5 good movies I have the feeling no-one knows about

#1 Goodbye Mr Chips
First off, we have 'Goodbye Mr Chips' (2002). We watched this movie quite recently, with the whole family, and we adored it. It was one of those movies that just touched my inmost soul. Yeah, I know that sounds Anne-of-Green-Gables-ish, but I am like Anne. And besides, it did touch me in a very personal way. I laughed, I cried. I cried a lot. It's a beautiful, beautiful movie and I'd recommend it to anyone. I truly do not understand why it's so not-famous.
It's about a teacher (Mr Chipping, later nicknamed as 'Mr Chips') who, in the beginning, starts teaching Latin as a fairly young man. Some of his pupils are naughty and bullies, but he has clever tricks and manages to keep order (this is great fun to watch.) He eventually marries a very sweet lady (acted by Victoria Hamilton, who we recognised as Ruby Pearl in Lark Rise and Harriet Foster in P&P95). Together, they both strive against bullying and making the school's attitude a nicer, better one. Mr Chips goes through many trials, including the death of his wife and son, the first world war etc.
Oh it's just epic. Go buy it. Or, you can watch the whole movie here.
My favourite quote:
"Now, we know the Chronicles of the Romans were written by a scribe with first-hand knowledge and experience - to whom do I refer, please gentlemen? Yes Collin? And Collin please do not say like you usually do, 'Well sir, it wasn't me.'"
#2 Treasures of the Snow
Oh, this one will make you cry too. Definitely. The book even makes me cry. I personally think the book is even better than the movie, but the movie is really sweet and heart-rendering. It's suitable for the whole family, and we tend to watch it every year, with Christmas. There's a beautiful Christian message in this story.
The story is about a boy (Lucien) who has never got along well with the neighbour's girl (Annette) and always tease each-other. One day, Lucien finds Annette's little brother picking flowers in the mountains, and, to tease Dani (the little boy) he grabs his kitten and pretends that he'll let him fall over a ravine/cliff. ACCIDENTLY he really lets go of the kitten. Dani resolutely goes climbing down, to get the kitten who's stuck on a rock. Before Lucien can stop him, Dani has fallen down.
Dani will be paralysed for the rest of his life and everyone blames Lucien - everyone dispises him, Annette will never forgive him.
The rest of the story is for you to find out! You can watch the whole movie here.
Oh yes, the music is beautiful and the scenery priceless. The actors could be better, but it's an adorable movie all in all. Highly recommended!
#3 Just William
Some of you may have read my review here.
If you haven't - well, this movie is funny. Not dramatic or emotional and not the best movie in the world, but it will really cheer you up. The adventures and stupid things William does are hilarious. It's... just William.
#4 Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines
I have to admit this is not my favourite movie, but I have seen it more than twice so it can't be that bad. No, I do like it. It's great fun, and there are some adorable costumes and very quotable lines. Again, this is not an emotional movie. If you looking for a good cry, you should watch the first two of my list. If you are looking for some sensible humour, choose this one.
Basically what this movie is about, is when 'Flying Machines' came 'in'. It's about this world-wide competition who all go flying a certain distance with their Flying Machines. It's very funny to see all the different countries - this movie does have very strong opinions about countries, and some people might be offended. The American guy though, rest assured, is the hero. There are some GREAT characters in here.
We watched this film with the whole family, and we didn't have to skip any scenes. There is however, talking of unsuitable stuff, but it's over in a jiffy. I'd not say it's high on my favourites list, but it's an enjoyable watch.
Favourite quotes:
As I said, this movie is very, very quotable.
American chap: "You punched me when I wasn't looking."
British chap: "My dear fellow, if you continue to pursue a certain party I shall take the greatest pleasure in punching you when you are looking."
American chap: "Well, you are going to have your hands full, because I'm going to marry that certain party."
British chap: "Well, I'm afraid that's going to be rather awkward old chap, because I'm going to marry her also."
"Got a cold, Guv'nor?" (asking someone who's just been punched on the nose/ This is another punch- yes there are some :)
"Buzz off, Courtney!"
(After someone just kissed his daughter.) "That's the problem with these international affairs - they attract foreigners."
"No more flying!"
"Yes, father."
"And no more riding motor cycles!"
"Yes father."
"And that includes the one you keep hiding in the garden shed."

