dangermousie: (Kaylee)
Saw Casanova and am in love. It reminded me of those Congreve, Garrick or Sheridan plays that I love so much: witty and twisty and tongue in cheek and funny. And kind and romantic and as light as a perfect souffle. What a real impossible delight. Does it have anything to do with real Casanova? Not at all, and I couldn't care less.

Also, after seeing this, I think Heath Ledger is the perfect Richard for Sheridan's Rivals. Or to be any Congreve hero actually. I've actually thought he was hot since Roar, but here, wearing a splendid waistcoat, powdered hair and heeled shoes, tongue firmly in cheek (sometime his and sometime somebody else's), he is completely irresistable.

Here is a former post on the movie, with pictures from it.

Also, I just got Tiramisu and Turn Left Turn Right because of [livejournal.com profile] koalathebear's posts about them. Any other recs for Asian movies? I don't like them too abstract and sweet is nice. I don't mind violence but if it's only fighting I get bored.

And a last random note. I am toying with the somewhat odd idea of having all 100 of my icons be thematically the same (e.g. from the same fandom). I am thinking Howl's Moving Castle because there are many gorgeous ones there. Is that too crazy and will I miss my others ones though? Hmmm.
dangermousie: (Kaylee)
Saw Casanova and am in love. It reminded me of those Congreve, Garrick or Sheridan plays that I love so much: witty and twisty and tongue in cheek and funny. And kind and romantic and as light as a perfect souffle. What a real impossible delight. Does it have anything to do with real Casanova? Not at all, and I couldn't care less.

Also, after seeing this, I think Heath Ledger is the perfect Richard for Sheridan's Rivals. Or to be any Congreve hero actually. I've actually thought he was hot since Roar, but here, wearing a splendid waistcoat, powdered hair and heeled shoes, tongue firmly in cheek (sometime his and sometime somebody else's), he is completely irresistable.

Here is a former post on the movie, with pictures from it.

Also, I just got Tiramisu and Turn Left Turn Right because of [livejournal.com profile] koalathebear's posts about them. Any other recs for Asian movies? I don't like them too abstract and sweet is nice. I don't mind violence but if it's only fighting I get bored.

And a last random note. I am toying with the somewhat odd idea of having all 100 of my icons be thematically the same (e.g. from the same fandom). I am thinking Howl's Moving Castle because there are many gorgeous ones there. Is that too crazy and will I miss my others ones though? Hmmm.
dangermousie: (Kaylee)
Saw Casanova and am in love. It reminded me of those Congreve, Garrick or Sheridan plays that I love so much: witty and twisty and tongue in cheek and funny. And kind and romantic and as light as a perfect souffle. What a real impossible delight. Does it have anything to do with real Casanova? Not at all, and I couldn't care less.

Also, after seeing this, I think Heath Ledger is the perfect Richard for Sheridan's Rivals. Or to be any Congreve hero actually. I've actually thought he was hot since Roar, but here, wearing a splendid waistcoat, powdered hair and heeled shoes, tongue firmly in cheek (sometime his and sometime somebody else's), he is completely irresistable.

Here is a former post on the movie, with pictures from it.

Also, I just got Tiramisu and Turn Left Turn Right because of [livejournal.com profile] koalathebear's posts about them. Any other recs for Asian movies? I don't like them too abstract and sweet is nice. I don't mind violence but if it's only fighting I get bored.

And a last random note. I am toying with the somewhat odd idea of having all 100 of my icons be thematically the same (e.g. from the same fandom). I am thinking Howl's Moving Castle because there are many gorgeous ones there. Is that too crazy and will I miss my others ones though? Hmmm.
dangermousie: (Howl and Sophie)
Saw Howl's Moving Castle again yesterday. What can I say, I love it (and the second time around the story actually made complete sense (satisfied me, at least) and I wasn't confused a bit).

And that got me to thinking about heroes, heroines and their characteristics. I absolutely hate when the heroine is a damsel in distress and all she can do is whimper helplessly throughout as the hero rescues her. My favorite example is the silent flick "The Pagan" with Ramon Novarro. It's a really fun movie, but the heroine's helplessness drives me up the wall. During a climactic scene her lover is fighting the bad guy and all she does is stand nearby and scream helplessly, when a well-placed bottle to the head of the villain would finish this whole thing off (there are plenty of silent films with strong women characters. This is not one of them). Of course, I get equally annoyed when feminism runs amock and the heroine ALWAYS rescues herself and the hero does nothing useful (see Drew Barrymore's "Ever After:" the Prince was a looker but he did absolutely nothing. She always took perfect care of herself).

