review | rear window {1954}

Rear Window.png“We’ve become a race of Peeping Toms.  What people ought to do is get outside their own house and look in for a change.” – Stella

My good friend Eva over at Coffee, Classics, and Craziness is having an Alfred Hitchcock Blogathon in honor of the birthday of man himself!  (Happy birthday, Mr. Hitchcock!)  I’m a little late, but I wanted to review Rear Window, my favorite Hitchcock film, for the occasion.

So why review Rear Window?  It stars my favorite actor, one of my favorite actresses, and includes two of my favorite elements of story – fiction and suspense.  Thus, it lands a place on my Favorite Movies of All Time list.  I saw it for the first time a few years ago and knew I wanted to review it when Eva made her announcement.  I’ve been crazy busy, so I’ve had to watch it in multiple sittings, but watching it again reminded me of how absolutely brilliant it is.

The Story

RW“Professional photographer L.B. “Jeff” Jeffries breaks his leg while getting an action shot at an auto race. Confined to his New York apartment, he spends his time looking out of the rear window observing the neighbors. He begins to suspect that a man across the courtyard may have murdered his wife. Jeff enlists the help of his high society fashion-consultant girlfriend Lisa Freemont and his visiting nurse Stella to investigate.” (from IMDb)

The film opens with shades rising on Jeff’s titular rear window, accompanied by the opening music, literally the only sound used in the film that isn’t diegetic – that is, not in-world.  A quick pan of the camera on the courtyard outside introduces us to all we need to know about the backdrop of the story before Hitchcock drops us in.  From there, he spends thirty minutes establishing the characters, something he can do because the film itself is two hours long.  Although the beginning (especially the first thirty minutes of world/storybuilding) is a bit long, it’s crucial to the story.  And, as always with Hitchcock, everything introduced in that initial thirty minutes is essential to the plot.

(Here, I usually put a trailer for whatever movie I’m reviewing.  Since older movies have stupidly long trailers that give up literally the entire plot – even more so than trailers do nowadays – here’s a fan-made “modern” trailer.  The music doesn’t work because there’s no soundtrack in the film {see my above comment about diegetic sound), but I love how this trailer was edited.)

The Cast and Characters

RW2L.B. “Jeff” Jeffries (Jimmy Stewart) is a very interesting protagonist because the audience is drawn into what he’s doing without fully agreeing with it.  He’s stuck in his apartment all day due to a broken leg, so he’s obviously bored after five weeks of it.  When he starts spying on his neighbors, both Lisa and Stella question his motives until he convinces them that something suspicious is going on.  He can’t convince his detective friend, though, who thinks he’s insane.  Jeff is gruff, yet sweet underneath.  A little snoopy, but genuinely cares for his neighbors.  When a sad single lady in the apartment across from his puts out wine for herself and an imaginary suitor, he toasts her back, wordlessly conveying his compassion for her in a way that makes us completely fall in love with him.  Jeff’s also a very good freelance photographer, which adds to the tension between him and Lisa.  He thinks she, with all her society-seducing ways, won’t be able to handle his life on the road.  “You’re not meant for that kind of life,” he tells her.  She, on the other hand, completely disagrees.  She asks him if he doesn’t think people can change, adding, “I’m in love with you.  I don’t care what you do for a living, I’d just like to be part of it somehow.”  The strain between these characters adds to the overall stress in the plot.

And Jimmy Stewart… what can I say?  He’s perfect.  Once, when I was in eighth grade, I did a research paper on him.  I’ve been in love with him ever since.  He’ll always be one of my favorite actors of all time (and I don’t say that lightly).

RW3“You’ve got this whole town in the palm of your hand,” Jeff tells Lisa Fremont, assuring her that she can get any man she chooses.  “Not quite, it seems,” she quietly replies before leaving him alone.  She’s a society girl down to her last hairpin, with everything and everyone at her fingertips… except the only man she really wants.  She also defies the stereotype of “pretty girl,” climbing walls and digging in the dirt and literally risking her life to get down to the bottom of the mystery – and to prove to Jeff that she can handle anything, most of all his life as a photographer.

Jeff describes Lisa as “perfect, as always.”  This can also describe Grace Kelly, who is a flawless goddess.  I’ve seen her in a dozen movies, and loved every single one.  She embodies this timelessly classic persona that very few actresses have, the few including Julie Andrews, Audrey Hepburn, and Scarlett Johansson.

