ask me anything! {answers – part 1}

Here are my responses to your delightful questions!  I had fun answering each one (and was surprised by how many I received) – you guys are awesome. 🙂  Anyway, because there were so many and because I tend to be wordy with my answers, I’m splitting this into two parts.  Enjoy!

Katie asked…

~Favorite Disney classic? Robin Hood (1973).  Admittedly, I haven’t watched very many classic Disney films (in some ways, I prefer their modern stuff) but I adored Robin Hood (character and movie both) as a child and I must say that I still do.  The Great Mouse Detective is another little-known favorite.

~Favorite pop song? I don’t listen to popular music.  Ever.  So I’m afraid I don’t have an answer for this one.

~Have you ever met anyone famous?  Nope.  I did have a chance to meet Ramin Karimloo once, but wasn’t able to. *sad face*

jessica prescott asked…

~What’s your favorite flower?  Lilacs.  My favorite color is purple, you see, and lilacs come in all different shades of that so I love them.  (I just wish they’d stay around for more than a couple weeks.)  When my family lived on a farm for three years there was a thicket of wild lilac bushes on our property and it was gorgeous in the summer.

~What’s your favorite food?  Pizza!  I could eat it every day.  Home-made vanilla cake (with NO frosting) is a close second.

~What’s the #1 movie you have not seen yet but are Really Really Dying To See right now?  MOCKINGJAY PART 2.  The DVD release date has just been announced – March 22nd – and I’m on pins and needles waiting.  I’ve hardly seen any clips because of Youtube’s strict copyright policy, so I have no idea what it’s going to be like. (Besides epic, of course.)  I also can’t wait to see Captain America: Civil War and When The Game Stands Tall (happening this week).

~Favorite Austen novel?  Emma.  Mr Knightley is great (though he isn’t my favorite Austen hero – Colonel Brandon is) and the other characters are, too.  Plus, it’s such a fun, flirtatious, comic novel AND it has one of the best proposals in literary history.  All the others are close seconds, especially Mansfield Park. *gasps from all the Janeites*

~If you’re sad and you need some music to cheer you up, what do you listen to?  Frank Sinatra and Disney songs. 🙂

~Did you like Frozen or Tangled better? (You can say “both” if you want to.)  As it turns out, I don’t have to say ‘both’ because Tangled is the better movie, in my opinion.  Maybe it’s all the hype and practically being force-fed the movie for close to three years, but I can’t seem to warm up to Frozen (pun totally intended).  Tangled has a better heroine, better hero, a prettier color palette (purple!), and a more touching/serious story.  I did enjoy Frozen, but Tangled is still my favorite, by far.

~What does your Dream Wedding Gown look like? (If you don’t know, you can say “I don’t know.” I was just wondering.) *heads over to my Pinterest wedding board*  Something like this.  Only the top wouldn’t be lace, as I don’t care for lace, and the skirt would probably be satin or silk instead of tulle, and there wouldn’t be those lacy bits at the hem.  But that general shape/style is what I want.  Or something like this. (Again, minus the lace, but I do love the three-quarter sleeves.)

~Next time Prince Will and Duchess Kate have a baby, what do you want them to name him/her?  Boy: Alfred or Harold.  Girl: Victoria or Sophie.

~Do you mind if I ask whether you know your Myers-Briggs type, and if you do, what it is?  I hope that’s not a nosy question–and you certainly don’t have to answer if you don’t want to! I’m just . . . slightly obsessed with Myers-Briggs right now.  I don’t mind at all – I’m an ISTJ, through and through.  And now you can tell me all about myself. 😉

~Have you ever been to Prince Edward Island? (Y’know . . . because of Lucy Maud.)  Sadly, no.  The closest I’ve ever been to PEI is when my family went to Nova Scotia.  I do want to visit the Island someday, though, for obvious reasons, but meanwhile, I’ll have to make do with the fantastic LMM museum that’s about an hour’s drive from my house. (It’s set up in the house where she lived – I love the authenticity.)

