Monday, April 21, 2008

Lily's Big Day

So, my petite flower turned two in March. She loved being the center of attention, finally. She had a butterfly birthday party with a whole bunch of little friends from our church baby-sitting co-op. She had a great time until present opening, when all the children wanted to play with the toys she had just opened. That led to a lot of pushing and grabbing and crying by all involved.

It was a fun day. The highlight was the play kitchen she got from Grandma and Grandpa. She loves to cook away and then yell out "Dinner time! Dinner time guys!" I wonder where she learned to do that?

Monday, April 14, 2008

Views on VIEW?

So, did anyone else watch "A Room With A View" on PBS last night? I was excited about seeing a new version, but quickly became disenchanted in the opening segment when I realized the filmmakers had done what they are so fond of doing and altered the story arbitrarily. I cannot stand it when they do this! Why do they always feel compelled to add war sub-plots where none were ever intended (need I mention the debacle that was the final installment of the Anne of Green Gables movies)? Not only do I love the Merchant-Ivory film version of this story, I have also read the book, and this whole World War I caveat is not even alluded to by E.M. Forester. And the way they ended it with her and the carriage driver was just plain ridiculous. Frankly, I felt affronted by their assumption of my gullibility. Why do they think this contrived and false-feeling ending, that they may have assumed was somewhat "happy", is any more worthy than just leaving it at the other "happy" ending supplied by the original author? I also thought their overt references to class multiple times were unnecessary additions to the original plot. I like the way in the book and the REAL movie that the Emersons are just wacky, happy-go-lucky intellectuals instead of lower class untouchables. Also, there is no doubt that George is much more dreamy looking in the original film. And Daniel Day Lewis makes a much more hilarious Cecil than this chain smoking, overcoat wearing blondie. Who did he remind me of? I can't put my finger on it, but maybe you can. This version wasn't without enjoyable moments. The character of Lucy was much more sympathetic and assertive in this version, which I thought was good. And I was glad I didn't have to deal with Freddy's annoying hair in this version.

So, those are my two cents. I'd love to hear yours!