Saturday, June 10, 2017

Cinematic Excursions~ May

More movies to review! My watches were everywhere this month-- dystopia, Disney, and plenty of Marvel. xD

Avengers: Age of Ultron



This was good fun, but there were so many characters none of them get much development. The action scenes had way too much over-the-top and obviously fake CGI, which is a pet peeve of mine. Plus, all this hinting and foreshadowing-- like Natasha and Bruce's relationship-- that I don't really see being fleshed out and resolved satisfactorily in future movies tires me.

At the same time, I was particularly sleepy and even drooped off a bit while watching this and that never helps... (oops) So, conclusion, I wouldn't be averse to re-watching it before Infinity War or just for fun, but it wasn't my favorite.

Spider-Man 3

I'd read all the negative criticism the "experts" have thrown at this movie, and yeah, there were a lot of flaws and it probably would have worked better as two separate films, but it was still really good and entertaining, okay? ;)



Peter's "dark phase" was simultaneous fascinating and emotionally powerful and there were a number of scenes I genuinely enjoyed. But haters gonna hate, huh?

The Hunger Games




I liked this far better than the book. More focused, more interesting. The characters were likable, the visuals were often stunning, and some elements were truly frightening without being gratuitous. It inevitably hit some of the flaws from the book(unclear message, annoying love triangle etc.), however I'm definitely looking forward to watching the next installment.


The Amazing Spider-Man

Let me explain. :P I just "got into" Spider-Man a few months ago and I want to watch all of the pre-existing movies before the new one in July. So yeah, lots of Spider-Man. Sorry.


The Amazing Spider-Man with Andrew Garfield is-- as a movie and character-- in my opinion inferior to Spider-Man 2002. However, he's more relatable than the "goody-goody" personality of the Tobey MaGuire Spidey I love so much and he's much closer in disposition to the original from the comics, which should count for something. 

I didn't get the emphasis placed on his parents' history and the ending was. not. good. Overall I enjoyed the movie though. xD 


Suspicion 



Here's my thing with Alfred Hitchcock movies. I understand for myself and from the "critics" that they're technical masterpieces, but they just don't do much for me. The resolution was clever, but rather abrupt and I never felt super engaged. Cary Grant is good though. :D 


The Apple Dumpling Gang


I love everything about this movie. Doesn't everyone? ;)

Have you seen any of these? What were your favorite movies of May? Do you also love The Apple Dumpling Gang

Saturday, June 3, 2017

*cough* month-of-May challenges and updates

Sooo. Last month I posted a list of goals I wanted to attain for that month. But that was before I realized how busy I would be with visitors, starting a new job, and getting sick the last few days in May. Sooo, long story short, I didn't get all my goals. I'm still glad I made them though because I was probably more productive than I would have been otherwise.

So here's my plan. I'm going to extend those goals to the month of June and hope that June I can get them all done.

As to other life updates...

-I started a "real job"(piano teaching doesn't really count) which I'm sure will prove to be a positive--even if not a terribly fun-- experience.

-I started reading the Marvel Spider-Man comics and now I feel super nerdy. ^.^

-My siblings and I caught tadpoles in a very small pond near our house and we are planning to raise them. I'm much more excited about it than I should be. xD

-As aforementioned, I got sick and spent the whole time 1). sleeping, 2). drinking Apple Cider Vinegar, orange juice, etc. , 3). on the internet, 4). watching The Empire Strikes Back.

Although I feel much better at the moment, my voice is shot, so it feels good to write and communicate to whomever may be reading this without sounding like a whispering toad.

-I babysat and the Silly Songs with Larry the kids were listening to were one of the best parts. xD



-I found and enjoyed this video a lot. Watch it.

-I helped with a three-day logic class for 9-13 year olds and had a lot of fun.

-We had sunshine and rain, so I was happy.

What have you guys been doing with your summer? 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Robin Hood Week Tag



Please hop over to Olivia's wonderful blog to check out all the lovely Robin Hood festivities and whatnot. Because people running around in forests and bows and arrows and awesome villains equals yes. :) 



What was your first exposure to Robin Hood?

The Adventures of Robin Hood by Roger Lancelyn Green. 

Love. that. book. 

On a scale of 1 to 10, how big a fan are you?


