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Dec. 13th, 2013

the hobbit, martin freeman, bilbo baggins

The 12 Days of My Favorite Christmas Songs and Covers {Day 1}


"Carol of the Bells (For 12 Cellos)" by ThePianoGuys

A recent addition to my holiday playlist, ThePianoGuys give a really unique interpretation of one of my all-time favorite Christmas songs. The fact that it's done entirely with cellos is really great as well - I just adore string instruments. Jumping back and forth between 3/4 time and 4/4 time, they also include strands of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman" - another enjoyable Christmas song - and the two mesh surprisingly well.

*Also posted on my tumblr*

Nov. 18th, 2013

the hobbit, martin freeman, bilbo baggins

Clock Tower 3 ~ A Day by Day Playthrough (Part 3)

Okay, I've managed to find out where to go and was able to get Dorothy's shawl. I also got chased again several times by Corroder. The chase wouldn't last for long though, 'cause as soon as I entered one of the previous areas, the showdown began. I'll admit I was a bit surprised at Alyssa's responses to Corroder's threats. When she was facing down Sledgehammer, she was terrified beyond all means -but now with Corroder, she was spitting threats right back and saying that she was going to destroy him. Talk about a real change. As for the boss battle itself, it oddly seemed a bit easier than the first one...then again, it's probably 'cause I'm getting better with working the bow.

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(With faith, trust, and a few electric pixie dust arrows, you can kick so much ass.)

I managed to beat him in one try - although granted, my health was down to near-nothing, but that's beside the point. So after taking him down, I finally got to return Dorothy's shawl and free hers and Albert's spirits. Yay!

But don't expect things to continue happily, 'cause Alyssa gets thrown back into the present, where she's greeted once again by the Dark Gentleman - who acknowledges that she managed to defeat two subordinates. Then suddenly, everything's in an uproar as the house breaks apart and the infamous clock tower finally appears, in a rather interesting cutscene. (By the way, I want to take this moment to mention how awesome the music is in this game. I'd love to get my hands on the soundtrack.) Once the clock has emerged and Alyssa's been dropped onto the top of it, the Dark Gentleman appears again and start going off about how in just a few hours, Alyssa's 15th birthday will arrive and that the two of them will be united forever. There's no in-game explanation at the moment (but remember, I stupidly spoiled the ending for myself) as to why this creepy old gent wants to hook up with a soon-to-be-fifteen-year-old, but it's still awkward to say the least. Oh, and he tells Alyssa that her mother's been killed by a subordinate.

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(Age is just a number, my ass.)

He then proceeds to throw her off the tower, and by some miracle, she survives.

After that, we get to say hello to our third subordinate: Chopper!

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(May I axe you a question? Mind if I cut in?)

While once again, he's not as terrifying as Sledgehammer in appearance and behavior, Chopper makes up for it in speed and stealth. 'Cause unlike the previous two, there is no warning music to alert you of Chopper's presence - he just shows up out of nowhere - and when you're in your a dark, confined sewer, that's still pretty scary. So, after grabbing a few items and evading him several times, I decided to call it a night.

More thoughts coming soon!

Nov. 17th, 2013

the hobbit, martin freeman, bilbo baggins

Clock Tower 3 ~ A Day by Day Playthrough (Part 2)

This entry won't be as long, as I didn't have the time to progress as far yesterday as I did the day before.

Anyway, after some more poking around and finally figuring out what to do next, (with a little help from a walkthrough - which I hate using, but sometimes you have no choice) we now have finally encountered our next subordinate: Corroder.

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(No! I don't wanna take a bath!)

I'll have to say, that despite the horrific scene that we just witnessed, where he drowns Dorothy and Albert in an acid bath; Corroder isn't quite as frightening as Sledgehammer. I think it's 'cause of his voice, but I'm not entirely sure. But despite not being as terrifying, Corroder's still very much of a threat, as the spaces are more enclosed and his attacks are slightly more lethal. (Not sure if that's the best word to use, seeing as how one of his attacks is something akin to a butt slam, but it does it's damage.)

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(What? You thought I was kidding?)

One awesome thing though, is that when you throw holy water on him - as opposed to just flipping out, like Sledgehammer did, Corroder actually bursts into flames upon contact. He then jumps around screaming "hot! hot!" (Which I would find hilarious, if I wasn't so busy being scared for my life.) I have to say though, I am slightly bothered by how dark the areas are. It makes it really difficult to find where you need to go - especially 'cause the doors blend into the walls. A minor complaint, but it doesn't detract from the game too much.

