Sunday, August 25, 2013

The Mortal Instruments City of Bones Movie Review & My Experience (Spoiler-y!)



Hello, everyone! Long time, no see! So, this past Wednesday, I went to see the Mortal Instruments City of Bones movie at my local theater, and OMG the emotions that I went through! I'm going to cover everything. From my feelings about how the theaters handled the rush of Shadowhunters to their doors to what I wore to what I felt about the movie. With all that explained, let's get started. My mania started about the Sunday before the movie came out. I proceeded to call every theater within a seventy mile radius to see if they were doing a midnight premiere. What really ticked me off about  the situation wasn't that the theaters weren't doing a midnight release (well, that part did tick me off, but not as much as this), it was the fact that they had no idea if they were doing a midnight release two days before the movie came out. The theaters that I called took forever to get a hold of, and when I did get hold of them, they had no clue as to what I was talking about. It was like the Hot Topic fiasco all over again. I did manage to snag a ticket for Wednesday at ten, but by then, I was pretty perturbed about the entire situation.  I decided that I was going to cosplay in my Isabelle outfit Wednesday night, since I wouldn't have another chance to do it for the movie anyway. I wore my Hot Topic Isabelle dress in ivory, my Hot Topic snake cuff, my Hot Topic ruby pendent, three silver rings, black over the knee leather boots, and my Jace stele from (you guessed it) Hot Topic. I didn't take any pictures like an idiot, but I have to say that I looked amazing. Now, let's get into what you all have been waiting for, my movie review.

So, I have to admit that I had so many butterflies when the opening credits started to roll. The movie looked so beautiful, and you can really see it in the first few moment of the film. I would love to take you scene by scene of what I felt, but that would be a little ridiculous. So, I'll start off with the bad (yes, some of it was bad) and finish if off with the good. First off, I don't understand why there was so little dialogue in the movie. It felt like a bunch of action sequences squished together with not enough dialogue to explain everything. Some of the more important dialogue went so fast that most of the audience couldn't catch it. The next thing is probably a me thing: Jace's pointing. He would just point for an unnecessary long periods of time for no reason, and once I noticed it, I couldn't stop noticing it. The next this was that darn theme music for the Mortal Cup. Whenever that cup appeared, this ridiculously loud music would overpower the moment, and it ended up looking and sounding ridiculous. Another thing is the portal nonsense. Suddenly, you can just take pieces of portal and make it float around like blubber (90s kid reference). Then you can make your hand float detached from your body and stroke someone's hair (SPOILER!!!). I cannot tell you how much that bothered me. Also, Valentine's hair in the last fight scene bothered me. Why would he grow two tiny braids out of his hair? And why does blowing up a portal make it snow?! One thing that really ticked me off was Clary rune making ability. I can understand it coming to light in the first movie, but why does she suddenly have telekinesis? I will get over it though, I suppose. There were also some acting choices that I didn't particularly agree with (Magnus, I missed you being sassy), but that's neither here nor there. I did enjoy pant-less Magnus though.... Anyway!

For the good things, there's a surprising amount. Jemima West as Isabelle Lightwood killed it, in the best possible way! While she didn't say a lot, she did it well. I was really impressed by her. Also, any whip action she had was amazing. In one scene, she whips it up into the air, and you don't know what she's doing. Then she brings down a chandelier, like the best female Shadowhunter of this generation. On that note, I was very happy with the CGI effects used in the movie. This is the type of movie that could easily be CGI heavy, but this movie spaced it appropriately and made it look believable. I loved the party at Magnus's place. It had one of my favorite lines from the book. I have to say that they added a lot of the witty one-liners from the books (mostly Jace's) into the movie, which made me so happy. Speaking of the book, for the most part, they stayed pretty true to the book. Other than the stuff I mentioned above, the things that they changed from the book still had the spirit of the book. They've also hinted to some stuff for the next movie, which could only make me more excited.

There is still a lot that I would like to say about this movie, but then this blog post would turn into a novel based on the movie that's based on the book (and that's a mouthful). Let me sum it up, this movie will make you feel a variety of emotions if you love the books or have never even heard of Shadowhunters and Downworlders. Some of things that they change will make you mad or laugh, the things they've kept will delight and surprise you, and I can tell you that you will be fully entertained if you go see this movie out in theaters. While I'm limited by my budget and will not be seeing this again until it comes out to DVD (unless I can convince others to take me), I would definitely recommend you seeing this movie and then see it again. You will see things that you didn't before, and it makes me sad that I don't know what I've missed. Just keep an open mind about it, and have fun fellow Shadowhunters. Also if you're wondering how they handled the whole incest thing... I won't be telling you. :)



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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Hunger Games Merchandise: Replica Mockingjay Pin



Hello, everyone! So today I'm reviewing the Hunger Games Mockingjay Pin. I've had this pin for a while, but I thought I would review it because of the Catching Fire movie that's coming to theaters soon. I'll be reviewing this pin for its overall quality and its resemblance to the pin used in both the Hunger Games and the Hunger Games: Catching Fire. So let's get started!

