Over the last couple of weeks I’ve managed to get not one, but TWO blogging awards! I’m always amazed to get just one, but two?! Holy guacamole.
The first award, The Creative Blogger award, comes from mlbradford. I love Brad’s site so it’s an honor to get an award from him.
The second award is The Blogger Recognition award courtesy of Elena. Elena has a great site filled with great insight into films and books. Please go check it out.
I’m going to cheat a little and nominate just five bloggers for the Creative Blogger award. The nominees are…
• Reel Red Reviews
• Back to the Viewer
• Assholes Watching Movies
• The Movie Review Dude
The (well, my) rules:
List 5 facts about yourself
Nominate 5 blogs
Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation Praise Xenu! Tom Cruise has made another incredibly fun action movie. It’s a blast from start to finish. Is it believable? Hell no, but who cares? I loved Tom as always and his crazy stunts. It really does add something vital to the film knowing that he is actually doing them. But my favorite thing was Rebecca Ferguson. I watched her on The White Queen (I should really finish that show) a few months ago and fell in love with her then. She’s a great, very talented actress. And she’s a surprisingly good action star. It’s great to see more good, well rounded female characters in action films these days (this movie, Fury Road). I really like Ilsa because while she is sexy and beautiful those qualities don’t define her character. And while she and Ethan Hunt have chemistry, the movie never resorts to contriving a romance between them. They seem more like two highly skilled spies that can admire and respect each other. Rogue Nation gets 9 BMWs out of 10.
For about the first half of this episode it was a little boring. Just a sequence of events, but not a lot of character development. Which annoyed me because the characters are my favorite part. But once “the storm” of the title occurs, wow, suddenly everything was very exciting and it ended up quite well (well not for Isabel…).
The highlight for me this episode was Eleanor Tomlinson as Isabel Neville. Wow, she blew me away I was so very, very impressed. She’s my new favorite on the show, my MVP (sorry Elizabeth/Rebecca Ferguson). And she’s so beautiful with those big, wonderful eyes. Isabel is the only truly sympathetic character on the show. She seems like a normal young girl caught up in schemes that she wants no part of. She says repeatedly that she does not want to be queen, but her father, Warwick, does not care what Isabel wants. She realizes that she and her sister, Anne, are just “their pieces on a board,” pawns to be used by their father and George. Isabel doesn’t trust her father, she feels he could easily betray her as he did Edward. This admission shows that she isn’t totally stupid, but it’s also quite sad. Isabel is alone in the world, unable to trust her own family. It’s also sad when Isabel tells Anne, “we will never have what [Elizabeth] has.” In other words, they will never marry for love (well I’m not so sure about Anne…). Everything to do with Isabel is just so sad! The pain over her baby needlessly dying… it made me cry a little. That would be such a frightening experience. This time the episode ends with her wanting revenge. Elizabeth and her Evil Eye better watch out!
Elizabeth (Rebecca Ferguson) started to become very unlikeable to me this episode. She’s starting to come off as the annoying, nagging wife. I understand she’s upset about her father and brother’s deaths. But when Edward tells her to drop it, she should just listen! Instead she keeps moping about it for the whole hour. Except for when she suddenly gets horny and jumps Edward’s bones. She’s all happy because her fortune said they would have a boy. But ick, her sudden change of mood was just…weird…dirty even. Maybe it’s because Anne had to unlace Elizabeth while she was making out with Edward. It was all so cringe worthy. And Elizabeth gets naked while Anne is still in the room?! That seems like something a whore would do, not a queen. I guess she wanted to show off, but still…yuck! Rebecca’s acting is excellent during the scene in which she confronts the Neville girls for the first time since the murders. She is commanding, mad, sad, basically everything all at once. And with Jacquetta looming over her shoulder, it was an awesome scene.
The storm sequence of the episode was very exciting and I can’t wait to see what the fallout will be. I hope Isabel somehow gets revenge on Elizabeth (since her voodoo created the storm). Tidbits:
• When Warwick asks his pregnant daughter, Isabel, “Is it a boy?” Umm far as I know sonograms didn’t exist back then. Was he really expecting an answer? Is he dumb or were people that ignorant in the Middle Ages?
• Margaret (Amanda Hale doing some very good acting) says she would cut off Edward’s head if she could. I seriously believe it, she scares me a little.
• Anne Neville is very much like her father, Warwick. She doesn’t fear his schemes, as Isabel does. Maybe that’s why I don’t like Anne.
• Isabel is worried about Elizabeth’s “evil eye.” Hahaha, I thought I was the only one who said that kind of thing.
• Warwick is so monotone while talking to Elizabeth, but is all perky and happy once Cecily walks over. Hahaha, he’s a sneaky snake.
• Margaret is the best manipulator of anyone on the show. Anyone who underestimates her is making a serious mistake!
• Stafford puts up with a lot of shit from his wife, Margaret. If she was my wife I would never let her out of my sight!
• Margaret finally gets to live with her son, but he does not give one fuck. Both humorous and sad. I think she is so determined to make him king because she wants to make up for the years she could not be there for him. Or, you know, she just wants power.
• “God’s work” really just means “Margaret’s work.” 😛
• Men fight battles and women…pray. A silly, but true montage.
• Edward just suddenly kills the guy who basically saves his life. What the fuck kind of sense was that?! I thought Edward was a lover, not a fighter.
• Margaret gives no fucks about her brother’s death or that she is the one most responsible for it. Can she be anymore unlikeable?
This episode wasn’t as good as the first one. It was a little bit of a letdown. The best thing about it was the fast pace. It was never boring. I just would have liked to see more character development.
