AmyTownsend (amytownsend) wrote,

For Your Entertainment.

tainment in any form. Reading, music, television and movies. I just get so drawn into it all that i wish i was there in any given moment seeing and feeling what the characters do. Now i dont know if this is a reflection on me and my life or just that i enjoy it so much that i want a piece of it too.
So we will go through what i have been reading, watching and listening to of late. We'll start with television:

1. Friday Night Lights

Yes, yes, i know im a little behind seeing as they are in th
e fourth or fifth season in the states but we only have one season available here. I kept seeing stuff about the shows and its actors all over the celebrity sights that i went too and i knew that the girl that plays Jess in Supernatural was in it (as Tyra and she is sassy and brilliant) as was Taylor Kitsch who plays Pogue in The Covenant, and who i admit i have a bit of a crush on. He plays running back i believe in the show and i love him, he's just sort of blase towards everything, he knows he's good and hot but he doesnt put it on display like say, Smash, great name and he's a great character but i mainly love how him and his on screen mum interact. 'I love you mama' - 'I love you too baby.' 
It is based on the book and movie of the same name and it does take some direction from 'Remember the Titans' (which is one of my favourite movies) with their star Quarter back being paralyzed. but
still it makes for excellent viewing pleasure. The only thing that gets to me is a bit of a contradiction. Matt Saracen, sweet, cute kid and finding his feet on the field but all the stuttering and mumbling is getting a bit grating.
The DVD cover says 'One of the best acted, best produced, best written shows on television.' and i have to agree. Now though i have no idea how to get my hands on the other seasons and have them be playable here.

"Give all of us gathered here tonight the strength to remember that life is so very fragile. We are all vulnerable and we will all at some point in our lives fall; we will all fall. We must carry this in our hearts…that what we have is special. That it can be taken from us and that when it is taken from us we will be tested…we will be tested to our very souls. We will now all be tested. It is these times…it is this pain that allows us to look inside ourselves."

2. Kyle XY

Ok, yes i did finish watching this a little while ago and while i admit that i did enjoy it i can also see why the ABC cancelled it. It became more centered around teenagers and their never ending issues than it did with the whole mystery thing like it started. First off Matt Dallas is gorgeous, that smile, those eyes. Makes me go goo goo every time, but i found myself thinking that he wasnt a very good actor. But then i saw him in snippets of another show Eastwick (another ill fated journey for Mr. Dallas) and i realised that he doesnt always have to talk as robotically as Kyle. I think it was just part of Kyle's character.
So things that i loved about the show. The family for starters, i mean they are great, seriously, but nobody is that nice. Amanda and Jesse i only liked sometimes and Lori while fun was just no where near attractive enough for Declan. (Nor is Amanda for Kyle for that matter) I did get alot of amusement from Hilary though. But my favorite character by far was Josh. He was hilarious.
It was sad that the show had to end before things wrapped up and i think they made a big mistake by finishing it where they did (with Cassidy saying that him and Kyle were brothers) the ABC had to know in advance that they were being canceled and they should have done everything that they could to wrap it up for the fans. But never mind. A show that ended but a good show never the less.

"Memories are a way of keeping the past alive. Some are so painful that we never want to visit them again. But a memory can also be a gift, something we can open again and again in order to fill ourselves with happiness. And sometimes a moment becomes a memory the instant that its happening, because it is so true, so pure and so significant that you want to capture it forever."

