Tuesday, June 19, 2012

It's good to be back!!

I am sorry. So, so sorry. (A Doctor Who-ism, if you don't get it, I pity you.)
  No, but really I am so happy to be back in the blog-o-sphere, and so sorry I left for the relatively short time that I did. Boy, it sure feels like forever to me!
 What is new since I last typed to you? Not much, except that on the recommendation of a trusted friend, I began watching Doctor Who with my not-so-little-younger-sister. We love it. A lot. What's not to love about a tall, dark, and handsome man who can take you anywhere in time and space on your first date? Especially when he has a British accent, great hair, and a wonderful sense of style! (I mean, four button suit, trenchcoat, and Converse sneakers!?!)    
 Well, that's just David Tennant (Whom you may remember as the Collins-y type character, Rev. Gibson in  He Knew He Was Right. Yeah, he's completely different, don't worry. I haven't even mentioned Christopher Eccleston, who I thought was amazing, and I'm not going to comment on Matt Smith because I am going to hate him at first because David Tennant is gone...
  Oh, my, stars! Did I just really fan-girl for three paragraphs?!? Forgive me? Thanks. On a side note it's fun to identify the period film actors and actresses in just about every episode.
  Okay, moving right along. I think I have something worked out for keeping this thing by this thing you do know that I mean the blog updated. But I'm not going to elaborate or promise anything because just about every time I do something falls through. I am not a very good planner you see. And to that a new job, house work, playing chauffeur, and just in general, this thing called ''growing up'', life is hectic. But I can, and moreover will promise that I am giving my best to work this out. In a way, this blog is living my dream. I want to write and write and write, but a big part of that is having strangers read it. This blog allows me to do that without paying to have my words published! Yippee!
 Soooooo... I'm working on reviews, and general ramblings and hopefully you will see much more of me very soon indeed!
 Till then,
      ♥ Steph

Sunday, June 3, 2012

100, already?

I can hardly believe this is my  100th blog post! Crazy, right? Well, I wanted to do something special, so I let someone else do all the talking-typing...whatever. So without further ado, Lauren from Books Fashion  and Tea.

Hi everyone! I'm so honored that Stephanie would ask me to post on her lovely blog. Thanks so much, dear!
For this post, I decided to compile a list of my top fifteen favorite period dramas. I tried to include an interesting variety, so maybe you can pick up some ideas for your next movie night!

1. Anne of Green Gables (1985) I consider this the classic original period drama! I first saw it after my grandmother took a trip to Prince Edward Island and brought back the first book and movie. I just love it! I usually watch it at the beginning of the school year as Anne always inspired me to work hard at my studies :-)

2. Little Dorrit (2009) I first saw this wonderful period drama two years ago, and it has remained a favorite. It has a darker tone to it, but a wonderful complex story line as only Dickens can contrive.

3. Little Women (1994) A classic! I grew up with this heartwarming film, and just love it. Plus it has Christian Bale, which is always a bonus;-)

4. Ever After (1998) A wonderful fairy tale film! I love the Renaissance costumes and the incredibly beautiful score.

5. Jane Eyre (2011) I read Jane Eyre for the first time last year, and then saw the movie. Both the book and film are now favorites of mine. I love the somewhat unconventional relationship between Jane and Mr. Rochester. This adaption really gets the main points of the book, and the casting is superb. The soundtrack is pretty much my favorite ever. It also has wonderful costumes which I had the privilege to see!

6. North and South (2004) I've recently converted to a North and South fan. I love that it is not only a romance, but a social commentary of the time. It is somewhat darker than a lot of period dramas, and those who love Elizabeth Gaskell from Wives and Daughters and Cranford may be surprised at the style of it, but it is a wonderful film!

7. Emma (2009) I grew up with the other two versions of Emma, but this one quickly replaced them all in my heart. I LOVE this version! It is really the perfect Jane Austen film.

8. Sense and Sensibility (1995) This is one of the first movies I ever remember seeing. My mom loves Jane Austen more than I do, so she started all of us on her work from a young age. This is just a wonderful example of film making. Emma Thompson's performance was Oscar worthy.

9. Wives and Daughters (1999) Wives and Daughters is the perfect movie to drink tea and sew or knit to. It is a quiet and peaceful movie, but certainly not boring! It's my favorite for when I just want to calm down and relax.

10. Miss Potter (2006) An imaginative, beautiful, biography of Beatrix Potter. Renee Zellweger's performance is brilliant.

11. Persuasion (2007) Now, I know not everyone likes this version, but personally, I love it! I love the modern cinematography, and I think it captures emotions better than the earlier version, (which I also love.) That scene where Anne is writing in her journal and crying is beautifully done!

12. Bright Star (2009) The story of John Keats and Fanny Brawne. Certainly a tear jerker, but one gorgeous film! I love Fanny's spunk and originality. John Keats' poetry is my favorite, which is what drew me to this film. It did not disappoint!

13. Cranford, and Return to Cranford (2007-2008) Funny, sweet, lighthearted pictures of an English county village.

14. The Young Victoria (2009) The story of Queen Victoria's relationship with Prince Albert. A lavishly done film with a stellar cast!

15. The Prestige (2006) This one is very different from all the other films on this list, but it's one of my favorite movies ever so I wanted to include it. The Prestige tells the story of two stage magicians in the early 1900's as they struggle to outdo each other. What starts out small quickly becomes an obsession. A brilliant movie!

I know there are many other films that I love, but these are my top favorites for right now :-)

Hi, it's me again...with a wierd question and some cool news, first, have you ever said ''shelfish'' when you mean ''selfish''...I do it all the time.
 And secondly, and more interesting, we are thinking of doing a giveaway from Lauren's shop, becuase she is kind enough to be willing to sponsor lil' ole me's post for a giveaway...that was redundent.
 Anyway, sound good? More details to come soon!!