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As promised, here is some in depth analysis on my books and movies/tv consumed in 2012. BOOKS Memorable Books from this year: This is not a definitive list by any means. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern - Magical, enchanting first novel. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott - I wish I hadn't missed out on this as a kid. A must read for girls. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling - Whatever his politics,…

Labyrinth (11-12 12 12) - Wow, I loved this movie. I missed out on this classic growing up. Apparently it did poorly at the box office and with some critics. In any case, I'm sad that Jim Henson was disappointed that this tanked. I like Henson's works on the Muppets, but this is in a different league. It's slightlt dark, fun, and classic tale of growing up and friendship. Also, DAVID BOWIE! He wears really…

This was a busy month for movies because I was finishing a sweater so I had lots to do while watching films. Whisper of the Heart (04 11 2012) - Another lovely and wonderful Ghibli/Miyazaki film with great soundtrack and music. There are cute allusions to other Studio Ghibli films as well. At the core, this is another coming of age story with themes of growing up, first love, unrequited love, and hope for ever…

The Avengers (October 28th 2012) - Finally got around to watching this. I even had a dream about this movie last month. In the dream, I was tempted to side with Loki and I kinda was during the movie if only because Tom Hiddleston is very charismatic and really steals all his scenes. The only other person to rival him in the cast charisma was Robert Downey Jr. I liked the other actors OK, but…

I only saw two things in August: "Northanger Abbey" 1986 (24 08 2012) and "Pride and Prejudice" 1980 (27-8 08 2012). Both reviewed in Austen Adaptations. September The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (08 09 2012) - I knew I would love this movie when I heard about it. Stellar cast, lovely setting, and touching storytelling. It had some slight moments of cheese, but it is such a nice feel-good movie.   Intouchables (09 09 2012)…

Magic Mike (29 07 2012) - Generally, I don't really go to movies in theatres anymore because I can wait for the DVD. I also am use to watching movies alone, but the hype for this movie and how fun it was got to me. So I gave in and thought it would a good idea to go with a good girlfriend of mine and her friend too. It was fun; the dance sequences were…

A lot more movie watching this month due to a heat wave and knitting. Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows (13,15 06 2012) - Had some decent action sequences, but didn't seem to have the impact of the first film. I do like the chemistry between RDJ and Jude Law though. I am not a huge JL fan, but I feel he is a great Watson. I love his and Martin Freeman's the best, and he…

The Hunger Games (03 04 2012) - In theatres, see post here. The Muppets (09 04 2012) - I use to watch "The Muppet Show" as a kid and have seen a couple of the Muppet movies (love a Muppets Christmas Carol) so it was a given to watch this. Additionally, I like Jason Segal's work in both HIMYM and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. This movie had its moments; I usually like Kermit et al., but…

It's been over a year since I read the books, but I did enjoy them for the most part. They are entertaining and it is definitely a series which I thought would translate on screen especially since the author Suzanne Collins wrote the screenplay and seems to be so involved with the films. I enjoyed the film too, and it is hard to condense such an action packed book into a film even if the…

The Secret World of Arrietty (12 03 2012) - I watched the British dub version. I love Studio Ghibli movies. I think Hayao Miyazaki is an absolute world treasure. His films always make me feel at ease, comfortable and child like. I know no one other director/ producer / writer that does that. The universes he creates are so marked by his imaginative and beautiful style even when he didn't direct his film, his writing…

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (01 02 2012) - What is there to say really; it was fine. I feel the director didn't take it all too seriously and there was some nice visuals in there actually. I also think that the two leads had even better chemistry than the previous films.   Ladies in Lavender (10 02 2012) - This movie is sweet and sentimental. Not much seems to actually happen, and…

I really enjoyed this film, and I had a feeling I would because I like silent films and black and white movies. I spent most of my high school years watching old movies and really appreciating them. It has been awhile since I've seen a black and white film let alone a silent one. I am glad I caught some of the references, there were definitely allusions to Singing in the Rain, Astaire/Rogers, Charlie Chaplin,…