RW4As far as the more minor characters go, Thelma Ritter as Stella, Jeff’s insurance nurse, adds the matronly “Do you really know what you’re getting into and what the consequences are???” advice, Wendell Corey as Detective Lieutenant Thomas Doyle is hilariously sarcastic, Raymond Burr as Lars Thorwald is just… *shivers* SO GOOD, and the actors who play the other neighbors – Miss Lonelyhearts, the pianist, the dancer, the couple on the fire escape who own the dog, the old lady sculptor, the newlywed couple, Miss Torso – all play their parts exceptionally well, conveying through their actions what they can’t do through words (because they basically don’t have any lines).

Plus, all of the costumes are just fabulous.  Edith Head is a legend, and everything she designed for this movie (especially Lisa’s green suit and sleeveless shirt which I need NOW) is stunning.

Objectionable Content

RW5This entire movie circulates around a very dark subject, a murder that Jeff doesn’t witness but is heavily implied.  Because of that, it’s very intense – one of the most intense movies I’ve ever seen, actually.  (Definitely the most stressful out of the four-ish Hitchcock movies I’ve seen.)  When we first watched it, my then-12-year-old sister literally vaulted over our couch as she was running out of the room during the most stressful part.  There isn’t any language, but there’s a slightly sensual kissing scene (and it’s implied that Lisa spends the night at Jeff’s apartment).  All in all, though, it’s a very light PG-13.

Bottom Line

RW1This is an amazing movie, period.  It was nominated for four Oscars, and is #40 on IMDb’s Top Rated Movies list.  Plus, it’s just a classic.  If you haven’t seen it, grab a pillow and some popcorn (and then a vacuum for when the popcorn flies in the air as you vault over the couch like my sister did), and watch it.

the scarlet pimpernel blog party tag.

