• Culture and Entertainment

    Beauty and the Beast Week Kick-Off Tag

    I’m participating in Meredith’s Beauty and the Beast week. At least, I’m going to do that tag and read a bunch of posts. 

    1.When did you first experience Beauty and the Beast?
    As a child I watched the Disney princess movie and read our large blue Disney Classics book (Mom just got this again for my sister who remembered adoring it as a child). I cannot remember how young I was, but this was one of the Disney princess movies I watched most (along with Pocahontas and Cinderella).

    2. In what forms(book, movie, retelling) have you experienced Beauty and the Beast?
    Beauty by Robin McKinley, Beastly and the Disney animated movie.

    3. Who is your favorite character in Beauty and the  Beast?
    In the animated movie, probably Gaston. He is hilarious. Lumiere and Cogsworth are fun too. Um, the couple? Well, the Beast is disturbing and underdeveloped (yes, I know it is a Disney movie . . . but Flynn he’s ruined me for anyone less) and Belle is annoying.

    In the book (Beauty), every character is lovely (Beauty has an interesting family). Beauty is a much more worthy heroine, but I still wish the Beast was a little bit more developed. However, in the book he comes off as mysterious which is good.

    4. What is your favorite song from the cartoon Beauty and the Beast?
    I prefer the tracks “Prologue” and “Transformation” to the singing.

    5. If you were turned into a piece of furniture what you want it to be?
    A side table in an abandoned room where I could be left alone until all was well.

    6. What would your dream cast for Beauty and the Beast be? (This can be as elaborate or simple as you desire.) I just cannot pull anyone together quickly; I don’t know enough about enough actors and actresses to do this easily.

    7. If your school were performing BatB which character would you want to play?
    Belle could be fun or perhaps an enchanted maid. Most preferably, someone in the audience. I’m not a theater kid nor EVER wanted to be.

    8. Like Belle, do you enjoy reading books multiple times?
    Yeees. But I need to be careful. Since adulthood, if I read books (or watch movies) too many times and too close together, I sicken of them.

    9. If you were to write a retelling, what would you change?
    Develop the Beast’s character a bit more, give more detail to his back story, give more detail to the love story after the transformation.

    10. Are roses your favorite flower? 
    One of my favorites. Not so much store roses as homegrown ones, though. We had at least six in our yard as a child. Not those Knock Out roses that fall to pieces the minute you touch them.

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    Movies I Watched in 2016

    This doesn’t include rewatches.

    Recently Released (2015-2016)
    Bridge of Spies. Thrilling, provokes some intellectual thought, and Tom Hanks is brilliant.
    Brooklyn. Cute, but Tony really makes the movie, everything else is rather bland (except Domhnall Gleeson).
    Captain American: Civil War
    Guardians of the Galaxy
    Star Wars: Episode VII. I was too gullible in thinking highly of this; STAR WARS FANS liked it, and I don’t fall into that category. That being said, I will still probably watch the whole series, old, middle, and new.
    The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
    The Martian. Watched because Dad wanted us too; another one of those interesting plot but overall ridiculous, crude, poorly acted, etc.
    The Mockingjay Part Two. Way to give as little Peeta and Katniss romance as possible, people.
    Zootopia. The PC and message here were so absurd and suBtle it was hard to completely enjoy this.

    Recent Decades
    Belle. Overly modern and fanciful in some aspects, but perfectly correct in the idea that people know exactly when they are doing wrong. And wow, the love story.
    Big Hero Six. Animated movies shouldn’t be sad 🙁
    Bridge to Terebithia. So sweet.
    Leap Year. Hilarious.
    Polar Express
    The Phantom of the Opera. I think I watched the movie for the first time this year, but I’m not absolutely sure.
    Tuck Everlasting. Hello, from Miss Flakey, but Jesse sounded like such a pipsqueak which is unfortunate because he is so adorable. And we didn’t appreciate the attempted “deepness” of the story.  Boring, selfish, stifled, pragmatism. Just go with Jesse. We all said we would’ve.

    Classic Hollywood
    A Penny Serenade
    An Affair to Remember
    Annie Get Your Gun. Stupid. Howard Keel is so far above everyone else in this film in talent its absurd.
    His Girl Friday
    How to Steal a Million. I cannot overstate how good this is. An amazing about of quotable lines.
    I Was a Male War Bride. This was in the set Mom got me for my birthday. Its really raunchy and suggestive although quite funny. And one of her outfits (nightgown) is extremely immodest (worse than some modern things). I’m always rather shocked at how raunchy and immodest old movies are sometimes. I think we’ve blinded ourselves. We shouldn’t be shocked at how the 60’s turned out; culture trails Hollywood.
    Little Men
    Made for Each Other
    State Fair
    The Snows of Kilimanjaro

    Lonesome Dove. Skipped parts and didn’t finish and should’ve stopped sooner and wouldn’t recommend based on violence and general immorality and moral murkiness (that is the best that can be said of the so-called “good guys” and its probably too good).


