litlover12: (GK1)
Some of my friends and I have been passing this one around Facebook, and I thought some of you here might like to do it as well. Consider yourself tagged if you want to be!

Musical I hate: Grease.
Musical that's overrated: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
Musical that's underrated: The Scarlet Pimpernel.
Musical I love: My Fair Lady.
Musical I cherish: Singin' in the Rain.
Musical that changed my life: The Sound of Music. First movie musical I ever saw aside from Disney animated ones. I didn't know it then, but it would start a lifelong love of musicals!
First musical I was in: I haven't been in any, except church musicals and a really awful college musical (written by the theater professor's wife). One of my great regrets.
First musical I saw on Broadway: Crazy for You.
litlover12: (HP)
I haven't seen anyone doing this on LJ yet, but it's all the rage on Facebook. I did one, but then I slightly rethought my choices, so I'm redoing it here! The idea is simple: Describe yourself in three fictional characters.

I choose . . .
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litlover12: (MST3K2)
Apparently, if you have a baby girl these days, the thing to do is to put a gigantic cabbage-like THING on her head every time you photograph her. Not cute little bows or headbands -- those seem to be out. My Facebook feed these days is full of tiny girls looking like they're dressed for the Ascot scene from My Fair Lady.

I don't know what brought this on, but I'm picturing an entire generation of toddlers ending up at the chiropractor with neck injuries!
litlover12: (MFL1)
I saw My Fair Lady on the big screen last night. I love that we have so many options to do that sort of thing now. I've now seen five of my top 10 movies at the movie theater, which is quite something considering that nine of them were made before I was born!

You see so much more detail on the big screen, especially in a movie as gloriously detailed as MFL. I've seen it literally dozens of times and I was still catching new things. (Did you know that Higgins's slippers are monogrammed?) It helped that there was a really cool, in-depth trailer from 1964 that ran right before it, with lots of footage of costume designing and fitting and other behind-the-scenes stuff. I paid a lot more attention to all the costumes than ever before! It was incredible to think of all the work that went into even the extras' outfits, just to get the general look right!

Also, I was inspired to make this (sorry for the bad image quality, it was the best I could find):
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Two things, to be precise. One is about My Fair Lady and the other is about the White Collar series finale. I thought some of you might like to read them!
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Swiped this from a thread at Broadway World: What are your top ten performances in a musical film?

Here are mine:

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Even though I'm ticked off at Emma Thompson these days (how dare she think that she or anyone could improve on the original My Fair Lady film!), this looks pretty good.

Videos under the cut )
litlover12: (GK1)
Telegraph film critic David Gritten recently offered his list, which I found via [livejournal.com 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: (Classic men)
I did it -- I made my list of the top five performances by actors and top five by actresses. And let me tell you, it was not easy. (Add usual disclaimers about how there are lots of great films I haven't seen, how I may change my mind tomorrow, etc.) I appreciated all the comments on my original post -- they were enjoyable to read and helped me think things through!

So let me give you the lists, and I'll explain a little about my reasoning after that. Going from last to first in each list . . .

Below the cut )
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!)
litlover12: (MFL1)
It's 42nd Street in real life: The star of My Fair Lady and her understudy are both down with the flu, so an ensemble member goes on with script in hand -- and nails it. I love it. I saw and enjoyed this production with the original Eliza a few weeks ago, but I can't help wishing I'd seen this performance too, just to watch the magic happen.

My dad insists I could have done it myself, but this is only one-fourth true. I couldn't sing it, being an alto, and I probably couldn't have learned the dances that quickly. And I don't think I could manage the accents either. But I'm pretty sure I could at least remember all the lines!
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And it's in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Let me explain. I just went up to Hershey to spend a couple of days with my godchildren and their mom. While there, I picked up a hotel brochure that announced that "the largest used book collection between New York City and Chicago" was just minutes away, in Harrisburg, at the Midtown Scholar used bookstore.

o.O

Look at this place. I mean, LOOK AT IT. I'm always saying that I want to live in Henry Higgins's house from My Fair Lady -- this is the closest thing that I've ever seen in real life. It has the staircases and balconies and nooks and crannies, and books all over them, as far as the eye can see.

It absolutely killed me to be so close and not get to go. There was no opportunity at all; my godchildren are still little enough that they're all about pools and playgrounds, not used bookstores. But I will get there someday. Oh yesss, preciousssss, I will.
litlover12: (AH1)
It's about time I got around to that meme I got from [livejournal.com profile] sylverwind, like, MONTHS ago. So here we go. She asked me to give my thoughts on libraries, desserts, a favorite outfit, mythical creatures, my love for classic movies, beading, and pet peeves.

Step this way for various ramblings . . . )
litlover12: (MFL1)
I'm reading a really interesting new book about the creation of My Fair Lady. The author states that Alan Jay Lerner's first choice for Eliza was . . . Mary Martin.

The mind reels.
litlover12: (LD5)
[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! )
litlover12: (MFL1)
Letter meme: Comment to this entry and I'll give you a letter. List ten things that you love that begin with that letter and then post that list on your journal.

[livejournal.com profile] keep_counting gave me D. ("It's Delightful, it's Delicious, it's De-lovely . . ." Sorry, feeling a bit punchy this morning!)


Dickens, Charles
Dorothy L. Sayers
dogs
detective stories
Dorothy Parker
dancing
Doolittle, Eliza
Dorrit, Amy
dolls
dogwoods
litlover12: (MFL1)
1. Comment -- intelligently or in a nonsensical fashion, requesting to play. General comments are welcome too!
2. I will give you a letter.
3. Post the names of five fictional characters whose names begin with that letter, and your thoughts on each. The characters can be from books, movies, or TV shows.

[livejournal.com profile] 2theriver2pray gave me the letter E.

Enter here . . . )
litlover12: (GK1)
Yes, my two favorite movies are musicals. I don't know, there's just something about people randomly breaking into song and dance (accompanied by full orchestra out of nowhere) that's really special for me!

And the winners are . . . )
litlover12: (GK1)
ABC is running a Best in Film special tonight, and I'm posting a list of my 20 favorite movies. The two events are not related. Actually, I had the idea before I heard about the special -- though I'll probably watch it and fume about it, much as I used to watch and fume about the old AFI movie list shows.

I just think it's fun to make lists -- not least because it helps me avoid doing actual work. But it's hard in its own way. I'm still not certain that this list is exactly the way I want it, and a few months from now I may revisit it and do some rearranging. In fact, there's a good chance I'll end up fuming over my OWN list. That seems to be the nature of these things.

I'm not calling this a meme, because I'm not sure whether anyone else is OCD enough to make a list of 20 favorite movies, but you may treat it as one and make your own list if you so desire! Maybe we'll all end up getting some good suggestions from each other.

In order, then, from #20 to #1: )

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