50 Thoughts I had while watching “Dragonstone”

As many of you know, Game of Thrones Season 7 premiered on Sunday. I’ve been a little busy since it premiered, but I figured better late than never when it came to posting this. There are definitely spoilers in this just so you know.

  1. I am so glad this is premiering tonight. It’s like an early birthday present.
  2. This countdown is really heightening my anticipation.
  3. The episode didn’t start with the opening credits. That’s different. Something’s about to go down.
  4. Is that Arya wearing Walder Frey’s face?! Oh my goodness!
  5. That wine is definitely poisoned. Good riddance, good bye Freys.
  6. Arya strolling out of the Twins like the BAMF she is. You go, Arya!
  7. The North Remembers bitches.
  8. Love these opening credits! I’ve been missing them.
  9. The Twins and Dragonstone are here, and Winterfell has the Stark symbol again. Woohoo!
  10. Okay, more things are going to happen. Deep breaths.
  11. Ominous clouds and fog. Uh-oh. It’s definitely who I think it is.
  12. Here comes the Night King and the White Walkers. Ice Zombie Giants! As if the White Walkers weren’t scary and intimidating enough.
  13. Bran and Meera have made it to The Wall. Yes!
  14.  I wonder if The Wall is going to fall this season or next season.
  15. There’s only this season and next season left. 😦 That’s rather upsetting to think about.
  16. Jon is taking his responsibilities as King in the North seriously.
  17. Damn straight both men and women should fight. Go Lyanna Mormont! This is amazing and I love this character so much.
  18. Jon and Sansa tension. Sansa, I see your point but you’re undermining him in front of the bannermen.
  19. On one hand, I did agree with Sansa until you saw the last Umber and Karstark. They’re so little and they did swear oaths of fealty, so no more problems there hopefully.
  20. Jon, you should listen to Sansa more. She survived King’s Landing, Joffrey, and Ramsay. Also, you wouldn’t have won the Battle of the Bastards without her. Just saying.
  21. Don’t underestimate Cersei, Jon. She just set most of her rivals on fire, and the only redeeming quality she has left are her cheekbones.
  22. Sansa’s hair reminds me of Cersei’s hairstyle in earlier seasons. Not sure how to feel about that.
  23. Cersei needs to die soon. I think she’s gone a little crazy at this point, and also seems to be a bit over-confident. Hmm
  24. Jaime, run far away. You could do so much better. Eurgh. I don’t know who to ship Brienne with, Jaime or Tormund, but if Jaime stays in Cersei’s pocket then I am for Tormund and Brienne all the way. I love Brienne and she deserves the best.
  25. I think Jaime and Tyrion still love each other and probably do not want to kill each other, which will put them both in an awkward position with their respective queens.
  26. I knew Cersei would want to ally with Euron. Damn the Ironborn built those ships quickly.
  27. Euron got a makeover. He and Cersei would be one crazy couple.
  28. That dig at Jaime. Whew. What a burn. Have Cersei and Jaime done anything since he came back missing a hand?
  29. What kind of gift is Euron bringing? Someone’s head most likely.
  30. This whole soup and chamber pot montage is disgusting. Poor Sam.
  31. This autopsy is also gross, but hey Horace Slughorn is conducting it and he believes Sam.
  32. Sam is stealing the key to the Restricted Section because he couldn’t get a teacher’s permission.
  33. Brienne is such a BAMF.
  34. Tormund is eyeing her up, and calling Pod a lucky man because Brienne beat his butt. Their interactions make me smile.
  35. I wish we got to hear Brienne and Tormund’s conversation.
  36. Sansa is holding her own against Baelish. Yes, Sansa! I loved that last line. I feel like this season will include a lot of the two of them manipulating each other back and forth and enjoying it immensely.
  37. Brienne is confused why Baelish is still here. Aren’t we all? If there’s anyone who deserves to die before the end, Baelish is high up on that list.
  38. I recognize that singing voice. Oh, Ed Sheeran as a Lannister soldier. Alrighty then.
  39. Arya is scoping out whether she could kill them all, but then the soldiers are nice and have families. Please don’t kill them Arya.
  40. I also like that Arya told them the truth, and that nobody believed her. Well, Cersei is on the list. I don’t think Jaime is though, which is interesting. Hopefully, Arya doesn’t kill him and take his face to kill Cersei.
  41. Is Gendry is King’s Landing by the way?! Will we finally have that reunion?
  42. The Hound is travelling with the Brotherhood, which is an interesting combo.
  43. It looks like they’ll end up at Eastwatch by the Sea. Maybe they’ll all fight with Tormund and the wildlings against the White Walkers. That would be interesting.
  44. What’s the Lord of Light want? And where’s Melisandre gone?
  45. Sam finds out there’s dragonglass under Dragonstone. Ooh, setting up a meeting between Dany and Jon perhaps. Will Jon ever be told he’s a Targaryen?! R+L= J.
  46. Jorah!!!! Covered in greyscale and still in love with Dany.
  47. Daenerys is finally in Westeros. Woohoo! We’ve been waiting so long. Lots of dragon motifs in Dragonstone that I didn’t remember seeing when Stannis was there.
  48. “Shall we begin?”, Daenerys is ready to win her throne. Hopefully, she’s also ready to fight against the White Walkers.
  49. This was a great episode. It set everything up for next week.
  50. I can’t wait for next week! Is that Nymeria in the promos? Also, where’d Ghost go?

