Media List

Mar. 4th, 2012 04:16 pm
windinthemaples: A lane of red maple trees in riotous fall color. (tvd:  I'll save you)
I've been watching...
Robin Hood (BBC) Season 3: Episodes 5, 6, & 7
Downton Abbey Season 2: All Episodes
Dog Town Season 1: Episodes 1, 3, & 5
Sense & Sensibility (BBC) (2008)
Northanger Abbey (2007)

Movies
The Help (2011) <---Easily one of the best movies I've ever seen, if not *the* best movie I've ever seen.

and reading...
ElfQuest Graphic Novel Compilations #4, 5, and 6
windinthemaples: A lane of red maple trees in riotous fall color. (tvd:  I'll save you)
I have gotten some good recommendations from reading [livejournal.com profile] wanderlustlover's media consumed posts over the years. I thought I'd start something similar to open conversations about some of the things I am discovering. :)

Television
Robin Hood (BBC) 3.3, 3.4
This is my first time watching Robin Hood. I blazed through the first two seasons rather quickly during nursing and naptime sessions but have slowed down quite a bit with season three.

The Vampire Diaries 3.14, 3.15
Halfway through the third season and I'm still quite content with the show, the writing, the characters, and the pace. I appreciate the nods to the fans, like in the most recent episode when someone pointed out how 'annoying' it is that everyone always trips over themselves to save Elena--often with tragic consequences to everyone else. In the original trilogy, Elena was this golden child, up on a pedestal, and you had to wonder as a reader if she deserved that kind of treatment. In the show, too, you wonder how much any one girl could possibly be worth.

Movies
Persuasion (1995)
This is an old favorite of mine. The steadfast and reliable heroes always get me--so Captain Wentworth is a go-to for when I'm feeling low.

From Prada to Nada (2011)
I would have never watched this based on the title alone, but then I read that it was a somewhat faithful modern adaptation of Sense & Sensibility. It was absolutely endearing. The Marianne character was a bit snobbier than I like to imagine, but the whole thing overall was a big, cheerful, comfortingly Austen tale.

Books
Granddad's Prayers of the Earth by Douglas Wood
This illustrated children's book is wonderful. I discovered it by happy accident browsing in the clearance section of Half Price Books the other day when I was waiting for the books I'd brought in for sale to be evaluated. A boy's grandfather explains how everything on or part of the earth prays. Rivers pray, sparrows pray, people pray.

Each living thing gives
its life to the beauty of
all life, and that gift is
its prayer


I cried in the bookstore reading it and hope to find a copy at the library sometime soon to read it to Graeme. It isn't pagan, per se, but it does acknowledge the divine nature of all creation and animates the inanimate and allows the boy to find his grandfather (and peace) in the world's song after his death.

The Lion and the Mouse by Bernadette Watts
Such a fantastic take on Aesop's fable. The little mouse, because of love and confidence and hard work, saves the lion from a trap. As an environmental tale, it is an inspiring way of telling Graeme that he shouldn't believe people who tell him he is too little to make a difference. Indeed, of all the animals in the jungle, only the mouse was able to save the lion--though all tried.
windinthemaples: A lane of red maple trees in riotous fall color. (mathdumb)
I've spent the past two days watching the first season of Dollhouse, a gift [livejournal.com profile] rubymulligan enabled me with for Yule. A lot of my friends have told me I needed to watch it, but I was resistant for a long time to the idea of watching Eliza Dushku acting like a sexy librarian and then a sexy waitress and then a sexy arms dealer. It sounded *so* lame. I stand corrected. It is a pretty damn entertaining series. I dare to say it is Whedon's best.

So that, and some new folks on my friends list, and some discussions of books with [livejournal.com profile] mermaiden and [livejournal.com profile] willow_cabin has led me to making lists. If you're asking, these are my favorites, my must-watch, must-read, must-hear list. Tell me yours!

Television Favorites
Survivor
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Glee
The Vampire Diaries
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
The Tudors

Past Television Favorites
MacGuyver
Moonlight
The Muppet Show
The Young Indiana Jones
~~~~

Favorite Books/Series
Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Soulmate by L.J. Smith
Gaia Girls series by Lee Welles
One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
Earth Mother by Ellen Jackson, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon
Circle of Three series by Isobel Bird
The Next Place by Warren Hanson
Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Brave Little Parrot by Rafe Martin
Many Lives, Many Masters by Dr. Brian Weiss
The Saddle Club series by Bonnie Bryant
~~~

Favorite Movies
Sense and Sensibility
The Long, Long Trailer
The Muppet Movie
Dangerous Beauty
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Gone With the Wind
Dave
Romancing the Stone
Bride and Prejudice
The Princess Bride
Top Gun
How to Marry a Millionaire
Glory
Avatar
Dirty Dancing
~~~

Favorite Music
This feels impossible. I think you can't go wrong with Natalie Merchant, U2, Dave Matthews Band, Snow Patrol, Peter Gabriel, Sting or Amanda Palmer.

Especially Natalie Merchant. :D
windinthemaples: A lane of red maple trees in riotous fall color. (ocean mom)
Friday, we were lucky enough to have Daniel acting as a babysitter. We woke up early and headed out, just us girls, to the unbelievable beauty of Blowing Rocks Preserve on Jupiter Island. It is unlike any other beach I've seen in Florida with water-sculpted limestone forming ledges, caves, and living art pieces right at waters' edge. We arrived at low tide and were able to pick our way through areas that are more-often-than-not underwater. We spent hours meditating, picking our way over (and under) the rocks and taking photographs. It was fucking spectacular. The mad, crazy-beautiful goodness of the earth on display in one place.

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A break for photos...lots of photos. )

We eked every second we could out of it until we had to rush back to get Graeme and allow Daniel to get back to work for the day. With Graeme in the car, I think we did some more mundane things like visit thrift stores (mostly thriftFAIL!) and shiver at Juno Beach together just after twilight. That evening, Daniel's generous babysitting continued so we were able to have dinner at Whole Foods (thank you, vegan hot bar items!) and then go to see Avatar 3D together.

I am still processing the awesomesauce that was Avatar. Everything I've read resonates with me. Yes, this changes film-making and Yes, this is a must-see, and Yes, this is a pagan-hearted movie and Yes, it does remind you powerfully of some other natives v. destructive intruders stories like Pocahontas and Fern Gully. It was all that and far more. It has the same crushingly relevant social commentary of Wall-E and made me forget, against all odds, that I had to pee for three hours. ;) What can I say?? It was heartfelt and sobering and crushing and wonderful.
windinthemaples: A lane of red maple trees in riotous fall color. (warpath)
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There is a moment in the movie First Knight where Guinevere is safely returned to Camelot after surviving a harrowing kidnapping. She is betrothed to King Arthur, I believe, at the time and their relationship has been polite and considerate, if a bit tentative and newborn. The shot is down a long aisle to a church altar where the King is kneeling in prayer. Guinevere enters the church and runs down the aisle to him, her cloak billowing in slow-motion grace behind her until she and the King meet and he scoops her up and presses her close. Maybe they speak, maybe they don't, but seeing her race towards him without any concern for queenly decorum, seeing him praying for her safe return, lights something in my heart every time.

(I mourn the rest of the movie, when that damned Lancelot gets in the way and ruins everything.)

What a feeling, that homecoming to strong arms, that rushing towards the one you realize you love.

ETA: I hadn't seen the scene in years. Here it is, the first forty seconds of the video.

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