Aug 29, 2011

Some ugly people


It's such a shame how they are all so ugly. And none of them is sexy at all. Such losers, can't even dress well. And Darren clearly wasn't undressing Chris with his eyes. So boring and ugly and not at all hot.

Aug 25, 2011

First promo for season three


Well, yeah. It's nothing amazing, really, and I long for some actual video material. Still, it's Glee and it's fun and and it has all the old faces in it and Beiste is awesome, so I'm happy.

BUT I NEED MORE.

Aug 24, 2011

Glee: The 3D Concert Movie / because experiencing it once is not enough


How freaking lucky it was that this movie happened to open less than a week after I arrived to the US? And as it only runs for two weeks, I easily could've missed it. But I didn't! It didn't play in my city, but we happened to make a little trip to Wichita, where it did play. (I expected film tickets to be cheaper here, but they really weren't; 13 dollars for a 3D showing, so not much difference to Finland's prices.)

Glee: The 3D Concert Movie is a sort of a documentary concentrating on the tour the cast of Glee did this spring and summer. We see most of the performances, get a glance of what happened on backstage and hear from the fans. More than once I almost began to sing along, or applaude after a number, because it was easy to forget that you were in a movie theatre, and not actually there, looking at the concert live. After it was over, I left the theatre humming Raise Your Glass and found myself smiling stupidly for the rest of the day.


All of the live performances were shown, except for Dog Days Are Over. Oh and Single Ladies! Nooo! It was the only thing I was left missing. Luckily I could go to YouTube right now and see several versions of it there. Yeah, I'm actually going, just a moment... Back now! Let's get on with it.

There were so many awesome things about seeing the live performances again. 1) Hearing Glee music is always awesome. 2) Hearing Glee music with a superb sound reproduction system is even more so. 3) In the concert you couldn't really concentrate on the little details happening on stage. Now you could see the little wrinkles around Lea Michele's eyes when she reaches for a high note in Firework, and Kevin McHale and Mark Salling goofing around during a group number. 4) Although the concert on screen wasn't the same one I saw, it took me back to that night in June and the memories were sweet. 5) YouTube videos are great, but a huge canvas and 3D glasses are even better. A huge, three-dimensional Heather Morris doing I'm A Slave 4 U made me quite happy. Hehe.


There wasn't enough behind-the-scenes material. Though I doubt nothing would be enough for me, as those people are just so lovable and adorable and funny and I could look at and listen to them for hours and hours and hours. The biggest surprise was that the blond Warbler with the cool haircut can actually talk! And other Warblers, as well! They were funny, too.

I also wanted so much more Chris. All he said was 'Thank you for loving me'. Though I think that pretty much sums it all up. That's all that wonderful man needs to say.


In between the numbers and behind-the-scenes materirial there various clips of fans declaring their love for Glee and naming their favourite characters and other things in the show. With some we looked a little deeper. Three young people described how Glee has affected their lives and improved them, or pretty much saved them. It was the good old American sentimentality, constructed in the familiar dramatized way, but still, I did find the stories quite inspirational and moving. This country is making even more of a wuss, haha.

Say what you want and call me what you wish, but I firmly stand behind my opinion that Glee is a real life-saver. Maybe it was mostly love for money that made this movie happen, but I think it's also love for something true and real and human. Glee rocks, period, and if any TV series was ever even to come close to saving the world, it would no doubt be Glee.
 

Aug 6, 2011

Next stop: somewhere over the rainbow


I'm so listening to this on the plane tomorrow... Hopefully it'll calm my nerves and the nine and a half hours will just fly by! No pun intended.

If you don't know where I'm going and why, and want to, do click here.

Aug 5, 2011

20/20 of my favourite musical numbers in season 2

Part 1 here.

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10. Teenage Dream / Never Been Kissed

I recently chose Teenage Dream as the most memorable performance of the season, for being new, unexpected and kind of revolutionary. I still granted it 'only' place number ten, because I've heard it one or two many times, and it hasn't endured time as well as some others have. Still, it's a freaking legend! And it gets a whole lot of extra points for the context. We've met Kurt's future BF like thirty seconds ago, but he doesn't wait along: he immidiately proceeds to blow our minds by channelling that inner rock star we'd lated get to know more than well. And whoops! There goes Kurt! And the rest of the world with him. We've been there since.


9. I Feel Pretty/Unpretty / Born This Way

Recently voted as the best Glee song of all time, I ranked Unpretty quite high, too, mainly for reasons stated also in this post. It's the clever mash-up, the relatable contex (not that I've even been planning to make my nose to like my friend's, but you know), the important message and the surprise over me liking a Rachel/Quinn duet.


