Monthly Archives: December 2012

Monday Quotes: New Years

So this weeks Monday Quotes post is about New Years, considering today is New Years Eve. These quotes are about the end of the year and the dawn of a new one.

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“Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.”
― Brad Paisley

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”
― Edith Lovejoy Pierce

“Many years ago I resolved never to bother with New Year’s resolutions, and I’ve stuck with it ever since.”                                                                                                                                 ― Dave Beard

“One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this:  To rise above the little things.”    ― John Burroughs

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”
― Oprah Winfrey

For more Inspirational New Year’s Quotes click here or here 😀

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Movie Review

So today I saw the movie; ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ which is directed by Peter Jackson, and based on the 1937 fantasy book ‘The Hobbit’ written by J. R. R. Tolkien. It stars Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Ian McKellen as Gandalf and Richard Armitage as Thorin. It has a running time of 169 minutes.I believe that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first instalment in The Hobbit Trilogy. The second movie The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug which will be released in December 2013. The third and final instalment will be released in 2014 and is called The Hobbit: There and Back Again.

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Theatre Experience: My experience in the cinema, while watching this film was fairly good. The seats were comfortable and there wasn’t anyone sitting on the seat in front of me, so I could see the screen perfectly. Although, it was a bit chilly inside the cinema. I was just wearing a short sleeved shirt as it was quite hot outside. And at parts in the film the sound was so loud, I was cringing. In fact it was mostly just the music and sound effects that were loud. The talking was very quiet, and even hard to hear in some places. My only trouble with the people in the cinema, was the people to my right, behind me. The seat next me to was free, and the people behind me had their feet on that chair, which was a bit distracting. It wasn’t the best or the worst experience I’ve had.

Music: Yes, the music was very dramatic and one of the best things about a film. It made the movie so much better.

Characters: Bilbo Baggins, the hobbit, was played well. It was like the character I had in my head while reading the book, had jumped out onto the screen. Half the time I wanted to grab him and give him a big hug. He was brave and clever, especially in the later half of the film.

The Story: Baggins, a hobbit who enjoys the comforts of his own home, goes on the adventure of a lifetime with Gandalf and 13 dwarves, to reclaim the dwarves home, taken many years ago by Smaug, the dragon. The start is an older Baggins telling Frodo, his story. It was quite slow moving and drawn out, with new scenes added in which was good, even if it was to just take up time. Not quite sure how they’re going to make 3, 3-hour movies out of a 300 word book, but, we’ll have to see. You also meet Gollum, (‘my precious’). His scenes brought a lot of laughs to the audience and was one of the best parts of this film.

Overall: I enjoyed this movie, and would definitely watch it again. I give it 8/10 for the stunning visuals, great characters and beautiful music.

Rach, x

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Man On A Ledge: Movie Review

For Christmas, one of the DVDs I got was Man on a Ledge. ‘A 2012 American psychological thriller film, directed by Asger Leth’. It stars Sam Worthington as the main character, Nick Cassidy, or the man on the ledge. It also stars Elizabeth Banks as the police psychologist who tries to talk him down from the ledge. Other cast members include Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, Anthony Mackie and Génesis Rodríguez. It was released January 2012, with a running time of 102 minutes.

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The imdb description is: “As a police psychologist works to talk down an ex-con who is threatening to jump from a Manhattan hotel rooftop, the biggest diamond heist ever committed is in motion…”

 Which basically sums it up. But the whole time you’re watching this movie, you’re trying to work out who’s working for who. Who’s the bad cop and who’s a good cop. The whole time you were thinking, are they in on the plan? Are they working for the evil guy?

The whole cast played there roles super well, with a bit of comedy throughout it. The movie was very interesting and got straight into the action right away. I would give Man on a Ledge, a 7 out of 10 rating. I recommend everyone see this movie!

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Monday Quotes: Christmas

So, I’ve decided that every Monday I will do a post called Monday Quotes. Basically I will choose a topic and share some of my favourite quotes relating to that topic. Considering today is Christmas Eve and a Monday, for me, I thought that my topic would be Christmas.

 

“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”

 

Charles Dickens

 

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. ”

Norman Vincent Peale

 

“Christmas doesn’t come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more….”

Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas 

 

“Mistletoe,” said Luna dreamily, pointing at a large clump of white berries placed almost over Harry’s head. He jumped out from under it.

“Good thinking,” said Luna seriously. “It’s often infested with nargles.”

J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

 

“One can never have enough socks,” said Dumbledore. “Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.”

J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

 

Check out the link below for more Christmas quotes.

http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/christmas

Merry Christmas Eve!

