Movie of the Week: Little Women (1994)

Just after I watched Jane Eyre, I was overcomed by the desire to watch another classic and a movie that I’ve been meaning to watch for a long while now and hadn’t found the time: Little Women (1994). People… 1994… I’m going to assume that nothing I can say on a movie that came out 20 years ago, from a novel that has more than 100 years, is going to be a spoiler, ok?!

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Just to be clear, I do remember watching it before – though not in full – and I did know the outline of the story, given that I watched the anime when I was a kid. Again, I haven’t read the book, but this is one that I desperately want to read.

Little Women is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott and published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869. In 1994, Gillian Armstrong directed this adaptation to the big screen, which came out (almost) 20 years ago… (now I’m feeling old…). With Trini Alvarado, Winona Ryder, Claire Danes and Kirsten Dunst as Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March, and Susan Sarandon as their lovely mother (and lets not forget Christian Bale is also there playing Laurie).

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I love this movie so much, I laughed, I cried (a lot) – oh Beth, poor Beth… It was a rather enjoyable couple of hours, that I’ll be sure to repeat some time very soon. I absolutely love this story, I identify myself more with Meg and Beth, more than anyone of the others and I secretly (or maybe not so secretly) don’t really like Amy – though she has her moments when she’s little.

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One thing I will never be ok with: Laurie marrying Amy… JUST FREAKING NO! I don’t mind that Jo rejected him (though from what I just read, it was a stubbornness from Alcott that prevented them from being together). But Laurie marrying Jo’s younger sister?! Hell no! Come on, he should love her as a little sister, they didn’t have anything in common. I can only see one reason for that union: “well, I can’t have Jo, Meg is married, Beth will die soon… well, I’ll marry Amy!”… not cool man!

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Movie of the Week: Jane Eyre (2011)

I honestly don’t know how to describe this movie, the best I could do would be “weird”. The story is quite nice, as are much of the stories of the time, but the way the movie is done, some parts are quite disturbing. Based on the book Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, the movie was directed by Cary Fukunaga, with Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender in the main roles.

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I haven’t read the book – mind you, the “classics” don’t mean quite the same when your first language isn’t english – but if you look at it in a chronological way (as I’m almost sure the book is written), it’s a story about love and those are always great.

The movie, however, does things in a different order, through the overuse of very confusing flashbacks… I have to admit that until the middle of the movie I wasn’t actually sure if it was a supernatural story or not. I found the first 40 minutes quite confusing (and the image of Jane as a child running towards to door to knock herself out hasn’t quite abandon me… neither did the scene where her best friend dies while she’s sleeping by her side).

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Once she meets Mr. Rochester, things start to make a lot more sense, except the friendship they supposedly have, because they spend more time talking about how they are friends than actually being friends, but whatever. Again, I haven’t read the book, but I don’t think enough emphasis was given to the development of their relationship… for 2 people who are so in love with each other, you can’t really see how that came to be…

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From the moment he proposes you just know that something is going to go terrible wrong… and it does, he’s forced to share his secret. Alas, as a proper love story, it all end well (sort off), with Jane reuniting with her love…

This Week on TV (1-7Dec)

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Sleepy Hollow: So, when they return, will Ichabod be riding a motorcycle?! Irving?! Come back Irving… Ichabod’s fight with Katrina was intense, he clearly still loves her, but they seriously need to work on that relationship…

Supernatural: I love Jody Mills. I think she became some sort of substitute for Bobby in the boys lives. So naturally I really enjoyed this episode, a follow-up of sorts in Jody’s life after she took in Alex. Pairing up Jody with Sheriff Donna Hanscum was a stroke of genius! I love their chemistry and I do hope that they make their way to another episode soon, and together. But can we vary the kind of monsters that Jody faces?

Forever: This week Forever tackled the issue of living a false life and finally addressed the problems that Henry faces when someone who saw him die sees him again. Is it cool that I was way more excited about Abe’s ex/future girlfriend than I should because of Fringe?!