#5 Berkeley Square

And last but certainly not least, we have the Mini-Series (it has 10 episodes) called Berkeley Square, which we are currently watching. As we are only on episode three, I can perhaps not make a proper judgement. But judging from the three first episodes, this must be one of my favourite films ever. It's really, really good. Why has no-one heard of this?
It's basically about three very different ladies all coming to work in Berkeley Square (which is a road, not one house).
One, Matty Wickham, is kind, generous, but sensible. The scenes involving her are probably my favourites, because I think she's terribly sweet. She looks after three children (one is a baby), two of them, Thomas and Harriet, getting the most screen-views. Lydia Weston is generous, but very naïve. She comes from a large farmer-family, and loves adapting to city life. Finally, we have poor Hannah Randall, a single woman with a baby (we don't here much about it- so far scenes have been suitable), trying to keep that a secret. She looks after a very sweet boy during the day time, and often sneaks away during the night to look upon her secret baby, who's under the care of a kind, old Polish lady.
 All the episodes are available on Youtube. Happy watching!

Have you heard of these?
Have you see them?

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A good dress gone WRONG

My favourite parts in books are the parts where the clothing is described. Well, one of my favourite parts, anyway. I also like the romantic bits and the action bits and chatty bits and the whatnot bits, but having said that, one can, I suppose, go back to the subject, so, as I already said, one of my very favourite bits are the clothing-description bits.
That last paragraph probably did not make any sense, but anyway, let's bash on.
I'm now reading 'The Grand Sophy' by Georgette Heyer (vastly entertaining, highly recommendable) and it has the most delicious dress-descriptions which I reread numerously. Things like: "an evening gown of pale-green crêpe, festooned at the bottom with rich silk trimming, and confined at the waist with a cord and tassels" and "a sprigged muslin with a blue sash" and - my favourite - "A gown of palest blue satin, embroidered all over with silken rosebuds, and knots of silver twist." Georgette Heyer has become a new favourite of mine ever since I read those descriptions!
In movies, however, we do not have this delight. There, we stare at the screen (do not mistake me, I like doing it:), look at the dress and there you go. That's the dress. There's no time for imagining how it would look like because it's right before you. It's only the person who designed the dress who has a say.
Really(!), movies are bad for our imaginations.

Anyhow - back to the subject-, if I could write a letter to the person who designed the dress of a character in a book who should be wearing the dress beautifully described in the book but wears - because of the person who designed the dress - a totally different one that doesn't look at all like the description in the book, my letter would probably be something like this:
Dear person who designed the dress,
I think, that the next time someone asks you to design a dress of a character who originally comes from a book, you should actually read the book before you even start thinking of dress-ideas, because you always get it wrong. I don't mean to hurt your feelings, but you do. It's simple - just read the book and follow the description in there and you'll make ever so much more viewers happy! The book probably has quite a few descriptions of how the writer wanted the dresses to be! I mean, it's not that I'm suggesting something silly, is it?! It's called book-accuracy!
Now, I understand why you want to design your own dresses. I mean, after all, no-one likes following instructions. Of course it's nicer to invent your own, new dresses, but PLEASE. Please, please, please. For the sake of all the bookworms in the world and all the viewers who have read the book, try to imitate the one in the book. Please.
Thank you (if you'll listen, because you probably won't.)
Love (if you listen), Naomi
It's so sad. I've never seen a movie where the dress looks like the description in book. Well, there might be a few - the barbecue dress in 'Gone with the Wind' was pretty well done, I must say. But it's very rare. Very rare indeed.
The worst case is Anne Shirley's first puffed-sleeved one. This is the description Lucy Montgomery spent ages writing (Well, she might not have spent ages writing it - I just said that to add emotion to my post. I didn't mean to lie.):

"Anne took the dress and looked at it in reverent silence. Oh, how pretty it was—a lovely soft brown gloria with all the gloss of silk; a skirt with dainty frills and shirrings; a waist elaborately pintucked in the most fashionable way, with a little ruffle of filmy lace at the neck. But the sleeves—they were the crowning glory! Long elbow cuffs, and above them two beautiful puffs divided by rows of shirring and bows of brown-silk ribbon. "
And this, dear readers, is how the dress got designed in the movie:

Just look at her disappointed face. *Lydia-snort*
Where's the 'lovely, soft, brown Gloria'? Where's the 'gloss of silk'? Where's the skirt with dainty frills and shirrings'? Where are the elbow cuffs? Where are the two beautiful puffs divided by rows of shirring and bows of brown-silk ribbon'? Have some compassion upon my poor nerves! Why, the only thing they listened to is 'a little riffle of filmy lace at the neck'!

