December 24, 2015

"The Wrong shall fail, The Right prevail"

Merry Christmas, my lovely followers! 
I hope you and your families are having a beautiful, peaceful day of celebrating Jesus's birth!

The other day, family's daily devotional reading  included a story about Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who wrote "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" out of sadness from the recent loss of his wife, and the event of his son enlisting for war without his blessing. 

Hearing the story of how lonely and sad this man must have felt on Christmas day without his dearest family members made me cry. I felt so bad for him....and I'll now always remember his story whenever I hear this song:

I heard the bells on Christmas Day 
Their old, familiar carols play, and wild and sweet 
The words repeat 
Of peace on earth, good-will to men! 

 And thought how, as the day had come, 
The belfries of all Christendom 
 Had rolled along 
The unbroken song 
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Till ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,
And made forlorn
The households born

Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

 And in despair I bowed my head; "There is no peace on earth," I said; 
 "For hate is strong, And mocks the song 
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!" 
 Then pealed the bells more loud and deep: 

"God is not dead, nor doth He sleep; 
 The Wrong shall fail, 
The Right prevail, 

With peace on earth, good-will to men."

I love the last lines, the ones I's such a beautiful, encouraging statement-and so incredibly true.

Here's a lovely rendition of the song, although changed from the original.

Have a VERY Merry Christmas, my dear friends!!

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Luke 2:8-12

December 22, 2015

Christmastide Movie Scene~A Christmas Eve Wedding

Merry greetings, everyone! Today I'm participating in Heidi's Monthly Link Up with a lovely scene for this month's topic: a Christmastide movie scene.

Now,  incase my review of Eloise at Christmastime didn't convince you to watch that movie, here is yet another post about it. (Ha. You can't escaaaape)  It's toward the end of the film, and rather spoilery, but I know practically all my readers read spoilers (heh heh)  so I don't feel like I need to warn anyone. ;P

In this scene, the big moment of Brooks and Rachel's Christmas Eve wedding is here. Rachel is a stunning bride in her snowflake bedazzled wedding gown. Light, fluffy flakes fall on her and her father as he leads her up the aisle to her waiting groom.

Meanwhile, Eloise (with Nanny close behind) races up from the basement in an attempt to stop the wedding. Brooks had locked her in a closet down there because she had found out his horrible motive for marrying Rachel-her money.

The door is guarded by Prunella, but Eloise and Nanny find another way to view the wedding-from a crawl space/ air vent tunnel thingamig/ I don't know what it's called so let's move on. :P

The pivotal moment comes. The guests all wait to hear Rachel say the two words, "I do." But it doesn't happen. She gasps out, "I'm sorry. I can't do this."

"Why?" asks Brooks.

Suddenly the doors burst open and Rachel's face lights up into a smile when she sees Bill standing at the end of the aisle. "That's why," she says.

The music swells and it's all so sweeeeeetttt.


Oh my, this scene makes me so happy. :) 

Thank you so much, Heidi, for the link up, and Merry Christmas to you all! :)

December 18, 2015

White Christmas tag from Cordy

White Christmas - Favorite Christmas movie of all time.:

Guys, I'm so excited for Christmas and when I saw this tag that Cordy created on her blog Write On, Cordy! I felt I had to do it. It's fun and Christmas-y and White Christmas is one of those classics that we watch around this time of year. :) 

Would you rather go to Vermont or New York?
Ohhhh, that's hard. Let's say Vermont because I love snowy hills and cozy hearth sides more than busy cities. Although I do wish to visit New York as well.

Perched high on a hill, this magical Victorian home for sale looks straight out of a holiday postcard.:
something like this would be perfect

Would you rather take a train or a plane to Vermont?
Goodness, another hard one. A train. :) Much more old-fashioned.

Would you rather see the Haynes Sisters preform or a Wallace and Davis production?
(You can't choose both.)
Mmmm...Wallace and Davis. They're funnier. ;)

White Christmas: Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby:

Would you rather have Betty's or Judy's hair?
Mmm...Betty's, although I don't care for either of their hairstyles, honestly. 

Would you rather your 'man' wear a gray suit or dark pinstripe suit?
Hmmmm. I think I'll go with the dark pinstripe. Now if I only had a man to wear it...

Would you rather have to drive an army jeep or take a ride in the Columbia Inn car?

The army jeep!

Still of Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen in White Christmas:

Would you rather have Betty or Judy's wardrobe?
Same as Cordy, I'd rather have the General's granddaughter's wardrobe heehee. Her outfits are so sweet and pretty!
White Christmas Columbia Inn lobby 3:

"Vera Ellen in "White Christmas"" by gracekathryn on Polyvore:
I do love this outfit, though!

Would you rather sing with Bob or dance with Phil?
I think I'd be be a better singer than dancer, but I would LOVE to dance. Can Phil teach me? I'll go with that!