Probably 4 or 5. I really like Roger Lancelyn Green's book and I've read several other re-tellings, but I didn't like any of them exceedingly well and I'm only a partial fan of the tv show. *hides* 

How many versions and spin-offs of the legend have you experienced?

The books The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Outlaws of Sherwood, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, Hood, and Ivanhoe, if that counts. 

I've seen part of the Disney and Errol Flynn movies, but neither in entirety(yet). I've seen a season and a half of the BBC show, aaaaand a play version.

What is your favorite version of Robin Hood (can be book, movie, TV series, anything)?


The Roger Lancelyn Green book. Always. ;) 

I doubt most people would enjoy it as much as I did, but there's something special about it since I've read it multiple times and the first time my ten-year-old self was blown away by how entertaining and epic Robin Hood is. 

Are you one of the lads? (Meaning, have you watched/are you a fan of the BBC show?)


Yes, yes I have.  And it is seriously the most gif-worthy thing I've ever seen. 




Who is your favorite Merry Man?


In the BBC show, Much, because I love underdog and earnest characters, even if they're cliche or underdeveloped. 

Do you have a favorite portrayal of Lady Marian?


Lucy Griffith's probably. 

Do you have any interest in or aptitude at archery?


I thought I was semi-good when I did it at  summer camp, but it's not something I've pursued since.  

Fact or fiction -- which do you think? 


Both? That seems like the safest answer. xD

Do you think Robin Hood has been "done to death," or are there still new twists that can be found?


Hmmm, I think Robin Hood movies/tv shows/books in traditional Robin Hood settings may have outlived their welcome(not that I would turn down seeing/reading a new one if it were good enough), but I think there's still places to explore with stories following a Robin Hood structure in the way Leverage does(which, by the way, I have not seen *hides again*). 