There was an emphasis again on women orchestrating things in the background. But the limitations of this were also shown. Anthony, Elizabeth’s brother, tells her “You must do the thinking for [Edward].” Elizabeth initially succeeds in bending Edward to her will using her sexuality, but also simply appealing to his ego. This backfires though as all Elizabeth does is piss off Warwick even more, thus causing him to rebel against Edward. Poor Elizabeth has it pretty rough this episode. You would think now that she’s queen things would be smooth sailing. But that isn’t the case in Medieval England when you have three daughters, but no male heirs. To Warwick, she’s even more of a failure because of this and he uses it to his advantage.
Jacquetta doesn’t have too much to do this episode which is a shame. She strengthens her family’s position through beneficial marriages. What else are you going to do when you have so many daughters? The funniest part of the episode was the betrothal ceremony of young Catherine to the future Duke of Buckingham. The little girl is thrilled while the boy sulks his way through the ceremony.
Margaret Beaufort was shown more in this episode. She’s a strange character. Mostly I find her annoying, what with her constant praying. She comes off as nearly delusional. But the audience does sympathize with her. She has had her son taken away and she was unable to marry the man she loves. Margaret’s mother tells her, “You are a girl. You live the life your mother chooses for you. Or your husband does.” It’s a bitchy thing to say, but an unfortunate reality for women at the time. Elizabeth’s situation is the exception, not the rule. I admire Margaret’s determination to see her son succeed (and eventually steal the throne). But she really is annoying with her constant preaching. The girl needs to loosen up.
The best part of the episode came in at about the last ten minutes. Rebecca Ferguson shines in the scene where Elizabeth and Jacquetta discuss the deaths of Elizabeth’s father and brother. Elizabeth finally breaks down from all the stress she has had to endure. She cries, she screams, and she captivates the screen. She wants revenge. The sheer power of her will is so vehement that the audience really believes she can curse George and Warwick. I really love the witchcraft on the show, it’s made to be very believable. I’ll just have to wait till next episode to see if the curse actually works.
• Margaret’s mother tells her, “I do not care if you are happy.” What a bitch!
• Anne Warwick annoys me. Her sister, Isabel, is much more interesting and a better actress. I wish their roles were reversed.
• I liked that the narrative skipped ahead three years. It keeps the show fast paced.
• Apparently George hates his brother so much that he would side with Warwick and try to disinherit him? That just came out of nowhere, George’s motivations should have been explored more.
• RIP Elizabeth’s father and brother whose name I can’t remember and no one cared about until now.
• Death to George! Death to Warwick!
• Not enough sex. Isabel and George don’t do it for me.
It hasn’t come to light on this blog yet, but I am a huge history buff. When I read books, whether they are fiction or non-fiction, they are usually about history and in particular women. So when I saw this DVD at Walmart I picked it up without any hesitation. The White Queen is a mini-series produced by Starz and the BBC about the English War of the Roses. It is based on books by Philippa Gregory. I haven’t read the books this series is based on, but I have read the sequel The White Princess. Wow, was it a terrible novel, I hope they do better with the show if they make another installment. It is repetitive and boring and the main character is completely bland and unlikeable. I don’t know how Gregory continues to sell so many books, they are terrible for the most part. So when I finally sat down to watch this show after the DVD sat under a thick layer of dust, I was prepared for the worst. But I was very pleasantly surprised. I really like this show. Border line love it actually.
As I said before, I love reading about female historical figures. I’ve read quite a bit about the wives of Henry VIII and a few other random queens and mistresses from all over the European continent and all through the ages. Marie Antoinette will always be my favorite, but English history comes in a close second. I don’t totally understand all the details of the time in which this series starts, but basically the old Lancastrian King, Henry VI has been disposed by the new York King, Edward IV. Our protagonist is Elizabeth Woodville, a woman from a Lancastrian family that’s on hard times. In the first episode she ends up falling in love with (or is it seducing?) the King and becomes the Queen, despite many protests against her. As a woman I really enjoyed the focus on powerful women and I look forward to seeing it explored more, especially now that Elizabeth is at court. I loved the part when Elizabeth pulls a knife on Edward when he tries to rape her. It’s refreshing to see women that aren’t damsels in distress.
The acting on this show is really good, I was quite surprised. I was expecting something a little more like a soap opera. The stand out, the girl who steals both the heart of the King and the hearts of the audience is Elizabeth played by Rebecca Ferguson. Wow, she was absolutely stunning. She makes Elizabeth likeable and intelligent. There’s a mystery behind her eyes. The audience doesn’t know how conniving Elizabeth really is. Did she seduce the King for her own gain? She doesn’t act like it, she acts genuinely in love. But there is one conversation that subtly hints otherwise. Rebecca’s face is beautiful, captivating. It’s easy to see why the King would go so far as to marry her. Rebecca Ferguson is currently filming the next Mission Impossible movie and I’ll be watching her closely then. I think she has great potential.
The other stand out for me was Janet McTeer who plays Elizabeth’s mother, Jacquetta. She was excellent. Anyone would love to have her for a mother. A highlight of the episode for me was when she tells off Duchess Cecily (Edward’s mother). She keeps her cool, but she’s also firm and knows how to look after her family. I really enjoyed the magic and almost witchcraft that she used to predict Elizabeth’s future. I thought it was a good way to set up the rest of the series and the two actresses made it seem very believable.
This show has me hooked. It’s a very interesting time in history, the production values are really good, and the acting is outstanding. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
• Edward doesn’t seem very kingly so far. Maybe he will grow into it. He was only 19 at the time.
• I like that Elizabeth is smart, but she’s not a genius. She makes a few understandable mistakes. It makes her all the more human and likeable.
• Warwick is going to be trouble. James Frain is great in this role.
• Margaret Beaufort is going to be a bitch, I just know it!
• Cecily tries to get away with the lowest curtsy ever. Haha, no way was Elizabeth going to let that slide.