White Christmas: Vera-Ellen in an Edith Head dress, dancing with Danny Kaye:

Would you rather have to dance in "Choreography" or sing "Love, You Didn't Do Right By Me" in front of your personal equivalent to Bob?
I'd rather sing. But can I do it without the creepy guys?

Would you rather be Phil's or Bob's 'girl'?
Can I say neither? I don't particularly care for either of them in that way, hahahaha. If it were just a "date" (not "dating") I think I'd go with Phil because he's more fun. You know, dancing on docks kind of fun. ;) 

Would you rather have Judy's or Betty's dress in that final scene?
Betty's. :)

Edith Head sketch for Rosemary Clooney in White Christmas (1954)     #EasyNip:

Thank you for this fun tag, Cordy!!

December 14, 2015

Eloise at Christmastime~Review

This movie is now officially one of my favorite Christmas movies.
I watched it a long time ago when I was a child, saw it again a couple years ago, and watched it again this year with the revelation that I love it.

The setting couldn't be any more glittery and fun-Eloise, a six-year-old whirlwind, lives at the Plaza Hotel in New York. She is allowed to run rampant through the hotel, creating havoc or joy by turns-usually depending on who she runs into. I mean, seriously. Who wouldn't love to live in a fancy hotel, if only for a little while? I would. 

(plus, the time period is around late 1950's which is major points in my book)

(except when they go shopping none of the stores look like they're from the 1950's. None of the merchandise does either.)

Now, some people may not like Eloise as she is rather a spoiled brat. There are moments (especially in her other movie, Eloise at the Plaza) where the punishment of locking her up in a dungeon and feeding her on bread and water for 6 weeks seems too good. Buuut, she also is adorably spontaneous, energetic,  and so incredibly full of the Christmas spirit that I can't help but love her. :)

Also, she ships one of my favorite couple almost as much as I do, which brings me to Bill the waiter and Rachel, the hotel owner's daughter.

I will admit that probably 50% of my love for this movie comes from my love of Bill and Rachel. 
THEY ARE SO CUTE!!!!!!!!!!
Please watch this video, the best part starts at 1:35 and ends at 2:49.

Did anyone else notice that Rachel's skirt changes from being a straight pencil skirt to a flared one during the dance? ha

Also, Bill is one of the cutest, most adorablely funny and charmingly kind guys ever and I love him ever so much.  
He plays with Eloise!!
He sword fights with her!!
Very Edward Ferrars and Maragret Dashwood reminiscent.
He sings!!
He plays the piano!!
He has an adorable grin!!
He does these funny expressions with his eyebrows and it's so cute!!

Just loooooooookk:

Did I convince you that Bill is amazing? No? Please watch the movie. I promise you'll love him.

So, the problem is that Rachel, after being away at school for years, comes back engaged to "Brooks Oliver the Third."

Yeah. We don't like him.
At all.

ESPECIALLY after Eloise finds out he's actually--
well. That's rather spoilery. :)

Let's just say Eloise makes it her personal mission to  sabotage that wedding and I completely applaud her in her efforts.

Bill: So, how's that Christmas list coming?
Eloise: Still one or two items short.
Bill: How many you got so far?
Eloise: Seventy three. 
Bill: -a surprised look-
Eloise: What? I think it's nice to give Santa lots of options.

they're soooo cuuttte
Julia Andrews is oh so so so funny and British as Nanny. Poor thing. I feel so bad bad bad for her when Eloise wakes her up with that infernal trumpet. haha 

Eloise: [talking about Nanny always saying things three times] I asked her once why she always did that... then she told me not to be so rude, rude, rude!
She puts up with a lot.
Among the major plots of Eloise's Christmas "adventures" and Bill and Rachel, there are some smaller subplots. For one, Eloise learns to understand and care for one of her neighbors who she always thought was a horrible person. But, as it turns out, she learns that something has happened to make the said neighbor act the way she does. And by learning that, she learns to treat her with compassion. And a chocolate cake may or may not figure into that treatment. ;)

Another plot is that of Nanny's crush on Sir Wilkes, one of the hotel guests. He likes her back but they're both too awkward to say so--and there's many funny scenes between the two of them.

The only thing I don't like in this movie is that Eloise tends to say "For Lord's sake," instead of "For goodness sake," or such. It's rather flippant and too casual a use of our Lord's name.

Prunella, the hotel event coordinator whom Eloise enjoys to antagonize (and she kind of deserves it), exclaims, "What in God's name is going on?" once, which, again, I don't approve of.

