Versatile Blogger Awards!


Brilliant blogger Linnet Moss has been so wonderfully kind as to add me to her list of nominees for the Versatile Blogger Award!

Full post here ->

As per the rules (copied at the bottom of this post), I am hereby presenting my own list of 10 nominees: ~ a veritable rainbow of glorious historical costumes… ~ a whole host of steampunk wonders, beautifully presented! ~ a fascinating selection of bits and bytes from “beguiling Hollywood” ~ running the gamut of amazing costuming adventures ~ an array of beautiful corsetry ~ love all the “geeky memes of the day”! ~ the varied filmography of the inimitable Bogie ~ inspiring tributes to myriad films of yore ~ thoughtful commentary on a variety of books, films, &c. ~ I applaud the tagline: there is always time for dress up!

Here are the rules ->

The Versatile Blogger Award Rules:

* Display the Award Certificate (cut and paste it from my post)
* Write a post and link back to the blogger who nominated you – that’s me!
* Nominate 10 other bloggers
* Inform them of their nomination via comment on their blog
*Post 7 interesting things about yourself

…and here are my “7 Interesting(-ish) Things”, primarily either costume- or cinema-related!

1) My favourite Robin Hood is Errol Flynn (although I also have a soft spot for the Disney fox…)

2) The films I’ve seen the most times at a movie theatre are Impromptu, Jane Eyre, & Lord of the Rings.

3) My vote for deserves-to-be-much-more-widely-known impressive acting performance is Norman Jones in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Crooked Man (1984)….

4) I have been known to dance a galliarde & a Charleston with equal enthusiasm (albeit in different costumes!).

5) I’ve studied archery, fencing, fife, & drum at different times over the years, and I once attended a falconry meet.

6) The heaviest costume I’ve ever performed in weighed approximately 20 pounds.

7) In my opinion, the best soundtrack never issued is the one from The Girl on the Bridge.


2 thoughts on “Versatile Blogger Awards!

  1. Excellent blog suggestions! I hit the follow button immediately on a few of these. I am fascinated by your “high attendance” movies. My most watched movie in a theater is “Splash.” I saw it many times because I worked as a server ferrying beer, popcorn and nachos to patrons for 50-cent tips. But I never tired of it. As a theater employee, I saw many other films over and over, but this is the only one I remember. Which “Jane Eyre” are you speaking of? The Michael Fassbender version, I take it?

  2. Hi Linnet,
    I’m so glad you found some neat new blogs to follow!
    Re Jane Eyre, yes, I was referring to the most recent one. However, I’ve actually watched one of the old BBC versions many more times, just not in a theatre.
    19th-c English lit was the focus of my M.A., and JE is one of my all-time favourite novels. I once held my own personal “Jane Eyre-athon” where I watched all the different versions in sequence. (I plan to do it again at some point, and blog about all of them!) I originally thought I’d never find a version I liked as much as the one from 1973 with Sorcha Cusack and Michael Jayston – both consummate performers – but I discovered that the version made in 1983, with Timothy Dalton simply owning the character of Rochester in all its nuances, is also wonderful. (Although I must agree with this comment from a youtube clip: “Not that I’m complaining, but isn’t Timothy Dalton far too gorgeous to be Rochester? Women all over the county would have been kicking his front door in, loon in the attic notwithstanding.” 😉 ) In terms of other versions, I liked Charlotte Gainsbourg but disliked William Hurt, I resent the liberties the 2006 version took with the story, and despite my admiration for Ciaran Hinds (whom I believe you to be an even more ardent admirer of!), I felt that he was saddled with absurdly anachronistic lines such as “I’m still me!” in the 1997 JE.
    As to the most recent version, I truly adored it: complete faithfulness to the dialogue (my litmus test for any book-to-film adaptation), elegiac tone, moody Yorkshire palette, heart-breaking soundtrack, and an exquisite performance from Mia Wasikowska, who I think captured Jane’s reined-in emotions absolutely perfectly. The only weakness? Michael Fassbender. I tried, I genuinely tried to love him in the role. But whilst I do think he is adept at portraying Rochester’s charisma and allure, he didn’t fully plumb the depths of the character’s emotional capacity for passion, fury, and misery. If Timothy Dalton could only have been spliced in, that would probably be my ideal Jane Eyre adaptation.
    Hmm, that turned into a fairly lengthy answer!! But I do love the Brontës, so I guess that explains it. 🙂

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