Either one of the situations always leads me to the frustrated question: why would you want that person in real life? Shouldn't you want someone who helps you out occasionally? It doesn't have to be physical, of course. In fact, I prefer it when characters who are a couple have different strengths. My favorite ever couple is Lymond and Philippa from Dorothy Dunnett's Lymond Chronicles and Lymond does not need physical help in fighting. He does however recieve and accept help in various sticky situations, emotional help etc etc etc. She helps him as much as he helps her.

So yeah, one of the reasons I love Howl's is that the heroine is throughly competent but she is no Drew Barrymore in Ever After who is so perfect she needs no one (and is skating dangerously close to a Mary Sue): Sophie might rescue Howl, but he "rescues her back." And they both screw up as well. That is how it should work.
dangermousie: (Howl and Sophie)
Saw Howl's Moving Castle again yesterday. What can I say, I love it (and the second time around the story actually made complete sense (satisfied me, at least) and I wasn't confused a bit).

And that got me to thinking about heroes, heroines and their characteristics. I absolutely hate when the heroine is a damsel in distress and all she can do is whimper helplessly throughout as the hero rescues her. My favorite example is the silent flick "The Pagan" with Ramon Novarro. It's a really fun movie, but the heroine's helplessness drives me up the wall. During a climactic scene her lover is fighting the bad guy and all she does is stand nearby and scream helplessly, when a well-placed bottle to the head of the villain would finish this whole thing off (there are plenty of silent films with strong women characters. This is not one of them). Of course, I get equally annoyed when feminism runs amock and the heroine ALWAYS rescues herself and the hero does nothing useful (see Drew Barrymore's "Ever After:" the Prince was a looker but he did absolutely nothing. She always took perfect care of herself).

Either one of the situations always leads me to the frustrated question: why would you want that person in real life? Shouldn't you want someone who helps you out occasionally? It doesn't have to be physical, of course. In fact, I prefer it when characters who are a couple have different strengths. My favorite ever couple is Lymond and Philippa from Dorothy Dunnett's Lymond Chronicles and Lymond does not need physical help in fighting. He does however recieve and accept help in various sticky situations, emotional help etc etc etc. She helps him as much as he helps her.

So yeah, one of the reasons I love Howl's is that the heroine is throughly competent but she is no Drew Barrymore in Ever After who is so perfect she needs no one (and is skating dangerously close to a Mary Sue): Sophie might rescue Howl, but he "rescues her back." And they both screw up as well. That is how it should work.
dangermousie: (Howl and Sophie)
Saw Howl's Moving Castle again yesterday. What can I say, I love it (and the second time around the story actually made complete sense (satisfied me, at least) and I wasn't confused a bit).

And that got me to thinking about heroes, heroines and their characteristics. I absolutely hate when the heroine is a damsel in distress and all she can do is whimper helplessly throughout as the hero rescues her. My favorite example is the silent flick "The Pagan" with Ramon Novarro. It's a really fun movie, but the heroine's helplessness drives me up the wall. During a climactic scene her lover is fighting the bad guy and all she does is stand nearby and scream helplessly, when a well-placed bottle to the head of the villain would finish this whole thing off (there are plenty of silent films with strong women characters. This is not one of them). Of course, I get equally annoyed when feminism runs amock and the heroine ALWAYS rescues herself and the hero does nothing useful (see Drew Barrymore's "Ever After:" the Prince was a looker but he did absolutely nothing. She always took perfect care of herself).

Either one of the situations always leads me to the frustrated question: why would you want that person in real life? Shouldn't you want someone who helps you out occasionally? It doesn't have to be physical, of course. In fact, I prefer it when characters who are a couple have different strengths. My favorite ever couple is Lymond and Philippa from Dorothy Dunnett's Lymond Chronicles and Lymond does not need physical help in fighting. He does however recieve and accept help in various sticky situations, emotional help etc etc etc. She helps him as much as he helps her.

So yeah, one of the reasons I love Howl's is that the heroine is throughly competent but she is no Drew Barrymore in Ever After who is so perfect she needs no one (and is skating dangerously close to a Mary Sue): Sophie might rescue Howl, but he "rescues her back." And they both screw up as well. That is how it should work.
dangermousie: (Howl and Sophie)
No, my seeing it and loving it doesn't mean I'll turn into a lover of anime, but this one movie I really did enjoy, and I don't even like anime. So, hunt it out in your local arthouse.

