i watched beauty and the beast and have thoughts.

I finally broke down and saw Beauty and the Beast. Mainly because my friend wanted to go and the theater the movie was at serves chocolate popcorn. I never turn down chocolate popcorn.

I have a lot of thoughts about this movie.

First, let me say that Belle is not my favorite Disney princess. I know that she likes to read and for some people that one thing makes her the best princess ever, but in my opinion that’s just one characteristic. Plenty of people like to read – that does not make them good people.

Second, I get that Belle wants adventure but, especially in the opening song, she is really rude to the people in her town. It’s like she looks down on the townspeople because they are content to live in the town and don’t want to leave. I mean, the first thing you hear Belle say is “Little town, it’s a quiet village, every day like the one before, little town full of little people.”

Third, Belle’s whole refrain is that she wants adventure in the great wide somewhere and something more than this provincial life, which I guess means marrying a prince? Because she doesn’t really go on any adventures, unless you count going to a magical castle, and she doesn’t travel anywhere considering the castle is right next to the town.

And I’m not even going to discuss that she basically trespasses in the Beast’s castle in the beginning and again after she is told not to go to the west wing.

That being said, I do have to say that I love the music in Beauty and the Beast. I think the songs are amazing and I fully understand why it won Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Best Original Song. Before you think that I completely hate Belle, I love the relationship between Belle and her father and I like that Belle was willing to sacrifice herself for her him and take his place in the Beast’s castle.

The movie:

I thought the movie was okay.

I know this is another unpopular opinion, but I am not a huge fan of Emma Watson and I think she’s a bit overrated. I think again, people look at her and think she’s pretty and she reads! And that’s why they love her. But I don’t. I just don’t see a range in her acting and her acting choices and I feel like she always plays the same character.

In this movie, I felt like she was basically playing herself or what people think she is. Again, not a lot of range here. Plus, in every scene, she looked like she was thinking really hard – it was mostly her only facial expression. Also I felt that she was lacking some of the feistiness of the animated Belle character.

I thought Watson’s singing was fine. She can carry a tune but she won’t be appearing in any Broadway musicals soon. However, even her singing was kind of one note. I never really heard her change register or belt out a note.

Other thoughts on the movie:

I was extremely disappointed because some of my favorite lines were missing:

Gaston: Lefou, I’m afraid I’ve been thinking.
Lefou: A dangerous pastime.
Gaston: I know!

I laugh at those lines every time and quote them often! While Luke Evans did a great job, I thought that Gaston was meaner in this movie. I felt in the animated movie he was more comical and arrogant and narcissistic, just more cartoonish all around so you didn’t take him very seriously. Additionally the Gaston song didn’t work as well here because they weren’t able to replicate the over the top things where Gaston busts the belt with his neck or lifts the three girls up at once.

I honestly could have done without the backstory of Belle’s mom. I’m not sure why that was added in as I never wondered what happened to her. I know that the people in charge changed some things and tried to fill in backstory to fix some of the errors from the cartoon. There were also some new songs – I don’t really know that they added much to the movie. I thought the Beast’s ballad was kind of out of place and it just really didn’t fit in the movie.

When I first heard that a live action Beauty and the Beast was being made, I was a little curious as to how all of the magical objects would look. Let me tell you, the CGI was not convincing. The Beast’s face never looked real and the human girl/Beast was way more creepier as a live action. There’s a lot you can get away with in cartoons that just do not translate into live action. Here it was as if the CGI people couldn’t come to a decision on how human-like to make the household objects. Mrs. Potts looked literally like a teapot with a poorly drawn on face, but Lumiere looked like a man with flames on his hands.

One more thing I found odd: After the infamous gold dress dance where the Beast lets Belle go because her father is in danger, Belle leaves the castle and gets on her horse still wearing the gold ball gown! How do you ride a horse in that dress? Then later she just takes the dress off to ride back to the castle, so presumably she is riding in her undergarments?

Like I said, I thought the movie was okay. I do have a pretty low bar when it comes to movies – I am only looking to be entertained and Beauty and the Beast entertained me for 2 hours on a Sunday afternoon.

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early morning coffee musings 01.30.2016.

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Last night I watched Pride & Prejudice – the 2005 movie starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen. I love Pride and Prejudice. I especially love the 1995 BBC version.

(Something I learned on IMDB – apparently the 2005 version is “Pride & Prejudice”, with an ampersand, and all other versions are “Pride and Prejudice”, with “and”. Trivia!)

Now, in my opinion, the Keira Knightley movie is fine. It’s different than the BBC version, but it tells the same story. However, there is one scene in particular that I just don’t understand.

