Thursday, June 19, 2014

A Few of my Favorite Movies

I thought it would be fun to share five of my top favorite movies with you!  (They are in no particular order.)

1. North and South

I love this adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North and South, starring Richard Armitage and Daniela Denby-Ashe.  Margaret Hale (Daniela Denby-Ashe) is a young woman from southern England who moves to move to the north after her father decided to leave the clergy. The Hale family struggles to adjust to the industrial town's customs.  While there they meet the Thorntons, a proud family of cotton mill owners who seem to despise their social inferiors.  North and South explores the issue of class and gender, while Margaret's sympathy for the local mill workers clashes with her growing attraction to John Thornton (Richard Armitage).

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2. Pride and Prejudice

Ok, so I really have to specify the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle.  Pride and Prejudice follows the story of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet's five unmarried daughters after the rich and eligible Mr. Bingley and his status-conscious friend, Mr. Darcy, have moved into their neighborhood.  Bingley takes an immediate liking to the eldest Bennet daughter, Jane, while Mr. Darcy (Colin Firth) has difficulty adapting to the local society and repeatedly clashes with the second-eldest Bennet daughter, Elizabeth (Jennifer Ehle).

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3. Sense and Sensibility

After the death of their husband and father the Dashwood women are forced to take a step down in society and become virtually penniless.  Sisters Elinor (Emma Thompson) and Marianne (Kate Winslet) have very different perspectives on life and interests, yet they keep each other in line and support each other in death, hardship, love and in friendship.

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4. Frozen

Who doesn't love Disney's Frozen?  Not only does it have amazing music, but I love the theme of sisterly love in it.  Even before I knew what it was about, when I heard Idina Menzel (who plays Elsa) was singing in it I knew I had to see it.  It tells the story of a fearless, yet awkward, princess who sets off on an epic journey to find her sister, the queen, whose icy powers have frozen the kingdom in an eternal winter.

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5. Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit series

Ok, so this is technically 5 movies so far, with another coming out end of this year, but I love this series!
Lord of the Rings follows the quest of Frodo Baggins and his companions as they travel to Middle Earth to destroy the One Ring.

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The Hobbit follows Bilbo Baggins, 13 dwarves, and the wizard Gandalf the Grey as they travel to the Lonely Mountain to reclaim the dwarves home land from the dragon Smaug.

2 comments:

  1. I love all those!!!!! =D
    Did I tell you we did an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice last fall for our drama group??? It was just awesome. =) Finally got my dream role of playing Elizabeth!! =D

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    1. I saw your blog posts about you getting to play Elizabeth. It looked like a ton of fun!

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