arisha: (reina tanaka imi ga nai)
So I definitely spent twelve hours at my workplace today (minus a quick trip to the mall to finally pick up some holiday cards for the exchange!): eight hours working (omg so. busy.) and four hours watching Gone With the Wind on the big screen! The movie started at eleven in the morning and, to be honest, I am really surprised that I was able to force myself out of bed in time to watch it. I was actually on the verge of sleeping in and skipping it before I realized that if Sarah of 2008 found out that I missed a chance to see GWtW in a theatre, she would never speak to me again! random rambles about GWtW )

Thus ends day one of Sarah's Week of Star-Crossed Lovers. xD
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Another day, another excerpt. Current word count is 6,359 when it should be over 20k; I need to force myself to make my daily word count more consistently than I have been.

In other news, I feel like work has taken over my life, although I suspect I only feel this way because I've returned to my yucky routine of sleeping all day and staying up all night, which means I never do anything else. :| Hopefully this changes with my upcoming week of excitement! On Saturday I'm going to my theatre's special showing of Gone With the Wind; on Sunday I'm going to This Is It with [livejournal.com profile] the_wykydtron (and I didn't even have to con her into it!); on Monday and Tuesday I am studying and writing, natch!!; on Wednesday I'm going to the university's production of "Romeo and Juliet" with [livejournal.com profile] the_wykydtron and betaraider; and on Thursday I'm going to the very first showing of New Moon with a bunch of awesome peeps and, inevitably, a bunch of screaming fangirls. hahahaha this is going to be the most ridiculous week ever but I love it. xD
arisha: (scarlett o'hara)
So if you happened to wake up this morning and think to yourself, "Gee whiz, all I really want out of life right now is a fanvid that was made in less than a week that takes a seventy-year-old movie with more issues than a magazine archive and combines it with a modern pop song whose lyrics are so vague it could really be combined with any movie out there," then have I got a surprise for you!!

Gone With the Wind - "Stuck"

And if you want all of the above but don't actually have time to sit down and watch an entire video, then I've got you covered, too!!

Gone With the Wind - "Fighter" (incomplete)

And, in case that does not satisfy you, here are two Gone With the Wind fanvids that were not made by me but which I have watched an embarrassing number of times: "Girlfriend" and "In the End" which has unfortunately had its audio torn asunder but you guys all know the song anyway, don't deny it!

And with that, I declare my Gone With the Wind obsession to be over ... for now. >xD My only regret is it petered out before I got around to writing my entry on how desperate I am for a remake of the movie. I know, this is BLASPHEMY, but it would be soooo interesting you guys omggggg ...
arisha: (I will lend you mine)
Hmm, what do you think, should I also try keeping track of all the movies I see this year (post-Japan trip because I've forgotten what I watched before that ^^; )? Only movies I see for the first time, though; if I include repeats it could get embarrassing. x)

1. Mansfield Park, 1999
I quite enjoyed this movie, except that it decries slavery as the evilest of evil things and then ... ignores it. Awsm!

2. The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, 1939
Why does everyone love Bette Davis? I don't get it yet. :/ But so far I've only seen her in this and in Of Human Bondage (co-starring Leslie Howard as Ashley Wilkes, lawl lawl lawl), neither of which are her most famous roles, I don't think ... ?

3. A Streetcar Named Desire, 1951
YES I finally watched it. It was actually less violent than I thought it would be, with more nervous breakdowns. I'm not sure whether or not I liked it, but is this the sort of movie that one "likes"? Vivien Leigh did a pretty amazing job, though. I actually think I find her more belivable as Blanche than as Scarlett.

4. Arsenic and Old Lace, 1944
So I have this problem where movies that most people think are the funniest things ever, I don't find half as amusing. Yes this movie definitely had its funny moments (and omg Cary Grant's expressions! hahaha), but for a large chunk in the middle of it I just thought it was creepy. D:

Speaking of funny movies, did you know the AFI considers Some Like it Hot to be the funniest movie evar? I watched it pre-Japan and I definitely enjoyed it, maybe it's the funniest older movie I've seen, but even so I was hardly rolling on the floor laughing ... :// Maybe my expectations are just too high.

