Wednesday, July 12, 2017

My Top 10 Chick-Flicks


Soul-baring time: I actually really like chick-flicks.

I haven't seen a ton, but I've seen several, and yes, I'm now going to talk about my favorites. ;D  But first, some preambles:

#1.  Since chick-flicks do tend to be heavier on innuendo and such (duh), there are varying levels of content in each of these movies.  I probably won't give a very detailed summary of said content for each film, for time reasons, but if any of you want to know more about my thoughts on a particular movie, feel free to ask in the comments.  I'll try to provide a satisfactory overview. :)  (One blanket statement I can make, however, is that there are no sex scenes in any of these films, though some of them do feature main characters who are living with partners prior to marriage.)

#2.  I've thought long and hard about this list (too long and too hard, heh), and especially about what constitutes a "chick-flick" in my mind.  (Condensed version for you curious types:  has to be at least semi-contemporarily set, has to be at least mostly lighthearted, and has to feature at least a light romance for the main character.  I'm probably forgetting something else, too.)  Movies like Ever After, Mirror Mirror, Roman Holiday, The Princess Diaries, A Walk to Remember, and The Parent Trap won't appear in this post because they seem to me to belong to a different genre. Okie-dokie?

#3.  An asterisk next to the title indicates that the title is linked to a review that I've written!  (Whiiiich will only happen for three movies.  But anyway.)

#4.  Since a picture is worth a thousand words and all that, I'll probably let the pictures do most of the talking for most of these films.  (But then again, most of the pictures have dialogue on them, so . . . )  And again, they're all over the place in terms of size.  Sorry for any disorienting effects. :-P

And now, the list!


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#10.  10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

This is one of those that is what some would call "edgier," but I really like it.  Yes, some of the content seems a bit unnecessary to me (particularly the guidance counselor's "novel" and conversations), but for all that I think the movie actually has some really good messages.



For those of you who don't know, 10 Things is a modern-day spin on The Taming of the Shrew (and in my personal opinion is vastly superior to the play).  I LOVE the characters -- Kat, Patrick, Bianca, Cameron, Cameron's friend (is his name William?), Mandela, Mr. Stratford . . . even Joey is entertaining.

(Plus, there's Heath Ledger as Patrick Verona, and he is . . . a dear chap. :D)





#9.  The Proposal (2009)



I really like Ryan Reynolds' and Sandra Bullock's chemistry.  This one has some great banter, good character arcs, and some awesome scenery (since it takes place in Alaska).  The supporting cast is also great.  (Be forewarned, though, that this one also has some more content than some of the others.)




#8.  What a Girl Wants (2003)




This one is so cuuuuuuuuuute. <3  I mean, it's Colin Firth in a Parent Trap-esque story, and it features culture clash and a mainly British cast and, underneath all the corniness, some surprising heart.  The teen romance isn't too annoying, which is always a plus.  (I really like Anna Chancellor's character, even though she's an antagonist -- she's really funny. :)  Plus, just the fact that Anna Chancellor is in it with Colin Firth -- it's like P&P all over again.)  And it's just very fun and humorous (the dialogue is golden) and sweet and I like it a lot. :)





#7.  Two Weeks Notice (2002)



I think at least a solid 35% of why this movie is so engaging is the fact that George is British, but the basic storyline is cute, too. :)  Hugh Grant is ridiculously endearing as George, and Sandra Bullock is a nice balance for him as Lucy.  Sandra Bullock does really well in chick-flick roles, I think. :-P  (She's good in dramatic roles, too, of course.)





I don't know what to say about this here, since I said most of it in my review and you can just go read that, but I really like this movie.  I love how atmospheric it is, and I love the characters and the cast (Harrison Ford <3) and the storyline.  So basically all of it. :-P





#5.  Leap Year (2010)


I've seen this one so many times that I'm not suuuuuper crazy about it at the moment, but it was one of the first chick-flicks I watched, and it's still a great one.  Anna is adorable, Declan is awesome, it's set in Ireland (so the scenery and soundtrack are wonderful), and you should try it.





#4.  While You Were Sleeping (1995)


This one is so SWEET and wholesome and mainly clean and feel-good and adorable, aaaaaahhhhh!  Lucy Eleanor Moderatz (I love her name) is totally #friendgoals and the family focus is just precious . . . *sighs again*  (Also, can we all just take a minute to appreciate Joe Jr. for a minute??)  I love the Callahans so much. 

