Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them | Movie Talk

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On the day after opening night, my mom and I went off to go see Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, and let me tell you. It was an amazing experience. Basically, I loved the entire movie and everything about it, the plot, the magic, the characters, the humor. It was so good, and I’m probably going to end up seeing it in theaters again.

If you aren’t aware of FBAWTFT (longest title ever though), it is a new movie written by J.K. Rowling that follows the cutest little wizard ever, Newt Scamander, as he travels through 1926 New York city. The basic plot of the movie can be summed up with this.

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Just know that Newt Scamander has this wonderful and mysterious case, full of magical creatures that he takes care of. His goal in life is to show the wizarding world that these beasts are not necessarily dangerous, and they should be treated with care.

There’s lots of new magic mythology put forward in this first installment of the new series, and it’s so very wonderful for a Harry Potter fan like myself. It’s also amazing to experience magic in a new country, even though Newt is from the UK himself (as he was kicked out of Hogwarts). Plus he’s a Hufflepuff! Puff pride.

If you have not seen the movie… what are you waiting for? It’s so amazing, plus it definitely has that Harry Potter charm that we all know and love. This movie is by far one of my new favorite movies of (likely) all time. I’m not kidding, so go see it!

I’m about to jump into a spoiler-y section that is full of things that you do not want to know if you haven’t seen the movie.

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Throne of Glass TV Show? | Tea Time Talk

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Before we jump into the discussion about Sarah J. Maas’s latest news, I just want to say sorry for not being super active the last few days! I started school (sort of) again last Wednesday and I was away at band camp this last weekend with no wifi or time for reading.

Anyways, right before I left there was an announcement that Hulu will pick up Maas’s Throne of Glass as a TV adaptation under the name “Queen of Shadows”, which is the title of the fourth book in the series, if you are unaware. The Mark Gordon Company has picked up the show and Kira Snyder will write the pilot. Snyder is the writer for The 100 (which I adore). Here is the mini show description I’ve found floating around the internet. Continue reading

Harry Potter Movie Marathon | Thoughts and Feels

hpThe last few days, I spent 22ish consecutive hours (took a break this morning and afternoon) marathoning all 8 Harry Potter movies and I have no regrets. So, 22 or so movie watching hours and many, many snacks later I bring you my officials thoughts and feelings on the best series in movie form.

Of course, I’ve seen the movies probably close to dozens of times each, so these movies are very obviously dear to my heart and yet I’ve never watched them all back to back. After this, my rankings of the movies from best to worst has changed so why not start with that.

From favorite to least favorite…

  • Goblet of Fire
  • Deathly Hallows Part 2
  • Half-Blood Prince
  • Sorcerer’s Stone TIED Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Deathly Hallows Part 1
  • Order of the Phoenix
  • Chamber of Secrets

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To Continue Shadowhunters or Not | Tea Time Talk

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Unless you’re the type of book lover who lives under the rock, I’m sure you’ve heard about and/or seen the TV adaption of Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter books. The show has certainly sparked much controversy between everyone, and while it has it’s many flaws, there are good aspects about it.

I initially planned on reviewing each episode as they come out, but since Michelle over at Writing Hufflepuff has been doing that (they’re hilarious, check them out!), I decided not to. However, I have been watching the show on Hulu as the episodes come out and I’ve been debating whether or not to continue the show.

THE FLAWS

  • The terrible CGI. This ranges from the demons, all of the special effects, the weird slow down and speed up things when there’s fighting or even just walking. PEOPLE CAN WALK AT A NORMAL SPEED.
  • The awkward changes to the Shadowhunter skill set. Dear writers, are you sure you read the books? Are you sure? Shadowhunters aren’t some super human species, they do have restrictions. *cough* I’m looking at you “tracking” *cough*
  • Award line deliveries. A lot of this comes from Dom Sherwood (Jace) which makes me very disappointed.
  • The lack of explanations. It doesn’t matter if you’ve read all the books, because I honestly have no idea what’s going on in the show. There’s so many random little things that happened that are never explained.
  • Seraph Blades. This one gets it’s own whole point because I will never accept how stupid they look. Never.

