Sunday, May 31, 2015

Top Ten Theme Songs Tag

Abigail tagged me for this!  Thanks, Abigail:D  Apparently, I'm supposed to list my--you got it--top ten theme songs.  And I don't feel like taking the time to rank them:-P, so here are ten of my favorites!

(By the by, I haven't actually been able to watch these yet, because our YouTube isn't working, yet somehow Blogger is allowing me to access it from the post.  Oh, well.)


From  Brave



From  The Chronicles of Narnia




From  Leverage




From  The Lord of the Rings




From  Beauty and the Beast




From  Gilmore Girls




From  Once Upon a Time




From  The Phantom of the Opera

(This is an awesome medley.)



From  Seven Brides for Seven Brothers




From  Swan Lake




There you have 'em!:D  Thanks again, Abigail!  It was fun:)





Saturday, May 30, 2015

Quote Game

I have an idea for a game, but at the moment I wanted to take a break from the screencap ones.  Many people have done this game, so it's hardly original, but I'll take a whack at it anyway:)  Basically, just guess from which movie/TV show each quote comes.  (Oh, and as I've never really laid out any ground rules for games in the past...the only rule, really, is don't look up an answer.)  Here goes!

#1:  "That makes me cry inside, in my special angry place."

#2:  "Oh, come on, Mister.  Everything has a price."  "Not everything."

#3:  "What is it girls eat?"  "Special girls' food."

#4:  "The only thing worse than a boy you hate is a boy you like, right?"

#5:  "This happens to everybody, don't be embarrassed about it."

#6:  "Farewell, my fallen idol and false friend!  We has such hopes, and now those hopes are shattered!"

#7:  "Like me on Facebook!"  "I don't like you in Harlem, why would I like you on Facebook?"  

#8:  "You know what music is?  It's God's little reminder that there's something else besides us in this universe."

#9:  "Look back...look back at me."

#10:  "Please tell me you are not going to be playing those violent video games--with our son?!"  "Okay, you're gonna have to define violence, all right?  'Cause that Lego game you got him, those characters shatter into like a million pieces, and that--that is sick!"


Have fun!:D

Name the Actor/Actress Game {2} Answers!

Thanks for playing, everybody!  Sorry that these answers are a little late:-P


#1:  Answer:  Matthew Goode  (I've seen him in Leap Year, Belle, and something else…I think…)



#2:  Answer:  Katharine Hepburn  (I've seen her in The Philadelphia Story, Holiday, Bringing Up Baby, and Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry)



#3:  Answer:  Harrison Ford  (I've seen him in Star Wars, Sabrina, Indiana Jones, Extraordinary Measures, and probably something else)



#4:  Answer:  Georgie Henley  (I've seen her in The Chronicles of Narnia and Jane Eyre)



#5:  Answer:  Joe Armstrong  (I've seen him in BBC Robin Hood)



#6:  Answer:  Claudie Blakley   (I've seen her in Pride and Prejudice and Lark Rise to Candleford)



#7:  Answer:  Rafi Gavron  (I've seen him in Inkheart)



#8:  Answer:  Idina Menzel  (I've heard her in Frozen, seen her in snippets of Wicked, and seen her in Enchanted)



#9:  Answer:  Christian Kane  (I've seen him in Secondhand Lions and Leverage)



#10:  Answer:  Drew Barrymore  (I've seen her in Ever After and The Wedding Singer)




Players' Scores:
Morg:  5/10
DKoren:  4/10
Hamlette:  4/10
Lois:  5/10
Emma:  4.5 (guessed first name but not last)/10
JH:  1/10
Bailey:  3/10
Rose:  2/10
Rissi:  2.5 (same thing as Emma)/10


Thank you all so much for playing, lovelies!:D







Thursday, May 28, 2015

Inkling Explorations {May}

Soooo, I am arriving so late to the game here, but Heidi has introduced a fun new link-up for story lovers at her author blog, Sharing the Journey!


You can read the details here, but basically, for this month, we're supposed to share something related to violets from literature/film.  Well, I had a couple ideas for this, but I'm going to go with something from…a TV show!  I hope that's allowed?  It's a "vintage" (sort of) TV show, if that helps XD  Here goes!