Naomi asked…

~Do you watch Blimey Cow? Any favourite Messy Mondays?  I do indeed watch Blimey Cow, though I find that their newer videos aren’t half as good as the ones they put out in their earlier years.  And I have several favorites: “Seven Lies About Homeschoolers” (first one I ever saw, by the way), “The Problem With Christian Bands”, “Books vs. Movies”, “Seven Problems With Modern Music”, “How To Write A Worship Song (in five minutes or less)” (can you tell I like the music-themed ones?), “The Top 15 Christian Clichés”, “The 24 Hour Internet Cycle”, and “Saying ‘Happy Holidays’ Is A Micro-Persecution”.  And that’s just a select few.

~Do you play any musical instruments?  No.  But I love watching other people play.

~Ideally, how many kids would you want to have, if you could choose?  While I’ll be happy with any number of children, I think five would be a great number.  But I’d definitely welcome number six and seven and eight and…you get the idea.

Hamlette asked…

~What’s the funniest movie you’ve ever seen?  Tough one!  There are numerous animated movies that make me laugh LOTS, along with several live-action films (mostly older movies, ’cause most humor these days is just plain stupid), so it’s hard to narrow it down.  But I’d have to go with Robin Hood (1973) because Prince John’s interactions with Sir Hiss leave me in stitches every single time.

~What’s the saddest movie you’ve ever seen?  This one’s even tougher because I’ve seen tons and tons of sad movies.  However, I think Les Miserables (2012) takes the prize: there’s pretty much no let-up when it comes to depressing/heartbreaking scenes and my stomach twists up whenever I think about how hard it made me cry the first time.  Saving Mr. Banks would be a close second, though – still can’t think about that one without tearing up.

~What’s your favorite role from your favorite actor?  Favorite actor: James Coburn.  Favorite role of his: Britt, because of the awesomeness and coolness factor.

~From your favorite actress?  Favorite actress: Audrey Hepburn. (I’m sure everyone knows that, right?)  Favorite role of hers: Princess Ann, because I’ve only seen four films of Audrey’s and also because Ann is lovely anyway.

~Have you read any really great books about writing that have helped you a lot, or changed how you write?  Angela Hunt’s series, Writing Lessons From the Front, always challenges me and makes me ask all the good, hard questions about whatever story I’m working on – plot, characters, dialogue, everything.  Each book came up free on Kindle at different times and I was able to get almost all of them, which was great.

~Have you decorated your laptop with any decals or stickers?  No.  I prefer to keep my laptop ‘clean’.

~Are there any instances where you prefer the movie version of a story over the book version?  Only two, that I can think of at the moment.  Little Dorrit (the 2008 miniseries) is vastly superior to the book, in my opinion, particularly in its portrayal of John Chivery (and it’s easier to understand, naturally).  And Divergent (2014).  The book was a ‘meh’ read for me, but the movie brought all the best parts of it to life and I love every moment of it.

Eva

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friday finds {#18}

This isn’t from Pinterest – it’s my writing space. I thought some of you might like a peek at it.

Ha!:

Most relatable thing I’ve seen this week.

Grace Kelly cutting Alfred Hitchcock’s hair on the set of To Catch a Thief.

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Audrey with her son, Sean.

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AWWWWWWWWWWWWWW.:

Hailee Steinfeld and Jeff Bridges // I LOVE THIS SO MUCH.

Debutante ball in Harlem. // This is so cool!

Actually something I worry about.

*snifffffff*

Jimmy Stewart.  Because jumping off the furniture never really gets old.

Jimmy Stewart. Because jumping off the furniture never really gets old.

Eva

ask me anything!

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You all know how this works, right?  Just comment on this post and ask me questions about anything you want to know – my likes and dislikes; favorite actors, movies, books; my personal life (though I won’t answer questions that are too personal); my opinions on different things, etc.  In a week or two I’ll answer all your questions in another blog post (or more than one, depending on how many questions I have to answer).  So ask away! 🙂

Eva

random life stuff

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Life has been interesting lately, with my computer broken (I should be getting it back today, though – huzzah!), exams coming up that I’m procrastinating on to the fullest extent, and a major loss of confidence in my writing. (MAJOR, I’m telling you.)  Things haven’t been all that great so far this year, but I thought I’d write this blog post and try to focus on some of good things that have happened – I’m sure that’ll cheer me up greatly. (Though encouraging comments are more than welcome.)

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One of the posters on the restaurant wall.

