Final Fantasy XV: Kingsglaive

Final Fantasy XV: Kingsglaive movie

Final Fantasy has been around since I was a kid. And while I’ve never been big into gaming, I’ve always been peripherally aware of the franchise. I remember seeing a trailer in the late 80’s for one and being enchanted by the other wordly graphics. It was like nothing I’d ever seen before. So when I was offered the chance to screen this film, I took it!

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What struck me about the world of Kingsglaive was how it manages to ground itself both in reality and fantasy. the city of Lucis is littered with halls and throne rooms, with grand costumes and magical foes. But also with highways and an Audi and cartoons on the TV. It felt like a Prius drove through a scene on Game of Thrones. At first it was a jarring transition since I’ve never seen anything like this. But that element of the unexpected helped to give Kingsglaive a completely unique feeling. In a world saturated with dystopian stories, this felt fresh and different. It’s not a dystopian universe, it’s a world all it’s own. If Game of Thrones and Call of Duty had a little CGI baby, it would be this film.

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Princess Lunafreya voiced by Lena Headey

Final Fantasy brought in some serious heavy hitters to voice the characters in this film. Lena Headey (Game of Thrones) as Lunafreya, who is NOT Regis’ daughter. Hahaha, laughing at myself here cause, I’m not sure what happened when I was watching, but totally thought she was. Apparently I wasn’t paying very close attention. In my defense, there was a crying baby in the room. For a much more comprehensive synopsis…Google it! 😉 Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) as Nyx, a member of the Kingsglaive who is sent on a mission to protect Lunafreya and ends up going on a journey all his own. And the incomparable Sean Bean (Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings) as King Regis, the King of Lucis who is stuck in the impossible position of making peace and protecting his people.

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Nyx voiced by Aaron Paul

Here’s the gist, the magical realm of Lucis is under attack, not only from other worldly beasts, but also from forces sent by Niflheim and Tenebrae. In an effort to create a treaty between warring worlds, Lunafreya travels to Lucis to marry Prince Noctis and broker peace. The Kingsglaive are the protectors of the realm and are charged with fulfilling the King’s orders.

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King Regis voiced by Sean Bean

I found that as I watched this movie, I really didn’t need to have everything explained or make sense. At times I really didn’t know what was happening. But it was the characters that kept it interesting for me and made me want to keep watching. Especially the character of Libertus, a member of the Kinsglaive and friend to Nyx, who after learning of his friend and fellow Glaive member, Crowe’s death, begins to question the actions of his King and even flirts with traitors.

***SPOLER ALERT*****My favorite part of all was the use of Sean Bean’s voice. It immediately gave me something familiar to latch on to and pull me into the world of Lucis, Niflheim and Tenebrae (even without me really knowing what was going on.) He should be used in all the things, but please stop killing Sean Bean!!!

Take a look at the trailer and give this film a try. It’s a bold and different project and is worth a watch. It’s in theaters now. 

 

Castle Corsetry

If you don’t know Deadpool yet, then you’re about to. The merc with a mouth is coming to the big screens on Friday. And Castle Corsetry is celebrating with their own line of Deadpool inspired fashion. From corsets to gym wear, they have something for everyone. Take a peak at this gorgeous collection…

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Castle Corsetry Etsy Fashion Deadpool
Castle Corsetry Etsy Fashion Deadpool

Castle Corsetry Easy Fashion Deadpool

In honor of Deadpool, Castle Corsetry is celebrating with a coupon code for 20% off everything in their Etsy store. Use code DEADPOOLVD through Saturday, February 13th to spread the Valentine’s Day love, Merc-style.

 

Models: Lauren Matesic of Castle Corsetry, Julia Melendrez and Luna Lanie
Photographers: Fat Man PhotographyCon Woman PhotographyMVM Photography, Carlos Guerrero, David NgoSci Fi Elements

And make sure to check out Marvel’s Deadpool, in theaters this Friday. (Definitely not intended for young audiences, the faint of heart, or my granny!)

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies?

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If you are a die hard Jane Austen fan, like me, then perhaps you are or were skeptical about the merits of a book that adds blood, gore and the undead into the prim and proper world of Austen’s Regency Era story. Guess what…the resulting work is simply astoundingly fun! A match made in heaven or rather…hell!!

Let me assure you…the movie is no less awesome than the book! I was worried that the film adaptation might skimp on the story and go straight for the gory, but the sweeping romance of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet’s love story was not sacrificed.

The Highlights

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Mr. Darcy

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I was also skeptical about Sam Riley’s, Mr. Darcy. He does not have the countenance that I have come to expect from my Darcy’s. But I have to tell you on the scale from Colin Firth to David Rintoul…I’d place Riley above below Matthew Rhys, but above Elliot Cowan. If only because I’ve never met a Darcy I didn’t like and there are 10, in my estimation, that deserve ranking. Sam Riley definitely gave a solid Darcy performance and upon multiple viewings, I expect him to rise in esteem. The curious thing to me was the timber of his voice. It had a gravelly quality to it that at first I did not care for. But given the dark nature of the zombie apocalypse it started to fit in better than a more refined English accent. All in all, a very charming addition to the Darcy family.

Elizabeth Bennet

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As high as my standards are for Mr. Darcy, they are even higher for the second oldest Bennet sister. Perhaps it’s because I identify so closely with her that I hold her in such high and lofty esteem. Lily James has everything that an Elizabeth Bennet should have. A love of longs walks, a ready wit and oh yeah, she kicks serious zombie ass…a quality I never knew I always wanted in Elizabeth Bennet. Her chemistry with Sam Riley is tangible. Especially in the famous proposal scene, where Mr. Darcy makes his love and his reservations about their match known. Let’s just say Elizabeth, a trained warrior, doesn’t take the insult of his proposal lightly and more than just verbal sparring ensues.

