Thursday, January 28, 2016

Inkling Explorations {January 2016}

It's rather embarrassing, really, how long it took me to come up with a suitable selection for this month's Inkling Explorations.  I simply couldn't think of a good choice for quite a while, but now, at last, I'm ready to share :)

This month's prompt is:

~ a New Year or "new beginnings" passage in literature ~

I'm going with the new beginnings theme, and the excerpt I'm posting is from one of my favorite books, Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis (btw, you can read my review of it here, if you're so inclined).  This will contain spoilers, because it's practically the last few pages of the book.  Orual has finally come face-to-face with the gods, and is having her questions answered (that's a lame explanation; Lewis does it better).  She is ready to love Psyche truly, instead of with the obsessive and possessive passion with which she has hitherto treated her.  She is at last about to let go of her bitterness and resentment and doubt and fear, and live anew in the real knowledge of her encounter with the gods.  (And I apologize in advance, it's a little long.)

I stood up then; all wet with a kind of tears that do not flow in this country.  [Psyche] stood before me, holding out something for me to take.  Now I knew that she was a goddess indeed.  Her hands burned me (a painless burning) when they met mine.  The air that came from her clothes and limbs and hair was wild and sweet; youth seemed to come into my breast as I breathed it.  And yet (this is hard to say) with all this, even because of all this, she was the old Psyche still; a thousand times more her very self than she had been before the Offering.  For all that had then but flashed out in a glance or a gesture, all that one meant most when one spoke her name, was now wholly present, not to be gathered up from hints nor in shreds, not some of it in one moment and some in another.  Goddess?  I had never seen a real woman before.

"Did I not tell you, Maia," she said, "that a day was coming when you and I would meet in my house and no cloud between us?"

Joy silenced me.  And I thought I had now come to the highest, and to the utmost fullness of being which the human soul can contain.  But now, what was this?  You have seen the torches grow pale when men open the shutters and broad summer morning shines in on the feasting hall?  So now.  Suddenly, from a strange look in Psyche's face (I could see she knew something she had not spoken of), or from a glorious and awful deepening of the blue sky above us, or from a deep breath like a sigh uttered all round us by invisible lips, or from a deep, doubtful, quaking and surmise in my own heart, I knew that all this had been only a preparation.  Some far greater matter was upon us.  The voices spoke again; but not loud this time.  They were awed and trembled.  "He is coming," they said.  "The god is coming into his house.  The god comes to judge Orual."

If Psyche had not held me by the hand I should have sunk down.  She had brought me now to the very edge of the pool.  The air was growing brighter and brighter around us; as if something had set it on fire.  Each breath I drew let into me new terror, joy, overpowering sweetness.  I was pierced through and through with the arrows of it.  I was being unmade.  I was no one.  But that's little to say; rather, Psyche herself was, in a manner, no one.  I loved her as I would once have thought it impossible to love, would have died any death for her.  And yet, it was not, not now, she that really counted.  Or if she counted (and oh, gloriously she did) it was for another's sake.  The earth and stars and sun, all that was or will be, existed for his sake.  And he was coming.  The most dreadful, the most beautiful, the only dread and beauty there is, was coming.  

Friday, January 22, 2016

5 movie moments that are gloriously, deep-down-in-my-soul joyous

You know those (beautiful) moments when you're watching a movie, and something happens that just fills you with this deep joy?  Usually (at least, in my experience) they happen at the end of a movie and just make you want to cry from the beauty.  Maybe it's a quiet exhilaration that you know is nonetheless rooted deep in your soul, or maybe it's a wild, unreasoning jubilation that makes you feel like jumping up and down and waving your arms in the air.

Anyway, I thought I'd share five random movie moments that elicit that kind of a response from me!  (And this will contain spoilers for these movies, you've been warned.)

"The music is all around us.  All you have to do is listen."

GAH THIS PART.  This movie.  Have you watched this movie?  'Cause you need to watch this movie.  It's so ridiculously amazing, you won't know what hit you.  It's one of those that you have to just let yourself feel, not try to reason out.  It's gripping, it's original, it's emotional, and the ending is one of THE MOST BEAUTIFUL things you'll ever see.  

(Oops, I never actually clarified which movie this is, did I?  It's called August Rush, and you must watch it.  It has one *ahem* problem, which I'd be happy to explain in the comments section, should anyone be interested.  BUT IT'S SO FLIPPIN' GORGEOUS.)