3. One Tree Hill
Everybody knows how much i adore one tree hill. It is my favourite show, hand down and i have no idea why it wasnt so popular her in OZ. i was quite surprised by the fact that i didnt care so much that Lucas and Peyton werent coming back. I guess i was sick of their backwards and forwards all the time. And the marriage and pregnancy thing were, again, as always in television a bit of a stretch. But still, Sawyer Brooke Scott (almost as stupid as Renesmee) and mummy and daddy drive off into the sunset even though they are leaving all of their best friends behind.
Season 6 i greatly enjoyed. While Quentins death made me ball like a baby (a-la- season three 'With tired eyes, tired minds, tired souls we slept - Keith and Jimmy's death) the episode in which his funeral is in, 'Get cape, wear cape, fly' is spectacular, everyone acting is stand out. And the scene where Quentin's little brother stands with the team in his brothers jersey, so tiny. cry cry cry.  But its great to watch James Lafferty and how far he has come as an actor, and how far Nathan has come on the show. Another one of my fave's is where Nathan goes to trials and how the coach says 'Shame how you've let yourself go Nate.' Cuz day-um does Nate look fly or what.
I've never been a big Peyton fan and for the hottest girl in the school Hilarie Burton just doesnt fit the title and watching her hair go from long and blonde to this weird shade of red was really annoying. I still stand by season three Peyton with the short straight hair. That was her look.
Oh and just a note, Hayley and Nathan's sex scene and Peyton and Lucas's wedding. HOT!
Season 7 starts off a year and a half after season 6, mainly because Jackson Brundage, who plays the adorable Jamie was just starting to look to old for a 6 year old when he was pushing 10. Brooke and Julian are still together, Hayley is trying to save Red Bedroom Records with the departure of Peyton, Hayley's sister Quinn shows up announcing she is getting a divorce and a woman named Renee claims she slept with Nate on the NBA road and is 3 months pregnant with his baby. All very dramatic.
Character i dislike- Alex, girly, stupid annoying. And Millie is starting to get that way too.
As always Brooke is a Riot.

Quentin Fields was a basketball player. He was also a son, a brother... Somebody's teammate, somebody's friend. I didn't know Quentin Fields, and I guess now I never will. Did you ever wonder what it would be like if you weren't you anymore? If you were suddenly gone, how would your world react? Whatever you imagined is wrong. There's nothing romantic about death. Grief is like the ocean... it's deep and dark and bigger than all of us. And pain is like a thief in the night. Quiet, persistent, unfair... Diminished by time and fate and love. I didn't know Quentin Fields, but I'm jealous of him. Because I see how his absence has affected the people that did know him, so I know that he mattered to them, and I know he was loved. People say Quentin Fields was a great basketball player. Graceful, fluid, inspiring. They say on a good night it almost seemed that he could fly... and now he can.
OK so Bones, i got to admit i do watch this show for the interaction between Booth and Brennan. I wish they would just have sex already. Or maybe that has already happened. i am a little behind. I have all four seasons that are available and i love them. I am intrigued by all the technology and while Tempe and her lack of people skills is just becoming slightly north of stupid, David Borenaz and his portrayal of Seeley Booth rescue it.

"You love someone, you open yourself up to suffering, thats the sad truth. Maybe they'll break your heart, maybe you'll break their heart and never be able to look at yourself in the same way. Those are the risks. Thats the burden. Like wings they have weight, we feel that weight on our backs, but they are a burden that lift us. Burdens that allow us to fly."

Now we shall move onto books. I am a book worm, i will admit that. I love everything that comes with a book but mainly i just love how i can put myself in their world. Thats why i write, to escape. and also so i can make boys however i want! lol

So recent books.
1. Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater
i was hesitant at first about reading this book. the werewolf thing was what drew me in but their were mixed reviews and i think they were correct. It wasnt what i thought. And i thought the author rushed the love between Sam and Grace. Grace was attacked by wolves 6 years ago and technically, she learns that she should have turned into what Sam is, a wolf bound to change with the seasons until his time is up and he wont change anymore. Just remain a wolf forever. Sam is the one that saves Grace from his pack that day and he has watched her ever since, not that he really knows her, everything you remember as a human becomes more than foggy once you transform.
Now that Sam has been changed back even though he wasnt meant too, he needs to try and stay warm in order to stay human, and now that he has Grace he wants to remain human, forever. And to do this they must take drastic measures. They figure that the reason Grace never turned was because she was locked in a car, the heat so sweltering, but she didnt die. they adapt this theory to Sam and it works. a sequel is in the works and while i wouldnt give this book 5 stars i will definitely read it. 

