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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Emma Read-Along Disscusion: The End!

Hello!

Once again I am here participating in Amber at Seasons of Humility's Emma Read-Along, to disscuss my opinions on Emma, by Jane Austen, for this week, the last bit! Here are HER thoughts on this last bit. I am so, so, so, sorry this is so late! Nov. has been so busy/crazy that I haven't had time! But I am getting it out today!! Also, thank you so much to Kara at Flowers of Quiet Happiness, it was through her that I heard of this!

SPOILER ALERT! Since it is about the very end, there will be spoilers. So if you haven't read Emma, by Jane Austen, do not read this!


Favorite Quotes:

"I  have always admired her complexion," replied Emma, archly; "but do not I remember the time when you found fault with her for being so pale? When we first began to talk of her. Have you quite forgotten?"

But, in spite of these deficiencies, the wishes, the hopes, the confidence, the predictions of the small band of true friends who witnessed the ceremony, were fully answered in the perfect happiness of the union.
                                                                   Finis

General Impression:

Through out the book we have seen the changes in Emma. That is what I think the book is all about. Changing to be a better person. That doesn't mean that you have to change the people around you. Just by changing yourself to the better, other things will seem to change. It might be your point of view; Mr. Martin is just right for Harriet. Also, if you are a bachorler/bachorlette and you try matchmaking, you will eventually get a match yourself.

Questions:

Well, to tell you the truth, I don't really have any questions, I can happily say they were answered! But I'll try to come up with some.

1.  Who was your favorite character?

2. Is there a movie version of Emma that you have seen and is very close to this?

3. What did you learn from this?

4. Who do you think changed the most?

My Answers to Amber's Questions:

1. What did you think of Mr. Elton's choice in a wife? And do you believe Mrs. Elton truly cared about Jane Fairfax?
At first I thought him to be a different person, but as we saw his true colors, I think she suits him perfectly. Or at least they deserve each other.

2. Which scene of the story stood out to you the most? Perhaps one that made you chuckle...or one that melted your heart...or one that made you cringe with embarrassment.
Well, I chuckled when they were trying to figure out the charade. By that I mean Harriet was trying to figure it out. Emma had it nailed. 
One that mealted my heart was when they kept meeting Mr. Martian and Emma didn't want Harriet to pay him so much but you can see they still like each other.
Oh, the Box Hill scene. 

3. Were you content with the matches that were made by the end of the story? Do you think everyone ended up in the right relationships?
I do, I really do. I love happy endings!!! I just had to through that in there.

4. Have you read any other Jane Austen novels? If so, which is your favorite, and how does Emma rank on your list?

Well, I have read Sense and Sensibility, Northanger Abbey, and now Emma. I would have to have them go like this:
1. Sense and Sensibility/Emma
2. Northanger Abbey.

Thank you so, so, so, so, so, much Amber!!! Through this I have really come to like Emma, by Jane Austen!

MovieCritic

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Halloween Blog Party: 101 Dalmatians

Hello Everybody!
Welcome to my last day of my Post Halloween Blog Party!

I am introducing Older vs. Newer. I will be reviewing the 1961 version of 101 Dalmatians, then I will be reviewing the 1996 version, then I will be doing thoughts on Cruella de Vil. I am so sorry I couldn't do a review of the book as well, but I was getting it on inter-library loan, but I got the wrong one, not the original by Dodie Smith! Then I ordered it, but it hasn't come! Why this button? This one is probably the hardest, but it is supposed to be fur.

101 Dalmatians (1961):
 

A dog, Pongo, falls in love with another dalmatian, Perdita, then there owners fall in love and get married. Pongo and Perdita have 15 puppies, which in a few weeks are stolen! Using the starlight barking system, all the dogs in London are on the look out. Finally they are found along with 84 more! They are all going to be killed for there fur! Pongo and Perdita have to find a way to get them all home!