Rach, x

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3 Reasons You Should Watch The Polar Express

The Polar Express is a 2004 Christmas movie, written and produced by Robert Zemeckis. It’s a motion capture computer-animated fantasy film, based on the children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg of the same name. It’s running time is 100 minutes. The Polar Express won, the Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film.

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1. The Polar Express is my favourite Christmas movie! Everyone should watch it. Make it a Christmas family tradition to watch it at Christmas Time.

2. Tom Hanks stars in it, playing six different roles; Hero Boy (motion-capture only), Hero Boy’s father, the Train Conductor, the Hobo, Santa Claus and the Narrator. Josh Hutcherson also plays the Hero Boy.

3. The plot of the story is: ‘On Christmas Eve a doubting boy boards a magical train that’s headed to the North Pole and Santa Claus’ home.’ The backgrounds are bright, and colourful. The characters are good and genuine and likeable.

Just 3 of the many reasons why you should watch the Polar Express Children’s movie, suitable for all ages!

Hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Seen it before? Or you want to? Leave your comments below!

Rach, x

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My Top 10 TV Shows of 2012

For Daily Post’s Weekly Writing Challenge Wrap It Up, I decided to bring you my Top Ten TV Shows of 2012. I’ll be the first to admit, I spent the better part of this year with my eyes glued to my laptop watching whole seasons of TV shows in a matter of days. Or if I wasn’t on my computer, I was eagerly awaiting the new episode of Revenge or Winners and Losers. Considering my parents think Foxtel is a waste of money, most of the TV shows I watch, I have to wait for the whole season to come out on DVD, before I devour it quickly.

But anyway, here is my Top Ten TV shows of 2012:

10. Modern Family~ Yes, this show deserves to be on my top ten because I will admit, it makes me laugh every time. All of the characters are funny, and have their good and bad moments. I spent a few weeks watching the first two seasons, laughing quietly to myself, holed up in my room, which probably isn’t healthy. Must watch if you love a good laugh! Can’t wait until I get my hands on Season Three!

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9. Puberty Blues~ This is an aussie drama, based in the 1970s, and on the movie of the same name. It’s about two teenage best friends Debbie (played by Tomorrow When The War Began’s  Ashleigh Cummings) and Sue (Brenna Harding), as they progess through the coming-of-age process. It’s awkward and funny, but I loved it! The first season of the ‘mini-series’ has eight episodes, but a second season had been confirmed for 2013.

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8. Keeping Up With The Kardashians~ Yes, okay, when my friend first convinced me to watch this, I was a bit skeptical. All I knew of the Kardashians, was that Kim’s marriage had ended after 72 days. But, shamefully, I watched the first six seasons, in less than a month, and absolutely loved them. It has drama, and gossip, but at the same time is a reality show, and this is about real people! I had favourites and people I hated (which changed every episode) just like any other TV show. If you’re into those reality shows, go watch it!

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7. How I Met Your Mother~ I’d seen this show a few times on TV, but never really got into it, until my friend gave it to me on a USB, and watched a few episodes, and discovered I actually might like this show. Almost five seasons later, here I am, still loving it, and dying to find out who this mother is, and whether Robin and Barney become a real couple. (No Spoilers xD)

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6. Revenge~ When this first started advertising, I was super excited. The ads were awesome, and had a cool theme song, which I downloaded before I even watchedthe show (Paradise by Coldplay!) The show was tense, and drama filled, and was mega-awesome. And it’s the only show on my list where I actually watched it on a real TV, weekly (although I bought it as well to re-watch). Only the first season has aired in Australia, although the second season is airing in 2013, which I am highly anticipating!

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5. Skins (UK)~ So I first got into this show when I won a book prize. It included 10 books, including Skins the Novel. I read it, and even though it’s super bad and should be rated like MA15+ I enjoyed it. And not just the ‘sexy’ stuff, but the characters, and everything. And then one of my friends bought the first four seasons on DVD. I had to watch it. So the first two seasons are not the charcters from the book, but after getting to know them better, I loved them, and even cried in some parts. Season 3 and 4 are a new generation, and these are the characters from the book. The ending of S4 was horrible, and unresolved. Season 5, will not resolve it because they are bringing in new characters again. And after S5 & 6, which I am yet to watch, they are making a final season 7, which will be bringing back old characters, which is super exciting!

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4. Game of Thrones~ I’m surprised they air this on TV with the nudity and language, but secretly I’m glad they do because it is amazing. The characters are awesome, screen even thoughI hate them half the time, and yell stupidly at my at them. The plot is deep and dark, and mean half the time (killing of my favourite characters, making me pick new ones!) but it’s interesting, and I am eagerly awaiting Season 3!

