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Love Letters to the Dead warms hearts


 

The story is about a girl, Laurel, with an English assignment: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel decided to pick Nirvana lead singer, Kurt Cobain because her older sister, May, loved him and like Cobain she also died young. And before Laurel knew it, she had a whole notebook full of letters to the dead – people like Heath Ledger, Janis Joplin, Amelia Earhart and Amy Winehouse – though she never submitted a single letter.

Everything in the letters is about starting high school, starting new friendships with upperclassman, learning to live her life with a broken family, falling in love for the first time and May’s death. But Laurel starts to question how to mourn over someone who she hasn’t forgiven?

It not until Laurel has written the truth about everything that’s happened to herself that she can finally come to closure with what happened to May. Within each letter and thinking about the past, Laurel starts to come to her senses to see the kind of person her sister truly was – lovely, amazing and very and deeply flawed. It’s within this realization where she finds herself and her path as a new highschooler.
 


 
“Love Letters to the Dead” is a beautifully written novel by, Ava Dellaria. It’s a story about a girl’s journey through the challenges of life with a deep and often heartbreaking beauty. Each letter reveals more and more about Laurel and how she thinks, how she feels.

Each character is told in a vibrant way that makes it difficult for readers to not personally connect with at least one character. With each letter the reader is given something to truly think about on the topic of life and the challenges it throws at us.

I recommend this novel for high schoolers, especially the kids that need a little push on the right road. Reading this book changed my outlook on life, that not everything is glamorous and that we will face challenges sooner or later. It’s a novel that is perfect gift for the holiday season.
 


 

Gone Girl | A Movie Review

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Gone Girl, based on the same titled novel written by Gillian Flynn –who also wrote the film’s screenplay–, is David Fincher’s third collaboration with music composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. If you’ve seen The Social Network or The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo then you are more than familiar with the haunting masterpieces these artists have been creating over the last five years. This film takes you through what appears to be a missing person case, with the media viciously pointing their finger at Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) for the disappearance of his wife Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike); Uncovering details that question what really took place.

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If I Stay Movie Review

Previously, I wrote a review on the book, If I Stay by Gayle Forman which recently came out as a major motion picture.

This is the first movie that I have seen that follows the book precisely and when I say that I mean line for line and stays to the plot.

If I Stay is about a young girl, Mia, who has to make the decision of a lifetime. She is living this perfect life with the perfect family, perfect boyfriend, and a chance to attend Juilliard after high school for cello. But in an instant, everything in Mia’s life turns upside down in a car crash that kills her family. Now it’s Mia’s decision to wake up from her coma or to die along with the rest of her family.

The movie stars, Chloe Grace Moretz as Mia and Jamie Blackley as Adam, Mia’s love interest in the book and movie.

I walked into the movie theatre with candy, popcorn and a box of tissues. Truthfully, I cried more than I did in The Fault in our Stars, which is saying a lot if you have seen the movie or read the book. Moretz and Blackley did an outstanding job bringing Mia and Adam and their love to life.

If I Stay was a movie made for hopeless romantics. It’s a movie to see with family, with friends, with your significant other and it’s a movie to see by yourself. It’s full of meaningful life lessons, comedy, love and heartbreak. Everything a movie needs is right here in If I Stay.
However, I do recommend that you see this movie with a box of tissues and lots of comfort food, you’re going to need it!

Apes Together Strong – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

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Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes takes off where Rupert Wyatt’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes left us… in awe. I think, most of us at least. Needless to say Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is great! Without intentionally spoiling anything, here’s a brief overview of the theatrical film and a little behind the scenes.
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Eleanor and Park Book Review

I created this long list of books to read this summer. One book that’s on that list is titled, Eleanor and Park. Let’s start off by saying that this was an excellent book to start my summer off with.

Eleanor and Park is written by Rainbow Rowell, who also wrote Fangirl (that’s one book on my reading list) and many more.

