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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Ask Me Anything...

...well, within reason.
 
I'm feeling rather lazy right now, in terms of writing posts, so if you've ever wanted to ask my anything, comment on this post and ask away.  Once I have a few (or a few dozen) questions, I'll write a nice, big post answering them.  Or, if one of two questions are particularly thought provoking, I'll dedicate a whole post to answering it.  Questions about my obsessions, dislikes, and pretty much anything else are more than welcome.  I hold the right to refrain from answering any questions, blah, blah, blah....but I'll do my best.
 
Have fun!
 
Eva

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Little Letters {1st Edition}

 

I've seen this type of post done several times, and it's always looked fun to me, so I'm giving it a go (not to mention that I recently started exchanging real letters with a dear friend of mine, which may have something to do with me deciding to do this post).  It basically works like this - I write a bunch of letters 'to' things and/or people, giving my opinions about them through letter form.  The letters can be long or short (mine will probably be a bunch of little letters, although I've seen posts that just have one), and it's a unique/fun way to get your thoughts across to your readers.  So, anyway, here are my letters...
 
 
Dear Divergent,
 
I have mixed feelings about you.  I read the first book a couple of days ago, and it's still stuck with me, which is a good thing.  If a book sticks with me, it means that is made me think.  And you definitely made me think.  You're really one of the first young adult dystopian book I've ever read, and for that, you'll always be special.  The story world and characters found within your pages intrigued me, even if I don't agree with the whole factions thing (mainly because I don't believe people would do that).  You made my heart pound.  You made me smile.  You made me sad.  And I want to read the other two books in your series.  But.  I didn't like Tris and Tobias' relationship as much as everyone else does.  See, I don't normally read YA, so I'm not used to the sort of romance that's common in the genre.  And while I'm sure you were much cleaner than a lot of YA books, but it still made me uncomfortable.  It's why I gave you three out of five stars on Goodreads.  I'm still looking forward to the movie, though.  And the soundtrack for that movie is one of the best I've ever heard.  Just...I didn't like you as much as I thought I would.
 
 
Dear Writer's Brain,
 
I love you.  I love seeing the words come alive on the page.  And, yes, they are coming alive.  All my characters and plot lines and ideas are coming to life because of you.  Just...please don't find it necessary to scribble down every plot bunny I get.  I mean, I love them, but it's gets tiring trying to keep up with them.  I'm glad that you and me are friends again, though.  For the longest time, I didn't listen to you, and I ended up writing some pretty bad quality stuff.  But with a new project came fresh perspective, and now things are going well.  It's one of the best feelings in the world.
 
 
Dear Captain America: The Winter Soldier,
 
WHY?  Why must you crush all my feelings before I've even seen the movie???  I know there's going to be a lot of humour in the film, but I also know there's going to be a lot of heartache (that mostly goes under the name of STEVEBUCKYPEGGYBRAINWASHINGTHEENDOFTHELINE).  But, seriously, couldn't people stop making fan-videos of you out of footage they got who-knows-where?  Or posting spoilers on Pinterest (because once you see them, you can't unsee them)?  Or make up all sorts of fan-theories and 'friendly reminders' that make everything worse?  Because, honestly, it's going to be tough.  REALLY tough.  Especially since I won't be able to watch it for months and months, so the feels can keep accumulating.  *sigh*
 
 
Dear Books,
 
Why are there so many of you out there that are fabulous?  Seriously?  I haven't been reading a lot lately, and the stack of you on my desk keeps building up.  Maybe it's punishment for not reading.  I don't know.  But I do know that it's becoming an issue.  I'm reading two of your number right now - The Allies and The Book Thief.  To paraphrase a quote from The Fault In Our Stars (which I haven't read, but know something about) - "I read books the way I fall asleep.  Slowly, then all at once."  It's totally true.  I'll read a couple of you slowly, then find a new one and read that in two hours.  There have only been a few of you that I haven't loved.  I love the HD movie that plays in my head whenever I read one of you.  I love the way you smell...there are different smells, but they all come down to ink and paper, and, more often than not, dust.  It's exhilarating.  Reading is one of the best things that ever happened to me.
 
