Sunday, April 26, 2015

Curious?

So.  I'm rather hard up for post inspiration at the moment.  I want to do some kind of LotR/Narnia post soon (because, after all, to thine own self be true), but nothing's coming to mind right now.  To fix this, I've decided to host one of those Ask Me Anything posts.  I've seen quite a few people do this, and I find them fun, so on the off chance that you do, too…ask me anything!:)  Well, almost anything, that is.     You can ask me whatever you like, but depending on the nature of the response required--well, as Lizzie says in the 2005 P&P (bear with me, here), "You may ask a question which I will choose not to answer." ;-P  But do ask!  You never know:)

Anyone up for it?  I await your questions with anticipation!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Ivanhoe (1997) movie review

I think you all know this, but I am a rather big Ivanhoe fan.  I read the book for the first time a number of months ago and absolutely fell in love.  Well, now that I loved the book, I must needs try out the film adaptations, mustn't I?

My first preference would have been for the 1982 version starring Anthony Andrews and Olivia Hussey, as I'd seen clips of that and they looked decent.  Unfortunately, however, my library system doesn't have it, and neither does YouTube or Netflix or other such commodities:(  Thus, I had to content myself with first seeing the 1997 miniseries version, which I just finished yesterday.

Here are my thoughts;)

Opening scene:  Why is it starting with Ivanhoe being flogged?  This makes little sense.

*sigh*  Overall…I'm torn.  Certain things were done extremely well, and some were done…not so well.  The main problem, put succinctly, is that it kept making me have this reaction so many times:


Seriously, though.  I mean, I loved the scene with John, Richard, and Queen Eleanor as much as the next Robin Hood fan, but…it had nothing to do with the story - at least the book story - of Ivanhoe.  Grr.  Here are a few other examples:

* Ivanhoe himself was actually in the story most of the time  Since that clears up the title a little more than the book did, it's not really a bad thing, though.  Speaking of Ivanhoe (I will never call him Wilfred.  You cannot make me), let's talk about this portrayal of him, yes?


Steve Waddington did very well as Ivanhoe - that is, he would have done well, were he not struggling with the dreadful burden of That Hair.  What the heck was that?  Oh, and my brother made the helpful comment that he played in Dumb and Dumber, which I haven't seen, but I know enough of the story *ahem* that it made it difficult to take his serious scenes…well, seriously.  I now know that Steve Waddington did not actually play in that movie, but it's a little late now;)  Other than those issues…he was pretty good.  I liked him, overall.


* In the beginning, I liked Rowena more than Rebecca  NO.  No, no, and no again.  A movie adaptation must not make me like Rowena more than Rebecca!  


In the book, Rowena is nice, but she's basically ditzy.  You sort of get the impression that she's not exactly what one'd call a deep thinker, shall we say.  In this miniseries version, she's spunky, relatively brave, kind (usually), and she's just a stronger character.  The more I watched, however, the more I could pick up on her spoiled, headstrong side.  And then she annoyed me at the end (but let's be honest - we'd be jealous, too).  Victoria Smurfit (besides being absolutely gorgeous), played her part well.


Susan Lynch's Rebecca took a little while to grow on me.  I'm not quite sure why.  Maybe it was just that I thought, considering the length of time in the miniseries as a whole, that they rushed the relationship between Ivanhoe and Rebecca.  (Of course, it's rushed in the book, but everything's rushed in the book, so that's beside the point.)  That being said, Ms. Lynch brought out a real sweetness in Rebecca's character, which was…sweet:D  I suppose I would have liked - I guess a little something more in their exploration of Rebecca's character, seeing as how she was one of my favorite book characters.


*  Prince John was in the majority of the movie, and it almost seemed centered around him at times  I would provide a picture for you, but Google isn't providing one for me, just one that's really awful.  I liked John in this one well enough (no one will ever be as Prince John-ish as Toby Stephens, though), but he was frankly in it too often.  I enjoyed most of his scenes, but they were basically inaccurate and unnecessary:-/  


*  GURTH AND DE BRACY BOTH DIED  Oh, no they didn't.  I may have forgotten it, but I am pretty darn sure that neither died in the book.  Well, maybe de Bracy did…I can't remember…  And Gurth's scene almost made me cry.  Not that I'm peculiarly attached to Gurth, but when his dog was whimpering…and then when the dog lay down on his grave and Wamba came and sat with him…it got me.  


