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Niviene
28 January 2017 @ 12:34 pm
Went into this movie not sure what to expect. I'd seen the trailers/promos for it and parts looked really cool and parts looked meh. I wasn't sure if I'd be getting the same thrill ride that the original Triple X movie delivered. It wasn't quite up to par but it was still fun. No spoilers btw. This is in effect the third installment of the movie as xXx2 did not have Cage's character in it.

Plot: Everyone is trying to be the first to obtain a weapon known as Pandora's Box which can crash any satellite orbiting the planet.

First the opening credits ran too long and could have been edited down a quarter of the time and been done over the opening scene of the movie as well which didn't even need dialogue - normally I could care less about opening credits but this was so blatant it detracted from my enjoyment of the movie. Also there were pauses in the action to put up random fact bios on a character which was really annoying and beneath the Triple X franchise imo. The whole beginning part of the movie I kept thinking am I watching xXx or am I watching Kingsman? It had that whole parody feel which wasn't in keeping with the original movie which was on a more serious note and true action thriller.

Vin Diesel was fantastic as Cage...nothing surprising on that part. Besides Cage, both the characters of Augustus Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson) and Darius Stone (Ice Cube) return (xXx 2). Lots of great new characters on Cage's extreme team - would have loved to get to know their background story and how Xander came to know or work with them - am wondering if this means that in future movies their characters will be expanded on? Would love to see more of Xiang (Donnie Yen), Serena Unger (Deepika Padukone), Adele Wolff (Ruby Rose), Tennyson Torch (Rory McCann). Now, - characters that fell short - Becky Clearidge (Nina Dobrev), a nerdy tech girl who was fangirling over Cage and something I just couldn't identify with. She came off as a immature teen and contrary to her character's age which had to be at least late 20s and whose job it was to make cool James Bond type weapons for the Triple X program (you'd think that Dobrev would want to shake this kind of teen image after Vampire Diaries). Her dialogue was pathetic and not very funny for the most part which I think was what the writers were aiming for - comic relief - it just didn't work. Toni Collette played Jane Marke, a high level government employee hell bent on getting Pandora's Box back for the USA. Although Collette did a great job, the character is extremely cliche and you can surely guess what happens with her character early on into the movie (go ahead take a guess and I'll confirm - I'll be surprised if you don't figure it out even before you see the movie).

A lot of the amazing extreme sports scenes which were cool but a good number of these stunts were not in response to getting Pandora's Box back but just randomly part of Cage's life outside of the Triple X program. It wasn't until the middle or middle end of the movie that these became part of the story.

It wasn't until around the middle of the movie that you started to see an action thriller rather than a comedy. So my reactions to it are mixed - both liked and disliked parts of it. Still pretty good as you can't go wrong with a Vin Diesel movie...see it at the theatre or wait for it on dvd or tv....up to you.
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Niviene
22 January 2017 @ 04:39 pm
So I recently finished season 1 of Poldark.

The plot in short: British Army officer Ross Poldark returns home to Cornwall after fighting in the American Revolutionary War. He finds his fiancee Elizabeth, believing him to be dead, has married his cousin Francis. Ross attempts to pick up the pieces of his life, re-opening the family's failing mine believing it to contain stores of copper, and falling in love with the kitchen maid Demelza - his true soul mate and not caring if she is socially beneath him by society's standards!

I think it's the best British period drama I've ever seen. I loved it! The characters are interesting and diverse especially Poldark who, despite his flaws, has incontestable morals and honour. The romance isn't cloying but the perfect combination of modesty and passion. The setting - Cornwall - is beautiful and I LOVE the sea-side vistas, the cinematography is stunning - everything looks so pretty - and I'm not even watching it in HD as the channel airing it doesn't support that format but I can only imagine if it had. The music is just brilliant and I NEED to get the soundtrack somehow (if one exists that is). The novels (which I have not read) are written by a man (debatable?) Winston Graham and part of me wants to read them and part of me doesn't as I don't want to spoil the perfectness of the story unfolding before me just in case it's not the same (there's no guarantee with book to screen projects) plus I also loath anything more than a trilogy as the story/characters start to decline or become repetitious. There are 12 novels apparently!!! As for the characters. I love Ross, Demelza, Verity, and Dwight but dislike (obviously) George, and on the fence with both Francis and Elizabeth and they are neither likeable or dis-likeable but I wish that Francis would get a back bone!

I cried terribly when Ross and Demelza lost their child...call me sentimental but I defy anyone not to do the same!

On now to season 2 which hasn't completely finished airing here (2 episodes in) and then hopefully at some point season 3 will air, sooner than later, as I'm not sure I can' too long thereafter!
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Niviene
A couple of weeks ago I got a free pass to the AGO from the library (they get in a few each month which they give away) so lady__croft took a half day off today to go see the Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh and More exhibit. The AGO website says "...exploring the mystical experiences of 37 artists from 14 countries, including Emily Carr, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Piet Mondrian, Claude Monet, Edvard Munch, Georgia O'Keeffe and James McNeill Whistler." I found the art to be more  - seeing the spiritual within nature - and of course I was hooked.