The replica pin has the same style as the one in the movie. Both pins depict a simple bird with slightly spread wings catching an arrow as it slices through the air with it's overly large beak. They both have the same gold-ish hue, and from what I can tell, they are about the same size. Now let's talk about the differences!

The first difference is that the movie pin is more three dimensional than the replica version. The replica pin is all the same height, while the movie pin is raised in some areas. You can tell from the pictures that the head of the bird is more rounded, the wings come up off of the the circle that surrounds the bird, and the arrow is raised up off the ring.

The second difference is that the movie pin has a hand-crafted quality that gives the piece uniqueness, while the replica has more of a pressed cookie-cutter quality. This is to be expected because the replica piece is being mass-produced. We can't really fault them for that.

The third difference is that the replica pin is much cleaner than that used in the movie. The one used in the movie has the dirt, grime, and tarnish of the 12th district. The replica pin looks like it came off some conveyor belt in the Capital. This could easily be fixed if you have some super glue and brown paint if you want to go the extra mile for your Katniss cosplay.

The last difference that I found was that the pin used in the movie has a safety pin back, while the replica pin is a butterfly/military clutch back. This means that the pin used in the movie slides on to clothing, creating two holes. The replica pin simply attaches to the clothing and creates one hole. I've added pictures to the bottom to further illustrate my meaning.

The replica pin is pretty durable and won't bend under the pressure of my hand. It's good for everyday use by showing off your pride for the movie or if you're killing it in a Katniss cosplay. While it may not be exact it still has the essence of what's known as a mockingjay, and it's close enough to the movie prop for most people not to notice its slight differences.

Catching Fire Mockingjay Pin

Hunger Games Mockingjay Pin

My Mockingjay Pin

Mockingjay Pin compared to my hand

Safety Pin Back used on Pin from Movie

Butterfly Clutch back used on Replica Pin

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Update: Where I've Been and Where I'm Going

Hello, everyone! Sorry I've been so MIA lately. It's been a very busy few days, and I haven't had any time to post. I'm very sorry about that. I'm going to visit my sister in the morning, so I've been trying to pack and getting my affairs together before I go. Because of that, the blog as suffered for it. I'm getting everything together to post while I'm there though. So, I won't be missing for an entire week. If you follow me on twitter (click here to go to my twitter page), you can get up to date information about how regularly I'll blog while on this trip. I'll got a whole suitcase full of just cosplay stuff that I'm planning on showing you all and will be reviewing. I'll also get back to reading. The next series I'm going to start is the Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. So original, right? I promise to get off this Shadowhunter kick soon, but the movie is coming out in ten days. I'm going to be cosplaying and going to the midnight premiere. So understandably, I'm excited. I have a few ideas for other series after this one, and think everyone will really like it. Let's read this series together. So start with reading Clockwork Angel, and then we can converse about what we like or didn't like about it. I'm not super into historical fiction, but I figured since I've been loving Cassie's work, this book can get my foot in the door. Also, you may know that I went to Michael's City of Bones event which was so much fun. I'll be posting about that later. Again, I'm really sorry for the delay, but I'll get some content out here on regular basis this coming week. I'll see you guys next post!
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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Crazy Cosplay: Adventures into Sewing Part 2 - Clary's Striped Shirt

Club Monaco Elsa Tee Photograph

Club Monaco Elsa Tee Profile Photo

Hello, everyone! So, today I've been working on one of my Clary cosplay pieces. In the City of Bones movie, Clary wears the Club Monaco Elsa Tee which I have pictured above with a screencap from the movie and the stock photo from the Club Monaco website. Sadly, I couldn't get the tee before they were all sold out, but I found a similar shirt at Old Navy. The big differences are that the Old Navy shirt has tighter stripes and longer sleeves. I couldn't do anything about the stripes, but I decided to cut off the sleeves and hem it to make shorter sleeves. This is how I did it and how the shirt turned out. Enjoy!


This is how the shirt looks before. It had 3/4 sleeves before I cut them off.


This is how tight the stripes are. Note that they are a little skinnier than the Club Monaco shirt, but I think they will work fine with my cosplay.


