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Beauty and The Beast: appreciation

Disney’s ‘live-action’ remake of the 1992 animated classic, Beauty and The Beast, seems to be getting shut out of all the award nominations.

 

This calls for a visual post to celebrate what the judges have failed to appreciate!

 

WHY I LIKE IT:

❤ It takes the romantic fairy tale and roots it in a way that feels more real

 

❤ Belle tucking up her skirts

this is something that would have been done when a girl was participating in less ladylike activities such as walking rough through the woods or climbing on and around things, etc. I rarely see this portrayed in film so I like that it was shown here. and having those cute bloomers show underneath was another way to illustrate how odd Belle supposedly was.

 

❤ The elaborate sets

 

❤ The intricate costumes

“An amazing amount of work went into the prince’s costume [worn by Dan Stevens, above] in the opening ball sequence, which you don’t really see. It’s got a whole custom embroidery of different kinds of grotesque animals stitched into the pattern. It’s embellished with 20,000 Swarovski crystals that took five days to stitch on.” ~Jacqueline Durran, costume designer

speaking of details that get overlooked, I’m going to slip in a pic of Dan’s London premiere suit here because I love the paisley swirl embroidery

 

❤ The nods to the beloved animated version

 

❤ I was never attached to the animated version (truthfully, I’m not sure I’ve even seen the whole movie), so I’m falling in love with the 2017 version like it’s my first time, because essentially it is!

 

Favorite Scene: when Belle & The Beast are sharing their outcast stories and Beast says ‘what do you say we run away’. Dan’s dry delivery of that line always makes me smile.

 

Favorite Line: when Beast shows Belle the library for the first time, she asks:

he answers:

my favorite is the next line when Belle says, “Was that a joke? You’re telling jokes now?”

 

Favorite Outfit: The Prince’s light blue jacket in the closing dance scene

 

A Wish: That Dan get recognition for the hard work he put into the role

 

5 Words To Best Describe It:

Enchanting

 

Powerful

 

Whimsical

 

Sweet

 

Timeless

 

❤ ❤ ❤

 

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Posted by on December 14, 2017 in Movies

 

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The Man Who Invented Christmas

It’s hard to surprise me. very rarely will you hear me say “I was not expecting that” or “I’m so surprised!” and when I do, 90% of the time I immediately follow it up with “well, now that I think about it…” to which I admit I’m not really that surprised because there were clues leading up to the situation/event that I just hadn’t consciously put together yet. so when I say that the movie The Man Who Invented Christmas surprised me, I genuinely mean it.

 

I thought this movie was going to be a seasonal comedy, a family film, because that’s the way it’s been marketed. I don’t normally get excited about these kinds of films, although I enjoy them well enough. this one was taking a classic well-known story, one that I’ve seen multiple versions of and always enjoy, and coming at it from a slightly different angle. The premise centers around the writer, Charles Dickens, and how he comes up with the idea for A Christmas Carol. the previews looked funny, the way a disheveled Willy Wonka-like Dan Stevens conjures up the well-known characters and then loses control of them. how they mystically materialize in front of him and then disappear before he can transfer them to the page.

 

I was not expecting that it would actually be a version of A Christmas Carol itself, with emotional struggles, revelations and redemption, and dark memories that have been locked into a box and buried. while Charles is manically running around embodying the stereotype of a writer who has one foot on solid ground and the other in dreamland, trying to balance the two while in a time crunch with his reputation and finances on the line, he’s also dealing with his irresponsible father and trying not to let the bitterness he feels towards him eat him alive. that’s the story that affected me, that’s the story that had me laughing and crying in equal measure, that’s what connected me to the main character as I empathized with his struggles.

 

The film does showcase the frustrations a writer goes through when forced to deal with the real life details of publishing a book, financing and printing and illustration, etc. It established the time period of Charles Dickens’s life that we were being dropped into so that we can easily comprehend why his nerves are so frayed, why this book meant so much, and how that all tied into the title of the movie.

 

My one and only complaint would be: why did they chose to market this film as lite family fare? maybe the intent was to create an experience much like my own, to entice with a lighthearted look at a classic tale with the twist of the writer being the focal point, only to unexpectedly deliver a deeper more meaningful story that may nudge us into looking more closely at ourselves. if that was the strategy, then Bravo! but I fear that many may miss out on what is overall a delightful mix of comedy and drama, because they thought they knew what it was about and chose not to view it based on that misconception.

