felicityking: (clouds and flowers)
A bit late, but I had to work a double on the 31st, 3:30-1:00am the 1st and had to work morning shift today. So needless to say, I've been going straight to bed rather than getting the computer the last few days.

I didn't hit any of my goals, but I think I did very good considering how rough 2011 was on me mentally (depression) and physically (that 2 1/2 week stretch with no time off, pulling double shifts during that time as well as during other stretches throughout the year).

So I read 32 books. That's 11 more than last year! So I've become a bit more disciplined in my reading. Which means this year I'll probably do even better.

I didn't hit 50 films, but....altogether I did watch circa 50 films. 39 films altogether, and several miniseries, shorts, and documentaries. I watched too many good films to narrow it down to 5 awesome ones, but I'll tell you 5 horrors to avoid: A Princess for Christmas, The Roommate, Monte Carlo, and Country Strong. (I've posted reviews throughout the year, so they shouldn't be too hard to find.)


Books:

  1. Mistress Pat by L. M. Montgomery

  2. The Chimes by Charles Dickens

  3. High Spirited Women of the West by Anne Seagraves

  4. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

  5. Short Fiction of Sarah Orne Jewett and Mary Wilkins Freeman edited by Barbara H. Solomon

  6. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquirel

  7. An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963 by Robert Dallek

  8. Jackie: The Clothes of Camelot by Jay Mulvaney

  9. Anne of Windy Willows by L. M. Montgomery

  10. Villette by Charlotte Bronte

  11. Peony in Love by Lisa See

  12. Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books by William Kuhn

  13. Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France by Leonie Frieda

  14. The Windsor Style by Suzy Menkes

  15. Jane of Lantern Hill by L. M. Montgomery

  16. The Sisters: Babe Mortimer Paley, Betsey Roosevelt Whitney, Minnie Astor Fosburgh: The Lives and Times of the Fabulous Cushing Sisters by David Grafton

  17. Early Autumn by Louis Bromfield

  18. Diana, Queen of Style by Jackie Modlinger

  19. Edith Head: The Fifty-year Career of Hollywood's Greatest Costume Designer by Jay Jorgensen

  20. Mandy by Julie Edwards

  21. Lucie Babidge's House by Sylvia Cassidy

  22. Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years by Hamish Bowles

  23. Anne of Ingleside by L. M. Montgomery

  24. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

  25. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot

  26. Audrey Hepburn: a Woman, the Style edited by Stefania Ricci

  27. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi

  28. All His Jazz: The Life and Death of Bob Fosse by Martin Gottfried

  29. The Blythes are Quoted by L. M. Montgomery

  30. In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship "Essex" by Nathaniel Philbrick

  31. The Girl from Botany Bay by Carolly Erickson

  32. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien



Movies:

  1. 100 Feet

  2. It Happened One Night

  3. Burn After Reading

  4. Bride & Prejudice

  5. Inception

  6. Carefree

  7. True Grit

  8. Black Swan

  9. Pride & Prejudice

  10. Tangled

  11. Rope

  12. Emma

  13. St. Trinian's

  14. The Ox-Bow Incident

  15. St. Trinian's: The Legend of Fritton's Gold

  16. The Wrong Man

  17. Easy A

  18. Chalet Girl

  19. Sense and Sensibility

  20. X-Men: First Class

  21. Thor

  22. The Roommate

  23. A Single Man

  24. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2

  25. The Social Network

  26. Country Strong

  27. The Help

  28. Monte Carlo

  29. Cementary Junction

  30. Keeping Mum

  31. Third Star

  32. A Room With  A View

  33. Die Hard

  34. Tower Heist

  35. The King's Speech

  36. An Education

  37. Bright Star

  38. Die Hard 2




Miscellaneous:

  1. Wives and Daughters

  2. Pride and Prejudice (1995)

  3. The September Issue

  4. Miss Marple: The Pale Horse

  5. Daphne's Window

  6. pindippy.com's "Royals"

  7. A Princess for Christmas

  8. Camelot, complete TV series

felicityking: (David and Wallis)
24-29 )

30. Keeping Mum
Imagine Mary Poppins as a homicidal murderer in contemporary England and you basically have this film. It's very British, it's humour is very dry, and it is definitely offbeat and quirky (although in an understated way). The film centers around a pastor's family in a small (very small!) town in the English countryside. They are bored, disenchanted, uninspired until the new housekeeper comes along. The acting is top-notch: Maggie Smith, Tamsin Egerton and Kirstin Scott Thomas particular deliver. Even though the reveals in the film can be spotted a mile away, the way they are unveiled makes for a treat. I definitely loved it!

31. Third Star
My mind is blown! This is one fierce, intensely brave, very politically incorrect film. James (played by the flawless Benedict Cumberbatch), dying of terminal cancer, goes on a camping trip to his "favorite place in the world" Barafundle Bay with his buddies Miles, Bill and Davy. If Hollywood had made this, it would have been trite, sentimental and "dying patient spreads his wisdom" cliche. The film takes a new, very different route. I loved it. It was painful to watch, but it was exciting. It also made an interesting contrast to the polished and precise "A Single Man." (TS is more naturalistic and unpredictable.) Definitely one of the very best--top 3--films I've seen this year.

32. A Room with A View
I love this movie, but I haven't seen it in well over a decade. How I miss Merchant Ivory! Yes, people still make period dramas, but no knew how to capture books and time period quite like they did. The costumes, the scenery, and the actors  are all top-notch. This is the type of movie that makes me wish I lived in Edwardian England: where enchantment and idyll are always lurking around the corner. Despite everything that is great about this movie, George is a miss for me. I don't feel that his character--why Lucy would be attracted to him--is made quite clear. Poor tragic, elder Mr. Emerson! So kind and yet so broken-hearted! I love his character! Helena! You were so young! I hope someone will make period dramas like this again: lush, vibrant, true to the book.

33. Die Hard
I'm so glad the days when lone, macho can-do-anything white male hero saving the world days are over. I'll take my Neville Longbottoms and Jean Greys over John McClaine any day. I know this is a classic action movie, but I found it stupid. The LAPD, the FBI and the press wouldn't be THAT dumb. Insensitive, but not dumb. I do like over the top silly action movies like "Air Force One" but this one....not so much. It required me to suspend what I know about reality too much of the time. Oddly, this isn't the first DH that I've watched (I've seen WAV on TV) and while that sequel was dumb, it was amusingly dumb. I also couldn't identify with McClaine because the action hero angle was pushed hard and often. I find one aspect of it rather hilarious: the 80s/early 90s archetype of the bad guy being super-posh, super-slick and always sounding Shakespearean in his sentences (because obviously back then the "bad guys" couldn't look like you and me).
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