So short answer, sort of, but no. 

~~~

Thank you so much, Olivia for the wonderful tag!! :D 


I love this gif because Will is being all calm and focused and Allan is being...Allan.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Sunshine Blogger Award

My friend Mary tagged me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Thanks Mary! The rules are straightforward: answer the questions, write eleven new questions, and tag eleven people.

1. Do you like to read an entire series at once or spread out the books over time?

Spread the books out, unless it's Lord of the Rings, but I don't really consider that a series, so yeah...spread them out. :)



2. Would you rather be stuck in the past or the future?

Ummm. UM. I don't know. I think it would be fun in some ways to live in the 90's or 80's, so past I guess. But they didn't have internet back then and without internet I would have never started this blog or met a lot of you guys or found all these cool books and movies and tv shows and clearly my life would not be as happy. xD



3. Have you ever had dream re-runs? (In other words, the same dream twice. XD)

Sort of. I play piano for my church and I've had multiple nightmares about realizing last minute I didn't practice the hymns and freaking out. Which is funny because I do not feel nervous about playing at all like I did when I fist started, but I still have nightmares for some reason? Go figure!

4. What is your favorite vacation you've ever taken?

I don't know! We visited Florida and the South last winter(not a few months ago, but the winter a year before that...) and that was fun.



5. Do you like to chew gum? If so, what is your favorite flavor?

Yes and strawberry or mint.

6. If you found the entrance to Narnia, would you tell anybody? Who would you take with you if you did?

I think I would tell some people, but maybe only family members or those I deemed "worthy" to visit the magical-ness that is Narnia. ;) I'd probably take my family and close friends, especially those that are Narnia fans.

Or who knows, I might take my whole state. I'll cross that bridge when I get to it. xD

7. Waffles, pancakes, or neither?

Both, but waffles if I had to choose.



8. Do you use the Shift key or the Caps Lock key every time you capitalize something? (Odd question, but it's something I always wonder, haha.)

That's a good question. I think I use the Shift key, usually.

9. What is one smell that never fails to make you happy?

Carmel or cinnamon.

10. Have you ever been rollerskating?

Besides in my garage, nope. xD



11. You've gone into hiding and have to conceal your identity. What new alias would you adopt?

Pixie Parker sounds really cool. :)


My Questions: 
1. What was one of your favorite ages to be?
2. Favorite Star Wars movie?
3. What was the last YouTube video you watched?
4. What is the funniest movie you can think of?
5. Cake: chocolate or vanilla?
6. Favorite poem?
7. What is one of your favorite musicals?
8. What color is your bedroom painted?
9. Do you go through phases of enjoying one movie or book genre over another, or no?
10. If you could play any role in any musical on Broadway what would it be?
11. Is there a fictional character you particularly detest?

And, as usual, I'm not going to tag specific people, but please take the tag if you feel so inclined!


Sunday, May 7, 2017

Everything Else: Things To Be Happy For


sweaters

behind-the-scenes pictures like this or this or this
the military














musicals
this new Spider Man: Homecoming clip(yes yes)
pretty Pinterest pictures
that "they" had to reshoot scenes because Hayden Christensen made lightsaber sound effects during lightsaber duels without noticing
Lafayette when he raps
fancy words














the way people talk when they get excited about something
bobby pins
Angelica when she raps
trees budding
looking forward to all the cool movies this year
Starbucks Happy Hour(I'm one of those people)
Hamilton when he opens his mouth ;)
'90s Christian music
Lady Rose MacClare from Downton Abbey and how cool she is
motivated people


What would you add to the list? 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Goals For May

In case this was unclear, I'm a pretty disorganized person. I mean, I sorta keep my room(esp. the bookshelves) tidy, but in many respects I'm a mess. 0.0

So I thought a to-do list might help, especially if I posted it here for you all to see. Hopefully I get most of this done!

summer is coming! 


~Not use the internet after 9:30 p.m.

~Watch Spider-Man 3 and episodes of Merlin, Doctor Who, or Robin Hood.

~Finish writing two short stories.

~ Finish The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment and A Tale of Two Cities because I've been reading them for a long time.

~Get outside everyday, even if for only a few minutes.

~Make one of my Pinterest recipes.

~Practice violin for 21 hours.

~Make a video of some sort and post it here.

~Start working on All of Me by Jon Schmidt on the piano.

~Organize my closet.

~Read at least five books.

~Send that stack of thank-you cards on my desk.

~Post at least four times here and at least once on my Les Mis blog that I've neglected so mercilessly.

~Finish my cross-stitch projects.


Cinematic Excursions~ April

April was a good movie month. I watched more movies than I usually would in a month, so this could be a long post. Sorry. ;)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier 



This movie is gooood. I had decided that The First Avenger was my favorite, but I'm rethinking that after watching this again. I don't like Black Widow too much and sometimes the action can be over-the-top or over-frequent, but otherwise I have few complaints.


Finding Dory




I wanted to like this and there were a few good moments, but eventually it just got a little...ridiculous. I mean, the truck scene=whaat. I don't remember their being quite so many far-fetched elements in Finding Nemo, but I could be remembering incorrectly.

Then again, this is a story about talking sea creatures. I should have expected it to be ridiculous. xD


Heidi(1937)




Shirley Temple is adorable and the movie is adorable, but also untrue to the book which annoys me. The alterations were just weird. Conclusion: read the book.

North and South(2004)





This is a miniseries, so maybe it shouldn't be here? Oh well. I did like this one. A lot. Margaret was not my favorite-- she was unlike the book's character and not as good. But Mr. Thornton was fantastic. I've decided that Richard Armitage is one of my favorite actors.