"I am alone in the world, and yet not alone enough to make each hour holy. I am lowly in this world, and yet not lowly enough for me to be just a thing to you, dark and shrewd. I want my will and i want to go with my will as it moves towards action. And i want, in those silent, somehow faltering times, to be with someone who knows, or else alone. I want to reflect everything about you, and i never want to be too blind or too ancient to keep your profound wavering image with me. I want to unfold. I dont want to be folded anywhere, because there, where i'm folded, i am a lie." - Rilke

2. Evermore - Alyson Noel
Enter Ever Bloom, the soul survivor of a car crash that killed her mother, father, sister and dog. Since that crash she has been able to read peoples thoughts and see their 'aura's', a coloured cloud that surrounds them, giving away their mood and thoughts. She can also know everything by just touching a book for example, and gather someones life story by touching them. She also sees and talks to her dead sister on a regular basis.
Its not a new concept but the author rights it well. Teenage girls who read this will fall in love with Damen. Tall, dark, handsome, and as we learn, immortal. He has made Ever an immortal too, the day of the crash he saved her and it turns out that they have quite a history together, adding up to a total of 400 years where Damen has come across several different incarnates of Ever but each time she is killed but another rogue Immortal named Drina kills Ever each and every time because she can no longer have Damen.
although the idea is not original Alyson Noel makes it work and the love between Damen and Ever is believable.
The character of Miles is likeable whilst the character of Haven is one of the most annoying characters i have ever come across.
As an immortal you can 'manifest' things, anything you want, but it takes practice and as an immortal you must live on immortal juice. All a bit of a stretch and from the reviews ive read not a very popular book. In fact i cant even find a memorable quote to insert here, so its ruined my rhythm.
The second book in the series however, Blue Moon, is crap and i couldnt finish it.

3. Along For The Ride - Sarah Dessen
I am a fan of Sarah Dessen, granted this is only the second book ive read of hers but they always strike a chord with me. I know alot of teen books are based on issues but alot of the time the girls and guys say things that real people would never ever say and i think in a sense thats why we love them. Its why i love them! But with Sarah Dessen, there is no stretch everything can be believed as having been said.
Ok so Auden West is perfect, she's a straight A student, the daughter of divorced scholar parents, both writers, she just graduated from a school with no more than 100 students and doesnt know how to be a teenager. But thats never bothered her before.
Her father gets remarried and his new wife has just had a baby (Thisbe, the father believes that a names makes a person, stupid i know) and Auden has the sudden desire to go and spend the summer with her father, his new wife Heidi and baby Thisbe (who Auden affectionately nicknames Isby) at their house on the beach. There she meets, Maggie, Esther and Leah who while getting off to a rocky start ultimately become her friends. She makes out with Jake on the beach, which is very unlike her, on her first night there and then she meets Eli. Eli is older than Auden and lost his best friend in a car accident (Eli was driving) a year ago. Eli used to be a pro bike rider and had scholarships and everything, but since the accident he hasnt ridden, well in comps at least, Auden sees him late one night and Eli likes her because she doesnt give him the look that everyone else does because of what happened to Abe.
Neither sleeps at night. Audens insomnia is rooted from her parents fighting all the time and we have to assume that Eli's comes from the accident. Everyone is shocked to find that Eli and Auden talk and Auden has actually seen Eli ride and together they embark on a 'quest' to get Auden to do things she never did as a kid. go bowling, go clubbing, ride a bike.
Towards the end when things start to heat up between her and Eli, Auden gets scared and backs off, not sure of how to act. But of course everything works out for the best, and not just for Auden and Eli but for ever character in the book. I read this in a day. Fantastic.

"Watching him, I thought, not for the first time that night, that maybe it should have felt strange to be with him, here, now. And yet it didn't, at all. That was one of the things about the night. Stuff that would be weird in the bright light of day just wasn't so much once you passed a certain hour. It was like the dark just evened it all out somehow.
The night changed things, widening out the scope. What we said to each other, the things we did, they all took on a bigger meaning in the dark. Like time was sped up and slowed down, all at once."