 
Dear Pinterest,
 
YOU ARE AWESOME THE END.
 
Eva

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

30 Songs {#18}

Link to song - 'Impossible'
'Impossible' is the anthem of the Cinderella musical, and deservedly so.  It's an upbeat, catchy song, filled with all the things that people love most about the Cinderella story.  A fairy godmother, dress transformations (both Marie and Ella), glass slippers and, of course, the golden pumpkin carriage.  And the lyrics themselves - proclaiming that nothing is impossible, even for a plain country girl - are really the essence of what Cinderella is about.  I love the Original Broadway Cast version of 'Impossible' (linked to above), because it's delightfully upbeat and energetic, with Laura Osnes giving a glorious performance of Ella (as always).  Although I prefer the dress transformations at the Tonys', the 'normal' musical version is fine.
 
...The world is full of zanies and fools,
Who don’t believe in sensible rules,
And won’t believe what sensible people say,
 
And because these daft and dewy-eyed dopes,
Keep building up impossible hopes,
Impossible things are happening every day!
 
Next Song: 'What Have I Done?' from Les Miserables
 
Eva 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Book Review: The Adversaries

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The Jeremiah Morgans of Ohio and the Seth Coopers of Virginia share a friendship and faith stretching back two centuries to Edenford, England. Now that their children, Sarah and Daniel, are engaged to be married, that bond will forever be secured by blood. But when the Morgan brothers--J.D., Marshall, and Willy--run slaves to freedom during a Cooper family visit, a small-scale skirmish between Northern and Southern families breaks out, prophetic of the full-scale war to follow.

As the Civil War erupts, the children of the two families are uprooted from home--the boys to battlefields, Sarah to the big city of New York to write tracts for homesick soldiers. But their greater peril may come from New York banker Caleb McKenna, a long-time enemy of the Morgans and Coopers, who plots revenge for the death of his only daughter.  Can human relationships win out over political and geographical differences? Can a commitment to God and family overcome hatred and vendettas? Join a new generation of Morgans as they experience life and love amidst a nation at war with itself.