And as historically unacceptable as the train scene probably is, I thought it was much more conclusive and satisfactory than the book's ending and it made me very happy. :)

Captain America: The First Avenger



Like I said, it's not my favorite Captain America movie anymore, but it's still excellent. I love pre-serum Steve Rogers almost more than Captain America. (I'm discovering I really like underdog superheroes...) And the Marvel Cinematic Universe could benefit from more morally solid heroes like Steve Rogers. 

Oh! I remembered one thing I don't like about the Captain America movies: they can't stick with a girlfriend. I'm kind of frustrated they went through the whole *Spoilers* Peggy tension only to end that and introduce Black Widow(please no) as a new maybe romantic interest and then abruptly chop that off to bring in Sharon(please yes). So while none of them are really in relationships with him(except Sharon?) we get dragged through the whole does-Captain-America-have-a-girlfriend-routine every movie. Stoppp. *End of Spoilers* 

Mission Impossible


best scene


The plot lost me at points, but overall I enjoyed it. And the characters weren't very dynamic, but I guess all the plot-twists sort of made up for that. The music is spot-on. xD

 I'm in the process of re-watching it and hopefully understanding it better.

Hidden Figures


I want those clothes.


Even as a re-watch, Hidden Figures holds up. It was beautiful, humorous, and, as my friend said, it made me "feel all the feels".

I'm fumbling to produce something I didn't like. There were arguably some feminist undertones I didn't really appreciate, but it offered a more positive, forward-looking perspective on issues like racism and sexism than I was originally expecting.

Spider-Man 2




Peter Parker is one of the best fictional characters. He struggles with real life problems(circumstantial and internal) but he's very morally grounded and kind and he's a superhero who saves lives on a daily basis.

In some respects, Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 are my favorite Marvel movies because they balance character growth with plot so well.

I just don't know what to think about MJ. ;)

Did you watch any good movies in April? Who is your favorite superhero? 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

A-Z Book Tag

Another tag! I saw this one in a few different places, and despite not being tagged, I couldn't resist snatching it. :)




Author You've Read The Most From

Thanks to the very long A Series of Unfortunate Events, Lemony Snicket.

Best Sequel Ever 

I think The Chronicles of Narnia and Wingfeather Saga sequels may trump their firsts.

Currently Reading

The Book Thief, The Hunger Games, The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, A Tale of Two Cities, and Start Here.

I have a problem with multi-reading. ;)

Drink of Choice While Reading

Water, hot chocolate, tea, or anything in a Starbucks cup.



E-reader or Physical Book?

Physical book!! I have a Kindle, but I will always prefer real books.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Dated In High School

Gilbert Blythe from the Anne of Green Gables books.



Glad You Gave This Book A Chance

Emily of New Moon.

Hidden Gem Book

Enchantress from the Stars by Sylvia Engdahl.

Important Moment In Your Reading Life

Reading Lord of the Rings, like Lover of Lembas said, and discovering the Lousia May Alcott books.

Just Finished

Hood by Stephen Lawhead

Kind of Book You Won't Read

I'm open to anything that looks good except trashy romance...which never looks good, so...

Longest Book You've Read

War and Peace.

Major book hangover because of...

Hmm. I don't usually get "book hangover" in that I don't want to move on to new books(I'm always up for new books!), but I will sometimes take a long time to process everything from a good book.

So, Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper or maybe Bridge to Terebithia.

Number of Bookcases You Own

I don't really own either, but by virtue of being in my bedroom, I like to say I have two. ;)

One book you have read multiple times

I've read The Hobbit five times which I think makes it the book I've read the most.

Preferred place to read

The couch, my bungee chair, and sometimes the bed.



Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you've read

I'm feeling sentimental today, so I have two rather gushy ones.

"I am glad you are here with me. Here at the end of all things, Sam." --Frodo, Return of the King

"And by the way, Monsieur Marius, I believe that I was a little bit in love with you." --Eponine, Les Miserables 

awwww

Reading regret

Alice in Wonderland. But I had to read it for school, so what could I do? ;)

Series you started and need to finish(all books are out in series)

The Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander. I started them about two years ago and genuinely enjoyed them, but I haven't gotten to the last two books yet. Maybe this summer!

Three of your all time favorite books

Anne of Green Gables, Lord of the Rings, and Les Miserables 

Unapologetic fangirl for...

Those three and anything else by L. M. Montgomery

my face when someone mentions them ;)


Very excited for this release more than all the others

The fifth Penderwicks book.

Worst bookish habit

Maybe starting too many books at once?

X marks the spot: start at the top of your shelf and pick the 27th book

Caddie Woodlawn. Great book.

Your latest book purchase

Yay! A chance to show you my beautiful new books. :) The Outsiders is probably the most gorgeous thing on my shelf. <3




ZZZ-snatcher(last book that kept you up WAY late)

I usually don't stay up super late for books, but maybe Don't Waste Your Life.


Well! That was a long tag. 0.0 Feel free to take it!

When was the last time a book kept you up late? Have you read anything good lately? Any Penderwicks books fans? 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Tag-- I'm It!

It turns out it's been over two months since I've participated in a tag(excluding the BatB tag I wrote in March), so I'm just in the mood for new ones!


Hamlette tagged me for one, which as far as I can tell is simply called "Tag-- I'm It!"

Rules: You must be honest. You must answer all the questions. You must tag at least 4 people. 


1. What book has been on your shelf the longest? 

The first five Anne of Green Gables books and the Chronicles of Avonlea installments and a beeaautiful collection of Louisa May Alcott novels-- all passed down from my grandmother who received them in the '50s. These are also some of the first books I read of my own initiative, so they will always be special. :) 

