Monthly Archives: January 2015

Music: Queen+Adam Lambert

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QAL-poster-062114-WinnipegQueen and Adam Lambert. Together. Spectacular.

A couple of weeks ago I recommended the American musician Adam Lambert and I mentioned his performance with Queen on BBC One for New Year’s Eve. I figured the pairing needed a recommendation of their own.

Since the death of Queen’s front-man Freddie Mercury, the band has been performing with various other artists filling the vocalist position but, in my opinion, no person has been more fitting for the role than Adam Lambert. The group as a whole work so well and there are significant similarities between Adam and the great Freddie Mercury, such as their incredible vocal talents and their wardrobe and make-up choices.

Over the past year, Queen and Adam Lambert have been touring around the country and if these concerts have been anything like the one I watched on BBC One, there are literally no words for the incredible pairing the two make. Adam was also praised significantly by the media and fans alike.

Queen is still as amazing as ever, Bryan May still kills it on the guitar and Roger Meddows Taylor still brings it on the drums. The relationship between the two of them and Adam is so heart-warming to watch.

Everything just seems to fit to create an amazing show. Here are some clips from the concert:

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Disclaimer – I do not own the picture, It is from: http://www.adamlambertlive.org/2014/live-queen-adam-lambert-winnipeg-mb-62114

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YouTube: Top 5 Videos Right Now

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Since I usually recommend people or channels, I figured I’d do something different for this YouTube recommendation and instead give a Top 5 of the videos I have been loving recently.

Good Mythical Morning – Upside Down Glasses Challenge

EveryDay Jim – G’Day, I’m In Sydney!

Sorted Food – Hardcore Popcorn

Carrie Hope Fletcher – What Guys Look For In Girls

Lindsey Stirling – Roundtable Rival

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Film: Inkheart

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‘Mo has the special talent to bring characters out of books. One night he brings out three characters from Inkheart, a story set in medieval times and filled with magical beings. Capricorn and Basta, two villains, and Dustfinger, a fire-eater. Now, 10 years later Meggie discovers the truth and it’s up to her to escape Capricorn’s evil grasp.’ This summary from Imdb explains Inkheart perfectly. film-inkheart-785246

This film is based on Cornelia Funke’s critically acclaimed novel, Inkheart. If you’ve been reading this blog for a little while now, you’ll know that I’ve been reading the Inkheart Trilogy. I watched the film before I read the books and despite several differences between the two I absolutely love both.

Inkheart is a wonderful, magical family film with such an interesting concept, portrayed by a great cast. I am biased in that I watched the film first, but I do feel like the roles in the film matched what I imagined while reading the book.

Paul Bettany plays a brilliant Dustfinger, my favourite character in both the book and the film. Brendan Fraser plays Mortimer, the bookbinder and a silvertongue. It’s interesting that the author of Inkheart actually envisaged Fraser when she wrote Mortimer; it was him and his voice that inspired the character that he was later to play in the film. Eliza Bennett plays Meggie, and if I’m to continue comparing the film to the book I must say Meggie in the film is older than Meggie in the book. As with Elinor, played by Helen Mirren, she is supposed to be overweight in the book but is far from that in the film. Despite these differences, I honestly believe Eliza and Helen are brilliant for the roles.

There’s little more to say about this film except for that I recommend it…

Enjoy!

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Disclaimer – I do not own this picture, it is from: http://www.benandbarry.co.uk/2008/12/inkheart-film-review.html

Music: Adam Lambert

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adam-lambert-071112- (16)My newest music obsession is Adam Lambert. I’m not entirely sure how I came to know about him, but for a very long time I have been listening to odd songs of his and loving them.

Adam Lambert is an american singer who rose to fame after becoming a runner-up in the 2009 series of American Idol. Since then he has been growing in popularity, not least of which was helped by his performances with Queen, as elaborated on below.

I received Adam’s album Trespassing for Christmas after it being on my wishlist for the last couple of years since it’s realise in 2012. I have been listening to it non-stop. But not only this… my recent obsession started after watching a certain concert of his on BBC One on New Year’s Eve. In this concert, Adam adam_lambert_publicity_2012_pwas performing as the front-man for Queen. 

Adam’s performance in this concert was amazing. The group as a whole worked so well and there are significant similarities between Adam and the greatly-missed, deceased, former front-man Freddie Mercury, one of which is their incredible vocal talents. Adam wowed the British public and the media, following his performances, were singing his praises. Over the past year, Queen and Adam Lambert have been touring around the country and are performing more shows at the end of January.