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Where to begin?
Well, for one, I hate that cover.  None of the people look how I imagine them to be (except maaaaaybe the woman on the right who I'm guessing is Sarah), and, in my opinion, the picture on the bottom is wrong.  Yes, a spiritual revival among the troops is a plot point in the book, but I think a battle scene would have brought the spirit of the book across so much better.  But it was better than the other cover, so I went with it.  Anyway...I'm not here to discuss the book cover.  I'm here to discuss the book.
And what a book it is.  The fourth in the amazing American Family Portait Series, The Adversaries has to be my favorite book in the entire series.  I think the main reason is the characters (which I'll be getting to in a minute), because this book is probably the darkest in the series.  I mean, it's the American Civil War, for goodness' sakes.  Actually, it doesn't start with the War (takes quite a few chapters to get to it), but the events building up to it are ominous enough on their own.  The thing about reading historical fiction (mainly those surrounding wars) is that you know how everything is going to end.  So you have this tragic feeling of dread.  It's terrible, and it's probably why I find this book the hardest to read (even more than the WWI and II books).  Plus, Jack Cavanaugh (have I mentioned he's a genius?) heaps feels on you at every turn.  I'm always crying by the time I finish it (even when I'm with other people).
SO.  Characters.
This book.  Has some of the most awesome characters ever.  There's Sarah, the budding writer who meets Harriet Beecher Stowe (one of the first times I was jealous of a fictional character), and Jenny, her friend (who is one of the best female characters in any of JC's books).  Then, there's JD (John Drew) and Marshall, and Willy - the three Morgan brothers.  JD is my favorite, because he's the oldest brother and he's such a gentlemen (and because of Certain Tragic Things That Happen To Him).  Willy follows very closely.  He's crippled in one leg, he sketches gorgeous pictures, and even though he doesn't think so, he's totally a hero.  Marshall's at the bottom of my list because, well, he's really vengeful and rude at times...but he does improve by the end of the book, so I'm happy.
Basically, the three brothers enlist in the army (well, Willy tries, but he can't because he's disabled and Marshall goes totally rogue and JD's in disgrace).  Things were going pretty well with the book (I'm talking about the first time I read it), I was enjoying it, and the pages were flipping pretty fast...
AND THEN.
Benjamin McKenna Morgan stepped on the page and stole my heart.
He actually didn't steal my heart until near the ending, but now whenever I re-read it, I like him right off, because I know how his story is going to end.  When he first appears, he insults JD, Willy, and Marshall all at the same time and he continues to do so for over half the book (he's their commanding officer).  Annnd he sends JD/his company into the thickest part of the battle so JD will die (as per his dad's - Caleb McKenna's - instructions).  Only JD doesn't die (but pretty much everyone else does), so Ben comes and apologizes (after he got saved).  And THEN.  There's the Big Reveal which makes me cry every. single. time.  Then Ben and the Morgans and the Coopers (family friends of the Morgans) all go pack up and save Willy from Andersonville Prison.
[OH.  There's a scene where Ben and Willy are pretending to be dead along with a bunch of other corpses (looong story) and Jeremiah (Willy's dad) finds them and...can't say anything else for spoilers, but m'dear Tanya Stark knows what part I'm talking about, and I had to put it in for her.]
So, everything works out for good (for some people), and there's an Epilogue, as usual (there's one in all the AFP books) with a triple wedding and the passing down of the Cooper and Morgan Bibles to the next recipient.  Which is always emotional, for some reason, but this time even more so, because it was originally going to go to JD, but because of a wound he got in that one battle Ben sent him out on, he can't have an children (the scene where he finds out is just...FEELS), so the Bible has to go someone else.  And the person Jeremiah chooses is so unexpected and perfect and right.  It's awesome.
I'm afraid this review won't make much sense to people who haven't read The Adversaries, so GO AND READ IT.  You'll love it and hate it and it'll take up your life for at least a few hours.  So, all in all, it's a really good read.
Have fun...
Eva

Soundtrack Spotlight {Captain America: The First Avenger}

 

I thought I was done with these Soundtrack Spotlight posts (and I was kinda disappointed, because I'd only done four, and there are many other soundtracks I love, but didn't feel inspired enough to write posts about).  But, I recently took stock of all the soundtracks I really and truly adore, and found I actually have enough material for at least three more posts.  YES.  And since I'm on a Captain America/Marvel kick right now (the Marvelverse is awesome), I figured I'd start the comeback with featuring the soundtrack for the first Captain America movie. 
 
I listened to it a few times after I watched the film for the first time, but that was about it.  Then, when The Winter Soldier was released, I thought it would be good to watch the first film again in preparation for TWS, so I did and I also started listening to the soundtrack a lot.  And I discovered its full awesomeness.  It helps that I've watch TFA enough times to be able to know what's happening at pretty much all times in the soundtrack, but even without the movie for a reference, this is an amazing score.  For one, the iconic 'Captain America March' is one of the most epic pieces of music I've ever listened to.  I could listen to it all day (almost - just a couple of listens make it run through your head the rest of the day).  And the emotion in this soundtrack is another thing that makes it one of my favorites.  I'm all for edge-of-your-seat adventure tracks, but there's something about emotional music that tugs at my heartstrings and makes me fall in love with said music even more.
 