Costumes: 7, we all know Cruella has the best costumes, but we will see that later. So I choose this one of Anita's. Sorry, I could only find a picture of this outfit with Roger in the picture.

Script: 9
Crew:
Directed by:
Wolfgang Reitherman
Hamilton Luske
Clyde Geronimi
Produced by: Walt Disney
Story by: Bill Peet
Based on: The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith
Starring the Voice talents of:
Rod Taylor as Pongo
Cate Bauer as Perdita
Betty Lou Gerson as Cruella DeVil
Ben Wright as Roger
Lisa Davis as Anita
Martha Wentworth as Nanny
This is just too cute.
Music: 9, we've all heard it.
Music by: George Burns
Quotes: 8, "My toes are froze."
Storyline: 8, I don't know how close this is to the book, so I'll give it an 8 to be safe.
Overall score: 8

VS.

101 Dalmatians (1996):
 


When a clothing designer and a video game designer meet, they and there dogs, dalmatians, fall in love. The dalmatians have puppies who are then stolen a few weeks later! They bark the news through out London and a dog spots them. (Ha, ha, I didn't even mean to do that.) It's up to all the country animals to help them!

Costumes: 7, I was disappointed because we never really see the classic Cruella de Vil, but she is still extremely stylish here.

Script: 9,
Crew:
Directed by: Stephen Herek
Produced by: 
John Hughes
Ricardo Mestres
Screenplay by: John Hughes
Based on: The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith
Starring:
Glenn Close as Cruella DeVil
Jeff Daniels as Roger
Joely Richardson as Anita
Joan Plowright as Nanny
Hugh Laurie as Jasper
Mark Williams as Horace
Music: 6, another disappointment, no classic song!
Music by: Michael Karmen
Quotes: 8, "What do have in there? Rocks?" "No, bricks."
Storyline: 7, Once again I can't say, but this one doesn't have any talking dogs. But it does have some hilarious scenes!
Overall Score: 7.

Older Wins!

"Just like a spider waiting for a kill..."

(Sorry, It's kind of blurry.)

Thoughts on Cruella, Cruella de Vil.

Ours
Oh Boy! Cruella de Vil is probably the wickedest of the bunch! Taking little puppies to make into a fur coat! And unlike the others I have done, she has no love of anything exept fur. "It's my only love." I have looked up and down and I can't find a single good part of her! Can any of you? In the 1961 version, it says that she is a school mate of Anita. In the 1996 version, it says she was her boss. Does anyone know which one it is?
The 1961 version,   And the 1996 version


How did we do? This is the end of my Post Halloween Blog Pary! There will be a poll up for you to vote on how we did with our costumes vs. theirs. Thank you for reading this!

MovieCritic

Friday, November 18, 2016

Halloween Blog Party: Alice in Wonderland


Hello!
Welcome back for my (Post) Halloween Blog Party!

Today I will be reviewing Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll, and the 1951 movie version, then thoughts on, The Queen of Hearts! Why this button? Well, hearts and roses.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland:
















A little girl, Alice, seeing a rabbit wearing a waistcoat, follows him down a rabbit hole into a hall with many doors and through one door, Alice can see a beautiful garden. And she so wants to get to it. So she meets many peculiar animals and she grows to all sorts of sizes. She gets so ordered about she never has been so ordered about in her whole life! Things just keep getting "curiouser and curiouser". If you do read it, I highly recommend getting a version with the original pictures. "and what is the use of a book," thought Alice, "without pictures or conversations?"
Characters: 10! My! There are so many, and so funny!










My Favorite:
Alice
The Cheshire Cat, "Did you say pig, or fig?"











Words: 10! There are so many little songs and verses! They are so fun to sing!











Storyline: 10! Probably everyone knows this tale of the girl who falls down the rabbit hole!










Fact: Lewis Carroll's real name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. He wrote this story for his friend, a little girl named Alice.
Favorite Scene: The kitchen scene! I laugh so hard when I read it.
Overall Score: 10!!!!!

VS.

