MOVIE: Twelfth Night or What You Will (1996)

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What’s up people, I hope you’re doing great. Genuinely great and not the “I’m great!” but what really means is “I want Satan to take my soul so I can be in peace :)”

As you may know… or not, actually not because I never told, this year I started watching all the adaptations of the Shakespeare plays I read. Yesterday was Twelfth Night. For those who don’t know what’s about I’m going to give you the Wikipedia summary:

The play centres on the twins Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in a shipwreck. Viola (who is disguised as a boy) falls in love with Duke Orsino, who in turn is in love with the Countess Olivia. Upon meeting Viola, Countess Olivia falls in love with her thinking she is a man.

I’m not going to do a review about the film because I like doing reviews about new movies and this one is 20 years old. However I am going to say this was a nice movie. The play brings a lot of gender issues, I thought so it was interesting to see it besides reading it. It had a beautiful scenario set in Cornwell, England. Olivia’s house in particular was incredible. And of course, a good cast. I never saw Imogen Stubbs in a movie but she did great as Viola/Cesario, Helena Bonham Carter (Olivia), Ben Kingsley (Feste) and Imelda Staunton (Maria) were the only actors I knew here. Oh and fun fact: Maggie Smith’s son plays Orsino

I actually decided to this post because… I don’t know I like doing posts and talk about movies and stuff and if by any chance you cross paths with this movie you’ll think “Oh I saw a post about this movie, let’s see if it was right about what it said” or something like that.

I’ll leave you the trailer here

see ya!

 

The Character Book Tag

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Chloe from (Over) Analysing Literature left this tag open and I thought it looked like fun so I’m gonna do it and hope I don’t end up rambling about the characters because I feel like a proud mom when I talk about them. Alright let’s do it!

In fair warning I haven’t been reading lately so my answers might have no sense or talk about old books I read.

1. Who is the most tough and awesome character?

Hmm… this is hard. I’m between Harry Potter and Katniss Everdeen. Funny thing is these two protagonist are the ones which I had most trouble liking at first place but have to admit they’re awesome and tough.

Harry lost his family when he was a baby and had to go through all those years of abuse by the Dursleys. Then he got to hear how great his parents were and how they had been murdered by a dark wizard who seemed to be after him. When he founds Sirius, his godfather, he feels like he might have a  chance of having a family and then Sirius dies.

Harry went through a lot, I mean, he came back from the dead! And he did all this being just a kid. He’s pretty much awesome because he’s a great wizard even though he seemed to have no idea what he’s doing most of the time, he goes with whatever idea comes first and it always works. I don’t think I need more excuse,  he defeated Lord Voldemort when he was just a baby!

Katniss was used as a political symbol being just 17 years old, she started a revolution that change millions of lives… AND SHE WAS JUST 17! At 17 I was failing almost every subject of high school. Plus she did all that for her sister and in the end her sister dies…

2. Which character do you most dislike?

This is also hard… I have a feeling every question is going to be hard for me. I didn’t finish this series but Sebastian from The Mortal Instruments was a piece of sh*t.

3. If you could date a fictional character,whom would it be?

RICHARD GANSEY III… he, he. Or Blue Sargent, she’s the best. When I was young I had a major crush on Ponyboy from The Outsiders… or Mr. Knightley from Emma… I could go on.

4. If you could change a character in any way what would it be?

I don’t know, I guess that while reading I have a lot of comments towards the characters and their personalities but after I finished the books I just see the bigger picture rather than that aspect of their personality.

5.What character made all the wrong choices which didn’t add anything to the story?

Noah from I’ll Give You the Sun… I do get he was really young and had a lot on his shoulder so I don’t really blame him but he did make some bad decisions that could have been avoided.

I could also mention Macbeth here but his wrong choices added a lot to the story.

6. Which Character do you love to hate?

I guess I could go with Alex from A Clockwork Orange. Honorable mentions: Lord Voldemort from Harry Potter, Joseph Kavinsky from The Dream Thieves, Don John from Much Ado About Nothing, Nick Bottom from A Midsummer Night’s Dream (I don’t know I just can’t get to like that character)…

7. Favorite sidekick character with the most heart.

Noah from The Raven Boys 🙂

I want to stop mentioning Harry Potter and that’s why I’m not saying Ron or Hermione.