8. Don't You Want Me / Blame It On The Alcohol

The Rachel Berry House Party Trainwreck Extravaganza culminates in the killer duet by drunken-thus-horny Rachel and drunken-thus-bi-curious Blaine. It's one of my favourite Glee songs to crazily dance to. And Rachel's dress in its horribleness and ridiculousness is nearly a legend.


7. Blackbird / Original Song

Kurt singing slow, sad songs is magic. Colfer's voice is made for them. He does Broadway well, of course, but nothing beats this stuff. Kurt sang Blackbird to honour the memory of Pavarotti, and even though the bird's passing didn't necessarily arise any melancholic feelings in me, Kurt's song touched me like it has every time since. And it made Blaine realize something highly important. So, + 10000000000 points for the context.


6. River Deep, Mountain High / Duets

Ooooh girls, you rock so haaaaaaaard! Santana and Mercedes click perfectly together in this; their voices and their badass characters. This is the catchiest song of all time, period. I was again listening this while driving a car this week, but unfortunately I was on motorway so I couldn't pull over to dance. Did my best sitting down, though. Hopefully I didn't cause too many dangerous situation with my personal little party.


5. Baby, It's Cold Outside / A Very Glee Christmas

This is the sweetest thing ever, and I will take no arguments. Also, everything I said here in the 'Most ground-breaking moment' category. Come December, I again get to listen to this song and watch the clip at least twice a day, without it being weird.


4. Valerie / Special Education

This is Santana's first real moment to shine, and isn't she just fantastic! Anything with even a fingerprint of Amy Winehouse is perfect for that voice and personality. The choreography is awesome, and boy oh aboy, Brittany and Mike kick ass like never before.


3. Born This Way / Born This Way

With Born This Way it's not the song as much as it is the performance and the context. The song is not really that great, although it's catchy and has a great and beautiful message. But the number itself is simply brilliant.  I'm the hugest fan of those t-shirts, and Kurt, aaaaah man, he's just so smokin' that I can't believe it. Seeing this number always makes me feel happier and an inch better about myself. Oh, all those epic private dance sessions me and this song have lived together... And what do you know, this ended up being my favourite ND group number of the season. They so would've taken Nationals with this.


2. Somewhere Only We Know / Born This Way

Talk about addiction... I loved this song long before I'd actually heard it, as I knew it would be like made for me, and oh much I've been listening to this and loving it more and more every time. The wonderful melody with the Warbler treatment and beautiful lyrics, Darren Criss's dreamy voice... And the beautiful context, with the Warblers singing this to Kurt as a goodbye, and Kurt's "I'm never saying goodbye to you", and Blaine's longing but accepting look as he leaves Kurt among his friends, where he belongs. Aw, love love love it. It's a bit sad, but so, so, SO beautiful.


1. I Want To Hold Your Hand / Grilled Cheesus

In the end, there wasn't much inner argument about which musical number should be number one. It was pretty clear from the start. I Want To Hold Your Hand is in my opinion one of the best, most creative and genius covers Glee has ever done. The original Beatles song is obviously a happy, upbeat song about optimistic, young love, but in Glee it has turned into a thoroughly touching and emotional message from boy to his sick father. Add the angel-like voice of Chris Colfer, and what you get is not far from perfection. My devotion to listening to this song every time I hear it could be described almost as religious. Like, I will most probably stop talking or doing whatever I'm doing, and dedicate those minutes to this wonderful, wonderful song.


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There you go, then. Protests? Finally let us have a moment of silence in honour of all those songs I really wanted to slip into the list, but couldn't. They include, for example, Raise Your Glass (!), Misery (!), Fat Bottomed Girls (!), Blame It (!), Tik Tok, Friday, Go Your Own Way, I Follow Rivers, Singing In The Rain/Umbrella, Losing My Religion... Looks like I should have done a TOP 30. Luckily I've already published part one, so I can't change it any more. The most important ones are on the list anyway, and I'm quite happy with my TOP 10, at least.

Aug 4, 2011

Dianna Agron, a potential world-saver


I just stumbled across a Tumblr post by Dianna Agron, and was quite moved by it. (Wandering around the internet is just one of these things I happen to be doing while I'm supposed to be packing...) It's filled with love and wise words, and it made me quite happy. Just the reminder that there are people out there who care and are passionate enough to talk about these highly important things... It's not only Glee that is inspirational, it's also the people in it. Dianna Agron, for one, might just have the potential to save the world a few times over. Yay, woman! My respect for you just soared straight through the roof.

