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Wednesday Whimsy

Wednesday Whimsy

By: Caelrona

Hiya all! It is Wednesday again, so I’ve pulled myself away from my PS3 for a while, just for ya’ll. For the past few months, most of my blogs have focused on either anime or movies, both of which I greatly enjoy. However, there really is quite a bit more to me than just those two things; I’ve also talked a wee bit about video games and even my addiction to tattoos (and yes, I did end up getting a new one after that post ^-^) but there is one thing I haven’t touched on that really is a huge part of who I am: music. For some reason, I just never got around to it, so I thought it was time to remedy that! I have pretty varied tastes in music, and I will listen to just about anything from one end of the musical spectrum to the other. Because of this I tend to have a lot of random music on my iPod, including songs in many other languages; most of which I can’t speak at all. I don’t really have one particular favorite artist; more like a pretty big list of favorites and even that is changing all the time, so I thought I’d sort of do a Top 5 At-This-Moment list.

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Emilie Autumn

Emilie Autumn Liddell, better known by her stage name Emilie Autumn, is an American singer-songwriter, poet, and violinist. Her style of music, which she labeled Victoriandustrial, draws inspiration from plays, novels and history – particularly the Victorian era. She performs unique shows with her backing band, The Bloody Crumpets, incorporating elements of cabaret, glam rock, burlesque, electronica and classical music. She is currently on tour promoting her newest album, Fight Like A Girl. Maybe not for everyone, her music is usually pretty dark and even a little bit insane, but her songs are so gorgeous to listen to. If you don’t believe me, just give it a listen. You’ll be one of her Plague Rats before you know it.

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Miyavi

Takamasa Ishihara, better known by his stage name Miyavi (or Miyabi, which he toured under with Dué le Quartz; or MYV, which he used promotionally on an album called MYV*POPS) is a Japanese singer-songwriter, guitarist and record producer. He is known for his distinctive guitar playing style, which is freakin’ amazing (Go youtube Selfish Love, or Jibun Kakumei!) Miyavi started as the guitarist for the now defunct visual kei rock band Dué le Quartz, but toned down his on-stage style a bit when he went solo in 2004. He started his own company, J-Glam Inc. in 2009, and even with his marriage to fellow J-pop artist Melody Miyuki Ishikawa and the birth of their two daughters he has remained a musical sensation, attending the Main Square Festival in Arras, France as the only Asian representative.

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Breathe Carolina

Breathe Carolina is an American electronic/punk rock musical duo from Denver, Colorado. David Schmitt and Kyle even compose the duo, which started in 2007 and has since released three albums, one EP and five music videos. I found Breathe Carolina recently, and have only just begun to explore their music so I can’t tell you much except that the few songs I’ve got are pretty awesome. They do a pretty neat combination of electronica and punk rock, which really caught my interest. This is mostly noticeable in the song “See You Again”, which is a cover they did for the compilation album Punk Goes Pop 2. They also participated in Warped Tour 2012.

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No Doubt

No Doubt is an American rock band from Anaheim, California. Mostly recognized by front woman and lead vocalist Gwen Stefani, No Doubt is a fairly well known band. As a band, they have released 6 albums, 3 compilation albums, 3 video albums, 22 singles and 2 box sets. In addition to all of that, Gwen Stefani released 2 solo albums while the band was on hiatus from 2004-2008. Their newest album, Push and Shove, just came out late September of last year. I don’t know anyone who has never heard at least one No Doubt song, even if they can’t name the band. While I’m not a huge super-fan, I have my favorite songs from them and I think they are definitely worth a listen.

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Lindsey Stirling

Lindsey Stirling is an American violinist, musician, dancer, performance artist and composer. She presents choreographed violin performances, both live and in music videos. She maintains a youtube channel, Lindseystomp, where most of her work can be found, and was a quarter-finalist on the fifth season of America’s Got Talent, where she was known as the Hip Hop Violinist. She performs a variety of styles, from classical to pop, hip hop, and dubstep. Aside from original work (which is awesome; check out Spontaneous Me) she also performs cover songs and medleys (also awesome; she did a Game of Thrones intro cover, as well as both Legend of Zelda and Lord of the Rings Medleys!) I love violin work, so when I found her Legend of Zelda medley I was pretty ecstatic. I was even more amazed when I found her other stuff; her cover of Party Rock Anthem is pretty sweet, and the Skyrim cover she did with a cappella vocalist Peter Hollens is gorgeous (especially the video!)

