Archive for February 1st, 2009

I went to Europe for the first time in 2007. I went all over Germany, the Netherlands, Paris and London.

Parisian Sunlight breaking through a cloudy day.
@ the Jardin des Tuileries, Paris

Short cruise through the Canals in Amsterdam

Old-Fashioned Windmill.
@ the Keukenhof in Holland

@ the Louvre
Paris, France

Tour de Eiffel

Closer view of the Eiffel Tower

One of the chimneys at the Cecilienhof.
Potsdam, Germany

Arc de Triomphe

Das Blumenmeer
@ the Keukenhof

I went on the trip just before going to Law School knowing that I probably would not have much time to do any traveling while in school. The trip broke the bank account, but it was well worth it.

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All We Have Are Moments

Some days I get so down.
Sometimes, I feel like my heart just broke and nothing would ever fix it again.
Other times, I feel this bitterness just seeping into me about how life just isn’t the way it’s supposed to be.
And still other times, I’m just sad.

But then again, that’s really just life.

Because as much as people focus on the dark, gloomy parts of life, every other moment, every other “some day” and “some time” is a good, happy moment.

So, here is a blog about those good moments that just happen everyday. I believe that everyone has a choice to recognize and see the good in everyday.

Some days, it’s definitely harder, but this blog will at least force me to think on the day and reflect on what made me smile.

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Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

Rise of the Lycans

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

I watched Underworld: Rise of the Lycans with my boyfriend tonight.  Despite the lackluster critical reviews, I really enjoyed the film.  I think it’s because I’ve always been fan of the entire franchise from the beginning.  I thought Rise of the Lycans was way, way better than Evolution.  I think it lends to the better cast.  And it rises up to the cult-like level of Underworld, the first movie.

I did sorely miss Kate Beckinsale as Selene, though.  I think she remains as one of my top favorite heroines of all time.  She was all dark and broody, but still somewhat idealistic and innately good.  She walked the line of being delicate and impossibly powerful with such grace and finesse, that even in the large story gaps of Evolution, you still wanted to believe her.

Rhona Mitra did a decent job as Sonja, the daughter of Viktor.  But I still think she didn’t pull of “defiant” quite as well as Kate Beckinsale did.  On the other hand, she filled in the role of hot, sexy, strong vampire warrior that Beckinsale left open in this segment of the series.

Michael Sheen made the small part of Lucien (and his utterly dismal death in the first movie) seem larger than life.  I believed his character.  He wasn’t so much as the most powerful Lycan ever, as he was portrayed in the first movie, rather than an inordinately good leader.  He is the kind of leader that starts off with great ideals, only to be corrupted by loss, grief, rage and the desire for revenge.

Finally, Bill Nighy…oh he is a GREAT ONE.  In almost every role he portrays, I have loved him.  I missed him greatly in the second installment of the series, and was extremely gratified in his role in this prequel.  Oh, Bill…he makes Viktor such a beautiful, complex character.  The heartless warlord.  The ruthless slave overlord.  The Vampire King.  The Devoted Father.  The stone-cold ruler who would stop at nothing to keep the status quo.  His performance was fabulous.  I especially loved two particular scenes.  One, right after he says, “aye” in voting to have Sonja, his only daughter, sentenced to death.  The deep grief on his face, the way his head lowers ever so slightly until his head is bent low, weighed down by the import of his choice–awesome!  The second scene is him, clutching almost desperately, to the bedpost of Sonja’s empty bed, right after he leaves her to her death.  He is holding the post so tight, leaning heavily against it like his whole world had collapsed and he just needed that support.  His eerily blue eyes glowed with unnatural grief.  I actually felt sorry for him–and he’s the bad guy in the movie.

The action scenes were fabulous.  Each time the create the new Underworld movie, the Lycan’s become more and more awesome.  The shapeshifting becomes more seamless, and the monsters look more savage.  I love it!

Finally, even if it isn’t Oscar-worthy material, it is extremely, extremely entertaining as a movie.  It’s not one that will leave you pondering about life and love and all sorts of heavy issues but rather, it leaves you with something fun to talk about over wine and discuss a storyline that is just so out of this world that it’s the Underworld.

I give it a solid B.

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