I'm afraid I haven't progressed too far beyond this point. I've opened new areas, and found some new items; but at the moment, I'm mostly running in circles, trying not to get killed. Hopefully, I'll accomplish more tasks the next time I play, so hopefully the next entry will be longer and more interesting than this one.

Nov. 16th, 2013

the hobbit, martin freeman, bilbo baggins

Clock Tower 3 ~ A Day by Day Playthrough (Part 1)

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Yesterday, I was finally able to get my hands on "Clock Tower 3", a game released in 2003 for the PS2. I haven't played too many games in the survival horror genre, so I thought CT3 would be a unique experience. But despite seeing some cutscenes and gameplay footage, I still wasn't fully prepared for the heart-pounding (literally!) tension of this game.

The main reason that this game has so much tension, is due to the fact that you have no weapon in which to kill your enemies. The closest thing you have is a bottle of holy water - which you only get 3 uses to start out with. After that, you need to go to a fountain or sacred jar to refill. You are able to get more uses with every clover pendant piece you collect. After the first cutscene, we get the introduction with Alyssa and her meeting with a mysterious (well, not so mysterious for me, 'cause I've seen the ending and ruined some details) figure known only as The Dark Gentleman...and he seems to already know Alyssa...really know Alyssa...

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(Stranger danger! Stranger danger!)

We are then thrown in to WWII-era London, and this is where we learn the story about a young pianist named May and her father. That's where we also meet out first subordinate: Sledgehammer.

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(Stop! Hammertime!)

Sledgehammer is what I'd like to call a "terrifying nuisance" - meaning that at first, he's pretty scary, but then, as he keeps showing up again, he starts to get annoying - particularly when you're trying to scout the area in search of an item or a door. But at this point, the scariness outweighs how annoying he is - mainly because Sledgehammer would come seemingly out of nowhere, which really threw me off-kilter - and this is coming from someone who doesn't typically get scared from horror games! For example, when I entered the tailor's shop again after escaping the first time, I thought I was safe - clearly I was wrong! I had barely been in the room for two seconds when suddenly the doors burst open and in came the Sledgehammer! I honestly can't remember the last time I screamed so loudly. After a few more minutes of trying to evade this guy, I had to turn off the game because my heart was still pounding and I was even a bit shaky.

After a short break, I went ahead and turned it back on again. After a while, I became more used to his chasing (he's really speedy for such a big guy!) and what I needed to do. Soon, I finally reached the point where I needed to face him head-on with the only actual weapon in the game: the Rooder Crossbow.

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(Which looks nothing like an actual crossbow.)

Don't rejoice yet - you only get to use this weapon in the boss battles and despite finally having a chance to fight back with one, I do have one complaint about it: you can't turn when you aim. When you aim at an enemy, you're stuck looking in that direction - which wouldn't be as much of a problem if you didn't have to charge it up to get a decently powerful attack. (Also, am I the only one who thinks Alyssa's arrows look like they're made of pixie dust? I couldn't stop cracking jokes about it.) Other than that though, the battle system wasn't too bad. He certainly was a challenge though, as it took me 4 tries to finally beat him - and damn, did it feel good when I finally did.

I'm now working through the next level "Ghost Town". Hopefully I'll post more thoughts soon, 'cause I'm really enjoying the game!

Nov. 11th, 2013

dance central, miss aubrey, made by me

TV Show Recommendation of the Month: Sleepy Hollow

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I don't normally watch tv very much, but this one has definitely caught my attention. The writing is fantastic and the cast has great. The writers have added a very imaginative twist to the traditional "Sleepy Hollow" story by including things such as the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Despite only being on for about a month or two, this show has gained a pretty big fanbase and has already been renewed for a second season. So let's hope Fox doesn't cancel this one prematurely.