THE “WHAT THE…” MOMENTS

  • Valentine’s need for mundane blood. What is this?? THIS IS NEVER EXPLAINED AND HE DOESN’T NEED MUNDANE BLOOD.
  • The portals. I die of laughter every time a portal comes up because they seem so random and out of place.
  • The Institution. I have absolutely no words for how disappointed I am by the Institution. Absolutely none.
  • The weird circle tattoo thing. What is this? Why did young Luke and Jocelyn have one but they don’t have it anymore? Same with Mayrse and Robert. So why does Hodge still have his?
  • Jace and Clary instalove. Ugh, stop it now.
  • Simon’s weird vampire transition with the anger issues.

THE GOOD PARTS

  • Izzy and Alec have the best sibling relationship ever.
  • In fact, Alec gives this show life, he’s the best character right now. As Michelle puts it, Alec Baewood.
  • At least Valentine doesn’t have a rat tail this time. Although, I quite like Alan Van Sprag as Valentine!
  • Alberto Rosende is such a great Simon, he has some of the best lines too.
  • THE MALEC FEELS ARE REAL.
  • Magnus is a beautiful, glitter covered character. Thank god he has pants on this time around.

In summary of those points, there’s many, many things that need much improvement on the show, but it does have some good parts going for it. I feel like I want to give it a whole season before coming to a conclusion, but at the current moment I’m really not the biggest fan of it.

However, each episode is getting slightly better so we can hope it stays on that trajectory. One thing that concerns me if it gets renewed is where the show is going. They are currently speeding through the books (but in a weird fashion. In some plot lines they’re half way through the 2nd book, in some a quarter through the 1st) and it seems like it’s going to stray way too far from the books.

So, half way through season 1, there are many concerns for the future and I’m not really feeling it. I might not watch season 2, and I hope that the show never even touches TID. It’s perfect and doesn’t need to be on big screens.shrug2

Shadowhunters 1.01/1.02 + Initial Thoughts | TV Talk

Shadowhunters-promo-finalAs many of you know, the TV adaptation of The Mortal Instruments aired this week along with the second episode of the series. I went into this having weird expectations of being excited and also being extremely nervous at the same time.

To start out, the things I disliked the most was simply was different and confusing it was. I know the actors have said that it’s faithful to the book but with a twists, but I honestly don’t see much faithfulness at all. There was so many moments in the first two episodes where all I could think was “WHAT?” (such as the runes, Maureen, Jocelyn giving Clary a stele, the CGI, the seraph blades, the institution, weird pedaling of mundane blood, and since when do shadowhunters have weird hyper speed (not Jace)).

My biggest concern going in too was Kat McNamara as Clary and while I’m she’s a wonderful person, I don’t like her acting and portrayal of Clary. She’s suddenly way more bold and rash in the TV show and even how she looks is odd in my opinion, Clary doesn’t wear heels. I think Kat and Dom (Clary and Jace) have a cute chemistry, but their relationship is moving way too fast for me. By the second episode they were holding hands and it was super weird.

However, I love Alberto as Simon so so very much. I found myself giggling at a lot of his lines, and I’m just so pleased with his character. I love all of his interactions with Alec, Jace, and honestly the entire cast. Half of my notes that I was taking while watching the show were about how much I adore Alberto.simonOverall, I think this series has potential. If I could give one word to it, it would definitely be potential. There’s a lot of the writers have changed, the dialogue is cheesy, some parts are overacted, and there’s many confusing aspects of the story. However, there are some great actors (Alberto Rosende, Maxim Roy, Matthew Daddario, Isaiah Mustafa, and Alan Van Sprang), there’s some good chemistry starting between characters, and there’s still plenty of time for the show to grow!

