I’ve been vegging out a bit, dealing with the standard fatigue and postpartum depression of post-show life. Will post show pix soon. Meantime, getting back into the swing of things after a long weekend. I bet many of us are in the same boat. Might I make a humble suggestion? Spend some time Lost in Austen. Streaming live on Netflix, at the moment. Some nice plot/character twists, for those of us who know the plot of Pride and Prejudice backwards, forwards and sideways. Bonus: a new stand-in for Darcy for those of us who are a bit weary of the aging, stuttering Colin Firth.
Jemima Rooper plays a “modern girl somehow transported into the events of the book via a portal located in her bathroom”, and I know it sounds cheesy as all get-out, but it somehow works. It’s fun, clever and best of all – a great escape to the world of the Bennets of Longbourn. Hey, you! Stop rolling your eyes. No one is looking. Suspend your disbelief, pour a glass of wine, and enjoy the “restorative wonder of both fantasy and classic literature“. Ah!, That’s more like it.
Can you guess which one’s Darcy? OK, **Spoiler alert **, stop scrolling through the pix if you don’t want a hint or two about what MIGHT happen. Otherwise, scroll on brave one, scroll on. And happy Austening.
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So, I know I’m late to the party, but the modern BBC adaptation of Sherlock Holmes is wonderful. Beautiful, quirky and very funny, too. Plus, I’ve always had a soft spot for smart boys. Yes, even fictional ones. This smarty-pants is played by a guy named Benedict Cumberbatch. Best surname ever, amirite? I also like that Watson (played by Martin Freeman) doesn’t come off as the doofus he always seemed to be in the books. And right now you can watch the first season on netflix streaming. I have. Twice, even. Continue reading “screen captures: Sherlock”
Ok, so, I might as well admit I am a sucker for High School movies – Pretty in Pink, Rushmore, Election, Napoleon Dynamite, Heathers, The Breakfast Club, Say Anything – all guilty pleasures, the kind of movies I always stop and watch when they surface while channel surfing. (There ought to be a name for that phenomenon. PopCultureHappyHour calls them ” the movies we can’t not watch.”) For a long while Sixteen Candles was a yearly tradition. I would watch it every year on my birthday, tearing up at that last shot and cheering for Molly, loving every minute even though I already knew it by heart.
I’m a hopeless romantic, I guess, and these movies are sweet modern fairytales or at least a calorie-free box of chocolates. They make me happy, anyway. Sadly, recent movies in the High School genre have failed to hit the note for me. Not that the old standby High School movies aren’t shallow and silly at times, but jeeze, sometimes I just can’t stomach the “helpless” girl or the “makeover” plot lines one more second. What? She took of her glasses, and now she’s HOT? No way! Sheesh. Give me a little something more, please.
But, joy! Recently on my instant Netflix queue: Easy A. And it’s now on my list of favorite High School Movies of All Time! And Emma Stone is so smart, sassy and fun. And her parents are played so quirkily and well by Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci. And there are many shout-outs to High School Movies of yore. And Amanda Bynes makes the best bitch-face evah. And Yay.
(spoiler – don’t click through to the rest of the screen captures, if you don’t want to see any HINTS about what happens, but come on – it’s a High School movie – you know the girl gets the guy in the end, right? Or not…) Continue reading “screen captures: High School Movie Edition”