Yep, Andy Griffith!  Does anyone remember the part in "Andy and Opie, Bachelors" when Peggy is singing with Andy on the porch, and Opie's listening?  Peggy starts to sing, "Down in the Valley," which, in case you didn't know, is an achingly beautiful ballad.  (Oh, and at one point during the song--it might actually be this verse's chorus--Andy joins in with her, singing an absolutely meltingly awesome harmony, and I DIE.  Not really, but it's pretty darn good and happy and just warmly fuzzy.)  I was reminded by this month's subject of this verse:

Roses love sunshine,
Violets love dew,
Angels in heaven
Know I love you.

Know I love you, dear,
Know I love you,
Angels in heaven
Know I love you.

So, there you have it!  A rather pitiful first entry, but, you know, it works (I think).  

As a side note, I'm always disappointed with Andy's final choice of a wife.  No offense to Helen, but, um…she's literally the one with whom I least liked him.  I love Ellie, too, but I think Peggy would have been the best for Andy.  Ah, well.  





Sunday, May 24, 2015

The Not-Your-Average Disney Tag

Laura tagged me for this, and I'm so flipping excited that I'm doing it immediately.  Because Disney <3

Let's get started, yes?

#1:  Favorite Disney movie of all time?
Huh-uh.  No.  Sorry, not happening.

#2:  Favorite Disney character?
Sheesh!  For some reason, I'm really blanking on the 'favorite' questions.  Perhaps because I love Disney passionately, and, especially if we're including live action Disney (which I won't be, for the most part), it's slightly impossible.

#3:  First Disney movie seen in cinemas?
Brave (2012).  I watched it with my dad and one of my brothers (I think), for my birthday:)  And just for the record, that movie is great and totally underrated.






#4:  What Disney item do you collect the most?
Uh…pictures, hehe?  Or maybe movies…  Sadly, I don't have much Disney paraphernalia.

#5:  What is your favorite Disney song?
"Colors of the Wind" ~ "The Bells of Notre Dame" ~ "Mother Knows Best (Reprise)" ~ "Learn Me Right" ~ "Farewell" ~ "Prologue"~ you get the idea…

#6:  Which Disney voice actor would you most like to meet?
Ehh, I'm not too eager to meet any of the voice actors.  Maybe the guy who voiced Pooh Bear/Powhatan/whoever else he did.

#7:  Favorite Disney movie that is not a classic?
Let's say Mulan just to spice things up:)

#8:  Flounder, Sebastian, or Scuttle?
Scuttle.  Definitely.


#9:  Saddest moment in a Disney movie?
There are plenty, of course, so I'll just mention two that really affected me.

The Princess and the Frog--RAY AND EVANGELINE AND THAT FUNERAL AND THE CLOUDS ROLLING BACK AND THEN THERE WERE TWO STARS AND I COULDN'T TAKE IT.

Nooooooooo too many beautiful pains!!!


Cinderella (2015, yes, slipping into live action for a moment)--KIT AND HIS FATHER.  I can't find a picture of that specific part, but suffice it to say I was again caught unawares and it was so bittersweet.  Guys he curled up on his father's chest and my mom and I were both sort of crying!

#10:  Which Disney princess has the best sidekicks?
Oh, wow.  All of them are great.  I think I'm gonna say Anna, though, because, if you think about it, she has Olaf, Sven, AND Kristoff.  And they're all pretty cool:D

"Cute.  The three musketeers."  (If you got that movie reference, though…)

Bonus question:  Of the lesser known Disney movies, what one would you recommend?
The Hunchback of Notre Dame, absolutely.  It is epic and amazing and glorious and I don't care if it isn't a shred like Hugo's novel.  So there.  There are so many moments in that movie that give me those delightful, tingly, thrill-induced, that-was-so-good-that-I'm-having-a-physical-reaction goosebumps.  



I tag…

Lois
Hamlette
Natalie

and anyone else who loves Disney:D









Saturday, May 23, 2015

In which, behold, I steal yet another post idea from the blogging community

I'm going to do one of those "life update" posts.  I've never done that before, so we'll see how this goes;)

Lately, I've been…


Reading

Rilla of Ingleside, The Phantom of the Opera, Tuck Everlasting, and Wives and Daughters.  Not all at once, of course;)  See, I like to follow C. S. Lewis' advice whenever I get an excuse, and so when I came across a quote of his that goes something like this, "It is a good rule, when you have finished a new book, never to allow yourself another new one 'til you have read an old one in between," I half unconsciously decided that I would try that for an indefinite amount of time.  So far, it's been going well.  It can be aggravating, but I daresay it's good for me:)  

Anyway, "Rilla" and "Tuck" were rereads (and both very poignant rereads!), and PotO and "Wives" were/are newbies.  