Alice in Wonderland (1951):


















Based on the books Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carrol.l

Alice, sees a rabbit "wearing a waistcoat!" and getting curious follows him through a rabbit hole and into a wonderful land, when there are very interesting people. She follows him all over the place and finally she wants to go home. All this in her very own Wonderland.
Costumes: 7, there aren't very many and it is animated, but we do have Alice's classic garb.


Script: 7, They do follow the book pretty well... one thing that bothered me was that some things the Mad Hatter says very seriously in the book, he says with a laugh.
"You know Dinah, we really oughtn't be doing this."
Crew:
Directed by:
Clyde Geronimi
Wilfred Jackson
Hamilton Luske
Produced by: Walt Disney
Starring the Vocies talents of:
Kathryn Beaumont as Alice
Ed Wynn as the Mad Hatter
Richard Haydn as the Caterpiller
Sterling Holloway as the Cheshire Cat
Verna Flton as The Queen of Hearts
Bill Thompson as White Rabbit/Dodo
Heather Angel as Alice's Sister
Larry Grey as Bill the Lizard. In this movie, he is based on Burt of Mary Poppins, is he not?
Music: 10, the music is lovely!
Music by: Oliver Wallace
Quotes: 9,
"I'm late! I'm late! I'm late for a very important date!"
"Don't just do something, stand there!"
Storyline: 6 Well, it is combined with Through the Looking Glass, but it would be nice if there was just a movie of ALICE IN WONDERLAND! Because, they always take out the Mock Turtle, and the Duchess. The gardeners were Ace, 2, and 3 of clubs, when they should be 5, 2, and 7 of spades. I'm glad they included "Father William."
Notes: How did she not get paint on herself? In the White Rabbit's house she grew too big. Took her a very long time to get back to the Caterpiller.
Overall score: 8

Book wins!

"The Queen of Hearts, she made some tarts..."


Thoughts on her.


Ours
Theirs
 In the book, is quite harmless, as the Gryphon says, "It's all her fancy, that: they never executes nobody, you know." But in movies, boy! is she evil! She is a very selfish queen every thing has to go her way or, "OFF WITH THEIR HEAD!" You can see she wants people to please her. She loves presents of all kinds! But, she is after all, "Just a card!" So, how much can she do to you? Unless you're only so high...






"Just a pack of cards"

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2010 version, Helena Bonham Carter.                  


Thank you so much for reading! Tomorrow is my last day in my Halloween Blog Party! What will it be? Also, today Google honored writer James Welch, for his would have been 76th birthday! Here is an article about HIM!!!

MovieCritic

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Halloween Blog Party: The Little Mermaid

Hello everyone!
Welcome again to my Halloween Blog Party! This is my second revealing, there is still one left, would you like to guess?
Anyway, as you can see from the title, this is for The Little Mermaid, the character that one of us was for Halloween was Ursula, the sea witch. But we'll get back to that later. I am going to review the book, a movie, and then compare our Sea Witch to theirs. About the button, the sea turtles are supposed to represent well, the sea! Any guesses on the others?

The Little Mermaid, by Hans Christan Anderson:
     

The king of the mermaids had 5 daughters. When a mermaid turns 15 she goes to the surface for the first time, none of them wants to go as much as the youngest. When her turn comes she sees a ship that is giving a celebration for a prince. She falls in love with him. A storm hits and everyone is thrown into the water. She swims over, saves the prince and swims to the nearest shore. She leaves him there and learns where his castle is and every night she swims there and watches him. Mermaids live 300 years and when they die they turn into sea foam. Her grandmother tells her that when humans die, there is a heaven that their souls go to, but they have short lives. The little mermaid asks if she could have a soul. The grandmother says that she would have to marry a human, and you and your husband will share a soul. The little mermaid goes to the sea witch to turn into a human. The payment would be to cut out the little mermaid's tongue, and when she was a human, every time she stepped it would feel like she was walking on daggers.
And that is how much of a summary I can do.
Characters: 8, I was impressed, there are really complex characters.
My favorites:
The Little Mermaid
The grandmother.
Words: 9, I love descriptions and these are delicious!
Storyline: 10!
Overall Score: 9

VS.