2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you'll read next? 

I'm in the middle of several books, but the "main" one is Hood by Stephen Lawhead, for which I have mixed feelings. My last read was Winter by Marissa Meyer(more mixed feelings) and once I finish most of the books I'm currently reading I'm planning to either re-read The Outsiders or re-start The Book Thief.


The Book Thief




















3. What book did everyone like, but you hated? 

I didn't hate it per say, but Beauty by Robin McKinley sorely disappointed me. A number of friends had enjoyed it and I had even lent it to one friend before I read it telling her she would like it(and she did), but I found it to be a yawner. So many more interesting things out there. 

Then again, I had a similar experience with the other Robin McKinley novel I've tried-- The Outlaws of Sherwood-- so perhaps her writing just isn't my cup of tea. 

4. What book do you keep telling yourself you'll read, but you probably won't? 

Good question. I'd like to think I'll get to all the books I want to read before I die, but if I don't it will probably be Lady Susan by Jane Austen or another lesser-known book by one of my favorite authors. 

5. What book are you saving for retirement? 

Maybe I should save re-reading War and Peace for retirement. I would really like to read it again since I was a little disappointed the first time, but 13,000+ pages is dozens of hours I could spend otherwise. 

6. Last page: read it first or wait 'til the end? 

When I was young and foolish, I used to read last paragraphs, but now I have outgrown that custom. Such ridiculousness. ;)

7. Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside? 

Depends how long it is... 

8. Which book character would you switch places with? 

Probably one of the Pevensies. Probably Lucy because all the exciting things happen to her and she has great older brothers and I really want older brothers. 

9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?) 

Yes. Lord of the Rings reminds me of being obsessed in 6th grade and the cozy-ness and happiness that ensues every read. 

10. Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way. 

Well, I am pretty proud of the aforementioned L. M. Montgomery and Louisa May Alcott books my grandmother gave me, so those. 

11. Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person? 

I'm sure I have, but besides birthday or get-well-soon gifts, nothing comes to mind. 

12. Which book has been with you the most places? 

Any of the books on my shelf(and I think there are a few) that I took from my parents' shelf that they've had for a long time. I've lived the majority of my life in the same house, so I don't have any special "this-book-has-survived-thirteen-moves" stories. 

13. Any required reading in high school that wasn't so bad later? 

I hated The Scarlet Letter when I first read it for school, but when I was later assigned to skim over it and write a paper on it, I appreciated it more. I think I would like it a lot better now. 

14. Used or brand new? 

Either. I love acquiring used books because I'm cheap, but I still highly value new, beautiful, unread books.



15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book? 

Nope! 

16. Have you ever seen a movie you liked better than the book? 

It's always hard to definitively say a movie is better because movies and books are such different story-telling mediums, but possibly Hugo or North and South or The Giver

17. Have you ever read a book that made you hungry, cookbooks included? 

The Master Puppeteer made me hungry because it's set in Japan and every time it mentioned rice I really, really wanted to have sushi. ^.^

18. Who is the person whose book advice you'll always take? 

Hmm, I read from such a wide variety or recommendations and discoveries that there isn't really one particular person I return to for ideas...

19. Is there a book outside of your comfort zone(e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving? 

Generally I don't care for hyper popular YA dystopian books(not that I've read that many), but The Maze Runner was a pleasant exception.


I am tagging...

Rachel at A Girl's Place 
Bekah at Bekah the Bookworm
Lover of Lembas
Erudessa at The Flowering Vales 

Only participate if you're interested and thanks for reading! :)

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Cinematic Excursions: March

I know this is pretty late, but I wanted to highlight all of the movies I saw in March and make monthly movie-updates a habit. We'll see if it sticks! :)

Singin' in the Rain


















My local theater featured this and, not only was it beautiful on the big screen, it was even better than I had remembered it from previous viewings. I've decided it's my favorite musical on movie.

Seven Brides For Seven Brothers



Another classic musical, but unlike Singin' in the Rain, I found the music to usually distract, rather than complement, the story. But it's entertaining all the same. :)

Spider-Man 2002















This is my favorite discovery of March 2017. I'll admit that the special effects are really lacking, but it's fifteen years older than the current Marvel franchise, so we can cut it some slack in that regard.

But really, it is awesome in so many respects. It doesn't stoop to the over-the-top action and killing sequences of current Marvel movies and Peter Parker is a very solid role model. "Forget the flying monster guy" and this movie is really good. (bonus points if you caught that reference)

Maybe when I finish the trilogy I'll write a new post about the many merits of Tobey MaGuire's Spider-Man.

Beauty and the Beast(2017)




















This was the most anticipated movie of, like, my whole life-- I had been waiting for two years.  You can read my review here, but bottom line: it was very beautiful and very well done in a number of ways, just not quiite the perfect film extravaganza I'd looked forward to. :/

Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones














Waay better than I expected. Once you get past the rather poorly constructed plot and how ridiculous Yoda looked while lightsaber-dueling, it was pretty good. Padme and Anakin are really sweet and Obi-Wan is a great character, especially played by Ewan McGregor.

Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith

So many mixed feelings. It was epic and big and emotionally powerful, but Anakin's development didn't flow like I'd expected it to in the directions cited by Attack of the Clones. I liked the Emperor's story, though. I'll never see Darth Vader the same again.

