Halloween Art

30 Sep 2014

I was searching through my Halloween tag on Tumblr and have found some really amazing Halloween art. Some of these are just so brilliant and I want all of them on my walls! They really get you into the Halloween spirit! :D

Come And Get It by Matthew Kirscht.

The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradburry

Bat Lady by Jake Arnette 

Jack O' Lantern by Richard Sala

Jack's Revenge by Thomas Orrow

Come you Night-hags, with all your charms,
And reveling Witches away, 
And hug me close in your arms;
to you my respects I will pay.

Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Review

29 Sep 2014

We went to see Guardians of the Galaxy again for the third time. We luckily got a very empty theatre so no annoying kids or crisp bag rattles. 

First thing I will mention about this film is the awesome music. I'm so sick of the terrible mainstream pop noise shite that is in most film these days (especially kids animated films) and to hear some awesome pop from years ago along with some rock/punk songs is just very refreshing! It also just goes to show you how pop has changed over the years and for the worst unfortunately. 

Anyhow, while you listen to the soundtrack we'll start with the rogue/hero of the film: Chris Pratt who plays Peter Quill/ Star-Lord, who steals Ronan's orb and makes some new friend to help defeat Ronan. Some of you may know Chris Pratt from the awesome Park's And Recreation where he plays Andy. If you haven't seen it I highly recommend it. He's like a kid in it most of the time but so lovable and it's hilarious. Chris Pratt himself even sounds like an awesome guy who has a great sense of humor. And in Guardians it's no different! Even though it has its serious bits, the whole movie is just so funny from the start.

Back to Star-Lord, Chris Pratt does a great job, he's got the humor and the lovable rogue down and with all the other awesome characters, he doesn't get lost either. I think I read somewhere that he's suppose to be a mix between Han Solo and Marty McFly which I have to agree with! But add Andy Dwyer in there too! 

What I loved about this movie is, even though Star-Lord is the main character I felt like he never took over, the other Guardians are just as equally the main characters of the movie (Including some of the bad guys!). Something I think is very hard to accomplish with a movie that has so many characters.

Zoe Saldana plays the beautiful and kickass Gamora who is the adopted daughter of the evil Thanos. But not all is what it seems with her. She is also a sister to Nebula who is played by Karen Gillian. I'm not actually a huge fan of Karen Gillian because of her role as Amy Pond in Doctor Who. I think she was probably one of my least favorite characters in Doctor Who. But she is very awesome in Guardians! Having shaved her head for the role and wearing some amazing makeup (along with Gamora), she really done such a great job. My only criticism is she wasn't in it nearly enough. For such an interesting character, she was the one person that should have been in it more.

Dave Bautista plays Drax the Destroyer, a warrior who wants revenge against Ronan. Drax was a big surprise. For such a serious character who takes everything so literal, he is excellent and comes out as the funniest. Again the makeup is just amazing. The use of makeup and not so much CGI really works and I hope more movies will learn from this.

Of course they had to CGI Groot the tree, human, thing and Rocket the Raccoon. The CGI for both of them is excellent and could obviously be done no other way. Rocket is a walking, talking bounty hunter raccoon who is accompanied by his friend Groot. Rocket is perfectly voiced by Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel does an amazing job with the voice of Groot who only says "I am Groot" over and over but somehow manages to engage us. Groot definitely steals the show, he is just too cute and full of surprises.

After all that you have the amazing Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser (The bad guy) who is just fantastic and I actually didn't even recognise that it was him at first. Again the makeup doing an amazing job, also with Michael Rooker (Merle in The Walking Dead) who plays a blue skinned, Yondu Udonta, while I'm sad he doesn't have his amazing mohawk like in the comics he's excellent as the leader of the Ravagers.

I also have to mention Sean Gunn who is the brother of the director James Gunn. He stood in for the character of Rocket as well as some of the scenes with Thanos and plays Kraglin, Yondu's first mate in the Ravagers. He done a hell of a lot throughout the film. Some of you guys might know him as Kirk in Gilmore Girls! :D

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Overall you can probably guess I loved this movie, especially after seeing it three times! I could write and rave about lots more in the film but don't want to spoil it for anyone. While I don't think I love it over The Avengers I still think it's one of my all time favorite Marvel movies and definitely one of my all time favorite superhero movies. Just like The Avengers, there really isn't many places I can fault it. 

I would love to know what you thought of it! And if you're looking for a fun movie to see, I highly recommend this one!

Thanks for reading!

P.S. be sure to check out Steve's amazing review of Guardians as well! We're the Guardians... the Guardians of the Galaxy. (Guardians of the Galaxy, Amon Amarth and lots of Parks and Recreation gifs.)