Mockingjay Part 2 | Movie Review

mockingjay p2As the war of Panem escalates to the destruction of other districts by the Capitol, Katniss Everdeen, the reluctant leader of the rebellion, must bring together an army against President Snow, while all she holds dear hangs in the balance.

It’s been a long time since I’ve read Mockingjay, but I went to go see the movie last night and now I want to discuss it with you guys!

Overall, I thought the movie was really quite good and I enjoyed it a lot. I honestly think all four of the movies have been done extremely well and now I want to go watch the first one again. One thing I did notice is how dissatisfied with the ending I was, however I was annoyed with the ending of the book too. The decline of action felt rushed and awkward to me and Katniss’s PTSD wasn’t as prominent in the movie, but I can let that go. I did love the scene of her yelling at Buttercup, that did portray some of the PTSD quite well.

One biggest difference I do remember is that Haymitch doesn’t read a letter from Plutarch about the results of Coin’s death. Upon some googling, I discovered that Phillip Seymour Hoffman unfortunately died during the filming, so it’s an understandable change.

Do you guys want to know what bothered me? I distinctly remember (I could be wrong though) that it’s very clear Gale released the bomb/set the trap that killed all of those Capital children, including Prim. In the movie it’s played down and he says “I don’t know”. This is so frustrating because I don’t think you guys know how much I hate Gale in this was such a moment of closure for me in the book. I remember putting down the book and being like, “Gale freaking killed everyone. Oh my god.”

indexHowever, every single Peeta and Katniss scene was so good and made me tear up. It’s true, most of Katniss’s training and Peeta’ recovery was cut but it would’ve made the movie too long. Watching Peeta’s recovery throughout the movie was still quite emotional. Playing Real or Not Real again was so beautiful!

The whole scene in the sewer and post-Mutts was what got me going. I couldn’t handle Finnick’s death, Peeta and Katniss, Pollux losing his brother, it was all so intense and emotional. Then, in the end of the movie when Annie sent Katniss a letter with a picture of her son, I teared up again because Finnick.

dfkhI pretty much had forgotten the majority of the book when the end rolled around. So when Katniss was sent out to kill Snow but then actually killed Coin, I was so proud of her. I knew there was something weird about Katniss agreeing to another Hunger Games, but it was all part of her plan. That whole scene was executed so well though, the timpani’s all playing that beat as she walked down the road, the rebels merging with her, all of the victors waiting for Katniss, and then the rebels swarming and killing Snow. That’s what I call a good ending!

Overall, I loved this movie. I love all of the movies simply because of how well they’re done and because the actors are phenomenal. It’s weird that this movie series is done now since it’s been such a part of my life (not nearly as much as Harry Potter, but similar), but I’m glad the last one was done right.

Shadowhunters TV Talk

shadowhunters-bannerNow that I feel like we have probably all of the casting news and lots of fun screenshots and pictures, I want to talk about this exciting TV adaptation of The Mortal Instruments. Let me start out by saying that I’m so freaking excited for this show, I think the majority of the cast looks fantastic and I hope it’s better then the movie!

Let’s start out with the cast.

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Clary Fray: Katherine MacNamara

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Jace Wayland: Dom Sherwood

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Simon Lewis: Alberto Rosende

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Isabelle Lightwood:Β Emeraude Toubia

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Alec Lightwood: Matthew Daddario

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Luke Garroway: Isaiah Mustafa

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Valentine Morgenstern: Alan Van Sprang

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Magnus Bane: Harry Shum Jr.

jocelyn

Jocelyn Fray: Maxim Roy

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Raphael: David Castro

camille

Camille: Kaitlyn Leeb

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Meliorn: Jade Hassoune

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Hodge Starkweather: Jon Cor

Like I said before, I like most of the cast! There are some things where I’m a little like “um… okayyy?” nut for the most part, they’re good.First of all, I know Hodge is close to Valentine and Jocelyn’s age, but this guy looks really young! I kind of like it though. Camille isn’t really at all how I imagined her, but we’ll have to wait and see how good her acting is. I always pictured her as a bit older and pale white skin, blonde with the classic red lip, but you can’t have everything. Also, I’m kinda ticked off that Valentine is bald because they really messed up his hair in the movie and I just really wanted my white hair. I’m really pleased with some characters like Jocelyn, Alec, Magnus, Raphael, Jace, Clary, Simon, ect! They look the part!

