Even if it’s only flickering a little, let your light shine.
It’s been a few weeks since I last wrote. Busy seems to be my middle name of late, but what else is new. I’m not sure if the allergy medicine is helping me or there is just a thicker pollen count in the air because my eyes are still itchy and my sinuses are acting up. Today I feel as though I might have a cold, or it’s just a bad allergy morning for me. I spent the night at my mom’s house two weeks ago and since now there are two cats living there, it took me a week to recover from sneezing and feeling like I can breathe once again. Good thing I go to my doctor soon. The other day I was going about my day when I realized I needed a quick puff from my asthma pump. I hadn’t had to use it all morning until later in the afternoon. I checked my purse and it was not there. I looked all over my desk and it was nowhere to be found. Anyone who has asthma knows just to know your pump is near you (like a security blanket), psychologically it makes you feel secure. When your pump is nowhere near you and you suddenly feel like you need it, panic can consume you. I quickly left my desk and went home to find it. It was under my comforter on my bed. Luckily, I have a transportable nebulizer I can use as a backup, although I rarely have to use it-only when I am extremely congested from a cold. I’m down to less than 20 pumps from my asthma pump until I get a renewed RX from my doctor, hopefully Monday. So far, it’s worked fine the little system I am using now with just a quick mist session from my nebulizer. I’m than good to go for a while without having to use up my limited puffs from my pump. Woke up this morning sneezing a lot. I hope it’s not a cold. Having a stuffy nose and trying to eat turkey is not fun at all. I just know my upstairs neighbors had a party going from 11pm to what seemed to be 6 am!!!! Thank you. This morning I woke up at 8 am. Their noise kept waking me up every 3 hours.
I’m all about natural remedies so I will have to go out and buy some eucalyptus and mint oils to make my own steam to clear my sinuses. Unless it’s medicine for my asthma maintenance or for when I am extremely sick, I only need and want the most natural things going into my body. I like to keep my organs as pure as possible from any outside and unnecessary consumption. As I write this, I also remembered I need to go out and buy some local honey to take everyday. Honey is my favorite vanilla ice cream topping.
So anyways, this week I realized that people are always and I mean always listening to what you say. Even if it’s in passing, people are listening. Whether they are being nosy is another thing, but their ears are alert. There is always office politics and gossip, but with this new team, I don’t think there is gossip. I know I don’t take part in it. I just work and do my job, but also am friendly with everyone. Yesterday I was on the phone with a new client introducing myself and asking if I was pronouncing her name right. I like to make people feel at ease before I meet them, so I was just being friendly to my new client getting things ready before I enrolled her. Once I got off the phone, my one coworker said, “You are SO NICE!” The other coworker piped up and said, “I know! You should be my worker!”. It took me back because I didn’t realize the whole office had been so quiet and that everyone was listening to my conversation via my desk phone. (If I get personal calls on my cell phone, I usually walk away from the office for privacy). I was just going about my business like I do everyday at work. I didn’t know whether I was more surprised that they were listening or that my actions were so surprisingly nice. I think it’s normal to act nice to people. Are people so mean todays society that being “nice” is a culture shock? Are people surrounding themselves with like minded people, so when they meet other people with different behaviors, that they are shocked? I’m not perfect nor am I saying I want to be perfect, but I want to be as close to being a good and decent person as I can be. When you respect yourself, you will respect others. When you are KIND to yourself, it will come across naturally to others. That’s my theory.
Who is the real master here? With my phone, I am! I’m always telling my phone to do things.
Phone vs Man
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Stellan Skarsgård, Renee Russo, Jaime Alexander, Zackary Levi and Kat Dennings.