For starters, my whole family went out to a super-duper restaurant because today’s my mom’s birthday, and it’s now officially my favorite restaurant.  Not because the food is great (though it is) and not because the service is excellent (though it is), but because of the way the owners chose to decorate the place: old Hollywood style, FOR THE WIN.  They’ve got movie stills and photos of Steve McQueen, Audrey Hepburn, Clint Eastwood, Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable in Gone With The Wind, Rick and Ilsa in Casablanca, Frank Sinatra, James Cagney…it’s unbelievably awesome.  If any of you come up to visit me some time, we’re totally going there.  Just so you know.

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Millie is hosting a fantastic giveaway over on her blog, and I urge you to check it out.  I’m not entering because I either own or am not all that interested in the prizes, but you should probably enter.  I mean, Wanted: Dead or Alive (Season 1)???  That’s an amazing TV show, folks.

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Another event I’m promoting in this post is A Shroud of Thoughts’ 2nd Annual Favorite TV Show Episode Blogathon.  I had lots of fun with the blogathon last year, so I was pretty excited when the second one was announced.  Though there are lots of great episodes I could have featured from any number of favorite TV shows, I decided to go with Combat! again (big surprise, eh?) and talk about the episode “The Hostages”.  One of the best episodes IMO and it’s a Doc-focus.  So, yay!  It’ll be awesome.

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Actual photo of our place. (Well, part of it.)

We’ve had lots and lots of snow over the past week (this being Canada and all) and yesterday I had a big snowball fight with most of my siblings.  Only it turned into more of a snow-shovel fight, since everyone picked up shovels and dumped all the snow they collected on whichever unlucky person got in their way.  So much fun.

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A big part of my time lately has been spent in waiting for the mail to arrive since Elisabeth and I spent our $50 Amazon gift card quite quickly (Edith Head book for her, Jack Cavanaugh books for me) and I’m planning to do a book haul vlog (or post, if the vlog doesn’t work out) as soon as the last couple of things arrive.  I’ve also bought books at thrift stores and other bookstores (pretty much any money I get goes into books), so those’ll be included as well.  I LOVE BOOKS SO MUCH.

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What would your thoughts be if I did one of those ‘ask me anything’ challenges?  Good idea?  Bad idea?

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One movie I really enjoyed recently that I didn’t think I would was Cinderella (2015).  I’m not the type of girl who obsesses over how she looks, swoons over beautiful gowns (though I can appreciate them), loves wearing makeup, etc.  And though I was sure I’d like Cinderella, I didn’t think it would become a favorite movie.  Well, it did.  Probably not in the top thirty, but pretty close.  Everything was gorgeous and richer and deeper than the original animated film and overall, I LOVED it. *happy sigh*

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That’s pretty much it, guys.  I’m finding that life can be both amazing and tough at the same time, and in some ways I don’t mind it (though in some ways I do – I’ve spent a good amount of my time in tears these past few days).  I’ve got God, a family that loves me, and almost my whole life in front of me.

I’m optimistic.

Eva

my top ten favorite authors

(In no order, except for #1.)

// Jack Cavanaugh //

DUH.  If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time and you don’t know this…well, I’d be pretty surprised.  Jack Cavanaugh is my favorite author ever, no exceptions, and his novels have impacted my life in so many different ways.  I’ve read every single one of his books except three (and I plan to read those three ASAP), and he’s the first author whose books I mention when people ask me for recommendations.  In my opinion, he’s written something for everyone – romance, thriller, historical fiction, action, adventure, and soooo much more.  One of the best days of my life was when he actually answered a fan email I’d sent him.  I had a perpetual grin on my face for hours afterwards.

// Lucy Maud Montgomery //

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Of course she’s one of my favorite authors – I hosted a whole blog week about her!  Yesterday, I picked up a copy of Anne of the Island that was lying around and started reading it because I was bored and, well, I was immediately sucked into the gorgeous, comfortable, nostalgic writing of LMM.  She writes beautiful books.  All that description done well without being too over-the-top, and the great characters and settings and all that is tons of fun. (Unless you’re reading Rilla of Ingleside.  In which case nothing is fun.)  I don’t wish I could write like her, but I do greatly admire her writing.

// Louis L’Amour //

If there were one writer in the world who I could have a writing mentor (provided that they weren’t dead), Louis L’Amour would be that writer.  Because I write western stories and he’s been a huge inspiration to me when it comes to that.  Plus, it would be neat (and helpful) to ask him lots of questions about what the west was/is like because he lived out there for so long and he’s also done tons of research.  I will say that I prefer his short stories to his novels (I find his longer works harder to get into, for some reason), but Louis L’Amour’s writing talents are something I aspire to (though I know that every writer should be unique).