Well, anyway I suppose that is enough for this week. Honestly, I could keep going; I really love music and there are a lot of great artists that I didn’t cover. However I have a feeling that a 10 page blog post would most definitely not be welcome, so I will go ahead and cut myself off here. I will see you all around next week for another blog!

Until next time,

Caelrona – signing off! ❤

12 Movies of Chirstmas: The Muppet Christmas Carol

By Geeky Gem

I guess I should start this blog off by saying Merry Christmas from all of us here at All Geek To Me, I hope you all have wonderful day. By this I mean eat too much, drink too much watch crappy TV and generally enjoy yourself.

My movie of choice today is a bit more Chrismassy than the last three, I have gone for The Muppet Christmas Carol, I love this movie. The story of the Christmas Carol has always fascinated me, as I once played Scrooge in a school play. However this is not the reason I like it this is a take on a classic story told in only a way the Muppet’s can.

If you hae neer heard of the Christmas Carol then it is the tale of Mr Scrooge (Michael Cain) a man who doesn’t hold Christmas in his heart at all, on Christmas eve he is visited by his dead business partner and told if he doesn’t change his ways then the same fate with befall him.

They also tell him that through the night he will have visit’s from three ghosts in order to try to help him change his life. The Ghost’s of Christmas Past, Present and Future. As each ghost comes to visit Scrooge they show him images of his past, present and future. Each with a lesson for Scrooge to learn, he she a past love, a present with the Cratchit family and a his future should he not change.

As with the Nightmare Before Christmas I love the songs in this move and will post one of my favourite’s below its called It Feels Like Christmas. At the helm of this movie was Brian Henson, with the orignal novel by Charles Dickens and the screenplay by Jerry Juhl. If you like the Muppets and the story of the Christmas Carol then this is the movie for you.

Enjoy and have a very Merry Christmas.

Thursday Thoughts: The Hobbit

By Geeky Gem

Now I know there have been a lot of blogs about this movie already and they are all over the web and that’s a good thing as it means people had thought’s about it. It’s not like me to sit down and tell you about a movie I have just seen, in fact many of y blogs are about movie’s I want to see or have seen. However on Tuesday evening my boyfriend came home and said I got  you this, handing me a ticket to the movie I have been waiting for all year. Yes folks that’s right The Hobbit.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey … one embargo to bind them.

We sat down to a 2D showing of the movie, I was little bit more excited than a 29-year-old should be but I didn’t care. However this always makes my boyfriend giggle. Anyway the adverts and trailers rolled on and An Unexpected Journey began. I have tired to read this book a few times, in high school it was our book for one ear but we neer finished it the second time I was up to chapter seven and lost my book. Dont panic I just brought a new one and as soon as I finish Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire I will be all over it. Anyway, the movie began and the screen fell silent, 2 hours and 48 minutes later we emerged from what I can only describe as nearly 3 hours of awesomeness.

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The story for those of you who may not know is about a young Hobbit named Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), who one day has a visit from an old family friend Gandalf the Grey Wizard (Ian McKellen). Who informs Bilbo that he wants him to join him on an adventure. Soon after 13 dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) arrive at Bilbo’s home at Bag End in the hope that Bilbo will join them. At first Bilbo say’s no and asks them all to leave, after a good nights sleep he joins them on thier quest to reclaim thier home from the dragon Smaug.

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One of my favourite parts from the book is kept in the movie and that was the scene with the trolls, I was so happy when I saw this bit as it happens just as I pictured it when I read the chapter in the book. The Hobbit is a little lighter than The Lord of the Rings and has a bit more humor in it. Which makes for a great story, Peter Jackson just takes you back to the land of Middle Earth as if you are sitting down with an old friend. That had been away for a while and had a really good story to tell. Being back in Middle Earth is every thing it should be. My other favourite part is Riddles in the Dark, where Bilbo first meets Gollum.

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Andy Serkis again brings Gollum to life and he does it so well, in this one however I felt sorry for Gollum, his love for the ring has driven him made but there is an innocence about him in this one that only Serkis could bring. Serkis even took on the added role in this movie as the second unit director which is great for him. There are so many great actors in the is movie as well that I just can’t name them all. If you havent seen and like the Lord of the Rings then The Hobbit : An Unexpected Journey will fill you it joy. If you have already seen, then go again I know I will be.