blogpartyJoining the party a little late because I had school and now I’m at the beach.  BUT NOW I AM HERE.
1. The obvious question… how’d you get introduced to the Scarlet Pimpernel?
My awesome aunt and awesome older sister introduced it to me.  I can’t remember which happened first, but I know the two of them definitely influenced my reading it.  (And it took me a few tries to get through the infamous first couple of chapters, but I did it.)
2.  If you could meet any of the characters in real life, who would you choose and why? (you can use the obvious answer of Sir Percy if you really want to, but this is your chance to get creative. ;))
Probably either Percy (#somainstream), Anthony Ffoulkes, or Tony Dewhurst.  Because I loves all of them and they are my precious cinnamon rolls.  I’d probably just follow them around.  Because of reasons.  XD
3.  What are your top 3 favorite quotes from the books or movies? (yes, just three)
Okay, fine.
I think the first one would be this gem from early on in the first book:
“Had he but turned back then, and looked out once more on to the rose-lit garden, she would have seen that which would have made her own sufferings seem but light and easy to bear–a strong man, overwhelmed with his own passion and despair. Pride had given way at last, obstinacy was gone: the will was powerless. He was but a man madly, blindly, passionately in love and as soon as her light footstep had died away within the house, he knelt down upon the terrace steps, and in the very madness of his love he kissed one by one the places where her small foot had trodden, and the stone balustrade, where her tiny hand had rested last.”
This is the first passage from a book that I can ever remember my heart actually skipping a beat while simultaneously fluttering in my chest.  He kissed. the. steps, guys.  *fans face*
This next one’s from my personal favorite of the books, El Dorado.  It’s the other one that TSP82 is based on.  This quote is from the scene when Percy’s been captured and hasn’t slept in weeks.  (Seriously, they made that scene in the movie SO. MUCH. LESS. DRAMATIC.  Reminds me of Peeta’s leg wound in The Hunger Games.)
“I am in a tight corner – tighter than ever I have been before; but I am not dead yet!”
He’s literally almost dead and he’s still holding onto hope!
Last one’s spoken by Andrew Ffoulkes (Mr. Rabbit Teeth from TSP82) in El Dorado, when he’s trying to encourage Marguerite.
“Percy was not the man to leave a comrade in the lurch!  He would not be the man whom we all love and admire, whose word we all obey, for whose sake we would gladly all of us give our life – he would not be that man if he did not brave even certain dangers in order to be of help to those who call on him.”
YEAH, THAT’S MY BABY.  *explodes into a burst of rainbow confetti*
(Seriously, if you guys haven’t read El Dorado, you’re missing out on most of Percy’s awesomeness.  I almost like that one better than the original.)
4. Who is your favorite supporting character in the books? (Percy and Marguerite are ineligible)
Lord St. John Devinne.
Jk.  ; )  (Only true fans will reel in horror at that… League points for you if you understood that reference.)
Honestly, I don’t know.  It’s either Andrew, Tony, or Hastings.  I love those guys.  (I was sooooo obsessed with all of those books and actually had a favorite for a while… I think it was Tony.  I just can’t remember now because I haven’t read them in a while.  Which is SAD.)
5. Which film versions have you seen and which do you like best?
I’ve seen the Leslie Howard version (’34) and the Anthony Andrews version (’82).  I’ve also seen Pimperenel Smith, if that counts.  And duh why is that even a question OF COURSE I LOVE THE AA VERSION AKA TSP82 AKA THE TRUE AND ONLY VERSION THE MOST.  (And I’ve also listened to most of the music from the musical.)
6. What’s your top-absolute-favorite scene in the first book? (if you’ve read it– if not, what’s your favorite scene in whichever movie you prefer?)
In the first book…  Honestly, other than the kissing-the-stairs scene, I think I like the big reveal scene in the end.  Not to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read it *glares at those people* but I love it from the moment you hear the ‘good British-sounding “Damn!”‘  GOLLY PETE I LOVE THAT BOOK.
(And to the weirdos people who haven’t read it…  Oh my gosh. Seriously, what are you doing with your life???  I mean, I know you have a life and more important things to do, but… READ THE BOOK.  I just shoved it at a friend {*waves at Morgan*}, and I’ll do it again.  Yes, yes, yes, get your important things done, then take a break and read the book.)
7. If you could dream-cast a new adaptation of the book (a period piece, that is) who would you choose to play the roles of Sir Percy, Marguerite and Chauvelin?
I dream-cast’d this a few years ago (here) and I think I’d stick by that casting.
Chauvelin would definitely be played by Richard Armitage.  I mean, come on.  We’ve seen how villainous he can be, but we’ve also seen how much we can sympathize with him.  I love him.
I’m going to stick with my original casting of Scarlett Johansson as Marguerite.  She’s played sweet characters and strong characters.  I love her, too.
And who else would be PERFECT for Percy besides the amazingly talented Tom Hiddleston???  I’m standing by that.  *drops mic*
8. Do you think the Scarlet Pimpernel does his rescue work purely for “the love of sport,” as the narrative would tell us (and as he would often claim) or does he have more noble motives that he won’t admit?  Explain your answer.  Show your work.
NO NO NO.  He has far, far superior motives other than just the love of the sport!  He’s a guy, so obviously he’ll try to be all macho and claim that he only does it for the sport, but, deep down inside him, he does it for the people.  He wants to save people, so he does, no matter what the cost.  (Somebody wrote a blog post on this once, I think.  That, or we discussed this question on The Day-Dream, right, Amy?  I distinctly remember this being an issue, back in our Emailing Days.  *sigh of nostalgia*)
Work shown: A quote from El Dorado.
The Scarlet Pimpernel did not take it upon himself to punish the guilty; his care was solely of the helpless and of the innocent.  For this aim he risked his life every time that he set foot on French soil, for it he sacrificed his fortune, and even his personal happiness, and to it he devoted his entire existence. […]  The Scarlet Pimpernel was a personality of whom an entire nation might be justly proud.
9.  Second to Chauvelin, who is the worst villain in the book series, and why?
And then also Lord St. John Devinne.  Because he’s pure evil.
10.  What’s your favorite novel in the series (if you’ve read more than one)?  If not, which one are you most excited to read?
I’ve already said it and I’ll say it again – El Dorado.  It’s one of the only ones where we see Percy in real peril, after things go horribly, terribly wrong.  (*glares at Armand*)  He proves his worth by not letting his situation get the best of him.  And this also lets us see how the little League does flying solo.  ; )
11.  If you could change one thing about your favorite version of the movie, what would it be?
I think I’d make TSP82 longer.  Or I’d make TSP12 (remember when that was gonna happen? *cries tears*) ACTUALLY HAPPEN.
12.  Lastly… how would you convince a skeptical friend to read/watch TSP?  What is it that you love about it?
I actually just did!  Or, I’m working on her.  ; )  *waves at Morgan*  I also convinced some very skeptical guy-friends to watch it and they LOVED it.  They thought it was a girly movie (no comment), but I convinced them that it had a lot of guy aspects to it, and some amazing duels – of wit and of swords – and we got together one night and watched it.  And now they love it.  So yay me  : )
I just love Percy as a person.  He’s always been one of my favorite literary characters ever.  I normally love guy characters because they do stuff that make me swoon (*cough* Levi) or because they’re just likeable (looking at you, Gilbert Blythe, George/Alex Knightley, and Mac Campbell).  But I love Percy for different reasons – he’s so courageous and downright brilliant.  He puts his life on the line to save others, and I think that’s something to be commended.  I just *sniffs* have sO mAnY feELS abOUT HIM… *flings self down stairs*
Here’s the trailer for Masked, the reason Amy’s blog party is taking place.

an announcement, a schedule, and a giveaway

Welcome to the Becoming Nikki Blog Tour!  I’m so incredibly excited to (FINALLY) release my baby into the world and can’t wait to see what God does with it!