 I drew this picture... trying to draw the dress how I imagine it to be and trying to stay as faithful as possible to Montgomery's description of it.
I say. The person who designed Anne's first puffed sleeves dress really, really, REALLY could have done a much better job. But this isn't the only dress which isn't faithful to the description in the book! There are others, sad as that fact may sound to you. Let's go on.

Even as a child I loved descriptions of dresses - especially if they were pink and had lots of ribbons. As some of you may know, I devoured the 'Little House on the Prairie' books when I was younger- and still do. (I love those books so much. Laura is amazing.) Laura was good enough to spend some time describing a lot of dresses!
The movie is nothing like the books - nothing - so it wouldn't really be fair to go pointing fingers about the dresses. But seriously, I love doing this, so I shall. After all, who takes the decisions here?
Laura's wedding dress, in the book is described as:
"They made a tight-fitting basque, pointed at the bottom back and front, lined with black cambric lining and boned with whalebones on every seam. It had a high collar of the cashmere. The sleeves were lined too. They were long and plain and beautifully fitted, with a little fullness at the top but tight at the wrist. A shirring around each armhole, in front, made a graceful fullness over the breast, that was taken up by darts below. Small round black buttons buttoned the basque straight down the front. The skirt just touched the floor all around. It fitted smoothly at the top, but was gored to fullness at the bottom. It was lined throughout with the cambric dress lining, and interlined with the crinoline from the bottom to as high as Laura's shoes. The bottom of the skirt and the linings were turned under and the raw edges covered with dress braid, which Laura hemmed down by hand on both edges, so that no stitches showed on the right side."
In the movie, Laura wears a grey-green dress with purple trimmings!
I hate it how Laura wears purple make-up under her eyes in the later series. Where is my Laura?
In this picture, Laura is wearing her real wedding dress - it's about five years after her wedding, but it's that dress (or so I've been told). Laura is the one standing behind Pa, with her hand on his shoulder.
(Just in case you want to know, the people in the picture are: Seated from left to right: Ma, Pa and Mary (who probably got a seat because she was blind),  And standing, from left to right, Carrie, Laura and Grace.) One day, I'm going to produce a very faithful-to-the-book 'Little House on the Prairie' TV series. And yes, Pa will have a beard. :) And I will be the dress designer. Naturally. (As if I'd trust anyone else!)
We must remain positive, however, and focus on the dresses they did do well. I'm delighted to tell you that I can think of two different movies who did a little 'listening'. In Wives and Daughters, we have Molly's exotic Scottish gown.
"Miss Rose persuaded her to order a gay-coloured, flimsy plaid silk, which she assured her was quite the latest fashion in London, and which Molly thought would please her father's Scotch blood. But when he saw the scrap which she had brought home as a pattern, he cried out that the plaid belonged to no clan in existence, and that Molly ought to have known this by instinct. It was too late to change it, however, for Miss Rose had promised to cut the dress out as soon as Molly had left her shop."
So pleased that they obeyed the book about Molly's bright flimsy plaid Scottish dress.

