• Culture and Entertainment

    The New Persuasion 2022: Alcoholic Anne and Weed Wentworth

    My sister sent me a text bewailing the new trailer for Persuasion 2022, so I watched it. I could barely make it through, and my sister’s texts seemed to imply she muted it at some point. My sister said Americans shouldn’t be allowed to adapt Jane Austen. All of my sisters and my sister-in-law planned to watch it this weekend.

    I’m not sure what the filmmakers were aiming for in tone. I doubt serious. Was the love story supposed to be taken seriously and the overall tone light, is THAT what they were attempting? Ha. As plain comedy, not clever or funny. As parody, the same. So much vulgarity. The “innuendos” were so bald they weren’t innuendos, nor remotely clever in any way. Again, was that supposed to be parody?

    It almost felt like they were trying to imitate the 2020 Emma; you can’t do Persuasion with bad writers and filmmakers, Emma’s story works with an actually well-written light comedic adaptation. Like my sister said, those filmmakers understood Jane Austen. My sister in law said Pride and Prejudice could have been done with a similar tone (again with actually talented filmmakers), and I said, yes not the moody, melancholy, melodramatic tone Pride and Prejudice 2005 was done in, again something JA would have mocked. I feel like this Persuasion was so bad, Jane Austen might have been beyond mocking it.

    It felt like it was written by a woman with the mind of a pervy ten year old American boy (I’d originally just said the boy, but my brother said no boy would write or read Jane Austen, true). We did laugh at some lines. Sometimes because they were actually funny or the situational comedy was funny (one sister thought Mary particularly good), but mostly just because everything was so awkward, uncomfortable, and absurd.

    Everything was s. p. e. l. l. e. d. out like we were six year olds. See, my daddy is arrogant. See, I am the good person (are you though?). The modern language. The breaking of the 4th wall which Anne did in the 2008 Persuasion and which is a particular pet peeve of mine, this Anne made 10x more annoying by attempting to be mischievous . . . or something. Nothing about this Anne made it at all believable that she was persuadable. So the plot and title didn’t make sense.

    Several of the girls thought Wentworth was the ugliest man ever and were disappointed Henry Golding wasn’t the leading man. Wentworth definitely looked working class and not a gentleman. I didn’t think he was ugly, but when he started talking, his expressions and eyelids were so off, we determined he looked high. Which pairs well with Anne, since she was an alcoholic.

    I and another sister thought Charles Musgrove was the best-looking. What was Anne thinking? However, a) she didn’t deserve him (honestly I liked Mary better than her, not that Mary deserved him either), and b) we wouldn’t have received that gem of a dinner scene had she accepted him nor that scene I mostly missed of him carrying Mary like a sack of potatoes.

    We watched maybe two-thirds before the guys came back, and we had supper. They asked us, after our complaints why we were still watching, and to see if we’d notice, bumped the time up 20 minutes. Oh, we noticed, I was watching the clock the whole movie to see if it was almost finished. I paid less attention to the last 15 or so minutes they’d left us (oddly, no one wanted to go back to where we’d actually paused).

    Oh, I also thought maybe they were trying for Bridgerton effects with some of the modernization (except they picked bad (i.e. horny alcoholic “heroine”, vulgar simplistic puerile language) or unrealistic modernization and didn’t blend it in, and it doesn’t work, JA is set it it’s time, Bridgerton is fantasy (in so many ways) and Bridgerton picked well and blended well by comparison (like the costumes and the music, LOVED those, also, clearly talented people behind that, unlike in this movie).  Y’all, Bridgerton is silly, silly, silly, but it is at least funny (although perhaps not always intentionally), bright, light, pretty, and cohesive. Persuasion  2022 makes Bridgerton look brilliant.

     

  • Culture and Entertainment

    Happy Independence Day!

    american flag
    (creative commons photo from pexel)

    Yesterday, I was searching for Patriotic/Revolutionary movies to watch. And ended up watching Top Gun (more Americana/Patriotic than Independence Day, but I couldn’t psych myself up to watch The Patriot quite yet, meant to watch it today, but I think I’m going to have to think about that a bit more).