"You men concern yourselves with the eternal verities.  We women are content to ponder the petty things in life."

For some reason, the ending of Wives and Daughters makes me SO. HAPPY.  That quote of Lady Harriet's (can we just take a moment to appreciate her awesomeness??  go read this post of Cordy's), and then the immediate change in climate as we see Roger looking out, and then he turns…the drums crescendo into a triumphant and beautiful musical theme…and Molly is walking along the plains of Africa with her Roger.  And for reasons unknown to me, it makes me ridiculously happy.

"Let him run, Ronnie, let him run!"

So this--the final race in Secretariat--is one of those that makes you feel like leaping and screaming (probably because that's what everyone else is doing, and the herd mentality starts to kick in).  Because what this horse did is literally superhuman (superanimal?), and after everything Penny has gone through, all the loss and rejection and failure and pressure, HE'S GOING TO WIN.  And "Oh Happy Day" starts playing, which is just one of the most glorious and stunning gospel numbers EVAH.  It's so happy, people!!!

"I declare the Bill for the Abolition of the Slave Trade to be passed."

I MEAN.  THIS PART.  You know that you cry, at least inwardly, every stinkin' time.  I don't even know what to say about this part; it's that beautiful.

"It counted, it totally counted."

Bethany's last wave from the movie Soul Surfer.  It's exhilarating and awe-inspiring and joyous all in one, and even though the judges didn't count it (which was, unfortunately, a good call, because she did stand up after the horn), it's still magnificent.  And the music during that part is soooooo good.  I have it on my iPod :D

What are some of your heart-moments in films?
Do we have any of the same ones?

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Red Carpet Eye Candy…{2}

Hiya, people!  WELL, I finally got around to replying to y'all's lovely comments (actually, I'll be doing that as I write this, hehe).

Coming off of Cinderella Week, I thought p'raps a nice new commentary on some lovely red carpet dresses might be in order.  Shall we?

Sadly, I'm not a huge fan of most of what Hailee Steinfeld wears for the red carpet, but THIS DRESS.  Phew.  T'is beautiful:  a gorgeous color for her, the accents seem to fit her personality well, and the styling is also awesome.

I usually prefer a full-on, floor-length gown for the red carpet, but this is adorable.  Well done, Bailey, well done!  (Also, did you guys know that Hailee Steinfeld and Bailey Madison are friends?  The pictures of the premiere of Romeo and Juliet are rather precious.)  Anyway, I love the detail at the top of the dress, and the twist the mini cape puts on it.

Beautiful!  I love the styling choices Cate Blanchett made.  I'm usually not big on this color for a dress, but I really like it here.

UM.  YES.  (Okay, the leg slit might be pushing it a bit, but still.  It's gorgeous.)

Okay, I know I already posted a picture of this dress, but IT'S SO FLUFFY I'M GONNA DIIIIIIEEEE!  Ahem.  It's just so effortless and elegant.  And that color is spot-on PERFECT for Lupita Nyong'o.  

Dang.  The glitter, people, THE GLITTER.  It's so sparkly and lovely!

This is the dress Elle Fanning wore to the Maleficent premiere (in case the poster in the background didn't clue you in), and I've loved it ever since I first saw it on her!  Iddn't it pwetty?!?!  The details (tiny littler flower appliqu├ęs) are so whimsical and delightful, and so well-befitting the Sleeping Beauty :)

What do you all think of these dresses?  
Had you seen most of them before?  
Do you have a favorite "go-to" red carpet lady?

Thursday, January 7, 2016

"Have courage and be kind." ~ Cinderella Week

*wherein Olivia will insert many pictures of various Cinderellas staring thoughtfully off into the middle distance*

I never really considered Cinderella to be one of my favorite princesses, so I've been a little surprised at my own enthusiasm for this Cinderella Week.  It got me thinking, what is it about the story of Cinderella that so appeals to us?  What is it about it that so appeals to me?  So here I am to importune you further with farfetched, rambling philosophic conjectures, lovely pictures, and hopefully some fun :)

One thing I've realized that I love about the story of Cinderella (at least, in some of the versions) is how imaginative she is.  She daydreams a lot, and she lets herself!  She knows it doesn't keep her from faithfully and thoroughly performing her duties, so where's the harm?  As someone who spends quite a lot of time inside my own head, I like that :D  Isn't it fun to let your mind ponder the intricacies of Pauline and Mrs. Harris' relationship when you're washing the dishes, or sigh contentedly over some Rather Lovely hero?  Though Cinderella's situation is often dismal, she keeps up her courage and cultivates her natural optimism through cherishing her dreams and imagining the possibility of, someday, a better life--whether that better life is to be attained through a visit to the palace, a kind friend, or a regaining of her home.  