 

So go see this movie! Do it now! if not for what I described above, then for Dan Stevens in dashing cravats and waist coats, for Tara the maid’s melodious Irish Accent, for Jonathan Pryce and his eccentric turban, or even just for this child’s giggle:

 

For whatever reason, you won’t be sorry.  and if you are? then Humbug to you!

 

XxXxXx

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2017 in Movies

 

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High Maintenance- Rachel

I had never heard of the HBO/web series ‘High Maintenance’ before becoming a Dan Stevens fan. I watched a compilation of Dan’s scenes in the episode ‘Museebat’, taken out of context like all compilations are (that party is not just a birthday party…) but the gifs I had seen of the earlier episode ‘Rachel’ intrigued me much more. So today, I finally forked out the $1.06 to rent it on Youtube.

well worth it, and then some

 

Dan’s character is an award winning writer who is suffering from writer’s block. Colin stays at home, taking his young son to preschool each day, while his wife works a more traditional job. Dan is so sweet with the little boy, which I expected, but what surprised me is how much ‘Colin The Cross Dresser’ warmed my heart. I’ll admit, the idea of cross dressing is not something I’m well informed of. is it sexual? is it gender identity? is it the clothes? I’m not sure. In the case of Colin, he says it’s a way to express himself. this is what he tells his marijuana dealer, when he sees Colin wearing a dress for the first time (the series is built around  ‘The Guy’ and the variety of clients he sells pot to).

It was humorous to see Colin admiring himself in the mirror, wearing women’s clothes and trying to balance himself in heels

but there were also touching scenes, like when Colin is meeting with his boss in a restaurant and the camera zooms in on the blouse that is peeking out from underneath the bottom of Colin’s sweater. or when his attention is drawn to a woman seated nearby, not because he’s admiring her, but rather the fashionable turban that she’s wearing.

The images Colin likes to look at on the computer, of other dads in dresses holding newborn babies, struck me as a bit creepy. but I didn’t find Colin creepy at all.

more like Genius, for giving me a new snack suggestion!

 

What absolutely made me melt (besides the scenes of Colin playfully running through the winter streets with his son) was how supportive his wife was of his cross dressing. It was heartwarming to see how proud of him she was when she found out that he had let ‘The Guy’ see him in a dress and how they were able to easily move into a conversation about Colin’s current writing struggles instead, as if the dress didn’t matter. because really, it doesn’t. they’re just clothes, right?

as are these, which I happen to really like!

 

My mind wasn’t necessarily closed to these things before, but I did find it odd. I find it far less odd now. and so it seems I have fallen for yet another Dan Stevens character!

as if I ever had a chance.

 

 
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Posted by on November 14, 2017 in television

 

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Mystery Blogger Award

SueBC of the I’m Feeling This blog has nominated me for The Mystery Blogger Award, but I’ll be breaking the chain by not following the rules…I didn’t know 10-20 bloggers even when I was active in the blogging community, let alone now, when I only read a handful regularly…I LOVE questionnaires, so I’m delighted to answer the questions anyway. I do like the description of the award, so I’m going to include that too.

“This is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates, it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging and they do it with so much love and passion.”

 

Okay, so first I’m supposed to tell you 3 things about myself. I never know what to say to this question because what I find interesting and what others find interesting are often completely different, so I’m just going to throw some random things out there:

1.) before I go to bed each night, I turn off the foyer light at the top of the stairs before I retire to my bedroom. the switch plate has two light switches on it, and I flip the wrong switch EVERY.SINGLE.TIME. I’ve lived in this house for 10 years.

 

2.) when I eat pudding, or ice cream out of a cup, I always turn the spoon upside down on the way to my mouth. I love the feeling of the curved spoon and the burst of flavor from laying it directly on my tongue. I’ve purposely tried not to do this, just to see how the other half lives, but I find it physically difficult.

does Richard Armitage have ‘inverted spoon reflex’ too?

 

3.) the lock-screen password on my laptop computer is a combination of my birth date and Richard Armitage’s.

 

and now on to the questions asked by SueBC:

 

1) What is your favorite kind of food and do you make it at home or go out?

French Fries. I especially like the fresh cut kind that still have some of the skin on them. my grandmother used to make them at home when I was young by heating oil in a cast iron skillet, but I’ve never tried that myself. I’ve dumped them in the counter top fryer or baked them in the oven but they never seem to turn out right, so I prefer eating them out at restaurants and festivals.