~~~

Which movies did you watch in March? Do you love Spider-Man 2002 as much as I do?

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Happily Back From My Impromptu Hiatus

In case you failed to notice(if you did, that's honestly okay), I took a three-week break from the internet that ended last Monday.

I got pretty behind on responding to comments over the break, so I'm sorry about that, but I just finished responding to everything today. Thank you for the lovely comments! :)




In other news,

~I'm going to post a list of the movies I watched in March and my corresponding opinions soon

~I have watched both Spider-Man: Homecoming trailers far more times than is healthy or sane

~I finished The Lunar Chronicles

~I started Merlin because between Doctor Who and Robin Hood I don't watch enough cheesy BBC tv  ;)

~Wait For It from Hamilton is an incredible piece of music


I'm planning to get back into the swing of blogging again, which is an exciting prospect. :) But for now, I'm off to practice piano.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Beauty by Robin McKinley Book Review

This is my last Beauty and the Beast themed post for a while, I promise.

222659 Goodreads Synopsis: A young woman, well educated and honourable, accepts responsibility for her father's act and leaves her family to enter the enchanted world of castle and Beast. The Beast she finds is not the one she imagined, but can she stay with him?

A gifted storyteller embellishes the classic tale, developing a new and very real world of her own in a love story that has all the wonder and magic of the fairy tale.


My least favorite part of this book was its pacing. Had the first third been much shorter and the last fifth much longer, I would have enjoyed it much better. The author took far too long setting up the story, wasting pages and attention that should have been devoted to Beauty and the Beast's relationship. 

And I found the ending sweet, but anticlamactic. The ending, by the way, is my favorite of all the Beauty and the Beast movies and re-tellings I can remember reading/seeing. It needs to be perfect and beautiful and happy, but when this one fell a little flat, there was little other merit to praise.

Also, I couldn't get into the characters(except maybe the Beast). Beauty's family was horrible for letting her give herself to the Beast, but I was lost between confusion over why she missed them and then how she adjusted to indefinitely living without them so easily.

Essentially there was nothing to drive the story beyond my desire to finish it and write a review in the near future. 

All that being said, there were enough small things that added up to make a not-entirely-bad book.  I appreciated the literary references, many of the twists to the original fairy tale, and the incorporation of a horse as the main character.

So, long story short, I was disappointed, but  I don't hate Beauty. I just don't know if I could honestly say I like it.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Beauty and the Beast 2017 Movie Review (Spoiler Free)

My two main impressions:

~ it was really, really pretty

~it was really, really sweet

The music made me happy and, though some cast members sang better than others, it was pretty well executed.



Most of the additional scenes were fun, especially the prologue(that eyeshadow, though), but many of them failed to complement the original story. For example, at one point the Beast and Belle use time travel apparatus to visit her past and discover what happened to the mother who was never mentioned in the cartoon. That scene served to satisfy our interest about her mom, but did little to drive the story or develop the characters.

Also, without revealing too much, the ending played out a little differently than it did in the 1991 movie. I didn't care for the alterations, but "on that point it is best to remain silent" until you have seen it and decided for yourself. :)

Now, besides the music and visuals and sweetness, the one other element that filled my heart with joy was the casting. So much yes. So many familiar faces and perfect choices for the roles. The actors I appreciated  were...

