Jun 1, 2017

Richard Through the Royal Sass~ An "Alice Through the Looking Glass" Review

I tried really hard to come up with a good title...
Richard Through the Red-Robed Mass?
Richard Through the Oleron Brass?
Richard and the Giant Sea Bass?

Whatever.  You're here.  Let's chat about this film because
I finally watched Alice Through the Looking Glass! 
(Just  a year late… don’t judge.)

I watched it twice, actually, since my 6 year-old daughter
is kind of obsessive in her viewing habits.

(I wonder where she gets that from?)
*Not my daughter, but totally fits her enthusiasm!

I enjoyed the sequel much more than the first.
Is that because Our Richard is in it? Or is it a better movie?  I’m not sure…
I will have to rewatch Alice in Wonderland to answer those questions fairly.

Anyway- back to Richard Armitage.
His role as King Oleron was
He said a few lines and scowled a few scowls
and told his daughter, the future Queen of Hearts,
that she was
bat shit crazy
and therefore unfit to rule after him.

So why did he agree to such a small role?
Because there are no small roles to Richard, people!
(I'm guessing. RA didn't actually tell me that.)

Plus, one of his 2 scenes included these awesome folks:

Not bad.

He once again portrayed a bearded king with a furrowed brow.

If Thorin (The Hobbit) and Monet (The Impressionists) had a baby, it would be King Oleron.

But this king looked ultra-royal with one of those fluffy red robes.

While Older King Oleron wasn’t too attractive in my opinion 
(it’s the bob he’s sporting- not my thing), 

Young King O was HOT!
I loved how he swooped in and carried his injured daughter to safety,
all while sporting a beard, close-cropped hairdo and those puffy renaissance-looking sleeves. 

*sigh*  How sweet.

Y'all know I'm a fan of The Armitage, 
but my favorite character in Alice Through the Looking Glass
is Sacha Baron Cohen's character, Time.
(Despite the man-bun hidden under that hat...)

I like his quirky, misunderstood personality and hidden soft side.

Overall, I would give this movie
3 out of 5 Oleron Beards.
I liked it, but it's not one of my favorites.
It is definitely worth viewing at least once.

Awesome fan art by elfko-namaja:

What did you think of this film???

May 22, 2017

There and Back Again...

Oh, haaay!

It is I, Nat:
writer of limericks,
drawer of stick-figures,
admirer of Richard Armitage.
(That can go on my headstone some day.
Better put it in my will.)

Long time, no see!!!
It has been nearly 2 years (two years!)
since I last blogged.

I'm feeling a little awkward at the moment...
like I just showed up at a high school reunion
and I'm suddenly my insecure 16 year-old self again.
What do I say?  What do I do?
Who is that bald guy winking at me over there???

Oh, it's the OTHER Richard Armitage.
It's not meant to be, Other Richard.

But before I can go overboard here, 
wondering if I still have a place amongst the crowd,

I remember...

we ALL have something in common.
(And I'm not just talking about a love of Ben & Jerry's.)

I'm talking about this fellow!
(Though RA + Ben & Jerry's is a good combo too.)

Richard tux-wearing Armitage:
grower of beards,
brooder of broods,
actor of passion.

Our favorite trouper.
You furrow that brow, Richard.

So where have I been???
If you must know, I went on an Armitage sabbatical.
I visited all of the locations where Richard's films took place
and collected memorabilia and made a little shrine upon my return.

Just kiddin'.

I've been living life!
A lot has happened in the last 2 years...
There are now 5 littles. That's right- FIVE.
(Jim Gaffigan and I are not married, but we completely 
understand each other.)
We moved.  My husband went back to school.  
I started a new business venture.  I've binge-watched a lot of Netflix 
and Amazon Prime goodies. (More on that later.)  

I've thought about my old RA buddies and wondered 
how Mulubinba is doing Down Under and Traxy in the UK.
Plus all the others I've "bumped into" online on blogs or forums.

I've skimmed over the RA blogs now & then
and kept tabs on Richard's twitter account a bit,
but to be honest, I am totally out of the Armitage loop!

But don't worry... I know all about the Angler's Loop
thanks to being a cub scout leader.
You're welcome.

I've still enjoyed watching RA's greats,
as I tweeted last week...

However, I have
a lot of catching up to do because Richard 
has been a very busy bloke. I haven't watched
Urban & the Shed 
Crew, Berlin Station, or Brain on Fire yet.

I didn't even know Richard was in
Alice Through the Looking Glass!  (My daughter has been wanting
to see that one and now I realize that I finally have motivation.)