Scarlet O'Hara's green barbecue dress, is delightfully copied for the movie! Here you have some description snippits from the book:
"Her new green flowered-muslin dress spread its twelve yards of billowing material over her hoops and exactly matched the flat-heeled green morocco slippers her father had recently brought her from Atlanta. The dress set off to perfection the seventeen-inch waist, the smallest in three counties, and the tightly fitting basque..."
"It was not suitable for a barbecue, for it had only tiny puffed sleeves and the neck was low enough for a dancing dress.  But there was nothing else to do but wear it.  After all she was not ashamed of her neck and arms and bosom, even if it was not correct to show them in the morning."
"I can even tell you just how you were dressed, in a white dress covered with tiny green flowers and a white lace shawl about your shoulders.  You had on little green slippers with black lacings and an enormous leghorn hat with long green streamers."
They did it very well!
In the book, though, Scarlett also wears this dress in the opening scene - in the film she wears the gorgeous white ruffled one. They tried it with the green dress first, though, but they thought that they showed a little too much of it on screen so changed it to the white one for the first scene.
I'm delighted that they at least tried it out like it was in the book first, and I don't mind so much that they changed it. The white ruffled dress is too pretty to mind, right?
But there are other dresses whose description they ignored. They gave Scarlet this ghastly red dress (the picture will not appear on my blog) while the description is like this:
He was in her closet, going through her dresses swiftly.  He fumbled and drew out her new jade-green watered-silk dress.  It was cut low over the bosom and the skirt was draped back over an enormous bustle and on the bustle was a huge bunch of pink velvet roses."
--Gone with the Wind, Chapter LIII
Enormous bustle with a huge bunch of pink velvet roses on it! I'd love to have seen that one on screen! Must have been quite something. Why did they swap it for some spangly red thing with ostrich feathers tumbling all over it?

And of course, the velvet curtain outfit is done very well. But I'm not excessively fond of this rather unflattering dress, so I shan't go into great depth. As I said, this is my blog, and it is I who take the decisions here. Heehee.

Margaret Mitchell has become one of my favourite writers ever since I read chapter five of Gone with the Wind - where she describes Scarlett's whole glorious pre-war wardrobe in voluminous detail. Sheer bliss! I could go on, copying snippets of those lovely descriptions but this post would get meters long. Joking, joking. I just don't want to bore you all. This rant-y post is probably making you a little sleepy already.

Don't worry. I'm stopping.


Things our family says during these scenes

When you re-watch movies lots of times you find yourself talking more and more as the film goes on. In our family, we often say the same things every time - sighing along. I wonder if you think or say the same things as we do in these scenes...
{The scene where Maria and Liesl sing 'I/You are Sixteen'}
"How does Maria know that song?"
Haha. We always say that when she starts singing 'You are Sixteen'. Always. Because, after all it is true. Maria wasn't there when Liesl and Rolf sang the song together, and she didn't even know they sang a song. But that's the nice thing about musicals, isn't it? People just start singing - smashing lyrics and everything.

{The scene where the Captain breaks off the engagement between himself and the Baroness}

Because she does look like a Barbie in that screenshot. Admit it.

{The scene where we see Darcy and Bingley on their horses}
"Mr Darcy is winning!"
We like to pretend they are doing a race. And, as the natural observer, Darcy seems to be ahead, so he's winning. Mr Darcy is winning! (Often followed by a , 'Come on, Mr Bingley!') I wonder if anyone else says that, and I wouldn't be surprised!

{The scene where Mr Darcy and Lizzy get into their carriage}
"AMAZING! He's smiling!"
Haha. Doesn't everyone say that when they finally see Mr Darcy smile broadly! It is amazing, even after seeing it many, many times. Look! He's actually SMILING! We always sound very excited. Because Mr Darcy - and broad smile? That's rare!

{The scene where Jane tells Lizzy how happy she is}
"Come back, come back again."
All right, I'll admit it. This scene is my least favourite P&P scene. As much as I adore this movie, I cannot help but think they could have done this one better. Don't you think it's a leetle weird how Jane keeps on going to and fro from the door to Lizzy, never being able to make up her mind where to go - to tell her mother or to go back to her sister? We always say, 'Come back, come back again,' during that scene. It's rather fun.
{The scene where Edward proposes to Elinor}
"Is she happy or sad?"
Don't kill me, readers, I DO love this scene. But we do say 'is she happy or sad' every time. Or at least, my siblings do, in the background, whilst I try to concentrate and enjoy the sweetness of the scene. But I have said, 'Is she happy or sad?' once. At least. Just. Because.
{The scene where we see Colonel Brandon holding Marianne}
"Can't she walk?" or "She's so clumsy"
Sorry, sorry, sorry. But yes, we DO say that. Because it's the second time we see her being carried, you see, and - after all - it is rather clumsy of her. I know it's romantic, but admit it - you wouldn't be in this situation if you walked in the rain for some hours, would you?