Before we get started, does anybody want to get out? here’s an announcement: Due to circumstances beyond my control, the publication has been pushed out a few days.  Depressing, but c’est la vie.  There were some typos that I couldn’t edit ’til today, but as soon as the new version of Nikki is approved, it’ll be out.  Give me and my hard-working elves (North Pole, not South Pole cuz they’re mean) a few days to get it all wrapped up, and I’ll post here when it’s out.

Here’s the official schedule for the tour.  I’ll be editing the links to the actual posts as they go live.








Lastly, here’s the giveaway.  Enter, y’all.  You know you want to.  😉

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Also, if you want another opportunity to win a signed copy of my novel, check out the giveaway on Goodreads!

four days more…

Four days ’til The Big Day – December 8th!  It’s a triple whammy – my birthday, the release date for Becoming Nikki, and the start of the Becoming Nikki Blog Tour!  YAY!!!

The blog tour is going to be fantastic, you guys.  There are at least two posts every day.  I have fifteen pages of interview questions and answers, and I have at least three people doing reviews.  Add to that a giveaway, and a few random posts I’ll be doing here, and you’ve got a pretty major party.  😀

I can’t wait for next week; it’s going to be fantastic!  I hope to see you ALL there!!!

Meanwhile, enjoy this mashup of ‘Best Day of My Life’ and ‘Hakuna Matata’ by the cast of The Lion King on Broadway.

just a quick reminder….

Because the Dear Love blog party is going on at Lianne Taimenlore and, if you’re not over there, you’re missing out!!!!  All of the posts thus far have been wonderful and I can’t wait for the rest!!  (And I got a lot of really sweet comments on mine, which has totally made my day!)

Before I go, though, I’d like to leave y’all with a link to a great post called “From One of Your Many Brothers Who Really Care.”  This guy modeled his post after this post, called “From One of Many Girls Who Care.”  Both are ah.mazing, especially the first one from a brother in Christ and will, hopefully, encourage you a LOT this Valentine’s Day!!

Dear Love Valentine Blog Party!

VBPButton5Kiri Liz over at Lianne Taimenlore is hosting a blog party from February 10th through the 14th and it looks fantabulous!  She says…

“I cannot even begin to describe how excited I am for this. For a couple years now (or for as long as I’ve been on Blogger), I’ve wanted to host some kind of young Christian ladies’ blog party that celebrates the meaning of true love. Let’s face it: so much of our world around Valentine’s Day gets stuck in that modern rut of mushy romance and melting chocolate. Hollywood thinks that this holiday is all about candlelight dinners and gushy love songs, and we get so stuck on it all that we start to believe that.

But that’s not true love! Whatever happened to Christian girls being content where God places them, seeking a man of God that will lead a new family in all truth rather than a picking out a good-looking friend once every six months who gives her a momentary thrill, and understanding the real meaning of true love? There’s so much more to love, and people pass by and don’t even notice.

Well, this year, we’re going to notice.”  (Read the rest here!)

I know a few of the girls who are going to be posting and even without reading their posts, I KNOW it’s going to be good.  (Shameless plug: I’m also writing a post.)

I hope to see you all there!

well, hello there.

(This post could also be called “Randomocity…. But I Digress.”  You have been forewarned.)

Hello, everybody!  *waves*  Much appreciative of the half a dozen people who have subscribed to my blog who I don’t know – glad to have you and all that.  Hope you’ll stick around after I’ve completely scared you.


She’s already crawling…. *sniff*

Anywhoz, what’s up?  How’s your week been?  I’ll be completely honest here – my last week completely STUNK.  I got behind on basically everything.  It was mostly my fault, but I will give some credit to my littlest siblings, who both had colds and the chicken pox.  For a single example of my crazy, stinky week, I stayed home with JellyBean on Friday night while the rest of my family went over to a friend’s house for an Operation Christmas Child “Packing Party.”  Watched eight episodes of aforementioned Show.   (*nods*  I’m addicted.  I did clean the house before sitting in front of my laptop with the little whiney behiney, though.)


Look at her hair!

Back to getting behind on everything.  I think this is partially due to the fact that I had, like, no motivation to do school.  This is because I’m currently studying for a College Composition CLEP test. My first practice essay was awful (ie: I misspelled Chemistry. *facepalm*), but every single one since then has been great.  Some even blew my CP coach away!  She totally thinks I’m ready for the test (as she said during my coaching call last Monday), so I started thinking, ‘Well, then – why do I need to study?’  YIKES.  MISTAKE.

