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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Pride and Prejudice

I'm a little behind in my movie reviewing I guess. I said that I saw Pride and Prejudice. Now what did I think about it?
Oddly, I didn't hate it. I didn't really think that I would but I liked it better than I thought I would.

When I heard Kiera Knightly was to play the part of Elizabeth Bennet, I couldn't believe it I would never have thought of her for that part. But she was alright except for the fact that she doesn't really have the build for the period in which the movie was set although they seemed to try. The costuming bugged me.

What we had here was a movie version of the book that is more of an interpretation than a faithful adaptation. They show the Bennetts' in a more impoverished environment, they are even more unrefined, and for some reason, Lizzie is more isolated than ever. She didn't have the relationship with Jane portrayed in many other adaptations I have seen, or as my sister and I discussed, the relationship they had in the book. Mr and Mrs Bennet's relationship seemed as though they were closer. There wasn't the cruelness towards his wife he'd shown before.

Oh yeah, and Darcy wasn't really Darcy. But he was hot.....

That said it's not a bad movie. I enjoyed it. I even cried a little at the end..... But if you are a big Pride and Prejudice fan and think they should strictly follow the story it's probably not for you.

Other recent adaptations of this book fans might want to see are,

Pride & Prejudice (2003) This movie translates the story to an American College town. It follows Elizabeth Bennet in college living with four other girls, but not her sisters. It is really silly and worth a watch.

Bride and Prejudice (2005)This movie is a Bollywood adaptation, but it's also British and American. The themes of the story translate very well into modern Indian society. In this one Lalita (Lizzie), has only three sisters, Kitty and Lydia being rolled into one girl. This film is visually stunning and a lot of fun, it had us wanting to get up and dance.

My favorite Pride and Prejudice is however the BBC Adaptation from 1994 the miniseries starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth. I mean hello, he jumps in the river in a white shirt, and walks out of it soaking wet right up to an unsuspecting Lizzie and is caught off guard himself because he didn't know she'd be there. That's reason enough to see it right there, uh, for the ladies anyway, or men too, whatever floats your boat. Colin Firth is my favorite Darcy I mean, check him out:

Another brilliant adaptation is Bridget Jone's Diary. Not a strict adaptation at all, I read the book several times, I loved it, and then the movie, and the next book and the sequel, yeah, fabulous. And Colin Firth as Mark Darcy. That was fabulous. In the book Bridget had a thing for Colin Firth as Mr Darcy in the 1994 Mini-series and in the second book she even interviewed Colin Firth always of course in true Bridget fashion returning to his role as Mr Darcy and the wet shirt scene. So they had an extra on the DVD with Renee as Bridget interviewing Colin Firth as Colin Firth. Lot's of fun.

Tomorrow I might do a review on RENT.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Oh no! Say it isn't So!!!

You might recall him as Arnold from "Happy Days" but most likely you know him as Mr. Miyagi from "The Karate Kid" movies. He will be missed.

Kind of ironic to die on Thanksgiving though.....

Friday, November 18, 2005

Happy Birthday Handsome Brother!

My little brother's birthday was on the 15th of November. Did I call him? No, uh, but he didn't call me on my birhtday either. Did I devote a post to him? No, but I am now.....
So, Happy Birthday My Handsome Brother, wherever you may be! Oh, and when are you ever going to update your blog, the time travel post is getting so old!!!

And here is your present:

Your favorite Spice Girl, Emma Buntin! Enjoy!

Monday, November 14, 2005


Yesterday was my birthday, so as with every special event, my boyfriend took me out of town on a little get away.

Friday morning we left my house and went to lunch at Pizza King. Pizza King is a great pizza place where you pick your own table and at the table there is a video game system. You can put in quarters and play a video game or watch television. There is only one game per booth so you must choose wisely because if you end up hating it you are stuck. Or you could watch TV. You look at the menu and push the intercom button and they come on and take your order. Then when it's done, they bring it out. I have been to many a Pizza King. Some don't have televisions or intercom. Some of them, and these are called Grand Stations, Have a train that brings your drink to you. Those are really fun, you can watch other people's drinks go past you.

