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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Robin Hood Week Tag!

Hello!!!!!
As you probably know, Olivia at Meanwhile in Rivendell is hosting a Robin Hood Week!! Yes!! I am an obsessed fan of Robin Hood!

I know this is my fifth tag this month, but for this week Olivia has put out a tag, and to quote her, "Because one does not simply host a blog party without a tag.  It's just not done." Here are my answers to it!

Oh, um, I don't think there will be any spoilers, maybe just a picture or two?

The Tag:
 


What was your first exposure to Robin Hood?

The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), starring Errol Flynn and Olivia DeHaviland!
 


On a scale of 1 to 10, how big a fan are you?

10!!

How many versions and spin-offs of the legend have you experienced?

4. I know, you are now thinking, "And she claims being 10?"

What is your favorite version of Robin Hood (can be book, movie, TV series, anything)?

The 1938 version. Ever since I saw it I have loved Robin Hood. But here is my list from most favorite to least favorite:
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
 


Robin Hood [BBC] (2009-2011)
 

Robin Hood [Disney] (1973)
 

Robin Hood (1991) [This version is terrible!!!!]
 


Are you one of the lads? (Meaning, have you watched/are you a fan of the BBC show?)

Oh yeah I am!!!
 


Who is your favorite Merry Man?

I agree with Olivia's answer, I'm not sure, because they keep changing it!
1938 - Friar Tuck
2009-2011 - Djaq, Much, Allan
1973 - Little John
1991 - Will Scarlet
And of course in all of these my favorite is Robin.
 


Do you have a favorite portrayal of Lady Marian?

Either Olivia DeHaviland in the 1938 version,

or Lucy Griffiths in the BBC version.


Do you have any interest in or aptitude at archery?

I have a lot of interest! My sister has this target range set up and I love to go try it! I am not good at it, but I do it all the same!
 


Fact or fiction -- which do you think?

I agree with Olivia, I like to think fact. :)

Do you think Robin Hood has been "done to death," or are there still new twists that can be found?

Tons of new twists can still be found, as long as they don't ruin it like the 1991 version.

Also, here is my favorite song.

Thank you so much for hosting this week Olivia! This is going to be so much fun!!

What do you all think of my header? Usually my little sister makes my headers for me but I made this one. I turned out pretty good! I was hoping to have all the arrows pointing in the same direction, but I had to work with what I could find. Oh, and all the pictures are from the four versions I have seen.

Thank you all for reading, and be sure to check out Olivia's blog for all the fun!

MovieCritic

Friday, May 19, 2017

A-Z Book Tag

Hello Everyone!
Guess what day it is, the 19th! So that means I have to do a post.
I'm sorry I have been doing so many tags lately! But, I saw this tag over at Merideth's blog, and it just looked so fun I had to steal it.


A-Z Book Tag:

Author You've Read The Most From:

Hm, I'd have to say Mary Pope Osborne.
Mary Pope Osborne
 But that was only one series, so the person I have read the most of their works would be Kathryn Lasky.
Kathryn Lasky

Best Sequel Ever:

This is hard, I pretty much always like the first one better. Let's go with The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns, by Chris Colfer
 

Currently Reading:

A lot of things. One of them is, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, by J. R. R. Tolkien.

I'm reading it with Risa's read-along!


Drink of Choice While Reading:

Drink? I usually just drink water.

E-reader or Physical Book?:

Physical Book!! I love to hold a book and turn the pages!
 

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Dated In High School:

What!?

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

Johnny Tremain, by Esther Forbes.


Hidden Gem Book:

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt. It is a really good book, plus it's fun to say.
 

Also Pax, by Sara Pennypacker. I love this book!
 

Important Moment In Your Reading Life:

A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens. My first Charles Dickens.
 


Sense & Sensibility, by Jane Austen. My first Jane Austen.
 

Just Finished:

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, by J. R. R. Tolkien.


Kind of Book You Won't Read:

Mushy Romance!

Longest Book You've Read:

David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens.


Major book hangover because of...:

I don't know. Usually I only read to the point of a hangover when I am sick and I am already feeling bad so I don't know.

Number of Bookcases You Own:

Wow, um, Do bins count? I think seven.

One book you have read multiple times:

I don't usually reread books but I have reread Holes, by Louis Sachar a few times.


Preferred place to read:

In a comfy chair, my bed, out side on the swing (weather permiting).