I could totally tell my week coming crashing down after that.  I went to a swing dance on Saturday (outside. in 30-degree weather. brrrr….), and talked to a friend about how there’s Sunday, then pfft – the rest of the week is totally a mess.  That pretty much described last week.

All of this resulted in me going to church on Sunday – late for worship practice, no less – and feeling and looking like a complete and utter failure.  That resulted in all of my friends worried about me and asking if they’d done anything to offend meThat, in turn, resulted in everyone at church being a HUGE encouragement to me.  (Love y’all to bits and pieces!)

Also, on a slightly random note – in keeping with the subtitle for this post – I have a deep question for you!  You don’t need to comment or anything – just think about it.  In all honesty, where is the line between wearing a mask to church… and not wanting to bring your friends into the terrible train wreak your life had been in the previous week?  Honestly.  I know we’re supposed to be truthful with others about where we are in life and all that, blah, blah, blah, but REALLY.  I didn’t want to get into all of my troubles when my friends asked, so I just skimmed the surface.  Was this wrong?

Anyway. Food for thought.

I think I’ve gotten off to a better start this week.  Yesterday was good, and today I’ve spent basically the whole morning listening to the Blimey Cow Audio Podcast while getting caught up on my dishwasher chore – unloading, loading, and washing sooo many dishes, it’s not even funny.  I’ve gotten a leeeettle behind on my word count, but I’m not worried.  : )

 In other news….

I got tagged!  My dear new friend Jane over at Classic Ramblings has given me the Friends Award – thanks, dearie!  (I’m a rule-breaker, so I’m not going to tag anybody or re-post the rules.  [Subtext: I don’t have time.])

  1. Do you like coffee plain or with sweetener?  Or do you not like it at all?The more the better.  : D  I prefer making my own Peppermint Mocha at home – sugar, half and half, Starbucks peppermint syrup, and hot chocolate mix.  Overkill?  I think not.  (I actually got kinda-sorta addicted to coffee during our campout because it was So. Cold. and I needed something hot to drink.  Don’t judge me.)
  1. Name two of your favorite historical hero/heroines.Hmmm…. Jim Elliot and Eliza Pinckney.
  1. Who do you prefer: Enjolras or Sir Percy?My dear, dear Jane….  We already talked about this!!  (Or are you asking because we already talked about this?)For all of you who don’t read my email and, therefore, don’t know what I said, I like Enj and Percy for different reasons.  They both are passionate about their goals, but I think, in the end, I’d have to go with Percy because, while he would die for his cause, he knows that his cause is served better if he doesn’t die.  (And just because.  Percy has like twenty books and Enj only has one, even if it is The Brick.)
  1. What’s one “go-to” Bible verse you have?Golly Pete.  I don’t think I have just one verse.  As a friend said, “Saying that you like just one verse in the Bible is like saying, ‘I like the F# in Beethoven’s 5th Symphony.'”  If I totally had to pick, though….  Gracious.  I think I’d say Psalm 27:4 – One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.  I can honestly say that this really is the one thing I seek.  : )
  1. If you could enter into the world of one story and have the villain capture you, the hero rescue you, and the heroine give you her wardrobe, which story would you choose?Ha! What a question!  I care not for the clothes, but as for the villain and hero….  Well, bummer.  It’s between Bran from the King Raven books (recommended if you have a book ClearPlay) and Percy.  Just cuz.  I also wouldn’t mind having Marguerite’s clothes (and looks, haha), but I’d need to add some extra fabric to the top.  GAH, I can’t decide.  I’ll be a rule-breaker once again and leave it at that.

Thanks, Jane!!!

Let’s see….  What else is new?  Oh, the LotR Blog Party!!!  I can’t say much, but… You. Guys.  If you’re a fan of LotR, you’re going to enjoy it.  I guarantee it.

Oh, yeah, and I also started an email war.  WHOOPS.  Sorry if I offended any of y’all.  I’m passionate about certain things.

Such as….

Moving on.

Well, I was going to give you an update on my NaNo novel, Sneakers and Hot Fudge Sundaes, but I think I’ll leave that ’til tomorrow.  (Doing Beautiful People tomorrow instead of today because I like to be random and I like having you guys be subject to that.  Muahahaha.)

One more random thing.  I had a really great talk with a friend at church yesterday.  I can’t/won’t go into any of the details, but let me just say… it was refreshing.  I’d been holding a grudge against this person for a while, and when I asked for forgiveness and got it all out into the open (as HARD as it was!), I felt sooo much better and I know the other person does, too.  : )  Now, boys and girls – the moral of the story is to repent.  It’s never too late to apologize (even after you’ve held a grudge against someone for three months like I have!), so do it!!

On to my last random subject of this post.