// Suzanne Collins //

I love the Hunger Games series and I love the Underland Chronicles.  Collins always brings vivid descriptions, good plotlines, and strong characterization to her stories, and her novels are always a treat – though one that I rarely allow myself, because I have so many other books to read.  I think her books are awesome because she refrains from peppering them (particularly THG) with bad language.  Good for her!

// Jane Austen //

Of course, Jane Austen.  She was the author who ‘introduced’ me to the wonders of classic literature AND the author that inspired me to start writing in the first place (I came across some of my old writing just a couple of days ago, and it was a total rip-off of Austen’s novels).  For the longest time, her stories were pretty much the only ones I read, and the movies based on those books just about the only ones I ever watched, and it was glorious.  I’ve branched out considerably now, but Jane Austen, her world, and her novels will always be special to me.  Always.

// Margaret Mitchell //

She only wrote one novel, folks, but what. a. novel.  I’m swooning and sighing just thinking about Gone With The Wind, in all its epicness and majesty and sheer amazingness.  IT’S SUCH A STUPENDOUS BOOK.  And Margaret Mitchell is a genius, an opinion based on the fact that the protagonist of her book is horrible, and I still adore the story and the last few pages still leave me with a gigantic lump in my throat.  Also, Will Benteen.  Best character ever, ten out of ten. (Besides all the others.)

// Charles Dickens //

My family is in the middle of re-watching the Little Dorrit (2008) miniseries, and I’m in awe of how Dickens’ creates such unique characters and ties unbelievably intricate plots and subplots together into one story.  Wowwww.  I haven’t read as many of his books as I would like, but the ones I have delved into have always satisfied – Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, Bleak House, and a few more.  And the amount of tears I’ve shed over certain Dickens characters (SYDNEY CARTON) have only deepened my love for the work of this master storyteller.

// Victor Hugo //

Les Misérables is one of the greatest novels ever written.  The end. (I also really enjoyed Toilers of the Sea.)

// Harper Lee //

Harper Lee has such a way with words.  There are so many lines in both To Kill A Mockingbird and Go Set A Watchman that I have to stop and re-read every time because they are gorgeous.  Every time I open the pages of TKAM and read the first few lines, I always get sucked right back into the comfortable, homey, near-perfect world of Maycomb.  I didn’t grow up with TKAM because my mom deemed some of the subject matter to be too mature for my younger self (and rightly so) but now that I’ve read it, I couldn’t imagine my life without it.  And though my faith in both Harper Lee and Atticus Finch was shaken earlier last year, I’m happy to say that it all worked out in the end.

// Louisa May Alcott //

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I almost didn’t put LMA on this list, because her tendency to moralize grates on my nerves and the more I think about it, Jo’s Boys infuriates me, but she has written some excellent books and I always enjoy returning to Little Women, Little Men, and The Inheritance.  There’s a book of hers that I own – The Long, Fatal Love Chase – but have never read, and I don’t know whether I should give it a try or not.  Have any of you ever read it?  Overall, I do like LMA’s writing style and all that; there are just certain things about her books that I really, really don’t care for.  So, I guess putting her at the end of this list was a good call.

Runners-up include: Lynn Austin, Emmuska Orczy, Orson Scott Card, Cornelius Ryan, Laura Hillenbrand, Jeanne Birdsall, and Frances Hodgeson Burnett.

Eva

movie review: big hero 6

With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is an action-packed comedy adventure that introduces Baymax, a lovable, personal companion robot, who forms a special bond with robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to Baymax and his diverse group of friends— adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred — who transform into a band of unlikely heroes.

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So, I’m a gigantic fan of animated movies.  They’re pretty much my favorite film genre (would they actually be considered a genre, or would it be better to use some broader term?).  I think most of the stuff that comes out these days isn’t all that great, but animated movies definitely stand out – they usually have better themes, better soundtracks, and more genuinely funny scenes than the majority of films that Hollywood has been churning out recently.  Agreed?

