Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Moving Ahead: A New Stage in My Journey

It's strange how emotions and feelings choose the funniest times to pop up and make a nuisance of themselves. Perhaps I shouldn't say nuisance since these are actually emotions I should be feeling, but I hate having the urge to burst into tears at the drop of a hat.

The Lord has blessed me mightily this month. Starting next Monday I will be one of Compassion International's newest employees in the SDP department (a lot of financial and data entry work). If you're not familiar with the company, they focus on child sponsorship in 3rd world countries and also handle a lot of disaster relief and family training. It's a wonderful, wonderful company that uplifts the lives of the downtrodden and shines the light of Jesus into the darkest of places. I can't even begin to express my love for this company, and the honor and gratitude I feel for their hiring me. They're changing my life, and in the best way possible.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

In Defense of Sherlock

Right now there seems to be a lot of confusion running rampant about the personality and motivations behind Sherlock Holmes of BBC’s Sherlock. "He's selfish" crops up online regularly and I'm always left slightly puzzled at this interpretation of his behavior. I don't accept that interpretation of his actions. Okay, perhaps he is selfish, but the question should always come before the judgment. And really, just how selfish is he? Why is he selfish? What drives that selfishness? And perhaps, at the end of the day, we're left with the understanding that Sherlock isn't actually selfish at all, but something else entirely.

You see, I think it's important to judge fictional characters based off their personality types and the mannerisms those personality types exhibit. Perhaps a lot of people don't interact with an INTP (Myers-Briggs Personality Test) regularly, but that is one of the three personalities (leave it to him to use THREE personality types!) that Sherlock exhibits, and if I know anything in this entire world, it's how an INTP thinks. Nope, not because I am one since I'm an ISFJ thank you very much. Rather, I've been blessed with an INTP for a best friend, and if that doesn't give me insight into Sherlock's lunacy then nothing will.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

All Anthony-ed Out!

Well, m'dears, I knew it would happen sooner or later, but I just can't write another word about my beloved Anthony Andrews. This Anthony Andrews Blog Hop Party is now officially finished on my end.

Feel free to continue writing blog posts or posting ones you've pre-scheduled. I'll hop on and read them and comment and all that good stuff, but I'm literally drained of any words that could be used in context with AA.

I do hope that this blog hop has inspired you to track down some of his lesser-known works, and that you've enjoyed the time spent with me this month in revisiting his terrific filmography. Now I can go back to just watching his movies and not psycho-analyzing them. So refreshing!

Starting next week, I'll return to the regular regimen of posts, book reviews, and other good stuff.

Anthony Andrews Mystery Collection: Agatha Christie's Sparkling Cyanide

Anthony Andrews and Deborah Raffin in Sparkling Cyanide (1983)

What is up with this man? Every time I turn around right now, Anthony Andrews is popping up in some mystery or other. First Columbo then Miss Marple then Rosemary and Thyme and now he's starring in a stand-alone Agatha Christie known as Sparkling Cyanide. I suspect that the screenwriters probably butchered Ms. Christie's original story, but like my fondness for By the Pricking of My Thumbs, it doesn't entirely matter.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day

From me, Bobby Darin, and Sandra Dee!

TSP Quotation Challenge and Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to HAMLETTE!

And we really must congratulate her since this was only her first watching of
 The Scarlet Pimpernel. Well done, m'dear! I'll email you tomorrow to
verify your address! Ivanhoe shall be yours!

Thanks to the runners-up, Charity and Marissa, for participating!

Hamlette missed only 3 questions, Marissa missed 4, and Charity missed 8.
I judged according to each fill-in-the-blank space so some of the quotations
were actually worth 2 or 3 answers. You ladies were great sports!

For those of you curious as to the correct answers to my little
quotation challenge, here you go!