This is me pulling on the sleeve to show the difference between the stripes on the sleeves and the stripes on the body.


I cut off eight and a half inches from the sleeves. Once I did that, I folded the sleeves under once so that I could do a base stitch.


Once I had my base stitch, I flipped it under again and did a hem stitch. When I did both of my sleeves, I decided that I could go a little shorter. I flipped and hemmed the sleeves again, which gave it more a cuff sleeves.


This is how it turned out. I love it! I have to thank my mom again for helping me out. It was her idea to give it the cuff sleeves, and I'm so glad she suggested it. 


This is the sleeve after all of the sewing. I like how the stripes go in a different direction like the Club Monaco shirt. It also made it easier because I didn't have to try to match the stripes!


This is a picture of how my stitches look like on the inside of the shirt. I think it came out pretty well, and now I'm one step closer to my Clary closet.

So, thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoyed your time here. Come back to see more of my sewing adventures, cosplay shenanigans, and fangirl book reviews. You can stay connected by subscribing to the blog via email address down at the bottom or through your Google+ account off to the side. Get up to date info by following me on twitter @KK_Donna_Blog, and I will see you next post!

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Monday, August 5, 2013

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare: Book Review



So, after reading the first third of this book, I wasn't really surprised. Based on the ending from City of Fallen Angels, I had already guessed what the next part of the book was going to be about. After that though, there were so many twists and turns that I got whiplash. Now, I don't want to give out any spoilers, but I would just like to ask why do bad things happen to the characters I love and invest in? I can't say anymore without giving anything away, but I can say that Clare does make things interesting. She hasn't been shy about writing on topics that can make even the most experienced readers turn away. In her Mortal Instruments series, she touches on topics like racism, homosexuality, and teenage sexual relations that sometimes "adults" wouldn't dream of talking to their children about. While many adults and even some authors breeze over these topics like they don't exist, Clare addresses them all in a series that is meant for Young Adults, not mature audiences. It's no different in City of Lost Souls. Without giving too much away, Clare addresses drug use and rape. These topics not only make this book even more dynamic but connect the reader to the material in a more substantial manner. Now, this book made me want to scream, cry, and question the sanity of all of these characters. I now have a pillow that has a near-permanent hand-print from me slamming my hand to keep from yelling at one o'clock in the morning. Is this book worth a read? Yes. Definitely. I have to give it 5 out of 5 fairy rings.


Well, that's it for today. Let me know down below what you thought of this book or if you plan on reading it. If you like what you see, come check out some more fun stuff that I'll be doing involving books, cosplay, and overall craziness. Subscribe to the blog down below with an email address, through your Google+ account, or on my twitter @KK_Donna_Blog. Hope you enjoyed! See you all next post!
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Sunday, August 4, 2013

City of Bones Merchandise: Clary's Brooklyn Industries T-Shirt Review

Clary Fray Photograph

Hello, everyone! So, it is a little belated, but I'm finally doing my review on Clary's Brooklyn Industries t-shirt. So let's get started. First things first. This shirt is incredibly soft! It's not made out of cotton like most t-shirts are. It's made out of rayon and polyester, which gives it more of a silky feel. Seriously, I just want to rub my face against it all the time. Next is the design of the shirt. I really like the sleeves which is an odd thing to say. I have ridiculously skinny arms so sleeves usually look ginormous on me. These sleeves do not. The design of the shirt is also really cool. It was inspired by instagram photos of Brooklyn which gives it a modern edge. I'm really excited to add this to my cosplay collection; however, it is a little pricey. It comes in at a whopping $40, which is a lot when you are used to getting them for $12.50 at Forever21. No need to panic though. I've found a discount for your the may or may not work. According to the internet (you know how reliable they are) if you add in the code FB30, you can get 30% off! Now if that doesn't work check out this code, which I know will actually work. I hope you've all enjoyed this review. Don't forget to connect with me on Google+ and my twitter @KK_Donna_Blog. Leave some comments down below if you think this top is worth the price tag or if you would rather wait to see it in the sale bin. I'll see you guys next post!
Front

Back

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Crazy Cosplaying: Adventures into Sewing