But that being said, I didn’t expect to enjoy (let alone love) Big Hero 6.  The only sort of trailer I saw for it was a clip from the part when Baymax’s battery is low and he’s being all crazy, so I thought it’d be some stupid movie with a lot of dumb humor.  Plus, what I’d heard of the story didn’t excite me (based off an obscure Marvel comic book + robots = nope) and overall, I didn’t get why my brother was so eager to see it.  So I didn’t bother getting it from the library for months and months, until a couple weeks ago when I was stocking up on DVDs to watch over the holidays and I came across Big Hero 6 and decided to give it a try.

We watched it a couple days later, and may I just say…WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH.

In other words, I loved it!  Big Hero 6 has emotional depth beyond what you normally would see in an animated film, and when I can cry hard and laugh hard over a movie, I know it’s good.  Disney seems to be moving away from the trope of ‘nice character is dead…oops, he/she isn’t dead after all’ which is both heartbreaking (BING BONG) and quite brave.  Parents were complaining that Inside Out and Big Hero 6 were too sad, and I could see that being true for a lot of little kids (and me, too – Elisabeth and I are still trying to get over certain characters’ death – and again, I say WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH).

The characters were awesome (I know I use that word too much, but they really were).  Honey Lemon is my favorite member of the Nerd Lab and I like all the rest of them about the same.  Hiro is properly cool, as is Tadashi.  And Baymax, the one character I thought I’d be able to barely tolerate, was just as amazing as all the other characters – plus, he had some of the funniest lines. (So much of the dialogue in Big Hero 6 is gold, I’m telling you.)  One thing I really liked was the great voice acting, especially from Ryan Potter, the guy who voiced Hiro.  When he says “I’m satisfied with my care” during that one, super sad scene near the end, it breaks my heart because the emotion pouring into those five words is phenomenal. *snifffff*

I LOVE THIS MOVIE SO MUCH.  There’s soooo many good things about it.  It only took about two minutes for me to fall in love with the movie’s world (isn’t the concept of San Fransoyko one of the coolest things ever?), the characters, and basically everything.  LOVE LOVE LOVE.  Even though it made me cry even more than Inside Out (which is saying a lot).

Now I’m off to watch some seriously heartwrenching fanvideos…

Eva

the magnificent seven VS. the good, the bad, and the ugly

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love both of these movies a lot. (A LOT.)  I’ve been obsessed with The Magnificent Seven (shortened to Mag7 for the rest of this post) ever since February of 2015, and while I discovered The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (hereby referred to as GBU) only recently, thanks to a impulse buy at a thrift store, I’ve come to like it enough that choosing between it and Mag7 seems like an impossibility.  But I’ll try, by comparing and contrasting different elements of both films – and then making a final consensus at the end.  Now, I know that even though these movie are both westerns, they’re different enough to make comparisons between them a bit difficult, but they’re both awesome movies (and Eli Wallach is in both of them), so I figure it won’t be toooo hard.

And now it’s time for an EPIC showdown. (Just not a Mexican one.)

{Story}

Mag7: A gang of bandits terrorize a small Mexican village, so the villagers hire seven gunmen to keep the bandits away (well, they hire six, but Chico just sort of shows up – I wonder how that fit in with the village’s tight budget).  Awesomeness ensues.  All the gunmen get to know each other, there are a couple of epic battles, and a good dash of character development for everyone.  A simple story, but done splendidly.

GBU: There’s 200,000 dollars in gold lying around in some graveyard, and three guys fight over it for close to three hours.  That’s basically it.  (But awesomeness still ensues.)  It’s somewhat fascinating to see what lengths people will go for money (like in Treasure of the Sierra Madre).  Oh, and there’s some Civil War stuff that doesn’t really have much bearing on the story.

{Characters}

Mag7: (Am I the only one who finds it interesting that both Mag7 and GBU are named after their characters?  Yes.  Oh, well…)  The characters in this film are wonderful.  My favorite would be VinBrittBernardo.  Definitely.  Though Chris and Harry and Lee are good, too, but I can’t find it in me to warm up to Chico.  Just-no.  I get why he’s in the movie, and I do kinda appreciate his character growth, but no one can persuade me to actually like him.

GBU: The title of ‘The Good’ being given to Blondie is arbitrary at best, seeing as he’s not much better than either Tuco or Angel Eyes (but, somehow, we do accept that he has a different moral code, and I’d try to go into that, only I’m not in a very analytical mood).  But I still like Blondie because CLINT EASTWOOD.  I think Angel Eyes could have easily been a ridiculous character, but the combination of Lee Van Cleef’s acting skills and the fact that AE is consistently evil, is what sells the character.  As for Tuco, I find him hilarious and pathetic and actually kind of smart, all at the same time.  His and Blondie’s relationship is the BEST, though.  Seriously.