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you've read:

                                                            The Fellowship of the Ring
 

                 
                                                                   Pride & Prejudice 
I'm sorry, I love this one!

Reading regret:

Miss Perigrine's Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs.

His Dark Materials series, by Philip Pullman.

Series you started and need to finish(all books are out in series):

Nancy Drew!

Three of your all time favorite books:

1. Anne of Green Gables, by L. M. Montgomery.

2. Holes, by Louis Sachar.
3. Pride & Prejudice, by Jane Austen.


Unapologetic fangirl for...:

Charles Dickens
Jane Austen
Land of Stories
Middle Earth

Very excited for this release more than all the others:

The sixth Land of Stories! (There has to be one!)

Worst bookish habit:

Reading a book in one day.

X marks the spot: start at the top of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

This is an awesome question! I don't really have a book shelf, more bins, so that one is Saige Paints the Sky by Jessie Haas.

Your latest book purchase:

The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew, by Margaret Sydney.

ZZZ-snatcher(last book that kept you up WAY late):

Appointment with Death, by Agatha Chirstie.


I Tag:
Anyone who wants to do it!

Thanks for reading!

MovieCritic

Monday, May 15, 2017

100 Books the BBC think most people haven't read more than 6 of

Hello!
So apparently there is this list that the BBC thinks that most people haven't read more than six of. I am here to make it into a tag!

The Rules:
1. Be honest.
2. Put an asterisk next to the ones you have read all the way through. Put an addition sign next to the ones you have started.
3. Tag as many people as these books that you have read.

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen*

2. Gormenghast Trilogy - Mervyn Peake
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte*
4. Temple of the Golden Pavilion - Yukio Mishima
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee*

6. The Story of the Eye - George Bataille
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9. Adrift on the Nile - Naguib Mahfouz
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens*

11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott*
12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14. Rhinoceros - Eugene Ionesco
15. Baron in the Trees - Italo Calvino
16. The Master of Go - Yasunari Kawabata
17. Woman in the Dunes - Abe Kobo
18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19. The Feast of the Goat - Mario Vargas Llosa
20. Middlemarch - George Eliot
21. Gogol's Wife - Tomasso Landolfi
22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
(I'm going to read this one this summer with Hamlette's read-along!)

23. Magic Mountain - Thomas Mann
24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25. Ferdydurke - Gombrowicz
26. Narcissus and Goldmund - Herman Hesse
27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll*
30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame +
31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32. The Jungle - Upton Sinclair
33. Tom Sawyer / Huck Finn - Mark Twain +
34. Emma -Jane Austen* (Parts One, Two, and Three)

35. Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe
36. Delta Wedding - Eudora Welty
37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38. Naomi - Junichiro Tanizaki
39. Cosmicomics - Italo Calvino
40. The Joke - Milan Kundera
41. Animal Farm - George Orwell
42. Labyrinths - Gorge Luis Borges
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45. Under My Skin - Doris Lessing
46. Anne of Green Gables - L. M. Montgomery*

47. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48. Don Quixote - Miguel Cervantes +
49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50. Absalom Absalom - William Faulkner
51. Beloved - Toni Morrison
52. The Flounder - Gunther Grass
53. Dead Souls - Nikolai Gogol
54. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen*
55. My Name is Red - Orhan Pamuk
56. A Dolls House - Henrik Ibsen
57. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens*

58. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59. The Idiot - Fodor Dostoevesky
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63. Leaves of Grass - Walt Whitman
64. Death on the Installment Plan - Celine
65. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas +
66. On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68. Pedro Paramo - Juan Rulfo
69. Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville +
71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens*
72. Dracula - Bram Stoker
73. The Metamorphosis - Kafka
74. Epitaph of a Small Winner - Machado De Assis
75. Ulysses - James Joyce
76. The Inferno - Dante
77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal - Emile Zola
79. The Light House - Virginia Woolf
80. Disgrace - John Maxwell Coetzee
81. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens*
82. Zorba the Greek Nikos Kazantzakis
83. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84. The Box Man - Abe Kobo
85. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87. The Stranger - Camus
88. Acquainted with the Night - Heinrich Boll
89. Don't Call It Night - Amos Oz
90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93. Gravity's Rainbow - Thomas Pychon
94. Memoirs of Hadrian, Marguerite Yourcenar
95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96. Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99. Faust - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
100. Metamorphosis - Ovid

Total:
12 I have read all the way through.
5 I have started.
2 I have reviewed!

