teens and classic movies

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So, apparently there’s a big thing going on right now about how Millennials don’t watch enough classic films and that they should and, basically, it’s making a lot of Millennials who do watch the classics angry.  The issue was first brought to my attention through this post and I skimmed through a couple other articles online about the same thing.

And it got me thinking.  If this is how older generations view the Millennials’ relationship with classic movies, than what about my generation (iGen)?  Because the thing is, I love and adore classic films and these stereotypes frustrate me. (I’ve been practically living and breathing Do Hard Things for the past few weeks, so my feelings about this are stronger than usual.)

Additional added remark: most of the Best Picture Oscar winners I have seen were pre-1970.  Just saying.

Also, there are my little brothers (ages 5, almost 7, and 10) who defy even my expectations and genuinely enjoy several oldies.  ‘Singin’ in the Rain’, ‘Room for One More’, ‘Swiss Family Robinson’, ‘The Adventures of Robin Hood’, ‘The Music Man’ – basically, a bunch of musicals and old live-action Disney films, but STILL.  I think it’s awesome. (And when my youngest brother was four, he sat through ‘The Ten Commandments’ tolerably well and actually enjoyed it, I think.)

In conclusion, some Millennials and iGen-ers only watch newer films.  Some mostly watch older films.  Some (like me) embrace a mix of the two.  Everybody’s different and I don’t think anyone should be shamed or left out simply because they’d rather watch ‘The Avengers’ (2012) than ‘Gone With the Wind’ (1939).  Or vice-versa.

Eva

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lovely blog party: couples for couples tag

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On the one hand, I’m really totally not in the Valentine’s Day mood this year.

But on the other, this tag has been floating around the blogging world for a while now and today’s pretty much the perfect day to answer it.  So here goes…

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Ivanhoe and Rebecca: Name a couple that should have been together

Cath and Jest (Heartless).  I’m still reeling from the emotional pain of this relationship.  Jest was perfect and Cath would have been perfect had Things Gone According To Plan and then he was MARTYRED and Cath became a stupid monarch and it was all kinds of awful.

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Jo and Laurie: Name a couple that should have stayed friends…or did stay friends…

Any girl in Robin’s life besides Marian (BBC Robin Hood, you know).  Kate and Isabella were huge mistakes.  In fact, I can’t decide who was a bigger mistake for Robin – and that’s saying something not great about Kate because, I mean, Isabella ending up killing Robin and all.

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Jane and Mr. Rochester: Name a couple that looked like the chances of a happily ever after were next to none!

Katniss and Peeta  (The Hunger Games). *bawls*  They both could’ve died a hundred times over and Peeta gets brainwashed in the worst possible way and for most of the series it’s like there’s not even a thought of a happy ending for them.  And it’s incredibly heartbreaking.

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Jane and Mr. Bingley: Name a couple that is just sooo happy!

Barney and Valancy Snaith (The Blue Castle).  Now I want to live in a tiny cabin and be outrageously happy every day… ❤

Kit and Ella: Name your favorite fairytale couple

That would be Flynn/Eugene and Rapunzel (‘Tangled’).  Unless we’re talking fairytale retellings, in which case I sooooo ship all the couples from the Lunar Chronicles. (Except Kai and Levana.  Because that’s just gross.)  But, yes, Eugene and Rapunzel are golden.

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Molly Gibson and Roger Hamley: Name a couple where the woman is basically ignored by the suitor until the end of the story

Captain Wentworth and Anne Elliot (Persuasion).  Captain Wentworth is kind of jerky and I don’t much care for him, but he and Anne are a good couple.  Except for the whole ignoring thing.

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Sarah and Jacob Witting: Name a couple that found love later in life

Konrad and Lisette (Songs in the Night series).  They weren’t too old when they finally got married (late forties, at most) but it took so long for them to find each other after the events of the second book in the series.  One of my favorite ships ever.