Eleanor and Park is about two average misfit teenagers falling in love. Eleanor isn’t your average leading female. She has a unique style all on her own, with her crazy red curls and her mismatched clothes. And Park, he’s not your typical leading man. Awkward and nerdy the asian boy either listens to his rock and roll on his walkman or reads comics.

When Eleanor moves in to this new town with her new stepfather, her life changes. Her stepfather isn’t the nicest. Her and her other siblings live in a tiny house and by tiny I mean that all four of them share a bedroom. Their bathroom doesn’t even have a door! But Eleanor manages to get by, barley. Park lives next door to his grandparents and has a normal life with his family.

For the first few chapters, Eleanor and Park don’t really speak to each other. They may exchange a few looks, Park may let her borrow his comics (without saying anything) but they don’t even speak to each other.

Slowly, they fall for each other as the storyline goes on. One thing leads to another and they become an item. However, both of them know that love never lasts especially when you’re their age. But they take the chance anyways.

Eleanor and Park was a beautifully written book. The characters were romantic, vibrant, and felt more real than fictional. Rowell did an outstanding job on this storyline. Truthfully, it was one of the best books I had ever read.
It’s filled with romance, comedy, and even has heartbreaking scenes. I highly recommend this book to anyone. That’s the best part about this book, the book is appropriate for not only young adults, but also adults. So go pick up Eleanor and Park today, you won’t regret reading this book.

Movie Review: Godzilla (2014)

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Godzilla (2014), directed by Gareth Edwards, has been a very much anticipated film this year. Many of us Godzilla fans were both excited and nervous for its release, we all remember what Roland Emmerich did with the last American rendition of the Japanese classic monster movie in Godzilla (1998). I honestly didn’t know how I felt after watching Godzilla (2014), it’s taken me three weeks to finally familiarize myself with a certain emotional value the film awakens and that is relief! Thank Godzilla, this film was a breath of fresh atomic nuclear fire compared to the last American-made one and here are just a few reasons why.

Monster vs. Monster vs. Monster

More like a 2v1 but this film goes back to what Godzilla is all about, Kaijus fighting one another and destroying the city! Emmerich kind of failed us when he turned Godzilla into a giant preggo mutant lizard searching for a nesting ground. This new film, however, brings back the intense city-crushing battles we are use to with the Japanese films. Remember King Ghidora?

Godzilla’s New Look

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While a bit on the chunky side, Godzilla does look more similar to what we imagine when thinking “Gojiraaa!!!”. He fits right in with other Godzilla renditions from every other Godzilla film, leaving Emmerich’s Godzilla (1998) out of place once again. One thing that I was hoping for in Godzilla (2014) – and this isn’t necessarily a rule by any means, but something that appears in some of the older Godzilla films – was some charm and character to the giant monster king… Maybe a dance or two, some humorous taunting etc. While I was looking for this, I cannot really knock on the film for leaving it out because it would have changed the vibe entirely. A post credits scene would have been cool too… Perhaps a King Kong reference?

Two New Kaijus!

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Yep, of course… Other Kaijus for Godzilla to fight are almost standard in the films. In Godzilla (2014) his rival Kaijus go by the title M.U.T.O. (Mass Unidentified Terrestrial Organism) and they are awesome… That’s all I am going to say for now and that one of them has wings! Here’s a glimpse of one cocoon, use your imagination.

There you have it, a new Godzilla that looks more like Godzilla; Two new giant monsters, one dirt crawler and one night stalker; Bryan Cranston and that guy from Kick-Ass, but who cares about the humans right?

Overall it was a great film, especially when comparing it to the last American Godzilla attempt. Giant monsters fighting each other and destroying cities is usually a deal maker for me so of course it’s worth seeing and buying when released.

Do we have any Godzilla fans in Delaware?

Sources: www.forbes.com | www.fandango.com

 

The Fault in our Stars Movie Review

On Sunday June 8th I showed up to the movies with a box of tissues ready (at least I thought I was) to see The Fault in our Stars. First things first, I was wrong, so wrong. I was not prepared for this movie.

