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Some of my friends and I have occasionally tossed around the question, "Which four movies would you pick if you were a Turner Classic Movies guest programmer?" The subject came up on Twitter again the other day, and I finally decided to go ahead and actually pick my four films!

And here they are . . . )
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We're getting a new Tale of Two Cities.

We may even be getting TWO new Tale(s) of Two Cities.

As someone wrote in the Dickensblog Facebook group, "Please don't screw it up, BBC4."
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Remember that article I was sending to the Atlantic? They didn't take it . . . but First Things did!
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"You do not need another copy of A Tale of Two Cities."

"You do not need another copy of A Tale of Two Cities."

"That's not even a particularly interesting copy. It's not illustrated, the introduction isn't anything special, and neither is the binding. Put it down. I said put it down. I said PUT IT DOWN."

"YOU DO NOT NEED ANOTHER COPY, OH MY GOSH PUT IT DOWN RIGHT NOW!"

This is getting to be a regular thing. Scary, no?
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Besides films in the BFI top 10, here are a few other British classics I've seen recently . . .
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Details here.

Gee, maybe my dreamcasting caught the universe's attention!

Memo to potential filmmakers:



DO NOT SCREW THIS UP.

I MEAN IT.

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I promised to do this some time ago, for [livejournal.com profile] msantimacassar's meme, but it's taken me quite a while to come up with actors for all the major roles. Jerry Cruncher and Dr. Manette were especially difficult for some reason. But I think I'm finally satisfied. (Left out some of the smaller roles, like Ernest Defarge, Stryver, the Marquis, and The Vengeance. I had to stop somewhere or I'd never get finished. Feel free to offer suggestions for them, though -- or to offer alternate suggestions for anyone I've cast!)

Starting off with the minor players . . .  )
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How this works: Comment with your favorite color and I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can get to know you better. Update your journal with the answers to the questions. Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions.

Got this from [livejournal.com profile] msantimacassar, who asked me SIX questions, because she is a tough cookie!

1. What blue object from among your possessions would you say is your favorite?

Just one? That is HARD. I guess I'll go with the blue-glass-and-wood cross my friend gave me.

(And in second place -- come on, you knew I couldn't pick just one! -- this box that another friend gave me for Christmas.)

2. If you could give one neglected book/show/movie universal recognition, what would it be?

I'm going to go with the film The Grass Is Greener (1960), starring Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Jean Simmons, and Robert Mitchum. So, SO funny. Grant is at the top of his game, and Simmons turns in one of the greatest performances I've ever seen by any actress, anywhere.

3. What is your favorite book cover (or binding)?

I'm partial to this one. So simple and beautiful -- and it has blue in it! :-)

4. If you had the chance of a scenic trip of a lifetime, would you choose to travel by train, boat, or car?

Train. Easier to concentrate on the scenery.

5. What is your dream cast for an adaption of A Tale of Two Cities?

I'm going to answer that in a separate post. Stay tuned . . .

(Bonus tough one) 6. If you could see Charles Dickens face-to-face and ask him one question about anything, what would you choose?

I'll bet this one will surprise you. :-) I would say, "Mr. Dickens, would you please take out the part in Little Dorrit where Amy asks Arthur to call her 'Little Dorrit' forever? Because honestly, it's just ridiculous."

Okay, so, you all know the drill -- comment with your favorite color if you want five questions!
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For a challenge at [livejournal.com profile] great_tales (create some sort of fanwork, other than a fic, that tells a story), I made Tale of Two Cities charm bracelet. I had some fun making it -- though I swear wrapped loops are going to be the death of me -- and wanted to share it with you all! Sorry for the poor quality of the photos, but they're not too bad if you click to enlarge them.
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I'm participating in this A Tale of Two Cities readthrough blog. They're reading it in installments as Dickens's original readers would have, so spoilers are strictly verboten. Which is too bad, because the other day, one of the readers was venting about her frustration with all the different characters and storylines, and actually said this: "Please Dickens, just give me one character I can root for!"

