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Borrowed From Cal & Lynne:
Miss Marple: Murder at the Vicarage / Nemesis
Miss Marple: Carribean Mystery / A Mirror Crack'd
(Joan Hickson is the best Miss Marple EVER!)

Borrowed from Netflix:
Onmyoji - Known among a subset of our friends as “The Fluffy Gay Sheginja Movie”. This Japanese film is based on a novel which in turn was loosely based on the life of Abe no Seimei, a shinto adept from the Heian Period. He’s a huge figure in Japanese folklore (sort of the equivalent of Merlin) and was said to be the son of a kitsune. The film itself is fun to watch (we had seen it some years before), worth seeing again but not worth owning. A MUST SEE for those in the L5R crowd (that means you, [livejournal.com profile] daidoji_gisei).

All Creatures, Great & Small series 6, disc 3
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First of all, the weird phone calls have stopped on our home line. Brent is convinced that a line got crossed on Thursday and that's what caused the problem. I'm not sure. I will be interested in seeing what our answering machine looks like tonight.

Our weekend was fairly peaceful. Friday night, we were total sluggs. Saturday, we slept in and then dolled ourselves up and went to see a production of Jesus Christ Superstar at the OC performing arts center (I'm still processing this and will write more on it later). Sunday, we picked Cal up and took him to church with us, as Brent's pastor was starting a series of classes on Celtic Christianity and Cal was interested in sitting in on them. After class, we took him to lunch and dropped him off at home (picking up our copy of Stardust) and headed home. The afternoon was filled with naps and general laziness.

Perhaps the best part of the weekend was watching the new film adaptation of Ballet Shoes. The original book, by Noel Streatfeild, was one of my favorite books as a child. I read both of its sequels, Theater Shoes and Movie Shoes, as well as many of her other books, but Ballet Shoes was always my favorite. A mini-series was made of the book in 1975 for the BBC (which I have a copy of) but it lacked some the spirit of the book.

So you cannot imagine how delighted I was to hear that the BBC was producing a new version on film, starring none other than Emma Waston, Hermione of the Harry Potter films. Also in the cast are Yasmine Paige, who co-stars in The Sarah Jane Adventures, Marc Warren (Mr. Teatime from Hogfather), Emilia Fox, Gemma Jones, Harriet Walter, Eileen Atkins, and Richard Griffiths, who seems to be working with a lot of his young Harry Potter co-stars recently (he played the psychologist in the recent stage production of Equus with Daniel Radcliff). I was hoping that it would be better than the previous attempt and I was not disappointed.

Although they did take some liberties with the adaptation, including condensing the time line and making all three main characters older, they did a fantastic job potraying the gaudy-ness of the 1920's stage world and the gave both Emma and Yasmine places to shine (Lucy Boynton, who played the 3rd sister, also did a very good job, but is a relative unknown). They did add a slightly clumsy romance (the older film version did as well) but it did not distract from the excellent performances all around. The only sad bit was that they had the girls (with the exception of Boynton) do very little actual dancing, but that was to be expected, as that would have required a great deal more training than the shooting schedule allowed. I was willing to put up with the exchange for the excellent acting. We downloaded it but if it ever becomes available on region 1 DVD, it is going into the perminent collection.
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The weekend was very enjoyable all around, with only a few small disappointments.
Weekend Download including music, Ikea, and amazing Doctor Who )
All in all it was a good weekend, except for [livejournal.com profile] sepdet's accident and my yarn failure. And Knitpicks still hasn't gotten back to me about my order, so it looks like I'm going to have to call them at lunch today. Tonight, the plan is to start laundry and get our CD rack together while we watch some Monty Python and Bab 5. A fairly boring evening but much needed. Most of our CDs are still in boxes and it will be nice to see some of them again.

I will leave you with the lyrics to my favorite Wailing Jenny's song. It makes me think of Harry Potter, for some strange reason.
One Voice by the Wailing Jennys )

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