 

So for those of you who have read the book you understand the storyline, I even did a book review on it! However for those of you who have not read the book or my review, you should. But I’ll explain the storyline to you anyways.

 

The Fault in our Stars stars, Shailene Woodley as Hazel Grace Lancaster. Hazel is a seventeen year old teenager struggling with thyroid (which spread to her lungs) cancer. She has one half of working lungs. At a support group, Hazel bumps into Augustus Waters, played by Ansel Elgort. Instantly it is love at first sight. Augustus Waters previously had Osteosarcoma which is leg cancer. It cost him to lost part of one of his leg, and as Augustus Waters like to say, he’s part robot.

 

Later on in the movie, Hazel’s lungs started to fill up with water. She told Augustus that they had to stay friends because of her condition. In her defense she believes that she could die at any time, and didn’t want to put Augustus in that position.

 

Soon after, Augustus shared with Hazel that he will spend his Genies wish with Hazel in Amsterdam to meet their favorite author, Peter Van Houten, played by Willem Dafoe, and get answers about the cliffhanger of their favorite book, An Imperial Affliction.

 

On this trip, Augustus announces his love for Hazel (it was really cute and made me cry like crazy) and Hazel continued to be his friend and nothing more. After meeting their author, things start to go downhill. Not only was their meet and greet a complete failure due to a jerk of an author, but Augustus shared some terrible news with Hazel.

 

Augustus had several tumor all over his body which started a new chapter of their epic love story.

 

However the one positive thing that they both got out of this trip was Augustus got out of the friendzone. And their love story grew and grew.

 

I read the book six times and the movie totally did the book it’s justice. It gave me all of the emotions that the book gave me. No really, I started crying five minutes into the movie and continued to cry the rest of the movie.

 

This is a must see movie, I’ve already seen it twice and will probably go back a third time. The movie had a spectacular cast and soundtrack. But the best part of this movie was the fact that it followed the book so perfectly. When I saw it the first time, I could quote a lot of the scenes because it was word from word from the book.

 

The Fault in our Stars is a movie you can see with anyone. Just don’t forget to bring the tissues, you’ll need them.

 

Movie Review: Neighbors

For awhile I was deciding whether or not I should do this review. Neighbors is a movie meant for teenager and adults for a goofy friday night movie event. After a few hours of deciding, I started writing.

 

Neighbors is about new family, Mac (played by Seth Rogen) and Kelly Radner (played by Rose Byrne) live the new family life with their six month old daughter, Stella. They face the everyday challenges that any other new family would. For example, when is going out okay and when to fit their own pleasures in.

 

When their new neighbors move in, it isn’t what they expected. Their neighbors are a fraternity full of party animals. Everything starts off okay, Mac and Kelly ask to have them keep the noise down and President of the fraternity, Teddy Sanders (played by Zac Efron), made them promise if they’re too loud to talk to him and not the police.

 

Everything changes when Mac and Kelly call the police due to the noise. The fraternity starts their revenge on Mac and Kelly with ridiculous little stunts. Soon it’s a full on war between new parents Mac and Kelly and fraternity president, Teddy.

 

I found this movie incredibly entertaining. It’s definitely not for children but for teenagers and or adults looking for a good comedy to entertain them. Neighbors certainly does it’s job in making the audience entertained.

 

Seth Rogen is known for a lot of comedy productions, however Zac Efron is just starting to get into them. Zac Efron starred in High School Musical one, two and three and then moved to dramatic and romantic movies and then starred in comedy movies.
The movie consists of a lot of profanity, some sexual scenes, and drugs. I say this again, this movie is not for kids. This movie is for teenagers and adults. It was a good movie and I recommend this for a goofy movie to see with friends.

ALBUM REVIEW ~ Phillip Phillips’ “Behind the Light”

 

How many ways can a musician make a unique name for his/herself in the music industry? The exact answer is not above debate by any means, but for American Idol winners, the number of possibilities goes substantially down due to the mold that the show makes the winner into.