Mr. Collins

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It’s the first time I was ever rooting for Mr. Collins, even if just slightly. The incomparable Matt Smith enters the scene as the silly, ridiculous, irreverent Mr. Collins. But where his predecessors have played the role with nauseating smarm, Smith manages to make Collins seem charming (the only other Collins who achieved a level of charm is Maxwell Glick’s Ricky Collins from the You Tube sensation The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.) It probably helps that I’m incredibly biased towards loving all things Matt Smith, seeing as he is Doctor Who and all! He will always get my vote. I was happy that Charlotte Lucas got to have such a delightful match, though Charlotte herself in this film is quite forgettable.

Lady Catherine de Bourgh

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I cannot go further without mentioning another powerhouse in the world of geeky fandom. Lena Headey, Cersei Lanister herself, rounds out this cast as Mr. Collin’s benevolent patroness, the Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Except once again, with delightful twists in store for the fan of this classic story. Lady Catherine is no mere aristocrat sitting on her laurels and passing judgement on the Misses Bennet. She is a hardened warrior who has slayed hoards of zombies and even has an eye patch to show for it (a patch used for necessity, not vanity.) When she confronts Elizabeth about whether or not Darcy has made her an offer of marriage, she does more than ask a few tough questions.

The rest of the players are aptly cast, though widely forgettable. Except for the nefarious Mr. George Wickham who is played by the very charming Jack Huston. So charming, in fact, that I was hoping Wickham would end up being as delightful as the man who played him. Alas, Wickham remains a scoundrel in this adaptation as with all the others.

The Walking unDead

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As a fan of all things zombie and all things Jane Austen…my standards on both sides are always very high. I equally expect my romance to be sweeping and my head shots to be brutal. So I am happy to say that I was as satisfied with the portrayal of these beloved characters as I was with the zombie effects. The shots were so resounding that I could feel them in my chest. The zombies were believable…the blood and guts visceral. And the action was fast paced and hard-hitting. It’s as much an action movie as it is a romance. What better way to get boys to appreciate the wonderful world of Austen…just add zombies!

All in all, a really fun movie. I watched the entire thing with a gigantic smile on my face. But, reader… I did not walk away unscathed…

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Thanks to Lootcrate for infecting me with the zombie virus!!

Dear Mrs. Abrams…

Dear Mrs. Abrams (aka the lovely Katie McGrath),

I wish to apologize in advance. Because if I ever meet your husband on the street or in a restaurant or at an interview or…anywhere, I will be forced to kiss his mouth.
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Please know that this is not an effort to tempt him from the sacred bonds of marriage! (As if anyone could tempt him from you!!!) I promise you, my intentions bear no ill will.

This reaction to seeing your husband in real life will merely stem from my deep love of the work he’s done to restore balance to the galaxy. I don’t know how else to accurately express my happiness. A handshake?…too small a gesture. A hug?…still not enough. So a mouth kiss it is. And I’m not gonna lie…I know thst you deserve a big ole mouth kiss yourself! So watch your back.

I could try to excuse my behavior…but truthfully…I’m not even sorry! Did you see The Force Awakens yet? Of course you did! Look who I’m talking to. Then you probably did a lot more than open mouth kiss him afterwards!

Before this gets any more inappropriate. I’ll just say thank you! I’m very sure you had everything to do with the health and happiness of our new fearless leader! He probably could not have done it without you and therefore we, the fans, could not do this without you! Believe that!

Sincerely,
A fangirl

30 Days of Nerdy Hair-Nerdvember

Day 16: Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Today was just a mohawk kinda day.
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And I didn’t even need any hairspray!!!
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Day 11: Wednesday Addams from The Addams Family

‘They’re creepy and they’re kooky,
Mysterious and spooky, They’re all together ooky…’

That’s right it’s the Addams Family. Specifically Wednesday Addams played by Christina Ricci in the 1991 film.

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Low maintenance and easy. Part your hair in the center and then create tight braids on each side.

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Day 3: Cindy Loo Who from Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas

So I was a little ambitious when I chose Cindy Loo Who for day 3 of this series.

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In all honesty my first run through of this style involved a red Solo cup and an awful lot of hairspray. But at the end of the day I do have to go to work and be seen in public. And roommates agreed that with the cup in there it looked more Bride of Frankenstein than innocent little Who girl.

So I made up my own Cindy Loo Who inspired do. Kind of a combination of the 2000 movie Grinch and the 1966 cartoon version.

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Here’s what came of it.

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Sure, it’s not an exact replica. I strive to make them as close as possible each day. But it does keep the spirit of this series if not the exact mission. And hey, it’s the first time a hairstyle ever got the better of me! I call that success.

30 Days of Nerdy Hair

Day 30 – Uhura

Today is the last of my 30 day hair experiment. When I began this I didn’t realize that the last day of this would mark the first day of New York Comic Con. And since NYCC is the mini mecca of nerdom (come on, SDCC gets the real crown) I’ve decided to extend the blog by 3 days. So get ready for bonus hairstyles starting tomorrow.

As for today, my inspiration was Zoe Saldana’s Uhura in the movie reboot of Star Trek.

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This style is all about the high pony tail. Make it as high as you can and then take a section of hair and wrap it around the holder.

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Stay tuned for more fun from Comic Con throughout the weekend. Who has 2 thumbs and is part of the NYCC crew this year… this girl!

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