{Music}

Mag7: ARGH.  Both of these scores are so epic.  I think, however, that I prefer Mag7’s music just a teensy bit more than GBU’s, and I think the difference is this: whenever I listen to the theme for GBU, I’m like “Ohhhh, this is such an amazing piece of music”, but when I listen to Mag7’s theme, I’m like “Ohhhh, I need to watch this again, right now”.  And all these lovely, nostalgic feels come flooding back.  So it’s all in the mood, I guess.  Still…

GBU: …I adore this film’s score.  I find that it’s better writing music than Mag7, which is also good, and I love all the different variations of the main theme that play throughout the movie.  It’s awesome. (Of course, if you don’t like the main theme to begin with, it’s not, but whatever.)  All the whistling and weird instruments and EVERYTHING.

{Ending}

Mag7: *snifffff* Aw, man, this is such an emotion-packed ending.  Four of the seven are dead, Chico opts to stay behind (okay, that’s not really sad, but I do like his character development), and while the cowboys do ride off into the sunset, there’s not really much triumph involved in this finale.  “We’ll always lose.”  I mean, how depressing is that?  But you do get a satisfactory ending, all told, so I still like it. (And, after all, far be it from me to dislike a film just because of a somewhat downer ending.)

GBU: Everyone knows this ending.  THE EPIC SHOWDOWN.  Eeeeep.  It’s too awesome!  When I watched this movie for the first time, I had no idea how the showdown was going to turn out, which was great because I like being spoiler-free.  (Seeing how GBU is so famous, though, it’s a wonder I was spoiler-free.)  Anyway, it was amazing, and so was the scene that followed (trying not to spoil stuff for other people) because it was the perfect wrap-up to Tuco and Blondie’s relationship.

{Feels Potential}

Mag7: Tons.  Like I mentioned earlier, over half of the Magnificent Seven end up dead, plus they’re all so lonely (you can tell and it’s pretty sad), and certain scenes with Bernardo and those kids are particularly touching.  I wouldn’t say that I’ve ever been moved to tears by this movie (well, maybe just once), but it does have its moments.  Definitely.

GBU: Eh.  I suppose the prisoners’ orchestra is pretty horrific (it reminded me of the stories of the prisoners forced to play music in Auschwitz), but I found the Civil War parts so boring, and I think Tuco deserves everything he gets, so…I don’t really know what to say.  There wasn’t really anything tear-worthy in GBU (and, believe me, I’m the kind of girl who can cry over almost anything, so that’s saying a lot).

{Fangirling Potential}

Mag7: Um…HELLO.  It’s STEVE MCQUEEN AND JAMES COBURN AND CHARLES BRONSON.  What’s not to fangirl over???

GBU: Um…HELLO.  It’s CLINT EASTWOOD.  What’s not to fangirl over???

{Stuff I Didn’t Like}

Mag7: Chico.  He’s the only thing about The Magnificent Seven that I don’t like.  Literally the only thing.  He’s just so lame and arrogant and childish that there’s no way I could ever really like him or root for his character.  Still, even with him being in Mag7, I think it’s practically perfect in every way.

GBU: The Civil War scenes, as I mentioned before.  Blah.  I think the director might have been trying to make some statement about the stupidity/futility of war, but those scenes feel like they were shoved into the movie with no rhyme or reason.  Also, the torture scene was gratuitous and I always skip the scene where Angel Eyes beats up that woman.  So there could’ve been less violence.

{Overall}

As with the music section, I think this whole comparison comes down to the emotions and feelings that The Magnificent Seven and The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly evoke in me, and which I believe are better.  And so, I believe the winner would have to be, almost by default, Mag7.  GBU is excellent entertainment and all that, but it never quite strikes the chord that makes a film – for me – a great, emotional experience. (Plus, Mag7 has nostalgia on its side – there are plenty of awesome memories connected to it.)  I love both films, but Mag7 has a place in my heart, whereas GBU really doesn’t.

Have you seen either (or both) of these movies?  Which is your favorite?

Eva