Director: Alan Taylor
Producer: Kevin Feige
Pros: The biggest pro here is that this movie was a lot better than the original Thor in many ways. The cinematography was spectacular just as I expected, the music epic and we got to see more of Asgard. The writers were better too. Sure, you may have noticed several one liners, but this was a 2 hour movie, so any more dialogue would have put it near the 3 hour mark. One of my favorite scenes from both movies was finally seeing Loki as he truly was. The scene I am talking about is where Loki is in jail and Thor drops by. Thor, knowing his brother very well, tells Loki to knock it off and drop his facade which Loki does. What you see is a broken, lonely person who has hit rock bottom. I loved this scene because Loki appears to be in control all the time yet inside his heart, he is not in control of his emotions, therefore trying to balance it out by controlling others. Definitely a character that psychologists everywhere would love to evaluate more. Personally, I think he needs some butterfly kisses from Miss JavaGirl herself. There is also the scene where Loki is scampering next to Thor after he was released from jail and he’s very chatty and eager. I thought to myself, “Now, there’s the Loki I first knew!”.
The costumes were intricate, lush, rich and gorgeous. You can tell many people took their time to make sure the costumes looked perfect up close. Thor’s costume would even make Superman jealous. I loved Jane’s Asgard dress along with Frigga’s entire outfit. Seeing how the people dressed in relation to the Asgard culture was beneficial for the viewers. Yes, they may have dressed similar to LOTR characters, but how else are they suppose to dress? I quite frankly, enjoyed seeing their earthy and warm toned colors clothes.The make up on the elves and villains were also great. You have to remember, some of these characters had to sit many hours to get their make up on everyday. All those tiny bumps and lines take time for a makeup artist to create. This was a fun movie that had a lot of funny moments, nothing too deep as this is a family movie. We loved the spaceship chase scene that resembled Star Wars and the modern jets at the very end. Thank you Marvel!
Thor, matured in this movie and appeared to have a stronger realization of his responsibilities as a future King. It was nice seeing Zackary Levi and Idris have more of screen time. The funeral procession was so beautiful. The jaw dropping scene where the Collector states there are more Infinity Stones was genius for whoever came up with that idea. The idea that there are more stones out there makes you want to watch every Marvel movie there is to put the puzzle pieces together of all the stones. Whoever collects and wants all the stones will have complete control of the universe! In this movie, the Red Stone or “Aether” represented “Power”. In the Avengers, the blue stone that Loki used represented “Mind Control”. Will The Guardians of the Galaxy find the yellow stone which represents “Reality”? The clues have been put in the Marvel movies so it’s up to us to find those Easter eggs, so to speak. If you must know, each stone represents: Reality, Soul, Time, Power, Mind and Space. Put them all in the Infinity Gauntlet and that individual has the power to destroy or control everything and everyone in the universe. With the Infinity Stones scattered in the Marvel movies, this represents a huge opportunity to create many stories yet to be told from the Marvel studios. Overall, I think everyone did a great job in this movie.
Cons: Why was Darcy still an intern after two years? I had to find an answer because they put that in there for laughs. Luckily, I have a new scientist buddy called Buck (punchnerds.com) who answered that question for me. Buck said that usually interns only last 12 weeks or so. Lastly, I wished they showed more of Loki and Thor mourning their mother.
Cinematography: Kramer Morgenthau was the Director of Photography for this movie. Kramer has 58 credits under his name which includes filming for the movie Fracture. I saw the same elements which impressed me from how he filmed Fracture to what he brought to Thor: The Dark World. Mr. Morgenthau uses warm tones, gold and browns in this movie which pulls viewers into what the characters are doing. The sets were so huge and grand, that certain lighting made even the smallest conversations between two characters that more stunning for viewers. I’ve watched his other projects, but I was curious to see how he’d pull it off with a bigger environment where everything is bigger in a grander scale. Kramer did not disappoint and showed us that he is capable of filming absolutely stunning scenes that one can only imagine in their wildest dreams. Choosing Kramer Morgenthau to shoot a city like Asgard, including many battle scenes, was a perfect choice from Marvel and I hope they continue to use him for many future projects. I was very, very excited to go into this movie to see what my favorite cinematographer had in store for me to watch. In my opinion, he’s the reason why I started my Cinematography category on my movie blogs. I think the Director of Photography in movies are and should be right up there with being asked questions of how the movie was made. They are rock stars in my eyes! Without them, there is no movie. They are the quiet heroes of movie making and should be respected and given just as much attention as the Producers, Directors and actors.