Man I need to write a real post soon here, geeze. :P Well, actually, if you will allow me to completely change the subject here, I was just reading this post on Pandagon (the photo might be NSFW), and though this isn't really the main point of the post it does bring up the issue of how well young women (and young men) are able to get to know themselves when they're in a relationship versus when they're not. This is something I kind of randomly think about every once in a while. It's true I've yet to be in any sort of romantic relationship; it's also true that I don't regret this at all. And part of the reason for that is I do feel that I know myself better than I would if I had been in a relationship (or more than one relationship, whatever) during my teen years. Maybe this is true, maybe it's not, maybe I'm writing all this much too vague, but nevertheless I think it's a really interesting discussion. Any thoughts? :)
arisha: (scarlett o'hara)
3. The Wind Done Gone, Alice Randall

Likely the only Gone With the Wind sequel-of-sorts I will ever read (yes, there is a copy of Rhett Butler's People sitting in my room as we speak; owning it and reading it are entirely different things!), The Wind Done Gone is told from the point of view of Cynara (okay, I confess I actually really like how Randall drew inspiration from the same poem that Mitchell pulled her title from), an original character who is the daughter of Gerald O'Hara and Mammy. Which I suppose is one of the reasons why the cover of the book has to have a big red "Unauthorized Parody" marking on the front of it. ^^;

I feel like I could write a huge long entry about this book, but for now I think I'll just sum up. The writing style is Margaret Atwood meets Joy Kogawa, which meant I HATED IT; Rhett never says anything clever unless you count "once you go black you don't go back," which kicked me out of the story faster than that time I was reading Tale of Genji and came across the phrase "hanky panky"; what happens to Scarlett is the exact opposite of what I imagine happening to Scarlett although interestingly enough I don't think either of us are imagining her out of character. When Randall decides to contradict canon she usually does so explicity, so it's strange that Will and Suellen apparently don't exist at all (I suspect Randall wanted Scarlett to have sole possession of Tara) and also apparently the Wilkes' second child survived (for ... no apparent purpose). I was pretty bored whenever Cynara was off by herself or with other original characters, and I really really hate what Randall did with the scenes following Bonnie's death, but I liked exploring the lives of GWtW's more marginalized characters, and oh man Prissy is creepily intelligent which was pretty awesome. Basically I can't say that I loved this book, but for the most part it was interesting. It's definitely a different look at GWtW (plus it's only a quarter as long as GWtW) so if you're interested in that, I'd say read it. I'm glad I read it, I just don't imagine I'll ever be desperate to read it again. ^^;

And I don't know if this was for legal reasons or just because Randall felt like it, but all of the GWtW characters have different names in The Wind Done Gone. The main four are Other, R. or Debt, Dreamy Gentleman and Mealy Mouth. ^^; It's always really easy to tell who's who, though that might be because I've only just finished my reread. I actually would love to talk about The Wind Done Gone with someone who's only read it and has no knowledge of what happens in Gone With the Wind. Man that'd be so weird!! xD
arisha: (potc3 liz)
40 Inspirational Speeches in 2 Minutes - This video would be amazing anyway, but of course I am even more amused by it because it features two movies I like, one movie I love and one movie I love-hate. xD

CSI Miami: Endless Caruso One-Liners - I have no idea how funny this is if you're watching it by yourself, but I watched it with my brother and his girlfriend last night and it was hilarious. xD;

Oh, and before I forget:

2. Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
YES I finally finished my reread but I shall spare you my blathering on about it except to point out that the end of the novel is SO MUCH MORE FRUSTRATING even than the end of the movie. D:
arisha: (vampire productivity)
So if I start making a list of all the books I read in 2009, do you think I'll actually get through the year without forgetting I was making it?

LET'S FIND OUT!!