All the paintings were lovely and very moving. Notable paintings/artists included: Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night over the Rhone at Arles; Paul Gauguin's Vision of the Sermon (Jacob Wrestling with the Angel); Claude Monet's Water Lilies (Nymphéas); Edvard Munch's The Sun; Georgia O'Keeffe's Series I - from the Plains; and a recently rediscovered French artist Charles Marie Dulac illustration of St. Francis of Assisi's Canticle of Creation.

I'm so glad I went to see this. It was much more than I expected and found some new artists to enjoy! Sweden's Eugene Jansson's whose painting called "Dawn over Riddarfjarden (Gryning over Riddarfjarden)" and a couple of others that were in similar vein were on display and then I saw Czech painter Wenzel Hablick, "Sternehimmel" and "The Crystal Castle at Sea" and I fell in love with these paintings - the colours are more vivid and breathtaking in person.Check out the links if you'd like to see what these looked like. Nothing can compare with the originals - just sayin'.

The exhibit has been extended until February 12, 2017 so catch it if you can and be prepared to be moved to tears by some of the beautiful works of art on display!
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Niviene
01 January 2017 @ 12:02 am
Happy New Year!!!

Spent it clearing out the old year (2016 was a terrible year for me and I'm so happy it's gone!) and ensuring only positive vibes were around when the midnight hour struck and 2017 came rushing in. Earlier in the week I began to declutter too!

First I used selenite crystal to remove all the old stagnant energy at each doorway (outside too!) where energy can get stuck, then I incense the whole apartment room by room with Palo Santo to usher in positive new vibes. I also changed out all the old negative energy salt catchers and sage + nettle herb bowls. I also opened the windows and swept out 2016 then shut them and when the clock struck midnight opened them again and let in 2017 just to ensure positive vibes.

I plan on doing this each New Year's Eve as a small ritual to ensure positivity during the coming year!


 
 
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Niviene
27 December 2016 @ 11:22 pm
Headed over to Imagine cinemas to see Rogue One today. The theatre was packed as it's discount Tuesday where movies are $5 each.

Good movie, predictable naturally (if you've seen Star Wars Ep IV A New Hope lol) but fun. The actors were great as was the action. I expected there to be more of Forest Whitaker's characters Saw Gerrera in it from the advertisements but he has only a small role. There was a couple of things that didn't quite make sense and I remember at the time thinking if this is true then the plot falls apart and there's no point to this story or for them to go after the plans but can't remember what it is now but something to do with Mads Mikkelsen's character Galen Erso and his design of the Death Star. My fav character in was Chirrut Îmwe - the blind Jedi in training - played by Donnie Yen. Total surprise was seeing Grand Moff Tarkin in CG since Peter Cushing died in 1994. A good likeness despite the CG.

If you like Star Wars you'll like this one. Ya go see it and spend an afternoon aboard the Death Star!
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Niviene
25 December 2016 @ 10:29 pm
Spent Christmas with my sister amdisa. Lovely to spend time with family and relax and just talk. She has 4 dogs and my fav (shhh don't tell the others) is Gizmo who is now older and blind but as sweet as pie. Monopolized the fuzzy ball of cuteness and he slept beside me and lady__croft the whole time (except when we ate of course lol). The food was great and way too much of it....left feeling full and happy.

Gizmo

 
 
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Niviene
23 December 2016 @ 11:02 pm
LC commissioned this painting for me from her artist friend Alfred Alam. I was totally surprised when I got it - love unexpected gifts!

Very cool graphic drawing of a mermaid! My love of mermaids is no secret.

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Niviene
21 December 2016 @ 04:10 pm
Happy Winter Solstice everyone!!!

 
 
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Niviene
21 December 2016 @ 04:02 pm
A couple of days ago I made an anklet and a bracelet out of tiger's eye beads from a necklace that broke ages ago. I have a bunch of beads from broken jewelry and plan to make more when I get some time.

What do you think of these?

 
 
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Niviene
18 December 2016 @ 07:50 pm
My Dad decided to have my sister and I over early for Christmas dinner only because he was going to my step sister's on the 25th. He's too old now to cook for 15+ family memebers and he's in a tiny appartment too boot. lady__croft and I stopped in to Happy Soul to do some crystal shopping before hand as the store is a few blocks from my dad's place.

We had to wait for my sis and her partner to arrive as they were stuck in traffic due to an accident on the highway but dinner was lovely and relaxed and reminded me of when we were younger before all the steps came and we became the Italian Brady Bunch lol!

Good times :)
 
 
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