Cinderella is unquestionably a dreamer, and she knows it.  

Cinderella is also a very hard worker.  ("Thanks, Captain Obvious.")  Though her life is unfair and her stepfamily cruel and demanding, she doesn't sit around moping, nor does she run away to escape their tyranny.  She just quietly and confidently assumes the role unjustly foisted onto her for the good of others.  I like how this point is made in both Ever After and '15 Cinderella:  the girl is committed to sticking it out because she knows that's what her parents would have wanted.  A new stepmother has control of her childhood home, the home she's grown up in, the home her parents loved--and she's not about to see it go to ruin.  

Perhaps one of the reasons we love this story is because it has such a worthy heroine.  Life certainly hasn't thrown her sunshine and daisies, and yet she remains humble, kind, and diligent.  

The Cinderella story has such important, though overlooked, lessons.  "Have faith in your dreams, and someday your rainbow will come smiling through."  "Have courage and be kind; for where there is kindness, there is goodness, and where there is goodness, there is magic."  And, to quote my mother, "Do not let your circumstances dictate who you are."  

The tale illustrates the power of dreams, yes, but especially, and more simply, the power of optimism.  Refusing to sink into despair, no matter how low your station becomes; no matter how bleak and changeless your future looks; no matter how undervalued you are; no matter how much others choose to degrade you.  

And, of course, we all love the rags-to-riches aspect of the story.  But why is that?  We rejoice when a woman, who has so much to give but so little expectations or prospects, is finally united with a man who appreciates her for who she is and who will give her the life she deserves, taking her out of the destitution of her former life.  

What if the reason we all find ourselves so drawn to this the story is that it is, in essence, what happened for us through Christ?  Of course, I recognize that there are worlds of difference between the story of salvation and the story "of the little cinder girl"--Cinderella was taken into the royal family because she herself deserved it, while we will never be able to deserve what Jesus did for us.  But the beauty for ashes portion of the tale is the same.  Jesus Christ took a broken world that was poverty-stricken in more ways than one and ransomed it.  He redeemed the desolation of humanity and gave us the hope of future glory.  Like Cinderella, we now have access to our own Prince.  Ours is a Prince of Peace, and He invites us to leave behind the destitution of our sin and thrive in the light of His majesty.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Sabrina {1995} ~ Cinderella Week

Once upon a time, on the north shore of Long Island, not far from New York, there was a very, very large mansion--almost a castle...

I first stumbled into watching this movie rather casually.  I vaguely remembered having seen pictures of it in random places, so, since I was babysitting, had neglected to bring any movies of my own, and now  had an hour or so to kill before the parents got back, this movie in their collection caught my eye.  I gave it a quick Internet check-up (because I had heard funny rumormongerings--that's not a word--of it being about a witch, and ain't nobody got time for dat), received the all-clear, and decided to give it a try.  And since it's a sort of Cinderella tale, it works for this week ;)  Oh, and another thing:  yes, this is a remake of the black-and-white Audrey Hepburn/Humphrey Bogart film of the same name.  I haven't seen the original yet, so I don't know how it compares.

Here's the synopsis, taken from the back of my VHS copy:

Love is a funny thing.  Especially when Harrison Ford, Julia Ormond and Greg Kinnear form the warmest, winningest romantic triangle ever.  Directed by Syndey Pollack (Tootsie), Sabrina shimmers like a fairy tale come true.  Ford plays Linus Larrabee, a busy tycoon who has no room for love in his appointment book.  But when a romance between his playboy brother (Kinnear) and Sabrina (Ormond), daughter of the family chauffeur, threatens one of Linus' business deals, the CEO clears his schedule for some ruthlessness.  He courts Sabrina, intending to drop her when the deal closes.  Will "the world's only living heart donor" discover his heart?  Of course!  But, like the best journeys, the fun isn't just the destination, it's the getting there.

