Thought of You

I saw this video posted on a friend’s Facebook page a while.  The music paired with the beautiful animation is just stunning.  The characters’ movements are incredibly lifelike.  In watching part of the behind the scenes video posted elsewhere, I believe the artist used real life models and choreographed dances to work from for the video.  Anyway, wanted to share.

Kittens on the Beat

I saw this video online a while back and thought it was pretty fun.  It has tiny ninjas and kittens, what’s not to love?!  It’s also very well done and quite clever.  (It also reminds me a bit of Romantically Apocalyptic and Zee Captain.  Tee hee.)  Here’s a link to Corridor Digital’s other videos if you’re interested.

Bonus kitties!!!

What I’ve Been Listening To…

The other day, while I was meandering around Youtube trying to think of some music to listen to, I remembered a group I stumbled upon not terribly long ago.  The group is Two Steps From Hell (Note: I am not really sure why they chose this name…Apologies to my cousins and family, I promise I’m not listening to anything terrible or Satanic.  🙂 ), and from what I’ve read about them they started out doing music for movie trailers and have since gone on to produce several CDs.  The thing is, regardless of the name of their group, the music is absolutely amazing.  Pretty much, every track is some sort of epic.  Just go check them out.  Here’s their Facebook page and their Youtube channel.

Anyway, so the other day I remembered about them and thought “Oh, I’ll go listen to them for a change.”  This led to me Google searching their official website (linked above) and discovering they had their own Youtube channel.  Once on their Youtube, I found the playlists, particularly the Personal Favorites one.  In listening through all one hundred eleven tracks of it, I jotted down notes of a few of my favorites.  This is one of them:

It’s a bit hard to describe what this makes me think of.  It’s a bit of The Capitol from the new Hunger Games film (or some of the music used in Capitol scenes, at least…), it feels a bit Gladiator as well, somehow, and just before the one minute mark when it starts in to exploding all over the place, it makes me think of some sort of ancient Middle Eastern bazaar/market with little boxy stands of wares everywhere, dust and brightly coloured fabric, gypsies wandering around, lots of hustle and bustle and crowds…

Feel free to comment with what it makes you think of, or if you think it’s terrible, or if you have a different song/piece/track that really catches your imagination instead.

Christmas, Come Sooner!!!

Ack, I am turning into one of Those Bloggers.  You know, the ones that post like three times a year that might actually be interesting if they’d actually blog more often….yeah.  Please nobody throw stuff at me in anger, cause I’ll probably throw it back.

You may be wondering (or not), “Why three exclamation points in the title?”  I’ll tell you.

What I have for you today is important.  Very important.  More important that anything else anywhere else in the world at this moment.  Truly.

Something very exciting is billowing in my future, and it can certainly billow in yours as well, because….(drum roll, please)….

LES MISERABLE IS COMING TO THEATERS CHRISTMAS DAY!!!!!!!!!  And that’s worth a lot of exclamation points.

I don’t know about all of you, but I guess I sort of grew up with Les Mis.  My family has the whole thing on CDs, and I’ve seen it on stage twice (once when I was quite small, and once when we had last minute inexpensive seats, but at least we could hear it nice and loud.)  So when I found out, and I don’t even remember how, that there was a movie coming out in the near future, I got excited.

As the months have rolled along, the Les Mis Film Facebook page has been posting photos and trailers and all manner of things to drive us fans absolutely crazy waiting for Christmas to come.  Today they posted the best trailer yet, two and a half lovely long minutes of new footage and music.  I know it won’t be absolutely perfect for each viewer, but from what I’ve seen the filmmakers are doing a stupendous job.  I think it’s going to be brilliant.  So, without further delay, the Les Miserable trailer for your enjoyment.

And, if you have a few extra minutes (or come back later), this is also definitely worth watching.  A peek behind the scenes and what’s gone into this beautiful project.

Rue’s Farewell

I recently saw The Hunger Games for the second time (do I hear three?), and have been listening to the soundtrack on Youtube.  Okay, so I just need to go ahead and buy the album.  Anyway, I really like this track.  It’s from one of my favorite sequences in the movie, but not because of what happens.  Maybe it’s the emotions.  It’s deep sadness followed by anger and fear that leaves you with goosebumps, knowing things can’t end well…

If you’ve not read the books, or seen the film, I highly recommend them.

Because we love her…