I have a prayer request for y’all.  It’s two-fold, actually.  And I don’t really know how to say this without sounding prideful or drawing attention to myself, sooo… bear with me.

As some of y’all know, we used to live somewhere and moved two states away about four years ago.  (Wow, that sounded weird.)  Anywhoz, we knew this family really well back there.  We used to go to their house the day after Thanksgiving every single year and have leftovers.  It was great. Anyway, we moved; they moved; life went on.

About a week ago, we found out that the mom has breast cancer.  (This is the first prayer request.)  They have four small children, so it’s definitely going to be hard.  (Here’s the second prayer request.)  My mom and dad volunteered my older sister and I to go visit them (hours upon hours away) and help them take care of their kids for however long they need us.  When Mom and Dad told us, I was like, “Oh, cool!”

Turns out, this is becoming more of a possibility.  They need help, and not just short-term.  This could be six months, you guys.  My sister and I are seriously praying about it now, and texting a lot of friends to ask for prayer, too.  We need to know soon-ish whether we’re going or not, who is going, and how long we’ll stay.

So here’s my request – please, please, please pray for this family. They’re near and dear to us and we love them bunches and bunches. Also, please pray for wisdom for my sister and I – wisdom to know what God wants us to do.  This would be a huuuuge change for us and it’s a little overwhelming.

Also, on a slightly less serious note (serious for me, but laughable for you)….  My grandparents live fifteen minutes away from each other. This has always been good for when we lived two states away and could visit both sets of grandparents in one fell swoop – especially at Christmas.  However, this has a detrimental effect to our Thanksgiving.  Every year – and I’m talking every. single. year. – we have Thanksgiving lunch at one set of grandparents’ house, then go over to the other’s house for Thanksgiving dinner.  Ughhhh.  Needless to say, it’s not pretty.  This year is going to be a little different because we just found out that we’re going to another friend’s house for Thanksgiving breakfast.

So there you have it.  Thanksgiving breakfast, Thanksgiving lunch, and Thanksgiving dinner, all in one day.  If you think about it, pray for me.  : P

I feel so terrible….  I’ve been asking for prayer for so many different things and that seems self-centered!  That said, do you guys have anything you need prayer for?

Celebrate Musicals Week Tag!