    Anywho. I’m currently red (sunburn, oops), white (no tan), and blue (my eyes) at the moment. I spent some fun time in the pool at my parents. So did Bjorn, minus the fun. Maybe he’ll get used to it eventually.

    Also, the Spotify picks for the 4th were pathetic, so I’ve started my own playlist here.

     

  • Daily Life

    Life Lately

    Edit and note. Don’t write posts on days when you are feeling a bit blue. Rather warps perception you know? Actually I knew this was rather whiney then, but the next day? Wow, I’m embarrassed. So let’s try some rephrasing/reformatting.

    Wins:

    • I’ve been doing a local web development course which is more helpful than I expected (and it’s free!).
    • I’ve been running (I’m on my 3rd week) with the C25k program. And I’ve been getting up early to accomplish this.
    • I’ve been adding a walk in on most of my non-run days this last week, so out of the last 8 days, I’ve hit at least 10,000 steps.
    • I’m working with my doctor on some elimination diets to see if I have food allergies, so I’ve been eating better and have lost 3 pounds in the last two weeks.
    • I’ve not read much this year, so I got the Jeeves and Wooster books to try to get me out of the slump. I also started The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea for Darling Desi’s June Buddy Read. I’ve not got far but its got perfectly mystical summer vibes.
    • I’ve not killed any plants I bought, and it looks like I’m going to be getting some tomatoes to eat very soon (I’ve already been using my herbs).

    Fun Stuff

    • I went strawberry picking with my mom (and ate all the strawberries within the week, yum!).
    • I made this carrot cake for memorial day, definitely a winner. I, of course, forgot to take a photo.
    • My sisters and sister-in-law bought tickets for the travelling broadway Anastasia that is coming back to town this August. Remember the one I was trying to go to for my 30th and covid cancellation? That one. I think its going to be way more fun this way. Especially since I can get a ride with someone.
    • Looking forward to blackberry and peach season!

    Things to Work On

    • I’m rather burned out/overwhelmed a bit/underneath it all. This usually shows up on the weekends. And I’m going to crash and burn if I don’t start matching an earlier bed time with my early rise time. I also feel like I need to figure out how to get more energy and time management because my life is easy, so I feel like I should feel like I have more time and energy.
    • Time management/information overload. I think this should help the above some. I have about 60 tabs on my main browser and many on my two(!) secondary browsers. And yeah, my mind might be kind of like that. I don’t need to keep up with all the influencers, channels, etc. I don’t need to research every single topic to the nth degree.
    • My cholesterol is high so I got put on cholesterol medication. This is the major motivation for my exercise and a motivation to work on my diet more. My goal is to get off the medication as soon as I can.

     

  • Reading

    Classics Club Spin #30

    So, I started but didn’t finish Richard III for the last spin, and I’m about 1/3 of the way through Anna Karenina, and I still haven’t picked up The Idiot again, but hey, let’s do another Classics Club spin anyway. I am going to add those on there as well, maybe it will force me to at least pick up the pace/finish them. I’ve divided up my list according to seasons (obviously involved some guessing, since I don’t know much about some of the books), and put spring and summer ones on this list.

    1. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
    2. Through the Looking Glass
    3. Walden by Henry Thoreau
    4. An anthology of American poetry
    5. An anthology of British poetry
    6. Anthony Trollope novels
    7. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
    8. Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
    9. House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
    10. The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens
    11. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens
    12. Anna Karenina
    13. The Idiot
    14. Richard III
    15. A Good Man is Hard to Find or other Flannery O’Connor novel
    16. 20 Thousand Leagues Under the Sea or another novel by Jules Verne
    17. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
    18. Grapes of Wrath and/or East of Eden and/or Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck
    19. O’ Pioneers and/or Shadows on the Rock by Willa Cather
    20. Treasure Island by Robert Lewis Stevenson
  • Daily Life

    What I’ve Been Up To

    I can’t remember my last update, so

    Job

    I became full-time at my job which I needed but because of the commute wasn’t worth it except as a temporary opportunity in case the full bank buy transition would open things up, so I was still actively looking especially since I was took my Cold War with my bosses to more of a warm one. I didn’t get any change and couldn’t wait, so I accepted another position at another bank with improved conditions, and then literally on my 3rd to last day, I was offered literally exactly what I wanted, full-time and the nearest location (like 5 minutes) to my apartment.

