Friday, May 11, 2012

The Confessional.

So here's the deal.

I often times joke ('cept I'm serious) about being anti-romantic. Public displays of affection and overall romantic cheesiness makes me cringe a bit. I rarely watch Rom-Com's, and when I do, I rarely like them.

But. BUT.

Allow me to confess something. I'm also completely obsessed with an epic love story. I mean, EPIC.

Don't get me started on "The Vampire Diaries" and the Delena/Stelena controversy. Let's just say I was mad at yesterday's season finale. Like, yell at the T.V. screen and want to swear kind of mad.

And ya know, since this is a confessional, and we're talking about epic love stories, I'm going to strap on a pair and dare to tell you that I love Twilight. There, I said it. And ya know what? I love New Kids On The Block, too! AND I LISTEN TO BARRY MANILOW!!!

I am wondering if you'll still be friends with me, now.
(*tap tap* is this thing on?)

Okay, without further ado, and in no particular order, allow me to unveil some of my favorite EPIC (who's sick of that word being thrown around constantly?) love stories. Well, at least the ones I can remember for now. I know I'll hit "Publish" and then I'll go, "Sunuva! I forgot _________!"

I just must list this one first. Um, hello there, Mr. Thornton.

 

North & South. Holy cow. I just finished this one up this week, and I pretty much can't get over the last 5 minutes of the movie. (I may have, um, watched the end over and over. . . )

Could this list be complete without Ms. Bennett and Mr. Darcy? I.THINK.NOT.



This version of Pride & Prejudice is my personal fave. It's a longie, but a goodie. Do you concur?


And since we're on the topic of Jane Austen right now,



um . . . I have always love-loved Alan Rickman as an actor, but Sense & Sensibility will make you fall head-over-heels for Snape.

And I'm not spoiling the ending if you haven't seen it, okay? But I have to say, that the end? Wow. And you know when she-who-must-not-be-named (so as not to spoil the ending) gets like, totally hysterical? You want to shake and her and yell "Get ahold of yourself, woman! You're making an A%$ of yourself!" and then slap her across the face like Mr. Green slaps Mrs. Peacock, but secretly, you love that much emotion. Don't you?

Okay, taking the train back to the last 20 years. Veronica & Logan. Need I say more?



Did you watch Veronica Mars? 'Cause it's kind of amazeballs. I want you to know, (and you have to be kind of a Veronica Mars diehard to get this) that I refer to anyone who's caught hanging up their phone while that person doing the calling is watching, as "pulling a Veronica".


"Sink me!"



Percy & Marguerite, hello! I love me some "Scarlet Pimpernel", and I kind of have a woman crush on Jane Seymour, since she's kind of perfect.

This quote:


personifies this awesomely teasing movie:



Am I right?

Well gee, let me just go on and on, here!! One more. Then I'm done. Pinky swear.

I am such a sucker for Jane Eyre. Like, allll two thousand of the Jane Eyre's that have been made. I like them all. I think, though, that this one is my fave:



Toby Stephens as Mr. Rochester is kind of awesome. Is the newest one good? Let me know.

So, that's my list, people. Did I leave something good out? I'm out of good shows to watch, so do me a favor and give me some good suggestions. Just remember: EPIC.

36 comments:

Patricia Hoffman said...

I always feel that I have to say "I LOVE Twilight...but not like a crazy person! I swear!" (although secretly like a crazy person) I think the Pride and Prejudice with Kiera Knightley is fab, too.

Janice said...

how i love Jane Austen. Elizabeth and Darcy are best love story ever. Ever. Ever.

And I've never seen North & South. I've heard it raved about by people who also list other good movies, but sadly I thought I was getting it once when I got some 1980's version with Patrick Swayze. I didn't even watch it all. (Don't hate me all you Swayze lovers.) So now I AM going to watch the one you listed.

Because I'm SO with you on your introduction.

rlove said...

North and South...sigh. I have probably watched the last five minutes of the show at least a hundred times. Oh, and the music that is playing then is gorgeous. And don't even get me started on that version of Jane Eyre! TO DIE FOR!!

Dharma said...

I think I watched the train station scene in North & South 500 times. EPIC.

Suesan said...