Well, this week is Celebrate Musicals Week, hosted by Amy over at Yet Another Period Drama Blog.  We’re supposed to do at least three posts on a musical we’ve picked to celebrate, but I’ve been extremely busy and will be really busy this week, so I’ll be lucky if I get two posts done.  Be happy with two posts on one musical and my IMHO post on Wicked.  (Green yet?)
Onwards with the tag questions!
1.  What musical did you pick to “spotlight” this week and why?
Daddy-Long-Legs.  I picked it because I think it’s one of the lesser-known musicals out there (being an off-off-Broadway musical…), and I think it needs to be talked about more!  (I’m going to leave most of the talking about it for later this week as it’s very late and I don’t want to give up too many details!  I don’t care if you look up the musical yet or not.  But I guarantee….  You’ll want to by the time I post my review.)
Basically, the story is about a girl named Jerusha Abbott (awful name, I know…) who is the oldest orphan in the John Grier Home, a home for orphans.  (Yes, thank you, Mary.)  One of the trustees of the Home decides to pay for Jerusha’s education on the condition that she write to him once a month telling him about the things she’s learning and that she doesn’t know who he is.  The musical goes on through the next four years and follows Jerusha’s education, her letters to Daddy-Long-Legs (the name she gave to her benefactor because she saw his long shadow as he was leaving the Home and decided he must be very tall), and her relationship with Jervis Pendleton, the young uncle of one of the girls in Jerusha’s dorm.
2.  How did you discover the musical you picked (hereinafter referred to as “your musical”)?
(Heehee….  I consider Daddy-Long-Legs to be my musical already cuz I love it so much and I feel like I’m one of the only people on the planet who know about it!)
Well, I read the book by Jean Webster of the same title and instantly fell in love with the story, the method of writing, and Jerusha Abbott!
3.  If you had to pick three favorite songs from your musical, which ones would they be?
Oh, golly Pete.  Only three?!?!?!  Fiiiiine….  In no particular order, here they are.
‘I Have Torn You From My Heart’
‘Lock Willow’
‘Mr. Girl-Hater’
4.  What’s your least favorite song from your musical?
I literally do not have a least favorite.  They’re ALL good!!  If you held a knife to my throat and made me pick, Amy, I’d pick….  ‘The Oldest Orphan in the John Grier Home.’  Because it’s just the introduction to the musical and, listening to it for the first time, you have no idea how great it’s going to get!
5.  Who are your favorite characters (choose up to three)?
Well, considering this musical only has two…. *cough*  Jerusha Abbott and Jarvis Pendleton.  C :
6.  Which versions of your musical have you seen/listened to, and which is your favorite?
Well, I’ve listened to the Original Cast Recording (which is the only recording out there) and the other three actors who have starred in it.  I like the original the most.
7.   Is this your favorite musical of all time?  If not, what is?
No, but it’s probably tied for third with Cinderella.  My favorite musical of all time is Les Miserables.  Just because.  (Second favorites are Phantom of the Opera and Wicked.)
8.   Which cast album/musical soundtrack in your collection do you listen to the most?
(Instead of repeating my answer to #6, I’ll assume you mean my entire collection of musical soundtracks.)  Either Daddy-Long-Legs, Little Women, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, The Little Mermaid, The Lord of the Rings (YES, there IS such a thing!), or Annie.  XD
9.   What is your favorite costume from your musical?
Hmmm….  I dunno!  I really like all of Jerusha’s outfits.  They’re so pretty!
10.  If you could change anything about your musical, what would you change?
The fact that it’s only being preformed in Japan and the West Coast at the moment.  Yes, Cosette… this is true.  *weeps*
11.  Which role(s) would you most like to play in any musical, if you had the opportunity to do so on stage?
Meg Giry.  It’s a small enough role that I don’t have to blow the audience away with, but big enough that, HELLO, I’M IN A MUSICAL!!!
I’d also like to play Elphaba, G(a)linda, Jerusha, Christine, Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy, Fantine, Cosette, Eponine, Ariel, or someone else.  C :
12.  If you could choose one performer to play any part in your musical, who would you choose and which part would you have them play?
I’d pick Megan McGinnis to be Jerusha again because she was just soooo good in the Original Cast Album!
And Aaron Tveit could be Jervis.
It would be epicness.
13.  Do you consider yourself a musical theatre fan in general or do you just like a few musicals?
I’m a musical theatre BUFF. Hello, I asked to go to NYC to see a musical on Broadway for my graduation present!! I LOVE musicals. They’re astonishing and they’ve changed me for good. C :
14.  Are you tired of the word “musical” yet?
15.  Turn your music playing device on shuffle (or utilize Pandora if you don’t have one) and tell us the names of the first three show tunes that come up– no cheating!  How do these rank on your favorites/most-listened-to list?
‘Drink With Me’ from the 10thAC of Les Mis. I love this song and this version. : ) Ummm…. It’s probably one of my top-ten favorite songs from Les Mis.
‘She’s In Love’ from The Little Mermaid: The Musical. LOVE IT! I think this is my second or third favorite song from this musical. (The first being ‘If Only.’ Sighhhh….)
‘Off to Massachussets’ from Little Women: The Musical. I love this musical! I didn’t love this song until I listened to Daddy-Long-Legs and realized that Megan McGinnis, who plays Jerusha, plays Beth in the Original Cast Recording of Little Women! WOOT!
Which brings me to

Daddy-Long-Legs. Y’all are going to love it. My review should be posted by the end of this week!


Doctor Who Blog Party Tag Questions

A Doctor Who Blog Party is taking place over at Day by Day and they’ve had some pretty awesome things happening thus far!  Take a look!

When I saw the tag questions that people submitted a few days before the party started, I couldn’t resist.  Here are my answers.

(Disclaimer: I’ve only seen two full episodes of Doctor Who, but I know I like it already.  : )  Also, I don’t agree with some of the content in the show, even though, overall, the show is one of the cleanest out there….)


1| If you decided to name your first born child after any Doctor Who character, male or female, who would it be?  Rose.  From what I’ve seen, she’s my favorite companion and she’s totally awesome.  : )  Oooor…. I’ve always wanted to name my kids, oh, what’s the word…. rare names.  Cuz everybody’s name is Hannah Grace or Mary Sue.  So Rory would fit in there perfectly….  : )  And I’ve always loved the name Amy… and Matt… and David….  XD
2| What is your favourite colour of the Doctor’s shoes?  RED!!  His red Converse are ah.mazing.  (Someone’s been peeking at my Christmas list….)

3| Look around yourself and name the one thing that is TARDIS blue in your house!  My homeschool Greek notebook.  Now I will never look at it the same way again….

4| If you could pick who plays the Twelfth Doctor which actor would you choose and why?  Tom Hiddleston.  From the few things I’ve seen him in, I’d say he’d be a pretty good Doctor!

5| The Doctor is going back in time again, which historical era should he visit?  Ooh, good one!  Hum….  Regency.  : )  That would be amazing.  (Ooh, and then he could meet Elizabeth Bennet or Emma Woodhouse!!!)

6| Would you REALLY go with the Doctor in the TARDIS?  Is the popemobile Catholic?!