Jul. 19th, 2013

dance central, miss aubrey, made by me

Mystery Legends: The Phantom of the Opera {Initial Thoughts/Demo Play}


I just finished up the demo of "Mystery Legends: The Phantom of the Opera" and from what I've played, I'm hooked. You can read my first thoughts from the first half-hour of my initial playthrough here: http://fairytalelagoon.tumblr.com/post/55892687885/mystery-legends-the-phantom-of-the-opera-first

Jun. 3rd, 2013

dance central, miss aubrey, made by me

The Devil's Carnival (2012) - Brief Thoughts

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I've been meaning to see this movie for a while now and was finally able to. Here's some brief thoughts on it. Hopefully I'll do a full review in the future.

(Once again, copied from my tumblr: http://fairytalelagoon.tumblr.com/)

"- Most of the songs were pretty good (“Grief”, “Beautiful Stranger”  and “Penny for a Tale” were among my favorites)

- Loved the camera work and atmosphere

- Paul Sorvino has the perfect voice for singing 1930’s-esque songs (I do hope we see/hear more of him in the next installment)

- Emilie Autumn is perfect

- Ivan Moody is also perfect

- I think I might be a little bit in love with Sean Patrick Flanery and his voice now

- Bill Moseley was adorable - I’m a little saddened he didn’t have a song, or at least more screen time

- I don’t think I could think of a better person to play Lucifer than Terrance Zdunich - he gave a fantastic performance

- Marc Senter also gave a fantastic performance, he was very enjoyable to watch

- The rest of the cast of great as well

Hopefully, I’ll be able to do a proper review sometime, but like I said, it’s way too late and I’m way too tired right now. If you’re curious how I’d rate it, I’d probably give it a 7/10 at the most. The only real issue I had with it (that I can think of off of the top of my head) is that it was too short. I wish they could spent a little more time fleshing out John, Tamara and Ms. Merrywood’s stories. Other than that though, I liked it."

Jun. 1st, 2013

dance central, miss aubrey, made by me

Constantine Maroulis' "Confrontation" - My First Impression

(Post copied from my tumblr, (http://fairytalelagoon.tumblr.com/) 'cause I'm too lazy to rewrite what I've already said.)

"I decided to take a look at this after seeing a clip of it in pawdugan’s review of “Jekyll & Hyde” and honestly, I have a love/hate relationship with this. I give them props for trying something new, but at the same time, I still have problems with it.

First off, I do love the concept with Jekyll arguing with his own reflection and the shattered mirror effect. Visually, it’s stunning and certainly creates a hellish atmosphere. Constantine’s vocals are good for the most part and his acting isn’t too bad. Although, I think out of the two sides, he does better as Jekyll. (More on Hyde below.) I like the accent he puts on, it gives the song an interesting twist. I don’t have any objection to the new instrumentals either, I kind of like the added percussion.

But on the other hand, having Hyde prerecorded kind of takes away the “solo duet” of these two characters and the challenge that the actors must take on to personify these two people successfully in such a short period of time. Another issue I have with Hyde being prerecorded is that with the added distorted/demonic vocals, he’s damned near impossible to understand 50% of the time. (That of course could also be due to the live recording, but that’s beside the point.) Also, the rock scream-like vocals during “on! on! ON!” and at other points of the song really irritate me as well. I understand that this revival is meant to be more of a “rock opera” take on the 90’s musical, but I think some of the vocal changes are overdoing it.

Overall, this version isn’t terrible, just different. I know I sound more negative than positive about this, but I really do recommend at least giving this version a try. Constantine really isn’t that bad, a part of me does like him. I wouldn’t call him (or this version of “Confrontation”) a favorite, though. But I liked it better the second time I watched this, so who knows? Maybe it’ll grow on me."

May. 10th, 2013

dance central, miss aubrey, made by me

"The Secret of Moonacre" (2008) - A Brief Review

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"The Secret of Moonacre" (2008)
I finally had the chance to sit down and watch this all the way through! What were my thoughts on it? Well, you can read a brief review here: http://fairytalelagoon.tumblr.com/post/50097302995/i-finally-got-to-see-the-whole-thing-of-the-secret-of

May. 3rd, 2013

Music, Disney, Ariel

Theatre Treasure of the Week: "Moonfall"

Oh, wow! This is one musical that I wasn't sure I'd be able to ever see the original cast footage of. Here it is - "Moonfall" from the Original 1986 Broadway Cast of "Drood"! Performed here by the lovely Patti Cohenour as Rosa Bud. This is simply a gorgeous song. (Now if I could just see "The Name of Love/Moonfall (Reprise)" with her and Howard McGillian, my life would be complete!)

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