"We are each other’s children. Unless someone has committed a violent or hateful act, why should we judge? We can so quickly resort to anger, often, the product of a whole other issue. Most often, an issue with our own self."

Aug 3, 2011

10/20 of my favourite musical numbers in season 2

NB! 1: This is the first part of me listing my favourite musical numbers of the past season. It's the combination of the song, the performance, and the context that I look at. A list of my favourite songs might be a whole lot different. Maybe.

NB! 2: I keep changing my mind all the time. This list lives constantly on my mind, but I just had to froze it at some point and promise myself not to mess with the ranking anymore. But it's not 100% accurate. And I feel sorry for some songs. And all the time songs that I didn't include keep popping in my head and I feel I should've included them. And some lucky bastards are ranked better than I right now feel they'd deserve. Damn them.
 
NB! 3: As a protest, I didn't include any original songs. Hell To The No might really deserve a place here, or even Loser Like Me for that killer performance, but nah ah. Twenty isn't enough anyway. It's a lot for a list, but still not nearly enough.

NB! 4: I was freely biased when choosing the songs. The selection is not very diverse, and the emphasis is clearly on a certain few characters, but at least I resisted my urge to include every single Warbler song ever made (and that was painful! Had to make some serious sacrifices). Still, mostly this is just me being totally and shamelessly partial. Ha ha haa!

Anyways, do take a look.

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20. Time Warp / The Rocky Horror Glee Show

It's goofy and freaky and insane and balding. And somehow it fits Glee perfectly! More than once I've found myself humming the song and doing the crazy dance moves.


19. My Man / Funeral

Rachel knows her ballads, that's common knowledge. Her whole-hearted serenade to 'her man' (who that might be, I wonder?) is one hell of a singing performance; the girl really sings her heart out. This might just be my favourite Rachel solo since Don't Rain On My Parade.


18. Need You Now / The Sue Sylvester Bowl Shuffle

In between those endless Finchel duets, I enjoyed me some Puckleberry! They sound great together, and yes, there's that chemistry. Extra points for Beiste being adorable and lip-syncing to the lyrics.


17. Empire State of Mind / Audition

The first number of the season, and somehow I still keep coming back to it. The song is not amazing or anything, though I like it more than the original. But the clothes and the setting and and Kurt's hair and the overall mood of it... Me likes.


16. I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You / Prom Queen

This would be way higher, if the performance hadn't been cut so short in the episode. Blaine is a rockstar, that was settled ages ago. He's quirky dancing is totally awesome and the song is very dancable.


15. Thriller/Heads Will Roll / The Sue Sylvester Bowl Shuffle

This is the most massive number Glee has ever made, and I had to acknowledge that. Everything is massive about it: the costumes, the make-up, the setting, the songs, the volume. When I listen to this in a car I always first turn the volume down because the first OFF WITH YOUR HEAD always makes me jump.


14. Toxic / Britney/Brittany

How good can a Britney Spears song sound? Well, this good. This is definitely my favourite song in the episode, because the rest sound too much like the originals. Mr Schue's bits are awesome, and the perfromance... Well, it's a Britney Spears sex riot. Enough said.


 13. Stop! In The Name Of Love/Free Your Mind / Never Been Kissed

Just when I had promised not to mess with the list anymore, I watched this number again and simply had to move it up, up, up! I mean, what's not to love? The guys look better than ever in those tuxes and bow-ties, and that choreagraphy just kills me with its awesomeness. Strike that, it's KURT doing the choreography that kills me. I don't know what it is, but this must in the top 5 of his most AH-dorable moments. I could watch him in this forever. Might end up eating him for that irresistible adorableness/adorability/whatever, though. The song is good, too. Unexpectedly groovy and catchy.



 12. Get Happy/Happy Days Are Here Again / Duets

This is definitely a feel-good song. Rachel/Kurt never fails, and the performance in its simplicity is very charming. It's just these two remarkable talented people sitting and singing to their hearts' content, and obviously enjoying every second of it. Aw.


11. When I Get You Alone / Silly Love Songs

Blaine in a Gap! What more can you ask? This is one of the coolest and most interesting settings Glee has ever done. The Warblers rock hard. And those pink sunglasses... Oh god. Blaine has never been hotter, this is definitely his number one sexy moment. At the same time, I've never felt so embarrassed for him. Haha. Poor supermegafoxyawesomehot Blaine. And poor Kurt with the dummy. And poor unemployed douchebag Jeremiah.


TBC...