11.17.10

“A Bear Named Winnie” (2004): Thoughts

Posted in Movie at 2:54 am by Rosepixie

This was a really sweet movie about the bear who partially inspired the Winnie-the-Pooh stories. I was very impressed by the bears that they had playing Winnie. Each did a wonderful job of conveying her gentleness and loyalty. The soldiers were great as well. They really did a good job of working with Winnie and portraying the growing relationships between them and their rescued mascot. This definitely made me want to learn more about this intriguing bear and her history.

“Tristan and Isolde” (2002): Thoughts

Posted in Movie at 1:05 am by Rosepixie

This was a strange retelling of the legend of “Tristan and Isolde”. I have to wonder if it was from the same people who made the weird seal version of Romeo and Juliet. It had similar elements to it. Regardless, I wasn’t very impressed. Besides the mangling of the legend and addition of a happy ending, there was the strange (and annoying) insertion of Puck and the fairy girls into the story as well as the positively dreadful animation! I would definitely not recommend this movie.

Lois and Clark: Season 1 (1993): Thoughts

Posted in Television at 12:36 am by Rosepixie

This was a really fun reimagining of the basic Superman story. My favorite part of it, though, is that it focuses on Clark Kent, not on Superman. It shows that Clark is the real identity and Superman just a mask he puts on. I liked Lois, but she was a little much sometimes. Clark really was the real gem of this show. Even when the writing was decidedly lacking, Clark’s acting and his interactions with Lois usually made it still fun to watch. I look forward to seeing more of this show!

11.16.10

Ultimate Spider-Man 130: Thoughts

Posted in Comics at 1:43 am by Rosepixie

This wasn’t really a story, it was just the most basic beginnings of one. Worse, I suspect that it was the beginning of a story that carried through multiple titles, which always irritates me. Why does every story have to be so big, so earth-shattering? Why can’t stories just stay small and focus on telling stories about the characters that the books are supposed to be focused on!

The English Patient: First Post (First Impressions)

Posted in Adults, Fiction at 12:50 am by Rosepixie

This is such a beautifully written book. The story is something like a complicated jigsaw puzzle that we’re getting one piece at a time, like pulling random pieces out of the box and very slowing piecing together into a picture one piece at a time. The writing is so beautiful, though. The descriptions are marvelously vivid and descriptive. I love reading it just for that!

11.15.10

VeggieTales: “Sweetpea Beauty” (2009): Thoughts

Posted in Television at 1:45 am by Rosepixie

This episode was a weird collection of mixed-up fairy tales. The lesson was all about beauty and not focusing on outward appearances. The first story was a weird Dr. Seuss-esque retelling of Cinderella with a God-King assuring Cinderella of her beauty instead of a romance with a prince. They even had the fairy godmother hired by the stepmother for Cinderella. It was decidedly weird. The second story was mostly a reworking of Snow White, except that there were elements of Rapunzel, The Three Bears and Sleeping Beauty thrown in for good measure. The message was way too over-the-top and, honestly, not that well paired to the stories. While I found these retellings to be vaguely interesting, the message-heavy tone made them more annoying than enjoyable to watch.

“The Thief of Bagdad” (1924): Thoughts

Posted in Movie at 12:00 am by Rosepixie

This was an elaborate fantasy with crazy monsters, romance and magic. The special effects and the sets were fantastic. I was really impressed by a lot of this movie. I mean, a few of the suitors were a little ridiculous, but overall the acting was very good. I especially liked the music, actually. It was beautiful and matched well to each location and character and it added a lot to the movie.

11.14.10

“The Princess and the Frog” (2009): Thoughts

Posted in Movie at 1:08 am by Rosepixie

This was a really good movie and I enjoyed it a lot. I liked how Tiana had both personality and character that didn’t drop away when she fell in love with the handsome prince. She still wanted her restaurant and still believed in hard work. Even after becoming a princess she still worked for and achieved her dream. And he respected her the more for it and rolled up his sleeves to help her! It was great! I enjoyed this movie so much!

“The Diary of Anne Frank” (2009): Thoughts

Posted in Movie at 12:18 am by Rosepixie

This was a pretty good move adaption of Anne Frank’s diary. The actors were generally very good and the feel of the situation was represented well. I was impressed by how real they made everything feel. Somehow adaptions of the diary of Anne Frank tend to have a weird idealized history lesson feel. I wish that we had seen her sister more, but somehow she had very little presence in the movie. Still, it was pretty good overall.

11.11.10

Princess of the Midnight Ball: Fourth Post (Complications)

Posted in Fiction, Teen at 1:26 am by Rosepixie

Galen finally got brave enough to send Rose a real gift (and what a wonderful gift it was!). The accusation of witchcraft is definitely a problem. And given what seems to actually be happening, I’m not sure how that part is possibly going to be resolved well! I want a “happily ever after” at the end of this book and will certainly be interested to see if it happens!

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