Friday, 23 December 2016

For The Love Of Words

I love words!

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I love how you can string them together and create new ideas or sayings of profound wisdom.

I love that by combining 25 letters over and over you can create everything said and thought under the sun.

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I love how the same words can have way different meanings to different people.

I love how some words are just beautiful to look at or to pronounce.

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I love how foreign languages have wonderful new word pictures that suddenly makes me find my own language lacking.

I love how you sometimes simply cannot translate a saying and get the full meaning.

I love how words carefully chosen can make my day.

I love how those same words may be kept and treasured forever in my memory.

I love how written words can make you feel every emotion from the greatest elation to the deepest despair.

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I love how my thoughts flow and translate onto the paper as I write.

I love when I try to express an idea that words cannot truly encompass and yet people know what I mean.

I love how looking at a page with lines and lines of words soothes my mind.

I love how reading those words can take me anywhere - around the world or into completely new worlds.

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I love how words can change the way I think and the way I see the world.

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Yes, words is a powerful thing. With them you can build up or tear down, reveal wisdom or stupidity.
Use them wisely, but never forget to use them!

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Pinterest Finds

Hello again!
I haven't really any inspiration for something very clever today and I am also working on some time consuming upcoming posts (not that they're very long, I'm just a real slow writer at the moment).
So instead here are some funny and very relatable pictures I've recently found on Pinterest.

How can anyone just have one favourite?

Me every day at the moment;)

                   My life as a circle with many circles within that circle.:

My actual vacation kit this summer
My mom can testify taht no 2 is me every movie night

                      Every Time!:

Till the next time!

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Period Drama Tag

Once again I must apologise for my long absence. The reason is the season (wow, I'm a poet today). At this time of year I identify a lot with bears as I too feel an urge to go into hibernation for the winter.

Hamlette tagged me with a period drama tag, and that was just the enticement I needed to get out from my blogging hibernation, at least for long enough to write this post;)

1. What's your favorite Period Drama movie? 

The Young Victoria, no doubt! That is  such a sweet and beautiful movie with brilliant actors!
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2. What's your favorite Period Drama series? 

Emma (2009)! I love every minute of it!

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3. Which Period Drama do you dislike the most?

I really didn't like the 1986 version of Northanger Abbey. It was just disturbing and all wrong.

4. Anne of Green Gables or Little Dorrit? 

Anne, of course! (I haven't actually watched Little Dorrit, but even if I had my answer would remain the same)

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5. Your favorite Period Drama dresses? 

Now, this ones a little harder... The list is very long, but I shall try to confine myself to a few:)
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Emma (2009)
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Agent Carter
The Young Victoria
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6. Who's your favorite Period Drama character? (Okay, pick at least five) 

1. Elizabeth Bennet - do I really need an explanation?

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2. Peggy Carter - she is just perfection - independent, strong and with a wardrobe to die for.
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3. Henry Tilney - he is sweet and funny and perfect in every way.

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4. Anne Shirley - imaginative, dreamy and my fictional bosom friend

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(I know the question said to pick 5, but my brain short circuited and I simply can not think of a fifth one)

7. If you could join a royal ball, which dress would you wear? (Pick a Period Drama dress) 

This was so hard! But in the end I went with this dreamy Cinderella dress (from an adaption of Cinderella no less).
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8. What's your favorite Jane Austen movie? 

As we're talking strictly of movies, I'm gonna go with Sense & Sensibility (1995). I've always loved how subtly they're incorporating all the humour. And the casting was brilliant!

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9. Downton Abbey or Call the Midwife

I don't particularly care for Downton Abbey and I haven't watched Call The Midwife, so I'll say neither.

10. Sybil Crawley, Jenny Lee, Emma Woodhouse or Marian of Knighton?

I don't know Sybil Crawley and Jenny Lee, and I like the 2 remaining almost equally. But for the sake of choosing one (and because I recently watched Emma) I'll go with Emma Woodhouse.

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11. Which couples of a Period Drama do you like the most? (Pick at least four) 

Margaret & Mr Thornton - what can I say to express the perfection that is this couple? I think what I like the most about them is that as they grow to really know each other love grows as well.
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Anne & Gilbert - no 2 persons were ever as destined for another as Anne and Gilbert. And though it took Anne a while to realise that, Gilbert were always there for her.

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Emma & Mr Knightley - what I particularly like about Emma and Mr Knightley is that they've known each other forever and thus have a deep understanding and respect for each other. And then they realise they are in love, and I just can't properly articulate how much I love them as a couple.

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Queen Victoria & Albert - another couple where the key words are patience and longing. Their whole courtship was so sweet and innocent. And the length of it made it  all the more fulfilling when they finally got married.

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12. And last, which Period Drama villain do you like the most?

The villains I like are usually the ones who are kind of in a grey area, but if I should pick one who is definitely a villain it must be Sir Guy of Gisborne from BBC's Robin Hood. 
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This was fun!
Nothing beats reminiscing about period dramas:)

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

A Hollywood Celebration Link-Up

This has been a truly enjoyable week!
And I am so happy to see how many of you have joined in on the celebration!