I tag:
1. Cordy
2. Merideth
3. Elanor
4. Hamlette
5. Olivia
6. Erudessa Aranduriel
7. Kara
8. Rachel
9. Ruth
10. Rose
11. The Elf
12. Miss March

None of you have to do this if you don't want to!
Wow, I proved the BBC that they were wrong!
I hope everyone has a good day!

MovieCritic

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Four Fictional Characters Tag

Hello Everyone!

Cordy has tagged me with the Four Fictional Characters Tag! Thank you so much Cordy!

The Rules:
1. Link back to the person who tagged you
2. List four fictional characters (use pictures if you want! They can be from movies or books) and, if you like, describe what they're like and why you believe they relate to you
3. Tag a few other blog people! Three, or four, or even twenty. :) Share the fun!
Be sure to let them know you've tagged them!

1. Grace (From Home on the Range (2004))

Grace is a peacemaker. She is super friendly and thinks well of everyone (not quite me there, but I try!).
She is calm and tries to keep the peace between Maggie and Mrs. Caloway.
Sometimes to make things go faster, she just needs to sing a song, which makes everyone think she is dying.
She is loyal and when something needs to be done, she stands up, encourages others, and shows them, "We can do it!"




2. Nancy Drew (From the Nancy Drew series)
Nancy loves a good mystery.
She loves to help people.
Her best way of helping is to solve their mysteries.
She always gets it right (Once again, not quite me there.)!
She is super kind to everyone, no matter who they are, she will help them.
She is extremely smart (not me)!
Her friends love that she always includes them. No one is left out.
She is a super sleuth!



3. Mary Bennet (From Pride & Prejudice)
Mary, is sort of the odd one.
She reads books all the time.
She doesn't like going into public unless she has too.
She is pretty good at playing the piano and pretty bad at singing.
At the oddest times she will say the strangest things.
She seems to be sort of this dull person, but she has a hidden romantic side. (What!? You have a romantic side, MovieCritic!?)



4. The Tin Woodsman (From the Wizard of Oz series)
The Tin Woodsman is kind.
Even if he doesn't have a heart, he strives to be a kind person.
He loves to have friends.
He will go any distance for his friends.
He loves animals and will help them.





And I tag:
aGirlWithIdeas
Erudessa Aranduriel
Elanor
Hamlette
Rachel
Ruth
Anyone else who wants to do it!

Also, I have been reading The Lord of the Rings and I am finding that I am a lot like Faramir.
Thank you again for tagging me Cordy!
Thank you for reading!

MovieCritic

Monday, May 8, 2017

Movie Review: Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

Hello All!
I am going to review a very weird, but very sweet movie today. When I started watching it I was a little bit freaked out, but then as the story went on I got used to it.
Here it is:

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016):
 

"If you must blink, do it now. Pay careful attention to everything you see no matter how unusual if may seem. If you look away, even for an instant, then our hero will surely perish."
Kubo is a boy who makes enough money to support him and his mother by playing his mandolin, which is magic and can make paper dance in the art of origami. He is hiding from his grandfather and aunts who have stolen his one eye and want to steal the other. His mother does the best to not let this happen. But his aunts find him and he must sent out on a journey that might save his life.
Genre: Fantasy, Animated-Claymation,
It is so amazing that this whole movie is just clay!!!
Costumes: 8, the armor is pretty cool, but my favorite is the mother's.

Script: 9, only one or two bad words. "I will not blink! Wait, do I even have eyelids?"
(After he said that I couldn't stop blinking.)
Crew:
Directed by: Travis Knight
Produced by: 
Travis Knight
Arianne Sutner
Screenplay by:
Marc Haimes
Story by:
Shannon Tindle
Marc Haimes
Starring: (Voice)
Art Parkinson as Kubo

Charlize Theron as Monkey


Matthew McConaughey as Beetle
Ralph Fiennes as the Moon King
Rooney Mara as Kubo's Aunts

George Takei as Hosato
Music: 8, has some nice songs.
Music by: Dario Marianelli

Quotes: 8, "If you're Monkey, and I'm Beetle, why don't we just call him Boy?"

Storyline: 7, This is such a sweet beautiful story, but there are quite a few scary scenes so younger children might be scared. But I really recommend it, as I said, it is a beautiful story.

Good For: Anyone who has lost a family member, Those who have to do things, Everyone.
Overall Rating: 8!

Well, there it was! Thank you so much for reading!!

MovieCritic