The Little Mermaid (1989): Based on the book by Hans Christan Anderson
 


A mermaid, Ariel, falls in love with a human, turns into a human by giving her voice to an evil sea witch. In three days she has to have the human, a prince, give her the kiss of true love, or she will belong to the sea witch.
Costumes: 6, some of them are okay. My favorite:











Script: 8, "Let's eat before this crab walks off my plate."
Crew:
Directed by:
Ron Clements
John Musker
Produced by:
John Musker
Howard Ashman
Starring:
Jodi Benson as Ariel
Christopher Daniel Barnes as Eric
Samuel E. Wright as Sebastian
Pat Carrol as Ursula
Jason Marin as Flounder
Kenneth Mars as Triton
Ben Wright as Grimsby
Music: 9, Every body's favorite is "Part of your World" but that is my lest favorite. My favorite is "Under the Sea." And they did a very good job of the beginning. It really brings you in, and the sound of waves are excellent.
Music by: Alan Menken
Quotes: 7, "Boy, what a soft shell I've turned out to be."
Notes: There is an Easter egg in the crowd. Also, it is interesting that in the song, "Part of your World" she says, "What's it called? Burn!" I thought of it when the boat caught on fire.

Storyline: 4! No!!! They completely erased the beauty of the story The Little Mermaid! They started off okay, but then they completely took it away! And I'm just getting started.
1. The mermaids hair should be longer.
2. "Ariel" should be fifteen. But, in one part she says, "Daddy, I'm sixteen!"
3. They got rid of the grandmother, but they put in more characters, such as Sebastian, Flounder (his face is like rubber!), and Scuttle. They also put more detail on the sea witch, Ursula.
Overall score: 6.

Book wins!

"Wasted away to practally nothing."
(Thoughts on Ursula.)
Sure you are.
Ours.
Theirs.
  
Ursula is more of a villain in the movie than in the book. In the book she is just doing what she does. In the movie she has more goals for ultimate power. But besides all you think she does have a heart. She loves her "poopsies". But, then she is the villain that didn't "play fair" in her deal. So, overall she is a "hard heart." And they did a really good job of making her look SUPER evil. So, there are my thoughts on her. What do you think?


How did we do on our costume?
What villain will be up tomorrow? 
MovieCritic


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Start of my Halloween Blog Party!

Hello!

Today is the start of my, (Post) Halloween Blog Party! To start off I am going to list a few classic Halloween books and movies. The question will be whether any of you have read/seen these, and if you read/saw this year? Note that I haven't read or seen all of these, but most of them are scary but really good. Except the Ray Bradbury one, that creeps me out! But, my mom likes it. And...We begin!

Books:

Dracula by Bram Stoker:








Frankenstein by Mary Shelly:








The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R.Tolkien:



(If you are wondering "Why this?", Gollum is my sisters worst nightmare, along with spiders.)

The Black Cauldren by Lloyd Alexander:






Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury:







(YIKES!!!!!)

The Strange Case of Dr. Jackel and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson:















The Hound of the Baskervilles by Aurther Conan Doyle:

















Movies:

Casper (1995):
















Frankenweenie (2012):


















Ghostbusters (1984):














(I'm going with the origanal version because I haven't seen any other.)

Halloweentown (1998):

















Hocas Pocas (1983):
















The Nightmare before Christmas (2000):















(This is super weird and creepy, but I'm putting it anyway)

Okay, I'm going to stop because this is super long already and I should get to work on my other posts.
Oh, and I was reading through these and I noticed that I have seen all these movies, but read none of these books, but I have seen a few movie versions of these books. Goes to show you why my blog is Movies Meet Their Match, not Books Meet Their Match.
 So if you want to join, just let me know! See you tomorrow!

MovieCritic