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Jane Austen’s movie marathon

As I stated before, my mother is staying with us for the summer (along with my father). And since she’s been very supportive of the project from the start she has suggested to stay with my kid one day a week. That way I’ll be able to work in another project I’ve been talking her about for what seems forever.

I’m resolved to do a Jane Austen Movie Marathon. I read all her novels when I was in college and I know I can’t read one in a single day, that’s why I’ll do a movie marathon. With the help of modern technology I’ll be able to visit my public library -or any other place for that matter- and watch the movie and if possible write on the spot my impressions. I know watching a movie is not the same as reading the book, but it’s the best next thing at the moment.

The following schedule places the movies according to the publication date of its inspiration novel:

  1. Sense and Sensibility, 1811 – The 1995 Columbia Pictures version starring Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, and Kate Winslet.
  2. Pride and Prejudice, 1813 – The 2005 Universal Pictures production featuring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen.
  3. Mansfield Park, 1814 – The 1999 BBC production starring Frances O’Connor and Jonny Lee Miller.
  4. Emma, 1815 – The 1996 Miramax film featuring Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeremy Northam.
  5. Northanger Abbey, 1817 – The 1987 ITV feature starring Katharine Schlesinger­­ and Peter Firth.
  6. Persuasion, 1817 – The BBC film featuring Amanda Root and Ciarán Hinds.

I’m not sure if  I’ll have the time to watch two more movies, but if I do, I’ll also watch:

  • The Jane Austen Book Club, 2007 – An all-star cast film starring Maria Bello, Emily Blunt, Kathy Baker, Hugh Dancy, Amy Brenneman, Maggie Grace, and Jimmy Smits.
  • Becoming Jane, 2007 – A pseudo-biography featuring Anne Hathaway and James McAvoy.

As a matter of convenience I’ll watch only feature films and not miniseries. I won’t post anything about my reading because I’ll be writing my opera prima‘ s draft that you’ll read as soon as I finish the marathon.

I’m looking forward to this summer movie adventure.

Jane Austen's Signature from her 1817 will.

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Bollywood movies

Watching a movie is not an easy task for me. When Aimee was born we choose to get rid of all TV sets except the one placed in the living room and that stays off most of the time. The kid is allowed to watch only two hours (or an animated film’s length, whichever is less) four times a week.

The adults can’t watch too much of it either due to conflicting schedules. When we do, it’s usually the kind of action flick that my husband loves. That leaves me with around half an hour any two to three days for a chick flick, and since I’m into the extremely lengthily Bollywood movies, so far I’ve been able to watch only two this year.

I used to like Bollywood movies because they’re different from what I’m used to. When I started this blog I thought I may take some ideas for my writings but I’m not so sure I can.

Hum Saath-Saath Hain: We Stand United

Hum Saath-Saath Hain: We Stand United (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The fist one I’ve watched was Hum Saath-Saath Hain. It’s the story of a family torn apart when the mother is talked against her husband’s oldest son by a previous marriage, even thought she’s raised him. The story can be broken into three parts: happy family at the beginning, broken family in the middle, and mended family at the end.

The story could be told in an hour but all the singing and dancing made it a whole three hours long. Maybe the lesson learned is that lengthiness is not a guarantee of quality.

Biwi No.1

Biwi No.1 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Next I watched Biwi No. 1, the worst movie I’ve watched in a long time. It’s the classical story of a family broken up by the husband’s love affair, but at the end everything goes back to normal. This movie told this story in such a bad way that I almost stop watching it.

First the family is shown in all imaginable bliss and out the blue he meets a model, falls for her, and out of the blue again his life is not as perfect as it portrayed at the beginning and he and the wife have all kinds of problems. At the end she wins him back and everything is blissful again.

What makes this movie so bad is the choppy way the story is told. there’s no logic, no clues of what’s to come, and an unrelated ending. It was like a failed experiment in editing that made the story kind of silly. By the way, the Mickie Mouse and the cowboy clown portrayed in the film are plain scary.

After watching these two movies, I’m resolved to write my story as short as possible and as lineal and logical as possible.

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Darling…

Punk retro wear flowers on a purple background

Darling, I just figured out I have not updated this since they let me out!… You would not believe how tidy my house now is. I prostrate myself in sorrow and beg thy forgiveness.

I am hopped up on caffeine with responding to fanmail, selling my soul to Google, and just generally being a doormat to the secret service. My day seems to involve the authorities from 3am to whenever. I am not complaining though. I wish you could be here to share it.

I will try to remember I promised you I will make more of an effort to blog more often until the nice men in the white coats come back. Honestly! Don’t hold your breath though, you’re likely to turn blue.

(I was surfing around and found The Lazy Bloggers Post Generator.  It was so much fun not having to think what to write for a moment.)

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