 

Granted, Lucy's loneliness can actually give the movie almost a depressing tinge at moments, but that makes the bonds that develop between her and each member of the family all the more heartwarming and satisfactory.



#3.  You've Got Mail (1998)



I love this one!  It's so fresh-seeming and engaging, and such a pick-me-up.  Also, the script is amazing.  And it's semi-clean!  (Not all the way.  But it's fairly harmless.) 



Also, CAN WE JUST TAKE A MINUTE TO APPRECIATE THE BRILLIANCE OF MEG RYAN'S SICK SCENE.  So. stinking. accurate.  For some reason, it always just makes me so happy -- the congestion ("It was personal to bme"), the flurries of Kleenex, the random-osity. 


(Really, Meg Ryan's performance in this movie in general just makes me happy.  She's so effervescent and cheery.)  And, of course, Joe is adorable in this scene, too -- how he comes to check on her and bring her flowers and tucks her in to bed.  Happies. :)





Okay, so, this one is technically kind of a fantasy, but it's also enough of a chick-flick that I felt justified in including it.  I love this movie; it's very special to me.  Go read the review if you want more deets. :-P


And #1 is . . .



I LOVE THIS MOVIE LIKE REALLY A WHOLE LOT. <3 <3 <3 <3 <3  I don't even know if I could fully explain why.  I just do.  :) 






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Do you like chick-flicks?
If so, do we share any favorites?
Are there any you recommend?





Monday, June 26, 2017

Yet Another Humongous Tag Post, Part I


** EDIT **  Apparently, I initially marked George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty Four as read, but I have only started it.  So, really, I have read 19 of these books, not 20, and have started 6.  My bad. :-P

So, I'm behind on tags again (shocker), and I was planning to have another huge post, but . . . I think it'd actually be too long, this time, to fill out all the tags in one post. Ergo the "Part I" addendum to the title.

Thank you so much to the two lovely ladies whose tags I will be filling out in this first edition!  Y'all rock. <3  Let's get started! 

The "100 Books the BBC Think Most People Haven't Read More than 6 of" Tag ~
(courtesy of MovieCritic)

Rules:

1. Be honest.
2. Put an asterisk next to the ones you have read all the way through. Put an addition sign next to the ones you have started.
3. Tag as many people as these books that you have read.

Here we go!  *cue all the aesthetic book pictures*

Books:

1.  Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen *
2.  Gormenghast Trilogy -  Mervyn Peake
3.  Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë *
4.  Temple of the Golden Pavilion - Yukio Mishima
5.  To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee *
6.  The Story of the Eye - George Bataille
7.  Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë *
8.  Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell +
9.  Adrift on the Nile - Naguib Mahfouz
10.  Great Expectations - Charles Dickens *
11.  Little Women - Louisa May Alcott *
12.  Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13.  Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14.  Rhinoceros - Eugene Ionesco
15.  Baron in the Trees - Italo Calvino


16.  The Master of Go - Yasunari Kawabata
17.  Woman in the Dunes - Abe Kobo
18.  Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger +  (I mean, sort of?  I skimmed through it once.)
19.  The Feast of the Goat - Mario Vargas Llosa
20.  Middlemarch - George Eliot
21.  Gogol's Wife - Tomasso Landolfi
22.  The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald *
23.  Magic Mountain - Thomas Mann
24.  War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25.  Ferdydurke - Gombrowicz
26.  Narcissus and Goldmund - Herman Hesse
27.  Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky *
28.  The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29.  Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll *
30.  The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame *


31.  Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy *
32.  The Jungle - Upton Sinclair
33.  Tom Sawyer / Huck Finn - Mark Twain  */+, respectively
34.  Emma - Jane Austen
35.  Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe *
36.  Delta Wedding - Eudora Welty
37.  The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini +  (Again, I've just skimmed it.)
38.  Naomi - Junichiro Tanizaki
39.  Cosmicomics - Italo Calvino
40.  The Joke - Milan Kundera
41.  Animal Farm - George Orwell
42.  Labyrinths - Gorge Luis Borges
43.  One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44.  A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving +
45.  Under My Skin - Doris Lessing


46.  Anne of Green Gables - L. M. Montgomery *
47.  Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy *
48.  Don Quixote - Miguel Cervantes *
49.  Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50.  Absalom Absalom - William Faulkner
51.  Beloved - Toni Morrison
52.  The Flounder - Gunther Grass
53.  Dead Souls - Nikolai Gogol
54.  Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55.  My Name is Red - Orhan Pamuk
56.  A Dolls House - Henrik Ibsen
57.  A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens *
58.  Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59.  The Idiot - Fyodor Dostoevesky +  (very briefly)
60.  Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez


61.  Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62.  Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63.  Leaves of Grass - Walt Whitman
64.  Death on the Installment Plan - Celine
65.  Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66.  On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67.  Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68.  Pedro Paramo - Juan Rulfo
69.  Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70.  Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71.  Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72.  Dracula - Bram Stoker
73.  The Metamorphosis - Kafka
74.  Epitaph of a Small Winner - Machado De Assis
75.  Ulysses - James Joyce


76.  The Inferno - Dante *
77.  Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78.  Germinal - Emile Zola
79.  To the Light House - Virginia Woolf *
80.  Disgrace - John Maxwell Coetzee
81.  A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82.  Zorba the Greek - Nikos Kazantzakis
83.  The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84.  The Box Man - Abe Kobo
85.  Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86.  A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87.  The Stranger - Camus
88.  Acquainted with the Night - Heinrich Boll
89.  Don't Call It Night - Amos Oz
90.  The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton


91.  Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92.  The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93.  Gravity's Rainbow - Thomas Pychon
94.  Memoirs of Hadrian - Marguerite Yourcenar
95.  A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96.  Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
97.  The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98.  Hamlet - William Shakespeare *
99.  Faust - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe +  (I've read "significant" excerpts of both the First and the Second parts.)
100.  Metamorphosis - Ovid

Total:

Books read: 19 and a half (Tom Sawyer is half of #33 :-P)
Books started: 6 and a half (Huck Finn, see above :-P)
People I tag:  Okay . . . well, I happened upon an idea.  I decided I'd just tag the first 20 people to comment on one of my recent posts (I had to go back to "IT'S PARTY TIME") to find that many, but no matter).  Well, the first 20 after the very first person, in this case, because MovieCritic herself was the first person to comment on that post, and as she's the one who tagged me . . . yeah. :)  And lots of these people may have already been tagged, but, y'know, that's beyond my control. ;-P  You ready, peeps?  Here goes!

Naomi * Jessica Prescott * Natalie * Meredith * Miss March * Rachel * Ruth * Livia Rachelle * Morgan LuaAnn * DKoren * The Girl with the Gold Pen * Hamlette * Eva * Brittany B * Hannah Deno * Rilla Blythe * Rosie McCann * Miss Meg * Mary Katherine * Ivy Miranda *




(courtesy of Cordy)

Rules:

1. Link back to the person who tagged you
2. List four fictional characters (use pictures if you want! They can be from movies or books) and, if you like, describe what they're like and why you believe they relate to you
3. Tag a few other blog people! Three, or four, or even twenty. :) Share the fun!
Be sure to let them know you've tagged them!

Characters:

1.  Molly Gibson
(from Wives and Daughters)


I've long felt a kinship with Molly.  We're both of us rather quiet and compassionate, and willing to think the best of everybody until proven wrong.  We're also good listeners and people talk to us a lot. :D  (And we like being there for people, don't get us wrong!  But sometimes, depending on the substance of what people are unburdening themselves of and how often it happens, we can get a bit overwhelmed.)

We can both take a lot, but eventually something will cave and we might lose it.  Molly's better about confronting people when she thinks they've done something wrong than I am, though.  

We'd both rather keep our feelings to ourselves (if they're of a Romantic Nature *ahem*) than risk making a fool out of ourselves by telling the other person. 


2.  Susan Pevensie
(from The Chronicles of Narnia)


As I'm sure I've mentioned at least once, I get defensive when people judge Susan and/or hate on her.  I personally have always liked her, and have always felt that I've related to her much more than to Lucy.

We both struggle with doubt and feelings of insecurity.  I believe that Susan is probably, secretly, rather jealous of Lucy -- and, shameful though it might be, I kind of relate?  

Lucy is looked at (and is, honestly) as this perfect, model believer who never has any trouble having wholehearted faith.  And that's not Susan, and it's not me.  (I'm not insinuating that those who like Lucy more than Susan think of themselves as perfect, model believers and oh-so-holier-than-thou, though, just to be clear!)  What if Susan secretly resented Lucy because she felt she could never possibly measure up to her in Aslan's eyes?  Lucy gives Aslan so much real, true, undivided faith and trust and love and obedience, and Susan doesn't. 