Some behind the scenes of making Thor: The Dark World. You can see Kramer Morgenthau doing what he does best.
Video Credit: MoviesComingSoon
Music score: Brian Tyler produced the music score for this movie. You can hear a sample of many scores he produced in the video above. Brian produced music that reflected Thor’s maturity from the first Thor movie into a more regal and royal King in waiting movie sound. You can hear a chorus that sounds heavenly with a touch of other worldly sounds to it in many of the scenes. There wasn’t a lot of happy music when Thor and Jane were together due to their romance being torn apart by the Aether in Jane and their distance from each other. I’m sure getting sound advice from masters of movie scores like John Williams (Star Wars) has helped Brian only be well on his way to becoming a movie score master himself. Music is what brings that lump to your throat when a scene needs a certain sound to conjure feelings of what the director wants the viewers to feel of the characters. Brian Tyler is someone to watch as he continues to inspire us all by taking us into worlds we never been before with his amazing music scores.
Loki: “Trust my rage.” After Thor leaves and Loki gives him the death stare.
Loki: “Tadaaaah!” Loki very proud of himself for landing them all safely on the boat. Loki’s inner child came out.
Loki: “Oh dear. I think she’s dead!” Loki casually alarmed when Jane collapses in the boat.
Thor: “Every 5,000 years the worlds align, allowing an ancient darkness to strike.“
The Collector: “One down. Five to go.” In reference to the stones that are still out there.
Audience reaction: When we watched this movie, there were children around 6-8 years old sitting in front of us. Amazingly, they sat for the entire movie and laughed at many of the scenes. The audience with us laughed mostly at the underwear scene, Thor hanging up his hammer, the alien dog creature at the end and many of Loki’s comments. There was a gasp in the audience when Loki was stabbed including myself. I almost teared up during the funeral, it was so beautiful. A solemn and sad send off only fit for a queen.
Relatebility: I didn’t particularly identify with anyone, but if I had to choose, it would have been Lady Sif. Lady Sif is such a cool character, I wished they showed more of her. I liked how she continued to be a protective friend to Thor, albeit I think deep down she wishes they could be more. Who knows, maybe something will happen between Lady Sif and Thor.
The family dynamics and brother to brother relationship I saw in this movie was very interesting. The whole idea of trust (within a family or relationship), letting down your barriers and following your heart seemed to be the key points in this movie. One more thing. The critics all seemed to have the same complaint of a few things about the movie. I asked Adventure Boy (who is 12) what his opinion were regarding those complaints from his point of view. I wanted to know if it bothered him as much as it bothered the critics. Here are his answers.
1. Did you notice that the rainbow bridge was fixed and do you care how it was fixed?
Answer: I do remember seeing the bridge breaking but not being rebuilt, and wonder where they got the resources and supplies to complete the bridge once again.
2. Did you notice if the actor Anthony Hopkins (Odin) seemed like he didn’t want to be in the movie and looked like he wanted to be somewhere else?
Answer: I don’t notice those kind of things.
3. Did you wonder where Odin went after Loki sat on the throne?
Answer: Either Loki killed Odin or Odin went to Malekith’s realm.
4. Did you think Jane and Thor had onscreen chemistry?
Answer: I feel that Jane was more attracted to Thor because she kept forgiving Thor of his absence during their “2 year break” from each other and stuff…… Then again, Jane did slap Thor like 2 times
5. Did you understand why Malekith wanted to put the whole universe into darkness?
Answer: I felt that Malekith wanted the universe in darkness because 1. They’re called dark elves… I think… And 2. I think because when the universe is all dark the stones will be at FULL power, or all 6 of the stones will come together and make strength like never seen before, or possibly make a new enemy/monster!
6. Did you think Malekith needed more time onscreen and was he scary enough?
Answer: No, he had enough time onscreen, he isn’t spoiled….. At least I think so considering his background… And he wasn’t that scary… But obviously “SOMEONE” thought he looked creepy because his eyes were black (mask) and looked like a monkey……
7. Did you feel like the Avengers should have helped out Thor in London?
Aswers: I don’t feel like the Avengers should have because 1. The Avengers are scattered all across the world and probably busy And 2. Captain America definitely would not have went to help considering Loki offended him when he turned into Captain America (shape shifted).