After Jane has gone to dine with Caroline Bingley, it starts raining and Mrs. Bennett is all aflutter because her scheme has worked and now Jane is stuck at the Bingley’s. We see a scene where it is raining and pouring outside and Elizabeth has been caught in the downpour. She’s soaking wet, running through the garden, and runs by some laundry that had been hung up to dry.

Elizabeth then proceeds to grab a towel that was hanging outside, goes into the house, and starts drying her hair with the towel.

So, she’s drying her hair with a towel that has been hanging outside in the rain and presumably is soaking wet, because we saw it had been outside in the rain.

Huh?

This just seems completely contradictory to me. Why would you grab a wet towel to dry yourself off with? Not a damp towel, but a wet towel. Remember, it’s pouring outside and the towel had been hanging on the washing line. So it’s pretty wet.

I don’t get it. Am I missing something? Are there no other towels to be found at Longbourn?

This scene bugs me every time I watch this movie. I’m very confused…

holiday movies: white christmas.

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I adore this movie. White Christmas is my favorite Christmas movie. In fact, I’m going to say it’s one of my all-time favorite movies. I watch it at least once every year and it’s not Christmas until White Christmas has been watched. If you’ve never seen it, here’s what it’s about:

Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye star as Bob Wallace and Phil Davis. Both served in WWII together and when the war was over, the two formed a successful and famous song-and-dance act. When Bob and Phil check out another song-and-dance act called The Haynes Sisters, they are introduced to Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen starring as Betty and Judy Haynes. Phil is immediately smitten with Judy and when he hears the sisters are scheduled to perform over the Christmas holidays at an inn in Vermont, he convinces Bob they should tag along. The foursome arrives at the inn and discover the owner is none other than Bob and Phil’s old general from the war, Major General Waverly. Unfortunately, it’s been a warm winter in Vermont which means there’s no snow, which means the inn is suffering financially. Bob and Phil come up with the genius idea to bring their entire show up to Vermont where they will put on a special Christmas Eve performance, hoping to drum up business for the inn. There’s love and schemes aplenty and the movie ends with the entire cast singing White Christmas as snow falls in the background.

There are so many great things about this movie. Its fun, lively, and the cast is first-rate.

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Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen are all fantastic actors. Everyone can sing and dance and each one brings something special to their character and the movie.

Bing Crosby is such a crooner. Do you think his voice was always that deep?

Danny Kaye provides the perfect amount of comedic relief.

Rosemary Clooney is extremely talented and classy.

And Vera-Ellen is an amazing dancer. I have no doubt Vera-Ellen could dance circles around the professionals on Dancing with the Stars.

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It’s a shame they don’t make movies like this anymore. The costumes are magnificent, the musical score is wonderful and the dancing is amazing. All of the songs were written by Irving Berlin, one of America’s most distinguished composers of the 20th century

I love musicals. Whey have musicals fallen out of favor? Can we please bring musicals back?

I think we can all agree on 3 things:

The scene where the guys perform their rendition of “Sisters” is hilarious:
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Rosemary Clooney’s dress is spectacular:
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Vera Ellen’s waist is tiny:
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This is such a feel-good Christmas movie. Sure, it’s sappy and cheesy and some things don’t exactly fit in the movie. But it always gets me in the Christmas mood.

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10 quotes/from Christmas movies.

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So many Christmas movies to watch! Of course, I do have my favorites that I watch every year where I say the lines along with the characters because that’s half the fun! Here are some of my favorite quotes from Christmas movies. Some of these are quotes I like, some are quotes that make me laugh. Some quotes have nothing to do with Christmas. But they all make me smile.

“I want you to get married. I want you to have nine children. And if you only spend five minutes a day with each kid, that’s forty-five minutes, and I’d at least have time to go out and get a massage or something.”
– Phil Davis, White Christmas

“You’re skipping Christmas! Isn’t that against the law?”
– Spike Frohmeyer, Christmas with the Kranks

“Let’s go get the shit kicked out of us by love.”
– Sam, Love Actually

Kris Kringle: Well, I would greatly like to oblige, Mr. Collins, but I cannot make this reindeer fly.
Ed Collins: I didn’t think so.
Kris Kringle: He only flies on Christmas Eve.
Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

“I just like to smile, smiling’s my favorite.”
– Buddy, Elf

Rudolph: But – But you fell over the side of the cliff.
Yukon Cornelius: Didn’t I ever tell you about Bumbles? Bumbles *bounce*!
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer

“Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.”
– The Conductor, The Polar Express

Bethany: Is your house on fire, Clark?
Clark: No, Aunt Bethany, those are the Christmas lights.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

“This is it! Don’t get scared now!”
– Kevin McCallister, Home Alone

“You say you hate Washington’s Birthday or Thanksgiving and nobody cares, but you say you hate Christmas and people treat you like you’re a leper.”
– Kate, Gremlins

 

go bayside! podcast.

