Bride & Prejudice!

brideandprejudiceAs you may recall, this is the 200th anniversary of Pride & Prejudice and I’m participating in a year round challenge hosted by Austenprose.

For March, I watched Bride & Prejudice. This movie has been on my must see list since it was released. I can’t believe this was the first time I’ve actually seen it. I’m such a fan of Bend it Like Beckham that I knew I’d want to see everything from this director.

Bride & Prejudice takes the classic Jane Austen story and updated to modern day India. Lalita (the Elizabeth character) is attending a friend’s engagement party when she first meets her Mr. Darcy. He’s an American businessmess looking to open a hotel in India as the one he’s staying in is not up to snuff.

This movie excellently showcases all the major themes from the original novel with a new emphasis on classism. Mr. Darcy as a wealthy American considers his way of life superior than those in India because of his wealth and amenities. It leads to this interesting ourburst from Lalita which I loved.

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I found the movie plot to be quite realistic. However, I didn’t really find Mr. Darcy very enticing. I’m not sure what Lalita really saw in him but I’m still glad they found each other. The one aspect of this movie that made it different then all other adaptations is the fact that it’s a BOLLYWOOD movie which means music and dancing!!

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Previous challenge entries: 1 / 2

Are you taking the Pride & Prejudice challenge? What are you reading at the moment? Have you seen Bride & Prejudice? Do you love it?

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Winter is Coming…

Well, they’ve forecasted that we’ll receive 20 cm of snow over the next day or so. It looks like it’s going to stay this time. 😦

To be honest, our city does such a fantastic job of clearing snow that I’ve only ever had two snow days in my life. Trust me, Winnipeggers get a lot of snow! However, if I don’t absolutely have to leave the house, I’d rather stay in until the roads are all clear and the sun is shining.

Here’s what I have prepared for the event of a snow in:

– Watching movies from the library: Why haven’t I ever thought of this before? I knew the library had DVDs but I didn’t realize how current the selection was. This is so great since I don’t have cable and there’s rental places around here anymore.

– Reading JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy: This month’s book club pick.

– Knitting my Winterfell scarf: Inspired by the patterns here and here. I’m such a Song of Ice and Fire geek I don’t even care.

– Studying Fairy Tales : presentation during Monday’s class!

How would you spend your day if you were snowed in?

 

Movies Lately

A few months ago, I picked up a Netflix subscription out of curiousity. They give you a one month free trial so I figured I had nothing to lose. Netflix Canada has a really strange assortment of movies at the moment. Not really a lot of new releases but I love it for the foreign film and documentary selection. Those were generally the movies I rented before my local video store closed.  Since I cut of the tv cable a few weeks ago, I’ve had plenty of time to watch some movies that I might not have otherwise. For $8 a month, I feel I get my  money’s worth but I do find the way Netflix organizes their movies a bit confusing. They say they have 1000s of titles but you don’t see the whole list. You just get a bunch of categories like Comedies, TV Shows, etc. Once you’ve watched a movie, they figure out what you like and add new more interesting categories like Romantic Comedies featuring a Strong Female Lead or Mother Son Drama (not sure what prompted that exactly).  The one thing I wish Netflix had was a way to mark movies you might want to watch later.  The categories could switch and then you can’t find them or can’t remember the titles.

These are my favourites so far:

For Romance:

North & South (BBC Miniseries) : I have not read anything by Elizabeth Gaskell and I think I have to rectify this. I’m also a little bit in love with Richard Armitage at the moment.

Weekend:
A quiet little movie that’ll break your heart.

Foreign Love:

I am Love:
Gorgeously shot and Tilda Swinton remains perfect.

Loose Cannons:
One of those foreign comedies that makes no sense to me even when it finishes. I kind of love those.

For Laughs:

Hotel Babylon (TV Series):
Ridiculous but it’s surprising how much I relate to it. There’s nothing like working in the hospitality industry.

Death at a Funeral:
Most of the comedies listed on Netflix I already own or am not really interested in seeing. This one made me laugh outloud a few times. Totally my sense of humour.

Have you watched anything on Netflix lately? Send me some recommendations! I can use them. 🙂

Project 365: February 26 – March 3, 2012

It was a really bad week for me blog wise. Just so busy. I have to start planning better. It was a productive week but with a bit of travel and weeknight meetings, I’m feeling really sleep deprived!!

February 26, 2012
February 26 // Night

February 27, 2012February 27 // Cream Puff from Safeway

February 28, 2012February 28 // Set from The Fighting Years

February 29, 2012

February 29 // My leap year boxes

March 1, 2012March 1 // My work map

March 2, 2012

March 2 // School bus stands out after a snowfall!

March 3, 2012

March 3 // Watching The Triplets of Belleville. Loved it!

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Please link me to your Project 365s! I’d love to see what you’re up to.

Happy Leap Year!

Hello lovelies!

Did you do anything special for Leap Year this year? I’ve never thought of it as a special day before but last week it occured to me that I should do something special to remember the day for every leap year that follows. Does that make sense? So today I went out and bought myself an floral arrangement just because.

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Isn’t it pretty? I never buy floral arrangements for myself unless they’re the sale bouquets at Safeway but that’s not really the same thing is it? It turns out that a lot of people don’t. In fact, when the florist asked me if I’d like a card for the arrangement, I said, “Nope. They’re for me.” She said that it was the first time she’s ever heard that. REALLY?! It made me a bit sad but it’s often the case that you’d splash out for a loved one before you’d splash out on yourself.

Anyway, considering today is Leap Year it also reminded me of this terrible movie.

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Ok I’m probably being a bit harsh. There are a lot of good points to this movie. I LOVE Amy Adams and I love the scenic views of Ireland. Those two things sell the movie for me already and I would probably watch it again. However, the thought that you’re only “allowed” to propose to a man one day every four years is a  bit grating. I also was really annoyed with the geography in the movie. Anyone with a basic understanding of the UK and Ireland would know that you wouldn’t aim to end up in Dingle if you were leaving from Wales and heading to Dublin. Not that you would care if you didn’t know that.

Sometimes I think I get too distracted by unimportant things like that in movies.  The same thing happened to me when watching The Tudors. I got so distracted by the fact that I was so sure Henry’s sister Margaret didn’t marry the King of Portugal. It was so distracting I couldn’t stop thinking about it! I had to stop watching *nerd*. Does that ever happen to you?

Anyway, I will say that Leap Year is definitely worth watching if only for the stunning Irish landscapes that make up the backdrop to the movie (even if they aren’t where they say they are). There’s not enough movies shot in Ireland if you ask me. Actually, I think I’ve kind of talked myself into watching it tonight. lol. I hope it’s on Netflix!!

Did you do anything special for Leap Year?

Music Monday : Drunk – Ed Sheeran

Happy Monday!

How was your weekend? Mine was a little different than anticipated. My uncle was in town so we went out for supper on Saturday and those leftovers lasted me today as well. So no chili for me this weekend! That’s ok it’s always nice for someone else to cook dinner for me. I’ll have to make chili tomorrow night because I’m craving it! Otherwise, it was still snowy here over the weekend so I stayed in. I only made a quick trip to Ram Wool Co-op to get some more wool for my blanket.

This weekend, I also took advantage of Netflix and watched two movies I can’t believe I’ve never seen before: Shampoo and To Die For. To Die For has been on my list literally since it came out. I don’t know why I haven’t seen it until now. It actually just popped into my head so I searched for it on Netflix. I was so glad it was there! I used to have such a crush on Joaquin Phoenix. Not really at that time (1995) but in about 5 more years, I’d be all over him. lol.

Shampoo was one of those movies that pops up every once in awhile so I thought I had to watch it just to watch it. Warren Beatty is so hot in it. I imagine that he had enough real life experience to draw from to portray a womanizing hairdresser. 😉 Goldie Hawn & Julie Christie are so gorgeous in the movie also. I imagine with the three of them that it was probably a big deal when this movie came out. Actually, just checked wiki and Shampoo was the 4th highest grossing movie in 1975 behind Jaws, One flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Wow! 1975 was a FANTASTIC year for movies. The top three are so iconic.


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There is so much going on in this photo that I could make an entire post just on its contents. From the carpet in the bathroom to Warren’s belt and everything in between. Seriously though, how did Julie Christie’s hair get that much volume?! It’s intense. Actually, even Warren’s had a life of his own. There was a lot of big hair in this movie.

In other news, I found my ring! Yay! It literally fell within the smallest crack between two boxes. How do things always wind up somewhere that should be difficult to get to? It was so weird not to be wearing it. I think I have to invest in a jewelry box or something to keep it safe because that was scary!

Today’s song is by last week’s Brit winner Ed Sheeran.  Because I like to listen to BBC Radio 1 during the day, I was familiar with his music but I didn’t put it together that he had more than one song. Sometimes, I just don’t pay attention to who sings what if I can’t put a face to the name. I thought he did a great job at the Brits plus I have a soft spot for gingers. 😉 Now, if only his album was available in Canada.  :/

 How was your weekend?