I just saw Thor…. apparently he’s stuck in a dark world! :O
HeeHee. Hey guys, I just saw Thor The Dark World and it was amazing. What I liked in the beginning is when Jane was on a date and the intern… Darcy…. ruined the date by bringing in a chair and eating some of their food while making Jane look dumb while smacking the device on the table lol.
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I liked how they made it when Thor went to Earth and it only rained in a circle, not make a whole city rain, but a small circle. I liked how Loki never dies (since when will he die -_-) even when he got stabbed in the chest with a sword and turned pale… well… he was pale to begin with :P. And I liked how Loki made Thor’s hand disappear.
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When they introduced the Aether to Jane the Aether was in between two rocks and didn’t have anywhere to go. Also that the Aether didn’t escape in the first place to find people besides waiting…. I know I would of…
And that mostly all…. I’m not a hater….. I HOPE MALEKITH COMES BACK… DUN DUN…. DUN DUND DUN DUN!!!!!!! Only one person would know what I meant! XD
That was my blog on Java blog thingy! Hope you enjoyed!
I give this movie 10 out of 10 Aethers
Once in a while I come across some interesting things online. Thought I’d share this one with you, because you are awesome and you are amazing. Yes, I’m talking to you, my dear reader who has taken the time to read this post. A big welcome to my latest subscribers as well! Thanks for hanging out with me.
The past few weeks have flown by and they were quite busy! This week has been extremely busy with deadlines and getting prepared for the State to come by and check out everything at work. It’s the accreditation time of year again. Today was a perfect day if I say so myself. Mom, her new caretaker, myself and Adventure Boy went to visit our good friends Mr. B and his amazing wife Mrs. R. AB adores both of them and always gets excited when we go see them. AB does not have a father nor a grandfather, so Mr. B takes the role of grandfather to AB. The past years Mr. B has taught AB some archery lessons out in the field and shows AB about survival skills as any former Marine would. Mrs. R is just the sweetest woman on the planet and she adores AB that I don’t mind that she spoils him. Even though they don’t have any children of their own, they love children and it shows by how they interact with them. We always love hanging out in the country with these lovely souls and here are some pictures to show our time there. The picture below is not their barn, it’s their neighbors.
This is “Sparky” who looks like he lost his spark, but believe me, he still has it. He’s just really acting bored in this picture. Just a few moments earlier I had been playing tug a war with a rope with him. Sparky is very well taken care of, gets loads of love and has all the food in the world to eat made by Mrs.R. Sparky was laying down and I snapped a picture of his expression. He’s an old dog, bless his heart.
“Good Boy”. Mr. B gently rubs Sparky’s head and I had to snap another picture. Truly a man’s bestfriend. I’m going to blow up these Sparky pictures, frame them and give them to Mr. B and his wife for Christmas.
Mr. B said my mom could take one of the kittens they were taking care of. This is the newest member of the family! Isn’t he cute? We thought he was a girl at first. Someone who loves animals immediately fell in love with the nameless or soon to be named cat. Guess who?
“Mom, can I name him LOKI?” The cat’s ears go back like horns! The kitten is very mischievous! The only dilemma we have is that we were going to name our future dog “Loki”. AB then said we had to have a “cat conference” with his grandmother, since it is her cat, to agree with a name. So, this kitten remains nameless. Maybe we can have two Loki names in the family.
Returning back home, my mom decided to show her new caretaker the bay area. I love sitting by the ocean and taking in all the sounds. It was so peaceful sitting there. Some guy was sitting alone off to the side.
I look down and AB gives me this expression. My silly, precious, love of my life son. He’s always being a comedian and keeps me laughing. He certainly takes my breath away! What a great ending to a perfect day!