    It’s an improvement on the last year, especially the beginning of this one, but it’s not well-paying. It would have been a great entry-level job for a recent college grad interesting in climbing up in the banking world. For me it’s a decent temporary solution.

    Learning

    So, I’m also enrolled in a local web development course. I’d taken courses in college, but it wasn’t worth the cost, and I changed direction, and I’d studied on my own, but kept running to ground on Javascript. And this offers networking and job search help. Thus far, I’m really hopeful.

    Lifestyle

    I have more time and more knowledge, so I’ve managed to start a little grow pot garden on my balcony from purchased plants, and I’ve now successfully planted the basil seeds Mom gave me, they are tiny, but they did germinate.

    I finally purchased some Jovial einkorn flour. And I just started day 1 of their sourdough started, and I’m trying this recipe while I wait for my started to grow.

    I tried sauerkraut, but I need to try again. That’s all I’ll say for that experiment.

    I finally got Bjorn groomed, so he’s been “reset”, so now I’m trying to get him brushed almost every day. He was a little ragamuffin.

    Fun

    Just normal family gatherings. And a family wedding which was the most fun I’ve had, because I care less than I’ve ever done (which is still too much) about what people think and was forcing myself to try and not think about it and just enjoy.

    So my reading has been abysmal this year. Between less time, lack of focus, and lack of books that can really pull me in, I’ve read a whopping 16 books this year and one of those was a graphic novel. The graphic novel and a nonfiction book were definite winners. There were a lot of meh books. I need to find more wins, especially that introduce me to new authors where I can just read about any of their books and enjoy it. So, I’m focusing on that.

    Miscellany

    I felt like we hardly had a spring last year and it got hot too fast, but I think that was because it rained so much more than usual all April and May as if we were England (seriously, I looked up rain amounts). Well short spring this year, because 80’s in the beginning of May, I’m not sure if we’ve reached 90 or not, but we might before the end of the month. Awesome, I love being steam cooked.

    I learned in Virginia that a pineapple is a sign of hospitality, at least for some of the South (clearly not this lady). Well, I learned (at work, here I was thinking banking was going to be so prim and proper) that an upside down one is the sign of TOO much hospitality. In short, it means you are open to swing. As in swingers. I’ll leave you to mull that one over.

  • Daily Life

    What I Watched December 2021 and January and February 2022

    • Watched Hallmark Christmas movies in December, obviously.
    • Started Hawkeye, remembered I needed to watch Black Widow in the middle, so I watched that (tear jerker!) and then finished Hawkeye (and I think that was a tear jerker too a bit).
    • Shang-Chi
    • Wedding Veil trilogy on Hallmark. I want the wardrobe of the lead in the 2nd on, I mean, like me to a T. I actually have saved to buy and bought patterns based off her style.
    • Rewatched Parks and Rec on Peacock (this definitely peaked by season 4 although there are still hysterical bits in that season, I was pretty much done before 5).
    • Brooklyn 99 (this meme crossover of Holt and Mrs. Bennet brought it back to my attention and then at my sister’s I got hooked on the show AND saw that episode, pretty awesome). I can’t say it’s a favorite, and I think I only got into maybe the beginning of season 3 (although I’ll pick it back up another time). I did enjoy it more than the first attempt (that Pilot is just not great). I think part of it, is I need found family on or in a genre, not just that (usually mystery, suspense, etc). And this didn’t really deliver anything else. Which just doesn’t hold me attention, and the found family part felt flat as well. (And I think it’s why I don’t love Parks and Rec like I love Psych for example). It did have great quotes, but I missed documenting a lot.