I think I stopped liking you for a second with the Twilight thing, but I rebounded at Veronica Mars because that is the best show ever made. My daughter and I sigh every time we see a yellow Nissan SUV.

Daniel Day Lewis' "I will find you" declaration in Last of the Mohicans gets me every time. Plus, the tv show Castle's claim this week that he loves Kate and has stood by her side for 4 years was pretty epic, too.

I'll have to check out North & South.

clare suzanne said...

First off, I have never met anyone outside of my family who enjoys The Scarlet Pimpernel. "Sink Me" is one of my mom's favorite quotes.

Secondly, I love Sense & Sensibility.

And lastly, I am now on a mission to watch all the other movies you listed. If we can enjoy Scarlet Pimpernel then the others must be equally amazing!

Thank you for sharing!! :) Have a great weekend!

Rach said...

This is Embarrassing! I haven't heard of any of those except pride and prej. And I love both versions, yet the longer one is my fav.

Off to watch some EPIC movies now! : ) thanks for the list.

Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers said...

We can totally still be friends!!! I love Pride & Prejudice, both the older and newer versions. And I LOVE to know another person that watched Veronica Mars! I have all the seasons on DVD and I'm so sad that it ended early.

A few of these I'll have to watch, since I know you have such good taste, but I don't get a lot of time to watch movies that I want to watch these days. Thanks for some suggestions!

Shellie said...

Love it!

And, duh. Barry Manilow. That's why we are friends!

Shellie said...

Love it!

And, duh. Barry Manilow. That's why we are friends!

Maureen said...

Mandi,

You lised many movies and series I haven't seen. :( We don't have TV at my house so if I want to watch something I either buy it or rent it. I have a friend that own and runs a video store - score for me! The one "epic" movie you didn't list was "Gone With the Wind". I have watched that one at least a million times. What about "Breakfast at Tiffanys" and "Sabrina"? Too modern for you? Well, what about "Doctor Zhivago"? How about "Becoming Jane"?
The cool part is now I have a list of movies and TV shows to watch. :)

Maureen

P.S. I also love Barry Manilow and New Kids. Enjoyed very much "Twilight" but haven't gotten into the books.
I swear that you and I could hang around all day and do nothing but quote movies and listen to music. Hangin' Tough!

Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy said...

I've said it before and I'll say it again- we should be best friends! Seriously? Why don't we hang out???? I'd add somewhere in time. Another Jane Seymour EPIC movie... Considering how many wonderful period movies you have here have your seen downton abbey yet?

Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy said...

Clare- I also grew up on The Scarlet Pimpernel- LOVE it! that and man from snowy river... the little boys I babysat used to act out the horse running down the hill CONSTANTLY!

julie - eab designs said...

So many of my favorites here as well! I haven't watched North & South, but I definitely will now! I'm so intrigued about those last 5 minutes. As for Mr. Darcy... my heart be still!

Cynthia said...

The new Jane Eyre is definitely worth watching!...very good. Don't feel guilty either, every time I watch "North and South" I can barely sit through the whole thing waiting for those wonderful last five minutes. Which I watch over, and over, and over, and over... :)

Emily said...

That is a good list! I haven't seen the older versions of Jane Eyre, so I can't compare them, but I liked the new one.

Kim @ seven thirty three said...

Will you hate me if I say I haven't seen any of these? Let me redeem myself... "Oh Oh Oh Oh, Oh Oh Oh Oh.
Oh Oh Oh Oh, Oh Oh Oh Oh. Girl, yeah baby You know you got the right stuff" AND... I read Twilight. Hated the movies... actually only watched the first two, but the books - LOVED 'em. So yeah, there you go.

Megan said...

I'm pretty much with you on all of these love stories, but I haven't watched Veronica Mars, so maybe I should get on that. The new Jane Eyre with Mia whatever-her-name-is was not my favorite. It was pretty anti-climatic. I liked the Masterpiece Theater version much better. Also, if you are into British Romantic stuff, you should check out Young Victoria. You might like it.

Lyssa said...

Hello??? The Princess Bride! You only quote it all the time! Best movie ever. Ever.

Ashlee said...

I've been readin north and south, so I just decided to watch it. Yeah Netflix! Ironic, because I have had music from the musical scarlet pimpernel in my head all. Week. Long. Alan rickman is definitely a favorite, great list,and so glad you included the Colin firth version of P&P!