4. Hush, Hush - Becca Fitzpatrick
I sadly and very much so judge books by their cover. if their is a boy and a girl then its a go ahead basically but i had to admit the cover of Hush Hush drew me in regardless of any reviews that i read. But come on it was about a fallen angel it had to be good right?
I did like this book, but like Shiver and Evermore the same thing about hush hush annoyed me. That one minute it was the male and female leads hating each other or not knowing each other and the next BAM they were in love.
Patch and Nora took a little longer to seal the deal but at the end of the day the undeniable attraction was there.
Patch is classic, a bad boy to the core, a rogue angel, fallen because he fell in love and wanted to be with the girl. Nora is the good girl and everything about Patch at the start irks her, his confidence, his attitude and even how good looking he is.
I really wanted to LOVE this book, i did. For a debut novel, though, its a solid effort. But i felt like all the revealing was left to the last minute. It was all a bit of a rush to reveal everything in a couple of chapters. Nora and Patch didnt get together early enough and frankly the whole Chauncey, half angel, half human, Nora being his decendant, Patch wanting to kill Nora but he needs to saver her at the same time *deep breath* all got a bit confusing especially since it was all blurted out in one hit instead of taking its time.
While i did like the fact that Patch didnt go all mushy and profess his love for Nora in each chapter (because he didnt at the start) part of you always secretly wants that
The thing thats annoying me with all these young adult reviews that im reading is that they are all saying that its a rip off of Twilight. Why because its always the guy who is immortal/vampire/fallen angel/werewolf, this is true. But unless his is a vampire then its going to be different. You cant just say that because the guy is a fabled creature/human and he falls in love with a girl that it is a rip off because let me tell you, vampires and other creatures falling in love with girls was around long before stephenie Meyer. But thats not to say that i dont adore the twilight series because i do i just wish people would stop looking at other books, scoffing and saying 'OMG, like, totally a copy of, like, twilight.' When they're not.
To be honest i think the authors are smart in writing in a genre that is hugely popular at the moment.
I like this book but i wanted to love it and i couldnt. I would still recommend it, just dont get your hopes up.
But kudos for the cover because its AMAZING!

"You're at a party, you see a girl who fits your profile. How do you let her know you're interested?"
"I study her." Patch said. "I figure out what she's thinking and feeling. She's not going to come right out and tell me, which is why i have to pay attention. Does she turn her body toward mine? Does she hold my eyes, then look away? Does she bit her lip and play with her hair, the way Nora is doing right now?"
Laughter rose in the room. I dropped my hands to my lap.
"She's game," Patch said, bumping my leg again. Of all things i blushed.
"The blood vessels in Nora's face are widening and her skin is warming," Patch said. "She knows she's being evaluated. She likes the attention, but she's not sure how to handle it."
"I am not blushing."
"She's nervous," Patch said. "She's stroking her arm to draw attention away from her fact and down to her figure, or maybe her skin. Both are strong selling points."
I nearly choked. He's joking. No he's insane.
Oh and just for your pleasure, the guy who is Patch on the cover: Drew Doyon.

Lets move onto the thing that keeps me going shall we.... music. Music is the driving force in my life. it has saved my soul more times than i would care to admit.