1. The Girls in the Back of the Class, LouAnne Johnson
I don't think I read anything in January besides travel guides, so the book I finished today gets to be first on the list. It's the sequel to the book that became the movie Dangerous Minds - basically a fictionalized (though I'm not sure to what extent) account of one of the years the author spent teaching English in a California high school for underprivileged kids. Despite the author's insistance that she would pay more attention to her female students this time, I feel like the title doesn't fit the book; most of the stories still focus on the guys. Because their stories are more exciting? (Two of them get shot at, for example. D: ) My other complaint is that the author spends like four pages describing her and a student's attempts to kill a spider, and I thought that was rather unnecessary. Other than that, it was a really interesting book (and a surprisingly quick read) covering a bunch of different issues. I'd like to read the prequel if I come across it (haha, I came across this one just browsing the shelves in the public library), although I don't think I'll actively seek it out, at least not until my pile of books to read has considerably shrunk. D:

Starting around the middle of last summer, I started keeping track of the books I read using Facebook's Visual Bookshelf application, although I fudged that list a bit more than I intend to fudge this one. ^^; If anyone cares, the books I read legitimately last year include ... )

From when I started to read up until about eighth grade (when the time I spent on the Internet began to go from an okay amount to Way Too Much), I basically read a book a day. While I don't feel a need to go back to that, I'm definitely happy that my attempts to read books for fun again seem to be working! :D
arisha: (twilight get out of my head)
All right everyone, it is 4:30 in the morning which means it is ridiculous confession time! Today's ridiculous confession: I cannot hear Kanye West's "Stronger" without thinking of Rhett Butler. I know, WHAT THE HECK, right? I think it's mostly just because one of my movie theatre managers had this song on her iPod, so I ended up listening to it fairly frequently at work during the summer when I was rereading Gone With the Wind, and somehow the two got entangled in my brain. But at the same time, come on, look at these lyrics:

That that don't kill me can only make me stronger
I need you to hurry up now, 'cause I can't wait much longer
I know I got to be right now, 'cause I can't get much wronger
Man, I been waitin' all night now
That's how long I been on ya
...
Don't act like I never told ya


Let's all just agree with me that those lyrics suit Rhett and Scarlett to a T.

(Man, it sure would be nice if I could get this interested in a novel that didn't come complete with a whole encyclopedia's worth of Issues. :P )
arisha: (scarlett o'hara)
Today my parents and I went to the used bookstore where I dropped like forty bucks on a book about Pixar (lol what I don't even LIKE Pixar!! xD; ) and also got a biography of Walt Disney that includes a picture of him shaking hands with Leslie Howard. My two current obsessions represented in one photograph, haha that's pretty awesome! xDDD One of the employees noticed I was buying so much Disney stuff and he was recommending me other books to seek out and telling me about his recent trip to Disneyland, aw man that was for serious like the highlight of my day. xD; And I mentioned our tentative plans to visit Tokyo Disneyland, and he even knew stuff about it!! Maaaan, awesome. xD; I think my mom was actually kind of surprised to see a guy my age so into Disney, but I thought it was amazing. xD!

This weekend at work has been so INSANELY busy I feel like I can't even describe it. Although I admit I have been lucky enough to spend most of my shifts so far hiding in the office. ^^; Either way, I am SO looking forward to my THREE DAYS OFF this week. I am tired of dealing with guests who don't understand what a line-up is. ://// Seriously, I had some guy the other night ask me what I meant by "ticket holders." Oh, and some lady tonight when I tried to explain to her what everyone was lining up outside for: "I don't know and I don't care." aha, you WILL care when you discover they're the ones being let into the theatre first!

Okay I am going to end this entry before it turns into a full-out rant about dumb guests, because I like to think I have better things to do. :D
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The rules as written by some anonymous online soul:

1. Pick fifteen of your favorite movies.
2. Go to IMDb and find a quote from each movie.
3. Post them here for everyone to guess.
4. Strike it out when someone guesses correctly, and put who guessed it and the movie.
5. No using Google/IMDb search or other search functions.


I definitely interpreted them more like: pick fifteen movies you like well enough and post a quote from each, whether or not the quote could be found on IMDb. (haha I'm a rebel.)