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Don Lockwood and Kathy Seldon: Name a couple from a musical

Don and Kathy (‘Singin’ in the Rain’).  Because I couldn’t think of any other musical couple that I shipped as much as them.  From their highly unorthodox first meeting to ‘You Are My Lucky Star’, I’m entranced by their love story.

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Anne and Gilbert: Name a couple that didn’t start out on the right foot

Belle and the Beast/Adam (‘Beauty and the Beast’).  Definitely didn’t start out on the right foot. 😀

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Faramir and Eowyn: Name a couple with the sweetest love story

Lucy and Jack (‘While You Were Sleeping’).  THEY ARE THE MOST ADORABLE COUPLE EVER.  It’s so cool how they gradually fall in love without even realizing it and, sure, it’s a little clichéd, but also incredibly sweet.  Plus, the movie itself is one of the coziest, loveliest films I’ve ever seen.

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How many of these couples do you ship, too?

Eva

animated superhero movies: an incredible genre

This blog post is part of the We Love Superheroes Week.

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I love superheroes.  And animated movies.  And animated superhero movies.  As it turns out, I’ve only seen four of those, but those four are some of my favorite animated films ever – not to mention films in general.  Let’s discuss them, shall we?

First, there’s ‘The Incredibles’ (2004).  This is one of those rare films that I think is about as close to perfect as a movie can get.  One thing that really stands out in my mind when it comes to ‘The Incredibles’ is how special it is to me, personally.  As most of you know, my dad passed away last year and I know that ‘The Incredibles’ will always remind me of him, as my siblings and I often compared Dad to Mr. Incredible.  My little brother, Ethan, is just like Dash.  And, overall, the family dynamics are a lot like my own family – and plenty of other families, I’m sure.  As to other aspects of the film…the music is splendid, the visuals are stunning, and the action is perfect in tone for any superhero film.

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(I read an article once – which I can’t find now, or else I would totally link to it – which said that animated superhero films have an advantage over live-action in that they can present action sequences that would look weird or outlandish in ‘real’ CGI.  I agree.)

Next up is ‘Megamind’ (2010).  Every time I watch this film, I’m somewhat surprised by how much I enjoy it.  I’ve always been fascinated by villains and their villainous villainy so I guess I shouldn’t wonder at my liking of this film.  It’s not without its flaws, but I adore the character development.  It’s incredibly cool watching how Megamind gradually changes from villain to hero.  (But not a picture perfect hero – more like a guy who’s heroic and who also has a cool villain’s lair and snarky comebacks and all that.  Best of both worlds!)

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‘Big Hero 6’ (2014) is astounding in a visual way.  Plus it’s Marvel.  Plus a Stan Lee cameo.  Plus all the characters are PRECIOUS CINNAMON ROLLS WHO DESERVE ALL THE HUGS.  Like I’ve probably said before, I went into ‘Big Hero 6’ with incredibly (haha) low expectations, based mainly on a lame trailer I’d seen.  Within minutes, I was riveted.  There’s so much depth to the characters and world-building and the themes, too.  Family, friendship, loneliness, loss, revenge vs. justice…there’s so much to be learned from this movie.

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Speaking of precious cinnamon rolls, the fourth and last animated superhero film I’ve seen is ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ (2017).  First of all – how did this not get an Oscar nomination???  ‘The Boss Baby’ got an Oscar nomination and ‘LEGO Batman’ didn’t! *huffs angrily* (And let’s not even mention the ‘Wonder Woman’ snubs.)  HOWEVER, ranting aside, ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ is hilariously and crazily epic.  And the precious cinnamon roll I mentioned?  Yeah, it’s Robin.  He stole the show for me in a very real way, something that I totally wasn’t expecting.  But he’s a ray of sunshine and sweetness in Batman’s life and in the film itself and I love him dearly.

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And those are the animated superhero movies I’ve seen!  Have you watched any of them?

Eva

the We Love Superheroes Week tag!

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The We Love Superheroes Week is here and there’s a fun tag to go along with it!