**Don’t forget to look for our “Thor: The Dark World” movie review coming up. AB and I are excited to watch it and looking forward to reviewing it for all of you!**
We were driving back from a wonderful and perfect day when I looked across to my right and saw this building. It was in an odd location, but it captured my imagination and I had to pay a quick visit. I stepped out of the car and took about 10 shots. During the few minutes, I swore I heard some noises coming from inside the building and perhaps a voice. Those things didn’t bother me at all. This picture reminds me of one of my favorite shows, The Walking Dead. I can only imagine Rick and his crew running around this place or scouting it out since (according to their latest episode) the zombies are becoming herds and being a nuisance. This would be a good temporary hiding spot for them.
The picture above was taken during a Light House tour along the shores of New Jersey. If you’ve been a long time subscriber, you’ll probably remember the blog I wrote about where during this boat trip, we got caught between three terrible storms. Looking left of the horizon, you can see a storm brewing. There was lightening everywhere and the boat was rocking side to side whilst battling the huge waves. It certainly was an adventure; even the captain of the small boat said he never seen anything quite like that during any of his outings. I was positive we were going to become a real life “Gilligan’s Island” crew after that day. It was nice to sleep in my warm bed that same night because I was soaked from head to toe for several hours.
This was taken at a park by my house. You get pretty nice sunsets there.
This little tree just happened to capture my attention.
Oh, look! It’s a random photo that has nothing to do with Horizon! I wanted to include this picture anyways in spirit of the “Gravity” movie review I did earlier. This was taken at the Kennedy Space Center down in Florida. You can see this astronaut when you enter the facility.
I took this picture of the waters down at the Bahamas. We were at the Blue Lagoon island where we were going to interact with a dolphin. To this day, I am amazed by the blue waters of the Bahamas. Blue is my favorite color, but aquamarine is my favorite to be specific. Nevertheless, shades of blue always captures my attention and imagination.
Water has always been part of my life. When I was younger and I’d be swimming in our pool in Brazil surrounded by palm trees, my mom would say I spent a majority of my time underneath the water. My real name sounds similar to what a mermaid is called in Portuguese. When I’d say my name to Brazilians, they’d say, “Oh, like the word ‘mermaid’!!” My middle name should have been Ariel. Why do you think I became a lifeguard many, many years ago for the summers? To save people and be near water.
I will return back to you. I miss you too much!
**Ladies, this movie is so beautiful! It is filled with elegant and romantic thoughts that any hopeless romantic would appreciate.**
Cast: Samuel Roukin, Olivia Williams, Greta Scacchi, Imogen Poots, Phyllida Law, Pip Torres, Harry Gostelow, Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Bonneville, Tom Goodman-Hill, Adrian Edmondson, Sylvie Herbert, Jack Huston, Jason Watkins and Sally Tatum.
Pros: For a movie that’s about one of the most read romance authors in the world, you would need excellent dialogue that could match Miss Austen’s books. This movie did just that. I was highly impressed by the countless quotes, sentimental narrations by Miss Austen throughout the movie as well as feeling as though you became part of her family. Can I just officially say that I think Olivia Williams who played Jane Austen is one of my favorite actresses now? Olivia is the first actress I’ve seen portray her, so any other movie with another actress playing Jane Austen will have to measure up to Olivia’s spectacular acting. I’m a huge fan of botanical gardens (especially English gardens) and the one featured in this movie is incredibly alluring and beautiful. One can only imagine getting married on one. The costumes are perfect and you can tell the props department took great care in detail of every little thing that was a close up to the camera. Throughout the movie, you hear Jane’s narration of her thoughts, which I might add, are just as eloquent in speech as they are written down describing a character. I absolutely and totally fell in love with this movie. I think refined English stirs up the mind like no other, at least for me.
Imogen Poots, who played Fanny (Jane Austen’s niece) was superb too in her portrayal of a naïve, romantic, eager to please her Aunt kind of girl. Imogen’s beautiful eyes and smile displayed perfect timing with what she was saying and hearing from others who spoke to her. Possibly the prettiest natural beauty of an actress since Grace Kelly.
Cons: The title of the movie is a bit misleading, but it does touch upon people asking Jane if she ever regretted not marrying someone whom she did not love. Miss Austen did love someone very much, but he ended up marrying someone else for her money and social status. Other than that, this movie is flawless.