My thoughts on "Phantom"…methinks perhaps I should save them for a post all their own?  Well…I suppose I'll just go ahead and spill them here.  I liked it, but…not as much as I hoped to, I'm afraid.  Of course, it is a Gothic romance, and that genre in general is not my favorite, truth be told.  So that's part of it.  But Raoul though.  Don't even get me started.  Was I ever shocked to find that Patrick Wilson's Raoul was alarmingly close to book-Raoul.  (Though, to be honest, I don't actually hate PW's portrayal too badly.  It's not exactly likable, but I don't hate it.)  What the heck?  Dude!  MAN UP.  I'm sorry, peoples, but the guy burst into tears about once every two pages.  Seriously.  He was like a male Elsie Dinsmore.  (And that, coming from me, is not a compliment.)  


*collects herself*  Ranting about Raoul aside, I did really admire the writing for the most part.  Leroux seemed as fond an italics-lover as I could wish a Gothic romance author to be ;), which I must say did get on my nerves occasionally.  But oh, my goodness, that ending was absolutely fantastic.  Wow.  When Erik comes and unburdens himself to the Persian…ohhhhh the pains and feels and bittersweetness!  And some of the phrases were phenomenal:  "Another sigh came from the abysmal depths of a soul…" ~ "He had a soul that could have held the empire of the world, and in the end he had to content himself with a cellar."  *Olivia applauds*  Well done.  Very well done.  So, overall, I did enjoy it, but as it is a Gothic romance it wasn't my favorite.

I'm finally approaching the end of that huge Wives and Daughters.  Granted, some of this progress was gained by--ahem--skimming, but hey, it's a free country.  I'm enjoying this one, as well.  Surprisingly, I'm really loving book-Cynthia.  Movie-Cynthia is nice, but I think that the book is giving me a chance to more thoroughly understand her, and she's just more likable.  The character of Cynthia is a very real one, I think.  She may not be an exemplary role model (cough), but she sure is real.  

Watching


Lark Rise to Candleford and Call the Midwife, mainly, with my parents.  I quite enjoy LRtC, but I NEED TO SPEW MY FEELS ABOUT CTM AT SOMEONE.  If any of you have watched this show, please comment.  I need to talk about Jimmy's idiocy and Chummy and Turner/Bernadette all that's happened in season two.  

Wasting time
I'm sorry this is so large, but I wanted you to see it in all its epic wow-ness.



Hanging out over at Zimbio, looking at celebrity gala photos and taking way too many purposeless tests.  I have to say, though, that in general I think the results I've gotten have been surprisingly accurate.  Except that every darn time I take their Disney princess quiz, I get Ariel.  Ariel.  Pretty name and all, but, no offense, she's like literally my least favorite princess.  Well…maybe Jasmine.  I don't know.  Don't hate me;)

Loving

Life :)






Wednesday, May 20, 2015

I did it again...



…And I've redone my look.  Again.  Do I do that too often?  Tell me truly, now.  (I may not listen, but I ought to hear it.)

What do you all think?  It's really rather wacky, I know.  As usual, I'm undecided.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Name the Actor/Actress Game {2}

So our Internet has decided to be an invalid today, and thus is refusing to allow me to comment on y'all's lovely posts.  This frustrates me:-/

Anyway, time for another game!  I'm going to do another of those name the person games.  Should be pretty self-explanatory:)


#1:


#2:


#3:


#4:  


#5:


#6:


#7:


#8:


#9:


#10:


Have fun!:D











Monday, May 18, 2015

The Grand and Glorious 'True Grit' Post

(I'm kinda/sorta plagiarizing this title from another blog, by the way.)

So.  Prepare thyself.  

I'm doing another one of those convoluted comparison posts (see previous ones here and here), this time about the Western True Grit.  I've now seen both the most recent movie adaptation (2010 with Jeff Bridges) and the original classic film (1969 with John Wayne), and I've read the book by Charles Portis.  Let the competition begin;)  

I watched the 2010 film version before I watched the 1969 or read the book, so my judgement and reasoning will probably clouded slightly by the fact that the 2010 was, for me, first come, first serve.