Pretty much all of the tracks are my favorites, but I'll try to narrow it down to the best of the best.  To start, there's 'Farewell to Bucky' (probably the most emotional track, and I love how it segues into the Cap march nearish the end), 'Training the Super-Soldier' (this one is fun), 'Captain America "We Did It"' (such an amazing triumphant feel, although it gets ominous at the end), 'Troop Liberation' (great action track - one of my favorites of all the action ones), '"This Is My Choice"' (THIS is the most emotional track...never fails to get me), and 'Passage of Time' (this is another one that makes me all teary eyed - the scenes it represents in the movie have the same effect).
 
I'm not sure what soundtrack I'll be doing next, but I have several ideas...
 
Have you ever listened to this soundtrack?  What do you think of it?
 
Eva

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

An Interview With Miss Jane Bennet

Classic Ramblings
 
I'm very pleased to host an interview today with one of my very best friends - Miss Jane Bennet of Classic Ramblings.  I 'met' Jane close to a year ago (August 15th, to be exact), and since then, we've become the closest of friends.  You know, the kind of friendship with a million inside jokes, lot and lots of inane nicknames (Tanya Stark, Pascal, and Galannaley, just to name a few), and the ability to talk about anything and everything.  She has many different obsessions fandoms, so it was kind of hard thinking of a topic for this interview.  However, since we're the Frozen sisters and we firmly agree the Eugene Fitzherbert is The Better Man (as opposed to Kristoff), we hit upon Disney.  I had lots of fun reading her answers, and I hope you do to.
 
How were you introduced to Disney?  I actually...can't really remember. :P Well, actually I can. When I was, oh, four or so, I was first introduced to movies--more specifically, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. I instantly fell in love with it. As in, rabid fangirling that is quite possibly unmatched by any I've ever felt since. I wore my Snow White costume all. the. time and washed our floor with a flowered napkin and...um. That's enough of that. :P But that's basically how I was introduced to it. Afterwards, we watched most of the Disney films; Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, and then when I got older, Mulan and The Black Cauldron and Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid (there were other Disney movies too, but I assume we're talking Disney Princess here). Then came a time when I was uninterested in Disney or cartoons as a general rule, and then my love for Disney was revived when Tangled and Frozen came out. And that's where I am right now. ;)
 
 
Out of all the Disney films you've watched, which is your favorite?  Snort. Do you really expect me to choose? *waits for reply* Fine, fine. Um, I think I'd say Tangled. It has the best storyline and most well-rounded characters, I think. Plus, the animation is gorgeous.
 
Which is your least favorite?  Pinocchio, hands down. I don't even know why, but that film (and the book) has always just creeped me out and left me feeling depressed.
 
Have you watched any Pixar films? If so, which ones?  Yup! All three of the Toy Story movies, Monsters, Inc., A Bug's Life, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, WALL-E, Up, and Brave. Sooo basically all of them. ;)
 
Who's your favorite Disney princess? Prince?  Probably Belle. Because she's so much like me: bookish, nerdy, considered somewhat crazy by her aquaintances...that sort of thing. ;) Except, she's idealized. I'm not NEARLY that sweet--most of the time, at least. :P
 
Least favorite Disney princess? Prince?  Ummm...hmmm. I don't much like Ariel...yeah. Ariel's probably my least favorite (though the Broadway musical of TLM? PERFECTION. Go listen to it.). Prince? Ehm, that award probably has to go to...I'll just say Eric. Because he's boring. :P
 
Who, in your opinion, is the best villain?  Hm. Best, not favorite...probably Mother Gothel. She's *so* well-developed and complex--plus, she can be hilarious. While still being creepy. I love that there are still arguments going on about whether she actually loved Rapunzel or not, even four years or so after Tangled was released; it's a testament to what an interesting character she is.
 
Who is your least favorite character from any Disney film?  Any character from Pinocchio, really. :P
 
 
 
What Disney princess costume is your favorite?  Well, Elsa's ice queen dress from Frozen, and Anna's casual jumper at the end...I also love Aurora's dress from Sleeping Beauty and the original dress the mice made for Cinderella, for whatever reason.
 