  1. "They seek him here, they seek him there, those Frenchies seek him everywhere."
  2. "Od's fish, m'dear. Would you have me challenge the poor countess to a duel?"
  3. "Then your tailors will rule the land, and no one will make the clothes."
  4. "Percy. Fashionably late, as usual." "Sink me, your highness, it was this damned cravat. Simply refused to tie."
  5. "Oh, the English, and their STUPID sense of fair play!"
  6. "So much for French fashion and French politics."
  7. "Approval, sir, in my opinion, demands the attainment of perfection. And in that sense, you rather overrate the charm of your society." 
  8. "If I were to tell you that I adore you, would you have me do so stintingly? Or would you have me declare it as I feel it, with all my heart?"
  9. "I swear you've been taking lessons. The cravat's a picture."
  10. "My heart dictates the pace."
  11. "From this moment on, she must never be trusted. We cannot risk betrayal."
  12. "What I see before me is a facade. A shell of a man I once knew. This is some absurd role you're playing. I don't know why, but I'm sure it is. Perhaps to keep the world at a distance. And now you're shutting me out as well."
  13. "A phantom, my lady, nothing more than a phantom."
  14. "He was looking for the Scarlet Pimpernel. I pray he found a fool."
  15. "You must learn to trust me, my friend. Do not trouble your head with thoughts of Louise. I will see that she is safe."
  16. "It would seem your friend is in distress. To the rescue."
  17. "I see now what begins as a dream can end as a nightmare. Some causes can become warped and twisted, like some men."
  18. "My dear chap, I never would have dreamt of depriving you of your moment of triumph. Alas, a moment was all I could spare."
  19. "They knew that your tears would be the worst possible torture."
  20. "Ceased? I will love her to the day I die. That is the tragedy."
  21. "God bless the Scarlet Pimpernel, whoever he may be. Surely he must be an angel in disguise."

Discovering True Love: Percy and Marguerite

Anthony Andrews and Jane Seymour in The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982)

What is romance? A lot of people picture it as hearts and flowers and that tingly sensation in the pit of the stomach. It can be that unspoken attraction between two people before they even really meet each other. A glance across a crowded room. A touch of a hand that sparks something unexpected.

For Sir Percival Blakeney in The Scarlet Pimpernel, it was a glance across a room that started his inexplicable infatuation with Marguerite St. Just. He knew nothing of her, not really even her name when he first encountered her. Only that she was the sister of a man he happened to save because that's what Percy does . . . he saves people. It is the perfect moment of love at first sight for any romantic dreamer.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Anthony Andrews Blog Count (Updated 2/25/14)


All right, m'dears, these are all of the official posts for this Anthony Andrews Blog Hope to date, including a few, or maybe just one, that I added from another blog but was written years ago. I think the post covers the author's love for The Scarlet Pimpernel beautifully. I will continue updating this list as more of the links go live, and of course, if anyone new happens to add something, which you're always welcome to do.

If you want a post added, please just comment down below and I'll update both this list, and the LINKY that apparently only works for some folks. Weird!

Intro Post and Miscellaneous
Anthony Andrews Blog Hop Introduction Post (mine)
A Taste of the Real Anthony Andrews (mine)

The Scarlet Pimpernel: Quotation Challenge and Ivanhoe DVD Giveaway! (mine)
Quotation Challenge Winner (mine)

Brideshead Revisited:
Brideshead Revisited (mine)
Gods and Teddy Bears: Sebastian and Aloysius (Charity's Place)

The Scarlet Pimpernel:
The Fop and the Fool: Christian Symbolism in The Scarlet Pimpernel (Charity's Place)
Sir Percival Blakeney, Baronet (Marissa)
Sir Percy Blakeney, Baronet: The Man Behind the Mask (mine)
Sir Percy’s Personality Type (Funky MBTI Fiction)
Discovering True Love: Percy and Marguerite (mine)
Giveaway of "The Scarlet Pimpernel" DVD (Hamlette)
An objective review on "The Scarlet Pimpernel" (Hamlette)
Why I Love The Scarlet Pimpernel (Of Trims and Frills)

Anthony as a delicious villain in the BEST Columbo episode ever!

 Misc. Roles:
The Beast Within: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Charity's Place)
Miss Marple - By the Pricking of My Thumbs: The Trouble With Tommy (mine)
Lessons from Moriarty: Hands of a Murderer (Charity's Place)
Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weave . . . Columbo Goes to the Guillotine (Charity's Place)
Sacrificial Love: Ivanhoe and Rebecca (mine)
Agatha Christie's Sparkling Cyanide (mine)
Frogs and Snails: Little Boys (Charity's Place)

Charity’s Place Movie Reviews:
Brideshead Revisited
David Copperfield
Hands of a Murderer
The King’s Speech
Love in a Cold Climate
Marple, Season Two
The Scarlet Pimpernel

Remember to submit your answers to my Scarlet Pimpernel Quotation Challenge and GIVEAWAY! I'll post the winner tomorrow night around 8pm MST so get those answers submitted. A free Ivanhoe DVD is a lovely prize, if I do say so myself . . . which I do. *winks*

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Scarlet Pimpernel Quotation Challenge and GIVEAWAY!!