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Spider-Man: Homecoming

Warning: There may be spoilers, but I did my best to exclude them. I always feel like I have to put the warning though.

This movie was definitely worth seeing in the theaters. The movie and Tom Holland brought Peter Parker to life as a fifteen year old kid, who even with superpowers is still struggling with typical high school problems. It brought to mind John Hughes’s films, but with the addition of superpowers. (That just made me think of John Bender with powers, which probably would have been a bit frightening). I thought this movie did a great job of showcasing the Peter Parker of the comics, your “Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man”. I enjoyed the humor and story line as well as the actors’ performances. I think Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark was included just enough to link the story to the Marvel Universe and establish a mentor relationship with Peter Parker, but not too much; Tony Stark always dominates the screen and this movie did a good job of making sure the story focused on Peter and Spider-Man like it was meant to. There were cameos (ie. Chris Evans’s Captain America), which made me laugh. There were also twists, a strong villain in Michael Keaton’s Vulture, a funny and lovable AI in Spidey’s suit, and realizations as well as growth for Spider-Man. This movie also had a great final line.  I’m excited to see Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in Avengers: Infinity War, and am glad that he brings some light-hearted optimism to the table. I won’t tell you what to do, but I suggest you go see this movie immediately or you know whenever you have the time. 🙂

 

Also, this poster is not mine. It belongs to Marvel. 

Things We Lost in the Fire By: Bastille

I know I haven’t posted a song of the day for awhile, but this song has been stuck in my head for the past few days so here you go. I have recently fallen completely in love with Bastille’s music and their latest album, Wild World. They were even better in concert than I expected. I also enjoy how they record different renditions of their songs, and this version of “Things We Lost in the Fire” is live and with a choir; this song is from the band’s first album, Bad Blood.

Fun with Painting and Drawing

Hi all. These are some of the paintings and drawings I’ve done over the years. Hope you enjoy. 🙂 I hope to do a photo post soon too.

Apples

My first oil painting

Daisy Still life

Still life of daisies, my Nana’s favorite flower.

Still life

Thanksgiving still life

Gma Ruth's flowers

I painted this in honor of my great grandmother

cardinal

Cardinal

Cleo with an Attitude

This is my cat, Cleo.

Cleo with tude

Here’s a close-up of the kitty with an attitude

Jaguar

Leopard. I’ve always been fascinated with the big cats

Sunset

Sunset

Palm Tree

Palm tree and the ocean

Wheel of Time

A map from The Wheel of Time

Geralt

Geralt of Rivia, The White Wolf from Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. (My favorite video game right now)

Impossible from Cinderella

If there’s one thing I learned so far in life, it’s that nothing is impossible when you believe it’s possible. This has earned “Impossible” from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella the honor of being the song of the day. I have posted the Whitney Houston and Brandy version because that’s the version I grew up listening to and the one I will always love.