Which three Disney songs are your favorites?  I love, love, LOVE "I See The Light," so that definitely goes on my list. Other than that...I can't choooose! Fine, fine, I'll pick "For the First Time In Forever," and its reprise, and "Let It Go". Because those are the songs I've been listening to most lately.
 
Which Disney film have you watched the most times, and how many times have you watched it?  Tangled, at eight times and counting. ;)
 
What five Disney characters would you like most to meet?  Well, I'd definitely take Flynn/Eugene, and he wouldn’t go without Rapunzel, so those are my first two. Then Belle would be nice to meet, she’s so sweet and bookish (plus she’s French :P), and I’d LOVE to meet Robin Hood and Marian from Robin Hood.

 
Lastly, Tangled or Frozen?  I made this decision awhile ago, and I’m sticking to it: Tangled. It has better plot/character development, and the world is better explained. Frozen is definitely a close second (and it’s very special to me for personal reasons), but Tangled is just the better and more enjoyable movie.
 
Thanks so much for letting me interview you, Jane!  It's been fun.
 
Eva

Monday, April 14, 2014

Tangled vs. Frozen


I was sick yesterday, so I stayed home from church.  I watched Frozen, and then Tangled with my little brother, Ethan, who loves both movies.  I'd already had the idea to do this post, but seeing them both so close together, really cemented that decision and since I'm better equipped to do it right now, I'm going to jump right in.  Now, this is not a 'bashing' post.  I love both of these movies pretty much equally, but they have different elements that contrast each other nicely and I usually have a decided opinion about which I like better (and I talked all these points over with my sisters last night, so my opinions are fixed, at the moment).  I do like one of the two a little better than the other...but just a little.  So, here's my comparison...
 
The Heroines
I really shouldn't put Elsa into this category, since she's different from both Anna and Rapunzel (she's older than them and she's a queen), but she's also the heroine (or antagonist - whichever way you want to look at it), so she's here.  Being awesome, as usual.  But I'm mostly going to focus on Anna and Rapunzel.  At first glance, there's little to differentiate between them.  They're both eighteen, about the same size, pretty, been in one place all their lives, and they both sing songs about wanting to go outside and do something or meet someone.  But there are differences.  For one, Anna has a sister.  Rapunzel has no-one.  And, yet, she's not as starved for love as Anna, because of Mother Gothel.  Anna has no parents.  Rapunzel has both.  Rapunzel gets a guy to take her on the 'forbidden road trip' while Anna sets out by herself (though a guy does end up helping her).  Honestly, they are both so sweet and kind and wonderful that it's pretty much a tie.  Sister love versus daughter love.  It's tough.  So...I'm not going to chose.  Just let me say that I like Elsa better than either of them (and that's saying a lot) and that's where I'll leave it there. 

The Heroes
This is a touchy subject.  Apparently, it's too mainstream to like Eugene anymore, because he's too much like a typical Disney prince, and all the Disney fans seem to be getting away from classic Disney and wanting different plots and characters (hence, Frozen's appeal).  Honestly, I think they're both great.  Kristoff wins out over Flynn any day, but Eugene wins over Kristoff.  Weird, right?  But I firmly believe that Flynn and Eugene are as different as night and day, so...yeah.  But both Eugene and Kristoff are amazing.  Some bonus points for Eugene are: he's a bookworm (and actually ended up acting on his childhood literary hero, however wrongly it might have been), he's an adventurer, he has an...interesting relationship with Maximus, he protected Rapunzel (even if he might not have wanted to follow along with her plan at first), and he sacrificed his life for Rapunzel.  As for Kristoff: he cuts ice for a living (how cool is that?), he gives Anna the best chance at survival when they're being chased by wolves, he has a down-to-earth view when it comes to romance (unlike Anna), and he asks permission to kiss Anna (still don't agree with premarital kissing...BUT JUST).  They're both great heroes.