Hello, everyone! As of a couple of days ago, I've finished my first start-from-scratch sewing project. It's my first time using a sewing machine, having a set pattern, and putting everything together. This wasn't something that was done overnight or by myself. My lovely mother has been helping me throughout the entire process. From buying the pattern to wondering what the heck a bobbin is, my mother has been by my side. Thank, God! I would not know where to start if it weren't for her. We bought the pattern at Wal Mart, of all places. According to the package, it's supposed to be one of the easiest patterns for beginner sewers. It's a simple t-shirt design, and you can check out the pictures down below of the one I used. Next we went to an actual fabric store (by actual, I mean we didn't by the fabric at Wal Mart) because they were the only people with enough length width-wise. We bought a brown jersey fabric. Not the most fashionable of options, but my mom wanted something with a little give in case I made a mistake. Once all of that happened, my mother gave me the low-down on all of the sewing machine's functions. Then we got to work! Now, my experience was a bit of a roller coaster. Since I had a new machine, the settings were a bit funky to both me and my mom. Good thing we had a lot of practice fabric, otherwise that t-shirt would have come out funny looking. The one thing I learned through this is jersey fabric is a turd to work with. It wrinkles when you don't want it to, it stretches while your sewing, and it puckers and creates holes. It's horrible. I'm probably going to work with cotton from now on. But I did finish up the shirt. It looks a bit like a nightshirt, but it is at least wearable. So take a look at the finished result, and let me know what you think. Also, comment with your sewing experiences and what you've learned through them. Don't forget to follow my blog on Google+ and my twitter @KK_Donna_Blog. I'll see you next post!

Fabric  
Fabric 2

Pattern

Pattern on Fabric

Fabric Cut

Fabric Cut


Collar and Sleeves

My Sewing Machine

First Stitch

Don't Forget to Pin the Fabric!

Base Stitch


Funky Base Stitch

Finished Result!

Sleeve Hem

Sleeve Hem 2

Slightly Funky Collar

Bottom Hem

Bottom Hem 2

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Saturday, August 3, 2013

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare: Book Review



So, I've went through City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare a couple of days ago, and I let it sit with me so I can fully understand all of the emotions this book has made me feel. This is an amazing book. It stays along the same lines as the first three books. It has action and adventure, relationships gone awry, and a big secret that is revealed at the end. I love all those qualities, which is why I love this series; however, Clare does add a bit more sexy time in this book than the first three. To be fair, Clary and Jace spent the first three books knowing that they couldn't love each other, and now the things that were holding them back aren't anymore. That can open up a whole slew of possibilities, and I feel we just get a taste of what that could be in this book. Now, I've said it a thousand times and I'll say it again, everyone needs to read this series. While I still believe that City of Glass is my true love, I will always appreciate this book...including the sexy time. The next book is City of Lost Souls and it's the only book that I haven't read already. So, it may be a little different from my regular book reviews. I've still got a a few more posts to do, but they will probably be done tomorrow. I'll see you next post!
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City of Bones Hot Topic Merchandise: Heat Revealing Runes Mug

[Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones: Mug: Heat Reveal Rune (Product Image)]

Hello, everyone! So today I received this mug that I ordered about a month ago from Hot Topic's official website. I was really curious as to how well this mug would work. By that, I mean how vibrant the runes would show up, how much hot water it would take to change the runes, and if it was a decent mug in general. Well let's talk facts. When I first opened my package, I noticed that the mug is quite small. It's a bit smaller than a Coke can and the circumferance is a bit bigger than a Coke can. Quite frankly, when you spend $14.50 for a mug, you expect a little more. Also, I immediately noticed that whatever they used to put the lettering for "the Mortal Instruments City of Bones," they left a thin clear film over it. Maybe they wanted the lettering to stay on longer, but it just cheapens this otherwise cool-looking mug. Now, let's get to the fun stuff. I immediately wanted to test the runes. I turned on super hot water from the faucet and placed it in the mug. Sadly that was taking a long time. So I ran the entire mug under hot water, and the runes took on an off-white color. At this point, I was really disappointed with my purchase. Now, there is nothing on the box or on the mug that states whether or not I can put this in a microwave. With that in mind, I definitely put the mug with water in it in the microwave for about a minute. Seriously, it came out so well. I have no idea how it works but the runes where bright white and looks exactly like the stock photo. While it's not as easy as the back of the box states ("add hot water to reveal runes"), it does actually work. Overall, I do like the novelty of this mug, but wouldn't recommend shelling out nearly fifteen bucks unless you really like the Mortal Instruments AND having hot tea or coffee on a regular basis. Hot Topic's website is fresh out of these mugs, but if you Google it, you can find other online retailers that sell it. They also may be in actual Hot Topic stores, but I haven't visit one in a while to confirm that. Now, I'm going to make me a hot cup of tea and maybe write up another blog post. See you next post!
Mug in a Box 
Top of the Box

Bottom of Box

Mug Size 
Mug Size
Mug with Hot Water
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