All in all, it's such a sparkly, hilarious, FUN Christmas movie (full of tinsel and glitter and A Christmas Carol and other such lovely Christmas things) with a sweet fairytale sort of ending. It's definitely one of my favorites, and think I will enjoy watching this for years and years to come. :)

December 8, 2015

Rilla of Ingleside ~ "My Cast"

I love Rilla of Ingleside. If there was ever an L. M. Montgomery novel that needed to be made into a movie, this is the one. Unfortunately something is wrong with the filmmaking industry's head (I mean, not that that's a surprise) because it STILL hasn't happened. What even.

But, on the other end of the spectrum, if they made a less-than-worthy version I know I (and many others) would be very upset, so maybe it's just as well no one has tried it. Yet.

Now, as a did for my Mansfield Park cast, this is not going to be a conventional dream cast. Simply, it's a list of how I picture the characters...not who could play them if they actually made a new movie.
But, if there is an actor who I think could play them in a new movie, I will include them too.

.....I feel like that wasn't clear, but hopefully you understand!

Gilbert Blythe & Anne Blythe

Of course, with the passing of Jonathon Crombie, the real Gilbert Blythe is no more. 
But, let's all stop for a moment and appreciate how wonderful a Rilla adaption would have been if it had been made instead of the third Anne of Green Gables. Anne and Gil would have been the perfect ages for it. It would have been wonderful.

Can't you just see them living at Ingleside with all their children?

"Mrs. Dr. dear"

"Dr. Blythe"

Oh look! It's them with Jims! The baby Rilla finds and takes care of.

-sniff- Oh, what could have been. :'(

All right. Back to harsh reality.

Jem Blythe

Perhaps slightly like Josh in Friendly Persuasion? I'm not quite sure. I haven't found the perfect match for him yet. :( All I know is I picture him very handsome, clean cut, with a nice chocolate-y shade of brown hair. (yes, I know that's not his hair color in the book, hush!)

"Nan" Blythe

I picture her a little like an older version of Emile also from War Horse. Soft brown hair, a pretty complexion and just an overall sweet look.

Diana "Di" Blythe

When thinking up an actress for Diana, I realized Julie from the tv show When Call the Heart would make a lovely Diana Blythe. 
She has the red hair!

Shirley Blythe
Perhaps Eddie Redmayne? Picture him in World War 1 era clothing. I think it could work.

And a different hairstyle. Ha.

Walter Blythe

Our favorite. Because of that, I'm sure everyone has their own staunch opinions on how Walter looks.  I know Walter has black hair in the book...but I've always picture him a little like Albert in War Horse.  And, judging from the movies I've seen him in, I think Jeremy Irvine could convey Walter's sensitivity and courage quite well.

Agree? Disagree? Keep the comments kind, please. ;) (although you can use caps, if you wish haha)

Also, Edward from the movie Testament of Youth reminds me a little of Walter. 

Kenneth Ford

At the risk of being completely unoriginal when you see who I have cast as Rilla (DON'T YOU DARE SCROLL DOWN) (I know some of you did it anyways, didn't you??) I think Roland from Testament of Youth might play Kenneth well. I've never really had a "set" picture in my mind of Kenneth, so I'm open to suggestions. He has dark hair, though. He must have dark hair.

(but oh....that picture of Roland with the flower. It reminds me of Walter there. He's a little too old for Walter, but still. So many possibilities!!)

Owen Ford
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I've always and forever seen him as Dennis Morgan. (Kitty Foyle, Christmas in Connecticut

Leslie Ford
I can picture her, and I've never seen someone who looks like her. She must have amazing thick gold hair, beautiful eyes, and a very apparent elegance.

Call me horrible if you wish, but I have no photos of anyone for  Faith Meredith, Una Meredith, Carl Meredith, or Jerry Meredith. I picture Faith as very pretty with golden hair. Una I can see quite clearly in my mind-dark brown hair and so incredibly sweet. She also must be rather short. 
I think I see Carl as a blonde and Jerry must have dark hair.
I'm afraid that's all I have to say. I'm sorry. I need to read the book yet again.

Mary Vance

I see Bessy Higgins from North and South. 


I picture Susan as Una O'Conner from the Errol Flynn Robin Hood and some other old movies. Her voice and personality fits how I see her, and she also could  convey the fierce loyalty that Susan would have for the Blythe's.

Of course, she wouldn't work for a new production, though. :/ Perhaps Imelda Staunton?

......drumroll please....

Rilla Blythe

Now, ever since I read Rilla for the first time I've picture her like Liesl from The Sound of Music
She is "my" Rilla.

Do. Not. Argue. With. Me.

(heehee, well, you an argue if you wish but I'm afraid it won't do a bit of good)

But, as a possible selection for a new movie, I think Alicia Vikander from Testament of Youth might do a very good job of Rilla.

Regardless of who is cast, this movie NEEDS to be made. I just don't understand why it hasn't been done yet.

What do you think? Please leave me with any of your own suggestions or ideas! :)

(if I really like your suggestions I may edit this post and add them in muahaha)