If you do enjoy it it’s a only a year’s wait to part two in this trilogy, which is called The Desolation of Smaug. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, i going back to my Hobbit hole now where its safe and nothing ever happens.

12 Movies of Christmas: Look to the Sky

By Geeky Gem

I know today marks the release of what I am hopping to be an awesome movie, yes folks today is Hobbit Day. No I was going to write about the Hobbit today but seen as I wrote about it back on movie of the month I think I have said all I need to say. So today I shall be taking you through a list of other creatures I think could pull Santa’s slay.

Pegasus – Clash of the Titans

I think Pegasus is awesome and would look great helping Santa on his busiest day of the year. How cool would this look, alright it may not be able to land on your roof but it would look amazing.

Toothless – How To Train Your Dragon

Did you really think I would miss a dragon off this list. Of course I went for one of the nicer ones, Toothless can be trained but Santa would need Hiccup in order to help him fly. However who cares it’s a freaking dragon.

Flying Monkeys – The Wizard of  Oz

Now I am unsure how useful a flying monkey would actually be but I thought Santa could always give it a go. I mean he could get them to pull the slay at least, he would just have to keep them out of sight as they look a bit scary.

Buckbeak the Hippogriff – Harry Potter

Now Beaky is one the most beautiful creatures on this list, but he is also really cool. Buckbeak could totally help Santa and would get all his delivery done in record time I bet. Only problem is you would hae to leave a dead ferret out for him instead of a carrot.

Thestrals – Harry Potter

I know Thestrals are not the most good-looking of creatures and yes it is another Harry Potter animal but I think they would do an awesome job of helping Santa. Plus you wouldn’t be able to see them.

Well there we have just some of the creatures I think could hep Santa come the 24th of December.

12 Movies of Christmas: Elf

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By @hmsbeefnuts

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12 Movies of Christmas rolls on here at All Geek To Me, and I have chosen a rather obvious Christmas film, but you know what? If this isn’t one of your favourite Christmas movies, you are without doubt, a cottenheaded ninny muggins. I am of course talking about Elf, and it is without doubt, a must see at this time of year.

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I know some people can not stomach Will Ferrel, and if that is the case, you are wrong. He is a genius and this is one of his best roles. As Buddy the Elf, Ferrel brings a wonderful sense of childlike excitement and glee to his human in Elf’s clothing. It is one of the most Christmassy films I have ever seen, as well as being very funny too.

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If that’s not enough to convince you, then how about the fact that Tyrion Lannister himself is featured in the film, Peter Dinkledge is hilarious as a short tempered author for hire. Want more? Then how about the adorable Zoey Deschannel as the love interest?

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Basically if you don’t like Elf, you are dead inside. I will just leave you with this thought, and something that all Elf fans know for sure, the best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear…

12 Movies of Christmas: How The Grinch Stole Christmas

By: Caelrona

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Hiya all! Another week gone by, and here I am again. Today I thought I would pick up with Number 2 of my 4 Favorite Christmas Movies. You may have noticed that HMS, Gems and I are sort of doing a running thing with this. What can I say, we all love this time of year (Ba Humbug to you Scrooges out there =P ) and especially the awesome movies that feature it, and what better way to share our Christmas spirit that with movies? Anyway, my second pick is Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas – the Jim Carrey version, not the cartoon one; although it is fairly entertaining as well. =)

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Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, promotionally (and more commonly) known simply as The Grinch, was produced in 2000 by Imagine Entertainment, and released by Universal Pictures. It is a holiday fantasy-comedy film based on the 1953 book of the same name and the 1966 television cartoon special of the same name, written by the famous Dr. Seuss. It was the first Dr. Seuss book the be adapted into a full-length feature film (to be followed by The Cat In The Hat from 2003, Horton Hears a Who from 2008 and The Lorax from 2012) Since the movie is based on a children’s picture book, many additions were made to the storyline to bring it up the feature length, including quite a bit of the back story about the Grinch. Most of the rhymes from the book were used in the film, though some were changed a tad bit, plus some new rhymes penned especially for the movie. This movie has a runtime of a mere 104 minutes.