    Holt, walking into his office where Peralta is waiting:
    “Brief me on the hotel robberies.”
    “Helpful hint to the scientists that program you, most humans say, ‘Hello’ at the beginning of a conversation.”
    . . .
    “Keep me updated.”
    “Another helpful hint–”
    “Goodbye”
    “It’s learning! What?”

    Also, it’s awesome that the “Mayhem, like me” from the All State commercial is the Vulture.

  • Culture and Entertainment

    Toxic Romantic Myths in Movies

    This was supposed to be the end to my romance myths series.

    I think sharing this video about the terrible romantic ideas promoted in movies is a good end to my series of posts.

    I’m just stunned about how many people think like this in real life. Including people who mock Hallmark movies. I watch them because they are light and romantic, not because I believe the pie in the sky philosophy, I think actually their fluffiness helps to emphasize their unreality while other romantic films “grittiness” blurs the toxicity of the choices and characters.

    I don’t think until each person analyzes themselves and their values and what they expect.

  • Culture and Entertainment

    Castle Notes

    Again, in my drafts since October.

    I’ve been on a Castle binge (and seriously, way more addicted than to any show that I’ve watched in awhile, years maybe). My sister introduced me to castle almost a decade ago, I want to say when season 4 or 5 was running, I think it was before it was on Netflix, because I think I was relying on the ABC app or something. I seem to be most familiar with season 4 (and I know I started with Gates as captain not Montgomery). I know I didn’t start off watching from the beginning, I’d seen some earlier episodes though. And I know I didn’t finish it, got bored waiting on the next seasons plus it was rather dark for me. But I started from the begining on Hulu this time, yeah, the earlier seasons, SO good. I feel like the writing is not quite as pithy and witting, but then I’m also not paying as much attention (also quote post coming).

    And SO many Hallmark actors, more than any other show I’ve watched (meaning Psych and Parks and Rec because the other few shows I’ve seen wouldn’t be likely to have Hallmark actors). I mean like multiple each season for the first few seasons. Also baby Chadwick Boseman. And Jane Seymour (who also is in Hallmark).

    I love the trio of Castles/Rodgers. The hilarious mother son relationship, the sweet and funny father daughter relationship. I love Castle vs Beckett (that Benedict Beatrice dynamic, always does it for me). I love the detective “siblings.” The older sister Becket followed by Esposito then baby Ryan. I love Ryan and Esposito, double trouble.

    I was too caught up in the show to bother to catch all the quotes, so I had to go digging to find some, and I still am not sure these are all the good ones.

    I’d skip “A Slice of Murder” and “Recoil”, the first I didn’t know about and didn’t skip fast enough, the 2nd put me off Castle the first time and was a lingering memory of resistance to rewatch.

    When I was starting to rewatch I was getting pretty jumpy (actually I still am) in the dark plus just too scared so I started skipping a lot of the beginning crime occurrence (nice of them to organize it neatly like that). I also think the music keys me up the most really. If you are like me, I’d advise this.

    Wild Rover. Where I first learned how to pronounce Siobhan as Espo does. I know the Irish mob pops up a lot and granted this show was two decades ago, but from what I can find it’s not (nor has ever been) one crime syndicate and it’s not active or very powerful in NYC right now. Apparently prohibition was the heyday and it was the first organized crime gang in US? Also learned that such gangs aren’t bounded by countries. I learned recently the Italian Mafia worked in Italy and U.S., I mean not just separate entities. The Mafia pops up in Castle too, but Seamus Dever/Kevin Ryan is Irish American, so I think they threw the mob more maybe in for that character and actor.

    I was just wondering how Ryan could have kept his secret from Bobby S. But then NYC is massive, I was wondering, what is the relative population to my state. 2x. NYC has 2x the people in my entire state. So yeah, I guess he could get away with that.

