"The book is a film that takes place in the mind of the reader." ~ Paulo Coelho

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Movie Review: Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)

Hello Everybody!
This movie that I am going to review today is a pretty fun movie! I hope you like my review.
My guarantee: On ALL of my reviews there are NO spoilers unless it says so.

Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967):
Millie Dillmount is a Modern. She has tossed her "cares and curls away",  gotten the most modern clothing, can type 40 words a minute, and she is going to marry her boss. As she would put it, she is "thoroughly" modern. As she makes friends with Miss Dorothy, an orphan who is moving into the apartment building Millie is living in, and Jimmy Smith, her world is turning out differently than she thought it would be. But something is happening that is wrong.
"In the Ritz elevator you only go up and down."
Genre: Musical, Comedy, Romance
Costumes: 8, they are very nice, only in one section are there some that people aren't wearing appropriate clothing, but you only see it for a few seconds. I'd have to say that this is my favorite dress:
Script: 7, there are some pretty bad words that Miss Dorothy says. Surprising I know!
"Moderns don't cry!"
Directed by: George Roy Hill
Produced by: Ross Hunter
Written by: Richard Morris
Julie Andrews as Millie Dillmount
James Fox as Jimmy
Mary Tyler Moore as Miss Dorothy
Carol Channing as Muzzy
John Gavin as Trevor Grayden
Beartice Lillie as Mrs. Meers
Jack Soo as Ching Ho (Credited as Oriental No. 1)
Pat Morita as Bun Foo (Credited as Oriental No. 2)
Philip Ahn as Tea
Music: 9, the music is very good, the only song that isn't really good is "Baby Face". My favorite is "The Tapioca."
Music by: Elmer Bernstein
Quotes: 9, "He's like fresh paint!" "Oh, he's just full of applesauce." (Such a Julie Andrews line!)
Notes: In the scene for "Jazz Baby", Muzzy puts the strap for a saxophone around her neck then after she is done playing it she just hands the saxophone to somebody without taking the strap off and it's fine! They must have filmed it in two parts. Also, in one part Mrs. Meers falls asleep on the floor, in the next scene she is on the bed, how did she get there?
Storyline: 5, The storyline is okay, but the movie has some: kidnapping, talk about body parts, paintings and statues of people in the nude, a lot of kissing, fighting, smoking (at first they sort of encourage it, but not at all later on), drunkenness, and suggestive stuff. The 'movie people' rate this movie G, but I would rate it more along the lines of between PG and PG-13.
"You can't be happy go lucky all the time, you have to buckle down and make something of yourself!"
Good For: Families, People who love Musicals, People who are "All alone in the world".
Overall Score: 7!

I'll leave you with something to think about. Have a good day evening! Oh, and tomorrow Hamlette's The Great Gatsby read-along starts! Go check it out!


Saturday, May 27, 2017

Robin Hood Week: Movie Review: Robin Hood (1991)

Hello Merry Folk!

In participation with Olivia's Robin Hood Week, I am going to do a review of my least favorite Robin Hood (1991), starring Patrick Bergin (not the Kevin Costner version). Make sure to go check out the fun! And here is just a reminder of my guarantee: On ALL of my reviews there are NO spoilers unless it says so.

Robin Hood (1991):

Based on the classic tale, Sir Robert Hode gets all his lands taken away after insulting and stopping the Baron's guest, Miles. After a trial he and Will Scarlet run away. His name is changed when in a state of exhaustion, asked his name he mutters out "Robin Hood." He joins a band of outlaws in the forest.
"Maybe you shouldn't have said anything."

Genre: Adventure, Action, Romance
Costumes: 7, they are okay, nothing inappropriate, but they aren't anything special either. I do like this dress of Marian's, and she looks very nice in this scene:

Script: 5, some bad words, suggestive things. "Taxes are there to be hated by some, and to be spent by others."