1. Who are your favorite superheroes? (Go ahead and list up to five if you want!)

Captain America, obviously.  I mean, Cap and his awesomeness are what got me into superheroes in the first place so he’ll always have a special place in my heart.  Batman, but only when he’s played by Christian Bale.  Wonder Woman, because Diana is #goals.  The Flash (CW version of the character) – who doesn’t love an adorable nerd?  And basically everyone in ‘The Incredibles’.

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2. What’s your favorite superhero movie?

So, so difficult to narrow it down.  I haven’t seen tons of superhero movies, but almost all of the ones I’ve seen have been amazing.  I’d probably go with ‘Batman Begins’, though.  Besides being a great superhero movie, it’s also a great movie overall and I have so many good memories associated with it.  Runners up would be all of MCU’s Captain America movies, ‘Wonder Woman’, and ‘The Incredibles’.

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3. Do you have a favorite superhero couple?

Do Diana and Steve count?  ‘Cause he isn’t a superhero, but they are beautiful together.  Otherwise, it’s definitely Bob and Helen Parr from ‘The Incredibles’.

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4. What was your introduction to the world of superheroes?

I kind of addressed this in my answer to the first question, but I’ll just clarify: it was ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’.  I’d never seen a superhero movie before and it blew me away.  Steve Rogers was my new favorite hero and Bucky’s ‘death’ made me cry and so did everything about the ending.  After that, I was hooked on superheroes and the MCU in particular.  I’m kind of a DC girl these days, but Cap will always be my favorite.

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5. If you could be any superhero for a day, who would you like to be?

I’m not good at placing myself in the shoes of fictional characters, so I really have no idea.

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6. Do you have a favorite supervillain?

Megamind? 😀  I’m also rather intrigued by Eobard Thawne and Jonathon Crane and Zemo.

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7. Can you think of a superhero who should get their own solo film, but hasn’t yet?

I don’t read comics, so I have no idea.

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This is a stand-alone superhero movie that I’m quite wild to see.

8. Do you read comic books?

See above.

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9. Why do you like superheroes?

Well, it changes with every superhero.  For some, like Ant-Man or The Flash or Megamind, it’s mostly entertainment value.  With Captain America and Wonder Woman, it’s more about the life lessons that can be learned and the fact that they’re such strong, brilliant characters with stories that demand to be told.  And, basically, the idea of super powered people living right alongside us is fascinating.

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10. Have you ever cosplayed as a superhero? Feel free to share pics if you want!

I have not.  But I wouldn’t be opposed to it either.

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I’d like to cosplay this outfit.

Don’t forget to head over to Hamlette’s blog!  There’s a cool giveaway and lots of great posts that will be published in the next few days (including my own).

Eva

every Best Picture Oscar winner I have seen

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It’s the Oscars season!  Hence, this post.

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~’It Happened One Night’ – Okay, so I’ve only seen the first half of this.  But I thought I should add it.

~’You Can’t Take it With You’ – I don’t really dig the ‘crazy family’ trope, so I didn’t enjoy this movie too much.

~’Gone With the Wind’ – A spectacle in every sense of the word.  Not my absolute favorite, but it’s great to watch once every couple years or so.

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~’Rebecca’ – Very good, a little off-type for Hitchcock, and another movie I like better than its book.

~’How Green was My Valley’ – Sweet and sad and little Roddy McDowell is adorable.

~’Mrs. Miniver’ – I watched this so long ago that I hardly remember a thing about it.

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~’Casablanca’ – Second favorite movie of all time.  It really is as good as ‘they’ say.

~’The Best Years of Our Lives’ – Another favorite!  I watched it for Dana Andrews but, really, the entire cast does a superb job and the music sets the tone perfectly.

~’Gentleman’s Agreement’ – Excellent film and one I should watch again soon.

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~’All About Eve’ – Was Not Impressed.

~’Around the World in 80 Days’ – An old family favorite.  It is over-long (a few sequences could have been chopped out and the plot would have stayed the same), but colorful and fun.