I like that synopsis, because it kind of captures "the spirit" of the movie, dontcha know.  Warm--winning--shimmery--that's this movie.  It's a lot a bit cheesy in parts, but the humor is so quick to save the day, and the atmosphere is bewitchingly delightful.  

As Sabrina travels to Paris and spends I don't remember how long there, a good bit of the movie has a decidedly Parisian feel.  The sets are elegant, the music is twinkly, jazzy, and adequate, and the costuming is beauteous.  Of course, it centers around a wealthy family and their staff, so naturally it's upper-classy.  The Larabees' solarium is really lovely, as are the grounds, the shots in Paris, etc. 

I like Sabrina moderately (the actual character, I mean).  She's not a favorite, or anything, but she's very sweet, kind and strong.  She's rather…ahem…David-crazy, but of course that's resolved.  She returns from Paris confident but still gentle, and I like her before-and-after.

LINUS.  LINUS THOUGH.  Part of me loves him (because, HELLOOO, Harrison Ford), and part of me can't get over how slightly ridiculous the movie is, and consequently his character.  

As to the rest of the characters…the servants are quite lovable, particularly Sabrina's father.  I mean, he decided to be a chauffeur because he wanted to have time to read!  Can a guy get better? ;D  David annoys me to no end for the vast majority of the movie, but at least he shapes up by the end.  I like Elizabeth, and Maud, and the secretary whose name I'm forgetting.  

I promise, Sabrina and Linus DO wear things other than evening
gowns and tuxedoes.

How's about some highlights from the dialogue?  Yes?

"So if there's anything I can ever do…"
"Could you bring me back one of those little Eiffel Tower paperweights?"

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ 

[talking to his mother on the phone] "Here?  Lousy.  So far I'm more affected than she is; I d--n near cried twice."

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ 

"You're talking about my life!"
"I pay for your life, David!  My life makes your life possible."
"I resent that!"
"So do I!"

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ 

"The most difficult tickets to get will be for a Broadway musical."
"…That means that the performers will periodically dance about and burst into song."

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ 

"You don't deserve her, but she appears to love you."
"Yeah, see, doesn't that worry you a little bit--I mean, about her…mental health?"

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

"What'd you get her?"
"Portable fax machine."
"You sentimental fool."

Now, as to content.  For the most part, this is a moderately appropriate film.  It's PG; there are a couple iffy parts.  For instance, the younger Larrabee brother is a major playboy.  That's part of the focus of the film--his affinity for women, and his ability to charm them.  We do see a non-explicit glimpse of him and his latest party flame beginning to…well, you know…in the solarium, but his whole attitude toward relationships, while portrayed as a little lovable, is also shown to be irresponsible, if not wrong.  At one point in the movie, Sabrina is hurt by hearing the news of David's engagement (she receives a letter while in Paris), and she starts to you-know-what with a man she's been getting to know.  HOWEVER, the man realizes that, I dunno, "her heart's not in it", and he basically tells him that she can't solve her problems through sex, but through facing them intelligently (not in those words, of course).  We get the feeling that they don't actually…proceed, and all that.  So that's goodish.  Other than that, there's some pretty minor swearing (I don't remember any particulars, but nothing too atrocious, though I'm sure the Lord's name is used in vain pretty regularly, as with most movies) and some other minor innuendoes (like when the servants are discussing someone they thought was gay, but who actually wasn't).  The movie might be pushing the PG rating, but not badly.

Overall, I like this movie.  It's thoroughly enjoyable, once you understand that it's cheesy as cheddar in some parts and proud of that.  In spite of the silliness, you do get attached to the characters, and you don't mind the ridiculous plots and plans, because the movie knows it's rather on the corny side. 

I recommend it:  it has a terrific cast, some killer lines, and a sumptuous atmosphere.  Go give it a try! 

Monday, January 4, 2016

Tag Answers ~ Cinderella Week

Here are my answers to the tag Heidi has posted!  Be sure to check out the post in the link--Cinderella Week has officially begun!!! :)

1. In the vast array of fairytale heroines, what particular character qualities most define Cinderella?
I would say hope, kindness and imagination.