Many have distanced themselves from the show and have moved up from the “grandfathered” status of the music industry by being one of the best in their genre. Kelly Clarkson, winner of season one, has dominated the pop industry and has taken a stake out of it for many years, as has Carrie Underwood to a larger degree in the country music industry. Underwood’s net worth rose above $70 million in 2013, making her one of the richest persons in the industry. Those two musicians have undeniably made their name and music relevant by dominating within their respective genre.

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Though, can a person make music in modern society that doesn’t fit the bill of any normal genre and be successful? That’s what season eleven winner Phillip Phillips might look to accomplish in his new LP “Behind the Light”, which was released Monday, May 19th. Featuring a plethora of musical notions and high reaching precedents within the album, each track showcases what may be truly something musically, lyrically, and meaningfully unique from the often-stale music industry.

 

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Cover Art ~ “Behind The Light”

SEARCHLIGHTThis album opener creates an issue to be resolved even before Phillip Phillips opens his mouth. The first struck note has a distinctive, unresolved tone that sets up for a introspective track. With a rather heavy, folk-y beat and a straightforward 4 beats per measure, Phillips puts his bold foot forward musically, and follows the same notion lyrically.

Pleading for a person that has left him to return again, Phillips explains how he is lost and alone (“Lost again / In this night / The sun just leads me into shadows”) and that this person is the only thing that can “bring him back to life”.  Like a baseball pitcher, Phillips lunges toward his destination with his first motion and leaves intrigue as to how the momentum will be resolved throughout the rest of the album.

          What’s left unsaid, say it loud / There’s a fire in me / That’s still burning
RAGING FIREEven though it is the lead single, “Raging Fire” nestles in comfortably with the musical storyline started by “Searchlight”. Apparently, Phillips finds and reunites with the person described in “Searchlight”, as he reiterates that there is the littlest spark inside of him (“There’s a fire in me / That’s still burning”) and boldly proclaims directly to the recipient that, with this person’s help, it has the potential to become something as uncontrollable and magical as a “raging fire”. This message is convincingly conveyed and further materialized by means of a full orchestra blasting a heavy triplet-grouped tune in support of Phillips’ vocal. Though, the best work in “Raging Fire” may be hidden in the soft sections of the tune, where subtle yet evident and strategic placement of guitars, percussion, and synthesized sound effects underline the haunting picture of the little spark that remains evident after “Searchlight”. At the percussion-driven final chorus, Phillips begins the process of opening the door of his heart that would reveal the spark inside of him.
You know how to give and how to take / You see every hope I locked away / 
So pull me close and surrender to my heart
TRIGGERBacking away substantially from the taste left from “Raging Fire”, “Trigger” is plagued be a solemn guitar riff with a synthesizer playing softly overhead, creating the mental picture of a hypothetical wasteland. “But you stopped me and said / Please just leave me be / I feel as though no one knows what goes on inside of me’“. Told through the perspective of Phillips, this song delves into the mental warfare of a person close to him. Feeling the need to intervene after solemnly realizing that he might be the only one that can prevent this person from “pulling the trigger” and shutting out the world completely, Phillips tries as best he can to reach out to his friend. When this person ends up shutting him out (“Please just leave me be. / I feel as though no one knows what goes on inside of me“), Phillips wonders if he, himself was the one that inadvertently “pulled the trigger” and executed this person’s breakdown.
Inside your hand it holds the question to it all / I start to pull the trigger, I start to pull the trigger
LEAD ONUnusually for Phillips, “Lead On” begins with a pop-like piano beat to begin the track. Some critics argue that he strays away from his roots with this oddity, as he is known for his folky-er mantra. Though, to the contrary, Phillips may have planned for that musical twist to be in his back pocket from the beginning. In the tune, Phillips talks to a girl that he is romantically attached to and is hypnotized by her elegant swagger. It seems to Phillips as though the closer he gets to her, the more she changes him, which haunts and scares him. He then rejects the notions from his conscience that he is going down a dark, winding path to selling his soul and willingly encourages the girl to “lead on”, and reassures her that “he’ll follow”. The climatic moment in “Lead On” is when Phillips makes the ultimate decision to follow his love interest (2:44 in the track) backed up by a light, unresolved chord in the background: “I’ll follow you into the night / Let’s get lost until it’s light”.
And I’ll follow wherever you go / Right down that rabbit hole / Then everything gets dark / And I feel pulled apart
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ALIVE AGAINRight off the bat the listener is treated to the lyric from which the album title is derived (“I see myself again / Behind the light I flicker“). This humble beginning chugs forward en route to becoming a turning point on the record. Despite of the woes expressed just recently, Phillips’ attitude buds through the avenues of the music and lyrics because of a person that has genuinely “made him feel alive again”. This may just be the results of the experiment proposed in “Raging Fire”, as the spark within him monumentally buds within the track through the musical arrangement. A soaring, powerful anthem, Phillips “throws out what makes him thin” even though “it lingers” inside of him still. Consequently, the track has a majestic-yet-restrained, stereotypical feel through the unusually smooth vocal from Phillips and the musical arrangement that resembles a power-pop ballad. Though, the notion that anything plaguing hides deep inside of him seems to be rejected as light sounds and intrinsic musical features (charicteristic of Phillips’ arrangements) hang prettily overhead his vocals like a starry night, and a powerful orchestral accompaniment below straps onto Phillip’s back like a jet pack to blast him into an uncertain future.