There’s another podcast that I am loving right now. I have been obsessed with Go Bayside! which is all about that great Saturday morning tv show of the late ’80s and early ’90s, Saved by the Bell.

I was a huge Saved by the Bell fan. In fact, I still am a huge fan. I watched it on Saturday mornings and during the week I would race home from school to watch it in the afternoons on TBS. I even watch it now when it’s on Netflix. My favorite character was Zack, of course, because he was able to get out of any problem and he always had some cutesy one-liner to say.

Luckily we have this podcast to reinforce the awesomeness of the Saved by the Bell. Basically the host of the podcast has people over to her apartment where they watch an episode of Saved by the Bell and then discuss it in detail.

This podcast is hilarious. They talk about everything from Zack speaking to the camera, to everyone hanging out in the hallway during class (also that the school seemed to only have 1 hallway where all the lockers were), to the fact that Screech built a talking robot and nobody seemed to care, and what was the deal with The Max? Everyone hung out there and attended school functions such as pep rallies and dances, so was The Max part of the school or what? And just where exactly was The Max located? Plus, what Saved by the Bell commentary wouldn’t be complete without discussing the fabulous fashion of the late ‘80s/early ‘90s.

I knew Saved by the Bell was amazingly terrible but I didn’t realize how much until I listened to the podcast episodes. I forgot about how just anyone could barge into the principal’s office at any time and how inappropriate all the adults on this show were. But it was my go-to show and I loved it. I mean, Zack and Kelly had the best hair out of anyone.

The podcast covers the entire catalog of Saved by the Bell episodes, including the Palm Springs weekend and the Malibu Sands Beach Club summer episodes. (Good Morning, Miss Bliss and Saved by the Bell: The College Years are not included.) In all, there are 84 episodes, which is more than enough material to keep you entertained.

I am really enjoying this podcast.

12 of Michael Kors’ funniest quotes from Project Runway.

Project Runway Season 14 begins on August 6. I am very excited! In preparation, I’ve been watching some old seasons, getting back in the sewing groove. I enjoy re-watching the show from the beginning and seeing how it has evolved and improved over time.

One of the things I love about Project Runway are the judges’ comments. Sometimes they make me laugh so hard. I think Michael Kors may have been the most honest and hilarious judge on the show. From seasons 1-10, we were treated to his campy sense of humor and fabulous design experience. Nothing against the current judges, but sometimes I miss his witty quips. Here are some of my favorite Michael Kors’ quotes from Project Runway:

“She looks like she’s a barmaid serving her hair.”

“She looks like a disco soccerball.”

“It’s a little Shirley McClaine when she played a hooker with a heart of gold.”

“This truly looks like a bridesmaids dress with a shower loufah ruched up the front of it.”

“She looks like a Victorian cocktail waitress in Las Vegas.”

“Next thing you know, it’s big button earrings and you’re on ‘The Facts of Life.’”

“You basically took a checklist of everything that could turn tacky and combined it into one garment.”

“She literally looks like she got caught in a tornado of toilet paper.”

“She looks like Barefoot Appalachain Lil’ Abner Barbie.”

“It looked like something you would wear if you were going to be in a slasher movie.”

“Even curvy girls, they don’t want fins off their butt.”

“Taste is something that you just can’t learn.”

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10 quotes/from Clueless.

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I can’t tell you how many times I watched Clueless while I was in college. It was the go-to movie of choice for my best friend and I. Sometimes, we would just pop it in the VCR (because yes, I owned it on VHS) and we would watch our favorite scenes, reciting the lines with the Cher and Dionne.

This week marks the film’s 18th anniversary. Since its release, the movie has become iconic with its portrayal of ’90’s fashion (so much plaid!) and slang (as if!). I have so many fond memories of the movie and even now, 18 years later, still quote lines from it. Here are some of my favorite quotes from Clueless:

Mel: Do you know what time it is?
Cher: A watch doesn’t really go with this outfit, daddy.

Cher: He does dress better than I do. What would I bring to the relationship?

Amber: Hello? Was I the only one listening? I thought it reeked.
Cher: No, I believe that’s your designer imposter perfume.

Elton: My foot hurts. Can I go to the nurse?

Amber: She could be a farmer in those clothes.

Cher: Would you call me selfish?
Dionne: No, not to your face.

Mel: What the hell is that?
Cher: A dress.
Mel: Says who?
Cher: Calvin Klein.
Mel: It looks like underwear.

Cher: Suddenly a dark cloud settled over first period. I got a C in debate?

Mel: I’d like to see you have a little direction.
Cher: I have direction.
Josh: Yeah, towards the mall.

Cher: Daddy, some people lost all their belongings. Don’t you think that includes athletic equipment?