2. What are some of the deeper, big picture differences you see between retellings where both stepsisters are nasty and others where one is nasty and one is kind? How do you think the two takes differently develop/illuminate/affect Cinderella’s character and also the overarching story itself?  
I prefer retellings where one stepsister is kind (Ever After for the win!).  For one thing, I rather feel that this balance between nastiness and kindness is more realistic--isn't there a good chance that an exacting mother's personality wouldn't have affected at least one sister?  When both stepsisters are awful, frivolous wretches, we have no choice but to dislike the entirety of Cinderella's newly acquired family, but if one of the sisters is a decent human being, there's some equilibrium, and Cinderella isn't wholly on her own.  I think it also adds another layer to the retelling that way.  That's part of the reason why, in my personal opinion, Ever After is the best Cinderella retelling I've experienced:  it's realistic.  It's textured, layered, it's just a wholly delightful movie ;)

3. Are you an animal lover? Would you eagerly count mice, lizards, cows, and geese as friends? Dogs and cats?  
Most certainly, I am ;)  I read and watched a lot of stories that centered around animals when I was younger, and I still really love those kinds of stories, such as the Redwall series and The Wind in the Willows.  And yes, I would!

4. After asking question #3, I realized how remarkably many of the adaptations I’ve seen have Cinderella either horseback riding or involved with horses. Have you ever ridden? If so, have you ever ridden sidesaddle or bareback?  
Good point, that.  No, sadly, I have never ridden, but I've always thought it would be rather cool.  (Unless you count those occasional awkward experiences we all had as kids wherein we would sit on a horse, a stranger would lead them slowly and methodically in a circle, and you would get off having gained nothing.  KIDDING.  I'M KIDDING.)

5. Your favorite Cinderella dress/s?  
So, I'm in a bit of a pickle here.  I love and adore and sigh blissfully over almost ever single Cinderella dress I've seen, BUT I've just now discovered that in general, I'm not a hugely devoted fan of a full-on ball gown for my own personal style (as in, I love them and I love looking at them, and they make me oodles-of-happy and all, but I don't know how well they would look on me).  So I really love the long, loose, and flowing look.  I guess, long-winded explanation aside, my favorite Cinderella dress would be 2015 Ella's wedding dress.  T'IS SO GORGEOUS.

6. Do you ever think of Cinderella while doing your household chores? :)  
Haha!  Not really, actually.  Not sure why, but it just doesn't seem to happen a lot.

7. What major character traits do you think are essential in a faithful prince?  
Hmm…as in a Cinderella prince?  Well, I absolutely love both Kit and Henri, and I think they both bring out great "princely qualities".  I'd say (for a Cinderella prince, mind you--not necessarily a possible Significant Other for moi, though he should have these qualities too ;P) respect, inner peace strength, and humility.  

8. Your top THREE favorite fairy tales (as in the original folk tales, not adaptations).  
…Does Barrie's original Peter Pan count?  Imma pretend it does.  So that, probably Beauty and the Beast (I haven't read up on the original tale yet), and definitely Hans Christian Anderson's original Little Mermaid.  I don't care for the Disney movie, but the original tale, at least as I've heard it, is GORGEOUS.  Sad, but beautifully sad.   

9. Your top FIVE current favorite fairy tale/legend type films (BESIDES any Cinderella adaptations).  Sheesh!  I don't think I can pick.  However, one that I'm really obsessed with right now is a childhood favorite:  The Swan Princess.  It's non-Disney, hilarious, beautiful, and just generally DA BESTEST.  My header is a still from it, in case you were wondering.  

10. If you could play Cinderella and the story could be set in any region of the world and anytime period, what would you pick? And what would your dream ‘ball gown’ for it be like?  
I'd love--GUYS.  I just had a brainwave.  A Middle-earth Cinderella.  HECK. TO THE YES.  Can you imagine?!  Okay, okay, SO:  there's an elven prince who falls for an elf maiden of inferior social rank.  I JUST.  I don't even care if it's inconsistent with Tolkien's world, right now I'm totally digging this.  And that way, I could wear a long, flowing, sleek ball gown, instead of an actual ball gown!

This'll do.  Or, something similar, not necessarily that exactly.

11. And (purely for fun :))… what color/s do you immediately associate with Cinderella?  
Blue and white, of course ;)  And hints of pink and gold.

Thanks for the tag and the week, Heidi! :)

The grand and glorious Ella Enchanted post ~ Cinderella Week

Hello, lovelies!  Here is a contribution to Heidi's epic Cinderella Week--I'm here to talk about the story of Ella Enchanted.