{The scene where Mr Darcy proposes to Keira Knightley in the rain(not Lizzy)}

"They thought it was romantic"
'They' is the film-makers. Just in case you wondered. And this one is so true. I am not at all a fan of over-romanticizing scenes and our sarcastic remarks came up by the dozen when that scene came on. Beurgh. Shudder.

{The scene where Mrs Banks writes down what Mr Banks sings}

"She can write very fast."
Mr Banks: 'Got that, Winifred?'/ Mrs Banks: 'Oh yes, dear. Every word!' Piffle. Mrs Banks could never write that fast. I make sure to tell her I know it every time we watch it. By the way, don't you just love her dress in that scene? I certainly do! Yellow suits her so well.

{The scene where Hodel and her-guy-whose-name-escaped-my-mind-all-of-a-sudden dance}
(I do not say this one. But some of my brothers do.)
"I wish they would both fall in."
Ha. Ha. My brothers have said that both times we watched this film (Fiddler on the Roof) and I could not help but giggle. The things children say is hilarity. Because, let us admit, it would have been rather fun to see the two of them land in the water. Wouldn't it?
I could think of more, but some of them have escaped my mind. Others, of course, I would rather not tell you all. You probably wouldn't understand it. Family jokes, you know, and all that jazz. I'm sure you understand. :-) I hope you enjoyed these!
What about you?
What things do you say during old-many-watched scenes?


Janeite Tag!

~Thank and link back to the person who tagged you.
Thank you, Miss Jane Bennet, for tagging me with this super fun 'Janeite tag'! Dashed good idea!
~Tell how you were introduced to Jane Austen and share one fun fact about your Janeite life (this fun fact can be anywhere from "I stayed up all night reading Emma," to "I visited Chawton and met Anna Chancellor.").
I was introduced at the age of twelve, when my mother bought Pride and Prejudice 1995. Even before watching, I loved this movie so much. Immediately, after my first viewing, it was officially my favourite movie ever! Then I started reading the books, watching other movies... you know, I'm practically addicted now.
Fun fact: I watch Pride and Prejudice 1995 at every birthday of mine. I know how to dance Mr Beveridges Maggot and several other Jane Austen dances.

~Answer the tagger's questions.
~Do you have a favourite Austen couple?  If so, what do you think their married life would be like?
As much as I adore Elizabeth Bennet and her Mr Darcy, the honour goes to Mr Knightley and Emma (as portrayed by Johnny and Romola, of course.) Their married life will be long and happy - they will tease, laugh with each other and always stay best friends!

 ~Who is your favourite minor character, in any of Miss Austen's books?
I love Kitty Bennet!

 ~List 3-7 of your favorite Austen quotes.
"Nonsensical girl!" (Mr Knightley)
"If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more." (Mr Knightley)
"An unhappy alternative is before you, Elizabeth. From this day you must be a stranger to one of your parents. Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr Collins... and I will never see you again if you do." (Best EVER. Mr Bennet)
"You take delight in vexing me!" (Mrs Bennet)
"Shelves in the closet? Happy thought indeed!" (Lizzy Bennet)
"Ship-court?!!" "No, Harriet. Court-ship!" (Harriet Smith and Emma Woodhouse)
"Oh, how I wish this rain would stop!" "I wish YOU would stop." (Mrs and Mr Palmer)
(I know some of these aren't from the books, but from the moves. But... yeah, I couldn't resist. Especially Mr Palmers'. :)

 ~How many JA books do you own?
ALL. *Proud look*

 ~What Austen character do you think you're most like?
I'm nonsensical, like Emma Woodhouse - but I can also be really emotional. So I'd say Marianne Dashwood, with some Emma Woodhouse throw-in.

 ~Have you read the Juvenilia?
Sorry! No. What is it?

 ~Favorite movie/TV adaptation of an Austen novel?
Need I answer this? No, I don't. Read this post again if you don't know yet. I watch it every birthday and I'm a die-hard fan. You know what it is.
Thank you Jane, that was fun!


Weddings Galore!