Moving on to the positives, though.  

In length and scope, I think the miniseries really did the book justice.  It was nice and long, and it was epic and grand, Star Wars-esque music included.  

CiarĂ¡n Hinds was also very good as Bois-Guilbert *sniffles and sobs*  


I wasn't sure about him at first, but by the second installment, he'd completely won me over.  Oh, and he actually looked like I pictured him in the book…unlike some other Bois-Guilbert's of whom I've seen pictures and heard ravings…*coughSamNeillcough*

~ "My heart…died."  (Never fear, so did the audience's.)
~  "I was not brave enough to die for King Richard.  But…for her…"  THE PAIN.  Okay, I'm done.  

His interplay with Rebecca was also great fun (and great feels, of course).


WAMBA WAS AWESOME.  The end.

Wasn't their relationship preciousness?

De Bracy was also epic.  I loved this portrayal of him, and I ship he and Rowena so flipping hard now.



I could keep talking about quite a few other points in the movie, but I've got to give my eyes a break, hehe.  So, in one line, here was my opinion:  Great acting, not really accurate to the book, but overall good.

What did you think of 1997 Ivanhoe, if you've seen it?












Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Complete the Lyric game answers

Here are the answers to the latest game!  I've included the movies and specific songs from which the lyrics come, but I didn't necessarily ask you all to name all of that, so no worries;)

#1:  I'se tired o' livin', and scared o' dyin', but Ol' Man River, he jest keeps rollin' along."  (From the musical Show Boat - song is "Ol' Man River")

#2:  "Streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise."  (From the hymn "Come, Thou Fount")

#3:  "The wind is howling, like this swirling storm inside; couldn't keep it in, Heaven knows I've tried."  (From the film Frozen - song is "Let It Go")

#4:  "April showers will come, so they say, but they don't, and it's May."  (From the musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers - song is "June Bride (reprise)")

#5:  "As the snowflakes cover my fallen brothers, I will say this last goodbye."  (From the film, The Hobbit:  The Battle of the Five Armies - song is "The Last Goodbye")

#6:  "Then sings my soul, my Savior, God, to Thee, how great Thou art."  (From the hymn, "How Great Thou Art")

#7:  "Lavender's green, dilly-dilly, lavender's blue - when I am king, dilly-dilly, you will/shall be queen."  (From the traditional ballad "Lavender's Blue")

#8:  "Did she bid you to come in, Billy boy, Billy boy, did she bid you to come in, charming Billy?"  (From the traditional ditty, "Billy Boy")

#9:  "I could have danced all night, I could have danced all night, and still have begged for more."  (From the musical My Fair Lady - song is "I Could Have Danced All Night")

#10:  "I have confidence in sunshine, I have confidence in rain, I have confidence that spring will come again."  (From the musical The Sound of Music - song is "I Have Confidence")


Players' Scores:
Chloe:  50/100
Hamlette:  80/100
Lois:  70/100
Emma:  40/100
Bailey:  50/100

Thank you so much for playing, girls!:)

Friday, April 17, 2015

My Top 10 "Beautiful" Movies

It's been a while since I did a "top ten" list, so today I thought I'd share with you darlin's a list of ten movies that I think are visually stunning.  By "beautiful," I don't necessarily mean that the movie is my favorite (though some of them are), but rather that it has gorgeous lighting, costuming, camera angles, etc., and how those elements all combine with the music to make a beautiful film.  A count-down, list, by the way, with the #1 movie being the most beautiful that I have personally ever seen.  (At least, until I decide that it's not, which, since I'm horribly indecisive and fickle, may be pretty soon.)  Here we go!:)


#10:  Brave (2012)



#9:  Broken Trail




#8:  One Night with the King



#7:  The Lord of the Rings



#6:  Cinderella (2015)



#5:  Sense and Sensibility (2008)



#4:  Pride and Prejudice (2005)



#3:  October Baby 



#2:  We Bought a Zoo



and #1 is…

… *drumroll* …

August Rush















Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Complete the Lyric game

Time for the next game!:)

For this one, I'll list a lyric from a musical or just a song, and you have to fill in the missing bits;)


#1:  "I'se                                      , and scared o' dyin', but                           , he jest keeps rollin' along."