Reuben J. (Rooster) Cogburn

Jeff Bridges (2010, left) -- John Wayne (1969, right)

I think John Wayne immortalized Rooster for many people, so Jeff Bridges had a tough act to follow.  Personally, I think he followed it quite well.  

Of all the elements of the three different versions I'm discussing, the respective portrayals of Rooster were probably the things I liked most equally (if that makes any sense).  Both Wayne and Bridges were great in the role.  John Wayne brought out more toughness and sardonicism, in my opinion, while Jeff Bridges brought out more bumbling and vulnerability.  All those characteristics seem to be proponents of Rooster's character in the book, so I'd say that I like both interpretations almost equally, but with 2010 possibly edging out just the leetlest bit.  

Mr. LaBoeuf  

Matt Damon (2010, left) -- Glen Campbell (1969, right)

This one is a bit tough.  I like Matt Damon's portrayal better, but Glen Campbell's seemed almost more faithful to the book--which is a sad thing, if you think about it, because then one has to concede that book-LaBoeuf is sillier.  Ah, well.  I don't know.  It's not that I necessarily disliked Glen Campbell's version, but he was weirdly flirtatious and kept making moony eyes at Kim Darby's Mattie (Mattie reciprocated, though, so they're both penalized, hehe).  I can't quite decide if I ship LaBoeuf and Mattie or not.  I never really thought about it until my second or third viewing of the 2010 movie, and then I was confused.  'Cause, you see, there seems to be a slight--key word, slight--attraction between the two of them in the 2010, too, but it doesn't seem ridiculously sappy and irritating, which is more than I could say for the 1969.  But anyway.  Rambling now.

Mattie Ross

Hailee Steinfeld (2010, left) -- Kim Darby (1969, right)

*ahem*  Sooooo…

I like Hailee Steinfeld's portrayal better.  I'm sorry, people, but it's hardly a contest.  Kim Darby was just irritating as heck, and her hair bugged me to no end (I'm sorry, guys, but I don't think I've met a person who pulled of that hairstyle in an attractive way.  They may exist but I have yet to encounter them).  

*sigh*  Okay, okay, by the end Kim Darby had grown on me a little, but just a very little.  I think that overall, she was more whiny than book-Mattie is, BUT, unfortunately, that scene where she throws her temper tantrum over the possibility of Chaney hanging in Texas as opposed to Fort Smith and storms out of her confrontation with LaBoeuf and Rooster IS in the book (it's in the 2010 version, too, but it takes place under different circumstances, and Mattie does not stamp her foot and run out).  Which is a shame, because it seems so immature and, frankly, rather unChristian *prim voice*  I mean, there's nothing worse than revenge denied, right?  Yes, I said revenge.  I realize that Mattie's quest is a quest for justice, but…you have to admit, there is a fair sprinkling of revenge mixed in with it.  Of course, that is COMPLETELY understandably, but the fact remains.  And, ya know, revenge sort of runs contrary to God's Word…anywho.  Rambling again!  

Hailee Steinfeld, on the other hand, managed to be sweeter and more adult during the whole story, which is very nice.  

Lucky Ned Pepper

Barry Pepper (2010, left) -- Robert Duvall (1969, right)

WHY WAS ROBERT DUVALL NED PEPPER?!  The pain!  Of course, like most movie greats, he probably had to play the occasional "bad guy," but--but--but he's Hub!  And Print and…ah, well.  

Actually, as villains go, I suppose Ned Pepper is a fairly good one for Bobby (yes, I called him Bobby, don't judge) to portray.  At least there is a shred--the faintest shred--of decency in him.  "He don't kill people for no reason."  And he makes at least a halfhearted attempt to protect Mattie.  

Surprisingly, then, I think I actually prefer the 1969 on this one.

Tom Chaney

Josh Brolin (2010, left) -- Jeff Corey (1969, right)

Meh.  Whatever.  As I don't really care about this character, I don't really care which actor portrays him.  But I'll say Josh Brolin, I s'pose.  