    I can keep track of my books via Goodread, but movies are harder. This list is from my blog and memory and are mostly from the last half of the year, so if I watched any early in the year and didn’t blog, well, they are forgotten (and those from my early January 2016 post I most likely watched most or all of them 2015). All but two of the classic Hollywood I watched when I had Amazon Prime briefly, so that accounts for a considerable portion of my movie viewing which seems larger than normal. I reviewed most of the oldies and will add a few notes to this list.

    I didn’t go to the movie theatre once in 2016.

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    My Favorite Songs from My Favorite Musicals

    I started writing out my comment on this post, and I realized it would be far too long and should make a post.

    Favorite musical numbers from live-action musicals

    ·       Sound of Music: the Ländler, “Edelweiss,” and “My Few of My Favorite Things”
    ·       Seven Brides for Seven Brothers: “Goin Courtin”
    ·       Les Mis: (not a huge fan; I’ve also only seen the movie): “Do You Hear the People Sing”
    ·       Phantom: “Think of Me Fondly,” “All I ask of You,” “The Music of the Night,”  And, well most of the songs
    ·       Music Man: “Good Night My Someone”

    Disney/Animated Favorites

    ·       Tangled: “At Last I See the Light” and “Kingdom Dance”
    ·       Beauty and the Beast: “Prologue” music and “Transformation”
    ·       How to Train Your Dragon 2: “For the Dancing and the Dreaming”
    ·       Swan Princess: “Far Longer than Forever”
    ·       Anastasia: “Once Upon a December”
    ·       Tarzan: “You’ll Be in My Heart”

    I like other Disney songs, but I think these are my favorites.
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    Movies To-Watch List

    Movies, Musicals, and Television to Watch

    Future Movies

    2016 Movies
    Captain America: Civil War, Star Trek: Beyond

    2017 Movies
    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Thor: Ragnarok, Justice League, Star Wars, Beauty and the Beast, Despicable Me 3, Star Wars: Episode VIIII, Spiderman (I looked the actor who plays in Captain America, and he is just a kid . . . not being Andrew Garfield is bad enough, so we 
    will see about this movie).

    Previous Movies

    Modern Movies
    Bridge of Spies, Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail, Leap Year, Letters to Juliet, Coppperhead, The River Thief ND WILSON, The Giver, Guardians of the Galaxy, Pan, Austenland, Lost in Austen, Mockingjay Part 2, Robin Hood Men in Tights, Brooklyn, Risen, Batman vs. Superman, Star Wars: The Force Awakens (I need to re-watch/watch all of the originals first)

    Modern TV
    The Office (both), Wallander, Grantchester?

    Period Dramas
    Cranford, Return to Cranford, Foyle’s War, Amazing Grace, The Abduction Club, Sherlock Holmes (two series), Little Dorrit, David Copperfield, Bleak House, Austenland, Wuthering Heights, Penelope

    At least 3 versions of Romeo and Juliet, Othello with Hiddleston, Coriolanus

    The Sword in the Stone, Treasure Planet, Big Hero Six, Mega Mind

    Wicked, Lion King, Newsies, Jane Eyre, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Anniversary Les Mis

    Old Movies
    The Great Locomotive Chase, That Darn Cat, The Shop Around the Corner, The Wizard of Oz, Singing in the Rain, Meet Me in St. Louis, In the Good Old Summertime, How Green was My Valley, Laura, Stalag 17, High Noon, The Man who Knew Too Much, Othello, Miracle on 34th Street, two older Sherlock Holmes series. Anthony Andrews Ivanhoe, His Girl Friday, Holiday Inn, Swing Time, Annie Get Your Gun, The Swan, Goodbye my Lady, Affairs of Martha, Angels in the Outfield, The Cock-eyed Miracle, My Darling Clementine, Chase a Crooked Shadow, A Date with Judy, Intruder in the Dust, George Washington Slept Here (1942), Mister 880 (1950), Night Must Fall (1937), The Little Foxes (1941), Operation Pacific (1951), The Whole Town’s Talking (1935), Watch on the Rhine (1943), San Quentin (1937), Torpedo Run (1958), Le Belle et Le Bet, Three Wishes or Three Nuts for Cinderella, The Slipper and the Rose, Cenerentola

    Old T.V
    The Rat Patrol

    Christian Films
    Old-Fashioned, Grace Unplugged, To Save a Life, Not Today

    This is the 3/21/16 version of my list. I have been binge scheduling.