I plan to be a bit of a couch potato during my summer evenings.
I'll exhaust the kids with the park and pool and chores
(heh, heh *evil laugh*)
and then by night... it'll be me and RA.
And this random guy on the couch.  (What???)

I know there are probably loads of
photo shoots, fan art, and fan videos for me to view.
I mean, I didn't even know about THIS masterpiece 
until I saw it on Serv's blog.  Which makes me wonder,

Please fill me in!

As I once again dip my toe into the RA pool,
I will be posting my thoughts here and/or on twitter.
So stay tuned!

Jun 17, 2015

My Hannibal Experience

I've been wanting to write this post
for a while, but just didn't get around to doing it until now.


Oh my goodness gracious...
where to begin?

Rewind to my teen years.
Ah, those glorious carefree days when I could eat all the junk food I wanted 
and never gain a pound!!! Where were we?  Oh yes. Sorry- got distracted there.
Like many folks, I was first introduced to the character Hannibal Lecter 
by watching "Silence of the Lambs" when I was 16 years old.
 Anthony Hopkins was amazing.  I was horrified and intrigued by the 
entire movie. It stuck with me for a long time.

"Hello, Clarisse..."
Eeeek! *Freaked out squeal while hiding behind a pillow*

I haven't watched the other films
in which Hopkins portrays Dr. Cannibal Lecter.
Maybe I will someday.

*      *      *      *     *

When I heard that our dear Richard
had been cast in a role in the Hannibal TV series...
I was excited for him, yet disappointed because I wanted to avoid
being sucked into the world of Lecter again.
It's just a creepy place, and I'm a wuss!

On a wussy scale of 1 to 10, I am a 9.  Solid 9.

I thought, "Sorry, babe... I'm gonna sit this one out.
Call me when you decide to do some smexy period piece again."

But then...

I stood.
Sit the hell down, Richard!!!
Don't you know I avoid viewing anything
too suspenseful/creepy/horrific???

Actually, I DID sit there, but I was bored one
April night and decided to check out Hannibal on Amazon Prime.
(Damn you, AP, it's partially your fault!)

I watched the first episode and was like:
I'm scerrrred!
The blood!  The gore!  The creepy deer antlers!

(I know I use the word "creepy" a lot in this post.)
The cannibal cooking!  How in the heck are they allowed
to show this kind of stuff on prime time TV?
This is like Rated R material.  I guess TV ratings aren't
so strict these days.

I knew the show would be suspenseful and scary.
I guess it didn't help that I watched episode 1 late at night,
in the dark while it was raining outside.
*cue daunting background music*

I was a little bit traumatized and decided
I wouldn't continue watching the series.  Too-da-loo, handsome
Will Graham 
and sexy, yet menacing Hannibal Lecter!

A month later, I watched episode 2.
I don't know why I decided to give it another try, but I did.
I'm glad because Hannibal is a wonderfully written and acted show.
One of the best I've ever seen.  Yes, there are many chilling
events that take place.  Yes, I may want to pee my pants
at times... but once you get past that (just change your undies,
you'll be fine), the real meat of the story (sorry... shouldn't mention
meat, should I?) are the dynamics between Will, Hannibal and at
times, Jack Crawford.  Very enthralling!

Side note:
I can't help but wonder if I became desensitized
to the shocking murder scenes after the first few episodes?
(That is a topic for another post, I guess.)

I knew I liked actor Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal)
after seeing him in "A Royal Affair"
and Hugh Dancy (Will) in many films,
but wow.  They are better than ever in this series.

So, if you are like me, as in a Wimpy McWimpkins,
and too afraid to view Hannibal... just give it a try.
If it's too much for you to handle, I understand.
But you may find yourself watching another episode,
and then another, sitting on the edge of your seat, 
wondering what will happen next!

I ended up loving Season 1 and 
enjoyed Season 2 even more.  Hopefully
Season 3 will surpass them both!
Awesome cast.  I can't wait to see Richard join them!
(Well, some of them... *sniff*)
Don't be too scary, Richard!

I have a bone to pick (get it?) with Dr. Lecter.

Why can't he just make a freaking hamburger and fries!?
I mean, he has to be all fancy-shmancy all the time, making 
dishes nobody has ever heard of before.

If he tried to serve me "Langue d’agneau en papillotte
served with a sauce of duxelles and oyster mushrooms"

I'd know right then and there he was a sick bastard. 

Just no.
I guess I don't have a refined palate.

Jan 4, 2015

Nat's Take on Battle of the Five Armies

*Spoilers, of course.*
I wrote this last week, but just now getting around to posting.

It’s Christmas Eve’s Eve,
and I have a million things I should be doing,
but all day long, my mind has been on
The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Hot Guys...