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This movie manages to be both hilarious and heartwarming all at once. Jim Carrey is a comedic genius, and that amazing skill translates well even through a giant green furred creature. Certainly it seems as though the role of the Grinch was hand tailored to suit him by the amazing Dr. Seuss himself. This movie is hilarious. It has me in stitches every single time I watch it. The rhymes are just fantastic, and the pace of the movie flows really well. I’m not usually a comedy sort of girl, but this movie definitely makes the list.

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The Grinch follows a cantankerous, grumpy green creature known as the Grinch. The Grinch lives atop a perilous mountain near the festive city of Whoville, where it happens to be Christmastime. All the Whos of Whoville love Christmas, while the Grinch despises it. Down in Whoville an 8 year old girl named Cindy Lou Who has begun to think that people have lost sight of what is important on Christmas. After learning about the existence of the Grinch, she begins to take an interest in his lonely state of affairs and learns his sad history. Determined to show the Grinch the true meaning of Christmas, she invites him to participate in the city celebration known as the Whobilation. When it goes awry, the Grinch goes on a rampage. While satisfied with his path of destruction at first, he quickly realizes he has not crushed the spirit of the holiday and goes back to his mountain in a pique. In a mad attempt to cease the celebration of the detested holiday he hatches a sinister plan: to steal Christmas from all of Whoville!

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There we go; my second favorite Christmas movie. While it might not be everyone’s cup of tea I certainly love this movie. It has entertained me since I was a child, and continues to entertain me to this day. I hope you enjoyed reading about it. Now I am going to be off to enjoy watching it.

Until next time, Happy Holidays;

Caelrona – signing off! ❤

 

12 Movies of Christmas: Christmas Cartoons

By Geeky Gem

We all love a good cartoon and there is nothing better than wrapping up in a blanket with a warm drink and watching some cartoons. It’s one of my favourite pass times, I know this can be done at any time of the year but on this list (yay a list) I have looked at some of my all time favourites that I enjoy watching.

He-Man and She-Ra Christmas Special – 1985

I loved He-Man and She-Ra and when they got together in Christmas episode I was over the moon. I know its sad but I own it on DVD, it is really good. It is a really good cartoon if you love He-Man And She-Ra and can be found below it isn’t a very long cartoon but it really fun to watch.

The Snowman – 1982

I watch this cartoons every year, as it is always shown here on television at this time of year. I still watch it on TV even if i do own the DVD, It’s a story of a by and the snowman he builds that comes to life and shows him a fun time at christmas. There are now words in this 26 minute long cartoon but an unforgettable song.

Shrek the Halls – 2007

Another short cartoon set at Christmas with some your best-loved characters, Shrek the Halls is a funny 30 minute cartoon that we can all enjoy. All of the characters are there Shrek, Fiona and Donkey. What more could you want.

A Charlie Brown Christmas – 1965

Oh Charlie Brown, I love this cartoon and if you have never seen it then you really have missed out. Maybe now is the time to watch it and enjoy it with friends or family. Even if only for this song –

How The Grinch Stole Christmas – 1966

It may not come as much of a surprise that I also own this on DVD, its one of my all time favourite Cartoons and I love the voice of th Grinch as play by Boris Karloff. Fantastic animation and a brilliant story.

If you watch any of these this year i hope you enjoy them.

12 Movies of Christmas: Rare Exports

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By @hmsbeefnuts

Hello friends, and welcome to a rare blog, by yours truly. As a special event type thing over this most festive of months, we here at All Geek To Me have decided to look at some of our favourite festive films, 12 in all, in tribute to Santa, Little Baby Jesus and presents. I love Christmas, and this year is turning out to be a good one so far. It’s amazing how the introduction of a four year old child can liven up Christmas time for someone who has had a Scrooge like existence for the last 2 years. One of the best things about spending time with said child is the wealth of Christmas films that we can watch with him. However, my first choice for AGTM’s 12 Movies of Christmas will not be on the agenda for our festive film fests. This choice is a great little Finnish film that is both full of Christmas spirit, and horror, Rare Exports…

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Rare Exports is a great little film. The basic premise is thus; On Christmas Eve in Finland, Santa Claus is unearthed in an archaeological dig. Soon after, children start disappearing, leading a boy and his father to capture Santa and, with the help of fellow hunters, they look to sell him back to the corporation that sponsored the dig. And then there’s Santa’s elves, who are determined to free their leader… (Thanks IMDB!!). Sounds pretty cool right?