8. What is your favorite fictional romantic relationship?

*Sweats because she wants to keep mentioning HP characters* Gansey and Blue from The Raven Boys, they’re so different yet you get the feeling they go well together. They know they’re not going to find what they’re looking for in each other but it doesn’t mean they can’t find it hand in hand.

Also: Scarlet and Wolf from The Lunar Chronicles, they’re so cute!!! Ronan and Adam from The Raven Cycle too.Chloe mentioned Gilbert and Anne from Anne of Green Gables and I absolutely agree. Beatrice and Benedick and yeah alright I’m sorry I have to… I love Ron and Hermione and Ginny and Harry.

9. Who do you think is the strongest character?

They’re a lot of characters that would enter in this area. I mean all the protagonists are usually really strong characters. I could mention Oliver Twist because he was just a kid and he went trough a lot but I read the book a long time ago (like 8 years ago) and I don’t remember that much of it.

10. Best protagonist?

I feel like Blue Sargent is the proper answer here. Usually it takes me a while to like the protagonist but I loved her from the first chapter (My precious feminist baby!). Also Lou Clark from Me Before You was a character I undoubtedly liked. Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower… It’s really difficult choosing one.

11. Whom do you tag?

Everyone! If you want to do it, do it. If you don’t, don’t. Your choice!

 

REVIEW: X-Men Apocalypse

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We had a new Marvel movie in theaters last week and I’m ready to talk about it. I probably love all the X-Men movies and their characters though I admit I prefer the Avengers. Possibly because I read more Avengers comics rather than X-Men ones. I always get so confused with them, I have read a few though.

In this movie some years have passed since X-Men: Days of Future Past, Charles in dealing with Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters and Erik is dealing with his new secret life. Both old friends haven’t seen each other since and things seem to go well. But because is a movie trouble always finds the main characters.

From the start we can see the movie has a huge production. The plot follows Apocalypse an ancient mutant believed to be the first one who awakens again and like every villain ever tries to take over the world. He carries his 4 horsemen with him, in this case Storm (my fave), Archangel, Psylocke and Magneto. Of course Erik joining the horsemen brings trouble in mutant paradise city (Xavier School), specially to Charles and Raven.

I don’t want to spoil too much but overall X-Men Apocalypse was a great movie. If you have been following the X-Men cinematic universe then you’ll understand a bit more that if you didn’t watch the others, plus I know the timeline can get a bit messy. I’m still trying to figure out if this one or Days of Future Past was my favorite. What’s also interesting about Apocalypse is that we get to meet again Jean Grey (Phoenix), Scott Summers (Cyclops), Ororo Munroe (Storm) and Kurt Wagner (Nightcrawler) as teenagers and I don’t know about you but I always love when we get to see flashbacks of characters as kids or teenagers, here we get a whole movie!

This new/old characters were really great and boosted the film aswell. We also get to see a little of Jubilee too though I wish we could have seen more and that’s probably my only complain about the movie. Other characters worth mentioning are Quicksilver and Moira Mactaggert. I love Rose Byrne so I’m really happy she was back and Peter might possibly have stolen the movie with his funny and quick comments.

Though the “Take over the world” villain plot is old, the movie remains pretty stable, the action scenes are well used with a great soundtrack accompanying and all the characters are amazing. Of course I wish we could  have seen some of them speak more like Psylocke or Storm but they took a great place in the fighting scenes.

So here’s the general list of things I like

  • Jean and Scott relationship throughout the movie, cuties!
  • Erik and Charles relationship, always (I ship that so hard guys)
  • Kurt being all cute and interacting with Raven.
  • Quicksilver in general.
  • Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse.
  • Wolverine appearance that I’m not spoiling because we saw him in the trailer.
  • Mental fight!
  • Hank in general, he’s such a nice character.
  • Ororo, my favorite X-Men.
  • Psylocke and Warren (Archangel)
  • Soundtrack so powerful!

See ya!

 

Be My Guest (Movie Facts)

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So today I lost my chill somewhere at 10am when I woke up and saw the Beauty and the Beast teaser trailer. I’m so excited for this movie and as usual I want to talk about my excitement with you guys. But in order to keep it “entertaining” I’m going to do some fun facts about the 1991 movie aside from, you know, fangirling about it. 