Directed by: John Irvin
Produced by: 
Tim Bevan
Sarah Radclyffe
Screenplay by: John McGrath
Written by: Sam Resnick
"Let me guess, the horses have gone home?" "Yes, the horses have gone home."

Patrick Bergin as Robin Hood, "I believe Sir Robert never loses. At least he tells me."
Uma Thurman as Maid Marian
Jürgen Prochnow as Sir Miles Folcanet
Edward Fox as Prince John
Jeroen Krabbé as Baron Roger Daguerre
Owen Teale as Will Scarlett "Careful, he doesn't like being called names." "What do you do ferret face?" "I follow him burying all the people who have called him names."
David Morrissey as Little John
Alex Norton as Harry
Jeff Nuttall as Friar Tuck
Danny Webb as Much the Miller
Phelim McDermott as Jester, "Money money money money."
Caspar De La Mare as Sam Timmons the Carpenter
Music: 8, It's not too bad.
Music by: Geoffrey Burgon
Quotes: 7, "Heads, I win. Tails, John loses."
Notes: Star Wars reference, "Raise the bridge! Raise the bridge! Lower the bridge! Lower the bridge!"
Storyline: 5, There is death, kissing, gruesome sights (bugs crawling over and through people, blood, etc.) and the robbing of a church.
I am a HUGE fan of anything Robin Hood so, why don't I like this version? Here are a few reasons:
1. Marian too snobbish and tomboyish. I love Marian in other versions but in this version she is so spoiled! She gets only a bit better. "Make your mind up."
2. They don't have a shooting contest! I'm sorry, but that is one of my favorite parts. They have a few little ones amongst themselves, but not a big official one!
3. Robin is too scared of death. He ran away for his own selfish reason.
Overall, it's not a bad movie, I just am really picky about my Robin Hood's. I also really like, as Hamlette said, a merry Robin Hood. Bright colors, laughter, jokes, you don't really get that a lot here.
Good For: People who like romance.
Overall Score: 6

Also, since this was Robin Hood Week, today my sisters and I dressed up as characters from Robin Hood and were shooting bow and arrow.
This is me. I am Robin Hood.

This is my little sister. She is Maid Marian.

This is my older sister. We couldn't really decide who she was, but we finally settled on Allan a Dale. She even strummed her bow a little!

Be sure to check out Olivia's blog for all the fun! Thank you so much for hosting this awesome week Olivia!!!
Thanks for reading!


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Robin Hood Week Tag!

As you probably know, Olivia at Meanwhile in Rivendell is hosting a Robin Hood Week!! Yes!! I am an obsessed fan of Robin Hood!

I know this is my fifth tag this month, but for this week Olivia has put out a tag, and to quote her, "Because one does not simply host a blog party without a tag.  It's just not done." Here are my answers to it!

Oh, um, I don't think there will be any spoilers, maybe just a picture or two?

The Tag:

What was your first exposure to Robin Hood?

The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), starring Errol Flynn and Olivia DeHaviland!
On a scale of 1 to 10, how big a fan are you?


How many versions and spin-offs of the legend have you experienced?

4. I know, you are now thinking, "And she claims being 10?"

What is your favorite version of Robin Hood (can be book, movie, TV series, anything)?

The 1938 version. Ever since I saw it I have loved Robin Hood. But here is my list from most favorite to least favorite:
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

Robin Hood [BBC] (2009-2011)

Robin Hood [Disney] (1973)

Robin Hood (1991) [This version is terrible!!!!]

Are you one of the lads? (Meaning, have you watched/are you a fan of the BBC show?)

Oh yeah I am!!!

Who is your favorite Merry Man?

I agree with Olivia's answer, I'm not sure, because they keep changing it!
1938 - Friar Tuck
2009-2011 - Djaq, Much, Allan
1973 - Little John
1991 - Will Scarlet
And of course in all of these my favorite is Robin.

Do you have a favorite portrayal of Lady Marian?