            Throw out what makes me thin / But the harder I try, it lingers
OPEN YOUR EYES – “I see who you are but don’t believe / You show a side you claim to be”. In this intimate yet powerful tune, Phillips encourages someone to stop their introverted, worried ways, because they both have only a limited time to be themselves (“For the moments we have in this life they will end”). He sings with the message that conformation to an outside source will dilute a person’s true being and put a restraint on what they can do and how they will think. Unlike the previous songs in the track, Phillips’ voice far overpowers the orchestra’s backing, which is a reflection of the bold message in the song. The orchestra is subtly heard in a beautiful undertone that facilitates the potential mental picture of flowers blooming. In the context of the album, it would make sense in the context of the album if “Open Your Eyes” was really meant to be just a memo for Phillips himself.
             It’s not too late to let it show / Cause it’s all yours
FOOL FOR YOU – Opening up with a orchestral beat resembling a pop ballad worthy of being played in shopping malls, this stereotypical sound is underlined by the classic Phillip Phillips’ orchestration of acoustic guitar and heavy percussion. “Everyday I wake up and I’m twisted in a dream / In between who I am and the things I want to be”.  He seems to musically toil with the fact that maybe he is softer and more vulnerable to conformation than he might’ve thought before. The song talks about a letter that Phillips’ romantic interest left for him to read. With the flowery language and the pleading message of love in the note, Phillips has his head in the clouds lyrically (while reading the letter) and musically, as shown in the disappearing act that the base and percussion perform during the first and the second choruses along with Phillips compassionate and excited vocal. Whether the message has depth or not, it influences Phillips, and he is obviously inclined to consider his love’s offer to “just hold on”.
            Everyday I wake up and I’m twisted in a dream / In between who I am and the things I want to be 
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Photo Credit ~ PhillipPhillips.com

