Britney Spears announced on twitter that she has begun production on her eighth full-length studio album and so naturally I celebrated that fact by listening to a lot of her past works, duh. It was also the week of Christmas which made it a lot of listening to Aventures in Odyssey as well, which I'll admit is kinda extreme set of opposites in the top 2. DJ Earworm also released his annual mash=up of the top 25 hits from the past year, as well as the accompanying music video mash up which an be found on his Youtube. It's not as good as last year's but it's still an admirable and decent mashup.
What I Watched
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Seeing as the family went to see 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy on Christmas for three consecutive years before, we decided to follow up the tradition by starting to watch the first of the planned trilogy this past Christmas with mom, dad and Rachel. Speaking of which, Rachel was proposed to and became engaged to her boyfriend of the past two years-ish and will be getting married two months afer Tommy and Kate's weddding, on July 20th. It was OK, to be honest I didn't know much about the book the movie was based off of but it was really well shot and had a good pacing to it. A lot of the movie critics criticized it for being stretched too long and dragging but at least in my experence it didn't seem so. It was also very thrilling to see with all of the CGI special effects that were added to it, but to be honest it's not one of my favorite movies - of the year or of all time. It was very well done, but uh not OMG amazing.
This past Saturday I also ended up going to See 'Les Miserables' with my parents and I have to say, this will be one of the big contenders for the Oscars next month. It was really well done and was supported by a very strong cast led by Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway. Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried were the weakest two cast members in an otherwise strong ensemble cast and to be honest I don't remember everything from the original production to know what they added but it was very limited/subtle. The fact that they had live vocals instead of pre-recorded vocals was very risky but was successful in the execution of the risk. It was gorgeously shot, with beautiful costumes and sets and unlike 'The Hobbit' this is one that I liked and will want to see again sometime soon, even if it is long and recquires a lot of paying attention since everything is literally sung. I would be fine if Anne Hathaway even won an Oscar for her portayal of Fantin, to be honest. If you haven't checked it out then go see it, it's well worth it. :-)