The Villains
Yikes.  Just looking at that picture of Mother Gothel reminds me of what a great villain she is (and, yes, I do mean great).  I'm planning on writing a post about villains on my writing blog, which will cover her and Hans more fully, but I'll give a few points right here.  First of all...for any villain to be truly believable, they have to have a human side to them.  Some vulnerable area or human quality to them.  The fact that people still argue over whether or not Gothel really loved Rapunzel really speaks to me.  She's a complex character with mixed motives (Rapunzel's hair, Rapunzel's safety, getting rid of Eugene/the Stabbington brothers) which is why I think she's one of Disney's greatest villains.  Now, by all rights, the Duke of Weselton shouldn't even be here, but he does have a few villainous qualities, so I included him.  Ordering his minions to kill Elsa?  Yeah, that's pretty bad.  As for Hans...*sigh*  Where do I start?  His villainy seemed pretty contrived to me.  As in, the Disney writers were scrambling for a heartpounding finale, they hit on that, and went with it.  Someday I'm going to share all the 'let's-redeem-Hans' fan theories I've heard.  Some are silly, some are sad...

The Sidekicks
Ah...the sidekicks.  They're many people's favorite parts of the movies, and for good reason.  They're funny (providing much needed humour in what could turn out to be depressing situations), fun to watch, and sometimes provide deep quotes/moments ("Love is...putting someone's needs before your own").  Honestly, there's little to chose between the four of these adorable mascots.  My favorite of the four would probably be Pascal, because he's cute and smart and all around awesome.  But they're all great.  I'd also like to talk about the 'comedic singing groups' in this section.  Tangled: The Pub Thugs.  Frozen: The Trolls.  The Pub Thugs totally win.  I love their dreams (however silly they are), and the fact that they rescue Eugene is the icing on the Snuggly Duckling cake.  And the trolls?  Ick.  Have you heard how trolls kidnapped fair haired children (in fairytales) and wiped their memories?  Um...no.  Just no.  And 'Fixer Upper' is blah.  'I've Got A Dream' is much better.
 
The Parents
I LOVE THE PARENTS.
 
In both movies.  But especially Tangled.  I mean, Frozen's parents are great.  They may have been misguided in helping Elsa work through her troubles, but their hearts were in the right place.  I just think that they didn't understand what all was happening, and they had no idea how to cope with it (and the trolls were no help - they showed eight-year-old Elsa a vision of herself being killed by an angry mob.  What's with that???).  And then they died.  That's probably the reason the parents from Tangled are my favorite couple.  They stuck together for eighteen years, hoping against hope that their daughter would return and when she did...I've probably watched Tangled over ten times, but that part always makes me cry.  The reunion scene is perfection.

The Soundtracks [I don't know why it's adjusted weirdly]
The music.  My favorite part (usually) of any movie.  And both Tangled and Frozen have an exemplary soundtrack, but in different areas.  For Frozen, it's the songs, and in Tangled it's the score.  Let me start with Frozen.  Despite the issues I have with some of the lyrics, 'Let It Go' is a showstopper.  There's no other way to describe it.  I've always felt that the film should have stayed with Elsa for at least a few minutes after the song, but, alas, it was not to be (more on that in a bit).  And [most] of the other songs are just as good.  'For The First Time In Forever' + reprise are just as good as 'Let It Go', and 'Do You Want To Build A Snowman?' and 'Love Is An Open Door' are right behind.  'In Summer' is a fun, cute little song, and 'Frozen Heart' is a strong opening number (despite what people say).  Honestly, the only two songs I don't like are 'Fixer Upper' (UGH) and 'Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People' (too random).  The score, however, is where the epicness ends.  I've listened to most of it, and every track (except for 'Winter Waltz' and a couple of others) sounds the same.  I don't mind continuity in film scores, but this was too much (or too little?).  I'm going to have to devote two paragraphs to this...
 