Cinematography: David Katznelson was Director of Photography for this movie. David has 46 credits to his name, some of whom he shot for “Game of Thrones” and “Downton Abbey”. The entire movie felt like a painting where all the characters within the picture came to life. There were scenes where the stills were just like paintings. I was impressed! There were some great depth and dimension angles that he played with when a character was by him/herself in a scene. I liked the maze scene with Fanny and John Plumptre because it was somewhat of a metaphor without any words spoken that only attributed to what the entire movie was about. This movie was well made by David Katznelson.
Music score: Jennie Muskett produced the moving music score. I appreciate great piano music, especially when it has a haunting sound like the score called “After Dinner Speeches”. I feel like I have heard it somewhere. The song “Courtship” is pretty too, but also very sad to me because it intertwines such hope and love in it, but at the same time it has a bit of depressing undertones mixed in there. “Desire” was composed with such tender thought, you can almost feel yourself being carried away by inner and hidden feelings you thought were gone. “Beyond Reach” is depressing. This song was played when Jane saw the man she longed for show interest in someone else. By this time, she had made up her mind about him and that was that. Nothing is worse than seeing someone you like blatantly show interest to another girl as you sit there and try to have fun with him. This song reflected Jane’s mood perfectly. Amazing music scores from a movie. I will be adding several songs of Jennie into my little ipod for inspiration when I begin oil painting once again.
Favorite quote: In my opinion, the entire movie was one huge quote. There were so many quotes within this marvelous movie, it was hard to just pick one. However, I did choose ones which stood out in my mind.
“I’ve loved and lost. Pined and yearned.” – Jane Austen telling her niece, Fanny, a secret.
“I am mistress of all that I survey.”- Jane Austen when she discovered she was all alone in the house.
“She’s having more fun than me and it’s my house!” – Fanny jealous of watching Aunt Jane dance while she couldn’t.
“I never weep over anything that might make me some money.” Jane Austin explaining to her weeping sister after reading an excerpt from her latest book.
“A sort of wonderful creature on two legs, something between a man and an angel.”- Jane Austen being Jane Austen as she admires the man who capture her heart from afar.
“How hard it is to find words to express one’s deepest feelings.” John Plumptre’s awkward attempt to propose to Fanny. (I think)
Audience reaction: I fell in love with this movie. The entire time I was captivated by what I was hearing and what I saw. As a person who loves art, music, poems, botanical gardens and love, I was in my element.
Relatability: Initially I wanted to watch this movie for another reason, but as the story began to unfold, I knew I was being pulled into an Alice in Wonderland mind maze of a complex yet strong woman who was reliving her past through her favorite niece, Fanny. I don’t read romance novels at all because I prefer to live them out instead of just reading about them. This movie was not a romance movie at all. This movie was more about reflections of an author and I appreciated that. I never knew much about Jane Austen, but I found her quite fascinating after watching this film. For someone who believed in principal, Jane Austen knew what she was sacrificing when she turned down a marriage proposal. Back in the day, a woman’s worth was shown by whom she married and how much money the man had. Many women married for money and status and not for love. I think deep down, she wished the man she loved married for true love and stood strong on principal instead of what society wanted or expected of him.
Usually I relate to the male characters of movies I review, but in this one I was in for quite a surprise. I related to not only Jane, but to Fanny as well. I kept going back and forth with whom I felt more connected to. At the end, I connected more to Fanny. I still believe in romance and never will be bitter about it. I think you can always carry with you a piece of innocent, wide eyed view of love and romance if you allow yourself to. I don’t believe in regrets. The only regret I have is that I wished I had seen this movie earlier because it’s so good! If you can, there are 8 parts on YouTube if you want to see it online. Just type in “Miss Austen Regrets” and you’ll see a channel that shows the entire movie.
“Life is a maze of complex feelings, undiscovered thoughts and dreams. One must carry on the hope and faith that it will all make sense at the end and that it will be beautiful because it was always your destiny to begin with“. -JavaGirl
Video Credit: JustFilmNL