Susan has trouble believing.  And honestly, though a good part of that is obviously due to her pride and her "intellectual arrogance" and her "logic," I think a large part of it is also fear.  I think Susan might be afraid to put her trust in Aslan because she is afraid of putting her trust in something that seems too good to be true, since if she trusts too implicitly, she might be left hanging. Aslan might fall through for her, and she doesn't want to allow herself the possibility of looking like a blind, naïve fool if that were to happen.  

(Also, we're both mother-hens.) 

I just relate a lot to her, okay?!  (And I guess I've always especially liked Anna Popplewell's Susan?  I mean, she's gorgeous and her wardrobe is #goals, and I think she does Susan very well.)

I've been thinking a lot about Susan lately because, as I mentioned in this post . . . I'm hoping and planning to write a continuation of Susan's story at some point in the not-too-distant future!  I've actually been feeling more and more of an urging to write it which I think is God, and so y'all might be seeing more Susan/Narnia-related posts popping up soon. ;)


3.  Anna & Elsa
(from Frozen)


That's right, both of them! :)  I'm cheating a bit, hehe. ;-P

I relate to Anna's optimism and general buoyancy, though not so much her extroversion. ;)  

I relate to Elsa's feelings of responsibility and struggles with anxiety.  (Not quite to her level, though -- I mean, I'm okay!  Don't fret!)  Also her introversion, and the fact that though she is so quiet and reserved, there's a part of her heart that really responds to freedom and "joyous abandonment" and "self-expression" and all that. 

4.  Fern Arable
(from Charlotte's Web)



I realized recently that I am basically Fern Arable.  Passionate animal-lovers and despisers of animal cruelty!  (Which, I mean, most people are -- again, not trying to be all holier-than-thou.)  We'll both rush to keep an animal from death, even if it could be argued that our methods and reasoning are less than perfectly logical and/or consistent.  

I shall tag four people, because it Makes Sense. ;D  


Ta-ta for now, my loves!  I don't know when I'll get to part two of this, but . . . it'll happen someday.  (I hope.)  ;D

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Red Carpet Eye Candy . . . {5}

I've sort of run out of clever ways in which to start these posts, so . . . yeah.  You know the drill. :-P


I like Jennifer Morrison's style, but usually it's too plunging for me.  Needless to say, I was happy to find this pretty, modest outfit. :)  J-Mo (I heard the rest of the cast call her that in an interview and it was adorable) definitely knows how to style, that's for sure.  


I love the wine color of this dress, and just how slinky and simple it is.  Plus, it also just looks La La Land, doesn't it?


The token Cinderella dress. :D  (Actually, though, Emma Watson's is also Cinderellic, and so is Jennifer Laurence's . . . oh, well.)  The color is gorgeous on Blake Lively, there's just the right amount of floofiness (not too much), and basically it just looks great. :)  I also like the sequined beading or whatever that is on the top, and how it continues down into the skirt.


Auli'i Cravalho seems so cute and sweet. :)  And I really like this dress, too -- I don't think the pattern would have worked as well in color, but since it's neutral it really flows nicely.  


Now, yes, the neckline is too low, but other than that, I actually quite like this look.  Which kind of surprises me, since it's a bit more "out there," and I'm still not sure if the pinned-up bustle thing is spot-on.  But the styling is great and makes me think of the 1920's. :)


Squinting at the picture right now, I think it's actually a lace overlay, but it looks rather like sequins or beading from a distance, and I think it works really well for her -- which is saying something, given that it seems like it'd be a difficult color to wear well.  (Also, are those shamrocks?!)


A more closed bodice would have been nice *ahem*, but I really like this, otherwise.  The color is really pretty and looks fantastic on Hailee, and I like the drape of the dress and the styling she did.


Loverly. <3  And the fabric looks like it'd feel silky. :D


I think this was some event where celebrities were supposed to come dressed sort of like different countries?  I'm not sure.  But anyway, strange as it might be, I do like this piece.  And it looks really cool from the back.


I LOVE THIS SO MUCH.  JUST ALL THE YES.  <3  Plus, the photos of her and Dan Stevens at this premiere?!  LOOK. <3)  It's so simple, yet so elegant, and the hairstyle complements it perfectly, as does the delicate jewelry that she wore (which you can't really see in this picture).  And, as you may know, I'm kind of a sucker for trains, so . . . ;D

Which is your favorite of these gowns? :)