~’Ben-Hur’ – Another family favorite.  I watched this a lot as a young child and it’s super nostalgic and really very epic.

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~’Lawrence of Arabia’ – Ohhhh the amazingness of this movie.  Everything about it is Oscar-worthy.

~’The Sound of Music’ – ❤

~’Oliver!’ – A good musical film with plenty of verve.  Not very much like Dickens’ original work, but the songs are so great you can overlook that.

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~’Patton’ – Again, watched this so long ago that I have very little recollection of it. (I might not have even seen the whole thing.)

~’Chariots of Fire’ – An incredible true story, told well.  One those movies that I really like but can never remember to put on my lists of favorites.

~’Rain Man’ – The first Tom Cruise movie I ever saw and one that made me (briefly) dislike him a lot.  But it’s an amazing film and I’d gladly see it again.

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~’Schindler’s List’ – I’m not sure that I’ll ever watch this again, simply because of the heavy subject matter, but it’s a truly great film.

~’Titanic’ – I expected to not like this movie (thanks, internet memes) but I loved it.  The story, the characters, the music, the costumes…wow.

~’Gladiator’ – *bawls* This is one of my uncle’s favorite movies and he introduced it to me and some of my siblings a few months ago.  Now it’s one of my favorites.

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And there you have it!  Eighty-nine films have won Best Picture to date and I’ve seen roughly twenty of those.  Not too great, but I still have time to catch up! 

How many Best Picture Oscar winners have you seen?

Eva

Note: some of the movies I mentioned were watched with VidAngel or other content filters so I don’t/can’t wholeheartedly recommend all the films in this post.

ten movies I like better than the books they’re based on

The book isn’t always better…

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‘Frankenstein’ (1931)Frankenstein remains my least favorite book of all time.  The movie wasn’t too much better, but at least it was more interesting and Boris Karloff is awesome.

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‘Mary Poppins’ (1964) – In the book, Mary Poppins is quite unpleasant and vain and I really don’t understand why so many children and adults found her appealing before the Disney film came out.  Anyway, the movie is near and dear to my heart and I’m interested in the sequel that’s hitting theaters this year.

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‘War Horse’ (2011) – A short, dull book into which Steven Spielberg breathed new life. (Plus, Tom Hiddleston and Benedict Cumberbatch sharing scenes?  I rest my case.)

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‘The Little Prince’ (2015) – Okay, so I do like the book.  But it was a little strange and unintelligible (to me, at least) and while the movie is much the same, I like the new plot and Jeff Bridges’ voice acting and the aching (yet strangely hopeful) melancholy pervading almost every scene.

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‘Brooklyn’ (2015) – The movie was a romantic gem, the book was long and boring.

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‘How to Train Your Dragon’ (2010) – The book and the film don’t share much recognizable material between them, but I infinitely prefer the film.  The book is comedic, I suppose, but the movie has comedy and heart. (And gorgeous music.)

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‘Little Women’ (1994) – I really do like Little Women.  But Louisa May Alcott’s writing tends to get on my nerves (so much moralizing!) and the 1994 film has a magical glow about it that never fails to move me. ❤

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‘The Inheritance’ (1997) – Another Alcott novel, and this one is chock full of Elsie Dinsmore-like characters and plot points.  The movie is a lot better, with a fine cast, good music, and a good story that feels more ‘inspired by’ rather than based on the book.

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‘True Grit’ (2010) – Part of my liking the movie better than the book may have been because I watched the movie first and it followed the book so closely that the book’s sparse writing style made me feel like I was reading a script for the movie.  Whatever the reason, I much prefer ‘True Grit’, the movie to True Grit, the book.

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‘Little Dorrit’ (2008) – Partly cheating, because it’s a miniseries, but the book is as long as a miniseries, so it works.  I like how certain characters (especially John) were presented better on screen than on page.  And this version is really special to me personally, so there’s that.

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What are some movies you prefer to the books they’re based on?

Eva