THICKET – Beginning with a haunting and suspenseful array of fast moving violin melodies and many other wide-ranging sound effects, “Thicket” may resemble a dark Muse record to the avid listener. Though, Phillips puts his stamp on the arrangement at times including immediately after the first chorus, when all the instruments cut out to lead immediately into a spine-tingling acoustic guitar riff. Like the music, the lyrics intensify the almost-angry façade of the tune. A love interest slammed the door on a relationship between her and Phillips, and, after “giving her everything”, Phillips is confused as to why his love interest didn’t open her heart up to him as he did for her (I grabbed for your hand but you took it back / Trying hard not to let feelings show). As a result of the break up, Phillips is hurt and rather angry. As he opened his heart up for his love interest to see, she closed up hers and fired emotional bullets at the unarmed target. Nothing in the relationship was real, Phillips feels (Our love was just a dream, just a dream / With all my heart I gave you everything, everything), because he never really knew who his love interest really was. In the end, Phillips rather rationalizes the situation and realizes that the relationship itself was the real “thicket” (I felt I was the one to help pull you through / And I know, I know it’s alright / I found a way out, I found a way out). I would’ve personally appreciated a grittier vocal, similar to the one from “Trigger”, from Phillips for this occasion, but the instrumental majesties might just cover this up enough for it not to break the integrity of the track.
Is that all that’s there through the thicket of the leaves? / Yes, yes now you see / The bird flying out why don’t you jump and see where he leads
FLYPhillips reveals his inner struggle with self-identity with the second single off of the record. Wait. Let me clarify – I use the word “reveal” as a blanket term. Phillips doesn’t pen his words of struggle to a song like participation in a self-help support group. Rather, he blasts his soul onto the track’s substance to create an array of compelling colors to represent a rather inspirational fight against himself. Phillips finds it difficult to express himself in his own way (“I feel it’s hard to say what’s on my mind”), and that struggle propels him to fight against the realization that fitting oneself into the mold of society dilutes any personal motivation or conviction (“You think your fight is over / it’s only so much closer”). Backed up by an overpowering and convicting rock-band style accompaniment (which greatly differs from the orchestra that dominates the rest of the record), Phillips delivers a transparent vocal that shows his personal conviction within the issue.
Two-thousand faces here but I don’t mind / Am I the only one with a reason behind?
UNPACK YOUR HEART – A vast contrast from “Fly”, “Unpack Your Heart” starts intimately to the tune of a single acoustic guitar playing a pleasant, soft riff. Phillips starts with an encouraging message of trust and reassurance to a new love interest. Coming off of the breakup described in “Thicket”, Phillips now has a new knowledge and wisdom concerning relationships. In this way, this message to “Bring your secrets / bring your scars” serves as fine print to his new interest. He knows that secrets and masks in a relationship will, one way or another, make their way to a forefront. So, consequently, this is a more calloused, fear-ridden message than a bystander might catch. The accompanying arrangement is one of bravery and ambition, laced with high-flying strings and punchy bass. The “ba-da-da’s” at the end by Phillips seem a little much, but contribute to the fearful aspect of the track fittingly.
Oh, I’m on your side / She’d your shadow and watch it rise
FACE – “I know it’s all there / Why won’t you open up and let me in”. In this swanky, Western sounding tune, Phillip pleads with a love interest, presumably the one from “Unpack Your Heart”, to search deeper for the things inside of her heart that would make her and Phillips the perfect match. The only problem is that Phillips is the only one that sees these things (“I found what you need / Come on and give me what I want, a taste of you and me”). In the process of searching and looking deep into her heart, Phillip accidently opens the door to his, and it breaks as it “falls onto the floor” (“Cause you saw my heart / And you saw how much it broke”). Once that happens, Phillips has the attitude of “fool me twice, shame on me”, “brushes his heart off” and “walks out the door”, which one could picture as a dusty saloon door from the old Wild West with the way Phillips organized the airy, twangy instrumental orchestration. He also showcases a softer, more vulnerable and fragile side of himself with his use of his rarely-heard falsetto in the chorus. One of my favorite tracks on the record, Phillips provides an accidently-intimate moment for the listener, who chillingly gets a look of the darker features “behind the light” of Phillip Phillips.
I‘ll take it out of your head / I’ll take it out of your thoughts / give you a reason to stay / Give you a reason to not
MIDNIGHT SUN – The clincher to “Behind The Light” starts of with the bang of a full orchestral sounding string section playing an upbeat, optimistic tune slightly resembling that of an Imagine Dragons record. A grandiloquent realization of his past experiences, Phillips realizes that his “window that he cannot clean” is a part of him that should not be changed but, rather, should be embraced. “Oh my friend / Look how time has changed / the cracks in our skin”. Phillips comes to the realization that light and joy have real depth that only come by variations of building blocks of many different colors. Some are dark, some are mystical, and some are bright and showcase-worthy, but all of them form Phillips into who he is. Even though Phillips strives to be unique and individual with his being, he realizes that moments and experiences in life help enhance who he is, and he shows that through the shifting transformation of his music in this record. He encourages someone to “chase the midnight sun”, and to go after and cling to the things in life which are unknown and scary.
Look how time has changed / the cracks in our skin
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Some critical reviews of this album cite Phillips’ first LP (“The World from the Side of the Moon”) and “Behind the Light” and poke at the obvious differences of style and execution between the two projects. Ignorantly, they point to some Phillips quotes and past acts to make the latter album out to be a disappointment. Evidently, these people did not regard the lyrics and the messages of the record upon writing their reviews. It is not a perfect record — It usually makes me very weary to see so many power-ballad (per say) dominated songs dilute an album’s overhanging message and meaning. Though, Phillips manages this potential problem as beautifully as he can, making all the songs sound completely unique and putting an appropriate purpose to each sound made, from little to loud. Even though I would love one more intimate track on the record like the ones experienced on “World from the Side of the Moon”, “Behind the Light” proves to be a real statement and step forward for Phillips, who boldly proves that you don’t have to reside within the confines of a certain genre to express yourself through music. Maybe that is what’s ultimately “behind the light”.
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The ‘Deluxe Version’ of the album comes with three additional songs: the heartfelt “My Boy”, edgy “Don’t Trust Me”, and honest “Armless Crawler”.