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Well the Santa in this film isn’t giving anyone a Miracle on any street, let alone 34th, and his nice list seems to have gone missing, this St. Nick is very much all about punishing the naughty, so be good, for goodness sake. I really liked this take on the Santa Claus Mythos, it might not be for everyone, but I would recommend giving it a try, as long as you are cool with subtitles, and naked old men.

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Anyway, that’s it for this installment, I’ll be back soon to write about another Christmas Movie, maybe Elf or something, well worth looking forward too though I’m sure. Merry Christmas!!

Movie of the Month – December 2012

By Geeky Gem and @hmsbeffnuts

Welcome to our last movie of the month for 2012, its been a fantastic year for us here at All Geek To Me, as we will soon be turning one years old. It’s a very exciting time. However this is not why we are here, we are here to talk about our last Movie picks for 2012, now I know this may sound a little sad but when I heard this movie was being made there was now way it wasnt going to be pick for the month. So I bring you The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

I loved the Lord of the Rings and think Peter Jackson did an excellent job bringing that story to the silver screen, so when I heard he was going back to the star of te story with The Hobbit I was one very excited Geek. With many of the cast returning for this movie, which is now to become a trilogy I cant wait to see the book i read in High School come to life on the big screen.

For those who don’t know The Hobbit is about Bilbo Baggins who is a curious Hobbit, that journeys to the Lonely Mountain with a vigorous group of Dwarves to reclaim a treasure stolen from them by the dragon Smaug.

Now for those who know me the Dragon isn’t the only reason I want to see this movie, I want to see Jackson take us back to the start. I hope this movie is as good as Jackson’s other movies.

As always here is the trailer for you to enjoy.

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Really? You want me to try and think of another film that you should see? Go see The Hobbit. See it twice if it’s good. Hopefully I will be seeing it a lot. I saw Fellowship 6 times at the cinema. Go see The Hobbit. That is all, Merry Christmas.

@hmsbeefnuts

Bloggers Block, No Time and A Million Other Excuses…

By @hmsbeefnuts

Hey there, it’s me, hmsbeefnuts. Now I’m only into my second week of my new, less strenuous amount of time writing for my beloved All Geek To Me, and already I’m finding it hard to keep up. I know it’s a poor excuse, especially since I have always found time to write blogs, mostly 3 a week, but at the moment, life is getting in the way. The fact that I’m enjoying the majority of it immensely is the only reason I’m not more ashamed of my bloggers work ethic. Simply put, I’m far too busy in work, and with the people I love most to be able to fully commit my time here, and yes, it is sad that I feel like I’m letting down my fellow geeks, especially Geeky Gem, but I hope she understands, and forgives me for the increasing number of low maintenance blogs. I also hope that anybody who reads this and gives a damn will forgive me too, I am trying my best, I promise.

I have been reading Storm of Swords: Book 2 Blood and Gold by George R. R. Martin. I have just read the Red Wedding Chapter. Now I spoiled myself a few months ago with a Wikipedia search, so I knew it was going to happen, but damn! Martin sure likes to kill off my favourite characters. Apart from the upset at the horrible goings on in Westeros, A Song of Ice and Fire just keeps on getting better, I can’t wait for Season 3 of Game of Thrones.

I’ve also been enjoying Dexter, and Finding Bigfoot, still have not played much of my game library, and have not been to the cinema for like a month. I am going this Saturday however, so I’ll try and fit in a fair few, get really stuck in.

I haven’t even had time to watch my Indiana Jones Blu Rays. It seems I am a changed man, more likely to be found pretending to be The Joker or Cpt. Hook, than to be watching Batman and playing Halo. Christmas time is approaching ever so fast. I have purchased the majority of my presents (thank you Amazon.co.uk) but the time is just disappearing like a hobbit with the One ring around his finger. Speaking of which, I can hardly believe that the Hobbit will be out in a few weeks time, I am so excited, yet I know very little about it. It seems I’m out of the Geek Loop a little.

Anyway, I shall bid you farewell, as I have a Dexter to watch, and sleep to catch up with.

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