Spooky Ash - An Introduction

28 Sep 2014

Welcome to my new blog of ramblings! Here you will find lots of things, me, movies, music, Halloween, etc. related! I decided to start the blog with a little introduction, even though most of you know who I am already :P Feel free to steal this tag/questions and let me know if you do it yourself!

First up is,

A Recent Self Portrait and 10 Random Facts or Things About Me. 

  1. Just recently, a shampoo bottle decided to fall and land on my toe in the shower. It has a cut and bruise and I can't walk much with it. Damn you shampoo bottle!
  2. I'm a Sagittarius and even though I don't follow or really believe in Horoscopes, I do fit mine rather well.  
  3. I haven't really played any video games since I was a kid but started again recently and the Xbox controller is terrible and no one will convince me otherwise :P
  4. I'm currently playing The Walking Dead Game (the one by Telltale) and it's super awesome. I'm still only on the first season, episode 4 now I think. No spoilers! 
  5. Steve and I have watched The Avengers a countless amount of times.
  6. I'm drinking from a kids Disney's Frozen bottle.
  7. Kids get the BEST things. Even the clothes they can get is better than adult ones.
  8. I have a My Neighbour Totoro bag in the shape of Totoro. It's very awesome. 
  9. I have a puppy (well he's 1 year old now) named Merle who we named after The Walking Dead's Merle. And he's also a Blue Merle Collie. 
  10. It's nearly a year ago now that I shaved all my hair off. 

Your 10 Favourite Songs Right Now

I've made a playlist of all the songs I've picked right here on YouTube so be sure it click it and listen as you continue to read this blog post :) 

  1. Katatonia - Ghost of the Sun
  2. Queens of the Stoneage - Smooth Sailing
  3. Florence and the Machine - Seven Devils
  4. Kiesza - Hideaway
  5. Wolf Alice - Moaning Lisa Smile
  6. David Byrne - This Must Be The Place (Jools Holland 2004)
  7. Killer Be Killed - Melting of My Marrow
  8. Metric - Gold Guns Girls
  9. Redbone - Come and Get Your Love 
  10. Mastodon - The Motherload

5 Films or TV Shows You Recommend and Why

1. Parks and Recreation: An awesome comedy starring Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope who is head of the Park's department in Pawnee. It also stars Nick Offerman, Rashida Jones, Aubrey Plaza, Rob Lowe, Adam Scott, Chris Pratt and many more as her Parks department team! Everyone in this show is just brilliant. It honestly gets better every season and even more hilarious! I highly recommend! :D

2. The Thing: I can't actually think of anything else, this was basically the first thing that came to my mind! If you haven't seen this movie I may have to disown you. It's about Kurt Russell, his beard and a research team in the Antarctic who come in contact with an alien who can make itself look like any one of them, including their beards. It's a classic and one of the best horror/sci-fi movies out there! 

3. Freaks and Geeks: A show about different groups of teenagers trying to survive high school in the 80s. I don't know why but this show makes me feel very nostalgic or something. It leaves you with a great feeling anyhow. One I also get watching Dazed and Confused. I just want to be there and you will too. Another show gone far too early and why on earth it didn't get another season is beyond me. But we will always have these 18 episodes of awesomeness.

4. Guardians of the Galaxy: Chris Pratt (Same guy in Parks and Rec) steals Ronan's orb, Ronan gets angry and goes looking for him while Chris makes some new friends to help save the world from Ronan's orb. It also has the most amazing soundtrack. And Groot. (I have a full review coming soon!)

5. Doctor Who: I'm very excited about the new Doctor. Peter Capaldi is doing an amazing job so far. I've really loved every episode up to now. People are saying he's insulting people too much and I say, he's not insulting them enough :P Haha!

5 Things That Make You Uncomfortable

  1. Social situations! You people making me uncomfortable :P
  2. Teenagers (Even when I was one I was uncomfortable around them.)
  3. Spiders. I am very afraid of them. 
  4. People who aren't "dessert kind of people" GTFO.
  5. The McPoyles. 

5 Things You Can't Live Without

Putting aside my family, boyfriend and pets...
  1. My computer. Kind of an obvious one but I love my computer! It's an old Mac and I love it very much.
  2. My iPhone. Again, kind of obvious but ever since I got my iPhone I honestly don't know how I managed without it. I can keep up to date with everything and if I want to know something, I can look it up straight away! It's also made me take so many photos of everything and anything. And lets not forget if you're waiting around you have lots of games to play or even read a book!
  3. Fooood! Well obviously nobody can survive without food but I'm including it cos I love food oh so very much. Mmmmmm..... delicious foodness. 
  4. My Doc Martens. What else is going to get me through the horrible 365 day Irish winters?
  5. Halloween!!!! How else would I be able to buy all my strange, skeleton and bat related ornaments without this amazing occasion?! :D 

So do you know me a little better now? Don't worry, I'm sure I'll be doing lots more "about me" tags when I get bored in future :P