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3. One Tree Hill~ No matter what, OTH (in fact the top 3) will always be one of my favourite TV shows. Even though after 9 incredible seasons it has finished, it will always remain in my heart. One Tree Hill Season 1, is about two half-brothers, who hate each other, Lucas (Chad Michael Murray) and Nathan Scott (James Lafferty). Lucas was brought up by him mum Karen, and his Uncle Keith, and is nice and good, and enjoys playing Basket Ball with his mates on the river court. Nathan was brought up by their father Dan Scott, and his mother Deb. Nathan is rich and arrogant, and captain of the Ravens Basketball Team. But when Lucas, decided to join the Basketball team and befriend Nathan’s girlfriend, Peyton, the brothers are forced to interact with each other. The first four seasons focus on their high school life. And then the rest are about their adult life, and there joys and struggles. It is actually so amazing, and I cannot wait to re-watchthem again!


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2. Gossip Girl~ This show is scandalous and sexy and hot, and full of so much drama! I recently watched Season 5, and oh my god! The sixth and final season has just finished airing, and will be out on DVD in Feb 2013. It stars Blake Lively, Chace Crawford, Leighton Meester, Ed Westwick and Penn Badgley.

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1. Supernatural~ This show is about two (hot) brothers Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam (Jared Padalecki) who travel around the country side fighting monsters and demons, while looking hawt doing it! But don’t worry it’s not scary, and it’s not all about monsters. It’s also about the brothers relationships, and their ownpersonal struggles, like going to hell and all. I only found out about this show back in July, and have been watching the shows non-stop. It’s really unhealthy actually. But don’t worry, I usually multi-task while watching it. Season 8 recently started airing!

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So these are my top ten shows of 2012. Do you agree? What else would be on your list? Comment below. And BTW, runners up include Home and Away, Winners and Losers (Both Australian TV series’) and Community! 😀

Rach, x

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How do I celebrate Christmas?

Well, let’s see. Christmas, is my absolute, hands down, favourite time of the year. I just love everything about it. The anticipation in the days leading up to it, counting down on your chocolate advent calendars. I love waking up early, sneaking out to look at your presents, all wrapped up before everyone else is up and you get to open them. Setting up all my christmas cards and presents in my room, showing off to everyone else what you got. Spending time with my family, and cousins, and grand parents, and aunts and uncles. The big christmas lunch with the whole family. Everyone laughing and talking.

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I love that here in Australia, it’s during the summer holidays, so not only is it hot and sunny but it’s during the big 6 week school break. There’s things I don’t like about it too; like the fact that once it’s over, you have to wait a whole year until it comes round again. And every year there’s always at least one fight among my family.

 

But exactly how do I celebrate Christmas?

Well…

Today/ Saturday December 22nd~

Today, my nan came over. Christmas Day is celebrated at my house, but nan organises all the food. So today she came over, and brought all the food she made/bought for Xmas day. I was the only one home when she came, so we had to bring it all in from her car, check it all off on her list, to make sure she’d brought it all, and then put it away. We also have to finish cleaning the house. Yesterday, I vacuumed, but today I have to wash my sheets, towels and clean my shower- another thing I hate about Christmas.

Tonight, after dinner, we will most likely watch the Christmas Carols that are on TV.

Sunday December 23rd~

Today, we will finish cleaning the house, if it hasn’t been done. I will most likely read, or talk to my friends. And I will probably listen to Christmas Carols. Late afternoon, the local CFA fire truckcomes around with ‘Santa’, and he gives out lollies, and asks what you want for Xmas. After dinner, I will most likely watch ‘The Polar Express’, this awesome Christmas Movie, that I watch every year. It’s a cartoon, but I love it! I might even do a movie review on it once I watch it!

Christmas Eve/ Monday December 24th~

Today will be busy. My nan will come over around 10, to start peeling vegetables, and getting all the food ready for tomorrow. We’ll also have to do all the last minute tidying. I will probably wear my Christmas top, and sing Christmas carols! Then once that’s all done, around 5, we’re going to my family friend’s house to do Christmas with them! Then we’ll go home, and leave milk & cookies for Santa, and -try to- go to bed early.

Christmas Day/ Tuesday December 25th~

Christmas Day, will be super fun, yay! Will open presents, play with presents, have fun, eat, etcetera, etceteras… ^ think I described it in my first paragraph, so lalalalalala, ‘Tis the season to be jolly! 😀

Happy Holidays!

Rach, x

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