We’ve gotten plenty of other pictures from the last couple weeks of filming and they look great! If you would like to stay updated with the filming and see lots of pictures as they’re tweeted/instagram-ed/whatever, follow TMI Source! I honestly have pretty high expectations for the show and I’m so excited to see the show on TV. At this current moment, I think the only thing I’m concerned about right now is Isabelle, not her acting but some of the outfits.

CGJBauoU4AAZr1aI really don’t want them to have Isabelle wear lots of slightly skimpy and revealing clothes because that’s not her character at all. I think that’s one thing the movie did really good on, the costumes. The clothing choices fit the characters super well and I’m just a little worried they’re going to change Isabelle’s character drastically. Of course, I could be totally over thinking it, but let me know what you guys think as well.

But look at our little siblings! I think they look great together and I’m very excited to see how their relationship plays out on screen.CHGrYHzW4AAJMCC

We also have this super cute Sizzy photo! I think they also look very cute together and I can’t wait to see Sizzy come to life on the big screen and get to see the actual relationship part, and not just the part of Izzy rejecting Simon like we saw in the movie. As much as I like Robert Sheehan as Simon, Alberto seems very promising, especially since he’s tweeted a photo of him in a ‘Made in Brooklyn’ t-shirt. I love how much the directors are paying attention to little details to make the fans happy!

There’s been lots of photos ranging from fighting practice, Matthew (Alec) practicing his archery, Malec and Clace pictures, everything just looks super good!

Can you guys tell how excited I am for this TV show? I believe things look very promising and I’ll make a post about the pilot once it airs to see if it lived up to the hype that I’m setting up for myself.

Let me know in the comments what you guys feel about the TV show! Do you like the cast or not? How do you think the TV show will go compared to the movie? Are you as excited as I am? I’d to discuss it with everyone.

The DUFF | Movie Review

the duffBlurb: A high school senior instigates a social pecking order revolution after finding out that she has been labeled the DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier more popular friends.

Thoughts: I’m going to be honest with you guys, I went to go see this without reading the book first. I know, it’s bad, but I probably wouldn’t have gone because I have a million other books to read. Anyways, let’s get into the review.

I didn’t think I would like this movie, it sounded very cliche and not super interesting, but I loved it! The DUFF helps shine some light on the issue of cyber bullying and it portrayed how painful it can actually be. Bianca was a great character, she was independent and stuck to what she believed. It was hilarious watching her struggle to fit in with the ‘norm’ of society.

Speaking of hilarious, this movie definitely got a good few laughs out of me. I don’t typically laugh a whole lot in theaters and such (I know, weird) but I was cracking up during this. You could tell that the places where it was suppose to be funny, it was although the movie was serious during the correct scenes.

The actors had wonderful chemistry and I felt as if they truly brought the characters alive. You could feel the tension between Bianca and Wesley, the friendship between Bianca, Jess, and Casey, and especially the angst of the “queen bee” Madison.

At times, the plot did remind of some classic movies like Mean Girls. High school girl doesn’t always fit in and she starts trying to fit it more. It all goes peachy until things start to spiral out of control, typically with a bullying issue. All of the issues get solved in the end, protagonist makes up with friends and gets the guy. However, it was still a cute, quirky little movie.

In the end, I believe this is a great pick-me-up movie because the scenes were wonderfully cute and funny, the overall plot was very light and fluffy and the actors killed it. Although, I would love to hear what you thought about the movie, especially if you’ve both seen it and read the book.

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