 

2) Coffee or tea and what is your favorite time or place to drink it?

I’ve never been a fan of hot drinks, so if you asked me this question 6 months ago, I would have said neither. with my recent stomach ailments though, I’ve decided to give in and see how tea treats me. I’ve not drank it enough yet to have a routine of when or where I drink it, so for now it’s while reading.

 

3) Who would you like to have dinner with, what would you eat, and what would you talk about?

Dan Stevens – Ice Cream Cone – Books

I think Dan would be a great dinner companion because he seems to have a way of putting people at ease. I would ask him for book recommendations. I really enjoy reading but I would never claim to be well read. most of the classics that others were forced to read in school somehow passed me by, and I don’t follow reviews closely enough to make informed contemporary picks. when my kids were young I was in two different book clubs (which overlapped for awhile) and so I read a variety of books that I would never have picked on my own. now though, I’m just lost! Dan loves to read, studied literature at university, and was a Man Book Prize judge in 2012 (they asked him to be a judge after he went on a review program and was a little too free with his negative opinions on the judges picks for that year. I find that funny and endearing) he’s mentioned several books that he’s read/reading in different interviews through the years, so I have a running list of things he likes, but I’d like him to tailor a few picks for me personally after discussing what I’ve enjoyed in the past.

 

Ice Cream Cones may seem like an odd choice for a food pick but I think you can learn a lot about someone from how they eat an ice cream cone. do they quickly lick all the way around and keep at it so that it doesn’t melt? do they dive in with their lips and forgo the licking? can they eat it fast or must they go at a slower pace because of brain freeze? do they have no problem letting it drip off the sides or lean precariously in uneven lumps? and once they get down to the cone, what’s the procedure then? continue licking or bite right into it?

Matthew Crawley looks like a ‘lick all the way around’ type of chap. me too!

 

The ice cream Dan and I would eat would have to be Vegan, since neither of us consumes dairy. Dan’s not a Vegan but he avoids dairy because he said he’s never really liked it. he loves Vegan ice cream though. I, on the other hand, do like dairy and it’s been a struggle for me to make that switch. it’s helped knowing that my crush avoids dairy as well, and that he’s probably had his fair share of stomach/digestive issues through the years because of gluten sensitivity. if you can bond with me over digestive ailments, you’ll have a friend for life!

 

 

4) What is a favorite book that represents your favorite season?

my favorite season is Autumn, and the first time I read the Lord Of The Rings was in Autumn. when the Hobbits set out on their journey it’s also Autumn, so I’ll pick The Fellowship of The Ring as my answer. I lived in Denver, Colorado for an autumn/winter season and the Aspen trees reminded me of Lothlorien.

 

5) If you could be anyone else for a day, who would it be?

Someone who understands Math and can easily apply it in every day life.

 

and we’re done! thanks again to SueBC for giving me the chance to answer questions. it was fun!

 

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Posted by on November 8, 2017 in Miscellaneous

 

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Once Upon A Fanvid

Once upon a time, I contemplated making a fan vid. I Googled how to go about making a fan vid, browsed some software, then convinced myself that it was too complicated/time consuming, and promptly put that urge on the shelf. A few months went by and I thought of it again, but then remembered how intimidating it seemed and decided against it. again. Repeat this cycle several times. 

That brings us to yesterday, when I decided to make a slideshow for myself of some of my favorite Dan Stevens themed pics, until I realized that Windows discontinued the movie maker software that it was previously installed with. Back to Google I went to hunt down alternative free software. Many clicks later I found one I liked, downloaded it, and uploaded the pics and music I had already chosen for my slideshow.

Did I mention that I was supposed to be cleaning my house for the weekend guests that were arriving later that day? Procrastination seems to be the foundation of all my creativity! I zoomed through the house cleaning like a fiend before my guests arrived, then spent the evening visiting with them. This morning I awoke, far earlier than everyone else (a lovely side effect of my recent stomach issues), opened up the slideshow again and jumped right in. It was actually a lot more enjoyable than I anticipated.

A few hours later I had a finished product that I really liked. But then the fangirl part of my brain started nagging me to upload it so that others could enjoy it too. stupid annoying fangirl, always making me do scary things…

 

 

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2017 in other

 

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