To which I'm dying to respond: "MWAHAHAHA! Just you wait . . ."

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This looks like something fun to do when you're supposed to be doing lots of other things! :-)

List fifteen of your favorite characters from different fandoms, and ask people to spot patterns in your choices. (Via [livejournal.com profile] goldvermilion87 and [livejournal.com profile] eanor)

1. Sydney Carton (A Tale of Two Cities)
2. Arthur Clennam (Little Dorrit)
3. Harriet Vane (Lord Peter Wimsey series)
4. Lord Peter Wimsey (Lord Peter Wimsey series)
5. Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables series)
6. Jean Valjean (Les Miserables)
7. Eliza Doolittle (My Fair Lady)
8. Harold Finch (Person of Interest)
9. John Reese (Person of Interest)
10. Frodo Baggins (The Lord of the Rings)
11. Lily Bart (The House of Mirth)
12. Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice)
13. Betsey Trotwood (David Copperfield)
14. Amy Dorrit (Little Dorrit)
15. Sir Percy Blakeney (The Scarlet Pimpernel)


. . . Only fifteen? I have so many more favorites!

Eureka!

Apr. 10th, 2012 12:21 pm
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Just for kicks, and using a link provided by [livejournal.com profile] digne, I took the Myers-Briggs test. It says I'm an INFJ. Reading this description, I almost laughed out loud when I got to this part:

"They are highly private people, with an unusually rich, complicated inner life. Friends or colleagues who have known them for years may find sides emerging which come as a surprise."

You guys, that is so me. I get this ALL THE TIME, sometimes from people who've known me for decades. "I'm so surprised that you like country music/thought that joke was funny/said that thing the other day," etc., etc., etc. Apparently I am constantly astonishing people, and I've never understood why. I always want to say, "Dude, I'm the same person I always was! What's the big surprise?"

(Which would probably draw a response of "I'm so surprised you said 'Dude'!")

I'm still not 100 percent certain I understand it, but hey, now at least I know there's a recognized personality type for it!

So now I want to try following [livejournal.com profile] digne's lead, and type some fictional characters. I wonder what type Sydney Carton would be . . . ? At first glance, I thought ISFJ, but on further examination, I'm not sure that's quite right.

ETA: I just took the test as Sydney . . . and got INFJ. Either I wasn't able to adopt his persona fully enough, or Mr. Carton and I are a lot more alike than I realized!
litlover12: (GK1)
Tell me you want to play and I'll pick up to three of your fandoms (a list might be helpful). Then update your journal and answer the following questions:

1. What got you into this fandom in the first place?

2. Do you think you'll stay in this fandom or eventually move on?

3. Favorite episodes/books/movies, etc?

4. Do you participate in this fandom (fanfiction, graphics, discussions)?

5. Do you think more people should get into this fandom?

[livejournal.com profile] nuranar picked these fandoms of mine: Dickens, Gene Kelly, and Monk.


Fangirling ahead . . . )

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[livejournal.com profile] rachkmc did this at her blog, and asked me to do it too. Since it's her birthday, how can I say no? (She just called hers "Rachel's Favorite Romances," but she stuck to literature and literary adaptations. I'm going to follow her lead in that, or I could never narrow it down to ten. But I'm counting plays as literature. Also, I stole one or two of the pictures off her blog. Thanks, Rachel!)


Image-heavy post ahead! )
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I've been recording a lot of stuff off TCM lately. Here are a few brief reviews (with the occasional small spoiler) . . .

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Thanks to the miracle of Twitter, I have just had a brief chat with a BBC Radio producer about casting ideas for Sydney Carton in the upcoming A Tale of Two Cities radio drama. (He liked my idea of Benedict Cumberbatch, but wondered if he'd be a better Darnay. I argued for Carton instead.)

I LOVE SOCIAL MEDIA.
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7. What fictional character are you (secretly) in love with?


Ha! )

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