Fili & Kili count as one for inclusion purposes.

...I mean ARMIES.

I couldn’t sleep last night after seeing it.

I don’t know if it’s because I took an afternoon nap,
 or all that Mountain Dew I drank at the theater,
but my mind was wide awake until 2 am,
 consumed with the movie I had just seen.

I looked at all The Hobbit fan art I could access online.
I watched fan videos on YouTube.
I obsessively tweeted about my Thorin Feels.

Please tell me you are as pathetic as me!

There are a few things I think would have improved this movie, 
which I’ll mention in a bit, but overall, I enjoyed it.  
(Despite being in mourning over the 3 handsome dwarfs, 
which I knew was coming, though I was still in denial.)

I feel like I need to go back and watch the movie again 
to really let it sink in, but as of now, the parts that have 
stuck out in my mind are the following:

*Bard opening a can of whoop-ass on Smaug.
You get 'em, Bard!

*Kili and Tauriel’s farewell by the lake.
I was not a fan of this pairing until I saw this scene.
The way Kili gazes (up) into her eyes is so sweet.
And then Legolas is all, "Get away from my woman, you little punk!"
I have to admit, between the two, I'd choose Legolas!

*Thorin going cray-cray with dragon sickness.
Snap out of it, Thorin before they send you to the loony bin!

*Bilbo’s facial expressions
Martin Freeman is SO brilliant.  All of the little twitches
and body movements he does as Bilbo are great.  My favorite
in this movie was the nose twitch.

*Thorin's smile in this movie!
You can't really see his smile in this pic, but you can see it in his eyes.
Despite all the craptastic stuff happening, it seemed like Thorin smiled more
in this movie than the others.  As in, full-teeth smile.  There were a few times
when he was talking to Bilbo when he unleashed THE SMILE and then
this moment... which looked like Thorin and Kili were going to give
each other an Eskimo kiss... I loved seeing Thorin's smile!

*Thandruil’s snobby awesomeness
So Thranduil is pretty much a jerk.  But I love him.
He's just too fabulous, with those flowing locks, "I don't give a crap" attitude
and chopping orc's heads off left and right.  The guy is scary and powerful
and does actually have a soft side, as we see at the end of the movie.

*Dain showing up in his 
hog-riding glory and head-butting everyone.
The mohawk & tusk mustache was an added bonus.

*Thorin snapping out of his nuttiness.

*Alfrid’s comic relief.  He’s like the Worm Tongue of The Hobbit series
as the greasy sidekick... only less creepy 
and more icky.
Alfrid in all his hunched, unibrowed glory.

*Bilbo taking matters into his own hands
I enjoyed seeing Bilbo doing what he felt needed to be done...
like taking the Arkenstone to bring peace and telling Gandalf not to boss him around.

*Fili’s death and Kili’s reaction.
My heart sank when Fili was killed.
Though I knew it was coming, I wasn't ready.
Then I sort of sat through the rest of the movie feeling a bit numb.

*Kili’s death and Tauriel’s reaction
I know that many Tolkien fans are upset that Fili and Kili
didn't die defending Thorin like in the book.  I, however, haven't
read the book, so this story line didn't bother me.  It was bittersweet and
meant to tug at the heartstrings.  And it did!  *sniff*

*Thorin’s death and Bilbo’s reaction
 Surprisingly, I was fine during Thorin's fight & death scene...
until Bilbo started trying to point out the eagles to Thorin and then
hung his head and sobbed over the loss of his friend.
I was crushed!  Crushed, I tell you!!!

There are two things I wish 
would have been included in this movie~

First of all, where in the heck was THIS scene?  

They shouldn't show something in the trailer
and then not include it in the movie!

Also, I am most disappointed about not seeing 
the funeral/feast in honor of Thorin and his nephews.   
I bet it will be included on the extended version, but that’s
like a year away 
from being released, I’ll betchya! 

"The Death of Thorin Oakenshield" by Darrell Sweet

In the book, Thorin is buried in the Lonely Mountain.

Bard places the Arkenston on his chest and Thranduil lays
Orcrist on the tomb.  I know this because my 9 year old son HAS
read the book. :)  WHY WAS THIS NOT INCLUDED?
I would have appreciated this closure.  It would have healed a 
little of my mourning-over-a-fictional-character heartache.

Despite my complaints, like I said before,
I did love this movie 
and give it a thumbs up, for sure.

I saw it twice and enjoyed it more the second time.
If you haven't seen it yet, go!  Then report back and tell
me what you think.  For those who have seen it,
what was your favorite part?