I think it’s time for me to provide you with some evidence so here are some videos with his music:

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Disclaimer – I do not own the pictures, they are from: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/idol-worship/adam-lambert-parts-ways-rca-584714 and https://onthemeaningofadamlambert.wordpress.com/2012/07/11/live-blog-queen-and-adam-lambert-at-hammersmith-apollo/

Ps. I won’t be posting for the next two weeks as I will be concentrating on coursework and exams. I apologise for the disruption and I’ll see you on the 26th of January!

YouTube: Michael Aranda

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photoToday I’m recommending the amazing Michael Aranda and his two (or three if you want to count his gaming channel) YouTube channels. I have been watching his videos for a few years now and I think Michael is such a kind, down-to-earth man who lives life with such positivity.

On his main channel, Michael posts sit-down topic vlogs, music, everyday vlogs during VEDA (Vlog EveryDay in April/August) and super high-quality projects that he works on. On his vlog channel, Michael posts daily videos in the form of follow-me-around vlogs.

I love his videos so much and I think it’s worth the time to check his work out. Here are some examples to entice you further:

 

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Disclaimer – I do not own the photo in this post, it is from Michael’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/michaelaranda

Quote: Zooey Deschanel

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Zooey-Deschanel-Tommy-Hilfiger-Collection‘I’m a person who gets better with practice. Getting older is awesome – because you get more practice.’

‘One thing I love about Christmas music is that it has a tradition of warmth.’

‘I don’t know why femininity should be associated with weakness. Women should be free to express who they are without thinking, ‘I need to act like a man, or I need to tone it down to be successful.’ That’s a very good way to keep women down.’

‘I like old movies, screwball comedies, vintage clothes, and basically I’m an old-fashioned gal.’

‘True love that lasts forever… yes, I do believe in it. My parents have been married for 40 years and my grandparents were married for 70 years. I come from a long line of true loves.’

‘A lot of people work out to be skinny. That’s so boring, and it seems like a depressing goal for a modern woman.’

‘You can’t expect to make no effort. You still have to make the effort and be kind and understanding.’

‘I’m into sincerity in music and sincerity in art. If it doesn’t feel true, I don’t want to do it. Things that are too dramatic scare me. I think that’s why I don’t always fit into the world of performing arts.’

‘If I’m going to be ‘too’ anything, ‘too cute’ is fine. I love puppies. So what? Who hates puppies?’

‘It’s nice that there are movies and songs about romance – it’s what motivates us as human beings. I’m all for being brainwashed by rom-coms.’

‘You don’t have to wear expensive clothes to look good.’

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Disclaimer – I do not own the photo, it is from: http://www.popsugar.com/Zooey-Deschanel

Film and TV: X-Men Days of Future Past

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x_men_days_of_future_past_poster-wideAs per usual, I’m late on watching this film but I finally got to watch X-MEN: Days of Future Past, the latest instalment in the X-MEN franchise. I absolutely love X-MEN and this film was no disappointment.

First and foremost, the film had an amazing cast filled with people old and new from the XMEN series including: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage and Josh Helman. The film is so well thought out flawlessly entwining the two casts in one film.

The narrative of the film is really interesting. Firstly the time travel element, which I think I’m safe to say as that detail was revealed ages ago, wasn’t done in any cheesy, clichéd way which made it all the more realistic. The narrative also comments on issues such as war which provides a message we can use especially in today’s society with wars being very much a thing of the present.

The narrative also develops the relationships between the characters and allows us to see that friendship between Charles and Eric who, if you know X-men, don’t always appear so friendly to each other. The relationships between other characters are developed too, such as Logan with young Xavier, Xavier’s relationship with Raven and so on.

The cinematography in this film is superb, the opening sequence is amazing and there is this one scene with Quicksilver, who is a mutant who can move really fast, that is shot so well and the effects are done brilliantly that even a guy who is faster than everyone else running around a kitchen in the Pentagon looks realistic. It’s hard to rave about the scene without your audience having seen it, but just trust me.

In addition, as always, the music in this movie genuinely made chills go down my spine, it was so good and the makeup was brilliant.

X-Men: Days of Future Past is such a good film. It’s a bit of an emotional rollercoaster to say the least and all I can say to the ending is OMG. There is heartache and happiness. Who knew a film could mess with your emotions like this one did? I had to watch the gag reel to get over all of the emotions!

Anyway, I really do recommend this film if you haven’t seen it, or haven’t been introduced to the X-Men series at all, then please do watch them! You won’t regret it.

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Disclaimer – I do not own the picture, it is from: http://www.hdwallpapers.in/x_men_days_of_future_past_poster-wallpapers.html