Let us jump right in, shall we?  Comparing the book and the movie, dontcha know.  Oh, and I watched the movie before I read the book.  (The order in which you experienced a story can have a great bearing on your opinions about it, can't it?)  Spoilers will be given free reign!!!

Now, Ella is not my favorite character, to be blunt.  She's okay, but she's a bit too…oh, what's the word…feisty isn't quite the thing…she's just a bit too--much for me.  Her personality doesn't jibe well with mine, and all that.  And she says practically everything she thinks (rather lacking in tact, what), which bothers me.  For instance, I know she sensed immediately that Hattie was insincere, and I know she was going through a lot at the reception to her mother's funeral (well, duh), but was it really necessary to say some of the frankly rude things she said to Hattie?  I submit that is was NOT.

But for all that, she has some strong points.  She befriends the unpopular, she's independent, and she sticks up for herself.

Given that I don't care for her that much as a character, I don't have a very strong opinion of which portrayal I prefer, book or movie.  I suppose, if I had to choose, I might like movie-Ella just slightly better, but that's probably because of Anne Hathaway.  So, yeah.  Movie-Ella also seems a wee bit calmer than book-Ella, if you get my drift.  Characters such as book-Ella make me feel kind of tense and defensive, but movie-Ella doesn't really do that to me.  Although…no, wait, scratch that.  They're about equal.  Gah, I don't know!  I'm indecisive.

Char, though…Char I like *girlish grin*  He's a sweetheart.  I love how kind he is to Ella, and how much he loves her.

As to which version of him I like better…hmm, that's a toughie.  Movie-Char is a bit more serious and more "British" (hehe), while book-Char is obviously younger and a little more playful.  Hugh Dancy does a pretty good job of bringing out book-Char's character while putting a bit of a spin on it.  Especially given the major deviations from the book's plot he had to deal with *ahem*

Since there's no Evil Uncle Edgar in the book, Char isn't having to take sides in some sociopolitical issue; he has, by all accounts, a good relationship with his father and his mother, and he's agreeable to the idea of being king.  I think I prefer book-Char, but movie-Char is nice too.  ("Well, I thought that maybe this might be a good time to possibly have a little heart-to-heart…but now I'm thinking maybe I should just come back when there's been a little less drinking.")

(Wow.  That right there is literary critique at its finest...NOT.)

In general, I much prefer the book to the movie.  I'm sure those of you who've watched movie can probably understand why ;P  It's not that I don't like the movie, because I do, on occasion and if I'm in the right mood for it.  The problem is, that occasion seldom comes, and I'm seldom in that mood.  Where the book is simply but elegantly written, the movie is frankly cheesy, not to mention the crudity of the humor.  (The ogres' costumes…just…enough said.)

The book, when I discovered it after watching the movie, quickly became my absolute favorite book for a time.  I was irrevocably in love.  In fact, during one week-long family vacation, I read it at least two or three times, and was on the verge of beginning my third or fourth re-read when my parents intervened.

The writing style isn't ornate, but it's good.  Kind of reminds me of Kirby Larson's Hattie Big Sky, actually, but sprinkled with a touch of the glitter that comes from writing about a fairytale.

By contrast, the movie is…well.  Where does one begin with the movie.  On the one hand, it's a colorful, quirky, clever twist on the story.  On the other hand, it's just a twist.  There is almost no resemblance to the book's story to be found in the movie.  Char and Ella are more or less the same, but other key characters are materially different.  Take Hattie--um, what?!  I mean, I get that she's at heart a terrible person, but she was subtly cruel, not blatantly rude.  And personally, I liked that better in the book.  Also, Ella's relationship with her father isn't good in the book, but in the movie they're the best of friends--a change I do like ;)  Mandy is a beautiful, young fairy, instead of the rather old friend/cook/mentor of the book.  Slannen is a main character, instead of a one-time acquaintance who's invited to Char and Ella's wedding.  And they also throw in a couple completely unprecedented characters:  the Bad Guy uncle, Edgar, and Mandy's trapped-in-a-book boyfriend, Benny.  I…don't really see the need for these changes, but…okay.  I don't mind when a movie is a bit different from the book, especially as, like with this story, I often watch the movie first, but this is rather "the bally limit."  Seriously.  