1. This Is War - Thirty Seconds To Mars
This album blew me away! I mean i have always been a fan so i bought this album when it was first released and cheap of Amazon and I am SO glad that i did.
I adore Jared Leto, i really do. i know that there is some quirkiness to him that gets him in the tabloids but he really has a gift. His voice has so much range and he can sound completely different in two separate songs.
So My favourite songs are tied.
1. Hurricane - Is one of the most moving songs that i have heard in a long time. i love it when you come across a song that you just want to listen to over and over and sometimes you even start it again before it finishes because you dont want it to finish. This is one of those songs, but the version with Kanye West is the one i like more, his autotuned voice fits better in this song than it does in any of his own and the little amount of screaming that Leto does in the song contrasts it perfectly. At the start i didnt know West was featured in the song. And im thinking 'Hmm, Leto sounds way different!' lol, now i know better.  Tell me would you kill to save a life? Tell me would you kill to prove you're right? Crash, crash, burn, let it all burn
This hurricane's chasing us all underground/ No matter how many deaths that I die I will never forget No matter how many lies that I live I will never regret There is a fire inside of this heart in a riot about to explode into flamesWhere is your god? Where is your god? Where is your god?
But for me the way that Leto's voice sounds in this part (Do you really want? Do you really want me? Do you really want me dead?Or alive to torture for my sins?) like his heart is actually being ripped from is chest (with West's voice in the background asking for a heartbeat. ) is the stand out moment on the record for me. Why they scratched this version from the final edition is beyond me.
Night Of the Hunter - Is my tie for first place. The beat is crazy infection and the french that translates to night of the hunter and i fear you like the devil, just make it sexier. the remix is a great work out song as well. Best part is Leto whispering Honest to God i will break your heart, tear you to pieces and rip you apart.
2. This Is War - The title track gets me with the lyrics mainly and the build up to the chorus. A warning to the people The good and the evil This is war To the soldier, the civillian The martyr, the victim. Another smart move by TSTM was to hold concerts for their hardcore fans to allow them to listen to some of the songs from the new album before it was released. their cheering is heard as a build up to the song starting at the beginning. awesome effect.
3. Closer to the Edge - Again its all in the beat. The guitars and the drums, ill tell you what Shannen Leto really has a gift. No no i will never forget no no i will never regret no no i will live my life.
4. Stranger In A Strange Land- This song starts off like you expect it to get heavier but then it calms down. But the music is infectious and it leads you in to wanting to listen to the whole song. Enemy of mine, ill fuck you like the devil Violent inside, beautiful and evil. Is a good way to start i think as we dont usually hear TSTM swear. Once the first verse is done it gets back into the heavier beat.
5. Search and Destroy - Excellent bassline and constant drum beat. This song is good, as are the lyrics but the part that makes me like it the most is the choir they have in the background, not singing lyrics but more like 'oh-ah-oh-ah' at one point towards the end of the song, the go completely over Leto, its fantastic.
6. Kings and Queens - The first single is not the stand out for me, though it is still good. and once again using the choir/crowd is a wise move.
The rest of the album features a much slower tune which i dont think really suits Leto's voice and also a instrumental which features the chanting of monks. Another unusual choice.
I adore this album i really do. i have listened to nothing else for three weeks now.
2. Timbaland - Shock Value II
To be perfectly frank this whole album disappointed me. I mean i know Shock Value was alot to live up too but this wasnt very good.
The stand outs are
1. Morning After Dark Feat So Shy and Nelly Furtado. - Ill admit that i do like So Shy's voice. And the song has a cool beat. This is the first released song. and i dont think its doing to well either.
2. Carry Out. Feat Justin Timberlake - Carry Out is the stand out track, as expected when JT and Timbo get together. though i dont really understand the point of the song, "
Take my order because your body like a carry out." do people actually say that. On top of that this is the only song that JT features on unlike the first record which was just as much his as it was Timbo's.
3. If We Ever Meet Again - Feat Katy Perry - Timbo said he wanted something like BEP's I gotta feelin' on his album. Well his attempt is a FAIL. its ok till it gets to the chorus then its just awful
4. Lose Control Feat JoJo- Really really like this track. Its catchy, and is more like Shock Value's sound. And JoJo has a great RnB voice.
5. Ease of the Liquor is the song that Timbo does by himself and its pretty average.
6. Tomorrow in a Bottle feat Chad Kroeger - The song isnt too bad but Chad's voice just doesnt suit the Hip Hop sound. Timbo sounds pretty good though.
7. Long Way Down feat Daughtry - Why did Timbo get rock people for a hip hop record. My mind just cant get around that. He even has a electric guitar riff overruling the hip hop beat. again not awful but not Timbo's sound if you ask me.
8.We Belong to the Music feat. Miley Cyrus - This is were Timbo went waaaaaaaaaaaay wrong. Do you think 21 year old guys are going to want to be playing hip hop through their subwoffers in their skylines and then hear Miley Cyrus come on. Big Mistake. Having said that, i like this song better than the one with Katy Perry's song and i do like Miley's voice even if i hate her.
9. Can You Feel It feat Sebastian and Esthero - Catchy, another of the sound outs on the record.
10.Symphony feat Bran'Nu, Attitude & D.O.E - This is my fave track behind carry out and tying with Lose Control. Timbo sounds like his has a cold in his part but Attitude and D.O.E sound great and Bran'Nu (Previously known as Brandy) does a great job rapping.
11. Meet In The Middle feat Bran'Nu - is again another fine example of Brandy's ability to rap. She is to Shock Value II as Keri Hilson was to Shock Value. i also love how she raps and uses her normal singing voice they sound great next to each other and you would never think that they are the same person.
He tries to do another 'Apologise' with One Republic but it doesnt work. Say Something with Drake has the potential to be really good, but its all Drake. Dont even get me started on what is up with Timothy Where you Been feat Aussie Band Jet.
All in all i am disappointed but i will still listen to the stand outs. Who knows, it might grow on me.


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