Castle: Expendables, anyone?! Just saying… Castle was such a great fanboy in this episode 😀

Elementary: Is it OK that I’m liking Kitty way more than Watson and Sherlock (combined)?!

Krysten Ritter is Jessica Jones

Krysten Ritter is the latest addition to the MARVEL (TV) family. She is the new Jessica Jones on the Netflix and Marvel production Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones. The show will air on Netflix sometime in 2015, following Marvel’s Daredevil, which already has its lead as well.

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After a tragic ending to her short-lived Super Hero stint, Jones is rebuilding her personal life and career as a detective who gets pulled into cases involving people with extraordinary abilities in New York City. Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.

“Krysten brings both the hard edge and the vulnerability the role demands,” said Executive Producer/Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg. “We can’t wait for fans to see her in action, coming to Netflix in 2015.”

“Krysten Ritter has the type of range, spanning the comic to the tragic, that makes for the stuff of the best Marvel heroes,” said Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer/Marvel’s Head of Television. “As Jessica Jones, Krysten will bring one of the most beloved new characters of the past decade to life in a way we know will delight her longtime fans and introduce her to many more.”

Ritter is one of my favorites TV actresses, so I can’t express enough how glad I am that she’s entering the Marvel Universe.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: …Ye Who Enter Here

Wow, what an episode, I’m still catching my breath…

B.J. BRITT, CHLOE BENNETT, IAIN DE CAESTECKER, MING-NA WEN, CLARK GREGG, NICK BLOOD, HENRY SIMMONS, ELIZABETH HENSTRIDGE, BRETT DALTON

This week, the team finally finds the location of the hidden city, one half of the team is dispatched there to gain access before HYDRA, while the other half stays behind to protect Raina from Whitehall. Meanwhile we find out that to enter the city you have to be worthy (and it so happens that the guys there don’t have reception on their phones =/ ). HYDRA manages to get into the Bus and Ward takes Raina and Skye with him. The episode ends horrible, with the bus exploding, Skye with Ward and Mac at the bottom of a pit!

  • Triplett can get shot more often… just saying that if everytime he does, he appears shirtless, I won’t complain about it (and neither will Jemma, by the looks of her…).

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  • What kind of secret are Bobbi and Mac keeping from Hunter?!
  • Really cool all the scenes with Patton Oswalt playing the “twins” Billy and Sam Koenig…
  • Also, where can I buy that umbrella?!
  • Please tell me that Mac somehow survives, and unharmed, I couldn’t bear to lose him, I like him too much on this show.

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  • I love Skye, but there’s no amount of (unseen) training that would put her on the same level as agent 33, given the years she has of active duty. Still, it’s pretty cool to have someone with May’s face all messed up.

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  • Ward is just downright annoying nowadays.
  • That tension between Fitz and Simmons… wow! I get that she got overwhelmed; everything happened very fast, I also think that she hasn’t realized yet just how much she loves him, but I do hope she figures it out soon. It was so nice to have them in sync (even if just for a minute), I have missed that.
  
  • I really liked that Coulson is feeling more like Coulson each day. There are no acceptable casualties… oh Phil… I DO like you!

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  • Raina is starting to get on my nerves as well… always doing what’s in her best interest… LOL… anyway, something tells me that something will happen to her before the end of the season.

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  • That last scene with agent 33 was weird, for a moment I thought that maybe the one in the car was really May somehow…

Ryan Reynolds confirmed as Deadpool! FINALLY!!!!

Again, this is news to no one… it would be outrageous if at some point they announced that Wade Wilson was NOT going to be played by Ryan Reynolds, right?!

Deadpool-leaked-test-footageStill, when Ryan himself posted the news on his twitter, I sighed in relief. Deadpool will arrive on the big screen Feb. 12, 2016, directed by Tim Miller.

Benedict Cumberbatch confirmed as Doctor Strange!

It’s nothing that the internet hadn’t been talking about for a while now, but last night MARVEL has confirmed that the role of Doctor Strange will be taken on by none other than Sherlock‘s Benedict Cumberbatch.

