the great movie binge: saturday…

I was going to mark this in days, but I don’t know if Friday counts as one day, considering we only had time for… well, we managed to fit in three movies. We were up pretty late, of course, but we did manage to watch Northanger Abbey, Despicable Me, and Return to Me. Yes, in that order, and I like to keep things shuffled between the BBC dramas and things of a more comedic flavor. And as wonderful as the romance is in Return to Me, I believe that my favorite part is watching the hilarious old men, of which Carroll O’Connor was the grandpa everyone dreams of having.

We did get out several times today, both to walk, get some Maccas (with a mochaccino at the McCafe), and go to the grocery store. We are doing a good bit of cooking, this weekend, not just pigging out on junk food. Something’s in the oven, as we speak, and I have plans to make homemade chicken noodle soup, tomorrow.

So far, today, we’ve finished watching the Jane Eyre mini-series (starring Toby Stephens) and the live-action Peter Pan. Next up, King Arthur, and then something Austen-y. Think we haven’t gotten far? Well, don’t forget, Jane Eyre is four hours long. And I didn’t know that Imogen had never even read it, so the whole storyline was a surprise to her. As for Peter Pan, doesn’t Jason Isaacs play the most marvelous bad guy? Yes, it’s also fascinating to watch him play Mr. Darling, too, which is a tradition of Peter Pan films and plays. Even the stupid Disney animated version has the same guy doing the voice for both Hook and Mr. Darling.

Oh, am I being blasphemous about the Disney version? Sorry. I liked it better, when I was a kid, but even then, I found that Wendy annoyed the snot out of me, and Peter was equally obnoxious. And the mermaids were a bunch of blonde ditzes… kind of like cheerleaders, with tails. The only reason for watching that movie would be Hook and Smee… and maybe the crocodile.

I was also reminded, after watching the live-action version, of how well the actors were cast, and how perfect was the screenplay. You are meant to love the kids, and adore the parents, even when their dad is acting like a priss. But one of my favorite scenes is when Wendy derides the idea of her father being brave. Rather than argue with her daughter, Mrs. Darling explains why her husband is brave.

“There are many different kinds of bravery. There’s the bravery of thinking of others before one’s self. Now, your father has never brandished a sword nor fired a pistol, thank heavens. But he has made many sacrifices for his family, and put away many dreams.

Where did he put them?

He put them in a drawer. And sometimes, late at night, we take them out and admire them. But it gets harder and harder to close the drawer… He does. And that is why he is brave.”

So very true. Remember the sacrifices your parents made for you, and bless them for it. Bravery is not always on display for all to see.


And now, the checklist:

Return to Me

Alice in Wonderland


Northanger Abbey

Jane Eyre

Lost in Austen

Pride & Prejudice

Despicable Me

King Arthur

How to Train Your Dragon


Peter Pan



Little Dorrit

Bleak House

Sense & Sensibility

North & South


Wives & Daughters 

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