litlover12: (Valjean)
Got this from a Facebook friend. Pretty sure it's one of the best mashups ever.

litlover12: (MC_Ph)
. . . but how I wish I could go to this!

litlover12: (Roses)
Comment on this post and I will choose six interests from your profile. You will then explain what they mean/why you are interested in them. Post this along with your answers in your own journal so that others can play along.

I got this from [ profile] charleygirl a couple weeks ago, and am just now getting around to it. And I still have yet another meme I'm supposed to do, but I can't remember who gave it to me. I am the world's worst at keeping track of memes. But anyway, now for this one! Here are my interests that she chose.

Read more... )
litlover12: (GK1)
Telegraph film critic David Gritten recently offered his list, which I found via [ profile] movie_greats. He had one or two good choices on there, and a lot of terrible ones, and omitted a few essential ones. So I'm setting this right by making my own list. (Not that he'll ever see it, but I'll feel better.)

I'm trying to be as objective as possible, so some of my favorites (like The Court Jester) got left out, in favor of some that are, objectively speaking, greater musical achievements (like West Side Story). The top three do happen to be my top three favorite musical films, though.

  1. Singin’ in the Rain

  2. My Fair Lady

  3. The Sound of Music

  4. An American in Paris

  5. Les Misérables

  6. Gigi

  7. Top Hat

  8. The Band Wagon

  9. 1776

  10. West Side Story

Anyone else want to try their hand at a top 10 film musicals list?
litlover12: (DK1)
There's nothing like a common household appliance or machine to make you feel like an idiot.

Case in point . . . )
litlover12: (ATOTC2)
I promised to do this some time ago, for [ 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 . . .  )
litlover12: (Valjean)
Remember that top 20 movies list I made once? Remember how I said I might revise it someday? The day has come! There's one movie that's new and that just had to be added, and one old one that, after a couple more viewings, I realized had earned a spot. And so, from last to first . . .

20. An Affair to Remember (1957)
19. The Court Jester (1955)
18. The Sword in the Stone (1963)
17. The Princess Bride (1987)
16. Charade (1963)
15. Les Misérables (2012)
14. The Odd Couple (1968)
13. All about Eve (1950)
12. The Lion in Winter (1968)
11. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
10. The King's Speech (2010)
9. 1776 (1972)
8. Rear Window (1954)
7. The Sound of Music (1965)
6. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
5. Casablanca (1942)
4. Notorious (1946)
3. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
2. My Fair Lady (1964)
1. Singin' in the Rain (1952)

(I still love Shadowlands and The Thin Man, though!)

Book meme

Feb. 13th, 2013 08:46 am
litlover12: (Books)
I got this from a message board, and modified it a bit. The idea is simple: Suppose that for some reason you had to pare your library down to 25 single volumes, plus 1 series. You're allowed to read other books, but these 25 (plus 1) are the only books you're allowed to keep or to reread.

(The original meme said 20 books plus 1 series, but that would be inhuman. I think there's something in the Geneva Convention about it.)

You can put the series anywhere in your list, but mark it with an asterisk.

Here are mine . . .

The indispensables )
litlover12: (Alot)
The first time I saw the stage version of Les Miserables, my program had a little insert with that famous drawing of Cosette and the caption, "In 1992, she will be going to the cinema."

Yes, well, it took a little longer than that. Twenty years longer. But it was worth every minute of that wait. If you've read reviews of the new movie, you've probably seen many of the critics carping about Tom Hooper's extensive use of closeups, lack of establishing shots, off-center camera angles, etc. With all due respect to the critics, I say: Ignore them completely. They're off their rockers. Tom Hooper is a freaking GENIUS. I am so glad now that the film took this long to make, because I cannot imagine anyone doing a better job with it. His style and his vision suited the material to perfection.

(And you just know that if he hadn't gone for the closeups, camera angles, and so forth, they'd have accused him of taking the safe and boring route!)

A few thoughts while they're fresh in my mind . . .

Spoilers ahead )

litlover12: (Lvg3)
The Doctor Who Christmas special and the Leverage season (possibly series) finale both air on Christmas Day? Really, how is a girl to squeeze in a showing of Les Miserables??
litlover12: (FB)
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 [ profile] goldvermilion87 and [ 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!
litlover12: (1776)
If online reactions to the Gatsby trailer were mixed, reactions to this one are decidedly NOT mixed. The reaction of everyone I've seen is, basically, "WOW."

That goes for me too.

(Thanks to [ profile] digne.)

Song meme

Jun. 8th, 2011 05:52 pm
litlover12: (CY)
I have about a zillion things to do . . . so of course I'm doing a meme. (In my own defense, I am overdue on this one; I got it from [ profile] sonneta nearly two weeks ago!)

Hope the LJ cut works this time . . . )
litlover12: (Lvg1)
16. Adaptation: What book would you most like to see made into a film? Do you like to read the book first or see the film? Any books you have read after seeing the film version?

Movie talk ahead . . . )


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