance between Albert and Emilie!

A romance would have ruind everything because in the end the story is about a boy’s love for this horse.Anyway I will highly recommend both the novel and the movie.

The Amazing Spider-Man

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I just saw The Amazing Spider-Man last night. I went into the theater with Toby Maguire’s performance as Spider-Man fresh in my mind. That was the first superhero movie I ever saw and it left me with an very nice impression. The first movie was better than the two sequels.

The_Amazing_Spider-Man_theatrical_posterI have always liked Toby Maguire as an actor; so I was very cautious on my expectations to Andrew Garfield’s interpretation of the same character. However I still prefer TM to AG, but the latter still impressed me. I haven’t seen anything he has acted in before The Amazing Spider-Man.

I don’t know how I feel about Dr. Curt Connors, Gwen Stacy or Captain Stacy. I kind of missed Harry Osborne and his father; the head of Oscorp (for whom CC works for). It would have given a nice touch to see the CEO of this business instead of his lackey (the other Dr.). I prefer Rosemary Harris to Sally Field when it comes to the role of May Parker. I truly didn’t miss Kirsten Dunst at all in this movie. She was kind of the weakest link in the trilogy in my opinion. I’m hoping the characters Mary Jane Watson, Harry Osborne and Norman Osborne are appearing in the sequel, which is coming if you have seen the seen after the end credits.

In the end I went out of the theater with a nice feeling and I liked they hadn’t really replicated the Sam Raimi movie from 2002. It was a nice to see a different plot; it was good and well developed. Now I just hope they don’t make the same mistake Sam Raimi did with his 3rd Spider-Man movie by introducing too many villains.

Penguin book mug

This is one of the reasons why I love books. All the stuff you can get besides the actual book.

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I finally got my mug a couple of weeks ago. I just didn’t have time for a true update. My internship and school takes all my energy. Oh, well. I’m happy with what I’m doing right now. Anyway back on track. I actually have to admit that I’ve never read the common reader, but it’s on my to-read list. I have read Mrs. Dalloway and I really liked. Now you might ask, why did she buy a mug with something she haven’t read? First, my favorite color is blue. Second, the ones with orange stripes almost blinded me with their brightness. Maybe I’ll buy the Wuthering heights one day. Who knows? I actually would like them all – the bright orange stripes be damned.

Reunion

N.B.: This was originally published in 2012, but the post weren’t imported from Tumblr to WordPress like it was supposed to.

I have just watched Reunion on Youtube. It aired in America in 2005 on Fox and due to low ratings in only aired 12 out of the planned 22 episodes season 1 was going to have, episode 13 was never shown i America, but in other countries. The last 9 episodes was never filmed. If I remember correctly this TV-show wasn’t the only one screwed over by Fox, I think Firefly was on the same channel as Reunion.

Reunion_TV_Series-644087065-largeThe plot
Six best friends;  Craig Brewster, Samantha Carlton, Aaron Lewis, Will Malloy, Jenna Moretti and Carla Noll graduate from Bedford High School, NY in 1986. Craig, Aaron and Will come from different backgrounds (rich, middle class and poor respective) and the girls seems to come from middle class backgrounds with the exception of Jenna. She and Will are on the same level. However on the night of graduation they gather to celebrate, they are soon running out of beer and while on a beer run Craig and Will are involved in a car accident. Craig begs Will to take the fall because he was drunk driving, and a sentence would ruin his chances of going to Brown University. Will, who isn’t going to college agrees to take the fall out of loyalty, but he soon regrets this decision. The day after the driver of the other vehicle dies and Will is charged with manslaughter. The Brewsters’ pay his lawyer bills and they all think he will get of with probation and community service however the judge decides to make an example out of him. He is sent to a prison for young men for 12 months. Meanwhile Sam finds out she is pregnant – with Will’s child. They had a short tryst when Craig and she was broken up. She tells Will and later lies to him about it being a false alarm. Instead she and Carla, who is nursing a broken heart do to the fact she is in love with Aaron (who in turn is in love with Jenna) hooked up with Jenna goes to London.

20 years later in 2006 when they all six gather to attend their 20th High School Reunion one of them is found dead. Detective Marjorino (who has a personal interest in the case) interviews them
all in turns dead set on finding the killer of the victim.

This is a premise of the show. Each episode takes place the year after the other. I just summarized episode 1 above.

Since it was canceled, it leaves many unanswered questions! Beware of spoilers.

1) Why is Craig faking being paralyzed 20 years later?

2) Why did Will become a priest?

3) Did Carla’s husband Peter die of his leukemia? 4) Did Megan fake Amy and her own death because Paul had found out where they were?

It’s a shame the show was canceled it provided something fresh and nothing I have seen before. The idea with each episode jumps a year is actually a very good idea, much better than when an existing show suddenly jumps 5 years into the future.

Cast:
Dave Annable as Aaron Lewis
Alexa Davalos as Samantha Carlton
Will Estes as William Malloy
Sean Faris as Craig Brewster
Chyler Leigh as Carla Noll
Amanda Righetti as Jenna Moretti