You would think that would make this easier to write considering I’ve had a whole seven days to get over the initial excitement about Symphony Soldier. We waited three years for August 23rd, 2011. It came and has since been gone, yet here I am still as excited as if listening to the album for the first time - though I’m already 130+ plays in. Everyone was posting these track-by-track reviews/thoughts about Symphony Soldier and I wanted to join in but felt I couldn’t. I was still too emotional about it. Guess some things won’t ever change. That’s what’s so great about Symphony Soldier. It will always be like you’re listening to it for the first time.
“The Band? The Chem Boys are the nicest bunch of guys you could possibly meet … dedicated, inspired, modest, appreciative, considerate, and with all the crackling electricity of a touring unit just reaching a peak of perfection. That goes for the entire crew too … who all made me feel totally at home - even making triply sure that I knew where the pyro was going to go off, and where I needed to be to be safe. This band, in my opinion, is very talented. And they have the courage of their convictions. They have had, like us in the early days, more than their fair share of negativity hurled at them … but that goes with the territory … the territory of revealing yourself in your art. Gerard as a front man is magnificent, of course - his honesty and vulnerability - along with the right kind of instinct for being a hero - connects instantly with the audience, reminding me quite a bit of a certain other great front man I worked with for many years.”—Brian May on My Chemical Romance (via vindicta)
“The sound shivers through the walls, through the table, through the window frame, and into my finger. These distraction-oholics. These focus-ophobics. Old George Orwell got it backward. Big Brother isn’t watching. He’s singing and dancing. He’s pulling rabbits out of a hat. Big Brother’s holding your attention every moment you’re awake. He’s making sure you’re always distracted. He’s making sure you’re fully absorbed… and this being fed, it’s worse than being watched. With the world always filling you, no one has to worry about what’s in your mind. With everyone’s imagination atrophied, no one will ever be a threat to the world.”—Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk
It was amazing to see Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr as young men full of pain and hope…Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy were brilliantly cast. They were perfect. Seeing the young mutants, the first group, seeing the plot lines tie together (not so much for me, as I’m familiar with the comics, but definitely for my brother and dad.)
I also loved the parallels drawn between Erik’s treatment at the hands of the Nazi regime and the treatment of mutants at the hands of the humans. Also, this is nothing new, but it was so easy to draw parallels to the treatment of the LGBTQ community.
Plus, McAvoy and Fassbender had great chemistry.
It was one of my favourite superhero movies. It had a great story, awesome action sequences, and had a lot of heart.
I was trying to put this under a read more, but the cuts aren’t working. If you haven’t seen the episode yet, keep scrolling! This is full of spoilers!
Well, I thought it was a brilliantly funny episode. Hitler in a cupboard, River going “shopping”….very entertaining. The entire Hitler thing was totally unrelated to the storyline, but Rory punching Hitler was a wonderful scene, and I absolutely loved the initial scene between River and the Doctor. That was some pretty heavy hate flirting.
The “Mels” character, or I suppose pre-regeneration River, was very fun. The entire conversation between Rory and Amy in the past about whether or not Rory was gay? I was rolling on the floor laughing. (Relatedly, is it just me or did Rory get even better looking? He looks almost rugged.)
The River storyline has been wrapped up I guess, and honestly I’m not happy about how quickly it ended. I was expecting more of a characteristic chase and gradual reveal. Plus, I can’t believe that she was moved to save him and that she’ll continue trying to kill him. Those two things just don’t work out. I’m sure there’s some more things to be revealed, but I thought this was almost…clumsy.
All in all though, I loved the episode. It was very heart-rending, and I think for the first time we saw that the Doctor is honestly and truly in love with River. They’ve always flirted and there was always that tension and hints of a future together, but in this episode we saw how much he cared.
This one doesn’t get a video because it’s not out of theaters yet.
When Harry Potter goes into the forest, it’s utterly heartbreaking. Back to what I said in the post about Armageddon-heroics really get me. Self sacrifice breaks my heart. Harry goes to his death bravely because it is the only way to save everyone he loves. His parents, Sirius, and Lupin are all there to be with him, but at the end he is alone. I’ve never cried so hard at a movie.
Who put that rock in your chest, won’t you tell me? If I said I wished you the best, I was lying. Waking up just brings me down, Cause every morning you are nowhere to be found. My bed is half empty, not half full. I’d rather live with broken bones, than lay here all on my own like a lovesick fool.
Baby, I’m living louder Dreaming longer tonight And baby I’m fighting harder And loving stronger tonight Yeah we’re all just kids Who grew up way too fast ‘Cause the good die young But the great will always last We’re growing older But we’re all soldiers tonight