Ok so as soon as the music started playing I got chills! Everything looks so incredible. I always said the Beauty and the Beast castle is my favorite Disney castle and it should have been on one of the Disney parks because it’s honestly perfect. Ewan McGregor plays Lumiere and Ian McKellen Cogsworth and their voices were seriously on point! And Emma! From the moment she announced she was going to be Belle in the new remake I thought she was a perfect fit for the role.

The music was amazing and it’s basically what I’m more excited about. The 1991 movie soundtrack is possibly one of the best soundtracks Disney ever made with an Academy Award to prove it.

Beside Emma Watson as Belle I’m also really excited to see Lumiere, Cogsworth and Mrs. Potts since their voices are portrayed by Ewan McGregor and Ian McKellen, who I mentioned before, and also Emma Thompson! (who I love a lot.)

Ok so now that I’m done fangirling let’s move to the facts:

  • The art director from the movie (Brian McEntee) color-keyed Belle so that she was the only one in the town wearing blue. This was a symbol of how different she was from the rest. Beast, another outcast also wears blue and has blue eyes. In the film blue is good and red is evil (Gaston’s shirt)
  • Most of the sculptures we see in the castle are different earlier versions of the Beast.

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  • In the prologue they state that the rose will bloom until the prince is twenty-one. Later when Lumiere sings “Ten years we’ve been rusting…” in “Be Our Guest” we learn that the castle has been enchanted for ten years which means that the Beast is 21 and was only eleven when he was enchanted. I think that could also explain why he has difficulty reading (I mean I know you learn to read at 6 or 7 but… actually I don’t know)
  • The song “Human Again” was cut just before production started. The song was later added to the Broadway show and was recorded and animated for the 2002 re-release of the film. This is one of my favorite Disney songs and I honestly hope they add it to the 2017 film.
  • There were some early sketches of  scenes that were dropped because they were considered gruesome for the film, this included a scene where the Beast is seen dragging the carcass of an animal he killed. However in the movie we can see an animal’s skeleton.
  • In Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve’s “The Story of Beauty and the Beast” (the original version of the story) the prince was turned into a beast not for being selfish and unloving but for refusing to marry his evil fairy godmother. Belle’s challenge in that version was not to understand the Beast’s temperament but his stupidity (he could not express himself intelligently)
  • Chip is the only on of the castle (besides the Beast) ro refer to Belle by her name.
  • the Beast name was never mentioned in the media franchise, however, it has been confirmed by “The D Show” and the broadway version that his name was Prince Adam.
  • Chip ended up being the “cute character” of the movie but originally that role was for a music box which was supposed to be a musical version of Dopey in Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. The music box could soothe the Beast with its music and stowed away with Belle when she was freed but because they liked Bradley Pierce’s voice so much (Chip) they decided to expand his dialogue and the music box idea was scrapped. We can see the music box in a part of the movie though.

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  • They’re several hidden mickey’s in this movie: One after Gaston and the men chop down the tree, we can see 3 droplets of water that form an upside-down Mickey head. Another, a trio of stones by the roots to the left cottage at the beginning and during “Human Again” sequence we can see another one.
  • “Be Our Guest” was originally supposed to be sung to Maurice, Belle’s father but they didn’t want to waste such a good song on a secondary character.
  • in the first song we see Belle sitting by a fountain. As she reads the blue book she earlier described to have a prince in disguise, the story resemblance the Beauty and the Beast one and when she flips to a page with a picture if you look closely you will see that she is in the bottom right. the beast in the middle left and the castle in the middle.
  • In 1988, Disney hired British animation director Richard Purdum to adapt the film. His version of the film was a darker, non-musical adaptions; it also took place in 18th-century France. You can watch it here.

  • When Gaston is falling at the very end, a tiny skull flashes in each of his eyes during a close-up of his face. This is meant to symbolize that he does indeed die.

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  • The finale dance between Belle and the Prince is actually reused animation from the finale dance between Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip inSleeping Beauty.