Come and join us on the Day Dream!

All right, ladies (and gentlemen if there are any of you interested), get your little grey cells whirring for this exciting quotation challenge!


Monday, February 10, 2014

Sacrificial Love: Ivanhoe and Rebecca

Anthony Andrews and Olivia Hussey in Ivanhoe (1982)

The best stories leave you wanting more. And sometimes they don't have the perfect ending, like Ivanhoe. I've never read the book (it's on my to-reads list for sometime in the next 5 years), so I have no clue as to whether this film adaptation is faithful or not, and frankly, I don't care. Because Wilfrid of Ivanhoe's story transcends just the tale penned by Sir Walter Scott. It is a tale of chivalry, of honor, of defeat, and of romance, and it never fails to move me to tears because my favorite couple is doomed to the status of unrequited love.

Friday, February 7, 2014

By the Pricking of My Thumbs: The Trouble with Tommy

Anthony Andrews and Greta Scacchi as Tommy and Tuppence in By the Pricking of My Thumbs (2006)

I vaguely remember reading this Agatha Christie novel once, quite a few years back, and being surprised that she'd written something without either Poirot or Miss Marple. It didn't snag my interest for very long, possibly because I didn't have a visual to go with the story. Now I do, and I wish to high heaven that some genius had leapt to his/her feet and declared the necessity of a Tommy and Tuppence miniseries! Just a single season, possibly only 4 episodes, but each one casting this brilliant duo of Anthony Andrews and Greta Scacchi.

Now that you've had my prologue (although I confess that Anthony doesn't have nearly enough scenes for a die-hard fangirl like me!), we can move on to the meat of Tommy and Tuppence's relationship.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Percival Blakeney, Baronet: The Man Behind the Mask

Anthony Andrews as Sir Percy in The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982)

Do you ever feel like you're wearing a facade? Like what the world sees is not who you really are underneath?

Whenever I watch The Scarlet Pimpernel, I always ponder the difficulties of pretending to be an idiotic fop in front of the entire world. Percy is a first-class hero, one that should have really existed, a man who risked his life going into Paris and rescuing doomed members of the aristocracy during the French Revolution. Yet, to all but a few trusted associates, he is nothing more than a buffoon who cares more about his perfectly tied cravat than human lives.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Benedict Cumberbatch and the Sign of Four (or is it Three?)

My dearest friends, meet Benedict Sherlock!

Femnista: Jan/Feb 2014 - Disney Animation

Welcome to the latest issue of Femnista! This is the webzine that I write for on a bi-monthly basis, and the theme this month is, as you can tell, Disney Animation!

We've got great articles on all films Disney. My sister wrote about Atlantis, the movie that most Disney fans have either never seen or try to forget but is one of her top favorites. I wrote about the development of Tinkerbell through the release of the awesome Disney Fairies movies that I love so much. There's articles on Tangled, Beauty & the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Pocahontas, Mulan, Cinderella, Treasure Planet, The Lion King, and many more!

Come join us and delight in revisiting the films of your childhood!

Monday, February 3, 2014

A Taste of the Real Anthony Andrews

As Sebastian Flyte from Brideshead Revisited (1981)

And here's the official kick-off for my Valentine's Month Blog Hop for Anthony Andrews!

Ordinarily, I don't like to look up information on the actors I adore. You never know what you might find, but I made an exception for Anthony Andrews because I feel that nothing will change my opinion of him. He's not perfect and I can't expect that of him. And delving a little bit into his personal life won't do me any harm.

Keep going into the post to see more!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

The Delights of Anthony Andrews . . . or a Valentine's Month Blog Hop!

I'm not usually all goo-goo eyed in the month of February. In fact, this is usually my least favorite month of the year! All single adults probably feel the same, inundated with red hearts and pink flowers and boxes of calories on every side, and no spouse to share them with.

But, this year, for whatever reason, I felt compelled to try something new. This man, this gorgeous man, is Anthony Andrews. Born in 1948 in London, Anthony recently celebrated his 66th birthday. You might say that I like them old, or you could more accurately say that age never matters to me.

The photo above is from his enchanting role as Sir Percival Blakeney, Baronet in The Scarlet Pimpernel in 1982. Yes, we're talking 32 years ago, making him a delicious 34-years-old during the filming of this movie.

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