#2:  "Streams of mercy,                                         , call for             of loudest praise."

#3:  "The wind is howling, like                                                                  ; couldn't keep it in, Heaven knows I've            ."

#4:  "April showers will come,                          , but they          ,            it's May."

#5:  "As the                           cover my                                      , I will say this                              ."

#6:  "Then sings                       , my Savior, God, to Thee,                                               ."

#7:  "Lavender's               , dilly-dilly, lavender's blue - when I am          , dilly-dilly, you               queen."

#8:  "Did she                             come in, Billy boy, Billy boy,                        bid you                      , charming           ?"

#9:  "I could have                             night, I could have                                         , and still have begged  for more."

#10:  "I have confidence in sunshine, I                                                          , I have                    that spring will                             ."

Have fun!:D

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The Just-a-list-of-random-questions Tag

Naomi has created a cute tag, and has tagged me!  Thanks a bunch, dearie:)

Look at all the sweet pink!

Here are the rules as per Naomi's instructions:

~ Paste the button onto your blog post.
~ Leave a new list of questions (or just pass on the question list you answered) and tag a few people of your random choice (and say why you tagged them, if you have time!) (Be original and nonsensical in your question-creativity - make the blogging world a cheerful place :-) And be disastrously random.)
Now for the fun...
~Write down three facts about you - one of them is WRONG. Let your commenters guess in the comments which one is wrong (and tell them in the comments after a while)
~Answer the questions of the person who tagged you - make it all super random and interesting :-D

Aaaand, let's get started with her questions!  I'se excited, I am:)

Are there flowers in your bedroom?
I keep a vase of fake flowers on my desk, and then I have more fake flowers twined around my window pole, because I just love the fairy-tale look it gives it.  Oh, and I guess I'll take this opportunity to tell you all - never let anyone tell you to not buy artificial flowers!  They work wonders for decor, especially if you spritz some perfume on them from time to time:)

Who was your first - really first - (fictional) crush?
'Hem.  This is so embarrassing.


*facepalm*  Yes, it was Samuel West as the older Prince Caspian in the reeeaaally old Narnia movies.  

…Okay, guys, keep in mind:  I was, like, six years old.

What is, in your opinion, the prettiest Little House Book cover?
I really like the cover for Little Town on the Prairie, even though I don't think I've read the whole book



On pictures, do you smile with your teeth or without?
Depends.  Sometimes I do, and sometimes I decide to be difficult;)

In 'Return to Cranford' Miss Matty gets a turban. What do you think of her in a turban?
Well, since I've only seen that once *ducks*, I couldn't really say.  I think I remember it looking nice, but rather out-of-place in a period drama like Return to Cranford.

Did you get fooled this year on April the 1st?
I don't think so, actually!  Win!

Do you think it's rude when girls re-do their whole hairstyle in public?
UmnoI didn't even know that there were people who did, hehe.  I mean, I guess I can see it getting annoying/distracting depending on the setting, but no, it doesn't really bother me.

I like this.  This is pretty.


What's your least favourite song in 'The Sound of Music?'
Yikes, that's tough:(  Probably one of the nuns' songs.  I'm all for awesome Latin chants, but I prefer the slower kind, I suppose.  The ones in the movie version of SoM are just not the ones I'd really choose to listen to on a regular basis.  I'm also not all that fond of the "there's a sad sort of clanging/cuckoo" part in "So Long, Farewell." 



Do you chew your inside cheeks when you're thinking?
No, but I do chew them when I'm trying to keep from laughing.  Works wonders, that trick.