  • Culture and Entertainment

    Castle Goes Sideways

    Also in my drafts since October.

    So I was going merrily along watching Castle into season 6 thinking, wow, no sour note, hey I can watch it to the end. Ended on a dramatic note, not anything out of character or style.

    Started on the sour note. Castle and co. have worked and known each other for years. C and B are committed. And now all of the sudden she doesn’t trust him, even after he’s been framed more than once before. Also there was a memory case before but this one is far too unbelievable and absolute than that one episode case. And trying to add in childhood trauma that Castle (CASTLE! the one who pushes Beckett to re-open her mother’s murder investigation, who is open and aboveboard) has? Um, no, if he’d had that it would have surfaced before (and its not needed, his story is just fine, he doesn’t need a copycat Beckett story, that is Beckett’s story). Adding something this late in the game is implausible.

    Then the “trauma” caused by this upside down mixed up plot twist causes them to A) Not want to get married . . . why? They’ve already committed. They’ve had MUCH MUCH worse things happen to them. And they are both serious about what they take serious (Kate is serious most times, Castle can get goofy, but when he means it, he means it). Kate is no nonsense and Castle only nonsensical when he’s being goofy, not soap opera nonsensical. This soap opera stuff is so unlike which leads me to B) Not only are they acting like they suddenly aren’t committed because of “trauma” despite actually previously experiencing real trauma and being MORE committed, they haven’t had sex. Really? Castle always wanted to sleep with her and Kate doesn’t have such a waffling sort of attitude once she commits. Suddenly they aren’t communicating. Sorry, they had that trope (and it fit then) early on about expressing interest (and it made sense then on her side, on his not as much). They’ve always been great at communicating.

    And then it just didn’t seem to get the tone right after that. Most of the previous episodes in the previous season were serious (some more than others) with humor as an aside, as extra. Now it’s goofy all through with “serious” as an aside. That’s not Castle. It’s Psych. And with Psych it works with the characters and that was the intent. It doesn’t work with Castle characters.

    And them sneaking off to get married. If they were going to do that, they wouldn’t have planned a wedding first and wouldn’t have done it so flippantly. I actually think eloping might not have been too out of character. But the way it was done certainly was.

     

  • Culture and Entertainment

    October Shows and Quotes (Loki, Only Murders in the Building, Castle, Boy Meets World, M*A*S*H)

    I don’t see that I posted this, and I love sharing excellent quotes, so here goes.

    Loki quotes. I loved the first two I think episodes before amazingly poor writing ruined it.

    “A double cross by history’s most reliable liar.”

    “I don’t need your sympathy.”
    “Good, because I’m running out of it.”

    “I’d never stab anyone in the back; that’s the most boring form of betrayal.”

    Only Murders in the Building quotes.

    “I can’t tell if you are acting or not. ”
    “Oh, believe me, when he is acting you can tell.”

    “You are scoring a murder mystery not DJ-ing a hobbit’s wedding.”

    “I know there is a part of you that misses me, that misses the magic we made.”
    “Oliver, I loved our shows, it’s setting money on fire I don’t care for.”

    “The headlines of the Times next was: “Splat.”

    “You bought in because I was confident and charming and young.”
    “You were around 58.”
    “. . . The false arrogance of youth.”
    “Again, you were nearly 60.”

    Oliver, getting out of his car which he has been driving and running to the passenger’s side, “No, no, you drive. I’ve got to record. And also my driver’s license expired 25 years ago.”

    More Castle quotes.

    Double trouble at the comic convention bar:
    Ryan, “This is like the Halloween from Hell.”
    Espo, “Oh yeah, this is probably to low brow for you, huh? You’re probably into the boring-a** intellectual kind of sci-fi like Gattica or 2001 the Monolith, what the hell was that?”
    Ryan, “Don’t ask me, no, no, swords and sorcery, that’s more my thing, like Lord of the Ring.”
    Espo, “Yeah, I can probably see you as an elf,” looks him up and down “. . . or a hobbit.” Walks off with a smirk.