Favorite Track(s) – Trigger, Unpack Your Heart, Face
Least Favorite Track – Fool For You (a VERY hard choice!)
One Word Description – Blossoming

Final Album Grade ~ A- 
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Excellent Musicianship, musical variety and innovation, fantastic lyrical expression, and thought-provoking storytelling through the entire record blast “Behind The Light” up to an A, but a few questionably delivered vocals and just a little imbalance on the powerful instrumental orchestrations flaw it just a little for a high A- grade.

The Amazing Spider-Man Movie Review

I love superhero movies. I’ve seen every Marvel superhero movie, however I was not a fan of this superhero movie. My brother and I were dying to see The Amazing Spider-Man 2. But once we got there, we were really upset with this movie.

 

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 follows the first movie, The Amazing Spider-Man, which stars Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacey. The movie is about Peter struggling to keep his promise to Gwen’s father by staying away from her. Peter constantly beats himself up in fear that if he loves Gwen, her life will be put out on the line. But he loves Gwen too much to leave her alone. Then there’s the pressure of being Spider-Man and saving every crime from the city. When Peter’s old friend, Harry Osborn, comes to him asking to see Spider-Man so he can be saved, Peter now faces more problems. Should he let Harry down by saying Spider-Man won’t help? Or give Harry the blood that he needs to live? Peter decides to turn Harry down which creates an enemy for Spider-Man.

 

But Peter has more problems added to his life, there’s a second villain in the picture. Jamie Foxx plays the incredible villain, Electro. Electro is a troubled villain. Before the accident causing him to gain his powers, he was a nobody with an obsession over Spider-Man. But when Electro believes that Spider-Man is trying to take all of the fame, he snaps. Now Spider-Man has two villains on his plate along with the struggle of staying away from the love of his life.

 

Sounds like a pretty intense movie? Wrong. Even with the two villains trying to destroy Spider-Man there was NO action. It was all romance. I know I’m all for the romance, but I was looking forward to seeing some butt kicking going on!
So, if you’re looking for a movie to see this weekend. I would recommend to not see The Amazing-Spider Man, unless you want to see more romance than action. This movie really disappointed me in the end.