Friday 25 September 2009

Friday - At Last

The 'small one' seen here paddling in a rock pool at St Ouens is driving me crazy. I think it's all the coming and going that's been happening in our house recently. S-S#4 came for four weeks - the dog loves him - and then returned home, S-S#1 then came for a week - loves him too - then he went; J took cases out of the loft (Grumps hates cases) and these have been waiting to be filled ready for going to uni in a few days. He can obviously sense me trying to look calm, whilst not feeling remotely that way.

Helen has let me know that my review of Victoria Connelly's great book, Molly's Millions has been posted on Bookersatz. Please go and have a look and leave a comment letting me know what you think.

I've been tagged by the lovely Bluestocking Mum who I met recently at Caerleon. In fact we were on the same course as the fab and very talented Annieye. I have to give my five favourite film characters. So, here goes:

1. Phantom of the Opera - Gerry Butler version, of course. Can't imagine ever bawling my eyes out for the 1925 version starring Lon Chaney somehow. Call me shallow, I don't care. I thought GB was beautiful in this, and can watch it time and again. If nothing else, it ensures peace and quiet from the rest of the family, who never fail to groan in unison when they see me reach for the DVD.

2. Maxim De Winter from Rebecca - I love the Laurence Olivier version. All that angst, wonderful, especially on a grim winter evening when there's nothing else on, although I have to wonder how he could actually be attracted to such a simpering female is a little beyond me. I suppose it was because she was the anthesis of Rebecca.

3. Mr Darcy - I loved Matthew MacFadyen in Spooks and Enigma, but couldn't see him as taking over from Colin Firth when it came to playing Mr Darcy. So it served me right that I didn't bother going to the cinema to see the film, and ended up watching the DVD at home on our 42 inch screen, which, although fairly big, doesn't compare to how it must have appeared on the big screen. Again, loved all that angst and awkwardness, as well as those beautiful manners. Ahhh.

4. Mark Darcy - yes, of course Colin Firth had to come into this list somewhere. I loved Bridge Jones, and do hope they make another one, whether she's slim, fat, or green, I couldn't care less, I just love the prospect of a night out at the cinema watching a film with Colin Firth doing his thing.

4. Edward Cullin - played by the ethereal Robert Pattinson. This movie (and character) was a surprise for me. I'd heard all the hype and seen the photos, promos, etc, but didn't feel the need to see the movie, until finally giving in to my daughter's relentless nagging, sat down and put on the DVD. Well! Say no more, I am now a convert. My son thinks I've finally lost the plot, but I don't care.

Please feel tagged if you'd like to try this, I'd love to see other answers. Although I think I can make a calculated guess at one of the names on Claire's list, if she did one.


Carol said...

Hahaha, you are so right about who would appear on Claire's list :-)

Awww, poor he living up to his name with all the coming and going?

I love your five film characters. I might give this a go but I have a sneaky suspicion that it might have to wait a bit...I start Uni next week!! (Yikes)

C x

Jenny Beattie said...

Fab list Debs. Yes, I might steal... thank you.

Word verification is podnop, which makes me laugh.

Phillipa said...

I Love your list Debs. Maxim is such a fascinating character. he ought to be a mosnter and yet we have sympathy for him... haven't seen the Olivier version, only the Charles Dannce version with the amazing Diana Rigg and Mrs danvers.

Flowerpot said...

Good list Debs and I agree with all of them. I've got the 1940 version of Rebecca on DVD here - it's fab!

Amanda said...

Ooh, great list Debs :-)

Kate said...

Love the list. I also think James Macavoy from Atonement just lovely!

Kate x

Chris Stovell said...

Hmm, I'd nominate that Tom Hardy guy (no, not the dead one) who played Heathcliffe recently. Oh, I'm jealous that you and BSM met - I would love to have been there.

HelenMWalters said...

I love Colin Firth in anything! Particularly liked him in Love Actually.

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

carol - grumps is definately living up to his name, and slowly driving me mad.

Best of luck with starting Uni next week.

jj - liking 'podnop'.

phillipa - you must see the LA version, I think it's unbeatable.

flowerpot - I have it too, and love watching it.

amanda - thanks.

kate - I love him in that too. Made me cry at the end.

chrish - oh yes, him too. Loved him in that and hope we see much more of him soon.

BSM was on same course as me and lovely.

helen - Me too, I thought about putting that one down, strangely enough.

Anna Scott Graham said...

Too much swirling for Grumpy! And how are YOU taking these cases being out???

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

anna - I had a little bit of a melt down last night (after helping J pack) then phoned my sister and was ok once more.

Anna Scott Graham said...

It's hard, letting them go. I'm sending you calming, peaceful thoughts... It does get easier with time. :)))

Yes, a huge shame with that author! So young...

DJ Kirkby said...

Oh, I've tagged you too. x

Tamsyn Murray said...

Great list, made me wonder who mine would be :-)

claire p said...

Lol, yes Debs guilty!!! you and Carol know me sooooooooo well (oh Edward, sigh. Oh Rob, sigh again).

Bluestocking Mum said...

Great list Debs - Colin Firth is yummy in everything he does.
Can you believe Rebecca is probably my all time favourite book yet I've not seen a film version. Must see some time.


Unknown said...

Sympathies to you and Grumps re the cases. Horrid things. Sending (((hugs))) from here.

Great list. The Laurence Olivier version is just perfect. Love it!

Casdok said...

Some great choices there :)

Kat W said...

Good choices. I'm with you on the last 3 for sure. It's not a film but I love Jim's character from the TV series Ghost Whisperer. I advised my husband to take a leaf out of his book!!

Kat :-)

Faye said...

How flattering that all my dogs dip into a great depression when they see anything like packing for a trip. How do they know what the luggage is for?

Your fav film characters make me think that I should give Matthew MacF. another chance. Agree with you about his lovely manners and angst but couldn't stand Keira Knightley--Elizabeth B. needed a lot more spunk! BTW, I hope RA doesn't see your list! :-)

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

anna - many thanks, need the calming thoughts at the moment.

dj - I've seen it, many thanks. Will do a post soon.

tam - thanks.

claire - lol.

bluestocking mum - you really have to see the film, especially the Laurence Olivier version. It's unbeatable, I think.

shirley - many thanks.

Ahh, see, bluestocking mum, Shirley agrees. Definately a perfect film.

casdok - thank you.

katw - I'll have to look out for Jim on Ghost Whisperer, as I don't usually watch it.

faye - I would have definately put RA there, but as the tag was for film characters, thought I couldn't really do it. Haven't forgotten him though :)