(You can see other recycled animation scenes in that video)

  • Disney originally wanted Jodi Benson, the voice of Ariel in The Little Mermaid, to provide the voice for Belle.

  • In 2002, the Library of Congress deemed Beauty and the Beast a “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” film and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.

Hope you enjoyed 🙂

See ya!

See art with me

Hi! Before I start with the artsy stuff, I reached 70 followers! How crazy is that?! I never imagine when I started this blog that people would actually read me, not even dared to imagine they would follow me! Thank you so much! You make this experience even more valuable. 


I went to an art exposition on saturday. It’s a big one they do here where I live and it’s kind of expensive I think but I didn’t have to pay for a ticket so that’s the main reason why I went actually. My grandpa was invited but he isn’t so much into that kind of art (me neither really) so when I found the invitations in a golden envelope I asked him and he told me I could keep them and go with someone since he wasn’t going to be here.

He and my grandma left to Europe four days ago and I’m already missing them like crazy. I know I complain whenever they are arround but you can really notice when they’re gone and in such needed time, let’s say they’re being extra missed.

Going back to the art stuff, this exposition features a lot of local artists, a lot from other countries of South America and some artists from US. It’s not really the type of art I would go to see since I’m more into renaissance, romanticism and impressionism but it is art nevertheless and I love art, I love museums and paintings and sculptures and I thought why not? Maybe I see something I like.

So because I’m me I decided to take pictures of my favorite ones and show them to you. They’re a bit horizontal and dark because there were lots of people and it was a difficult to take pictures.

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This came out so horizontal but overall I liked it.

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Okay if you don’t speak or read spanish you won’t get this one. Basically people had to write “When I was 20…” or “When I’m 20” and then their personal experience at 20. They’re a lot of “When I was 20 I was happy” and “When I’m 20 I want to have an orgy” Yeah… I wrote “When I was 20 I went to Disney” Cause I’m going this year (and I’m 20) and because Disney is kind of important for me though if I was alone and not with a friend that night I would had written “When I was 20 it was difficult” (See “Punch a Wall” and “Fix a Wall” posts to understand this)

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These were in a dark room, really cool.

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I don’t know why but this one was one of my favorite ones.

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And I think this one was my favorite. If I had millions of dollars I would have bought it.

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this, too was one of my favorites.

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You can actually see me taking the picture in this one.

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Another favorite.

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So these are the ones I thought were worthy of a picture. Like I said I’m into another kind of art so it was a little bit new for me. Hope you enjoyed going on art exhibitions with me though 😉

See ya!

Feminism where I live

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SUCKS!

Huge rant ahead!

Being a person who constantly checks US news and movements I gotta say I feel sorry for feminism in my country. Or maybe is just the people I surround myself with. There are a couple of things to have in consideration with the rant I’m about to do

First, I have nice friends. At least I like to think that they’re nice people. But sometimes they say things that I. Can. Not. Tolerate. And usually I’m a really patient person.

Secondly when I talk about feminism I usually include a lot of things. Primarily Equality between men and women, the end of stereotyping both and how they are “supposed” to behave or what are they supposed to wear because of their gender. Also, woman of colour, transgender women, support between women, the end of slut shaming, sexuality, end of body shaming between others. These are all the things that come to my mind when I think of the word “Feminism”

People here seem to be so afraid of this word. It’s a really funny thing because they say they’re not feminist and when you proceed to ask them “So you believe your father, your uncle or grandpa are better, deserve more and are more worthy than your mother, aunt or grandma?” this is a basic question that does not cover feminism entirely but it’s easy for people who have no idea about being a feminist. I also learned that if you include people familiar to the person you’re asking they usually answer that they do believe their parents should be equal or maybe they answer they’re different. But because they’re different it doesn’t mean one is less than the other right?

I think people are afraid of the word because it’s like choosing a political view. I mean I know people who believe in equality but won’t say they’re feminists because they don’t identify as one, which leaves me a bit confused. Others (usually guys) say that feminism is for women so they are not feminist because they’re not girls.

So it’s not also they’re afraid of the word but they are not very conscious of what it mean. This can bring a lot of misunderstanding. Because they don’t know what it means they assume that because feminist has “fem” in it means something that probably will only make it better just for girls. They’re so wrong.