There has been so many lovely reviews to read and I have discovered so many movies I had never heard about prior to this week. So I would consider the celebration a complete success.
Now I just have to find the time to watch all the movies;)

As promised here is a link up of all the movies there's been reviewed this week:

National Velvet (1944) by MovieCritic
Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (1954) by Livia Rachelle
State Fair (1945) by Rose
Billy Rose's Jumbo (1962) by Cordy
The Reluctant Debutante (1958) by Rilla Blythe
A Friendly Persuasion (1956) by Livia Rachelle
An Affair To Remember (1957) by The Elf
The Thin Man (1934) by Rose
The Night Of The Hunter (1955) and Cape Fear (1962) by Quiggy
Destry Rides Again (1939) by Hamlette
To Catch A Thief (1955) by Rose
The Wizard Of Oz (1939) by Meredith
An American In Paris (1951) by MovieCritic
It's A Wonderful Life (1946) by Meredith

Furthermore Hamlette also created a fun game for the week. You can check it out here

I want to send a big thank you to all those of you who participated in this celebration either by writing a review or commenting. You made the week unforgettable!

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Monday, 7 November 2016

The Classic Hollywood Screencap Game - Answers

Here are the long awaited answers for the screencap game:

1. North By Northwest (1959)
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2. The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
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3. To Have And Have Not (1944)
Lauren Bacall & Humphrey Bogart in To have and have not (Howard Hawks, 1944):

4. Roman Holiday (1953)
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5. Casablanca (1942)
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6. Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)
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7. Swing Time (1936)
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8. The Sound Of Music (1965)
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9. West Side Story (1961)
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10. The Great Escape (1963)
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And here's the scores:

Hamlette..90 points
Livia Rachelle..80 points
Cordy..70 points
MovieCritic..60 points
Classic Girl..50 points
Abby P..50 points
Meredith..40 points
Naomi Sarah..40 points
Miss March..30 points

Honorary mentions:  I made my mom and my brother take the game as a sort of trial run and they respectively scored 80 and 60 points.

Hope you had fun!!

Sunday, 6 November 2016

To Catch A Thief (1955)

This is a movie of firsts for me, being both my first Alfred Hitchcock movie and my first Cary Grant movie - safe to say it wasn't my last.

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First, the plot:

When a string of jewel thefts happens at the French Riviera the police has only one suspect: the former cat burglar John Robie. He's actually innocent but when no one believes him, he only has one way to prove it: finding and catching the copy cat thief. 
With some help from an insurance agent he finds out which of the many tourists currently at the Riviera has the most expensive piece of jewelry, the widow Jessie Stevens and her daughter Frances, and under an assumed name he strikes up a friendship with them. 
His mission, however, meets many complications along the way, one of them being Frances seeing right through his cover and taking a marked interest in him. 

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So, there's a lot to like about this movie, but the lovely acting of Cary Grant and Grace Kelly is my favourite thing. Grant's portrayal of the retired thief parading as a playboy and Kelly's portrayal of the American heiress who is more than what she seems on the surface, are both stellar. However, it's in their scenes together that they really shine! Their interactions are full of witty banter, casual flirting and ambiguous conversations that are all very entertaining to watch. 

I also really like the pacing of the plot and the rising suspense - Hitchcocks's way of making movies just strikes a cord with me. 

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Another thing I must mention is the gorgeous scenery of the movie. It's shot in southern France and the many views and vistas are simply a treat for the eyes.
As is Grace Kelly's wardrobe (did you notice the smooth transition). She wears such nice pastel coloured dresses. And her ballgowns are truly magnificent.

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Now nothing is left but the conclusion of it all: I found this movie very enjoyable, and if you like Hitchcock-movies with Cary Grant and a plot with lots of suspense but yet with room for a romance with Grace Kelly, you will enjoy it too.

Saturday, 5 November 2016

The Thin Man (1934)

Here comes a review of another favourite of mine and a true classic: The Thin Man.
As I can't think of any proper introduction remarks, I'll just dive straight into the plot:

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When the scientist Wynant disappears after a secret business trip, his worried daughter asks the retired detective Nick Charles for help. He and his wife, Nora are on vacation and initially he isn't interested in taking the case, but when Wynant's secretary is suddenly murdered and all evidence is pointing to Wynant as the murderer Nick sets out to solve the mystery.

Now, this movie is a delightful mix between a mystery and a comedy. But what makes it worthwhile is definitely the lovely duo William Powell and Myrna Loy in the roles of Nick and Nora. This was actually their very first movie together, and the chemistry between them was so great they went and made 13 more movies together and today they are considered one of Hollywood's most iconic pairings.

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Every time they interact they steal the entire scene with their many sarcastic comments, witty barbs and memorable one-liners. Their chemistry on screen is really remarkable, and I admit they are the main reason for every rewatching:)

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They are not the only memorable characters, though. The movie is filled with a variety of hilarious characters, one more crazy than the next.
My favourite is the son of the missing scientist (Gilbert) a young man who is very well read and eager to contribute with all his knowledge, but at the same time crazy and truly lacking tact. Let me show you an example (which also happen to be my favourite scene):

The situation is this: Wynant's daughter is terribly distressed that her father seems to be a murderer, and she lament over the possibility of her future children becoming murderers as well. In comes the brother with words of consolation:

G: You're wrong about all your children being murderers. Now, I've studied the Mendelian laws of inheritance and according to their findings only one out of four of your children will be a murderer. Now, the thing for you to do would be to just have three children.......No. No, that might not work..

Words of true comfort indeed;)

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Of course it's not all fun and games, there is a mystery to solve after all, and all the excitement is very nicely concluded in an elaborate dinner party scene where all the suspects are invited and the case carefully unrolled by Nick until the murderer is exposed.

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So, the conclusion is: if you like humorous mysteries in a classic 1930's setting and a couple with a most snarky and yet adorable relationship, this is a movie you must watch.

Have any of you seen this movie?
If yes, what is your favourite Nick and Nora moment?

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