    “Deep cover, I can’t believe he didn’t tell me.”
    “Espo, he didn’t even tell Jenny.”
    “Yeah, but I’m his best friend, she’s just the wife.”
    “Thus proving why there is no Mrs. Esposito.”

    Beckett to Castle, “Are you okay?”
    “No, Mrs. O’Leary, I’m not okay. I happen to like my legs and yours too. And why is your husband paying bikers over 5 grand for a stripper’s phone?” (I’m screaming. This episode.)

    Later, O’Leary to Beckett, “Kitkat who is this guy?”
    Castle “Kitkat?”
    Beckett, “This guy is Richard Castle, my future husband.”

    MAS*H quotes (this felt more summer so I shelved it after an episode or two).

    “If you do to the army what you did to this college, America is finished.”

    “You want to raffle off a nurse?”
    “Is that what I said?”

    “Since when are you interested in the Bible?”
    “I peeked at the end, Frank, the Devil did it.”
    “Hey, don’t get physical Frank, you’ll blow your sainthood.”

    “Henry, you have no idea what it’s like to share a tent with a guy who thinks he’s all 12 disciples.”

    Boy Meets World quotes. Not so much rewatching as skimming a bit for the best Eric parts. I didn’t get very far, my attention span is excellent. Also, the actor who voices Bernard in Adventures in Odyssey made a brief appearance in the rave/anniversary one

    “Topangas like totally strange.”
    “Strange is in the eye of the beholder, Mr. Matthews. I for example have a young neighbor who sings along with his little sister’s Barney records.” (I don’t know what the “normal” age of Barney watching was supposed to be, but I remember it was a point of mocking to say “you watch Barney.”)

    “How long have you been up there?”
    “Long enough to watch you swap spit with a Feeny” . . .

    Later. “Nice? She’s beautiful, I mean it’s the most incredible girl I’ve ever kissed.”
    “Which puts her at the top of the list of what, two?”

    “I understand that you two did a little detective work tonight.”
    Eric, “Sorry we ratted on you mom.”
    Cory, “It was me, I folded under torture.”
    Eric, “Yeah, Dad said, ‘Hello’.”

    “All these years pretending to be my close friend.”
    “Close? As in Philadelphia is close to . . . Neptune?”

    “Us, on the radio?”
    “Yeah, see if you can’t squeeze it in between doing nothing at school and nothing at home.”

  • Daily Life

    Spring Plans

    I’ve updated my Spring list in my pages above. I will add to it as I find more Spring ideas and videos. I highly suggest Darling Desi’s 🌷How To Feel Like Springtime🌷 books, movies, tv shows & activity recommendations. I welcome any suggestions as well.

    I’m rather bummed that I’m already currently being fried/steamed with 80+ (sometime humid) degree weather (we broke a record earlier this week). So it feels like summer, I’m wanting to enjoy spring first!!! Not have an endless (5 month!!!!) summer.

    Here is my currently bucket list. I also should include . . . blog more. I should have more time with my new schedule on the weekends, so hopefully I should have more mental energy. And maybe I can eventually get my blog redesigned.

    Activities/Bucket List
    • Basically a lot of summery things that I would die of heat if I did these in summer (might still in the spring since it’s early May and this week is 80’s)
    • Make a giant pouf/beanbag to sit on my balcony and read
    • Visit parks and nature preserves, hopefully to see spring flowers
    • Farmers Market
    • Plant a balcony garden
    • I’d like to visit some local nurseries and plant shops and not just get everything from Lowe’s and such
    • Picnic
    • Hiking
    • Dog park
    • Garden parties, tea parties
    • Reading outside
    • Camping
    • U-pick strawberries
    • Bake a strawberry cake
    • Maybe make strawberry jam
    • Learn watercolor
    • Do more fan sketches again
    • Learn pastels/crayons
    • Make some spring goodies
    • Swimming