I love weddings, don't you? It's always such a happy, pretty, romantic occasion. I myself, of course, being not sixteen, know my own wedding is far to go yet, (I said 'not sixteen' in order to sound like Lizzy Bennet - I don't mean to say that I think I will be old enough once I am sixteen.) and I'm happy that way. I want to be a young girl as long as possible!
But I do like thinking about weddings, as a lot of girls my age do. I love looking at wedding dresses and thinking 'this is how I want my future wedding dress to be like' and that sort of thing. Here's to some of my all-time favourite wedding-dresses in Period Dramas, Royalty weddings and whatnot!
Grace Kelly's wedding gown
Ahhhhhh. Let us just stop for a minute in our busy lives and swoon over this glorious, glorious wedding gown. This is probably my favourite wedding gown ever --- I love it SO much. Grace Kelly was such a stylish lady with exceptionally fine taste. Her wedding gown is not only modest, it is lacy, princessy, breath-taking and yet it has a simple side to it. I don't know how this dress manages to be so beautiful, but it is. It's just amazing. A lot of people have been inspired by this dress (including, I think the makers of Maria von Trapp's wedding gown!), and I'm sure I'm one of them.
Kate Middleton's wedding gown
Oh dear, this is just perfection, no? Look, I love this dress so much, it's even on my header. I think Kate Middleton was also inspired by Grace Kelly- her dress is rather similar! Good thing, of course, because this dress is absolutely gorgeous. Everyone was and still is admiring it and that's no miracle. It is beautiful. I also love the way she wears her hair down - one does not need an elaborate hairstyle - loose hair is so pretty, especially with Kate!
Marianne Dashwood's wedding gown
Although not an absolute favourite, Marianne Dashwood's wedding dress has great personality and I love it. Lined with straw, I've heard. Very original! I love all the detail and fancy gold embroidery. And I also love how she's holding hothouse flowers. :-)
Queen Elizabeth's wedding gown
Right, I know Queen Elizabeth was in the middle of the war and couldn't be picky about a wedding dress. I know many don't *love* this dress. But I don't care. I love it. I love the flowery lace and the bead-ery and the girlish design. But best of all, I love the way they look at each other. It's so obvious she and Philip were/are greatly in love. This couple is probably my favourite celebrity couple.
Sophie Hutton's wedding gown
Sophie Hutton and Dr Harrison's wedding is just the cutest! Her precious wedding dress so graciously offered by Miss Mattie looks stunning on the Sophie! Absolutely beautiful. I also really love the puffed sleeves and the LACE. I'm a bit addicted to lace at present. And the yellow ribbon around the waist is darling.
Colleen's wedding gown
Do you remember when I said that elaborate hairstyles weren't needed? Well, I take that back now. I've just been looking for some more Period Drama weddings and I've seen this one of a certain Colleen in 'Dr Quinn Medicine Woman'. And her hair looks absolutely BEAUTIFUL. And so does the veil and the frilly dress, of course, but the HAIR. Love.
Cosette's wedding gown
What I love about Cosette's wedding dress is that it's not white. I mean, I love white dresses, but it's nice to have very light rosy pink for a change. So I love this colour - and, of course, the puffs.
What's-her-name's wedding gown
This wedding dress is a great favourite of mine! It appears in a Little House on the Prairie episode, on I-can't-remember-who (not a very important character). I remember when watching it, loving this dress immediately. I love the ribbon and the old-fashioned-ness... and the lace.
Mary Ingalls' wedding gown
This leads us to my next! Mary Ingalls' sweet baby blue wedding gown is simple, but beautiful!
Diana Spencer's wedding gown
All right, I'll admit it. I love this dress. I know it's supposed to be too puffy and too overwhelming and too big... but I love it. Besides, no list is complete without Diana Spencer's famous dress. This dress is amazing.
Diana's wedding dress was a puff ball meringue wedding dress, with huge puffed sleeves and a frilly neckline. The dress was made of silk taffeta, decorated with lace, hand embroidery, sequins, and 10,000 pearls. It was designed by Elizabeth and David Emanuel, and had a 25-foot train.
Yes. A 25-foot train. Yes. Ten-hundred pearls. I told you it was amazing.
What's your favourite wedding gown?
Is it on this list?