For all that, though, the movie does have some clever lines, some fun music, and it's mildly entertaining.  I really do enjoy it, when I'm in the mood for it.  (And I love Ella's wedding dress!  Before she…well, revamps it.)  It's got its strengths, and it's definitely got its weaknesses, let's just leave it at that, shall we?  

Here's this for you.

Hmm, what next…ooh, favorite parts?  

From the book, I absolutely LOVE the part at Sir Peter's and Lady Olga's wedding, when Char and Ella hide away and go exploring, and they find the slipper, and slide down the bannister.  IT'S JUST SO CUTE.  

From the movie…well, I have to say, I'm a sucker for big song-and-dance numbers at the close of a film, so I kind of like the end ;)  Even though it's silly and a bit *'hem* much, I gotta admit that I enjoy it.  

Final decision?  The book wins, hands down.  It's simple, intriguing, cozy, nostalgic, witty, and just generally delightful.  The movie has its strong points, but overall it's a bit too cheesy and at-times-crude for my taste *primly*

This is one of my very favorite stories (at least, book-wise), and I've enjoyed discussing it with you! :)  

Be sure to check out Heidi's blog for more awesome Cinderella goodness throughout the week!  Also, Hamlette is hosting a STUPENDOUS couple of giveaways, too.  I plan to be returning with tag answers and a review of the 1995 Sabrina over the next couple of days, but I may do something else as well if I can't contain my excitement ;)  

Friday, January 1, 2016

"Bertie…it is young men like you who make a person with the future of the race at heart despair."


Remember how I made all those great promises I apparently didn't intend to keep about posting and commenting and all that?  'Hem, yes, well, it appears that I really oughtn't do that, since I seem to be so incapable of seeing it through.  It appears I wasn't thinking about the fact that I was going to have four teeth cut out of my head on the 29th, which did happen, and from which I am still recovering.  (Seriously.  Wisdom teeth.  JUST WHY?!?!?!)  I can hardly describe to you all the sheer thrill of both you and your mom having to get up at unholy hours of the wee sma's so you can take medicine.  ("So, you're waking me up to give me medicine to help me sleep."  Thank you, Wilby, for having a quote for everything.)

But I'm getting there…slowly…with the help of Disney, solitaire, Youtube, and various other film delicacies, like Legally BlondeBringing Up Baby, We Bought a Zoo and Hidalgo.  I also persuaded my parents to rent the 2015 Cinderella so I could watch it again, so apparently there are advantages to this kind of barbarism that orthodontia requires.

Sob story of my trials aside, I don't know how many of the reviews I suggested I might write will actually happen.  And I know you are all lovely, patient, kindly faithful followers, so you'll doubtless tell me not to worry about it, but I do apologize for my habit of making quasi-promises about reviews--or, for that matter, posts in general--and not keeping them.  Seriously, it means a lot that through my nonsensical madness you guys still put up with me and interact with me :')  

So Happy New Year, my dear beloved bloggie buddies!  Here's to 2016--may we all grow closer to our Lord and Savior and to each other.  

I'm really getting excited for Heidi's Cinderella Week!  I've got a couple posts done, and I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone will turn out :D  

GUYS.  I got an Andy Griffith CD I wanted in my stocking!  An Andy Griffith CD of him singing hymns, for crying out loud!  YES I DID AND IT IS FABULOUS.  I listened to it this morning and it makes me oodles-of-happy.  

The Lord is amazing, you guys know that?  Well, see that you don't forget it, even when it's tempting.

So that's more or less…that…oh, wait!  I remember another thing I wanted to tell you:  the Bookshelf Project is now officially over.  I know, I KNOW, I had just one more shelf and I probably should have stuck it out, but with the exception of a Jeeves and Wooster "omnibus" and Lorna Doone (both of which I'll probably read eventually anyway), none of the five books on the shelf were classics, so I don't really feel too bad not completing it.  Start the new year with a clean slate, what.  I'm now inching my way through Anna Karenina…not sure how long this attempt will last ;)  

I LOVE YOU GUYS.  Apologies about the short, rambling nature of this little explanatory post…I'm on three medications, so thusly my body has been enduring a veritable flooding of unusual drugs, and if I'm not dreadfully lucid, I'll blame it on that.  Go watch The Hunchback of Notre Dame, y vaya con Dios!