I apologize in advance, guys -- in my attempt to prevent this little game from becoming too easy, I think I may have made it too difficult. D: But ... I have faith in you!!! x);;

~

01. "Now you know how it feels to be just like everybody else. Isn't it just peachy?"

02. "You're like the thief who isn't the least bit sorry he stole, but is terribly, terribly sorry he's going to jail."

03. "There's no Hell? Everyone ends up here?"

04. "Because You are unjust. Unfair. Unkind."

05. "You're not dying, you just can't think of anything good to do."

06. "Belay that belay that!"

07. "Well, to be honest, I've never been so scared. But at least I have a husband."

08. "I taught you how to fight but I never taught you why to fight."

09. "Well of course we talk. Don't everybody?"

10. "Whoops! I hit the wrong target!"

11. "Don't mess wit' me. I'm the Stair Master. I've mastered the stairs. I wish I had a step right here, right now, I'd step all over it."

12. "We just thought maybe you were made of something stronger."

13. "Now it isn't that I don't like you, Susan, because, after all, in moments of quiet, I'm strangely drawn toward you, but -- well, there haven't been any quiet moments."

14. "There are children here somewhere. I can smell them."

15. "Is that really what my hair looks like from the back?"
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My Reading Break so far has been filled with emotional ups and downs and I am kinda not digging it. I am still far from done my Clean Sweeping; I don't think I'm going to achieve what I had hoped to achieve this break, but I'm still hoping that all this work will pay off somehow. So long as I'm more organized next week than I was last week, right? And even if I'm not, it has been lovely having these three days where I have been able to enter my bedroom and see absolutely nothing cluttering the floor. x)

Gone With the Wind was on TCM today, as part of their countdown to the Oscars. frankly, my dear )

And now for some crazy quotes from my high school classmates, which I found scribbled on pages of notes that I took in Math 9:Read more... )

End of LJ entry! Now I return to being emotionally up and down. D:
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I couldn't find a Stephen Colbert bobble head icon that was to my liking, so, pretending not to be three months behind the times, I made a "STEP you" icon. Man, Ayu, My Story bored me to death, but this "STEP you" single, I like. :)

That is all I have to say, except this, which you don't want to hear -- my scar hurts. This can only mean that VOLDEMORT IS NEAR.

... I just made myself laugh, but it was gross, so, uhm, bye. XD;;;

Edit: My brother does an adorable dance to "STEP you" in which there is lots of peace signs, hahahahahahahaha oh man, cute. XDXDXDXDXD

Also -- Harry says "¡Aléjate!" to Pettigrew, alejarse being "to go away," "to move away." Yay! Another mystery solved. :)

Edit 2: My brother made a joke about Fireball XL-5 yesterday but now I can't remember what it was!! OH SNAP! I do remember him referring to Salt5 as "Salt Bucket," but that was something different~~ . . .

It is past midnight now. Mostly I am still on the computer in the desperate hope that my Merchant of Venice-obsessed pal will e-mail me with praise for the novel excerpt I sent her. And, oh yeah, when I say "Merchant of Venice-obsessed"? I am reeeeeeeeeeally not kidding. The girl is drawing fan art. XDXDXDXD

Also -- I have successfully ripped off another (yes, another) Gone With the Wind scene, this time my favourite one, the one where Scarlett pitches a fit and then Melanie convinces Ashley to stay and his eyes go dead? I don't think I ripped it off particularly well, though, but that is what rewrites are for. XD (My second favourite scene, in case you were wondering, is the one where Ashley returns and Melanie runs down to him and Scarlett starts to run too but is reminded she doesn't really have the right. Pwned! I have yet to rip off this particular scene but it is only a matter of time.) It is weird because I read the book when? Grade eleven spring break? I feel like I remember it oddly well, especially because earlier today I was listing off the Terry Pratchett books I have read (for my Merchant of Venice-obsessed friend) and couldn't remember the plots of half of them.

Oh, and the character I beat up in the GWtW rip-off scene? The Aa! song "First Kiss" fits him perfectly, something I find hilarious and stupid all at the same time, because really, with all due respect, if you're going to have a song fit you perfectly, why would you choose Aa!'s? ;D ;D ;D XD

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