11.30.09

“Bright Young Things” (2003): Thoughts

Posted in Movie at 1:10 am by Rosepixie

They added a happy ending! Why did they add a happy ending? Part of the point was that nothing really makes things change – even war. It wasn’t an awful adaption otherwise. The characters were suitably selfish, vapid and short-sighted. The costuming was pretty good too. Weirdly, most of the scandalous stuff and sex and everything was stripped out – not what you expect from Hollywood. I doubt very much that Waugh would approve, but what do you really expect when the adaption is being done by some of the very people the book is lampooning?

Faerie Tale Theatre: “The Princess and the Pea” (1982): Thoughts

Posted in Television at 12:20 am by Rosepixie

This was really good. I loved the princess, she had spirit and personality. The prince had a few more issues, but was fairly interesting. The prospective princess brides were sufficiently ghastly and the queen was appropriately self-righteous and obnoxious. I enjoyed this telling a lot. It was a lot of fun to watch.

11.29.09

“Brideshead Revisited” (2008): Thoughts

Posted in Movie at 12:48 am by Rosepixie

This was an interesting movie, but I don’t think that the flow worked very well. I’d imagine if you didn’t know the story already you’d be extremely confused by the beginning with it’s weird nesting flashbacks. There were also lots of weird elements that weren’t handled very well, like his wife, who just kind of mysteriously ceased to exist when he started the affair with Julia (and weren’t they supposed to have kids, too?). This movie also pushed the idea that Charles and Sebastian were romantically involved more than the book or the miniseries do. It wasn’t a bad movie, but it did feel a little rushed at times, and that was annoying. Still, I’m glad I watched it.

11.28.09

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 8: Thoughts

Posted in Comics at 7:51 am by Rosepixie

Damn, nothing goes well for Faith. Even when she’s on the right side and doing more than what’s asked of her, everything goes wrong for her. But what is evil tutor guy’s real plan? Obviously it isn’t as simple as killing Buffy so Lady Genevieve can crown herself queen of the slayers, so what is it? And can Faith cope with it all on her own?

Dreaming Anastasia: First Post (First Impressions)

Posted in Fiction, Teen at 6:00 am by Rosepixie

This book is trying very hard to develop a creepy atmosphere, but I’m not sure how well it’s working yet. There’s a lot of Russian stuff so far – ballet, Baba Yaga, nesting dolls, etc. It almost feels like too much. But the flow of the writing is pretty good so far, so I think this book will be enjoyable to read (provided it’s not too choppy-feeling because of the over-short chapters).

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 7: Thoughts

Posted in Comics at 5:15 am by Rosepixie

Faith is in deep cover as a British heiress and apparently this girl she’s supposed to kill wants to be queen of the slayers (and thinks that Buffy already is). Very weird. And the “twilight” symbol seems to be “this person wants to kill Buffy”. Meanwhile, Dawn is enjoying wallowing in her huge pool of angst. So much angst!

Mira, Mirror: Sixth Post (Final Thoughts)

Posted in Childrens, Fiction at 4:20 am by Rosepixie

This was a really good book. I was impressed by it and found the magic system intriguing. I really enjoyed it. The characters were interesting and nicely fleshed out. I was intrigued by now the story followed from, yet differed from, the fairy tale. It was extremely well done and unique.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 6: Thoughts

Posted in Comics at 3:24 am by Rosepixie

I think that it’s funny that Faith and Robin are in Cleveland. I’m looking forward to seeing how Faith deals with this challenge. Society isn’t really her thing, but Giles is a good teacher and she does look dynamite in that dress. This girl looks like she’s going to be challenge, though, so I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how it goes!

Experiencing the World’s Religions: First Post (First Impressions)

Posted in Adults, Spirituality at 2:01 am by Rosepixie

This wasn’t the most concise or the most focused introduction, but it was interesting. I’m not sure that I understand why this book is organized the way that it is, but that may just be because I’m tired. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of it.

Faerie Tale Theatre: “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” (1982): Thoughts

Posted in Television at 1:15 am by Rosepixie

This was an odd retelling of the fairy tale. It is by far the most different from the original story that I’ve seen from this show so far. The first half or so was very faithful to the story so frequently retold today, but then there was this whole elaborate second half that was not part of the original tale at all. I enjoyed it, but it was definitely odd and unexpected.

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