Beauty and the Beast

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Hi all. I know it’s been awhile, but I figured that I’d make my blogging return with a post about the new live-action Beauty and the Beast. I have been looking forward to this movie for months, and finally got to see it Friday. I was not disappointed. The original animated movie was one of my favorite movies as a child, and I couldn’t wait to see the magic brought to life. Belle is also one of my favorite Disney princesses. I have always been an avid reader, and Belle read books, used her imagination, and stood up for herself even as the townspeople shunned her for it. This has always resonated with me.

This is my review for the movie, which I will try to keep as spoiler free as possible. (Though if you have seen the animated version, then I’m not sure much could be spoiled for you). Well first of all, I’ve noticed there have been a good amount of negative reviews for this movie. I don’t really understand why. I loved it, so this review will be overwhelmingly positive. I figured I’d warn you now.

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The cast was wonderful. Emma Watson is a talented, strong actress who did a great job bringing Belle to life. I also enjoyed the practicality of Belle’s wardrobe, outlook, and inventions. Dan Stevens was able to bring so much character and expression as well as dry wit to the Beast, which was successful in adding even more dimension to the character. I know some people have been distracted by the CGI used in the creation of the Beast, but it did not detract from the movie for me. Emma Thompson, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Audra McDonald, Stanley Tucci, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw brought all of the servants to life and were a pleasure to watch on screen whether it was as a household item or as a person at the end of the movie.  It was interesting for me to see Luke Evans portray a villain, not having seen him in a role like that before, but he did a good job portraying the narcissism and darkness of Gaston as the movie progressed. Josh Gad added dimension to Le Fou, who is a bumbling buffoon in the animated version, and turned him into someone with a conscience.  Kevin Kline was also enjoyable to watch as Maurice.

The scenery, castle, and representations of the servants were beautiful, like Lumiere in candlestick and Cogsworth in clock form. The songs were also well-done. For me, a few did not hold up to the original movie versions or to those in the Broadway play, but they were still sung well and with genuine emotion. There were also added songs, like a song for the Beast that was one of my favorites in the movie. It reminded me of “If I Can’t Love Her” from the Broadway musical, and both are worth listening to even if you don’t go to see the movie. Alan Menken can always be trusted to create beautiful (and catchy) music. The songs are still stuck in my head two days later, and I will admit that I cried multiple times during this movie. I started tearing up a bit during “Belle” because of the nostalgia it evoked.

Tale as old as time, true as it can be. Barely even friends then somebody bends, unexpectedly. Just a little change, small to say the least. Both a little scared, neither one prepared. Beauty and the Beast.:

I enjoyed the parallels to the original animated movie, and the fact that the live-action version fixed some of the timeline as well as adding background to the characters. The prince is older when he rejects the enchantress, and his arrogance is somewhat explained as well.  The terms of the enchantment are shown plainly; the village does not remember the existence of the castle or the people who live there. Belle’s mother and her story is also explained in the movie. I enjoyed many of the added details and facets of the characters. This movie is similar to the animated version, which makes sense to me because it never claimed to be a new movie; it’s a live-action rendition of the animated version, and it does a good job of representing the original in a real-world past setting. Thank you, Emma Watson and Dan Stevens for bringing some of my favorite Disney characters to full and nuanced life. I would see this movie again, and I am sure I probably will if my Mom wants to see it. Hint, hint. 😉

Thank you to whoever made that great representation comparing the beginning of the ballroom scene between the two versions.

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

As some of you know, I fell down a flight of stairs the Saturday before the Super Bowl and really hurt my back. It’s been tough…missing school, dealing with the almost constant pain, and being tired all of the time because of the medicine I have to take. I haven’t been able to do the things that I would normally do, have had a hard time focusing on work for pain and medicine related reasons, and would just like it to get better already. The way I am getting through this is by having a positive outlook. I didn’t break any bones or get a concussion. I’m still walking, talking, and alive. My life is still going strong; it’s just been derailed for awhile and it will take me a bit to get myself fully back on track. It will get better, and this will be nothing more than a distant memory. For all those with an injury or those who are feeling a little negative, here’s my song of the week. (Yes, this has actually helped brighten my day for the past two weeks).

Important Caveat: If you can’t fathom liking a song from Monty Python, then this song of the week is not for you.;)