After lunch we got back in the car and he showed me the info on where we were going. All I knew was we were going out of town until Sunday, now I had the info in my hand. We were going to Vevay all the way down on the Ohio River.
Yeah, it's always a place we haven't visited before. We stayed in the Rosemont Inn, which is right on the river. It is a bed and breakfast set up in a nearly 200 year old house. When I saw it I loved it immediately. What my boyfriend had purchased was a self guided tour of three wineries located in or around Vevay. First when we got into the Inn the owner gave us a history lesson on the history of Vevay, and Switzerland County Indiana, in general. Then we were shown to our room:

Some very interesting things about the history of wine in America. The first wineries in America were in the Ohio River Valley, in Indiana. I hadn't heard that before. When they started Indiana was a territory, not a state. Currently Indiana has 38 wineries I believe. So thats what we did, we tried wine and enjoyed ourselves in a not so touristy area. In the past we usually went to the Brown County area and that has become so packed with people such that I can't stand it at all. I hate crowds. Where we stayed this time seems like the kind of place people should visit. Rather than Nashville, Indiana, which mostly those shops sell all the same things that I would pass by at a craft fair.

Anyway, we came back yesterday on my birthday. It's about a 2 hour drive from there to here. We stopped at Edinburgh Premium Outlet Mall to stretch our legs. It's a nice outdoor outlet mall. We hardly go in the shops, we just like the walk. We then got back in the car, after I stopped in the Simmons Winery Shop and bought 3 more bottles of wine, and we went on to Greenwood. We decided to try out Johnny Carino's for lunch. It was fabulous. Then we went to Half Price Books where I bought nothing. When we got back to the car, my it wouldn't start. See, these are the things that happen on my birthday. Boo hoo. Whatever. Anyway, my mommy came to get me and AAA came to my boyfriends aid. Then my sister wanted to take me to "PRIDE AND PREJUDICE" last night because she thought they had a 9:40 pm showing, wrong. So maybe we will go tonight. Instead we went to Best Buy where I was drawn by some unseen force to purchase "Day of the Dead 2: Contagium" (possible review coming soon) Which was actually not as bad as I thought it might be, yet not as good as it could have been.

Today was uneventful though, I read a little this morning. Went out for a bit, stopped at the Graveyard to visit my sister's grave, stopped at the old ones graves, just because I felt like it.

Anyway, all in all it wasn't a bad birthday.

Monday, November 07, 2005

But Sir, tornado season is over....Isn't it?

Ok, tornados suck. I feel bad for those people in Evansville. How terrifying it must have been to be awakened, not by the alarms going off, because they did, but by your home being lifted off of the ground and being tossed about by the wind like a giant beach ball. One more reason not to live in a trailer park. We are no stranger to tornados here folks. I have these people in my prayers.

Friday, November 04, 2005

It's Fall!

Ok, Fall is my favorite season, and not just because I was born in the fall.
My birthday is a week from Sunday so I will be off from work starting next Wednesday the 9th until the 14th of November. I always take a week off for my birthday usually around the weekend so I don't require so many vacation days. So WOO HOO! Six day weekend. Finally, maybe I will have time to move. I'm pretty proud at how organized my packing has been. I even packed my barbies up in the groupings I had them in. All the MY SCENES are together, The CALI GIRLS, HAPPY FAMILY, TUESDAY TAYLOR.....Okay, the last isn't a BARBIE, but it's loosely called a barbie collection, mostly barbies, but I have others. I really should post pictures.

I don't usually point out my links in the sidebar, I just figure if you are bored, you will click on them and I really didn't want to call attention to the LOCH NESS WEB CAM, It makes me sound like a freak, but some people might want to note the newest link, iNdReAmSbEtWeEn , it's my sister in college's blog, she might need some encouragement. Oh, and the Loch Ness Web cam over looks Loch Ness which is lovely. Only now that it is fall it gets dark there so much earlier.


"RENT" Opens here on November 11th, I will be seeing it sometime after then. Check your local listings for showtimes and such. Unless you hate musicals or you saw "RENT" on stage and hated it.......I saw it on stage once and it was great!

Also in a couple weeks a new production of "Pride and Prejudice" will also be hitting the theaters. I still don't know where it will be showing, it will have a limited release on 11-11 and then all over on 11-23 I think for anyone who's interested. I personally love "Pride and Prejudice" and have to see every version. It's a compulsion.