Plot: Sophie, a young woman who designs hats, is cursed by the Witch of the Waste to look like an old crone. She takes refuge and tries to find out how to break the spell in Wizard's Howl's moving castle, where she makes friends with his boy apprentice and his cranky fire demon, acquires a dog and an old lady (long story), and falls in love with Howl himself, who is likewise under a spell of sorts.

I thought the animation was utterly beautiful. I want to live in Howl's castle myself (though preferably after Sophie has cleaned it). And I adore Sophie who reminds me of one of those unflappable, pragmatic Heyer heroines. In fact, the whole relationship between her and the mysterious and moody Howl, who is cartoon-drop-dead-gorgeous (if I were a cartoon I'd be his groupie), reminds me of Mary Challoner and Dominic Alastair in Heyer's "Devil's Cub," though Howl is a lot sweeter.

Spoilery reasons to like )

In other news, [livejournal.com profile] crumpeteer posted about Batman Begins and expressed what I felt only better than I could. Go read it here
dangermousie: (Howl and Sophie)
No, my seeing it and loving it doesn't mean I'll turn into a lover of anime, but this one movie I really did enjoy, and I don't even like anime. So, hunt it out in your local arthouse.

Plot: Sophie, a young woman who designs hats, is cursed by the Witch of the Waste to look like an old crone. She takes refuge and tries to find out how to break the spell in Wizard's Howl's moving castle, where she makes friends with his boy apprentice and his cranky fire demon, acquires a dog and an old lady (long story), and falls in love with Howl himself, who is likewise under a spell of sorts.

I thought the animation was utterly beautiful. I want to live in Howl's castle myself (though preferably after Sophie has cleaned it). And I adore Sophie who reminds me of one of those unflappable, pragmatic Heyer heroines. In fact, the whole relationship between her and the mysterious and moody Howl, who is cartoon-drop-dead-gorgeous (if I were a cartoon I'd be his groupie), reminds me of Mary Challoner and Dominic Alastair in Heyer's "Devil's Cub," though Howl is a lot sweeter.

Spoilery reasons to like )

In other news, [livejournal.com profile] crumpeteer posted about Batman Begins and expressed what I felt only better than I could. Go read it here
dangermousie: (Howl and Sophie)
No, my seeing it and loving it doesn't mean I'll turn into a lover of anime, but this one movie I really did enjoy, and I don't even like anime. So, hunt it out in your local arthouse.

Plot: Sophie, a young woman who designs hats, is cursed by the Witch of the Waste to look like an old crone. She takes refuge and tries to find out how to break the spell in Wizard's Howl's moving castle, where she makes friends with his boy apprentice and his cranky fire demon, acquires a dog and an old lady (long story), and falls in love with Howl himself, who is likewise under a spell of sorts.

I thought the animation was utterly beautiful. I want to live in Howl's castle myself (though preferably after Sophie has cleaned it). And I adore Sophie who reminds me of one of those unflappable, pragmatic Heyer heroines. In fact, the whole relationship between her and the mysterious and moody Howl, who is cartoon-drop-dead-gorgeous (if I were a cartoon I'd be his groupie), reminds me of Mary Challoner and Dominic Alastair in Heyer's "Devil's Cub," though Howl is a lot sweeter.

Spoilery reasons to like )

In other news, [livejournal.com profile] crumpeteer posted about Batman Begins and expressed what I felt only better than I could. Go read it here
dangermousie: (Default)
Just watched Miazaki's "Howl's Magic Castle" and it's beautiful, romantic and breath-takingly dream-like. It's in serious running for my favorite film of the year.

Oh, and Christian Bale is hot even as a cartoon :)

I want a HMC icon.
dangermousie: (Default)
Just watched Miazaki's "Howl's Magic Castle" and it's beautiful, romantic and breath-takingly dream-like. It's in serious running for my favorite film of the year.

Oh, and Christian Bale is hot even as a cartoon :)

I want a HMC icon.
dangermousie: (Default)
Just watched Miazaki's "Howl's Magic Castle" and it's beautiful, romantic and breath-takingly dream-like. It's in serious running for my favorite film of the year.

Oh, and Christian Bale is hot even as a cartoon :)

I want a HMC icon.

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