Extra stuff

The MUSIC for the 2010, though!  OH. MY. WORD.  The main theme is "Leaning On the Everlasting Arms," and--squee!--I can actually play the beginning of the movie on the piano! :D

LaBoeuf actually dies in the 1969 movie, which isn't in the book, so that was a little sad, even though I wasn't all that emotionally invested in his character in the 1969.  

About the end:  in the book, it ends much as it does in the 2010 version, while in the 1969, it ends in a much happier way.  So...I'm torn.  I technically like the 1969 ending better, though.  

I think both movies were remarkably true to the book, but in different ways, for which I applaud the makers.  Overall, though,  I'd have to say I prefer the 2010 movie version, mostly because I prefer the cast, the music, and the way in which it was filmed to those of the 1969 (with the exception of John Wayne, Robert Duvall, and the ending).  

How about you all?














Sunday, May 10, 2015

10 Favorite Screen Characters Tag

Sarah and Hamlette have both tagged me for the 10 Favorite Screen Characters tag!  I'd seen the tag floating around and was debating stealing it anyway, so I'm quite excited:D

So!  Apparently what you do is list ten of your favorite movie/tv characters, elaborate a little, and then tag ten blogging friends.  Let's do it!;)

I'm going to mention ten of those characters whom I don't speak about much, because while a lot of these are new, I don't want to just keep rehashing the same people over and over--I mean, where's the fun in that?  (Do I preface too much in my posts?  Yeah, I think I do...)  Oh, and I refuse to make this a countdown list.  Just no.  And don't expect too much elaboration--I'm terrible at explaining why I love characters.  Just doesn't come easily to me *shrugs*, so…be prepared for lots of pictures and gifs to clog your connections, and little else;)

John Davinier from Belle



Have you watched Belle yet?  Because if you haven't, fix that heinous problem forthwith.  It is amazing and inspiring and beautiful and all the things a period drama should be:)

Now, about John Davinier.  Yep.  He's awesome.


Admit it--you melted into puddles of feels during that scene.  (And I was so happy to find gifs that accurately portray it!)

Bard from The Hobbit movies


Bard is pretty fantastic.  He's a strong leader, a peacemaker, one heck of a father, and just generally great.

Parker from Leverage 



I love how Parker has been through so much in her life, yet she remains so positive and happy (most of the time), that she just makes you smile.  All her little quirks are awesome.  And her vulnerability makes you want to protect her, doesn't it?:)



I started out a diehard Elliot/Parker shipper, but after a little while, I figured out that yes, everything worked out as it should have:D

Because Pardison is a precious ship.

 "When do the happy drugs wear off?"  
Her big brother/little sister relationship with Elliot is still adorable, though. 

Mushu from Mulan


Because I felt like including a Disney character, and Mushu is epic.  "Oh, I think my bunny slippers just ran for cover."

Theodore and Amos from The Apple Dumpling Gang (these two totally count as one; one does not simply separate Theodore and Amos)


You can read more about why I love this duo here.  Long story short, they are hilarious (I mean, Don Knotts and Tim Conway!), and they can even manage to make a sequel that doesn't include Donovan and Dusty and the kids an entertaining movie.  

Reuben J. (Rooster) Cogburn from True Grit (either version, but particularly 2011)


Oh, the immortal Rooster;)  I love how Rooster is so uncouth and (at times) scatterbrained, but deep down he's really got a good heart and loves Mattie.  The warm fuzzies:D

Tom Harte from Broken Trail



You won't fully understand until you watch Broken Trail, and then you will.  So go watch it;)

Mr. LaBoeuf from True Grit (2011)


You love LaBoeuf.  You know you do.  

THIS. LINE.  'Nuff said.


"I'm a Texas Ranger."

Che from Evita 


Even though the character of Che isn't exactly explained with perfect clarity, I love him more each time I watch it.  AND THE END.  The end gets me every. single. time.  Even if I'm just listening to the music.  Because, guys, he really does love her under all the frustration and the anger and OH THE PAIN!

This picture…why is someone out to try and break my heart...


Neal from Once Upon a Time



Despite my personal opinion that he is in a constant state of looking hungover, Neal is a great guy.  And I'll admit…*SPOILERS* I cried when he died. *END OF SPOILERS*  

Bahahahahaha



I can't decide between Team Neal and Team Kilian.  It's too hard.


Whew!  That took me way too long…but anyway, thanks for tagging me, you two!:D

Now for those I tag: