rosa_cotton: (Shelter)
Title: This Is (Not) My Idea
Rating: PG (K+)
Disclaimer: The Chronicles of Narnia, all characters, places, and related terms belong to C.S. Lewis.
Summary: …Or how the ending that was but which really was not supposed to be, was.

Read more... )
rosa_cotton: (Watching)
I've viewed a lot of films lately and decided to share my thoughts on some of them. :)

Čarodějův učeň (Krabat) – I first heard about this 1977 Czech fairy tale film in a book, The Enchanted Screen, and eventually found it on youtube. It is an original tale about a poor boy that becomes a prisoner of the evil magician and works at his mill. The artwork/style is stunning and unique, and the music lovely. The film is quite wonderful, with understated storytelling – no subplots or big bangs so speak found in most movies – little actual dialogue, and no explicit violence that for me made Krabat all the more touching and memorable. This is now one of my favorite fairy tale films

The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader – Way back when the ’05 Pride and Prejudice first came out, I thought as a period drama standing on it’s own two feet it was great, but was lacking as an adaptation of the book. That is pretty much how I feel about VODT. The first ten-ish minutes of the film were excellent with the reentrance of Lucy and Edmund, and the introduction of Eustace Scrubb, and then Narnia. Eustace was one of the highlights of the film for me. He was Eustace. And his friendship with Reepicheep was quite touching. It was interesting how Lucy’s jealousy of Susan and her longing to be beautiful was handled, focusing on a different aspect of it than in the book. I was so glad Aslan’s comment about being in the Pevensies’s world was included! That whole last minutes of the film was wonderful, my favorite part along with the beginning. Oh! And David Arnold’s score was magnificent.

My main problem with VODT is the premise of the voyage. When Eustace, Lucy, and Ed meet up with Caspian, he is indeed seeking the lost seven lords. But that takes a back seat when they learn about the evil mist and that it can be defeated by bringing the seven lords’ swords to Aslan’s table. I personally thought it wouldn’t be a problem to have the driving force of the book – quest for the lost lords – be the same for the movie. Yet once again, it seems the whole point of being in Narnia has to do with saving it. …From evil that is not really an evil to Narnia, just has the potential to be someday. Evil green mist! I still don’t get it. And Edmund…he pained me. It seemed sort of like he was Peter in PC, with how different he was, and not exactly for the best. *shakes head sadly*

Tangled – Such a great film. Moving and funny. Awesome story, characters, animation, and music. It was like going back to the Disney classics. Gothel I think is right up there with Ursula as my favorite villain. She was not complex, a fully drawn character. And Donna Murphy’s voice! I could listen to “Mother Knows Best Reprise” for hours. Wow. I loved how Eugene was sort of a nod to the actor Errol Flynn in The Adventures of Robin Hood. There were definitely similarities between the two. A new Disney favorite.

Miss Marple: The Body in the Library (1984) – The Body in the Library was my introduction to the great Miss Marple, and made me an Agatha Christie fan. This film adaptation features Joan Hickson as Miss Marple who solves the baffling case of an unknown murdered girl discovered in the library of the Bantrys. At over two and a half hours, the mystery was flushed out well with its twists and turns building suspense and wit, and the characters were all nicely developed. Joan Hickson’s Miss Marple was splendid, who at first glance seems a bit withdrawn but has a sharp mind and brilliant wit. The supporting cast likewise turned in fine performances. The script is good, and is quite faithful to Christie’s novel. Despite knowing how it all went down, I was drawn into the suspense, and enjoyed seeing it all unfold.

Marple: The Body in the Library (2004) – Maybe if I had not watched this and the 1984 versions of The Body in the Library back-to-back I might have liked this a little bit more than I did. It is much shorter than the 1984 version, causing the mystery to be crammed and rushed, with characters never really established. While the sets and costumes were quite lovely, there was too modern a feel to the whole thing. The script was lacking despite some occasional humor. Most of the cast’s performances were strangely over the top. Geraldine McEwan as Miss Marple was too cheeky and smug for my taste. This adaptation was pretty faithful to the book until the very end when suddenly the identity of the murderer was changed, and a lesbian affair was thrown in. WHY?? Also, having Miss Marple spell the whole thing out to the police before the murderer was apprehended sucked out all the suspense in the end. I think I’m going to stick to the older Miss Marple adaptations. This newer version did not cut it.
rosa_cotton: (Shy Smile)
Well, this is a surprise... Just learned "Now and Always: A Dog's Tale" has been nominated for Hermit Award: Best Original Character at the 2010 TLC Lion Awards.
rosa_cotton: (Default)
Title: Now and Always: A Dog's Tale
Rating: G (K)
Disclaimer: The Chronicles of Narnia, all characters, places, and related terms belong to C.S. Lewis.
Summary: A preoccupied master and a frustrated friend do not make for an ideal outing in the park to the dog taking them for a walk.

Well, this is a good beginning )
rosa_cotton: (He is waiting for you)
Title: In His Hands
Rating: G (K)
Disclaimer: The Chronicles of Narnia, all characters, places, and related terms belong to C.S. Lewis.
Summary: About to embark on a new journey, Polly is overwhelmed.

Read more... )
rosa_cotton: (Default)
Title: Eternity
Rating: PG (K+)
Disclaimer:
Summary: Fifty glimpses into the relationship between Digory Kirke and Polly Plummer. Bookverse, AU. No chronological order.

Author's Note: Written for the [livejournal.com profile] 1sentence challenge on LJ. Bookverse and AU, this contains spoilers for The Last Battle.

Once upon a time... )
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It has been a very long time since I did one of these posts...

FANFICTION

Lost in Austen

My Way Home by [livejournal.com profile] wings4music
Summary: An alternate ending to the mini-series. Amanda finds a note, and is once again left surprised by the person who most surprised her during her accidental trip.

Hairspray

Got Cooties? by JealousOfTheMoon
Summary: Black, white, red, green, every color in between... Non-chronological series of short Hairspray stories, each with its own color.

Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew

Exasperating by Lady Emily
Summary: Frank is truly and thoroughly exasperated by a certain girl detective. One shot, tag for tv series episode "Mystery of the Hollywood Phantom"

Frozen News and Baby Blues by pedal
Summary: Nancy visits her friends for Christmas. Frank finds himself wondering why she's decided to come all the way to New York in person. Joe may or may not be helping things along.

Chronicles of Narnia

Shades by the shadow proves the sunshine
Summary: Eustace can turn seven different shades of red, and Jill knows every one of them.

Phyllis by Dearheart
Summary: Susan could never have guessed that the nerdy kid at the train station would someday be her husband... The story of why Susan chose an ordinary man over a dashing prince.

Fairytale Island and the Frog King by MesT
Summary: Based on the book, the Dawn Treader makes a stop at a small and magical island. Caspian falls under a spell, Lucy saves him.

Six Ways to Kill a Sue by JealousOfTheMoon
Summary: We've seen what happens when a 'Sue enters the storyline of the first book...but what about the other six? Can a Mary Sue survive those?

Once a King by Elouise82
Summary: Peter's thoughts after the White Witch's temptation. Prince Caspian movieverse.

Your Duty as King by To Tuckborough I Go
Summary: Peter and Edmund teach Caspian of a certain person whose name begins with a 'Mary' and ends with a 'Sue.' Poor Caspian how will he cope?

Jane Austen

The Parsonage Attic by 4give4get
Summary: Northanger Abbey fanfic. Ever-paranoid Catherine hears noises again--this time from the Parsonage attic.

The Etiquette of Love by Mango Schmango
Summary: Emma. Mrs. Elton observes the newly married couple and realises that social etiquette and material possessions cannot compensate for love.

Something Worth My Staying For by Juliette
Summary: Persuasion. Captain Wentworth cannot suffer in silence as he observes his beloved Anne accepting the attentions of another man at the Bath concert. But when he gets up to leave, he finds that there may be something worth staying for after all.

Disney

Where I Belong by Dreaming Wide Awake
Summary: TLM. What if Ariel and Eric hadn't met in the way they originally did in the movie/musical? What if, one day, they just happened to meet up on the surface by a twist of fate? Well, let's see what happens if perhaps maybe that was the way of things.

Alluring Aurora by Blackfire 18
Summary: [Sleeping Beauty] Rose has found love on her happy birthday, but the day does not end with cake and gifts. Maleficent has found the elusive princess at last and knows just how to lure the girl to her death. What does Rose see while under the enchantment?

Peter Pan

The Mermaid Lagoon by -HSMismyworld-
Summary: Wendy and Peter venture to the mermaid lagoon, only to find that the mermaids have alot to say to Wendy. And not many nice things.
rosa_cotton: (Forever)
Title: Falling to Pieces
Rating: T (PG-13)
Disclaimer: The Chronicles of Narnia, all characters, places, and related terms belong to C.S. Lewis, and Walden Media and Walt Disney Pictures.
Summary: In the midst of the raid’s tragic failure, there is grief, blame, regret, despair, and guilt. PC movieverse.

Who exactly are you doing this for? )
rosa_cotton: (Come Away...)
Title: Faith
Rating: K+ (PG)
Disclaimer: The Chronicles of Narnia, all characters, places, and related terms belong to C.S. Lewis, and Walden Media and Walt Disney Pictures.
Summary: Hurt by Peter after the White Witch’s appearance, Susan realizes her brother is not the only one who’s had trouble believing… PC movieverse, slightly AU.

When Aslan bares his teeth, winter meets its death )
rosa_cotton: (The Lion returns)
Just got back from seeing Prince Caspian a second time, this time with my mom (who has never read the books). It was better than last time. I still really got fed up with Peter, wanted to shake him or something. Susan...still don't know about her being so willing to fight. Ed...I love him more than ever. And Lucy too. I want to squeeze those two and say "Thank you!" Caspian grew on me a lot this time; I like him very much. And Aslan, oh, great Aslan! I enjoyed the actors who played Caspian's uncle and the lord and general. Very well done.

My mom loved it. Said it was brilliant. She herself in Peter, really liked Caspian, and thought Ed and Lu were great. She almost went crazy -- in a very good way -- in several places but controlled herself as best she could cause there were other people.

It is a shame Prince Caspian hasn't done better at the box office. There seemed to have been too many blockbusters this summer. Maybe if it had come out a month or two sooner it would have done better. I'm just praying the VotDT will still go ahead...
rosa_cotton: (Default)
Today it was storming and I was reading Bleak House. “Perfect weather for a movie,” my dad said. He was going to go see Prince Caspian and both my mom and brother bowed out. My dad asked me if I wanted to come along. I didn’t feel in the movie mood, yet impulsively I decided to go. I wasn’t excited about seeing it (other turns had captured my attention lately) and I had low expectations as well as that Prince Caspian ties with the Horse and His Boyfor being my least favorite Narnia book.

Shockingly, I liked it, a lot!

More shockingly, I thought it better than the LWW!

Here are some of my unorganized, mixed thoughts.

Warning: Very long and full of spoilers!! )
rosa_cotton: (Default)
Just because I haven't done one these in a long time, and also because I really like these pics I found recently. Narnia, TLM cast, Rachel Hurd-Wood...

So come along my dears... :D )
rosa_cotton: (When he/she danced with me)
Title: A Match Made in Heaven?
Rating: PG (K+)
Disclaimer: The Chronicles of Narnia, all characters, places, and related terms belong to C.S. Lewis.
Summary: Jill and Edmund?! Jill and Peter?!?! Who would have thought...? Certainly not Eustace!

Read more... )
rosa_cotton: (breath of life)
"I was hoping you'd write something," was my mom's first comment after she proofread this for me. I wrote this little piece in memory of "Father." *sigh*

Gone...but not Forever )
rosa_cotton: (Dreaming of You)
Michael Apted to Direct Voyage of the Dawn Treader!!!

I'm more excited about this than any of the Prince Caspain casting news.

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Apr. 11th, 2007 11:28 pm
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#1 Today I enjoyed a cartoon double feature. :D

Balto )

Happy Feet )

#2 I was so excited when I discovered [livejournal.com profile] auanne had made two lovely icons of the Kirov Ballet's production of Swan Lake, my favorite version of the ballet. ------>


#3 And yet another picspam!

Peter Pan/Jeremy/Rachel )
Narnia/Will/Anna/Skandar/Georgie )

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