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Doctor Strange will be released November 4, 2016 and will be directed by Scott Derrickson and screenplay by Jon Spaihts. It will follow the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions.

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“Stephen Strange’s story requires an actor capable of great depth and sincerity,” said Producer Kevin Feige. “In 2016, Benedict will show audiences what makes Doctor Strange such a unique and compelling character.”

There are a lot of complaints going around the web, I have to be honest, I have no idea how Doctor Strange is supposed to be, I don’t know the character. But either way, I do believe that Ben is the man for the job, just as he is for every role he has taken so far, because let’s face it, he’s probably one of the greatest actors alive today.

The Flash & Arrow epic crossover!

Let me start by saying that it’s pretty cool that we have two superheroes who live in the same universe… that means we can have more moments like these!!! The crossover event was pretty amazing, very cool scenes, witty dialog, a bit of stabbing at each world and methods, but most of all a realization that these two guys are really friends and that’s just super!

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The Flash – Flash vs. Arrow:

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  • “Bad Barry” is kind of cool, at least he tells what he’s thinking, which is something real Barry could do a little more often.
  • Felicity’s clothes on fire – PRICELESS!!!
  • Why Oliver would win? Because he looked at Wells and thought that something was wrong with him!!!
  • Diggle’s reaction to Barry’s speed was fantastic: “Does he does everything really fast?”. I just love Diggle so much!

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  • I’m glad Iris “broke up” with The Flash, that was sounding way too much like the Lois/Superman dynamic, with Iris being too annoying for that.
  • That said, her crush on Ollie was cute, too bad she said it to Barry (poor guy), who already has her boyfriend to worry about.
  • Felicity reiterating how she and Barry will never happen… we all got it =/…
  • The way that Felicity and Ollie acted throughout the whole episode… they looked like a couple, she can even manage to get the reactions she wants on cue. And his smile… ohhhh…

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  • At least now we know why Eddie Thawne will go against the Flash…
  • The big surprise of the episode was the reaparence of Ollie’s baby mamma, right? I can only assume that she’ll be back sometime in the second half of the season…

Arrow – The Brave and the Bold:

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  • Bart Allen!!! Well, Captain Lance, are you foreshadowing the Impulse, Flash nr 4, or was it just a really cool reference to make?! I go with the third ;-).
  • Wasn’t that the best possible way to introduce Flash in this episode?!

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  • Lyla and Oliver bonding is just the best! Even if it’s how if you’re fighting some kind of extreme people, you have to able to go to extremes yourself – ARGUS and Amanda Waller in every single word.
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  • Cisco is the ultimate fanboy. And extremely helpful, he and Felicity make one hell of a team.

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  • Doesn’t Thea think it’s kind of weird that her ex-boyfriend hangs out all the time with her brother and her brother’s ex-secretary and bodyguard? Shouldn’t she know a little better? Because there’s no way that the Roy from when she met him would be friends with those people.
  • I love the lingering and meaningful looks between Ollie and Felicity and I was so glad that Ray was not on this week’s episode.

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  • One can hope that after the big lesson Barry taught Ollie that he might relax and put Oliver Queen in first place sometime, even if it’s only for a bit.
  • Pretty cool gesture of the “Arrow Team”, to have a place for Barry to hang up his suit when he’s in town… we hope that’s sooner rather than later.
  • Cisco is also kind of amazing, tweaking up Ollie’s suit like that, but keeping the hood because of sentimental value… Oliver thanks you so much Felicity!

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  • Diggle and Lyla are going to get married again!!!! After 3 previous references of them not being married, that was kind of predictable, but awesome all the same.

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  • Laurel who? For a character that was supposed to be the female lead, she’s irrelevant nowadays.
  • I like that Oliver points out to Barry that Starling is very different from Central city. Later Caitlin and Cisco ponder over why the methods are different – because they deal with metahumans, which makes it less real, while in Starling City, they deal with “normal” people, who are just bad.
  • Barry, to do the Salmon Ladder right, you have to be shirtless… Flash costume doesn’t count…

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