Either Olivia DeHaviland in the 1938 version,

or Lucy Griffiths in the BBC version.

Do you have any interest in or aptitude at archery?

I have a lot of interest! My sister has this target range set up and I love to go try it! I am not good at it, but I do it all the same!

Fact or fiction -- which do you think?

I agree with Olivia, I like to think fact. :)

Do you think Robin Hood has been "done to death," or are there still new twists that can be found?

Tons of new twists can still be found, as long as they don't ruin it like the 1991 version.

Also, here is my favorite song.

Thank you so much for hosting this week Olivia! This is going to be so much fun!!

What do you all think of my header? Usually my little sister makes my headers for me but I made this one. I turned out pretty good! I was hoping to have all the arrows pointing in the same direction, but I had to work with what I could find. Oh, and all the pictures are from the four versions I have seen.

Thank you all for reading, and be sure to check out Olivia's blog for all the fun!


Friday, May 19, 2017

A-Z Book Tag

Hello Everyone!
Guess what day it is, the 19th! So that means I have to do a post.
I'm sorry I have been doing so many tags lately! But, I saw this tag over at Merideth's blog, and it just looked so fun I had to steal it.

A-Z Book Tag:

Author You've Read The Most From:

Hm, I'd have to say Mary Pope Osborne.
Mary Pope Osborne
 But that was only one series, so the person I have read the most of their works would be Kathryn Lasky.
Kathryn Lasky

Best Sequel Ever:

This is hard, I pretty much always like the first one better. Let's go with The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns, by Chris Colfer

Currently Reading:

A lot of things. One of them is, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, by J. R. R. Tolkien.

I'm reading it with Risa's read-along!

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Drink? I usually just drink water.

E-reader or Physical Book?:

Physical Book!! I love to hold a book and turn the pages!

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Dated In High School:


Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

Johnny Tremain, by Esther Forbes.

Hidden Gem Book:

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt. It is a really good book, plus it's fun to say.

Also Pax, by Sara Pennypacker. I love this book!

Important Moment In Your Reading Life:

A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens. My first Charles Dickens.

Sense & Sensibility, by Jane Austen. My first Jane Austen.

Just Finished:

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, by J. R. R. Tolkien.

Kind of Book You Won't Read:

Mushy Romance!

Longest Book You've Read:

David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens.

Major book hangover because of...:

I don't know. Usually I only read to the point of a hangover when I am sick and I am already feeling bad so I don't know.

Number of Bookcases You Own:

Wow, um, Do bins count? I think seven.

One book you have read multiple times:

I don't usually reread books but I have reread Holes, by Louis Sachar a few times.

Preferred place to read:

In a comfy chair, my bed, out side on the swing (weather permiting).

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you've read:

                                                            The Fellowship of the Ring

                                                                   Pride & Prejudice 
I'm sorry, I love this one!

Reading regret:

Miss Perigrine's Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs.

His Dark Materials series, by Philip Pullman.

Series you started and need to finish(all books are out in series):

Nancy Drew!

Three of your all time favorite books:

1. Anne of Green Gables, by L. M. Montgomery.

2. Holes, by Louis Sachar.
3. Pride & Prejudice, by Jane Austen.

Unapologetic fangirl for...:

Charles Dickens
Jane Austen
Land of Stories
Middle Earth

Very excited for this release more than all the others:

The sixth Land of Stories! (There has to be one!)

Worst bookish habit:

Reading a book in one day.

X marks the spot: start at the top of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

This is an awesome question! I don't really have a book shelf, more bins, so that one is Saige Paints the Sky by Jessie Haas.

Your latest book purchase:

The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew, by Margaret Sydney.

ZZZ-snatcher(last book that kept you up WAY late):

Appointment with Death, by Agatha Chirstie.

I Tag:
Anyone who wants to do it!

Thanks for reading!

"If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, where you stop your story." -Orson Welles