Monday, November 24, 2008

Making fun of Twilight

Here's a link to a hilarious "Snide Remarks" column by Eric D Snider about his rejected Twilight Screenplay. If you haven't read it yet, you should!

Here's just one of the many funny scenes:

BELLA: It's tough being the new kid in school! Especially when everyone is so friendly and helpful and interested in me. Why can't they just leave me alone so I can sit in the corner and cut myself?
CLASSMATE: You're awesome, Bella!
BELLA: See what I have to put up with? Hey -- who are those hot people over there?
CLASSMATE: Those are the Cullens. They avoid direct sunlight, they don't eat food, they sleep in coffins in a graveyard, and holy water burns them. I think they're Canadians.
BELLA: They sure are spectacularly gorgeous.
CLASSMATE: Yes, they are.
BELLA: I mean seriously, those people are BEAUTIFUL. Especially the one who keeps looking at me. Man alive, that guy is stunning. I mean, wow. He is hot buttered seduction on a stick. I'm not interested in him sexually, of course, because sex is dirty, but wow -- LOOK AT HIM! Yee-ikes! Hubba hubba! If you don't mind, I'd like to spend the next 75 pages talking exclusively about how attractive he is, and then bring it up again every paragraph or so for the remaining 400 pages.
CLASSMATE: Knock yourself out.

Sunday, November 23, 2008


I'm sure most have seen it. So, what did you all think? I really enjoyed it. I want to see it again, now that I know what to expect. Voice overs are difficult for me sometimes and I think the special effects suffered from the budget (especially the sparkling and the moving fast), though the story is more about the characters than the special effects.
I really loved the soundtrack (awesome), I think the casting was spot on, I was surprised at how much I laughed, the contacts looked super cool - much better than I thought they would - chemistry between Kristin and Rob was great, great kissing scene, really loved Cheif Swan.
Fave funny parts:
when Bella walks into class for the first time and the fan blows her scent to Edward
Mike asking her to prom
Bella's introduction to the cullen's (esp. Edward's mortified expression)
Edward meeting Charlie officially

Saturday, November 22, 2008

"The Age of Innocence" Review

The Age of Innocence (Enriched Classics Series) The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
Wharton absolutely draws me in. Her stories are so unconventional. I also read her "Ethan Fromme" in High School and though I made fun of it, the ending really had an impact on me.

I find May a fascinating character in this, especially given Newlands perception of her which might not be exactly correct. I love that even though Newland falls in love with Countess Olenska and feels confined in many ways by May, May isn't a bad person. In fact, quite the opposite is true. I also love Wharton's descriptions of places and social laws, lots of fun satiric wit. I especially love her description of Mrs. Mingott's burden of flesh. (I'm adding it to my favorite quotes).

And though it takes place in the 1870's, it was actually written in 1920, so you don't have to wade through the many annoyances of Victorian Era writing.

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Wicked tickets go on sale

"Wicked" tickets will go on sale DECEMBER 12TH! Here is the link to where you can buy them:

Make sure to pass the word along to all who might be interested.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Prince

The Prince The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli

My review

rating: 3 of 5 stars
I finally finished it! I really did find it interesting despite the fact that it took me a couple months to finish a 128 page book. I just had to rid myself of other options to read, because it's very difficult for me to pay attention to non-fiction, especially if it's written in the 1500's. I can see why the term Machiavellian has such a negative calculating connotation to it, but there are definitely things that are true in there. It's just really interesting to see a breakdown of power, how to get it and how to effectively keep it.

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movies of late

I watch movies on our portable dvd player while I'm working to keep myself sane. Just in case you were wondering how I had so much "free time" to watch movies :)

I don't know what to make of this. I almost wanted to say it's a cute kids movie, but it really isn't. It was okay, but I'm not sure who I would recommend it to.

The new Sense and Sensiblity... hmmm. There are things I liked for sure. I'm usually really good about forgetting about expectations (I enjoyed the 2005 version of P&P and also loved the colin firth), so I don't know what to say. The Emma Thompson version of S&S is just such the quintessential period film, practically perfect, that it's difficult to not compare other versions. I will say that the second time watching it, I liked it better. And it was interesting to see "Mr. Headstone" from "Our Mutual Friend" as Colonel Brandon. Still like the Emma Thompson version much better. In fact, if you haven't seen either, rent the thompson version (with Alan Rickman (a much more mysterious Colonel) and Kate Winslet).

I'm on a Scarlet Pimpernel kick, what with watching bootlegged vids on youtube of the broadway cast of the encore performance (can anyone ever hope to equal Douglas Sills? I think not!). So, I was curious about this version. I was prepared to very much dislike it, but was surprised. There are some things that might bother a fan of the story. Richard Grant seems an unlikely casting choice of Sir Percy (given his dark hair, and I must admit, he's not really a looker), and also the casting of Marguarite (She is very much not what I would have expected). And there are some plot holes, and some stupid moves on the part of the league (such as calling him percy in a "stage whisper" in France). But, I do like the casting of Chauvelin (Martin Shaw) and Grant grew on me. His characterization and delivery of the lines won me over. The dialogue is fun and witty. Be forewarned, it shows more of the darker side of the story, such as the absolute calousness of the revolutionaries and some of the english aristos, so it's darker. Also a warning, while it was on TV (A&E to be exact), it does contain a few instances of some witty dirty talk. I really enjoyed watching the three episodes I rented from the Library (though IMBD says there are five) and would definitely recommend them. They were adventurous and fun and the chemistry between Percy and Marguarite is lovely, too.