Now, Tangled has some great songs, but, really 'When Will My Life Begin?' + reprise, doesn't stand up to 'FTFTIF' + reprise.  It's a cute song, but not much more.  'I've Got A Dream' is one of my favorites, though, and 'I See The Light' is gorgeous.  Oh, and 'Mother Knows Best' is a great villain song.  But.  They don't have the epic sweep and scope of Frozen's songs.  The score, however, is phenomenal.  There are a few pieces I wish were in the soundtrack (notably, when Mother Gothel comes up the tower on Rapunzel's hair for the first time and when Rapunzel steps out of the shadows with the frying pan), but it's totally fine.  Each track is full of vivid imagery, emotion, and just plain gorgeousness.  I can't decide which soundtrack I like better.
 
Animation, Romance, and Plot
 
  • Animation - I honestly can't decide.  Tangled is so warm and full of colour and life and energy, but Frozen is beautiful in an icy, repressed way and the clothing, especially, is perfectly animated.  I'd say Frozen wins for sheer beauty, but Tangled wins for the human side of animating.  Facial expressions, body language, movement...
  • Romance - How can there be any question?  Tangled wins hands down.  BUT.  That's only because Frozen was focused on love between sisters (which can be even better than romantic love), while Kristoff/Anna/Hans was more of a subplot.  Both films are amazing for their unique portrayals of different kinds of love.  I believe Rapunzel and Eugene are the only Disney couple of actually sacrifice themselves for the other (well, Rapunzel was prepared to, but Eugene actually did it).  I find that very special.  And the sisterly love in Frozen is beautifully portrayed.
  • Plot - Here's where Frozen slips up.  In contrast to Tangled, whose plot is tight, streamlined, and enthralling (it's sort of a writer thing to notice it), Frozen's plot sags in several places.  I find I get bored for most of the middle act of Frozen - from 'Let It Go' to when Elsa is captured.  The reprise of 'FTFTIF' in the very middle does keep it from becoming too bad, but it's kind of bad if you're waiting and waiting for a musical number to liven things up.  Movie musicals should be able to carry the plot even when there isn't singing.  It's my biggest complaint with Frozen.
 
Overall
 
It was tough.  It was really tough.
 
I know some people (my mom included) won't agree with my decision, but this is my choice (kudos to you if you get the heartbreaking reference in the last four words of that sentence).  And I chose...
 
Tangled


I love Frozen, but I believe Tangled will always have first place in my heart.  It was my first Disney princess movie (besides Snow White and Cinderella), and I love everything about it.  Story, romance, songs, characters, the epic ending...every part of it is perfect (or nearly so).  But, still, it's practically a tie with Frozen.  Frozen has my favorite animated character ever (Elsa...she even wins over Eugene O.o), some of my favorite songs, gorgeous visuals, and a heartwarming storyline.  They're both amazing movies with heart, drama, and loveable sidekicks.
 
The. End.

 
Eva  

Monday, April 07, 2014

30 Songs {#19}

Link to song - 'Everything Stays The Same' from A Tale Of Two Cities
This is the kind of song that works better seen than just being listened to on a cast recording (although listening to it is chilling as well).  Unfortunately, nobody like the ATOTC musical (except for a very few, very devoted fans) so there are no videos of actual performances (besides some workshop thingies that don't really count).  'Everything Stays The Same' is one musical number I would love to see live.  It's quite long (about six minutes, I think), and a lot happens visually (the lyrics/music confirm this).  From what I can tell, the Bastille is stormed, Earnest Defarge finds the paper left by Dr Manette, and then there's some sort of weird play that takes up most of the second half.  I say weird because 1) the lyrics don't make much sense and 2) take a look at the picture up above.  It's...odd.  However, I do like how they incorporated the famous opening lines into the montage.
 
Now is the best of times,
The worst of times,
And all things in between.
Now is the age of light and darkness,
Too like every age we've seen.
Everyone's going straight to heaven,
And the other way as well.
It all depends upon which world you chose to see.
Whether or not the world's the way it ought to be.
 
Next song: 'Impossible/It's Possible' from Cinderella
 
Eva
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