7| Who’s your favorite Doctor and why?  Ten, hands down.  He has so much more personality than the others combined.  And none of the other Doctors sword-fight aliens in their jimjams, wear 3-D glasses or brainy specs the way he does, or have amazing hair and eyebrows.

8| Would you be afraid to spend Christmas in London?  I would gladly spend Christmas in London if I knew something would happen and the Doctor would come!!  Then I’d travel with him in the Tardis.  : )

9| Do you look at an ordinary screwdriver and think ‘this could be a bit more sonic?’  Every time!!

10| Angel statues, plastic mannequins, Christmas trees – what ordinary everyday object would you love to make an object of terror to Whovians were you Steven Moffat?  Pots full of boiling water.  Something could come out of them with steam and creep me out!!

11| The TARDIS lands in your garden and the Doctor steps out. What is the first thing you say to him?  “OH, MY STARS!!”  And then I’d say, “TAKE ME WITH YOU!!!”

12| Who is your favorite actor who has played the Doctor so far and why?  David Tennant.  He brings so much life to the tenth Doctor, it’s stunning.  Absolutely stunning.  I mean, that’s the reason he even wanted to be an actor – watching Doctor Who when he was little…. And I think that’s why he’s so amazing – because he knows how long he’s wanted to do it and there’s no reason to hold back and not live his dream.  Me loves him.  : )

13| Have you seen any Classic Doctor Who? If so, which Doctor/episode(s) is your favorite?  Nope.  My sister wants to watch them all, though, and I’d sit there with her and watch it, too!  I think I’d like the ones with Sylvester McCoy, though…. He seems quite amazing.  Or Peter Davidson – the Time Crash episode looks pretty cool!!

14| Which are the creepiest, scariest and all-out meanest baddies in all the Who-niverse?  I think the Weeping Angels are….  They sound so creepy!

15| Who is/are your favorite Companion(s) and why?  Rose cuz she’s Rose and, therefore, awesome.  I also like what I’ve seen of Amy and Rory – those who waited.  : )

16| Did you cry more watching Doomsday or The Angels Take Manhattan?  Never seen either, but I’ve read the synopsis-es and seen a few clips and… I could barely keep myself from crying during a Doomsday clip.  I had to tell myself, “Girl, you’ve only seen one David Tennant episode – calm down!”  I can hardly imagine what shape I’ll be in when I finally do see it….

17| What is your favorite quote from the show?  Only one?!  I can’t do just one….

“It’s bigger on the inside!”

“Rose is coming back…. Is that good?””Yeah.”


“Look at the hair on the back of my very manly hand!”

“Timey wimey,” “Wibbly wobbly,” “Spacey wacey,” “Humany woomany,” and “Jiggery pokery.”
“I’ll just step inside this police box and arrest myself…”
“Don’t blink.  Blink and you’re dead.”

Not bad for a girl who’s only seen two episodes….  : )

18| Which Doctor (including all previous regenerations) would you most like to be the companion of, and why?  Ten.  Because he’s awesome.  : )

19| Which of the following are you more scared of, the Daleks, Cybermen, or the Weeping Angles?  The Weeping Angels.  They drive me nuts!

20| Who are some of your favorite guest stars in the series?  Sally Sparrow/Ada Clare.  I’ve only seen snippets, but she looks amazing!!
21| What was your first experience with Doctor Who and how did you hear about the series?  I think my first experience was on a friend’s blog.  Then I heard about it on another friend’s blog… then another friend’s blog….  I was like, “Hey, I guess I need to watch this.”  And I did.  And that was the end of that.
22| The Ninth Doctor said, ‘Fantastic!’, Ten said, ‘Allons-y’, and Eleven says, ‘Geronimo’; what would you like to be the signature exclamation of the Twelfth Doctor?  “Yes?”  He could say it in a weird way… drawn out and with a British accent….  : )
23| If you were trapped in an episode, which one would it be?  One of the Christmas episodes….  I’d be the victim who was shot and had to be carried onto the Tardis to be brought somewhere for safety.  Yup, that’d be awesome.

24| Which is your favorite episode with each Doctor (Nine, Ten and Eleven)?  Seeing I’ve only seen two….  The first episode of Nine, the first episode of Ten, and (from clips) the first episode of Eleven.  I’ve always been a fan of beginnings….  : )

25| After watching a certain Doctor Who episode, did you summon up the courage to try fish sticks and custard?  Ummmm….  Must I answer that one?

I realize I just posted a lot of pictures from the show….  And what I did post wasn’t even a drop in the bucket.  *nervous chuckle*  I guess you could call me a fan.
Totally ready for the rest of the Doctor Who Blog Party!!