Christy said...

Ok, I totally agree with everything about those movies except I haven't seen that Scarlett Pimpernel (I want to now though) or The Age of Innocence.
Have you seen The Princess Bride? It's a classic and I LOVE that one too. It has a little of everything... romance, action, comedy, ect.
Oh, and if you want to see "Mr Thornton" in something else... he's in the BBC Robin Hood series. He's kind of a bad guy in it though and not so clean cut and handsome. I totally want to watch North & South again now though. :)

Christy said...

I just saw Somewhere in Time mentioned. AWESOME movie!! Seriously... watch it!

Casey said...

When I started reading this, I wondered if you would say anything about Mr. Rochester! I love him! Love.

FourFindingHome said...

As you already love Alan Rickman this will come as no surprise, but watch "Truly, Madly, Deeply" and tell me if it doesn't just break your heart. Love even unto death is epic.

The Stump Clan said...

I love your list- a few I have not seen and now want to....but can't agree more with North and South...seriously AMAZING! Could watch that a million times!

SueAnn Lommler said...

You had me agreeing with you till you got to Jane Seymour...I think I threw up a little in my mouth. Enough said.
Twilight...,....love!!!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Janelle said...

We need to watch some movies together. I have not seen a good movie in a LONG time. Also, do you own Scarlet Pimpernel? Cause I really need to watch it again. and again. and again.

Love your post

WhettenWild said...

Wahoo! You know I LOVE all of these. I've watched all of these with in the last year.........at least once. Awesome!

Ruth H. said...

Awesome! I just showed my kids The Scarlet Pimpernel for the first time, and now my eight year old daughter runs around saying (in her best Sir Percy voice), "They seek him, here, they seek him there, those Frenchies seek him everywhere...." I'm very proud. I watched the end of North and South over and over again, too, and I firmly believe that no woman is a real woman if she can't sob even once during Sense & Sensibility. But I'm concerned that Wives and Daughters hasn't made this list. Tell me you haven't watched Wives and Daughters yet, because I'm convinced it would have made the list if you had seen it. Find it and watch it right away!

Tara said...

Great list you have made and I love reading all the comments...I have to say North & South is at the top of my list as well...oh those last 5 minutes are TO-DIE-FOR!!! For sure you must watch Somewhere in Time, Wives and Daughters & Lost in Austin is a great version of P&P - again with the last 5 minutes being A-MAZE-ING!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog - you are hilarious and it's weird but I feel like we could be best friends LOL!! I notice that you have lots of would-be besties that follow you and feel the same. Let's just leave it at...U ROCK! have a fab day

shantastic said...

You had me at P&P'95! I have three copies which I loan out to convert people with.

Have you seen Downton Abbey yet? It's recent, but I am enjoying it. For classics, I recommend Charade with Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant. And for some super awesome / cheesy 80's Jane Austen, you should check out Northanger Abbey starring Katharine Schlesinger and Peter Firth (who "slipped on his tea" in Hunt for Red October). It's full of 80's over dramatization, but I still love it!

Thanks for blogging. I am a lurker, but enjoy it very much!

Jen said...

Not an epic love story, but as long as we're confessing things, I'm still gaga over Newsies. OMG. Did I actually just WRITE THAT?

Sylvia said...

I'm a little surprised no one mentioned Downton Abbey a BBC production on PBS. But I do offer a warning that you will be addicted once you get past the first episode. After that it is gripping, beautiful and, as I previously warned, addictive {and you may find yourself thinking in a british accent for days afterwards...just sayin'}. Can't wait for season 3.

Happy viewing!

Teri said...

I have to say, I think the 6-hour Pride and Prejudice cannot be topped. At all. Ever.

The Creative Chickadee said...

North and South. The last 5 minutes always take my breath away! I too watched the ending over and over again.

Kelly@the creative chickadee

J.Pi said...

Hi there, I discovery your blog today, i'm from Brazil and I loved this blog since I put my eyes at first time!!!
About this post, I love all the movies/series that u mentioned!! I miss watch Veronica Mars, I loved this serie!!!
Well, good vibes for u! And now ur blog is in my "favorite pages" =)