-Emma Watson

Hermione! She was a pretty good Belle. She looks like Belle to begin with and she brought the strong, but feminine attributes essential to most good female characters.

-Dan Stevens


He played one of my favorite characters in Downton Abbey, Mathew Crawley. I was looking forward to the transformation at the end of the movie when he would look like said Downton Abbey character, but, to my delight, the CGI managed to match his facial expressions to that of the Beast's to where I could was thinking, "Wow, that's just the way Matthew would have said that!" throughout the movie.

-Emma Thompson 

Mrs. Potts has never really been my favorite character, but Emma Thompson pulled the role off nicely.

-Luke Evans

Isn't it funny how both the live-action Disney princess remakes have featured a villain played by an actor who was a hero in a Tolkien movie? (sorry, that was a mouthful)

Cinderella featured Cate Blanchett(Galadriel) as the evil stepmother and Beauty and the Beast included Luke Evans(Bard) as Gaston. Both cases required a little getting used to, but in the end, Luke Evans was a perfect Gaston. He made him humorous and despicable and just like the cartoon.

-Gugu-Mbatha Raw

She had a relatively minor role as the featherduster, but it was nice(and somewhat ironic) to see the graceful star of Belle

Lastly, I was surprised to recognize Hattie Morahan(the enchantress) from Sense and Sensibility and Mr. Holmes.

~~~

Now, about the gay character. Yes, LeFou was gay. Yes, the "exclusively gay moment" the director promised us was nothing more than about three seconds of men dancing with each other, but yes, there were a fair number of clues leading up to that. LeFou mildly flirts with Gaston throughout the film, which is uncomfortable, but not terribly inappropriate. Just disagreeable and unfortunate.

Downton Abbey(the best tv show ever) features a gay character as well. It's definitely uncomfortable, but I still watch the show because it takes a neutral position on his actions(and because it never crosses my personal border of content I don't tolerate on a screen). It doesn't shove it under our noses and ask us to celebrate like Disney did.

As a teenager, the issue was whether I would financially support something I didn't morally support. In this select circumstance, I was willing to do that. That was my decision, but I respect yours.



So, conclusion: Beautiful(and somewhat shallow)...but mostly beautiful. To quote my previous mini-review, "a long string of overwhelming eye candy". :)

What did you think of Beauty and the Beast? Did you like the casting?

Monday, March 20, 2017

"Adieu, Adieu, To You, and You, and You"

I'm taking an internet break for three weeks starting today, just so you all are aware. I do have two posts scheduled for this week, but after that nothing until April.



I need more time for reading, family, school, writing, and movies and *ahem* worthy tv shows.  And it seems good to step away from the all-consuming distraction and addiction that is the internet. 

So long, friends! :)

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Beauty and the Beast 1991 Quotes Answers

The quotes and their characters are...

1. "If it's not Baroque, don't fix it."

Cogsworth 

2.

Character 1: "The wheels in my head have been turning."
Character 2: "A dangerous pastime."
Character 1: "I know."

Gaston and LeFou respectively 


3. "So you want me to throw her into the asylum, unless she agrees to marry you? Oh, that is despicable. I love it!"

Monsieur D'Arque("creepy person" and "asylum guy"count xD)

4. "For once it might be grand to have someone understand-- I want so much more than they've got planned."

Belle

5. "Well, there's the usual things: flowers, chocolates, promises you don't intend to keep."

Cogsworth

6. "How can you read this? There's no pictures!"

Gaston

7. "Master, I could be wrong, but this might not be the best way to win the girl's affections."

Lumiere

8. "Do I still have to sleep in the cupboard?"

Chip

9. "Perhaps there's something there that wasn't there before."

Mrs. Potts

10. "Don't you see? She's the one. The girl we have been waiting for. She's come to break the spell."


Lumiere


Scores
Livia Rachelle- 80%
Fawnabelle Baggins- 90%
Mary Horton- 90%
Cordy- 100%
KB- 80%
Madison- 100%
MovieCritic-30%


Beauty and the Beast Trailer Game Answers

I'm sorry to post the answers so tardily!

Here are the screenshots in the correct order:


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(b)
(c)
(e)
(d)
(f)

-The Scores-
MovieCritic- 100% 
Cordy-  71%