Your how-many-ienth post is this?
I think it's my ninety-sixth.  I know.  Rather pathetic, seeing as how I've had this blog since fall of 2013 *ahem*

What's your favourite Dickens movie?
*heavy sigh*  Oh, boy.  Girlies, I must now tell you something.  I'm not that fond of Dickens.  Yes, he's amazing and incredible and all that jazz, but he's just not my favorite.  And I'm even less fond of the movie adaptations *cough cough*  I lovelovelove the book Bleak House, and I did enjoy what I was able to see of the movie, but other than that…not really.  I wasn't even that fond of Little Dorrit.  So, I guess…Bleak House.  But I plan to watch Great Expectations soon, so that might change.

What should you be doing right now?

Do it. ;-)
Tally-ho, old sport, message received and all that rot;)




My two truths and a lie
The Fox and the Hound was my favorite Disney movie growing up
~ I've had appendicitis twice
~ I'm a vegetarian

Have fun guessing;)


Now…as to questions!  Here are my list of questions for those whom I'll tag:D
~ Animated movies - what's your opinion?
~ Do you prefer earbuds or headphones?
~ What is one thing it seems like everybody loves but you (could be a book, song, movie, author, actor, food, whatevs)?
~ Do you have flowers in your room (yes, yes, I'm stealing this question from ya, Naomi)?
~ Do you like the sound of keys on a keyboard clicking?
~ Who is one fictional character whom you absolutely loathe with a burning passion? *evil grin*
~ Are you a procrastinator?
~ Shoes or no?
~ What are three movies that take you back to the dear old days gone forever (look, I quoted Little Dorrit!  Oh, and meaning your childhood)?
~ Pens or pencils?

I tag:

You're free to not do it if you'd rather not, but if you do, I look forward to reading your answers!:)






Saturday, April 11, 2015

Couples Screencap game answers

Here are the answers to the last game, a day early;)  I've included full names where I know them, just for the fun of it:)  And I do apologize; this game was actually a good bit harder than I meant it to be - I think I cropped most of the screencaps just a wee bit too much, hehe.


#1:  Henry Higgins and Eliza Dolittle from My Fair Lady (1964)





#2:  Kate and Allan-a-Dale from BBC's Robin Hood




#3:  Tom Harte and Sun Fu from Broken Trail




#4:  Padme Amidala and Anakin Skywalker from Star Wars:  Attack of the Clones




#5:  Nicholas Devereaux and Mia Thermopolis from The Princess Diaries 2:  Royal Engagement




#6:  Anna Brady and Declan O'Callaghan from Leap Year




#7:  Frederick Wentworth and Anne Elliot from Persuasion (1995)




#8:  Dido Elizabeth Belle Lindsey and John Davinier from Belle (2013)




#9:  Alec Hardison and Parker from Leverage




#10:  Grace and Will Stacks from Annie (2014)




Players' Scores:
Naomi:  40/200
Emma:  40/200
Bailey:  20/200
Hamlette:  40/200
Lois:  20/200
Elizabeth:  60/200
Morg:  60/200

As always, thank you all so much for playing!  And again, I may have botched up the scoring slightly (10 points were awarded for each guess, so if you correctly guessed the couple and the movie, you got 20 points).
















Spring, Spring, Spring (Because I would never pass up the chance to reference Seven Brides for Seven Brothers)

Oh, the barnyard is busy, in a regular tizzy
And the obvious reason is because of the season
Ma Nature's lyrical with her yearly miracle
Spring, spring, spring


All the hen-folk are hatchin'
While their men-folk are scratchin'
To ensure the survival of each brand-new arrival
Each nest is twitterin'
They're all babysitterin'
Spring, spring, spring


It's a beehive of budding son and daughter life
Every family has plans in view
Even down in the brook the underwater life
Is forever blowin' bubbles, too


Every field wears a bonnet
With some spring daisies on it
Even birds of a feather show their clothes off together


Sun's gettin' shinery
To spotlight the finery
Spring, spring, spring


From his eyrie, the eagle with his eagle eye
Gazes down across his eagle beak
And a'fixin' his lady with a legal eye
Screams, "Suppose we set the date this week?"


Yes, siree, spring disposes
That it's all one supposes
It's a real bed of roses
Waggin' tails, rubbin' noses


Each day is Mother's Day
The next is some other day
When all is King