And honestly I’m so tired of people saying “Don’t be a girl”, “Look what she’s wearing”, “she’s a slut” “can she love herself more?” WHAT THE HELL! I once heard the last one being said by one of my closest friends after dinner when we were on our phones. She was checking the instagram of a girl from high school. She had a lot of photos of herself posing and stuff and THAT’S OK! That time was the first time I stood up at a comment and said “It’s totally ok to love yourself, let her be” and she answered me “Ok but not that much” Seriously?!

I know everyone is a bit problematic sometimes but when it comes to this subject I just can’t tolerate them, it’s not ok. If, for example, that girl from high school wants to upload a picture in underwear or even naked it’s freaking ok! Because it’s her life and just because you’re not comfortable doing that doesn’t mean its wrong. It means she is, she loves herself and might be comfortable with her sexuality and that’s perfect! We should be complimenting her for that not degrading her!

If she wants to send pictures of herself to millions of guys it’s her fucking decision and not your place to comment if she’s a slut or not. If she feels comfortable doing it it’s fine. She’s an adult and she knows what she’s doing.

It’s okay to be comfortable with yourself, its okay to be a girl and go out with a lot of people as long as you don’t hurt them, it’s okay to have confidence and feel pretty and nice. What is not okay is girls criticizing other girls, putting them down, calling the sluts or whores.

Ok… I just wanted to take that out of my chest.

See ya 🙂

“Talk to us, we won’t judge you”

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Yesterday I had a big oral presentation in my oratory class (it’s like speech class) I hate this class for the simple fact that I hate speaking in public. I mean there is a reason why I’m writing a blog and not speaking on a YouTube channel (Though I always play with the idea of making one)

The most ironic thing is that I’m studying journalism. I need to learn how to speak in public and speak to strangers. Up to now I’m only good with strangers at the phone. I remember I used to ask other people to call for delivery because I would have a breakdown if I did, literally my conversation would go:

McDonald’s employee: Hi how can I help you?

Me: Hi, good morning, Hum… wait, it’s not morning. It’s 9pm… Anyway, hi… hum, wait a second… *passes the phone to someone else and locks herself in her room until the food arrives*

… With time I got better at it. I can answer the phone and speak and not drool or stay quiet or confuse morning with night on the other side of the line, I evolved. Still, speaking in public in front of strangers makes me feel bad in the tummy.

So basically in this presentation we had to get together in groups, choose a famous person and analyze his speech mode, meaning, the way he speaks, filler words he uses, his expressions, his body movement, etc. Later we would have to speak to the class about it and meanwhile the class would have to analyze us the way we did with the famous people quoting some authors we saw in class who apparently are experts in oratory enough to write a book about it (yay so entertaining!) I would stand and talk about my famous guy, meanwhile the people sitting down wait for me to do something to point it out to the professor.

Maybe you understand now. I hate this class…

To worsen the things a little my group (I was lucky to get my closest uni friends) chose a famous person linked to sports because all of them except for me and another girl are studying journalism specialized in sports. I would have much rather talk about Leo DiCaprio for example, me and the other girl suggested him but they were like “Nice try, but hell no”

So I spoke. I spoke in public and I thought I was really okay. In fact I was surprised with me and how well I managed to talk. I was really nervous that day but everything seemed to go well… well no. Apparently not. As soon as we sat down and the professor asked what comments they had about us they started attacking us and I tried to remind myself that this was normal and that they did the same with other groups, they’re critics but constructive ones that only mean to help you for the future.

Anyway when they criticized me I couldn’t help feel a little disappointed. I don’t think this is supposed to be a helpful post that recommends you what to do when you are shy or have social anxiety like me because I would say “AVOID TALKING IN PUBLIC”

But if I had to give some recommendation I would probably suggest to learn what you have to say really hard but in a way that when you deliver it to the public it feels like you’re talking to them, in a natural way. Try to avoid learning it by hard and cite it like you learned a poem by hard and you’re delivering it. People notices when it’s natural and when you are saying exactly the same thing you have on the paper. Plus if you say it naturally people would think that you know what you’re talking about, they will trust what you’re saying.

That said, I just wanted to share a bit of my life with you, thanks for following me or reading me!

See ya!